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 . SPRING 1988.
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*.l Contents
busy spring
medicine clinic is the best of the bunch. By Steven Chess
18 PAST TENSE Keeping track of UBCs past is a
daunting task. By Kevin Barker
22 ONE OF A KIND UBC bids a fond farewell to
Jack Pomfret By Beth Dobi
24 BOOK REVIEWS The Saxophone Winter and
The Lord of Point Grey reviewed.
25 CLASS ACTS Where are your classmates
30 CINNAMON BUN 101 What one man re-
ally learned from UBC. By John Lekich
Deborah Nicholson
Randy Pearsall
Kevin Barker, Steven Chess, Beth Dobi, John LeKich, Chris Petty
Alex Waterhouse-Hayward
Peter Tanner, Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, Kathy Boake, Warren Schmidt,
Mike McKinnell
Lnuise Carroll
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Keirstead Farris
D. tyle Stevenson, BASc'82,MSC75
William B. McNulty.
BPE'68, MPE'70, MA'83
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Eric Vance, BA75, M.A.'BI
Shayne Brent Boyd, BCom'81
Sandra A. James, B.A.'80, M.Affl, M.C.I.R
Dave Frank, Bwc'84, MBA'86;
Oscar Sziklai, MF'61, PhD'64, BSF (Sopron)
Bill Richardson, BASc'83; Alfred John Scow, LLB'61
Deborah Apps
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Medical alumni from all over the province
changed their surgical gowns and stethoscopes for black ties and corsages at the
35th Annual Medical Alumni Ball. Over
400 alumni, students and guests ate,
danced and were merry at the ball held in
the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre on Saturday evening, January 23. One
guest took the "formal wear" edict seriously and appeared in kilt, tassled knee-
highs and dagger. Celebrants packed all
three ballrooms at the Centre.
Dr. and Mrs. Strangway and Dean and
Mrs. Webber were introduced from the
head table and Bernie Dejong and Blair
Rudston-Brown delivered welcoming remarks to the assembled guests before the
buffet dinner.
The dinner was, as usual, magnificent. It
featured salmon, an array of salads, and
several chicken dishes. The dessert table
was decorated with an elegant swan ice
sculpture and had a delicious selection of
sweets to tempt every taste bud.
The Medical Undergrad Society Teaching
Excellence Awards for 1987/88 were pre-
Winner of the Cathay Pacific/P Lawson fravel trip for
two to San Francisco was Saskia Acton, right, with a
sented just as coffee was served. MUS president Jane Donaldson presented the awards
to Dr. Ovalle, Dr. Hamish Nichol, Dr.
Cardosa-Medinilla and Dr. Roslyn Selby.
Dean Bill Webber started off the evening's entertainment with the Class of '58's
hilarious slide show of the medical school
in the old days. Dr. David Bates provided a
funny narration for the classic film of the
Fast Efficient Comprehensive Educational
Service, and the Class of '88 performed a
Wheel of Fortune skit. The grand prize
winner received a billing number for a four-
bed facility in Nelson, B.C.
Second year student Saskia Acton won
the trip for two to San Francisco courtesy of
Cathay Pacific and P. Lawson Travel. She
said she was overdue for a holiday.
Peter and the Continentals started up
soon after, and their mix of soft jazz and
rhythm and blues classics kept the dance
floor full of cheek-to-cheek romance all
night long.
As the strains of the last waltz faded in
the hall, people drifted off toward the coat-
check looking forward to next year's ball.
Futurists predict the average person entering the job market today will change their
career ten times. So stated Murray Budd,
UBC alumnus and panelist at "After the
On February 8, an overflow crowd attended "After the B.A.," a forum for arts
undergraduate students who wanted to
hear from people who graduated with a
B.A. if, in this age of specialization, it is still
a valuable degree. They got the answer
they wanted to hear. "When you graduate
with a bachelor of arts," said Jonathan Wisenthal, associate dean of the faculty of
arts, "you are equipped to do anything."
This sentiment was echoed again and again
by the five guest panelists. As Murray Budd,
sales manager of Odium Brown, said, "Employers look for well-rounded individuals
who are intelligent, have interest in different areas, and have drive. A B.A. is part of
Valerie Casselton, labour reporter for the
Vancouver Sun, stressed the importance of
a general arts degree, saying it gives you
the power to analyze, do research, and fine
tune your abilities to organize and write.
"There is a lot to be said for a liberal arts
education. There is a lot to be said for
education for its own sake."
Tex Enemark, chairman and president of
Continental Environmental Systems, is a
testament to his own advice. He advised
taking jobs that you're interested in, or
even ones you're not interested in, for the
first four or five years. As long as you can
learn something, it is worthwhile. He
should know what he's talking about. He
claimed he knew nothing about any of the
jobs he's had, and look where he is today.
His last words were rather prophetic, saying that half the jobs people will have in 15
years haven't been invented yet.
Janet Fraser, assistant to Mayor Gordon
Campbell, agreed with the others, stressing
that there are two skills you learn from a
bachelor of arts that are totally saleable
and very valuable. They are communication skills, both written and spoken, and
interpersonal skills. With those skills, you
can sell yourself, and then the sky's the
Playwright and freelance writer John
Gray had a slightly different perspective on
things, saying if you're going for a liberal
arts degree, don't fool yourself into thinking you're doing it for anybody but yourself. Learn to deal with fear, but believe and
sooner or later you'll find you've created a
career for yourself.
By the response of the crowd, it was
evident the students found the message
wasn't one of doom and gloom, but optimism in the face of the choice they had
made. Because, yes, there really is life after
the B.A.
A Toronto reception was held December 1,
1987 at the University Club. One hundred
alumni attended, as well as Dr. Strangway,
who gave an update on the university and
spoke about the future publication of the
Asia Pacific Report. The Toronto branch is
very active, and is planning a dinner/
dance in June, the date to be announced.
From the left, Acting Executive Director ofthe UBC
Alumni Association, Mrs. Deborah Apps, Dr. David
Strangway, Mrs. Strangway and Katherine de la Roche,
foronto Branch Representative.
4 CHRONICLE/SPRING 1988 There is an old proverb that equates
a masterful teacher with a good
fire on a cold day. At first, the fire is
the intense focus of attention with all the
household huddled around it for warmth.
Soon, though, the warmth seeps through
the whole house and people move away
from the fire to take care of their business,
basking in the warm atmosphere created
by the fire. So it is with the masterful
teacher: he or she drives out the cold and
replaces it with the heat of knowledge and
purpose. The students go away to live their
lives filled with the warm atmosphere of
If I may be allowed to stretch the metaphor a little, a great university is like the
teacher and the fire, and in the case of UBC,
the warmth has spread far beyond our borders.
In the last Chronicle I illustrated that UBC
graduates from every school and faculty
have had and continue to have a dynamic
effect on the economic and social climate
in communities all over B.C. Today, there is
strong interest in the nations of the Asia
Pacific area and their connections with
As it becomes clear that markets for our
products and resources in that area are
growing quickly, and as more Asian entrepreneurs see the value of investing in B.C.,
our provincial and federal governments are
increasingly responding with cultural and
economic initiatives toward these nations.
The University of British Columbia, however, has been responding to the presence
and growth of the Asia Pacific area for more
than 50 years. We began to offer courses in
Asian languages, cultures and history in
the 1930s. Students from British Columbia,
Canada and the Asia Pacific nations have
been graduating from UBC's Asian programs for many years. These UBC graduates, working as language teachers, exporters and suppliers of engineering services,
lawyers involved in international arbitration, doctors, nurses, and businessmen are
forging Canada's social and economic ties
with Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Singapore and many other centres. Hundreds of
UBC graduates are working in various aspects of Asia Pacific business, contributing
their knowledge, ideas and expertise to the
development of economic and cultural
Provincial and federal outreach to Asia
Pacific nations is driven to a surprising degree by what has happened at UBC in the
past six decades. Imagine how difficult it
would be for British Columbia to
strengthen the Asia Pacific link if UBC had
not been actively involved in Asian studies
all these years. There would be no medical,
legal or educational foundation to build on,
no common areas of research, no established libraries, no exchange of students,
teachers or ideas. This involvement in Asia
Pacific study began at UBC because it was
an important academic activity. Now, 50
years later, UBC is one of the leaders in the
The university is about to publish a study
on the Pacific Century, and UBC's connection to the Asia Pacific market. It is a fascinating study. I urge you to read it.
UBC is at the cutting edge in Asia Pacific
research,. We represent a vital resource for
the community and a catalyst for action
The fire we began building in the 1930s is
warming a wide area indeed.!
David W. Strangway, President
The University of British Columbia
Six new members of the UBC Board of
Governors and a new chairman were appointed by the provincial government December 17.
Peter Brown, chairman of Canarim Investment Corporation, was named chairman of the BOG, replacing William Sauder
who has retired.
The new members are Kenneth Bag-
shaw, Ronald Granholm, Arthur Hara,
Janet Ketcham, Richard Nelson, and Robert Wyman.
Kenneth Bagshaw, Q.C, is a senior partner of the law firm Ladner Downs. Ronald
Granholm is president and CEO of Compu-
trol Security Systems. Arthur Hara is chairman of Mitsubishi Canada and is a member
of the Order of Canada. Janet Ketcham is
on the board of directors of a number of
corporations including West Fraser Timber
and Eurocan Pulp and Paper. Richard
Nelson is president of Sentinel Vision Inc.
Robert Wyman is chairman of Pemberton
Houston Willoughby Investment Corp. and
was chancellor of UBC from 1984 to 1987.
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The University of British Columbia will
award eight honorary degrees in 1988 to
individuals who have made outstanding
and significant contributions to society.
Receiving honorary degrees are: John D.
Allan, chairman, president and CEO of
Stelco Inc.; Ian A. Barclay, former chairman of the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN); Harold C. Bentall, chairman of the Bentall Group of
Companies; Jean Coulthard, well-known
Canadian composer; Dr. Leroy Hood, acclaimed biologist; Bel Nemetz, program
chairman of the Vancouver Institute lecture series; UBC Professor Beryl March,
internationally recognized nutritionist; and
the Honourable Bertha Wilson, Supreme
Court judge.
