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5   Take Note
14  Chancellor Election, 2008
Alumni have an opportunity to influence UBC governance.
16 Alumni Achievement Award Winners
The 2007 Achievement Award recipients show UBC at its best.
24 Art for Students' Sake
The Alma Mater Society has collected some significant Canadian Art. By Robin Laurence
28  Drugs for the Masses
UBC shows that profit is not the only impetus for invention. By Ellen Schwartz
32   Paddling Away from Breast Cancer
Dragon boat racing is as much therapy as it is adventure. By Marlisse Silver-Sweeney
36 Alumni Weekend Hits the Mark
A pictorial salute to good times at Alumni Weekend.
42  Alumni Profiles
Stephen Owen returns to UBC, and Sabina Hill interprets Northwest Art.
34  Books
38  Alumni News
40  Class Acts
46  In Memoriam
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Cover: "Premonition" (detail)
Mark Gaskin
AMS Art Collection
EDITOR Christopher Petty, mfa'86
CHAIR Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
VICE-CHAIR Gayle Stewart, BA'76
TREASURER Ian Robertson, BSC'86, ba'88, MBA, MA
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
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Dallas Leung, BCOM'94
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Louise Tagulao, BA'02
Catherine Comben, BA'67
Brent Cameron, ba, mba'o6
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Fall 2007    Trek    3 SEMANTICS,
Most editors I know have active inner lives (we can't afford active
outer ones), which might account for our pickiness when it comes to
expressing ideas through the written word: we've got time to sit around
stewing about such things. And, since we're the editors, we get to decide
what's clear and what isn't.
This issue of Trek Magazine is a good case in point. We don't put
issues together with "themes" in mind; while they might make for
easier organizational shortcuts, they tend to limit the scope of coverage,
and whatever else UBC might be, it is not limited in scope. But as we
assembled this issue I noticed a certain trend that had to do, in a circular
way, with altruism.
Altruism is an odd thing, defined as selfless concern for others. By the
time most of us have reached adulthood we've been confronted with
altruism as an intellectual construct: if I give $20 to a woman who's
digging through a dumpster, then tell all my friends of my good deed,
can I consider that deed altruistic? My guess comes down on "probably
not." Generous, perhaps, and helpful. Concerned for the less fortunate,
for sure. But hardly selfless: my self-congratulation and the admiration I
assume I'll get from my peers is, in effect, full payment for my actions.
Our feature story, Drugs for the Masses (p. 28), tells the story of a
UBC researcher and his quest for a way to get a certain medication to
sufferers of a debilitating and disfiguring disease found in typically poor
tropical countries. He is working hard to ensure that this drug (and its
attendant delivery system) is supplied at cost to those in need, effectively
eliminating profit to the university or the company that produces it. This
is a remarkable shift in the usual developmental chain of drug deployment and UBC and the researcher are rightfully proud of the agreement.
But you couldn't call the deal "altruistic" if you were being picky.
There were some interesting choices for me, the editor, to make in
preparing that story for print. The researcher himself refers to his work
as "altruistic," when, from the definition above, it is not. It's good citizenship, globally responsible, life-saving and admirable beyond measure.
Altruistic? Maybe not so much. But I left the comment in.
I did edit out some references to the researcher, made solely by the
writer. She calls him "a warm, friendly man," and makes reference to
his kindly smile, both of which I deleted as being fulsome. In retrospect,
however, I realize that those references helped amplify the altruism angle
and I wonder if perhaps I was, subconsciously, trying to de-amplify it.
As I said, we have active inner lives.
The writer of our other feature, Art for Students' Sake (p. 24), does
not refer at all to altruism or even generosity, but there is a strain of
altruism in the piece that runs much more closely to the definition of the
word. The Alma Mater Society determined, decades ago, to dedicate a
small sum annually to the collection and recognition of (then obscure)
Canadian art. The idea was to support Canadian artists, encourage them,
and, by the way, collect some neat stuff. The neat stuff has turned into
a multi-million dollar collection, but that is incidental to the original
concept. And that, for my money, is altruism.
But none of these semantic twists and turns take away anything from
the search for better things that UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni
take on every day: they are just the daydreams of editors. From our
"Take Note" items and Paddling Away from Breast Cancer feature, to
Sabina Hill's furniture, Stephen Owen's philosophy and our amazing
Achievement Award recipients, this issue of Trek Magazine is full of
stories of UBC people in search of better things for themselves and for
the rest of us.
And that's good for our inner and our outer lives. ♦
Chris Petty, mfa'86, Editor
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Prof. Roland Stull keeps an eye on the really bad weather.
Disastrously Good Teaching
■ The weather used to be a fairly benign topic
of conversation: handy for filling in awkward
social pauses or breaking the ice with a stranger.
Maybe even boring. But nowadays, extreme
weather and natural disasters are hot topics
of conversation. A course run by meteorology
professor Roland Stull, The Catastrophic Earth:
Natural Disasters, offered by the department
of Earth and Ocean Sciences is proving a hit
with today's students. And now it's about to get
The course teaches students about the scientific causes and social fallout of natural disasters
like tsunamis and earthquakes, and is popular
with non-science and science students alike. Its
design and delivery is being revamped with the
help of funding and expertise provided by the
$12 million Carl Wieman Science Education
Initiative. (Wieman, Nobel laureate in Physics,
joined UBC to launch the initiative last January.)
Based on research suggesting that tradition
al methods of teaching science can often leave
students feeling less than enthused, lecture-based
learning is being supplemented with interactive
exercises that encourage students to think and
engage, as well as simply absorb facts. This
promotes a better understanding of scientific
concepts and cultivates reasoning ability and
creative thinking. Stull's course now includes a
higher proportion of learning based on small-
group discussion. The students are expected
to attend the sessions well-informed on the
featured subject.
"I'm guiding them to experience first-hand
how scientists brainstorm and work through a
problem, and how they incorporate knowledge
and apply it," says Stull, who notes an even
more enthusiastic atmosphere in the remaining
lecture portion of his course. "Our students are
sophisticated, bright and caring. It's incredible
to see a 250-student lecture filled with excitement about what I'm teaching. The traditional
lecturing method is efficient for covering a
large amount of course material, if little else.
Now I'm teaching efficiently and effectively."
New methods of assessment to test a student's
understanding of the subject matter and ability
to apply it to scientific problem-solving is also
under development.
The Science Education Initiative is helping to
enhance two other programs and there are plans
to expand. It has provided eight UBC science
departments with science and learning fellows
who have expertise in educational methodology
and learning as well as their science disciplines.
Stull worked on his course revamp with Francis
Jones and Brett Gilley, who are now measuring the success of their strategies on learning
outcomes to better hone the teaching methods.
"By working with professors to optimize their
course, we change the dynamics of a classroom
from a 'hand-out' of knowledge to intelligent,
thoughtful discourse," says Jones. "In other
words, instead of passively hearing about
science, they are doing science."
Photograph: Martin Dee
Fall 2007    Trek    5 take note
Researchers are looking for clues to how we judge attractiveness.
Eye, Robot
■ A team from UBC's Laboratory of Computational Intelligence (LCI) won an international
competition in July by designing a robot that
can "see" - or at least comprehend visual data
and take appropriate action. Competing entries
in the Semantic Robot Vision Challenge were
compared during a scavenger hunt involving 15
objects placed in plain view in a hotel room. The
winning UBC robot, dubbed Curious George,
managed to locate seven of them.
The complexities involved in trying to simulate a visual system using robotics are daunting.
"Seeing and perception seem so effortless for
humans, but it involves many computational
steps and problems," says professor Jim Little,
director of the lab and member of the UBC
team. "We're attacking the whole problem of
how robots move around, how they identify
objects and how they decide which visual
information is important."
A specialist in the integration of robotics
and vision systems, Little invented stereo-vision
mapping, which uses two cameras to enhance
visual data collection. He also developed an
algorithm that enables software to find images
of an object and compare characteristics when
attempting to locate the real thing. Curious
George was programmed to search Google
for images of the 15 scavenger objects. The
robot then used this data to try and locate the
corresponding objects in the room.
You might think that the team named its
robot Curious George after the cartoon monkey,
but the namesake is 18th century British explorer
George Vancouver. George the explorer, despite
producing detailed charts of North America's
northwest coast, managed to overlook two of its
biggest rivers: the Fraser and Columbia. George
the robot failed to locate half of the scavenger
hunt objects. The robot may not be perfect but,
much like Captain Vancouver, is a pioneer of its
time, out-performing its University of Maryland
and Kansas State competitors, both of which
located three ofthe scavenger hunt objects.
But it's not all fun and scavenger hunts. This
research has some serious applications, such as
smart wheelchairs that can respond to obstacles.
The LCI is partnering with assistant professor
Alex Mihailidis from the University of Toronto
to design a smart chair and produce a prototype
within three years.
And You Are ... ?
■ Prosopagnosia, or face-blindness, is a rare
disorder that renders its sufferers unable to
process the information received by their brain
when looking at someone's face. In severe cases,
even the faces of close family members can be
difficult to identify. Recent studies suggest that
up to two per cent of people have the disorder
to some degree, the worst affected typically having to rely on gait, body shape and other cues to
help them recognize people they know.
Twenty-six-year-old UBC medical student
Chris Waite participated in a study to find out if
and how individuals with the condition perceive
facial attractiveness. His essay on the work
earned him the American Academy of Neurology Award for best student essay. He hopes the
first-of-its-kind research will aid in identifying
areas of brain function and damage. "We don't
know a tenth of what goes on in the brain," says
Waite. "Face perception is a highly complex
visual skill. Exploring how the brain processes
judgments about facial beauty helps us identify
the role of various regions of the brain."
A team including professor Jason Barton,
Canadian Chair in Neuropsychology of Vision
and Eye Movement, and partners at MIT and
Harvard studied a group of eight individuals
with prosopagnosia to find out what part of the
brain is involved in judging facial beauty.
Some scientists think it likely that processes
in the fusiform face area of the brain may
determine how attractive an observer finds a
face. The area is associated with the identification of fixed facial features such as jawbone or
nose, and is usually the site of brain damage
associated with prosopagnosia, which can be
caused by a stroke or a trauma to the head. But
other scientists propose that the processing of
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Photographs: Martin Dee social cues, facial expression associated with
more changeable elements of the face such as
eyebrows and lips, may be responsible for judging attractiveness. This takes place in another
part of the brain, the superior temporal sulcus.
Although individuals with prosopagnosia
can't identify faces, they are able to pick up
on facial expression and accompanying cues.
The subjects, heterosexual men and women
with the disorder and a control group without,
were shown faces and asked to rate them for
attractiveness. A second test timed how long
they looked at each face in a similar sample.
The subject group also looked at a set of famous
faces to assess the relationship between facial
identification and perception of attractiveness.
The research group rated attractive faces
only slightly higher than ordinary faces and
looked at the ordinary faces for longer than
the control group participants. The researchers
concluded that the fusiform region of the brain
is used in processing facial attractiveness, and
that damage in this area means the function is
impaired in individuals with prosopagnosia,
along with facial recognition.
Sustaining Forests in a War Zone
■ For a country that has seen the toll of so
much conflict and poverty, it's not surprising
that Afghanistan has one of the lowest rates
of forest coverage in the world at 1.3 per cent.
Three quarters of Afghans live in rural areas
and farming is one of the practices that is has
contributed to a deforestation rate of up to
70 per cent over the past 20 years. "If you're
poor enough, you'll cut down and burn every
last tree," says professor of Forestry Gary Bull.
"Some of Afghanistan's national parks are
largely denuded and people are going after the
remaining scraps for fuel."
Together with PhD candidate Kijoo Han,
Bull is involved in a project centred on the
remote north eastern province of Nuristan
that aims to safeguard and begin restoration
of remaining forest land, but one that employs
Prof. Gary Bull is working to restore destroyed forest land in northeastern Afghanistan.
Fall 2007    Trek    7 take note
policies that take into account the human
stakeholders and their often desperate plight.
Involved in a project funded by the Wildlife
Conservation Agency and the United States
Agency for International development, Bull is
training Afghan teams to conduct 350 surveys
among the Nuristan population to gather data
that will enlighten investigators on forest use
and the social structures and other contextual
factors that influence it. "If you don't understand what motivates people, you'll never help
them rebuild," says Bull.
Afghan enumerators are better able to
connect with the local communities and avoid
the dangers that foreign field investigators
would attract. Sustainable forest practices are
developed with input from various disciplines
at UBC, including sociology. "We examine the
appropriate public policy responses because
if you ignore the people, especially the rural
population, it'll end up in disaster," says Bull.
The faculty of Forestry is also providing
input for major forest plantation projects over
vast areas of China, and agro-forestry projects
in Mozambique.
Sponge-Worthy Extract
■ Researchers at UBC have discovered a
compound in a sea sponge extract that they plan
to develop into a drug for treating blood cancers
and immune disorders. Alice Mui (winner of the
Outstanding Young Alumnus award in 2003)
and Christopher Ong are assistant professors
in the department of Surgery and researchers in
the VCHRI Immunity and Infection Research
Centre and the Prostate Centre at VGH. They
collaborated with Raymond Anderson of Earth
and Ocean Sciences to find the compound
(AQX-mnioo) from his library of sea sponge
"Sea sponges are a rich source of novel bio-
active compounds, created by nature, to protect
themselves against marine predators, and many
of these compounds possess important medicinal properties," says Ong. The team has received
grants and funding from multiple bodies to
support the clinical development and trials of
the new drug and to test its affect in combating
multiple myeloma.
The team's research builds on a protein
Greg Henry is examining the Canadian Arctic for change in tundra vegetation.
that was discovered by Gerald Krystal of the
BC Cancer Research Centre, a professor of
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC
and collaborator on the research. The protein,
named SHIP, is involved in regulating the activity of white blood cells, the immune system's
major defense against infection. When the white
cells are not required, it is important that their
activity stops. The SHIP protein is responsible
for shutting the white cells down by regulating
the pi 3 kinase pathway, which is also vital for
cell growth and survival. Stress on the pathway
can lead to inflammatory/immune diseases and
blood cancers such as leukemia.
The drug Mui and Ong are developing
from the sea sponge compound will stimulate
SHIP. "This is an entirely new paradigm for
controlling run-away cells," says Mui. "Previous
research efforts were aimed at trying to control
the cells through blocking stimulation signals. In
the run-away analogy this would be like taking
your foot off the accelerator and the train will
eventually stop when it runs out of fuel, versus
this new approach of directly applying the brakes.
We are also excited because, since SHIP is only
found in immune blood cells, side-effects of
SHIP-based therapy on other cells of the body are
expected to be limited."
Telltale Tundra
■ Most of Canada's northern territory is tundra
with a permanently frozen substrata of soil that
cannot support the growth of trees. Summer
thawing of the top layer of soil, however, means
the tundra is seasonal host to low-growing
mosses, lichens, grasses, and small shrubs. This
vegetation removes carbon from the atmosphere
and stores it in the soil, making the tundra a
Trek    Fall 2007
Photograph: Nic Fensom carbon sink that stores approximately one
third of this country's soil carbon. There is
concern that rising temperatures will cause the
permafrost to melt, releasing the carbon into
the atmosphere and further contributing to
rising temperatures in a dangerous cycle.
The Canadian Arctic has been the focus of
Professor Greg Henry's work for more than 20
years. He was recently awarded $7 million in
federal funding to examine the tundra's vegetation for telltale change. The funding coincides
with the fourth International Polar Year (IPY),
a once-every-50-years international collaboration of scientists involved in polar research.
This time, the IPY is being spearheaded by
the British Antarctic Survey and will run until
2009, covering 200 projects that focus on
climate change.
"It's quite exciting, actually," says Henry.
"The world's attention is strongly focused
on climate change. We can see the effects by
looking at data and re-measuring the same
areas used 20, or 50 years ago, and comparing
them to now."
For more than a decade, Henry has been
involved in the International Tundra Experiment, which aims to establish likely outcomes
of rising temperatures on vegetation by
subjecting small areas of tundra to artificially
raised temperatures that match climate predictions. This is achieved using small, open-
topped greenhouses. Some of the funding will
be used to support this ongoing research effort
and to publish findings that are based on the
careful collection of data over many years.
The rest of the money will be used in a
project that involves communities living in the
Canadian north. "Canada's contribution to the
themes of IPY was to include human health,
and the health of northern communities," says
Henry. "This IPY is quite different - there's a
push to have northern peoples involved in the
People living in the town of Kugluktuk,
Nunavut, will have a hand in monitoring the
vegetation in their area, with an emphasis on
those plants, like berries, that are important
to the community. "We will incorporate local
knowledge into monitoring the effects of
climate on berry production," says Henry.
Our Mutual
Doug Robinson, BCom'71, LLB'72
As the incoming chair of the Alumni Association's
Board of Directors, I feel it is a real privilege to have
the opportunity to communicate with UBC alumni
around the world through Trek Magazine. I look
forward, during my term, to meeting many of you at
some of our great alumni events.
When I graduated from UBC in 1972, I experienced what I think is a common reaction:
"Well, that part of my life is over, and I had a great time. But now it's time to get on to
other things." UBC became part of my past.
Over the years, though, I realized that UBC was part of my present life as well. In the
legal profession, UBC grads are everywhere, and in my current work as a mediator, I am
constantly meeting fellow alumni from all walks of life. I have also noticed the increase in
news about UBC in the media. From cancer researchers and astronomers to economists
and baseball superstars, men and women from UBC are making news for their accomplishments. Every time I read or hear one of these reports, I feel a small jolt of pride. "Hey,
that's my university." Today, UBC is recognized as one of the top research universities in the
world and your degree, whenever you received it, reflects that reality.
Our Alumni Affairs team works to keep you in touch with UBC because we hope you
feel a similar affiliation to your alma mater. But I have a slightly different agenda concerning you and your university. As successful members of our communities, we owe at least
part of our success to the quality of education we received. That UBC is able to hire the
best faculty, present the best programs and house them in state-of-the-art facilities is due
to the financial support of graduates like you. Tuition and government operating grants
supply funding for the basics. Money generated through the university's endowment and
donations to faculties and individual projects gives UBC an essential edge that separates
good universities from great ones.
And UBC will only remain a great university if it has the support and confidence of its
Over the next few years you will likely be contacted by someone in the university asking
you to consider donating to a particular project associated with your graduating faculty.
Before you dismiss the idea, consider one thing: if we, as alumni, don't insist on maintaining UBC as a world class institution, who will?
Finally, I'd like to thank the hard-working members of the Alumni Association's Board of
Directors and the Association's professional staff for their support during my time as vice-
chair, and I look forward to the productive years ahead.
But my most profound thanks must go to Martin Ertl. Martin invested six years on our
Board, and helped guide us through one of the most challenging, creative and, ultimately,
rewarding periods in our Association's history. His focus and energy ensured that the interests of alumni stayed top-of-mind during all our negotiations with the university. It's individuals like Martin who demonstrate the quality and calibre of our UBC degrees.
Fall 2007    Trek    9 take note
Incubation Huts for the Arts
■ Older alumni will remember the WWII army
huts that were commandeered by UBC to house
and teach the influx of returning veterans. Now
huts M-17 and M-18 are being rescued from
dilapidation and given a second life. Benefiting
from a project to upgrade the university's old
building stock called UBC Renew, the huts have
been subject to a multi-million dollar makeover
that has transformed them from bog-standard
ex-classrooms into a cutting-edge arts incubator.
