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 Frosh of '43-The Next 50 Years-The Pacific Rim at UBC
UBC Reports: Inter view with President Pedersen
Dear Ken,
This is a much more difficult letter to write than '_>
expected.  I'm forced to acknowledge that you have grown up
and I have grown older.  Although I may appear somewhat
weathered on the outside, I don't feel any different than I
did 23 years ago when I came out of university,
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Simon Fraser University
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Dear Ken
Some fatherly advice about the perils and potentials
of university.
by Laird O'Brien
Four decades of
youth gone by
Remembering sexually
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buses and military drill on
the campus.
by Alan Dawe
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In this issue
In keeping with the spirit of
National Universities Week, this
issue of the Chronicle celebrates
the university experience.
Our cover story is a poignant
letter from a graduate to his 19-
year-old son, on the eve of the
young man's decision to go to
university. Today, when the
educational dollar is being
squeezed tighter and tighter, this
letter from father to son is an
eloquent reminder of the value of
universities to our young people,
and indirectly, to all of us.
Just as eager new students
make their way on to campus this
month, so di&Alan Dawe 40
years ago. His genial recollections
of UBC in 1943 offer a rare
glimpse into student life before
the age of television.
' Looking ahead, William
Gibson, chairman of the
Universities Council of B.C. and
member of the Class of '33, was
asked at his 50th reunion to
predict the next 50 years at UBC.
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20, indicate an exciting future for
the province's university system.
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Norman MacKenzie House, the
Pacific Rim ai UBC, as well as an
eighfcpage UBC Reports section
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Chronicle/Fail 2983 3 his is a much more
difficult letter to write
than I expected. I'm
forced to acknowledge
that you have grown up
and I have grown older.
Although I may appear
somewhat weathered on
the outside, I don't feel
any different than I did 23
years ago when I came but
of university, and that, at
least, pleases me.
When you phoned from
Vancouver to talk about
the merits of hiking
through Europe or going
to university, I was .
relieved that the choice
was yours, not mine. If I
were 19 I'm not sure
which road I would take.
But since you've chosen
the academic route, I want
to pass along a few
personal observations
about the pleasures and
perils of university life. As
you might expect, I prefer
to put them ori paper. (A
gem can be lost ih
dinnertime babble; this
way I may linger on, if
only in a bottom drawer
with your socks.)
As I sit here, mulling
over the weighty side of
university life and
recalling my own four
years, the memories that
drift back are not the
serious ones — but
instead, an American flag
hoisted high on the girls'
residence in the dead of
night; Laura Gill's
pumpkin pies; the
monstrous, coal-black '36
Chfev that three of us
bought and our efforts to
abandon the dying beast;
a boardinghouse landlady
who insisted on leaving
delicately scratched notes:
"Please do not sit on your
bed. Beds are for sleeping
in "
Please forgive my
momentary lapses into life
before radial tires and
Alice Cooper. As with
driving a car, however, an
occasional backward
glance can be helpful.
One of your
grandfathers was a
cowboy in Alberta before
becoming an engineer; the
other quit school at 15 and
wdrked on a farm before
making his way to the
Ontario Agricultural
College in Guelph. Later,
in the mid-fifties, your
parents toted their blind
optimism directly from
high school to university.
War was behind us: the
golden age of technology
lay ahead. We expected to
live better and accomplish
more than our parents,
and we anticipated that
pur children would scale
even higher heights.
Considering our
outlook, it's not surprising
that our university stay
was a tranquil one — not
at all like the idealistic,
tormented sixties to follow
or the grabby selfishness
of the seventies. The
eighties appear to have a
conservative tilt, but it's
really too early for labels,
and what do they prove
What we do know for
sure is that much of the
optimism of 20 and even
10 years ago has slipped
away. Our world is at an
uneasy point in its
history. Third World
nations are beginning to
demand a fairer share of
the world's resources. Our
air and water and wildlife
are threatened. Our
resources of energy are
not as bountiful as we
once thought. And our
cities are increasingly
depersonalized and
any are
understandably uneasy
about what lies ahead.
Their feelings are reflected
in a recent Gallup poll that
shows that a greater
number of Canadians are
pessimistic (45 percent)
than are optimistic (33
percent) about their
children's prospects for a
happy life.
The questions and
issues that faced your
grandparents and parents
— how to bring peace,
freedom, order,
prosperity to the world —
are still there for you to
grapple with. I hope you
will. Perhaps these issues
even have something to
do with your decision.
There are, of course, a
number of possible
reasons for going to
university. Someone else
is paying the shot. Or it
looks easier than working.
Or it's a step toward
making a lot of money.
Dollars can be so
seductive. Modern
marketing spreads
luxuries at our feet, while
the news media put out a
steady statistical barrage
about the rate of inflation,
the cost of living and the
value of our dollar
compared with 10 years
ago, five years ago and a
week ago Monday.
Surveys tell us which
careers pay the most and
which the least and how
many recent graduates
can't find work. The
implication is that your
university courses should
be tailored to the market. I
Is there much point to
making $50,000 a year if
you hate climbing out of
your water bed in the
morning? If money is your
motivation, mightn't you
be further ahead to do as
many are doing and
pursue a trade?
University, I think, holds
out the promise of much
more than simply job
My suggestion, for what
it is worth, is this: follow
your interests and your
intuitions. Try to keep as
many options open as
possible. If you think back
to your high school time,
didn't you do best at the
things you enjoyed the
4 Chronicle/Fa//1983 "by Laird O'Brien
stand back and take a
I'll give you one example
backgrounds and sends its
JL^esides, as you may
good look at the world
of the problems that may
energies shooting off in
have heard somewhere,
and yourself. Your mind
grow larger in your
many directions. Any day
money won't bring you
can run up and down the
lifetime: the search for
of the week you can
happiness. Yes, I too
aisles of philosophy,
choose from concerts and
recall Pearl Bailey's
■ In the last 45 years the
plays and learned
answer: "I been rich and I
anthropology, sociology,
world's population has
speakers, snooker and
been poor. Rich is
religion, science, art,
jumped from two to four
bridge, celebrity sports
definitely better." In
literature. . . . You can
billion people — a
and frisbee games in old
rebuttal, I offer this
dream and argue,
doubling that used to take
shorts. There are lectures,
anecdote from an address
question and search.
hundreds of years. The
labs, libraries, newspapers
by Robertson Davies to his
Not wanting to be
people of Africa, Asia and
and the inevitable coffee
students: "One of my
overly dramatic about it
Latin America, those least
shop. Sample as much as
students was telling me
all, the fact is that how
able to cope with wide
you can. If you study and
about the woman who
you use this time may
spread malnutrition, are
do nothing else you will
cleans his room. Life has
very well shape the rest of
having the most babies,
miss a great deal. Get to
not used her very
your life.
and the birthrate is
know many people; they
generously, and yet she is
In a few years you may
will help you find out
an exceptionally cheerful
emerge with a licence to
Fortunately, in North
what the world is really
person. One day he said
make money; an appetite
America we produce far
to her, 'Annie, are you
for knowledge and
more food than we
happy?' She replied,
understanding in many
consume. But soon this
'Happy? I'm so happy
fields; a special interest
may not be enough. By
sometimes I wake up in
that consumes you; a
the time you are 38 years
__L mt word of caution.
the night just to laugh!'
passion to create in some
old, Ken — hard to
Those of us who live in
There is a happy woman,
form; or a persistent
imagine, I gtiess, but just
this affluent corner of the
but I don't imagine many
fascination with beer and
19 years from now — the
world can become so
of you would be quick to
world's population is
preoccupied with our own
change places with her."
expected to be six billion.
daily affairs — everything
Of course, the best
The obvious question is
from the price of houses to
condition is to be so
how will we feed them all?
RRSP deadlines — that we
caught up in what you are
mIk f you can go through
Certainly we'll have to
may ignore the much
doing with your life that
the adventure and be
make tremendous strides
larger issues.
you can't be bothered
content simply to "get by"
in distribution,
You grew up with
asking.yourself if you are
— to pass the courses and
technology, international
television and have had a
happy or not. This calls
have a good time — it will
cooperation, investments
ringside seat at
for choosing a career
be a shame. Does the
and trade practices.
assassinations, wars and
based on enthusiasms
world really need another
This is just one of many
earthquakes. This instant
rather than profits.
also-ran doctor, lawyer,
participation in events
With the wisdom that
veterinarian or scientist?
I don't want to lecture,
thousands of kilometres
comes from hindsight, I
No — what the world
but I also don't want to
away should give us all a
think I have finally
needs are first-class minds
watch you make some of
greater sense of sharing
identified the great reward
and people who want to
my mistakes all over
and caring. Perhaps it
of university life. It is not
use them.
again. So, treading softly,
does, but I wonder if there
football or fooling around.
I'm not suggesting you
I offer these suggestions
isn't also a tendency to
The great reward is time.
make a list of global
for your university stay.
withdraw and to shield
You have the luxury of
problems and tackle them
One: Let your curiosity
our quiet, comfy cornet
days and weeks to pursue
one by one. Your lifetime
loose. A university draws
from the unpleasant. Try
your interests. You can
is too short for that. But
people from different
not to lose touch with
Chronicle/Fa/; 1983 5 The fact Is that how you use this time
may very well shape the rest of your life.
events beyond the ivy
the crossing guard and
girls, bull sessions — can
to tell us whaf s funny,
darted into the path of a
become very boring. This
what's scary, whaf s
As to the perils of
car. At 14 you wanted to
is the time to talk of many
ahead and how we should
university life, offhand I
paint a boathouse wall
things — of shoes, and
handle it.
can think of only one. It is
without bothering to
ships, and sealing-wax, of
And the more we let
the danger of seeing
scrape it first.
cabbages and kings. . . .
them, the harder it is to
yourself as one of the
This is a good time to
A well-rounded person
make decisions for
chosen few who are
abandon the quick and
has three phases to keep
ourselves. Independent
somehow special in the
careless approach.
in balance: the physical,
thinking, like olives,
order of things. At best
The prize at university
the mental and the
seems to be an acquired
you are lucky. It is your
is knowledge and
opportunities that are
understanding. The how
When I was 20 or
and the why. These are
thereabouts I wanted to
Two: Keep a positive
the resources you'll take
write great books and
outlook. It is so easy to
with you — not a piece of
mmmt is a mistake to focus
raise fast horses. Many
catch the virus of gloom.
paper that says you're
on one side of life and
years later, I haven't done
If you can stand another
qualified, not family or
ignore the others. It is
either, but thaf s okay
brief backward glance, I'll
social connections to open
damaging to suppress
because I've done other
give you a perfect example
heavy doors.
feelings of fairness, pity,
things instead.
of the positive, hopeful
I doubt that you've
love and spiritual
Whatever you may
outlook. After a
heard of Edward Hodnett,
questions while galloping
hope to do with your life,
discouraging run of
author of The Art of
after monetary rewards.
Ken, you can expect that
experiments, one of
Problem Solving, but he has
Or to push aside the
luck or fate, whatever you
Thomas Edison's
some harsh words for
necessities of life while
wish to call it, will
colleagues turned to him
those who slough off the
wrestling with only deep,
intervene. Tomorrow will
and said, "It's too bad to
importance of knowledge:
philosophical thoughts.
not be like today and not
do all of that work for
"Failure to accept this
Five: Try to be your own
at all the way you expect it
nothing." Edison looked
hard truth will put you
best friend. Remember St.
to be. Surprises are always
surprised. "But it's not for
among the half-baked
Andrew's College? In
lurking around the corner.
nothing," he replied. "We
artists, crank inventors,
Grades 7 and 8 it was
And surprises are what
have got a lot of good
political dreamers and
impossible to persuade
make the journey so
results. Look: now we
fakers in all fields, who
you to wear a raincoat,
know 700 things that
find it easier to be
even in a flood. "Nobody
Finally, let me add that I
won't work."
different than to master
wears a raincoat," you
hope you are lucky
the fundamentals from
told me indignantly. This
enough to find your good
which they are deviating."
social law was accepted
memories at university
Where will you find this
without question by the
and take them away with
■iiii/e ambitious, if it
knowledge and
you — whatever happens
pleases you. "Nothing
understanding? Not
As you get older, more
to be the 1980s equivalent
great was ever achieved
through inheritance or
and more people seem to
of a coal-black '36 Chev.
without enthusiasm," to
intuition. It comes from
want to do your thinking,
Much love,
quote Emerson. But I
absorbing facts,
don't they? (Even fathers
hope you'll take the time
questioning and
are guilty.) Fashion
to work out the distinction
rearranging ideas in fresh
designers get together and
between greed and
persuade us that this year
Four: Think of yourself as
ties are to be so wide and
Laird O'Brien is a Canadian
Three: Don't look for the
a bit of a juggler. Too much
skirts are to go up or
writer who lives in Toronto;
shortcuts. When you were
preoccupation with any
down. There's always
his son, Ken, is now a
six you couldn't wait for
one thing — high marks,
somebody around trying
student at Queen's.           f
6 Chronicle/Fall 1983 Alumni Fund
launches drive
by Pat Pinder
The Alumni Fund is embarking
on a three year campaign to establish a million dollar endowment
fund for alumni scholarships and
bursaries. These bursaries and
scholarships are more important
than ever as tough economic times
and cuts in provincial aid to universities have created severe problems for students.