The honorary degrees will be awarded
during UBC's 1988 spring convocation
ceremony May 25, 26, and 27.
In the Winter issue of the Chronicle an
error was made in the article titled The
Unfinished Campus. In the five year plan
submitted to the provincial government by
Dr. David Strangway, item two should have
read the David C. Lam Management Research Centre. Also, item one should have
read University Services Centre, not sciences. The Chronicle wishes to apologize
for this, and hopes the omissions didn't
cause any inconvenience.
Fifteen past presidents of the Alumni Association gathered for dinner to discuss the
future of the Association and the university.
The dinner, held December 11, 1987 was
also attended by Dr. David Strangway,
Chancellor Leslie Peterson, current Association President Lyle Stevenson, Presidentelect John Diggens, Association staff members and guests.
The past presidents' dinner is an annual
event. It gives the president of the univer
sity an opportunity to exchange ideas with
former Association presidents, all of whom
are experienced in dealing with university
issues and have a vital interest in the development of UBC.
This year, President Strangway initiated
discussions on the current building crisis at
UBC and on recent amendments to the
University Act that could threaten the autonomy of the institution.
Participants felt the dinner was a great
success. Starting this year, the dinner will
be held twice annually, once in the summer
and once in the winter.
In our winter, 1987 report on the generous
donation made by Mr. Hardial Bains (MSc.
'64) to cancer research at UBC, we neglected to mention the connection between this gift and the Communist Party of
Canada (Marxist-Leninist).
Mr. Bains' gift included a post-doctoral
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fellowship of $18,000 in the name of David
A. Danielson, and a graduate scholarship of
$5,000 in the name of David Hemmingway.
Both Mr. Danielson and Mr. Hemmingway
died of cancer in 1986 and these awards are
based on bequests made on behalf of their
estates to Mr. Bains.
Hardial Bains is leader of the Communist
Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist). David
Danielson and David Hemmingway were
active members of the CPC (M-L), and Mr.
Bains' gift to the university is meant to
honour their work for the party in Canada.
The Chronicle regrets any confusion this
omission may have caused.
Over 100 UBC students from B.C., Alberta
and the United States have been awarded
bursaries and scholarships by the University of British Columbia Alumni Association. Recipients were honoured at a reception at Cecil Green House on the UBC
The reception, held January 21, 1988,
was attended by recipients, university
deans, UBC President David Strangway
and the Alumni Association volunteers
who administer the annual scholarship program.
Thirty students received the Norman
MacKenzie Alumni Scholarship. This is the
Association's major award and honours legal scholar Dr. Norman A. MacKenzie who
was president of the university from 1944
to 1962. Dr. MacKenzie, who died in 1986,
was responsible for overseeing the massive
expansion of the university after World
War II. The scholarship has a value of
$1,750, and is awarded for high scholastic
achievement and personal distinction
through community service.
Other scholarships and bursaries sponsored by the UBC Alumni Association include the John B. MacDonald Bursary, the
Walter H. Gage Bursary, and awards for
students in librarianship.
The awards are drawn from the interest
of a $1 million endowment created by
grants from the Vancouver Foundation and
UBC, and from donations made by individual Alumni members.
In presenting the awards, Dr. Strangway
reminded students of the important role
UBC plays in the community, and of their
own responsibility to "give back" loyalty
and support to the university.
The Alumni Association awards over
$100,000 in bursaries and scholarships
each year.
6 CHRONICLE/SPRING 1988 Abetters
Dear Editor:
I submitted my one and only contribution (to Class Acts) in the 45 years since I left
UBC. I was jolted when the Fall, 1987 issue
of the Chronicle arrived to find that half my
career had been wiped out with a few
strokes of the pen.
I strongly resent any cub reporter or
shavetail acting as a censor when it is obvious that his knowledge of scientific affairs
is scant at best. I request that you publish
my contribution as it was sent in July with
NO deletions.
Yours sincerely,
Kenneth N.E Shaw, PhD (BA'40, MA'42)
Editor's Note: The Chronicle apologizes to
Dr. Shaw. The notation should have read:
Kenneth N.E Shaw (BA'40 Honours
Chem., MA'42, PhD. Iowa State '51) has
retired as Professor of Pediatrics (Biochemistry), University of Southern California
School of Medicine and as Director, Metabolic Section, Division of Medical Genetics,
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr.
Shaw received the C.H.L.A. Medical Staff
Distinguished Service Award for 1987.
Dear Editor:
I wish to congratulate you and your staff
on the new look of the Chronicle. I truly
believe it to be the most interesting and
enjoyable issue yet. The arrangement of
the articles and newsy items plus the use of
colour has enhanced the magazine no end.
I particularly enjoyed the humourous column by John Gray, "Freddy Wood and Me."
Keep up the good work and thank you.
Gordon R. Leonard B.Ed (Sec) 65
Dear Editor:
Thank you for my copy of The Way We
Were. It brought back a multitude of memories, many of which were becoming faint
with the passing of time.
As suggested in the introduction, it is
hoped that more material may be gathered
to assure future volumes record the illustrious history of UBC.
My thanks again.
Win Shilvock BA'31, BComm'32
We establish loyalties early in life.
First with our parents, then with
siblings, friends and teachers,
we recognize those people who have influence and value in our lives. As we grow, we
begin to develop emotional ties to places-
houses, streets and neighbourhoods. These
early bonds are important in later life; we
look back to them for self-definition, identity and a sense of personal history.
Loyalties developed later in life are
equally important. People, places and
events continue to provide us with elements that shape our lives. University graduation is an adult milestone, and "our university" ranks high in the list of important
places in our lives.
UBC, like the people and places of our
early years, had a great influence on our
development as adults. It gave us a solid
start in our careers and provided the intellectual framework upon which to base important decisions.
Now, as an alumnus and a member of the
first circle of friends of UBC, you have the
opportunity to return this friendship and
loyalty to the university.
There are many ways to do this. One way
is to donate what you can to the university's
current multi-million dollar capital campaign or to the Alumni Association Annual
One of the best ways to get involved is
with your Alumni Association, either directly or through your faculty division or
the UBC branch in your city. The Association is a volunteer organization and its operation depends on individual members to
share their expertise in various fields. As an
active member of the Association, you can
play a key role in making decisions that
affect the entire university. If your faculty
has no active alumni division, or if your city
has no branch, consider starting one.
At the very least, you can vote for next
year's executive committee. This issue of
the Chronicle contains information on all
the candidates and a ballot for you to fill out
and mail to the Association. Please read
this information and cast your vote.
1 invite you now, as I have in the past, to
get involved. Come back to UBC and help
maintain it as an important place in the
lives of future alumni.■
Lyle Stevenson
President, UBC Alumni Association
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CHRONICLE/SPRING 19 .News In ioriei
Alumni Association volunteers were
treated to a Christmas party at Cecil Green
House on December 17, 1987. Members of
the Board of Management, staff, Alumni
Association executive, phonathon workers
and division organizers mingled beneath
the 20-foot Christmas tree and shared the
satisfaction of another productive year.
During the award presentations, Dr. Oscar Sziklai, board of management member
Enjoying the festivities ofthe Volunteer Christmas Party
are Bill McNulty, left, presenting an award to Mike
Partridge with Alumni Association president-elect John
Diggens in the background.
and acting head of the forestry department
received the Faculty Citation Award. The
Citation is awarded to members of the faculty who have given outstanding service to
the community outside the areas of teaching and research. Dr. Sziklai has been active in a number of forestry associations in
Recipients of the Blythe Eagles Volunteer
Service Award were also honoured. This
award is given to persons who have contributed extraordinary time and energy to
the Alumni Association. This year's winners were Dr. Robert F. Osborne and Michael A. Partridge. Mr. Partridge (Comm.
'59), an insurance executive, has been active in Association business since the early
1970s. Dr. Osborne (BA'33, BEd '48), director of the School of Physical Education and
Recreation from 1945 to 1978, has been
active in the Association since his undergraduate days.
John Diggins, alumni president-elect
congratulated the award winners, toasted
all the volunteers and thanked everyone
for their dedication and hard work.
In the winter, 1987 issue of the Chronicle,
we announced the creation of the Alumni
Book Collection at Cecil Green House. We
are happy to report that the response to our
appeal for Alumni-written books has been
Fred Hume (Comm.'68) has received over
75 books so far, many of them first editions,
and many signed by their authors. The
books will be kept in a permanent display
at Cecil Green House.
Books received so far include Anne Pe-
trie's Vancouver Secrets, Stuart Keate's Paper Boy and George Bowering's Kerrisdale
Elegies. The books range from serious text
such as Anthony Scott's Economics (4th
Ed.) to Hugh Keenlyside. International
Aid: A Summary to Hemie Koshevoy's
Treasure Jest of Best Puns and Eric Nicol's
Twice Over Lightly.
The Alumni Association would like to
thank authors and readers for their contributions to the collection. Keep those books
coming in!
UBC friend and benefactor Cecil Green will
visit the UBC campus in late April.
Cecil Green was a student at UBC between 1918 and 1922, and has contributed
generously to the university ever since.
During his long career as an engineer, and
as co-founder of Texas Instruments, he decided to take a direct hand in developing
bright young minds in a university setting.
Over the years he has funded lecture series,
professorships, research centres and buildings at UBC and in universities all over
North America. He and his wife Ida, who
passed away in December, 1986, donated
money for the purchase and upkeep of
Cecil Green Park. This grand old mansion is
used as Alumni Association offices and as a
"town and gown" centre. Ida Green stipulated in her will that certain monies be dedicated to the restoration of the house.
Dr. Green has been keenly interested in
geophysics and engineering all his life and
will tour facilities in and around the university, including the geophysics department,
the TRIUMF centre and Science World.
While at Science World, he will be honoured at a dinner and be made a Freeman
of the city. He will also unveil a bust of Ida
Green at Cecil Green Park, and will review
plans for the renovation of the mansion. On
May 2, Dr. Green will be honoured at a
dinner with the premier of the province.
