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Volume 35, Number 4, Winter 81
UBC Seen
Alumni and Campus News
The Financial Crunch Comes to UBC
Robert J. Smith
Alumni Association President
Writing From Outside
Distinguished Alumni Essay
George Bowering
Whatever Happened to the
Federal Education Dollar?
Michael Valpy
The Money Game
Alumni Summer College '82
Anne MacLachlan
The Ghost of Canada's Past
And Other Literary Lights
Your Opinion Please
A Readership Survey
EDITOR Susan Jamieson MeLarnon, BA'65
COVER Photography by Ken Mayer; with
technical assistance from the UBC departments
of theatre and physical plant.
BA'69, Chair; Virginia Beirnes, LLB'49; Marcia
Boyd, MA75; Peter Jones; Murray McMillan,
LLB'81; Margaret Burr, BMus'64; Nick
Omelusik, BA'64, BLS'66; Bel Nemetz. BA'35;
David Richardson, BCom'71;
John Schoutsen, Robert Smith, BCom '68,
MBA'71; El Jean Wilson.
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UBC Seen
A Year-End Resolution:
Remember the Alumni Fund
It's that time of year again! You're making lists
of things to do before January 1, 1982. One
item found on a lot of alumni lists is a
reminder to make their annual donation to the
UBC Alumni Fund. Gifts from alumni are
used to provide badly-needed financial aid for
students and to assist campus project that
enhance the educational experience that UBC
Many alumni have written to ask if the
alumni fund is no longer sending individual
solicitations. This year, as an experiment, the
fund annual report and a request for donations
was included in the autumn issue of the
A special Alumni Fund reply envelope was
bound into the Chronicle but any envelope
addressed to the UBC Alumni Fund, 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T
1X8 (for U.S. resident alumni the address is
The Friends of UBC, Inc., Post Office Box
483, Bellevue, Washington, 98004) will reach
its appointed destination.    All gifts will
receive tax receipts promptly. Donors are
reminded that gifts will be directed to areas of
greatest need unless they specify otherwise.
And a Happy New Year to you, too. From
New Students Retreat:
The Essence of UBC
"A great way to meet people." "Could have
had fewer speakers but more in-depth
coverage." "Very informative."
" Saturday night's buffet made up for the
breakfast and lunch!" These were some of the
comments from the 32 students who attended
the September New Students Retreat at Camp'
Elphinstone on the Sechelt Peninsula.
The weekend began, for most, with a mad
dash on Friday afternoon from the English
composition test to SUB to catch one of two
buses leaving for Camp Elphinstone. Once on
the bus you found mostly strange but friendly
faces. You began to relax as the bus threaded
through the West End and ambled across the
Lions Gate Bridge. But what was this? The
bus was going into North Vancouver ... up
Capilano Road. Were you really going to
Horseshoe Bay ... to Camp Elphinstone? The
driver confessed he wasn't lost. It was just that
his old bus had never made it up Taylor Way
with a full load!
Camp Elphinstone is not for the
faint-hearted. The accommodations weren't
the Hilton but they just added to the
atmosphere. Friday night's ice-breaker
sessions were a hit. The students were
encouraged to throw out questions. The first,
"Where's the beach?" smoked out the
Torontonian in the group! To learn a bit about
the individuals in the group, each person had
two minutes to question one other person who
in turn did the same. It was amazing to find
that one freshman already had four part-time
jobs. Next question: When was he planning to
Friday night's party and sing-along was a
real hit for some and a real headache for
others. Saturday morning arrived too soon and
the serious sessions began.
Student president Marlea Haugen spoke
about the Alma Mater Society and encouraged
the students to serve on its many committees.
"Why Get Involved?", the keynote address by
Brent Tynan, a member ofthe Student Affairs
Committee, was well received, judging by the
standing ovation he received from the group
before they adjourned to the party at the old
lodge with the music supplied by the CITR.
The Sunday morning evaluation and
planning session spawned a Frosh Committee
which intends to be a functioning group,
competing in intramurals and planning their
own activities including future New Students
The woodsy location, the brilliant sunshine,
the tranquil beach surrounded by the
spectacular mountains, the sing-alongs and
those parties were fringe benefits that made the
weekend special.
By the time the buses came to pick up the
group most people had found a friend or two
to walk the mile to the Langdale Ferry
Patrice Woo
The mountains, sea and sun were important parts
ofthe New Students Retreat. Alumni president,
Robert Smith (standing) was a resource person for
the event (see story above).
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Chronicle/Winter 1981   3 Chartered
R-Oven Skills
It is a privilege-and a responsibility. It
allows you freedom, and comes with strings
If you've got money the world will beat a
path to your door. Everybody's got the best
investment, the safest buy, the largest return.
All you've got to do is let them use your
money. What you do with your money is your
business. What the C A can do is make you
aware of how to make the most of your
finances with proven advice.
A Chartered Accountant can help you
plan your corporate and personal finances,
select tax shelters and ensure the taxman gets
what he is entitled to-nothing more,
nothing less.
Chartered Accountants can be found at
the helm of many of Canada's best-run
businesses, educational institutions and
government bodies.
The high standards and proven skills of
the Chartered Accountant are the inside edge
for you-and your money
Institute of Chartered Accountants
of British Columbia
If This is Fall
It Must be Reunions
Reunions, like people come in all sizes and
shapes ....Almost half of the members of
Law'51 attended their Sept. 2 gathering. In
toting up their distinguished alumni the class
noted that 18 of their number had joined the
bench. (Is this a record?) Four faculty members
who had taught the class were on hand: Dean
George Curtis, Gilbert Kennedy, Roy Herbert
and Charles Bourne....Law 71 had its day Oct.
3 when 120 attended their 10-year reunion at
the Four Seasons Hotel....Nursing '61 held a
two-day reunion with brunches and dinner
with 37 attending...Home Economics '61
celebrated with a luncheon at the Faculty
Club...Applied Science '46 and '51 and all the
1956 classes met October 24 for a dinner
dance at the graduate student centre. Nearly
200 enjoyed the event The same evening the
Vancouver Rowing Club hosted the fifth
UBC/VRC reunion. A large crowd was on
hand to meet the new UBC rowing coach Boris
Klavora and former coach Frank Read. It was
the first time that UBC's women rowers had
participated in the reunion. (The women's
crews were first formed in 1977.)....The ice
hockey alumni won their 7th annual game
against the Thunderbirds, 5-4, in overtime,
Oct. 17. A dinner-dance followed the game.
"Reunion team of the year" was the '62-'63
Birds, winners ofthe first-ever national
The skirl of bagpipes signaled the beginning of an
important event in the university's history: the
inaugural dinner ofthe Wesbrook Society. Over
140 alumni and friends ofthe university attended
the October 29 event at the Faculty Club.
(Above) Dr. Russell Palmer and his wife were
greeted by (from second, left) George Morfitt,
society chairman, Peggy Morfitt (hidden),
ChancellorJ. V. Clyne and Betty Clyne and
UBC President Douglas Kenny and Meg Kenny.
(Below) Professor emerita Dorothy Somerset
chatted with Beatrice Wood, widow of Prof.
Freddy Wood.
A very special moment in the program was the
unveiling (opposite page, top) by Robert Smith
(left), alumni president, ofthe UBC Proof of
" The Family Tree" an original lithograph by
internationally-known artist, Sam Black (right).
Prof. Black donated 100 copies ofthe lithograph
for presentation to the charter members ofthe
Wesbrook Society. (Membership in the society is
offered to individuals and corporations donating
at least $1,000 annually to UBC.) (Below,(right)
Mrs. Lois Fisher (left), the only woman member
ofthe Thunderbird section ofthe Wesbrook
Society received an update on UBC athletics from
athletics director Robert Hindmarch and his wife.
(Left) UBC piper Bruce Thomson and Peggy
Morfitt led in the head table.
Alumni Branches:
Where and Why?
"I'm a UBC graduate living in New York City.
I see from the Chronicle that there is a branch
ofthe alumni association here. Would you let
me know who to contact for further
Now that's just the sort of thing the
members of the branches committee like to
hear. It's their job to plan programs for alumni
living away from Vancouver that will help
keep the alumni in touch with UBC. There is a
wide variety in types of events — open houses,
displays, speakers and social events, but they
all offer alumni an opportunity to renew links
with UBC and to meet other alumni living in
their locale.
Programs are formulated and organized
with the assistance of a local representative to
ensure that they are of interest to alumni living
in the area. One of the newest branch
programs involves some of UBC's peripatetic
faculty members who have offered to speak to
alumni gatherings on their academic
The branches committee is actively seeking
additional branch contacts. If you have some
time to offer UBC, the committee or your local
4 Chroniclt/Wmter 1981 representative would like to hear from you. A
listing of current alumni reps is on page 27.
New York alumni are organizing a
reception to meet UBC president Douglas
Kenny in mid-March. Branch representative
Rosemary Brough (212) 688-2656 is looking
for members for her organizing committee.
Vancouver Institute:
The Second Season
Saturday Night Live at UBC is a learning
experience. Especially for those who attend
the Vancouver Institute lectures.
Plans are still being finalized for the Spring
'82 series but among those who have been
invited to speak are: Nobel prize winning
author, Saul Bellow; Robert Heilbroner, a
political economist from the New School for
Social Research in New York; Oxford
philosopher Charles Taylor; David Williams,
president of Wolfson College, Cambridge,
who will speak on the environment and the
law; D. Gerry Wasserburg, a "very
entertaining" geophysicist from California
Institute of Technology; economist Lawrence
Klein and Oxford physicist George Rada.
These last two are both Cecil H. and Ida Green
Visiting Professors.
Two visitors from Princeton are among the
invited speakers. Historian Lawrence Stone
will discuss the origins of the modern family
and musician Edward Cohen will illustrate
aspects of music with his piano.
Land use is a topic which provokes heated
debates in B.C. and UBC agriculture professor
V.C. Brink will examine agricultural land in
B.C. The name ofthe annual Vancouver Sun
lecturer was not available at press time.
The alumni association, which is
represented on the Vancouver Institute
Council by president Robert Smith and
executive director Peter Jones (who is
honorary secretary ofthe Institute), provides
administrative support services that help make
the institute's weekly programs possible.
The spring season of lectures begins
January 23. The program giving full details of
the lectures will soon be available from the
alumni office (228-3313).
The Vancouver Institute lectures begin at
8:15 p.m. in the Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre. While the lectures are free
new members are most welcome. The modest
membership fees ($15/family, $10/individual,
$2/students) are used to defray printing and
advertising costs. To join, send your cheque to
the alumni office, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver B.C. V6T 1X8.
The Spirit of Fairview
UBC's founding students were — and are — a
remarkable group. Representatives from the
classes of '16 to '25 are actively involved with
projects designed to continue the Fairview
traditions and to preserve the history of the
university and its students. One ofthe biggest
events on the Fairview calendar is the annual
running of the Arts '20 Relay. This year over
800 students participated in the run from the
original UBC site at Fairview to the Cairn on
Immersion in France
The University of Tours in the fabulous
Chateaux Country offers one month
language courses tor beginners to advanced students of French. Afternoons
are free to enjoy faculty-conducted excursions in the beautiful Loire Valley,
Brittany, Normandy, etc.
Our low rate includes scheduled return
flights to Paris, university residence
accommodation, most meals, tuition,
group transfers from Paris!
Departures on June 30, July 31 and
August 31.
Inclusive prices from
Toronto, Montreal, Maritimes $1698.00
Western Canada cities $1998.00
Immersion in Spain
One month courses in Spanish at the
Centrode Espanol for beginning to advanced students of Spanish. To
enhance learning, accommodation is
with a Spanish family and includes
three meals daily. Tuition, transfers
and return flight to Malaga are also included in this low price.
Departures on June 30, July 31 and
August 31
Inclusive prices from:
Toronto, Montreal, Maritimes $1698.00
Western Canada cities $1998.00
Immersion in Germany
One month German language courses
in Bonn, Germany. Details available
upon request.
Toronto, Montreal, Maritimes $1698.00
Western Canada cities $1998.00
Departure dates available upon request.
Regular monthly departures now available throughout the winter at special
rates! Call or write for full details.
Ship's School Educational Tours Ltd.
95 Dalhousie St., Brantford, Ont.
N3T 2J1   Tel: (519) 756-4900
You Tell Us!
See Page 25
Chronicle/Winter 1981   5 Teach with a Difference:
The Challenge of Africa
WUSC has been in existence since 1939. For more than forty
years we have supported education programmes in Canada
and the Third World. More than tour hundred WUSC
personnel now work throughout Africa.
If you are mature and anxious to learn — as well as teach —
consider the joy of teaching in a different culture. We require
teachers of:
You will live under local conditions and be remunerated on
local salary scales These are two and three year assignments
and could prove to be the most challenging and satisfying of
your career.
If you want real involvement in the developing world, we're
looking for people like you for January and September, 1982
For further information, please contact WUSC, 1404 Scott St,
P.O. Box 3000, Station C, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4M8 or call
(613) 725-3121
Service of
6 Chronicle/Venter 1981
Main Mall. Fairview members were on hand
to start the race and welcome the winners and
present the prizes. The committee has almost
completed its project to hang photographs of
all the university registrars in the new
administration building. The Fairview
members are inviting the classes of'26 to '44
to become involved in the preservation of the
history ofthe university. Grads from those
years are urged to contact the alumni office if
they are interested. (.Maybe the new group could
be called the Point Grey Committee? - Editor)
UBC's on FM:
Are You Listening?
CITR, the campus radio station will flick the
switch in February that will put it on the FM
radio band for listeners in the Lower
The move to FM follows several years of
cable broadcasting and long discussions with
the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications
Commission. Funding for the new
transmission equipment was obtained through
the assistance of the UBC Alumni Fund
($4,000), the Alma Mater Society and other
community donors.
CITR will be broadcasting from 8 a.m. to
midnight, daily with news, public affairs and a
wide range of music programming. UBC
Calendar will offer news of coming campus
events while Cityscape will cover the
Vancouver scene. There's the Thunderbird
Review for sports items and the Melting Pot
interviews faculty and students on current
research projects. There will also be programs
on women's issues and the environment.
CITR has made a name for itself on the music
it plays, often music that is not heard on
commercial stations until much later. With all
these plans it sounds like CITR will be a good
place to turn to.
