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WORKING     WITH     CANADIANS     IN    EVERY     WALK     OF    LIFE     SINCE      1871
U. B. C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE        2 mi!  ALUMNI
Vol. 10, No. 3
Autumn, 1956
E. W. H. Brown
What Can Alumni Do For U.B.C?
By  E.  W.  H.  Brown,  B.A.'34,  Ex-President,  U.B.C.  Alumni  Association,  1956
enjoy outside of University life. While
in a relative sense, U.B.C. compares
well with Canadian Universities, the
fact that salaries are still far below
going rates requires solution.
In the briefest of terms there is the
problem. It should evoke a special
response from Graduates, most of
whom appreciate that their four or
more years of study, leading to a
degree, has been obtained for less
than one-third of the actual cost. It
seems natural then that the problem
should, in a very significant sense, be
resolved by the Graduates themselves.
How and where can a Graduate
help ? He can help, first, by the act
of regular personal giving. The
amount given is not important—the
act of giving is. Interest generally
tends to follow the pocket book and
regular giving insures a regular interest in the University and its problems.
Secondly, a Graduate is well
equipped to sell the need for adequate
higher educational facilities to those
whom he may favourably influence.
For the Graduate it is not enough
passively to interpret the need of
more facilities for education. We
should take more positive action, give
time and effort towards developing1
broad public support for an increased
level of grants from Governmental
sources. Graduates are uniquely
qualified to do this and can develop
among the public generally an understanding of the University's need and
support for sharply increased Governmental appropriations.
We know most Governments are
aware of the need but the demands
on the public's purse are many and
Governments are human. If they are
unable to discern that there is wide
public support for greater grants,
they are likely to give less than they
There is another great opportunity
for securing additional funds. Business and  industry generally has  not
The question assumes a need, implies an obligation
and invites an ap-
priate   response.
Let us take it in
that order.
Right now in
Canada fewer than
five per one thousand of population
attend University. The figure in Russia is twenty per thousand and in the
United States, thirty per thousand of
The need for University trained
minds has never been greater. The
demand is now greater than the supply and it will likely continue so for
some considerable time into the future. We, in Canada, are in competition with the rest of the world, and if
we, in relation to the numbers taking
University training in Russia and in
the United States, only maintain this
relativity in educating our people
through University level, it is not
hard to see that we shall be lagging
far behind in the competitive struggle.
How is our University equipped to
face this problem? Even at present
enrolment levels, our University's
ability to meet its responsibilities in
terms of plant, facilities, student
lodgings and personnel is barely adequate. The expected natural growth
in University enrolment is not now
matched by expansion programmes
that will wholly meet the predictable
need and if we were to increase enrolment rates to the level now current
in the United States, the deficiencies
in University facilities and teaching
personnel would be staggering.
The University Graduate appreciates also that over the long pull,
calibre of faculty staffs tends to be
determined by the level of remuneration and in this respect University
salaries generally are far below those
which  most,  with  comparable   skills,
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
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: President, Nathan Nemetz, Q.C., B.A.'34 ; Past President,
Peter Sharp, B.Com.'36 ; 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 ;
Executive    Secretary,    A.    H.     Sager,    D.F.C,
Autumn  Campus  in   Registration  Week
Message  to  Alumni—E.  W.  H.   Brown.. 3
Editorial             5
From   the  Mail   Bag         5
Branches, Home-coming, Class Reunions—
Art  Sager    7
Graduate  Profile:   Norman   A.  Robertson—
Alfred   Rive     8-11
The    President    Reports       11
No  News is  Good  News—David  Brock 13
Early Days of the Players' Club Alumni—
F. G. C. Wood 14-15
Hook   Review—Hunter   C.   Lewis        17
Atomic   Research   by   U.B.C.   Scientists—
Walter   M.   Barss 18-19
Summer   Session   1956—Ed   Parker 20-23
Agriculture   1921   Scholarship   Fund—
Dick   Leckie  25
Development   Fund   New  Record—
Art   Sager          25
Alumni        26-28
Dr. Homer Thompson Honoured         29
The   Faculty  30-31
Home Economics  1956—
Charlotte   S.    Black  32-33
Sports Summary—R.  J.   (Bus)   Phillips 35
Panhellenic   House—Margaret   Salt        37
Marriages          3g
Directory   of   Branches  38
supported higher education to the extent that they should. This is probably because the case for such support
has not been forcibly made. Most
Graduates are in or will tend to reach
positions of responsibility and influence in the business and industrial
life of the community and have a
unique opportunity to develop a
greatly expanded level of corporate
These then are some of the things
that the Alumni can do for U.B.C.
The future of our University depends,
in an important degree, on how we
respond to the challenge.
Western Ontario Mustangs defeated Thnnderbirri;
38-13.    U.B.C.  won  the Mile  Relay.
B.A.'38; Chronicle Editor, Harry T. Logan,
A. CRAIG, B.A.'SO, 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. SEN
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, Ph.D. (Calif.)'35. DEGREE
REPRESENTATIVES: 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, Mrs. Mary Robertson
B.A.'49 ; Commerce, T. R. Watt, B.Com.'49 :
Education, Robin Smith, B.A.'37, M.A.'Sl:
Forestry,  John   H.   G.   Smith,   B.S.F.'49 ;   Home
Economics, Mrs. A. R. Gillon, B.H.E.'48 ; Law,
William A. Craig, B.A.'50, LL.B.T>1 ; Medicine,
Dr. D. H. Zimmerman, B.A.'49, M.D.'55 :
Nursing, Mrs. Shelagh Smith, B.S.N.'40 ; Pharmacy, Fred Wiley, B.S.P.'53 : Physical Education, Bob G. Hindmarch, B.P.E.'52, Social
Work, Miss Mildred Wright, S.W. Dipl.'45.
ALMA MATER SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVE:  Donald  E.   .labour,  A.M.S.   President.
Editorial   Committee
Chairman :     Nathan     Nemetz ;     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.
Published in Vancouver, Canada, and authorised as second class mail,   Post Office Dept.,  Ottawa.
U.B.C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE The Benefits of Electronics are everywhere...
helping us to live better electrically
From early radio to TV and today's computers, electronics has speeded progress
in industry, defence, communications, safety, and home comfort
Remember those early radios? They were a
far cry from the streamlined models of today;
yet they helped to change our lives because
they were one of the beginnings of electronics.
Today, though radio and television are still
its most widely known applications, electronics
affects almost every phase of our lives.
Electronics has reduced the size of our
world through microwave, flashing words and
pictures across the country at the speed of light.
Two-way radio serves us in many useful
ways. Electronic computers speed research
and industrial processes. Radar guards
our frontiers and brings new safety to our
shipping lanes and airlines. And industrial
applications such as closed circuit TV, electronic sorters, and quality control speed and
improve manufacturing processes.
In all these ways and many more, electronics
benefits us all.
This Company was the first in Canada to
build TV receivers and transmitters, two-way
mobile radio, microwave communication
equipment, and electronic tubes. Today it is
developing and producing a growing list of
electronic products for defence,
industry and home use ... to help us
live better.
"Progress ts Our Most Important Product
U.B.C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE        4 The Editor's Page
U.B.C. at Chalk River
A private visit of the Editor to the
'Company Town' of Deep River in the
month of June, and the fortunate
meeting there with Walter Barss, son
of U.B.C. Professor Emeritus Alden
F. Barss, resulted in the article on
pages 18 and 19, describing the work
of U.B.C. men at the Chalk River
Energy Plant. Our thanks are due,
not only to Walter Barss, but also
to Clyde Kennedy, Public Relations
Officer at Chalk River, who paved the
way for the Editor's visit to the
Plant, and especially to Dr. David
Keys, Scientific Adviser to the President of Atomic Energy of Canada
Limited, for a personally-conducted
tour over the site of the innocent-
looking pile of metal and other materials known as the NRX (National
Research X-Metal) Reactor, and its
new neighbour, NRU (National Research Universal), which will have
"a power rating and a neutron flux
approximately five times as great as
NRX when it begins operation this
The establishments at Chalk River
and the scientific operations there are
the end product of over 50 years of
Atomic Energy Research in Canada,
which began with the work of the
late Lord Ernest Rutherford as Macdonald Professor of Physics at McGill. It is, therefore, no mere accident that Canada today is in the forefront of research in Nuclear Energy
and its application to peaceful purposes. Confidence that an atomic
weapon could be devised moved che
Western Nations into a frantic effort
of nuclear research in the war years.
In Canada the National Research
Council became the agent to administer a joint Canadian-U.K. project
which began work in Montreal in
1943. In the following year the Staff
moved to Chalk River and the decision
was taken to build a research and experimental Reactor there. After three
further years of experimentation, the
NRX Reactor was put in operation in
In 1952 a government-owned Crown
company was formed—Atomic Energy of Canada Limited—which took
over from the National Research
Council operation of the Chalk River
Project. It is impossible to overestimate the importance to Canada
and to the world of the objectives
being pursued in this work. W. J.
Bennett, President of A.E.C.L. has
stated that "therapy units, designed
and built at Chalk River, using Cobalt
60, are now in use in many parts of
the world" for treatment of Cancer
and other diseases. The new NRU
Reactor, which "will provide larger
and improved research, experimental
and testing facilities, will be the finest
experimental and testing Reactor in
the  world."
A further step is now being taken,
along    with    the    Canadian    General
Electric Company Limited and the
Hydro-Electric Power Commission of
Ontario, in the creation of a new-
Reactor known as NPD (Nuclear
Power Demonstration) from which
it is expected "to obtain the kind of
engineering, cost and operating experience which will make possible the
design of economic nuclear power
stations". This Reactor is expected
to be in operation in 1960, and an effort is being made to obtain "full
participation of the utilities and the
Manufacturer in the Power Reactor
development programme."
International co-operation in tho
work is on the widest possible scale, as
evidenced, e.g., by the Geneva and
other Nuclear Energy Conferences
this year. As part of Canada's contribution to the Colombo Plan the
Federal Government has authorised
A.E.C.L. to build an NRX-type Reactor in India.
The magnitude of all these operations is indicated by the total government expenditure on the programme
to March 31, 1956, of $160,000,000. A
further estimated amount of more
than $100,000,000 will be spent during
the period to April 1, 1960.
We may be justly proud that sc
many U.B.C. Graduates are devoting
their lives to forwarding these developments which give promise of incalculable benefits to mankind.
Frederic G. C. Wood
Very many of us whose homes are
in Vancouver look forward each yeai
to an evening of good entertainment
by the U.B.C. Players' Club Alumni.
This year was no exception and the
production of 'I Am a Camera' in the
second week of September lived up
to  our  expectations.
Because of the wide interest in this
deeply-cherished U.B.C. institution, a
series of three articles is being prepared for the Chronicle, reminding
readers of some of the salient activities of the P.C.A. The first of these
articles appears in this Issue, generously contributed by Professor Emeritus F. G. C. ('Freddy') Wood, who
recounts some of the Club's early
experiences, from its establishment
in 1933. Founder of the U.B.C. Players' Club in 1915, Freddy Wood was
its brilliant Director for many years.
The exacting standards which he required in the Players' Club were inevitably carried over into performances given by the Alumni in whose
achievements he has continued to take
a lively interest.
It is a source of the greatest satisfaction to our Graduates everywhere
that the Frederic Wood Theatre will
keep green his memory on the campus
where staff and students stand so
deeply in his debt for a tradition of
good plays well presented by members of our Alma  Mater.
From the Mail Bag
"I have just this minute returned
from attending the funeral of our
beloved Lemmy Robertson. I thought
you might like to know that I was
there to represent you and Dr. Todd,
and all your colleagues, past and
present, who were ever associated
with the Classics Department of the
University. I felt too that in a very
special way I was also representing
all the students, past and present,
who ever went through his hands, or
benefitted from the mark of gentle
humanitarian scholarship which he
left as his movnnwntitni acre pere-n-
niits at U.B.C.
"The Prime Minister was present,
Mr. Pearson, Mr. Martin, Mr. Pickers-
gill and many others whom you
would know, especially from External
Affairs but also from many other
Departments of Government and
walks of life." — G.F.D.
"I never met a better friend or a
more inspiring colleague. In fact,
he is one of the handful of people
whom I feel exercised a powerful and
beneficial influence upon my thinking
and my teaching career. In spite
of the fifteen years difference in age
between us, I felt particularly close
to him, and always found his company keenly stimulating. In spite of
the fact that he wrote little or nothing,
he was a truly great scholar."
"It is sad to learn of Lem Robertson's death. I have always felt that
I owed him a very great deal as
teacher, scholar and friend, and when
I consider the thousands of old students who must share this feeling, I
am quite overcome by the immensity
of the debt owed to him bv the world."
"If McGill may claim to have been
the mother of the young western
University, Lemuel Robertson was
undoubtedly the skilful midwife, and
both Universities have great reason
to honour his name."
(Part of a resolution of sympathy passed by
the   Senate   of   McGill   University. I
"The last issue of the Chronicle was
excellent. In addition to current interest, it will be a useful future reference." —L.W.McL.
"Right now I am somewhat removed from the centres of civilisation
and, alas I remain a bachelor. My
present company is some hot jazz,
coming on the radio from Brazzaville (French Equatorial Africa)
mellowed a bit by the grunt of a
hippo just outside.
A. C.  Brooks, B.A.'48,
(on  safari—i.e.  in  the  bush)."
(Allan Brooks is a Biolojrist with the Uganda
Game Department. He writes that he will "be
pleased to answer any questions Alumni may
have  about  this  part of the world.")
U. B. C    ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Northern
you do not
have a
your property may not be divided
as you would wish, to meet the
needs of those you would protect.
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"Practical  Hints   on   I'lainuno
Your Will."
George  O.   Vale,   Manager
R. W.  Phipps, Manager
U.  B    C     ALUMNI    CHRONICLE Branches
CRESTON: Ray Cooper, B.A.'49,
LL.B.'50, is the new President of the
Creston Alumni Branch and Vaughan
Mosher, B.A.Sc.'44, Vice-President,
with Walt Wilde, B.A.'50, Past President and in charge of public relations.
CORVALLIS: Iain C. McSwan,
B.S.A.'42, reports the following Grads
on the Staff of Oregon State College:
C. Gilmour, B.S.A.'41, M.S.A.'45; J. E.
Oldfield, B.S.A.'41, M.S.A.'49; Harold
Nordan, B.A.'48, B.S.A.'50; W. F.
McCulloch, B.A.'26; Clarke Ferries,
B.S.A.'48; C. W. Vrooman, B.S.A.'34,
M.S.A.'36. Bill Vrooman has recently
formed his  own firm  of  Consultants.
B.A.'44, Principal of the Junior High
School and Alumni contact, attended
U.B.C. this summer and discussed
Alumni affairs with the  Secretary.
EDMONTON: C. A. Westcott,
B.A.'50, B.S.W.'51, Branch President,
plans a Branch affair in October.
Numerically, the Edmonton Branch is
the fourth or fifth largest in Canada.
FERNIE: K. N. Stewart, B.A.'32,
and Mrs. Margaret Stewart visited
the coast this summer and, at the
time of writing, are making tentative
plans for the President to visit at
the time of the Trustees' Convention.
FREDERICTON: The Chronicle
Editor visited U.N.B in June and met
President Colin MacKay, LL.B.'49,
William Argue, B.S.A.'25, B.A.'27,
Dean of Science, and Jack Murray,
B.Com.'48,  Alumni  Secretary.
JAMAICA: James W. Lee, B.A.Sc.
'47, M.A.Sc.'49, has moved to Haiti
from Puerto Rico and is now our contact in Jamaica. He is with the Kaiser
Aluminum and Chemical Corporation.
KAMLOOPS: James W. Asselstine,
B.Com.'46, Past President of the
Nanaimo Branch, is now permanently
settled here and has taken over from
Miss J. M. 'Bunty' Dawson, B.A.'40,
(now in Vancouver) as Alumni contact.
SEATTLE: The third Annual Picnic was held again at the home of
Stan, B.A.'25, and Rose Arkley in
Bellevue, August 26. Those attending were: Mr., B.A.Sc.'40, and Mrs.
John Gunn; Bill Rosene, B.A.'49;
Milton Share, B.A.'34; Mr., B.A.Sc'24,
and Mrs. W. J. Heaslip; Mr., B.A.Sc.
'42, and Mrs. Bill Hunt; Mr., B.A.'22,
and Mrs. Jack Arkley; Ethne Carr;
Peter Gellatly, B.A.'49; Elizabeth
Norie, B.A.'39; Mr., B.A.'39, M.A.'43,
and Mrs., B.A.'39, Robert Boroughs;
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Arkley, Children joined in the fun with their
TORONTO: Ed Parker, U.B.C. Information Officer, visiting Eastern
Canada in May and June, spent some
time  with   Roy   V.  Jackson,   B.A.'43,
Members of Southern California Alumni Branch at the home of Dr. and Mrs. W. F. Seyer. From Left
Back Row—Dr. H. Schjelderup, B.A.Sc/49; Mrs H. Schjelderup; Mrs. Guy Confield; Earl MacPherson
B.A.'52; Rod Irving, B.A.Sc.'34; Roy Griffiths, B.A/51; Mrs. Roy Griffiths; Maxine McSweyn, B.A/27; Peggie
Hartley (Mrs. Fredl, B.A/40; Edith McSweyn, 8.A/29; John Seyer, B.A/43; Mrs. Rod Irving, B.A/33,
Cora McLennan (Mrs. L. W.), B.A/22; Mrs. F. E. Deloume; Mrs. Henry Shanfield; Mrs. Frank Seyer; Mrs
A. Smee (nee Rosemarie Seyer); Guy Confield. Front Row—Stan Williamson, B.A.Sc/36; Ruth Williamson
B.A/35; Les McLennan, B.A/22; Jean Cross, B.A/31, M.A/27, Ph.D. (So.Cal.); Mrs. W. F. Seyer (Hostess)
Henry Cross, B.A/24, M.A/35, Ph.D. (So.Cal.); Fred Hartley, B.A.Sc/39; Henry Shanfield, (guest, Univ. of
Toronto);  Frank  Seyer,  B.A.Sc/47;  Dr.  F.   E.   Deloume,  B.A/40; Master Deloume;  Dr.  W.  F.  Seyer   (Host)
Peter Duval, B.A/49, LL.B/50.
Branch President, and with Rosemary
Hodgins, B.A.'49, LL.B.'50. Plans are
being made for a winter programme.
