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1956 How much
ill you keep
of your first
Delieve it or not, you'll likely earn more than that
during your working jears.
So the big question is:
How much of this will still he yours
when you retire?
You owe it to yourself to make sure you keep enough.
Bank a regular amount from each pay
from now on ... at the B of M.
And hold on to a worthwhile share of
the fortune you will earn.
Bank of Montreal
WORKING      WITH      CANADIANS      IN      EVERY      WALK      DF      LIFE      SINCE      1817
U.B.C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE U. B. C. Alumni Chronicle
Published  by  the
Alumni Association of the  University
of  British  Columbia
Editor:   Harry  T.   Logan,   M.C,   M.A.
Assistant to the Editor: Sally Gallinari, B.A.'49.
Board    of   Management
Brown, 8.A.'34; Past President, Peter Sharp,
B.Com.'36; First Vice-President, Nathan Nemetz, Q.C., B.A.'34; Second Vice-President,
Mrs. Pauline Ranta, B.A/35, B.S.N.'39; Third
Vice-President, Dr. M. F. McGregor, B.A.'30;
M.A.'31;   Treasurer,    A.    P.    Gardner,    B.A/37;
Published in Vancouver
Executive Secretary, A. H. Sager, D.F.C.,
B.A/38; Chronicle Editor, Harry T. Logan,
A. Craig, B.A/50, LL.B.'51; Miss Rika Wright,
B.A/33; Miss Mildred Wright, S.W. Dipl.'45;
John Lecky, B.A/41; John Ashby, B.A/33;
Leonard B. Stacey, B.A.Sc/24. SENATE REPRESENTATIVES: Miss Marjorie Agnew, B.A.
'22; The Hon. Mr. Justice A. E. Lord, B.A/21;
Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan, B.A/32, F.R.S.C.,
Agriculture, Ralph H. Gram, B.S.A/37; Applied
Science, M. A. Thomas, B.A.Sc.'31; Architecture, Findlay W. Scott, B.Arch.'52; Arts, M's.
Mary Robertson, B.A/49; Commerce, T. R.
Watt, B.Com.'49; Education, Robin Smith,
B.A/37, M.A/51; Forestry, John H. G. Smilh,
, Canada, and authorised as second class mail, Post
B.S.F.'49; Home Economics, Mrs. A. R. Gillon,
B.H.E/48; Law, William A. Craig, B.A/50,
LL.B/51; Medicine, Dr. D. H. Zimmerman,
B.A/49, M.D/55; Nursing, Mrs. Shiela Smith,
B.S.N/40; Pharmacy, Fred Wiley, B.S.P/53;
Physical Education, Frank Kennedy, B.P.E.'50;
Social Work, Miss Mildred Wright, S.W. Dipl.-
'45. ALMA MATER SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVE:   Donald  E.  Jabour,  A.M.S.   President.
Editorial   Committee
Chairman:     E.    W.    H.    Brown;    Members:    G.
Dudley Darling, A. P. Gardner, Harry T.  Logan,
A.  H. Sager,  Peter Sharp.
Business    and    Editorial    Offices:    201     Brock
Hall,   U.B.C,   Vancouver   8,   B.C.
Office Dept., Ottawa.
Vol.  10, No. 2.
Summer, 1956
Death  of  Professor  Lemuel  Robertson 3
Editorial .   .      5
Branches—Arthur   Sager       .      7
Graduate Profile:  Hugh  L.  Keenleyside—
Patricia   Hamilton   Smith 8-9
The   President   Reports   ....        ....        11
No   News  Is  Good   News—David   Brock 13
Secondary  Education  in  B.C.—F.P.L.   14-15
Address  to  Graduating  Classes—
Dean  H.  F.  Angus . 16-17
History  of  Alumni   Magazine—
Ormonde   J.   Hal| 18-19
Headlines   and   News   Comments—
Mary   Fal'is   20-21
A Tale of the Pub—and After—
Margaret   Ecker   Francis 22-23
Forty-First   Congregation—Editor 24-25
Book  Reviews  .       .     . . 26-27
E.   W.    H.    Brown,   Alumni    President—
Editor 28-29
Alumni   News       . 31-32
The   Faculty 33
Sports Summary—R.  J.   (Bus)   Phillips 35
Campus News and Views—Ian Smythe 37
Academy  of  Science—C.   A.   Hornby 38
Pictures on the
Front Cover of this
Issue illustrate the
changing format of
the Chronicle. The
first number, dated
April, 1931, sombre
in appearance, was
9'/i inches by 6%,
as compared with the
size of the illustrated
type    of    publication, >-..;
beginning     in     1940, * ^;.;"
which is 11'A by 8'/4
inches.      Represented
also in the cover pictures are the grim reality
of war (July, 1943), feverish post-war construction (March, 1948), and the continuing
plans for new campus buildings (Spring,
1956). Studied individually, the four magazine covers may be interpreted as suggesting
the varying moods and fortunes of the University during the quarter century of the
Chronicle's   life.
Lt.   Gray   was
The death occurred in Ottawa on Monday,
May 14, of Professor Emeritus Lemuel F.
Robertson, M.A., LL.D., former Head of
U.B.C.'s Department of Classics and much-
loved friend of many generations of U.B.C.
students.  He was 83.
The    new    Post December,   1945
Office - Federal
Building in Nelson, B.C., will be
the first in Canada to be named
after a famous
Canadian. In this
instance he is Lt.
Robert H. Gray,
V. C, D. S. 0.,
R. C. N. V. R., a
member of Arts'41.
awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his bravery in bombing and
sinking a Japanese destroyer August
9, 1945, a few days before V.J. Day.
Dr. G. M. Volkoff, M.B.E., M.A.'36,
Ph.D.(Calif.), D.Sc'45, F.R.S.C, Professor, Department of Physics, attended the Sixth Annual Conference
on High Energy Physics held at Rochester, N.Y., April 3-7, as one of
three Canadian representatives. Ac-
tendance at the Conference was by
invitation, with the 200 participants
coming from all parts of the world to
discuss the latest results on Anti-
protons,. Light and Heavy Mesons, and
various "strange" particles. A highlight of the Conference was the presence of three prominent Physicists
from Soviet Russia who mingled freely with the other Physicists, and reported on recent Russian work in the
High Energy field. They described
the 10 billion-volt Proton Accelerator
nearing completion in the U.S.S.R.—
at present the largest such machine
in the world is the 6 billion-volt
Bevatron at Berkeley, California—and
they announced plans for a 50 billior-
volt Accelerator to be built by Russian scientists in the near future. By
contrast, the largest Accelerator at
present   available   in   Canada   is   the
0.1 billion (100 million)-volt Cyclotron at McGill University, while the
U.B.C. Electrostatic Generator gives
only 0.002 billion (2 million) volts.
However, the Canadian Association
of Physicists has appointed a committee, of which Dr. Volkoff is a member,
to look into the feasibility of a High
Energy laboratory for Canada.
The Alumni Office will be sending
circular letters shortly to the Classes
of 1926, 1936, 1946, 1931 and perhaps 1921 about Reunions and Anniversaries tentatively being planned
for the week of Homecoming ending
on November 3.
Following the precedent established
last year, the Alumni Association
Executive has agreed to help in the
sponsorship of these reunions, provided a sufficient number of Class
members are interested and willing
to set up committees.
Volunteers for the Reunion Committees will be welcomed with open
arms. Phone or write to the Alumni
Office, ALma 4200. — A.H.S.
Salt Water Cure
The wise and old have sometime said
or  sung
"Salt water mends all sorrows of the
For those who think they're better off
when dead—
When   life's   accounts   are   wholly   in
the red—
There  are three cures—the  sea,  salt
tears or sweat."
But   there's   another   cure   the   wise
(Your guess is wrong this time, not
Besides these others, there is always
Anne Margaret Angus
(from The Canadian Forum, November,  1938.1
Calgary—S.   P.   Burden,   B.A.Sc'40,   3032  26th
St., S.W.
Northern  California—Albert  A.   Drennan,   B.A.
'23, 420 Market St., San Francisco 11.
Southern  California—Les.   W.   McLennan,   B.A.
'22,  917 Sierra Vista  Drive,  Fullerton.
Creston—W. H. Wilde, B.A/50, M.S. (Utah)'52,
Box  1167.
Edmonton—C. A. Westcott, B.A/50, B.S.W/51,
10138-100 "A" St.
Kimberley—L.   H.   Garstin,    B.A/40,    M.A/46,
Box 313.
Kelowna—Nancy    Gale,    M.A/39,    234    Beach
Montreal—H.   P.  Capozzi,   B.A/47,   B.Com.'48,
P.O. Box 6000.
Nanaimo—Hugh   B.   Heath,   B.A/49,   LL.B/50,
Box  121.
Ocean   Falls—John   Graham,    B.A.Sc/50,    P.O.
Box  593.
Ottawa—Don    Chutter,    B.Com.'44,    Canadiai
Construction   Assoc,    151   O'Connor   St.
Penticton—William T. Halcrow, 300 Farrell SI.
Portland—Dr. David B. Charlton, B.A/25, 2340
Jefferson  St.
Prince   George—Denning    E.   Waller,    B.A/49,
D.D.S.,   1268  5th  Ave.
Prince  Rupert—John  Banman,   B.A.Sc.'46,   215
Elizabeth Apts.
Regina—Gray   A.   Gillespie,    B.Com.'48,    1841
Scarth St.
Seattle—Robert J.  Boroughs,  B.A/39, M.A.'43,
2515 S.W.  169th Place (66).
Summerland—G.     Ewart    Woolliams,     B.A/25,
M.Sc.(Idaho),   Dominion   Field   Laboratory   ot
Plant   Pathology.
Toronto—Roy   V.   Jackson,   B.A.'43,   48   Glen
view Ave.
Trail—J. V.  Rogers,  B.A.Sc.'33, CM.  S, S. Co.
Venezuela—H.   Leslie   Brown,   B.A/28,   Canadian  Embassy,  Apartado  3306,  Caracas.
Victoria—Dr.  W.   H.  Gaddes,   B.A/39,  M.A/46,
4150  Cedar  Hill   Rd.
U.B.C. ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Management and Labour
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U. B.C. ALUMNI   CHRONICLE The Editor's Page—
The First Quarter Century
This is the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Graduate Chronicle. In
order to make room for special commemorative articles in addition to
the news and other feature material
of the magazine, the Editorial Committee gave permission to publish
forty pages instead of the usual
Planning of the Issue was done at
a meeting of Alumni Editors, past
and present. These included, Miss
Sadie Boyles, who helped to produce
the first two editions of the Graduate
Chronicle in April, 1931 and May,
1932; Lorraine Bolton, Assistant Editor, 1937; Rosemary Winslow McAllister, Totem Editor, 1932, Editor Chronicle, 1938; Doris Barton Ross, Totem
Editor 1931, Assistant Editor Chronicle, 1938; Margaret Ecker Francis,
Totem Editor 1936, Chronicle Editor
1939-41; Mary Fallis, Assistant Editor
1945-50; and Ormy Hall, who, during
his seven-year period as Editor, 1946-
1953, continued and enhanced the
reputation of the U.B.C. Alumni Chronicle as one of the foremost Graduate
quarterlies of its kind on this continent. Among those unavoidably absent
was Helen Crawford, Editor of the
1936 and 1937 Graduate Chronicle
editions. Miss Crawford wrote her
regrets from her native heath in
Scotland where she is "Woman Adviser" in Bellahouston Academy, Glasgow, "the school", she writes, "in
which I was educated and which sent
me to U.B.C."
Our thanks are due to Margaret
Francis, Ormy Hall and Mary Fallis
who volunteered to prepare the anniversary material. An almost complete
set of Student and Alumni publications, on file in the U.B.C. Library,
was kindly made available by the Library Staff. The stories resulting from
a reflective study of these documents
are given on pages 18-23 and comprise
Ormy Hall's breezy "potted History"
of the Chronicle, Mary Fallis' cleverly-
chosen digest of its contents, and
Margaret Francis' amusing Tale with
biography vignettes of persons in the
related area of the Student Publications Board. As one reads these highly
entertaining pages a multitude of
thoughts crowd the mind. Out of the
welter emerge three clear observations.
The first is that the University and
the Alumni have been very well served
by their Alumni magazines. Here
may be found, in miniature, the story
of U.B.C, from its early home in the
Fairview shacks, through the joys and
struggles of its middle period at Point
Grey, into phenomenal, almost incredible post-war expansion, with its attendant problems of gigantic stature,
and on to the present. And, along
with accounts of events taking place
at the University, we are kept in
touch with the achievements of large
numbers of our Graduates.
The second observation has to do
directly with the growth of the Alumni Association itself. As the story told
in Mary Fallis' synopsis unfolds, we
see the Association come into se'f-
conscious being, extend soon into an
organization with Branches, focus
its attention gradually upon Scholarships and other helpful objectives,
until, with gathering vitality and
momentum and with increasing responsibilities, it assumes the important place it holds in U.B.C. affairs
The third observation, linked to
the others, is that the service rendered by the Chronicle has been generously provided by a succession of
great-hearted Graduates, from Isobel
Harvey and her associates to Ormy
Hall and his helpers, in the true and
essential spirit of the U.B.C. motto—
Tuum Est.
It is interesting to note that, by
happy coincidence, the address of Dean
Henry Angus, given to the Graduating
Classes on May 14, deals with certain
aspects of U.B.C. History. It seemed
most appropriate, therefore, to include
Dean Angus' address in this Anniversary Number and it is printed almost
in full on pages 16 and 17.
School Education in B.C.
The thanks of readers are given to
Dr. Harold L. Campbell and his associates in the Department of Education for the series of four articles
contributed to the Chronicle, dealing
with the School System in British
Columbia. The last of these, entitled
Secondary Education, appears in this
Issue. Previously published were.
New College of Education (Autumn
1955); General Aspects of Education
(Winter 1955) and Elementary Education (Spring 1956). These authoritative studies are of interest to every
parent of school-age children and have
been much appreciated.
In fHemrirtam
The death of P'rofessor Emeritus
Lemuel Robertson, M.A., LL.D., for
many years Head of the Department
of Classics in the University, and
noted pioneer in Secondary and
Higher Education in British Columbia, removes from our midst one who
will long be remembered with affection by all who knew him. There have
surely been few teachers who, by
precept and example better represented what is meant by the Humanities. The deep sympathy of his host
of friends will be extended to Professor Robertson's widow, to their three
children, Norman, Mary and Barbara,
all U.B.C. Graduates, and to their
From the Mail Bag—
In   this   issue   of  The   Chronicle   a
small book of poems by one of our
own Graduates is reviewed. It is the
second poetry booklet published by
the University of New Brunswick,
which printed 500 copies of each to
retail at fifty cents a copy. The editors
state that since the series was started
they have written to more than forty
booksellers, enclosing sample copies,
offering to take back and pay for any
unsold copies after a reasonable time,
and offering a liberal percentage of
the price of the book as a commission
for selling. Ninety-five per cent of
the stores did not even reply to the
letter. In an effort to second the commendable and unselfish project of the
University of New Brunswick, and of
the editors of this series and of The
Fiddlehead (a quarterly magazine devoted to publishing new poems), the
U.B.C. bookstore is stocking 50 copies
of Lost Diver and a few copies of
The Fiddlehead. In our Universities,
if anywhere, there are people interested in new, creative writing in
Canada. If other Canadian Universities will emulate the pioneering spirit
of U.B.C, who knows? A small but
discriminating band of readers may
rescue from quite undeserved neglect
and discouragement poets who have
something to add to Canada's contribution  to the arts.
Anne M. Angus,
1345 W. 58th Ave.,
Vancouver, April 30, 1956.
The recent issue of the U.B.C. Reports   was   of   much   interest   to   me.
For   many   years   I   have  hoped   that
U.B.C.   could   muster   the   means   to
dabble in the field of Oriental thought,
with   reflected  cultures.     It  looks   as
if   you   have   arrived   at   that   point.
There are  some golden opportunities
in  this direction for  Canada.
I note also your extremely good
fortune in getting Sir Herbert Read
for the Summer School.
All  the  news  from the  University
these days seems to be good news.
Lester  W.   McLennan,
B.A.'22,  B.Sc.(Oxon.),
917   Sierra  Vista   Drive,
Fullerton,   California.
April 20, 1956.
It has recently befallen my lot to
be chosen as pro tern Chronicle Correspondent for the remainder of my
stay in  England .  .  . From  Sept. to
date   the   London   Branch   has   held
three meetings . . . The retiring Executive is as follows:
Mrs. Grace Laugharne, B.A.'25, (Pres.); Miss
Mary Harvey, B.A.'25, (Sec); Mrs. Douglas
Roe is the new President and Mr. James
Clavel, B.A/54, the new secretary; Mr. H. P.
E. Smith, Arts'25, continues on as Treasurer;
and Mr. W. R. D. Underhill, B.A.'54, LL.B.'55,
replaces Mr. H. F. E. Smith as Chronicle Correspondent.
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U.B.C. ALUMNI   CHRONICLE        6 third year with Forestry Research . . .
Dr. R. T. McKenzie, B.A.'33, a television personality over here,  has  been
winning   wide   acclaim   for   his   new
book on the British  Political Parties
.  .  .  Some recent  graduates  passing
through London are: Gordon Hogarth,
B.A.Sc'53, George Cassady, LL.B.'55,
and  Jack   McConville,  LL.B.'55   .   .   .
This about summarises the goings on
in England except to note that Beverley   and  I   are   to  return  home  next
October after a most interesting year.
Yours sincererly,
Dick Underhill,
c/o   B.C.   House,
1-3 Regent Street,
London   S.W.I,
March   28,   1956.
By  Arthur  Sager
Many times during the past few
months I've been
asked "What type
of programme
should an Alumni
Branch undertake?" Sometimes the question comes from
branches,   more
often from groups about to organise
or from individual Alumni. What can
Graduates do, individually or collectively, in support of the University
and in their own interest without duplicating the work of other organisations in the community?
In place of the usual summary of
Branch activity, I thought it might
be useful if I were to talk around
this subject and perhaps give some
examples, as I did in the Winter
Issue, of interesting programmes
being sponsored by Branches in B.C.
and  elsewhere.
I've just returned from a three-day
trip to Vancouver Island with Professor Stan Read of the English Department. In Nanaimo, Qualicum, Ladysmith, Duncan and Cowichan Lake we
talked to Senior High School students
about the importance of Higher Education. In February, I travelled for
the same purpose to Ocean Falls,
Kitimat, Terrace and Prince Rupert,
both trips arranged under the auspices of the Extension Department.
Professor Read and I had interesting talks with High School Teachers,
most of whom were U.B.C. Graduates. On the up-coast trip I also
had an opportunity of meeting Alumni
in other fields. Everywhere the subject was Education — Elementary,
Secondary and Higher Education.
This was the subject of keenest
interest, the one subject common to
Graduates of all ages. I'm glad that
this is so because I have alwavs be-
At Nanaimo. From Left: Hugh B. Heath,
President, Nanaimo Branch; Mrs. Donald M.
Cunliffe, Secretary; Arthur Sager; Larry E.
Wright,  B.A.Sc'46,  Member of the  Executive.
lieved that those of us who have had
the benefits of University training
should take an active interest in, and
assume some responsibility for, our
"democratic"  educational   system.
Canadian education is "public" education. Our schools and universities
are administered, generally speaking,
by elected officials and government
departments responsible to an elected
Minister. Policy on curricula, teaching, and facilities is indirectly and
sometimes very considerably influenced by public opinion expressed
through School Boards, Municipal
Councils and M.L.A.'s.
Local School Boards are particularly influential and are usually best-
qualified to transmit or put into action
the wishes of parents and others ir.
the community who are concerned
with our schools and what goes or
in them. It is most important, I
think, that our School Boards should
be composed of men and women who
are sympathetic towards education.
By this I do not mean that School
Board members should necessarily
support present educational policies,
that they should be "yes men"; but I
do believe that they should be convinced of the need for high standards
of education and that this should
come first in their aims in seeking
I would like to see more of our
Graduates running for School Board
office and taking an active part in
Parent-Teacher organisations. This
is a project —- encouraging qualified
and "sympathetic" people to accept
civic responsibilities—which can and
should be sponsored by Branches and
groups of Alumni.
Many Branches and individual
Alumni are active in the general field
of "public relations" and are doing
good service to the University by
associating themselves with local
educational or University Extension
programmes. Here, I believe, there
is a natural field for Branch activity.
Many groups in B.C. are now cooperating closely, through the Alumni
Office, in the "Community Forum"
series sponsored by the Department
of Extension, acting as "local contacts", and in many cases arranging
speaking engagements for visiting
members of the Faculty.