Two UBC faculty members have been
awarded special alumni research prizes. James A. Russell, department of pyschology
won the alumni prize for research in the
social sciences and Dr. Dennis Danielson,
department of English, won the alumni
prize for research in the humanities. Both
prizes were awarded for the first time.
The two awards are funded by the
Alumni Association and total $1,000 each.
They are meant to acknowledge the contributions of faculty members 40 or under
who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their research, or who have
given clear evidence of discovery and
promise through a single but important
contribution to their field.
Dr. Danielson has been a member of the
English department since 1983. His work in
the area of Renaissance studies in general
and on Milton in particular has brought him
international acclaim. It is very difficult to
make a major contribution on Milton given
the extensive study of his work over many
years. His achievement is, therefore, doubly remarkable and especially worthy of
Dr. Russell joined the psychology department in 1976. In his years at UBC, he has
achieved an international reputation in
both environmental psychology and the
psychology of the emotions. In 1982 he and
a colleague presented a conceptual model
for the study of environmental psychology,
establishing a bold new way of organizing
research in this highly complex and demanding area of scholarship. His work in
the nature of emotion is also well known.
National Alumni
Scholarship Program
The University of British Columbia
Alumni Association awards two
scholarships each year to
Canadian students living outside
of B.C. who plan to attend UBC.
The Douglas T. Kenny
National Alumni Scholarship,
named after former University
president Douglas Kenny, is
awarded to two students with
records of achievement in school
and the community. Preference is
given to sons and daughters of
UBC graduates.
Applications must be received
by the UBC Alumni Association no
later than May 1, 1988.
Application forms and further information are available from:
Rachel Zuckermann
UBC Alumni Association
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, B.C. V6T1W5
(604)228-3313 Aramiii Activities &
It is McGill's turn to host the annual Chicago Canadian Universities Alumni Dinner
in 1988, and they plan to do it in style. An
event that is becoming more popular and
better attended each year, this one will take
place at the University Club of Chicago at
76 East Monroe Street, April 22.
The guest of honour will be McGill principal and vice-chancellor, David L. Johnston.
Contact either the branch representative
in Chicago or local president, Les Jackson.
His office number is (312) 677-3271.
All alumni are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the UBC Alumni Association. The results of the Board of Management elections will be announced, and the
Association's Annual Report will be distributed.
President David Strangway will make a
welcoming address, followed by reports
from the executive, and a farewell to retiring Board of Management members.
Come meet your new Board and chat
with fellow alumni after the meeting.
Thursday, May 19, 7p.m.
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, B.C.
For more information, call 228-3313. See
you there!
The UBC Alumni Toronto branch is holding a pub night on April 20, 1988 at 7:00
p.m. at the Unicorn Pub, Yonge and
Eglington. There is no cover charge and
everybody's welcome.
The Heritage Committee will be holding
their Annual General Meeting at Cecil
Green Park House the evening of April 28.
Anyone interested in UBC's heritage is welcome.
The Chinese Varsity Club is holding their
50th reunion on April 29 in the SUB Ballroom at 7 p.m. For further information,
please contact the Club office at 228-3681.
York University is holding a reunion for
1963, '64 and '65 grads at Glendon Campus
in Toronto on Saturday, May 14, 1988. Contact the University of Toronto for details or
call Patricia Groves in Vancouver at 926-
Agricultural Sciences Alumni Division:
Conducted tour of the Botanical Gardens,
UBC Campus, Saturday, April 16, 1988.
Gather at the gates of the Garden, next
door to Thunderbird Stadium at 1:45, tour
begins at 2 p.m. sharp, rain or shine. Also,
first annual general meeting to be held
Wednesday, April 27, 7 to 10 p.m. at Cecil
Green Park House. Election of an executive
followed by a social hour. All Aggies welcome! And last, a phonathon report. On the
evening of February 9 several Aggie volunteers met on campus to call their former
classmates and fellow Aggie alumni for a
very successful information and fund raising phonathan. The event provided information about the division and raised
money for various purposes. For information on the above, call Agnes Papke at 228-
The following is a brief listing of alumni
reunions and activities. For more information, or to notify us of your event, please
call the Alumni Programmes Department
at (604) 228-3313 or write: The UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5.
Class of '28 will celebrate their 60th reunion at Norman MacKenzie House on
April 29, 1988.
Class of '36 are holding their 52nd anniversary reunion with a barbeque at Cecil
Green Park House on August 6.
Class of '38 will be celebrating their 50th
reunion in early October.
Class of '58 Medicine are visiting the
UBC campus on April 28, before heading
off to the Laurel Point Inn in Victoria for
their 30th reunion.
Class of '63 Nursing have plans for a late
summer or early fall reunion.
Class of '68 Home Ec have planned a
summer reunion, with exact dates and location TBA.
Class of '68 Law will visit their Law School
before dinner at Cecil Green Park on May
Class of '73 Law will be held in May,
location TBA.
Class of '77 Mechanical Engineering
will be held on May 7.
Class of '78 Commerce have plans for an
October reunion.
Class of '78 Geological Science are holding a reunion on April 2 at the Grad Student
Class of '78 Home Ec have plans for an
August reunion.
Class of '78 Law are holding their reunion
on June 17/18 at the Faculty Club and Law
Courts Inn.
Dates for the following upcoming reunions
are to be announced:
'48 Civil Engineering
'52 Forestry
'58 Chemical Engineering
'63 Engineering
'64 Engineering
'68 Chemical Engineering
'69 Medicine
'74 Engineering
'78,'77,'76 Pharmacy
'78 Education
'78 Engineering
'78 Nursing
'78 Chemical Engineering
'78 Rehab Medicine
'80 Architecture
'85 Commerce
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CHRONICLE/SPRING 1988 9 Election
UBC Alumni Association
Board of Management Election 1988-90
n these pages you will meet the four candidates for three Board of Management
positions, and two candidates for vice-
president, to be elected by graduates of the University of British Columbia.
Lyle Stevenson
Vote and Mail Today
Please follow the directions on the ballot for its
completion, then cut it out and mail it to us.
Ballots received after 12 noon, Thursday April 15,
1988 will not be counted. The results of the election will be announced at the May 19 Alumni
Association Annual General Meeting, and will be
published by May 31, 1988.
Robert Modrow
Alumni Returning Officer
Your Vote Counts
One of the important ways UBC graduates stay
involved in the Alumni Association is by electing
their representatives to the Board of Management. This year, the position of treasurer was
filled by acclamation.
There are two candidates contesting the vice-
president's position.
For the three members-at-large positions on the
Board of Management, there are four capable
candidates. Please make your choices and return
the ballot today to ensure your vote is counted.
The Nominating Committee of the Board of
Management nominated four candidates for
these positions. We feel the knowledge and experience of David Frank and Oscar Sziklai in the
running of the Alumni Association prove they are
more than qualified to continue sitting on the
Board. We also feel that Janet Gavinchuk should
be considered for the member-at-large position
and that Eric Vance be considered for vice-
John Diggens BSc'68 DMD'72 MSD'79 (UW) Vice-
Chair, Nominating Committee
The Alumni Association is pleased to introduce
the officers of the Alumni Association Board of
Management for 1988-90. The vice-president automatically becomes president in the year following election to the position.
Officers 1988-89
John Diggens, BSc'68, DMD'72, MSD'79 (UW)
Alumni Activities: President of Dental Alumni Division, 1983-85; Chairman of the Fund Department 86-87; Senior Vice-President and Chair of
Programs Fund 87-88. Community: Founding
member of The Wesbrook Society; currently
Trustee of The Wesbrook Society; Vice-President
of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. Occupation: Dental Specialist.
Lyle Stevenson, BASc'72, MSc (Bus. Admin.)'75.
Alumni Activities: Chair, MBA/MSc Alumni Division, 1979-82; Chair, Allocations Committee,
1982-83; Chair, Alumni Fund Committee, 1983-
85; member, Board of Management, 1980-89;
member, Executive Committee, 1983-89; Vice-
president, 1986-87. Occupation: Chairman, Mandate Management Corporation.
The Alumni Association treasurer position has
been filled by acclamation after the close of nominations on January 31, 1988. David Coulson will
fill the position of treasurer for the 1988-89 term.
Members-at-large are elected for two year
terms. The following have one year remaining in
their terms:
Sandy James BA Hon'80 MA'83
Bill Richardson BASc'83
Alfred Scow LLB'61
10 CHRONICLE/SPRING 1988 Jiilecltioiti
Ann Pickard McAfee BA'62 MA'67 PhD'75.
Alumni Activities: Executive, Alumni Association,
Member, Board of Management, Chair, Long
Range Planning and Program Development,
1984-87. Chair, 5 Year Plan Committee 1987; Conference chair, Workshop on future directions
1986; Alumni Reg., UBC President Search Committee; Task Force on Alumni Assoc. Management 1985; Campus Activities: President, Delta
Sigma Pi, UBC Women's Honorary Society, 1963-
64; Editorial Board, The Ubyssey, 1959-62; Administrative Award, UBC Women's Big Block
Club, 1960. Community Service: Advisor, Ontario
Council on Graduate Studies 1988; Member, Federation of Canadian Municipalities Housing Committee 1987-88; Chair, B.C. Housing Conference
1986; Chair, Canadian Municipal Housing Mayors
and Managers Meetings 1981; Occupation: Associate Director of Planning, City of Vancouver.
Statement: My experience provides a broad perspective on issues facing higher education and
alumni. As Vice-President, I would make the
Alumni Association a strong voice in support of
UBC. I am committed to the development of more
opportunities for the Association to participate in
the university's pursuit of excellence.
*Eric Vance BA'75 MA'81. Alumni Activities:
Vice President Operations, Alumni Assoc, 1987-
88; Member, Board of Management, 1982-85,
1986-88; Member, Divisions Council, 1982-88;
Member, Student Affairs Committee, 1985-86.