The Whistler Experience...
UBC's Whistler mountain cabin — on the
doorstep ofthe skiing areas — is available for
individuals or groups year-round. When the
snow is on the ground, you can often ski from
the door to the bottom ofthe lifts.
The cabin has been completely renovated
and can accommodate up to 60 people. Ideally
suited for groups of 10 or more, the cabin has
modern facilities and is owned and operated
In the '20s they put up The University Gates
(above). In the '60s they took them down - a
traffic hazard, it seems. In 1981 they put them up
again - thanks to a gift from the 1980 grad class.
by the Alma Mater Society.
The main lodge has a large kitchen,
washrooms and showers, a main lounge and a
quiet lounge. The adjoining building contains
four dorms, which have been redesigned for
more privacy.
The campus community is invited to use the
cabin on a casual basis. For the non-student
population, the cabin is open Mondays to
Fridays, from Nov. 1 to May 31. For more
information or reservations, call the AMS at
Alumni Miscellany
Co-op Education is growing at UBC, as it is
elsewhere in Canada. Some 18,000 students at
34 Canadian universities and colleges are now
involved in the program.
Co-op Education integrates periods of
academic study with paid, related work
experience. Participating UBC students,
mostly engineers and some foresters, do three
summer work placements. A total of 105 men
and women were placed this past summer with
45 different employers, a significant increase
since 1978 when the first 14 women
participated. For more information on how
Co-op Education can be a part of your
organization or company contact the UBC
Co-op Education office, 228-3449....Alpha
Gamma Delta alumni are working to establish
a scholarship fund for undergrad sorority
sisters. The UBC Alumni Fund has agreed to
act as initial depositors for the AGD award,
and will issue official tax receipts. Scholarship
committee spokesman Susan Tennant says she
hopes alumni will continue their support.
Cheques  can be made payable to the UBC
Alumni Fund, and Tennant asks that
donations specify whether the funds should be
allocated to the fraternity, or the award....
Outstanding women take note! If you were a
member of Delta Sigma Pi, a campus sorority
whose purpose was to recognize women of
high leadership, scholarship and service, then
please notify the alumni association. Patrice
Woo ofthe student affairs committee would
like to hear from you. Plans are being made to
reactivate the group. Rick Hansen has nine units lo go before he
becomes the first disabled person to earn a UBC
physical education degree. This fall he rolled his
way around a 20 mile campus course in one hour,
36 minutes to raise money for wheelchair sports.
(The Ubyssey calls the annual event "The
Rickathon.") Hansen, one of Canada's
outstanding athletes is aiming for the marathon at
the '84 Olympics for the disabled.
Haida artist Bill Reid's masterpiece
sculpture, 'The Legend ofthe Raven,' is the
subject of a new film produced by the UBC
Museum of Anthropology with the aid of an
Alumni Fund grant. Twenty minutes long, it
follows the carving ofthe sculpture from the
original inspiration to the unveiling last year
bv the Prince of Wales. The film is available
from the MOA, 228-5087.
Jennings Memorial
Friends and colleagues of mathematician
Stephen Jennings are raising funds
to endow a scholarship in his name.
While at UBC, Jennings founded the honors
math program and served on the task force
that led to the establishment ofthe University
of Victoria and Simon Fraser University, as
well as the community college system.
At Victoria he became dean of graduate
studies, vice-president ofthe university and
acting president.
Friends and alumni wishing to donate to the
scholarship fund may send a cheque payable to
the Stephen A. Jennings Scholarship,
University of Victoria Foundation, P.O. Box
1700, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2. Or contact W.
R. Gordon, BA'57, MA'61, at 477-6911, local
The scholarship goes to an outstanding
honors math student in the third or fourth
year at UVic.
Nigeria, one of the most densely populated states of the African
continent, is currently offering interesting and challenging temporary
assignments to senior and junior professors. Professors emeriti are also
invited to apply. The massive expansion of higher education in this
country requires the recruitment of highly
^ qualified academic staff, at all levels,
to meet the increasing needs
of Nigerian universities.
Positions are available in
the following disciplines:
• Medicine
• Basic Sciences • Arts
• Environmental Sciences     • Social Sciences
• Engineering & Technology • Education
• Architecture • Law
• Agriculture • Management
If you possess several years
of professional teaching
experience at University level,
these assignments could prove
to be the most rewarding of
your career.
'All positions demand innovative ideas and offer^
the opportunity of creating and implementing
new programs. Interested individuals please
send your curriculum vitae to the following
address including names and addresses of
three referees stating your background
and field of interest:
Place de Ville, Tower A, Suite 2210, Ottawa, Ontario. K1R 5A3
Chronicle/Winter 1981   7 The Financial Crunch Comes to UBC
The financial crunch. We've all heard of it. We're all seeing what it's
doing to our incomes and cost of living. But as alumni we should also be
aware of its effect on post-secondary education in this country —
particularly on UBC.
The provincial government makes direct grants to the university — though
a large percentage of that funding comes indirectly from the federal
government as a result of a long-standing agreement. This agreement is about
to undergo some substantial changes as a result of the November 12 federal
budget. In this issue of the Chronicle Michael Valpy, a former editor of the
Ubyssey, and now Ottawa columnist for the Globe and Mail, reports on these
changes and what their impact may be on Canadian universities. I hope you
will read his report.
Consider the difference that a university education has made to your life, to
the life of your family and on a wider plane to the province, the country and
even beyond its borders. If there is not more than survival support for the
academic enterprise we will all suffer.
Research, particularly at universities has led the way to a better life for all
of us. But research is not something which can be turned on and off like a tap.
It needs a pool of highly educated individuals and, for the most part, very
sophisticated equipment and materials.
There's a domino effect in education. Without the incentive and financial
aid students won't be in the classroom to be taught. Without teaching,
research will suffer and the effect will be felt in every field from health
sciences and humanities to applied sciences and the arts. The price of not
supporting higher education is a price this country can not afford.
On its part the university needs to tell its story. Only in this way can strong
public support for higher education be generated. Every dollar that is given
to the university — whether from alumni, corporations, service clubs or
individuals means much more that just a financial contribution. It shows the
political decision makers the priorities of their voters.
I urge you, as alumni, to make your support ofthe university known. I
urge you to learn as much as possible about the questions debated and the
decisions taken by our elected officials that effect post-secondary education. I
also urge you to question those decisions in light of their long-term
implications. As alumni and citizens, TUUM EST.
Robert J. Smith
President, UBC Alumni Association
Current Events...
Education institutions throughout the
country are examining their programs and
budgets in light of current economic
conditions. UBC is not an exception. The
following material is reprinted from UBC
Reports and outlines the university's
situation and the action that President
Douglas Kenny has taken. (It has been
edited for space reasons.)
At the October 16 meeting ofthe
university senate President Kenny reported
on the financial situation. He said:
The university has reached the bottom
line — academically and fiscally.
It is clear that our present financial
resources cannot continue to support the
quality, the size and the scope of the
academic programs we now have, much
less sustain sufficient capacity to lead in
the exploration of new academic areas.
Of course, our current fiscal situation is
not unique among institutions of higher
education in North America. McGill, for
example, has an estimated $15.5 million
deficit for 1981-82.
Our finances are in a state of grave
uncertainty for three main reasons:
(a) double-digit inflation;
(b) operating grants from government
significantly below what the university
has requested; and
(c) the university does not have the
same ability as most of industry to offset
rising costs with rising productivity —
there are few, if any, shortcuts to
producing highly educated people....
Obviously, the university must seek to
Fifty Years Ago....
Fifty years ago the university was faced
with a financial crisis that threatened its
continued existence. The students,
alumni and faculty launched a sustained
and successful campaign to encourage
public support for the university.
Winston Shilvock, BA'31, BCom'32, an
active member ofthe Student Publicity
Campaign has provided some memories
of those times.
"The first intimation of the drastic cuts
in the provincial government grant
(almost over 50% in two years) reached
President Klink just before Christmas."
The students knew nothing of the cuts
until a blast came from the Ubyssey on
January 12. By the end of the month the
students felt some positive action should
be taken and a meeting was called on the
suggestion of two alumni to discuss the
possibility of concerted action to
8 Chronkh/Wmter 1981
influence the public support ofthe
university. In the space of two days the
Student Publicity Committee was
established with an executive chaired by
Ken Martin. It was decided to show the
public how dramatically the various
faculties would be affected. When
news of the budget cut reached the
general public it no longer seemed to be a
question of whether or not one faculty
could continue to do its work but
whether or not the university could
There were newspaper advertisements,
thousands of letters, radio speeches, even
book marks in libraries, to help make
people aware of the problem. The
students felt that almost everyone in B.C.
was approached one way or another. The
student committee arranged a meeting
with the board of governors to try and get
details of the cuts. Word got out and
instead on one delegation there were 96
different organizations on hand to plead
that action be taken to stop "the
slaughter of the university."
The effect of this publicity was a
statement from the minister of education
that the matter was closed. The students
after meeting with the government were
undaunted and decided to play their
trump card: a monster petition.
Speed was essential. An AMS meeting
February 11 made the plans and the
first-ever 'extra' ofthe Ubyssey recorded
the results on the 13th. The success was
phenomenal. More than 70,000
signatures were collected by 2,000
In July the government rejected a
report that recommended consideration
be given to closing the university. That
settled the matter.
The university was maintained, but at
a reduced level. Recovery came fairly
quickly after 1933 but for those who
waited at Point Grey it seemed to be
forever. demonstrate to the province that the need
for higher education is as important as
many other public priorities and that the
university will return invaluable
economic and social benefits in exchange
for the province's investment. Perhaps
we have not sufficiently communicated to
the public and the government the social,
cultural and economic benefits ofthe
university. I would welcome any
suggestions on how the university may
place this issue before the public and the
The belt-tightening had already begun
in 1976, and by 1980 the academic ribs
could be counted. The cumulative effect
of this compression of funds, plus the
announcement of an 11.83 per cent
increase in the 1981-82 operating grant,
which, incidentally, is totally inadequate
to meet salary and wage increases and the
higher costs of materials and supplies,
adds up to a financial crunch of major
Higher education is not a source of
inflation; it is a victim of inflation.
Inflation has drastically increased our
operating costs, but our income has not
increased correspondingly....
About 15 per cent of the total cost of
running the university is in non-salary
items. Many of these expenses are
virtually non-controllable costs, such as
heat, light, water, insurance, telephone,
paper, books and so forth. For 1982-83
the university has estimated an inflation
factor on four distinct components of its
budget as follows:
(a) utilities 25%
(b) books and periodicals 22.5%
(c) scientific equipment 17.5%
(d) other supplies 13%
The inflation on supplies will add
about $4.7 million to our operating costs
in 1982-83. And this brings me to an
assessment of the financial consequences
of the arbitrator's award for faculty
salaries in 1981-82.
The university received an increase in
the 1981-82 operating grant for general
purposes of 11.83%. This represented the
limit of the university's ability   to pay
salary increases in 1981-82. Accordingly,
the university's final offer to the Faculty
Association was a salary increase of 12%
for continuing members, which included
3% for career adjustments.
The arbitrator awarded an
across-the-board increase of 18% in
addition to the 3% for career
advancement adjustments. Thus, the
shortfall is 9% of the salary base and
associated fringe benefits for continuing
members ofthe bargaining unit, i.e. 9%
of $80,405,000 or $7,236,450....
(The agreement between the university and
the faculty association calls for binding
arbitration in the event they are unable to
reach a settlement. - Editor)
I have taken three steps to assure that
the additional costs and commitments
arising from the arbitrator's award can be
met. First, I recommended to the board
of governors that they request the
shortfall of over $7 million from the
Universities Council in order to maintain
the integrity and excellence of existing
Second, I have taken steps to cope with
the immediate shortfall this fiscal year
and to minimize its effect on
requirements for future years. Various
budget control policies have been
implemented to see us through the
current year without a deficit and over
the long run to adjust commitments so
that they are consistent with expected
revenues. I fully recognize that these
belt-tightening policies are academically
painful, but they are necessary to avoid a
deficit — which we are not permitted to
Third, and for the longer term, I am in
the process of appointing a committee to
advise me on the nature and location of
retrenchments that may be necessary. I
hope this committee will never have to
make its recommendations to me. For if
they do, succeeding generations will be
the losers even more than we ourselves.
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copyright. Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, 1981. Canadian Mindpower Campaign, Suite 8039 130 St George Street, Toronto Writing From Outside
The Personal View of
George Bowering
The First in a Series of Essays by
Distinguished University of British Columbia Alumni.
I am advertised in the SFU English department calendar
as a teacher of creative writing. I have been trying for
years to have the editors correct that error (or as I call it
in my more testy moments, that calumny). I used to teach
creative writing at a university in Montreal, when I was a
writer-in-residence. Some of my students are now successful
poets, journalists and fiction writers. But when I returned to
the west coast in 1971,1 started a career as a person who does
not teach creative writing (or as John Newlove calls it,
creative writhing).
I can imagine my teaching creative writing again. If a
university in Belize asked me to come there and teach it for a
year, I would go. It would be worth it because I would get a
year in Belize. I would even consider a similar offer from
Toronto. I have been offered such jobs lately in a few large
Canadian cities, but at writer-in-residence pay, which would
get me into trouble with my mortgage company.
You see that I am saying that the idea of teaching creative
writing can be a good one — for the teacher. When people
ask me why I don't teach a writing course, though, I say that
I like to spend the semester studying great professional
writing rather than looking at similar tyro poems and stories
every year. Of course that is not all the story: in Montreal
and Burnaby I have always voted against any departmental
motion to expand the creative writing program.
But I took creative writing at UBC, as people keep
reminding me. I even obtained half a degree in creative
writing there in 1960. Then I became a catch-up student
before getting into graduate school in literature. Most of my
friends came as I did out of the hills to the glamor and dream
of actual courses in writing, our writing. Later in our college
years we alienated the people in charge of the writing
program by going elsewhere for our inspiration, forming a
kind of alternative course of studies in composition.
While I was enrolled in the official credit courses I learned
one thing: keep writing, a lot. That was during my first year
at UBC. Later, as a graduate student, teaching assistant,
Ubyssey columnist, Tish editor, poet, and the worst actor in
the Players' Club, I found time to write a 550-page novel in
II months. You are not going to see that novel, but perhaps
you have seen my name attached to the ambiguous adjective,
"prolific." I credit my first creative writing course with that
acquired trait.