During the past winter, The Nanaimo and District Branch associated
itself with a local evening lecture
series featuring University speakers,
while the Victoria Branch sponsored
several successful public panels on
subjects of current interest. Both
activities are, I think, good examples
of Alumni operating in an important
educational  field.
On our recent trip to the Island,
Professor Read and I were disturbed
by the lack of interest in Higher
Education evident among fairly large
groups of capable senior students who
are studying the University Programme in High School. Well-paid
jobs—manual and semi-skilled—are
plentiful for first-class High School
Graduates, and these are attracting
young men who should be going to the
University or gaining advanced training of some kind.
I recognise that some of these lads
are given continuous technical training by their employers, and that
some go on to the University after a
period of practical experience. But
far too many of them are permanently
diverted from further education. This,
I believe, is a serious situation when
one considers how desperately short
Canada is of Engineers, Scientists and
qualified people in all professional
fields. The development of our resources and the prosperity of our
country is even now being affected by
the shortage of University - trained
leaders. Nearly every U.B.C. Graduate, and certainly those in the scientific and technological fields, have
had a choice of half-a-dozen good
positions this Spring. And the demand for Graduates increases every
I would like to see our Alumni,
wherever they may be, taking an
active interest in this problem. More
emphasis will have to be given at
the High School level to the importance of Higher Education. This can
be done in many ways, but the best
way is the direct one, namely, via
Parent - Teachers Associations and
School Boards.
Education at all levels is Alumni
business and any activity, which develops goodwill and support for education, should furnish the basis for
a profitable and satisfying Branch
Ottawa Branch Executive meet to prepare
plans for current season. From Left: Dr. John
Davis, Immediate Past President; Ted MacDonald, Director; Victor Johnson, Vice-President; Jean Marlow, Treasurer; Don Chutter,
President,   1956-57.
U.B.C. ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Graduate Profile —
Hugh L Keenleyside
April,   1945
Graduates of
U.B.C. hold today
many interesting,
important and unusual positions in
various parts of
the world, but it
is doubtful whether any other
U.B.C. Graduate
has crammed as
much unusual experience into his life as Hugh Llewellyn Keenleyside, Ph.D., LL.D.,
F.R.H.S., F.R.G.S. A succession of
posts, each utilising the experiences
of earlier years, and in turn building
a foundation for the future, prepared
him for his present exacting and important work as Director-General of
the vast Technical Assistance Administration of the United Nations.
The University of British Columbia was young at the time when
Hugh Keenleyside and his future
wife, Katherine Hall Pillsbury, attended lectures in the old Fairview
Arts Building. His academic work
was interrupted by service in the
C.F.A. and 2nd Tank Battalion, from
which he returned in 1918. Their
class, Arts'20, was the second to complete its four years under the authority of U.B.C. These were the days
when classes were small, everyone
knew everyone else, rivalry was keen
and precedents were being set which
were to become the traditions of the
growing University. Arts'20's creed
was "Originality — the class that's
different", and its pride was to blaze
trails for others to follow. In all
these activities, whether organising
new student societies, climbing Grouse
Mountain in a snowstorm, or initiating the Relay Race to Point Grey,
Hugh Keenleyside played an active
part. As the 1920 Annual pointed
out, he was "generally starting
Winner of one of the few postgraduate Fellowships available to
U.B.C. students at that time, he spent
the next years in research work in
History at Clark University, where
he received the degrees of M.A. and
Ph.D. His first book, "Canada and
the United States", an authoritative
analysis of relations between the two
countries, resulted from his research
By   'Patricia   Hamilton   Smith,   B.A.'20,   M.A.(Tor.)
during this period. The interpretation
of this relationship, based on "similarity of ideals" and "practical, hard,
commercial reasons reinforcing these
foundations of shared ideals", has
continued to be an interest of Dr.
Keenleyside's in spite of pressure of
other work, as shown by the publication of an enlarged and revised edition in 1952. In an article in "Current
History", July, 1955, he summed up
the past and present relations between the countries and outlined basic
factors controlling relations in the
"Canadians and Americans are not identical. They will not always understand or
approve of each other. There will be conflicts of interest and differences of view. But
each country has so much more to gain from
friendship and co-operation than can be obtained from hostility or disregard of the
other's welfare, that it is reasonable to assume
that mutually acceptable solutions will be
found for even the most difficult conflicts of
interest  or   opinion."
In 1926 he returned to U.B.C. as a
member of the Staff of the History
Department. But academic work
could never employ fully his organising ability, or satisfy his adventurous mind, and in 1928 he joined the
Staff of the Canadian Department of
External Affairs. Here the combination of historical research with talents for organisation and leadership
started him on a line of work which
was to take him to many interesting
and varied posts as Canada's representative.
The first of these was in Tokyo. In
May, 1929, Dr. Keenleyside sailed
for Japan with the rank of First
Secretary, to open the first Canadian
Legation in Japan. As this was Canada's only diplomatic representation
in the Orient, considerable attention
was paid to Chinese affairs, and Dr.
Keenleyside visited China more than
once,    besides    journeying    through
*Miss Patricia Hamilton Smith, in loyal conformity to the Arts'20 creed of "Originality",
is at present teaching the children of school
age who are patients in St. Joseph's Hospital,
Victoria — work begun a year ago by the
Victoria  School   Board.
Arts'20 Picnic to Bowen Island, May, 1920.
From Left: Alf Swencisky, Hugh Keenleyside,
Mrs. Wood (Mother of Professor F. G. C.
Wood, Class Honorary President), Pat Smith,
Katherine   Pillsbury.
Hugh  Keenleyside,   B.A.'20,   M.A.(Clark),   Ph.D.
(Clark),  LL.D.'4S.
Manchuria to study conditions there.
During the six years they spent in
Japan the Keenleysides visited many
interesting and beautiful places, and
learned a great deal about the unusual customs and traditions of the
The year 1936 saw the Keenleysides
back in Ottawa. In 1939 his duties
included acting as Secretary of the
Inter-Departmental Committee planning the Royal Tour, and he was
one of the party which accompanied
the King and Queen on the Royal
Train. In 1941 Dr. Keenleyside became Canada's Assistant Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs.
During the Second World War, as
head of the American division of the
Canadian Foreign Service, he had
many close contacts with the United
States, being one of the original members of the Canada-United States
Permanent Joint Board on Defense,
and of the Joint Economic Committees of Canada and the United States.
Among other numerous war duties
were membership on the War Scientific and Technical Development Committee and a short term as High Commissioner to Newfoundland. Already
deeply interested in the Arctic, he
was a member of the Council administering the North-West Territories,
and helped to found the Arctic Institute of North America, serving on its
Board of Governors. In addition to
these other interests, he found time
to serve as Vice-President of Canada's   Y.M.C.A.   from   1941-45.
December 1944 marked the beginning of Dr. Keenleyside's contacts
with Latin America, when he was
appointed Canadian Ambassador to
Mexico. During their two-year stay
there, the Keenleysides saw a great
deal of Mexico besides the capital
city, visiting many smaller centres
famous for their handicrafts, of
which they brought back some beautiful example?. Probably the outstanding part of Dr. Keenleyside's
work in Mexico was the Trade Treaty
with Canada, signed in February.
1946—the first agreement of the kind
between the two nations, putting
trade   between   them   on   a  "favoured
U.B.C. ALUMNI   CHRONICLE nation" basis. But studying Mexico's
political, economic and commercial
aspects was not the Ambassador's
only responsibility. Canadian travellers were welcomed and given assistance if necessary. In a city which
Dr. Keenleyside described as "perhaps
the most active centre of painting in
the world", knowledge of Canadian art
and life was furthered by displays of
Canadian paintings, a Canadian Book
Fair, and a fine Canadian Photographic Exhibit in Mexico City attended by more than 50,000 people.
Early in 1947, a new phase in Dr.
Keenleyside's career began when
Prime Minister Mackenzie King summoned him back to Ottawa as Deputy-
Minister of Mines and Resources, and
Commissioner for the North-West
Territories. This was one of the top
civil service posts, especially important because of the post-war surge of
development of Canadian resources,
particularly in the strategically important North-West Territories and
Arctic regions. With his usual energy and tendency to wish to see
things for himself, Dr. Keenleyside
saw a great deal of the Northland,
often from the air, on one occasion
having to wake the pilot who was
starting to doze at the controls. He
served as Head of the Canadian Delegation to the first U.S. Scientific
Conference on the Conservation and
Utilisation of Resources at Lake Success in 1949. Visiting Victoria in
1950, while President of the National
Association of Canadian Clubs, he
emphasised the importance of the
development of Canada's North. Addressing the Third B.C. Natural Resources Conference, he showed his
growing preoccupation with the needs
of underprivileged peoples and gave
an interesting forecast of the ideas
which he was soon to be in a position
to put into effect. Looking to the
future of Canada's resources policy,
he said that "the demand for the
good things of life is going to become everywhere more widespread
and insistent", and that these demands  "cannot be  callously  or care
lessly denied", ending with the words:
"We have been given great possessions and these we shall use to our
own and others' needs. We ask only
one condition—peace."
When the unwieldy Department of
Mines and Resources was divided, Dr.
Keenleyside became Deputy Minister
of Resources and Development. While
holding this post, he was "lent" by
the Canadian Government to head a
United States mission of foreign experts making a complete social and
economic survey of Bolivia. His successful leadership of the mission and
the remarkable grasp of essential
facts of the social, political and economic life of a Latin-American country with very difficult problems of
production and transport resulted in
a report of very great value. The
soundness of its recommendations was
proved not only by the appreciation
shown by the Bolivian government,
but by the fact that the fundamentals
of the programme for development
have been adhered to, in spite of
revolutionary changes of government
in Bolivia since  1950.
Almost immediately came the offer
of the post of Director-General of
the newly formed United Nations
Technical Assistance Administration.
In New York, Dr. Keenleyside set up
an organisation to assist in improving living conditions in underdeveloped countries which seek assistance.
The full purpose of the T.A.A. programme can be best summed up by
quotation from an address given by
its Director-General to the U.S. Press
Club  in  1955:
"What we are trying to do is to help
Governments to strengthen their national
economies so that they can meet their own
needs. We try to give them, on request
the kind of advice and guidance that will
result in justified self-reliance. We don't
supply  goods;  we  supply  knowledge."
Experts are sent out by the T.A.A.
to help local governments to drill for
oil, to plan coal mines, stabilise government administration, rehabilitate
the blind, develop social services, and
launch various types of industries—
to mention only a few of the fields
of assistance.
Shoulder  Spades!
Class of 1920 prepares for Tree-Planting Ceremony at Point Grey site, March, 1920.    From Right:
Harry  Colgan,  Willson   Coates,   Hugh   Keenleyside,  Janet  Gilley,   Professor  Mack   Eastman.     You
will recognise other friends.
His enthusiasm for his work and
his unusual powers of exposition are
brilliantly illustrated in the lengthy
article, published in the Autumn 1955
issue of Public Administration, which
won for Dr. Keenleyside the Silver
Medal and the first prize in the Hal-
dane Essay Competition, 1954. The
essay, entitled "Administrative Problems of the United Nations Technical
Assistance Administration", describes
the development of the technical as-,
sistance programme from its early
beginnings, and includes accounts of
problems which arise for T.A.A. in
underdeveloped countries where its
work is carried on.
As head of such projects all over
the world, Dr. Keenleyside needs all
his remarkable powers of concentration under any conditions, his ability
to grasp the essentials of a problem,
and the determination to persevere
until a solution is found. His driving
energy, concealed, diplomatically, under a quiet, easy manner, and his
strong powers of persuasion help him
to get his policies carried out. (At
U.B.C. it was usually easier to do
what he wanted than to argue the
point.) On occasion he can be impatient and uncompromising in support of his principles. Added to these
qualities is an intense interest in the
customs and ideas of other peoples
which must make it easier to grasp
the problems of the countries he visits
and to win the confidence of people
sensitive to foreign interference. His
work takes him travelling far and
frequently. Most important, probablyi
of all, in carrying out such work, is
a strong sense of the responsibility
of the more prosperous nations for
abolishing the grosser forms of distress from which human beings are
suffering. Dr. Keenleyside believes
that there can be no assurance of
peace while underprivileged nations
are in active revolt against their sufferings, and are prepared to listen to
totalitarian promises unless Western
help proves effective. He summed
up these ideas in "Saturday Night"
(Dec. 6, 1952): "If the majority of
the people now living in misery drift
or run after the false prophets that
are working hard to win their allegiance, it will be because we have
failed to work as hard for the principles in which we say we believe.
"The choice is clearly before us.
We can go on . . . making a token
gesture here and offering a thin pittance of our time and effort there.
Or we can really go to work, recog-
ising that the successful solution of
this problem demands every strength
of mind and heart and will that can
be devoted to it. The first course is
the prelude to sure and imminent disaster. The second offers a chance—a
real but rapidly diminishing chance—
of turning this world into the kind of
community that our knowledge and
material resources have made possible."
to harness St. Lawrence power
Derating showing the location of the Power Project
in the International Rapids section of the .St. Lawrence
Seaway near Cornwall, On!.
Artist's conception oj the St. Lawrence River Power Project. One of
Ihe world's greatest hydro-electric sources, it will develop 2,200,000
horsepower shared equally between Canada and the United States.
The powerhouse dam will he about three-quarters of a mile long.
24 oj the 32 generators will bear the famous G-E monogram—16 in
the U.S. section and 8 in Ihe Canadian.
For decades Canadians have planned and looked
forward to the day when ocean-going vessels could
travel up the St. Lawrence into the Great Lakes ...
and the river's strength could be turned into electric
power. Now that dream is to become a reality...
TODAY, dredges, earthmovers and piledrivers are carrying out a prodigious feat under sponsorship of both
the Canadian and United States governments. The way is
being prepared for a wide ship passage into the Great
Lakes. At the same time, the bulk of the St. Lawrence
River will be diverted through a single mighty hydroelectric dam. The mammoth power project is being
brought to completion through the tireless work and
enterprise of the Ontario Hydro and the Power Authority
of the State of New York.
The same manufacturing and engineering skills that go
into the G-E electrical equipment being built for the
St. Lawrence Project apply to all General Electric products.
By making better equipment, not only to generate and
transmit power, but also to put it to use, this Company
constantly contributes to better living for Canadians.
The G-E generators for the Canadian section will be
built at the Company's Peterborough. Works. Larger
than the one being assembled, above, they will he
among the biggest in size ever made. The rotating
part of eeich generator alone will weigh over 300 tons.
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1Q The President Reports
The Problem of University Expansion
June,   1947
Dear Alumni:
The growth of
the University is
beginning to raise
important questions of future
policy. "How big
is too big?"
"Should we begin
now to plan the
decentralisation of Higher
Education in British Columbia and
set about organising a system of
Junior Colleges and possibly one or
two other Universities throughout the
Province ?"
My immediate and direct answer to
these questions is an emphatic "No!",
for I believe it would be disastrous
to the University of British Columbia
and to Higher Education in British
Columbia if this were done now or
in the near future. I say this because I know that it is of the utmost
importance that there be one first-
class University in this Province before we begin to disperse and dissipate the limited funds that any government or legislature can make
available for Higher Education.
Those who planned, organised and
founded the University were advised
and assisted by one of the most competent and able Commissions for its
purposes that has ever been appointed
in Canadian history. On the basis of
their knowledge and experience and
with a view to preventing this dispersion of funds and competition for
financial support and for students,
which did and does exist in other parts
of the continent, it was decided that
there should be only one University
in British Columbia, and that decision
is written into the University Act.
It was also decided after a great
deal of investigation and discussion,
that that University should be located on the extreme westerly part
of Point Grey. This gave the University the finest site possessed by
any University in the world. It also
placed it in close proximity to the
largest concentration of population in
the Province, for there is something
of the order of 50% of our total population in the lower mainland area.
This has been a convenience for a
great many people; but more than
that, it has made accessible to the
University all the facilities of a
great metropolitan area which are
so important and essential. I have in
mind Factories and Industrial Plants,
Libraries and Law Courts, Hospitals
and Art Galleries and all the many
other  institutions,  organisations  and
conditions which can and do contribute so much to the on-going work of
a University and particularly to its
professional Faculties.
The arguments and circumstances
which led our founders to their decision some fifty years ago are still
The reputation of the teaching and
research Staff and Graduates of this
University is excellent and it is
known well and favourably throughout the world. But the facilities and
equipment provided or available for
the work that it is expected to do
and should do are quite inadequate.
This is due to a variety of causes and
is not the fault of any individuals or
groups of individuals in particular.
World War One halted the plans for
the construction of buildings at Point
Grey; the great depression and World
War Two were further handicaps and
obstacles, with the result that the
University of British Columbia, unlike the other major Universities in
Canada, faced up to the problems of
looking after some ten thousand Students, most of them veterans, in the
post-war years, with the fewest buildings and most limited facilities of
any of the Universities in Canada.
Despite the unselfish contributions
of Students, the generous grants of
some governments, and the promises
of others which will be fulfilled in the
years ahead, we have not yet begun
to match our growth with adequate
buildings and equipment. We still
use more than three hundred former
Army Huts which we brought on the
Campus to serve the veteran Students. We are glad to have them and,
no doubt, they constantly emphasise
that Teachers and Students are more
important than buildings; but tar-
paper huts deteriorate rapidly; they
are increasingly expensive to operate
and are a continuing fire risk for
valuable collections and equipment and
young men and women alike.
The Medical Faculty, potentially
one of the finest in the country, carries on most of its activities on the
Campus in huts and other temporary
accommodation. Residences for the
Students who come to us from other
parts of the Province and from other
countries are desperately needed.
Other Faculties and Departments, already cramped for space and looking
forward to increased enrolment and
expansion of the work they do, are
clamouring for more accommodation
and more equipment.
At the same time, the University is
under   great   pressure   to   develop   a
Courtesy   Victoria   Times
President   MacKenzie   addressing   Victoria
Faculty of Music and Fine Arts and
a Faculty of Dentistry. It has this
year taken over the responsibility for
all Teacher Training in the Province,
but for this new College and Faculty
of Education it has no permanent
accommodation. In addition, it should
be developing and expanding the work
already commenced in Fisheries and
in Oceanography, in Asian Studies, in
Regional and Community Planning,
and most of all, in Graduate Studies
and Research. All of these are without the buildings and the equipment
that will be necessary if they are to
be carried  on  effectively
I sympathise with those who desire
Higher Education for their children
and who must face the additional
costs of sending them from other
parts of the Province to Point Grey,
but to provide them with Colleges,
even Junior Colleges, adjacent to their
homes would be very expensive. It
would be far wiser and more economical to establish a generous scheme of
scholarships, bursaries, and interest-
free loans to help those who come to
us in meeting these additional expenses.
I realize that a College is both a
cultural and an economic asset to any
community fortunate enough to possess one, and I realise, too, all the
arguments and objections to bigness,
but none of these are, in my opinion,
strong or important enough to justify
the dispersion of funds at this time.
These, then, are some of my reasons
for presenting this problem and opinions to you and for hoping that some
of you may give thought to them and
possibly contribute views of your own.
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By   David   Brock
December,    1949
At Harvard
University they
now have a machine which will
teach arithmetic.
I am not making
this up ... it is
strictly true. I
am not as excited about this machine as Harvard
is. For one thing,
U.B.C. never managed to convince
me of the beauty of mathematics . . .
it would have required a very complicated and powerful machine to get
that into me.
And for another thing, while the
mechanical arithmetic teacher at Harvard has now been what is called
"perfected", nobody yet knows if it
will work. Maybe I'm just quibbling
. . . for all I know, maybe the more
perfect a machine is, the less it has
to work ... I know as little of automation as I do of arithmetic. Perhaps
if you can keep a machine from being
sordid and practical, then it has more
purity and even a kind of soul.
But the main reason I am not very
excited about the arithmetic-teaching
engine is this: what I am really looking for is a machine that will teach
me   everything,   and   not   just   arith
metic. And please, let us have no
rude and easy jokes about the modern
university being just a machine . . .
in many ways it is mechanical enough,
but it has not yet buckled down to
complete automation.    Give it time!
I look forward to the day when you
can put your little boy or girl inside
a dandy machine at the age of two
or three, and leave the kid in there,
night and day, for about twenty years.
It will come out with a B.A., a crew
cut, a nice healthy sunburn, and h
built-in enthusiasm for automation
type football. I am not sure what
name this automatic education machine will have, but it will probably
be something like Edu-Mat. Highly
educated sales types are under the
impression that Mat means any machine that more or less runs Itself.
And it is certainly true that civilisation gets more matted every day,
what with machines called Think-o-
mat and such. By the way, it would
not surprise me a bit to learn that
the arithmetic engine is called a
Math-o-mat. Words have got so horrible (now that we are all educated),
it doesn't even make us jump to hear
of words turned out by machinery. I
will bet you anything you like that
somebody is right this minute building a monstrous machine called a
Word-o-mat, and when it really gets
humming it will make meaning look
like   verv   old-fashioned   stuff   indeed.