William Rae, D. S. 0., Convocation
Founder, Mrs. Rae and two sons,
Kenneth and John, visited U.B.C. in
August    and    had    lunch    with    Dr.
MacKenzie, the  Chronicle  Editor and
the Alumni Secretary.
VENEZUELA: Dr. G. W. Crickmay,
B.A.'27, of the Venezuela Atlantic
Refining Company has taken over
from Alumni President H. Leslie
Brown, posted to Canada House,
Homecoming and Class Reunions
Pre-Game Luncheon in Brock Hall
Programme for Week of October 29 to November 3
Biggest event for Alumni this Fall
is the Homecoming Luncheon in the
Brock at noon on Saturday, November
Modelled on last year's successful
luncheon, this noon-hour reunion of
graduates and friends will again feature a buffet or smorgasbord, cocktails
and entertainment.
There's a possibility too of a tent-
covered chicken barbecue outside the
Brock, if arrangements can be made
with the weatherman.
Following the luncheon, those taking in the Homecoming Football
Game, will, "trek" to the stadium for
the 1956 Great Trekker Ceremony at
1:50 p.m.
The Thunderbirds meet Central
Washington College on the gridiron
and,  who   knows, we  may  even  win!
The Board of Governors, Senate,
"Friends of U.B.C", Convocation
Founders, Faculty and Administration
will be invited to the affair and it is
hoped that the Classes holding reunions during the week will turn out
in large numbers.
Please phone ALma 4200 or write
201 Brock Hall for tickets. Price —
Six 5-year Classes will hold reunions this Fall during the week of
Homecoming — October 29 to November 3.
Circular letters have been mailed to
the Classes of 1921, 1926, 1931, 1936,
1941, 1946 and Committees are now
being set up to make final arrangements.
Tentative bookings for smorgasbord
dinners have been made at the Faculty
Club on the following nights:
OCTOBER 29, Class of 1946, 10th Anniversary
OCTOBER 30, Class of 1941, 15th
OCTOBER 31, Class of 1936, 20th
NOVEMBER 1, Class of 1931. 25th
NOVEMBER 2. Class of 1926, 30th
NOVEMBER 3, Class of 1921, 35th
Final details of date, place, and
time will be sent to all members of
the above Classes early in October. In
the meantime will members of Class
Executives and Vancouver Class'them-
bers who are willing to serve on Committees get in touch with the Alumni
The Class of 1916, first Class to
graduate from U.B.C, held an informal reunion at the time of the
Spring Congregation and will not get
together again this year — unless
there is a special request from Class
U.  B. C.     ALUMNI     CHRONICLE Graduate Profile-
Norman A. Robertson
By  Alfred   Rive,  B.A.'21,  M.Lift. (Cantab.), Ph.D. (Calif. I,  Canadian   Ambassador  to   Ireland
b. Vancouver, B.C., March 4, 1904. s. Lemuel
and Flora (MacLeod) Robertson, in. Henri-
ette Welling, 1928, two d. B.A., U.B.C. 1923.
Balliol Coll., Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) B.A.,
1926. Brookings Graduate School, Washington,
D.C, 1927-28. Hon. LL.D., U.B.C, 1945.
Hon. D.C.L., Oxford, 1948. Hon. D.C.L.,
Cambridge, 1948. Lecturer in Economics,
U.B.C, 1926-27. Harvard Univ., 1928-29. Third
Sec. External Affairs, May 1929. Special
Lecturer, Dept. of Government, Harvard
Univ. (leave of absence from E.A.), Oct.
1933-May 1934. Member, Foreign Exchange
Control Board and Economic Advisory Committee, Ottawa, 1939-46. Under Secretary of
State for External Affairs, Jan. 1941 - Sept.
1946. High Commissioner to the U.K.. 1946.
Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to
the Cabinet, 1949. High Commissioner to the
U.K.,  June  1952—.
Received Freedom of the City of London,
1953. Address: Canada House, Trafalgar Sq.
r.   12   Upper Brook  St.,   London,   Eng.
The University of British Columbia
has no more distinguished Alumnus
than Norman Robertson, Canadian
High Commissioner in London. No
officer of the Canadian Public Service
has taken greater responsibility or
made a greater contribution within
his field. No Commonwealth representative in London is more respected
for his ability, his integrity and his
friendliness, and there is none whose
advice is more earnestly sought.
He is a tall man, broad-shouldered,
long-limbed and slightly stooped, as
if from frequent bending to listen to
men less tall than he. In appearance
he reminds one slightly of Lord Cecil
of League of Nations fame, and very
At Oxford, 1923.
much of his own Father, the late
Lemuel Robertson, Professor of Classics at the University of British Columbia. He has the same large-modelled head with "good bones", as a
sculptor might say—the better revealed because he is somewhat bald—
the same length of limb, and long,
expressive fingers. He has large,
brown intelligent eyes, dark eyebrows
and broad mouth. As I write, he
comes to mind in a characteristic pose,
standing before the fireplace or
backed into a corner, talking in a
quiet voice and gesticulating gently,
with a cigarette held between the
straight fingers of one hand. He is an
unassuming man—unassuming, that
is, as a man of his height can be,
somewhat diffident in manner, and at
times giving an impression, perhaps
deceptive, of shyness.
He is always ready to hear and
discuss others' opinions but equally
ready to express his own. He tends,
I think, to ponder a problem as he
talks, to look at it philosophically and
from all angles, and sometimes seems
to arrive at a conclusion reluctantly,
or even regretfully.
He has a great number of friends
and acquaintances in London, although
he is probably less well known to the
general public than many another
man in a similar position. A great
many people come to see him in his
large and handsome office in Canada
House, where from his desk he can
look out, through the big window at
his side, on Trafalgar Square with
Nelson's column, the fountains and
the pigeons, and across the square to
Whitehall, Northumberland Avenue
and the Strand.
But it is not frequently, or for long
that Norman is able to sit and contemplate Trafalgar Square. There
are people to see, problems to wrestle
with, questions to answer and action
to be taken. When the pressure of
work becomes great he pushes back
his chair, stands before his desk and
turns over the pages, yellow, white
and green, of the file on the blotter
before him, dictating at intervals as
he reads, or discussing the points that
arise with his Deputy or with one or
another of the Secretaries. It may
be that he has before him a memorandum, or a draft for a despatch, which
he is discussing with the man who
wrote it. No shoddy work or false
conclusions escape his scrutiny. The
Department, and the Minister, can
depend on the reporting from London;
evei-ything that passes over the High
Norman A.  Robertson
Commissioner's desk on its way to
Ottawa is sound, and as complete as
time permits. By the time it is ready
to go forward, it will be illuminated
with comment and interpretation
based on an extensive and detailed
knowledge of what is going on, and on
the sound judgment of a man of experience whose hunches are usually
If a decision on policy must be made,
or a course of action taken at Ottawa,
the High Commissioner will add his
own suggestions, which are very likely to be adopted. At the least, they
will not be passed over lightly, for
the Department Heads and the Minister know what to expect over the
name "Robertson" typed at the bottom of a telegram.
The responsibilities of a Head of
Mission are as personal as a ship-
captain's and as varied as a housewife's. Within the framework of his
instructions, his is the final responsibility. It covers the reporting to his
own government, the presentation of
his government's point of view to the
government of the country in which he
is accredited, the administration of
his own mission and all the duties
which fall under the omnibus heading
of "representation" — there is not
space or time to list them all.
"Representation" is a duty which
the Head of Mission shares with his
wife and sometimes with his officers;
it is always time consuming; frequently pleasant, it sometimes seems
unrewarding. In London it can be
particularly onerous. It is difficult to
define and is most easily explained
after the manner of the schoolboy's
"Representation is when . . ." It is
when there is a wreath to be laid, a
court function or a memorial service
to attend, a ship to be launched. It is
when there is a Minister of the Crown
to be introduced to his opposite num-
8 ber, when there are people to entertain, when there is a speech to make.
In short, when at any of these times,
or at a hundred others, Canada must
be represented as host or guest, sorrowing, rejoicing, honouring or simply
showing goodwill. On such occasions
in London, "Canada" may mean the
High Commissioner, the High Commissioner and his wife, or the High
Commissioner's wife alone. Whichever it may be, Canada is worthily
represented in London with dignity,
approachability  and  friendliness.
There is much entertaining to be
done at the "Official Residence" at
12 Upper Brook Street, and there the
Robertsons entertain, with equal grace
and friendliness, all manner of persons in a manner suited to each,
from the impecunious Canadian student in London to the Queen herself.
The Robertsons are readers, Norman most of all, and it is a constant
wonder how much he reads and how
varied is the subject matter. He reads
critically, what he reads he remembers, and his comments on his reading
are always worth considering. Norman's memory is unfailing: only a
reckless man will maintain an argument against him on a point that can
be checked. (Once, when we were
travelling together, Norman overwhelmed me in an argument over the
time of departure of our train. We
went to the station at the time he
said, only to find that I had been
right and that the train had already
left. The novel experience of being
so demonstrably right was, to me,
well worth the inconvenience of missing the train.)
For much of the year the Robertsons have few evenings to themselves,
but when evening engagements slacken a bit, Norman occasionally walks
down Brook Street to the Savile Club
for a game of bridge. He is a strong
player: a dependable and understanding partner and a wily and resourceful
opponent. If he chose to, he might
well make a name for himself among
the masters. His game is sound and
imaginative, even brilliant. His memory of the cards and of the play is
automatic and accurate. With his
courtesy and good temper he is much
sought after for any bridge table.
Norman does not go in for outdoor
games, and, if he did, I doubt if he
would be very good at them, although
with Norman there is really no telling.
I am told that he once played goal in
a student-faculty game at U.B.C,
tripped on a shoe-lace and broke his
arm—but this is no doubt a canard.
His chief, if not only, form of physical
exercise is "taking the dog for a
walk". In London this usually means
the circuit of Hyde park on a Sunday,
or around Grosvenor Square in an
evening. These walks can be strenuous for both man and dog, for there
usually arises a difference of opinion
between the two over the best route
to take, and it is a toss-up which will
win the argument. Norman has had
a  series  of  dogs   since  further back
than I can remember; they all adore
him but they treat him as an equal.
He entered U.B.C. from King Edward High School in 1919, at the age
of fifteen, just as the young men released from the armed forces were
overflowing the classrooms. His maturity of mind, even then evident,
won him a place in this older group
and he made a number of permanent
friends among them. You have to
picture all Norman's Undergraduate
life at the old Fairview site, in the
Arts building, now a part of the Vancouver General Hospital, and in tie
wooden shacks and huts clustered
about it.
After graduation in 1923 Norman
went on as a Rhodes Scholar to Balliol College, Oxford. In 1924 I moved
to Cambridge, England, on a scholarship, and we spent various holidays
together, chiefly in France because
living was cheaper there. We walked
about Paris a great deal, did a moderate amount of required reading for
our tutors and poked about in bookshops and at bookstalls. By the time
we started back to England, Norman,
who always came to France with the
minimum amount of clothing, would
go back to England straining his arms
with two heavy bags bulging with
In 1926 Norman "came down" from
Oxford and returned to Vancouver
where he lectured for a year at
U.B.C. From there he moved to
Brookings Graduate School in Washington, D.C. where I caught up with
him again, during the winter of 1927-
Like many others of the early generation in the Department of External
Affairs, Norman had begun his career
with teaching. He entered the Department in the summer of 1929 but
he did not come to the final parting
of the ways until 1934, for, in the fall
of 1933 he got leave of absence to
serve as Special Lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard.
He returned to External Affairs in
May of the following year and has not
strayed from government service
When Norman first entered the Department at Ottawa he was assigned
to a desk in an office, which he shared,
on the top floor of the East Block.
He was one of a handful  of officers
The    High    Commissioner    greets    the    Governor-
General,   the   Right   Hon.   Vincent   Massey,   C.H.,
at  tondon  Airport.
who, under the Deputy Head, Dr. O.
D. Skelton, did all the work of the
Department. As the Department
grew, other officers were sent to posts
abroad, but Norman remained at Ottawa until he had served seventeen
years in the East Block. This did not
preclude a good number of Missions
overseas, most of them to London
and Geneva.
In the fall of 1940, Dr. Skelton died
suddenly of a heart attack and Norman took over, first as Acting Under
Secretary and, then, at the beginning
of 1941, as Under Secretary. It was
the most critical period of the war;
Hitler controlled Europe and for another full year the countries of the
Commonwealth were to face Germany
alone. Some of us in the Department
wondered how long any man could
stand the pressure and responsibility
of a position that had killed Dr. Skelton and our congratulations were
tempered by this thought. Whatever
he may have felt, Norman himself
showed no lack of confidence and, in
a very short time, confidence in the
new Head had spread throughout the
In looking back on these war years,
it has to be remembered that Mr.
MacKenzie King was then Secretary
of State for External Affairs as well
as Prime Minister, and that, as well
as running the Department of External Affairs, the Under Secretary was
constantly called upon to advise him
on a tremendous variety of questions,
many of them exceeding the strict
boundaries of External Affairs responsibility. I have not heard Norman
talk much about his work with Mr.
King, but it is certain that he was
one of Mr. King's most trusted advisers on many questions internal as
well as external, and it was Norman
Robertson on whom Mr. King mostly
depended during his visit to London
in the winter of 1945-46 when the
post-war world was taking shape.
Norman had been twenty-four when
he entered the Department of External Affairs as a Third Secretary;
twelve years later, at the age of
thirty-six, he had become Head of
the Department. This position he had
held throughout the five trying years
of war that followed. In 1946, at the
age of forty-two, he succeeded Mr.
Massey as Canadian High Commissioner in London. Then, in 1949 he
returned to the top post in the Civil
Service, that of Clerk of the Privy
Council and Secretary to the Cabinet.
In 1952, he went again to London as
High Commissioner, where he now is.
At fifty-two, Norman is still a
young man, by any kind of reckoning.
He has been twenty-seven years in the
Public Service, sixteen of them in
top-rank posts: in another eight years
he will have the option of retiring.
Perhaps he will stay longer in the
service; I think it is not likely that
he will follow Mike Pearson into
politics. Perhaps he will return to
University work or, maybe, write
a book or two.  It is anybody's guess.
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U.  B    C.    ALUMNI    CHRONICLE 10 The President Reports—
My Visits to Rochester and Stanford
Dear Alumni:
Among the varied experiences which
have fallen to my lot during the weeks
and months since the end of our
Winter Session are two which are of
special interest in the field of inter-
University associations and which
therefore I feel you may like to hear
about in the brief space permitted in
my quarterly message to you on this
page of the Alumni Chronicle.
On June 10 our University was selected for a signal distinction when
her President was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by
the University of Rochester, at Rochester, N.Y., where I was also invited
to deliver the address to the Members
of the Graduating Classes. A week
later, on June 17, having accepted the
invitation of my old friend President
Sterling of Stanford University, I
found myself on the lovely Campus
in Stanford, California, speaking to
the Graduands. Among my hearers
was Stanford's venerable Alumnus
and benefactor, The Honourable
Herbert Hoover.
At Rochester I spoke on "The Future
of Canadian-American Relations,"
and, in pointing out the similarities
and differences in our cultural, social
and political institutions, and the
economic inter-dependence of our two
countries, I emphasised the importance
to the United States that all our
relations shall be maintained in a
spirit of the utmost friendliness, for,"
as I said, "the world will tend to
weigh and measure you on the basis
of your relations with us—your not
too powerful or militant, but nearest
and most intimate neighbour." I also
emphasised the importance of our
remaining a separate and distinct
entity, not an economic colony or pale
replica of the United States. This, I
stated, was important not only to
Canada and Canadians but to the
United States and the rest of the
world as well.
"My subject at Stanford was, "A
Vision of Greatness' or, 'The Functions
and Purposes of a University', or
putting it another way, 'What We,
Your Teachers, Try to Do to You or
Would Like to Have Happen to you
During the Years That You Are With
Us'. The following extract will indicate the substance of what I said:
"I have borrowed this phrase, 'A
Vision of Greatness', which I use as
the title of my address, from Sir
Richard Livingstone, who in turn
borrows it from the philosopher
Whitehead. May I give you the text
of this statement and of this concept ?
'Moral education is impossible without
the habitual vision of greatness'. It
could not be put more strongly —
'impossible',  'habitual  vision'—(not  a
chance and occasional glimpse). Outside Plato there is no profounder
saying about education.
" 'An 'habitual vision of greatness'
is necessary not only to moral education, but to all education. A teacher
cannot give an adequate training
unless he knows, and can make his
pupil see, what is great and first-
rate in it. How can you train a
surgeon unless you show him the
finest technique of surgery; or a
teacher, unless he knows the bes*
methods of educational practice; or
an architect, unless he is familiar
with great examples of his art? So,
too, with all subjects from building
to farming, from carpentry to Greek
prose. Much else may enter the
student's training; but there is no
stimulus like seeing the best work
in the subject which he studies; he
will have no standards, no conceptior
of the goal to which he painfully
struggles, unless he sees the best:
he will slip insensibly to lower levels
of ideal and practice, unless it is
continually before his mind, unless,
in fact, he has the 'habitual vision
of greatness' to attract, direct and
inspire. In all studies and in all
spheres of life, knowledge of the best
is essential to success. And if this is
necessary in medicine and teaching
and architecture and town-planning,
must it not be necessary in character?'
"To Sir Richard's comment: 'A
teacher cannot give an adequate training in anything unless he knows, and
can make his pupil see what is great
and first-rate in it', I should like to
add this: A teacher must be first-rate,
the very best that is to be found anywhere, not only as a scholar and an
authority in his own right, but as a
great human being.
"This to me is the greatest problem
facing our Universities today. How
are we to get and keep the very best
men and women in the world when
there are so many competing opportunities and attractions offering far
larger salaries and greater public
recognition and acclaim in other
occupations, not to mention glamour
and romance ? But I still insist that
we and our society must somehow find
such people for our Universities, and
keep them; for our young people, the
men and women who come to us as
students, are not easily fooled. To
present them with the second-rate or
the mediocre will not challenge them
with the 'vision of greatness', and
may in fact do them permanent harm
by suggesting that the 'best' is little
and shoddy.
"But this, the basic problem of our
Universities, is not my topic today,
so I must leave it with you with one
suggestion —■ that you recognise the
nature    and    importance    of    higher
President  MacKenzie  addresses  Graduation  Classes
at Stanford   University,  June   17,   1956.
