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APRIL, 1952 This advertisement is not published
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APRIL, 1952
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^rlumni and other
friends of the U/niverditu
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Candlemas Day, 1952
The Editor,
Alumni Chronicle,
Mr. Paul Wright of Seattle has taken it upon
himself to describe me, whom he doesn't know. He
appears to be angry with me, and at the risk of
boring your readers I had better remind them why
anyone should be cross with old Brocky. It would
bore them worse to have me replying to a letter
which they may happily have forgotten . . . unless I remind them what I am objecting to, they
may think I am firing a blunderbuss out of the
window into the dark, just for the hell of it and
for the noise, and they would then write me oft
as an eccentric. We do need more eccentrics at
that, for the supply is dangerously low, but not
in the Letters to the Editor column, I think.
Briefly, Sir, this is what happened. Old Dave
horsed around with the idea of a Royal Commission
to assist us in writing better poetry and more
Canadian poetry (not always the same thing). And
to help us paint better pictures and sing better
music and all that. I invited the reader to laugh
at the idea of a man being more creative if only
things were different, as if he were asking the
Government to lend him a match with which to
set his brain and hair on fire. I did not, I think,
make fun of state-created security, for I cannot
imagine security leading anyone towards that painful life and painful process through which creative-
ness (horrible word) gives birth to something worth
hearing or reading or looking at. By some strange
economy, great works do not come to an artist
free of charge. By way of consolation, no experience of his is ever wholly lost nor is his blankest
day ever wholly wasted. The reward, as Mr. Whitman says, is certain one way or another. But
putting it another way, he doesn't get anything
free. He pays for everything, sometimes at a
frightful price. A Government can no more foot
his bill than a Guggenheim can.
Man of Straw
Well, Mr. Perrault wrote to say that I was
setting up a man of straw in order to knock it
down again. He said I had no target for my satire.
He said the Massey Report had immediately resulted in cash for colleges. But that is not what
I had been mocking at all. I was talking about
tame poets on a leash, and other sad little sights
of that nature.
In reply to Mr. Perrault, I said I hadn't been
talking about general grants to colleges. And I
am sorry to say I made fun of Information Officers,
though I now understand Mr. Perrault was writing in a private capacity and not speaking for the
University as a whole.
And then, at Christmas, Mr. Paul Wright wrote
to you, saying that he had known Mr. Perrault a
long, long time, which proved me unfair. I had
been murderous, and other things. He added that
because he failed to follow me, I was inconsistent
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and even incoherent. I am also peevish. It is
all right for him and Mr. Perrault to resent anything, but quite wrong of me to imitate them. And
here I might remind him that while I was making
fun of general ideas generally held, Mr. Perrault
was calling me personally an unfair and ineffectual
In my reply to Mr. Perrault I pointed out that,
far from taking the Massey Commission too frivolously, I had submitted a brief of my own as a
private citizen, and, as such, unpaid. In fact
though I did not mention this in print, I submitted
two briefs. I said I didn't think Mr. Perrault had
submitted any. Mr. Wright says I err. I can only
tell him I was misled by the index of the report,
which does not mention Mr. Perrault's brief. No
doubt he wrote one or more for the University
itself, and for that kind of work he draws a salary.
I was speaking about private citizens, as Mr. Wright
might have guessed ... he has done enough
other guessing.
An Elizabethan1?
For example, he guessed that I like to hear myself called an Elizabethan. Who or what makes
him think anything so silly? Does he fancy that
anyone who writes English must be old-fashioned
and therefore affected? He also guesses that he
has read me for some years in the Victoria Times;
this is impossible, for I've written in the Times
since August 12, 1950.
He says he was interested in my column in the
Times only because it was professional stuff,
written for money . . . and thus interesting! He
has no time for amateurs, he says. I'm not deeply
concerned about what Mr. Wright does with his
time, nor did I ever claim to be. But when he implies that by selling articles and verse I am somehow selling myself, I must object. Not object
murderously, you understand. Plaintively, perhaps.
No employer tells me how to write or what to
write, which side to stick up for or which angle
to take. I am not a hired advocate of anything, as
I tried to make plain when Mr. Wright found me
so incoherent and inconsistent. With all due respect to public relations men, who usually do a
very necessary job (readers being as dumb as they
are), I still claim that I am more free than they.
I know one P.R. man who calls himself a pressti-
tute. The fact that I must feed my children does
not affect this point in the slightest. Mr. Wright
(and others who have read his letter) have hinted
that I am a rich dillettante, though not saying so
quite openly. They are welcome to see the carbon
copies of my income tax returns over the past generation. They will be astonished. And possibly
embarrassed, though their embarrassment is not
my motive at all. My total income is less than
that of many a teacher who teaches his pupils how
shabbily he is treated. And badly though I write,
my income is infinitely less than that of men who
write much worse. I am not complaining. But I
do complain about being called a peevish little
amateur.   I am proud to be an amateur in the best
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sense . . .in the sense of loving certain things.
No thoughtful creature would wish to be anything
else. But I do not imagine Mr. Wright was speaking in this sense, somehow. Does Mr. Wright seriously maintain that I am not entitled to make a
man laugh unless the man pays me first? Or that
he must be paid by you, Sir, for his letter to you
before it makes sense? Or that I must have vast
independent means in order to make fun of Mr.
Perrault for missing my whole point? Mr. Wright
says his time is short. I quite agree that he does
seem rather hasty at that.
Yours faithfully,
DAVE BROCK, Arts 30.
Page 5 And guess who's treasurer...
When there's a community effort on foot, chances are you'll find the
Royal Bank Manager on the committee. He is often called on to act
because Royal Bankers have earned a solid reputation as public spirited
citizens. And so it is right down the line, from the Manager to the youngest
clerk. Royal Bankers are encouraged to pull their weight in all worthwhile
endeavours, for the interests of the bank and the community are one.
This spirit is reflected in their service to you. When you have banking
business to do . . . when you wish to discuss some financial matter in
confidence ... see your Royal Bank first. The Manager and his staff are
there to serve you in every way they can.
The Royal Bank in your community
is there to serve you in many ways.
Perhaps you do not realize that:
... if you find it inconvenient to visit
the bank, you can still open an account, deposit and withdraw money
by mail.
. . . there are a number of reasons
why you and some other members of
your family might find it advantageous to have a "Joint Account".
. . . when you are going away, you
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Published by the Alumni Association of
The University of British Columbia
Editor: Ormonde J. Hall, B.Comm., LLB.
Women's Editor: Leona Sherlock, B.A., '50
Board of Management:
President Gordon M. Letson, B.A.Sc, '26
Vice-President Douglas Macdonald, B.A., '30
Executive-Director.-.Frank Turner, B.Comm., B.A., '39
Treasurer  G. Dudley Darling, B.Comm. '39
Second Vice-President Mary McDougal
B.A. '3 3
Third Vice-President Prof. Tom Taylor, B.A., '26
Chairman Publications Board Ormonde J. Hall, B.Comm.
*42 LLb. 48
Past President James A. Macdonald, B.A. '40
Degree Reps.: Medicine, Dr. Frank Turnbull, B.A. '23;
Law, Perry Miller, LL.B. '48; Pharmacy, W. T. Ainsworth,
B.S.P. 'SO; Commerce, Don Miller, B.Comm. '47; Agriculture, Iain McSwan, B.S.A. '42; Social Work, Richard Clark,
B.A. '41; Home Economics, Muriel Gullock, B.H.E. '46;
Physical Education, Reid Mitchell, B.P.E. '49; Architecture,
Harry Lee, B.Arch. 'SO; Applied Science, Phil Stroyan,
B.A. Sc. '24; Forestry, Jack Roff, B.Comm. '48; Arts, Aileen
Mann, B.A. '37.
Members at Large: David Brousson, B.A.Sc. '49, Fred
Grauer, B.S.A. '30, Jean Gilley, B.A. '27, Mrs. James Harmer, B.A. '40, Dr. W. G. Black, B.A. '22, Art Sager, B.A. '38.
Senate Reps.: Dr. Earl Foerster, Dr. W. C. Gibson, B.A.