When I was going to university, UBC was the only school
in Canada with a department of writing. Now people can
take creative writing courses for credit anywhere in the
country. My daughter has been taking creative writing at
primary school! When one asks a school teacher why the
children are doing creative writing rather than spelling, the
teacher will usually say that it is done in order to foster the
children's creativity. When asked what that means, the
teacher will more often than not reply that it means giving
the child a chance to express herself.
When university students, thinking that I teach creative
writing, tell me they want to study such a thing because of
their desire to express themselves, my heart shrinks. Poetry
is not yourself, I tell them; poetry does not come from
inside. It comes as it always has, from the world. The poet's
job is not to disgorge, but to read all the great and good
writing that has been granted to the human race, to learn all
the mechanics of our language, tune his body, and then
listen. The poet is not an ex-presser but a readier. The poet,
Jack Spicer, was one of our teachers beyond the creative
writing department. Poetry-writing is what Jack Spicer
called it, the practice of outside.
I am sure that there are more creative writing courses than
there are good writers in the country, so there are probably
creative writing teachers in high schools, in community
programs, and even in universities, who encourage their
charges to express themselves. I know from my personal
observation that there are teachers who support two
bromides just as pernicious as the notion of expressing self.
These are: "write what you know," and "find your own
If I were really a creative writing teacher I would get a
senior course, and try to deprogram the students who had
learned to be satisfied with those notions. Find out what you
can learn by writing, I would say. A writer's reach should
exceed her grasp, or what's a pencil for? Try to forget your
own voice, I would say, and listen hard for what the
language is saying. If someone asks you, as citizens are
always asking writers, who do you write for, who is your
audience — be in a position to answer truthfully that when
you are caught in the act of writing, you yourself are the
audience, hearing a voice you've trained your ear to receive.
I was told near the end of one writing course that at last I
had found my own voice, and at the time I felt warm and
gratified, a dangerous condition for a writer. Fortunately I
didn't continue to write that way. A writer who finds his
own voice is likely to stay with it, turning out the same book
over and over. That is what readers of schlock are looking
for. If their favorite best-selling author tries a departure
they become disappointed, and any writer interested in
moolah and power does not want disappointed readers.
Similarly, writers who write what they know will keep on
writing it, and they will tend to know little more late in their
careers than what they knew after their first books. They
will be what the semi-amateur newspaper reviewers are
always looking for: writers who are "in control of their
material." Now really, isn't that a dreadful phrase? □
George Bowering, BA'60, MA'63, is one of very few
Canadians to have received two Governor-General's awards for
literature. The first, in 1969, was for poetry and the second, last
year, for his novel, Burning Water, The Story of George
Vancouver. One of the founding editors ofthe "notorious west
coast poetry journal, 'Tish,' he is also an essayist and
playwright. His most characteristic work, combining elements of
verse and prose are called serial poems and published as separate
books. He has taught at American and Canadian universities
and is currently professor of English at Simon Fraser University.
Chroniele/Wmter 1981   11 Whatever Happened to the
Federal Education Dollar?
Michael Valpy
"A nation which seeks to compete must gel
its national and fiscal priorities right. We
find ourselves at a time when new
knowledge is going to determine the future of
- UBC President Douglas T. Kenny
That statement by President Kenny
is as good a theme-setter as any for
this essay. It is contained in a brief
he submitted earlier this year to the
Parliamentary Task Force on
Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements.
Federal-provincial fiscal arrangements
is a mouthful of a label that means
Ottawa pays about two-thirds of
post-secondary education operating costs
in Canada. The sum totals $3.5-billion
for the current fiscal year. What Ottawa
wants, and what Finance Minister Allan
MacEachen's budget has signalled, is a
new deal on the money it spends.
Let me now tell you that nothing more
strains the capabilities of Canadian
journalism than the subject of
federal-provincial fiscal arrangements,
particularly the workings of Established
Programs Financing (EPF). It is a
horrible subject. Newspapers and news
magazines over the years have come to
grips with its complexities by
over-simplifying it, or by getting it wrong
— and in either case by saying as litde
about it as they can get away with. EPF is
fed-prov jargon for the federal payments
made to provincial institutions and
governments for hospital costs, health
care and post-secondary education. I am
writing about the post-secondary
education part.
EPF pay-outs in the 1981-82 fiscal year
are worth about $322.6-million to
post-secondary operating costs in British
Columbia, or about 67.3 per cent ofthe
12 Chronicle/Winter 1981
total. Mainly that amount is transferred
directly to the British Columbia
government. Roughly another
$25-million of federal money can be
added to the B.C. post-secondary pot this
year under the name of "revenue
guarantee"; remember that figure, it now
is contentious.
EPF pay-outs are negotiated by
Ottawa and the provinces every five
years. The current agreement expires at
the end of March, 1982. It is for the next
five-year agreement that Ottawa wants
new rules.
The new rules for post-secondary
education financing proposed in
MacEachen's budget amount to a slightly
reduced growth rate in federal spending,
plus more federal influence over how the
money is to be spent. The new rules do
not seem unreasonable.
Richard Bellaire, an expert on
university financing who works for the
Canadian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT), says: "We can live
with them . . . depending upon what the
provincial governments do." He means:
Depending on whether the provincial
governments use their own money to
make up for the reduced federal
contribution, or whether they enforce
cutbacks on services.
The reduction in the federal pay-outs
is to be phased in — to minimize trauma.
And the influence that Ottawa wants, so
long as it is sensitive to the workings of
the whole system, should improve the
delivery of national post-secondary
education. Ottawa simply wants to see
post-secondary institutions turning out
more of the kinds of graduates that the
country's economy needs. That is what
President Kenny's statement is about.
MacEachen, therefore, is delivering
two messages:
First, he is saying the federal
government has to restrain its
expenditures. Ottawa has a big deficit.
However, as MacEachen says in his
budget: "Provincial governments have
enjoined us to reduce the federal deficit,
but not at their expense." In other words,
he has been urged to cut, but not to cut
into EPF.
But he argues that EPF pay-outs over
the years have increased annually at a
much faster rate than most provincial
support for post-secondary education.
Certainly that is true for British
Columbia. In 1967-68, when
post-secondary EPF began, Ottawa paid
60.8 per cent of post-secondary operating
costs across the country (53.9 per cent in
B.C.). In 1981-82, it is paying 63.6 per
cent across the country (67.7 per cent in
His second message is that Ottawa has
been getting scant credit — in Ottawa
jargon: insufficient visibility — for the
money it does spend. The cash and
tax-point grants Ottawa gives to the
provincial governments for
post-secondary education are
unconditional; that is, without strings.
The provinces alone decide how they are
to be spent.
When the last EPF agreements were
made, in 1976, federal-provincial
guidelines on post-secondary financing
were set down. The guidelines said
Ottawa and the provincial governments
together should work out national goals
for post-secondary education.
Those consultations have gone
nowhere, largely because the provincial
governments have stalled on them.
MacEachen now is insisting on
consultations. He also is saying that if the
consultations do not have a satisfactory
outcome, he will become stingier with
the federal cheque-book.
That is the framework. Let's look at
the details.
What has MacEachen's budget cut
immediately out of EPF? MacEachen
says nothing. He says that what he has
eliminated is something called the
"revenue guarantee", which is not a part
of EPF. By discontinuing it, MacEachen
estimates he will save $5.316-billion over
the next five years.
The revenue guarantee was first introduced in 1972 as a five-year
transition program to help provinces
adjust to some income tax changes. It was
a lure. The provinces didn't know what
effect the tax changes would have on
their revenues. So to entice them into
accepting the changes, Ottawa promised
to guarantee their revenues at a specified
level until the new system was broken in.
The guarantee should have expired in
1976-77. Instead, in some unpredicated
bargaining between Ottawa and the
provinces it got folded into EPF
entitlements for another five years. That,
at least, is the federal explanation.
MacEachen says the provincial
governments in the past have never let
Ottawa include the revenue guarantee in
EPF calculations. Therefore, he says,
that is proof that even the provinces do
not consider the revenue guarantee to be
part of EPF. Gotcha, says MacEachen.
MacEachen also proposes to slightly
alter the formula by which EPF pay-outs
are calculated, beginning in April. That
will save him another $374-million over
the next five years — for a total of
But as he taketh away, he also giveth.
He has introduced tax changes that will
increase provincial revenues by
$3.790-billion over the five-year period
— leaving the provinces with a net
reduction to their revenues of
$1.9-billion. The effect of the one hand
giving while the other takes is (apart from
being MacEachenesque) to cushion the
impact ofthe federal reduction.
MacEachen calculates that total EPF
pay-outs over the next five years will be
$104-billion ($9.2-billion for B.C.). The
post-secondary share has been calculated
in the past at 31.2 per cent ofthe total —
so $32.448-billion ($2.87-billion for
B.C.). The givething and take thing
amounts to a five-year net reduction for
provincial revenues of 1.8 per cent. That,
in turn, translates to a bottom line for
B.C. post-secondary education of
something like $50-million less from
The parliamentary task force on EPF
concluded, after a summer's study, that
post-secondary education is seriously
underfinanced in most parts of Canada,
but not because of the inadequacy of
federal contributions.
It argued, however, that any sharp
reduction in federal contributions likely
would destabilize the entire system,
because the provinces would not make up
the difference.
What MacEachen has done is less than
he was threatening to do and about what
the provinces expected him to do.
Richard Bellaire of CAUT said he
attended a conference on post-secondary
education in British Columbia earlier this
year and was told by B.C. government
officials that they anticipated the
elimination of the revenue guarantee.
Provincial governments argued at the
parliamentary task force hearings that
growth in EPF pay-outs is not keeping
pace with inflation. The task force
agreed. But its report also pointed out
that "forecasts of higher education
operating costs . . . indicate virtually no
increase in costs in real terms over the
next several years."
The forecasts are contingent, of
course, upon what demands Ottawa and
the provinces put on the national
post-secondary system. That brings us to
the second of MacEachen's signals: more
federal influence on post-secondary
MacEachen says in his budget that
unless there is satisfactory
federal-provincial progress by March 31,
1983, toward establishing common
national goals for the system, Ottawa will
freeze EPF cash payments to the
provinces for post-secondary education at
the 1982-83 level. That threat closely
parallels the proposal made to the task
force by former federal deputy finance
minister Thomas Shoyama, a UBC grad
now teaching at University of Victoria's
School of Public Administration.
That freeze would be devastating.
For British Columbia, in 1981-82, the
cash portion (the rest is in tax points) of
the EPF post-secondary pay-out was 58
per cent ofthe total. If MacEachen
applied a freeze after 1982-83, it would
mean a loss to B.C. of about $417-million
over the next four years.
It is not clear what increased influence
Ottawa wants. But you can put some
statements together — MacEachen's, for
example, to the task force: "The
post-secondary transfer (EPF), to the
extent it serves federal policy, is mainly
related to long-term economic
And President Kenny's brief to the
task force:
"Canada needs an estimated additional
1,500 researchers by 1985 to meet the
federal target of 1.5 per cent of gross
national product to be spent on research
and development by the mid-1980s.
"Canada needs 8,000 foresters over the
next decade, or twice the number now
graduated in Canada. Canada needs 740
PhDs in agricultural science between 1980
and 1986, but is only turning out 49
graduates per year. Canadian universities
have about 300 openings for business
professors and yet 15 to 20 PhDs will be
graduated annually . . . this shortage will
prevent students from studying in
faculties of commerce."
The federal-provincial consultations
will be complex and delicate. What, first
of all, does MacEachen mean by
"satisfactory progress?" How much
influence will Ottawa be allowed — and
in what form — before the provinces cry
out that Ottawa is intruding too far into
the provincial constitutional domain of
education? What will be the stance of the
government of Quebec?
And if post-secondary education is
increasingly to serve national economic
development, what is the future for
philosophers and English scholars, eh? □
Michael Valpy, a former editor ofthe
Ubyssey, is Ottawa columnist for
the Globe and Mail.
Chronicle/Winter 1981   13 The Money
Alumni Summer College '82
Considers the
Implications of Wealth
Anne MacLachlan
Ahh money ... if you haven't got it, how do you make it?
If you make it, how do you keep it — better still, make
it grow?
Most of us aren't very good at money management. Just as
soon as we find a way to make an extra dollar — the picture
changes. Faced with a bewildering array of options,
struggling to keep abreast, most of us don't do as well as we
could. We'll likely earn more than a million dollars in our
lifetimes. What will we have to show for it? What do we want
our money to do?
You may find some answers to these questions and at the
same time enjoy an interesting and unusual vacation at UBC.
The university welcomes you back to campus next
summer for its Alumni Summer College — an "outstanding
program of intellectual, cultural and social experiences."
The topic ofthe four-day residential college is "Money —
the implications of wealth." It promises a vacation that is
easy on the pocketbook, yet teaches you something about
The college is an amalgam of practice and theory, of
workshops, seminars and lectures, conducted by a faculty
drawn from top levels ot the Canadian business and
academic worlds. Part ofthe program will be 'how tos'; part
will be more theoretical or intellectual. Topics range from
the north-south dialogue, to such workshops as "how to beat
the high cost of taxes" and "how to invest your dollar."
You can come alone, or with a spouse, or friend; with
children or without. (Separate programs are available for
children of participants.) The college will be held July
28-Aug. 1 and campus accommodation and food is included in
the course fee.
An Outstanding Program
The college promises to be a "very special experience, a
carefully-thought-through program that blends the
intellectual with social and leisure activities.
"We will have some pretty high-powered people on the
college faculty," says Joanne Ricci, assistant professor of
nursing and chair of the alumni college committee. One such
faculty member is Andrew Kniewasser, president ofthe
Investment Dealers Association of Canada. Kniewasser,
who usually addresses such august groups as economic
councils, will be on hand as one of several resource people.
Another resource person will be economist Dr. Robert
Will, dean of arts and professor of economics. (A list ofthe
faculty will be in the next issue of The Chronicle.)
An important part of the program is informal discussion
and exchanges between participants and faculty. "It's not
just passive participation, it's a sharing process," Ricci says.