No politician should be without one.
Lots of professors could use one too.
It was nearly forty years ago that
Professor Raleigh was objecting that
we North American university types
are a wordy bunch . . . you can't see
our thoughts for the words. And we
have got worse since then. But just
wait till the Word-o-mat starts up.
Raleigh   hadn't  seer,  anything.
I am thinking of making a machine
to give me automatic baths, just for
the pleasure of calling it a Bath-o-
mat. But we shouldn't give in to
these pleasures. Life is not all fun.
At least, not yet it isn't. When you
can be taught happiness by a machine
called the Hap-o-mat, maybe life will
be  all fun then.
And it is about time somebody at
the universities began to investigate
what happiness is. And if no man
will do it, then let the machines have
a whirl at it. We talk a great deal
about this being an age of leisure and
an age of pleasure and so on, but
nobody seems to be having any fun
at all. One reason for the lack of
fun is that everyone is too busy writing articles on automation. It has
been estimated by a well-known esti-
mater (myself) that there are ten
thousand new articles being written
every day on automation. When I
call them new, they are really the
same old article, but you follow me.
I think they are written by a machine.
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13 U.B.C.  ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Secondary Education
in British Columbia
July,    1946
In the year
1876, Public Secondary Education began in
British Columbia
with the establishment of Vic-
t o r i a High
School, enrolling
60 pupils under
one    teacher.    In
1954, there were 184 schools in the
Province enrolling 41,494 pupils above
Grade VIII. Of these pupils, 6314
were in Grade XII, forty-eight out of
every hundred that had started school
in Grade I twelve years before. This
was the highest retention rate in
Canada, a significant growth from
the twenty-four percent of the year
1937, a rate characteristic of the
previous decade.
Retention without achievement
would have no merit. What factors
are present in the organisation of
British Columbia's Secondary Schools
that make this retention possible and
at the same time try to ensure that
sound standards of accomplishment
are maintained? That is the question
which this article will try to answer.
Types of  Secondary  School
Secondary Education is organised
in two stages: the Junior High School
stage of Grades VII, VIII and IX,
and the Senior High School stage of
Grades X, XI and XII. Frequently
these two stages are found together
in one Junior-Senior High School, at
present the most typical Secondary
School in the Province. As well as
separate Junior and Senior High
Schools, there are also Superior
Schools (terminating at Grade X),
Elementary-Junior High Schools and
Elementary-Senior High Schools. All
three of those last-named are normally transition types that will lead
eventually to separated schools. The
chief advantage of the combined type
of school lies in its economical use of
special facilities which otherwise
might have to be duplicated in the
smaller communities.
Junior  High  School
The Junior High School is designed
to ease the transition of the early
adolescent from the one-teacher-per-
class organisation of the Elementary
School to the departmentalised organisation of the High School, as well as
to provide him with an opportunity to
explore the various fields of human
knowledge so that he may be able to
choose more wisely among the various
paths open to him in the senior school.
To meet the first of these aims, a well-
organised Junior High School allows
little departmentalisation in Grade
VII, so that the child spends most of
his time with one teacher in that
grade. In Grade VIII, departmentalisation should increase slightly, while
in Grade IX it becomes the rule.
The same general principle of progressive change prevails in the child's
programme. Almost all work for
Grade VII is prescribed, with courses
given in English, Social Studies,
Health and Personal Development,
Mathematics, General Science, Art,
Music, Library and Home Economies
or Industrial Arts. At the Grade
VIII level, there is provision for 160
minutes of elective work per week in
the fields of Agriculture, Art, Home
Economics, Industrial Arts, Music
and Typewriting. At the Grade IX
level, English, Health and Personal
Development, Social Studies and
Mathematics are still required of all
students; but the field of electives is
now widened to 520 minutes per week.
Thus, by the time the student has
reached Grade IX, he has already tentatively selected his path in the Senior
High School, although his decision
need not necessarily become final until at least one year, and in some cases
two years later, as adjustments can
still be made.
Senior High School
Courses through Grades IX to XII
follow in a natural sequence. All students are required in these grades to
take a basic core of four years of
English, three years of Social Studies,
three years of Health and Personal
Development, and one year of Mathematics. Most single courses carry
five credits, each credit representing
40 minutes per week of instruction.
A   minimum   of   'i0  credits   per   year,
totalling 120 credits in the four years
from Grade IX to Grade XII, inclusive, is required for  graduation.
Two  Programmes of Study
A student may graduate from High
School in either of two programmes,
the University Programme or the
General Programme. The amount of
work taken in each case is the same,
but the University Programme is
more restrictive as to the nature of
courses taken. Whereas, on the General Programme, the student is allowed a wide range of options beyond the core mentioned in the previous paragraph, on the University
Programme he is required in addition
to complete at least two more years
of Mathematics, two years of General
Science, and two years of a Foreign
Language. In other words, the General Programme student must obtain
55 credits in compulsory courses; the
U.P.  student, 85 credits.
Major   Studies
One characteristic of the British
Columbia system of Secondary Education is its use of Majors, or of advanced study in chosen fields of the
student's interests and abilities. These
Majors are at present (1955) offered
in the fields of English, Social Studies,
Mathematics, Science, Modern Languages, Classics, Industrial Arts,
Home Economics, Commerce, Agriculture and Art. In each case, the
student is required to complete one
or more advanced Elective Courses
in the subject; e.g., a Major in Science
requires two courses in the special
sciences beyond the two years of General Science required of all University-Programme students. The University Programme requires a student
to take three such Majors, whereas
the General Programme requires only
one. It is significant that approximately one-fifth of all U.P. graduates
complete their High School with more
than the three required Majors and
more than  the  minimum  120  credits.
Recent studies show that sixty-four
percent of students above Grade VIII
are enrolled in the University Programme. The most commonly chosen
advanced Elective Courses, are, in
order: Chemistry 91, Mathematics 91,
Ashcroft High School—Typical
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Smaller Type School  Building.
14 Courtesy of Division of Visual  Education
Vernon  Senior  High  School.
Biology   91,   English   91,   History   91
and  Physics  91.
The provision of two Programmes
and of a wide range of course offerings is designed to care for the great
differences in abilities, interests and
vocational plans of individual students
enrolled in our modern High Schools.
Alternate Courses
To provide further for differences
in ability, alternate courses are furnished in certain of the core subjects
such as English, Social Studies and
Mathematics. A student who is below average in English, for example,
may be required by the school to take
English 21, an alternate to the usual
Grade X course of English 20. This
enables the teacher to devote greater
attention to the fundamental aspects
of language with those students who
most require it without thereby penalising those who are capable of study
and appreciation at a higher level.
Promotion within the school is the
school's responsibility. Normally,
school testing is a continuous process,
each unit of work being evaluated as
completed. In addition, the schools
give periodic, cumulative examinations
about three times a year, covering all
the work taken up to the period of
the examination. The student's final
letter-grade at the end of the year is
determined by his measure of success
in all tests given, but those tests covering the full year's work are usually
heavily weighted in the final decision.
Letter-grades are awarded on a seven-
point scale, A,B,C + .C,C—,D and E.
A grade of at least "C—" is required
for a passing mark in each subject.
Subject promotion is the normal rule,
with a student receiving credit for
any subject passed. Students with
an "E" grade must repeat the course.
Students with a "D" grade are sometimes given the opportunity to write
a supplemental examination provided
by the school.
Aids in Maintaining School Standards
In order that schools may check
their own standards, the Division of
Tests, Standards and Research each
year conducts survey examinations,
for all students in the Province, in
one   or  more   Terminal   Courses,  i.e.,
those Courses immediately preceding
advanced Elective Courses. These are
in addition to other Province-wide
tests designed to evaluate progress
and to furnish information as a basis
for improvement of instruction.
University Entrance
University Programme students are
required to write Departmental examinations at the end of Grade XII in
all advanced Electives required for
University entrance. These examinations are set by University professors
or experienced teachers, and are
marked by practising teachers. They
are set, checked, administered and
marked under the Division of Examinations. The governing body, which
has final control over the University
entrance   standards,  is   the   Board  of
Courtesy of  Division of Visual  Education
Life is Real. Life is Earnest
—at   Examination   Time!
Examiners, a group equally representative   of   the   University   of   British
Columbia    and    the    Department    of
Those Public High Schools which
meet standards in staff, administration and facilities satisfactory to the
Accrediting Committee of the Department are given the privilege of recommending without examination any stu-
d-nt who has been awarded at least
a "C" grade by the school in an examinable subject. Such schools are said
to be "accredited". Accrediting is
normally for a period of three years,
but can be removed at any time, at
the discretion of the Department.
An important part of the function
ing of the modern Secondary School
is its Counselling Services. British
Columbia was a pioneer in Canada in
this field and recognises that the complexities of the modern curriculum call
for competent, trained counsellors for
students. Students must become
aware of their own potentialities and
limitations, plan for a future occupation that will lie within both their
field of interest and their capabilities,
and choose a programme of Courses
that will provide the prerequisites for
their chosen vocation. A school is
permitted two half-time counsellors
for each five hundred pupils enrolled.
These counsellors are trained to give
educational, vocational and social
guidance to students.
The characteristic features of Secondary Education in this Province
are,  then,  as  follows:
1. The composite High School, which,
in one institution, offers a wide range
of Courses falling into three general
types: (a) academic, (b) general, and
(c)   vocational.
2. Two Programmes, both leading to
High School graduation, with one designed for students who intend to
continue to University and the other
designed for those whose formal
schooling wil] end at Grade XII.
3. A basic core of subjects, containing
those learnings which are considered
fundamental to all students at the
secondary level.
4. A wide range of Electives, designed
to care for the needs and interests of
all students.
5. Alternative Courses in some fields,
designed to ease the task of the teacher in adapting methods and materials
to the abilities of students.
6. A system of Majors, designed "to
permit students of high ability to
take advanced courses in fields of special interest and aptitude" and "to
encourage in all students in Secondary Schools the development and pursuit of strong intellectual and vocational interests." (Administrative
Bulletin, 1955, p. 10.)
7. A Counselling System, designed to
aid students in their selection of
Courses in preparation for their future  vocational  or  educational  plans.
8. An Intermediate, or Junior High
School, designed to ease the transition during early adolescence from
the Elementary to Secondary level.
Courtesy of  Division of Visual   Education
Counsellor   and    Student.
U. B.C.  ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Critical Review of U.B.C. History
By  Dean  Henry  F. Angus,  B.A.(McGill),  B.C.L.,  M.A.(Oxon.),  LL.D.{McGill and  U.B.C),  F.R.S.C.
January, 1945
Mr.  Chancellor,
Members   of   the
It is a challenge, which I
welcome, to be
asked, at the end
of my service as
Dean of a Faculty and as Head
of a  Department
at the University of British Columbia, to address those who have come
to the end of their years as Undergraduates.
My association with British Columbia has been longer than my association with Universities. Except for
purposes of education and of war I
have never lived anywhere else. But
my association with Universities began half a century ago at Victoria
College, which had a year earlier been
affiliated to McGill University, the
great Canadian institution whose distinguished Principal has today become one of our Graduates.
If my education is nearly over,
your education—forgive my frankness
—has barely begun. To the years
spent at school has been added the
short period of pump-priming which a
University provides. You are about to
put the results to the test of experience. For some of you, a University
background will enrich your whole
lives; it will be a base on which you
will build year by year. For others,
it may at least be a qualification for
worldly success. For others, alas, a
memory which will soon fade. In
American Law Schools the forecasters put the matter in different words:
The A's teach, the B's become judges,
the C's make the money. You must
take these three futures in a figurative sense; and you are free to dispute
the examiners' estimate of your
merits. My forecasting does not depend on the judgment of examiners!
It is somewhat analogous to saying
that the C's learn to read, the B's
form the habit of reading, and the
A's form a lifelong habit of thoughtful and discriminating reading. Any
one of you can be an A.
I joined the Staff of this University
on a part-time basis on my return
from the First World War. It was
then a very different institution from
the one you know. It had been planned
in a time of economic boom and the
ideas of its founders were exuberant.
Fortunately they demanded from the
outset quality rather than numbers
and the colleagues whom I found
here were men with whom I am proud
to have been associated. The same
cannot be said for the buildings. The
unfinished wing of the Hospital was
supplemented by frame structures of
various sorts. No one who knew a
word or two of Latin could have
spoken of a "campus." There was,
indeed, a legendary permanent site,
magnificent but remote. But the
actual University was so inconspicuous that the street car conductor
could not tell me where it was.
There was some excuse for all this.
The Legislators who created the University had perhaps less reason than
we have today to expect a destructive
war. It took them by surprise and
made them change their plans. They
had to face the prospect of supporting
the University indefinitely out of public funds. The vision of a partnership
between public funds and private endowment—a gracious concomitant of
private enterprise which had played
so important a part in the establishment of the great Universities in the
older provinces—had to be abandoned
in the age of the progressive income
tax and the heavy succession duties.
A first casualty was the University
Motto: TUUM EST ("It is thine").
It suggested that fees would not be
charged. But even the precision of
a dead language can give way to
double-talk. The skill of the classicists has been invoked and face has
been saved. The University is yours,
but not in a financial sense. It is not
yours "for free!"
Misunderstandings might have been
avoided if the classicists had found
us a new motto. It would have been
in keeping with the spirit of ancient
Greece to say, "Not Buildings But
Men Make the City." And it would
have described the University of British Columbia. Its Governing Bodies,
its Staff and its Students would have
justified these proud words. The very
misfortunes of the University, consequent on the war, the high taxes, and
the inflation, threw an unprecedented,
almost a monstrous, burden on its
Staff, its Students and eventually on
its Graduates. The University had
to fight for its life. The Students
and the Graduates, under the devoted
leadership of the man who is now the
Chancellor, from whom I have just
received a degree, responded to the
challenge. The men made the city, in
spite of the buildings.
Before I trace the fortunes of the
University, I have a confession—almost an apologia—to make. Of the
three main aspects of university work:
the advancement of knowledge, training of men and women for the professions, and the enrichment of the
lives of its Students, I have, without
any disparagement of the first two,
always considered the third — the
enrichment of the lives of the Students—the most important. Knowledge
could be advanced by a research institute; professional training could be
Dean   Angus   Addresses   Graduands,   May   14
given in a technical school; a liberal
education is something which a University  alone  can  provide.
Many of my colleagues may look
on this confession as a confession of
heresy or as a species of treason. But,
whether it be sin or crime, I have
committed it. I do not believe that a
University has done its duty unless
a high proportion of its Graduates
can look back, as I am looking back
today, and feel that, whether or not
they have added to human knowledge;
whether or not they have had successful careers; they have lived fuller and
richer lives than they could possibly
have lived without the experience of
the university years.
Our University—for I am now qualified to speak as one of its Graduates
—was still very young when the depression set in. It was then faced
with the sternest of tests: it had to
compete for public funds with many
other worthy claimants keenly conscious of the merits and the urgency
of their needs. It was receiving an
annual grant of §610,000 which, when
due allowance is made for the relative purchasing power of the dollar,
is the most generous support per Student enrolled that the people of British
Columbia have ever given to their
University. This peak of popular
favour had been reached ten years
after the end of the First World War.
It was the reward for the persistent
efforts of our President Emeritus, Dr.
Klinck, supported by the Governing
Bodies and by Staff, Students and
Graduates. It has not been surpassed
ten years after the end of the Second
World War, although, again allowing
for the purchasing power of the dollar,
the  Province  is  richer  than  ever.
But this advance in public esteem,
which at the time seemed so assured,
was followed by a severe blow. The
annual grant was reduced to $250,000.
For a second time the University had
the good fortune to have to fight for
its life.    It was a grim business.
16 There is a parlour game known as
"Russian Sledges." It is based on
the story of a family in a horse-
drawn sledge pursued by a pack of
wolves. To lighten the load the family treasures are thrown out, one by
one. Finally the children are thrown
to the wolves, in strict order of ex-
pendability. In the parlour game you
decide by vote who is most expendable and reduce the numbers of the
party progressively until only two
remain, each of whom votes to throw
out the other.
The University had to do the same
sort of thing, but in dead earnest. It
had to decide what it could jettison
and live. Some aspects of its work
were self-supporting and could be
compared to the horses rather than
to the family, but its more costly
work, particularly scientific instruction and research, was in grave peril.
Worse still, the University itself was
in danger of being considered by the
overloaded tax-payers as an expendable luxury. It found it hard to plead
that it was a basic necessity in a
modern society, comparable to the
seed-corn which it is said starving
peasants will preserve in a famine even
at the expense of their children's lives.
The University did respond to this
challenge, and, strengthened—as Professor Toynbee might explain it—by
a successful response to a severe challenge, was ready for the test of the
Second World War. In the period of
reconstruction which followed, the
University was called on for work
far in excess of its physical capacity
and, as is still only too evident on
our campus, it again deserved the
motto, "Not Buildings but Men Make
the  City."
A complete change in the attitude
of the public towards the University
has, I think, been one of the curious
social consequences of the war. People
are aware that survival in a third
world war, and even the maintenance
of our national independence in a
period of peaceful prosperity, depend
on the technical side of a university's
activities. We must have scientists _
and technicians.
Once again, however, our University has to face a challenge, and once
again it may have the exciting and
beneficial experience of fighting for
its life. Industrial research and professional training have, it is true,
little to fear. But it may be tempting
at times to throw to the wolves that
aspect of university work which I
have described as the enrichment of
the lives of its .students. The temptation would not be financial. This activity could easily be maintained as
a concomitant of the other two. The
danger to it lies not in scarcity of
money but in  scarcity of time.
For the modern Student, time is in
extremely short supply. His school
years have been heavily charged with
activities which, however useful in
their   way,   have   displaced   much   of
the traditional preparation for a liberal education. At North American
universities it may well be that a
quarter, or even a third, of his time
has been devoted to making good this
preparation, to learnings things which
a European schoolboy would have
learned at school. It is rather the
rule than the exception for excellent
Graduate Students to reach our Graduate School only to be forced to find
time for acquiring the most elementary knowledge of a second foreign
language. Then, the university year
is shortened, and the possibility of
methodical reading during the summer virtually precluded, by the necessity of summer employment. It is
no wonder that a student is often
tempted to telescope a course in liberal arts and a course of professional
training, to proceed directly to what
seems to him his final goal. Professional Faculties themselves often try
to prolong their specialised training
in fact, though not in form, by prescribing work which must be done as
part of the course in Arts; and research-minded Departments are also
alert to encourage early, perhaps premature, specialisation. The not unnatural result of all this is that the
Student begins to scrutinise his programme of studies item by item, applying the Benthamist test, "What
good is this to me?"
In speaking in apology for a disinterested pursuit of wisdom as well as
of knowledge; for developing the personality as well as for professional
training; for broadening the base on
which specialised work capable of enlarging the bounds of human knowledge (trying to empty infinity with a
thimble, as Nietzche put it); I am
not for a moment suggesting that a
University should be, or should pose
as being, a band of scholars. I think
—and this is quite different—that a
University should contain a band of
scholars and, for that matter, several
bands of scholars. It would follow
that a university Graduate would
have had the opportunity of observing this curious phenomenon, have
had some contact with its members,
have perhaps toyed with the idea of
dedicating his own life to scholarship.
As long as this general condition
is satisfied we have a genuine University! If there is danger of this
condition disappearing, then a University has to fight for its life. I
think that there is such a danger, and
that Universities in Canada—and in
other countries too—will have to fight
for their lives. I hope that you, the
graduating classes whom I am addressing today, will not be neutral.
Some of you may do something actively. I hope that none will make
the struggle harder than it need be.
Given a chance, I am confident our
University  will  again win  its  battle.
Perhaps you expect me to say, in
conclusion, something in support of
my heresy or my treason, my sin or
my crime, of believing that a broad
course in liberal arts is the counterpart of the seed-coin that must be
preserved in time of famine; the
favourite child which must never,
never be thrown from the sledge.
Let me then say this: I have seen
one generation of students—my own—
thrown suddenly into the stern testing ground of war, war for which
their country was ill-prepared. They
did not shrink from this test, this
challenge debellare superbos, even
when the superbi were the Emperor of
Germany and the Sultan of Turkey. I
have seen another generation prepare
itself, as you have done, to enter a
world of expanding and almost boundless prosperity, only to find itself
compelled to face the harsh struggle
of the depression. I have seen a
third, brought up, as I fear you may
have been, to expect a peaceful world
informed by a growing respect for
human rights and democratic ideals,
confronted with an almost incredible
life and death battle to preserve thase
very  things.