—Courtesy the San Francisco Examiner.
education and of those who work in
it; realise that it is, or should be a
'vocation' rather than a 'job', and that
you give it the prestige and public
acclaim as well as financial support
which will help to attract to University life devoted men and women, of
high character and great distinction,
who will, in their lives and in their
teaching, illustrate for succeeding
generations 'the habitual vision of
"In the section of Sir Richard
Livingstone's address which I have
quoted, he is concerned with the
excellence and the quality of the
teaching or of the presentation of the
various disciplines to students. May I
add something else, which Sir Richard
in other writings also emphasises, and
that is, that our Universities should
bring our students constantly to
visions of greatness about themselves,
about man and his limitless possibilities, about the good society here in
America and throughout the world.
Unless men and women come to these
visions of greatness while they are
young, and carry them on with them
throughout their lives, they will never
discover or achieve them. This world
will be a poorer place because of it,
and you, the most fortunate and
highly-privileged group in your nation, will have been denied your birthright and will have settled for the ordinary and the second-rate. You may
not take with you all that we would
like you to take as you leave your
University and very little from this
address. One thing I do hope, however, and that is, that always, as long
as you live, you will recognise the
first-rate and the best in every aspect
of life, and will make it your own ambition   or   standard   of   achievement."
Yours sincerely,
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Dr. Frendl K. Grommel, Professor
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Congress that too much human brainpower is being wasted in writing articles on automation. He has invented
a machine which will not only write
articles on automation but will read
them as well. Dr. Grommel is noted
as the inventor of a machine which
writes the word "THINK"! in code
on punched cards. These cards are
fed every hour into all automation
machines of the ratiocinative type, and
act as a stimulant. He is also the
originator of the Grommel Weld, for
mending split personalities in such
The University of Coalbin, Alberta,
announces the founding and upholstering of the Carolyn Dell Chair of Hysterical Studies. Named in honour of
a famous Canadian athlete who recently swam through 87 miles of
treacherous headlines six feet high,
this chair will be dedicated to the
study of mass enthusiasm, with particular reference to the permanent
side-effects of temporary mental and
ocular blackout in newspaper readers
and television watchers.
The Old Wastrels' Club of the University of British Columbia has set up
a screening committee to consider ap
plications for membership. Applications should be sent to the Very Hon.
Secty., D. H. Brock, B.A., in care of
this journal. The Old Wastrel's Club is
composed of men and women who
feel that although their scholarship
may have lacked a certain harsh
glare or tawdry glitter, they still
gained something from having maintained physical contact with selected
portions of the campus. Further, in
order to qualify as a worthy O.W.,
the member must honestly feel that
he or she not only acquired something
from the college but gave something
as well ... in brief, that he or s'le
gave the old place a certain tone it
would otherwise have lacked, and
helped to keep it from becoming a
mere intellectual assembly-line. All
hares welcome, all tortoises barred.
Ideally, the applicant should feel he :>r
she graduated with needless difficulty
and with sinful ease at the same time.
But other types will be considered,
provided they had anything to waste
A Canadian novelist, professor of
English, and well-known opinionator,
recently announced that his present
students are the finest generation
Canada ever had, in the matters of
brains, character, morals, and general
spiritual beauty. This dictum has
been hotly challenged by Dr. Otis
Transom, Professor of Deep Questioning at the Banff School of Haid
Knocks. "If these students are really
so full of brisk intellectual curiosity."
he declared, "why are they so long in
getting up and asking how we can be
sure that this professor knows what
he is talking about? Their unanimous
dead silence on this point is not very
reassuring. Perhaps their teacher
merely means they are the quietest
bunch he ever had. Silence may be
golden, but gold is a root of all evil."
A Canadian Dean of Arts has
handed down the judgment that
nothing is any worse than it ever
was; we just worry about it more,
that's all. But according to Dr.
Gropius Trampion, Dean of Everything at St. Jelf's College, a thing
that never existed can easily be worse
than it was before, by the mere fact
of existing, provided it is no good,
as many things are, and in that sense
the world is even worse (if possible)
than ever before. Dr. Trampion proposes to establish a Chair of Worrying About Worrying About Worrying,
or the Three W's.
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Vancouver in  September.
The Foundation, sponsored here by
the Vancouver Public Library, publishes sets of books comprising a
directed reading course. New members are welcome and may obtain information from Miss Marjorie Sing, at
the Library, MArine 5321.
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13        U.B.C     ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Early Days
of the
Players' Club Alumni
By  F. G.  C. Wood
In a 1934 article discussing dramatics on the U.B.C. Campus, William
Rose, a staff member on one of Vancouver's papers, and a "Xmas Play"
performer of 1917, makes reference
to the recent formation of the U.B.C.
Players' Club Alumni. He remarks
that such a group "has been formed to
gather in all past and future members
of the Players' Club and weld them
into a permanent theatre. Players'
Club performances have always been
notable for their technical perfection.
Freshmen with any histrionic talent
have before them four years of sound
dramatic training, and it is this asset,
now crowning twenty years' activity,
that the Alumni group plans to inherit
and enhance. Assisting Professor
Wood in guiding the destinies of the
Alumni Players are Mrs. Barbara
West, formerly of the English stage,
and prominent in the Little Theatre,
and Professor Thorleif Larsen of the
English Department. This advisory
board is nominated by the members'
executive of which Dr. Harry Warren,
Rhodes Scholar, is chairman, and Miss
Isobel   Barton   secretary".
Harry V. Warren, B.A.
'26, B.A.Sc.'27, B.Sc,
Ph.D (Oxon.),     F.G.S.A.
Mrs.   Hugh   McK.
(nee   Isobel   Barton),
The first activity of the newly
formed club was the entry of the
Players' Club Prize Play, "Fog", in
the Dominion Drama Festival of 1933.
In those early days of festival history,
competition was limited to one-act
plays, and that chosen by the executive was written by Sydney Risk in
an English Department course in
playwriting. It had previously been
presented under the direction of
Beatrice Wood as one of the four
short plays in the Private Performances of the Players' Club, in the fall
of 1930. For the Festival, it was
directed by the author, and the parts
of the lighthouse keeper and his wife
were taken by Bill Buckingham and
Drusilla Davies, the latter having
played in the original production. It is
interesting to note that Bill Buckingham's  long and helpful  participation
in P.C.A. activities, as actor, producer
and husband of a leading lady, began
with the very first effort of this
fledgling club. In 1934, Mr. Risk had
the honour of having his play produced
by the British Broadcasting Corporation—a distinction that he was the
first U.B.C. graduate to enjoy.
William   N.
Sydney J. Risk,
Other one-act plays entered in these
early festival competitions were "The
Birthday of the Infanta", with Harry
N. Cross playing once again the role
of the little hunchback in which he
was so outstanding in the Private
Performances of 1923, and "The Sister
Who Walked in Silence".
The first full length play produced
by the Players' Club Alumni was the
bright French comedy, "Dr. Knock",
written by Jules Romains, with an
English translation by H. Granville
Barker. Directed by Beatrice Wood,
it was presented in the University
Auditorium on May 8, 1934, as a part
of the graduation week ceremonies.
The Class of 1934 were honoured
guests on this occasion, and the practice of staging an annual play during
Congregation Week was continued for
several years.
So successful was this initial venture,  the  club  was  invited  to  repeat
Mrs.   F.   G.   C.  Wood,   B.A.Sc. (Nurs.)'23.
Professor  Emeritus  F.  G.  C.  Wood,  B.A. (McGill),
A.M. (Harvard).
the performance by the late R. J.
Cromie, Publisher of the Sun newspaper. On the evening of May 22 in
the ballroom at "Edgewood", now the
main residence of Crofton House
School, over a hundred guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Cromie saw the play done
in "Arena fashion"—possibly the first
instance of this type of staging in
A dramatic critic, the next day,
commented, in part, as follows, —
" 'Dr. Knock is a satire on certain
well known phases of the medical
profession, telling the story of how
the doctor took over the practice of
a simple country physician, and built
it up most successfully, with 'someone
in bed in every house'. The dialogue
is witty and exhilarating, and che
comedy ranges from a cocksure
prescription writer to the uproarious
episodes as patients come for the first
free clinic. David Hamilton Brock
as Dr. Knock carried the title role
on which the entire action rests.
He is on the stage
from start to finish, and he put a
vigour and a professional finish to
his work that
fairly made you
think of a half
dozen doctors
you have known."
The parts of the older doctor and
his wife were taken by Arthur E.
Lord and Jean Salter. Another principal role, that of the chemist, was in
the hands of Malcolm Pretty. Those
in lesser parts were Avis Pumphrey,
Ann Ferguson, Isobel Barton, Beth
Fraser, Douglas Smiley, Alec Smith,
Ivan Knight, J. W. Plummer, Jack
Shakespeare and William  Rose.
A few days later, on the May 24th
holiday weekend, "Dr. Knock" visited
Qualicum Beach, where a large audience,  longtime  friends  made  by the
David   H.   Brock,
14 Players' Club Annual Tour, was on
hand. One somewhat unusual problem
presented itself on the occasion. A
very essential property, a huge open
car of antiquated design, was required
for the opening scene in which the
village doctor and his wife ride to
the station whilst carrying on some
very necessary dialogue. For the
auditorium performance, a kind neighbor of the Brock family somewhat
dubiously consented to lend one of
his cherished possessions. It was a
cumbersome ancient vehicle of remote
ancestry that had to be primed with
ether to get it started. Sometime
previously, the chronometer had
ceased to work, with the mileage
registering a mere 350,000 miles.
Unhappily this unique property was
not available for the Qualicum trip
as it was to be driven up to the
Cariboo that same weekend! A somewhat less imposing substitute was
found, however, in the form of Ivan
Knight's Austin, with Dr. and Mrs.
Parpalaid, in animated conversation,
peering out through the opening in
the roof.
A fourth, and final performance of
this "first long play" was given on
June 18 in the Auditorium of Point
Grey Junior High School.
An item in the Province of June
1934 bears testimony to the success
of this opening venture. At a meeting held at the Chilco Street home
of Alice Morrow, whose hospitality
to both Undergraduate and Alumni
Clubs was a much appreciated feature
of those times, Dr. Warren reported
that over $300 had been raised by
"Dr. Knock". Over two hundred
dollars of these proceeds were invested in government bonds to form
a reserve fund for the future development of the club.
A year later, at the annual meeting,
again at 1059 Chilco Street, the plans
for the 1935-3G season were discussed.
The new executive included Dr. Harry
Warren as President, Dr. E. T. (Jack)
Nash as Vice-President, Elizabeth
Magee as Secretary, and Alex G.
Smith as Treasurer. Others on the
committee were Alice Morrow, Avis
Pumphrey, Frances Lucas, Beatrice
Wood, Tommy Lea, Mrs. Arnold Webster, Stella Lewis, Pat Ryan, Dorothy
Bill   Buckingham   in   the  Monty  Woolley  role  of
"The Man Who Came To  Dinner."
Ferris, Don McDiarmid, Mary Nicho1-
son, William Rose, Mildred Caple,
Marjorie Agnew, Beth Fraser and
Wilmer Haggerty.
In the next few years the Players'
Club was very active. Its productions
included the continental comedy, "By
Candlelight" in which Bill Buckingham and Gertrude Letson were most
outstanding, and Ivor Novello's London farce, "Fresh Fields" in whici
Edward Chamberlain and Beatrice
Wood had leading parts. The two
comedies satirising the mad antics of
Hollywood life were enjoyed by th:>
audiences and the large casts involved.
These were "Once in a Lifetime" produced by Ellen Harris, and "Boy
Meets Girl" with Stella Lewis in
charge. Bulwer-Lytton's comedy of
a hundred years before, "The Lady
of   Lyons",   was   the   1938   offering.
The    Hon.   Mr.   Justice        Mrs.   M.   Sleightholme
Arthur   E.    Lord,   Q.C., (nee  Jean   Salter),
B.A/21. B.A/30.
Doris  Buckingham Arthur H. Sager,
"Lovers' Leap", with Sydney Risk
again directing, and with Arthur
Sager and Doris Buckingham in two
of the four parts, was a success of
1940. Booth Tarkington's "Tweedles",
the English farce, "Tons of Money"
and "Personal Appearance" were other
plays of this period. "The Adding
Machine", with Lacey Fisher and
Lorraine Johnston, was an interesting
departure from  these  light comedies
Lorraine   Johnston,
and afforded a
chance for some
modernistic staging.
In December,
1941, under the
direction of Bill
Buckingham, that
hilarious farce,
"The Man Who
Came to Dinner",
was staged. In addition to the director, Dave Macdonald and Dorothy
Fowler were among the principals.
So popular was this undertaking, it
was later presented as an Alumni
war effort at the Shaughnessy Military Hospital and various army
camps in the lower mainland district.
For a time during the war, the
activities of the club were necessarily
curtailed, and the success attending
its later productions demands another
chapter in this Chronicle.
Oxford Seminar on
International Organisation
By G. O. B.  Davies
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation arranged a Conference at St.
Antony's College, Oxford, from July
14th to July 28th, to consider the
problems concerning European countries in their search for fuller integration and greater security.
Every NATO country sent a delegation. It was my privilege to be a
member of the group of five representing Canada.
The Conference was addressed by
representatives of the major international organisations such as NATO,
the United Nations, Western European Union, the Council of Europe,
the European Coal and Steel Community. The speakers included Dr.
Ralph Bunche, Sir Oliver Franks, Earl
Mountbatten, Dr. Van Kleffens, Lord
Ismay, Monsieur Monnet, and Professor Phillip Jessup. After each
address, the Conference broke down
into working parties where the issues
presented by the speakers were discussed in greater detail.
Although individual countries have
particular problems which colour their
views, the fundamental unity of Western Europe and the close identity of
interest with Canada and the United
States was clearly apparent. The
objectives of all are identical, despite
a difference of approach and method.
The first objective of NATO—that of
military defence—has probably been
achieved; the new task, while retaining this military strength in the face
of the new Soviet offensive, characterised by much cleverer diplomacy and
the "big smile", is to develop a sense
of community through closer political
and economic collaboration. This,
rather than fear, will have to be
the cement of the future.
The Conference, it was hoped, was
one early step in developing the understanding and informed opinion
without which such an objective cannot be realised.
U.  B. C     ALU'INI   CHRONICLE •v4;
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you'd find MORE at a duck dinner!
Take all the impurities from a pig of Tadanac lead and a slab of Tadanac zinc.
You wouldn't have enough foreign material to make five BB pellets.
You'd find more shot in a three-pound mallard!
A pig of Tadanac lead weighs 100 lbs; a Tadanac zinc slab, 56 lbs. Yet their combined 156-lb.
weight contains impurities totalling less than 1/10 of an ounce!
Metals in today's markets must meet exacting conditions. Exceptional purity is a common
requirement; the complete removal of certain minor metals or alternatively the
addition of others to meet specific conditions is often necessary.
The problem of matching the product to the market is constantly under study by
Cominco's Sales and Research divisions. Cominco engineers are glad to work with customers
to answer their needs—and, if necessary, "tailor-make" a metal or an alloy for their use.
AND       SMELTING       COMPANY       OF       CANADA        L
M   I  T  E D
16 Book Review
Authors' Brilliant Team-Work
Father Raymond
de Coccota
Paul King
Father Raymond de Coccola and Paul King:
"AYORAMA." Oxford University Press, Toronto,
1955. $4.50.
Ayorama (pronounced Ah-yo-rah-
mah is a vivid, sensitive and moving
account of the life of the Kragmalit
Eskimos, living on the central Arctic
Coast in the region containing Coppermine, Cape Barrow and Bathurst
Inlet, and Victoria Island. These Eskimos are Canadian Citizens and at
least potential voters. During the
last few years especially, civilisation
has strained its fingers to touch, here
and there, the Southern periphery of
their unenviable domain, the Barren
Lands of the Arctic. Yet the Eskimos
are essentially a remote, inaccessible
and unfamiliar race sharply separated from us, not by distance, but by
rigours of climate and, in a sense, by
thousands of years. Their stone-age
culture dates, it is thought, from the
glacial period, and apart from the
recent addition of firearms, matches
and a few utensils it has remained,
"inflexible and intact, what it was
thousands of years ago. For them the
assertion: "We follow the ways of our
ancestors", is decisive. Though language differences are easily overcome,
the communication of basic feelings
and the mutual comprehension of
values between cultures as disparate
as our own and that of the Eskimos,
presents incredible difficulties which
cannot be easily or speedily removed.
With excellent team-work, Father
Raymond de Coccola and Mr. Paul
King have pooled their gifts to produce in Ayorama a book that reveals
no divided effort, and that is not only
extremely readable and interesting as
a book of travel, but is also very
valuable as a document of Eskimo
minds and mores.
For many readers of The Chronicle
this book will have a special, if local,
interest in that it was written in British Columbia, that its co-authors reside here and that one of them is a
graduate of this University. Father
de Coccola, whose experiences are recounted in the book, was born and
educated in Corsica, spent twelve
years (1937-49) as a missionary among
the Eskimos, and has since been a
parish priest, first at Powell River
and now at New Westminster. At the
former place, he had the good fortune, as the book attests, to meet Mr.
Paul King (B.A.'34, B.Ed.'35) who is
Assistant   Manager   Public   Relations
Department of the Powell River Company and an experienced writer. Mr.
King undertook to collaborate with
Father de Coccola by helping him tell
in English his engrossing story.
Ayorama is in the form of a loosely knit narrative containing much
dialogue to lighten the style and to
give an added authenticity to the
material. Although Father de Coccola is the narrator of his own experiences his account does not pretend to
be autobiographical or historical. It
is, rather, a representative selection
from these experiences, which have
been truncated, telescoped and reordered to the sole end that Ayorama
should present an accurate and balanced picture of the relatively slight
and tenuous spiritual life of the Eskimos and the pervasive harshness and
violence of their physical life. The
authors have achieved this goal admirably; though, regrettably, in doing
so, Father de Coccola, in his modesty,
has almost effaced himself. Ayorama
shows him, however, as having been
well-suited to his undertaking. Though
it appears that he is not a trained
anthropologist, few men could have
shown a finer sensibility, a more comprehensive, humane and sympathetic
interest, or less bigotry in examining
the life of an alien people.
Above all, Father de Coccola was
always as willing to learn as to teach;
and he lived as fully as possible the
life of the Eskimos around him. Some
of his parochial journeys (if they may
be called that) carried him hundreds
of miles by dog-sled across snow, ice
and barren tundra. On these journeys,
though he usually travelled in the
company of nomadic Eskimos whose
hardship and igloos he shared on equal
terms, he had to be self-sustaining.