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Social and Cultural Activities
The college offers more than just intellectual
nourishment; there's food for the body and soul too. Social,
recreational and cultural events are equally important.
Lunches, dinners and informal get-togethers dot the
program, which has been arranged for up to 80 participants.
Highlights include a tour ofthe Museum of Anthropology,
with a Potlatch presentation by museum director Dr.
Michael Ames (followed by a traditional Native Indian
salmon barbeque). Director Dr. Roy Taylor hosts a tour of
the UBC Botanical Gardens and a picnic buffet.
You can swim in the UBC pools or soak in the Aquatic
Centre Jacuzzi, laze on the beach or stroll through the
beautiful campus gardens. There's a wide variety of sports
facilities close at hand. Optional fitness testing is available,
as is a workshop on stress and individual stress assessment.
The residential setting is a key element ofthe Alumni
College and a block of private rooms and suites has been set
aside in Gage residence. Arrangements can be made for
those who wish to come a little earlier, or stay a bit longer,
and take a full week vacation.
A Special Experience
The college promises to be a special experience. The
academic program will vary daily, although both opening
and closing days will feature keynote addresses by eminent
speakers, and panel or group discussions.
Total cost ofthe four day program, accommodation
and food is $390. However, reduced fees are
available for limited options (see reply form below).
It may be winter, but it's not too early to consider your
summer '82 vacation. Plan now to attend UBC's Alumni
College, to renew old friendships or make new ones, refresh
your mind or your body. UBC is the educated choice for a
summer vacation. □
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(Reduced rates for families with children under 12.)  The Ghost of
Canada's Past
and Other
Literary Lights.
When the cry "Author, Author ..."
is heard an amazing number of
UBC alumni can stand to accept
the acclaim. Some of them are
widely known like Pierre Berton,
Earle Birney, Jack Hodgins,and
George Bowering. Many others
have more specialized but equally
devoted readers. The Chronicle
has sought out some of these
writers and asked what makes them
write. Each has a different story to
tell. Space has restricted the
number of participants, but maybe
this is an article that should end
"To Be Continued..."
It's always been assumed that John
Diefenbaker wrote, or at least
dictated his own memoirs. Ditto for
Lester Pearson and Jack Horner. But it's
not so.
Listed discreetly in publications as
editor or principle writer/historian, ghost
writer John A. Munro, has been
publishing and popularizing the words
and deeds of our politicians for the past
12 years. What forces led him to
specialize in capturing what he calls "the
sound and character" of his subjects?
While Munro, BA'62, MA'65, was
working on his thesis under Dean F. H.
Soward he taught Canadian history at
Vancouver's Shurpass College. He fondly
reminisces about closing his classroom
door and bringing history alive for his
By 1969 he was resident historian in
the federal department of external affairs.
The following year retired prime minister
Lester Pearson asked Munro to provide
him with lengthy reports as the basis for
his memoirs. Pearson, familiar with
Munro's work at external affairs also
requested that he produce a narrative to
"bridge" the purely factual information.
Not only was Munro bridging the facts,
he was also selecting what Pearson-era
history would be told, by virtue of
deciding what material to include in the
Pearson died while the second volume
of Mike was in the works and Munro
learned a great deal about the craft of
ghost writing — literally and figuratively
— from producing the 3-volume
memoirs. He learned the necessity of
protecting and defending his subject,
confessing that "You do censor your
material to a degree."
By 1973 Munro's reputation for
memoirs was growing. The CBC
approached him for assistance on a
television series on former prime minister
John Diefenbaker. The result was "One
Canadian" in which Munro was billed as
interviewer and historical consultant.
About the same time Munro was asked to
take on the Diefenbaker memoirs. In
contact to the close working relationship
with Pearson, Munro says that working
with Diefenbaker, which included some
200 hours of interviews — was "straight
ghosting from the beginning." Despite
some tumultuous moments Munro
thinks of Diefenbaker as sort of an uncle
— for better or worse. He adds that
sometimes it was necessary to render
passages of One Canada muddy or to
"fudge" them, especially when die
Chiefs memory conflicted with fact.
Recently Munro captured the "sound
and character" of Alberta politician Jack
Horner. He is currently finalizing the
manuscript on a Western separatist and
putting the last touches to The Wit and
Wisdom of John Diefenbaker.
Beyond that the ghost writer says he is
uncertain as to his future plans. What is
certain is that John A. Munro, teacher,
writer and today, director ofthe
University of Saskatchewan Diefenbaker
Centre — understands the importance of
coloring our history and recreating the
sound and character of Canada's past.
16 Chwmcle/Wmter 1981
John Munro Elizabeth Chater
A well-known critic once said that all
people in society today were either
"horrible" or "miserable," that most
human beings are basically hopeless and
unsatisfied with their lot in life. Not
Elizabeth Chater, BA'31 ! She is so
enthusiastic about what she's doing that
it's almost contagious.
Chater, at 71, has been professionally
writing historical romance novels since
she was in her late sixties, although she
has also published a murder mystery and
several science fiction stories. The
prolific writing career is only one of
Chater's achievements. It follows an
equally superb academic one.
After her three children were grown,
Chater, at 53, took a master's degree in
English and creative writing at San Diego
State College, where she taught for 16
years. She didn't leave the college,
though, without receiving the
distinguished teaching award in 1968 and
being voted outstanding campus
professor in 1977, when she retired as
professor emerita of English. As Chater
says with a laugh, "the middle-aged
Canadian lady did all right!"
When her husband died in 1978,
Chater immersed herself in her current
passion, writing "Regency" and
"Georgian" romances. ("Regency"
referring to the period between 1811-1820
when the Prince of Wales was Regent
before becoming George IV.) Part ofthe
fun in writing the novels, Chater says, is
the research, which involves travelling to
Bath, England, to study the costumes,
manners, and language ofthe period. She
also uses a special slang dictionary to
make her characters' speech more
authentic. "The research is my
recreation," she says.
Chater believes that she has succeeded
in writing because she had once read that
"you should write what you like to read,"
and took it to heart. When her science
fiction stories were published in the '60s,
she had to use a male pseudonym because
it was not thought at the time that women
were interested in science fiction.
At the moment, Chater is working on a
contemporary romance, to be of a more
racy nature than her comparatively tame
"Regencies." "Young women don't want
to hear about a gentleman kissing a lady's
hand," she laughs. But she is a little
apprehensive about this undertaking,
aware of the emphasis in today's
literature on the "physical act" of sex as
opposed to the occasional witty remark
about it in the historical romance.
But like the character of the woman
she likes to portray in her novels, Chater
is spirited and spunky, and one has the
feeling she will still be adding items to
her success story for years to come.
Elizabeth Collins
Ian Slater
It was about a year ago that Ian Slater
began thinking of himself as a writer
who teaches, rather than a teacher
who writes. Slater (BA'72, MA'73,
PhD'77) has just had his third novel
published, and his completed fourth
novel is now with his agent. All ecological
thrillers, his books make good use of his
varied background as oceanography
technician, political science student and
writer. Slater turned these disparate
interests into a winning combination with
his first book, Firespill, which was the
$50,000 Seal Books first novel award
winner in 1977. For the promotion of
Slater's first novel, Seal Books even
invented a new drink — Amaretto,
Cointreau, Courvoisier and cream served
in a dry-ice lined glass. Firespill, about an
oil spill off the B.C. coast, sold 67,000
copies in Canada (usually 5,000 copies
marks a fiction best-seller in Canada),
sold well over one-third of a million in
North America, and was translated into
eight foreign languages.
Not bad for something originally
written as a movie script while the author
was also working on his political science
doctoral dissertation on George Orwell.
The Australian-born Slater had always
written, but it wasn't until he began his
studies at UBC that he took any formal
creative writing courses. Those courses,
he says, "taught me a lot about the
discipline of writing. Writing a novel is
90 per cent hard work. You must begin
with talent but you have to put in the
time." Slater was twice a winner in the
Chronicle Creative Writing Competition
for UBC students.
After completing his PhD, Slater
taught in the Arts I program at UBC — a
multi-discipline program for first-year
Arts students — and wrote Seagold,
another thriller about off-shore mineral
rights. His third novel, Air Glow Red,
about solar power, was published by
Doubleday in September.
His teaching load now cut to one
course on engineers in society, for
applied science students, Slater can
devote more time to writing. But he
chooses to teach for two reasons. He
needs the money, as do most
fiction-writers in Canada, but he also
needs the social stimulation of being
around students. "You can't write in
isolation," he says.
Judith Walker
Chronick/Winter 1981   17 Roy MacLaren
Writing is my game of squash," says
Roy MacLaren. Liberal M.P. since
1979 for the Toronto riding of
Etobicoke North, publisher and
part-owner of Canadian Business and
Energy magazines, Chairman of CB
Media Ltd.  MacLaren, BA'55,
(MA,Cam.), is currently parliamentary
secretary to the minister of energy, mines
and resources. At the same time,
notwithstanding his modest approach to
writing, he has made a unique
contribution to Canadian historical
research in three books — Canadians in
Russia, 1918-1919 (Macmillan, Toronto,
1976), Canadians on the Nile, 1882-1898
(UBC Press, 1978) and, most recently,
Canadians behind Enemy Lines, 1939-1945
(UBC Press, 1981).
How does he do it? Because he enjoys
writing, MacLaren makes time for it.
Most of Canadians behind Enemy Lines
was written in the early hours ofthe
morning and in airplanes ("The
telephone doesn't ring").
Ever since his days at UBC, he has
been "immensely interested in history
and the way history is written. "He does
all his research himself. Although the
books were not planned as a series,
MacLaren admits that the feeling "Who
knows Canada who only Canada knows?"
prompted him to investigate the behavior
of Canadians in various world hot spots.
What stands out, in his view, is a hardy
common sense, shared by the
backwoodsmen working as boatmen on
the Nile in the 1880s, the soldiers sent to
Russia in 1918 and the cool-headed spies
and saboteurs of World War II.
In Canadians behind Enemy Lines,
MacLaren performs the difficult feat of
combining individual stories of courage
and ingenuity with a comprehensive view
ofthe role of Canadians with the British
18  ChnmicWWinter 1981
Secret Service. He shows how this
country's multi-national origins made
Canadians particularly valuable as agents
in France, Eastern Europe and Asia.
The agents who survived their training
had a certain love of risk which
MacLaren himself seems to share. He has
never been satisfied to let the system
carry him along. When he left the
external affairs department in 1969, he
had behind him a 12-year record of
constant promotion, yet the feeling of
being, as he puts it, "on the escalator"
made him restless. He wanted to "get out
and take some risks. "
His entry into politics in 1979
corresponded to a desire to take an active
part in Canadian public life. "It was not,"
he says, smiling, "because I imagined I
had the solution to the country's
MacLaren is already planning another
book, which he describes as "less
ambitious." He wants to edit the diary of
an African explorer. His writing, which
he modestly puts at the level of an
amusement, a form of relaxation, has
become necessary to him. "I would feel
there was something wrong if I weren't
writing," he says. More than just a
pleasure, writing is a discipline, a way of
keeping his balance in the world. "To
write clearly is a way of thinking clearly.
I am sceptical of unnecessary words. I
write a draft and then throw out every
redundant word. I try to tighten the
prose until it squeaks."
Elizabeth Ritchie
Geoffrey Cornish
A superlative swing with your
favorite club, the ball soaring
accurately towards the first green
— now that's satisfaction. Not a thought
is cast towards the guy who made it all
possible. It's only when that self-same
soaring ball lands plop in a trap that you
swear (silently, of course) at the person
who designed the course in the first
It might well have been Geoffrey S.
Cornish, BSA'35, one of North
America's few golf course architects.
Some 170 courses of his design are in play
in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Cornish faced his biggest challenge
when wealthy financier Lawrence Wien
got teed off at the endless waits. Wien,
who then owned the Empire State
building, went to Connecticut, bought a
huge chunk of land, phoned Cornish and
asked him to come and look.
What Cornish saw was a rocky chunk
of land — lovely, but there was almost no
soil on it. As Cornish tells the story'> he
said: "Wien, it's impossible." The
owner's response was simply: "When do
I get my golf course?" So they trucked in
the soil, and the subsoil, and eventually
built what is one ofthe most elaborate
courses in Connecticut.
Another interesting course Cornish has
designed is the New Ashburn, near
Halifax, N.S., cut entirely through
forest. He tries to retain as much ofthe
natural terrain and vegetation as possible,
so keeping a lot of the forest was
The opposite faced him at Macedonia
in northern Greece, where almost
nothing grew on a semparid strip of land
squeezed between the ocean and high
mountains. There the real problem was
the way salt affected the minimal
vegetation, he said.
But Cornish doesn't mind. He loves
travelling and the variety of his job, and
has no immediate plans to retire. There
are some 102 golf course architects in
North America, but since only 100 or so
courses open yearly, most of their work is
in improving existing courses.
Cornish, who lives in Fiddlers Green,
Amherst, Mass., is senior author of a
just-published history of golf course
architecture, entitled, appropriately
enough, The Golf Course. It's a long way
and many courses from his first job at
West Vancouver's Capilano in 1935 ....
Anne MacLachlan Shirlev Hewett graduated from
UBC in 1955 with a BA, and the
following year completed teacher
training. And although she has taught, it
has been writing — not teaching — that
has occupied an important place in her
busy life.
"I really got into writing when I
became heavily involved in boating," she
recalls. In the late '60s she wrote a
regular column for the Victoria Times
entitled "Around Our Shores," about
sailboat racing, yachting, and people in
the thriving boating community of
Victoria and the Gulf Islands.
"There was a period there when I had
three children in five years, and quit
writing," she says. "The writing dropped
off, but not the sailing! That was always
my first love."
Jeremy Hewett, Shirley's husband,
teaches sailing, sells boats, writes a little,
and is generally an effective, energetic
sailboat aficionado.
Together they ran "The Bosun's
Locker," a boating supply store in
Sidney near Victoria in the late '50s and
early '60s, and started the first Island
dealership for the "Cal" series of
sailboats. Shirley's own business was
"Bosun's Charters," the first sailboat
charter and rental business in the area.
Through the 1970s, Shirley began
writing and selling a steady stream of
boating articles to local, regional and
national magazines and papers. The
classic Swiftsure sailboat race held every
May from Victoria has become Shirley's
special beat. She has been providing
radio commentary on race days since
1969, and last January, she published her
first book (with Humphrey Golby),
"Swiftsure — The First Fifty Years."