Campus Activities: Board of Directors, Delta
Kappa Epsilon, 1984-88; Member, Executive
Committee, Delta Kappa Epsilon Alumni Assoc,
1980-84; Student Rep., Faculty of Arts, 1974-75;
Student Rep., Graduate Studies, 1975-77. Occupation: Manager, Management Consultant Group,
Coopers and Lybrand. Statement: The Association will be faced with a variety of challenges and
opportunities in the next several years. Among
these will be strengthening the relationship between the Association and the university, developing innovative approaches, to fund raising,
strengthening communications with alumni and
developing a strategic focus and direction. Meeting these needs requires team work. The Executive Committee and Board of Management has
exhibited this team spirit over the past year. I look
forward to the opportunity to continue to serve
the Association and alumni at the university.
Godwin Eni MSc'81 PhD'87. Alumni Activities:
Member (Relief) Board of Management, Alumni
Association 1984-85; President, Health Care and
Epidemiology Alumni Assoc; 1984-85; President,
Graduate Student Assoc, Dep't of Anthropology
and Sociology 1983; President, Graduate Student
Society 1982. Professional Associations: Member,
Canadian College of Health Service Executives
Member, American College of Hospital Administrators. Occupation: Assistant Professor and Director, MSc program in Health Services Planning
and Administration. Statement: My goal, as a
Board member, will be to support new initiatives
that will help ease financial, structural and environmental pressures on the university. The
Alumni Association, more than ever before, will
be called upon to support the university in its
struggle with financial constraints resulting from
the general educational climate in B.C.
* Oscar Sziklai, MF'61, PhD'64 (UBC), BSF (Sopron). A lumni Activities: Member-at-large, 1974-
88; forestry division, 1980-88; chair, Speakers Bureau, 1975-76, 1979-86 member, Executive
committee, 1976-78; co-author Foresters in Exile,
the story of Sopron forestry school grads. Campus
Activities: Member of President's Advisory Committee on International Activities. Community Activities: Trustee (1980-82) and President (1985)
N.W. Scientific Association; President 1985-86,
Junior Forest Wardens of Canada; Director, Canadian Institute of Forestry, Vancouver section,
1972-73 chair, 1971-72, vice-chair and membership chair, 1969-70, program chair, 1968-69, director, 1970-76; director of Canadian Forestry Association, 1982-85, 87-present; registered forester,
honorary member of Chinese Association Forestry Association and N.W. Scientific Association;
member various national and international professional associations.
Ann Pickard McAfee
Eric Vance
Godwin Eni
Oscar Sziklai
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David Coulson
* Janet (McLean) Gavinchuk BComm'77,
MBA'86. Alumni Activities: Alumni Association
Assistant Fund Director, Marketing Coordinator.
Experience: Worked in personnel, specifically organizational design and job evaluation. Occupation: Job analyst for B.C. Hydro. Statement:
Alumni can play an important role by contributing to the ongoing vitality of the university and to
future generations of alumni. My work as assistant fund director demonstrated to me the rewards
associated with working with other graduates to
achieve mutual goals. As a member of the Board
of Management, I would place priority on
enhancing awareness of the Association among
all grads. 1 believe it is important for alumni to feel
ownership of the Association's goals and activities. This means that alumni must be kept informed of the issues and encouraged to provide
input and support.
* David Frank BSc'84, MBA'86. Alumni Activities: AMS rep. to Board of Management, 1982-83.
Campus Activities: President, Science Undergraduate Society, 1981-82; member, Board of Governors, 1984-85; President, Alma Mater Society,
1982-83. Occupation: Manager, productivity
study group, UBC Faculty of Commerce.
David Coulson BComm'76, LLB'80. Alumni Activities: Chairman, Alumni Associations Committee 1987-88; Member, Allocations Committee
1984-present; Member, Alumni Fund 1987-88.
Campus Activities: University Senate 1978-79;
Senate Budget Committee, AMS Student Representative Assembly 1978-79; AMS Treasurer
1975-76; Chairman, AMS Finance Committee,
Chairman AMS Budget Committee 1975-76;
Member, SUB Management Committee 1975-76;
External Affairs Officer, Commerce Undergraduate Society. Community Activities: Civil Litigation
and Insurance sections, Canadian Bar Association; Member, Vancouver Bar Assoc, Vancouver
Canadian Club. Occupation: Lawyer. Statement:
As Chairman of the Allocations Committee, I
have seen the financial pressures placed upon the
Alumni Association by various campus groups
utilizing the Association's services. It is encum-
bant upon the Treasurer to balance these pressures with responsible fiscal management and to
ensure that the monies donated by Alumni are put
to proper purposes.
(* indicates Alumni Association Board of Management endorsed candidates)
Under the Alumni Association constitution,
representatives may be elected or appointed in
the following categories: the Honorary President
(the President of the university); the Chancellor of
the university; the Executive Director of the Association; {he chairs of the Association's Communications and Fund committees, the chair of the
Association's Alumni Council; one of the convocation members of the University Senate; one representative of the Faculty Association; one representative of the Alma Mater Society; and any
other individuals the board may designate.
Who May Vote
All ordinary members of the UBC Alumni Association are entitled to vote in this election. (Ordinary members are graduates of UBC, including
graduates who attended Victoria College.)
There are four candidates for the three vacancies for members-at-large of the Board of Management, and two candidates for vice-president.
The candidates are listed below on the ballot.
There is a ballot and spouse ballot provided on
this page. The spouse ballot is provided for use
when a husband and wife, both eligible to vote,
receive a single copy of the Chronicle. (Check
your address label to see if this applies to you.)
Identity Certificate
The ten digit identity number on the mailing
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faculty alumni) and your signature must accompany the ballot. You may use the Identity Certificate form provided on the ballot and detach it
from the ballot if you wish total confidentiality.
To Return Ballot
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mail it to the Returning Officer at the address
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NOTE: Failure to include your correct mailing
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3. Mail to:
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P.O. Box 46200 Stn. G
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4. Ballots received later than 12 noon, Thursday, April 15, 1988 will not be counted.
University of British Columbia Alumni Association
Members at large, 1988-90.
Place an "x" in the squares opposite the three candidates of your choice.
Godwin Eni
David Frank
Janet Gavinchuk
Oscar Sziklai
Place an "x" in the square opposite the candidate of your choice.
Ann McAfee
Eric Vance
Identity Certificate
The information below must be completed and
accompany the ballot or the ballot will be rejected
NAME (print)-
I certify that I am a graduate of the University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia Alumni Association
Members at large, 1988-90.
Place an "x" in the squares opposite the three candidates of your choice.
Godwin Eni
David Frank
Janet Gavinchuk
Oscar Sziklai
Place an "x" in the square opposite the candidate of your choice.
Ann McAfee
Eric Vance
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NAME (print) -
I certify that I am a graduate of the University of British Columbia
Despite its humble beginnings, the Allan
McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at UBC is
regarded as the best clinic of its kind in
Canada. Not bad for a group of guys who first
played rugby together, and just could never
quite shake that old team spirit. It may be one
of the reasons for their success.
armisch, West Germany. 1981.
The men's World Cup downhill
ski race. A Canadian skier loses
control and plunges down the icy
slope. He can almost hear the ligaments in his knee ripping to shreds. His first
thought is to get it treated immediately. Or is it? If
that skier was Ken Read, he flew home to Canada
for treatment by the staff of a sports medicine
clinic that has since become a facility renowned
for the expertise and technical back-up that
helped Read to a succcessful recovery. It is a clinic
with a patient roster that reads like a Who's Who
of Canadian sport, Lynn Williams, Alex Baumann
and Debbie Brill among its patients: a clinic that
does not restrict its services to athletes but sees
other professionals too, like the stripper who
gyrated a little too enthusiastically and tore a
muscle in her stomach: a clinic that sees, on
average, 1000 recreational, amateur and professional athletes every week. It is the Allan
McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at the University of British Columbia.
The newly renovated, expanded and christened
clinic, despite its very humble beginnings, is the
best sports medicine clinic in Canada, and it is
largely because of two very dedicated professionals, Dr. Doug Clement and Dr. Jack Taunton, the
clinic's co-directors.
"Clement and Taunton are the forces behind the
whole thing," Dr. Jack Oliver, past president of the
Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, has said.
"What puts them a notch above the others is they
are involved to the hilt in sport. They have managed to put a lot of egos and specialties under one
roof, where they can complement each other."
Drs. Taunton and Clement do indeed complement
one another. While Dr. Taunton is the consummate administrator, serving as both head of the
B.C. Sports Medicine Council and as president of
the Canadian Sports Medicine Council, Dr. Clement prefers to focus on research and the international forums, symposia and conferences at
which he is regularly asked to speak. For his
contribution to the field of sports medicine research, Doug Clement was recently named by
Influence magazine as one of the 50 most influential men in Canada. In addition, both doctors
maintain a rigorous schedule of patient consultation and treatment at the clinic. They also share
the vision of heading up the finest, fully-
integrated sports medicine clinic in Canada. "Our
mandate from the very beginning," explains Dr.
Taunton, "was to create a facility where individuals with interests in both patient care and research could work in both areas."
Though there are now over 50 sports medicine
clinics across Canada, the vast majority are restricted to patient care, as the cost of research is
so prohibitive. In Canada, only three other clinics
come close to UBC's. Dalhousie and the University of Western Ontario each has an affiliated
private clinic, while the Bobby Orr Sports Medicine Centre in Toronto, a private clinic, has only
recently begun to fully function, and can offer
only limited services at present.
In trying to pinpoint what sets the UBC clinic so
far ahead of the rest, one always comes back to its
people. The quality of the staff is the chief reason
that UBC funds the clinic. "It's the group of people
that makes us unique," says Taunton. "Other clinics have trouble finding people to work full time
because they make less money working at a clinic
than in private practice." This fact has not stopped
Clement and Taunton from assembling an extraordinary team of physicians, surgeons and
physiotherapists. The staff has an unparalleled
national reputation.