From them he learned the necessary
skills and he worked with them in
the ever-pressing search for food. He
took his part in building quick igloos
against sudden blizzards, in netting
fish under the ice or jigging for them
through ten feet of it, in hunting
seals, polar bears and the Eskimo
staff of life, caribou—in short, in all
the necessary activities of Eskimo
life. Under conditions of such more-
than-neighbourly intimacy, and in the
dreary, prolonged monotony of sitting-
out blizzards in family igloos, he had
unparalleled opportunities to observe
the Eskimos through their stories,
gossip and conduct and to study them
"in depth".
In spite of the efforts of the Mounted Police, and the effects of an elaborate grape-vine system, human life is
held in slight regard by the Eskimos.
Female infants and the aged, because
they are mouths to feed, are considered expendable and are quickly disposed of when food or travel emergencies arise. Murders induced by
jealousy,  vendettas   or  offended  dig
nity are common, yet, though these
are scarcely secret, in these barren
wastes they are difficult to prove.
Father de Coccola says that the Eskimos' incomprehensible acts of brutality "reveal their primitive temperament, hardened by the frozen world
about them. Accustomed from childhood to natural and violent death, they
are not in the least troubled by an
act that puts an end to a man's life."
The sexual customs of the Eskimos
could be exclaimed about. Children
are married at puberty; and before
that age are allowed full sexual freedom. Indeed, some parents give them
beginners' preliminary training, so
that at marriage they shall not be
amateurs. Husbands sometimes exchange wives for a year or two, and
a host may, as a gracious gesture, extend the privileges of his wife to a
visitor who spends the night in his
igloo. He would frown, however, on
a guest who accepted the same largesse on the initiative of his gracious
hostess. And each spring, in a brief
festival, groups of families foregather
at an appointed place to herald their
three-week summer with dances and
somewhat Dionysian revels. This euphemism itself reveals how long established is the custom. There is
nothing very startling in these divergences to anyone who has thought or
read widely.
Father de Coccola explains that all
the Eskimo's "customs stem from his
own life and the life around him.
Through the generations his ancestors
have stored up all the anxiety and
terror of the Barren Land—the great
burdens of the long winter nights, the
dread of sudden storms, the hazards
and disappointments of the hunt, the
pains of slow starvation, the horrors
of freezing to death . . . By nature he
worries neither over the past nor over
the future . . . He simply accepts
things as they are and lets it go at
that." If they do not work out for
him he expresses in one word the
fatalistic philosophy that nature has
compelled him to adopt. He says:
"Ayorama" — "That's destiny, that's
life. There isn't anything I can do
about it". This is the Eskimo attitude.
Father de Coc-
cola's own tolerant attitude maybe read as a caution to his readers: "The Eskimos' whole conception of life is
different from
ours, and they
cannot be understood on brief acquaintance. Live
with them and
among them, take
part in their daily routine for years
and years, and then judge them, if you
like—but not before".
Hunter C. Lewis, B.A/23, M.A.'28,
Department of English, U.B.C.
Hunter C. Lewis
U. B. C.   ALUMNI    CHRONICLE Atomic Energy
Research by
By Walter  Barss,  B.A/37,  M.A.'39,   Ph.D.   (Purdue)
Walter   M.   Barss,
B.A/37,  M.A.'39,
Ph.D. (Purdue).
Every U. B. C.
Alumnus in the
Chalk River Plant
of Atomic Energy of Canada
Limited could
probably name a
dozen or more
fellow graduates
among his associates at work
and his neighbours in the nearby townsite of
Deep River. Few
would guess that there are 42 U.B.C.
graduates among the approximately
350 Scientists and Engineers in Canada's main centre for atomic energy
Senior man of the U.B.C. group
here is H. H. Clayton, B.A.'35, M.A.
'37, Head of the Theoretical Physics
Branch. This Branch is one of the
most important in the whole project;
first, for its fundamental studies of
the theoretical aspects of nuclear
Physics and, secondly, for the development of mathematical means for
designing and predicting the behaviour of atomic reactors. Hank joined
the Atomic Energy Project at Montreal ten years ago, after service in
the Canadian Army Operations Research Group, and has been Head of
the Branch since 1950. The Claytons,
who returned recently from a holiday
trip to the West Coast, have managed
to turn Deep River's notoriously
sandy soil into one of the finest gardens in town.
Specialising in the nuclear Physics
work in the same Branch is T. D.
Newton, B.A.'39, M.A.'41, Ph.D.
(Princeton). Another ardent gardener, Ted writes a gardening column
for the North Renfrew Times, the
local weekly paper. Dr. F. G. Hess,
B.A.'49, M.A.'51, Ph.D.'55, has been
working on reactor calculations for
a year and is leaving shortly for postgraduate studies at Cambridge.
Reactor Physics, which lies a step
nearer to the practical application of
atomic energy, has the largest number of U.B.C. graduates of any
R. M. Pearce, M.A.'48, Ph.D.'52,
heads a group which uses an electronic analog computer to calculate
the effects of changes in size, fuel
arrangements or construction materials on the performance of proposed
reactors.   Also in this group is J. W.
Coburn, B.A.Sc.'56, who may be returning to U.B.C. for graduate studies this fall.
E. Critoph, B.A.Sc'51, has been
making calculations for NPD, the
Nuclear Power Demonstration reactor, using "Ferut", the University of
Toronto's electronic digital computer.
NPD is the reactor which is to be
built twenty miles farther up the
Ottawa River by A.E.C.L. in co-operation with the Hydro-Electric Power
Commission of Ontario and the Canadian  General   Electric   Company.
R. H. Chow, B.A.'47, M.A.'49, Ph.D.
(California), is studying neutron-
conserving arrangements of reactor
fuel, such as are used as "blankets"
around some types of reactors, and
conducting experiments with the NRX
reactor to check his calculations.
T. K. Alexander, B.A.'53, M.A.'55, is
investigating the emission of gamma
rays following neutron capture, in
order to determine the probability of
certain nuclear reactions.
W. M. Barss, B.A.'37, M.A.'39, Ph.D.
(Purdue), until recently on loan to
the Metallurgy Branch, has been
studying the physical changes produced in reactor fuels by the intense
radiation in a reactor and developing
fuel elements which will not be adversely affected by these changes.
The appearance of courses in Nuclear Engineering at several U.S. Universities indicates the importance of
this new type of Engineering in the
development of atomic power. At
A.E.C.L. the Nuclear Engineering
Branch works closely with Reactor
Physics in testing experimental fuel
assemblies and in designing reactors
and reactor components. The fuel assemblies are tested in the first Canadian reactor, ZEEP (Zero Energy Experimental Pile), and in the NRX
reactor   which,   nine   years   after   its
Don Stewart, center, pauses with J. L. Gray,
A.E.C.L. Vice-President, Administration and
Operations, and S. Patuck, of the Tata Institute
of Fundamental Research, Bombay, on arrival at
the Bombay airport. (Date, January 18; Temperature, 85°  F.!)
construction, still provides unsurpassed facilities for the testing of
large fuel elements. Some of the
elements being tested are for the
NPD reactor, others for the NRU
reactor which will soon provide still
better facilities for nuclear tests.
In the Nuclear Engineering Branch
are J. F. Palmer, B.A.Sc'53, M.A.
(Queen's), who works on special monitoring devices for the detection of
failures in fuel elements, and Professor W. A. Wolfe, B.A., B.A.Sc'37, of
the U.B.C. Department of Mechanical
Engineering, who has been working
here during the summer on the design
of reactors.
In the Engineering Design Branch,
J. A. Cramb, B.A.Sc.'56, has joined
the staff this year and C. A. (Cy)
Crawford, B.A.Sc.'51, has become
Head of a new section for Nuclear
Service Design. A year or two ago,
Cy spent his summer holiday prospecting in one of Ontario's new Uranium mining areas: the holiday paid
off very well.
T. G. Church, B.A.Sc'38, is Administrative Assistant to the Director of
the Division of Reactor Research and
Development, which includes both the
Reactor Physics and Nuclear Engineering Branches.
The Metallurgy Building, which has
four U.B.C. Alumni on its roster, was
opened early last year. It provides
laboratory facilities for casting and
heat-treating metals and alloys, and
for the physical and metallographic
examination of reactor fuels and
structural materials.
L. G. Bell, B.A.'54, M.A.'55, is
working on the physical properties of
(1)   Henry Clayton,   Head  of the  Theoretical   Physics  Branch,  discusses  a  calculation
with Gene Hess and Ted  Newton, right.
(2) Mike Pearce, left, describes to John Coburn and Gene Critoph, right, some results obtained from  the
the  Reactor  Physics  Branch  electronic  analog  computer.
(3) Tom Church, right, shows Tom Alexander, Dick Chow and Walter Barss the plans for the building  to
house a  new "swimming  pool" reactor.   NRU  reactor building  is  in  background.
18 Uranium alloys, while G. R. Piercy,
B.A.Sc'51, M.A.'52, Ph.D. (Birmingham) is studying the effects of irradiation on metals. G. V. Kidson, B.A.
'52, M.A.'53, has been investigating
diffusion in metals, and will soon be
going on exchange for two years to
the British Atomic Energy Research
Establishment at Harwell.
The only one in the group to start
as a Metallurgist, A. S. Bain, B.A.Sc.
'50, is now in charge of the "cave" in
which irradiated materials much too
radioactive for normal handling may
be manipulated by remote control
while being observed through two-
foot-thick windows of special shielding glass.
The recently-appointed Head of
Reactor Operations, who is responsible for the operation of the NRX
and NRU reactors at Chalk River, is
D. D. Stewart, B.A.'40, M.A. (Toronto). Don has just returned from
a round-the-world trip in connection
with Canada's gift of a nuclear reactor to India under the Colombo Plan.
D. C. Milley, B.A.'53, M.A.'55, is in
the Reactor Safeguards Branch, of
which Don was previously the Head.
The NRX Reactor Branch has four
U.B.C. engineers engaged in supervising reactor operation: H. B. Hilton, B.A.Sc'46, G. R. A. Howey,
B.A.Sc'49, M.A.Sc'51, H. E. Smyth,
B.A.Sc'50, and M. Koyanagi, B.A.Sc.
'55. These men are in charge of the
crews that keep the reactor running
day and night to produce radioactive
isotopes, test fuel elements and supply radiation for Chemistry and
Physics experiments.
Two groups which work closely
with the reactor Branches are the
Radiation Hazards Control Branch
and the Production, Planning and
Control Section. J. M. White, B.A.Sc.
'51, as Head of the Reactors and
Decontamination Section of the R.H.C.
Branch, works on the important task
of detecting and preventing the spread
of harmful radioactive contamination.
S. Mathews, B.A.Sc.'54, is engaged
in technical liaison between the reactor Branches and the suppliers of different types  of fuel elements.
On the far side, so to speak, of
reactor operation are studies of safe
and efficient methods for processing
used reactor fuels and disposing of
radioactive waste materials from the
processing plants. At Chalk River
these studies are divided between the
Chemical Engineering and Development Chemistry Branches.
I. W. Allam, B.A.Sc'53, and W. W.
Morgan, B.A.'54, are Chemists working on fuel processing, a problem
noted for the intense radioactivity
and chemical inhomogeneity of the
materials to be handled. E. Yatabe,
B.A.Sc'38, M.A.Sc'39, known as
"John" to his friends here, is a Chemical Engineer working on the design
of   equipment   for   the   recovery   of
(1) Operating   remote   control   manipulation   in   Metallurgy   Building   "cave",   Al   Bain   explains   radiation
shielding   problem   to   Bob   Piercy,   right,  and   Geoff   Kidson.
(2) Development   Chemists  and   Chemical   Engineers   inspect   process   equipment   in   Chemical   Engineering
Building.   From left: Woody Erlebach,  Ivor Allam,  Bill Morgan, Don Whittle, Bill Bourns and John Yatabe.
(3) Bob   Robertson,   seated,   discusses   high   temperature   irradiation   tests   with   Chemists   and    Reactor
Supervisors.   From  left, standing: Bill McFacden, Matsuo Koyanagi,  Bill  Boyd and  Harry Smith.
Uranium   from   the   dissolved   fuel
W. T. Bourns, B.A.Sc'49, and W. E.
Erlebach, B.A.Sc'51, M.A.Sc'53, are
Chemical Engineers studying waste
disposal, a problem which will become ever more urgent as the number and power of nuclear reactors increases. Don J. Whittle, a 1956 graduate in Chemical Engineering, is conducting heat-transfer experiments this
summer before returning to University for further studies.
As a result of his many experiments on the corrosion of fuel elements, R. F. S. Robertson, B.A.'39,
M.A.'48, Ph.D. (Illinois) is as well
known around the NRX reactor as
in the Chemistry laboratories. Bob
has been working for years on the
chemical effects of radiation and is an
expert in this field. A. W. Boyd,
B.A.'45, M.A.'47, Ph.D. (California)
is also working in radiation Chemistry.
G. Zotov, B.A.'38, M.A.'40, in
charge of the busy spectro-graphic
laboratory, is seeking to improve the
reproducibility of spectral intensities
by developing new ways of handling
the  solutions  submitted for analysis.
The work done by the Research
Chemists and Physicists, who have
been attracted here by the special
facilities of a research reactor, is as
important as the work of the "Applied" Researchers and Engineers. It
helps to maintain high professional
standards and stimulate new ideas,
many of which later become of practical   importance.
In Research Chemistry, R. W. A.
Attree, B.A. '45, M.A. '47, Ph.D.
(Princeton), has been studying radiation effects in both pure crystals and
crystals containing impurity "activators". Mrs. J. C. D. Milton, nee Gwen
Shaw, B.A.'47, M.A. (California), has
been investigating the yield of some
isotopes produced in the fission of
Uranium. W. H. McFadden, B.A.'49,
M.A.'51, Ph.D. (Utah), has been observing the chemical "fate" of the
newly-formed atoms produced by nuclear reactions.
In General Physics, G. A. Bartholomew, B.A.'43, M.A.'44, Ph.D. (McGill, has become an authority on the
radiative capture of neutrons, having
investigated the resulting gamma
spectra for nearly all the elements.
B. N. Brockhouse, B.A.'47, M.A.,
Ph.D. (Toronto), is using neutron
spectrometry to study the characteristics of crystalline structures associated with the magnetic properties
of metals and their compounds.
G. Jones, B.A.'53, M.A.'55, has
joined the Electronics Branch which
develops much of the specialised electronic equipment required for research in both Chemistry and Physics.
R. E. Bell, B.A.'39, M.A.'41, Ph.D.
(McGill), has been stationed in Montreal to use the McGill University cyclotron as a supplement to the particle accelerators available at Chalk
River for studies of the high-energy
aspects of nuclear Physics.
Returning once more to nuclear
Physics and its investigations of the
properties of atomic nuclei, including
those properties which make fission
and the development of nuclear
power possible, we have completed a
circular tour of most of the Chalk
River project. Like a holiday trip
to visit a number of relatives, it has
brought most sharply to our attention the places in which our fellow
graduates happen to be — but, with
forty-two people fairly uniformly
distributed around the Project, this
has given quite a complete picture of
what is going on here.
Without making a detailed comparison of the types of training offered
at U.B.C. and the requirements of a
complex organisation like A.E.C.L.,
it is interesting to note that only one
Alumnus, L. A. Fingarson, a 1955
Commerce graduate, is employed here
in a purely administrative capacity.
The others are distributed as follows:
20 graduates in Physics and Engineering Physics, 15 Engineers (including
Chemical Engineers)  and 6 Chemists.
No effort has been made to tally up
the number of Alumnae in Deep River.
That will have to be left as a job for
the secretary — if and when somebody organises a Deep River Branch
of the U.B.C. Alumni Association.
Published by kind pemission of Dr. David
A. Keys, Scientific Adviser to the President,
Opening ceremony, Festival of the Arts, Sculpture Exhibits, Summer Session  1956.
Summer Session 1956
Courses Are Varied and Vivid
By Ed Parker,  B.A.'54, U.B.C.  Information Officer.
Summer Session 1956 proved that
the University of British Columbia is
in big business—the education business—the   year  round.
No longer can we think of the University as a September to April affair
with a comparative handful of students picking up one or two courses
in  the  pleasant  surroundings  of  the
ftm^r:" ~0®
Sculptor Robert Clothier with his prize-winning
piece, purchased by the University. His work was
part or North-West Institute of Sculpture exhibition displayed on the Library lawn through the
summer Campus.
Summer at U.B.C. is the welding
together of an academic education
with the less tangible "cultural development" made possible by a Summer School of the Arts.
The University's Summer Session,
as well as its regular Winter Session,
is marked by a challenging acceleration of expansion and by continuous
experimentation with new and better
teaching methods.
It would be almost impossible to
spend a summer on the Campus without being caught in the grip of an
unending series of activities that kept
many of the academic and administrative staff at their desks this summer
when they were officially on holiday.
When a slightly harried but much-
to-be-commended Dr. Kenneth Argue,
Director of Summer Session, slipped
away for a brief holiday at the end
of August, he left behind a modest
report which showed statistically the
success and vigour of the Summer
"Enrolment increased 21 per cent
this year as compared with 19 per
cent last year."
Kenneth  F.  Argue, B.A. I Alta.), M.A. (Oxon.), Ed.D.
(Columbia),  Director  of  the  Summer Session.
"The Teaching Staff (academic
credit courses) was composed of a
total of 87 instructors of whom 40
were visitors. Of these, two were from
the United Kingdom, 20 from the
United States, three from Vancouver
and 15 from other parts of Canada."
Students came from seven different Provinces of Canada and from
13 other countries to take Summer
Session courses, his report points out.
"The Summer Session Students' Association has provided another $500
for loan funds which will be available
for  next  year's  student  body."   This
20 Lister  S.   Sinclair,
is in addition to
the $2145 in Scholarships and Bursaries and $3825
in loan funds
which assisted 79
Summer Session
students this
The report of
Dr. John Friesen, Director of
Extension, on the
non-credit courses and Summer Festival of the Arts side of Summer Session activities, had- the same success
story to tell.
An estimated 22,000 people attended
the concerts, plays, lectures and exhibitions of the Festival, including 9000
at Art and Sculpture exhibits, 2070
at special public lectures given by
visiting instructors and 3500 at
Drama events.
A total amount of $3200 in Scholarship and Bursary funds was used
to assist some 65 students in Music,
Drama and Creative Writing.
Enrolment of 1823 students registered for credit courses and 598 for
non-credit courses brought the grand
total to . 2421 students—the largest
summer enrolment U.B.C. has ever
had. Previous high was 2397 in the
summer of 1946 during the peak of the
post-war boom of veteran student enrolment.