The book has elicited a good response,
and is selling well in Vancouver, Victoria
and Seattle.
For the past three years, Hewett has
been handling the publicity for Victoria's
annual Classic Boat Festival. "It's been
very exciting," she says. "I'm fascinated
by people and wooden boats." From her
comfortable home on Ten Mile Point in
Victoria, she can look across Cadboro
Bay to the Yacht Club, where some ofthe
most beautiful boats on the coast tie up.
Shirley Hewitt
"Writing is almost an addiction," she
reflects. "There's such satisfaction in
seeing it in print. But sailing is like that
too; it gets in your blood."
Ellery Littleton
Beryl Rowland
In her latest foray into the Middle
Ages, noted scholar Beryl Rowland,
PhD'62, has come up with a
fascinating, and sometimes bizarre, bit of
bedtime reading. It is also a book with
many firsts to its credit.
Called the Medieval Woman's Guide to
Health, the book is a landmark both in
the history of medicine and the social
history of women. An early 15th century
treatise on obstetrics and gynecology, it
provided an astoundingly radical answer
to medieval physicians' neglect.
Rowland has reproduced the
middle-English manuscript in its
entirety, with facing page modern
English translation.
The manuscript had tremendous
influence on the medical treatment of
women well into the 19th century. It
provides a unique view of medieval life.
Prof. Rowland, a fellow of
McLaughlin College at York University,
said the indecipherable manuscript was
"Very difficult. It was a challenge, as
much as anything — and (the
manuscript) was a first in every way. It
was the first gynecological handbook, it
was the first addressed expressly to
women, and to urge women themselves
to help one another."
It also was the first medical work
written in English rather than scholarly
Latin. Rowland has included a fascinating
study of women throughout medical
history. The description of recipes and
procedures may fascinate and sometimes
appall. The biological theories are bizarre
in the light of modern knowledge.
Rowland is the author of six books on
Chaucer and animal symbolism. "It all
turns on language," she says, noting the
inability of medieval scholars to agree on
word meanings. She has done
considerable pioneering work in the more
ribald, slang, meaning of words or as she
says, "popularized and interpreted that
aspect of Chaucer."
A nne MacLachlan
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Chronicle/Winter 1981   19 Don Abrams
Don Abrams, a finance teacher at
Ottawa's Algonquin College of
Applied Arts and Technology,
became a writer — and a best-selling one
— because he suddenly stumbled onto a
great idea. An ardent small investor in
the stock market, he discovered a
strategy which, incredible as it may
seem, enables the investor to make
money independently of whether the
market goes up or down. Not huge,
high-risk gains, but constant, small
profits on fluctuations, with practically
no risk at all. Elated to find how well it
worked for him, he wanted to share his
discovery with as many people as
possible. His book, The Profit Taker,
published by Deneau and Greenberg of
Ottawa in 1978 and by John C Wiley and
Sons of New York in 1980, is now in its
sixth printing.
Having decided to write a book
explaining the "Abrams Automatic Profit
Taker" strategy, Abrams, BSA'55, did
not let himself worry about the
possibility of not finding a publisher. "I
felt so'strongly about this, I was prepared
for self-publishing if necessary," he says,
pausing with a twinkle to add, "You
know when you're excited about
something and those are the only things
really worth doing. You are more
In any event, getting a publisher was
not a problem. Abrams first brought out
The Profit Taker, in conjunction with a
TV teaching series, as a manual in the
Algonquin campus bookstore. When 400
copies sold in a single week-end, Deneau
and Greenberg were more than eager to
In between promotional trips and
media appearances, he has continued
teaching at Algonquin College where he
has been conducting a course in personal
investment strategies for the past ten
years. All Abrams' activities flow from
his enthusiastic involvement with the
problems of the small investor or
would-be investor. As an author, he
sees himself still primarily as a teacher,
or, as he says, "a motivator", and his
book, like his course, is in this sense "a
labor of love."
He never dreamt of becoming a writer.
He says he didn't know at first whether
he would be able to say what he wanted
to say. The hardest part was actually
starting. Once he had a first draft down
on paper, he "revised and revised and
revised". The whole writing process took
him from six to seven months.
Abrams, who now edits a monthly
"Profit Taker Bulletin" containing
up-to-date advice for users of his
strategy, is making plans for another
book. He intends it to be more general —
a sort of personal finance motivator,
offering people new ideas on how to
profit from money-making
opportunities. Asked whether this new
project does not at least partially arise out
of the unexpected development of a
compulsion to write, Abrams admits that
it does. While essentially a man of ideas,
he is beginning to find that there is a
unique and irresistible challenge in the
actual process of "getting down what you
wanted to say".
Elizabeth Ritchie
Bill Wolferstan
Bill Wolferstan never imagined
when he graduated from UBC in
1964 with a BSc in geology and
geophysics that he would ultimately
emerge as one of the best-known and
best-selling marine writers on the west
He learned to sail in Calgary (of all
places) and in 1967 travelled to England,
where he bought a sailboat. Through a
"series of lucky accidents," he was
invited to crew on a sailboat headed for
the Azores, and in 1968, served as a crew
member on a voyage from Gibraltar to
Antigua in the Caribbean. A life interest
was firmly established. He completed a
Master's degree in geography at Simon
Fraser University with a thesis entitled
"Marine Recreation in Desolation
Sound," the long inlet north of Powell
After a year with the        b   ranch and
two years in a consulting firm, he joined
the ministry of environment, and has
been involved with such things as
"coastal development — pipelines, coal
ports, and most notably, the issue of oil
tankers off B.C.'s west coast." He has
been engrossed in the preparation and
presentation ofthe ministry's position on
oil tanker traffic to to the National
Energy Board. "That was a complex,
long-term project," he says. "I'm
working on offshore oil now —
environmental assessments — all up and
down the coast."
As for the writing, Wolferstan looks
back to his Desolation Sound thesis. "It
was there," he recalls, "that I discovered
I could actually complete a long writing
project. I summarized the thesis for
Pacific Yachting in 1972. They liked it,
and asked for more."
Since then, he has produced "five or
six" articles a year on sailing and
cruising, focussing on "accurate
descriptions of the coast — the
geography — as well as the history, and
what you can do at various places." His
first book was published in 1976.
Cruising Guide to the Gulf Islands, is
an extremely popular work, filled with
color photographs, that has become a
virtual sailor's handbook.
In 1980, he produced Cruising Guide to
Desolation Sound and the Discovery
Islands. Both books were published by
Pacific Yachting. He is presently working
on his third guide, Vancouver tojervis
Inlet, due out next spring.
Despite offers to work in publishing,
Wolferstan prefers to stay on at the
ministry of environment, deeply
absorbed in his work. He has sailed in
Europe — with his Dutch-born wife
Clementine — and the Bahamas, and has
written about those adventures. Now,
with three small sons aged 5, 4 and one
month, he confirms that he will definitely
be doing "more sailing, more books —
more slowly!"
"Please mention two of my professors
at UBC who influenced me greatly," he
asked us. "J. Ross Mackay, a world
expert on Arctic geomorphology, and J.
Louis Robinson, who taught me to love
geography and to use maps — which I do
all the time, at work and at play.".
Ellery Littleton
20 Chmnide/Winter 1981 Audrey Thomas
Of course you don't make enough
money to live on as a writer, Audrey
Thomas says shortly, but I don't do
it for the money. "I write because that's
what I do."
Author of eight novels and short story
collections, the latest of which was
published in November, Audrey
Thomas, MA'63, never seriously
considered any other occupation. She,
like many others, considers herself a
full-time writer who works at other jobs
because she needs the money. Jobs for
the last few years have been teaching
creative writing at Concordia University
in Montreal, the University of Victoria
and UBC. In the spring Thomas will take
up a post as writer-in-residence at Simon
Fraser University.
She'd really prefer to teach literature
but it's almost a case of taking what she
can get, even for someone with Thomas's
credentials. Part-time, short-term
positions are hard to come by, she says.
This fall Thomas has been teaching a
course on novel-writing one day a week at
UBC; the rest ofthe week she writes at
home. Her work has been published not
only on its own but also in magazines like
Saturday Night, Chatelaine, Atlantic and a
number of small creative writing
Getting her graduate degree in English
literature was a part-time project for a
while as well. Commuting from Surrey
with small children in tow she took one
course a year for a couple of years. If
babysitting fell through at the last
minute, she'd take her children to class
with her.
None ofthe students ever complained,
she says, but some ofthe profs felt such
practice was "unprofessional." She
would have completed her PhD in
English at UBC as well, but her
dissertation was not accepted. "It was the
best thing that ever happened to me,"
Thomas says now, seeing an alternate
career as university professor — regular
salary, security of benefits and pension
— that has passed her by. She never
would have had the freedom to be a
full-time writer. "Being an artist is the
most free thing vou can be."
Judith Walker
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Chronicle/Winter 1981  21 20s
Homer Thompson
Creating history with a pick-axe
and bare, gentle hands,
Homer Thompson, BA'25,
MA'27, LLD'49, (PhD Michigan)
dug deep through the centuries to
emerge as a leading world scholar
and archaeologist.
It's a story in itself, how a farm
boy from Chilliwack ended up in the
office next to Einstein at the
Institute for Advanced Study at
Princeton. He credits a "magnificent
group of teachers in the classics
department at UBC" and at high
school who fired his imagination —
but he must have been some
student. He entered university at 15
still wearing short pants.
According to a previous
C.hrcmicle , the freshman's dress "was
too much for UBC's hairy-legged
engineers, who de-bagged him and
hoisted the offending shorts on an
outside beam ofthe old Fairview
physics building, where they
fluttered ominously to other callow
From that humbling start he went
on to garner world-wide recognition
for more than 50 years of
distinguished work on excavations in
the heart of Athens. He directed the
dig, under the auspices of the
American School of Classical
Studies, from 1947 to 1968. It was
during that time that he would
spend half the year at Princeton, and
the other six months in Athens, on a
first name basis with ancient
philosophers, kings and common
To talk with Homer (it seems
inappropriate to call him
Thompson) is to stroll through the
marketplaces and temples of ancient
Greece. Pericles and Socrates walk
with him, this timeless man who is
somehow modern and "with it."
Sometimes the modern age palls
in comparison. Part of his
award-winning work was to excavate
and rebuild a magnificent covered
market place that existed in
pre-Christian Athens. " It's much
more splendid than any shopping
mall we have in New Jersey!"
Homer says with typical humor and
From 1953-'56 he rebuilt the
21-shop covered mall, or colonnade,
known as the Stoa of Attalos, a gift
to the city of Athens from the king of
Pergamon more than 22 centuries
ago. It was reconstructed according
to its original design, giving a unique
and literally monumental legacy of
ancient Athens to the modern world.
When it came time to build the
vaulting roof over the double
colonnades and broad terrace, it was
west coast timber that provided the
structural strength, great laminated
beams of Douglas fir.
It is unique in major excavations
to find all the records kept on the
site. The Stoa was rebuilt primarily
to house the hundreds of thousands
of finds in the dig, which began in
1929 and still continues. Only last
August one of the most important
ancient buildings, the Stoa Poikile,
or birthplace ofthe influential stoic
philosophy, was uncovered.
"It's really a great experience, to
start at a modern level and go right
down, century after century. You
can literally feel your way through
the ages. There are areas where we
have gone through from the 20th
century to neolithic man.
"Civilizations were rated on their
throwouts. I sometimes wonder how
our civilization would be rated on
the basis of our garbage!"
Homer was interviewed during his
visit to UBC this fall. He described
his hectic public speaking tour to
UBC — and several other Canadian
universities as "just a rest" from his
regular work.
Retirement? In his mid-seventies,
he just laughs. He enjoys his work
too much. "I still have a very large
commitment still unfulfilled, still a
great deal of writing to do."
Homer Thompson's work in the
restoration ofthe Athenian agora is
regarded as the pinnacle ofthe
classical archaeologist's discipline.
Working alongside was his wife and
colleague Dorothy, whom he
describes as "the serious scholar in
the family," and a distinguished
archaeologist in her own right.
He has the gift of the truly great,
of communicating freely and simply
about complex issues; of firing the
imagination by sharing his
experiences. "It's a marvelous
experience," Homer says,
recommending to all students of
classical disciplines that they take
advantage of any opportunities to
help in a dig.
Maybe he never went that far
from his Fraser Valley roots after all.
Anne MacLachlan
Albert H. (Bert) Imlah, BA'22,
i AM Clark, PhD Harvard: lives in
Medford, Mass., with summer
forays to a farm in New Hampshire.
Retired in 1970 to emeritus status as
Dickson professor of history at
Tufts, and professor of diplomatic
history, Imlah taught for 43 years at
Tufts. He was awarded an honorary
doctorate from the university in
May. Imlah writes that he enjoys his
freedom from fixed hours. Last
spring classmate Cora Metz
McLennan, BA'22, visited briefly
while on vacation from her home in
California...Constance Peter
Adams, BA'23, writes from
Canterbury, England, wondering
what is planned for the diamond
jubilee reunion of her year.
Although she has lived in England
for over 50 years, she still regards
herself as Canadian and comes home
every three years or so. She says the
jubilee year coincides with the next
probable date tor a visit and she'd
like to be here... UBC was a
beneficiary in the estate ofthe late
Jean Marie Riddell Sherwin,
BA'27, who died in Victoria earlier
this year. She was a former assistant
director of social welfare for B.C.
L'BC is to receive two bequests of
$5,000 each for a scholarship or
scholarships to students in the
school of social work or law.
Dr. Thomas McKeown, BA'32,
(PhD McGill, D.Phil Oxon, MBBS
London, MD Birmingham) has been
awarded an honorary doctorate by
McGill. Dr. McKeown is emeritus
professor and head of the
department of social medicine and
pro-vice chancellor of Birmingham
University. He is married to Olive
Broome McKeown, BA'30....Katie
Thiessen Poole, BA'32, writes that
she enjoys news of grads. She now
lives at Fairmont Hot Springs in
B.C Hedley S. (Pete) Fowler,
BASc'33, wrote the introduction and
background for a poem published
this summer by Cominco Ltd. in its
company magazine. The poem, by
old time pioneer George Carter, was
about life in the iar north and Baldy
mountain. Fowler worked on road
construction and laid out some 20
miles of road north of the Nation
River in 1932. He now lives in
Oakland, Calif Dr. William C.