My defence of a liberal education is
that it is not planned for a foretold
future but is designed to enable man
to adapt himself to whatever the future may bring. It can be an end
in itself, but it can also be the basis
for the highest achievement in specialised research and for the most
distinguished of professional careers.
If you prefer to think of the future
as something which you and your
contemporaries will shape and mould,
then my belief is that technical knowledge and professional skill are not
enough for your purpose, and that
they must be supplemented by a serious cultivation of the minds of men,
cultivation which should begin but
should not end in our Universities.
This element in a University and
this element in your University experience should go hand in hand with
the advancement of knowledge and
with professional training. Scarce
things, like financial resources and
student time, must be appropriately
allocated between them.
No one metaphor suffices to describe this vital element: the leaven
in the bread; the vitamins in the food;
the catalyst in the chemical reaction;
suggest what I have in mind. If I
were addressing a Judge, Mr. Chancellor, I might say "pith and substance"; if I were to visit one of our
Theological Colleges, I might venture
to speak of the "soul" of a University.
Those of you who are graduating
for the first time today are at an
early stage in your education. I am
at an advanced stage of mine. But
our whole education, yours and mine,
must be pervaded by the vital element for which a University provides
the best nursery; and you must play
your part to preserve this element
from destruction in an age of abundance. Do not forget that men, not
buildings,  make  the  city.
U.B.C.  ALUMNI   CHRONICLE History of the
Alumni Magazine
March-April, 1953
Officially, t h e
Alumni C h r o n-
icle, organ of the
of British Columbia Alumni Association, alias
the Graduate
Chronicle and the
Alumni Bulletin,
is 25 years old
this year. Unofficially, this durable
sheet has been published in one form
or another for 32 year.; this spring.
The first publication still preserved,
known as the Alumni Bulletin, came
out in the spring of 1924, but, as it
is headed Volume 1, Number 2, there
must have been a Number 1 somewhere along the line which probably
dates as far back as  1923.
The first copy still in existence is
a three-page mimeographed stapled
bulletin, and quite different in form
from the slick paper edition of the
present day; but it is much the same
in content, inasmuch as it complains
about lack of support of the graduate
body and contains many reports of
Graduates' activities which are to be
found in all the Alumni publications
from that day until the present time.
There is no Masthead on the early
editions. The name of the Editor is
lost in antiquity, save and except that
the readers are urged to address all
communications to Muriel Carruthers
of 5975 Cypress Street, Vancouver,
and it would appear that the modest
*Muriel must take the credit for the
early editions.
Much of the space in one of the
earliest publications still preserved is
a report of the Ceilidh.
Apparently the Ceilidh was a carnival of sorts and the central committee organising same were such
well-known people as The Honourable
Chief Justice Sherwood Lett, Magistrate Gordon Scott, Orson Banfield,
who was the Treasurer and Building
Manager; Arthur Lord (now Mr.
Justice Lord), who was in charge of
refreshments; G. E. W. Clark, tickets
and guards; Miss Marjorie Agnew.
Secretary; Miss Winnifred Lee and
Ian  Shaw,  Publicity.
No. 2 of Vol. 2 of the Bulletin, published in January, 1925, reports on
the progress of the buildings at the
new Campus at Point Grey. It must
be  remembered  that  the  Bulletin  at
*B.A.    1916,   now   Chief   Librarian,    in   charge
of   all   Vancouver   School   Libraries.
By   Ormonde  J.   Hall,   B.Com.'42,   LL.B.'48
Editor   Alumni   Chronicle,   1946-1953
this date was published while the
University was still houed in the
Fairview shacks.
The Spring Issue of 1926 apparently was edited by J. W. Weld of
the Class of '20. Judging by the information appearing in the Bulletin,
everyone was having a lovely time at
the University of British Columbia's
new Campus.
The Fall of 1925 and January of
1926 Alumni Bulletin indicates that
the Graduates of that era were somewhat artistically inclined. One Thursday evening the Auditorium was
turned over to Students and Graduates and entertainment took the
form of a Vaudeville. There were
eight turns in all and some of the
numbers included two shadow plays.
The "Ballads of Mary Jane" were
received with great enthusiasm and
one of the stars was Betty Somerset,
as Mary Jane, "who wept copious
confetti tears" while Tommy Taylor's
chin whiskers were sufficiently impressing in his portrayal of the farmer's boy.
Another play entitled "Lord Ullin's
Daughter," was equally well received
and Georgina McKinnon effectively
portrayed Lord Ullin's daughter, eloping with her lover, Neil McCallum.
Ubiquitous Tommy Taylor was cast
as the boatman in this effort, while
Bob Hunter as Lord Ullin exhausted
the remaining confetti not used up
by Betty Somerset. Art Lord and
Ab Richards starred in the well-
known poem, "We Are Seven", and
the final act of the evening was an
old favourite, "Pyramus and Thisbe",
from a "Midsummer Night's Dream".
Gordon Scott acted the part of
Pyramus, or Bottom the Weaver, and
Ian Shaw proved a charming Thisbe.
The    big   jump Title Page, 1931
to a magazine
type of publication called "The
Graduate Chronicle" came in
April,   1931,   and «a
that issue seems
to    be    the    first
published  since • ^
1926.  The  Editor .„"-,:£_
was   Isobel   Harvey, and the  Assistant Editors were Sadie Boyles and
Kathleen  ("K" Peck) Lawrence.
Isobel Harvey was a Social Work
leader and is remembered affectionately by many British Columbia citi-
vtl«wi«j_c( 8ii»
Isobel   Harvey,   B.A.'18,   First   Editor   Graduate
Chronicle, 1931-1935.
zens. She died in 1951, and her passing was marked by reports in the
Vancouver newspapers pointing out
the tremendous contribution she made
to the welfare of the Province.
"K" Lawrence died untimely in
1935. After graduating in 1917 with
high Honours in French, she became
an outstanding teacher of French,
both in the University and later in
Prince of Wales School. In 1929 she
married Jim Lawrence, B.A.'21, well-
known Vancouver lawyer. President
of the Players' Club as an Undergraduate, she continued this interest
as a member of the Little Theatre
Association. Both her children, James
Wallace and Nan Margaret, are graduates of U.B.C.
The 1931 issue was most ambitious,
appeared on good type paper and ran
to 44 pages without illustrations, containing mostly articles rather than
news items.
The lead article is called "The Why
and the Wherefore" written by Harry
Ashton on February 3, 1931. The
late Dr. Ashton was Professor of
French and the first Head of the
Department of Modern Languages.
This magazine also contains notes
on prominent Graduates and contributions by Garnett Sedgewick, Annie
Angus, Dean R. W. Brock, Dean Clement and F. Lucas (Mrs. Nicholas
Mussallem), B.A.'33, who wrote "Undergraduate   Activities."
May, 1932, witnesses the addition
of Annie Angus as an Assistant
Editor of the Chronicle. Other Assistant Editors in this era included Joyce
Hallamore. Evelyn Lett and W. H.
Harvey, and in May, 1936, Helen
Crawford took over as Editor from
Isobel Harvey and her Assistant
was  Geraldine  Whitaker.
In May, 1937, Dorothy MacRae and
Lorraine Bolton were the Assistant
Editors  and  the Editor  in   1938  was
Rosemary Winslow and her Assistants were Marion Sangster and Doris
Barton. A note-worthy article was
written by Ira Dilworth and entitled
"What Price Radio?" James Gibson,
Ken Beckett and Myrtle Beatty were
other contributors.
For some reason or other in 1939
the Graduate Chronicle came out as
a newspaper type of magazine of
eight pages. No editorial board is
mentioned, but James Dunn seems to
have had an important part in putting
the magazine together.
A significant change in the set-up
of the magazine occurred in 1940,
when it took on much of its present
day look by the establishment of a
slick  paper  style  of some  20  pages.
Margaret Ecker, later as Margaret
Ecker Francis to become a well-
known Vancouver writer, was the Editor, and she was assisted by Edgar
N. Brown and Grace V. Brown.
In December, 1941, Ron Andrews
became the Editor, assisted by Bill
Wallace and Fred Bolton, and included in the columns of this day
were articles by Stuart Keate, now
Publisher of the Victoria Times, and
Harold Straight, now Managing Editor of the Vancouver Sun.
By      the      time March, 1944
March, 1944 had
come around),
Darrell T. Braidwood had become
Editor and, due
to the then current paper shortage, the magazine had more or
less merged with
the "The Blueprint", which was
the official publication of the British
Columbia  Engineering   Society.
At this time, Dr. Norman Archibald MacKenzie had just been appointed the new President of the
University of British Columbia, succeeding Dr. L. S. Klinck, and the
Editor concluded his Editorial with
the words, "The new President will
have a great opportunity here." History reveals that not only had Dr.
MacKenzie a great opportunity, but
that he has made the best of it, and
the Chronicles thereafter record the
tremendous growth of our University.
Articles during this era were written by Jordan Guy, and Janet Walker
and concerned, among others, Bruce
Robinson, President of the Alumni
Association, his old friend G. E. (Ted)
Baynes, Bob White, and included an
article by Nora Gibson on the
"Players Club", featuring Lacey
Fisher and Bice Caple.
Editor Darrell Braidwood and his
assistant, Janet Walker, now married
to Pierre Berton of MacLean's Magazine, also a U.B.C. Graduate, continued on until December, 1945, when
Braidwood was joined by the writer
of this article, Mary M. Fallis and
Robert   W.   Bonner,   later   to   become
the  Attorney-General  of British  Columbia, as his  Assistants.
Influenced by the "Time" magazine
set-up and the terse prose of that
magazine, the Chronicle at that time
took on another form, that of being
divided up into different departments,
"Sports", "From the Feminine Viewpoint", and so on.
Darrell Braidwood, to whom much
credit must be given for the success
of the Chronicle today, retired wi;h
the December, 1946, issue and the
writer took over as Editor, assisted
by Mary M. Fallis, Robert Bonner,
Arthur Jones,  and  Archie  Paton.
From, then until 1953 a new team
guided the Chronicle, and tribute
must be paid to Mary M. Fallis, who
was the Women's Editor. Her vast
knowledge of University Graduates
and her love of the University made
it possible for her to contribute much
in the way of interesting information
for Alumni readers.
Also, many talented writers, contributed to the pages of the Chronicle, including Eric (Jabez) Nicol.
David Brock, Bill Dunford, Stuart
Keate, Annie Angus, and Pierre Berton.
All in all it was a period of development and many of the pages of the
Chronicle are concerned with the doings of such people as Ted Baynes,
Frank Turner, Tom Brown, Art
Harper, Sallee Murphy Creightor,
Joe Brown, Aubrey Roberts, Dick
Bibbs, John Buchanan, Harry Berry,
Dudley Darling, and many others.
Often to be found in the Chronicle
were contributions from the pen of
David Brock whose chiding, humourous articles urged the Alumni Association to keep a proper perspective.
When the drive was on for Canadians
to own a Canadian painting, Brock
wrote an article called "Do You Owna
Canadiana Paint Ho, Ho", in which
he asked, "can you seriously imagine;
a Greek meeting another Greek and
asking, 'Do you own a Greek painting?' " When the Massey Commission
travelled all over Canada in the in
terest of Art, Brock wrote an article
entitled, "Senator S. Glot, B.A.. sets
up a Lawkamercy Commission to implement Massey C.B.C. Commission
report." Finally, he got around to
writing an article called, 'Why I
Hate the  Chronicle."
Meanwhile. Jabez was poking fun at
much of Camiius life, and Stuart
Keate came up with a nostalgic article entitled "Memoirs" answering
one of Brock's diatribes.
Keate, in his inimitable style,
started off the article by poignantly
setting the stage with this sentence:
"But certain of 'Old Grad's' statements must be challenged before the
December number of the Chronicle is
committed to a time capsule and
buried beneath the cairn along with a
lock  of Marjorie  Agnew's  hair".
This sort of thing seemed to be
just right to the Editor at the time,
and so the years rolled by happily,
marred only by occasional sadness
when the Chronicle had to report the
death of such beloved University
people as Dr. G. G. Sedgewick and
Dean Buchanan.
Eventually the 1946-53 team wearied, and in the latter year the Alumni
Chronicle, which the magazine had
been called since December of 1948,
came under the editorship of Colonel
Harry  T.   Logan.
This erudite, kindly scholar came
along just at the right time to pick
up a flagging Alumni Association
magazine and characteristically, as
has been the case ever since the first
Alumni Bulletin, back in the year
1923 or 1924, the new Editor expanded, enlarged and improved our
Alumni magazine.
Reading the Chronicle from its beginning is like experiencing a stream
of consciousness. So many faces and
so many events occurring so rapidly,
occasionally shining so brightly and
then fading so quickly, is an experience which leaves the viewer with
nothing definite but only' an over-all
impression, and the general impression
one gets is that the Alumni Chronicle
of 1956 is only the Alumni Bulletin
of 1924 with a shiny face.
Editors   Past   and    Present   Who   Planned   This    Issue,    Seen    in    Reminiscent   Mood.     From    Left:
Rosemary Winslow  McAllister,  Sally O'Connor Gallinari,  Margaret  Ecker  Francis,  Mary   Fallis,   Harry
T.   Logan,  Lorraine  Bolton,  Sadie  Boyles,  Ormonde  J.   Hall,   Doris  Barton  Ross.
U.B.C.  ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Headlines and News Comments
U.B.C Alumni Magazines —1923-1956
Selected   by   Mary   Fallis,   B.A/32,
Assistant   Editor,   Chronicle,   1945-1950
THE  BULLETIN —  1923-1931
December, 1946
January   1925.  The
present issue of the
Bulletin has been
prepared to be sent
out at the same time
as the 1925 Directory. As there are
750 graduates, not
one of whom has escaped the eagle eye
of the Editor, this is
of considerable inter-
2st   to   all.
A   word   about   the
orogress   of   the   new
buildings at Point Grey may not be amiss.
Great changes have taken place since 1922,
when the students made their memorable
pilgrimage to the site, Some of the buildings have all the exterior finished and
one or two have the interior well under way.
It is quite possible that the Class of '25 may
graduate   from   Point Grey  this spring.
November    1925.      Solemn    and    impressive
ceremonies marked the opening of the University at its new home. . . . This is the first
time in its history that the University has
granted Honorary Degrees (The recipients
were: Hon. W. C. Nichol, Lieutenant Governor
of B.C., Hon. J. D. McLean, Sir Arthur Currie,
President Suzzallo of the University of Washington, Dr. Plaskett, Dr. Henry Young, and
the  Chancellor,   Dr.   R.   E.  McKechnie.)
March 1926. To a graduate who knew of
the U.B.C. only in terms of huts and hovels
in Fairview, the new buildings at the Point are
palaces. . . . The great satisfaction of being
in a permanent home and creating a new set
of traditions based on those so well started in
Fairview overtops all the discomfort of the
first few months. Plans are already being formulated for a Gymnasium Building to be built
by the students.
1931—DECEMBER,   1948
April 1931. The policy of granting life
membership in the Alumni Association on
payment of a fee of $10 has been adopted
this year . . . Copies of the publication are
being sent to every member whose address
we have (there are 132 which have disappeared). This seems the fairest arrangement for
the first number. Unfortunately this free distribution   cannot   occur   again.
Sadie  M.   Boyles,
B.A.'26, M.A/36,
Graduate Chronicle,
H.   B.   Smith,
B.A/25, B.Ed/44,
President   U.B.C.
Alumni    Association,
The graduates seem to be doing fairly well
in their task of repaying the Province. The
University   is   beginning   to   look   like  an   asset.
(R.   W.   Brock).
May 1932. To the Student Council Campaign of 1922 and 1932, this second number
of % The   Chronicle   is   inscribed.
On December 22, 1931, the Hon. the Minister of Education wrote President Klinck advising him that the grant from the Government to the University would be cut to
$250,000 ... A group of the more enterprising students felt the need of action, sudden
action ... A petition to the government
against the proposed cut was drawn up . . .
approximately 67,000 signatures were obtained
in two days . . . The news came out in the
paper that the proposed cut would go
July 1935. Instead of requiring the Government of the day to appoint nine Governors,
the Government will now appoint six. The
remaining three will be elected by the Senate
from among its members ... As the University Alumni select 15 Convocation representatives to the Senate, they must bear in mind
that (under this amendment) they will also
be selecting potential Governors. (The 1935
Amendments to the University Act; Sherwood
Connaught Laboratories Establish Research
Group   on   Campus.
July     1936.      Dedication:     "To    our    Alma
The Association has taken a stride forward
this year in drawing up a constitution, temporary as yet, which allows for the formation
of  Branches.
To mark the date of the coming-of-age of
the University of British Columbia in some
fitting manner . . . the coordination of ideas
evolved a Students' Union Building (as a
memorial to Dean and Mrs. R. W. Brock) to
be called "The Brock Memorial Building".
The nature of the building and the purpose
for which it is to be used gives everyone an
opportunity to subscribe to the fund.
May 1937. Dr. Blythe Eagles has been made
Head of the Department of Dairying. Dr.
Eagles is our first Alumnus to be appointed
Head of a  Department.
The Programme of Extension lectures which
was carried on so successfully during 1935-36
stimulated a demand for lectures by members
of the Staff of the University throughout the
May 1938. The situation has been bad for
some years but came to a head this year with
the announcement by the Board of Governors
that, next Fall, attendance would be limited
to two thousand students and fees in all
Faculties would be increased. (D. Milton
It is important to Alumni, if to no one
else, to pause and contemplate that the
Alumni Associaion has "come of age". On
May 4, 1917, a group of Graduates convened
at the "shacks" in Fairview to organise an
Alumni Association and did so with dispatch.
The birth of this inevitable offspring of any
University is contained in a 14-word minute:
"Moved by Miss Peck and seconded by Mr.
Wright that an Alumni Association be formed.
Carried." This is probably the shortest minute
on the books of the Association. (The Alumni
Grow  Up;   Kenneth  Beckett).
April 1939. At least three members of the
Alumni will be candidates in the next Federal
election:       James      Sinclair,      Sc/28,       Ronald
Kathleen   Peck  Lawrence,   B.A/17,  Ass't.-Editor
Graduate  Chronicle,  1931   and   1932
Grantham,      Arts'31,      and      Arnold      Webster,
Dr. George Davidson, Arts'28, has accepted
one of the most responsible positions in the
B.C. Government, that of director of social
welfare. He succeeds Dr. Harry Cassidy, Arts
'22, who resigned to go to the University of
California, where he is creating a new department of Social  Welfare.
December 1940. For the first time in its
history, the Alumni Association has been in
a position to give away some money, with the
result that the Executive has offered, and
the University has accepted, $50 to be used
as a  bursary for a  needy  first year student.
October 1941. U.B.C. Grads in Nazi Prison
Camps   .   .   .   Alumni   m   Uniform.
December 1 941. U.B.C. Armouries Open.
Major General Alexander, O.C. the Pacific
Command, congratulated the men of the
U.B.C. Corps, who have waived training-pay
since   1928   in order to build the armoury.
Mary L. Bollert, first Dean of Women, retires from an office which she ably filled
for   twenty   years.
December 1942: We Honour Our World War
II   Heroes.
July 1943: U.B.C. to Get Home Economics
This   Fall.
Pringle   Memorial   Bursary   established.
Alumni Play Scores Twenty-eight Times . . .
The Alumni Players' presentation of "The
Man Who Came to Dinner" has afforded hilarious entertainment to the troops in Army and
Air Force camps throughout the whole of the
Lower   Mainland.
March 1944. Dr. Norman Archibald MacKenzie, K.C, has been chosen new President
of   the   University   of   British   Columbia.
Dr.   L.  S.   Klinck,
U.B.C.   President,
Dr.   R.   E.   McKechnie,
U.B.C.     Chancellor,
2D June 1944. The University's Retiring Presi
dent, Dr. L. S. Klinck. This month the Uni
versity bids farewell to a man who has guided
her destinies for the past twenty-five years.
Few men, if any, have equalled his great
contributions to the education of our people.
... At the Convocation dinner held in May,
Dr. Klinck was made an Honorary Life Member of the Alumni Association . . . the first
(Honorary Life Membership) ever granted by
the    Association.
January 1945. We regret that we have
been unable to publish the Chronicle during
the last few weeks. The wartime shortage
of paper was the primary cause of our
This issue is dedicated primarily to the
men and women of British Columbia who
have gone out into the Service of our Country
in all parts of the world . . . We feel that
no University in Canada has for its size done
more. Truly, the Undergraduate gown has a
right  to  bear the  khaki
The    University    of
British    Columbia     is
March, 1951
a   Faculty
Physical    Edu-
particularly fortunate
in having obtained
the services of the
Hon. Eric W. Hamber
for the office of
Chancellor . . . Mr.