But statistics can never tell the
whole story.
The finest available instructors,
solid academic achievement and top
calibre musical and dramatic performances made this Summer Session not
only the largest but the most stimulating in U.B.C.'s history.
Thousands of
British Columbia
citizens benefitted directly from
the Summer Festival of the Arts
^^^^ by attending Con-
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exhibits     that
Alexander Archipenko
would not have been otherwise available to them.
The glowing reviews of Mozart's
Opera, "Cosi Fan Tutte", which climaxed the Festival events, gave fitting tribute to the work of the Summer School of Opera. Musical Director for the Opera and Director of
U.B.C.'s Summer School of Music is
Nicholas Goldschmidt, who has been
appointed Artistic Director of the
1958 Vancouver Festival. Producer
and Director for the opera was Hans
Busch, Opera teacher at Indiana University for the past few years. This
summer he received his appointment
as Stage Director to the Metropolitan
Opera Company in New York for the
1956-57   Opera   Season.
Toronto-born soprano Theresa Gray,
who was Artist in Residence for the
Summer Session, and 1952 U.B.C.
graduate Milla Andrew, thrilled audience and critics alike in the leading
roles as the two fickle sisters in t'ne
Opera. When rehearsals for "Cosi"
were just getting underway, Director
Busch commented "Cosi Fan Tutte
has been misunderstood and mishandled. I feel it is very close to the
borderline of comedy and tragedy, a
delicate balance of major and minor".
After the first of the four performances, audience and critics alike could
agree that the cast had successfully
achieved that balance as they sang in
English in the stylised, rococo setting Mr. Busch directed.
Most popular addition to the Summer School of Music programme this
year was the study of Lieder and
concert literature, introduced by Danish Lieder singer Aksel Schiotz,
Theresa Gray, Marie Schilder and by
students of Mr. Schiotz' Lieder
classes. Other presentations of the
Summer School of Music included a
concert of Sacred Music, presented at
St. John's United Church by members
of the University Chorus, and an
evening of Opera excerpts presented
in the University Auditorium.
Other names in the "star-studded
cast" instructing and lecturing in the
Summer School of the Arts included
Alexander Archipenko, "the father of
Summer School Music  Director  Nicholas  Goldschmidt conducts  the  U.B.C.  Chorus at  St.  John's
United Church in Vancouver.
Vancouver Art School  ceramic  scholarship  winner,
Mrs.   Olga    Laing,   with   Summer   School    Pottery
Instructor Konrad  Sadowski.
modern Sculpture", for Sculpture
classes; world renowned art critic Sir
Herbert Read; master craftsman of
Pottery, Konrad Sadowski and Canadian playwright, Lister Sinclair, a
U.B.C. graduate, who received further honour this summer when commissioned to write a play for the 1958
B.C.   Centennial  celebrations.
The feature of Summer Session
which perhaps prompted the most discussion was the outdoor exhibit of
Sculpture displayed on the library
lawn by members of the Northwest
Institute of Sculpture. It served its
purpose well in giving an estimated
6000 people their first introduction
to the interesting world of abstract
space through the medium of modern
Sculpture. One of the pieces of Sculpture, an abstract work by former
U.B.C. student, Robert Clothier, titled
"Three Forms", although often jokingly referred to as "Boy Eating
Watermelon", was purchased by the
University and will be on permanent
One of the most popular divisions
of the Summer School programme, in
number of students as well as of those
attending exhibitions, was the Summer School of Arts and Crafts headed
by Extension Department Arts and
Crafts supervisor Robert E. Davidson.
A total of 162 students registered
for eight courses in this field. Courses
included Painters' Laboratory in Materials, Creative Art for Children,
Advanced Painters' Workshop, Ceramics, Sculpture Workshop, Painting
for Pleasure, Metal Workshop, and
a credit course on Art in Education,
for school teachers qualifying themselves as school art teachers.
The expanded programme of the
Summer School of Theatre featured
three plays with Shakespeare's "A
Midsummer Night's Dream", produced
U. B. C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE by Stratford Festival Stage Director,
Donal Wilson, as the major production. Hundreds of young children
were delighted by the children's play,
"The Tinder Box", which featured
two cats, Kufuffle and Shemozzle,
three dogs, a witch and a princess.
They didn't know about the backstage
"Kufuffle" requiring a cast change,
when drama student, Eva Mammone,
was replaced by another student in
her role as the cat Kufuffle, after
breaking a toe doing cat-like leaps on
stage in rehearsal. The third drama
production, "The Cradle Song", had
an excellent reception, playing to
capacity audiences for four nights in
the Frederic Wood Theatre.
One of the major additions to this
year's programme was the establishment of a Summer School of Creative
Writing, including lectures, course
work, seminars and workshops in the
areas of Playwriting, Short Story and
Poetry. Melvin Walker La Follette
of U.B.C.'s English Department was
Director of the School, with Lister
Sinclair and University of Oregon
English Professor, James B. Hall, as
Special Lecturers.
This programme was planned to
provide Degree credits in English for
students working toward Bachelor of
Arts or Bachelor of Education Degrees, at the same time as providing
instruction for writers or would-be
writers interested only in the direct
benefits of such courses.
Welcome   additions to the Summer   Festival   of
*% the Arts this year
were the numeric ous recitals and
concerts present-
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^B* •» HHI In addition to the
Donal C. Wilson, Summer School
of Music concerts
B.A.'46, B.Ed.'49
Tom    Kerr,    right,   receives   his   part   from    Dave
Hughes,   leader   of   the   rustics   in   Summer   School
of    the    Theatre     major    Drama     production     of
Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Members of the cast of The Cradle Song presented
by   the   Summer   School   of   the   Theatre   at   the
Frederic  Wood  Theatre.    From  left:  Elinor  Miller,
Rusty  Erlan,  Gloria  Melanson.
and Lieder recitals, there were five
noon-hour concerts of Chamber Music
for violin and piano by Prof, and Mrs.
Harry Adaskin which drew an estimated 1200 audience. All five concerts featured Mozart compositions in
honour of the Mozart bicentennial
this year.
A big boost is being given to the
summer programme, both in traditional academic courses and in the
arts programme, by the establishment
of U.B.C.'s new College of Education.
Music, Drama and Fine Arts courses,
both credit and non-credit, are being
multiplied and expanded to provide
the training required for Music,
Drama and Art teachers in both
High Schools and Public  Schools.
University officials, from President
N. A. M. MacKenzie down, are pleased
with this welding together of the
academic courses and non-academic
courses to provide instruction and
stimulation on a wide variety of levels.
They subscribe to the theory that
Education is not merely the piling up
of academic credits toward Degrees,
and would be happy to see more students taking one academic course
plus one of the Fine Arts, Music or
Drama courses in their summer programme. Students and staff alike are
grateful for the opportunity to combine regular class-room work with
attendance at a wide variety of Concerts, Lectures, Plays, Opera performances and Painting, Pottery and
Sculpture exhibitions.
Developments in the traditional
academic programme are keeping
pace with the expansion in the arts.
The public doesn't often get a glimpse
of the interesting developments in
this area, because for example, Latin
classes can't produce an Opera or a
Pottery exhibit to show their wares.
But among the smaller circle of those
who can get a first-hand glimpse of
academic credit work, the excitement
about the programme is as intense
as can be found anywhere in the
Summer School of Opera or Drama.
A new experiment in the teaching
of Latin, for example, proved highly
successful. Some 26 students registered for instruction in five different
Latin courses, ranging from First
Year to Graduate level. All were
taught in the same class from the
same text by the same instructor. Mr.
H. T. Logan, Professor Emeritus of
Classics, expressed keen satisfaction
with this experimental course, after
some initial doubts when he first saw
the size of the class. In the six-week
course, the class read the whole of
Vergil's Aeneid in English with the
First Year students averaging 376
lines of translation and the Graduate
and Honours students doing as much
as 2382 lines. The composite course
enabled all students to get a view of
a major Latin work as a whole, and
of its value as literature, in a way
impossible in more conventional
courses. That the experiment initiated
by Classics Department Head, Malcolm McGregor, was a success can be
judged by the fact that more than a
dozen members of the class requested
that it be continued next summer to
enable them to take the same kind of
course at a higher level.
The expanded offerings in Education, designed to meet the needs of the
1225 School teachers registered at
Summer Session, made educational
history, with the largest number of
education courses ever offered and a
long list of distinguished visiting lecturers from all parts of Canada,
the United States and the United
Included for the first time was the
complete     programme     of     training,
Roles  of  the  sisters  in  Mozart's  Cosi   Fan  Tutte,
produced  by Summer School of Opera;  Left, artist
in residence, Theresa Gray, and Vancouver soprano,
Milla Andrew, B.A/52.
22 From   Left:   Extension   Department   Head,   Dr.   John   Friesen,   President   MacKenzie,   Visiting   Lecturer   on
Poetry and Art, Sir Herbert Read, and  Extension  Department Art Supervisor, Robert Davidson.
for teachers working toward the new
Bachelor of Education Degrees is
planned with more teachers expected
back at Summer Session after the
College of Education has been in operation a year.
Major expansion of the Summer
School of the Arts programme is
planned over the next two years. Already, U.B.C.'s summer programme
in the Arts offers a wider variety of
productions than anything of its kind
in Canada, including Canada's famed
Stratford Festival, and the Summer
School of the Arts is the largest in
Canada in both enrolment and variety
of  course   offerings.
University officials and an ever increasing number of British Columbia
citizens are seeing in the programme
of the Summer Festival of the Arts
a stimulus to Canadian talent and a
whetting of audience appetite for
Music, Drama and the Arts on the
west coast in proportions hitherto undreamed   of.
leading to certification as High School
Counsellors. Close co-operation between the University and British Columbia businesses and industries
proved invaluable in a special course
on "Occupational Information for
Counsellors" taught by Dr. H. P.
Johns, Director of Educational and
Vocational Guidance for the provincial Department of Education.
Particular attention was paid to
B.C. occupations during the course.
A major innovation was the inclusion
in the course of an expanded week-
long session, during which representatives of B.C.'s major industries discussed job situations in their industries with members of the class and
others interested in teaching or counselling who sat in on the week's special lectures. B. M. Hoffmeister,
Chairman of the Board of McMillan
and   Bloedel,   spoke   on   the   Lumber
Industry; R. H. R. Young, Executive
Vice-President of Crown Zellerbach,
on Pulp and Paper Industry; Ronald
Ritchie of Imperial Oil, on the Petroleum Industry; E. L. Harrison of B.C.
Packers, on the Fishing Industry;
Ralph Pybus of Commonwealth Construction, on the Construction Industry; and Allan C. Kelly of General
Paint Corporation, on secondary industries.
Two of the many new courses added
this year were, "Methods of Teaching
Biology" given by Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan, Head of U.B.C.'s Zoology
Department, and a course on Adult
Education by Dr. J. Roby Kidd, Director of the Canadian Association for
Adult  Education.
With enrolment increases expected
to be even greater next summer, plans
are already being laid for a further
expansion in next year's Summer Session.  An even wider range of courses
Children's delight, The Tinder Box, presented by
Summer School of the Theatre. Top to bottom:
Marie Adams, Betty Ann Tompkins, Eva Mammone.
Summer Scene across the Library lawn, showing part of outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. Centre foreground, "Jazz Band."
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U. B. C.    ALUMNI  CHRONICLE        24 From Left: Cecil A. Lamb, Dean Emeritus F. M. Clement, Fred F. McKenzie, President Emeritus L. S. Klinck,
Dr.  H.  R.  L.  Davis, C.  P.   (Dick)   Leckie.
Agriculture 1921 Scholarship Fund
An Expensive Christmas Card
When Cecil A. Lamb, B.S.A., M.S.A.,
Ph.D., Agriculture '21, noted on a
1955 Christmas Card to C. P. (Dick)
Leckie, B.S.A., M.S.A., — no Ph.D.,
but Life President of Agriculture '21—
that "1956 will mark our 35th Anni-
By C. P. Leckie, B.S.A.'21, M.S.A.'2-1.
versary and we should do something
about it," he started a chain reaction
that ran up the cost of his Christmas
Card  quite  considerably.
The year  1921  saw the graduation
of the first class in Agriculture, con-
From Left: FRONT ROW: Mrs. H. R. L. Davis, Mrs. A. F. Barss, Mrs. H. M. King, Mrs. Cecil A. Lamb,
Mrs. Blythe A. Eagles, Mrs. F. M. Clement, Mrs. C. P. Leckie. MIDDLE ROW: Prof. V. C. Brink, Dr. H. R. I..
Davis, Prof. Emeritus A. F. Barss, Prof. Emeritus H. M. King, Prof. Cecil A. Lamb, Mrs. Fred F. McKenzio,
Mrs. F. E. Buck, Mrs. L. S. Klinck, Dean Walter H. Gage. BACK ROW: C. P. Leckie, Prof. Emeritus F. E.
Buck,   Dean   Emeritus  F.  M.   Clement,  Fred  F.   McKenzie,   Pres.   Emeritus   L.  S.   Klinck, Mrs.   D.  G.   Lain],
Prof. Emeritus D. G. Laird.
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taining eight students, of whom three
have unfortunately died in the last
ten years. These three are the late
Marion Green (nee Mounce), wife
of Howard C. Green at the time of her
death; R. C. (Dick) Palmer, Head of
the Summerland Experimental Farm,
when he died; and C. W. Traves, whs
was in Government poultry work in
Alberta at the time of his death.
Of the five living members one has
been lost track of, but on June 12th,
the other four, namely H. R. L. Davis,
M.D., Cecil A. Lamb, C. P. Leckie and
F. F. McKenzie were guests of Dean
Blyth Eagles along with many distinguished guests at a very delightful
dinner   given   in   the   Faculty   Club.
At this dinner the above four members of the class presented a cheque
for $1750.00 to Dean Walter H. Gag.?
as a first deposit on a Graduate Scholarship Fund for students in Agriculture.    A   further   $600.00   has   been
promised by these graduates, and they
hope to build the fund to a much
higher level in the years to come, and
would be glad to receive donations
from anyone interested.
This fund was conceived in a spirit
of gratitude to the University and in
the hope that it would inspire other
classes to do likewise. It was also
inspired to a great extent by recent
gifts to the University by wealthy
donors, with the thought that a great
many more people, wealthy or otherwise, might find pleasure in contributing to the cultural development of
our University.
Development  Fund
Well  Over   1955  Record
An anonymous donation of $25,000
from a grateful Alumnus has helped
to establish a new record for the Fund
four months before the end of the
annual appeal.
By September 1, 1800 Alumni had
contributed to the Annual Giving Programme and 192 gifts had been received from companies, organisations
and friends.
Total in the Fund at this date was
$87,466.19, higher by $7,000 than the
record achieved in 1955.
Almost 500 Alumni who had never
before      supported      the      University
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received   from    Bhagat   Singh    Dhami,    B.A.Sc.'29;
sent   from   Simla,   India,   to   Harold   W.   Fullerton,
B.A.'29,  Chairman   1929  Scholarship   Fund
through the Fund have made contributions this year. Still to be heard
from are several hundred regular
donors; their support this year should
bring the total to $100,000 — the
1956  objective.
Canada Council
Urgently Needed
During the Canadian Adult Education Conference at Kingston in June
a special lunch was convened, sponsored by the Community Arts Council
of Vancouver. This meeting was
chaired by Dean Geoffrey C. Andrew.
Some 125 representatives of various
national organisations interested in
adult education and of art and cultural
groups pressed for early action by
the Federal Government on the recommendation of the Massey Commission
with regard to the establishment of
a Canada Council for the encouragement of the Arts, Letters, Humanities and Social Sciences. The opinion
was expressed by many of those present, including' Sir Earnest MacMillan
and Dr. E. A. Corbett, that this step
was most urgently needed at the present stage in Canada's developing cultural life.
& Al
( 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, 201 Brock Hall, U.B.C, for the
next issue not later than November 15, 1956.)
Ella Cameron, B.A.,
retired last June as
Head of the Mathematics Department,
Victoria High School.
Miss Cameron had
taught for 39 years
in the Province, the
last 29 being spent
on the staff of the
Victoria High  School.
John M. Buchanan,
B.A.,   formerly   Presi-
Ella Cameron dent    of    British    Co
lumbia Packers Limited, was appointed
Chairman of the Board of Directors at the
Annual Meeting of the Company in August
Frederick F. McKenzie, B.S.A., A.M.(Missouri I, Dr. Agric. (U. Chili), Head of the
Department of Animal Husbandry at Oregon
State College, accepted a two-year Foreign
Assignment in Turkey beginning September 1.
He is a member of a team of scientists,
sponsored by University of Nebraska as part
of a technical aid programme to Turkey,
which is working to improve agriculture
throughout the country and to expand teaching and research in Agriculture at Turkey's
University  of  Ankara.
Dr. J. F. K. English, B.A., M.A., Assistant
Deputy Minister of Education, has received
his Doctorate of Education from the University
of Toronto. His thesis was "An Evaluation of
the Reorganised System of Local School Administration   in   B.C."
Mrs. Margaret Ada  Brown, B.A.'23, with her granddaughter Wendy,  a  Fresherte  this Session.   Wendy
is believed to be the first grand-child of a  U.B.C.
graduate to enrol at U.B.C.
Rev. Everitt S. J. Fleming, B.A., relinquished charge of the North Surrey United
Church at the end of June when he assumed
Ministerial duties in the Campbell River
United  Church.
R. E. Walker, B.A., formerly Senior Vice-
President of British Columbia Packers Limited,
was appointed President of the Company at
the Annual  Meeting in  August.
C. Roy Elsey, B.A., M.A.'29, Ph.D., Head
of the Research and Development Branch of
B.C. Packers Limited, has been appointed a
Vice-President of the Company.
Harold L. Steves, B.S.A., a Member of the
Federal Department of Agriculture Marketing
Service, was named Richmond's Good Citizen
for 1956 for his work with Boy Scouts. The
award is made each year by the Richmond
Kiwanis   Club.
Thomas W. Brown, B.A., Q.C., of Prince
Rupert, has been appointed to the Supreme
Court of British Columbia. After taking his
degree at U.B.C, Mr. Justice Brown studied
Law in Vancouver and did post-graduate work
B. Britton Brock
in the London School of Economics. He has
been a practising barrister in Prince Rupert
since   1929.
George W. Challenger, B.S.A., B.C. Electric
Farm Service Representative at Chilliwack
for the past 21 years, has been appointed to
the   British   Columbia   Milk   Board.