Looking suspiciously like
an experiment from a
science fiction thriller,
Gelly Gnissios is in fact
undergoing treatment
using one of the clinic's
hi-tech healers, the Soft
multi-purpose machine
that is used to alleviate
pain, reduce swelling
and promote soft tissue
CHRONICLE/SPRING 1988 15 Taunton has, in the last few years, been to
Yugoslavia and Malaysia as a physician to the
Canadian teams in the World Student Games and
World Field Hockey Championships. He is physician to the national men's and women's field
hockey teams. Doug Clement, himself an Olym-
Alluding to their early
rugby days, which have
contributed to the
ovetwhelming success of
the UBC sports medicine
clinic, Dr. Doug Clement,
right, and Dr. Jack
Taunton stand beside the
which commemorates
the January W, 1988
opening of the Allan
McGavin Sports
Medicine Centre. Made
out of bronze and
stainless steel cable, the
statue images the
magnificence ofthe
human body.
pic athlete who ran for Canada in the 1952 and
1956 games, is currently the national track coach.
Dr. Don MacKenzie, the clinic's head of research,
is physician to the Canadian Olympic rowing,
kayaking and canoeing teams, while Drs. McK-
onkey and Loomer treat the Olympic alpine ski
Dr. Ross Davidson, one of the clinic's surgeons,
is the Vancouver Canucks' surgeon, and not to
forget the clinic physiotherapists, Clyde Smith
was chief physiotherapist for Canada at the Los
Angeles Olympics in 1984, and his co-worker,
Ron Mattison, will go to Seoul in the same capacity this summer. Obviously these guys are hot.
Their international travel with various Canadian teams has brought some of the clinic's staff
the chance to prove themselves professionally in
a global perspective. It is with pride and just a
touch of envy that clinic members refer to Jack
Taunton's experience in Zagreb, Yugoslavia at the
World Student Games, where he saved the life of a
British runner with sun-stroke.
The runner collapsed suddenly during a race,
and medical officials could neither agree on what
was wrong with him nor supply essentials such as
ice and fluids. Taunton, who happened to be
watching the race from the stands, forced his way
into the examining room and immediately took
control. Identifying the sun-stroke, he sent a
member of his Canadian medical team to get the
ice and equipment that was not otherwise forthcoming. It took four hours to stabilize the athlete,
but it was clear to all that Taunton had saved his
Amazingly, such unpreparedness at international games is not uncommon. Taunton recalls
how at the International Field Hockey Championships in Malaysia when ice was needed it was
brought in a barrel with a hammer and a chisel.
So the Canadian teams do not take any chances.
Drawing primarily from the Allan McGavin Sports
Medicine Centre's staff and expertise, Canada
sends a veritable MASH unit to international
games, with four physicians, eight surgeons and
4000 pounds of equipment.
ne would think that enjoying such
a high profile, clinic directors
Taunton and Clement might become a little big-headed. Not
these guys. The last Wednesday
of every month they hold clinical meetings at
which the entire staff is encouraged to offer input.
"There is no hierarchy here," says Laurie Burroughs, clinic coordinator, and that has always
been the way at the clinic since its earliest days as
a small private practice in Richmond called the
Terra Nova Sports Medicine Clinic. Doug Clement, a true pioneer in the field of sports medicine,
had been treating sports-related injuries in his
private practice for over a decade when he joined
with Jack Taunton to create the Lower Mainland's
only sports medicine clinic. Opening its doors in
1977, the clinic quickly established itself locally
and nationally. But patients were having to go
elsewhere for surgery and physiotherapy, and
Clement and Taunton disliked this complication
in the recovery process. "Now if one of us wants to
ask a surgeon or physiotherapist a question," says
Dr. Taunton, smiling, "we walk into the next
After a brief stint at Simon Fraser University
where Clement and Taunton assembled a team of
one other doctor, two surgeons and a physiotherapist, it became obvious the clinic needed
more space. Just when the clinic was prepared to
move to a site near Richmond General Hospital,
Peter Grantham, head of family practice in the
faculty of medicine, called. UBC's medicine and
physical education faculties wanted to locate a
sports medicine clinic on campus. Housing and
funding would be provided in exchange for expertise.
"The clinic arose out of a unique set of circumstances," recounts Clement. "There was a kind of
16CHRONICLE/SPRING IS rugby connection." It just so happens that Clement, Grantham, and the heads of physical education and medicine had all played rugby together
at UBC in the 1950s. Their team spirit intact, the
men easily agreed on the terms of their arrangement.
The clinic and its staff are employees or faculty
members of UBC, and the clinic itself is considered a part of UBC. The university provides the
clinic with a home and 50 per cent of its income.
Neither Taunton nor Clement have misgivings
about being under the auspices of UBC. They
realize that the affiliation has afforded the clinic
the opportunity to become a world renowned
facility. State of the art laboratory equipment and
access to university libraries, personnel and the
UBC hospital are the primary advantages of being
answerable to a university. Were Taunton and
Clement less willing to share the credit for their
clinic with its staff and with the university, the
clinic could not have achieved its current level of
~ he clinic's first home at UBC, a 1,000
square foot trailer behind the UBC hospital, meant that a lot more than egos
would have to be pared down. There was
not even space for desks. Doug Clement
explains, "Sometimes we'd have seven doctors
consulting in one room, and it was almost like
working in war-time conditions." Seven doctors in
one tiny examining room, then, meant literally
(yet never figuratively) that toes would be stepped
on. Clement and Taunton almost miraculously
managed to run a fully integrated sports medicine
clinic out of the tiny trailer with only one nurse
and three examining rooms, until a new home
could be found. The trailer now sits as an annex to
the clinic, a constant reminder of just how far the
clinic has come. The doctors now even have
The new home that welcomed the clinic in 1980
had been the changing room for athletes playing
on the fields that surround it. Sweaty UBC students had changed and showered there for years.
It may even have been in that very changing
facility that Doug Clement met the fellow rugby
players who were to help found the clinic on
campus. Seeing the clinic today, however, it is
hard to believe that the facility was ever anything
other than a top-notch centre. The recent expansion brings the total clinic size to 8,000 square
feet, consisting of a primary care examining area,
a physiotherapy treatment area, a biomechanics
and physiology laboratory, as well as doctors'
offices. The clinic staff now totals over 40 professionals who treat well over 50,000 patients per
year. Most of the patients are B.C. residents, but
patients come from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories as well.
Though Calgary had planned to open a 30,000
square foot clinic in time for the Winter Olympics,
the facility never materialized. So east of Vancouver, the nearest comparable sports medicine
clinic is still in Toronto. Yet the Allan McGavin
Sports Medicine Centre, because of its triple capacity as patient care facility, major research cen
tre, and community educator, still remains the
best in Canada.
n integral part of the clinic's operation is the B.C. Sports Medicine
Council, housed in the trailer beside
the clinic. The Council looks after
.community sports medicine education, and the coordination of teams (i.e. for the
Vancouver marathon) in the province. Programs
are regularly offered to educate parents and
coaches of athletes, and the Council has set up a
drug hotline for athletes with substance abuse
questions and problems. The B.C. Sports Medicine Council was the first such provincial body in
Canada, due in no small part to the efforts of Drs.
Clement and Taunton.
The most recent expansion of the clinic brought
with it new equipment that will further increase
its national stature. A new, $60,000 Cardio Pulmonary Exercise System, when coupled with one of
the clinic's ergonometers (mechanical device that
allows an athlete to simulate performing his
sport), allows the physiologist to determine a
breath-by-breath physiological analysis of an athlete engaged in his or her sport. This system will
be used to study and correct the problem of overtraining in national athletes. "This is the best way
to test fitness," explains Dr. Don McKenzie, head
of research at the clinic. "With this we can monitor and prepare an exercise regimen specific to
the individual athlete's needs." One very unique
ergonometer, designed to test the fitness of
wheelchair athletes, was instrumental in Rick
Hansen's training for the Man in Motion world
tour. Several of the clinic's staff were consulted on
exercise, nutrition and research for the around
the world odyssey.
Another very unique piece of equipment new
to the clinic is the NASA designed CMC Shuttle.
This apparatus enables an athlete to lie down and
simulate walking, running and jumping without
any of the effects of gravity. Originally "designed
to study ways to reduce the effects of weightlessness on the long bones of athletes," explains physiotherapist Clyde Smith, the CMC Shuttle is useful in physiotherapy treatment. The effects of
exercise on an athlete recovering from a leg injury are greatly lessened and recovery can occur
more quickly. Such "space age" equipment emphasizes Jack Taunton's belief that "sports medicine is still a new field, ripe for a lot of research
With that in mind, Jack Taunton and Doug
Clement look to the day when the clinic can reach
the desired size of 20,000 square feet. There is talk
of further expansion in 1992. Meanwhile, both
men continue to head a movement to establish a
recognized North American program for sports
medicine, and a formal, recognized Canadian fellowship based on the one already in place at the
Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre. One thing1
remains certain, as long as the team of Clement
and Taunton remains the driving force behind this
world class sports medicine facility at UBC, the
clinic will continue to grow in size and reputation,
and to attract the best of Canadian athletes.■
"e are the university's memory,"
says UBC archivist Laurenda Daniells over coffee at the SUB cafeteria. "People often find when they
look back on things, they remember them incorrectly. We can help them with the facts."
As an example she points to an ancient and
well-known university photo that shows cows
standing in front of the main library. It was
Laurenda who combed through thousands of
photographs to prove it was a fake. Intended to
give credence to the old myth that cows once
grazed on the library lawns, the picture was developed from two originals which had been superimposed over each other. ("One still had the clamp
marks on it," she notes.)
As the university's sole archivist, Laurenda is
the gatekeeper of countless historical records,
documents and papers that fill the eighth floor of
the main library. She calls these the "collective
memory" of the university—a priceless asset to
alumni, students and biographers and a vital link
to the past.
But in spite of all this, she still gets the idea from
alumni and former deans that the university is
losing its memory. And she admits an organized
records management system is badly needed.