Alma Mater Society Reps.: Vaughan Lyon and Terry
Editorial Office:
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900 W. Pender St. Vancouver, B.C.
Business Office:
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VOL. 6, No. 1 APRIL,, 1952
The Book That Moved a Family, by Stuart Keate  8
Don't Go to Paris, by Erie Nicol 11
B.C. Agriculture, by Ian MacSwain   17
Frankly  Speaking   10
Women  14
Statistics  26
Published in Vancouver, British Columbia and authorized as second class mail
Post Office Department.   Ottawa
^jror the l\ecord . . .
It isn't often we get Dave Brock, Stu Keate and
Eric Nicol all to contribute for one issue of the old
scandal sheet, but your editor caught them all. with
their consciences down one day and the result is
some very interesting stuff . . . Stu leads off on page
eight with the cover story on Arthur Mayse, whose
latest serial, in the Sat Eve Post, "The Desperate
Search", puts him in the front row of the current
magazine favorites . . .
Eric Nicol advises you on page 11 Not to Go to
Paris for Your Orgy and he should know having
spent some time there completing his education . . .
education you say . . . read the article . . .
Dave Brock paints a very gloomy picture of
U.B.C. in 1992 in his article Forty Years On at page
22, but then Dave is always kidding so don't take
him too seriously . . . look closely, though, he has a
rare talent for being serious when he's kidding and
humourous when he's really put-out about something . . .
The Fisheries Council is holding its seventh
annual meeting- at Vancouver April 28-30. and the
Chronicle is happy to welcome all the delegates to
Vancouver . . . and the convention much success . . .
the fishing industry is vital to B.C. and we're proud
so many good fellows in the fishing business are
U.B.C. grads . . .
Recommended in this issue is the Personalities
page which is dominated this issue with a picture
and poem or two on Dr. Norman MacKenzie . . .
D. Badger pokes a little fun about the good doctor's
sartorial reputation . . . come to think of it, how did
the Fashion Council pick Larry? . . . nobody's safe
now, not even Prof. Drummond . . . and it's a good
thing sharply correct dresser Freddy Wood is doing
his coaching from the sidelines nowadays . . .
The U.B.C.-Alumni Development Fund total is
now $9000 made up by 1100 contributors . . . this
is a good showing for this time of the annual drive
and if we all get in and give a bit more, the fund
will be about at the stage where we can all say it
is a healthy institution and bound to stav . . . The
University knows the worth of the Fund and prays
for its success . . .
subject of
s  story
Book That
a  Family",
is the
APRIL 1952
Page 7 THE   BOOK   THAT
One of the very few joys of writing, the masters
insist, is that it enables a man to live where he
pleases. Hemingway seems partial to the Caribbean; Maugham to the south of France; James
Jones to trailer-camps.
Arthur Mayse, the young Canadian fictioneer,
looked on this thought in the fall of 1950 and found
it unlovely. By the standards of the market-place
(and quite a few critics) he was a successful writer.
He had sold more than a dozen pieces, including
three novelettes, to Saturday Evening Post, Colliers and Country Gentleman. His first novel,Peril-
ous Passage, had been serialized in the Post; had
reached 7,000 via hard covers and 200,000 by way
of Unicorn and pocket books.
But here he was living in Toronto, which he
did not like, and longing for Vancouver Island,
which he did. This, after all, was his berry patch.
Here, at the age of 12, he had sold his first story:
an exotic yarn about a Chinese sawmill cook who
hunted octopi. (The Toronto Star Weekly evaluated it at $35.50). Here was the rain-forest he
knew best; the logging camps where he had worked,
the streams where he had taken winter steelhead.
What to do?
His wife Win, a pragmatic girl, got out a map
and poked a finger at a place called Arbutus Cove,
near Victoria. "That's where we're going," she
said. "All you have to do is write a serial and sell
• She named a figure  which she  thought would
swing the deal.
"When our hopes and funds are lowest we
make outrageous statements like that," grins Mayse.
But he already had a story idea kicking around in
his head.
As a mountaineer, woodsman and reporter, he
had always been interested in searches for missing
aircraft.     He   thought   there   was   a   good   fiction
piece there, somewhere. What was missing was
what Hollywood calls "the weenie."
Chewing the idea over with Win one leisurely
Indian summer's day, he got to watching his son
Ron, aged 7, and his daughter Susan, 2, at play.
Both parents had long since been impressed by
the unusual solicitude shown by Ronnie for his
younger sister.
"It was darned near paternal," says Mayse.
"We had, of course, the normal parental pride but
we suspected that this was something special.
Ronnie was Susan's good angel. I watched him
one day manfully attempting to change her diaper.
Just like his mother, he turned his thumb over so
that, if anybody was going to get stuck, it would
be him.
"We began to wonder out loud what would
happen if a little boy and girl were dropped down
in primitive country and had to work their way
out. All of a sudden I realized that here was the
raison d'etre for our story."
Mayse went to work on it the next day.
"It practically fell into place," he recalls. "I
worked 16 hours a day, doing 3,000 to 8,000 words
a take. In about four months I'd whipped it into
shape. I modelled it closely on the kids—even used
their names, until Win made me taken 'em out.
Said it was unlucky."
Erd Brandt of Saturday Evening Post read the
story (which Mayse called "The Lost Ones") while
bed-ridden with 'flu. He liked it, and bought it—
for exactly the price Win had predicted, in a psychic
flash. Six months after the Toronto-bound writer
began, the Post weighed in with its fat cheque.
They., changed., the., title to .."The Desperate
Search" and made it the masthead piece for the
new year, the first of six installments. Book acceptance by William Morrow came a day or two
later; M-G-M bought film rights before the magazine run was completed.
A reviewer commented that one of the most
graphic "characters" in the book is an old torn cougar who stalks the children after they have survived
a plane crash in the British Columbia wilderness.
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Page 8
THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICLE "That's interesting," reflected Mayse. "Space
being what it is these days, the Post ordered some
cuts and thought the cougar could be bob-tailed
editorially, so to speak."
"I did so, reluctantly. As the story unfolded,
I got quite fond of the old cat. By the end of the
yarn I liked him so much I was considering feeding him one of the kids.    Sort of a sop, you know."
"Win was horrified.    I didn't get away with it."
Mrs. Mayse appears to have won on all counts.
In  June,   1951,  the  Mayses  piled  into  the  family
Studebaker and drove 3,000 miles across the country, to Victoria.
They found their spot on Arbutus Cove. It's
stylish ranch house on 2l/z acres of ground, with
a commanding view of the Olympics and Mount
Baker, beyond.
The property faces on Haro Strait and the
American-owned San Juan islands, which Mayse
had in mind when he wrote "Perilous Passage,"
a smuggling story.
"The darndest thing," says Mayse. "The other
night we heard the sound of fast-running engines
and woke up to find our bedroom bathed in light,
I got up and found a powerful marine searchlight
trained on our house. It held us for a few minutes
and then moved over to the U.S. side."
"When I wrote 'Perilous Passage' I was talking about rum. Now, I guess, it's cigarettes. Plus
ca change .    .    ."
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APRIL 1952
If you missed this year's bigger-than-ever Open
House on the campus, you missed a real treat and
a great opportunity personally to inspect our Alma
Mater at work and at play.
Under the excellent Chairmanship of Student
Ivan Feltham, U.B.C.'s Faculty and students were
hosts to some 60,000 people, and made every effort
to graphically illustrate the varied aspects of University.  (Yes—the humanities were remembered!)
It's too bad that it is physically impossible to
"put the show on the road", because I'm sure the
thousands of alumni outside the Greater Vancouver
area would have a greater insight into the expanded
services now available at U.B.C, and would also
appreciate the fact that the standard of education
is being maintained.
It's now P.O. Don Sharpe, R.C.A.F. Don, a 1950
Arts grad, is currently Adjutant at Station Toronto
. . . Visiting from their new home in Nelson were
the J. F. Millars ("Dusty" recived his B.A.Sc. in
'50) . . . Members of '37 classes please note: the L.