The Alumni Association annually offers scholarships and bursaries totalling $106,000 to deserving students. The endowment
fund will ensure we can continue
to help these students in the years
to come.
This year's Fund drive involves
three separate appeals. Regular
alumni supporters will receive a
letter from Alumni Fund Chairman Mel Reeves, BCom'75,
MSc'77, explaining the endowment fund and its necessity.
Alumni living in the USA will be
sent a letter from the Friends of
UBC, Inc. President of the
"Friends", P. Gerrald Marra,
BSc'63, will urge them to support
endowment of the scholarships
and bursaries offered to Americans who wish to attend UBC.
And our most recent alumni, who
have never participated before,
will be invited to "brown bag it"
for the Alumni Fund. Working
grads will be asked to donate to
the Alumni Fund money they
would normally spend on a
week's lunches. The Fund will
supply the brown bag!
Last year's Alumni Fund Committee worked closely with
Alumni Fund staff to raise
$491,138, an increase of 44 per
cent over the previous year. The
number of donors also increased
— by 39 per cent over 1981-82.
And the number of first time
alumni contributors increased
significantly as a direct result of
the successful "nostalgia" campaign. Although no gift is too
small, alumni rallied last
year, with an average campaign
pledge of $67.
Where did the money go? Once
again,    the   Alumni   Association
Contact vour Aiumni Branch Reps
Courtenay: William Dale (339-5719)
Cranbrook: His Honour Judge Leo S. Gansner (489-3204)
Duncan: Parker MacCarthy (746-7121)
Fort Nelson: Gerald Parkinson (774-2615)
Fort St. John: Ellen Ellis (785-2280)
Kamloops: Bud Aubrey (372-8845)
Kelowna: Michael Bishop (762-4222)
Kimberley: Larry Garstin (427-3557)
Nanaimo: James Slater (753-3245)
Penticton: Dick Brooke (493-0402)
Port Alberni: Gail Van Sacker (723-7230)
Prince George: David Theessen (962-9611)
Salmon Arm: Robin Suddaby (832-7519)
Trail: Peter Hemmes (364-4222)
Victoria: Kirk Davis (656-5649), Dennis Hon (721-5749)
WiUiams Lake: Anne Stevenson (392-4365)
Other Canada:
Calgary: Gerald Borch (284-9137)
Edmonton: Gary Caster (426-2224)
Fredericton: Joan & Jack Van der Linde (455-6323)
Montreal: L. Hamlyn Hobden (842-4131)
Ottawa: Robert Yip (997-4074), Bruce Harwood (996-3995)
Regina: Gene Rizak (584-4361)
Whitehorse: Celia Dowding (667-5187)
Winnipeg: Gary Coopland (453-3918)
United States:
Clovis: Martin Goodwin (763-3493)
Denver: Harold A. Wright, 1770 Glencoe, Denver, Co. 80220
Los Angeles: Dr. Roy Griffiths (882-2174)
New York: Rosemary Brough (688-2656)
San Diego: Dr. Charles Armstrong (287-9849)
San Francisco: Peter Lawson (986-5610)
Seattle & P.N.W.: Gerald Marra (641-3535)
Washington, D.C: John David Brown (836-0505)
Other Countries:
Australia & New Zealand: Christopher Brangwin, 17 Ginahgulla Road,
Bellevue Hills, N.S.W. 2023; Irene Meyer, Flat 82-13 S. Esplanade, Glenelg,
5045; Judith A. Hamel, 19 Kings Avenue, Blair Athol, S. A. 5084
Bermuda: John Keefe, Lyndhurst, Penbroke
England: Alice Hemming, 35 Elsworthy Road, London, N.W.3
France: Dr. Gail Ree Gladwell, 12 Ave. de Camoens, 75016 Paris
Hong Kong: Dr. Ronald S.M. Tse, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Hong
Kong, Bohman Road
Ireland: Marian A. Barrett, Dorval, Kilteragh Drive, Foxrock, Dublin 18
Israel: Yehoshua Raz, Zionut 9/9, 96741 Jerusalem
Italy: L.R. Letourneau, FAO, Room B559, Via Delle Terme Di Caracalla,
Rome 00100
Japan: Maynard Hogg, 1-4-22 Kamikitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156
Scotland: Jean Aitchison, 32 Bentfield Drive, Prestwick
Switzerland: Kathleen M. Lombardi, Hotel Chateau Douchy, Lausanne, Ch.
was able to provide alumni scholarships and bursaries to deserving
undergraduate students. The
Alumni Fund Allocations Committee, chaired by William S. Armstrong, BCom'58, LLB'59, distributes alumni gifts not specifically
designated for other projects. It
approved a total of $35,178 to 22
separate student-related projects
last year. The remaining funds
were designated by donors to
specific   programs,    activities   or
facilities they wished to support.
Separate campaigns provided support for the Allan McGavin Chair
in Geriatrics, the Allan McGavin
Sports Medicine Centre, the Emergency Child Day Care Centre and
the Summer Program for Retired
People Endowment Fund.
These projects would not be
possible without alumni gifts. The
University would like to thank the
5,586 people who donated to the
1982/83 Alumni Fund. 1
Chronicle!Fall 1983 7 of youth gone by
by Alan Dawe
The clashing of bayonets urns a common sight on the UBC campus during the Second World War.
Each male student, including author Alan Dawe, had to spend six hours a week in military training.
hen I enrolled as a freshman at UBC exactly 40 years ago
this September, "the gross, winter, daytime student enrolment
was 2,569," or so an official in the
registrar's office informed me
recently, and the word "gross" to
describe the student body of that
distant time is hers, not mine.
In 1943, of course, the Second
World War was still erupting, and
most of us males in the freshman
class were just putting in time,
waiting to be old enough or bold
enough to join one of the services
and go off to war, something that
many of us did at the end of that
school year. When we returned to
the campus one or two years later,
UBC had mushroomed into a Big
University, a state of mind from
which it has never had to look
8 Chronicle/Fa// 1983
back. Today, in 1983, there are
approximately as many gross
freshmen on the campus as there
were in the entire student body in
One of the advantages of
attending UBC when it was only a
mini-university was that the faculty was proportionately small
and even lowly freshmen had
department heads or other notorious campus characters as their
instructors. Even more remarkable
— now that I think back on it,
though I suspected it seemed natural enough at the time — was
that all five of the classes I was
enrolled in were segregated sexually, a condition that I don't
believe had anything at all to do
with the subject matter that was
being disseminated, since I wasn't
even taking biology. Class sizes,
though, were about the same as I
am told they are today. English
and German (being humane studies) were taught in intimate sections of 40 or so, while my three
other courses — mathematics,
physics and chemistry — were
dished out to approximately 200
freshmen at a time.
or English 100, I had the
renowned and flamboyant head of
the English Department, Dr. G.G.
Sedgewick, whose custom it was
to offer an enriched version of
freshman English to the 40 most
promising males in the first year
class. I hasten to add that I ended
up in this section only because of an unresolvable timetable clash,
and as a result, had to spend one-
fifth of my lecture time as a freshman surrounded by much brighter
brains than my own, brains that
have since gone on to become
Harvard professors, heart surgeons, and controversial faces on
television. But in spite of the high
potential of the minds assembled
in front of him, Dr. Sedgewick frequently became upset by the low-
level intellectual effort we would
put forth on the poems and short
stories under discussion. It was
his pleasure on such occasions to
march up and down the rows
rapping his selected freshmen on
the head with his practiced knuckles and rechristening them with
names appropriate to their intellectual capacities — Cretin,
Moron, Imbecile, Idiot, Simpleton, and so on. In retrospect, I can
see that this was only a great
teacher's subtle way of providing
us with the necessary vocabulary
for the Age of Television that lay
just around the corner.
Dr. Garnet G. Sedgewick
By the end of freshman English,
Dr. Sedgewick had managed to
convince most of his class that
they could neither read nor write
English. I don't know what effect
this had on other members of the
class (we have never held a
reunion), but it did set me on the
path to becoming an English
teacher myself. Looking back on
my career, I think I can say that I
have been successful in convincing hundreds of students that they
lack these fundamental skills. I
have also speculated frequently on
Walter Ga^e
how Dr. Sedgewick would pace
up and down in his grave if he
discovered that the least promising student in his freshman class
of 1943 was the one that has most
enthusiastically carried on his
great work.
For mathematics, most of the
males in the freshman class had
Walter Gage in an 8:30 a.m. section that met on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays. Even at
this relatively early stage of his
long and legendary teaching
career, Professor Gage was so
confident that he could cover the
Math 100 curriculum in about half
the time that he felt free to spend
the first part of every lecture
warming up the class with college-
level jokes.  Most of these Gage
quips have faded from memory
now, though I do recall that he
once gazed unfondly into the
Monday morning faces of his 8:30
section and declared that it was
just like looking into a Yawning
Chasm. Not great stuff, perhaps,
but popular in 1943.
In German, we sat in stiff alphabetical rows while Dr. Maclnnes
(she had taught mv father when
he attended UBC in 1915) ranged
remorselessly up and down the
rows looking for the proper dative
case ending for one of those irregular German adjectives. Across
the Main Mall, in the noxious Science Building, a shy man named
Dr. Petrie (I believe he later abandoned teaching and became an
astronomer) taught physics, while
chemistry was in the hands (and
in the thick eyebrows) of a Dr.
Hooley, who always received
from his freshmen a good-natured
cheer whenever one of his demonstrations went off with a bang, as
they sometimes did.
uriously, the labs in both
chemistry and physics were coeducational, probably because the
hand-sorting method of timetabling employed in those pre-com-
puter days wasn't up to guaranteeing that the numerous lab
sections scheduled for odd hours
on late afternoons and Saturday
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Chronicle/Fa//1983 9 Pacific Rim at UBC
A garden of
10,000 things
by Karen Loder
Former UBC president Norman
MacKenzie was the catalyst for the
development of Asian Studies at
UBC. It is now 22 years since he
invited Professor Bill Holland to
come to UBC from New York as
the department's first fulltime
head. Holland brought the highly
regarded journal Pacific Affairs
with him from New York and was
instrumental in the development
not only of the Asian Studies
Department, but also of the University Press.
MacKenzie had a dream — a
dream that UBC students would
learn about the Pacific Rim countries and that some of them would
become experts.
Just three years ago the UBC
Law School introduced two new
courses with an Asian emphasis;
an introduction to Japanese law
and a seminar on Canadian and
Japanese approaches to environmental law.
Professor Malcolm Smith, an
affable Australian, directs the Japanese Legal Studies program. Fie
emphasizes the support of the
Institute of Asian Studies. "In a
very real sense the Asian Institute
sponsored the establishment of
the program because we started
with a grant from the law foundation which brought out Professor
Morishima. (Professor Akio Mor-
ishima was the law school's first
visiting Japanese professor). Then
through the Asian Institute's
Ohira fund, I was brought over for
a full year as the second visiting
Smith noted that law students
who initially considered the
courses "soft" are no longer skeptical about the program. "There
are quite a few law firms who are
very interested in anybody with
an Asian background." And Pro-
10 Chronicle/Fa//1983
fessor Clive Ansley says that his
seminar on Chinese law is fully
subscribed, with a waiting list.