"The history of the university, from 1958 on,
would be very hard to write right now because it
has become so large and decentralized," she says.
The story would have been even harder to write
before 1970, when the archives were a ragged
collection of un-indexed records kept in boxes.
Getting it in some semblance of order wasn't easy,
partly because the librarians who started the collection had a different methodology from archivists.
A librarian would file records relating to the
university's Clock Tower, for example, under that
name. But a historian would look at who was
Explains Laurenda: "For example, physical
plant looked after the building, the president's
office handled the negotiations with the donor,
the ceremonies office looked after the ceremonies and the Ubyssey wrote all the articles hating
it. All those records are in their own place, and
you use your knowledge to find them. It's slow but
accurate and (nothing) gets lost."
At the same time, she had to clear up a lot of
misconceptions among the faculty about archival
"People don't get the fact that (historical) records are not necessarily old," she says. "They
think 1908 is valuable and 1988 isn't at all—but it's
very valuable when you get to 2088.
"Because only three to five per cent of all records are archive material, the problem of maintaining and improving the archives can only be
solved with a central records-management system," she adds. Some solutions are in sight, including the prospect of a records analyst for each Keeping UBC's past
straight is a daunting
prospect, but thanks
to archivist Laurenda
Daniells, all those
memories are now
under one roof in the
UBC archives.
The memory ot UBC is
bound up in the volumes
of records, documents
and papers called the
UBC archives, located on
the eighth floor ofthe
main library. Archivist
laurenda Daniells is
dwarfed hy the stacks as
she takes a break from
her hectic pace to
/under Dante.
CHRONICLE/SPRING 198819 faculty to help develop a uniform method of record keeping.
Judging from the amount of use the archives
get, such an investment would be worthwhile. Whether you're looking for trivia,
obscure facts or just a photo in a 50-year-
old yearbook, chances are you'll find it there. The
archives contain everything from committee
meeting minutes to personal papers and the
'belles lettres' of faculty members. There are historical records from governing bodies and the
office of the president: publications, sound recordings, artifacts, and a wealth of photographs
tracing the university's life and times from the
Great Trek to the present.
A brief tour through the archives themselves is
Laurenda Darnells, right,
and project archivist Ann
Carroll Iron) the
Canadian Council ol
Archives backlog project,
with a 1922 photograph
of faculty and students
al the Fairview Campus
/list before the Great Trek.
a fascinating experience. There are original documents showing how the Great Trek was organized, and the student publicity campaign that
led up to it. There is an original scrap of paper
showing the "Tuum Est" slogan written in Frank
Fairchild Wesbrook's own handwriting, and underlined for emphasis.
The archives are also home to sound recordings
of well-known personalities recalling every aspect of university life—many of them garnered
through Laurenda's lunch-time chats with the
subjects. Among them: Dorothy Somerset's
depression-era correspondence with George
Bernard Shaw in which she asked him to waive
the royalties for productions of his plays (Shaw
reluctantly agreed); and Isabel Maclnnes recalling
her life as the first woman professor of an all-male
All this may not find day-to-day use, but it's no
less important. Just ask the student who needed
details on the university's herbarium for a conservation project. Laurenda managed to locate the
records of UBC's first professor of botany, which
were recently donated by his widow. They included a report on what was in the herbarium, the
principles of keeping dried plant specimens,
where they were gathered and by whom.
Other users are less demanding, but equally
desperate. The Science and Technology Centre
calling in a last ditch effort to find a photo of Cecil
Green, for example. Or the emeritus professor
who needed photos for a "rogues gallery" of
pharmacy deans.
Other uses are less whimsical. For his biography
of N.A.M. (Larry) MacKenzie, UBC's second longest serving president, historian Peter Waite spent
a good part of his 12 years of research poring over
an extensive collection of MacKenzie's personal
In addition, he had the capable assistance of
Laurenda, whom he described as "one of the few
people I know who can finish a quote by Dante in
Italian ... a very civilized person." Also useful to
biographers were the personal papers of Ethel
Wilson, one of B.C.'s foremost novelists and one of
Laurenda's favourite authors.
Laurenda and her assistant Chris Hives
take a broader view of the significance
of the archives.
"In the past 20 years, the archives are
being seen more as an administrative tool," says
Hives, adding that decision-makers are using information from the past to make decisions that
are charting the course of the future. "It's all a part
of a single continuum," he adds.
Without Laurenda Daniells as a "human finding
aid," the visitor would be totally at sea. Fortunately for her successor, much of the archives are
now indexed on computer and a master catalogue is presently in the works.
The department size has also increased dramatically from a staff of one. Extensive use is made of
several devoted volunteers, and Laurenda has
grown adept at acquiring grant money for paid
Through a series of grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Laurenda was able to hire assistant Chris
Hives to develop a catalogue of all the records on
file. Chris is also a grad of UBC's Master of Archival Studies program, created in 1981 through
the lobbying efforts of Laurenda, who was on the
UBC senate and a member of the Association of
Canadian Archivists at the time. It remains the
only one of its kind in Canada.
But a much more imminent problem for the
university is Laurenda's retirement this year. In
future, she plans to make her knowledge available on a consulting basis, but there will be special
challenges for the next archivist, she says.
"I would like to see my successor get involved in
records management programs for the whole university. Without records management, and we
don't have it on campus, selection is rather random."
Another problem for her successor, and for
archivists around the world, is the trend toward
storing data on computer disk. Many records now
on disk will never get on to paper. And because
they are continually updated, the original information disappears forever.
Comments Laurenda, "That's okay—it's just the
way the world works. But my question is, how
does someone doing research on the 1980s get
the (original) information?"
For now, at least, and for as long as she cherishes UBC and its fascinating history, you can ask
Laurenda. She will undoubtedly have the
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Life won't be
slowing down
too much for
Jack Pomfret.
who says
good-bye to
UBC after 41
You'd think after having lunch with a
man every day for 25 years, you'd
know all about him. But Bus Phillips
had no idea about Jack Pomfret's accomplishments in soccer or lacrosse until he read
about them in the paper. According to Phillips,
and others who know him, Pomfret is "one of a
After 41 years on the physical education faculty
at UBC, Jack Pomfret has retired. When he left the
campus on December 31, 1987, UBC said goodbye not only to a respected teacher, coach, and
friend but also to a special piece of its history.
Merely presenting a list of Pomfret's accomplishments is somewhat similar to sniffing the
cork of a bottle of 1961 Lafite Rothschild. The
aroma is enticing, but a sampling is remarkable.
To the casual observer, Pomfret was, and is,
simply a phenomenal athlete. But the full extent
of his career reached far beyond that, filtering
deep into the minds and bodies of the young
people he has taught and trained through the
As Pomfret himself says, no single accomplishment in his career was more meaningful than
another. But his most important responsibility
was teaching the kids. When Pomfret dedicated
his life to the quality education of young people,
UBC gained not only a teacher committed to his
craft, but also an extraordinarily gifted athlete.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Pomfret has
achieved a great deal in his 65 years. Named CIAU
Swim Coach of the Year in 1971, and inducted
into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, he has
also mastered baseball, boxing, basketball,
hockey, rugby, lacrosse and football. In fact, it is
difficult to name a sport he hasn't tried and excelled at. Establishing a world record in breast-
stroke and setting several other Canadian swim
records is a credit to anyone's stamina and dedication, but Pomfret seems most proud of his accomplishments as a teacher and coach. It was the
determination of "five or six individuals," including Pomfret, and "strong student support," that
brought about the construction of UBC's aquatic
Pomfret knew the facility was needed desperately at UBC. He was convinced of it after an
innocent trip to the parking lot. "I looked down at
the tires of my big, old Oldsmobile, and they were
bald! It was all the weight from six or seven kids
and all their equipment, packing them off campus
to and from practice." Not to mention the hours of
training outdoors in the rain. "Those things kept
festering," Pomfret says. "The biggest hurdle to
get over was that so many people said 'you'll
never do it, it's an impossible thing.'" Saying it
can't be done to a man like Pomfret is sure to
make him work harder to achieve success.
"You've got to knock that down and get going in a
positive direction."
Which is precisely what he did, and $5.7 million
later, the aquatic centre opened in 1978. It is a
booming success and an accomplishment he is
very proud of.
Pomfret has a definite strength of character. Not
soured by differing opinions, he speaks his mind
freely, and willingly shares his thoughts on issues
open to debate. A charismatic gentleman, Pomfret is committed to his beliefs, and is well respected by his peers. Despite a fulfilling career at
UBC, he recognizes the campus' weaknesses.
"University's are not perfect," Pomfret says. "You
have to keep criticizing in order to bring about
change." And there are several things he would
like to see changed. "I do not agree with what
they've done at UBC, putting the emphasis on
research, relative to the importance of teaching. 1
have always thought that the most important
responsibility a person has at the university is
teaching. The balance (at UBC) has gone cockeyed."
He is also concerned with the present state of
the athletic facilities at UBC — with the exception
of the aquatic centre, of course. "UBC's athletic
facilities are way behind the times. It is so spread
out now." Pomfret leaves the university knowing
22 CHRONICLE/SPRING 1988 "they need a total, all around athletic/physical
education complex—a joined unit. Right now,
they are bursting at the seams out there."
For the past year he has devoted his time to yet
another cause for UBC—helping establish an endowment fund for the school of physical education and recreation. Hoping to raise at least
$50,000, the fund-raising effort is currently just
over the $20,000 dollar mark. The second campaign is gearing up for spring. Faced with this
difficult task, he confidently states "we'll bang it
through—it'll take awhile." A selection committee, comprised of two faculty members, two students and two alumni, has been established to set
the ground rules, and review the scholarship applications of students. Two scholarships will be
awarded next fall with the money raised to date.
Unselfishly looking beyond his own retirement to
the future of up-and-coming UBC student athletes, Pomfret plans to work closely with the
school of physical education until their $50,000
goal is met.