F. Wrights are now in West Van . . . Congratulations to Gordon Strong (B.Com. '33, B.A. '34) in his
new position as General Manager, Brush-Moore
Newspapers Ltd. Gordon, who was formerly Treasurer and Business Manager of the Toledo Blade and
Times—during which time he took a Law degree
at night—will now be in charge of several dailies in
Ohio and Maryland . . . Studying for his PhD. at
O.S.C., Corvallis, Oregon is M. A. (Al) MacDonald
(B.S.A. '47), formerly with the Range Experiment
Station in Kamloops . . . Another of our "unknowns" has now been listed in the Vancouver
files—Mrs. J. R. McKee (nee Marg. Cunningham,
'35) . . . Unable to attend the 4th Annual Fund Dinner were F/O and Mrs. Archie Paton. Archie's
been moved to the R.C.A.F. Station at Whitehorse,
Y.T. . . . Renewing acquaintances both on the
campus and in the Vancouver was Mrs. Cecil R.
Adams (nee Connie Highmore, B.A. '19), of Long-
view, Wash. Mrs. Adams is the only member of
the fair sex to have appeared in 4 successive Spring
Plays with the U.B.C. Players Club. Son David
will be taking post-grad work at U.B.C. in Physics
. . . Still another alumni office visitor was Eileen
Moyls, currently a Statistician in the Bureau of
Statistics, Ottawa. Her job? Revising the Cost of
Living Index! Eileen reported that the Capital City
Branch held a fine get-together recently at the
home of Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Keenleyside, with
U.B.C.'s Dr. Gordon M. Shrum as guest on the occasion. Incidentally, the Chief of the Prices Section, Bureau of Statistics, Lome Rowebottom is
also an alumnus—B.A. '48 . . . Back to the B.C.
Lower Mainland after several years in the Interior
is Wilf Williams (B.A.Sc. '39). Wilf's with the
Vancouver Water Board . . . Vancouver visitors included Mr. and Mrs. R. (Dick) Clifford. Dick's
better-half was the former Miss Mabel Thompson,
Neepawa, Manitoba . . . S. California Branch please
note: Betty Petrie (B.A. '50, from Rossland) is
now   taking   her   Master's   in   History   at   U.S.C.
. . . "Life is not as hard as they'd have us
believe ..." The quote belongs to Art Eastham
(B.A. '37). Art's taking a year of study at University College in the U.K. . . . New member of the
Northern California Branch is E. J. (Jack) Fraser,
(B.Comm. '50). Jack, in the Sales Dept. of Fluores-
ent Fixtures of California, noticed quite a difference
in the campus in his recent return. . . . Thanks to
Past-President Win Shilvock, we are now aware of
the fact that Jean Woodworth (B.A. '30) is now
and has been for a number of years—Mrs. Ronald
Waite, Williams Lake. Our records have been duly
amended . . . John C. Lawrence, formerly of Kamloops, has a recent promotion—Principal of Clinton
High School.
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Page 10
Every good alumnus and alumna wants to go to
Paris. Every bad one has already been and is trying to get back.   It's sort of a movement.
People want to go to Paris for a number of
reasons, most of them lies. New York offers them
the spectacle of Manhattan's skyscrapers, London
lures them with her pageant of history, but Paris
means sex. That is why more and more people
are flying straight over New York and London
and landing at Orly airport with distended nostrils.
As a veteran of Paris I feel it is my duty to
disillusion these travellers before they spend a lot
of money on new pajamas. Paris is the most respectable town I have ever lived in, and I have
lived in Toronto and Mossbank, Saskatchewan. I
spent a year and a half trying to get into trouble
in Paris, and I never made it. If DVA hadn't paid
my way, the whole thing would weigh on my mind.
Before I left Vancouver for Paris I had a vision
of life there. When I thought of frolicking a la
francaise I pictured an immaculately groomed
gentleman (me) seated at a cabaret table with a
svelte woman of the world whose northern hemisphere was surpassed only by her southern hemisphere, with the gentleman's arm for equator.
While the gentleman peered intensely into
madame's decolletage, a waiter glided up with a
bucket of bubbly, wrapped a bath-towel around the
bottle, popped the cork and poured the smoking
mischief into their glasses. After a few near
misses, the couple touched rims and, their eyes
clanging together in meaningful glances, they sluiced their gullets. Right away we were in the gentleman's apartment and he was showing the lady an
amusing bit of sleight of hand in which he made
her clothes disappear and turned her into a bed.
That dream was never realized.
I never got to know a women of the world in
Paris. We never seemed to go to the same restaurants. That is, she went to the expensive restaurants and I went to the cheap restaurants. DVA
had blundered.
I was shocked to find that Paris high life had
more  practical  considerations  than  romantic.  One
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of those intimate little cabarets such as I had seen
in Hollywood movies, with tables for two with a
sandle on them, would have broken me for a month
even if I had eaten nothing but the candle. The
only restaurants I could afford had tables for 30,
and intimacy was limited to some workman's brushing my nose as he reached for the salt.
The charm I had hoped to exercise on Parisian
women as a Canadian came in a poor second to
their deep respect for the franc. They didn't seem
to indulge in wild flings. When they flung they
flung right across the plate, the one with the cracked
lobster on it.
As for the buckets of champagne, only once did
I order a bottle in a restaurant. And to this day,
when I hear a cork pop I blanch and clutch the
pocket where my wallet used to be.
I admit that I was a special case (broke), But
even wealth)' Canadians on expense accounts who
took me around looking for la vie en rose in Paris
became uncomfortable when they found sin being
itemized. Canadians have no talent for being deliberately naughty. They want to be accidentally
naughty, or not at all.
That's why I recommend to travellers that they
go to Paris for the cathedrals and the ballet. Now,
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APRIL, 1952
Dr. MacKenzie — natty Footballer
P. A. M. van der Esch (Patricia Mitchell) B.A.,
'46, M.A., PhD. (London), now married to a Netherlander, has written a new book called "Prelude
to War," and concerns The International Repercussions of "The Spanish War" . . . Pat, who has
written the odd screed for the Chronicle, published the book through Martinius Nijhoff, The
Hague, and copies can be obtained bv writing them
at Lange Voorhout 9, Den Haag, Holland . . .
the price, Guilders 12, or about $3.12.
A year's leave of absence in London from his
position as head of the department of English at
the University of California, is the happy lot of
Dr. Lionel Stevenson... He is collecting material
for a new biography . . . his "Life of Thackery"
has brought him international attention  .    .
Bound for the U.S.A. is Dr. S. E. Maddigan, Arts
'30, who has resigned as director of the B.C. Research Council for a new post with the Kaiser
Aluminum & Chemical Corporation in Spokane.
Frederic K. Grimmett, Arts '32, has been appointed County Court Judge for the County of
Westminster . . . The 42-year-old lawyer, one of
the youngest judges appointed in the province, was
admitted to the bar in 1935 and practised in Chilliwack where he has acted as magistrate since 1947.
A couple of lyrics rearranged after hearing that
President MacKenzie has been voted (by the Men's
Fashion Council of Canada) the country's best-
dressed professor.
Whenas in gowns my Larry goes,
Then, then, methinks how much he knows,
For only knowledge gets such clothes.
Next, when the snap from UBC
Shows that base football-player's* knee,
— Men's Fashion Councils flummox me.
*"You base football player!" King Lear . . . you wouldn't
know . . . you just took  English 9 .
doctor gives yer."
"No. 9, wot the
A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles a tailor's wantonness:
A gown about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction:
An erring necktie here and there
Enthralling experts everywhere:
A cuff neglectful (and thereby
Many an unsought prize doth lie):
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous overcoat:
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more oeic-itch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.
And thus with all awards confected
For nonchalance, and unexpected.
D. Badger
(with the help of the Rev. Mr. Herrick,
without whom,  etc.).
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THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICLE ^kzaklna czditoxiaLLu
The old town and gown atmosphere of antogon-
ism between the University and its students and
graduates and those citizens who never had the
opportunity to attend a school of higher education,
has virtually disappeared from this part of the
Since the war, the public attitude towards the
University has become enlightened, and the University is regarded as a friend and a tremendous asset
to the Province. Even some of the younger graduates can remember when this state of the provincial
mind did not exist, and it is a young one amongst
us who can't remember the attacks on the University made by the ignorant and the intelligent alike.