The new facilities boast a theatre, art studios,
and exhibit spaces.
"The idea is that students can have a space
to produce and run their own shows with
minimal supervision," says professor Jerry Wasserman who heads the department of Theatre,
Film and Creative Writing. Attendees at an
opening ceremony in September were welcomed
by professor emeritus Norman Young.
The revamped huts were named for two
champions of the Arts. BC Binning founded
UBC's Fine Arts department and was at the
forefront of the modern art movement on the
West Coast. "Binning was an inspiring and
dedicated teacher who realized the fundamental
importance of learning facilities to both the
academy and to the creation of a mature arts
community," says head of the department of Art
History, Visual Art and Theory Professor Rhodri
Windsor Liscombe.
Dorothy Somerset sowed the seeds for
Theatre at UBC in the late 1930s. She was
"incredibly dedicated to students, an inspirational teacher, and she really devoted her life
to creating a place where UBC students could
immerse themselves in the life of the theatre,"
says Wasserman. It is hoped that the BC Binning
and Dorothy Somerset Studios add more vitality
to the heart of campus and become a valuable
cultural resource for its growing residential
Stairway to Heaven
■ Some people can barely navigate elevators at
The Bay without tripping, never mind wrapping their heads around the concept of a space
elevator. Space elevators (sometimes referred
to as beanstalks) are self-supporting structures
on the ground that transport objects into space
Unidentified man (Wait! That's Norm Young!) entertains at Theatre Dept.'s restored huts M-17 and M-18
along a fixed tether using power transmitted
from a remote source on the ground. They are
proposed as an alternative to rocket propulsion:
cheaper, safer and environmentally friendly.
This may sound like science fiction, but NASA
predicts the first working space elevator might
be constructed by 2020.
To encourage the process, the organization
has held an international competition for
the past three years for the best-performing
prototype that demonstrates the principles
behind the space elevator concept. The prize is a
hefty $500,000.
Even qualifying for the competition is
difficult. A team of Engineering Physics students
(UBC Snowstar) is one of only two teams to
have done so in all three competitions and has
received a lot of media coverage as a result. This
year, competitors had to design, build and race
climbers that could lift a io-25kg object up a
cable at a minimum speed of two metres per
second. The goals set by NASA get tougher each
"Currently, the cost of launching a space
shuttle is high partly due to the amount of fuel
the shuttle carries in order to propel itself into
space," says team captain Damir Hot. "Using solar or other beamed power sources to efficiently
fuel space vehicles could be the key to eventually providing space transport at significantly
lower financial and environmental costs."
This year's winners were a team from the
University of Saskatchewan, but they missed
meeting the targets that would secure them the
prize purse.
Holistic Approach to Treating MS
■ An international expert in multiple sclerosis
and neuroimmunology has been appointed the
MS Society of Canada Research Chair. Peter
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Photograph: Kellan Higgins Rieckmann from Germany's University of
Wurzburg is now based at UBC and Vancouver
Coastal Health, where he plans to redevelop
the MS program with a more holistic approach
to the disease.
"So far, the history of researching and
treating MS has been handled as one of
massive disease, with researchers looking for
the correlated genes," says Rieckmann, "but I
believe MS is much more varied and we need
to find the different genes responsible." He
wants to consider the psychological effects
of the disease as well as its physiological
manifestations, and improve quality of life
experienced by individuals with MS.
One way is through a closer collaboration between researchers and care providers.
Another might be through the introduction of
national code of good practice for the treatment of MS in Canada. He managed to secure
Cultivating an Edge
Stephen Toope, President, UBC
UBC has arrived as an institution. What was once a
good regional university with an interest in research has
become a world-renowned centre for scientific investigation and scholarly study. This achievement is a testament
to the students, faculty, administrators and alumni who
seize the opportunities for academic excellence the institution provides, and produce greatness.
However, the institution's ability to present those
opportunities depends, to a large extent, on its ability to build and maintain a financial
Our national and provincial governments know the value of a strong post-secondary system and provide the financial foundation for our core academic endeavours. Students, too,
support the university financially through tuition and fees. Without these sources of major
funding, UBC, like other public institutions, would not exist.
But a university needs more than generous governments and foresightful students.
Endowments make the difference between a good university and a great one. With a
strong endowment, we can purchase that suddenly-available collection of Japanese maps;
we can attract a Nobel laureate who will bring his or her expertise to our campus; we can
create a new chair in international studies to examine the growing influence of emerging
nations on our economy; we can guarantee that no qualified student will be refused entry
to UBC because of financial constraints. In short, we can aspire to greater heights than we
could without a strong endowment.
UBC's endowment began with a provincial government land grant which, by 1989, had
become 1,000 acres of academic and residential land meant to generate revenue for learning and research. The University Town development, managed by UBC Properties Trust, has
generated millions of dollars through prepaid leases on residential projects.  Aside from the
direct costs of land servicing, every penny of the University Town proceeds has gone into
the endowment.  Generous alumni, corporations and individuals who see UBC as an excellent investment in the future have, by 2007, created an endowment fund of just over $1
billion for the university.
The endowment is managed by the UBC Investment Management Trust, which directs
five per cent of the endowment value each year to faculty and student beneficiaries. The
rest of the year's annual earnings were added back to the capital base, ensuring that the
endowment keeps growing to benefit future generations at UBC.
The most significant growth of the endowment comes through gifts from alumni,
faculty, students, parents and friends of UBC. Such gifts grow through the magic of compound interest over the years, so while they allow us to use some of the gift immediately,
they also produce long-term benefits. A gift of $30,000, for instance, generates enough
income for a $1,500 annual student scholarship. That $30,000 gift will provide a significant
amount of student aid in perpetuity.
We are cultivating a significant edge by developing our endowment. It's helping us produce exceptional global citizens and research that is changing the world.
For more information on UBC's endowment, or to download a copy of "The UBC
Endowment: A foundation for excellence," visit www.treasury.ubc.ca.
Fall 2007    Trek    11 take note
support for one in Europe that includes provision
of access to social support as well as treatment of
physical symptoms.
Early Alzheimer's Detection
■ UBC's head of Neurology is co-leader on
an international study that has developed new
diagnostic criteria for the earlier detection of
Alzheimer's disease. Tackling the disease at an
earlier stage of onset means there's a better
chance of reducing symptoms, and early detection
provides an opportunity to test treatments for
timelier intervention, as well as exploring ways of
treating the disease's later stages.
The new criteria rely on the use of advanced
brain imaging techniques to examine function and
structure, and on the examination of spinal fluid.
Existing guidelines mean diagnosis may come
only when symptoms have reached a significant
stage. "Integrating the profound neurobiological
advances of the last 20 years allow for diagnoses
based on more than declining functional ability,"
says Feldman. "We now have advanced diagnostic
tools, distinctive and reliable biological indicators
that can be detected before the patient crosses the
dementia threshold of disability."
The researchers wish to test the criteria
further and maximize their accuracy. They hope
their paper, recently published in Lancet Neurology, will shift the current focus for diagnosis.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada estimates that
by 2031 approximately 750,000 Canadians will
suffer from Alzheimer's and related dementias.
Howard Feldman, who also directs the Clinic
for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders at
Vancouver Coastal Health and is an investigator
at the Brain Research Centre at UBC Hospital,
co-led the study with French researcher Bruno
Dubois and colleagues based in Japan, the US and
Non-Groundbreaking Archeology
■ The Musqueam have lived in the Point Grey
area for 5,000 years. A few minutes from UBC's
Vancouver campus, buried beneath the existing
Indian reserve, are four Musqueam villages that
have much to reveal about ancient civilization.
A magnet for archeologists, the site has
attracted much interest over the years and been
subject to major excavation. During the 1960s
Students learn how to weave cedar strips at the Musqueam field school.
and '70s it drew the focus of UBC archeologist
Charles Borden, who collected extensive data.
Unfortunately, this work did not evolve into a
form that could shed much light on Musqueam
history and remains in storage at the university's
Laboratory of Archeology.
Members of the Musqueam Nation have
been involved in a pilot scheme with UBC
grads and undergrads that seeks to gain more
understanding by wading through the material
already collected by Borden, and sifting through
substantial amounts of soil removed during
former digs. Records from former digs were
used to help teach the students about archeological field techniques.
Professor Andrew Martindale was the
coordinator for the field school, with both
undergrad and grad students participating. "The
Band's point was 'Why engage in new excavation projects when ones were done in the past,
where in some cases hundreds and hundreds of
cubic metres of material was removed, and no
real understanding has come from that?"
Although it's a new approach, the project
is better described as non-groundbreaking than
groundbreaking as it uses modern, minimally
invasive techniques to examine the site itself.
These include radar and percussion coring that
gives researchers an idea of what lies beneath the
surface without having to break it. The students
also learn about Musqueam traditions and crafts
from members of the band. Vivian Campbell, for
example, taught them how to weave bracelets
from cedar bark. "We're trying to juxtapose
archeology with other ways of understanding
the past," says Martindale. The students also
learn about cultural sensitivity and ethics. They
are helping to answer questions that have been
directed by the living descendants of the villages'
The Greening of Transportation
■ In 2003, UBC students voted to pay a fee that
entitles all students to access public transit at a
fraction of the usual cost. Since the introduction
of this universal pass, ridership on public transport has increased by 40 per cent. In keeping with
its green reputation and even greener aspirations,
this summer UBC partnered with car-sharing
company Zipcars to offer UBC students more
green transport options.
Under the arrangement, an annual fee of $30
12    Trek    Fall 2007
Photograph: Nic Fensom entitles students use of a Toyota Yaris or Matrix
based on campus, or one of the company's
other 126 Vancouver-based vehicles. Gas and
maintenance are covered in the $9.75 hourly
usage fee (maximum daily expenditure is $69).
Students can order the cars online or via their
cell phones, and collect them from a designated
parking spot on campus. The service provides an
affordable alternative to paying to own and run
a car full-time.
Carole Jolly directs the UBC Trek program
that is responsible for finding greener transport
alternatives and encouraging their use among
the campus community. Usually, Zipcars require
their drivers to be at least 21, but the university
negotiated a deal that would allow younger
students (from 18 years) access as well. "On
average, shared cars replace 20 privately owned
cars," she says, "So by reducing the demand
for parking, they leave more room for the
important stuff such as institutional buildings
and greenspace."
Another car-sharing scheme with the Coop
erative Auto Network (CAN) was established in
1998 and makes six cars available to staff and
faculty and campus residents as well as students.
Jolly is working with CAN and university
departments on another sharing scheme, the
Shared Vehicle Program, which will maximize
the use of existing departmental vehicles and
prevent the unnecessary purchase of more.
The Feel of Music
■ We're used to the idea of people translating
speech into sign language, but a system that
does almost the opposite - translates hand
movements into synthesized speech and other
sound - is a little more state of the art.
A project based in UBC's School of Music
(Gesturally Realized Audio, Speech, and Song)
is using a computerized glove and software to
create sounds that correspond with movements.
After about 100 hours practice with the glove,
using it in conjunction with a foot pedal, users
can become quite adept at controlling and creating speech, song and other sounds generated by
the software.
"This gesture-controlled system is not unlike
conducting an orchestra, adding elements and
moving sound around," says project leader
and composer professor Bob Pritchard. He is
collaborating with professor of Computer and
Electrical Engineering Sidney Fels of the Media
and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre who
developed the gesture-controlled speech system
called Glove-Talk. As well as being a smart piece
of technology, it is providing artists with a new
tool for creation and performance. The sounds
that can be produced are unlimited, and the pitch
extremely broad. "As an artist I'm interested in
fresh ways of expressing emotion and how we
understand the human condition," says Pritchard.
The instrument gives artists a lot of scope for
novel ways to present their work.
The team continues to improve the technology, working with linguistics professor Eric
Vatikiotis-Bateson on analysis of voice production. They hope to develop the tool so that it can
translate facial muscle movement into sound. ♦
Making a Habit of Doing Good
Marie Earl, Associate Vice President, Alumni Affairs; Executive Director, UBC Alumni Association
In the corporate arena, forward-
thinking employers promote "strategic community involvement" as
a virtuous cycle that brings benefit
to those who volunteer, the organizations for which they volunteer
and the company itself. The bottom line is both positive social
impact and economic gain.
UBC Alumni Affairs aims to activate just such a virtuous cycle in
providing service to alumni and promoting opportunities for alumni
to give back to the institution.
The UBC Alumni Association itself has benefited enormously
from a long line of outstanding volunteer leaders over the years.
Immediate past Board Chair Martin Ertl, BSc'93, who stepped down
in September upon completing his term, is a case in point. In all,
Martin served on the board for six years, not counting a tour of duty
as an AMS representative during his student years. All the while, he
was founding a successful company with friends, meeting and marrying his soul mate, and becoming a father for the first time.
Of course, there is an old saw about giving jobs that need to be
done to busy people. And we certainly did that with Martin, relying on him especially for his extraordinarily sound judgment and
the principled manner in which he weighed the best interests of the
institution and its alumni in making decisions. Martin was a key player in establishing the current relationship between the independent
Alumni Association and UBC, from working on the letter of agreement between the two entities to ensuring that our dealings with
one another were governed by a spirit of mutual respect and trust.
Fortunately, Martin is in good company. Some 44 per cent of
UBC alumni (nearly 100,000 people) told market researchers that
they would volunteer for UBC if asked. And many of these alumni
contribute to UBC's institutional reputation by doing good in their
communities in any number of ways. This year's Alumni Achievement
Awards winners (see page 16) have transformed medical and forestry
practices at home and abroad, distinguished themselves in the arts,
served as Prime Minister, inspired South Asian youth and generations
of women to volunteer, brought corporate leadership expertise to
the academic domain, and provided critical support for UBC athletes,
artists, and scholars.
Bravo to one and all!
Fall 2007    Trek    13 Chancellor,
Senate Elections:
Spring 2008
Every three years, members of the UBC convocation elect the Chancellor and n members
of UBC's Senate. This election, which will be
held in March and April 2008, is an opportunity for alumni to have a direct influence on
the governance of the university. The election is
organized and executed through the Office of
the Registrar.
The call for nominations went out in early
November, and the UBC Alumni Association,
as it has traditionally done, selected a nominee
for the position of Chancellor.
The Nominee
Business and community leader Sarah
Morgan-Silvester, BCOM'82, if elected, will become the youngest and only the second female
Chancellor in the university's history. Phyllis
Ross served as Chancellor from 1961 to 1966.
Ms Morgan-Silvester is currently chair of
the Vancouver Port Authority and the Lower
Mainland Port Amalgamation Transition Committee responsible for overseeing the merger of
the three ports in the Lower Mainland, including Canada's largest port.
She also chairs the BC Women's Hospital and
Health Centre Foundation and the Blue Ribbon
Okanagan & Vancouver
All graduates of the University are members of the Convocation and
are therefore eligible to stand for office and vote.
For more information, visit www.students.ubc.ca/elections or
okanagan. students.ubc.ca/facultystaff/elections. cfm,
call 604.82.2..9952., or email elections.information@ubc.ca.
Nominations are due on Friday, December 7, 2.007 by 4:30 pm.
Brian J. Silzer
Secretary to the Convocation
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, Chancellor nominee.
Council on Vancouver's Business Climate for
the City of Vancouver. She is a director of EN-
MAX Corporation, serves on the David Suzuki
Foundation National Business Advisory Council and on UBC's Sauder School of Business
Faculty Advisory Board. Currently a director
of the CD Howe Institute and Women in the
Lead, Inc., she formerly served formerly on the
board of Family Services of the North Shore.
Ms Morgan-Silvester was nominated by a
12-member committee representing five major
stakeholder groups (alumni, students, faculty,
staff and the community) which was constituted by the UBC Alumni Association. "Our
committee felt Sarah Morgan-Silvester's commitments and accomplishments were consistent
with UBC's mission and values. We're excited
at the prospect of such a dynamic Chancellor," said Brendon Goodmurphy, current UBC
student, VP Academic of the Alma Mater
Society and Chancellor Nominating Committee
The Election
Under the terms of the University Act, any
group of seven UBC alumni can nominate a
candidate for the office of Chancellor and for
the 11 alumni members of Senate.
To facilitate voting, ballots will be printed in
the Spring issue of Trek Magazine. Voters will
also be able to vote online from March 3 to
April 11, 2008. In March, visit www.alumni.
ubc.ca for links to the election site.
14    Trek    Fall 2007 Retiring Chancellor, Allan McEachern
The Job
Within the administrative structure of the
university, the position of Chancellor is largely
ceremonial. He or she is the official face of the
university, and it is the Chancellor who has the
power to admit new graduates to the university's convocation. As a result, he or she must
attend all graduation ceremonies (UBC has 30
annually), and tap the head (or shake the hand)
of each of the 6,000-plus graduates.
In reality, though, the job is more complicated than that. The Chancellor is an ex-officio
member of every Senate and Board committee,
which means he or she can become involved in
those areas of university governance that most
closely match his or her skills and interests.
Chancellor Allan McEachern, who steps
down from the position after two terms,
was closely involved with various aspects of
university governance, bringing his talents as
a negotiator, lawyer and judge to the tasks.
Former Chancellor Bob Lee who served from
1993 to 1996, used his knowledge of real
estate and property development to help create
UBC Trust and generate millions of dollars for
UBC's endowment.
Throughout UBC's history, the Chancellor
has played a key role in the development of
the university. For more information on UBC's
illustrious chancellors, visit UBC Archives at
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alumni achievement awards
On November 15, 2007, the Alumni Association recognized members of the UBC community for
exceptional achievement in their respective fields and for exemplary behaviour as contributing
members of society. We received many worthy nominees deserving of recognition and this year's
recipients reflect that high standard.
David Hardwick
David Hardwick MD'57, LLD'01
Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor Emeritus David F. Hardwick has
been involved with UBC for the best part of six
decades, and during this time been party and
witness to much change. Despite his formal
retirement in 1999, he remains an energetic
presence on campus and influential leader in
the affairs of the university, especially those
concerning the faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Hardwick has watched the faculty
develop from modest beginnings. He joined
during its infancy in 1953, one of a class of 60,
and remembers the energetic young department heads recruited to drive development.
More than fifty years later classes number 256
and UBC boasts one of the largest medical
schools in North America, partnering with
two universities and more than 100 affiliated
teaching hospitals and clinics.
From the 1960s, Dr. Hardwick has been a
major influence behind the faculty's decision
making. He was Head of Pathology for 14
years from 1976, attracting and producing
many other talented educators, researchers, and
practitioners during his tenure. He then became
Associate Dean of Research and Planning and
on retiring was invited to stay on as Special
Advisor on Planning. He was heavily involved
in the recent expansion of the undergraduate
medical program to counter a shortage of
medical practitioners, especially prevalent in
rural areas.
Dr. Hardwick, who has a strong interest
in inter-institutional systems, can claim a
lot of credit for optimizing the relationship
between UBC and its teaching hospitals and
for establishing teaching and research facilities
at those sites. One of them, the BC Children's
Hospital, he was instrumental in founding.