The Japanese Legal Studies program is an example of the tvpe of
project fostered by the Asian
Research Institute since it began in
1978. The Institute is housed in
the Asian Centre, which also
houses the department of Asian
Studies, and the Asian Studies
library, which contains more than
250,000 volumes in Chinese,
Hindi, Japanese, Urdu and other
Asian languages. It's one of the
top 10 Asian collections in North
America. "That's pretty good
when you think institutes like
Harvard and Yale have been in the
Asian business for over 100
years," says Asian Studies professor Peter Harnetty.
"I want the institute to
become a first class
international research
Besides fostering the development of interdisciplinary research,
the institute is a clearing house for
information on Asia. Its quarterly
newsletter, although modest in
appearance, contains a wealth of
information about both community and university happenings in
the Asian field, and has over 1,000
A geographer with an intriguing
specialty (Asian hawkers or
pedlars), the Institute's director
Terry McGee has published
widely and taught at many univer
sities, among them the Universities of Malava and Hong Kong. "I
want the Institute to become a first
class international research institution in which we are publishing
first class information on Asia," he
A recent undertaking has been a
series of seminars on Canada and
the Changing Economy of the
Pacific Basin, funded bv $300,000
from the Max Bell Foundation.
The project involves seven
research studies. Already Commerce professor Michael Goldberg's study of overseas Chinese
investment has sparked local
Peter Bailey, a Canadian engineer and independent consultant
with Pacific Rim countries
attended the seminars and considers such research vital. "What has
been particularly noticeable in the
seminars has been the difficulties
each project faced getting basic
data and information. One advantage of this series of projects is
developing background information that the private sector really
needs," he says.
Like the Chinese garden of
10,000 things, UBC's involvement
with Pacific Rim countries is not
only multi-faceted but difficult to
keep up with. Here are some current projects:
• This summer, geography professors Dick Copely and Marwyn
Samuels led 22 students on a field
course on Chinese geography. It
was conducted in China with the
support of Beijing University. The
course included visits to sites in
Inner Mongolia, North China, the
Yangtze Basin and the Pearl River
Basin. A special department-to-
department exchange with Chinese  universities  began  in   1980 and it includes exchange of publications, research and teaching
• Geological Sciences has hosted
many visiting scholars and this fall
they will welcome the first Chinese graduate students — the first
of the new generation of post-Cultural Revolution students. Both
professors Hugh Greenwood and
Richard Armstrong gave lectures
in China last year. Professor Jon
Rau of the department is with
CIDA for a year on unpaid leave
working on a geological survey in
Bangkok. (Like Venice, Bangkok is
sinking into the ground.) Professor William Fletcher is with the
United Nations on his second
unpaid year in Malaysia.
• Axel Meisen, Associate Dean of
Applied Science, reports that the
Canadian International Develo-
ment Agency (CIDA) has
approved funding for a project he
initiated. UBC and Chulalongkorn
University are working on a
project to develop Thailand's oil
and gas industry. UBC professors
will be travelling to Thailand to
give courses. Thai engineering
students will come to UBC to take
masters courses in oil and gas
• School of Recreation and Physical Education professor Eric
Broom led a study tour last year to
look at the Chinese sport and recreation system. As a direct result,
Cen Yue Fang, a senior official of
the All China Sports Federation,
will spend September to November with the school. Last year the
university basketball team visited
China, while this year the UBC
hockey and volleyball teams will
visit Japan.
• The Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration may
have as many as 50 Chinese scholars studying for MBA, MSc (Bus.
Admin.) and PhD degrees over
the coming decade, as part of a
long-term CIDA project. In August they welcomed their first three
PhD students from Shanghai Jiao
Tong University.
• Forestry has also worked out a
research exchange with China.
Through the efforts of Professor
Oscar Sziklai's trip to China in
1982 six or more students will
spend a month in China next
year. 1
National Universities Week
campaign launched
Above: on location for one of three public service announcements promoting
B.C.'s universities are (I to r) director Patrice Leung; Dr. David Suzuki, spokesperson in the television spot; Sandra Mayo on sound; and William Waring on
camera. Below: David Suzuki's three-year-old daughter Severn stars with him in
the 30-second television commercial produced for National Universities Week.
The Alumni Associations of UBC, UVic and SFU have co-sponsored
three public service announcements to promote the value of universities
in B.C. These commercials are to be aired on television this fall as part of
the Oct. 2-8 National Universities Week celebrations.
The announcements were produced thanks to a grant of $5,000 from
the Universities Council of British Columbia and the volunteer contributions of many talented individuals in the film industry. Special appreciation goes to the production crew Patrice Leung, Sandra Mayo, and Will
Waring; Ray Hall and John Newton of the UBC Film Department and
David Suzuki and his family. $
Chronicle/Fa/; 1983 11 Brian P. Sutherland
Three UBC alumni were among a
group of distinguished Canadians
honored during the May 28
convocation ceremonies of the
University of Victoria. Awarded
honorary doctorates for their
outstanding contributions to
society were former diplomat
Hugh Keenleyside, BA'20,
LLB'45, journalist-historian Pierre
Berton, BA'41, and educational
administrator Bernard Gillie,
BA'44, BEd'51....Also honored
recently was Brian P. Sutherland,
BASc (Chemical)'25, who had the
distinction of receiving the first
honorary degree (Doctor of
Divinity) ever granted by Regent
College, a graduate theological
college affiliated with UBC. He
was the founding chairman of
Regent's board of governors, from
1968 to 1972, and served as
administrative vice principal
(without salary) from 1972 to
Retiring after 28 years with CP Air
in May, 1983 was H. Don
Cameron, BA'38 (MA Toronto,
NDC, Kingston). When he retired
he was senior vice president,
administration and public affairs
12 Chronicle/Fa//1983
with the airline....Dr. Robert E.
Bell, BA'39, MA'41, is the new
director of the Arts, Sciences and
Technology Centre in Vancouver.
He was hired after a year-long
search that considered 167
candidates. He is currently a
Rutherford Professor of Physics at
McGill, and has served as both
president and vice-chancellor of
that university.
John I. Goodlad, BA'45, MA'46
(PhD, Chicago), was recently
awarded the Columbia University
Teachers College Medal for
Distinguished Service to
Education. The author or editor of
20 books and 150 articles on
education, Dr. Goodlad has
served as Dean of the UCLA
Graduate School of Education
since 1967.... Jim McKeachie,
BCom'48, is the new president of
the Air Cadet League of Canada.
Jim is Western Canada public
relations director for CP Air in
Vancouver, and a former
newspaperman. He has been
associated with the cadet
movement since his college
days....Environmental consultant
W. Winston (Bill) Mair, BA'49,
MA'52, (NDC, Kingston), has
completed his doctorate in public
administration at the University
of Beverly Hills. Bill has been
associated with a number of
federal and provincial
government agencies, and was
chairman of the Alaska Gas
Pipeline hearings in northeastern
and southeastern British
Columbia ...Christine Sheila
(Weir) Nelles, BA'49, LLB'50, is
counsellor (transportation) at the
Canadian High Commission in
London. She has also worked for
External Affairs in such spots as
Warsaw and Vietnam....Named
to the board of directors of the
new Vancouver Port Corporation
is Alumni Association past
president Paul S. Plant, BA'49.
Plant will serve with six others on
the board, which will manage the
newly-independent port. He is
president of RalphS. Plant, Ltd.,
forest product wholesalers, and
has been on UBC's Board of
Governors and the University
Senate, as well as the CBC board
of directors.
After 33 years of federal and
provincial government service,
Rory Flanagan, BSF'50, has
retired as superintendent of
Jasper National Park. Rory will
continue to live in
Jasper... .Kamloops architect Bud
Aubrey, BArch'51, was recently
elected to a two-year term as
treasurer of the Architectural
Institute of B.C. A fellow of the
Royal Architectural Institute of
Canada, Bud has headed the
Kamloops firm of Aubrey
MacKinnon and Partners for the
past 27 years....University of
Prince Edward Island President
Emeritus Ronald James Baker,
BA'51, MA'53, has been awarded
a $268,000 Kellogg Foundation
grant to run workshops for
university chairmen and
department heads. Mr. Baker
continues in his role as a
commissioner of the Canadian
Radio-Television and
Commission... .Victoria architect
Pamela Charlesworth, BArch'52,
has finished designing the Royal
Oak Baptist Church in
Broadmead, near Victoria. One of
only two women in an
architectural graduating class of
67, Pamela was recently the
subject of a feature story in the
Victoria Times-Colonist....From
Summerland, B.C., word that
William Gilmour, LLB'52, has
"semi-retired" from legal practice.
Bill hopes to devote more time to
golf and fishing....Popular MP
and MLA Stu Leggatt, LLB'54,
BA'55, has retired from political
life to accept an appointment as
county court judge in Vancouver.
Mr. Leggatt practised law in
Haney, Port Coquitlam and
Vancouver before entering
politics... .The new chairman of
the board of Vancouver's Holy
Family Hospital is award-winning
architect Richard Archambault,
BArch'55. Mr. Archambault
previously chaired Holy Family's
planning and building committee
and currently serves on the
Greater Vancouver Regional
Hospital District's hospital
advisory committee....Brian A.
Cooper, BCom'55 (MBA,
McMaster), was recently named
vice-president, pulp and
newsprint sales, for Crown
Zellerbach Canada. Brian will
operate from the company's
Vancouver headquarters....Ray
McFadden, BEd'57, and his wife
will go travelling after Ray's
retirement as principal of Rutland
Senior Secondary School. They'll
continue to live in Rutland, where
Ray has been an educator for 24
years.... As newly-appointed
technical representative for
Engelhard Industries West, Inc.,
Ronald Hughes, BCom'58,
dispenses technical assistance to
clients in 13 western states. Ron
lives with his wife and daughter
in Newark, California...Former
UBC researcher P.K. Jena,
MSc'59, has been honored by the
Federation of Indian Chamber of
Commerce and Industry for his
outstanding research
contributions to industrial
development and interaction with
industry. Professor Jena is
director of the Regional Research
Laboratory in Bhuaneswar,
Orissa, India.
After almost 19 years with the city
engineering department in
Penticton, Murray Brown,
BASc'60, has accepted a position
as assistant city engineer with the
City of Vancouver traffic division.
His new position involves
preparations for the huge traffic
problems expected during the
Expo '86 World Trade
Exposition... David Durrance,
BSA'61, lives in Kalinga, in the
Philippines, where he teaches in a
three-room schoolhouse, and,
along with his wife, Petra, is
building a health clinic. David has
introduced the growing of
peanuts, cucumbers, potatoes,
and other vegetables and fruit to
the village, and brought in
seedlings for reforestration....The
only American film to win a prize
at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
was "Too Much Oregano," a
comical eight minute short
directed by Kerry Feltham, BA'61.
Another Feltham short, "The
Waltzing Policeman," was the
official U.S. entry in both the
Cannes and Berlin festivals in
1979.... Vancouver publishers
Douglas and Mclntyre have lately
published a second revised
edition of 109 Walks in B.C. 's
Lower Mainland, by the husband
and wife team of David (MA'60)
and Mary (BLS'63) Macaree. The
book is a companion volume to
the Macarees' earlier 703 Hikes
in Southwestern British Columbia
. . . Raymond Chow,
BEd-E'64, wants to be the John
Singer Sargent of Vancouver in
the 1980s. The artist and
photographer paints portraits of
Vancouver's "beautiful people,"
as Sargent did for 19th century
England and America.... From ]udy McGillivary
London, word of the recent
publication of Pillar and Tinderbox,
by Robert McDonald, BA'64. The
book, an examination of the
political and economic problems
faced by the Greek press during
the Dictatorship of the Colonels,
is distributed in Canada by John
Wiley and Sons....Kenneth J.
Gaglardi, BSc'65, PhD'72, has
been named director of
technological programs at
Kwantlen College in Surrey, B.C.