Herbert Chester, B.S.A., since 1954 has
been Superintendent of the Lethhridge Experimental Farm, {Canada Department of Agriculture I, which is this year celebrating its 50th
B. Britton Brock,
B. A. Sc, was the
official representative
of the Geological Society of South Africa
to the International
Geological Congress
in Mexico City, September 3 - 11. This
Congress is held ^very
four years in various parts of the
world. Mr. Brock
and his wife (nee
Barbara Grote Stirling, B.A.'26 I, spent
their holidays in
Canada this summer prior to the Congress
and their return home to Johannesburg, S.A.
Mr. Brock is a son of the late Dean R. W.
Brock, first Head of U.BC. Applied Science
Ronald H. Gretton, B.A., a Co-operatives
Specialist with the United Nations Food and
Agricultural Organisation in Rome for the
past four years, will now be devoting himself
to the needs of Southeast Asia under a scheme
whereby the U.N.F.A.O. is planning to expand
its work in the Co-operatives field in South
America  and   Southeast  Asia.
Desmond F. Kidd, B.A.Sc.'27, Ph.D. (Princeton ), a Vancouver Consulting Geologist, has
been appointed Commissioner of the Boy
Scouts of B.C. and the Yukon.
Harold D. Smith, B.A.. M.A.'29, Ph.D.
(Tor.), was awarded an Honorary Degree of
Doctor of Science at the 113th Annual Convocation of Acadia University at Wolfville,
Nova Scotia. Dr. Smith has been Head of the
Nova   Scotia   Research   Foundation   since   1947.
H.  Leslie Brown,  B.A., formerly  Commercial
Counsellor  with  the Trade Commissioner Service in Caracas, Venezuela, was recently transferred   to   London,   England.
Nicholas H. Abrahmson, B. A., former
Manager of the Winnipeg store of the Hudson's
Bay Company, has been appointed Manager
of the Company's Vancouver store, effective
August   15.
Rev. William J. Selder, B.A., has been
called to the North Surrey pastoral charge
of the United Church from South Burnaby
United  where he  has   ministered  for  six  years.
Charles C. Strachan, B.S.A., Ph.D. (Mass.
State Coll.), Senior Food Technologist in the
Food and Vegetable Processing Laboratory,
Experimental Station, Canada Department of
Agriculture, Summerland, B.C., has been
appointed Superintendent of the Experimental
Farm, Canada Department of Agriculture,
Morden,   Manitoba.
Thomas McKeown, B.A., Ph.D. (McGill),
D.Phil.(Oxon.), M.D. ( Birmingham), Professor
of Social Medicine, University of Birmingham
and U.B.C. Rhodes Scholar 1935, was invited
to address The First International Congress of
Human Genetics held in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 1-6, 1956. His subject: "Social
Applications of Human Genetics."
H. R. Wright, B.A.Sc, has left his position
as Chief Engineer of Alaska Pine and Cellulose
Ltd. to enter the field of Consulting Engineering. He has associated himself with A. L.
Swanson and Co. under the new firm name
of Swanson, Wright and Company, Engineers,
John G. Ruttan, B.A., M.A., B.C.L. (Oxon.),
has been appointed to the Supreme Court of
British Columbia. Mr. Justice Ruttan was
admitted to the Bar in 1937, and has been
practising   Law   in    Victoria   ever   since,   with
the exception of five years with the Royal
Navy  during  World  War  II.
Victor J. Southey, B.A., B.A.Sc, has been
appointed General Supervisor of all phases
of Dominion Wabana Ore Limited operations,
Bell Island, Newfoundland. Prior to this
appointment, Mr. Southey was employed as
Project Superintendent in charge of the construction and installation of both mining
and milling plants of the Bicroft Uranium
Mining   Company   at   Bancroft,   Ontario.
G. Gordon Strong, B.Com., B.A/34. President and Managing Director of Brush-Moore
Newspapers, Incorporated was elected one of
three new Directors of the American Newspaper Publishers Association at the Annual
Convention   in   New  York.
Ernest W. H. Brown, B.A., formerly Assistant Manager of the Vancouver store of the
Hudson's Bay Company, has been appointed
Manager   of   the   Company's   Winnipeg   store.
J. Norman Hyland, B.Com., formerly Executive Sales Manager of British Columbia
Packers Ltd., was appointed Vice-President,
Sales Division, at the Annual Meeting of the
Company   in   August.
John J. Conway, B.A., A.M., Ph.D. I Harv.),
now Assistant Professor at Harvard University, is on leave of absence to continue
research in London, England, on the workings of the Democratic System in Canada.
He  has  been  awarded  a  Dafoe  Fellowship.
John B. Cornish, B.A., recently won the
MacLean's Magazine First Prize of $5,000 for
the best novel in a national competition. The
novel, about a Doukhobor girl's love, is entitled   "Olga."
Margaret Ecker Francis, B.A., has been
appointed Women's News Editor of the Vancouver Herald. Mrs. Francis brings to her
new position 18 years of newspaper experience which includes varied assignments in
Europe and Canada. (See Summer Chronicle,
pp. 22-23).
George F. Green, B.A.Sc, formerly Light
and Power Superintendent for the B.C. Electric
Company in Victoria, has been appointed
Executive Assistant to the Company's Chief
Engineer   in   Vancouver.
John J. Conway
Franc R. Joubin
Courtosv John Steele,
Franc R. Joubin, B.A., M.A.'43, was honoured
recently when the Engineering Institute of
Canada presented him with the Leonard
Medal, the Institute's highest award for technical achievement in any one year. It was
presented in connection with his paper,
"Uranium   Deposits   in   the   Algoma   District."
Hugh Palmer, B.A., was appointed Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television
Director for Vancouver. Mr. Palmer has been
with the C.B.C. since his discharge from the
Navy  in   1946.
James W. Hudson, B.Com., formerly Comptroller and Secretary-Treasurer of the Burrard
Dry Dock Company Limited, has been named
Executive Vice-President and will continue as
a Director of the Company. He has also
been appointed Executive Vice-President of
Yarrows   Limited,   Victoria.
Robert A. McCormick, B.A., has received
his Master's Degree in Education from Stanford University, Palo Alto. He is currently
working   toward   his   Ph.D.
Maurice F. Welsh, B.S.A., Ph.D. (Tor.),
has been appointed Head of the Plant Pathology Laboratory at Summerland. Dr. Welsh
has been associated with the Laboratory since
1935 where his particular field is the study
of   virus   diseases   in   fruit  trees.
F. L. Hartley, B.A.Sc, Director of Research
for the Union Oil Company of California,
was elected a Vice-President of the Company
at the regular meeting of the Board of
Directors   held   July   30,   1956.
Henry Cummings Campbell, B.A., B.L.S.
(Tor.», M.L.S. (Columbia), who has been engaged in various Library assignments since
graduation, including 4 years in Paris under
UNESCO, has been appointed Chief Librarian.
City of Toronto, succeeding the late Charles R.
G. H. Turner, B.A., M.A.'41, has been
appointed Senior Research Engineer of The
Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company's
Research and Development Division. Mr.
Turner   has   been   with   Cominco  since   1944.
Harold F. Dixon, B.A., has been promoted
to the position of Sales Manager of the
Chemical Sales Department of Monsanto
Canada Limited. Prior to this appointment,
Mr.   Dixon   was   Plant   Manager   at   Montreal.
Edwin Philp Williams, B.A.Sc, M.A.Sc.'42,
Ph.D. I Harv. I, Senior Research Geologist,
Hudson Bay Oil Co., Calgary, Alberta, completed the required work for his Ph.D. in
Geology at Harvard University and was
awarded   the   Degree  on   May   14.
Douglas A. James, B.Com., has been appointed Manager. Casualty Department, Pacific
Division of Underwriters Adjustment Bureau
Limited. Mr. James is a specialist in the
casualty   and   automobile   fields.
Trenna G. Hunter, B.A.Sc, Director of
Public Health Nursing for Metropolitan Vancouver, was elected President of the Canadian
Nurses' Association at the Annual Meeting
held   in   Winnipeg   this   summer.
Colin R. Lucas, B.A., B.Com., is now Chief
of Public Services for the Illinois State
Library, Evanston, 111. His wife was Catherine
Ellen Vosper, B.A/47. With their two sons
they   make  their   home   in   Springfield.
Earl H. Toombs, B.A.Sc, has been promoted
to the position of Development Manager of
Monsanto   Canada   Limited,   Montreal.
Harry Thompson, B.A., B. Ed/51, Superintendent of Schools for the Yukon, was one
of 70 educationalists from the 10 Provinces
who met recently in Edmonton to study
problems of educational leadership in local
John G. Fyles, B.A.Sc, M.A.Se/50, who recently received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree
from Ohio State University, has been appointed
to the Federal Department of Mines and
Technical  Surveys.
Joseph      W.      Lott,      B. Com/46,     has      been
appointed    Principal   of   Mount   Newton   High
School  in  the  Saanich  School  District.
Walter J. Hartrick, B. A., has been appointed Principal of the J. Lloyd Crowe High
School,   Trail,    B. C
Joseph Baker, B.S.A., M.S. A/50, Ph.D.
(Washington Statet, received his Doctor of
Philosophy Degree in Agronomy at the
Sixtieth Annual Commencement of the State
College   of   Washington   held   on   June   3.
A. Deane M. Burnside, B.A., M.Sc. in L.S.
(Columbia), M.B. A. (N.Y.U.), has been appointed Assistant General Manager of Sign-
kraft   Advertising   Limited,   Vancouver.
Edward B. D. Lambe, B.A.Sc, M.A.Sc/49,
Ph.D. (Princeton i. has been appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at Washington University,    St.    Louis,   Mo.
These five U.B.C. Graduates out of twelve successful applicants from the whole of Canada
have received their appointments for a year's training in Ottawa with the Foreign Trade
Service.    After   their   year   is   up   they   will   tour   Canada  before   leaving   for   their   assigned   posts.
R. M. Dawson,
L. D. Dyke,
B. Horth,
D. M. W. Hummell,
. M. T. Thomas,
Major Paul J. Sykes
James W. Hudson A. D. M. Burnside
Donald G. MacDonald, B.A., formerly Vice-
Principal of the Lansdowne Junior High
School, Victoria, has been appointed to the
Major Paul J.
Sykes, B.A., M.A.
(Calif. I, initiated the
Air Force Nuclear
Engineering Test Fa-
c i lity project at
Wright Air Development Center, Dayton,
Ohio, in October 1952,
and was its Project
Officer during the 38
months preparatory
to its construction.
The project will be
used to test aircraft
materials, components and systems under ce-
velopment for nuclear-powered aircraft. Construction of the new $7,500,000 installation is
expected to be completed by January 19!; N.
R.  P.  Dewar,   B.Com.,  C.A.,  Alumni  Contact
in   Duncan,   recently   announced   the   establishment of  his  own  Chartered  Accountancy  firm.
B. R. MacFarlane, B.A.Sc, formerly with
MacMillan & Bloedel Limited at Franklin
River, is now with the Development Division
of   C.   D.   Schultz   &   Company,   Limited.
M. F. Painter, B.A.Sc, of C. D. Schultz &
Company, Limited, is Resident Engineer in
charge of the engineering supervision of ntw
road developments which his Company is
carrying out for the B.C. Power Commissior's
hydro-electric expansion programme at Upp*r
Campbell and Buttle Lakes on Vancouver
I. D. Smith, B.A.Sc, has been appointed
to the staff of the Tonawanda New York
Laboratories of Linde Air Products Company,
a Division of Union Carbide and Carbon
Corporation. Mr. Smith has been assigned
as an Engineer on instruments and automation   in   the   Engineering   Laboratory.
Donald C Dickie, B.S.P., and Alfred Spencer
B.S.P.'54, have opened their own business in
Quesnel, B.C., under the name of Spencer-
Dickie   Drugs   Limited.
H. T. Hall, B.S.F., of C D. Schultz ar.d
Co., Ltd., recently completed a Forest Inventory of the 700-mile Westcoast Transmission Company Gas Pipeline Right-of-Way.
He previously supervised the inventory and
valuation of the Transmountain Oil Pipelir e
J. Lawrence, B.A., has been awarded a
Canadian Social Science Research Scholarship
of $1500 for graduate study at the University
of  California.
Raymond L. Nordlund, B.A.Sc, M.Sc
(Texas), Ph.D.(Illinois), has been appointed
District Manager for British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and Western Northwest Terr -
tories of the Raymond Concrete Pile Company,
F. A. Pike, B.A.Sc. of C. D. Schultz <!i
Company, Limited, is at present supervising
a forest inventory project in Arizona, covering 20,000 acres of one of the largest Pon-
derosa  pine forests  in  the world.
Andrew Soles, B.A., formerly Vice-Principal
of the South Peace Senior High School, now
holds the same position at the Trail Senior
High  School.
G. P.   Browne,   B.A.,   M.A.'53,   has   secure!
a renewal of his I.O.D.E. Fellowship for
further   study   at   Oxford.
Frank A. Cook, B.A., M.Sc. (Wisconsin),
has been appointed Assistant Professor of
Geography at United College, Winnipeg,
K. E. R. "Bob" Kerr, B.Arch, obtained, with
distinction, his Master's Degree in Architecture   at   the   Rice   Institute,   Houston,   Texas.
Peter Harnetty, B.A., has b3en awarded
a Royal Society of Canada Schola rship and
a Harvard Scholarship for further study in
London   to   complete  his   Ph.D.   thesis.
Harold Hatt, B.A., received the Degree of
Bachelor of Divinity from the Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth,
Texas. Mr. Hatt also completed residence
work for the Degree of M.A. at Baylor
University, Waco, Texas, during his three
years in Texas. He will begin studies leading
to the Ph.D. Degree, at Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, Tenn., with a special scholarship
of   $1,800.
R. M. Middleton, B.A., has been granted
leave by the Department of External Affairs
to take up a Scholarship of $2,600 at the
recently established Commonwealth Studies
Centre   at   Duke   University,   North   Carolina.
Jacob Austin, B.A., LL.B/55, Lecturer in
the Faculty of Law, 1955-56, was awarded
three scholarships for Post Graduate study
this year. In addition to a month's study in
Holland at the Hague Academy of 1 nter-
national Law, he received a $1000 Newton
Rowell Fellowship in International Law, and
a $1500 Entrance Scholarship for the Harvard
University Law School. While in Europe,
Mr. Austin was a delegate to the International Law Association Conference in Dub-
rovnik, Yugoslavia, August 26 - September 1.
A major problem for discussion was the legal
control   of   international   waterways.
Gerry Kenyon, B.P.E., is joining Dan Za-
harko on the staff of the University of Saskatchewan after completing a year of graduate
work  at  the University   of   Indiana.
C. Elliott Rive, B.S.A., has been appointed
Plant Superintendent of Atkins & Durbrow
Limited's Peat Moss Operation at Ladner,
B.C. Mr. Rive is the son of Charles Rive,
Brian A. Cooper, B.Com., has completed
an extensive training programme conducted
by the National Supply Company and been
assigned to their Estevan, Saskatchewan,
supply   store.
Patrick J. B. Duffy, B.S.F., has been appointed to the Forestry Research Station,
Chalk River, after completing his studies
at   Yale.
L. W. Elwood Flather, M.D., has an interesting new position with Northern Construction and J. W. Stewart Ltd., serving the
D.E.W.   Line  in  the extreme  North.
James Edward Hardy, B.A., has been
awarded an Imperial Oil Fellowship for
advanced studies in Physics. The Fellowship
is worth up to $2000 a year, and maybe held
for three years. M r. Hardy is presently
working   towards   his   M.Sc.   Degree   at   U.B.C.
David Home, B.Arch., has been awarded
the most distinguished Architectural Scholarship awarded in Canada—The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of
Canada Scholarship of $2000. During the
past  year,  Dave has  been  working   in   Toronto Heads of the 1956 Graduating Classes in Agriculture, Pharmacy, Home Economics, Physical Education, Forestry, Architecture and Social Work. From Left: John
G. Shaw, Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal; Gwendolyn F. Q. Leong, Horner Gold Medal; Mary Diane Alsbury, B.C. Parent Teacher Federation Prize; Joyce E.
Runnalls and Walter R. Morford, Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Special Prize; Peter H. Pearse, Canadian Institute of Forestry
Medal, and H. R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry; Charles H. Easton, Architectural Institute of B.C. Prize; Mrs. Ellen I. Esau, Special Social Work Prize. (For Heads
of other Graduating Classes, see Alumni Chronicle, Summer Issue, page 25.)
with Shore and Moffat, Architects, and had
to meet stiff nation-wide competition to win
the   award   within   a   year   of   graduation.
Walter Ullmann, B.A., M.A.'56, has been
awarded a graduate scholarship of $1500 at
the University of Rochester to continue research in Canadian History under the direction of Professor Mason Wade.
Bob Morford, B.P.E., has been conducting
a new experimental programme during the
summer at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
in connection with their junior programme
of   sailing   and   water   front   activities.
Jim Wensley, B.Arch., in a closely contested
decision was awarded Second Prize in the
Pilkington Travelling Scholarship for this
year. His thesis project for an integrated
northern mining town, was considered to be
an outstanding contribution to the solution
of   the   problems   of   these   northern   outposts.
James B. Webster, B.A., has won a World
University Service Exchange Scholarship to
study   at   the   University   of   Ibadan,   Nigeria.
Successor to Ernie Brown
At a meeting
of the Alumni
Association Executive Committee and Board of
Management held
on July 10, the
resignation of
President Ernie
Brown, because of
his transfer to
Winnipeg, was
regretfully accepted.
In accordance with the Alumni Association Constitution and Bylaws,
Nathan Nemetz, Q.C., B.A.'34, was,
on motion, appointed President for
the period to March 31, 1957.
Nathan Nemetz
Four U.B.C. graduate Engineers were promoted in May by the Powell River Company.
Harold P. J. Moorhead, B.A.Sc.'33, former
Chief Engineer, was appointed Vice-President;
O. Melvin Julson, B.A.Sc.'44. was made Electrical Superintendent; Richard ('.. Christie,
B.A.Sc.'49, became Julson's Assistant; and
Albert C. Mullen, B.A.Sc.50, was promoted to
Assistant  Engineer at  Powell  River.
High  Energy Conferences
Prof. G. M. Volkoff, M.B.E., B.A.'34,
M.A.'36, Ph.D. (Calif.), D.Sc.'45, F.R.