His senior UBC appointments, as a member of
University Senate (1969-75) and of successive
presidents' advisory committees from 1990,
have also allowed him to help maximize UBC's
positive impact in the community. His input
16    Trek    Fall 2007
Photographs: Clancy Dennehy was rewarded with a President's Service of
Excellence in 1997 and a few years later an
honorary doctorate. He is profoundly grateful for the platform afforded him by UBC,
which has allowed him to pursue teaching and
research but also other projects that pique his
interest. He is exceptionally eager to partner
with colleagues in finding common-sense
solutions to complex problems.
Dr. Hardwick has helped to strengthen
connections between different generations of
medical practitioners. He broke the ground,
literally and figuratively, for the William A.
Webber Medical Student and Alumni Centre,
a UBC social and recreational facility close to
Vancouver General Hospital. The planning
and fundraising for this space precipitated the
formation of the UBC Medical Alumni Association in 1984. He is a popular lecturer, receiving
the Certificate of Excellence Master Teaching
Award from UBC in 1974 and the University
Teaching Excellence Award and Prize in 1994.
Students' fondness for him is illustrated by the
number of nominations he has clocked up for
teaching awards determined by the student
body, which has elected him as faculty advisor
to the Medical Advisory Undergraduate Society
for 18 consecutive two-year terms. He was
rewarded with a Just Desserts Award from the
Alma Mater Society in 2003.
Dr. Hardwick has seen his profession adapt
through many social changes, including the
current growth in information technology.
Early on he grasped its potential and currently
serves on UBC's E-Strategy Committee that
examines how cutting-edge technologies can
best be employed for learning, research and
enhancing the campus community. He also
conceived and helped develop a free online
resource for fellow practitioners called The
Knowledge Hub for Pathology, currently
serving more than 20,000 practitioners in 100
Dr. Hardwick is a leader of his profession
and last year was elected Secretary of the
International Academy of Pathology, the
oldest international pathology organization
established in 1906 by Sir William Osier and
colleagues that included Frank Wesbrook,
UBC's founding president. He has received
many accolades from respected professional
organizations, and is a popular guest speaker
with more than 100 publications to his name.
John Turner
John Turner BA(Hons)'49, LLD'94
Alumni Award of Distinction
Preceded by Pierre Trudeau and succeeded by
Brian Mulroney, the Right Honorable John
Napier Turner, PC, CC, QC, was Canada's
seventeenth Prime Minister. He was born in the
south of England but spent his formative years
in Ottawa, which would later serve as backdrop
to his formidable career with the federal
When his family moved to the West Coast,
Mr. Turner enrolled at UBC, majoring in
Political Science. Outside the classroom he was
an accomplished track and field athlete, and
sports editor for student rag The Ubyssey. He
was also an active member of the Alma Mater
Society and the Radio Society. After graduating,
he returned to his country of birth as a Rhodes
Scholar to read Law at Oxford. Back at home
after further study in Paris, Mr. Turner secured
his membership in the Canadian bar and joined
the Montreal-based law firm of Stikeman &
Elliott in 1952.
Ten years later, equipped with extensive
knowledge of international law and having
made some contacts within the federal Liberal
party, he ran for office and was elected MP for
St-Laurent-St-Georges (a seat he held through
a further two elections). Under Lester Pearson's
government, he was appointed Minister without Portfolio in 1965, two years later became
Registrar General, and shortly after took on
the new portfolio of Consumer and Corporate
Affairs. When the Prime Minister resigned a
year later, Mr. Turner decided to stand for party
leadership, but the young minister lost to the
Right Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
In 1968, Mr. Turner was appointed Solicitor General of Canada and after the general
election of that year became Minister of Justice
and Attorney General of Canada. He held the
position during the October Crisis in Quebec
when Prime Minister Trudeau invoked the War
Measures Act. From 1972, he spent three years
as Finance Minister until resigning in 1976
and resuming his legal career, this time with
Toronto law firm McMillan, Binch.
Mr. Turner returned to the political arena
when he was elected leader of the Liberals at
the party's convention in 1984, and was sworn
in as Canada's seventeenth Prime Minister
that June. In September, the Liberals were
defeated at election, but Mr. Turner was voted
in as representative for Vancouver Quadra and
became leader of the opposition, remaining in
that position until his resignation in 1990. At
that point he joined another Toronto-based law
firm, Miller Thomson.
Mr. Turner is remembered for his opposition
to the Free Trade Agreement, fearing that
Canada would be surrendering aspects of its
sovereignty to the United States. As Minister of
Justice, he put an end to the partisan appointment of judges, reformed the Criminal Code,
and established the Law Reform Commission.
He shares the rare distinction with two others
MPs of having represented constituents in
three different provinces (Quebec, Ontario and
British Columbia).
Mr. Turner remains involved with the
university, and recently lent his support to the
UBC alumni network in Toronto by backing
the establishment of a new annual tradition
there, the Great Trekker Alumni Luncheon (he
became a Great Trekker in 1992, the highest
honour bestowed by UBC's Alma Mater
Society). He was MC at the inaugural event in
March, and his stature was invaluable in attracting other distinguished guests. On campus,
he has proved a popular speaker, urging
students to engage in politics and inspiring in
them a sense of public responsibility.
Fall 2007    Trek    17 Richard Van Camp
Richard Van Camp MFA'03
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
A member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from
Fort Smith, NWT, Richard Van Camp was
born into a community of storytellers. He is
honouring that oral tradition by sharing its
treasures with a wider audience through the
written word. He forms part of a new surge of
Aboriginal writers breaking into mainstream
literature, and a decade ago showed early
flair when he won the prestigious Air Canada
Award for Most Promising Canadian Author
Under 30. Now with several published works
behind him, Mr. Van Camp tours extensively
at home and abroad, and is a popular Creative
Writing instructor at UBC.
Mr. Van Camp started writing his first novel
at the age of 19 because he couldn't find the
books he wanted to read: ones that explored
the underpinnings of his own life experiences.
The Lesser Blessed (1996) is the first novel
to be published by a member of the Dogrib
Nation and is largely influenced by Van Camp's
upbringing. The protagonist is a teenage boy.
Although the novel's subject matter is often
brutal, describing violence, alcoholism, and
other colonial fallout, it is countered with
humour and optimism, traits that have come to
trademark his writing.
Mr. Van Camp draws much of his material
from the traditional tales he heard many times
growing up. He believes the stories, often
involving transformation and redemption,
have a powerful healing quality and should
be shared. Among the many literary awards
to come his way is one from the Living
History Society of the Northwest Territories
acknowledging his work as a writer, editor
and storyteller. In 2003, Mr. Van Camp was
presented with the Queen Elizabeth Golden
Jubilee Commemorative Medal for his
career as a storyteller and author. He was
also awarded the Tina and Morris Wagner
Foundation Fellowship and the University
of BC Graduate Fellowship while attending
the MFA Program with the Department of
Creative Writing at UBC.
Since publishing his first novel, Van Camp
has reached an ever-widening audience by
embracing a number of different writing
genres. These include children's books, short
stories, radio dramatizations (he is currently
writer in residence for CBC Radio's North by
Northwest program), stage plays (he co-wrote
the Vancouver Opera's interpretation of
Mozart's The Magic Flute, which visited more
than 48,000 children throughout BC), and
screen-writing. Film rights for The Lesser
Blessed have been purchased by Toronto-
based First Generation Films, and shooting
will begin next spring. The novel crossed
another boundary when it was translated
into French and German and won the 2001
Jugendliteraturpreis (juvenile category), the
highest award for a translated work awarded
by the German government. His latest
publication is Welcome Song for Baby: A
Lullaby for Newborns. Every newborn baby
in BC will receive a free copy of the book
through the Books for Babies initiative of the
BC Libraries Association.
Beyond his writing, Van Camp has
contributed to the social fabric of Aboriginal
communities around the world by partaking
in conferences and programs designed to
promote literacy, address past misportrayal
of Aboriginal people in popular culture, and
help tackle some of the problems still facing
communities today. He co-created a suicide
prevention comic book, Darkness Calls, for
the Healthy Aboriginal Network. After touring France in 2003, he was invited by Jacques
Chirac's government to join a panel of
delegates from across the American continent
that was consulted on policies concerning
indigenous peoples under French jurisdiction.
Back at home, Van Camp is a respected
member of the UBC community. He is
recognized in particular for his teaching and
mentoring of Aboriginal students, encouraging
them to find their voices and become the next
generation of Aboriginal writers.
David McLean LLD'94 and Brenda
Honorary Alumnus Award
Dr. and Mrs. McLean have been involved in
the life and advancement of the university
for many years and have taken on numerous
leadership and volunteer roles. They have made
generous financial donations to the faculties of
Arts, Law and Medicine, and the department of
Athletics and Recreation.
They realize the vital role that UBC plays
in the local community and wider society,
admire the wealth of arts and culture based or
generated on campus, and understand the importance of education in cultivating responsible
and productive leaders for tomorrow.
Dr. McLean is a keen supporter of men's
Basketball at UBC, twice attending national
championships with the team in Halifax. He
hosts the annual UBC men's basketball golf
tournament in Whistler, with funds raised going
towards a scholarship endowment. Now total-
David & Brenda McLean
18    Trek    Fall 2007 ling more than $500,000, the fund provides
academic and athletic opportunities for team
members. Recently, Dr. McLean has taken on
the task of luring the CIS men's basketball
championships to UBC. (The championships
have been held in Halifax for the past 24 years,
but UBC now possesses the facilities required
for hosting them.) In 2001, Dr. McLean was
appointed senior federal representative to the
board of the 2010 Olympic bid corporation.
The McLean's interest in UBC doesn't
end with Athletics. Mrs. McLean is a former
director of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the
couple supports creative and performing arts
through two endowment funds established
during the university's World of Opportunity
fundraising campaign. In 1992, they funded the
Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian
Studies in the Faculty of Arts. In so doing they
have encouraged more scholarly discourse and
research on Canadian issues and made this
accessible to the public through lectures and
a publication series. Their influence brought
Canadiana to university curricula at a time
when its absence in many institutions was
causing concern. Dr. McLean is currently on
the advisory board of the Institute of Canadian
Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Perhaps the McLean's greatest passion, though,
is the support of student awards that encourage
productive student activity and leadership.
They also provided the initial funds for the Bob
Hindmarch Scholarships and they established
in 1985 the McLean Awards to fund annual
awards to the three student members of the
UBC Board of Governors, which are designed
to cover their tuition.
Through extensive board and committee
work, the couple has helped to steer UBC's
course. Dr. McLean served on UBC's Board of
Governors from 1981 to 1987 (he was Chair
from 1983-1986) and is now a member of
the Thunderbird Council for the department
of Athletics. He also served on an advisory
committee for the Faculty of Law and at one
point was an adjunct faculty member and guest
lecturer. Two chairs in Law have been funded
by the McLeans: one in Legal History, and the
other in Feminist Legal Studies. Dr. McLean
is an active member on the Advisory Board of
the National Centre for Business Law in the
Faculty of Law. Mrs. McLean is a vigorous
participant on the Faculty of Arts Dean's Ad
visory Board and is also involved in its Alumni
Relations and Development Committee.
Dr. McLean heads the McLean Group, a
family investment firm, which owns Vancouver
Film Studios, Signal Systems Inc., and Black-
comb Helicopters. Mrs. McLean is vice-chair
and the couple's two sons are also actively
involved. Dr. McLean is also chair of CN Rail
and has been behind generous CN donations to
the university, in particular a gift of $1,250,000
for the CN Chair in Transportation and
International Logistics. The McLeans are both
members of the President's Circle, a designation
that acknowledges lifetime financial contributions to UBC in excess of $250,000.
Brad Bennett
Brad Bennett
Honorary Alumnus Award
The son and grandson of two former
premiers of British Columbia, Mr. Bennett is
no stranger to public life and has continued
the family tradition of community service in a
variety of capacities. Centrally involved in the
affairs of UBC, he has chaired the university's
Board of Governors since 2005, heads the UBC
Okanagan Regional Advisory Council, and also
directs the UBC Properties Trust, an organization responsible for managing the university's
real estate assets and building its endowment.
As Board chair, Mr. Bennett leads a professionally diverse group that guides all aspects
of the university's affairs in its mission to be a
world-renowned institution of higher education and research. He has shown himself to
be a strong and effective leader, ensuring that
the university's interests are always kept to
the fore, that the quality of a UBC education
is maintained at the highest level, and that
students will derive the best possible experience from their attendance at UBC. He was
a key figure in the complex and demanding
process of selecting and appointing UBC's 12th
President and new Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Currently UBC is engaged on another large
project, the renovation and expansion of its
Vancouver campus core, an issue which occupies much of Mr. Bennett's time and attention,
and which has already benefited greatly from
his experience and understanding.
Mr. Bennett brings to his UBC role a
successful business background and years
of experience in driving and shaping social
and business development in the Okanagan.
Since 1989 he has been president of Mcintosh
Properties Ltd., a real estate investment and
holding company based in Kelowna, where he
lives with his family. Prior to this he gained
several years-worth of experience in Alberta's
consumer finance industry and a decade
familiarizing himself with Vancouver's real
estate industry.
He is a founder and past co-chair of the
Okanagan Partnership Regional Economic
Development Strategy, a group that seeks to
drive economic growth and create a favourable
climate for new businesses and investment.
He is committed to attracting high-tech
investment, growth and job creation to the
region. At the provincial level, he serves a
similar purpose on the Premier's Technology
Council. Past responsibilities include chairing
the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, the
City of Kelowna's Building Committee for the
development of the Rotary Centre for The Arts,
and the former Okanagan University College
(OUC). He is currently board director for the
Quail's Gate Estate Winery.
Mr. Bennett's UBC Board work has come at
a particularly significant time in the university's
history. In 2004, the provincial government
announced its decision to transition OUC's
two campuses into two new institutions: UBC
Okanagan and Okanagan College. Mr. Bennett
played a key role during this important time,
serving the UBC Okanagan President's Corn-
Fall 2007    Trek    19 munity Advisory Council from 2004, involving
stakeholders and winning support for the
expansion, and helping to ensure the implementation was beneficial for the Okanagan
Mr. Bennett was the recipient of the Queen's
Golden Jubilee Award Medal in 2002 and the
City of Kelowna's Businessman of the Year in
Ravina Bains BA'07
Outstanding Future Alumnus Award
Ravina Bains doesn't just talk about social justice, she acts to try and secure it. Her volunteer
work on campus and in the local community
has demonstrated a willingness to tackle issues
head on and assume responsibility for resolving them. She is a role model for the type of
graduate the university strives to produce: one
that believes she has a role to play in shaping a
better future for society.
As an undergraduate Ms Bains majored
in Sociology, but a lot of her learning took
place outside the classroom through volunteer
work. One of her long-standing commitments
has been to Access Justice, a pro-bono legal
organization serving disadvantaged members
of the community. She ran the weekly small
business clinic at the People's Law School and
now manages the organization's appointment
Ravina Bains
hotline. She feels it important to underline
to legal professionals the importance of pro
bono work, and inform low-income communities about ways to access affordable or free
legal assistance. She plans to continue studying at UBC for her masters in Asian Pacific
Policy Studies. Afterwards, she hopes to study
Law and although keeping her options open
as to an area of specialization she has a keen
interest in human rights issues.
Ms Bains has demonstrated her commitment to UBC on many levels, from
fundraising efforts and personal donations,
to her participation in campus groups whose
activities reflect her own notions of equity
and justice.
Ms Bains chose to lend her financial
support to the UBC Learning Exchange
Trek Program that organizes volunteer
placements for UBC students with schools
and non-profits in Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside. She believes that by giving back to
UBC she is making an investment in society.
Ms Bains' dedication to the university makes
her an engaging ambassador and she has
volunteered at a number of donor events.
She was also employed as a supervisor at the
UBC Annual Giving Call Centre, providing
leadership for groups of up to ten other
students. She's raised more than $60,000 for
campus projects and inspired in her team the
dedication, discipline, and morale required to
meet its nightly campaign goals.
On campus, Ms Bains' extensive volunteering included her work with the UBC Equity
Office helping to eliminate prejudice based
on race, gender or sexual orientation. She
participated in a workshop series designed to
promote social change on campus, and also
in events such as International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2005.
She also helped produce the office's annual
newsletter Think Equity. She participated
in the World Peace Forum in 2006, and
went to Geneva in 2007 as part of a student
delegation participating in United Nations
model conferences. Her efforts on behalf of
UBC and her fellow undergraduates were
celebrated at a Student Leadership Recognition Banquet in 2006.
Ms Bains also represents UBC to potential
students. As part of a project called Home for
the Holidays she has presented to secondary
students about student life at UBC, and as a
volunteer for the UBC Student Shadowing Initiative she provides campus tours to grade 12
students. At her local Sikh temple, she guides
South Asian youth through the sometimes
daunting university application procedure. She
encourages these prospective undergraduates to
make the most of what's on offer at UBC and
to get involved.
Marjorie Ratel BSN'95
Global Citizenship Award
A Neuroscience staff nurse at Vancouver
General Hospital since 1978, Ms Marjorie
Ratel is a strong advocate for access to quality
healthcare in developing countries and is spearheading a project to help improve healthcare
in West Africa. She possesses a tenacious drive
to improve the lot of others, and a natural
aptitude for inspiring key figures and organizations to support her vision.
For the past seven years, she has been
working with colleagues in Vancouver and at
the University of Ghana's College of Health
Sciences in Accra to improve the skill base of
the local Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital's (KBTH)
neurosurgery unit. The ultimate goal is to
establish a Centre of Excellence in Neurosurgery and Clinical Neurosciences that will
provide high quality health service and conduct
contextually relevant teaching and research. Ms
Ratel has been a driving force in turning these
ambitious aspirations into results and opening
up channels for a fruitful exchange of expertise
between KBTH and VGH.
Collaboration with Ghana began when
Ms Ratel met Dr. Thomas Dakurah, a young
neurosurgeon from Ghana taking advanced
training at VGH. She learned of severe shortages in medical and educational resources in his
country, and became deeply committed to assisting her Ghanaian counterparts. She founded
the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Project in 2000, and
by the following year she and colleagues began
organizing the shipment of good-quality used
medical equipment together with new medical
supplies to KBTH. Over the past six years, 11
containers have been shipped to Ghana with an
estimated value of more than $5 million.
In Vancouver, she established (and chairs) the
non-profit Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation,
and two accompanying fundraising charities.
20    Trek    Fall 2007 Marjorie Ratel
A sister Board in Ghana was also launched in
2002 under her leadership. Since then, she has
been instrumental in establishing teams in Los
Angeles, New York and across Canada to help
promote the project and raise funds. The first
phase of the neuro-hospital building project
will focus on the Ambulatory Care Center, an
international house for visiting professionals
and a Nursing / Paramedical residence for local
personnel of the neuro-hospital.
The project has attracted the interest and
support of key players including the Vice
President of Ghana, the Ministry of Health,
the University of Ghana, KBTH itself, the
Canadian High Commission, academic bodies
and major corporate bodies. In 2003, Ms Ratel
headed a team of Canadians and Ghanaians
that met with Ghana's Vice President, winning
his support and gaining the project high profile
attention. A sisterhood Memorandum of
Understanding has been signed by The Ghana
High Commissioner for Canada, the Consul
General for Ghana and VGH.