Dr. Gaglardi comes to Kwantlen
from East Kootenay College in
Cranbrook, where he was director
of academic and technical
programs....Dr. Jerrald Rowell
M. Potts, BSc'65, MSc'69 (DSc
California) is doing blood plasma
research at the Cutter
Laboratories, in Berkeley,
California....Based in Ottawa, but
doing work with an international
flavor, is Margaret Catley-
Carlson, BA'66, who has been
appointed president of the
Canadian International
Development Agency, effective
Sept. 1, 1983. She has been
assistant secretary-general of the
United Nations, and deputy
executive director (operations) for
UNICEF since 1981....As well as
working in Inpatient Child
Psychiatry at B.C. Children's
Hospital, Sophia M.R. Leung,
MSVV'66, also serves on the
boards of a number of civic and
community service agencies,
including the Vancouver
Community Arts Council, Arts,
Sciences and Technology Centre,
the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden
Society, the Junior League and the
Immigrant Resources Project.
Sophia has published one book,
Discover China, and is working on
two others... Educational
administrator David MacKinlay,
BSc'67, MEd'74, has assumed the
position of director of instruction
for B.C. School District 56. He
continues to work toward his
doctorate through Seattle
University... .The youngest chief
of staff ever at Grossmont
Hospital in La Mesa, California, is
Dr. Gordon M. Lillie, MD'68
The largest hospital in San Diego
County, Grossmont has 400 beds
and more than 800
physicians... .Having completed
his MD at the University of
Antwerp, Belgium, Reginald G.
Orchard, BSc'68, MSc'70, is now
doing his internship in
Edmonton.... Larry Millar,
BCom'69, has been appointed
vice-president and controller of
the Vancouver-based B.C. Coal,
Limited. He has been with the
firm since 1972.
...Judy McGillivary, BEd'68, has
just had her second book of
poetry accepted for publication by
Vesta Publishing. Deep Streets will
be published sometime this Fall,
says McGillivary, who has also
had another book of poetry, Time
Lines, published.
Gary Atkinson, BA'70, LLB'73, is
now secretary and corporate
counsel of Yorkshire Trust
Company, and is also secretary of
Yorkshire's investment company
for pension funds....Further
afield is Maynard Hogg, BSc'70,
who has been in Tokyo for about
10 years, and is "now trying to
help Japanese companies clean up
their foreign language
documentation," he writes. He
says that though translations of
instructions with Japanese goods
may be bad, the originals are
sometimes even worse—As
pastor to the Ecumenical
Anglican-United Parish of
Shuswap, Brock Lupton,
BMus'70, oversees a parish
extending from Pritchard through
Chase and Adams Lake to Celista
and Sorrento. Brock lives with his
wife, Sharon, BSN'79, and their
infant daughter in
Chase... .Although he has been
involved in music since the age of
seven, Bruce Fairbairn, BSc'70,
MSc'74, says he "never really
considered music as a profession
until I was out of university."
Since abandoning a successful
career as an environmental
planner, however, Bruce has
quickly established a reputation
as one of North America's finest
record producers. Among his
productions are albums by
Loverboy, Prism and Blue Oyster
Cult.... Another alumnus for
whom music has been a lifelong
interest is Richard Hagman,
BMus'71 (MMus, Holly Names).
A resident of Salmon Arm,
Richard conducts the Shuswap
Singers community
choir... Cowichan Valley lawyer
Brian McDaniel, BA'71 (LLB,
York), won a competition staged
earlier this year by the Canadian
Bar Association. A brochure of
Brian's design was judged by the
Association to be the best example
of the marketing of a practice by a
Canadian lawyer... .Young
musicians in the Chilliwack area
were tested by the Royal
Conservatory of Music's Edward
Parker, BMus'71, (MMus,
Washington) in June. Parker
teaches for the Music
Conservatory and the University
of Victoria. He is known
throughout the west as an
adjudicator and a recitalist.... Russ
Burtnick, BCom'72, was
presented an International
Senatorship by the Jaycees
Organization during a recent
ceremony in the Vancouver
suburb of Richmond. Russ lives in
neighboring Surrey... .Two
versatile writer-performers
continue to gain acclaim for their
collaboration on a satirical "post-
nuclear cabaret" which premiered
last year at the Vancouver East
Cultural Centre. Entitled "Last
Call," the play is the creation of
Ken MacDonald, BEd'72, and
MorrisPanych, BFA'77....From
Atlanta, word that Greg C.
Thomas, BPE'72, MPE'77, is now
U.S. national marketing manager
for AES Data, an information-
systems company owned by the
Canadian Development
Corporation. Greg has been
involved in high-tech industry
since 1977... Phil McOrmond,
BSc(Pharm)'73, MSc'75, is now
director of pharmacy at Juan de
Fuca Hospital, a 500 bed extended
care facility in Victoria... Fine Arts
graduate Andrew Wong, BFA'73,
has been "vessel making" full-
time since 1975. Samples of his
pottery regularly appear in
galleries throughout the B.C.
Lower Mainland....Previously
associated with a Vancouver
architectural firm, Bemd
Hermanski, BA'74, BArch'79, has
now established his own business
in Salmon Arm... .David James
Innes, BSc'74 (MSc, Dalhousie),
recently completed his PhD in
Biology (Population Genetics) at
State University of New York. He
is now doing post-doctoral work
at the University of Windsor.... As
equal employment opportunities
officer at Vancouver City Hall,
Leigh Woh-Peng, MA'74, is
responsible for careeer
counselling and job placement of
women, native peoples, the
disabled and ethnic minorities. In
the past, Leigh has worked as a
Human Rights Officer for the B.C.
and Nova Scotia governments,
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Chronicle/Fa//1983 13 and as Alberta and Northwest
Territories regional director of the
federal Human Rights
Commission...Barbara Apperley,
BHE'75, divides her time between
caring for her two children and
serving as president of the
Adoptive Parents Association of
British Columbia....Several UBC
alumni are working for the
Calgary School Board's
coordinated rehabilitation and
education program for
handicapped children in southern
Alberta. Thev are Susan Crossley,
BA'75, MSc'77, Mary Rutherford,
BSc'78, BSR'82, Sharon
Henderson, BA'81, Louise
Novinger, BEd'82, and Ann
Forsyth, Dip Ed Hearing
Impaired'82, (BEd McGill), and
Kathy Whittaker, who, while not
an alumna, studied under Dr.
R.F. Jarman of UBC for her
thesis....Armstrong, B.C.,
resident Jane Evans, BA'76,
MA'78, has been elected vice-
president of the National Action
Committee on the Status of
Women. Jane is also a member of
the Armstrong Centre Advisory
Committee for Okanagan
College....Winfred Liem, BSc'76,
has set up his own business, WJ
Automation Bid Service, which
provides computer-aided
estimating for small building
contractors. He is also working
towards a graduate education
degree at Simon Fraser
University....Shona Ann Moore,
BA'76, LLB'79, was recently
appointed vice chairman of the
Labour Relations Board of
hectic year in the life of multi-
talented Nicola Cavendish,
BA'77. As well as appearing in
three leading roles at the Shaw
Festival at Niagra-on-the-Lake,
Nicola is also contracted to stage a
National Arts Centre production
of "North Shore Live," a play
which she co-wrote. Later this
year, the production will tour
Canada and the U.S....Corporate,
government, and project finance
specialist Christopher Jurczynski,
BSc'77, has joined the corporate
finance department of Pitfield
Mackay Ross in Toronto....Gary
Brookfield, BSc'78, MSc'81, is a
guide/demonstrator at the Arts,
Sciences and Technology Centre
on Granville Street in
Vancouver.... After four years
with a travelling theatre company
in England, Eric Epstein, BA'78,
returned to Vancouver last
summer. As artistic director of the
Vancouver Shakespeare Festival,
he is now helping stage under-
the-stars productions of Much Ado
About Nothing, Othello, and A
Midsummer Night's Dream....Gary
Lopaschuck, BSc'78, MSc'80,
PhD'83, has been in Hershy,
Pennsylvania, conducting heart
research on behalf of the
Canadian Heart
Foundation... .After only three
years in the real estate business,
Michael Chang, BCom'79, has
become the top housing salesman
among Block Brothers Realty's
2,000 agents. Michael lives in the
Kerrisdale district of
Vancouver... Christopher Moore,
BA'77, has been awarded the
Governor-General's Literary
14 Chronicle/Fa//1983
Award for non-fiction for his
book, Louisbourg Portraits: Life in
an Eighteenth Century Garrison
Town. Christopher grew up in
Nelson, though he now lives in
Ontario. His father, Vincent, is
the author of Angelo Branca's
biography, Gladiator of the Courts,
published a few years ago.
Leanne Embree
Colleen Giddings, BEd'81,
headed the choral division at the
Kamloops-Interior Summer
School of Music this summer.
Other instructors there were
Gerald King, BMus'75, and Grant
Fuergutz, BMus'80 Leanne
Embree, BSc(Pharm)'83, was
awarded a Parke-Davis Pharmacy
Research Award Fellowship
worth S2000 by Warner-Lamber
Canada, Inc....Douglas J. Morris,
BCom'80, has recently moved to
Port McNeill, B.C., where he
works as a real estate appraiser.
Linda D. Falls, BMus'69,
MMus'72, to Dr. Craig Nelson
Markle (BMus'73. MD'76,
Calgary), on May 21, 1983 in
Vancouver....Robert Gilbert,
BASc (Electrical)'71 toK.E.
Martin, (BA'76,
Queens).   Sandra MacPhail,
BSc'80, to Eric Fry, on May 14,
1983 in West Vancouver... Tracy
A. Moore, BCom'76 (CA'79), to'
Sandra K. Beran (BFd, Oregon
St., MEd, Portland St.), on March
5, 1983 in Portland,
Oregon....Michael F. Gleeson,
BSc(Agr)'77 to Cynthia Anne
Accristo of Buffalo N.Y., at Cecil
Green Park, Vancouver, on June
11, 1983.    Douglas J. Morris,
BCom'80, to Wendy Joy Hine, on
December 11, 1982, in North
Vancouver....Don Nilson,
BCom'76, to Alison Mordell of
Montreal, on June 11,
1983 ...Mary Patricia Olson,
BMus'76 (MA, Washington), to
Paul William Alexander Mitchell
(BMus, Western Washington), on
January 15. 1983 in
Vancouver....Reginald G.
Orchard, BSc'68, MSc'7() (MD,
Antwerp), to Elisabeth
Hollenweger of Switzerland.
March, 198"! in
Fdmonton....Darrell F. Rea,
BSc'74. DMD'79, to Susan R.
Brian, BC"orn'79, in Vancouver.
Bernard Aheme, BA'67, and
Eroca Shaler (b. Ann Baal), BA'65
(MA, SFU), a daughter,
Christabel Sidney, August 11,
1982 in Mission, B.C....John
Charles Bell. BA'61, MA'72, and
Tiiu Jennifer Bell, BEd'66, a son,
Stephen Timothv John, March 15,
1982 in Vancouver....Brian A.
Bruser, BSc'70, l.l.B'74, and
Deborah C. Tate Bruser, BA'72,
Ml.S'78, a daughter, Emily
Catherine late, January 22, 1983
in Smithers, a sister to
Rebecca...Jack Burgar, BEd'72
(MF.d, Western Washingon), and
Kathleen Burgar, a son, Matthew
Alexander, August 27, 1982, a
brother to Alvson....Susan Clark,
BSc(Pharm)'73, and Phil
McOrmond, BSc(Pharm)73,
MSc'75. a daughter, April 16,
1983 ...Ariel L. Anderson
Eastman, BEd'71, and Barry W.R.
Eastman, BSc'68, a son, Barrett
Spencer Havnes, December 10,
1982 in Vancouver....David E.
Esau, BASc'73, and Arlene M.
Bird Esau, BHE'73, a daughter,
Lauren Elizabeth, May 11, 1983,
in Vancouver Carolyn
Gundrum, BEd'71, and Stefan
Siarkiewicz, a daughter,
Stephanie Morgan, March 16,
1983 in Kelowna, a sister to
Christopher....Laura Turecki
Hansen, BA'77, and Colin
Hansen (BA, UVic), a son, Ross
Stuart, May 10,
1983 ...ChristopherT. Hatfield,
BSc'67 (MSc, Queens), and Nancy
Jill Newby, BA'67, MA'69, a son,
Matthew Alexander, September
1, 1982 in Vancouver....Kathy
Johnson Jonker, BSc'79, and Jan
Jonker, a son, Richard Willem,
April 4, 1983....Karel A.J. Jonker,
BA'72, and Karen Farstad Jonker,
BEd'73, a son. Christian Michael,
December 18, 1982, in Toronto, a
brother to F.rik....Michael J.