S.C., Dept. of Physics, spent the summer visiting laboratories and attending conferences as Chairman of a
three-member national committee set
up last spring by the Canadian Association of Physicists to look into the
problem of establishing in Canada
a high-energy laboratory with a particle Accelerator in the billion volt
range. In May, he spent three weeks
on a trip through several U.S. laboratories including Berkeley, with its
six billion volt Bevatron, and Brook-
haven, with its three billion volt operating Cosmotron and its twenty-five
billion volt machine under construction.
In June he attended a two-week
international conference on High Energy Physics, held at Geneva, Switzerland, site of the CERN laboratory
(a joint international undertaking by
twelve Western European countries),
where a 25 billion volt Accelerator is
under construction. In July he attended the international conference
on Nuclear Reactions held at Amsterdam, Holland. Between the two conferences, he inspected the Saclay laboratory near Paris, where the French
three billion volt machine is being
built, and the Technical University at
Delft where the Dutch one billion volt
Accelerator  is  nearing completion.
Both at Geneva and at Amsterdam
Prof. Volkoff's fluent command of
technical and scientific Russian placed
him in the enviable and much appreciated position of acting as a link between the Western scientists and the
Russian delegations of 45 scientists
at Geneva and 27 at Amsterdam. The
Soviet scientists described their ten
billion volt Accelerator now nearing
completion near Moscow, and disclosed
plans for their 50 billion volt Accelerator projected for the near future.
Harold P. J. Moorhead O. Melvin Julson
Richard G. Christie Albsrt C. Mullen
Winners of Alumni
The following are the winners of
the twelve U.B.C. Alumni Association Regional Scholarships of $250
each. It may be observed that two additional Scholarships have been provided this year by the Alumni Association.
Winners were selected by Local
Committees and the University Scholarship Committee: Katherine Lynne
Rogers, Trail; Rumiko Irizawa,
Kelowna; Phyllis M. Baird, Victoria;
Stanley T. Fukawa, Mt. Lehman;
Ruth Ann Senz, Fort St. John; Eleanor M. Hewlett, Kamloops, Barry A.
Hagen, Kimberley; Marie Louise
Touzeau, Nanoose Bay; David Berg,
West Vancouver; Raymond J. Chen-
osky, Kitimat; Michael J. Brown,
Vancouver; Catherine Pellegrin, Cas-
The Selection Committees for the
ten regions in the Province were:
1. J. M. Wolverton, Kimberley,
Chairman; A. G.
Stirling, Kimberley; K. G. Davies,
Kimberley. 2. W.
K. Gwyer, Trail,
Chairman; Mrs.
J. C. Roberts,
East Trail; J.
Melvin, Trail; J.
McDonald, Rossland; R. Lowe,
Trail. 3. A. K.
MacLeod, West Summerland, Chairman; Dave Mcintosh, West Summer-
land; Mrs. J. C. Wilcox, West Summer-
land. 4. Mrs. Helen D. Stevens, Kamloops, Chairman; J. D. Gregson, Kamloops; J. J. Morse, Kamloops; H.
Keary DeBeck, Kamloops. 5. Scott
McLaren, Prince Rupert, Chairman;
Mrs. P. F. B. Bird, Prince Rupert;
Hon. Mr. Justice T. W. Brown, Prince
Rupert. 6. Frank S. Perry, Prince
George, Chairman; Mrs. H. B. King,
Prince George. 7. W. H. Birmingham,
Vancouver, Chairman; Mrs. H. A.
Hope, Vancouver; E. B. Broome, Vancouver; J. McGechaen, Vancouver.
8. Dorothy G. Taylor, Haney, Chairman; Amy Hutcheson, New Westminster; Eric Hughes, New Westminster. 9. Dick Falconer, Victoria,
Chairman; Neil Neufeld, Victoria;
Bill McCubbin, Victoria. 10. Hugh B.
Heath, Nanaimo, Chairman; Patricia
M. Johnson, Nanaimo; Dr. R. E. Foerster, Nanaimo;  Dr. Neave, Nanaimo.
A. K. MacLeod
28 U.B.C. Graduate Honoured in Athens
Dr.  Homer Thompson  Speaks at  Dedication  Ceremony
On September 3 in the ancient
Agora or Market-place of Athens took
place the dedication of the rebuilt
Stoa of Attalus. (See Chronicle, Winter Issue 1953, p. 16). Among those
officiating at the ceremony was Dr.
Homer Thompson, F.B.A., B.A.'25,
LL.D.'49, Field Director of the Agora
excavations for the American School
of Classical Studies in Athens since
1945. As a token of esteem in which
he is held by the Greek people, Dr.
Thompson was made a Freeman of
the City of Athens, and was presented
with a special medal by His Majesty,
the King of Greece.
The original Stoa was built about
150 B.C. by Attalus II, King of Per-
gamon, an Alumnus of the Athenian
Schools of Philosophy, out of gratitude to the institutions where he had
received his University education. It
has been rebuilt on the site at a cost
of more than a million dollars, donated
by friends of the humanities, mainly
in the United States.
Of this undertaking Dr. Thompson
writes: "The Stoa of Attalus is the
great market-hall of the 2nd Century
B.C. which once closed the east side
of the Agora in ancient Athens. The
primary purposes of the reconstruction was to provide a museum for the
more than 60,000 objects recovered
in the excavation of the Agora. But
the reconstruction will also afford a
unique opportunity to appreciate the
scale and the architectural design of
this very characteristic type of ancient Greek building, in whose spacious marble colonnades the citizens
spent much of their time.
"The reconstruction of the Stoa represents the culmination of a quarter
century of exploration which has
been devoted to clearing the ancient
Market-place by the American School
of Classical Studies at Athens, and
the dedication of the building will
constitute the final event in a three-
day programme in celebration of the
75th Anniversary of the School's activity in Greece."
Physics  Department Staff
The Physics Department seems to
be maintaining its reputation as the
most cosmopolitan department in the
University. New appointments this
year  include   the  following:
Dr. J. R. Prescott, Assistant Professor—Melbourne, Australia; Mr. J.
B. Gunn, Assistant Professor—Cambridge, England; Dr. P. W. F. Grib-
bon, Instructor—Belfast, Ireland; Dr.
G. Bate, Research Associate—Sheffield, England; Dr. Karl Erdman, Research Associate—Cambridge University; Dr. Myer Bloom, Post-doctorate
Fellow—Leiden, Holland; Dr. M. S.
Sodha, Post-doctorate Fellow—New
Delhi, India; Dr. Oskar Nydal, Post-
doctorate Fellow—Trondheim, Norway; Dr. B. L. White, Post-doctorate
Homer A. Thompson  in  his study at   Institute  for
Advanced   Studies,   Princeton,   N.J.
"Courtesy  LIFE  Magazine, (c) 1947 Time Inc. '
Fellow—Auckland, New Zealand; Dr.
W. A. Little, Post-doctorate Fellow—
Rhodes University, S. Africa.
The Department regrets the loss
of a number of members of the staff.
Dr. A. R. Clark, Associate Professor
and well known for his work in Gao-
physics, has resigned to accept a
position with Noranda Mines in Ontario. Dr. C. A. Barnes has resigned
to accept a senior research posit on
at the California Institute of Technology. Others leaving the Department to accept positions in the United
States and Australia include Dr. G.
Cumming, Dr. J. Blakemore, Dr. F. D.
Stacey and Dr. T. Pavlopoulos.
Physical Education Graduates
What Are They Doing?
It is seven years since the first Degrees in Physical Education were
granted at U.B.C. What has happened
to the 189 Graduates in this interval?
Here is the answer.
Teaching  in  Secondary  or
Elementary Schools  7!)
Recreation   work   (Community   Centres) l(>
Y.M.C.A. Work   5
Services   (Air  Force and   Army)  8
Physical Medicine (Rehabilitation")  3
Colleges  and   Universities   (Teaching:)  4
Travel      2
Business    (Other   than   above)  11
University—Post Graduate Study  6
Unknown   2
Deceased     2
Total     : 3S
Single and  Teaching  School  If1
Single and Teaching University  1
Married and Teaching School  11
Married and Not Teaching at present ..  12
Travel 2
Other Work   (Air Hostess,  Red  Cross  Lab.
Tech.  and  Physiotherapy)  3
Unknown  2
It is reported that plans of the new-
Arts Building (See Chronicle, Summer Issue, Front Cover) were approved and sent to tender toward the
end of August, returnable in four
weeks. Tenders received will be considered at the Board of Governor's
meeting September 24, and work w 11
start forthwith. Completion date is
in the Spring of 1958. Clearing of the
site has already begun.
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The School of Architecture erected
a display at the Pacific National Exhibition which raised considerable
favorable comment. Students in the
fifth year were largely responsible
for the exhibit. The Architectural Institute of British Columbia participated in the project financially.
U. B. C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Faculty of Commerce
Staff Changes
Earle D. MacPhee
of Commerce and
Business Administrations under
Dean E. D. MacPhee, M.M., M.A.,
B.Ed. (Edinburgh), starts off
with a number of
new faces in the
Division of Accounting.
Donald B.
Fields, B.Com.'43, C.A., Associate
Professor, resigned at the end of June
to become B.C. resident partner for
Clarkson, Gordon & Company, with
head office in Vancouver. R. D. Thomas, B.Com. (Tor.), Assistant Professor, has resigned to take over responsibility for training in the various
branches of Riddell, Stead, Graham
& Hutchison. He will reside in
Three new accountants have joined
the teaching staff. Mr. Roger M. Bain,
B.A., B.Com.'36, C.A., comes to us
with ten years experience in the Income Tax Department, followed by
several years experience in industry.
Mr. Arthur Beedle, B.Com., C.A., was
a partner in a firm of accountants in
England, emigrated to Canada in
1952, and has been a partner in Chad-
wick, Beacon & Company of New
Westminster. Mr. David Blazouske,
B.A., B.Com., C.A., is joining us from
the Faculty of the College of Commerce,   University   of   Saskatchewan.
The Board of Governors has appointed Robert H. Heywood, B.A.'38,
Vice-Principal of Victoria High School,
as an Associate Professor in charge
of the Division of Commercial Teacher Training.   He will be assisted dur
ing the session 1956-57 by Mr. Robert S. Price, B.A.'46, B.Com.'47, who
has been granted a year's leave of
absence from the principalship of
Royal Oak High School to complete
the M.B.A. degree at this University.
Professors C. C. Gourlay, B. E.
Burke, S. M. Oberg and W. O. Perkett
have all been continuing their doctoral
studies during the summer session of
the University of Washington and
will be returning to the campus at the
end of August.
Spends Summer in  Europe
Professor Fred Lasserre, Director of
the School of Architecture, reports
that he had a successful 3V2 month
tour of Europe , giving 13 lectures in
the British Isles, visiting some 52
cities and interviewing 21 Schools of
Architecture in 11 countries. He was
particularly interested in the variation in teaching methods which nevertheless seemed to result in an Architecture having a considerable similarity, from London to Rome to Helsinki
to Vancouver. During his travels he
met: Martin Opie, B.Arch.'53, who
had just returned to England from
Iraq, where he had been on a planning
assignment with Max Lock. His present plan is marriage and a year or so
working with Alfred Roth, Architect
in Zurich, Switzerland. Dick Arch-
ambault, B.Arch.'55, who is busy
gathering material in England and on
the Continent for the Report he is
to prepare as a winner of the Pilking-
ton Travelling Scholarship. Ken Ter-
riss, B.Arch.'52, who is taking time
off in the middle of his post-graduate
studies, Langley Scholarship and an
M.I.T. award, to work in Sweden.
Ken worked for some six months in
Italy and now hopes to spend a year
in Stockholm where he has obtained
an interesting and remunerative job
with a busy firm of architects.
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30 The Faculty
Dean Gordon Shrum, O.B.E., M.M.,
E.D., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), F.R.S.C,
Faculty of Graduate Studies, spent
two weeks immediately after Congregation in the United Kingdom. He
visited a number of University, Government and Industrial Research laboratories. These included the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and Liverpool, the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell and the Radar Research Establishment at Malvern. Returning to
Canada early in June, Dean Shrum
attended meetings in Ottawa and
Montreal and then joined a National
Research Council Inspection Tour of
the Northwest Territories. Centres
visited included the Uranium Mining
Centre at Beaverlodge, Yellowknife,
Norman Wells, Aklavik and the DEW
Line radar station at Tuktoyatuk on
the Beaufort Sea.
Dean F. H. Soward, B.A. (Tor.),
B.Litt. (Oxon.), F.R.S.C, Head, Department of History, Director of International Studies, and Associate
Dean of Graduate Studies, has just
published a pamphlet on "The Department of External Affairs and
Canadian Autonomy 1899-1939" as
the seventh in a series of historical
pamphlets produced under the auspices of the Canadian Historical Association.
Dr. John Ward Patterson, A.B.
(Ohio Wesleyan), M.S. (Ohio State),
Ph.D. (Ohio State), M.D. (Western
Reserve), formerly Associate Dean
of Medical Education, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, is
the new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Patterson brings to his new
post a large background of intensive
research in organic chemistry as it
pertains to medicine, coupled with a
wide administrative experience in
medical   education.
Dean J. W. Patterson
A. Willem de Groot
Walton J. Anderson, B.S.A., M.Sc.
(Sask.), Ph.D. (Chicago), Associate
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Economics,
was recently appointed Director of
the Agricultural Institute of Canada,
B.C. Branch.
A. Earle Birney, B.A.'26, M.A.,
Ph.D. (Tor.), F.R.S.C, Professor, Department of English, spent the summer in San Miguel Allende, Mexico,
where he lectured on the "Craft of
Poetry" to a class of American writers  at the  Instituto  Allende an  Art
Institute affiliated with the University
of Guanajuato. In August, Dr. Birney gave a Canadian poetry reading
to the American-Mexican Writers
League in Mexico City.
Professor A. C Cooke, B.A. (Man.),
M.A. (Oxon.), Department of History,
is on a year's leave of absence to do
research on Colonial Policy in East
and West Africa. He will study first
in London and later will proceed to
Africa, returning for the Session
1957-58. His place will be taken by
William H. Whiteley, B.A.'51, Ph.D.
Geoffrey O. B. Davies, M.A. (Cantab.), Assistant Professor, Department of History and International and
Asian Studies, has recently been appointed Administrative Assistant to
the President of the University.
Wolfgang Gerson, A.A.Dipl., M.R.
A.I.C., A.R.I.B.A., joins the staff as
Associate Professor. He was formerly
Associate Professor of Architecture
at the University of Manitoba. Arthur C. Erikson, B.Arch., M.R.A.I.C,
joins the staff of the School of Architecture, after spending a year at the
University of Oregon. He was joint-
winner, recently, of the coveted Massey Medal.
A. Willem de Groot, M.A., Ph.D.,
(Groningen), Special Lecturer Department of Classics, has accepted the
appointment by Queen Juliana of
the Netherlands, to the Chair of
Linguistics in the University of L't-
recht. He will begin work in his new
post at the end of September and will
deliver his inaugural address on December 17. His appointment will expire on his reaching the age for retirement at seventy. Professor de
Groot was honoured by the U.B.C.
Senate on August 24 with the permanent title of Professor Emeritus of
Classics. Before coming to U.B.C.
five years ago he had been for 30
years Full Professor of Latin in Amsterdam University and Visiting Professor in the University of California
at Los Angeles.
PingTi Ho, B.A. (National Tsing
Hua Univ. Peiping), Ph.D. (Columbia), Assistant Professor, Department of History and International
and Asian Studies, has spent the
summer at Harvard, working in a
team of experts on a study of China's
population since 1950. He also attended a conference in New Hampshire, convened by Dr. Sylvia Thrupp,
B.A.'25, of a dozen social scientists
and economic historians, and read a
paper on Social Mobility.
Rev. N. D. B. Larmonth, B.A., D.D.,
has been appointed to the staff of
the Anglican Theological College. He
will be in charge of the Public Relations work of the College and mainly
concerned with increasing the interest
in the work of the College, which is
the training school in British Columbia for Anglican clergy.
Patricia Montgomery, B. P. H. E.
(Tor.), Instructor, School of Physicz.l
Education, has resigned from the
teaching staff to continue her studies
at the University of Wisconsin.
Peter M. Mullins, Dip. in Phys. Ed.
(Sydney Teacher's College),' B.Sc,
M.Sc. (Washington State), Instructor, School of Physical Education, and
Robert G. Hindmarch, B.P.E.'52, Instructor, School of Physical Education,
spent the summer in graduate work at
Washington State College.
Professor Robert F. Osborne, B.A.
'33, B.Ed.'48, Head of the School of
Physical Education, was recently appointed Manager of Canada's Olympic
Track and Field Team. Bob is a
former U.B.C. Track and Basketball
great, who for many years has been
active in amateur athletics. He is
Past-President of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada, and Manager
of the 1948 Olympic Basketball Team.
While in Australia he will attend the
World Congress on Physical Education.
William J. Rose
James 0. St. Clair-
Professor W. J. Rose, B.A. (Man.).
M.A. (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Cracow), LL.D.
(U.B.C), F.R. Hist. S., F.R.S.C, Honorary Lecturer, Department of Slavonics, was given the permanent title
of Professor Emeritus of Slavonic
Studies by Senate on August 24. Professor Rose has retired from the post
of Special Lecturer.
James O. St. Clair-Sobell, M.A.
(Melbourne), Ph.D. (Gras), Professor
and Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies, visited Poland as the
guest of the Polish Academy of
Sciences in April, 1956. Dr. Sobell
took part in the proceedings of a
Special Session of the Academy devoted to the memory of Poland's
greatest poet, Adam Mickiewicz. The
sessions extended over a week and
were held in the Palace of Culture in
Warsaw. Delegations of scholars
came from a dozen different countries. The papers presented at the
Session are to be published in a special memorial volume in honour of
H. Douglas Whittle, B.P H E. (Tor.),
M.S. (Oregon), Associate Professor,
School of Physical Education, has
completed work for the Doctor's Degree at the University of Oregon and
had the Degree conferred in June.
B. Paul Wisnicki, Dipl.Ing., M.E.I.C,
will return from his leave of absence
of two years to resume his position
as Associate Professor in charge of
engineering courses in the School
of Architecture.
U. B. C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Home Economics 1956
A Review of Achievement
Charlotte S. Black
The year 1956 will stand as a higli
point in the progress of Home Economics at U.B.C. This is the year in
which an honorary LL.D. was granted
to Miss Jessie L. McLenaghen in recognition of her contribution to education in the Province. This year, too,
the Home Management House became
a reality and the Canadian Home
Economics Association held its convention in Vancouver. Arrival at a
high point indicates perseverance and
a climb; this has been the case with
Home Economics at U.B.C.