Be this as it may, however, most of the residents
of this Province, and indeed a great many of those
who had the opportunity of attending U.B.C. do not
have a clear idea of the University's worth to the
Province, nor indeed, do they know of the many
functions of the University and the many facilities
the University extends to the general public.
University Function
The University does not belong to its graduates,
undergraduates, Board of Governors, Senate or
Alumni Association. It belongs entirely to the
people of British Columbia, athough its primary
purpose is to train young men and women as undergraduates in one or another of its branches of educational service. It also has the function of giving
information to citizens not qualified to attend its
classes, provide research for industry and the professions, extend the privilege of its great library to
the public, and provide intellectual stimulus to the
population, by providing dramatic, musical, and
artistic entertainment, and encouraging culture of
all kinds.
This month University "Open House" was held
again on the Campus and thousands of people had
the opportunity of examining, at first hand, the
industry and research going on in our class rooms
and laboratories. But "Open House" reveals only a
small segment of the contribution of the University
to the Province.
How many citizens are taking advantages of the
University Adult Extension classes, or how many
citizens realize the contribution made by the United
Nations Organization on the campus, or the wonderful assistance the University library can give to
anyone doing research on any particular problem
anywhere in the Province. Couple this with the
help and aid that the Department of Agriculture
gives to all farmers throughout the province who
have problems in that field. Likewise, the Forestry,
Mining, Medical and other faculties are giving service to the Province.
APRIL, 1952
Every now and then a great deal of publicity is
given to an event somewhere on a campus on this
continent, which reveals the ceaseless work of
Universities and the contributions they make to
humanity in the field of science, and the humanities.
But all too often, major events and discoveries
which have innocent beginnings but tremendous
potential for civilization, go unnoticed.
In many instaces, it is the spectacular but unimportant occurence at a University that rates the
headlines—the freshmen hazing, the football victory, the squabble over fraternities and sororities,
and the countless other minor aberrations that are
no more important in the life of the Universitv
from day to day as are the auto accidents that mar
the daily life of the  average city.
The public has come a long way down the path
towards understanding the University in the past
twenty years,, but: there is a long way to go in the
matter of enlightening the public as to the benefits
received directly from the fact that the Universitv
exists in its community. The public has learned
that the University is a good thing. It is now our
job to advise the public that not only is the University a powerful instrument of good in the community, but to show the public the refinements of its
services and educate the public to take advantage
of their existence and use them by using its librarv,
attending its cultural program, its adult lecture's,
and if you will, its athletic contests.
The University will only achieve its proper
place in the Province when hundreds of thousands
of citizens use its services one way or another, and
personally experience the fact that it is their university. That day will be here when the lowliest labourer and the most disenchanted intellect can both
feel a sense of pride when the name of the University of British Columbia is mentioned.
Our pioneer  educators  and  students  have  laid
the ground well.   It is time for the next step.
All together.
Page 13 -      WOMEN      -
By Leona Sherlock
Women graduates of this University are keeping their end up in the Army, Navy and Airforce.
In the past few months more and more women
have been taken into the three forces and in the
future many more will join up to take on responsible positions.
One of our graduates who has made her mark
is Aircraftswoman Lillian Barraud of Salmon Arm.
When she stepped forward to receive her
diploma from Group Captain E. A. D. Hutton,
station command, RCAF Station, Clinton, she
officially became the first airwoman in RCAF history successfully to complete the Radar Technicians' course.
AW Barraud, who ranked third in her class, is
quietly proud of her accomplishment. "This is the
realization of a long ambition," she said. An Arts
graduate from the University of British Columbia,
Lillian enlisted in Vancouver.
She arrived at the Radar and Communications
School at Clinton in early September after completing her eight weeks initial training at the Manning Depot at St. John's P.Q. Lillian said she
found the boys on course "most charming" and
"perfect gentlemen." Lillian found the electronics
theory the most interesting part of the course. "I
was a bit slow in the practical work," she admits,
adding with  a  twinkle,  "the  boys  were  all very
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kind, with their many offers of assistance during the
Miss Barraud has no idea where her next station
will be. Not particularly anxious to return to Vancouver, she would rather see some more of the
"rest of Canada."
Lillian was an active member of the Student
Christian Movement at UBC as well as the Phrateres, before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air
Force in July.
A recent announcement by the Airforce told
of another UBC graduate. She is Squadron-Leader
Helen M. Sutherland who was appointed senior
welfare officer of the RCAF. A social worker in
civilian life, she was provincial supervisor of medical social work in B.C. before enlisting. She took
postgraduate work at Simmons College, School of
Social Work, Boston.
For those who can't join the forces, there are
number of jobs to do in connection with civil defence. Mrs. A. R. Cooper, who studied social service at UBC after the war, went a year ago to
California from where she has just returned. While
in the sunny south she studied and worked on the
vital problem of civil defence, a problem of which
the women down there are very conscious. She
lectured and consulted with state and local officials
and now she's back in this city she's hoping to do
some work with our own civil defence organization.
News of another UBC graduate in the Airforce
•—Lynn Marshall (Arts'50) when last heard from
was in London. Ont., with the RCAF—and loving
* *    *
This time it's the husband of a UBC graduate
who's done something noteable. He is Grant Roberts, son of the well-known writer, Leslie Roberts
and his wife is the former Mary Parker who took
her BA at UBC and worked in the UBC Library
for some time. Her husband, reporter on the Toronto Globe and Mail won the Kemsley scholarship
in journalism. He and his' wife will spend a year
in Britain where he'll gain experience in various
offices of the Kemsley newspapers.
* *    *
Did you know that the making of leather is one of
the oldest industries. When recorded history began man
was making almost as good leather as that which is made
today. Pieces of leather made by Egyptians as early as
3000 B.C. are still in good condition, and the Babylonians
and Hebrews knew ways of making leather which are
almost the same as present processes. Back in the early
ages man crudely fashioned sandals out of animal skins,
today the handicraft of leather has developed to include
the manufacture of belts, bags, shoes, cases, billfolds
and accessories. At Marte's on Howe Street where fine
quality leather is a byword, such reputable names as
McBrine, Carson, Durabilt and Travelgard luggage can
be seen in the matched travelling sets. Color brightens
the leather picture as these manufacturers turn out
luggage and bags in green, brown, navy and off-white.
The advent of the airplane brought about the need for a
light-weight type of luggage, and the newest idea in
this is the "Carry-all Duffle Bag" seen at Marte's Fine
Leathers, 870 Howe St.
«M Christmas brought a number of our travelling
UBC grads home from Europe and other places.
Willa MacKinnon (Arts '50) got home just in time
to hang up her stocking, as did Barbara Joan Christie whose home is in Courtenay, V.I. She has been
studying for the past two and a half years for a
doctorate at the Sorbonne and during vacations
travelled to many of the wonder spots. At one
time she spent three weeks behind the Iron Curtain,
in Russian-occupied Austria. She started out at
UBC and graduated from Toronto where she was
awarded a scholarship to attend the School of International Studies and Relations in Connecticut.
Authoress Dies .  . .
UBC lost one of its best known authors when
Jean Burton, 47-year-old author of "Lydia Pinkham
is Her Name," died recently in California. A native
of Saskatchewan Miss Burton was the author of
several other biographical works, including, "Sir
Richard Burton's Wife," "Elizabeth Ney," "Hey-
dey of a Wizard," "Katharine Felton" and "Garibaldi." She did editorial work for the Canadian
Forum, Canadian Mercury and New Frontier in
Montreal and Toronto before moving to California
22 years ago. She died before she could complete
negotiations for sale of stage production rights to
the best-selling story of the feminine patent-medicine magnate.
Visiting in the city awhile back was Mrs. Eric
E. Swadell who graduated from UBC in 1917 as
Laura Pim. The University in those days was in
the old Art School building on Cambie Street and
was known as Vancouver College, an affiliate of
McGill. Her husband is a chaplain in the U.S.