Hamber has long
been one of the
Province's leading
We most urgently
need at this time:
additional accommodation for the Arts
and Sciences, residences for men and
Medicine, Pharmacy,
August 1945. The University of British
Columbia deserves a great deal of credit in
having been the first of the Canadian Universities to adopt a series of courses especially designed for men and women discharged
from the Armed Forces . . . Thank you,
U.B.C, we are only the vanguard ot many
more to come. (Harold Helm, President,
U.B.C.   Veterans'   Students.)
October, 1945.   New Law Faculty Set Up.
December 1945. On October 31, history
was made at the University when Honorary
Degrees were conferred on ten Graduates of
the University . . . The occasion was the
thirtieth birthday of the University. The ten
Graduates are all most distinguished men and
women in Canadian life: Dr. Hugh L. Keenleyside, Mr. Norman Robertson, Mrs. Frank M.
Ross, Lieut.-Cmdr. Gordon Stead, Dr. George
M. Volkoff, Col. Percy M. Barr, Major-General
H. F. G. Letson, Brigadier Sherwood Lett,
Brigadier William C. Murphy, Air Commodore
J.   L.   Plant.
Over fifty (Army Huts) are in use at the
present time. Some are being used as classrooms while others serve as dormitories for
former  members of  the armed  services.
March 1946. At the present moment,
Alumni of the University are lining up behind
the campaign to build a War Memorial Gymnasium   on   the   campus.
Past President Baynes Urges Faculty of
The Secretary Manager, Frank Turner, Takes
Over   Alumni   Post.
Varsity Goes Boom-Town as 3,500 Student
Vets Seek Higher Knowledge. "There will
be no lowering of standards because, in the
first place, U.B.C. has been able to maintain
a very high standard in its appointments to
the Faculty," said Dr. MacKenzie. "Secondly,
because the difficulties facing us will be
more than balanced by an increased desire
on the part of students to make the most of
the opportunities."
July 1946. Dal Grauer, B.C.E.R.'s Dynamo.
One of the University's famous sons has
now topped all his former achievements by
being made President of one of Canada's
public   utility  companies.
Meet the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico:
Dr.  Hugh  Keenleyside.
March   1947.    Eric   Nicol   Writes   of   Prog "ess
at U.B.C. "If you haven't been out to the
campus lately, it might be a good idea to
keep it that way, and delay your visit until
Progress has blown over."
December 1947. "Trekkers" Celebrate 25th
Anniversary of Their March to West Point.
Eight members of the campaign committee
were "cecorated" with cairn pins: J. A. Grant,
Arts'24; "Brick" McLeod, Arts'23; Marjorie
Agnew, Arts'22; Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Clyne,
Arts '25; Dr. John Allardyce, Arts'19; J. F.
Brown,   Arts'23,   and   Aubrey   Roberts,   Arts 23.
Gym Sod Turned. First step in construction
of U.B.C.'s Provincial War Memorial Gymnasium was taken Nov. 1 1, when Hon. E. C.
Carson   turned   the   first   sod.
Premier John Hart Opens U.B.C.'s New
$700,000   Physics   Building
June 1948. Regarded by the many Undergraduates with tremendous affection is retiring Dean Daniel Buchanan, since 1928 D=an
of Arts and Science.
Walter H. Gage, Arts'25, Named Dean of
Administrative and Inter-Faculty Affairs (first
U.B.C.   graduate  to  become   Dean).
October 1948. Graduate Chronicle wins
top award in American Alumni Association
Competition.      Editor   Ormonde   J.   Hall.
Dr. William Kaye Lamb, Arts'27, Appointed
Dominion   Archivist.
The University has decided to set up a
Graduate  School.
December    1948.      $750,000    Library    Wing
Officially   Opened.
Alumni-U.B.C. Development Fund Created.
Dr. Blythe Eagles, President of Arts'22, presents a cheque for $960.99 to Chairman of
the new fund, Joseph F. Brown, Arts'23 . . .
"to  get  the  fund  rolling."
March 1949. Open House Attracts 20,000
to  U.B.C.
December 1949. G. G. Sedgewick Memorial   Fund   Planned.
Trustee Tom Brown grins broadly as he
hands President Norman MacKenzie a $7,000
cheque, first gift from the U.B.C.-Alumni
Development   Fund   to   the   University.
June 1950.   2,080 Graduate at Congregation.
October 1950. Alumni-U.B.C. Development
Fund   tops   $15,393.
Specie I Congregation Marks Medical School
December 1950. Women's Residences a
Reality!       Accommodation    for    100    Girls    in
January. (Subsequently called: Anne Wesbrook Hall, Mary L. Bollert Hall, Isaoel
Maclnnes   Hall).
Home Economics Building Example of Neat,
Functional   Modern   Architecture.
Biological Sciences Building Opened bv
Hon.   W    T.   Straith.
Preventive Medicine Building Now Taking
Shape   on   University   Boulevard.
Engineering   Faculty   Has   Fine   New   Home.
Varsity Outdoors Club Builds $12,000 Cabin.
First Great Trekker: Joe F. Brown, Jr
March 1951. Graduate Elected U.B.C. Chan
cellor.      Sherwood    Lett,   distinguished   solder,
Darrell Braidwood,
B.A/40,   M.A/41,
Editor   Chronicle/
Ormonde   J.    Hall,
B.Com.'42„   LL.B/48,
Chronicle,   1945,
Editor,   1946-53.
lawyer, and one of U.B.C.'s first graduating
class members, has been called back to his
Alma   Mater   to   be   its   Chancellor.
June 1951. Alumni Association Grants
$2,500   in   Regional   Scholarships.
Arthur Lord, Arts'21, appointed to County
Court  of Vancouver.
October 1951. Alumni-U.B.C. Fund Hits
Record Year with Contributions Totalling
December 1951. Homecoming Marked by
Royal   Visit.
Congregation, Gym Dedication Colourful
November 1952. Robert W. Bonner, Arts
'42,  Law'48,  Youngest Attorney-General  at  31.
Victoria College Celebrates 50th Anniversary.
Alumni-U.B.C. Development Furd Reaches
new high of $18,109.36.
Frederick Wood Theatre opened December
6,    1952.
October 1953. Two U.B.C. Graduates
Appointed   University   Heads.
Alumni-U.B.C. Development Fund Exceeds
Earle Birney, Arts'26, was awarded the
Lome Pierce Medal of the Royal Society of
Canada in addition to a scholarship given
under the Canadian Government plan for
study  in  France.
Winter 1953. Alumni Help Put Over Blue
another milestone  .  .  .
Farewell    p
at   Fairview,
ty    held
in    old
soon    to
be   de-
Frank J.  E.  Turner,
Executive   Secretary,
Arthur  H.  Sager,
Executive   Secretaiy,
and Gold Revue
Spring    1954.
U.B.C.   building
First   Graduating   Class
Paid   Medical   Staff.
The     University     and
Summer 1954. U.B.C. Grads in Top Educational Posts . . . This year it is interesting to
note that our graduates are now becoming
the administrators in our educational system—
with the new Minister of Education, Ray
Williston, Arts'40, leading the way-
Autumn 1954. Development Fund Reaches
New   High:   $50,391.
New   Executive   Secretary:   Arthur   H.   Sager.
Spring 1955. The U.B.C. Library—Life at
Forty. The University of British Columbia
acquired its first book in the Spring of 1915
—forty years and 300,000 volumes later, its
Library is one of the leading teaching and
research   collections   in   Canada.
Summer 1955. U.B.C. Players' Club Alumni
won top honours in the Dominion Drama
Festival. The group was presented with the
Calvert Trophy and a  $1,000 cheque.
U.B.C.-V.R.C.   Crew   to   Henley.
Autumn 1955. College of Education for the
University. Training of Teachers Enters
New   Phase.
1955 Great Trekker:   Aubrey   Roberts.
Spring 1956. New Records Achieved by
U.B.C. Development Fund. 1955 Total Nearly
Home    Management    House    Opened.
As we go to press, expansion continues
with    reports    of    new    buildings    .    . more
memorial funds . . . new courses . . . further
honouis . . . continued needs—a pattern that
has  run through the years.
U.B.C.  ALUMNI   CHRONICLE A Tale of the Pub-and Aft
By   Margaret   Ecker   Francis,   B.A/36   (Totem  Editor 1936, Chronicle Editor 1939-41)
December, 1940
It was a fine
April day some IsK'lll ;:i!P!liU
time in the mid-
thirties. The
wind off the Gulf
of Georgia was
balmy, salt-scented, and it mixed
into an intoxicating cocktail with
the fresh smell
of bursting buds,
new grass and spring flowers.
It went to our heads. In the old
Pub office some spring-struck Ubyssey or Totem staffer even threw up
a window to let the first breath of
fresh air in months mix with the
Pub's own body odor—forgotten sandwich lunches rotting in drawers, cigarette smoke, souring milk in half-
finished bottles.
Someone remarked that he, or she,
must get to a lecture. Another contributed that bock had come to the
Georgia (one of our chief symbols of
spring); an artier member of the
Staff moaned that if we had a record
player we could play Stravinsky's
Sacre du Printemps (if we had the
record),  and dance.
Then an Editor mounted solemnly
on a littered desk, held up his arms
to silence the babble and pronounced,
"We   will   celebrate   Christmas".
There could, of course, be no fitter
tribute to the arrival of spring. In
appreciation of our leader we gathered around his dais for as many
verses as anyone could remember of
"Good King Wenceslas". Then, with
"Jingle Bells" as our marching song,
we paraded through the foyer of the
auditorium where a solemn noon-hour
lecture was breaking up, through the
Quad and the intelligentsia rushing
for classes, and down to the woods.
A Christmas tree was our objective
and maybe a Yule log or two. It
dawned on us that "Jingle Bells" was
not fitting for our mission. Norman
Hacking or Alan Morley (they both
had mental storehouses of that sort
of thing), produced some Elizabethan,
or maybe they were Chaucerian, choruses more suitable to the occasion.
Thus classically and traditionally we
sang our way to the most miserable
Courtesy   of   Totem,   1936
Associate    Editors    Totem,    1936.     From    Left:
Bob   King,   Bruce   Robinson,   Pauline   Patterson,
Dick  Elson.
little fir tree that fringed Marine
It was not very tall, a real, ragged
waif of an evergreen, destined for
either a tubercular or delinquent
adulthood, and we felt that by sacrificing it, we were enabling it to do a
far, far better thing than to grow up.
There was some debate about the
proper ceremony to precede the
plunging of a rather battered pocket-
knife into its heart. With splendid
journalistic compromise we combined
the details into a lengthy ceremonial,
borrowing freely from what anyone
could remember that was suitable—
the Druids, the Aztecs, the medieval
Our triumph had mounted with our
voices as we bore the scraggly little
thing back through the Quad and its
lecture-changing throngs. Enshrined
on the Editor's desk, with the remains
of his lunch as an offering at its feet
(I forget how we made it stand up),
spontaneously and reverently we
broke into "Holy Night, Silent Night",
some singing it in English, some in
French, some in Latin. We were at
no loss for decorations. The day's
Ubyssey, folded and cut properly,
made glorious strings of dolls. Coke
bottle-tops, old typewriter ribbons—
no tree was ever more resplendent.
Then we all turned our backs on
each other and made presents—verses
scribbled on copy paper, yesterday's
peanut-butter sandwiches wrapped in
newspaper, I can't remember what
other touching mementoes. Father
Christmas delivered the gifts with
suitable ceremony and benevolence
and we sang some more carols.
Lectures and labs were over now
and it was time to catch buses and
lifts back to the city, since no one
lived on the Campus in those days.
We, the innocent in heart, spiritually
uplifted by our experience, went
home. (Our little tree wilted and
drooped in the pub until the spring
exams were over and probably some
unsentimental  janitor  removed  it.)
None of us could have known how
an irreverent and obviously agnostic
Campus would receive our dedicated
ceremony. The tempest wasn't great,
compared with those blown up by
other rituals, but it was scathing.
Speeches were made by righteous
souls in public meetings about disturbing the calm of a Campus cramming for examinations; about the
iniquity of allowing persons with
adolescent tendencies to enter the
halls of higher learning. Someone
even hinted that some of the Georgia's
bock had been smuggled into the Pub.
(It hadn't, but could there be a more
fitting place?)
Courtesy   of  Totem,   1936
Margaret  Ecker  Francis,   B.A.'36,  Totem   Editor,
1936,  Editor Chronicle,  1939-1941.
The females of the Ubyssey staff
who belonged to Greek letter societies
were asked, "Hadn't we behaved a
little ridiculously? What would
people  think?"
And what of those who celebrated
Christmas in April ?
I haven't the exact list of communicants, but the following were
Reporters, Editors, or Columnists on
the Ubyssey or Totem at that time.
(If any of these didn't help raise the
Christmas tree, I apologise for any
insinuation   that   they   did.)
Norman Hacking I'm sure was
there, Marine Editor of the Vancouver
Province now, with a stint of globetrotting and a distinguished naval
career behind him. Stuart Keate, now
Publisher of the Victoria Times, ex-
Time man in Montreal, may or may
not, depending on his lecture schedule,
have been there.
There was Alan Morley, now of the
Vancouver Province Staff, with a
colourful career behind him on West-
coast Canadian and American publications; Zoe (Brown - Clayton)
Bieler, now Women's Editor of the
Montreal Star; Norman De Foe,
Editorial Supervisor of the C.B.C's
TV show, "Graphic"; Reg Jessup,
Press and Radio representative for
the C.B.C. in British Columbia; Ozzie
Durkin, now one of Chicago's top Advertising and Public Relations Executives; Bob King, a University Professor somewhere in the United
States; Jim Beveridge, National Film
Board Executive, now on loan to
make  documentary  films  in  India.
John Cornish, Novelist, whose top-
notch, "The Provincials", dealt with
U.B.C. days better than any other
novel has done; John Dauphinee
(with his wife, Allison Macintosh, on
our Christmas safari), now top Executive in The Canadian Press, Toronto, with a record of Ottawa parliamentary and war reporting behind
him;  Van  Perry,  Editor  of the  B.C.
22 Courtesy of Totem, 1936
Publications Board, 1936. From Left, Top
Row: John Cornish, Editor-in-Chief; Dorwin
Baird, John Logan, Senior Editors. Second
Row: Kemp Edmonds, Sports Editor; Lfoyd
Hobden, Feature Editor; Zoe Brown-Clayton,
News Manager. Third Row: Peter Higashi,
Exchange Editor; Jim Beveridge, Norman
De   Poe,   Associate   Editors.
Lumberman; Arthur Mayse, now of
Victoria, probably one of Canada's
top-flight Novelists and short fiction
writers; Nancy Miles, of Grand Forks
and one of the Interior's most prolific
newspaper women and free-lance
writers; Dick Elson, C.B.C. TV News-
Reel Editor; Dorothy Cummings Gordon, Sun Reporter and, during the
war, Canadian Information Officer in
Washington, D.C; Dorwin Baird,
CJOR Executive; David Crawley,
Public Relations Executive in Winnipeg and F'eter Higashi, Associated
Press, Tokyo.
It is obvious our Christmas-in-April
party had possibilities and I am sure
I have left out many of its most
sparkling and since successfu 1
Maybe it's not true now, but in
former years the men and women
students of the Publications Board
were regarded as a little teched in the
head, to put it mildly. People saw
their pranks; saw the murals they
drew in a flurry of creative exuberance on the Pub walls; heard of uninhibited parties; saw screwball editions of the Ubyssey.
Maybe the body of the students
forgot, or didn't know that they were
carrying as heavy a load of courses
as their more earnest colleagues, but
they still covered the University for
the Ubyssey, still wrote their stories,
still spent long, grimy hours at the
printers, "putting the paper to bed."
Then there was the Totem staff,
graduated Ubyssey-staffers who, just
before  exam  time, were  lining up  a
major publication, chasing people for
late pictures, struggling with artistic
page makeup: writing the reams of
So we all rocked n' rolled occasionally?
U.B.C. has no School of Journalism,
but the Christmas-in-April era alone
should show that the training in putting out University publications
wasn't wasted.
In looking through a list of foimer
Ubyssey and Totem editors, the
where-are-they-now department has
to neglect many of them, through ignorance. Also improperly ign:>red
are their assistants who have probably  as  distinguished  careers.
But it's stimulating to point out:
Arnold Webster of C.C.F. fame was
a Totem editor, so was a top Social
Scientist of Chicago University, Helen
Gregory MacGill. Betty (Quick)
Cosulich is the Owner-Publisher of
the "Deep-Cove Weekly"; John W.
Green, Editor of the "Aggassiz-Har-
rison Advance"; Lionel Salt, Donald
Stainsby, well-known newspaper bylines.
Many Ubyssey and Totem Editors
have turned to law (first brush with
delinquency in the Pub?); Eric Nicol,
Columnist and Humorist, Bob Elson
of Time and Life fame; Pubic Relations Director, Aubrey Roberts;
Ernie Perrault, Public Relations and
writer of one of CBUT's first TV
musicals; Himie Koshevoy, Vancouver
Sun Editor, all put their young feet
first on the primrose downward path
via the Publications Board.
The late Harry M. Cassidy, noted
Canadian Social Scientist, was a
Ubyssey Editor in 1922-23; U.B.C.
Professor and top Canadian Poet and
Novelist, Earle Birney, filled the
chair, 1925-26, as did Ottawa Citizen
Editor, Ron Grantham,  1930-31.
In the years after 1940, Editors who
became national and international bylines are, Andrew Snaddon (now of
the Southam Press), Mardee Dundas,
Don Ferguson, Ron Haggart, Les
Armour, Joe Schlesinger, Allan Foth-
eringham (now Chief of School Broadcasting for C.B.C); Peter Syp-
nowich, Stan Beck.
All of them, and those who have
been unavoidably unmentioned, had
their Christmas-in-April parties. They
were criticised often, and probably
the amount of work they were doing
in providing the University with publications was unappreciated. I might
add that, as weil as carrying their
courses and their
Pub work, very
many were U.B.C.
c o r r espondents
for Vancouver
newspapers—im -
portant as interpreting U.B.C. to
the  public.
Can the University be entirely sorry that it
has its Publications Board with
its traditions of
individualism and
freedom ?
Margaret Ecker
Francis, 1956
Women's News
Editor,   The
Vancouver    Herald
1 924-25
Editors of Student and Alumni Publications
C.  P.  Munday
Evelyn   C.   McKay
I.   A.   Shaw
A.   Webster
N.   Whitley
H.   Imlah
M.   Cassidy
L.   Wheeler
Tommy   Brown
A.   E.   Birney
Ed   Morrison
Jean   Tolmie
M.   Des   Brisay
R.   A.   Pilkington
Ron   Grantham
Wilfred   Lee
F.   St.   J.   Madeley
Norman   Hacking
Archie   Thompson
John   Cornish
Z.   Brown-Clayton
Kemp   Edmonds
Dorothy   Cummings
John   S.   Garrett
Jack   Margeson
Archie   Paton
Andrew  Snaddon
Margaret    Reid
John   Tom   Scott
Mardee   Dundas
Jack   Ferry
Don   Ferguson
Ron   Haggart
Jim   Banham
Vic Hay and Ray Frost
Les   Armour
Joe   Schlesinger
A.   Fotheringham
Peter   Sypnowich
Stan   Beck
The Totem was not published
Roland  M.   Miller
C. P.   Munday
I.   A.   Shaw
A.   A.   Webster
H.   E.   McConnell
J.  F. Walker
T.  D.  Guernsey
Lillian   Cawdell
Helen   MacGill
Helen   MacGill
Wanetta  Leach
Jean   Tolmie
Margaret  Grant
Jean   Woodworth
Bessie   Robertson
Doris   Barton
Rosemary   Winslow
M.   Patricia   Kerr
Ted   Madeley
Alan   Baker
Margaret   Ecker
Jim   Beveridge
David   Crawley
John  Garrett
D. O.  Durkin
Elizabeth  Quick
Lionel   H.  Salt
Denis   Blunden
John  Green
Wm.   Stewart
Jean MacFarlane
Don   Stainsby
R. J. Blockberger
Group of Editors
Hugh   Cameron
Joan   Fraser
Allan Goldsmith
Wendy   Sutton
Ann   Roger
Lee  Davenport
1942-43  owing to paper shortage.
Isobel   Harvey
Isobel   Harvey
Isobel   Harvey
Isobel   Harvey
Isobel   Harvey
Helen    Crawford
Helen    Crawford
Rosemary   Winslow
Edgar   N.   Brown
Margaret   Ecker
Margaret   Ecker
Dorothy   Wallace
Dorothy  Wallace
Ruth   Wilson
Darrell    Braidwood
Darrell    Braidwood
Harry T.
Harry T.
Harry  T.