Gibson, BA'33, ^MD, Oxfordi is
executive director and trustee of the
Terry Fox Medical Research
Foundation of B.C. He is also a
trustee ofthe Cancer Control
Agency of B.C.
An early interest in natural history
and insects led to a distinguished
career for entomologist Hugh
Bosdin Leech, BSA'33, t MSc
Berkeley^. Leech is curator emeritus
ofthe entomology department,
California Academv of Sciences,
where he has been since 1947.
Described as a "curator's curator."
he was honored this year in the
Pan-Pacific Entomologist magazine.
During his tenure, the academy's
coleoptera collection became one of
(he best-eurated in the world and a\'
international importance in
systematics. Leech donated his
personal insect collection, which
contained more than 30,000 water
beetle specimens, to the academy in
1947. Since then, his donations have
totalled almost a quarter million
specimens. Leech married classmate
Frances Quail, BA'33, and after his
retirement in 1975, they moved to
northern California...
Qualicum Inn, a well-known
resort on Vancouver Island, was
originally a private boarding school
for boys, founded by R. Ivan
Knight, BA'35. Knight started the
school with nine boys in 1935, and
built Qualicum College two years
later by raising money in England.
After operating the college for 35
years, Knight retired in 1970 and the
school was converted to a resort....
Norman S. Free, BA'37, MA'39,
' PhD Berkeley), has retired with the
title of professor emeritus of
mathematical sciences. He has spent
29 years at Rensselaer Poly. Inst, in
Troy, New York.
i Free, BA'37, MA'39
Recently elected directors of the
Canadian Council on Social
Development are Virginia E.
Beirnes, BA'40, LLB'49; Darlene
Marzari, MSW168; Michael John
Clague, BA'63 and David C. Pegg,
BCom'63. Beirnes is also president
of the Opportunity Rehabilitation
Workshops Organization in
Vancouver....Evelyn Cools
Middleton, BA'41, has been a
painter, teacher and pioneer in the
Okanagan valley. She and her
husband founded the Paddock Fine
Arts centre in the valley, where she
continues to paint.
UBC. poultry nutritionist Beryl E.
Warrack March, BA'42, MSA'62,
has been honored with a prestigious
appointment. For the next three
years, she will chair the poultry
subcommittee ofthe U.S. National
Research Council in Washington,
D.C J. Bruce Hutchinson,
BASc'43, has retired as
vice-president of operations at
ICBC. Prior to joining the insurance
firm in 1974, he was vice-president
of manufacturing at Northern
22  Chronicle/Winter 1981 Telecom in Montreal, where he
worked for 31 years....Paul J. Frost,
BASc'44, senior research engineer
with Crown Zellerbach in Camas,
Wa., was recently honored for
"outstanding technical
contributions" to the pulp and paper
industry. The award came from the
technical division of TAPPI, the
technical association of the pulp and
paper industry. Frost is the first
person in eight years to receive it.
TAPPI has about 21,000 members in
more than 70 countries.
One ofthe visiting Cecil and Ida
Green lecturers this fall was Ronald
P. Dore, who with his wife Nancy
Macdonald Dore, BA'47, (MLS
Calif.) enjoyed a brief visit to
Vancouver. She has just finished a
three-year term chairing the Sussex
University (England) women's
Noted journalist, broadcaster and
author, Stanley Burke, BSA'48, has
been appointed to the chair of
journalism and communications at
the University of Regina. Burke,
editor and publisher of the Nanaimo
Times and the Saanich Tribune, is the
first appointee to the Max Bell
journalism chair, the first of its kind
in Canada. The post will be occupied
each year by a different individual.
Burke is probably best known for
several satirical lampoons of
Canadian politics, entitled: Frog
Fables; The Day ofthe Glorious
Revolution; Blood, Sweat and Bears
and Swamp Song. Burke brought us
the land of conflaberation, where the
bureaucrabs race sideways....
Elected vice president of Ford
Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. is
William G. Wilson, BCom'49,
formerly general sales manager for
the company in Toronto.
Beryl March, BA'42, MSA'62
The new staff residence at the Gavin
Lake environmental centre is named
in honor of Phil Bodman, BSF'50,
who died in 1977. Colleagues at the
Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers
Association forestry committee
conceived the idea for the staff
cabin, and built it, as a memorial to
Bodman's dedication to recreation
and forestry.
A poultry specialist with the B.C.
ministry of agriculture, Douglas M.
Hamilton, BSA'50, MSA'66, has
been appointed as poultry extension
coordinator in the south coastal
region....The Rev. Robert A.
Wallace, BA'51, minister at
Rosedale United in Toronto,
received his second doctorate this
spring from San Francisco's
Theological seminary....The new
chair and chief executive officer of
the B.C. Arts Festival advisory
board is M. Norman Young, BA'52,
a member of UBC's theatre faculty.
Young also chairs the B.C. Arts
board and the Vancouver Civic
Theatres board and is honorary
president of Theatre B.C. The new
Festival general manager will be
Barry G. McDell, BA'65, MEd'73.
He's president of the Coquitlam
district music festival, the largest of
its kind in western Canada. The first
B.C. Arts festival will be held in
Kamloops in June, 1982 and will
feature music, dance, theatre and
the visual arts....David^. C. Aird,
BCom'52, has been appointed
president and executive director of
the Canadian Construction
Management Development
Institute. Incorporated earlier this
year, the institute's goal is to
improve management effectiveness
in the delivery of on-site
construction. The head office is in
Toronto. Aird, an associate
professor at UBC for 10 years, most
recently was with a management
consultant firm and with Ontario
Challenge for Henry (Hank) M.
Giegerich, BASc'52, is in the high
Arctic, where he is responsible for
Cominco's Polaris mine on Little
Corn wallis Is., 77 degrees north. As
vice president of Cominco's northern
group, he also is responsible for the
Black Angel, Con, and Pine Point
mines. Polaris is Canada's
northernmost base-metal mine....
Kelowna architect John
Woodworth, BArch'52, has been
given the Soil Conservation Society
of America's honor award for 1981.
The award is given for significant
contribution in natural resource
conservation. Woodworth was cited
for leadership in several organization
dedicated to the protection and
conservation of natural areas and
open space in B.C Ron Sedlack,
BA'53, is now the manager of
employee relations for Amoco
Europe Inc., in London, England.
Formerly he held a similar post with
the firm in Calgary....Donald P.
McKinnon, BASc'54, has been
appointed managing director,
Europe, for the CNR. He became
responsible for the railway's freight
marketing and other corporate
interests in Europe as of Aug. 1,
1981. He and his wife and two
daughters live in London, while his
two sons remain in Montreal....
Robert R. Affleck, BASc'55, has
been named vice-president,
environment, for Canadian Forest
Products Ltd.
The associate chief j udge of B. C.
provincial courts is James K. Shaw,
LLB'55. Appointed to the
provincial bench in New
Westminster in 1968, Judge Shaw
became administrative judge for the
coastal region in 1979 ...Eleftherios
Sawides, BSA'56, is an
agriculturist in Kavala, Greece....
Vancouver lawyer Edward F. (Ted)
Horsey, BCom'57, LLB'58, is
president ofthe Canadian Bar
Association's B.C. branch....Michael
J.G. Randall, BCom'57, is assistant
chief financial officer for Trans
Alumni Award of
This honors a UBC graduate who has, since
graduating, made a contribution to his or her
field of endeavor that is of such significance
that it reflects on UBC. Previous winners have
been Pierre Berton, John Carson, Donald
Chant, Roy Daniells, George Davidson,
Frances Fleming, Walter Gage, Hugh L.
Keenleyside, Frances Kelsey, W. Kaye Lamb,
John Liersch, Helen McCrae, Malcolm
McGregor, Nathan T. Nemetz, Eric P. Nicol,
Homer A. Thompson, and Harry Warren.
Honorary Life
Nominees should be individuals who have not
received a UBC degree — honorary or earned.
They may represent any discipline but will
have gained at least national recognition
through long service and contributions to
knowledge to his or her field.
Thirty-seven individuals have been named
honorary life members of the alumni
association since the award was created in
To make a nomination for either the Alumni
Award of Distinction or an Honorary Life
Membership simply send the names of your
nominees, the award you are suggesting for
them, and the reason for your nominations,
along with your name, address and telephone
number to: The Awards Committee, UBC
Alumni Association 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1X8. Nominations
for the 1982 awards must be received by
Friday, February 12, 1982.
(A committee representative will contact
you for biographical information on your
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Mountain Pipe Line Co. in Toronto.
For the past nine years he was ehiet
financial officer for an engineering
consulting firm.
Manitoba's deputy minister of
energy and mines is Paul E. Jarvis,
BASc'58, the government's chief
negotiator for three 'mega' projects.
Manitoba is tying its economic
future to three undertakings: the
western power grid, to sell electricity
to Alberta and Saskatchewan; a $500
million Alcan smelter, and a $600
million potash mine and refinery.
Jarvis, who has extensive experience
in resource and environmental
planning and transport
development, said it was "extremely
satisfying" when the go-ahead memo
was signed on the potash mine
earlier this year.
Since 80% oi Eaton's customers
are women, William McCourt,
BCom'58, i MBA Maryland ■ takes
his severest women critics out to
lunch — regularly. In a private
dining room, the young
vice-president of Eaton's Pacific
division sits down with 15 women —
and they tell him what's wrong with
the company stores. As volunteer
members of Eaton's consumer
advisory council, they are
responsible for a detailed assessment
each month of a particular
department, and how it stacks up
against regional competitors. As
McCourt says: "These are strong
ladies. They say what they think."
McCourt, responsible for 9,000
employees and 23 stores in B.C. and
Alberta, got his start at The Bay. He
even won one oi their scholarships.
William George Davenport,
BASc'59, MASc'60- was honored by
the Canadian Institute of Mining
and Metallurgy in August. Dr.
Davenport, who heads metallurgical
engineering at the University of
Arizona, won the 1981 Alcan award.
Dr. Thomas R. Meadowcroft,
BASc'59, won the 1981 Airey
(.Noranda) award for his
contributions to the advancement of
metallurgy in industry. He is general
metallurgical and quality control
manager at Stelco Ltd., Hamilton
has been appointed dean oi the
college of physical science at the
University of Guelph, Ont. Chair of
the department ol physics since
1975, MacDonald was previously
with Bell Laboratories at Murray
Hill, X.J. and was a visiting
professor at Stanford....Marshall
(Skip) Bergsma, BSc'61. MA'68, is
the assistant superintendent of
schools in the Terrace district. For
the past five years he has been
director oi instruction ior the vast
school area....Angus C. Campbell,
MEd'61, is superintendent of
schools in the Saanich school
district....Earle K. Hawkesworth,
MEd'62, LLD Acadia > retires in
December as deputv minister of
education in Alberta.
Raymond W. Gattinger,
BSW63, has retired as district
supervisor for the ministry ol human
resources in Castlegar. B.C	
William G. Hamilton, BA'63,  PhD
Oregon) continues to instruct in the
geography and geology department
at the Kalamalka centre i Vernon) of
Okanagan college New
superintendent of schools for the
Kettle Vallev district in B.C. is
Terry Keefe, BA'63, MEd'77...
William Davenport, BASc'59, BASc'60
After 15 years of teaching and
counselling in the Cariboo and
Williams Lake area, Sister Ethel
Marie Devlin, BEd'60, has returned
to university in Ottawa to take
courses on family counselling....Jack
R. MacDonald, BASc'60, PhD'64,
Thomas Meadowcroft, BASc'59
William J. Mussell, BA'63,
BSW65, is part-time manager and
former chief of the Skwah Indian
band in the Chilliwack area. The
band has recently built a new
pre-school for youngsters aged four
and five years, emphasizing the
importance oi early childhood
education in their community....
George Alan Clark, BASc'64, is
director of policy analysis for the
provincial highways department,
where he is responsible lor the
development of a transportation
policy for B.C. Clark has an
international background in rail,
urban transit and highway
Joanne MacKay Cram, BA'64, is
information officer for the
Community Arts Council oi
Vancouver. Cram says that people
should describe an arts policy to the
government, not the other way
around... A'ancouver lawyer Paul
Fraser, LLB'64, president of the
Canadian Bar Association, is the
youngest to head that
30,000-member national
A. Rae McCombs, BASc'64,
MA'74. PhD Michigan) has been
appointed acting regional
programmer for Fraser Valley
College....James O'Rourke,
BASc'64, is executive vice-president
of Brinco Mining Ltd. He joined the
company in Toronto in 1979 before
transferring to Vancouver this
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V6T 9Z9 year....Bernard Poplack, BASc'64,
is vice-president of American
Standard Heating in Montreal. His
wife Sherrie, BA'66, MSW'68,
works in the child psychiatry unit at
the Jewish General Hospital....The
founder and former head teacher of
Point Grey's mini school, John B.
Tyrell, BA'64, has been made
vice-principal at the W. J. Mouat
secondary in Clearbrook, B.C.
John Chan K. Wong, BSP'64, is
Woodward's store manager in
Penticton. He formerly was the store
sales manager at Guildford in
Surrey...Harold J. Harder, BSc'65,
MSc'68, (PhD Iowa), has left his
professorship at Trinity Western to
work for three years in Bangladesh
with the Mennonite Central
Committee....The largest
English-language publishers outside
Toronto is the Vancouver firm of
Douglas and Mclntyre. Partner G.
Scott Mclntyre, BA'65, celebrated
the company's 10th anniversary by
opening an office and warehouse in
Toronto. The firm's books are
distributed widely in the U.S.,
Britain, and the Commonwealth,
but the weak link has been the
national list, Mclntyre says. The
company estimated it will do $2
million worth of business this year.
alcohol and drug programs is John
S. Russell, BA'65, MEd'69 The
first Chinese Canadian to become a
federally-appointed judge is Randall
Jun-Kue Wong, BCom'65, LLB'66.