Army and she has now joined him in Germany
where he'll be stationed for some time.
Mae Munro, who went to University of Washington after spending two years at UBC, was the
first bride in Chicago in 1952. She was married a
few minutes after midnight to John Galvarro, son
of a former Bolivian consul-general in that city for
12 years. Mae and her husband both share an
interest in the theatre and met at UW where she
was a junior and he was doing post-graduate work
in the drama department at UW. Last summer
both were members of the Luzern Garden Theatre
Company in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Mr. Galverro
is at present appearing in radio and television
shows in Chicago while his wife is taking postgrad
work for her PhD. at the University of Illinois.
Betty Petrie (Arts '50) writes from Los Angeles
that she's working in the department of History
at the University of Southern California as their
graduate scholar. She won a $500 scholarship
which is good for two years' study. After graduating from UBC she worked a year for the CM
in Trail. She says the University is a tremendous
size—over 18,000 students.
Alan and Athalie (nee Frasier) Sutherland left
last month for Whitehorse, Y.T., where Alan will
be stationed for a year or more with CPA. Their
wee daughter, Devida is nine months old now
Mary Allman, Home Ec ('47) has a new job now.
She has just been appointed home economist for
the Inspection and Consumer Service of the federal
department of fisheries in B.C. Until now she's
been chief dietician out at Essondale.
Recent arrivals from England enable us to offer a varied
selection of the famous Royal Doulton figures. Each one is
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APRIL, 1952
It was with deep regret that we learn of the
tragic death of Dorothy Myers of the Class of Arts
'32. She was a passenger on the ill-fated Danish
ship "Erria" which caught fire off the coast of Oregon in December. Dorothy was on a holiday trip
through the Panama to the Virgin Islands when
tragedy struck. Our sincere sympathy is extended
to her family.
The University was always a distinct interest in
Dorothy's life. She became active in women's affairs on the campus. She was Secretary of her
sophomore class and later Secretary-Treasurer of
the Women's Undergraduate Society. In her graduating year she was on Student's Council as President of the Women's Undergraduate Society. During that time she was also the only woman member
of the Student Publicity Committee. This committee organized the campaign to maintain the standard of the University in the face of large financial
After graduation Dorothy's interest in the University was still keen. She held a major part in the
campaign for the Dean Bollert Memorial. Again she
was active in the drive for women's residences. She
was also a former Vice-President of the Alumni
Her other activities included membership in the
University Women's Club and a playing membership at Quilchena Golf Club. She was also very
active in sorority work and was past President of
the Vancouver Alumnae of Delta Gamma.
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Dorothy had been on the staff of the Medical
Services Association since its inception. She was
the only girl in a small office when she first joined
the group. She saw it grow to its present status.
At the time of her death she held the executive
position of Assistant Secretary of the Medical Services Association.
Dorothy was recognized as one of the outstanding career women produced by the University of
British Columbia. Her contribution to the social
and educational development of the life of this
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By Ian McSwain
Few countries have more to offer men of energy
and industry than does our Province of British
Columbia. B.C., with a land area of 355,855 square
miles—more than the area of the United Kingdom,
France, Holland, Belgium and Denmark combined
—stretching from the 49th to 60th parallels and
from the Rockies to the Pacific which washes 7,000
miles of an irregular coastline, is a province of many
diverse agricultural areas. This diversification,
which few other regions can equal, is only to be expected from the tremendous sweep of this Pacific
Province, combined with the numerous mountain
ranges which were forced upon us at an earlier date.
Slightly more than one million acres of this vast
province are at present cultivated—approximately
one acre per person—and produced the very substantial amount of $130 per acre in 1948. It is
interesting to note here that F.A.O. estimates that
on the average, two and one-half acres are needed
to supply each individual with a satisfactory diet.
More than four million acres are potentially suitable for agriculture and some of the lands assessed
as marginal or sub-marginal a few years ago are
being brought into economic production b]r the use
of relatively cheap irrigation, new types of crops,
improvements of established crops, land clearing
and other factors which have added to this extension of agriculture.
Large Industries
The large industrial plants now being established
in several interior points are bound to influence
farming practices in the surrounding areas and in
some cases may make profitable farming feasible
on lands which until recently have been regarded
agriculturally as "poor bets."
"Diversification" is truly descriptive of farming
in B.C. Let's start at the south end of the infamous
Marpole bridge and make an inspection trip of
some of our farming localities:
The Fraser Valley has been described as a
"veritable Garden of Eden" and is possibly the
most "mixed" farming area in the whole of Canada.
Here we can find some of practically any temperate region crop—both plants and animals—
from frogs' legs and earthworm to gensing, a medicinal plant. The poultry and dairy farms are
highly specialized enterprises in the Valley to
supply the metropolitan  areas.
During the war egg production almost doubled
and shiploads of fresh eggs coated with preservative were exported to the United Kingdom from
the ports of New Westminster and Vancouver—
each shipload containing enough eggs to supply
each man, woman and child in Britiain with one
egg. Recently, however, several factors, principally the loss of the British market, have combined
to reduce poultry production to the point where we
are not producing enough to supply the B.C. market.
The Fraser Valley is particularly adapted to
dairying because of the ease with which green and
' root crops are grown. In 1950 Fraser Valley farmers produced a good proportion of the dairy prod
ucts  of the  province  which  has  a gross  value  of
over $30,000,000.
Small fruits—principally strawberries, raspberries and loganberries—are produced by skillful
growers who no longer consider the production per
acre as the yardstick but regard production in
terms of the number of pounds per plant and each
plant in a field must carry its own weight or out it
goes. In 1950 the value of the small fruits in the
Lower Fraser Valley was slightly more than five
million dollars.
The growing of corn, peas, and beans for canning is an important phase of farming in the Valley,
as is the production of potatoes, vegetables and
many specialized crops such as greenhouse tomatoes
and bulbs which are equal in quality and often produce flowers earlier than those imported from Holland.
On up to the famous Okanagan Valley where
the cantaloupes, tomatoes and tree fruits are scientifically produced in abundance in the flat and bench
lands under sunny skies. The gross value of apples
alone in 1950 was approximately $11,000,000.
Kamloops and the North Thompson Valley have
a mixed farming production with emphasis on
fruit and tomatoes in certain localities. Ashcroft,
further south, is the center for the famous interior
potatoes grown on the hills and benches of the
surrounding country.
The ranges of Kamloops-Cariboo, Ashcroft and
Nicola are the haunts of the beef cattle—pronounced "walking gold mines."
Mixed farming and dairying predominate in
the North Cariboo which has become famous for
the disease-free quality of its certified seed potatoes.
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Page 17 B.C. Agriculture
The Grand Forks district, the largest vegetable
seed producing area in the province during the war,
is now noted for its vegetables, high yielding potatoes and some flower seed.
In the Kootenay areas, mixed farming predominates, with specialized production of small fruits
—principally strawberries and raspberries and tree
fruits—mostly apples, pears and cherries in certain
The Peace River country—one of the last outposts in the province for the establishing of new
farms on a large scale—has land and climate similar in many respects to that found in the Prairie
provinces. High quality forage seed, wheat and
oats are the special crops of the mixed farming
which predominates in this area. It has been estimated that several million acres in the Peace River
region remain to be developed whenever population pressure and the need for food makes this
Lovely Pemberton Valley 60 miles north of
Squamish on the picturesque P.G.E., is a seed
potato producing area of wide renown. Extensive
land reclamation now being carried out and the
impending construction of a highway from Vancouver to Squamish promises expansion of agriculture in this area.
Agriculture in B.C.—a multimillion dollar natural resource (136 million in 1950)—is a specialized
industry. Agriculture today is big business. Young
Canadians and new Canadians who wish to farm
are too often stymied by the large amount of capital necessary to make a start in building up or
purchasing a farm with at least some hope of it
becoming a profitable unit. The investment in
dairy farms in the Fraser Valley often runs into
the hundreds of thousands of dollars. A study of
apple production in the Okanagan in 1949 revealed
that, of the farms studied, the average investment
was often close to $30,000.