U.B.C. ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Forty-First Congregation
Class of 1916 Honoured
Chancellor Announces Fund Drive in 1958
Craduands Hear Dean H. F. Angus and
Dean Emeritus H. J. MacLeod
Autumn, 1954
The University
Armoury was
filled almost to
capacity with
Graduands and
their friends who
attended the
Forty - First Annual Congregation on Monday
and Tuesday,
May 14 and 15.
Fine weather added to the attractiveness of the occasion and as the procession made its way slowly from the
Administration Building to the Armoury the many-coloured hoods and
gowns worn by the participants were
displayed in all their varied splendour. Returning after the ceremony
the procession continued to Brock
Hall before dispersing to join the
new Graduates and guests in a social
A total of 938 Degrees and Diplomas were conferred, including 12
Ph.D.'s and 67 Master's Degrees in
all Faculties. Chancellor the Hon.
Sherwood Lett who presided also
conferred six Honorary Degrees. Retiring Dean Henry F. Angus, Principal Cyril James of McGill University
and Miss Jessie Louise McLenaghen
received the Degree of Doctor of
Laws; the Degree of Doctor of
Science, honoris causa, was conferred
on Mr. Thomas Ingledow, Dean Emeritus Hector J. MacLeod and Mr.
William G. Swan.
In welcoming Principal James to
U.B.C, Chancellor Lett recalled the
pioneering educational work done by
McGill University in the Province
and her close association with the
beginnings of U.B.C. "We in this University" he said, "shall never forget
the debt of gratitude we owe to McGill
University for the encouragement
and very tangible assistance she gave
to this Province before the University
of B.C. became established."
This year was the fortieth Anniversary of the first graduation ceremonies and, to commemorate this
fact, Members of the Class of 1916,
of whom the Chancellor was President, were invited to join the Procession and to occupy seats on the
platform. In referring to their presence, Chancellor Lett said "I would
extend a welcome to the first graduating class of this University, the Class
of Arts'16. I am happy to see that
the years seem to have dealt so gently
Part  of  Chancellor's   Procession,  May   14.     Nearest  the  camera,  recipients  of  Honorary   Degree  of
Doctor of Laws.     From  right:  Miss Jessie  McLenaghen,  with  President  Emeritus  Dr.  L.  S.  Klinck;
Dr.   F.   Cyril  James,   Principal   of   McGill,   with   President   MacKenzie;   Dean   Henry   F.   Angus,   with
Chancellor Emeritus The Hon.  Eric W.  Hamber; Chancellor The Hon. Sherwood  Lett.
Dean    Emeritus    Hector    J.    MacLeod,    O.B.E.,
B.Sc.(McGill),    M.Sc.(Alta.),    A.M.,     Ph.D.(Harvard),  M.E.I.C,  Mem.   I.R.E.,  Fellow  A.I.E.E.
with them and that fortunately not
one has been compelled to attend in a
wheel chair.
"It was a small graduating class of
forty-one persons. But in the Congregation Programme printed for that
first Graduation Ceremony, you will
find the names of one hundred and
sixteen of the students of that day
who had already enlisted in the Armed
Services. So the procession consisted
mostly of girl Graduates since every
able-bodied man in the class was by
that time engaged in or preparing for
a bitter struggle for freedom. Many
of its members are not with us today.
They lie in the fields of France and
Flanders. But their names hold a
place of honour in the new memorial
gymnasium on the Campus.
"The Class of Arts'16 produced no
eminent Philosopher^ no world-famous
Mathematician or Physicist. But I
think I can say, without being accused
of boasting, that in a small way, by
their sacrifice and service, the members of that Class contributed something to the foundation of the tradition of service to their country and
to their fellow citizens, which has
characterised the Graduates of this
University, over the past 40 years,
—a tradition which has not only been
cherished, but has been greatly enhanced and enriched by the activities
of students and Graduates in the 40
years since the dark days of 1916."
Degrees in Social Work, Arts, Home
Economics and Pharmacy were conferred on the first day of Congregation. On May 15 Graduands in Educa-
cation, Commerce, Physical Education, Applied Science, Architecture,
Agriculture, Law, Medicine and Forestry received their degrees. In referring to the large and increasing
number of University Faculties the
Chancellor pointed out that the men
and women so educated and trained
"are essential components of the
balanced and progressive natural economy which we rely upon our educational system to maintain and
In speaking of the grave financial
needs of U.B.C. to establish itself
on a sound permanent footing in
buildings, facilities, and in all ways
befitting   a   first-class,   modern   Uni-
24 versity, serving all the highest educational needs of our fast-growing
Province with its rapidly-expanding
economy, the Chancellor announced
the "intention of the Board of Governors to appeal to the people of the
Province in 1958 for the additional
sum of $10,000,000 ... A formal
announcement", he said, "of the plans
and programme for this major development will be forthcoming in the
near future. I should like to take this
opportunity however, to appeal to the
students, the Graduates and friends
of the University to demonstrate
what the University means in the
life of our Province and to rally to
its support on the occasion when we
in British Columbia will be celebrating a century of phenomenal progress."
On Monday, May 14, the Congregation Address was given by Dean
Henry F. Angus, LL.D., who reviewed
outstanding features in U.B.C. history during the 36 years of his association with the University. The
major portion of his address may be
found on pages 16 and 17. Dean Emeritus Hector J. MacLeod, D.Sc. spoke
to the Graduands on the second day
of Congregation, in part, as follows:
"First, I would like to say a word or two
on behalf of my good friends, Dr. Ingledow
and Dr. Swan, and myself. We appreciate,
more than I can say, the high honour that has
been conferred upon us by this great University. We welcome, with due humility, admission to her large and growing family of
scholars. We take it also as a tribute, by
the University, to the part which Engineering
is playing in the development of this country
and this Province in particular. For these
things,   our   thanks  to   the   University.
"Members of the graduating class in
Applied Science may remember a freshman
course on the History of Science. And some
of you may remember my telling you then that
you could think of yourself as coming to the
University to build a bridge, but not an ordinary bridge. Only one person would travel
over the bridge and that person would be
you. The bridge would lead from freshman
year to a place in your chosen profession.
The bridge would include many arches like
English and History. Mathematics and
Physics, and so on. It would have to pass
inspection by the University Staff but its
general  design was up to you  .  .   .
"As you look back over the past four years,
are you satisfied with the bridge you have
built? Is there beauty as well as utility in its
design? Will it carry you beyond the security
of a job? In laying its foundations, were you
conscious of the mysteries that surround us?
And from its highest arches did you catch a
glimpse of the drama of human life and of
the greatness of the human mind at its best?
With   the  work  you   put   into   it,   did  you  taste
Front row, recipients of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science. From left: Dean Emeritus Hector
J. MacLeod, Mr. Thomas Ingledow, Colonel W. G. Swan. Back row, from left: Chancellor The Hon.
Sherwood Lett, President Emeritus  Dr.  L. !>. Klinck, Chancellor Emeritus The Hon.  Eric W.  Hamber.
the joy of intellectual effort which ensures
that [Education for you will be a continuing
process? Knowing this University as I do, I
have little doubt about the answers .  .  .
"Our Western Civilisation has been built
around a framework of the professions tc a
greater extent than is generally realised. In
the Universities which arose in the Middle
Ages, Theology, Law and Medicine were the
three fields ot professional study. They were
thus associated with scholarship and became
knowr as the learned professions ... In the
nineteenth century, engineering formed an
alliance with modern science and began its
march to a place among the learned pi ofes-
sions. In the intervening years Applied
Science has opened the storehouses of nature
for the use of mankind . . . Through Science,
man has found out how nature works and his
material wealth has come from working in
harmony with her. The tragedy is that members of the human rare, who have learned so
well how to work in harmony with nature,
have not yet learned how to work in harmony
with one another. Knowledge travels £aster
than wisdom. And there is danger in the
power of scientific knowledge without the
restraint of those moral and spiritual values
which are part of a liberal education. That
danger is abroad in the world to-day. How
should  we   meet   it?   .   .   .
"While explaining Science to the full, let
us not forget the poets. Our civilisation is so
rich in poets, using that term in its wider
sense—interpreters of life. Their thoughts
and ideas as expressed in literature, philosophy
and the arts together form what we cal the
Humanities ... It was from the heritage of
Greece and Rome and Palestine that our
civilisation   grew:   from   Christianity,   combined
with a sense of law and order and insistence
on individual right. These are the roots
which nourished the growth of Universities,
the growth of Science  and our way of   life . . .
"But the trend in University education is
toward professional training. To meet the
needs of our expanding economy, higher education must supply an ever increasing number
of Graduates with a wide diversity of knowledge and skills. The strength and safety of
the nation may well depend upon the extent
to which these needs are met ... In addition
to knowledge and skill, professional practice
requires the exercise of imagination and judgment. It may well be that the exercise of
these qualities—imagination and judgment—
represents the highest expression of professional practice. The study of Science develops in the student's mind logical thinking
and the power of reason. The Humanities
with different methods of thought should
stimulate the imagination, awaken a sense of
values and lead to sounder judgment. The
blending of the two is far more likely to
develop   the  creative   mind.
"Furthermore, as individuals, each one of
us should leave the crowd and the market
place at times, to wander among those quiet
hills of the Humanities which Me around the
fertile fields of Science; have at least a few
good companions among the timeless master
minds who dwell there, and from those quiet
hill-tops gaze at times toward the far horizon
and 'whatever lies beyond'. The individual,
the profession, and the world will be the
richer   for   it.
"This is not a plea to limit the role of
Science—far from it. It is a plea to have
Science fulfil its proper role in the destiny of
mankind   .   ,   ."
Medallists  in graduating  classes  in Arts and  Science, Applied Science, Law,   Medicine and Commerce.     From left: Keith Yates, Governor-General's Gold
Medal; Michael G. Peers, University Medal; John J. F. Loewen, Association of   Professional   Engineers   Gold   Medal;   M.   Rendina   K.   Hossie,   Law   Society
Gold Medal; Alexander  R.  M.  Cairns,  Hamber Gold Medal; Geoffrey  R.  Conway,  Kiwanis  Club Gold  Medal.
Elsie  Gregory   MacGill:
The  Ryerson  Press,  Toronto,  1955
March, 1947
This     informa-      ■HfiffiliL i":
tive and enter-
taining biog-
r a p h y of the
woman whose
name is on one
of the two memorial tablets in
the University's
Library is by her
daughter Elsie,
who     took     her
first two years at U.B.C. and later-
graduated in Engineering at Toronto
and in Aeronautics at Michigan. It
may be read and enjoyed on several
counts. Friends and admirers of the
late Judge MacGill will welcome it
as a timely and deserved tribute; students of Sociology will find in its
pages the story of social legislation
with which Judge MacGill's career
was synonymous; and the general
reader should enjoy the book for its
picture of a vivid personality presented with discernment and humour.
The book commences with a somewhat detailed examination of the
Family Tree on the assumption,
doubtless reasonable, that one's forebears explain to a degree, if they do
not determine, one's attitudes and
actions. Judge MacGill's ancestors
and the "Family Connection" as seen
through daughter Elsie's discerning
eyes are a varied and interesting lot.
In general they may be characterised
as of United Empire Loyalist stock,
members of the Episcopalian Church,
active in political and community
affairs (for many years in Hamilton,
Ontario) and lively and progressive
and some steps ahead of their time.
Helen Emma Gregory was born in
Hamilton, 1864, into a family of social standing and means. For some
time, after presentation to Society,
she followed the conventional pattern
for young ladies of that day, then, at
nineteen, astonished her family and
friends by deciding on the "career" of
concert pianiste.   Despite family mis-
Judge    Helen    Gregory    MacGill,    B.A.,    M.A.
(Tor.),    LL.D/38.
givings, Helen commenced training
and within the year so impressed her
teacher that he proposed to enter her
as candidate for the Bachelor of
Music examinations at Trinity College, Toronto. Thus began the long
series of "firsts" that characterise the
life-story of Judge Helen MacGill.
The first woman undergraduate at
Trinity, she followed the Mus.Bac.
with a B.A. and an M.A., becoming
Trinity's first woman to receive these
degrees. Simultaneously came freelance writng for a syndicate of American magazines, and commissions
from the Toronto Globe to write up
the foreign settlements of Manitoba
and the Canadian Northwest, and
from Cosmopolitan and Atlantic
Monthly to cover the opening of the
Japanese Diet in December, 1890. To
her family and the Connection this
last seemed "a preposterous proposal
for a young unmarried girl"; however, Helen (as her daughter speaks
of her) went ahead with her plans and
added to their surprise by marrying,
after an acquaintance of only a week,
Frederick Charles ("Lee") Flesher
whom she met in Manitoba en route
to Vancouver and Japan. Her Japanese adventure completed, the Fleshers
spent the next ten years, until Lee's
untimely death in 1901, in California
and Minnesota, Helen dividing her
time as housewife, mother and journalist. This latter activity led her
into crusading for civic reform and
women suffrage and into developing
herself as speaker and organiser.
A new chapter commenced with
marriage, a couple of years later, to
Jim MacGill, former Trinity College
classmate, become lawyer and headed
for residence in Vancouver. Now she
found her mission in life, when she
directed her irresistible energy and
crusading zeal, among lesser interests, toward better laws for women
and children, the suffragette movement, and penal reform. As a logical,
but long-delayed result to these activities, in 1917, when she was fifty-
three years old, Helen MacGill became Judge of the Juvenile Court in
Vancouver, the first woman jurist to
be appointed in British Columbia.
Here, for the twenty-three years of
her Judgeship, she devoted her extraordinary vigour to helping delinquent
and ill-treated children, to obtaining
much-needed reforms and social legislation on their behalf, and to raising
the standards and status of the
Juvenile Court. It was a prodigious
task in face of political abuse and
enmity, prejudice, and official apathy;
and represented years of determined
struggle with City Council and Provincial Government, until final vindication and success, when the social
measures she advocated, and for
which she worked so tirelessly, became law.   And all the more amazing
that so frail a person should have accomplished so much; though delicate
in body she was strong in mind, and
vigorous in debate, and wonderfully
tough of purpose, tenaciously holding
to those principles which she espoused and which time proved to be
right. To Judge MacGill the climax
of her career came when the University of British Columbia gave recognition to her "wide and valuable public
service" by conferring upon her the
Degree of Doctor of Laws at its
Spring Congregation  in  1938.
While it is true, as the book jacket
states, that the author writes of her
mother with humour as well as affection, those who knew Judge MacGill
may regret that Elsie did not find
space for more of the anecdotes that
are so much a part of her mother's
vivid personality and which liven our
memory of her. There would be many
instances: vignettes of Judge Helen
in court, never dull, always shrewd,
and sometimes sharp; as driver of
her automobile trying conclusions
with her own as well as other people's
cars; as unconventional hostess in
her West End home, and in summer
holiday at Grey Rocks; as conversationalist and raconteur of notable wit
and intelligence. This is not by way
of belittling what is, in its broad and
detailed strokes, an expertly-managed
portrait. Certainly, University Alumni
and the many friends and acquaintances of Judge MacGill will welcome
this tribute to a distinguished jurist
and  humanitarian.
(Like her mother,
Elsie Gregory MacGill, who attended
the University of B.C.
for two years prior to
graduating from the
University of Toronto
in engineering (1 927),
has specialised in
"firsts". She was the
first woman to graduate in engineering
at Toronto—often the
only woman student
in science courses
that comprised her
undergraduate programme—and the first to
take a master's degree in aeronautics at the
University of Michigan. Prior to 1939 she
worked as assistant engineer at Fairchild Aircraft Ltd., Longueuil, P.Q., and during World
War II was in charge of all engineering work in
the Canadian production, first, of Hawker
"Hurricane" fighters (the aircraft made famous
through the Battle of Britain) and later of
Curtiss-Wright "Helldiver" fighters for the
U.S. Navy. Now married and living in Toronto,
she practises her profession as Consulting Engineer in aeronautics, widely recognised by
aeronautical and engineering circles of Canada, United States and the United Kingdom.)
Walter Lanning, B.A.'26, M.L.S.(Columbia),
Librarian,   Vancouver  Technical  School.
G.  V.  Downes: "LOST DIVER".     Bliss     Carman
Society, Fredericton, N.B.   50 cents.
"Lost Diver", by Dr. Gwladys
Downes is the second of The Fiddle-
head Poetry Books published by the
University of New Brunswick with
the commendable object of putting
the work of new Canadian poets  be-
Elsie Gregory MacGill,
26 fore  the  public  in  an  attractive  and
very inexpensive form.
"Lost Diver" should have particular interest for readers of The
Chronicle, for the author is a Graduate of the University of British Columbia who is now living in Victora.
It should also be a matter of pride
that one of our own Graduates is
writing verse of such sensitivity and
The sixteen short poems in this
booklet reveal a quiet and contemplative imagination and an individual
technique. Not all, of course, are
equally successful. The reviewer likes
best the title poem with its delicate
evocation of the weightless, swaying,
underwater world. This is the second
stanza of "Lost Diver":
"Though hurricanes may tear each
watery  tile
this prison roof's a shelter,
here   undisturbed
vague   starfish   hands   explore   the
tilted rocks
turn with faint tides
that bind the fluted kelp about his
The poetic images in each poem
are, in general, coherent and consistent, though there is an occasional al-
lusiveness involving some purely personal symbol which can be a little
confusing. Some important philosophical ideas adumbrated only—as is
a time theory in "The Well"—are at
times a bit tantalisingly used as the
misty backdrop for a mood.
London, Paris, Oxford and Vancouver Island all supply memories which
are woven into these thoughtful and
pleasing poems. Dr. Downes is to be
Anne   M.   Angus.
Vancouver  Art   Gallery   and   U.B.C.   One   Dollar
June, 1951
Measured b y
volume this is a
small book, but
measured by
quality    it    is    a
very large book AjA*I^Bfct 1 t a
indeed. It was
written primarily
for the great exhibition of the
arts and crafts
of  the   people  of
the Northwest Coast which opened at
the beginning of May in the Vancouver Art Gallery; but it is no mere
guide book. Rather, it is a brilliantly-
written and a beautifully-illustrated
introduction to the cultural life of
those remarkable people who inhabited this coastal area long before
the arrival of the Spaniards and the
English in the latter part of the
Eighteenth  Century.
Mrs. Hawthorn, who contributes
the thirty-nine pages of text that
open the book, writes, not only with
compactness, clarity,  and distinction,
Mrs. Audrey Hawthorn and Mr. Robert Hume
of  the  Vancouver  Art  Gallery.
but also with authority. And well she
may, for, as the Associate Curator
of the University's Museum of Anthropology, she has contributed much
to bring the Museum to the high
place that it holds today. In the process, she has been brought into close
association with many of the native
peoples of the Province, and day by
day she has breathed the atmosphere
of their culture and their arts. Of
them—the people and the arts—she
writes with enthusiasm, sympathy,
and understanding. But she is also
highly factual. In the brief space at
her disposal she manages, somehow,
to survey the background of these
people, and to discuss their daily lives
—their work, their leisure activit.es,
their ceremonies and secret societ.es,
their skills in carving, building, and
weaving, the pattern of their social
organisation, and their potlatches,_
which were at the very core of their
culture. "The potlatch," she writes,
"stimulated all the arts." And "when
the potlatch was banned by the Government, the blow struck deep into
the structure of Northwest Coast society. Without the potlatch much of
the creative effort given to the costume, regalia, performance, and even
the value given to the gathering of
wealth, became meaningless."
Today the arts and crafts of these
people are almost, though not quite,
extinct. Too many of us know li;tle
or nothing about them, and we should
be grateful to Mrs. Hawthorn—and
to all people like her—for showing
us the beauty and the grandeur of a
culture that was here before our own.
The text of the book is followed by
one hundred and one photographs of
various samples of the arts and the
crafts of the People of the Potlatc 1—
blankets, hat-, baskets and boxes.
spindle whorls, spoons, bowls, ish
hooks and halibut clubs, masks and
totem poles. Some of the objects are
privately owned; some are from Museums in Portland, Seattle, and Victoria. The majority, however, are
from   the   University's   own   Museum.
And here a word of praise for Mr.
Peter  Holborne, the  Unversity's  offi
cial photographer. As such, he is
responsible for many of the photographs in the text, and his work is
superb—clear, precise, and technically excellent, good enough for any
book requiring this particular type of
A brief preface to the work was
written by Mr. J. A. Morris, the Curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery. His
was the master mind behind the exhibition. It is to be deeply regretted
that he has now left Vancouver to
take an important museum post in
San  Francisco.
People of the Potlatch was jointly
published by the Art Gallery and the
University of British Columbia. Copies are available through the University Book Store. Personally, I recommend it to all Alumni as a "must"
book.    You won't be disappointed.