Judge Wong took his place on the
county court bench Sept. 24 at a
ceremony presided over by B.C.
supreme court Chief Justice Allan
McEachern, BA'49, LLB'50, and
chief county court Judge David
Campbell, LLB'49. Douglas Jung,
BA'53, LLB'54, the first Chinese
Canadian to be elected as a federal
MP, said at the ceremony that only
recently have Chinese Canadian
lawyers practised in B.C., let alone
become judges. Also present was
Andrew W. Y.Joe, BA'51, LLB'52,
the first Chinese Canadian lawyer
admitted to tha Bar in B.C., in 1953;
and David Chong, BA'54, LLB'54,
a director ofthe Chinese Benevolent
Association...Charles B. Schom,
BSA'67, (MSc Texas A&M, PhD
Calif) has been appointed associate
professor and to the chair of marine
biology at the University of New
Brunswick. He teaches on the St.
John campus, but lives in St.
Andrews, where he is collaborating
on salmon genetics research at the
North American salmon research
centre...David Weismiller, BA'67,
is chief librarian at the Belleville
public library. Previously he spent
two years in Brazil as a consultant
for CIDA in developing information
services...Craig M. East, BSc'68, is
a partner in the chartered accountant
firm of Touche Ross and Co. East
has spent the past two years on an
interchange with the
auditor-general's Ottawa office...
The latest collection of functional
and experimental pottery by Perry
S. Haddock, BA'68, was on show
this summer at the Station Arts
Centre in White Rock, B.C One
course offered this fall at B.C.'s
newest college, Kwantlen, is on 'war
and the modern world'. Instructor
Barry Leach, PhD'68, says it's the
first such course to be offered at the
college level. It deals with the
history of war in Europe, the
technology, the psychological and
economic aspects of war. Leach
served in NATO as a liaison officer
to the West German army....The
librarian at the Williams Lake, B.C.,
library is Lillian Low Mack, BA'68,
BLS'69....Pauline Lorraine Antonik
Maughan, BA'68, LLB'73, has
been appointed a judge of the
provincial court of B.C. After
articling with the federal justice
department, Maughan served as
prosecutor with the department and
later worked in the CPR law
Donald F. Meadows, BLS'68,
became director of the Metro
Toronto Library board Aug. 4.
Previously he served as provincial
librarian for Saskatchewan, from
1970-81, and also was special advisor
on library affairs to the
Saskatchewan government....Sandra
Sutherland, BCom'68, LLB'69, has
been appointed to the B.C. Hydro
board of directors. She is also
president and director of Vancouver
City Savings, a member of SFU's
MBA advisory committee, and a
former public governor of the
Vancouver Stock Exchange and
director of ICBC....Fern A. R.
Miller, BA'69, (PhD Yale), is a
policy analyst with the Ontario
government's provincial and
interprovincial affairs secretariat....
Judith M. Saltman, BA'69, BLS'70,
has won a $2,500 scholarship to
study at the centre for children's
literature in Boston, Mass Daniel
J. Sharp, BCom'69, has been made
coordinator of marketing for Gulf
Oil in Canada. Sharp lives with his
wife Margaret, BEd'71, in
Thornhill, Ont.
Playwright Jay Leonard Angel,
MA'70, PhD74, is flipping for fun
and profit. Not real estate — cards.
In the past two years Angel has
designed and developed a new card
game called The Flip Deck. One
chain of games shops has ordered it,
and a Japanese author plans on
introducing it to Japan. It's a game
that combines the simplicity of Old
Maid, with the psychological
bluffing of poker and the strategic
manipulation of Go. Angel has
invested his life savings in the
project and hopes to come out a
winner.... Mean while, his latest play,
"Unveiling," is due to be premiered
at the New Play Centre this spring.
He continues to teach a playwriting
course at UBC.
The best advice for those who
wish to turn their backyard into a
putting green is — forget it. It's too
much effort and can be quite costly,
says Steve Miller, BSA70, secretary
treasurer ofthe Canadian Golf
Course Superintendent's
Association. He is also president of
the Western Ontario Greenskeepers
Association.. ..Head coach of UBC's
varsity hockey team is John Douglas
Moores, BPE'70. While at UBC
Moores was Thunderbird captain
and three times a western Canada
all-star, bringing the team to the
national finals in his graduating
year. He also won the Bobby Gaul
award as outstanding graduating
athlete. Moores teaches part-time
with the Delta school board....Arno
Penner, BSc'70, is teaching
mathematics and science at Agassiz
elementary-secondSry....Larry Thai,
BA'70, has room enough to move.
He recently bought New
Westminster's Royal Towers Hotel,
with 95 rooms, a convention centre,
pub, lounges, cabaret and all the
usual facilities. Thai pumped
$750,000 into renovations and now
plans a $3.5 million, 60-room
addition, to make the Towers a "first
class hotel with good facilities," he
says. Thai started out as a
management trainee....
Robert W. Watson, BASc'70, has
been made manager of transmission
and distribution for West Kootenay
power....Bruce C. Bell, BCom'71,
LLB'72, is president of Chess
Resources Ltd. in Calgary....Terry
J. Dever, BSA71, is the coordinator
of livestock extension programs for
the B.C. ministry of agriculture's
south coastal region....Ian Johnson,
PhD72, has been appointed chief
geophysicist for Scintrex Ltd., in
Ontario. The company is involved in
scientific prospecting....Fred A.
Galloway, BA'73, is a theatre
instructor and dramatist at Northern
Lights College in Dawson Creek,
B.C New principal at Windrem
elementary in Chetwynd, B.C. is
John B. Harkness, BEd'73   .Brian
M. Lillos, BMus'73, MMus'77, is
teaching band in the Robron area
near Campbell River, B.C Head
of nursing training at BCIT is
Carole A. Gagnon Orchard,
BSN'73, MEd'80. She says that only
511 of 2,268 new registered nurses in
B.C. last year came from B.C.
schools. The government should
spend more on training local people,
instead of importing so many nurses
to fill the vacancies, Orchard says....
Peter Pedersen, BA'73, BArch76,
has joined his father Russell in the
architectural firm of Pedersen
Associates Architects. He has
opened the firm's Nanaimo
Douglas Thorpe, BSF'73, is a
resource officer, timber, in the
Boundary forest district, in the
Grand Forks area of B.C In
Hamilton, Robert Oldham, BA74,
is with the public library in the
performing arts and recreation
section....One ofthe few full-time
practising psychologists in
Vancouver is Lucille Giles, BA75,
MA'80. She opened her one-woman
counselling service in May, after
Paul Frost, BASc'44
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Montreal: L. Hamlyn Hobden
(871 -8601); Ottawa: Robert Yip
(997-4074); Bruce Harwood (996-3995);
Quebec City: Ingrid Parent (527-9888);
Regina: Gene Rizak (584-4361); St.
John's: T.B.A.; Whitehorse: Celia
Dowding (667-5187); Winnipeg: Gary
Coopland (453-3918); Yellowknife:
Charles A. Hulton (873-3481).
Clovis: Martin Goodwin (763-3493); Los
Angeles: Helen Chang (799-0787); New
York: Rosemary Brough (688-2656);
San Diego: Dr. Charles Armstrong
(287-9849); San Francisco: Norman A.
Gillies (567-4478); Seattle and P.N.W:
Gerald Marra (641-3535); Washington,
D.C: John David Brown (836-0505).
Australia & New Zealand: Christopher
Brangwin, 17GinahgullaRd., Bellevue
Hills, NSW. 2023; Irene Meyer, Flat
17-13S. Esplanade, Glenelg, 5045;
Bermuda: John Keefe. Lyndhurst,
Penbroke; England: Alice Hemming, 35
Elsworthy Road, London N.W.3; Hong
Kong: Dr. Ronald S.M. Tse, Dept. of
Chemistry, U. of Hong Kong, Bohamn
Rd.; Ireland: Marian A. Barrett, Dorval,
Kilteragh Dr., Foxrock, Dublin 18; Japan:
Maynard Hogg, Showa Denki Kogyo,
2-7-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-Ku,
Tokyo, 105; Italy: LR. Letourneau, FAO,
Rm. B559, Via Delle Terme Di Caracalla,
Rome, 00100; Scotland: Jean Aitchison,
32 Bentfield Drive, Prestwick.
Chronicle/Wm_>r 1981  27 Gregory Edwards
"Our medical research is not
romantic, glamorous or sexy," says
Gregory J. Edwards, BA78.
"These are the qualities of the
Edwards is one of many
volunteers raising funds for medical
research at UBC into gastrointestinal
disorders — diseases which appear
to be accelerating among young
people. So far their volunteer
society, SIR, (the Slorthwestern
Society of Intestinal Research), has
donated some $26,000 to
gastrointestinal research at UBC,
and is actively engaged in raising
It's a labor of love and dedication
for Edwards and co-founders
Charles and Doris Raeside, and Dr.
Frank H. Anderson, MD'63. While
a student, Edwards was unfortunate
enough to contract Crohn's disease
and had to take a year off before
finish-ng his degree. If s only this
year that he's been well enough to do
volunteer work for the society.
The society says "each year more
and more of our young people are
being taken out ofthe mainstream of
life by these diseases." About 2,000
patients suffer ulcerative colitis in
B.C.»andsome 1,000 have Crohn's
disease. The cause of both is
SIR is a patient self-help group,
but it is much more — dedicated to
promoting research at UBC into
these chronic, progressive and often
incurable ailments. The medical
advisory board reads like a UBC's
medical faculty list — att.12 doctors
are associated with the university
and with city hospitals.
Medical columnist, Dr. W.
Gifford-Jones described a patient
with IBD (inflammatory bowel
disease) as a "young woman in acute
distress. The disease was like a
raging fire." While cancer maintains
a high public profile, it is the rich
uncle in research dollars, IBD the
poor cousin.
SIR struggles on to raise money
for research through raffles,
donations and any way possible.
Donations are tax deductible and if
you wish to donate, or join, their
address is Box 80838, South
Burnaby, B.C. V5H 3YI. Or phone
433-6655, and talk to Doris Raeside,
full-time volunteer worker in the
cause.. .Her dedication to the
problem and UBC is amazing.
spending a good deal of time
building up professional contacts.
She also teaches at community
college and is working on a program
she calls "college for the terrified,"
aimed at mature students who are
relearning academic skills....William
Say, BA75, was one of the
participants in the Terry Fox
marathon held Sept. 13 in Regents
Park, London. It was organized by
B.C. House and the Canadian High
Commission....William Hsieh,
BSc76, MSc78, PhD'81, is a
post-doctoral fellow in applied
mathematics and theoretical physics
at Cambridge University, England....
Lane Olson, BMus76, is full-time
music minister for Langley's
Christian Life Assembly....Kathleen
Pearson, MLS76, is studying at the
Centre for Children's Literature in
Boston, Mass The children's
librarian in Terrace, B.C. is Gillian
H. CampbeU, MLS77, just
returned from a family visit to
Chief accountant with Vancouver
and Victoria Cablevision's B.C.
. operating division is George G.
Dorin, BSc 74 ..Robert C.
Feenstra, BA77 (PhD, MIT) is
teaching at Columbia University,
New York....Frances Collins
Nowakowski, MLS'77, is reference
librarian at Dalhousie University's
Killam library... Jonathan
Waddington, LLB77, is a
prosecutor in the crown counsel's
office in Nelson, B.C Assistant
district agriculturist for the province
in the Williams Lake area is Dale
Anderson, BSc78, MSc'81. . Gary
J. Court, PhD78, has been elected
vice-president of the honor society of
Phi Kappa Phi at Florida's
Jacksonville University. He's also
been nominated as one of 1981's
outstanding young men of America.
He's assistant professor of biology at
Jacksonville....Steve V.C. Davis,
BASc78, is completing his final year
in the MBA program at the
University of Western Ontario and
plans to return to work in B.C. in
'82....Instructor Glenn M. Hardie,
MEd'78, has had a book published
called "Construction contracts and
specifications." It deals with
practical applications in building
technology, the subject he teaches at
B.C.I.T Monica Rist, BMus'78,
is spending the year in Vienna as the
1981 winner of the Johann Strauss
Foundation scholarship. She will be
studying organ with Prof. Peter
Planyavsky, organist at St. Stcphan's
JoAnna Townsend, MSc78, says
Montreal is an exciting city to live
in. She's senior business
development officer for the Export
Development Corp. in Montreal,
providing financing and insurance to
exporters. She also lectures at
Concordia University in the
marketing department of the
international business division...
Rhodes scholar Gordon G. Wong,
BSc78, left Magdalen college,
Oxford, in August with his
doctorate. His thesis was on
"nticlear magnetic resonance oi
intact tissues." Wong is now doing
research at Harvard....New principal
of Boundary Central Secondary in
the Kettle Valley district is James
Calvert, MEd'79....B.C.'s first
woman Rhodes Scholar, Catherine
J. Milsum, BA79, received her
master's in English literature at
Oxford in June. Thus she became
the first Balliol woman to take a
degree in the university, says the
Balliol college annual. Milsum is
continuing her studies in English
literature at Princeton....Gail
Nabata, BA'79, MBA'81, is with
the department of public works in
Vancouver, while brother Robert,
BASc'81, is doing post-grad work in
Red Deer, for Alberta Gas and
Ethylene... Janet Pontifax, BPH'79,
is teaching at Osoyoos secondary in
the Okanagan....The future of
strawberries is definitely an
up-and-down affair, says enthusiast
James Sandwith, BSA79. If
planted in the usual fashion, the
luscious berries take a metre of
ground for 5 plants; but if planted
vertically, Sandwith can grow 100
plants per metre, and produce an
earlier crop, he says. On his
eleven-hectare farm near Victoria,
Sandwith is experimenting with
growing the berries vertically, in
plastic bags filled with sawdust,
suspended in his greenhouse. Oh
my, strawberry pie....One of two
women accepted into the Victoria
police force this year is Phyllis
Senay, BPE79, who recently
graduated from the B.C. Police
Winner ofthe provincial
government's highest scholastic
award is John Klippenstein,
BSc79, a graduate mathematics
student. Klippenstein will use the
$20,000 Queen Elizabeth II
centennial scholarship to pursue a
doctorate in mathematics at
Warwick University, Fngland. He
topped the dean's honor list in 1979
and won the Governor General's
gold medal the same year.
Klippenstein is interested in
Warwick's 'catastrophe'
mathematics program, applying
math. to the study of physical
processes such as volcanic eruptions.