Much of Ms Ratel's career has been
spent providing clinical education to other
nurses, devising nursing policy, and developing
standards of care. She is respected as an expert
nurse (in Geriatric care as well as Neuroscience), compassionate caregiver and highly
capable administrator. She has inspired key
UBC faculty to become involved in the work
of the Foundation and in the exchange of
expertise. The university hosted and assisted
a group of Ghanaian nurses who traveled
to Canada to receive specialized training at
VGH in the care of critically ill neurosurgery
patients. These nurses returned home and are
transferring their acquired skills to colleagues
in Ghana. Ms Ratel still finds time to mentor
students at UBC and to inspire in them a
global perspective on health. Since 2005, she
has been a coach on the UBC Global Student
Speakers' Bureau.
Last year in Toronto, Ms Ratel, was
presented with the Ghanaian-Canadian
Achievement Award for her efforts in improving the health care delivery to Ghanaians.
She gives much credit to her colleagues and
partners who have rallied behind her vision
and mission to advocate for Africa.
Joanna Bates MD
Faculty Citation Community Service Award
Dr. Joanna Bates oversees all educational programming for UBC's Faculty of Medicine. She
is at the forefront of new practices, and has a
strategic approach to developing high quality
programming that helps meet the expanding
health requirements of British Columbia. Her
research has led to innovations that have been
adopted as educational models for institutions
elsewhere in Canada as well as abroad.
Dr. Bates' background includes 25 years
of community practice in Family Medicine,
during which she developed an interest in
clinical teaching in practice settings. She
became director of the Hospital Internship
Program at St. Paul's Hospital in 1989 and
five years later joined the UBC Family Practice
Residency Program, which established
clinical training sites in the interior and other
areas of the province. In both roles she was
involved in establishing curriculum objectives
and evaluation, with a heavier emphasis on
community-based training.
This work served as a valuable foundation
for a major expansion of UBC's medical undergraduate program. In 2001, Dr. Bates was
appointed head of the strategic committee
that explored a distributed model of medical
education. It was an innovation to remedy a
shortage of medical practitioners (especially
prevalent in rural areas) by doubling the output
of graduates and distributing sites of learning
throughout the province. The following year,
Dr. Bates was appointed senior associate
dean of the MD undergraduate program and
oversaw the planning and implementation of
the distributed program.
Among many complex considerations, the
task involved developing community-based
education programs, seeking Aboriginal input,
recruiting faculty, and exploring new learning
technologies. Despite the multiple parties
involved in these deliberations - other provincial universities, the BC ministries of Health
and Education, six health authorities, local
practitioners, faculty, students, and community
members - Dr. Bates was able to establish a
shared vision and create an operational model
in northern BC on which an expansion into
other areas of the province, such as Prince
George and Vancouver Island, was based. The
new program represents a huge milestone in
the history of the faculty and is testament to its
good governance. The first intake of students
was in 2004 and the program is now gaining
worldwide attention. Several other Canadian
schools have adopted their own versions of the
Dr. Bates' efforts have also helped bring
some of the country's best young talent to
UBC's Faculty of Medicine. In 1997 she was
oanna Bates
Fall 2007    Trek    21 appointed Associate Dean of Admissions, and
developed an innovative assessment method for
written applications that has attracted much
interest from other institutions. Under her
tenure, an initiative to increase the Aboriginal
student intake evolved from working closely
with local Aboriginal communities. Now
with one of highest Aboriginal intakes among
Canadian medical schools, UBC serves as a
model for admissions processes.
She is a leader in the field of Family Medicine and very involved in the College of Family
Practitioners of Canada (of which she is a
Fellow). She was one of four members invited
to plan a conference on the future of the field
in 2000. She has been central to the development of national evaluation and accreditation
policies and procedures and is co-founder of
the Clinical Competency Program of British
Dr. Bates has four children, one of whom
is studying Engineering physics at UBC. She
is currently on academic leave, taking a break
from her extensive administrative responsibilities. The UBC Medical Alumni Association
named her an honorary alumna this year.
Beverly Field BA'42
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award
Although Beverly Field studied for her degree
at UBC, and later taught for six years in the
department of Chemistry, these early ties with
the university were only the beginning of a
lifelong relationship. Cementing it are many
years of volunteer service, including her term
as president of the Alumni Association and
as a member of the UBC Senate and Board of
Mrs. Field's lasting interest in UBC was
foreshadowed by her enthusiastic participation as a student, including her duties as an
editor of student newspaper The Ubyssey. She
maintains a keen nose for university news and
affairs. An early sense of social responsibility
was evidenced by volunteer work for a Boy's
Receiving Home run by the Children's Aid
Society, driving carloads of eager 12-year-olds
to hockey matches.
On completing her degree (majoring in Math
and English), she was employed as a meteorologist at Sea Island Airport in Vancouver. It
was during the war, and she was one of the
first women to be appointed in such a role.
She married Fred Field, BCOM'40, and his air
force service saw them moving to a number of
locations around the country. They settled in
West Vancouver, and the height of Mrs. Field's
UBC activities occurred during the 1970s.
As a member of Senate, she was instrumental
in persuading the provincial government
to amend the new Universities Act, which
increased student representation in the Senate,
but reduced that of alumni. Members elected
by convocation (all grads and faculty) had been
dropped from 18 to four, but the decision remained a topic of debate. Negotiations resulted
in the allocation of 11 extra Convocation
representatives. Another period in the university's history she recalls with pride was clinching
approval from the provincial government for
architectural plans that conceptualized UBC's
Museum of Anthropology.
Mrs. Field lent her services to many committees during this time, and was adamant that
UBC maintain the high standards of education
that she had experienced in the '30s and '40s
under the guidance of mentors like professors
Shrum, Nowlan, Sedgewick, Wood and Gage.
(It was Professor Gage's course in Celestial
Mechanics that first awakened her abiding
interest in astronomy.) She served on the Curriculum Committee and volunteered with other
campus groups such as the Cecil Green Lecture
Series and the Walter Koerner Master Teaching
Awards. More recently, she was invited to join
the UBC Alumni Affairs Centenary Committee, struck to mark the university's upcoming
Beyond UBC, there are countless beneficiaries of her 71 years of public service. She
has had a longstanding commitment with the
Junior League of Vancouver, an organization
she initially became involved with in 1952.
Other organizations to have benefited include
the Vancouver Foundation (with which she
has been involved for 17 years), the Vancouver
Art Gallery, where she was a docent under the
direction of Doris Shadbolt, the Vancouver
Aquarium, the YWCA, Vancouver Museum, the
United Way, and the BC Medical Foundation
Board. Former recognition includes the Queen's
Medal in 1977, the Elsje Armstrong Award for
Volunteerism in 1985, and the 1990 United
Way Volunteer Recognition Award. She is a life
member of the University Women's Club, West
Sopron School of Forestry
Alumni Milestone Achievement Award
One of the most interesting stories in BC's
immigration history began in 1957 when UBC's
Faculty of Forestry "adopted" close to 300
Hungarian refugees from the Forest Engineering University of Sopron and established a
Sopron division, enabling the students to complete their education in Canada in Hungarian.
A profound cultural and educational exchange
ensued. This year marks the 50th anniversary
of the Hungarians' arrival.
The story begins in the aftermath of the
failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956, when
students and faculty from the Sopron school
escaped their Soviet oppressors by fleeing over
the border into Austria. The group remained
mostly intact, intent on eventually resuming
their studies and research in Hungary. But with
Austria receiving upwards of 100,000 refugees
in the space of a month, and its proximity to
the soviet troops, Sopron director Kalman
Roller knew an immediate solution was
required if the school was to survive, and wrote
to 20 countries requesting assistance. Although
he received several responses, the most generous one was from UBC's Faculty of Forestry.
On January 1, 1957, 28 Sopron faculty members, 200 students, and 65 wives and children
22    Trek    Fall 2007 left for Canada to establish this new Forestry
division at UBC. They initially stayed in Powell
River (housed in a construction camp for a
few months) to culturally acclimatize and learn
English. Many of the students found work.
The first academic year began at UBC in
September 1957 and was not without difficulty.
Some of the Sopron group still had family
members in Hungary, few owned any possessions, and all had to adapt to a profoundly
different Canadian context. The language
barrier was a major challenge. The Sopron
students were taught in their own language at
first, with the gradual introduction of lectures
in English from UBC professors. But eventually
most of these difficulties were overcome and
by 1961 the last Sopron class had graduated.
Five years later, 80 per cent of the Hungarians
were still in Canada and a high proportion of
them obtained a post graduate degree. Almost
100 Hungarian foresters were employed in BC
during the late 50s and early 60s, and many
became influential in the field. A group of
Sopron alumni has met monthly for the past
five decades.
These graduates and Hungarian faculty
members represent a handful of the 3 8,000
Hungarian refugees who came to Canada
during this time - the '56-ers as they became
known. Their impact on Canada included a
shift in the nation's refugee policy, influencing a
more open-door approach.
At a ceremony in July 2007, to mark the
50-year anniversary of their arrival, Sopron
alumni presented a kopjafa, or post, to UBC
carved by one of their own, Les Jozsa, out of an
800-year-old Western Red Cedar from Stanley
Park that fell victim to wind storms at the end
of 2006. It was erected next to a traditional
Hungarian gate (also carved by Jozsa) that was
presented to the people of Canada, UBC and
the Forestry Faculty in 2001. While the Sopron
Gate is inspired by traditional Hungarian
folk art, it also represents the extreme shift in
cultures that the Sopron foresters experienced.
It conveys the foresters' personal struggles and
gratitude for their acceptance at UBC and into
Canadian culture. ♦
More information on how to nominate a
canidate for next year's awards can be found
on our website at www.alumni.ubc.ca/awards.
Sopron School of Forestry
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Fall 2007    Trek    23  Art for Students' Sake
Begun in 1948, the ams art collection has grown into
a significant repository for Canadian art.
Aliyah Shamsher,
AMS Art Gallery
Commissioner, sits amidst
the riches of the student
The setting was both odd and appropriate.
It was also a little tacky. For two weeks in
September, seven works from the art collection
of UBC's Alma Mater Society sat on metal
easels in the Welcome Centre in Brock Hall.
It was a kind of return for the art, which was
originally acquired to hang on the walls of
this old student building. Squeezed between
green glass partitions and clusters of tables and
chairs, however, the recent presentation was
reminiscent of a trade fair in a hotel lobby. And
yet, the works on display are of unquestionable
aesthetic and historical importance. They might
as readily have been hanging on the walls of
the National Gallery of Canada.
Among them was a 1947 oil painting,
Abandoned Village, Rivers Inlet, BC by the late
EJ. Hughes, one of our country's most distinguished - and collectable - artists. Also on view
were two powerful, flame-like abstractions
painted by Lawren Harris, founding member
of the Group of Seven, and a chilly-looking
northern landscape by his equally famous colleague, A.Y. Jackson. Students, family members
and counsellors came and went, apparently
oblivious to the cultural wealth in their midst.
Only a vigilant young man, posted at the door
as a volunteer security guard, signalled its
Obliviousness is a condition that Aliyah
Shamsher aspires to change. An undergraduate
student in art history, Shamsher holds the
part-time administrative position of ams Art
Gallery Commissioner. In addition to organizing temporary shows of student art in the small
gallery of the Student Union Building, she is
responsible for overseeing the little-known
treasure that is the ams collection of Canadian
art and arranging for its occasional (very
occasional) exhibition. She also participates in
the committee that purchases new works for
the collection. "Buying a piece of contemporary
art for what has become a historic collection is
a really daunting task," Shamsher says. There
must be a commitment to work that will last
and that will hold accord with works already
acquired. "We have such iconic pieces in the
collection that you should really take them into
Photographs: Martin Dee
Fall 2007    Trek    25 consideration when you're purchasing new
Now numbering some 67 objects, including
prints, drawings and sculpture along with
paintings and photographs, the collection
represents esteemed Canadian modernists such
as Yves Gaucher, Claude Breeze, Jack Shadbolt
and Takao Tanabe. It also includes the work
of acclaimed realist painters Jack Chambers,
Ken Danby and Robert Young and 1960s
avant-gardists Gathie Falk, Roy Kiyooka, Greg
Curnoe and N.E. Thing Co. One of the most
recent additions to the collection is Development #1, a large archival pigment print by
Vancouver artist Roy Arden. An internationally
renowned photographer, Arden is currently
being honoured with a major, mid-career
retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Falk, who is represented in the collection by
her funky 1976-77 ceramic sculpture, Picnic
The UBC student body
might be pleased to know
that the AMS owns an art
work that has appreciated
up to 73,000 per cent in
the past 60 years.
with Red Watermelon #2, launched a stunning
new installation of work in a solo show at the
Equinox Gallery in October. Clearly, the collection continues to be relevant and well-chosen
- if little seen by the people who own it.
Shamsher sketches out its origins. "It
was initiated in the 1940s," she says. "An
English professor wanted to start a collection
to decorate the walls of Brock Hall." That
professor, Hunter Lewis, taught in the department of English from 1929 until 1962 and
had a passion for contemporary Canadian art.
He sat for a period on the Board of Directors
of the National Gallery in Ottawa, served as
president of the Federation of Canadian Artists,
and advocated on behalf of First Nations art.
Undoubtedly, he would have been pleased by
the ams's purchase in 2003 of a large painting
by acclaimed Okanagan-Salish artist Lawrence
Paul Yuxweluptun.
I Writing in a catalogue published in 1988,
then ams Art Gallery President Sarah Mair,
now McLeod, expanded on the collection's
history. Soon after Brock Hall opened in 1940,
McLeod wrote, Professor Lewis proposed to
the student council that a modest portion of
student fees be directed toward the acquisition
of outstanding examples of contemporary Canadian art. Initially, the amount was ten cents
per student per year. (The rate was eventually
changed to a flat commitment of $1,500 per
year.) It was not until 1948 that enough money
was in place to undertake the first purchase: the
Hughes painting, at a cost of $150.
Ian Thorn, a senior curator at the Vancouver
Art Gallery and the scholar responsible for the
definitive 2002 book and touring retrospective exhibition of Hughes's work, observes
that Abandoned Village was pivotal in the
artist's career. It helped secure him a long-term
relationship with the Montreal-based art
dealer and collector, Dr. Max Stern. Stern first
encountered Hughes's work while visiting
UBC in 19 51, Thorn recounts, and was so
impressed that he tracked the artist down at his
Vancouver Island home, bought all the work
in his studio, and signed him to a contract that
ensured he could devote himself entirely to
A somewhat comparable painting by
Hughes, Fishboats, Rivers Inlet, completed in
1946, commanded a price of over $90,000 at
auction in 2004. The UBC student body might
be pleased to know that the ams owns an art
work that has appreciated up to 73,000 per
cent in the past 60 years. Not that the ams
wants to send the painting off to an auction
house any time soon. Other plans are afoot.
Brief individual histories of the works and
their makers are documented in the collection's
1988 catalogue. McLeod put this important
document together with the help of two
assistants, Trevor Smith and John Sinai, and
with funding provided by an ams summer
project grant. "We interviewed as many of the
local artists as we could find," McLeod recalls.
They also spoke to Jessie Binning, widow of the
famed B.C. Binning, who founded the department of Fine Arts in 1955 and later established
the Fine Arts Gallery at UBC. He was also
instrumental, through his enthusiasm, advice
and advocacies, in shaping and enlarging the
ams collection. More recently, art history
professor John O'Brian has contributed his
expertise to the selection of new work.
Shamsher and her colleagues at the ams
are working on an updated catalogue of the
collection, to be published in print and possibly
on-line format. "The 1988 catalogue is very encyclopedic," Shamsher says, citing the research
behind each individual entry. "This year, we
were hoping to focus more on the history of the
collection, to celebrate it."
Energy and optimism are also being directed
towards finding a permanent exhibition space
in which to showcase the work. As things now
stand, the collection is exhibited only once or
twice a year, for brief periods of time, in the
SUB gallery. The rest of the time, it resides in
a high security vault, a situation Thorn feels
should be redressed.
"Art has a significant role to play in the
culture," he says, "but only if it's accessible to
people within that culture." He cites the $20
million collection of Canadian art at Hart
House, a social, recreational and cultural centre
on the St. George campus of the University
ofToronto. Many of Hart House's valuable
historical and contemporary works are hung
in its hallways and reading rooms, for the
pleasure of all who pass by. About the usually
invisible ams collection, Thorn says, "It seems
silly to continue to buy art unless the work is
going to be seen by students."
Shamsher agrees, then adds, "The majority
of students on campus don't really know about
the collection, which is what we're hoping to
change this year." The updated catalogue and a
publicity push with increased media coverage
underlie aspirations for a new gallery. Such a
facility could happen at some still undisclosed
time in the future, within the context of a new
Student Union Building, which the ams executive are currently discussing. A proposal for a
new structure and a decision about its location
will go before the student body in the form of
a referendum. When, how, and how much have
yet to be determined, but an expanded presence
for the ams art collection, whether in its own
designated gallery or in secure locations around
the building, is a must. "We want the art to be
up all the time," Shamsher says. "We want UBC
students as well as the public at large to know
that we have a collection." ♦
Robin Laurence is a Vancouver freelance writer
and critic. She is visual arts critic for The
Georgia Straight and a contribuing editor of
Border Crossings and Canadian Art.
Fall 2007    Trek    27  Drugs for the Masses
A new approach to developing and marketing a
life-saving drug puts human welfare above mere profit.
The tiny protozoa,
leishmania, introduced to
the body via a sandfly bite,
causes debilitating disease
in 200 million people
Remember those choose-your-own-adventure
stories that were popular in the 1980s? Often
written as if the reader were the hero of the
tale, the story led you, the protagonist, through
one hair-raising adventure after another, until
it left you in imminent danger of sure death,
hanging by your fingernails from the edge of
a sheer cliff. Then the story posed alternative
plot developments. Do you fall to your death?
Are you attacked by a ravenous tiger? Are you
saved by a helicopter that swoops down and
carries you away? You, the reader, make your
choice, and then follow that plot thread into
more adventures... until the next fork in the
This story - a story about science and business, about pharmaceutical sciences research
and human rights - is like a choose-your-own-
adventure. In this tale, UBC comes to a fork in
the road. The university can pursue business
as usual. Or it can choose the path of global
The disease
Every good story has a back story. In this
case, it's about science.
Leishmaniasis is a debilitating disease that
afflicts some 200,000,000 people worldwide,
mainly in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sudan and
Brazil. Every year, 500,000 new cases occur.
The disease, caused by a parasite transmitted
by the bit of a sandfly, is characterized by fever,
anemia and weight loss and is fatal unless
treated. It kills an estimated half-million people
each year. Worse, it is spreading to new areas
as populations migrate in response to conflicts,
poverty and deforestation.
Leishmaniasis also has social and economic
impacts. Because it often causes profound scarring of the skin and disfiguration, those affected
suffer social isolation. Afflicted women, many
of whom form the economic backbone of their
communities, are unable to marry in many of
the countries where the disease is endemic.
Immune suppression due to AIDS increases
the risk of leishmaniasis by 10 to 100 times.
Before highly active antiretroviral medications
became widely available, leishmaniasis was
the third most common parasitic infection in
southern Europe.
Other debilitating afflictions common in
third-world countries are caused by fungal
infections, which can weaken and kill people
who are weakened by other diseases or whose
immune systems have been compromised. But
people in all parts of the world are vulnerable
to fatal fungal infections when their immune
systems are compromised: cancer patients and
AIDS sufferers, for example.