Stanley E. Read, M.A. (McGill),
Department   of   English,   U.B.C.
Summer School of the Arts
Nov.-Dec, I 952
U. B. C. Summer School of the
Arts and Sum-
Arts Festival in
July and August,
under direction of
Dr. John K. Friesen, will offer instruction in Music, Drama and
the Visual Arts
with distinguished Instructors drawn widely from
Canada, the United States and Europe.
Planned to coincide with the opening of the University's most ambitious Summer School of the Arts is
the Western Canadian premiere of
Graham Greene's "The Living Room",
to be presented by the U.B.C. Players
Club Alumni in the Frederic Wood
Theatre from July 3 to July 7. This,
the well-known novelist's first play,
was the sensation of the 1953 London
season and has been widely performed
throughout Europe to similar acclaim.
Its controversial theme of illicit
love between a young girl and a married family adviser, set against the
background of a Catholic middle-class
London family, provides a moral conflict which is tense with drama. As in
"The Heart of the Matter", a benevolent and self-critical priest acts as the
mediator in this struggle of conscience. Stark and concentrated in
its impact, yet alive with understanding of the human soul, "The living
Room" has proved more controversial
than any play since Eliot's "The Cocktail  Party".
A strong cast headed by Joanne
Walker has been assembled by director John Brockington for this significant presentation.
U.B.C.  ALUMNI   CHRONICLE E.W.H.Brown New President
Annual Meetings of Convocation and
Alumni Association of U.B.C.
Autumn, 1955
Mr. E. W. H.
Brown, B.A. '34,
was elected
President of the
U. B. C. Alumni
Association b y
acclamation a t
the Annual Dinner Meeting held
in Brock Hall on
Thursday e v e n-
ing,     April     19,
succeeding Mr. Peter Sharp, B.A.,
B.Com.'36. Since graduation Mr.
Brown has been in the employ of the
Hudson's Bay Company, serving in
several cities of Canada. He is at
present Assistant Manager of the
Company's Vancouver store. He takes
an active interest in community affairs, having just completed a period
of duty as President of the Community Chest and Council of Greater
Vancouver. He is also President of
the Vancouver University Club, now
in  process  of formation.
Other Graduates elected to the
1956-57 Executive include, Mr. Nathan Nemetz, Q.C., B.A.'34, First Vice-
President, Mrs. L. R. Ranta, B.A.'35,
B.A.Sc.(Nurs.)'39, Second Vice-President, and Dr. Malcolm F. McGregor,
B.A.'30, M.A.'31, Third Vice-President; Mr. Archie P. Gardner, B.A.'37,
was re-elected Treasurer; Dr. W. C.
Gibson, B.A.'33, was appointed Chairman of the U.B.C. Development Fund
Board of Directors in place of Mr.
Aubrey Roberts. Dean Walter Gage
was elected to a two-year term on the
Board of Trustees of the Fund, succeeding Col. F. T. Fairey.
More than 250 Convocation Founders, Friends of the University and
Alumni sat down to dinner, following
the reception period at 6:30 p.m.
Among the Head Table guests were,
Chancellor, The Honourable Chief
Justice Sherwood Lett and Mrs. Lett,
Dean Geoffrey Andrew (who represented     President     MacKenzie)     and
Nathan  T.   Nemetz
Harold   King,
B.A.'31,   Author   ot
"Hail   U.B.C."
Mrs. Andrew, Dean F. H. Soward,
Guest Speaker, and Mrs. Soward, Mr.
Kenneth Caple, Chairman Board of
Trustees, U.B.C. Development Fund,
and Mrs. Caple, Mr. Peter Sharp, retiring President of the Alumni Association, and Mrs. Sharp, Mr. John J.
West, newly-appointed Co-chairman
with Dr. W. C. Gibson, U.B.C. Development Fund, and Mrs. West, and
Mr. Aubrey Roberts, retiring U.B.C.
Development Fund Chairman, and
Mrs. Roberts.
After dinner, which was followed
by the introduction of Head Table
Guests, Dean Andrew responded to
the Toast to the University in a brief
speech in which he paid eloquent tribute to the loyal devotion of U.B.C.
Alumni and to the splendid example
of service set by the Chancellor. A
pleasant interlude of musical entertainment was provided by Mi'. John
Emerson, Vancouver virtuoso, at the
piano, and Mr. Harold King, B.A.'31,
well - known composer of "Hail
U.B.C", with his tuneful trumpet.
The gathering was called to order
by Chancellor Lett, who then convened the 40th Annual meeting of
Convocation, adjourned from the
special meeting held on November 2,
1955. The Chancellor explained that
this procedure had been made necessary by the change in the fiscal year
of the Alumni Association from November 1 to October 31 to April 1 to
March 31, and by the desirability of
holding the annual meeting of both
bodies on the same occasion. New
members of the Executive Council
of Convocation were elected as follows: Miss Marjorie Agnew, B.A.'22,
Dr. Margaret Ormsby, B.A.'29, M.A.
'31, Dr. Samuel Rothstein, B.A.'39,
M.A.'40, and Mi'. G. Dudley Darling,
On adjournment of Convocation,
Mr. Sharp presided over the Alumni
Association Annual meeting. In his
President's Report, Mr. Sharp pointed
out that the Alumni Office Staff, under the supervision of Mr. Sager,
Executive Secretary, had "taken on
an ever-increasing load of work, thus
making it possible for the Association
to extend its services both to the
Alumni and the University" . . . "A
new feature of our operations has
been the establishment of a central
addressograph office, the services of
which are gradually being made available to  all  University  Departments."
With regard to the U.B.C. Development  Fund   he  expressed  satisfac-
H.   Brown,   B.A/34.
tion over "the growing support which
the Fund is receiving from Alumni
and friends."
"There has been a significant increase," he stated, "in Branch activity
since 1954, with new organisations
being formed in many parts of the
Province and further afield. We have
also been able to establish a network
of "contact Alumni" in Canada, the
United States and in many foreign
After referring to the work of the
many standing and special Alumni
Committees during the past year,
Mr. Sharp reported that "considerable progress has been achieved in
our efforts to establish a University
Club in downtown Vancouver. Definite steps have recently been taken
to acquire suitable quarters and the
Officers of the Club hope to be able
to make a statement in this connection  shortly" . . .
"In conclusion. I would like to express the sincere appreciation of the
Board  of  Management  to  the   Chan-
Mr.    Peter    Sharp,    retiring    President    U.B.C.
Alumni   Association,   receives    gitt    trom     his
successor,  Mr.   Ernie  Brown.
28 Group  of  Head  Table  Guests.     From   right:   Mrs.  Sherwood   Lett,  Professor Soward,  guest  speaker;
Mrs,   Ernie   Brown,   Dean   Geoffrey  Andrew.
cellor, the President and other members of the University Administration, and Faculty for their most generous support of the Association dur-
ring our term of office. This support
and co-operation has been most encouraging because it indicates that
the University recognises the important part which Alumni can play in
the promotion of higher education."
The Report of the Treasurer, Mr.
Archie Gardner, commended the "Executive Secretary, his assistant, Mrs.
Blown, and the Staff, for the thrifty,
business-like management of the Association's activities which resulted
in a slight excess of revenue over expenditure for the 17-month period
ending on  March 31.
In the Executive Secretary's report
on 1955-56 activities, Mr. Sager
stressed the important extension of
the services given by his office both to
the University and Alumni. It would
seem logical to assume that the Association should co-operate closely
with the Administration and University departments in all matters relating to publicity, fund raising, alumni
and community relations.
"The policy of the Association and
the Fund Board of Directors during
the past year has been one of "service
before solicitation" and it is a policy
which has proven successful. Alumni
can and do support higher education
in many ways other than by giving
Referring to the importance of
Alumni Branch organisations and of
recently-formed Alumni Divisions, he
expressed his view that such "groups
of Alumni can play an important role
in developing interest and support for
education at all levels" . . . with regard to School and Faculty Alumri
Divisions he pointed out that the
Alumni Office was available to provide mailing and stenographic service.
Finally, in a reference to the value
of Special Alumni Committees Mr.
Sager voiced the hope that "it will be
possible to expand our programme of
the Fund is due, in very large part,
to his untiring efforts which have
been a source of inspiration to all of
Mr. Dudley Darling presented the
Nominating Committee Report, following which the 1956-57 Board of
Management was elected. This concluded the routine business and Mr.
Sharp then installed the new President, Mr. Ernie Brown, who after a
brief speech of acceptance and thanks,
introduced the Guest Speaker, Dean
F. H. Soward. Professor Soward
visited both Japan and Germany during the past year and during both
visits had unusually favourable opportunities of meeting leaders of thought
and action in both nations and of
studying economic, social and political conditions. This fact, added to
his intimate knowledge of international affairs, gave special interest to
his informative and vividly expressed
address on Japan and Germany Today.
Presentations were made during
the evening to the retiring President
Mr. Peter Sharp and to Mr. Aubrey
Roberts who is withdrawing after
three years service as Chairman of
the Development Fund Board of Directors. Presenting Mr. Sharp's gift,
Mr. Brown, in a few facetious words,
Mr. Peter Sharp makes a presentation to Mr   Aubrey Roberts, retiring Chairman  U.B.C.     Development  Fund   Board  of  Directors.     From   right:   Mrs.   Peter  Sharp,   Chancellor  Sherwood   Lett,   Mrs.
Soward, Mr. Peter Sharp, Mr. Aubrey Roberts, Professor Soward.
Dr. W.  C. Gibson
John   J.   West
reunions and to establish Homecoming as an annual "Open House" for
graduates and friends of the University.
Mr. Kenneth Caple, Chairman,
Board of Trustees, U.B.C. Development Fund reported that "the Fund,
in 1955, again established new records
in both participation and contributions". Approximately 4800 donors including 4000 Alumni, contributed nea '-
ly $80,000 for the various University
purposes which form the objectives of
the Fund. "Altogether the seventh
year of the operation of the U.B.C.
Development Fund has been most successful. As Chairman of the Board
of Trustees, I cannot conclude this
report without paying special tribute
to Mr. Aubrey Roberts, the active and
aggressive Chairman of the Board of
Directors for the past three years.
At all times, he has shown the greatest   enthusiasm   and   the   success   of
translated the punning Latin inscription on the gift—acer et fidelis in
officio—as'sharp and faithful in duty',
pointing out that the word acer also
means, active, keen and wise! Mr.
Aubrey Roberts' gift of a silver tray
was inscribed pro merito insigni—'for
distinguished service'.
Professors Retire
Frank Dickson, B.A.(Queens), Ph.D.
(Cornell), well-known Professor of
Mycology and Plant Pathology, retires
this year. During the period 1923-56
he has inspired many students who
have attained distinction. Organisation and clarity of presentation have
featured his courses. Further contributions to Mycology from him are
anticipated. —A.H.H.
Also retiring is Alexander P. Mas-
low, A.M.(Michigan), Ph.D.(Calif.),
Professor of Philosophy.
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City  in   April,
(Items of Alumni news are invited in the form
of press clippings or personal letters. These
should reach the Editor, U.B.C. Alumni
Chronicle, 207 Brock Hall, U.B.C, for the next
issue not later than August 15, 1956.)
October 1941 jonn   F.   Walker,
B. A. Sc, Ph. D.
(Princeton) ,
British Columbia
Deputy Minister
of Mines, was
elected President
of the Canadian
Institute of Mining and Metallurgy at a meeting held in Que-
The Institute is
organisation of
Canada's Mining Industry and consists of 36 active branches across
Canada. Dr. Walker was a member
of the first graduating class of Geological Engineers at U.B.C. and was a
member of the Senate, 1939-1948 and
of the Board of Governors, 1942-1946.
Arnold A. Webster, B.A., M.A.'28,
former Principal of Magee High
School and Leader of the Provincial
C.C.F. Party since 1953, has resigned
his position this Spring to return to
the educational field. Mr. Webster is
one of two M.L.A.'s for Vancouver
East but will not seek re-election in
the next Provincial General Election.
He has been appointed Principal of
the Fairview High School of Commerce.
Frank A. Turnbull, B.A., M.D.(Toronto), was recently honoured as a
"Prince of Good Fellows" by his colleagues of the Vancouver Medical Association at the Annual Osier Dinner
and Lecture March 6. The Degree is
one of the most coveted honours of
the Association and is awarded as
a mark of esteem "for services rendered to the Association and the
Frank Rendle, B.A., Vice-Principal
of Mount View High School in Victoria, has been appointed Principal
of the School effective July 31. Mr.
Rendle has taught in the Greater
Victoria area for 26 years.
Michael C. Nesbitt, B.A.Sc, District Engineer of the  Highways  De-
Dr. John  F. Walker Arnold A. Webster
partment at Fernie since 1954, hsis
been promoted to Regional Constructional Engineer with headquarters in
Prince George.
Wiliam H. Hill, B.S.A. (Toronto),
M.S.A., has recently retired as Director for the Western Region of the
Federal Department of Health and
Welfare, which position he held for
27 years.
Lawrence B. Jack, B.A., M.A.
(Calif.), B.A.(Juris.) Oxford, Ph.D.
(McGill), associated with the B.C.
Electric Company since 1945 and its
Industrial Relations Director since
1949, has been appointed to the newly-
created post of Director of Budgeting
and    Control.
Lt. Col. Russell D. Shaneman, B.A.,
B.Com., has been appointed Assistant
Quartermaster General with the Directorate of "Q" Operations and Planning at Military Headquarters, Ottawa.
George W. Lang, B.A., L.Th.. Senior Assistant Priest at Christ Church
Anglican Cathedral, Victoria, for the
past 18 months, will leave at the end
of June to take up a new post as
Associate Rector of Christ Church in
Oswego, Oregon.
L. J. Nicholson, B.A., B.A.Sc'34,
formerly Superintendent of the Kimberley Fertiliser Department of the
Consolidated Mining and Smelting
Company of Canada Limited, has been
promoted to the position of Manager
of the newly-formed Cominco Products Incorporated, in Spokane, Wash.
Gordon W. Stead, B.Com., B.A.'31,
LL.D.'45, D.S.C. and Bar, former
Lecturer in Economics at U.B.C. has
been appointed one of two Assistart
Secretaries   to   the   Treasury   Board.
Lt.-Col.  Russell  D.
Shaneman Dr. Gordon W. Stead
Eric  P.   Nicol
Dr.  Wilfred  Watson
Dr.  Frank A. Turnbull      Dr.   Lawrence  B.  Jack
Dr. Stead is the son of the late Major
Frank Stead and Mrs.  Stead.
Robert W. Gross, B.A., has been
appointed Manager of the newly-
formed Land Department of the Legal
Division, B.C. Electric Company.
Frank R. Joubin, B.A., M.A.'43,
P.Eng., formerly Managing Director
of Technical Mine Consultants Limited of Toronto, has returned to his
practice of Consulting Geologist and
will consult on a world-wide scale for
the Rio Tinto Company of England.
Eric P. Nicol, B.A., M.A.'48, Columnist of the Vancouver Province, has
won the Leacock Medal for Humour
for 1955. He received the award for
his "Shall We Join the Ladies?"
John J. Carson, B.A., Director of
Employee Relations for the Ontario
Hydro-Electric Power Commission,
has been appointed to succeed Dr. L.
B. Jack as Director of Industrial Relations with the B.C. Electric.
Ian Schiedel, B.A.Sc, former Resident Forester with the Faculty of
Forestry, is now the Forester for
Totem Pole and Piling, and Penney
Spruce Company, Limited.
Wilfred Watson, B.A., Ph.D. (Tor.),
Professor, Department of English,
University of Alberta, has won the
Governor-General's Award for Poetry
for 1955 for his book "Friday's Child".
Ernest D. O. Hill, B.A., B.S.W.'48,
M.S.W.'51, has been appointed Director of Health and Welfare Planning
for the Greater Vancouver Community Chest.
Mario H. D. Prizek, B.A., formerly
with CBUT in Vancouver, is now
responsible for the production of
"Folio", the C.B.C. Sunday night
television  programme  from  Toronto.
Harold J. Page, B.A.Sc, was recently appointed Assistant Chief Engineer of the Public Utilities Commission.
Donald A. Chant, B.A., M.A.'52,
has successfully completed work for
his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in
Entomology at the University of London, and has been elected a Fellow of
the Royal Entomological Society.
Mervin Davis, B.A.(Tor.), B.S.W.,
has been appointed Executive Direc- tor of the John Howard Society in
Vancouver. He was formerly the Society's Executive Secretary.
Alan R. P. Paterson, B.A., M.A.'52,
has been named the winner of a $5,000
Fellowship in Cancer Research. Mr.
Paterson is the first recipient of the
Fellowship established by Mr. and
Mrs. P. A. Woodward.
John F. T. Saywell, B.A., M.A.'51,
has been recently awarded a Ph.D.
Degree at Harvard. At present Dr.
Saywell is lecturing in Modern History at the University of Toronto.
Elbert S. Reid, B.A.Sc, with the
Engineering firm of H. J. Hodgins
and Associates, expects to be leaving
soon for Pakistan where his firm is
to prepare a Forest Survey for the
Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation.
H. Colin Slim, B.A., M.A.(Harvard),
former Conductor of the U.B.C. Symphony Orchestra, has received the
John Knowles Paine Travelling Fellowship in Music entitling him to one
year's   study   and   travel   in   Europe.
John Walters, B.S.F., M.F.'55, has
joined the Staff of the Faculty of
Forestry as Research Forester. Prior
to his appointment, Mr. Walters was
with   the   Federal   Division  of  Forest
Biology, stationed at Vernon.
David Kristmanson, B.A.Sc, has
been awarded an Athlone Fellowship
for two years' study in England under the category of Graduates who
have had two years of practical experience   in   their   field.
Aiko Hori, B.S.A., has been awarded
a Japanese Government Foreign
Scholarship for a year's study or research in Japan. Miss Hori has
chosen to continue research work in
Biochemistry, preferably dealing with
some aspect of Cancer Research.
Robert S. Wood, B.S.F., M.S.(New
York State College of Forestry), has
been appointed Resident Forester with
the Faculty of Forestry, succeeding
Mr. Ian Schiedel.
Mary L. Seely, B.A., has won The
Canadian Federation of University
Women Professional Fellowship of
$1000. Miss Seely will continue her
training in Psychiatric Case Work at
The McGill School of Social Work.
John K. W. Sandys-Wunsch, B.A.,
was chosen this year's British Columbia Rhodes Scholar. He will study
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U.B.C. ALUMNI   CHRONICLE 32 The Faculty
December, 1 951
President N. A.
M. Mac K e n z i e
and four other
members of the
Faculty of Law,
Gilbert D. Kennedy, M.A., LL.B.
(Tor.), Charles
B. Bourne, B.A.
(Toronto), LL.B.
(Cantab.), Jacob
Austin,    B.A.'54,
LL.B.'55, Leon J. Ladner, Q.C., B.A.,
LL.B. (Toronto), attended the Northwest Regional Conference in Seattle
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American Society of International Law on April 18-19. The three
major panel discussions on the agenda
were: "The Legal Problems in Doing
Business Abroad"; "Fisheries and
Territorial Seas"; "The Diversion of
Columbia River Waters in Canada."
Professor Kennedy took part in the
first panel; President MacKenzie, in
the second; and Professor Bourne and
Mr. Ladner in the last.
Lenore Brockmeier, B.A. (Cincinnati), Teaching Assistant in the Department of Classics, has been awarded a Bryn Mawr Fellowship for
Graduate  Study in  Greek.
Dr. J. J. R. Campbell, B.S.A.'39,
Ph.D.(Cornell), Professor of Dairying, Faculty of Agriculture, attended
the Annual Meeting in Houston,
Texas, April 29-May 3, of the Society
of American Bacteriologists. Dr.
Campbell is Chairman of the Physiology Section.
John D. Chapman, M.A. (Oxon.),
Assistant Professor, Division of Geography, Department of Geology and
Geography, was elected President of
the B.C. Natural Resources Conference at the Ninth Annual Meeting
held recently in Victoria.
Rev.     Henry     Carr,  C. S. B.,  B. A.,
LL.D.(Toronto), Special Lecturer,
Department of Classics, has been appointed Head of St. Mark's, the new
Roman Catholic College to be built
at U.B.C. The first unit of the College, costing approximately $400,000,
will be built on ground adjacent to
University Buildings as soon as the
architects' plans are complete. The
work done in the new College will
be along the lines of that carried on
in the other affiliated Theological
Colleges on the Campus.
Dr. Ping-Ti Ho, B.A. (National
Tsing Hua Univ., Peiping), Ph.D.