The day is past when a farmer's family should
be expected to live in a damp, unsanitary home,
carrying water of questionable purity from distant
wells, messing around with coal-oil lamps, struggling along roads ankle-deep and sometimes knee-
deep in mud and being isolated from neighbours,
stores, and means of transportation.
When I was out at UBC
About a million years ago,
There wasn't much I didn't know,
Or so it then appeared to me.
I know far less now I know more
(Or know far more now I know less)
And when I think of Youthfulness
I laugh much harder than before.
I NEVER laughed then, I believe,
At you or me.   But now I'm old
I have acquired a chronic cold
Prom gusts of laughter up my sleeve.
Another year is half gone-—for the sons of the
soil at U.B.C. The A.U.S., under the able leadership of Frank Martin, is as active as it ever was.
Things got off to a good start on the first Friday of the Fall term, with a Salmon Barbecue out
at the farm. In spite of heavy rain it was a decided
success. Professor Rand Young (perhaps better
known as "Chief Chowderhead") was in charge of
the cooking—done under a large, smoke-filled tarpaulin.
October 11 rolled around, and with it the annual
Barn Dance at the White Rose Ballroom.
One Professor, dancing with one of the girls,
remarked that she was wearing a very nice perfume. The "perfume," it happened, was the contents of a bottle of rum which had spilled on her
during the course of the evening.
However, it was a fairly orderly evening and
the general opinion was that it was the best barn
dance ever held.
The Field Day was October 19, and in spite
of the weather, there was a good turnout.
Fall Banquet
November 1 brought the Fall Banquet. As
usual, it was held at the Commodore with Professor Earl Birney of the English Department as
guest speaker. He spoke about the joys of raising
a crop of solid rock in the Creston Valley..    Other
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At an inaugural meeting held recently in Seattle,
and attended by U.B.C. Information Officer Ernie
Perrault and Alumni Director Frank Turner, a
Seattle Branch was formed. Dr. Fred Laird was
elected President, with Miss Rosemary Hodgins
as Secretary and Walt Ewing as Treasurer.
Those attending the well-planned function were:
Dr. and Mrs. Fred Laird, Mr. Ian D. Matheson,
Mr. Jack Maguire, Mrs. Norah Clarke Callow, Mr.
Gordon Callow, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Boroughs, Miss
Betty Russell, Miss Jean Tomsett, Mr. George and
Mrs. Dorothy Moore, Virginia Michas, Dr. and Mrs.
Ernest Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Senkler, Mr. W. R.
Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Bell, Joyce Hayward,
Mr. George Kincaide, Miss Marjorie Williams,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Grant, Mr. Walter Ewing, Miss
Rosemary Hodgins, Mr. Ernie Perrault, Mr! Frank
Turner, Gerry and Tom Dale.
Whenever you're sad and lonely
Just hum yourself this song:
"You'll find most people are nice if only
You size them up wrong."
The annual meeting of the Victoria Branch,
U.B.C. Alumni Association was held on March 9,
1952, at 3:00 p.m.. in the Business and Professional
Women's Club Rooms, with president William
McCarter in the chair. Approximately thirty members attended. Guests from Vancouver were Mr.
Frank J. E. Turner, Alumni Association's Executive
Director, Mr. Gordon M. Letson. President U.B.C.
Alumni Association, and Dr. Wm. C. Gibson.
Mr. G. M. Letson, introduced by Mr. McCarter,
told the meeting that the Victoria Alumni Branch
was the largest Alumni Association outside of Vancouver. Mr. Letson went on to discuss the proposal
to establish another university in the province. A
committee report was read, which suggested that a
Royal Commission be set up to discuss the matter
with interested groups. The committee had been
informed by the Premier that the bill will not be
introduced during the present sitting of the Legislature. However a report should be ready for a
fall session. The committee would like to prepare
a questionnaire in order to discover the feelings of
the Alumni on this matter.
Mr. Letson also told the meeting that a committee was to be set up to study the proposal that
a university hospital be established for medical
students at U.B.C.
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Page 19 Fisheries Comecil of Canada A
Big three for the convention are Richard Nelson,
Vice-Chairman of Convention, Committee, Francis
Millerd, President of Fisheries Council and R. E.
"Bob" Walker, Chairman of Convention Committee.
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The seventh annual convention of the Fisheries
Council of Canada is being held in Vancouver during the last week in April. This is the first time
the annual convention has been held outside of
Ottawa, and to signal the first meeting in British
Columbia, the Chronicle records this important
For the Chronicle, it's a pleasure to pay this
small tribute to the Fisheries Council of Canada and
to the management of Canada's fishing industry.
It's appropriate because the University of B.C. has
always attempted to maintain closest possible relations with industry, and in this case so many of her
graduates are engaged in the commercial fisheries
of British Columbia.
The Second World War brought the Fisheries
Council of Canada into being. The difficulties
which had to be overcome by both government
and industry during that period combined with the
fact that fish always become a vital "war materiel"
in time of conflict. Its activities were steadily increased and extended during the immediate postwar years to the point where it could no longer
be considered as an experiment. It has long since
justified the hopes of its founders.
Membership now comprises sixteen regional
associations representing individuals, companies and
co-operatives engaged in the production, processing
and marketing of the major portion of Canada's
fishery products.
The Fisheries Council of Canada is the voice
and the ear of the fishing industry in Canada's
capitol. To it must go most of the credit for
establishing an effective working relationship between the fisheries resource user and those responsible for its management. It has worked to the
advantage of both and in the interests of all
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THE U.B.C .ALUMNI CHRONICLE nimiiuial Meetie
Convention Program
Program for the Seventh Annual Meeting of the
Council contains a happy balance of business and
On the serious side, there will be discussions of
a wide range of problems of national and international concern to all men in the industry. Addresses will be given by such outstanding leaders
as H. R. MacMillan, Vergil D. Reed (Vice-President, J. Walter Thompson Company, New York),
Honourable R. W. Mayhew, Federal Minister of
Fisheries, Royal Toner (President, National Fisheries Institute, New York), and Stewart Bates,
Deputy Minister of Fisheries, and many other outstanding men in Government and business.
For relaxation—and for information—there'll be
trips to Hell's Gate Fishways, the Pacific Biological
Station in Nanaimo, and tours of industrial plants
in the Lower Mainland.
Strictly for enjoyment, there's the Fish Buffet
Supper at the unique setting of the Fish Wharf,
foot of Campbell; the Convention Dinner Dance at
the 'top' of 'down' town (Panorama Roof) ; a tour
by seiners of Vancouver Harbour.
For the ladies, there's a full program of sightseeing tours, teas, golf—and they may even find a few
moments to attend some of the sessions.
1951-52 President of the Fisheries Council is
Francis Millerd, well-known and well-liked grand-
daddy of the B.C. fishing industry. He steps down
this year after a term of service that could be cited
as a model. Although in the "restful" years of life,
he's been no sloucher as Council President having
travelled the length and breadth of Canada and
visited every fishing centre of importance from
Newfoundland to B.C.
Chairman of the Convention Committee is R. E.
(Bob) Walker, B.A. '23, and Vice-Chairman,
Richard Nelson. J. M. Buchanan, B.A. '17, is President of the Fisheries Association of B.C.
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Page  21 U.B.C. Buildings Circa 1992
By David Brock
In the little town of Harrow, which is now almost a part of that cathedral town known as London, there is a famous school. I am told by my
uneducated friends, who understand these matters
best, that it is a hotbed of Toryism. Actually, it
was for a hundred years a hotbed of Whiggery,
and for the last hundred year it hasn't been a hotbed of anything, in the bad sense of hot-beddery or
hot beddism. The very Bedouin, clad from scalp
to toenail in cool sheeting, are more over-heated
than your Harrovian. No, the only thing that
Harrow is a hotbed of is a song. It is a veritable
hotbed of that song called "Forty Years On."
Whenever Harrovians get together, whether as
scholars or old boys, they immediately start singing it. Science hasn't discovered a single way of
stopping them.