Runner-up Michael Craig Webb,
BA'81, a political science grad,
received an award of $4,000 to
pursue his studies.
Two zoology grads, Wayne
Goodey, BSc'80, and Allen J. Billy,
BSc'79, have founded a group called
Citizens Against the Undermining of
Science Education. It's a group of
John Klippenstein, BASc'79
scientists and lay people who oppose
the teaching of the biblical theory of
creation in high school, on the
grounds that it is not scientific
theory. Earlier this year, another
group called the Creation Science
Association urged education
minister Brian Smith to introduce
the theory of creation into B.C.
schools. In March, the minister
issued a statement to B.C. teachers
suggesting that students might
benefit from studying both
creationist and Darwinian theories
of evolution. Goodey and Billy are
trying to counter the progress made
by the creationists	
Steven Campbell, BPE'80, has been
appointed sports information officer
for UBC Athletics....Daniel W.
Deyell, MA'80, is a museum
administrator with Wycliffe Bible
Translators. The organization,
which translates the scriptures into
many languages, is working on
putting aboriginal, or oral languages
into written form for translation....
Katrina L. Link, BEd'80, is
teaching grade four at Roft River
school in Clearwater, B.C	
Gordon McCall, MFA'80, is artistic
director of the Prairie Theatre
Exchange, a semi-professional
group, in Winnipeg.
With the soaring cost of food
production, the government is
looking at ways of producing
cheaper vegetables. Gordon Monk,
BASc'80, supervised the design of
an experimental solar greenhouse at
the federal government's Saanichton
research centre. In the past four
years, the cost of heating and
ventilating commercial greenhouses
has doubled to more than $45,000 an
acre. Monk says a solar greenhouse
would need auxiliary heating only in
January and February. A
conventional glass greenhouse of the
same size is being used as a control
in the pioneering experiment....
Joining the staff of Queen's Park
school in Penticton is Jane Crossan,
BEd'81... John Ens, BASc'81,isa
project engineer at Vancouver
General Hospital....Scott Griffin,
BA'81, of Vancouver is one of three
to win a Law Foundation entrance
scholarship to the University of
Victoria. The award, worth $4,500,
is renewable if the winner maintains
a first class average....Dean
Parfeniuk, BASC 81, has won a
$9,350 National Research Council
scholarship to continue his studies at
Ludwig N. Braun, MSc'80 and
Susan Clarke Braun, DFrch'80, a
daughter, Rebecca Susan, Sept. 5,
1981 in Zurich, Switzerland....Joan
Webb Challenger, BEd'74, a
daughter, Kristine Lorena, Aug. 14,
1981 in Victoria....Brian A. Bruser,
BSc70, LLB74 and Deborah C.
Tate Bruser, BA72, MLS78, a
daughter, Rebecca Anne, July 24,
1981 in Smithers....Brian T. Lecky,
BA73, a son, Alexander Robert,
July 19, 1981 in Vancouver....
Merilyn Davis McKelvey, BA'73, a
daughter, Margaret Michelle, July
20, 1981 in Toronto....Linda Albert
McRoberts, BEd'74, a daughter,
Michele Colleen, Aug. 4, 1981 in
Vancouver....John A. Mutter,
BMus'69 and Catherine Jean
Thompson Mutter, BEd'76, a son,
Donald John, June 2, 1981 in
Kelowna...Brian A. Nordman,
BSF71, and Lynn M. Schierman
Nordman, BHE72, a daughter,
Frika Maurine, Feb. 6, 1981 in
Mackenzie...Dr. Philip W.
Suckling, PhD77 and Cheryl
Lenington Suckling, BA'79, a
daughter, Sonja Tamara, June 16,
1981 in Athens, Georgia....Dr. John
Craig Whalley, BSc'74, and Linda
L. Bratner Whalley, BSc'72,
MSc74, a son, Matthew Thomas,
Aug. 29, 1981, in Williams Lake.
28 Chronicle/Wm^r 1981 "I think..."
See Page 25
N. Larry Campbell, BCom'61 to
Holly J. Hannigan, BHE75, Oct.
10, 1980 in Kamloops, B.C Lorna
Gail Gordon, BEd'67, to James L.
Dade, March 20, 1981 in Pasadena.
Calif Michael Moewes, BPE'79,
to Beth Louise Eley, BSR'79,
August, 1981 in Vancouver....
Darshan A. Sihota, BSF'79, to B.
Alice Brock, BMus'79, July 11, 1981
in Penticton, B.C.
Ian J. Billington, BASc'51,
MASc'52, (PhD, Toronto), August,
1981 in Ontario. A research
engineer, he was a scientific
consultant with the Institute of
Aerophysics, University ol Toronto.
He was involved with the St.
Andrews Art Festival, the National
Association for the Photographic
Arts and the Photographic Society of
America. In 1978 he was appointed
to the board of Arts Etobicoke.
Survived by his wife.
Kenneth L. Brawner, BA'57,
LLB'58, October, 1981 in
Vancouver. An active member of the
university community he was a
former vice-president ofthe
students' council and Chair of the
UBC Alumni Fund. He served as
president of the UBC Alumni
Association in 1975-76. A lawyer in
private practice, he was a member of
the B.C. and Canadian Bar
Associations, and on the interim
Advisory Board of Trustees of
Vancouver General Hospital.
Survived by his wife, Maureen
McCartney Brawner, BEd'57 and
two children.
Andrew John Carmichael,
BCom'44, LLB'48, accidentally-
August, 1981 in Vancouver. A
member of UBC's first law class, he
practised for 25 years in Vancouver.
He was appointed a judge of the
provincial court in 1973 and sat in
the small claims division. Survived
by his wife, two sons and two
Col. George S. Clark, BA'22, June,
1981 in Vancouver. A corporate
finance lawyer, he was a partner
with the Vancouver firm, Ladner
Downs. His brother, Edward A.
Clark, BA'32, died in August, 1981
in New Brunswick. Edward worked
in personnel and public relations for
the Aluminum Co. of Canada, in
Montreal. Both brothers served with
the Seaforth Highlanders. George
joined the Cadets in 1914 and was a
member until his death.
George Peter Doerksen, BSc'63,
(MSc Washington State, PhD South
Carolina), August, 1981 in Liard
Hot Springs Provincial Park. He
taught throughout B.C. for several
years and was working in the Tahsis
mill to finance his biological studies
on dragonflies. He was killed by a
grizzly bear while on a research field
trip. Survived by his parents and
three brothers.
Edith Dwinnell Griffiths, BA'27,
July, 1981 in Victoria. Living in
retirement on Mayne Island, she was
an active senior counsellor
volunteer. Survived by her husband,
two daughters, two sisters and a
Ivan H.R. Jeffery, BA'47, April,
1981 in Maple Ridge. Survived by
his wife and son.
William James Martin, BASc'71,
May, 1981 in Ontario. A graduate in
metallurgical engineering, he was
mill metallurgist at the Parkdale
Works, Steel Company of Canada,
in Hamilton. Survived by his wife.
Robert T. McKenzie, BA'37, (PhD
London), October, 1981 in London,
ling. An associate professor of
political sociology at the London
School ol Economics, he was author
oi British Political Parties. One of
Britain's top psephologists, he was
inventor of the "svvingometer," an
instrument that translates
complicated electoral data into
layman's terms. Ik1 wrote regularly
for the London Observer, and was a
"household name" in Britain
through his election night
commentaries and interviews on
BBC television and radio. (See
Letters section.)
Gifford Earle Nesbitt, BA'43, June,
1981 in Vancouver. He taught for 45
years throughout Canada, and for
the last 17 years at Lonsdale
Elementary School. Survived by his
Robert John Phillips, BEd76,
March, 1981 in Vancouver. Survived
by his wife, Gail Phillips, BEd'75.
Eleanora (Nora) Piggot, BA'27,
MA'50, July, 1981 in Victoria. After
receiving her teaching certificate
from the Victoria Normal School,
she attended UBC. She began her
teaching career in the Interior, and
was later principal of Mount
Lehman school in the Fraser Valley.
In 1966 she retired as teacher and
counsellor from Oak Bay Senior
Secondary School. She was an active
member of the Docent Association
at the Provincial Museum. In her
memory, former students and
friends have established a
scholarship fund for senior
secondary students. Donations can
be sent c/o Clara Hare, 3931
Cherilee Crescent, Victoria, V8N 1R7.
Cecil Edmund Yarwood, BSA'29,
DSc'79, September, 1981 in
Australia. Graduate study took him
first to Purdue University, and then
to the University of Wisconsin
where he received his doctorate in
* plant pathology. In 1934 he moved
to the University of California,
Berkeley where he was professor of
plant pathology for 25 years. His
work in the relationship between
plants and disease-causing
organisms, and their control brought
him international recognition. A
member ofthe Wesbrook Society,
he is survived by his wife and
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Robert MacKenzie: A Tribute
Dr. Robert McKenzie, BA'35, one of Britain's
leading political scientists died Oct. 12 in
London. In a tribute, British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher said: "He was one of the
most astute and experienced political
commentators of our time. It will be difficult
to imagine an election without him."
McKenzie was famous for his entertaining
election night commentaries. His influence has
been felt in Canadian politics as well. He was
one of the first to encourage Pierre Trudeau to
enter the political arena as a Liberal. A
Canadian, McKenzie was also an academic, a
professor at the London School of Economics.
The London Times marked his death with a
four-column front-page article.
University of Saskatchewan professor
Arthur J. Wirick, BA'36, wrote the following
Bob McKenzie, reached London with the
Canadian army in 1944 and made it his
permanent home. When he died there, his
reputation in Britain as a political
commentator was unequalled. But Bob never
forgot his beginnings. He retained his
citizenship, deepened his knowledge of
Canada, remembered fondly his youthful
haunts and constantly revisited early friends,
his hometown of Vancouver and his Alma
Bob flourished during his nine years at
UBC. Even then, his consuming passion for
politics foretold his vocation. Politics and
diplomacy, domestic or foreign — these he
revelled in! Although Bob himself held strong
convictions, and expressed them, his passion
was that of the analyst; his facility and felicity
of expression was apparent in his writing.
But it was in his talk that the full force of his
personality found expression. His special
qualities — on lecture platform or television
— were crystal clear. He had great joie de
vivre, and took infectious delight in people.
He chuckled. He could be gleeful, skeptical,
satirical — and funnv. But he could not be
The story of his rise to fame in Britain has
been told elsewhere. His 1955 book,British
Political Parties, earned him a doctorate and
secured his reputation as a scholar. It remains
a definitive study in the held. Electronically
speaking, Bob recently completed what he
regarded as his supreme achievement: a BBC
television series entitled "The Pursuit of
Power," a series of interviews that explored
the minds of Britain's political leaders.
Released last summer, it won praise from
London's critics, but has yet to appear in
Throughout the years Bob remained "the
stout ego, the exuberant mind." We grieve
that he has gone; yet we retain a lively and
happy memory of him.
A Delightful Discovery
The returning alumnus discovers many
changes on the growing UBC campus. During
my last visit I had my first opportunity to use
the facilities of the tastefully appointed
Woodward Memorial Room on the first floor
ofthe Biomedical Library. The superb
collection of historical material in medicine
and natural history provides a rich resource for
scholars and recreational readers.
Dr. W.C. Gibson, Emeritus Professor of the
History of Medicine and Science assembled
the library with great success. His pioneering
efforts are being nurtured by his successor.
Dr. John Norris and the librarian. Dr. Lee
I'd encourage other returning graduates to
search out the Woodward Memorial Room. The
casual visitor should be warned, however, that
in this inviting environment, the literature is
so appealing that a brief visit may extend into
several hours of delightful discovery.
Rodney K. Calverley, MD'62
San Diego, CA.
Mnemonics Anyone?
As a student at UBC I became interested in
any means of lightening my work load, and
happened upon the study of mnemonics. This
study concerns the science of memory. It has
occurred to me that many students would
benefit from a book on the subject.
I would be grateful to learn of the favorite
mnemonics or your readers. By this I mean a
"memory crutch" such as the one known to all
students of music: FACE being the key
signatures of the treble clef. Students of
geology will recognize the mnemonic for the
Moh's Scale ol the hardness of minerals, viz:
Toronto Girls Can Fight And Other Queer
Things Can Do, which is a memory device to
enable geologists to remember the relative
hardness of minerals, which are as follows:
Talc, Gypsum, Calcite, Feldspar, Albite,
Orthocluse, Quartz, Toitanium,
Carborundum, and Diamond.
If your readers would care to send me their
favorite mnemonic together with any
knowledge of its author, I shall do my best to
give credit where credit is due.
W. Grant Hughes, LLB'60
217- 8055 Anderson Road
Richmond, B.C. V6Y1S2
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Chablis in fKe'fifii
Beaujolais in the south —
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The region of Burgundy
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and the only wines legally
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All seven of the French
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and all carry the prestigious
Appellation Controlee
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and confidence to your
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An elegant blend Of dry red wines from
communes along the slope. Delicate and
full of perfume, this medium-bodied
Burgundy will be fast-maturing. The
style of the winemaker, Joseph Orouhin,
is a guarantee of quality. 3266*
A well-styled, refreshing and crisply acidic dry white wine from the Maconnais district in Southern Burgundy. The quality of
this wine and the prestige of the house,
have made it a popular alternative to the
more expensive white Burgundies. 3254*
The youth, petulance and freshness of
this Beaujolais is so well described in the
colourful expression of the old vintners
"Ca Pisse Dru". Best enjoyed young and
slightly chilled. 3445*
Tops among all Beaujolais sold in the
U.S.A. and Common Markets. It is fresh
and fruity, has elegant bouquet and
pleasant after taste. Totally a delicious
vintage wine, best consumed young and
cool. Compliments all fine food. 3074*
From the village of Saint George, in the
midst of the Beaujolais vineyards, comes
this outstanding "Superieur"—subtle,
elegant and memorable. 3310*
A crisp, dry, superior white Burgundy
made from the Aligote grape, unique to
Burgundy. It comes to you direct from the
House of Jaffelin's 13th century cellars in
the heart of Beaune. 3327*
Chablis Cruse is an exquisite white wine,
very dry, light, with a subtle bouquet.
Ranks among the selected wines of the
House of Cruse. 2276*
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