Fungal infections have become an issue in
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Fall 2007    Trek    29 North America, too. A form of candidiasis
called candidemia is the fourth most common
bloodstream infection among hospitalized
patients in the US, especially low-birth-weight
babies and surgical patients, occurring in eight
of every 100,000 people per year. One study
looked at 35,232 HIV-infected patients who
attended outpatient clinics in 10 US cities
between 1990 and 1998, and found that the
incidence of aspergillosis, another fungal infection, was between five and 10 per 1,000.
The treatment
There is an available treatment common to
leishmaniasis and fungal infections: Amphotericin B, developed 60 years ago. AmpB, as it
is known, is highly effective, with cure rates of
nearly 100 per cent. But AmpB has two serious
limitations. It causes severe kidney toxicity,
which means that it can be given only in small
doses and for short periods. And it must be
administered intravenously. This means that
patients have to be hospitalized for four to
five weeks while they are closely monitored,
which in turn taxes health care systems that
are already overburdened. The enormous
challenges of cost, accessibility and storage, not
to mention the possible side effect of infection
that often results from IV treatment itself, mean
that the effectiveness of AmpB is limited in the
countries where it is needed most.
The professor
Enter Dr. Kishor Wasan, professor and chair
of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, and a
Distinguished University Scholar. His office in
the Cunningham Building is cramped: bookshelves and filing cabinets overflow with texts,
papers and journals, while various awards
and plaques are tucked inconspicuously onto
shelves and the corner of his desk.
But the laboratory next door, the Wasan Lab,
is state-of-the-art, and this is where Wasan has
been mounting a campaign against leishmaniasis and fungal infections for the past 13 years.
With the support of a grant from the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and
the collaboration of his wife, Dr. Ellen Wasan,
a faculty member at BCIT, Wasan worked on
developing a lipid formulation of AmpB, a
formulation in which the drug molecules are
suspended in a fatty solution. This version
proved to be just as effective as the original
in reducing the amount of infection,
and with greatly reduced renal side
effects, since the lipids protect the
body's organs from exposure to the
medication. This allowed the dosage
to be increased, from about 1 mg per
kilogram of body weight to 5 mg per
kilogram, which was a major breakthrough. But the lipid version still
had to be administered intravenously,
bringing with it the same problems of
cost and accessibility, and putting it
beyond the reach of most third-world
So Wasan set out to develop an
oral formulation of AmpB, one that
would have the same effectiveness
and reduced kidney toxicity of the
intravenous lipid version.
The breakthrough
Back to the lab. Wasan was doing
two studies, one using the intravenous lipid formulation of AmpB
to fight fungal infections in animal
models, and another working on oral
lipid formulations of other drugs, to
see how the lipids improved absorption of the drugs.
The two streams collided.
"We took the lipid experiments and combined them with AmpB for oral use," Wasan
says. "Then we tested the resulting formulation
on fungal infections in animals. We got results
we couldn't believe. The oral version produced
a significant decrease in fungal infection in rats,
with no kidney toxicity."
With considerable excitement, Wasan took
his discovery to Barbara Campbell, associate
director of the University Industry Liaison
Office (UILO), the agency that brings UBC
discoveries to the private sector and arranges
for licenses to develop them and bring them to
At this point, in true choose-your-own-
adventure style, Dr. Wasan's discovery could
have evolved in one of two directions: business
as usual or business with a global human rights
Business as usual
We now pick up the other part of the story,
the business saga.
Prof. Kishor Wasan heads the fight against leishmaniasis.
Traditionally, when a new drug or technology is discovered at UBC, the UILO looks for
a partner who will advance the research and
then commercialize and market the product.
A portion of the revenue resulting from the
license comes back to UBC and is shared with
the original researcher.
Usually, the partner gets exclusive access
to the property, which means that it is up to
that company to determine how the product
is marketed. Consider a new cancer drug, for
example. Because it is extremely expensive
to take a new drug through the clinical trials
and regulatory approvals needed to bring it to
market, the licensee could market the drug at
a profit to countries in the developed world,
earning back its investment and returning a
profit to shareholders. UBC could suggest that
the company make the drug available at cost to
countries in the developing world. But that is at
the company's discretion.
Some of UBC's past partnerships have
incorporated humanitarian principles into the
30    Trek    Fall 2007
Photograph: Martin Dee business licenses. For example, UBC has been
a leader in creating partnerships for bioactive
compounds through the research of Dr. Ray
Andersen. These partnerships return revenue
from the commercialization of the therapeutic
compounds to the country of origin for the
benefit of the people and environment of the
region. But in the past such provisions have
been technology-specific, one-off instances, not
the general rule.
Business the new way
"UBC did not have university-wide
principles to guide the development of our
commercial licenses from a global perspective,"
Campbell says. "So we began the process of
defining a set of principles that would ensure
global access to UBC discoveries."
The intellectual and social climate for such
thinking was ideal. Martha Piper, during her
years as president, defined the university's role
to "promote the values of a civil and sustainable society, and conduct outstanding research
to serve the people of British Columbia,
Canada, and the world." Current president
Stephen Toope fosters the idea of UBC as
a global citizen, urging the development of
university spin-offs not only for profit but also
to benefit those in need around the world.
Activist students
Behind the scenes, another force has been at
play. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
(UAEM) is an international student group
that lobbies universities to fund research on
"neglected diseases," such as leishmaniasis, that
don't catch headlines but that affect millions
of people around the world, mainly in poor
countries. The organization also pushes universities to incorporate principles of global access
to medicines into the commercial licenses they
The UBC chapter of UAEM was, according
to Barbara Campbell, instrumental in bringing
the issue to Professor Toope's attention, and,
from there, to other administrative levels. "This
raised awareness on campus and gave UILO
the leverage we needed to advance the idea of
global access as a university-wide principle."
As a result, UBC has become the first
university in Canada to put forward a broad
strategy to provide global access to appropriate
technologies, and these principles are now an
integral part of all of the university's licensing
Global access
While these global access principles strive
to ensure fair access to relevant technologies
for the developing world, they still recognize
the legitimate needs of industry licensees. For
example, one of the principles says that UBC
will endeavour to ensure that underprivileged
populations have low-cost or at-cost access to
our research innovations. Another states that
the university will support environmentally
friendly research and green alternatives, and
will take the lead in community sustainability.
How will these principles be put into effect?
The policy sets out a number of strategies,
ranging from seeking partnerships with
not-for-profit and charitable organizations, to
provide funding for neglected disease areas, to
negotiating licenses that ensure low-cost or at-
cost access to technologies that have potential
relevance to the developing world.
Developing AmpB
Back to Dr. Kishor Wasan and his discovery.
Through UILO, UBC has partnered with iCo
Therapeutics Inc., a Vancouver-based biotech
company, to advance the development of
AmpB. iCo is funding Wasan's continuing
research in the quest to develop an oral, effective, heat-stable and long-lasting formulation
of AmpB.
It will take a great deal of work to get there.
The next step is to conduct pre-clinical studies
using the oral formulation in animal models,
which will be conducted in the Wasan lab.
Then further research and development will be
needed to advance the drug through clinical
trials on humans and on through regulatory
The next stage of research will benefit both
the first-world and the third-world applications of the drug. At some point, though, the
research will likely branch off in two directions: one formulation of AmpB targeted to
the kinds of fungal infections associated with
immune suppression, and another specifically
designed to fight leishmaniasis and the virulent
fungal infections prevalent in the third world.
At that point, considerably more funding will
be needed to develop the anti-leishmaniasis
applications. That is where, Wasan hopes, a
charitable organization such as the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation may step in. In the
meantime, Campbell says, "UBC's partnership
with iCo ensures that its development of the
formulation will embrace our global access
Kishor Wasan is eager to take his research to
the next level, and his team, including research
associate Dr. Sheila Thornton, as well as a
post-doctorate fellow and a research assistant,
is already designing the next pre-clinical
studies. Wasan is delighted with the synergy
between science and business that has emerged
in this case. "Three things came together: the
medical need for the oral delivery of AmpB, our
initial discovery, and the intellectual and social
climate at UBC to support human rights and
global access in the developing world."
Financial Priorities
There's no escaping the fact that UBC stands
to make less money from a license that requires
low-cost or at-cost access for poor populations
than one that allows companies to develop,
commercialize and market products entirely as
they see fit. "Part of the global access approach
is fair pricing, which could affect UBC's return
and the return to the researcher," Campbell
acknowledges. "But this is important to the
university community. We want to see a societal
impact for research that takes place at UBC
in every instance where it matters to the third
Kishor Wasan couldn't agree more. "It would
be lovely to make piles of money from my
discovery," he says. "But I don't need it. I do
fine. It's a once-in-a-lifetime dream to be able to
do this altruistic work."
Wasan admits that, because of his family's
origins in India, he has a personal connection
to the battle against leishmaniasis. Smiling
wistfully, he says, "I would love to be there to
see health care workers administer an oral dose
of AmpB to an Indian child."
Thanks to his own brilliant research, UBC's
commitment to global access and the support
of a local biotech company in the further
development of this life-saving drug, he may
get his wish.
And the story looks to have a happy ending
for millions of people around the world. ♦
- Ellen Schwartz, mfa'86, is a Vancouver writer.
Fall 2007    Trek    31 Paddling Away     ^
From Breast
By Marlisse Silver-Sweeney
Last June at the Alcan Dragon Boat
Festival in Vancouver, dozens of teams and
bystanders lined up to watch one inspiring
race. It wasn't the finals, or the infamous
"Guts and Glory" 2-k dredge. Only one man
was in this race, amongst the hundreds of
women. And even though the participants had
been training for months - years in some cases
- no one particularly cared who won.
As the hundreds of survivors got off their
boats from the Breast Cancer Survivors Race,
they were followed by Don McKenzie MPE'72,
MD'77, founder of the dragon boat breast
cancer survivor movement and the only man
allowed on board. A myriad of pink stormed
out onto the dock and through the kilometer long archway formed by the paddles of
other team members. The carnations they
had dropped into the water to commemorate
the women who haven't survived the disease
floated in the distance, but the visceral cheers,
laughter and tears of the women on the dock
made it clear that they were winning their race
against breast cancer.
Margaret Hobson BED'64, MED'79, is a
retired teacher and current president of the
Abreast in a Boat Society.
Margaret joined Abreast in a Boat in 1999
after undergoing breast cancer treatment the
previous year. "I could hardly wait to finish surgery and treatment so I could join the
team" she says, matter-of-fact, as if it's like
waiting for a broken bone to heal. Paddling a
dragon boat on False Creek however, isn't a
walk on the seawall.
"I thought I was going to die the first couple of practices. I was very fresh out of treatment and I had started going to the gym but it
was not enough."
Eventually though, the sore muscles and the
strenuous exercise worked itself into a routine,
and Margaret got more from her dragon boat
team than the need for a hot bath twice a
week. "I never joined any support groups but I
think Abreast in a Boat gives you one. If a person has a problem related to a medical condition there is someone on the boat who knows
something about it."
That someone is generally Dr. Don
McKenzie. Dr. Don (as he's called) started the
first dragon boat team for breast cancer survivors in 1996. Abreast in a Boat was part of his
plan to combat the idea that upper body exercise in breast cancer survivors would increase
their chances of developing lymphedema.
Besides lab and hospital-based studies, Dr. Don
wanted to develop a "visible demonstration
that women treated for breast cancer could do
strenuous, physical upper body exercise and
not develop lymphedema."
The first team, made up of 24 breast cancer
survivors, started his study. The women trained
for two months in a gym before getting in
the boat, and they were measured and tested.
Starting slowly, they gradually built their
strength and competed at the Alcan Dragon
Boat Festival. Dr. Don's hypothesis was correct.
"People got stronger, people got fitter, and they
showed that they didn't develop lymphedema."
But what happened afterwards was a huge
surprise. "It got totally out of control," he
laughs. What started as a study of 24 women
turned into a movement of thousands of
women worldwide including teams in New
York, Tasmania, Singapore, Poland, Dubai,
Cape Town and now six teams in the Lower
Mainland alone, with Dr. Don coaching a new
novice team every year. "It went way beyond
the physical things we were doing. When you
push off from the dock at False Creek we're
Abreast in a Boat team, 2007.
all in the same boat. This isn't about cancer
anymore. It's about exercise and health and the
rest of your life. When we push off we're paddling away from breast cancer."
And then there's the sisterhood.
"We own a lot of pink clothing," Marg says,
and I remember the Ten Years Abreast Festival
in Vancouver two years ago. Pink boas, wigs,
shirts, shoes, dogs and husbands were littered
across the park, proudly removing any possible
stigma from the disease.
"There is a real bond among breast cancer
survivors." Once, Margaret tells me, she met
a woman at a party and they started talking
about Abreast in a Boat. When Margaret came
home that night, there was an e-mail from
that woman telling her that she had just been
diagnosed with breast cancer and hadn't told
anyone. She wanted to join the team.
"Just the fact that we're out there, we're
paddling, we're vibrant and enjoying life,
I think it's contagious. We certainly spread
the word that there's life after breast cancer." And spread the word they have. These
faces of the disease are consulted on any big
decisions by the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation, they're helping women around
the world come to terms with a serious illness
and they're tough competitors. From a medical study to a world-wide movement, these
women are Busting Out (a team in Ottawa),
Bosom Buddies (a team in Nova Scotia), and
are Paddling for Life (a team in Powell River).
They're simply inspirational. ♦
Marlisse Silver-Sweeney is a 4th year student in
the Creative Writing department.
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•       4 Stanley Park's Secret
The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi,
Kanaka Ranch, and Brockton Point
Jean Barman, BED'82
Harbour Publishing, $24.95
Each year, over eight million
people visit Stanley Park, but few
visitors stop to contemplate the
secret past of British Columbia's
most popular tourist destination.
Officially opened in 1888, Stanley
Park was born alongside the city
of Vancouver, so it is easy to assume that the park was a pristine
wilderness when it was first created. But this was not always the
case. Much of it was once logged
and home to a number of different
settlements including Aboriginal
people that lived at the villages of
Whoi Whoi, now Lumberman's
Arch, and nearby Chaythoos.
Working in collaboration with
descendants of the families who
once lived in the park area, historian Jean Barman skilfully weaves
together the families' stories with
archival documents, Vancouver
Parks Board records and court
proceedings to reveal a troubling,
yet deeply important facet of BC's
history. Winner of the 2006 City
of Vancouver Book Prize, Stanley
Park's Secret is an analysis of
the suppressed history of First
Nations and Kanakan occupation
of Stanley Park and explodes the
myth that it was once a pristine
The Pickton File
Stevie Cameron, BA'64
Knopf Canada, $24.95
A story about the hunt for a serial
killer who preyed on some of Vancouver's most vulnerable residents,
The Pickton File is Cameron's
first-person account of working on
the Missing Women/Pickton story
for five years. Since the arrest of
Robert William "Willie" Pickton
in February 2002, Cameron has
sought to find out more about the
missing women and the man who,
if convicted, will have the horrific
distinction of being the worst
serial killer in Canadian history.
Cameron is considered to be
one of the country's best investigative journalists. In this book,
she pulls together all the stories
swirling around the case - the missing women, questionable police
tactics, support workers, families,
friends and advocates - to help
understand how this could happen
to so many women over so many
years in Vancouver. Cameron
outlines all the key players and
what actually happened leading up
to the trial.
The Enchantment of Birds
Memories from a Birder's Life
Richard Cannings, BSC'75
Greystone Books, $29.95
Veteran biologist and bird lover
Richard Cannings reminisces
about encounters with his favourite feathered friends and describes
the wonders of birdlife. The
author weaves his personal experiences with fascinating descriptions
of the behavior, anatomy, and
evolution of birds all across North
America. Each piece in the book
is enhanced by one of Donald
34    Trek    Fall 2007 Gunn's illustrations.
Whether you are a devout
birdwatcher or someone who
just enjoys learning more about
the winged beauties, Cannings'
compilation of memorable sightings and stories of birds native to
North America will entertain any
bird aficionado.
Women Lead the Way
History of the University Women's
Jean Mann, Beverley New, Cathy
The University Women's Club
was founded in 1907 by a group
of women with university degrees
whose goal it was to advance the
status of women in the young city
and provide a social and intellectual outlet for its members. Over
the years, the club established
bursaries and scholarships for
deserving women to attend university, and joined the struggle to
modernize provincial and national
laws as they applied to equality,
opportunity and social justice.
This book covers the first one
hundred years of the club,
illustrated with historical photos
and profiles. Contact js.mann®
telus.net for information.
The Ambitious City
A History of the City of Vancouver
Warren Sommer, BA'73, MA'77
Harbour Publishing, $44.95
North Vancouver is one of the
most historic areas of BC's Lower
Mainland, with a district population of more than 120,000 people,
and more than 45,000 living in
the City of North Vancouver itself.
The area's easy access to downtown Vancouver, its multi-use
waterfront and many recreational
opportunities have made it one
of the province's most desirable
places to live.
But how did this thriving
multicultural city develop from
a hodgepodge of wood frame
buildings and muddy trails in just
100 years? Published in honour
of the City of North Vancouver's
2007 centennial, The Ambitious
City details the story of North
Vancouver that includes first-
person accounts as well as a host
of archival photos and illustrations. Warren Sommer skillfully
connects the community's history
with that of the province, covering ethnic relations, colonialism,
labour history and politics.
Sea Kayak Paddling
Through History
Vancouver and Victoria
Aileen Stalker, BSR'77, MA92 and
Andrew Nolan
Rocky Mountain Books, $19.95
Enjoy inner-city paddling with
this guide that tells the story of
BC's biggest city from water level.
Discover the tales behind the
people, bridges, lighthouses, museums and watercraft that come
to life in this guide, which also
includes a section on Victoria.
Paddling through History explains place names, geology and
other highlights, and is illustrated
with maps and photos.
Public Speaking Mastery
Complete Guide to Speaking with
Passion, Power and Persuasion
John Hawkins, BA'74, MA'76, MBA78
Hawkins Communications, $19.95
It is commonly heard most people
would rather have surgery sans
anaesthetic than speak in public.
For me, as someone comfortable
with public speaking I would rank
writing a book as a major fear!
John Hawkins appears to have
overcome both fears and created
a very practical guide to public
speaking that will serve a wide
audience well. This is a great book
for anyone who wants to do their
best regardless of the event, from a
small group at a family celebration
to a first time conference speaker to
a reluctant key note speaker. His
style is engaging and his suggestions
practical and applicable. Barney
Ellis-Perry ♦
Fall 2007    Trek    35 UBC Alumni Weekend September 14 - 16, 2007
It had all the makings of a perfect
Vancouver event: spectacular campus, great
food (West Coast specialties), BC wine and
more than a thousand of UBC's alumni and
friends. Whether you were craving academic
stimulation or simply one of UBC's infamous
cinnamon buns, there was something to please
even the pickiest of UBC's former students.
Thank you to all those who attended for making it a great weekend.
And, a special thank you to all the wonderful
volunteers that made it happen - we could not
have done it without you!
Blue and Gold Party
On Friday afternoon, Alumni Affairs held a
party for UBC staff who are also UBC alumni.
Cocktails, snacks and frisbee on the lawn.
Photos 1: Mari Takeda, student intern, hides
behind the candy floss machine. 2: AVP Marie
Earl tosses a dart at the balloon board. Photo
9: AA staffers Christina Harley, Adrienne Watt
and Marlisse Silver-Sweeney glam it up.