I should like to make up a "Forty Years On"
about UBC. But it would be just the opposite of
Harrow's song. At Harrow they sing about the
mental and physical state of the Old Harrovian
when he hits 60 or so. (60 years, not m.p.h.) In
my own "Forty Years On" I want to describe what
UBC will be like in 1992 and not what I myself
will be like. My own condition is all too easy to
predict, and is not a subject of general interest
anyhow . . . decay is universal but that doesn't
make an individual case of it very thrilling. But
the state of UBC in 1992 is something you might
all like to hear about. I am in a position to inform you, because I just had a dream about it.
And my dreams are nothing if not informative. I
can dream to beat four-of-a-kind. Whereas most
people's dreams couldn't beat anything. They
couldn't even beat a drum. Though this doesn't
stop people from coming downstairs and telling
you about dreams at breakfast. They forget what
happened to Joseph when he started this sort of
nonsense; his brothers very properly flung him into
a pit, and then sold him, cheap.
Very well, then. It was in 1992 that I went
back to UBC.   Being only 82, I felt I needed some
Page 22
Adult Education, so I went out there to Point Grey
to sign on as a student of How to Repair Small
Holes in Plaster Walls. This was a special course
given every second year by the Professor of Home
Platering Made Easy. By the time I was 82, of
course, I had been plastered in innumerable homes
and had even been sent to a Home with a capital
H. But I felt my whole approach to the subject
had been too subjective and I wanted to learn more
of the concrete end of plastering, including Portland cement.
Canasta Taught
Naturally, I was impressed by the buildings. I
was meant to be. There's absolutely nothing like
masonry for making a student feel brainy or a
professor feel efficient. There is also some quasi-
religious satisfaction that surges up inside the devout when they march through the massively-
arched portal of some Home Economics palace or
of a cathedral of Canasta. (Yes, Canasta was taught
at UBC in 1992, as a social study, and taught very
well, too. In time it became necessary to give the
professor a salary instead of letting him depend
on his winnings, for the students were getting too
sharp). Ivy is very good, also, for inspiring the
scholar, and acts as either a sedative or a stimulant,
whichever he chooses. By 1992 UBC was pretty
well underneath the ivy altogether, as if under
some huge green marquee, and if the Forestry
Faculty hadn't logged the stuff every 10 years,
students would have got lost in it. Even as it was,
several professors were missing each year. True,
the ivy pulled several buildings down in time, as
ivy will, but this created employment.
Not all the buildings made you feel you were
inside or outside a church . . . although by this
time, most new churches looked like factories or
power-stations anyhow. Some of the buildings were
highly functional in design. This is not to say
they looked like biscuit tins, as certain low mockers
kept repeating ad nauseam. No, they really looked
more like steamer-trunks, wardrobe-trunks, and
high-class suitcases.   A few looked like lunch-boxes,
diMiaua^ and inside these, thousands of students were fed
three health-giving and soul-shattering meals a
day. The Home Ec. girls had taken over all their
feeding and it was forbidden to eat off the campus,
even for day-students. These meals were designed
to keep them from getting happy and sluggish. And
by keeping the students thinner, it was found there
was more room for all. Home Ec. and the Medical
Faculty had also combined to forbid smoking and
other wasteful practices. So much so, that many
a male student found it unnecessary to marry when
he could get all the horrors of matrimony at college
without any responsibility. Alma Mater had become
not only a worried mother but a nagging wife, with
everyone's best interests at heart
Fairview Buildings
The buildings now stretched all the way to
Fairview. Students who had to rise at 5:30 at
Point Grey to get to a 7:00 o'clock lecture in Fair-
view would often get up five minutes early and
select a nice stone from the glacial debris still
known as the UBC Farm. They would bring these
stones back to Fairview and with them build little
cairns to commemorate their daily trek. The exercise of carrying these rocks kept them in trim for
what had beecome UBC's major sport. During the
1980's it had been found that UBC was getting
nowhere, either financially or in matter of glory,
by trying to beat American kindergartens at their
own game of football. No matter how small or
juvenile these kindergartens were, they beat the
quilted pants off us.   So instead of this folly, we
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began to play Duck-on-the rock against various
small high schools in Guatemala and Yucatan, and
quite accasionally trounced these fierce but impetuous Latins within an inch . . . well, not within
an inch of their lives, maybe, but within an inch of
victory. This so gladdened our older graduates
that money began to pour into our coffers, and 17
new faculties were endowed within a few weeks.
Including a Faculty of Gerontology, which is the
study of the loss of your faculties.
There were now so many faculties and deans
that it became necessary to have a Dean of Deans,
known more familiarly as "the Archbishop." It
was his job to keep the deans in order. He was a
sort of academic collie dog, and he herded the deans
in an uncanny way, and a pretty picture it made,
too. The University Calendar had a coloured photo
of it on the cover, and the new functional robes
looked especially striking.
I asked the Dean of Deans if he was in favour
of the new laws of 1990 about compulsory university education for all. He explained these laws
were quite silly, since everyone in B.C. had already
had a university education of one sort or another,
mostly another. And since no more children were
being born, the only way they could keep busy
was to re-educate us older chaps on our second time
round. That was why I saw so many familiar faces
and received over-familiar greetings.
I wish I had a chance to tell you more, for it
is fascinating, really. But I see my time is up. In
fact, it is almost 1993. Well, echoes of dreamland
shall bear us along, as the Harrow song says.
(To  be  continued?)
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APRIL, 1952
Page 23 NEWS       SHEET
The University of British Columbia is now an
official member of the Evergreen Conference and
will participate in football, basketball, track, golf,
tennis, and swimming, within this Conference. All
games and contests will henceforth be considered in
the league standing and championships.
The coming football season finds the University
of British Columbia playing every team within the
Conference once, plus playing Western Washington
twice within the same season. The schedule itself
is not complete, at present, with the one game
pending with Whitman College undecided (a non-
Conference school). This is the first time that the
University of British Columbia has ever played all
members of the Evergreen Conference in the same
season, and at the same time being recognized as
having the full status of membership within the
It is felt that this move, as a permanent member
of the Evergreen Conference, will within itself,
add much to our expanding athletic program.
Member teams of the Evergreen Conference are:
Western Washington College, Central Washington
College, Eastern Washington College, Whitworth
College, College of Puget Sound and Pacific
Lutheran College.
Progress Report—1952 Alumni-U.B.C.
Development Fund
At press time, approximately 1100 individuals have contributed $9000 in this fourth
year of the Association's Voluntary Annual
Giving Program.
This announcement was made by fund chairman Harry A. Berry. This year's general objectives are:
U.B.C. Alumni Association Regional Scholarships, U.B.C. President's Fund, Daniel Buchanan Memorial, F. G. C. Wood Theatre and
Women's Gymnasium.
At  a  tea  held  last  Fall,  by the  University of
Toronto   School   of   Social   Work   forum   U.B.C.
graduates  met.   Now  studying  at  the  school  are:
Mrs. Barbara Shepherd  (Brooks)
Sourna Meldrum, Essondale, B.C.
Henry Hicks, 6388 Adera St.
Peggy Fitzpatrick, 2503 5th St. W., Calgary.
Naomi Paige, 6902 University Blvd.
Bob M. Weyman.
May Woodhead, 5376 Vine St.
Geo. MacFarlane.
Joe Powadink.
Dead at 47 in Berkeley, California, is Jean Burton, Arts '24, successful authoress . . . she wrote
the best seller, "Lydia Pinkham is Her Name,"
and was negotiating for stage play rights to the
biography at the time of her death . . . She left
Canada 22 years ago and for the past 12 years
lived in Berkeley . . . among her other books are
"Sir Richard Burton's Wife, "Elizabeth Ney,"
"Heydey of a Wizard," "Katherine Felton," and
Dean Esli L. Woods, dean of pharmacy at the
University of B.C., died suddenly New Year's Eve
at the age of 53 . . . He organized the faculty of
Pharmacy at U.B.C. after coming here in 1946
from Saskatchewan where he headed the Dept. of
Pharmacy . . . Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie remarked just after Dean Woods' death that "He was
probably the most important man in his field in
Canada .    .    .