O'Connor, LLB'74, and Karin
Dianna Hartwig O'Connor, a
daughter, Laura Geraldine
Bernadette, December 17, 1982 in
Victoria, a sister to Sean
Daniel ...R. (Bob) Paterson,
BCom'68, MBA'69, (C A.AIIC),
and Jan Paterson. BEd'70, a
daughter, Susan Margaret,
November 29, 1982, in Burnabv, a
sister to Scott and
Stephanie....Shirley Pitt, BA'81
and Richard Pitt, a son, May 9,
1983, in Victoria....Denis Salter,
BA'70, and Susan Still, MSc'71, a
son, Nicholas Alexander William,
February 19, 1983 in Calgary.
Stanley Tremaine Arkley, BA'25,
l.LD'76, June 1983. Stan was a
tireless supporter of the
university, donating rare books to
the library, and helping to found
the Friends of UBC, an American
alumni fund raising organization.
He wa* vice-president of the
Friends of UBC at the time of his
death. He was granted an
honorary degree in Library
Science in 1976, and the Stanley
T. Arkley Scholarship in
Librarianship was established in
his honor. He is survived by sons
Alfred of Rochester, 111., Richard
of Seattle, and S. Tremaine Arkley
Jr. of Independence, Ore.,
daughter Allegra of Atrinson,
Mass., his brother, Heileman O.
(Jack) Arkley of Vancouver, B.C.,
and seven grandchildren.
Stephen Taylor Bowell, BASc'46,
February 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio.
A long-time employee of the SCM
conglomerate, he served most
recently as research director in the
Consumer Paint Division of
SCM's Glidden Corporation.
Survived by wife Betty, sons
Stephen Michael of Burnabv and
Jeffrev Taylor of Westpoint, New
York, and granddaughter Kate
Dr. Stuart Donald Cavers, BASc
(Chemical Engineering)'42,
MASc'46, (PhD, Caltech'51), May
1983. Dr. Cavers taught at UBC
from 1956 until his death. The
author or co-author of nearly 50
research papers, his students
were of major interest to him, and
he wrote a number of papers on
their employment prospects. He
is survived by his wife Geraldine,
and four children. In his memory
a scholarship fund has been
established. Donations would be
welcome to the Stuart D. Cavers
Memorial Scholarship Fund,
University of British Columbia,
2075 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver,
B.C. V6T 1Z4.
Alexander Drdul, BA'49, June,
1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio. An IBM
executive working out of Toronto,
he is survived bv his wife
Lorraine, and sons Richard,
Douglas and Jeffrey.
William Edward Dunbar,
BA'49,BCom'49, May 1983 in
North Vancouver. A former Big
Block member, he is survived by
mother Delia, wife Shirlev, son
Donald, daughters Anne, Jane
and Fli/abeth, granddaughter
Kimberlev, brother iim, and sister
Julian Harrison, BSc'77, MD'79,
April 1983 in California. An avid
outdoorsman and former
president of the Varsity Outdoors
Club, he was at the time of his
death engaged in cancer research
at the University of California at
Berkeley. Survived bv father
Lionel of Vancouver, wife Mary of
Gibsons Landing, grandparents
Eugenia and George Stone of
Vancouver, and one grandparent
in England. Enid Stewart (Wyness) Harvey,
BA'32, MSW'50, June 1983 in
Vancouver. After a distinguished
career in social work in various
Canadian cities, she was married
five vears ago to William H.
Harvev in Vancouver. She was
active in organizing the Class of
'32 reunion last year and was also
secretary of the Alumni Social
Work Division. Among her
accomplishments were 12 years as
director of social service in the
Division of Tuberculosis Control
of British Columbia, and
appointment as first director of
Ottawa Civic Hospital's social
service department. Survived bv
husband, William H. Harvey- and
sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor
and Robert F. Binnie.
Robert H. Jones, BA'47,
November 1982.
Edward R. (Ned) Larsen, BA'48,
April 1983. He joined the staff of
Shawnigan Lake School shortly
after graduation, and was
appointed headmaster in 1958. He
founded the Federation of
Independent Schools Associations
of B.C., edited the Canadian
Independent Schools Journal, and
represented Canada in squash
and field hockey. In July 1982, he
assumed the position of head of
development for the Roval
Museum of Ontario. Survived by
wife Patricia of Oakville, Ont.,
son Thomas and daughter Brenda
of Toronto, and daughter Cindv
of Vancouver.
John Phee Gordon MacLeod
(DSO, ED), BA'22, June 1983
Served with 196 Battalion, 46
Battalion, Irish Fusiliers of
Canada, Westminster Regiment,
and UBC Contingent COTC  Big
Block member. Survived bv
daughter Mrs. William E.
(Shirley) Dunbar, son Donald
Gordon MacLeod, grandchildren
Don, Anne, Jane and Elizabeth
Dunbar, Jennifer MacLeod, Mrs.
Kathy Thurlow, and great
granddaughter Kimberley
H. Janette Mayers, BEd'62,
August 1982.
Roger Pedersen, BA'61, May 1983
in Vancouver. A native of
Vancouver, he taught at Kitsilano
Secondary School for almost 20
vears. Survived bv wife Joan, son
Douglas, brother Edmund and
sister Eleanor Gornall, and by a
number of nieces and nephews.
Walter Donald MacKinnon Sage,
BA'40, May 1983 in Point Roberts,
Washington. He served with the
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
and had a long and distinguished
teaching career in Vancouver.
Survived by wife Elsie, children
Daniel, Donnetta, Elspeth and
Suzanne, sister Margaret, and
three grandchildren.
Charles Morin Senay, BSc'48,
April 1983 Following his
retirement from teaching, he
continued to serve his community
as a member of both the Rotary
Club and the Grand Forks (B.C.)
District Council. Survived by his
wife, Kathleen, a son William,
and three daughters. Sheila
(BA'78), Phvllis (BPE'79), and
E. Harold TulL BASc'33 (MASc,
Western Ontario), Julv 1981. He
served with the RCAF (1941-45)
and later taught radar and
electronics at the University of
Western Ontario. In recent vears
he was on the faculty of North
Western Michigan College.
Survived bv wife A.J. Tuli. IB
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mornings were kept emotionally
pure. Since these labs were about
the only academic occasions when
a freshman could get a real education by talking to a freshette, a
general tone of depravity pervaded those two and a half hour
sessions when we were supposed
to be tracking down chemical
unknowns or learning about acceleration by means of Fletcher's
__L ei
erhaps the chief difference
between being a UBC student during the war years and at any other
time is that in addition to carrying
a full load of labs and classes (in
1943 the part-time student had not
yet been invented), the male students had to spend six hours a
week in military training. Three of
these hours were scheduled for
Saturday afternoon, and through
out the autumn and the spring,
the roads in and around the campus were dotted with ragged
groups of army, navy or air force
officer-cadets who were route-
marching their way into military
When the winter rains arrived,
we would be paraded into lecture
halls to be given spell-binding lectures on military subjects delivered by our officers. A major from
the Classics Department would
recount the history of the Bren
Gun, a captain from sociology
would go on and on about military
security, perhaps without realizing that the raunchiest members
of his audience were taking everything he said about security as a
double entendre.
But the undoubted high-point
of these military lectures took
place in Aggie 100 when Captain
Osborne (later to become head of
physical education at UBC) demonstrated the dangers of sloppy
gunmanship by unexpectedly
firing off a blank .303 cartridge,
the boom of which aroused the
army, but set student patriotism
back by about three weeks.
Iven the briefest set of reminiscences about the UBC of four
decades ago should include something about the transportation
problems that had to be faced in
that era. In 1943, gas was
rationed, so only the richest students drove cars. The poorer students, and most of the faculty, got
to the campus via the streetcar
and bus system operated by
Hydro's ancestor, the B.C. Electric
Railway Company. In 1943, Tenth
Avenue boasted only a single
streetcar line that climbed the hill
from Alma to Sasamat, turned the
corner and travelled north to
somewhere about Fifth. Since
what had come up on the single
track couldn't go back down if
something else was coming up, a
sophisticated system of baton-
passing between motormen was
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Chronicle/Fa//1983 15 required   to   keep   things   untangled.
At Sasamat, those heading out
to the campus lined up patiently
on the northwest corner to wait
for one of the two ancient, red,
slug-like buses that shuttled endlessly back and forth between the
campus and the Tenth and
Sasamat corner. (The streetcar
fare at that time was seven cents;
the bus ride to the campus cost an
extra nickel.) During peak periods, such as before an 8:30 a.m.
class, the buses had to be really
packed. In order not to leave anxious students standing on the
sidewalk, the two regular bus
drivers (I can still see their faces,
though I don't recall their names)
had become adept at driving a few
yards and then slamming on the
brakes in order to get the reluctant
standees to move to the back of
the bus. Many long-lasting campus romances and friendships
began when one of the standees
politely inquired of another:  "Is
One of the "ancient, red, slug-like buses'
in 1925, before it became ancient.
that served the UBC campus, as seen
my rib crushing your elbow?"
In my memory, those early
morning trips to UBC all seem to
have taken place in the fog. Perhaps Vancouver really was foggier
in  those  days,   when   most  city
homes were heated by furnaces
burning coal or sawdust. In anv
case, fog seems to be the perfect
metaphor through which I can
look back to being a UBC freshman 40 years ago. &
Norman MacKenzie House
It is vitally important to the
future of our province that strong
links be forged between our
community and our University,
says UBC Chancellor J.V. Clyne.
For this reason, the UBC Board
of Governors, at its meeting in
February of this year, decided to
restore Norman MacKenzie House
and complete renovations to
enable UBC President George
Pedersen to move into the house.
The Alumni Association executive
feels community involvement
under Dr. Pedersen would be
greatly enhanced by such a centre.
"Dr. Pedersen has agreed to live
in the house," UBC Board of
Governors Chairman David
McLean said, "on the
understanding that the amount of
money spent on renovations will
be the minimum required to make
it habitable and that it will be used
as a 'town-gown' centre for
ensuring that the University has
close contacts and a good
relationship with a wide range of
individuals and community
organizations.' The house is
expected to be ready September 1,
and to be available for entertaining
October 1.
The house is located in a
magnificent setting on three acres
overlooking Howe Sound on
Northwest Marine Drive, adjacent
to the Museum of Anthropology.
The house, built in the late 1940s,
was used first by Dr. Norman
MacKenzie, and by successive
continued on page 18
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presidents of the University until
1974 when President Walter Gage
elected to live off campus. On
March 3, 1983, the Board of
Governors, with the enthusiastic
consent of Dr. MacKenzie,
unanimously resolved to name the
house 'Norman MacKenzie
House' to honor its first occupant.
In light of the current economic
conditions, the Board felt the
University should bear only a
nominal part of the cost of the
restoration from its budget and
that a campaign should be
undertaken to raise the balance of
the funds from interested donors.
In order to demonstrate its
commitment to this opportunity
for closer ties between UBC and
the community, the UBC Alumni
Association has pledged its
support. Donations payable over
five years are being solicited. All
donations are tax deductible and
cheques should be made payable
to "The University of British
Columbia" and sent to the Alumni
Office, marked "Norman
Ma cKenzie Hou se." P
by Chronicle staff
Class of '38 — 45th anniversary
Reunion Dinner
Friday, October 21, 1983
Ballroom, Faculty Club
No Host Bar —7 p.m.
Dinner — 8:30 p.m.
Tickets $21/person
available from:
Liz Owen 228-3313
Class of '58 — 25th anniversary
Reunion Dinner/Dance
Saturday, October 8, 1983
Graduate Student Centre
No Host Bar —6:30 p.m.
Dinner — 7:30 p.m.
Dancing — 9:00 p.m.
Tickets $30/person
available from:
 Liz Owen 228-3313	
News in brief
The Commerce Class of '78 held a
reunion on June 11, 1983 at the Odyssey Room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel
in downtown Vancouver. The wine
and cheese party was attended by 40
grads and their guests.
in his will.