Breakfast Television
Photo 5: Fred Lee ba'88 helped Breakfast
TV host Tasha Chiu BA'03 and tne crew at
Breakfast Television get into the UBC spirit.
Tasha spent Friday afternoon broadcasting live
from campus.
Alumnae with Goodies
Photo 10: Connie Kadota, Library staffer Merry
Meredith and Mayumi Takasaki, all ArtsOne
grads, sport fashionable Alumni goodies, including free canvas totes and water bottles.
Photo: 4: Young alumni returned to campus to
throw some heavy metal balls down Main Mall.
The sunny September afternoon and the lush
grass at UBC proved to be the perfect location
for a bocce tournament.
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Thunder! Thunder
Photo 3: UBC Thunderbirds' Mascot, aptly
named Thunder, came out to rile up the crowd
for the afternoon football game. Fans, including
the 1982 championship football team who were
having a 25-year reunion (Photo 12), showed
up to watch the 'Birds win their game 24-23
against Alberta.
Classes Without Quizzes
Photo 11: Wine, renewable energy, the aging
brain, psychopaths and sustainability were just
a few of the subjects that alumni could come
and learn about - without the stress of an exam
at the end. And that's a good thing, because Dr.
Max Cynader from the Brain Research Centre
taught us in his class that stress is one of the
key components in ageing unhealthily. Whether
learning how to taste the specific components
of wine or why psychopaths talk about food
while confessing their crimes, alumni proved
that life long learning is a key aspect of a UBC
Pancakes with the President
Photo 8: A job only fit for the president,
Professor Toope had the task of waking everybody up over pancakes and conversation with
phd candidate and Trudeau Scholar, Aliette
Sheinin. The inspiring conversation was just the
thing to energize alumni and welcome them to
the weekend.
Alumni Association AGM
Photo 6: On Saturday night, old board members and other alumni came to the 2007 AGM.
Past chair Martin Ertl joined George Plant,
Doug Aldridge and Gary Moore to hear new
VP Academic and Provost David Farrar (Photo
7) and new VP External Stephen Owen talk
about why UBC rocks. Well, we all knew why
already. ♦
Fall 2007    Trek    37 ALUMNI NEWS
Nursing '57 celebrated 50 years in September at Harrison Hot Spring Resort. Twenty-two grads
attended and three even brought husbands. On Monday evening we met in the hospitality suite
where we caught up on each others lives. On Tuesday, we visited Minter Gardens, then had lunch
in the Garden cafe. In the afternoon, several viewed the sand sculptures, others golfed or soaked
in the hot pools. Before dinner, we gathered in the hospitality suite where we were toasted with
champagne and shared many memories of our time at UBC. Each grad received a 50-year alumni
pin. Dinner on Tuesday was in the Copper Room. Later on, some met to play bridge and a group
met back in the hospitality suite where we laughed a lot and thoroughly enjoyed sharing fond
memories. We plan to meet again in 2010. - Ethel Warbinek
2007 Nursing All Years Reunion Luncheon:
The reunion was held on Saturday, September
15 at Cecil Green Park House. More than 65
nursing alumni and guests attended.
The reunion included graduates from
1945 to 2007 who came from as far away as
England and Scotland and as near as the UBC
Endowment lands. It was also a family affair as
Jason Beard entering the program in January
2008 attended with his mom, Sandra phd '07.
We were saddened to hear that Helen
Sandburg BSN'73 who was a regular reunion
attendee had passed away earlier in September.
Graduates from 1957 celebrating 50 years
and 1967 celebrating 40 years included the
luncheon as part of their reunion plans.
There were an abundance of great door
prizes and many moments of fun and hilarity
ensued. One of the highlights was a passionate
talk by Dr. Becky Palmer the Chief of Nursing
for the Children's and Women's Health Centre
as she shared parts of her professional journey.
Calling all anniversary classes
• If you have a 10, 20, 25, 30, 40 or 50th
anniversary coming up, why not celebrate
with a class reunion?
• If you are already planning a reunion, be
sure to post it on the alumni website.
• Do you need some help planning your
• Do you want to hold your reunion over
Alumni Weekend?
•    Did you already have your reunion but
would like to share stories or photos?
Unless your faculty is listed below, please contact Marguerite Collins for more information at
marguerite.collins@ubc.ca or 604.827.3294.
Sauder: www.sauder.ubc.ca/alumni/reunions,
contact alumni@sauder.ubc.ca or call
Dentistry: www.dentistry.ubc.ca/alumni, contact dentalum@interchange.ubc.ca or call
Law: alumni@law.ubc.ca, or contact alumni®
law.ubc.ca or 604-827-3612.
Applied Science: www.apsc.ubc.ca/alumni/
events or contact 604.822.9454.
Alumni Weekend 2008
Save the Date: May 23 - May 25
This year marks UBC's Centenary. Come out
and celebrate 100 years of achievement! Don't
miss an action packed weekend of celebration.
We've got cultural, academic, social, athletic
and family events in the planning stages, so you
are sure to find something new and exciting. We
promise fun for all ages!
Visit our website for more information and
be sure to send us your email address, so we
can send you the most up-to-date information
in the coming months, www.alumni.ubc.ca/
Young Alumni
Student and Alumni Ski Weekend
January 25 - 27, 2008
Sun Peaks Resort
Join fellow UBC students and alumni for a
weekend of snowy fun at Sun Peaks Resort.
Bring a toque and a friend! Information and
registration at www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/ski-
Positive Networking: Networking and Social
Darcy Rezac, Managing Director & Chief
Engagement Officer, the Vancouver Board of
December 5, 2007: 5PM
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Regional Events
Focus UBC
Professor Stephen Toope will again travel to
cities around the globe in the coming year to
meet UBC alumni and friends, like you. Join us
to welcome Professor Toope on his first visit to
your city!
Professor Toope will talk about what it
means to be a global citizen, share his vision of
the university and engage you in a forum about
UBC's future. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and
guests are welcome.
Upcoming Focus Events:
Focus UBC: Toronto, January 14, 2008
Focus UBC: New York, January 16 (tbc)
Focus UBC: London, February 12, 2008
Focus UBC: San Francisco, (tbc)
Centenary Launch in Victoria
To celebrate the signing of the University Act
100 years ago, UBC Alumni Affairs will be in
Victoria on March 7, 2008 at the Royal BC
Museum. Details to follow in the New Year.
Network News
Affinity Networks
Do you want to stay connected to your student
clubs and revel in your experiences from those
good ol' days? Your former club members are
starting to form alumni networks based on their
experiences and the number of these alumni
groups just continue to grow.
Wellness Centre
If you were a Wellness Centre volunteer, join
the TrekConnect group at www.trekconnect.
ubc.ca/ubc/groups/391/index.html to let us
know what you think and share more ideas.
The UBC Herstmonceux Alumni Association
is introducing its Tri-Mentoring program, connecting returning ISC students with current
undergrads and alumni of the same faculty.
This program will provide support to confused
Castle Kids from adjusting to campus to considering career goals, by discussing their options
with those who have traveled a similar path
before them. UBC's 10-year involvement with
the ISC has finally generated enough alumni
to launch the Tri-Mentoring Program, but it is
up to its members to make it a success. If you
would like to become a Tri-Mentor, or if you
would like more information about the program, please contact Christine Lee by email at
Film Production Program
After a successful re-opening of the Film
Production Program at UBC, the Film
Production Alumni Association will hold a
reception in January 2008. We will also host
filmmakers' screenings for alumni and the general public. Volunteers, sponsors, and donations
are greatly appreciated. For more information
contact us at filmalumni@gmail.com or phone
Regional Networks
There are now more than 50 contacts and networks around the globe, and the list continues
to grow. Check back often to see if there is
a network in your area www.alumni.ubc.ca/
connect/networks/index.php or contact one of
our Alumni Relations Managers and get one
Brenda at UBCO: Brenda.tournier@ubc.ca
Tanya at UBCV: Tanya.walker@ubc.ca
Mei Mei at the Asia Pacific Regional Office in
Hong Kong: meimei.yiu@apro.ubc.ca
Comings and Goings
Boston: New rep Trudy Loo, BA'04, MA'05,
Paris: New rep Linda Alexander, BA'82, MA'87.
Call our offices for contact info.
Hong Kong: Congratulations to Michael Mak,
BCOM'97 f°r serving another term as president
of the UBC Hong Kong Alumni Association.
Japan: Jay Magee, BA'97 nas come out of retirement as rep for the Japan Alumni Network.
Seoul: A new UBC Alumni Society of Korea is
in place lead by Jacob Joh, BSc'90 as president
and Allan Suh, BSc'79, mba'8i as chairman. ♦
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Fall 2007    Trek    39 CLASS ACTS
Jake Friesen
Jake Friesen BA'57 majored in History and
English at UBC. Here's his update and some
memories from student days: "I always
thought the UBC campus must be the ultimate
university site, jutting out into the ocean,
and beautified with grand boulevards and
manicured landscapes. I attended intermittently
from 19 51 to 1957, and remember the campus
population given during that time as 5,555!
For me the years at UBC were challenges to
hone my philosophy of life, in a secular and
multi-cultural environment. Several personal incidents stand out in my memory. I was once out
of funds (no big surpise) and walked into Dean
Walter Gage's office, asking for help. Without
hesitation, he opened his drawer, pulled out a
crisp $50 bill, and handed it to me, no strings
attached. That blessed me out of my socks. At
the age of n, I had embraced a personal faith
in Christ, and many contacts on campus helped
me in my Christian journey. I was ordained to
the ministry in 1958, at the age of 27. Now
retired, and 2000 sermons later, I am sustained
by the same faith I had found as a youth. My
wife and I are celebrating 52 years of marriage,
and enjoy good health. We live in Vernon, near
a ski hill, and I'm still skiing at 76, along with
various sports in summer, including tennis, hiking and biking. We have also been blessed with
four healthy children and nine grandchildren."
Richard Helmer basc'66, MASc'69, PHD'77
is based at TRIUMF on UBC's Vancouver
campus, Canada's National Laboratory
for Particle and Nuclear Physics. He was
one of 21 scientists in Canada to receive
the 2007 John C. Polanyi Award from the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC) for his contributions to
the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO).
This team of researchers was responsible
for solving the Solar Neutrino Problem, a
particle physics puzzle that has perplexed
since the 1960s ... Gillian (Richmond) Kydd
bsc'68, phd(calgary)'o4 received a Global
TV/YWCA (Calgary) Woman of Vision
award at a ceremony in March. The award
was for initiating and developing the Open
Minds/Campus Calgary program in which
students enrich their learning experience
by spending a full, teacher-led week at a
community site such as a museum, zoo, or
art gallery. Thousands of Calgary students
have taken part, and the program has spread
to other cities and countries; in Vancouver
the Aquarium operates an Open Minds site.
Gillian and her husband Ron Kydd BSc'63,
PHD'69 have retired to the Sunshine Coast.
Naresh Dalai PHD'71, the Dirac Professor
of Chemistry and former Chairman of the
department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
at Florida State University (1999-2007),
has received the 2007 Florida Chemist
Award of the American Chemical Society.
A symposium was held in his honor at the
annual meeting of the Florida Section of
the ACS in Orlando, Florida, on May n,
2007 ... Dan Gallacher PHD'79 received the
Canadian Museums Association Award of
Distinguished Service (2007). He is curator
emeritus, Canadian Museum of Civilization,
retiring from his position as Director of
History in 2002. He and wife Joan Gallacher
PHN'62, bsn, msn, reside in Kelowna, BC
... Ben Lucas BSF'70 and Joyce (Howarth)
Lucas bed(sec)'72 are thrilled to announce
the birth of their second grandson, Henrik
Anthony Lucas, born August 15, 2007, in
Vancouver, a brother for Oskar. His parents
are Tony Lucas BSF'99 and Kim (Versfeld)
Lucas Bsc'99. Uncle Mark Versfeld ba'oo
celebrates inToronto ... Joan Betty Stuchner
ba(eng. LIT.C77, diped'8o works in the
UBC Library Processing Centre. She is also
a writer. Her latest book, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, and published by Tradewind
Books, is Honey Cake, a chapter book/novel
for grades 2-4: "David and his school friend
Elsa live in Denmark under Nazi occupation.
As far as they are concerned Copenhagen is
the most beautiful city in the world. Even the
presence of enemy soldiers can't change that.
Then at Jewish New Year, 1943, a shocking
announcement changes their lives. Told with
sensitivity and even humour, Honey Cake
is a book about courage, friendship and the
resilience of children."
James Blair basc'(elec.eng)'87 has been
appointed worldwide director of Operations,
Consumer Silicon Services. He is responsible
for the worldwide silicon services design
operations, delivering power-efficient single
chip systems at 9onm and 65nm. Silicon &
Software Systems (S3) is the Connected Consumer Technology Company. Our company's
James Blair
40    Trek    Fall 2007 technologies, products and professional
services enable consumer electronics companies, semiconductor companies, service
providers and consumer healthcare providers
to deliver next-generation devices, systems
and services to consumers at home and on
the move ... Based in London, England,
Julie Wheelwright BA'84, MA (university
of SUSSEX '87), has been appointed course
director of City University's new Creative
Writing (Nonfiction) MA. Julie, who was
an editor of The Ubyssey in 1982 and
reporter for The Vancouver Sun, has gone
on to become an award-winning film writer,
author and journalist whose books include
The Fatal Love: Mata Hari and the Myth of
Women in Espionage, which was translated
into five languages and is set to be made
into a film directed by Martha Fiennes. Her
most recent book, A Stolen Child: The Story
of Esther Wheelwright, will be published
by HarperCollins Canada next year. She
has also produced documentaries for the
History Channel Canada, WTN and Vision,
the BBC and Channel Four in the UK, and
has written and presented documentaries for
BBC Radio Four. She now takes the helm of
this innovative MA, the first of its kind in the
UK. The course provides its students with
the essential skills and supportive environment to complete a full-length, nonfiction
book. It is aimed at students wishing to
write narrative nonfiction, encompassing
autobiographies, biographies and travel
books; critical, polemic and analytical works;
as well as reportage works. It is unique not
least because its graduates will leave with
a completed book. The MA already has
industry backing; Andrew Gordon, editorial
director of publishing house Simon & Schuster UK, says: "I welcome whole-heartedly
the establishment of a new MA course in
narrative nonfiction. It makes perfect sense
for nonfiction to be part of a wider creative
writing program." Julie says: "I'm aiming
to support students through the intricate
process of writing a nonfiction manuscript,
whether it's a biography, an historical work
or any other narrative work. City University has a great tradition of offering writing
Julie Wheelwright
and journalism classes which are practical and
industry-focused and I hope that this course
will fit into that." More information can be
found on the university's website: www.city.
Nancy Pagh phd (interdisciplinary stud-
IESC96 was the winner of the 2006 Autumn
House Press book competition, and her book
No Sweeter Fat was published in January. For
more information about the press and book,
visit www.autumnhouse.org. Nancy's poem I
believe I could kneel was excerpted in the May
2007 issue of O Magazine (Oprah) in a feature
on the theme of having faith. It was also
featured on the popular Poetry Daily website.
Nancy read in the UBC Robson Reading Series
on April 12, and gave a lecture called What
does Salmon Mean? Poetry and Environmental
Science at the Georgia Basin Puget Sound
Research Science conference held in Vancouver
in March. Nancy teaches English and Canadian
Studies at Western Washington University in
Bellingham. ♦
Last June, the Sayson family was the subject
of a Vancouver Sun story that described their
experiences since immigrating to Canada
from the Philippines in 1981. At that time,
Vicente and Naty Sayson had been living for
several years under martial law declared by
President Ferdinand Marcos and believed they
could provide a better life and future for their
eight children in Canada. They moved first
to Vancouver, where Vicente's parents had
settled a few years earlier, then purchased a
home in Richmond.
Vicente always stressed the importance of
family and urged his children to study and
work hard in their new country and contribute to society. His death from leukemia and
a stroke in 1985 was devastating to them. It
also led to financial hardship, and the Sayson
children all found low-paying jobs-from telesales to burger flipping -to help supplement
the family income. They continued working
through college and university. Today, to
the enormous pride of Naty, all of the Sayson
children have at least one degree and work in
a professional occupation (except one, who is
currently a full-time parent).
Ten of these degrees were earned at UBC
(from left to right): Vina Emily Sayson BA'02,
LLB'05, is a Richmond-based lawyer; Beatrice
Stephanie Sayson BEd'90, MEd'98, teaches in
Surrey; Caroline is a Certified General Accountant and the budget and treasury supervisor for
the Vancouver School Board; Patricia earned her
BSc in the Philippines and is a full-time mom;
(Naty in center); Winston Sayson BA'85, LLB'88,
is a lawyer and Crown Prosecutor; Eugene
Sayson BA'87, MET'05, teaches ESL at Vancouver
Community College; Abraham Sayson BCom'88
is a retail property broker; Vicente Daniel
Sayson BA'92 is a videographer and producer.
The family has grown to 25 members and
remains close. They are proud to be Canadian
citizens and are grateful for the quality education received from UBC.
Fall 2007    Trek    41 PROFILE
Stephen owen
As the newly appointed VP External, Legal
and Community Affairs, Stephen Owen has
only been at UBC a few short months, but his
connection to UBC goes back generations.
"UBC is in my DNA," says Owen. "My
parents both graduated from here. My sister,
my wife, one of my kids, cousins, nieces and
nephews, we all attended UBC. We have a
tremendous association going back to UBC's
beginnings. It feels comfortable being here."
More recently, as MP for UBC's federal riding, Vancouver Quadra, Owen could often be
found at the university announcing new Canada
Research Chairs or grants from the Canada
Foundation for Innovation or attending events
in an official capacity.
"I seemed to be here almost weekly helping
announce another triumph to the extent that
Diane, my wife, joked that I spent more time
here than when I was in law school."
So what was it that drew him here and away
from politics? He thinks UBC is one of the most
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Up
to six (6) prize winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts
for 2008.
Eligibility:  Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or
more years of teaching at UBC. The three years include
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses,
graduate supervision, and any combination of levels
Nomination Process:  Members of faculty, students, or
alumni may suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or Chair of the Program
in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions should
be in writing and signed by one or more students, alumn
or faculty, and they should include a very brief statement
of the basis for the nomination. You may write a letter of
nomination or pick up a form from the Office of the Dean,
Faculty of Arts in Buchanan B130
Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on January 15, 2008. Submit
nominations to the Department, School or Program
Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be
identified during Spring convocation in May
For further information about these awards contact either
your Department, School or Program office, or Dr. Dominic
Mclver Lopes, Associate Dean of Arts at (604) 822-6703.
exciting places to be right now and the draw of
Stephen Toope at the helm sealed the deal.
"Stephen is the rare combination of a globally recognized scholar grounded in the practical
world of getting things done," says Owen. "He
and I met a few times, exchanged some writings
and ideas and we found that we are compatible
on where a great public university could go."
Owen believes that a great public university
should not only focus on building intellectual
capital but should build social capital as well.
"That's the relationship between people
and a complex society," he says. "Whether it's
Aboriginal justice or climate change or helping
people become engaged in self government. It's
what makes a democracy. How can we actually
inform the public to tell politicians what to do?
If we can't, governments don't lead very well."