A well known member of Convocation and one
of the best loved citizens of Cumberland, Vancouver Island, Dr. George Kerr MacNaughton, died
recently at the age of 75 . . .A graduate of McGill, he was prominent in the Cumberland area
for 45 years as a doctor who personified the very
highest type of citizen . . . He served on many
community groups . . . His daughter, Mrs. Alfred
J. E. (Jean MacNaughton '33) Eliot, '32 now resides
in Toronto .    .    .
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Page 24
Continued from page 18
speakers included Dean Blythe Eagles, U.B.C.
President MacKenzie and G. E. (Ernie) Clarke of
Abbotsford. Dr. MacKenzie said that since Dr. Birney had already given such a good speech, he would
not add anything further but would sit down and
let the dancing begin. The ball ended at 1:00 a.m.
and the farmers, with nightmare visions of 8:30
lectures to spur them on, departed in haste.
Exams formed the main topic of interest after
this and the Aggie Building was unnaturally quiet
for the remainder of the term, except for one small
incident. One night the engineers placed a six-
cylinder out-house in front of the main entrance
the the Aggie Building. A late-working farmer
spotted it and summoned the reserves whereupon
the offending object was transferred to a more
fitting location ... in front of the Engineering
Building. A ripe cargo from the cow-barn was
added to it, to give the whole thing "body". The
engineers were seen next morning beating their
heads on the wall of the building in sheer frustration. To date, no retaliatory measures have been
Since Christmas, preparation for the Farmers'
Frolic on February 1 took up most of the time and
effort of A.U.S. The Frolic was a pronounced success.
The Junior A.I.C. has been very active this year,
having brought many speakers to the campus to
give talks on the different phases of agriculture.
Officers this year were: Jim Ryder, President; Lois
Dunlop, Secretary; Elliot Rive, Treasurer, and
Geoff Alston, Co-ordinator.
After the Farmers' Frolic, there were two main
events this year. The Agassiz Field Trip and the
Spring Banquet.
These rounded off still another year for the
most spirited faculty on the campus.
3rd Year Agronomy.
Continued from  page 19
Most people forget
That Child Psychology
Encourages a child to believe
All its ideas are brain-waves,
Thus making it indistinguishable
From any grown-up.
801 1
Birks Building
Vancouver. B. C.
Attending Varsity Trek dance are William McCarter,
Mrs. Da rid B. Turner. Dr. X. A. M. MacKenzie and
Dr. David B. Turner
The president called upon Mr. Frank Turner to
speak to the meeting. Mr. Turner suggested cooperation with the Lions' Club in sponsorship of
the Players' Club production in Victoria. He pointed
out that the deadline for scholarship applications
this year is May 1 rather than June.
Dr. Wm. C. Gibson, a member of U.B.C.'s Senate,
spoke briefly on the establishment of a university
hospital. The Board of Management hopes for
Victoria representation  at  their meetings.
Mr. Xeil McCallum, the honorary president,
commended Ihe Branch's'sponsorship of the Players'
Club production ; and also commented on the creation of interest within the Victoria Branch.
The following were elected to the executive:
Honorary President, Mr. Neil McCallum ; President,
Mr. Barrie Ford; 1st Vice President, Mr. G. Smith;
2nd Vice President, Miss Bea Sutton; Secretary.
Miss Dorothy Laidler; Treasurer, Mr. Wilf Pend-
ray; Past President, Mr. William McCarter; Executive Members, Mr. T. G. Indels. Mr. Rov Temple,
Mr. C. Ellis, Mr. W. Geddes, Mr. L. Detwiller.
Mr. J. McKeachie.
Victoria's "Varsity Trek"
Victoria alumni and friends celebrated the Third
Annual "Varsity Trek" Dance at the Club Sirroco
on Leap Year Day, February 29th. Guests on the
occassion were U.B.C. President N. A. M. MacKenzie, Alumni Director Frank J. E. Turner and
Mrs. Turner, as well as several guests from the
Natural  Resources  Conference.
Past-Presidents David B. Turner, newly-elected
Chairman of the Resources Conference, and Harold G. McWilliams. together with their "better
halves" accompanied the special Conference guests.
Also in attendance was a group of University of
Alberta grads who flew an Alberta pennant atop a
miniature oil well at their table.
President Bill McCarter and committee members
Mrs. Dave Turner, Mrs. H. Gibb, Lloyd Detwiller,
Harold McWilliams, Charlie Ozard. Doug Wallace
and Barrie Ford were responsible for still another
successful "Trek."
Foresters present were Harold Cliff. Cliff Calder,
Bob Jones, Bill Young, Bill Granger, George Allison.
Jim McLaren and John Frey, while Ed Morzocoo
sponsored a table from the B.C. Power Commission.
APRIL, 1952
York Edwards to Joan Claudia Thicke.
Vern John Barton to Patricia Ruth Hammill.
Edward George Hunt to Esmee Dawn Cruick-
James Howard Scott to June Mary Little.
Gordon William McGill to Shirley Wynne Hopkins.
Gerald David Coomes to Teressa Maureen Aber-
Philip B. Strike to Kathryn Ann Murphy.
Eddie Popham to Joan Webb.
Dr. James Drynan Aitken to Anne Elliott
Dr. Gordon Edwin Macdonald to Rachel Elizabeth Calder.
Wilfred David Stokuis to Elizabeth Nina Black.
Keith (Kayce) Campbell to Estella Beryle Mac-
Dr. William Walker Shortill to Audrey Harold-
ine Addems.
Douglas Anderson Boucher to Margaret Ann
John Raine to Elspeth Mary Minchin.
Robert Hamilton McKenzie to Verity Comely-
David Dunlop to Elenor Maria Yvonne Robinson.
OPohn Herbert Long to Evelyn Pauline Lister.
John McNiven to Shirley Amelia Anderson.
Arthur Brenton Ryan to Margaret Ann Morison.
Richard Haynes Grimmett, Arts '50, to Pamela
Joan McCorkell, Arts '51.
Lt. Donald S. Robertson, Comm. '49, to Yvonne
J. Barbet.
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Hoy (Eileen Gunning) a
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Murray (Mary Jean Lord),
a girl.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Elworthy (Shirley Cummins) a girl.
Mr. and Mrs. Darrel T. Braidwood (Barbara
McGibbon) a son.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Sager (Dorothy IPlanche)
a girl.
To Mr. and Mrs. John Francis (Sheila Alexander) a daughter, Katharine Jean.
Mr. and Mrs. Hartt Crosby (Peggy Symonds,
a boy.
Mr. and Mrs. John Peters (Valear Steadman) a
To Mr. and Mrs. James M. (Mac) Roxburh,
B.App.Sc. '43, a son, in Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican
We've got so clean, the doctors say,
We tolerate few germs.   They'll kill us
Unless we get far cleaner still
And flee bacterium and bacillus.
And thus with in formation, too
MORE lecturers must be on hand
In case we're left to think alone,
A fate we could no longer stand.
One of the finest sources of security
and contentment is your money in
the bank. It is never too early to
start a savings account.
Page 26
THE U.B.C   ALUMNI CHRONICLE The Monthly Commercial Letter issued by
The Canadian Bank of Commerce is one of the
oldest publications of its kind. It contains
material on economic conditions gathered from
reliable sources and carefully weighed and sifted
for the benefit of its readers.
This Letter has a wide circulation among
business and professional men, students and
journalists in Canada and abroad. An application to the Head Office, Toronto, will bring
The Monthly Commercial Letter to you regularly, free of charge.
The B.C. PRODUCT, whether from farm or factory,
wherever it appears, is a very effective agent for the
further development and expansion of Industry within
the Province. Its quality, texture, price, and packaging all have a strong appeal.
The confidence which we express, the support which we
extend to those enterprises
which are doing so much to
build up our Industrial structure, have a vital influence in
encouraging new industries
to establish themselves, and
thereby contribute to the Provincial payroll, which is the
life-blood of the country.
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.
E. (i.  Rowebottom
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Hon. A. D. Turnbul
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UNDERSTANDING of Income Tax Acts and Succession Duty Acts.
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