(Columbia), Assistant Professor of
International Studies, will be in
charge of the courses on China which
will be given next September when
a new Programme of Asian Studies
is introduced. In this same connection, Ronald P. Dore, B.A.(School of
Oriental and African Studies, University of London), has been appointed
to the University Faculty to lecture
on Japanese Language and Japanese Institutions. Mr. Dore is at present in Japan collecting material for
a book on the effects of land reforai
on Japanese villages.
Dr. R. D. James, M.A.'30, Ph.D.
(Chicago), F.R.S.C, Professor and
Head of the Department of Mathematics, has been elected Editor-in-
Chief of the American Mathematical
Monthly for a five-year period beginning January 1, 1957. Professor
James has served as a member of
the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America, the
publishers of the Monthly, from
1952-55, as a Governor from the
Pacific Northwest Section. He has
also served as Vice-Chairman and
Chairman of the Pacific Northwest
Section. He is an Editor of the
Canadian Journal of Mathematics and
the Pacific Journal of Mathematics
and has served as an Editor of the
American Journal of Mathematics.
He is a member of the Council of the
American Mathematical Society and
is a Vice-President of the Canadian
Mathematical  Congress.
Professor F. Lasserre, B.Arch.(Toronto), M.R.A.I.C, Director of the
School of Architecture, left for Europe
on March 30 for a 3'/-month tour.
The first stage of this tour is heing
carried out under the auspices of
the B.C. Lumber Manufacturers' Association who have asked him to give
12 lectures in Great Britain and
Ireland. The topic of the lectures will
be, The Opportunities Offered by Wood
in the Design of Contemporary Buildings, in Particular, Residences. Prior
to his departure, Professor Lasserre
was re-nominated to the Town Planning Commission by the City Council
for a period of three years and was
elected Vice-Chairman of the Commission.
Colonel Harry T. Logan, M.C, B.A.
(McGill), M.A. (Oxon.), Professor
Emeritus, Special Lecturer, Department of Classics, will edit a history
of U.B.C to be published in connection with the University's Fiftieth
Anniversary in 1958. Dr. John 'VI.
Norris, B.A.'48, M.A.'49, Ph.D.(North
Western), Instructor, Department of
History, will work on the project as
,f '•
Very Rev. Henry Carr,       Professor Ft. D. James
C.S.B.,   B.A.,   LL.D.
Research Assistant. The preparation of a University History was suggested some time ago by a Committee representing the Convocation
Founders, whose practical interest
will also make the undertaking possible.
Dr. D. C. Murdoch, B.A.'31, M.A.'33,
Ph.D.(Toronto), Professor, Department of Mathematics, has been elected
to the Council of the American Association of University Professors at
St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Murdoch has been
a member of the Association since
Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan, B.A.'32,
Ph.D.(Calif.), F.R.S.C, Professor and
Head of the Department of Zoology,
has been appointed a member of the
National Research Council for a three-
year term.
Elmer K. Nelson, Jr., LL.B., M.A.
(Wyoming), Assistant Professor of
Criminology, Department of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology, was recently appointed to organise the new B.C. Correctional Institute at Haney, B.C. This Institute
will relieve the  facilities  at  Oakalla.
H. Peter Oherlander, B.Arch.(McGill), M.C.P.( Harvard), M.R.A.I.C,
A.R.I.B.A., A.M.T.P.I., Assistant Professor of Planning and Design, School
of Architecture, was asked by the
United Nations to participate in a
meeting of leading Planning educators
and Government Officials to discuss
the training of Planners who will be
available for work in South America
and Asia. The meeting took place in
Puerto Rico, March  12-18.
Dr. Margaret A. Ormsby, B.A.'21»,
M.A.'31, Ph.D.(Bryn Mawr), Associate Professor, Department of History, has been granted a 12-month
leave of absence to write the History
of British Columbia. This work is
being done as part of the Province's
Centennial Programme for 1958. Dr.
Ormsby is particularly well qualified
for her task, having for several years
specialised in the study of B.C. history. She is Chairman of the Local
History Committee of the Canadian
Historical Association; was Chairman
of the Vancouver Branch, B.C. Historical Association, 1954-55, and is a
member of the Editorial Board, B.C.
Historical Quarterly. She is a Life
Member of the Okanagan Historical
Lionel A. J. Thomas, Instructor,
School of Architecture, and well-
known Vancouver artist, has been
awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Gold
Medal for his outstanding contribution to the field of Architecture in
1955. The Gold Medal is awarded to
a Canadian each year, without submission of competitive work. Mr. Thomas
is the first Westerner to have been
so honoured.
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In Canada, only fourteen men have earned
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Birks organization. In addition, 26 other
Birks employees are "Registered Jewellers"
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'ucinq  JOHN YOUNG, C.G.
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By  R.  J.  (Bus)  Phillips
May, 1942
Hard - working
T h u uder bird
Coach, Jack Pomfret, was rewarded for his efforts
by having his
most successful
season to date.
Not only did the
team win 8 Conference games; it
carried off the Totem Tournament,
and was runner-up in the B.C. Senior
Men's Playoffs. The hard-fought
series between U.B.C. and C-FUN
produced a most exciting brand of
Basketball, with the first game ending in a tie, thus forcing a sudden-
death game which C-PUN finally won.
U.B.C. played John McLeod and Eddie
Wild on the Totems—the B.C. representative team. Jack Pomfret was
picked as Assistant Coach, and John
Owen was named official trainer.
The B.C. Totems entered a double
knock-out competition against Alberta,
Manitoba and Ontario on March 23rd,
24th, 26th and 27th. The games were
close and exciting, and huge crowds
filled the Memorial Gym night after
night. The Totems had to play an
extra game against Alberta, with
B.C. coming out on top and winning
the privilege of forming the nucleus
for the Canadian Olympic Team. This
first Canadian Olympic Tournament
was a success in every way due to
the fine organisation and hard work
of a great many people. John McLeod
was the popular winner of the Most
Valuable Player Award, and both he
and Eddie Wild were chosen for the
Olympic Team.
Coaches Albert Laithwaite and Max
Howell felt they had the strongest
team in many years, and those of us
who watched them during the season
were pleased with the wide-open style
of play which the 'Birds displayed.
In spite of this, the jaunt to California in early March found the team
at the short end of a 21-9 score. The
return matches were rough indeed,
with the third game played to a 6-6
tie, and the fourth won by U.B.C, 8-3.
The World Rugby Trophy returned
to Berkeley for the second straight
year thanks to a New Zealander, Noel
Bowden, whose educated toe kept California in the game.
At the end of March the B.C. Rugby
Union brought U.C.L.A. Bruins Rugby
team to Vancouver for a series of
three games, the first of which was
played against Varsity on March 29th.
The Thunderbirds were in good form,
winning by a score of 17-6. The fans
enjoyed U.C.L.A.'s open game, which
was  in  direct  contrast to  the  defen-
Staff, School of Physical Education. From left: Standing—Peter Mullins,
Pat Montgomery, Bob Hindmarsh, Albert Laithwaite, Doug Whittle, Helen
Eckert, Maxie Howell, Jack Pomfret. Seated—Marian Penney, Bob Osborne
(Professor and Director of the School), Bus Phillips, Alice Trevis.
Inset—Frank   Gnup.
sive style adopted by California. The
U.C.L.A. team lost to Vancouver, but
defeated Norwest Reps 11-0.
Frank Read believes in hard work
for his crews, even when training at
Coal Harbour is out of the question.
His rigid schedule of calisthenics, designed to strengthen the muscles rowers will use in the spring, has produced
amazing results in terms of physical
fitness. This was demonstrated in
early March when the Club hosted a
regatta between U.B.C, Oregon State
and the University of Washington.
The Huskies sent their Varsity crew
to Vancouver for the first time. In
sunny weather and calm water the
new Thunderbird crew raced over the
2,000-metre course to score an eighl-
length win over Washington. This
performance received National recognition, and kept Frank Read's hopes
alive that this was the crew which
would represent Canada in Melbourne
next winter. Frank plans to send a
Four and an Eight to the Canadian
Trials in the East in July. We feel
sure the crew will continue to reflect
great credit on the University and
the community in general, just as :t
has done in the past.
Two hundred athletes, friends,
alumni and staff turned out at Brock
Hall in early April to honour the new
winners of Big Block Awards. Thirty-
four new awards were made for Big
Blocks, and seventy-two Small Blocks
were given.
Dr. Gordon Burke presented his
Inspiration Award Trophy to Al
Ezzie, chosen by his football teammates as the most inspirational player
of the  year.
Dr. Frank Dickson announced the
winner of the Bobby Gaul Trophy,
and made the presentation to John
McLeod. This trophy was awarded
for outstanding sportsmanship, teamwork and inspirational qualities. In
recognation of his Basketball ability
McLeod was named to the Evergreen
Intercollegiate Conference first All-
Star Team for the third consecutive
The badminton team climaxed a
successful season by travelling to Edmonton for a match against the University of Alberta. Our combined
men's and women's team completely
routed the W.C.I.A.U. Champions, 33
matches to seven.
For  this   issue  of  the  Chronicle   an   effort   h£s   been   made to  compile   hereunder   the   final   results
of   the   U.B.C.   Thunderbird   Athletic   Teams,    during   the 1955-56   season.     This   brief   summary
does  not  attempt  to  show  the  complete   league  standings or   individual   games,   except   in   special
circumstances,  nor does  it  include  the  result;  of  2nd,   3rd and   4th  teams.
Overall Record
or League
Won Lost Tied Won Lost Tied Rank
Head   Coach
Badminton    .. .   4
1        1
G. Laurie
Baseball    ....       4
0    ~
F.   Gnup
G. Mundle
P. Fritz-Nemeth
(up to  May  3)
Basketball    ... 14
o     :.
1   Pomfret
J. McLeod
P. Madill
Cross Country:   1 —
1st; 2
-3rd's. —
P. Mullins
J. Burnett
J. Butterfield
Football                1
0       6
F. Gnup
B. Hudson
K. O'Connell
L. Goberdhan
Golf   ....          4
Won Evergreen
J. Russell
J. Russell
Grass    Hockey    7
2       1
Dr. M. McGregor
M. Daniels
J. Davidson
Gymnastics  ..     0
—    —
D. Whittle
D. Weicherf
D. Weichert
Ice Hockey   . .   6
—    —
Dr. B. McKay
M. Cunningham
G. Hayes
Rowing         1
F. Read
L. West
Rugby   10
—    _.
A. Laithwaite
B. Morford
C. Siew
Skiing                    0
—    —
R. Caple
Soccer      .    ...   1 1
1 1
3       '.'-
E. Luckett
J, Fredrickson
R. Gopaul-Singh
Swimming             1
—     __.
P. Lusztig
D. Kilburn
M. Ellis
Tennis  . .  ...   .    7
0     —
G.   Morfitt
D. Hemphill
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By    Ian   Smythe
March, 1950
U.B.C.'s famous Thunderbird
has a rival! Introduced to students at registration time last
fall, Raven, the
new campus lit-
e r a r y publication, has since
appeared in De-
cember and
March issues and September's fledgling has grown to a popularity that
threatens the Thunderbird's position
at the top of the Totem Pole.
According to an old Indian legend,
Yehl the Raven, Transformer and
Creator, brought light into a world
of darkness. The intent of U.B.C.'s
Raven is similar—to provide a means
of communication between those with
ideas and those who wish to hear
about ideas and by so doing, to shed
light on that which was hitherto concealed. "The creative manipulation
of thought requires expression" says
Maurice Gibbons, one of the magazine's staff of six. "The total learning process is not complete until its
ideas have been expressed and conventional University forms like the
essay do not permit this. "Raven" is
our means of expression; the vital
completion of the learning process."
Founded (and nursed through a
shaky beginning) by editor Michael
Ames, a 1956 Anthropology graduate,
"Raven" relies mainly on the contributions of student writers, with occasional submissions by Faculty
members. Many of the student contributors, like Heather Spears, Maclean's short story contest winner,
have had success in the field of professional   journalism    and,    generally
speaking, the quality of the material
is excellent. "Raven", it is interesting
to note, is listed as a periodical by
over eighty libraries across the
More heartening to the Editors
than the actual quality of the work,
however, is the student response to
the call for creative activity. For
each of the forty-odd articles published over the course of Raven's
three issues, perhaps fifteen or twenty
have been received and the volume o::
material bears out Editor Ames contention that there are many people
at U.B.C. anxious to communicate
original and illuminating ideas. The
magazine, which scored an immediate success with the Faculty and the
Vancouver press, satisfies a long-felt
need of an outlet for student writers
and has been a financial success.
Last March, while gathering material for U.B.C. Digest, this writer
had occasion to tape record an interview with Maurice Gibbons, Pique's
editor. In the course of a discussion
of the new humour magazine, the
question of price came up and Maurice (or Magi, if you see his cartoons)
rose to the query like a trout in June.
"Originally", he said, with a gleam in
his eye, "Originally, we had intended
to sell it for $1.25 a copy, but the
printers made a typographical error
and it's marked only 25 cents . . .
never mind, though, have no mercy
on us!" Three days after Pique's appearance it was obvious that the
majority of students had taken Maurice at his word; over eighty percent
of the copies had been sold, half o:'
them on the first day, and the remainder  soon  disappeared.
Unlike Raven, Pique contains much
work by Faculty members, four o:"
the magazine's eight authors including  M.   W.  LaFollette,  Earle  Birney,
ferry service
Front  Cover  of  "Raven"
and two other English Professors who
prefer to remain unnamed and rejoice
merely in the titles Marmaduke and
Jack Tickletext. Student contributions include (complete with music!)
a ballade with a moral—"It's Always
The Woman Who Pays"—by Ubyssey
editors Sandy Ross and Rod Smith
and a "Do-It-Yourself" psychoanalysis kit supplied by Pique's co-editor,
Rae Haines. P'ick of Pique, however,
is Jack Tickletext's "The Old Familiar
Faces". A resume of facial characteristics the author has encountered
in his English lectures, Tickletext
brings into focus "Untrodden Snow
. . . clothed in majestic and imperturbable vacancy ..." and the "Father
Time, or For-God's-Sake-It's-Only-
Ten-Past-Eleven-Face whose chief
characteristic is frank boredom; if
it had an hourglass it would shake
it vigorously to make the sand run
a little faster". Swinging from the
Magic Lantern face—"eager absorption" through Doubting Thomas to
the Beautyrest or Morpheus countenance, Tickletext runs the gamut
of the lecture room visage in an hilarious account that bears rereading.
Pique is a pleasant surprise from
start to finish. From its novel cover
design, sparkling format and photography, to the first rate material
it contains, some of which is quite
serious, Pique ranks as one of the
better   campus   magazines   available.
Vancouver and Lower Mainland
radio listeners will want to pay
special attention to CKNW (New-
Westminster) during July, when the
University Radio and Television Society takes over the "Top Dog" for
three weeks. Members of "Radsoc"
will announce, disk-jockey, write news
and advertising copy, engineer and,
in short, completely operate the station except for business matters.
Nearly all the students participating have had one or two summers of
radio station employment previous
to this year, so listeners can expect
top-notch entertainment. Everyone
evolved has been actively connected
with the Radio Society's heavy programme of broadcasting during the
past year which averaged three to
four shows a week for Vancouver
stations in addition to the regular
Campus broadcast schedule.
U.B.C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE U.B.C. Host to Academy of Science
By Cedric A. Hornby,
B.S.A/36,   M.S.A.,   Ph.D.   (Cornell).
December, 1941
UiUiim riminiiii
Many Faculty
members and off-
campus Alumni
who are concerned with the sciences jnet at the
Tenth Annual
Science Conference of the B.C.
Academy of Science, held on the
Campus April 26
to 28. Over 160 people registered and
attended the several sections — which
were going on simultaneously in order
to get approximately 100 papers
The Executive of the Academy had
turned over the planning and operation of the meetings to the Conference
Committee which was chaired by Dr.
C. A. Hornby of the Division of Plant
Science, with Dr. E. E. Daniel of the
Department of Pharmacology serving
as Secretary, and the Chairman of
each of the eight sections. The Biology section programme was prepared
by Dr. G. A. Setterfield of the Department of Botany and Biology, and
practically one whole day was given
to papers by Faculty members and
Graduate Students of U.B.C. The
Daily Press gave special publicity to
Dr. D. J. Wort's report on "Growth
of Plants Under Conditions Similar
to Those Thought to Exist on Mars".
One half-day's programme was given
by visitors from the Botany Department of the University of Washington, and Dr. Owzarzak from Oregon
State College brought some particularly interesting films on cell division.
Dr. Milton Kirsch of the Chemistry
Department organised the presentation of papers on Organic and Physical Chemistry, which took up a day,
along with a luncheon at the Dolphins
—an annual function for the Chemical
Institute of Canada.
An innovation at this Conference
was the Social Sciences programme
which was prepared by Dr. Cyril Bel-
shaw, Department of Anthropology
and Sociology. The general theme
was "The Relation of Academic and
Professional Research to Community
Needs". Management training in industry and teacher training were considered, with Mr. J. A. Spragge of
the B.C. Teachers' Federation and Dr.
F. H. Johnson, Director of Elementary Teacher Education, Faculty of
Education, covering the latter subject. Dr. Friesen of the Extension
Department discussed the sociology of
agricultural extension, and Dr. S.
Jamieson of the Department of Economics with Mr. R. Mahoney presented papers on factors affecting decisions _by Management and Labour
Executives.    One afternoon was given
to Planning and Community Structure in which Dr. L. Marsh of the
School of Social Work and Professor
I. M. Robinson of the School of Architecture participated.
An agricultural programme was
chaired by Dr. W. D. Kitts of the
Division of Animal Science. Dean B.
A. Eagles, Dr. V. C. Brink, Dr. A. J.
Wood and Dr. A. J. Renney presented
papers, as did also colleagues from
agricultural field work, e.g., Mr. F.
C. Clark from New Westminster. Dr.
S. H. Zbarsky of the DeDartment of
Biochemistry gathered a group of
technical papers which took one and
one-half days to present. Amongst
those taking part were members of
several departments, the B. C. Research Council, and Dr. H. L. A. Tarr
and his associates at the Fisheries
Station, Vancouver, who received notable publicity in a recent issue of The
Saturday Evening Post.
A Physiology programme was prepared by Dr. C. F. Cramer of the
Department of Physiology. One morning was devoted to the P'hysiology of
Bone with Dr. D. H. Copp, Dr Cramer
and associates participating, with
special guests—Dr. Robert Ray of the
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at
tho University of Washington, and
Dr. Goran C. H. Bareer from the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Lund,  Sweden.
The Canadian Phytopathological Society held a meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. Richard Stace-Smith,
which brought a number of Alumni
in the plant pathology field to the
Conference, including Dr. M. F. Welsh
and Mr. G. E. Woolliams from Summerland. A special luncheon at Brock
Hall featured tributes to Dr. H. R.
McLarty of Summerland and Dr. William Newton of Saanichton, who will
be  retiring  shortly.
The Psychology programme was developed by Dr. D. T. Kenny of the
Department of Philosophy and Psychology. Professor Belyea, Dr. Kennard, Dr. MacKay and others gave
reports  on  their  research.
The Conference had a smorgasbord
banquet and social evening on April
27 and Dr. N. S. Wright, of the U.B.C.
Plant Pathology Laboratory, as President of the B.C. Academy, presided at
the function, with the assistance of
Dr. G. L. Pickard of the Department
of Physics, who has been Vice-President of the Academy. Dr. Wright
announced the new slate of officers
for the coming season: President, Dr.
Pickard; Vice-President, Dr. E. Sig-
nori of the Department of Philosophy
and Psychology; Secretary, Dr. W. J.
Polglase from the Department of Biochemistry, who will serve a second
term; Treasurer, Mr. D. N. Van Nes
of the Vancouver Technical School;
Editor, Dr. E. E. Daniel, and an Executive  Committee.
Arts '16 Reunion
A happy reunion of members of the
Class of Arts '16 was held on Monday,
May 14, in the Mildred Brock room.
Brock Hall. The gathering took the
form of a tea tendered in their honour
by the University and the Alumni
Association immediately after the
Congregation ceremonies. Besides
those who received their degrees at
the first Congregation, held on May 4,
1916, a number were present who
began with the class but graduated
later, owing to War Service.
Those attending included, Miss B.
M. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. A. W.
Dawe, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Evans,
Miss Annie Fountain, Mr. T. Ian Gibson, Miss Annie Hill, Mr. and Mrs.
Lome Jackson, Miss Laura Lane,
Chancellor and Mrs. Lett, Miss Isabel
MacMillan, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Maxwell, Dr. and Mrs. A. M. Menzies, Dr.
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Gordon W. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley C. Thomson and Mr. and Mrs.
William C. Wilson. President Emeritus L. S. Klinck and Mrs. Klinck and
several others who were members of
the University staff in the Session
1915-16 were also present. President
MacKenzie welcomed the Class to the
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