He believes there has to be a public imperative and that's where public universities come
"Being at a university where you have wide
range of research from child protection to
humanitarian intervention and being able to
link them makes it a very exciting place," says
Owen. "You think you can do a lot in
federal government and in cabinet, but
sometimes you can get more done at a
university if the resources are properly
mobilized and there is vision."
Specifically, Owen feels that UBC has
the opportunity to become a leader in
the five great global issues of our time:
environmental degradation and climate
change; infectious disease; poverty and
unfair wealth distribution; violence and
natural disasters. UBC can do this by
providing governance tools.
"How does a democracy approach
these global issues and avoid an
authoritarian response? A major
research university like UBC, with its
global characteristics, can actually start
working on such things."
Owen's main interests are governance and how to govern wisely and his
passion and expertise in these areas are
without question.
He has sued government as a public
interest lawyer, investigated government
as an ombudsman, studied government as a law professor, tried to keep
government within the law as a deputy
Stephen Owen speaking at the
Alumni Association's AGM in September.
attorney general, and has been a part of government as a member of cabinet.
Owen earned his LLB from UBC, his LLM
from University College at the University of
London and his MBA from the International
Management Institute at the University of
Geneva. He served as Ombudsman of British
Columbia and Deputy Attorney General of
British Columbia and during his time as a
Member of Parliament, he held a variety of high
profile positions ranging from Minister of Public
works and Government Services to Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney
General of Canada.
He wants to make UBC a better institution by
facilitating social capital and he has some lofty
plans and ideas including taking the Learning
Exchange in the Downtown Eastside to scale,
community service learning as part of every
undergraduate course, Aboriginal participation
in all aspects of UBC, helping the BC treaty process and facilitating negotiations between First
Nations and the government. Owen strongly
believes that UBC has the capacity and expertise
to excel at and be a leader in these areas in an
informed and principled way.
"It is critical that we don't displace intellectual
capital but we build on it," he says. "UBC can
become the first global university that breaks
beyond intellectually capital and becomes a leader in social capital to empower our citizens."
- Adrienne Watt
42    Trek    Fall 2007 PROFILE
sabina hill
Sabina Hill, BARCH'93, uses traditional art of
the Pacific Northwest coast as inspiration for
her contemporary furniture design.
Hill has always been drawn to the bold
motifs that portray the mythology of its indigenous peoples. She is anxious to incorporate
them in a way sympathetic to their origin
and aesthetic integrity, but which would also
extend their artistic impact beyond a traditional setting. "First Nations design is often taken
without too much thought and just pasted
on an object. I wanted to make a real fusion
of the motif and form to create a totally new
In collaboration with First Nations artists,
she has produced two collections of furniture,
New Spirit and Formlines, as well as a number
of commissioned pieces. Modern coffee tables,
consoles, beds and multi-plane wall panels
feature frog, orca, eagle, bear or salmon motifs,
often laser cut from metal, sometimes wrapped
at angles. The use of native woods like vertical-
grain Douglas fir and alder alongside tempered
glass and stainless steel adds to the sense of the
present embracing the past.
Hill, who is not Aboriginal, describes the
production process as a team effort and has
collaborted with First Nations artists such as
Steve Smith, Andy Everson and Corinne Hunt.
The work introduces First Nations art to a
whole new audience. "People can imagine these
pieces in their homes. It fits, it works, it's high
end, it's contemporary."
Hill initially concentrated her efforts in
architecture, interior design and landscaping,
and much as she enjoys working on private
residential commissions, she aspires to large-
scale public works.
She is working on four large scale mixed
media installations for the new Four Points
Sheraton hotel in Langford, BC. She is also
developing a new furniture collection that
she intends to launch at Vancouver's Interior
Design West show in March.
One of Hill's wall panels adorns the lobby
of the department of Indian and Northern
Affairs in Vancouver. Another is located in the
UBC Oral Health Centre's reception area. See
more at: www.sabinahill.com
- Vanessa Clarke
From top, clockwise:
Yellow Point Residence, 1993-94
This building was Hill's first commission fresh
out of school in 1993. It sits on Scout Point
on Vancouver Island, across from the original
Yellow Point Lodge built in the 1930s by her
grandfather Gerry Hill.
Prow coffee table (with Andy Everson). Whale
and human face.
Eagle wall panel (with Steve Smith).
Displayed in the reception area of UBC's Oral
Health Centre
Chilkat bed (with Corrine Hunt).
Console and mirror.
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Thomas Taylor, a physician who helped
patients on the North Shore for 49 years, a
fierce competitor on the rugby field, and a loving father and husband, passed away in North
Vancouver on September 5, 2007, with his
family at his side after a long and courageous
battle with cancer. Tom was born on February
14, 1927, to Robert and Mary (nee Maclean)
Taylor in Glasgow, Scotland. He is dearly loved
and will be remembered by his wife, Sue, sons
Robin and Brian, brother Robin, and his many
friends, colleagues and extended family.
Tom excelled at his studies and sports from
an early age. At Allan Glen's School, he was
captain of the school and of the first XV rugby
team. He earned his MD at the University
of Glasgow in 19 51, where he played as a
forward on the university rugby team.
Tom's medical career spanned 56 years. He
started as a house surgeon in Glasgow in 19 51,
and in 1952 joined the Royal Army Medical
Corps. During his last six months with the
army he served as a ship's medical officer,
leaving with the rank of Major in 1954. He
subsequently practiced in Brampton, England,
until moving to Canada in 1957. While obtaining his Canadian licensure he practiced at the
RCAF Station Greenwood in Nova Scotia. In
1958 he drove to Vancouver and opened his
general practice (with a specialty in Obstetrics)
at Lions Gate Hospital.
In 1966 Tom left general practice to study
dermatology at UBC. He was awarded the
McLaughlin Fellowship in Dermatology, and
completed his final year at St. John's Dermato-
logic Institute in London, England. He passed
the University of London Diploma Examination with distinction in 1970. When asked
why he had chosen dermatology, he answered
that "it was the subject that had been most
challenging when he was a student."
Tom opened his North Shore dermatology
practice in 1970 and was known for the
care and attention he provided to patients.
He was active in the medical community,
taking on a number of roles including clinical
associate professor of Dermatology at UBC,
where he taught for more than 30 years; chief
of Medicine at Lions Gate Hospital from
1975-77; president of the Pacific Northwest
Dermatology Association; member, Board
of Directors of the Canadian Dermatology
Association; chairman, Economics Committee
of the BCMA Section of Dermatology; and
director of Northmount Medical.
Outside of medicine, Tom was passionate
about his family and about sports. Three years
after his arrival in Vancouver he married Susan
Baker with whom he had two sons, Robin
and Brian. As a sportsman, he enjoyed tennis,
golf, skiing, and in particular rugby. Following
university he played for the Royal Army team
(and was capped) in matches against the Royal
Navy and Air Force, and the French Army.
During this time he also played for Glasgow
and for a combined Glasgow/Edinburgh team
against the South African Springboks. When
Tom left the army in 1954 he played for the
Southern Scotland team, the London Scottish
team and Hampshire (earning a county cap).
In Canada, Tom joined the Vancouver
Rowing Club rugby team, and played for the
BC and Western Canada Reps with whom he
toured Japan in 1959. Subsequently, Tom was
one of the original members of the Evergreens,
an over-40 rugby team who play at Brockton
Oval. In addition to the Evergreens' home
games, he participated in several tours against
teams in Japan, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand,
Australia and South Africa, and continued
playing until the age of 63.
The family members extend their special
thanks to doctors Mutat, Nantel, Haaf, Seger,
McCloud and Sugar, and particularly to the
wonderful staff in the chemo clinic and in
palliative care at Lions Gate Hospital. They
also thank the anonymous volunteers who
gave Tom more than 300 transfusions-worth
of platelets and whole blood. If it weren't for
these donors, Tom would not have enjoyed several additional years with his patients, friends,
and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made in the name of Thomas Taylor to the
North Shore Hospice through the Lions Gate
Hospital Foundation or to Canadian Blood
Jozsef Bodig, 73, passed away on September
12, 2007, in his home in Fort Collins,
Colorado. He was born in Gone, Hungary,
on January 20, 1934, to Matyas and Maria
Bodig. He spent his younger years in Gone
before working as a pattern maker in a steel
mill in Diosgyor. He finished high school in
an accelerated program and enrolled to study
Forest Engineering at the University of Sopron.
During the uprising against communism, nearly
300 members of his school and their families
left Hungary and immigrated to Vancouver,
where a Sopron division was established at
UBC's faculty of Forestry. After completing his
studies at UBC, Jozsef attended the University
of Washington where he earned a Master of
Forestry in Wood Technology in 1961 and
a phd in Forest Products with a minor in
Structural Engineering in 1963.
He married Verna Jean West in Seattle on
July 14, 1962, and they moved to Fort Collins
in 1963 when Jozsef joined the department
of Forest Management and Wood Science
of Colorado State University. He taught
courses on Wood Mechanics, Design of Wood
Structures, and Bonding and Finishing of
Wood Products both at the undergraduate and
graduate level for 27 years. He had more than
160 technical publications, including the senior
authorship of the only textbook written in the
past 40 years on the subject of Mechanics of
Wood and Wood Composites. He conducted
numerous research projects on the engineering
properties of wood products. He was well
known internationally for his pioneering work
on the design properties of wood structures.
Dr. Bodig received numerous awards for his
work in wood science, including an honorary
doctoral degree from the University of Forestry
and Timber Engineering of Hungary, and
the Wood Engineering Lifetime Achievement
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2004. At the time of his death he was emeritus
professor of Wood Science and Civil Engineering at Colorado State University.
In 1982 he co-founded Engineering Data
Management Inc., a consulting firm (currently
EDM International). He retired from CSU in
1989 and managed EDM International until his
second retirement in 1999. He was consultant
to several hundred wood product manufacturing, construction, and engineering firms. He
continued his research and consulting work on
utility line structures well into his retirement.
Dr. Bodig was active in the Fort Collins soccer program. He coached the CSU men's soccer
team for nearly 20 years. He was instrumental
in helping to establish the Fort Collins Soccer
Club and the city's high school soccer program
at a time when soccer was in its infancy there.
He was also a certified soccer referee. He was
active in his Catholic religion and was a founding member of Blessed John xxiii University
Center and Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish. He
served the Wild Goose Ranch Homeowners Association (as president on two occasions). His
favourite pastimes included gardening, hiking,
fishing and woodworking.
Jozsef is survived by his wife, Verna;
daughter Ilona (Gary) Green; sons Marcus
(Justine) of Fort Collins, and Peter of Durango;
Josef Bodig
grandchildren Joshua, Ashley, Hannah, Ayla,
and Jacob. He is also survived by his younger
brother, Matyas Bodig, and other family
members in Hungary.
ARTHUR HENRY HALL qc, ba'34, llb'48
Born in Vancouver on February 12, 1909,
Arthur passed away peacefully at home in his
99th year on May 7, 2007, at Somerset House
in Victoria. One of two children, Arthur was
predeceased by his sister, Violet, his loving wife,
Margot, and his dear friend Laura Willows.
Arthur leaves two loving daughters, Myra
Baynton (Bob) and Grace Smith (Ian) and four
grandchildren: Kara and Denise Baynton and
Erin and Lisa Smith. He also leaves two nieces,
Dorothy Whiton and Myra Haroldsen, four
grand-nephews and their families.
Arthur graduated from Vancouver College,
obtained his BA degree, then graduated with
UBC's first Law class in 1948. At UBC he was
president of the Newman Alumni Club where
he met and later married Margot McDermott
in 1943. In 1948 they moved to Victoria where
he became Deputy Registrar of Companies. In
1961 he was appointed Registrar of Companies
and Supervisor of Cooperatives in the Attorney
General's department. He co-authored the
BC Corporation Manual (known as Hall and
Loffmark) and was appointed Queen's Counsel
in 1971. Arthur was honoured with a lifetime
membership in the Victoria Bar Association.
He retired from public service in 1974.
During his retirement he sat on the board
of directors of the Garth Homer Society and
served as a volunteer for several years.
He enjoyed golf, had a keen interest in
politics and current affairs and enjoyed a
good debate. Arthur, always a true gentleman,
enjoyed sailing, walking, travel and spending
time with his family, especially in Hawaii. Art
had a zest for living, strong family values, a
keen sense of humour and a love and appreciation of the beauty in nature. He was a strong
role model and we were blessed to know his
heart and his mind. He will be greatly missed
by all.
Lorraine died peacefully in her home on
Arthur Henry Hall
December 29, 2006, enveloped by the love, affection, admiration and respect of her husband,
Michael, and her children, Diana, David, Mary
and Christopher: feelings shared by David's
wife Suzan and their daughter Tessa Madeira;
by Christopher's wife Nada and their sons
Michael Ezzat and Laith John and by Mary's
long-time friend, Peter Voormeij.
She is predeceased by her parents, John
Joseph (Jack) and Sadie Young Conway; her
two older sisters and their husbands - Helen,
wife of Jack Stewart and Patricia, wife of
Reynold Williams - and by her brother John.
She is survived by her younger sister Marie
and her husband Hugh Percival Legg, and
her brother's widow Jill Kerr Conway, as well
as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and
Born in Vancouver on June 9, 1921, Lorraine
was educated at Little Flower Academy, Prince
of Wales High School and UBC, where she
became a member of Delta Gamma, a sorority
with which she maintained her connection.
Upon graduating, she joined the United
Kingdom Treasury Delegation, then under the
direction of Lord Keynes, in Washington, DC.
She roomed with an American who invited
her home to rural Illinois, the beginning of her
life-long affection for the American people.
After VE Day she returned to Vancouver and
became engaged to Michael, who had been
Fall 2007    Trek    47 IN MEMORIAM
Lorraine Conway Goldie
accepted as a returning veteran by the Harvard
Law School. A surprise to her family (but not,
it was suspected, to Michael), she obtained
employment with The Indian Government
Trade Commission in New York City. After an
engagement during which Michael hitchhiked
between Boston and New York for chaperoned
visits, they were married in New York on
March 27, 1948, in the presence of the groom's
mother, the bride's mother and a few friends
including Tony Scott as best man. A reception
in the Blue Room of the Plaza Hotel followed.
Lorraine moved to Boston and found work
while Michael continued his legal education.
For the rest of her life Lorraine would return
to Boston with great pleasure. A painting in
her den of the Ritz Carlton overlooking Boston
Common evoked many happy memories of
the early days, as well as those of her brother's
long and rewarding career at Harvard and
his betrothal to Jill Kerr. Much later, it
reminded her of her frequent solo trips to
nearby Portsmouth, Rhode Island where her
son Christopher attended school.
When Michael graduated from Harvard
with an LLB, the two returned to Vancouver
where Michael articled. Lorraine worked as
a file clerk in a local law firm, where many of
the lawyers were known to her on a first name
basis, as they had served with her brother John
in the Seaforths.
A one room apartment suddenly became
too small when the first of her pregnancies occurred. Helpful loans from parents bridged the
gap between the commercial value of a nascent
legal career and the cost of an elderly house.
Unfortunately she was delivered prematurely
of twins, who lived only a few minutes. When
her next pregnancy occurred, Michael returned
from a trip one day later than planned to find
the breakfast table set and a note that she had
checked herself in to St. Paul's hospital. Diana
was born in good time, followed in due course
by the three younger children.
Lorraine was an extraordinary mentor and
companion to her children. Through example,
she taught them tolerance, compassion and the
art of helping others without condescension.
Throughout her life many nannies, trades
people, gardeners and cleaning ladies and often
their children became family friends. Participating in Mary's after school tea parties was as
normal as participating in the work of the
receiving home for the orphans up the street.
Lorraine valued and believed in education,
encouraging her children and grandchildren to
develop and stretch their minds as well as their
Lorraine's taste in music was eclectic; Roy
Orbison, kd lang, Duke Ellington and all the
major bands that defined the swing era shared
space with vinyl records of the Harvard Band
on its way to a Saturday Ivy League football
game. When Frank Sinatra last appeared in
Vancouver, she secured two excellent tickets for
herself and her youngest child. They attended
as enthusiastic co-equals.
Television in its infancy did not appeal to
Lorraine or Michael. They thought it as probably detrimental to good talk, and the children
grew up in a house without a TV set. It has not
stunted their personalities.
She was physically active for all but the very
last years of her life: yoga, sailing, parasailing.
Swimming at the beaches of Bowen Island gave
her the greatest pleasure well into her 80s.
For Lorraine, the halcyon days were spent
surrounded by her extended family, particularly
her grandchildren, either on the beach at
Bowen or in Toronto. Family was all impor
tant. Although she was known to have certain
clearly held views, she was a good listener (a
trait she claimed to have inherited through
her father!) and would offer counsel only if it
was sought, preferring to lead by example. She
always had a special spot in her heart for her
many nieces and nephews and their children.
Two friends from childhood, Hazel Harrison
and the late Joan Banks, were very dear to her.
She could spend hours on the phone with her
sister Marie, who shared Lorraine's sense of
humour to their common delight. Lorraine was,
in the best sense of the word, a lady.
In August 2007, UBC lost a distinguished
member of one of its oldest teaching families.
Dr. Robert Clark, professor emeritus of the
department of Economics, passed away on August 11 at the age of 87 years, following a brief
illness. Dr. Clark's father, Dr. Robert Harvey
Clark, head of the Chemistry department for
more than 20 years, taught at UBC from 1916
to 1948, taking part in the Great Trek to the
Point Grey campus in 1922.
Robert Clark was born in Vancouver on
February 23, 1920. After attending Lord Byng
High School, he went on to study at UBC,
graduating with the Kiwanis Gold Medal in
Commerce in 1941, and with an Honours
BA in Economics in 1942. He obtained MA
and PhD degrees in Economics from Harvard
University in 1944 and 1946.
Shortly after, he accepted a position in the
department of Economics at UBC, where
he continued to teach until his retirement in
1985. His particular areas of interest were
government finance, including provincial
and municipal taxation, pensions and related
legislation, and the governance of universities.
Dr. Clark is remembered as an enthusiastic
and dedicated teacher. His former students recall his emphasis on the philosophy and ethical
application of economic principles, sometimes
enunciated in verse form, and his willingness to
listen and to encourage.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Clark was
appointed director of UBC's Office of Academic
Planning from 1965 to 1977. He also served
on the UBC Senate from 1966 to 1977, where
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he added colour by composing poetry to
commemorate significant university events. An
example is his poem to mark the last Senate
meeting of Roy Daniells, professor of English,
which began:
O shades of Dante and of Milton bright!
Come to my aid as I do sing this night
Of your descendant, Daniells, poet of light.
Master of image, metaphor in verse,
Of gentle wit, evocative and terse.
To wield with patient skill how well he knows
The stainless steel of perfect English prose	
Robert also contributed his time to many
other university organizations, including the
Senate and Boards of the Vancouver School
of Theology and of Regent College. He was
instrumental in facilitating the official affiliation of Regent College with UBC, which took
place on July i, 1974. As an expert on pensions
and as a member of the Board of Trustees for
the Faculty Pension Plan for more than 10
years, Robert played a key role in developing
the Faculty Plan in its current form.
Outside of his academic pursuits, Robert was
an active member of the Vancouver Board of
Trade, the board of Ryerson United Church,
the Progressive Conservative party, and many
other organizations. He acted as an advisor to
Conservative, Liberal, and NDP governments
on pension, taxation and other policy related
issues over a period of many years. His report
on Economic Security for the Aged, commissioned by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and
published in 1959, had a large influence on the
subsequent course of Old Age Security Benefits
in Canada.