Dr S. Morley Scott
To The University of British Columbia the sum of
Three Thousand ($3,000.00) Dollars in
recognition of two "Returned Soldier
Scholarships" granted me in the year A.D. 1920
and 1921; such bequest likewise to be devoted
exclusively to the charitable activities of this
University within British Columbia....
When the late Dr. S. Morley Scott remembered UBC in his
will, he made a personal commitment to the welfare of future
generations. Like many UBC graduates, he recognized higher
education as a vital means for the material and spiritual
advancement of mankind.
Dr. Scott graduated from UBC with First Class Honours in
Latin and History in 1921. Following further studies at Toronto,
Oxford, and Michigan, he had a long and distinguished career
both as an academic and as a diplomat and ambassador.
Although his professional endeavours took him far from
Vancouver to points as distant as Germany and Pakistan, Dr.
Scott never forgot the contribution which UBC had made to his
life and the lives of his family.
Dr. Scott's brother Gordon had graduated from UBC in
1919. Their father, Snowdon Dunn Scott, was a UBC
"Founding Father." Family involvement with the University
continues to this day, with representatives of the Scott family
to be found in both the UBC faculty and student body.
Throughout its history, UBC has benefitted greatly from the
generous bequests of alumni and friends of the University.
Bequests can take many forms, and can be either unrestricted
as to use or restricted to specific purposes.
For more information on how you can help UBC continue in
its pursuit of academic excellence, please call or write:
The University of British Columbia
Development Office
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver V6T1W5
18 Chronicle/Fa//1983 Not your
by Terry Lavender
The new UBC bookstore, which
opened for business in June, is
decorated in red and sells microcomputers.
It also sells books, of course,
almost half a million of them, but
they aren't all textbooks or specialized literature. There's a large
selection of science fiction, general
fiction, childrens' literature, and
even humor. It is far bigger than
most bookstores, with plenty of
browsing room and aisles wide
enough to handle even the annual
crush of students in September.
The new bookstore is out of the
ordinary because bookstore director John Hedgecock wanted it that
way. Hedgecock sees a .university
bookstore as a resource, for both
the university and the wider community. It not only supplies students with textbooks, but also
with pens, stationery, stethoscopes and dissecting kits, and
even personal computers.
The bookstore was also
designed with the public in mind.
"We sell the things the private
sector doesn't get into," Hedgecock says. The bookstore's extensive selection of current material
helps professionals keep up with
developments in their fields. And
if the store does not have a certain
book, it will order it, without extra
charge, from anywhere in the
"Everyone can use the bookstore," Hedgecock says. "As (former UBC President Doug) Kenny
says, we're not a monastery at the
end of Point Grey. We're a provincial resource."
To make the bookstore more
accessible to the public, Hedgecock fought to have it centrally
located on University Boulevard,
right beside the bus loop and easily accessible by car. The store is
currently open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday to Friday, but Hedgecock
hopes the hours can be extended
Hedgecock wants to make the
bookstore a campus social centre,
or as he puts it, "A place where
people want to be, where they can
go for an hour or so if they find
themselves with some free time,"
He contrasts this with the old
bookstore, not readily accessible
to the general public and "a place
to be avoided by everybody. It
was crowded and grungy."
There will be special displays in
the new bookstore — the first was
an exhibit of rare books.
Hedgecock is also trying to
arrange book signing sessions
with noted Canadian authors.
Alumni who recall having to
search through monstrous stacks
of textbooks in the old Armourv
will be interested to know that in
future all textbooks will be sold in
the bookstore. The flexibility of
the new store is such that display
stands can be removed and
snapped into place near the
entrance to create another row of
checkstands, just for the Septem
ber rush.
The statistics of the new bookstore are impressive: It is the second largest in Canada in size and
in expected volume of business ($8
million last year). It is expected to
sell between 400,000 and 500,000
books a year, or 250 tons of books.
It cost about $7 million to build,
and takes up about 55,000 square
feet on two levels, 35,000 square
feet of it selling space. Hedgecock
has 67 full-time people in his
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and literature, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, health sciences, science and
engineering, and professional
(law, education, librarianship,
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director seven years ago.
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Chronide/Fall 1983 19 Gibson at 50th Reunion
Freedom of thought
and public support key
to UBC's future
What changes will the future bring
to {fBC?. Dr. William C. Gibson,
BA'33, chairman of the Universities
Council of British Columbia, was
asked to offer his predictions at his
50th reunion dinner, held at the UBC
Faculty Club on July 23, 1983.
Excerpts from his talk follow:
i^As we enter a period where re-
certification in all professions will
be mandatory, the university will
find itself offering greater and
greater numbers of professional
up-date courses, by face-to-face
instruction, or more likely, by satellite television. Professional update will be a necessary activity in
law, forestry, engineering, agriculture and in the sciences particularly.
To ensure future financial independence for thought and teaching by their professors, many of
UBC's faculties will be seeking to
develop named, endowed chairs.
Already Commerce is leading the
way with half a dozen such.
Alumni and other sources are
hoping to memorialize one of
UBC's most popular chancellors,
the late Allan McGavin, by creating this year an endowed chair in
geriatrics. Not surprisingly a
group at the other end of the age
spectrum, is hoping to finance a
Sports Medicine Clinic also in
memory of Chancellor McGavin.
An appeal for both projects has
been launched by the Alumni
Association. Already, in desperately crowded quarters in the
Johnny Owen Field House, a
remarkable group of physicians,
physical educationists and rehabilitation personnel is seeing 480
referred injured athletes per week,
from all parts of British Columbia.
This "peak of excellence" can only
grow in importance over the next
20 Chronicle/Fui7 1983
50 years, given space and manpower. The early part of the next
half-century will see, no doubt, a
life-saving amount of space freed
up by the removal of the sciences
from John Riddington's "castle" to
a new, highly sophisticated Science Library where the original
Agriculture building stood beside
the bus stop. There one will someday find, I hope, library facilities
for physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering. The present
Main Library's upper floor, with
its high vaulted ceilings, from the
north Kaye Lamb wing right
through to the Walter Koerner
south wing, will become the Norman MacKenzie Fine Arts Gallery.
As the floors in that entire concourse were never stressed to
carry the load presented by books,
the gallery, promised to UBC's
great post-war president so many
times, could at last become a real-
In the field of athletics UBC will
continue to expand its intramural
program, already the largest in
North America. David Turner,
Canada's all-time soccer great,
here with us tonight, will see a
gradual increase in on-campus
soccer teams to a number well
beyond the present 105! Teams
and crews able to hold up their
heads in international competition
will still be bringing glory to UBC
50 years hence. They did this in
1933 when the men's basketball
team won the Canadian Championship, and the women's basketball team won the world championship.
We are likely to see the development of a "system" of universities
with high entrance standards, not
relying for financing on the "numbers game." If we are entering
upon an era of financial stringency
let our public investment be in
excellence! In terms of productivity it pays the best returns to society.
Since we were students on this
campus its area has been doubled
to approximately 1,000 acres.
There still remains undeveloped
an area of 1,700 acres in the
misnamed "Endowment Lands."
These once-federal defence lands
have become the target of a number of schemes, but it is the hope
of many in our era that they will
be used for three purposes only,
in perpetuity: a forest park of
1,066 acres south of 16th Avenue;
a reasonable reserve for UBC
for unforeseen developments in
the centuries ahead, such as Pat
McGeer's Discovery Park; and
public parks, playing fields and
picnic grounds which will guard
the fragile soil conditions north of
Chancellor Boulevard.
Finally, we will look back in a
few years upon 1983 as merely the
prelude to good things in the
health field. The revolution in the
study of human genetics through
gene-splicing and other new techniques will find UBC in the forefront as its nascent Centre for
Molecular Genetics gets under
way. With a nucleus of 30 geneticists on campus today we can look
forward with confidence to the
day when the defective gene can
be isolated and compensated for,
in some of the great killers, such
as heart disease and cancer, and in
some of the most distressing mental diseases — schizophrenia in
the young and Alzheimer's in the
Provided there is freedom of
enquiry as well as private and
public support of excellence, the
next 50 years at UBC will be as
thrilling to contemplate as were
the years 1933 to 1983.**' UBC reports
Published as a supplement to the UBC Alumni Chronicle by Information Services, University of B.C., 6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. No. 18, Autumn. 1983 Jim Banham and
Lorie Chortyk, editors.
An interview
with UBC's
New President
Dr. K. George Pedersen became UBC's eighth president
on July 1 after a career as a teacher, administrator and
scholar at all levels of the B.C. educational system. UBC
Reports spoke to him in his office in the Old
Administration Building early in August, the day before
he left to attend meetings of the Association of the
Universities of the British Commonwealth in England.
UBC REPORTS: You've been
president of UBC for a month now.
Can you describe your major concerns in that time?
DR. PEDERSEN: Well, there have
been two. One of them is the ongoing problem of our 1983-84 budget
and even now, one month into the
second quarter of the fiscal year, we
have no clear idea of our financial
position. That makes life very difficult and makes planning almost impossible.
(On Aug. 9, UBC learned that its
general purpose operating grant for
1983-84 would be the same as the grant
provided in 1982-83. In addition, no
additional funds will be available in
1983-84 for expansion of the UBC
medical school. Also eliminated from the
1983-84 budget were funds totalling $1.7
million for projects which have received
special funding in the past).
The second major concern is the
proposed legislation known as Bill 3,
the Public Sector Restraint Act. Bill 3,
in my view, is unfortunate and unnecessary and will have an impact on
the University if the provisions of the
act are retained in their present form.
(Bill 3, in its original form, empowered
public sector employers, including
universities, to dismiss employees
without cause. The bill gave the government the same authority. This clause
removed   tenure   for   all   public   sector
employees, including university teachers.
On Aug. 4 the government introduced an
amendment to delete the words "without
cause" from the legislation. The effect of
other amendments is to allow public sector employers and employees to negotiate
layoff provisions in their collective
agreements. When UBC Reports went
to press the bill was still awaiting second
reading in the Legislature).
Bill 3, if it becomes law in its present form, will unquestionably give
B.C a black eye in the international
academic community. Most important, it will seriously affect our ability
to attract and retain high quality
scholars and teachers. They simply
will not risk coming to B.C. if we are
the only university jurisdiction in the
western world that doesn't grant tenure and guarantee academic freedom.
Universities are unique in the sense
that they're charged with developing
new insights, new understandings,
new knowledge and ensuring that
these are communicated to students
through classroom teaching. The
issue of academic freedom focuses on
whether scholars are completely free
to pursue these activities without fear
of internal or external interference
and restraint. Bill 3 is being perceived
in other jurisdictions as a denial of
that freedom.
The   bill   is   unnecessary,   in   my
view, because we have provisions in
each of the contracts that apply to
employee groups that allow us to
deal with the question of financial exigency The one area where we are
not totally complete is with faculty. . we haven't worked out the criteria and procedures that will apply if
a reduction of faculty numbers is
necessitated by financial exigency.
But the fundamental notion that such
a reduction can be carried out on the
basis of financial exigency is accepted.
And I would be the last person to
argue that the tenure system is free
from abuse. But if that's a concern,
the issue becomes how one cleans up
that act, as opposed to using restraint
as the basis for acting on dissatisfaction with the tenure system.
1 have written to the premier asking that modifications be made to the
legislation prior to its passage.
UBC REPORTS: You mentioned
earlier the problems resulting from
the fact that we don't yet know what
our operating budget will be for the
current year. A second problem is
that UBC continues to receive
minimal increases in its operating
grant. What options does the
University have in the future if we
continue to get minimal increases?
Continued on Page 22
Chronicle/F(7/n<W3 21 QBC reports
The new dean of the Faculty of Forestry at UBC is Prof. Robert W. Kennedy, a versatile wood scientist who has combined a university career with research on new wood-based products for industry.
Prof. Kennedy became head ofthe UBC forestry faculty July 1, succeeding Prof. Joseph Gardner, the
faculty's dean since 1966. Prof. Kennedy received his Master of Forestry degree from UBC in 1955
and taught at the University of Toronto before returning to B.C. to join the Western Forest Products
Laboratory (now called Forintek) at UBC. He joined the UBC faculty in 1979 and was recently named
head of its Department of Harvesting and Wood Science.
DR. PEDERSEN: Two things come
to mind. First, I don't think universities can continue to take in more
and more students without increases
in operating grants. I think all the
public universities are going to have
to look seriously at putting some
kind of limitations on their enrolments.