"The physical education department "doesn't
have the direct industrial background sponsorship. Foresters support forestry, the medical community supports the medical program, but who
supports physical education?" Pomfret asks. The
school of physical education and recreation has
2600 grads. "What would we have if they donated
$ 10 a piece? We'd take off." Verbal support f
project is not the problem, Pomfret says. "Everybody wants it ... but then try and get them to
support it. It's a different thing."
He faces challenges in business like he faces
challenges in sports. Success is dedication—and
110 per cent effort. With the endowment fund it
looks like Pomfret is primed for victory... right up
the court... slam-dunk!
So, what next for Jack Pomfret? You're more
likely to see him rocketing down a luge run than
find him curled up in a rocking chair. Curling and
golf seem to make the 65 year old, Reebok-clad
Pomfret light up. Or taking care of the grandchildren he fondly refers to as "the varmints."
For the man who makes a 36-hour day out of 24,
and refers to working seven days a week as a
coach and teacher as fun, retirement prompts this
response about his career: "That's been the great
part of it—hoping that what you've done has
helped out—that's all."_
The Saxophone Winter by Robert Harlow
Douglas & Mclntyre
Review by Chris Petty MFA'86
Making it to the top as a serious fiction writer in
Canada is not easy. Not only do writers have to
compete with racks of drugstore bestsellers from
American publishers, they must also face the fact
that their book will receive little advertising and
will be distributed virtually nowhere. If it ends up
on a rack at all, it is likely to be on the "Sale
Books: $1 a foot" shelf.
The only chance the serious fiction writer has
of making it to the top is if the book is positively
brilliant. Bob Harlow, with his new book The
Saxophone Winter, has a good chance.
The Saxophone Winter is Harlow's seventh
novel and his best. It takes place in a small,
wintery town in Northern B.C. in 1938. It concerns a boy, Christopher Waterton, and the
friends, adults and townsfolk who touch him.
Christopher is 14 and on the border between
child and man. His great desire in life is to own a
saxophone and Christopher the child whines, cajoles, hopes and prays till he gets one for Christmas at great family expense. His other great desire is for Emily. Christopher the adult has fallen in
The story turns on the elements of Christopher's life that are pushing him toward manhood. Emily, the horn, the changing roles of
friends in his life, and his relationships with teachers are all viewed from within the context of his
being on the cusp between boy and man.
Harlow shows remarkable insight into the
workings of his hero's mind. We see him dance
sometimes to the music of childhood and sometimes to the bluesy, adult strains of a smokey
saxophone. Sometimes he just stands still in mute
confusion. Christopher aches with the pain of a
moth struggling to free itself from its cocoon. The
genius of the book is that Harlow gets us to ache
right along with him.
It is a touching book, full of strong, hard-edged
winter images and soft, human emotion. In the
end, Christopher's problems aren't solved, and his
relationships aren't neatly tied up. He has taken
some important steps toward manhood, and
while there is no sense that he will be able to
manage his life perfectly from now on, we know
he has acquired some very important tools. He
has grown.
It's one of those books you regret finishing
because the world it has created is so real, so vital.
You feel forced to leave a reality that has become
familiar, comfortable and involving. Harlow has
created something of a masterpiece. It may be the
book that, finally, takes him to the top.
The Saxophone Winter will be published in
Lord of Point Grey by P.B. Waite
UBC Press
Review by Pearl Roberts MEd'81
Gage, Angus, Buchanan, Chant, Koerner, Nemetz, Shrum—these are some of the grand characters in P.B. Waite's comprehensive biography of
N.A.M. (Larry) MacKenzie, UBC president from
1944 to 1962.
For the thousands of alumni with MacKenzie's
signature on their certificates and for anyone who
has spent time on the Point Grey campus, this
book gives an inside look at the personalities who
shaped UBC. It also offers insight into the life of a
university president, a life probably not too different today than it was in Larry MacKenzie's time.
MacKenzie was a consummate politician and
travelled around the province and the world promoting UBC to business and political leaders.
While his professional contacts with the Carnegie
Endowment and the Rockefeller Foundation led
to major gifts to the university, his fishing expeditions with the MacMillans, Bloedels and Sou-
thams proved to be just as productive.
But MacKenzie's political and social acumen
was not perfect. One of his cohorts was W.A.C.
Bennett, a self-made man who considered university education a needless luxury. Waite tells a
wonderful story about Bennett's tour of the new
Faculty Club in 1960. The tour included a look at
the abundant wine cellar, a feature not appreciated by the teetotalling premier. Therein, perhaps, lies the genesis of myths concerning the
easy professorial life on the Point Grey cliffs.
MacKenzie was a popular man, especially with
students. He always took time to hear their grievances, and knew a remarkable number of them
by name. He also took a personal interest in his
faculty and staff. He remembered birthdays and
sent flowers and chocolates on various occasions
throughout the year. His long relationship with
his beloved Polly, even after his marriage to
Margaret, is the one theme that connects the
chapters of this man's diverse life in what might
otherwise be a detached chronology of events.
Waite has spent an enormous amount of time
sorting through original documents to produce
this book. The result is a fine memorial to a well-
loved president and a major contribution to the
history of British Columbia's premier university.-
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Katharine M. Clarke BA'75 MA'77 PhD'81 (Loyola U. of Chicago) 1987-88 on sabbatical from St.
Paul U., Ottawa. She is a Clinical Fellow in psycol-
ogy and religion at the Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard
U ... Gordon Tweddell MA '74 now Manager,
Marketing Research, Alberta Government Telephones in Calgary ... Brian Parkinson BA'72
currently Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts, U.
of Lethbridge after directing professionally in U.K.
He has two children and is working on his PhD at
UBC . Malcolm O'Neill-Fischer MEd 76 teach
ing master on a part-time basis at the Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology. He
also has a partnership in which he owns and operates a gift shop ... Steve Thorpe BSc'72 lives with
his wife and family on Manitoulin Island in Ontario
where he teaches Physics and Computer Science
... Deborah (Powis) Hilton BA 76 received highest honors at Carleton U. for Honors BA art history.
Graduated in the spring of 1986, was on the Deans
Honor list ... Ken Browning BComm 73 appointed controller of B.C.'s Childrens Hospital ...
Ted Perry BA'76 MA'84 (Western) is the new Vice-
Principal at Yale Secondary School in Abbotsford
... Sue (Allen) Funston BEd 76 had her second
baby in January 1988 ... Helen Niskala EdD 76
is an Associate Professor in the school of Nursing.
She has been elected as a Director-at-Large to the
Board of the Registered Nurses Association of B.C.
for a two year term ... Brett Vining LLB 75 is
26 CHRONICLE/SPRING 1988 L^lass Acfa
married to Patricia. They have three children;
Lance, Tara, and Trenton. Brett is a senior partner
with the law firm of Maclsaac Clark and Co ...
Ellen Seaborn Lic.Acctg '81 a Chartered Accountant, she is the Director of corporate accounting for
Aetna Midland Doherty Finsco Ltd. in Toronto ...
Clement Mack MBA 77 recently became President of CSM Marketing Co. Inc. A company that
wholesales computer parts to local computer dealers... Linda Kabush BA71 MLS'73 Deputy of the
Fraser Valley Regional Library and currently President of the B.C. Library Association ... Robert
Hepple BSc'71 in August 1986 became a partner
in Southern California consulting engineering firm
performing full design services to petroleum,
power cogen, and the service industry ... Kerry
Ferris BA'75 LLB78 elected Chairperson Vancouver City Planning Commission in September
1987. Joined Ray, Connell law firm in October 1987
... Wendy Mepham BSN79 Executive Director
for Homecare Alberta East Central Health Unit ...
Albert Owen Skonberg BEd'77 newly appointed Vice-President at Little Mountain Elementary School in Chilliwack. Lives on a two acre
hobby farm with his wife Chris and their three
children, Eric(7), Dana(5), and Bria(3) ... Brent
Brian MacKenzie LLB75 left his law practice in
Kelowna to take a LLM in U.S. taxation at the U. of
San Diego ... Harry Hoff BComm'77 has been
admitted to partnership in the Vancouver office of
Thorne Ernst and Whinney, chartered accountants
... Dr. Nasir Jaffer MD75 now an interventional
radiologist at Mt. Sinai hospital in Toronto. Assistant Professor at the U. of Toronto. Has been married
since 1983 and now has two children ... Donald
Murray BSc(agr)74 appointed Vice-President of
Ecosign-Mountain Recreational Planners Ltd., international ski area planners and consultants located at Whistler, B.C ... Ken Campbell BSc'72
MSW'79 (U. of Toronto) employed at Children's Aid
Society of Metro Toronto as a supervisor... Angus
Robertson BA'72 MA'77 recently appointed Regional Manager, Lawd Resources, Northern Affairs
Programme, in the Yukon ... Imre Kovesdi
BSc'75 working as a senior research scientist for
Lederhe Labs in New York ... Ron Diederichs
BSc'79 has been working for the past five years for
the Ministry of Environment and Parks, Fish and
Wildlife in Nanaimo, B.C. Married to Sue since
1983 with two sons, Carl(1985) and Mathew(1987)
... David Miller BSc'77 married to Judy Halver-
son January 8 1983. Has lived in New Zealand for
three years where he built and opened a methanol
plant for Alberta Gas Chemicals. Their baby girl
Alyssa was born March 7 1986 ... Robert Fiddes
MD70 has successfully passed the California State
Bar. He pursues his medical-legal interests in California ... Dale Mumford BComm 77 has moved
from Vancouver to Edmonton, Calgary, Boston and
finally Toronto, with his wife Wendy and their two
children. He is involved in the management of real
estate development with BCE Development Co's
eastern region portfolio ... Mark Shepherd
BSc'75 is currently working in California for Bell
Northern Research. Was married in November ...
Mark Dionne MS 75 is working for Interleaf Inc.
in Cambridge Ma. He lives in Newton with his wife
and their two children...