Conservative philosophically and politically,
Robert had a great sense of social justice
shaped by his strongly held Christian beliefs.
He deeply loved Canada, and remained
throughout his life a tireless advocate for
policies promoting a fair, compassionate and
united country. Among many other accolades
and honours, he was awarded the 125 Year
Confederation Medal in 1992 by the Speaker
of the House of Commons for outstanding
service to the people of Canada.
Active in organizing the Professors Emeriti
and in the Alumni Association at UBC, he
was the recipient of the 1992 Blythe Eagles
Service Award "in recognition of extraordinary
contributions of time and energy made to the
Alumni Association."
Robert is survived by his wife, Merle,
children Rob, Hilary, Alison, Rosalyn and
Jeremy, and ten grandchildren. Continuing the
longstanding Clark presence on campus, four
of his children are graduates of UBC, and two
grandchildren, students Jennifer Alparaque and
David Clark, represent the fourth generation
of the family to be affiliated with the university. Robert's daughter Hilary Reid has been
teaching at the English Language Institute since
1982, representing 91 years of continuous
teaching at UBC by three generations of the
same family.
Robert Mills Clark will be remembered by
many for his love of teaching, his high ethical
principles, and for his strong desire to make
constructive contributions to the university,
community and country he loved.
DENNIS W. BROOKES basc(hons)'3 5, peng
The mechanical engineering world has lost
one of its best. Dennis W. Brookes, born 20
August, 1912, in Warwick, England, the second
son of Dr. and Mrs. William Turley Brookes,
died on 12 August, 2007, just days before his
95th birthday. He will be sorely missed and is
survived by his wife, Alice, son Gary, daughter-
in-law Jane, and grandchildren Ashley and Ted,
of whom he was ever so proud.
Dennis and his family immigrated to British
Columbia in 1913 when his father accepted
the position of veterinary surgeon in Victoria,
where they lived until moving to Ladner in
1922. The farm life there remained part of
Dennis' favourite memories of growing up
and attending East Hope Elementary school.
With the family moving to nth and Yukon in
Vancouver in 1927, he attended King Edward
High School prior to enrolling at UBC in 1930.
At UBC, Dennis excelled academically,
and mechanical engineering stimulated him
intellectually for the remainder of his life.
He graduated with honours, second in class,
in 193 5. Initially, Dennis worked at the
Morningstar Mine near Oliver for his older
brother Norman basc(mining)'32, who died
on 5 August, 1997. In the late 1930's Dennis
was employed with Letson and Burpee on
Alexander Street in Vancouver, where he
applied his mechanical skills throughout World
War II. The post war years found him in Port
Alberni as the superintendant of Bloedel Stuart
ennis William Brookes
Fall 2007    Trek    49 IN MEMORIAM
In 1954 Dennis married Alice and moved
to Castlegar to join the new forest company,
Columbia Cellulose. He supervised the design
and construction of the new Celgar sawmill. As
manager of the mill, Dennis served two terms
as president of the Interior Lumber Manufacturer's Association from 1967 to 1969. Dennis
and Alice led a full social life, including many
evenings of entertaining friends for bridge and
dinners, and involvement in various community organizations. They hosted the first
meeting to start what is now the Castlegar
and District golf course. One of Dennis' social
highlights was to host HRH Prince William,
eldest son of the Duke of Gloucester, on a
local hunting trip in 1964. Dennis' lifelong
membership with the Professional Engineers
Association provided the couple with many
friends over the decades
Retiring in 1969 after moving back to
Vancouver, Dennis initially spent several years
as a consultant to the World Bank lending his
expertise to the design and construction of sawmills around the world. But mostly, he studied
the stock market. He was often perplexed by
both markets and bridge hands which did not
go his way. It wasn't until he was in his 91st
year that he finally gave up doing his own taxes
and trying to solve the market's complexities.
Known by many in his earlier years for his ever
handy slide rule, he never ever parted with that
instrument, nor his sacred tool box. "One never
knows when they just might be needed."
A grand old man, honest and humble his
entire life, Dennis was fully prepared at a
moment's notice to dispense his opinion on
the state of civic, provincial or federal politics,
and was quieted only by his full loss of hearing
in the last couple of years. A gentleman to the
end, he gracefully accepted moving to a long
term care facility in March of 2007 after a
series of strokes and the effects of Alzheimer's
disabled this once athletic and very good tennis
Dennis' granddaughter, Ashley, graduated
with a BA from UBC in 2007, 3 6 years after
her dad Gary received his BA from UBC in
1971 and his was also 36 years after Dennis'
grad year in 193 5. According to this schedule,
the next Brookes grad will be in 2043.
Elaine Campbell, co-lyricist of the Anne of
Green Gables musical, died in Charlottetown
on August 11, 2007, aged 82. She and her late
husband, Norman Campbell, ba'44, formed
part of the small team that created the musical
version of L. M. Montgomery's book that
first hit the stage in Charlottetown more than
40 years ago, eventually becoming Canada's
longest-running musical and enjoyed as far
afield as London, New York and Tokyo.
Elaine created lyrics for three further musicals as well as for CBC TV special programs,
and two royal galas, often in collaboration with
her composer husband. In addition to her own
creative endeavours, Elaine was a great patron
of the arts. She was a Jane Austen scholar and
long-time board member for the National
Ballet of Canada. She also chaired the Coordinated Arts Services in Toronto. She established
an endowment fund in Norman's name to
support the Confederation Centre of the Arts
in Charlotteville, the venue where Anne was
first staged. In 1972, she and Norman bought a
farmhouse in West Covehead that they returned
to every summer. She maintained close links
with PEI's annual summer festival and last
year received an honorary doctorate from the
University of PEL
Elaine was a native of rural Ontario, and
as a child was encouraged by her mother to
listen to opera on the radio. She also learned
piano and started writing poetry. As an adult
she divided her time between Toronto and PEL
She loved to travel, her last destination being
Libya. She and Norman had five children and
one grandchild. During WWII, she served in the
Royal Canadian Air Force.
Betty passed away peacefully at home in
Victoria on May 18, 2007, aged 92. Born in
New Westminster, BC, in 1915, she was the
only child of the Reverend John A. Petrie and
Murray Nairne Fraser. Betty grew up in several
small communities in BC (Chase, Quesnel,
Golden and Ashcroft) where her father served
as a United Church minister.
She had fond memories of UBC, where she
studied English and French and performed
in the Musical Society's production of The
Mikado. After graduation she began a career in
While at Copper Mountain, BC, she met
Philip W. Pinn of Gladstone, Manitoba and
they were married in 1943. DuringWWII,
Phil then served in northwest Europe with the
Canadian Army and after his return in 1946
the couple moved to Port Arthur, Ontario,
where he worked as an electrical engineer for
the CD. Howe Company. After Phil's death
in 1968 from MS, Betty resumed her teaching
career until her retirement in Victoria in 1977.
She was active in the United Church Women
and the University Women's Club and throughout her long life was devoted to the care and
well-being of those around her. She was part
of a generation that considered hard work,
social responsibility, and service to others to
be perfectly normal. She was also a wonderful cook, an enthusiastic gardener, and an
avid reader. She will be greatly missed by her
son John of Victoria and daughter Elizabeth
Johnson of Comox.
Bob was born on November 13, 1924, and died
on May 3, 2007. He was the beloved husband
of Violet for more than 50 years. Grieving with
her are daughter Roberta (Sylvain), son Linton
(Lou), and grandchildren Jeremy, Tyson, Regan
and Liam.
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Betty Pinn (Petrie)
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Bob loved children and was loved by them
in return. He is also survived by sister Betty
and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and
grandnephews. He is predeceased by brother
John and sisters Barbara and Ruth.
Bob served overseas with the Canadian Navy
in WWII. He received a commerce degree from
UBC and a teaching diploma from Normal
School. He taught first in Rossland, where he
met and married fellow teacher Violet. He especially enjoyed singing with the Rossland Light
Operatic Society and skiing on Red Mountain.
Later he taught in Vancouver schools including
Churchill and John Oliver.
Bob was a modest, good, and well liked
man. In retirement he enjoyed reading history
and playing golf. The latter activity he called
"a chastening experience" in his inimitable
phrasing. Good bye, dear Bob. Memorial donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke
Christopher Cleave Wright was born on December 7, 1911, in Kamloops and passed away
peacefully on February 6, 2007, in Kelowna.
He is predeceased by his wife, Evelyn, and
survived by children David (Louise), Patricia
(Don) Jones, James (Volga), Norm (Gail), seven
grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and
his sister Frances Wrightson.
Chris taught in Darlington, Chase, and
Kamloops and was principal of Armstrong
High. He was superintendent of schools in
Smithers, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, and worked
in the Creston-Kaslo and Salmon Arm-Enderby
districts, retiring in 1974.
As a resident of Salmon Arm from 1967 to
2000, Chris was active in his church, St. John
the Evangelist. He also conducted genealogy
research and participated in the United Empire
Loyalists Association.
PETER FRANCIS OWEN ba, ma, med (admin ('64
Peter Owen was a much loved and respected
resident of the Cowichan Valley since 1961.
He was a veteran of WWII and subsequently
an active member ofVancouver Island Legion
Branch 226; a devout Christian, lay reader and
parishioner of St John the Baptist Anglican
Church, Cobble Hill; pioneer educator;
Cowichan Rugby Club co-founder; and sports
car enthusiast.
Peter died suddenly but peacefully on September 11, 2006, in his 84th year, surrounded
by his loving family. A well-attended memorial
service in celebration and thanksgiving for his
life was held at his local church on October 6
with the Rev Scott Pittendrigh officiating. More
than 3 o veterans gathered at the service to pay
respects to their fallen comrade and form an
honour guard for the family.
He is survived by Trudi, his wife of 53 years;
sons Robert (Marlene) of Stenlose, Denmark;
David (Diane) of Cowichan Bay, BC; Paul (Denise) of McBride, BC; daughter Linda (BSR'77)
Brunton (Nick) of Gaborone, Botswana; seven
grandchildren; his sister Beulah, brother Bill
and their families in Ontario.
Peter was born on December 19, 1921, at
Bexley Heath, Kent, England. After completing
his Higher School Certificate at Worthing
High, Peter was preparing to go into the civil
service just as WWII was declared. Instead, he
had emergency training as a draughtsman and
worked in a reserved occupation at Gosport
Royal Naval Air Station modifying Swordfish
Torpedo Bomber Aircraft until he volunteered
for the Royal Armoured Corps.
Following officer training at Sandhurst,
he was commissioned at the age of 21 as a
tank troop leader with the Royal Lancashire
Regiment. By 1943, a surplus of tank crews
and a shortage of infantry officers led to his
application for infantry platoon commander.
As a lieutenant in the Northamptonshire
Yeomanry in the 3rd British Division (Monty's
Ironsides), he landed in Normandy next to
the 3rd Canadian Division. He saw action in
Normandy, at the breakout in Caen, at Escaut
Canal in Belgium, at Overloon and Venraij
in eastern Holland, fought in a skirmish at
Wanssum on the River Maas and finally in
the Rhineland Battle, being invalided back to
Britain from Goch in Germany.
On demobilization Peter entered Cambridge
University on a servicemen's grant. After graduation he began work as an assistant production
manager at the Yorkshire Copper Pipe and
Tubing Company. His father drowned in 19 51,
and Peter took over the running of his business
interests. Soon after, while a member of the
Worthing rugby club in Sussex, Peter had the
good fortune to meet Trudi. They were married
in Berne, Switzerland, in 1953 and immigrated
to Canada six weeks later with little in the way
of skills or money.
In Vancouver Peter worked in a plywood
factory and on a sheep farm on Gambier Island
before securing a teaching diploma at UBC. His
teaching career began in Dawson Creek, BC, at
Peace River High as a classroom teacher, then
department head and finally vice principal.
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In 1961 Peter was appointed principal of
George Bonner Junior Secondary School in Mill
Bay, BC, where he remained for sixteen years.
From 1977 to 1985 Peter served as the supervisor of Secondary Instruction before retiring in
1987 as the director of Instruction for School
District 65 (Cowichan).
Peter's passion for education was equally
matched by his passion for Rugby and since
1961 was active in the Cowichan Rugby Club
as a founder member. One of the most successful clubs in the BC Rugby Union, CRC is the
only club which has ownership of its property
including the playing fields. The Cowichan
Valley rugby influence extends to Nanaimo,
Comox, Alberni, Campbell River and Powell
River and enrols hundreds of youngsters.
Although very much involved in all aspects
of the club's administration, he was always
interested in the development of the players
that represented both his school and the club.
Peter spent his retirement helping to form the
Friends of Rugby in the Cowichan Valley to financially assist those junior club members who
were planning to attend either an academic or
artisan post secondary school institution. With
Peter as treasurer and driving force, this group
raised more than $15,000 in its few years of
existence and many young Cowichan players,
both male and female benefited from the
bursaries provided by this initiative.
Although Peter seldom talked about his war
experiences he proudly wore his service medals
on Remembrance Day and other appropriate
occasions in memory of his fallen comrades.
He was an active member of Legion Branch
226 (Cobble Hill), since 1987 where he also
oversaw disbursement of bursary funds to
deserving students in the Cowichan area.
His unfailing enthusiasm, wise counsel and
good heartedness, coupled with an educated
sense of humor, made for a great companion.
He will be sorely missed and never forgotten
thanks to his multi-facetted involvement and
positive impact on so many.
Charlie Campbell was born in the Snowshoe
Cottage in Phoenix, BC, on November 25,
1913. British Columbia was still a young
Charles McKinnon Campbell Jr.
province, and UBC had not yet been founded.
When he died of old age on September 2, 2007,
at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, a lot of history
went with him.
Charlie came from a family where civic
engagement was second-nature. His father,
Charles McKinnon Campbell Sr., who ran the
enormous mine at Phoenix, near Grand Forks,
was an advocate for resource conservation. His
mother Lucy was from Vancouver's pioneering
and politically active McGeer family.
With his family, he circumnavigated the
globe before he was 16, living in Montreal,
Cape Town and O'okiep, South Africa, and
visiting England, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji
and Hawaii. Upon their return to Vancouver in
1929, his father built a house on Bellvue Drive
near Blanca. Charlie studied mineral engineering at UBC, and worked in mines at Britannia
Beach, Siscoe, QC, and Tulsequah, among
many others. From 1959 to 1964, he was mine
manager in Bralorne, where his son Charles
John was born. He then became manager
during the construction and opening of Western
Mines on Buttle Lake, east of Campbell River.
Charlie loved his country, and he consistently
honoured his family's tradition of unstinting
public advocacy. Both he and his father had
opinion pieces published in the Vancouver Sun
after they were 90. Charlie was involved with
school boards in Quebec in the 1940s and
stumped for sports fields in Vancouver in the
1950s. In the 1972 BC provincial election, he
ran as a Liberal in Vancouver Burrard, and
he also served as president of the provincial
Liberal party. From 1966 to 1975, he sat on
the UBC senate. In 1974, Charlie began 10
years of service as a member and eventually
vice-chair of what was then known as the Immigration Appeal Board. His displeasure with
immigration administration led to a quarter
century of advocacy for more consistent and
rigorous immigration policy. When he was 86,
frustrated that meaningful public debate was
often torpedoed by either bigotry or political correctness, he self-published the book
Betrayal and Deceit: The Politics of Canadian
Charlie lived in West Vancouver for four
decades, but Saturna Island was the home he
visited for more than 60 years. His brother
Jim and sister-in-law Lorraine, both UBC
agriculture grads, began farming on the island
in 1945. Saturna epitomized the values of
community and family that Charlie cherished.
He met his first wife, Audrey, at Saturna
Beach, where she vacationed with her two
young daughters. He spent long summers
with his wife Dorothy at the cottage he built
in 1991 on the Campbell farm atop glorious
Brown Ridge. Finally, he moved to the island
permanently, on the verge of his 90th birthday.
He was very grateful for the friendship and
care he enjoyed on Saturna, toward the end of
a rich life, and he died peacefully with his wife
and son at his bedside. He was predeceased
by his first wife Audrey and his sister Mary
(Mim) McKinnon. He is survived by Dorothy,
Jim and Lorraine, son Charles, stepdaughters
Jan and Joanna, granddaughter Calla, and
many beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, and
In keeping with Charlie's commitment
to civil society, the Campbell Phoenix Fund
to facilitate and honour writing on public
policy in British Columbia is being established
through the Vancouver Foundation.
On 22 September, at the age of 91, Art Sager
52    Trek    Fall 2007 Arthur Sager
succumbed to cancer of the liver and passed
away quietly and peacefully at the Royal
Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. He was born on a
Gitxsan native reserve where his father was a
medical missionary, but his life took him many
places around the world. He lived in Surf Inlet,
Port Simpson, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver,
London (England), Ottawa, New York, Addis
Ababa, Rome, Aix en Provence, and, finally,
From early 1942 to 1945 he was a Spitfire
pilot in the RCAF, becoming a flight commander and then commanding officer of 443
Squadron. He was awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross. He accepted the French Legion of
Honour for his role in the liberation of France
in the Second World War. That distinction
came in 2004. The consul general of France
visited Esquimalt to bestow his country's highest order upon Art (who destroyed or damaged
11 enemy aircraft and 40 ground targets) and
fellow combatant John Lorimer.
He was employed in a variety of careers
both before and after the war including journalist, actor, steamship deckhand, mucker,
teacher, CBC radio producer, assistant to the
president of UBC, executive assistant to the
federal Minister of Fisheries, Public Relations
director of the Fisheries Association of BC,
director of the UBC Alumni Association, director of UBC's International House, and international civil servant with the United Nations.
He finished his career with FAO (the Food and
Agriculture Organization) in Rome, and then
moved to Aix en Provence in 1978, where he
lived for a quarter of his life.
He moved to Victoria in 2000, and spent
seven years at Somerset House on Dallas Road.
In his last 10 years he wrote three books, Line
Shoot: Diary of a Fighter Pilot; It's In the
Book: Notes of a Naive Young Man, and The
Sager Saga.
Art was married twice (to the late Dorothy
Planche ofVancouver in 1941 and to
Jacqueline Roussel of Rouen, France, in 1967).
He is predeceased by brother Murray and sister Shirley, and survived by his son, Eric Sager
of Victoria, daughters Ann Blades and Susan
Henry of Surrey; granddaughters Catherine
and Zoe; grandsons Jack, Angus, James, Kevin
and Ian; brothers Melvin and Henry; sister
Elsie Wilson; a multitude of cousins and nieces
and nephews; friends in several countries; and
his beloved companion of recent years, Scotty
Jack and Ruth Kermode think so. When Jack's sister Kay passed away, he and his wife
Ruth established an award in her name: the Kathleen Vawden Kermode Memorial
Bursary, which provides financial support to students in the Faculty of Education.
The couple also arranged a gift in their will to further increase the fund capital.
UBC was the obvious place for the Kermodes to establish this award. Jack and Ruth
are alumni, and feel their university education contributed much to their lives. "With
Kay being a teacher, we thought a bursary at UBC would be a fitting way to honour
her memory," Jack says.
To establish a planned gift that will honour a loved one while supporting vital
programs like awards, please contact UBC Gift & Estate Planning at 604.822.5373
or heritage.circle@ubc.ca.
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