That doesn't seem to bother the
government too much, if its viewpoint is reflected by the minister (Dr.
Patrick McGeer, provincial minister
of universities). He seems more interested in the quality of students
we're taking in, rather than the
number.. .1 think that policy has the
potential to be difficult for the
government in the long haul, especially when it becomes increasingly
evident to more and more people
that they can't get their sons and
daughters into university.
Limiting enrolment is clearly a difficult step for the universities to take,
but I don't think we have much
choice. If we don't take that position
we would have to acknowledge that
we have sufficient funds to continue
to grow without the additional support that's implied as the result of
enrolment increases.
The second aspect of the question
is how the University maintains
quality of education and indeed,
builds on it, at the same time as it's
faced with restraint. There are two
basic ways one can go.
The first is to say we will all make
across-the-board cuts over some
period of time and continue to support all areas equally on the earlier
budget base. I have a problem with
that. It's a neat solution simply to say
that everyone has to take a two- to
five-per-cent cut, or whatever the required level of cutback. But in the
long-run, UBC will not be served
well by that approach.
So one has to have time to go
through the exercise of knowing
where we have strong academic units
that continue to get supported
. . .where we have units that perhaps
need improvement.. .where it
would be possible to reduce the complement of "people in those units
without harming them in an academic sense.
I think it's important for people to
realize that the restraint problem is
not here just for 1983-84. It's likely to
be with us for three to five years. As I
understand it, the provincial Treasury Board is not expecting an improvement for at least that period
and any improvement in that period
is largely dependent on the government's ability to get its bill for health
services until control. . .
It's my understanding, too, that
the major forest companies in B.C.
will not be paying any corporate tax
for the next three years because they
have tax losses they can write off
A new team of vice-
presidents is assisting President George Pedersen in the
day-to-day running of the
The new vice-president
academic is Prof. Robert H.T.
Smith, who was associate vice-
president academic until June
30. Australian-born Prof.
Smith joined UBC in 1975 as
head of the Department of
Succeeding Prof. Smith as
associate vice-president
academic is Prof. R. Doncaster
Russell, a UBC faculty member
for 24 years and associate dean
of the Faculty of Science until
June 30. Prof. Russell is a
former head of the Department
of Geophysics and Astronomy
and has been a member of both
the Board of Governors
(1978-81) and the Senate
Joining UBC on Jan. 1, 1984
as vice-president finance will
be Allan Bruce Gellatly of
Waterloo University, who has
been that university's vice-
president finance and operations since 1970. He succeeds
William White, who retired in
Continuing as vice-president
for University services at UBC
is Prof. James Kennedy, former
director of UBC's Computing
Centre and a faculty member
since 1966. Also continuing as
vice-provost for student affairs
is Dr. Neil Risebrough, former
assistant dean of Applied
Science and a UBC faculty
member since 1963.
over that time. So there's no doubt
the government has some difficult
choices to make in terms of getting its
own budget in order.
As far as UBC is concerned, we
have to start to do the longer-term
planning that's necessary to deal
with a period of restraint that is
longer than just the short run. So in
answer to the question, we may not
be bigger, indeed we may be smaller.
But the question is, can you reduce
size and at the same time maintain
the existing quality of the institution
or even build on it? That's a very difficult assignment.
UBC REPORTS: Are you proceeding on the assumption that the
University will get no increase in its
operating grant for the current fiscal
DR. PEDERSEN: Yes, that's my
expectation and, indeed, we may be
faced with a decrease, partly because
of enrolment shifts within the system
and partly because there has been no
money made available in the current
year for the industrial education program in the Faculty of Education. For
us, that means something in excess
of $1 million and we will have to take
a hard look at how we deal with that.
Previously, the program was funded
by the Ministry of Education.
The second difficulty we have is a
shortfall of about $1.1 million as a
result of the faculty salary increases
that were provided last year. At the
moment, the bulk of that — 75 to 80
per cent of it — has been accommodated by appointments that
haven't been allowed to go forward.
In the time that's left to us before the
start of the 1983-84 winter session, it
may be that that's the only way of
dealing with the shortfall. It would
normally take you a whole year of
planning to deal with a situation like
that, so it's a far-from-ideal situation.
It's not clear, either, what will happen with some of the special-
category grants. For example, the
mpdical-school expansion money of
some $8-plus million has been rolled
into the University's basic operating
grant and the question in our minds
is: Will a portion of that be
distributed to the other two universities?
We're hard enough strapped with
the 130 students we're now taking in
annually  in  medicine  to  meet the
22 Chronicle/Faf/1983 UBCreports
The provincial government has approved funds for the planning of a $6 million pulp and paper
teaching centre in UBC's Faculty of Applied Science. The Pulp and Paper Research Institute of
Canada will provide $1 million a year for operating costs, plus $250,000 annually for fellowships for
graduate students using the facility. The centre is expected to be operating within two years. Also
under consideration by the federal government for location in Discovery Park UBC is a new $13
million national pulp and paper research facility.
financial needs there. It would be terribly difficult if that were reduced,
and wHle we are going to admit 130
in September, there will be no increase in intake because no additional funds have been provided.
There is some difference of opinion
between the University and the
minister (Dr. McGeer) on this matter
and his position is that he has given
UBC enough money to enable it to
take in 160 students, which would
mean that we had reached the objective of doubling enrolment in
medicine. The Faculty of Medicine
has taken the view that it can't do
UBC REPORTS: What's your feeling about the present level of student fees? Are they high enough or
will UBC have to take a hard look at
DR. PEDERSEN: I have a schizophrenic view of fees...two views
that make some sense to me.
One is to go to the British or
Australian system, where you have
no fees. Under this system there are
very demanding standards for getting into university, but once admitted the students pay nothing and no
one who has the capacity for a
university education is denied the
opportunity to go.
The other route is that of charging
considerably higher fees to the
student.. .considerably higher than
we now charge. This is based on an
economic argument which goes like
this: The present relatively modest
level of fees that students are required to pay serves as a subsidy to
those of us who can afford to pay
higher fees to send our children to
I am an example of an individual
who can obviously pay higher fees to
send my daughter to university in
this province. In effect, what I get is a
subsidy of the difference between
whatever level we think would be the
right one to set and the current
That latter view, of course, terrorizes a lot of people. The corollary
that has to be in place with that option is a very effective aid system to
ensure that qualified students aren't
denied admission on the ground that
they don't meet the financial requirements.
We have to recognize that over the
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proportion of the operating budget
that's carried by students to be
reduced substantially and this has
created the expectation among B.C.
students that their tuition fees are going to be relatively lower than elsewhere. So it's difficult for them to accept the idea of substantial increases.
I'm of the view that this is something the three universities should sit
down and discuss together and come
to some agreement on what proportion of the budget should be borne by
student fees, ensure that we have an
adequate financial aid program so
that good students aren't prevented
from enrolling and ensure that the
three institutions have the same level
of tuition fees.
UBC REPORTS: This issue of UBC
Reports will appear in The Chronicle,
the UBC Alumni Association's
magazine. How do you see their role
in university affairs?
DR. PFDERSEN: First, it's important I make clear that I regard the
alumni of any university as a tremendously important asset to the institution. I've always lamented the fact
that in Canada we haven't been able
to generate the loyalty and strong
support that our American counter-
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parts have been able to generate
among their graduates. In part, the
universities have to take some blame
for that . . . we haven't worked as
hard at generating enthusiasm as we
could and should. And that in no
way reflects on the Alumni Association... I'm simply saying that the
University as a whole has to recognize the importance of its graduates
and we should probably be doing a
much better job of ensuring that
communication with them is the very
best we can do with whatever resources we have available.
I hope it will be possible for me to
visit our branches and also set up
some kind of program whereby UBC
people, when they're going anywhere, have an opportunity to meet
with alumni from this institution.
Alumni ought to be proud of their
university, ought to be in a position
where they're anxious to support it
...Universities don't always do
things that thrill all our graduates.
Obviously, there ought to be an op
portunity for them to let us know
when we're not doing things as well
as we should or if there are better
ways to go.
I guess the message is that the wel-
Continued on Page 26
Chro"irle/Fn/l 1981 21 UBC reports
B.C.'s three public universities, the provincial government and the Universities Council of B.C. have
agreed to mount a strategic planning project aimed at creating a master plan for the future development of B.C.'s university system. A project management committee of about 20 persons representing UCBC, the universities, the provincial Treasury Board and ministries of education and universities, will oversee the project. UCBC hopes to complete the project by the end of 1984.
Notice is hereby given that the election of the Chancellor and
of ELEVEN members of the Senate to be elected by the
members of Convocation of The University of British Columbia will be held on Thursday, March 8, 1984.
Candidates eligible to stand for election to the Senate are
members of Convocation who are not members of the
Faculties of the University.
The term of office is three years. The Convocation Senators
will take office on September 1, 1984. The Chancellor will
take office on June 25, 1984.
Nomination procedures:
1. All nominations of candidates for the office of Chancellor
must be supported by the identifiable signatures of
SEVEN persons entitled to vote in the election of the
Chancellor and carry the signature of the nominee indicating willingness to run for election.
2. All nominations of candidates for membership in the
Senate must be supported by the identifiable signatures of
THREE persons entitled to vote in the election of the
Nominations for these offices must be in the hands of the Registrar
no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 1983.
In accordance with the University Act, an election register has
been prepared showing the names and known addresses of
all members of the Convocation who are entitled to vote at an
election   and   the   register  is   open   for   inspection   at   all
reasonable hours by all members entitled to vote.
K.G. Young,
The University of British Columbia,
204 - 2075 Wesbrook Mall,
Vancouver, B.C., Canada,
V6T 1Z2.	
List of those currently holding office in the 1981-84
three-year term:
The Honourable J.V. Clyne, C.C., K.G.St.J., B.A.
Senate (listed in alphabetical order)
William Henry Birmingham, B.A., B.Arch.
Mary F. Bishop, B.A., M.A.
Grant D. Burnyeat, LL.B.
Patricia Macrae Fulton, B.A., Dipl.Soc.Work
William Mawhinney Keenlyside, B.A., A.M., Ph.D.
Anne Elizabeth MacDonald, B.A.
Elaine McAndrew, B.H.E., M.B.A.
James F. McWilliams, B.S.F., M.A.
Ruth E. Robinson, B.S.N., M.A.
Charlotte L.V. Warren, B.Com.
G. Vernon WeUburn, B.A.Sc.
Arts festival
in planning
A UBC committee is putting the
final touches on a series of events to
mark National Universities Week
Oct. 2-8.
As a prelude to National Universities Week, B.C.'s three public
universities have joined together to
sponsor a public ceremony in the
Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sept. 26
at which the new presidents of
Simon Fraser University and UBC —
Drs. William Saywell and George
Pedersen — will be officially installed
in office.
A highlight of National Universities Week on the UBC campus will
be a Festival of the Arts, which will
include an art exhibit, theatrical,
dance and musical performances as
well as other displays and exhibits.
Other events being planned include athletic competitions involving
teams from the three public universities and a series of lectures in
downtown Vancouver.
National Universities Week at UBC
will wind up on Oct. 8 when Dr.
Pedersen addresses the Vancouver
Institute, a Saturday-night lecture
group which has been meeting at
UBC since 1916.
Dr. Pedersen will speak at 8:15
p.m. in Lecture Hall 2 of the Woodward Instructional Resources
Building on the campus. His topic
will be "Education Under Seige:
Academic Freedom and the Cult of
Dr. Pedersen, who is co-chairman
of the national committee planning
the cross-country event, said the purpose of National Universities Week is
to demonstrate the essential role of
universities in regional and national
development, focus public opinion
on the value of university teaching,
scholarship, research and public service activities and to emphasize
university contributions to the
Alumni who want further information about campus and off-campus
events associated with National
Universities Week should call UBC's
Department of Information Services,
228-3131, for details.
24 Chronicle/Fa// 2983 Kananginak presents "The Loon and the Fish"
World renowned Eskimo artist, Kananginak, photographed with his latest work at Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories, is one of seven famous Canadian
artists whose work is now available in a special edition.
An exclusive arrangement between the West Baffin
Eskimo Cooperative and the Mintmark Press enables
you for the first time to have the work of a famous
Eskimo artist at a popular price.