Jordan Lancaster BA'86 MA'87 is currently a
PhD student in Italian studies at the U. of Toronto
... Ian Sutcliffe BComm '80 has a new business,
Sutcliffe & Associates, management consultants
started in December 1986. Also has a daughter,
Gillian born June 1987 ... Robert Moore BA'83
MBA'85 Market Development Officer, fuels and
chemicals for CN Rail in Edmonton ... Dr. Martin
Sutter MSc '81 received his Dr.of Science Technology in 1986 in Switzerland ... D Bruce Fraser
LLB '82 in his spare time he is showing and breeding quality miniature schnauzers. His first champion is "Peppermint Schnapps" ... Ward Pycock
BEd'86 married Maggie Botelho in July 1987. In
September 1987 was hired as a grade 6/7 teacher
by School District 52, Prince Rupert ... Gord
Smith MBA '87 in July accepted a financial position at Ontario Hydro as a financial analyst. In
September 1987 he married his "high school
sweetheart," Miriam Grasic ... Iain Bowman
BSc'87 is studying towards a PhD in engineering at
Cambridge ... Ann Booth BSc (pharm)'85 married Frank Nadalini BSc'83 November 8 1986 ...
Vick Ko BSc'82 is creating devices to detect death
and destruction at SPAR Aerospace Defence Systems. Has also recently passed his Junior Bronze
Freeskate ... Stephen Wheeler BSc'82 MD'86
emergency medicine residency at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California..Brent Hanbury BComm'81 married Diane Lenneville in September 1987. Currently managing IBM's Marketing
Assistance programme for Western Canada ...
Mark Morrison BComm '86 now working with
SunLife in their Property Investment office ... Ian
James Henry Baird BA'81 LLB'85 soon to be
called to the Alberta Bar in addition to B.C. call in
1986 ... Steven Olmstead MA'84 Land Use Planner, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Nelson,
B.C ... Patrick Cummins MSc'83 working at the
Institute of Ocean Sciences of the Dept. of Fisheries
and Oceans in Sidney, B.C ... David Wozney
BComm'83 married Lorenia Meneghello BA'82
and presently employed as a tax specialist with
Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Calgary. Lorenia is a
realtor with Royal LePage ... Janice Switlo
BComm'81 LLB'86 (Osgoode) is now associated
with Aydin & Co ... Ronald Coleman BSc'83 is
doing his PhD in the Dept. of Zoology at the U. of
Toronto ... Allisa Ritchie BSc'85 new job, teaching public speaking at Ontario Science Centre. Is
engaged to be married to Brett Peters ... Jane
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MSc'84 joined Cambior Inc. as a financial analyst
... Lome Duthie MBA'86 new job: Development
Manager for Wesbild Enterprises Ltd. in Vancouver
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Corp., a real estate development consulting company, as Manager of MIS division in Toronto ...
Louise (Sheppard) Parker BEd'82 married in
December 1987. Is teaching science on the Sunshine Coast ... Louiselle Ouellet MSN'85 accepted a position as assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at U.N.B ... Mike Dedels
BSc(agr)'83 working as assistant of Agri-Supply.
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Jill Jewesson Price BComm'82 was married October 3 1987. Is working as a financial analyst ...
Mark Espenant BSc'83 married Anne Melanson
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glow of someone who actually knew what
they were doing, I briefly considered getting rid of it on behalf of my first teaching
But then, one of my practicum advisors
offered me a piece of sage advice that I still
cherish to this day. "Don't shave it off," he
said. "As you make your way into the real
world, you'll find that it's a definite advantage to look as sinister as possible."
He was right, of course. But the initial
blow was softened by the fact that I still had
several years of cinnamon buns ahead of
me. Not that reality didn't occasionally
burst through the swinging doors of the
lounge with frightening speed.
Once in a while somebody would actually grow a beard and figure that, while
they were at it, they might as well protest
something. I vividly recall some wild-eyed
radical entering our inner sanctum with a
bullhorn, raving on about how we were all
too lazy to march in defiance of increased
student fees.
Most of us were so bloated with yeast that
we could only glare back in a vague expression of disgust. But one fellow lounger, normally the most courteous of individuals,
leapt atop the arborite table and delivered
an impassioned speech.
"Has this institution of higher learning
taught you nothing about the freedom of
choice?" he boomed, his eyes ablaze with
fiery indignation. "How dare you intrude
on our private time. Can't you see that
there are people here trying to DIGEST!"
There was a wave of sustained applause
so loud that it drowned out the bullhorn,
forcing the protester to slink away in abject
Not that the life of the serious Buchanan
lounger didn't require discipline. For one
thing you had to put up with the utter
contempt of the briefcase brigade. Serious
students who were in "pre-law," which usually meant that they could walk and push
up the bridge of their hornrims at the same
They thought we were all useless. But, in
truth, we simply had different biological
clocks. While they sweated out the LSAT on
cold showers and caffeine, we were floating
through finals on a warm blanket of brown
One of my proudest moments was when
an English professor handed back a first
class paper while shaking his head in utter
amazement. "Where did you learn to write
so well?" he asked. Just below his glowing
comments, like some secret stamp of approval, was a caramel coloured thumb print
that still carried a slight hint of spice.
Alas, those golden days couldn't last forever. This, of course, is no reflection on the
noble profession of teaching, which prodded me kicking and screaming into a reasonable facsimile of manhood by forcing
me to shave every day, cramming my
Addidas-splayed feet into sensible shoes,
and endowing me with a lifelong respect
for Harris tweed, which is capable of retaining its shape against endless assaults of
chalk dust and flop sweat.
Eventually, I left the classroom when I
found I was staring out the window more
than the kids I was teaching. The good
news being that I inevitably settled on a
profession that actually pays you money for
staring out the window. Not to mention
that, three days out of five, I don't even
bother to shave. It's just like being back on
In fact, there are even times when my
work as a freelancer returns me to the old
Alma Mater. A couple of years ago, I went
out there to do an interview fully prepared
to see everything as I remembered it.
I was shocked to discover that the bookstore had vanished, that perfectly good
empty space had been filled up with outdoor benches. And that the Buchanan visitors lot had been turned into the kind of
multi-level parking garage that made going
to the library exactly like visiting my dentist.
The place was crawling with girls wearing designer sweatshirts. In addition, every
male student I encountered was cleanshaven, freshly barbered, and wearing the
kind of crisp pastel linen that made him
look like an undercover narc on a major
television series.
I asked some guy who was in the middle
of eating a plate of tofu on one of the new
benches if he'd ever had a Buchanan cinnamon bun. "No sir," he replied politely. "I try
to remain health conscious." I was so depressed that I forgot what floor my car was
Not long after that my sister found the
recipe for the UBC cinnamon bun in the
food section of the Vancouver Sun. At first,
I didn't want her to bake any. Somehow
eating a bun off campus seemed like sacrilege. But she was eager to see if she could
duplicate the secret, even though I was
"How are they?" she asked, after I'd sampled a trial bun from the corner of the pan.
"I don't know," I said. "They taste the
same, but they don't look big enough ...
maybe you should be wearing a uniform."
"Aren't you on deadline or something,"
she answered, mildly wounded.
"Yeah," I said, peeling off a strip of bun.
On second thought, they were just the right
Including the famous
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One man's reflection on what UBC really taught him.
John Lekich, an
award-winning freelance
writer, has been published in
a variety of periodicals
ranging from Homemaker to
Hollywood Reporter. He has
been awarded four Western
Magazine Awards, and
received honourable mention
at the National Magazine
^ en years after graduating from
the University of British Columbia with a degree in education,
it's probably safe to confess that I actually
majored in Cinnamon Bun. My morning
seminar took place in the Buchanan
Lounge where matronly attendants, clad in
uniforms that gave them the comforting
look of dieticians at a health spa, shovelled
out sweet rolls the approximate size of radial tires.
Regular attendance meant that you were
greeted with a smile almost as gooey as the
wonderful gunk that stuck to the bottom of
your chinnette, a gesture that struck me as
so touching in the cold and faceless world
of academia that I began showing up often
enough to court the outbreak of a major
It was the kind of dedication my economics professor would have envied. And yet,
in retrospect, perfecting the ability to unravel long strips of bun with one hand,
while leaving the other free to soak up an
inkstained copy of the Ubyssey, comes in at
least as handy a decade later as, say, memorizing the gross national product of Bolivia.
In fact, taking the time to indulge in
cheap pleasures while stockpiling a string
of mind-numbing deadlines proved the
ideal training ground for my future as a
freelance writer. Fifteen years ago, I tended
to think of time spent investigating the
intricacies of the cinnamon bun as simply
goofing off. Now, considering the perspective that comes with maturing in the
eighties, I like to view the entire process as
a vital step toward sharpening my skills in
stress management.
Of course, to fully understand the esteem
in which Buchanan loungers held genuine
relaxation,  attending  UBC  in  the  mid-
seventies should be put into some sort of
valid historical context.
Despite the onslaught of Olivia Newton
John, Harvey Wallbangers and white suits
that made the average undergrad look like
he should be running interference for a
diaper service, many of us chose to ignore
the looming shadows of Yuppiedom in order to savour the blissful afterglow of the
It was still possible to fall madly in love
with a girl who wore a blouse made out of
an old brocade bedspread.
The majority of males continued to wear
their hair long and unkempt, either as a
means of heartfelt activism or because they
were under the mistaken impression that
looking like Lord Byron would make it easier to score with English majors.
Growing any sort of facial hair was a
manly rite of passage that most of my cronies took up with a kind of slovenly zeal.
Years before the Miami Vice look, a three
day stubble meant that you'd exhausted
the money your mother sent you for razor
blades on really important stuff. Like a six
pack or the latest issue of the National
Sooner or later you'd end up with mutton
chops, a full beard, or in my case, a mustache that I thought made me look just like
Hemingway on the dust jacket of The Sun
Also Rises. Of course, combined with my
typical uniform of faded shirt, shapeless
jeans, and a waterlogged knapsack, I
looked less like a major novelist than some
wayward Sherpa who'd gotten lost on the
bunny slope of Kilimanjaro.
Apart from a few strategically placed |
grey hairs, I still have that same mustache, g
Perhaps in the vain hope that a naked lip _
would help to endow me with the earnest |
A Souvenir
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