Each specially commissioned print measures
193/4"x26" and is reproduced on fine art paper to the
highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.
These works are not available in any other form.
The Mintmark Edition is the only edition. Each print
comes to you with Mintmark Press's guarantee:
if not completely delighted with your acquisition,
your money will be cheerfully refunded.
Beautiful graphics from the following artists are also available:
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The first clinic in B.C to focus exclusively on problems related to high blood pressure is now
operating in the acute care unit of the Health Sciences Centre on the UBC campus. A team ot health
professionals led by UBC pharmacologist Dr. James Wright now treats more than 80 patients and
hopes to increase that number to two or three hundred.
Continued from Page 23
tare of a university is dependent on a
whole variety of collective groups,
and that certainly includes the alumni They have a lot of opportunity to
influence the place in a variety of
ways — they elect people to Senate
and are appointed or elected to the
Board. But the number of people
who can participate in that way is
limited and what is critically important is to give every support possible
tn the Alumni Association in its efforts to strengthen its branches to a
point where there's more active in-
voKeineiit and good communication
v\ ith the University.
1 don't say all these things just to
ensure that we get fiscal support
from our alumni... obviously that's
important and I wouldn't want to
minimize it. But trom my point of
view it's more important that we
have the moral support of our graduates .. . that they be in a position
that when things aren't going the
way the University thinks they
should, they're prepared to speak up
and suggest to elected representatives and others that it is important to
support our universities well.
UBC REPORTS: Do you have
some general philosophy of higher
education that underlies your activities as an academic and president?
DR. PEDERSEN: As I reflect on
the things that have influenced me
over the years, there are a couple that
come to mind. One is something that
I didn't realize until fairly recently,
but probably should have much
earlier. It really has to do with my
parents, who came to this country as
immigrants and started out in a very
modest way. They did two things —
they worked very hard and felt that
when you did something you did it
as well as you possibly could.
1 guess those are fundamental
premises I've operated on for a long
time without thinking it through very
clearly. It's important to recognize in
any university that the success of the
institution will largely depend on its
v anous groups of employees being
willing to do both of those things. I
think it essential that every faculty
member, every support-staff
member and everyone else
associated with the University
le-ogni/e  that   it's   still  fashioiiabU
Any outstanding
institution is
constantly alert
to ways it can
and appropriate to work hard and to
do things extremely well. Those
things have stood me in tremendously good stead.
Related to that was the experience I
had at the University of Chicago. I
had the privilege of attending three
good universities — this one, the
University of Washington and
Chicago, but I have to say that the
latter had the greater impact on me in
terms of the need to excel academically. After two hours at Chicago I
wasn't sure I was in the right place in
the sense of knowing whether I could
handle the program academically.
I had exactly the same experience
when I was hired back by Chicago as
a faculty member. I had the feeling
that it was a place that was more
demanding than I was capable of
handling. However, I survived both
as a graduate student and a faculty
member reasonably well and came
away with the view that academic excellence, while a trite term, is really
very meaningful to me.
Chicago set out to do high-quality
research and high-quality graduate
education, which are closely interrelated, and they have managed to
retain that over the years. As a result,
Chicago has had a marvellous and
quite overwhelming impact on people who have gone into higher
education. The fact that some 59 of
their faculty members have received
the Nobel Prize over 25-30 years
reflects the quality of that institution.
Now I don't want to give the impression that I think we can turn
UBC into the University of Chicago.
We couldn't and shouldn't. But I
think that as an institution we have
to be constantly alert to two things —
we have to be alert to our strengths
and ensure that those are well supported and secondly, where we have
inadequacies, we have to search for
ways to improve them. Any institution that's outstanding academically
is constantly alert to ways in which it
can improve.
I'm not sure we in Canada have
always understood that as well as we
should. There's an attitude which
says, "Well, we do quite well." But
unfortunately, we don't have in this
country a university that can be
described as truly international. We
don't have the equivalent of an Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Stanford,
Chicago type of institution anywhere.
I'm sure the University ot loionto
wouldn't agree with that and I know
it has units within it that are outstanding. . .so does this university
But I think it's better to be realistic
about your situation and see it you
can't become better. If I have a wish
of any kind during my five years as
president of UBC, it would be that
when I've finished that term people
would be able to say that UBC is a
better place academically than it was
when I came into the job.
UBC REPORTS: You set yourself a
rather punishing physical pace as
president. You're usually at your
desk about 7 a.m., are you not?
DR. PEDERSEN: Yes, I'm inclined
to come to work early because I'm
one of those people who, fortunately
or unfortunately, doesn't need a lot
of sleep.. .five hours is usually sufficient for me. I start about seven and
my wife and I usually have a fairly
demanding social schedule, which
means there is usually something on
in the evening as well, often seven
nights a week.
I guess it's a question of how you
make gains... I regard myself as
reasonably open, which means that
most people who want to see me
have the opportunity to do so. Mail
and other office duties I do in the early morning, on weekends, whenever
I can, so I have as much opportunity
as possible to interact, not only
within the organization, but outside
as well.
I've always operated this way,
even when I was an elemental y
school principal. I'll probably be inclined, however, to take vacations
more frequently than in the past . 1
think you can only go so long at that
kind of pace and then you do have to
take a break. I just finished tout days
of fishing, which is the first time in
my life that I've taken that sort of
tllt'i' oft
26 Chronicle/Fu//_ 983 UBC reports
UBC has joined forces with Canada's national tennis body to establish a training centre for top tennis
athletes in the western provinces. Under an agreement between UBC and Tennis Canada, UBC will
construct four tennis courts and eiect an all-weather "bubble" roof for the facility. The $250,1)00 bubble will be donated by Tennis Canada. UBC will recover the cost of constructing the centre over a
three-year period through revenue charged for the public use of the centre.
Bamfield Marine Station overlooks the lower reaches of Barkley Sound on Vancouver Island.
A bit of UBC on B.C.'s Outer Coast
A little bit of UBC is located at the
tiny fishing village of Bamfield on the
west coast of Vancouver Island on
the south side of Barkley Sound.
Eleven years after its founding in
1972, the Bamfield Marine Station
has established itself as a premier
centre for research and teaching on
marine biology in North America.
Owned and operated by the
Western Canadian Universities
Marine Biological Society
(WCUMBS), the station is the only
marine laboratory operated by
universities in Western Canada and
the only facility operated by the
government or universities on the
outer coast between Oregon and
Participating universities in
WCUMBS   are   the   three   public
universities in B.C. and the Universities of Calgary and Alberta.
According to Bamfield director Dr.
Ron Foreman, a member of UBC's
zoology department, the station has
excellent potential to become an internationally recognized facility if the
member universities and the two
provincial governments want to go in
that direction.
He said that many marine field stations have failed because their sites
were encroached upon by urbanization or spoiled by pollution. The
remote location of the Bamfield site
and the environmentally protected
adjacent area assure a long-term,
relatively unpolluted environment
for scientific work.
"A recent study by the International Seaweed Society listed about
150 marine field stations where scientists could do research," Dr.
Foreman said. "Of that number only
two had a greater variety of habitats
for study than we. We have tremendously rich flora and fauna, and
more than half the species known to
occur in B.C. and Washington are
found near the station."
The initial goals of the station have
been achieved: it has established a
base for undergraduate and graduate
teaching and it provides facilities for
research. Eight university courses are
taught during the summer and more
than 100 researchers use the station
each year. In addition to credit
courses, the station runs a variety of
educational field trips in the fall and
Continued on Page 28
Chronicle/fa//1983 11 UBC reports
Vancouver lawyer David G. A. McLean, a graduate of the University of Alberta and a former lecturer
in the UBC law faculty, has been elected chairman of UBC's Board of Governors for 1983 84. He took
up his duties as board chairman on i>ept. 1, succeeding Dr Leslie Peterson, y.C. chairman for the
past four years and who continues as a Board member Mr McLean has been a Board member since
1980 and has served as chairman of its property committee for the past two years.
spring for groups ranging in age from
elementary school children to adults.
The present value of land and
facilities is about $12 million and the
annual operating budget is about
$850,000. Last year, the Devonian
Group of Charitable Foundations of
Alberta and the Alberta government
funded a new library and visitors'
lobby at the station and the purchase
of a new 13-metre research and
teaching vessel, the M/V Alta.
The station has no research programs of its own, operating as a service facility for researchers from
Canada, the United States and other
countries. Accommodation, laboratory space and equipment, technical
support and boat and diving support
are organized for researchers requesting space. "The station is now
operating at or near capacity," says
Dr. Foreman, "and WCUMBb is cur
rently reviewing the options for
future development of the facility
"the steadily increasing demand
for existing laboratory space and accommodation is creating pressure for
further expansion and we are careful
ly considering the future role of the
station in terms of the five west coast
universities, as well as to Canada and
internationally. While in part a
philosophical decision, any future
development must be based on
sound forecasts and planning."
One approach currently under
review is to establish a semi
autonomous centre tor research on
marine toxicology and environmental
physiology. Encouragement for this
has come from several oil companies
who would like to see an increase in
basic research on petroleum-related
problems. Industry representatives
have recognized for some years that
many environmental problems are
not going to be solved without an
improvement in our basic knowledge
of physiological mechanisms.
The station is internationally
known for its research on primitive
fish - animals with incomplete or
partial backbones. Studying primitive fish provides a window of
understanding into how animals, including humans, evolved.
The station's first international
symposium — planned for 1985 —
will be on recent advances in the
biology of primitive fish, the first
such gathering since a Nobel meeting
in Sweden 16 years ago.
Other areas of research include fish
physiology -■ the study of how
organs in fish function  - and marine
28 Chronicle/f«// 1983 \
UBC reports
Recent apppointments approved by the Board of Governors are 1'rof. Trevor Heaver as director ot
the Centre For Transportation Studies; Prof. George McWhirter as head of Creative Writing, Dr.
Krishna Srivastava as head of Electrical Engineering; 1'rot Ronald MacGregor as head of Visual and
Performing Arts in Education; Prof. Lawrence Downey as head of Administrative, Adult and Higher
Education; and Dr. John Graham as head of Agricultural Economics.
Busy labs at Bamfield Marine Station provide facilities for
student teaching (far left, opposite page) and for researchers
like UBC's Dr. John Gosline (right, opposite page), who
studies squid locomotion. Above, Dr. Ron Foreman, right,
director of the Bamfield station, visits UBC's Prof. Norman
Wilimovsky, who studies intertidal fish and marine life
populations on property he owns on a small island in Barkley
Sound near Bamfield.
plants. UBC researchers are involved
in such diverse studies as intertidal
fish populations, the respiratory
physiology of fish, squid locomotion
and the chemical ecology of marine
Dr. Foreman and other colleagues
have made the station an international centre for the study of marine
"The diversity of marine plants
that grow in B.C. is fantastic," Dr.
Foreman said. "More than 30 species
of kelp occur in B.C. and in almost all
other areas of the world where kelp is
abundant it is harvested commercially. So far, efforts to develop this
resource in B.C. have been unsuccessful.
Dr. Foreman developed a method
of estimating the amount of surface-
kelp canopy available in an area —
in much the same way that aerial
photographs are used in the forest
industry to estimate total wood
volume in a forest stand.
He has completed an extensive
study of one of the two major kelp
species in the province and a colleague at Simon Fraser University,
Dr. Louis Druehl, investigated the
The B.C. Marine Resources Branch
estimates that more than half a
million metric tonnes of these two
species are present in major
harvestable beds in B.C. The productivity, annual growth per unit area,
in good kelp beds is greater than that
in our provincial forest, Dr. Foreman
Recently,    Dr.    Foreman,    UBC
botany colleague Dr. R.E. DeWreede
and Dr. J.N.C. Whyte of the federal
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
undertook a detailed analysis of the
chemical substances found in various
species of red algae. Some of the
chemicals detected potentially have a
high commercial value.
The researchers are refining their
work and preparing an economic
feasibility report for the B.C. Science
Council on industrial production of
certain high-value chemical
substances from red algae.
"What we are working towards is a
product with a high enough market
value to overcome the high costs of
seaweed culture in B.C.," Dr.
Foreman said. "It's our hope that
other commerical seaweed investments will follow."
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