It was in 1925, when our University
moved to the Point Grey site, that the
women of the Province, who had had a
realisation of a need for some time,
became fully active in their campaign
to have established in the growing
University a Chair of Home Economics. These women valued the
teaching of homemaking arts and
skills in the Elementary Schools and
foresaw increased need for such instruction, if home standards were to
be maintained through the period of
rapid expansion in the Province. They
believed that B.C. girls should have
the opportunity to become teachers
of Home Economics without going
to other Provinces for their education.
They translated their beliefs into actions, presenting their study of needs
and proposals for meeting them to
those in educational authority. Further, they commenced to raise funds
among the interested public. In 1928
the Board of Governors of the University and the Minister of Education
announced the imminence of the establishment of a Department of Home
Economics at U.B.C, and that fall
young women were enrolled in a preliminary Arts course, with the expectation that special instructors and
facilities would be ready two years
later. However, the depression was
upon us by then, and plans for expansion at the University were abandoned. The women's group, true to
their convictions, granted Scholarships from the funds raised by them
By Charlotte S.  Black,  B.Sc. I H.Ec. >Man., A.M. (Columbia).,  Director School of Home  Economics
to the students who had enrolled for
Home Economics so they might complete their study at other Universities.
Paralleling the work toward higher
education in Home Economics, Dr.
McLenaghen, as Provincial Supervisor for the subject, had been instrumental in having valuable advances
made. The standard for a Degree in
Home Economics was established for
teachers of the subject. The subject
of Home Economics in the High
School curriculum was recognised for
H.S. graduation and University entrance. The standard of teaching and
the course content were greatly upgraded by this inspired and indefatigable leader. Still all the teachers
came from other Universities, and
many B.C. High School graduates,
who were potential home economists,
were lost through their inability to
go elsewhere for their education.
The efforts of the women's groups,
now centralised in a Permanent Committee on Home Economics of the
Parent-Teacher Federation, continued
to be directed toward keeping the
case for Home Economics before the
authorities of the University and the
Department of Education. In the fall
of 1942, the Minister of Education
announced that a Department of Home
Economics would be established at
the University of B.C. the following
fall. The goal was finally in sight
and became a reality when 60 young
women enrolled in September 1943.
Miss Dorothy Lefebvre was appointed
Acting Head and Insructor in Foods
and Nutrition, with Miss Stella Beil to
instruct in Clothing and Textiles. The
foundation laid by these pioneers
proved to be strong and worthy, in
spite of problems, not the least of
which was a complete lack of laboratory facilities on the Campus. It
was not until 1948 that laboratories
of quite satisfactory arrangement
were completed. By this time the
student body was averaging 150 a
year and the Faculty had grown to 10
in number.
1949 commenced with a set-back
when all the laboratories were completely destroyed by fire. It proved
to be a year of achievement, however,
as the new buildings was completed
by September. The Department was
now housed in a manner second to
none in Canada, and had learned how
many truly interested friends it had.
Arrival at a high point gives opportunity for survey and appraisal.
Home Economics is seen to be a broad
field encompassing far more than
skills. It has been defined as a "study
of the arts and science of living" or,
only slightly less broad, "of the arts
and science of homemaking". At
University level, a Home Economics
programme includes Social Sciences
as well as Natural Sciencs. The walls
of a house, no matter how well they
may be designed or how well the
interior may be equipped, do not confine the family nor absorb all the
time and interest of the homemaker.
More of her energy goes today into
choice-making and the determination
of values than in the days of the
washboard and coal range. Modern
equipment and the increasing use of
the push-button make for leisure and
the need for interest of a creative
and stimulating nature.
Any University graduate might be
expected to have such a degree of
maturity and wealth of background
that the psychological facets of home-
making may be dealt with to their
satisfaction. Further, being able to
read and interpret instructions, they
may develop sufficient skill to meet
their needs. The student in Home
Economics however, is offered an
education that will prepare her for
a profession through which she may
be of service to individuals and homes
at large. Concurrently, she becomes
better prepared to undertake her own
The years between 1943 and 1956
have enabled 415 young women to receive the B.H.E. degree, the first ones
being granted in 1946. At the last
count—out-of-date by the time this
reaches the editor—280 of these graduates were married, with a proportion
of these still continuing in the professional field of their choice. Our
records show that one-half of each
class is married within two years of
graduation. This points to the importance of designing the content of
the four-year course to meet the needs
of the individual in preparation for
her true life-work as well as for one
of the other professions: too narrow a
Home Management House, living room area of
family suite, looking over entrance to Howe Sound;
makes use of light pastel colours, white trim and
floor, fireplace wall for light reflection, Mobile
for spatial design.
32 specialisation at the undergraduate
level would be a mistake.
The two major professions into
which graduates have gone are Teaching and Dietetics, which have attracted 195 and 160 respectively. Opportunities in these fields have far outstripped the number of candidates
prepared for them. The Teacher of
Home Economics carries a great responsibility for developing attitudes
and standards believed to be desirable
in Canadian homes, as she teaches
skills. The practical phases of her
work receive more public attention
than do the other more intangible
ones; the food is eaten and the dress
is worn. The scope of the work of
the Dietitian is as frequently misunderstood as is that of the Teacher;
she is a manager in charge of a
department that serves the public,
whether sick or well; she has many
employees of several grades and a
considerable budget under her direction. The Dietitian purchases the food,
directs its preparation, teaches her
staff and must have the product
at the point where it is to be eaten
in good condition and on time. In
a Hospital she has the added responsibility of preparing for special
nutritional needs of patients.
A minority of graduates have entered other fields. The Textiles industry has offered opportunity for
those who wished to do further work
in testing and developing new finishes
and fabrics. Positions as Nutritionists
have appealed to those who have
wished to maintain the health of the
population at large. A considerable
group of graduates may be found in
positions, where they answer the endless and varied questions of home-
makers—with home-service centres of
utility companies, newspapers and
magazines. Others are attached to
the staff of food and equipment companies, aiding in the development of
new products, keeping the homemaker
aware of what is new and, indeed,
stimulating her wants for the particular new products of that company.
As there are more and more ready-
to-use products, labor-saving equipment and cleaning aids on the market,
there are Home Economists behind
the scenes, aiding in the development
of these. A few graduates with particular talent and "flair" have entered
the highly-specialized field of design
and interior decoration. Far too few-
young women have proceeded to graduate study and intensive specialisation
or research; this is a weakness and
must be rectifield if the professions
are to grow.
Theory without practice does not
prepare the young graduate for any
professional field in Home Economics.
Laboratory sessions parallel lectures
throughout; however, the climax
comes with residence in the Home
Management House. A house has
been in operation since 1947 in temporary quarters, attractive to the eye
but  inefficient  as  a  home.    The  new
Home   Management   House,   Dining   Room,   opeis   off   L-shaped   living   area,   looks   out   on   Marine   Drive,
continues pastel  colour  plan,  white  tile  floor  laid  all one way for  line direction  and  simplification;  open
door gives  antry to family kitchen.
house, opened in March of this year,
links up with the very start of Home
Economics at U.B.C, as the funds
raised by the women in the twenties
became the nucleus of the House
Fund. Contributions from scores of
interested Alumni and friends swelled
the fund to the point where construction could be undertaken. The
house is now complete and, like most
new homes, is covered not only by a
roof but also by a mortgage.
All senior students spend a period
of three weeks living in the house
and carrying all the major responsibilities of a home. The management
of their time and limited resources,
as well as social responsibility for
the group, are valuable experiences.
To live.in a house of contemporary
design, attractive in color and furnishings, with the latest in finishes and
equipment enables the student to
evaluate the functional aspects of
the new in everyday life. There are
those who question the advisability of
having all up-to-date instead of requiring the students to face the necessity of using their ingenuity with
the old. In every field we are educating for tomorrow, not for yesterday; when the graduates realise what
may be, they will strive harder to
improve less efficient, comfortable and
healthful conditions.
It was with pride that the members
of the Canadian Home Economies
Association were welcomed to Vancouver and the campus in July for
the Canadian Biennial Convention.*
It was shown that the professional
resources of this Province could pro-
::°<Miss Black was Chairman of the Committee
in charge of arrangements for the Convention,
of which also she was Chairman.)
vide a rich and well-rounded programme while the physical resources
supplied relaxation without parallel.
The U.B.C. campus and Home Economics building were particularly appreciated and will be remembered.
While not wishing to prepare for such
a convention soon again, the large
group of B.C. Home Economists which
co-operated to make the meetings a
success is gratified by the results.
The future of Home Economics
cannot be static. As the subject
matter deals with the home and living-
it must g-o forward with the times.
Much of what is, or may be, included
in Home Economics courses has value
for all students and should not be
limited to a selected group of majors.
The study of the family and the child
must be extended with facilities for
the observation of and research with
small children added. Facilities for
research in the fields of nutrition,
textiles and foods must be added in
order to enrich instruction and to
prepare the graduate for their places
in the rapidly-developing fields. Developments in the field of education
are envisioned in co-operation with
the College of Education, so teachers
may be prepared to meet the increasing demands of our schools. The
needs of the individual as a Home
Economist must be continually reevaluated as more and more she
will be called upon to fill a multiple
role as homemaker, mother and professional   Home  Economist.
The period between 1925-1956 has
seen Home Economcs take great
strides in the Province of British
Columbia; the coming decade should
bring spectacular consolidation, appreciation and development.
ore off the sa
The past ten years have been good to British Columbia.
They've brought new businesses and industries, new jobs,
bigger pay cheques, better living.
One  of  the  big  reasons  for  B.C.'s   growth  is  a
plentiful supply of cheap electricity.   Electricity to expand
old  industries  and  attract  new  ones.   Electricity  to
bring better living to our homes.
During these  ten  busy  years,  the  B.C.  Electric
has invested some §300,000,000 to more than double the
supply of electrical power available ten years ago.
With dozens of new projects under way, and
more planned, the B.C. Electric continues to invest
in B.C.'s future.  It's doing its part to make
the next ten years just as bright
or brighter, than the last.
THE LONG VIEW—and how it helps you
If you take the long view, you probably have a definite picture in mind
— a summer cottage, a car, or maybe an interesting holiday spot.
Whatever it may be, you'll realize your hopes sooner if you save
regularly at The Canadian Bank of Commerce. Start a savings account
at our nearest branch today.
Olympic Crews in Training
Western's Mustangs Open Football Season
By R. J. Phillips, Athletic Director
Olympic  Crews,   1956     In   front,  centre  four,   is  the   Four-oared  Crew,   Middle   and   Back   Rows  with  Girl
Ogawa, are the  Eight   From  Left    Front Row—Frank  Read   (Coach),  Don  Arnold, Walter d'Hondt,  Lome
Loomer, Archie McKinnon, Carl Ogawa. Middle Row: Dave Helliwell, Bob Wilson, Dick McClure, Phil Kueb^r.
Back   Row:   Laurie   West,   Wayne   Pretty,   Bill   McKerlich,   Doug   McDonald.
In 1950 Frank Read volunteered to
coach the U.B.C. Rowing Crews, and
in the interval of six years has
achieved an enviable record of rowing
successes. Starting with dual meets
against Oregon State for the "Egg
Cup", the crew's activities broadened
to include the California Sprint
Championships at Newport Beach,
where America's top intercollegiate
boats gathered annually for races
over the 2,000 metre distance. These
events were good experience for our
crews, but even better experience for
Frank, who gradually developed a
system of training which he has since
applied most successfully. Superior
physical condition is the keynote—
condition achieved through long winter months of special calisthenic exercises, followed by miles upon miles
of rowing in Coal Harbour and Bur-
rard Inlet. The finishing touches, the
delicate training in crew co-ordination, mark the final phase of Read's
programme. His ability to bring a
crew up to the peak of athletic efficiency, at the time of competition is
probably the key to his string of
rowing victories—the B.E. Games, the
Royal Henley, and the Canadian
Olympic Trials.
Now the U.B.C.-V.R.C. Crews of
1956 face their sternest test—the Melbourne Olympics. The eight-oared
crew, which set a world record of
5:49.6 for the 2,000 metre race at the
Olympic   Trials,   has   five   returning
lettermen: Stroke, Laurie West (Vancouver), Doug McDonald (Ganges),
Bob Wilson (Kamloops), Phil Kueber
(Duncan), and Cox, Carl Ogawa (Salmon Arm). The new members ate
Bill McKerlich (Vancouver), Wayre
Pretty (Winfield), David Helliwell
(Vancouver), and Dick McClure
The four-oared crew is composed
entirely of freshman rowers: Stroke,
Don Arnold (Kelowna), Walter D'Hondt (Vancouver), Lome Loomer
(Nelson), and Archie McKinnon
(Cranbrook). In their phenomenal
victory at the Trials they broke the
Olympic record with a time of 6:05.8
over 2,000 metres.
Although the success at the Trials
established the crews' right to represent Canada at Melbourne, the Canadian Olympic Association does not
have sufficient funds to pay the transportation costs. It has been necessary,
therefore, to raise funds in British
Columbia for that purpose, and to
pay for the cost of training and equipment. Mr. Aubrey Roberts, Arts'23,
1955 Great Trekker, is chairman of
the "Help Our Crews Committee".
Donations would be most welcome.
Cheques should be made payable to
"U.B.C. Development Fund", marked
"rowing", and sent to the University
Alumni Office, Brock Hall.
Doug Clement, the former University of Oregon track star, who repre
ss   Winston   Churchill
sented Canada at the 1952 Olympics
in Helsinki, was selected to attend the
1956 Canadian Olympic Training Plan
in Toronto in August. Here he placed
second in the 800 metres, third in the
400 metres and anchored the 1600
metre winning relay team from Van-
couvr. He has been chosen to represent Canada in these events at Melbourne in December. Clement is now
entering his second year of Medical
studies at U.B.C. He will anchor the
U.B.C. Mile Relay in the half-time race
against the University of Western Ontario on September 22. Doug Kyle,
B.A.Sc'54, former U.B.C. track star,
will also be a member of the Olympic
Team and running the 5,000 and
10,000 metres.
The University of Western Ontario
"Mustangs" will invade U.B.C. Stadium on Saturday,
September 22nd,
in an effort to
win the Sir Winston Churchill
Trophy. This
fourth Annual
Canadian Intercollegiate Football Exhibition Game
will again be in aid of the Canadian
Paraplegic Association. Western Ontario has been consistently successful
in the Eastern Intercollegiate League,
where coach John Metras boasts a
Won 59, Lost 31, Tied 8 Record, since
he took over the coaching duties in
Last year the "Thunderbirds" held
the McGill University "Redmen" to
a scoreless tie. Coach Frank "Gnup"
will definitely field a stronger team
this fall, with the return of the majority of last year's squad. The preseason training camp is expected to
be the largest in U.B.C. history, which
may result in the formation of three
competing teams: Varsity, Junior
Varsity and Junior.
The 1956 Thunderbirds Schedule is
as follows:
Sept. 22—University of Western Ontario—
Vancouver,  2:00  p.m.
Sept. 29—Pacific Lutheran College—Vancouver,   2:00   p.m.
Oct. 6—Eastern Washington College—Cheney.
Oct. 13—Western Washington College—Vancouver,   2:00   p.m.
Oct. 20 — Whitworth College — Vancouver.
2:00  p.m.
Oct.   27—College   of   Puget   Sound—Tacoma.
Nov. 3-^Central Washington College (Homecoming)—-Vancouver. 2:00  p.m.
Nov. 10 — Seattle Ramblers — Vancouver.
2:00  p.m.
Nov. 10 — Seattle Ramblers — Vancouver,
2:00  p.m.
For the first time in its history, the
U.B.C. Soccer team will travel to California for games against Stanford
on November 3 and the University of
California on November 5. Arrangements for the trip have been finalised
by the Athletic Office, on the understanding that both Stanford and
California will play return matches
here in the fall of 1957.
Here is a map that should interest young engineers. It
shows a variety of projects incorporating the latest technical
All were designed and7or constructed by Bechtel engineers.
Now we are preparing to put a great many new industrial
installations on the map and, consequently, opportunities for
a lifetime career at Bechtel have never been more plentiful.
Toronto •  Vancouver
U. B. C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE        36 Panhellenic House on Campus
A long-cherished dream of U.B.C.'s
Sorority women is nearing reality
with the announcement from City
and Campus Panhellenics that a drive
for funds to erect a Panhellenic House
is under way.
According to Mrs. James A. (Honoree) Findlay, B.A.'36, Chairman of
the Building Committee, the $80,000
building would be used by both undergraduate and Alumna Sorority members for meetings, some social functions, and as a between-classes dining and recreation centre.
Althoug-h final plans are still being
drafted, the house will consist of eight
large rooms, each with kitchen, storage and cloakroom facilities. There
will be powder rooms on each of the
two floors. A large lounge is also
planned if funds are sufficient. In any
event allowance for future additions
is being made in plans, Mrs. Findlay
She added that the request of the
ninth sorority on the campus to be
omitted from participation at this
time for financial reasons has been
regretfully accepted by the Panhellenic executive.
At last report, a site had not been
selected, but University officials, who
acknowledge the immediate need for
the building and are lending their enthusiastic support, have promised
early action on a location near the
heart of campus activities.
Work on the building project has
been going on for two years under
the direction of Mrs. Edward A.
Mary-Pat) Robertson, B.A.'49, Mrs.
Kenneth M. (Joyce) Walley, B.A.'46,
and Mrs. R. M. (Susan) LePage, B.A.
_^Mv. \5.''L.
Rough   sketch   ot   proposed   Panhellenic   House
at  U.B.C.
'52, present City Panhellenic President.
Following that organisation's workshop in June, a building committei'
was set up with representatives fron
each of the groups involved. They
are Janice Greenlees, B.A.'32, Mrs.
A. R. (Mary) Wood, B.A.'48, B.Ed.
'48, Mrs. V. Ben (Helen) William,,
B.A.'28, Mrs. Thomas (Joy) McCus-
ker, B.A.'47, Mrs. G. Dudley (Mini}
Darling, B.A.'39, Mrs. Norman M.
(Elizabeth) Beaton, B.A.'29, Mrs. Melville H. (Maxine) Shaw, B.H.E.'46.
Mrs. Lionel H. (Margaret) Salt, B.A.
'44, Mrs. Walley, Mrs. Robertson and
Mrs. Findlay.
This Committee is now seeking support from each Sorority Alumna in
the form of cash donations or long-
term pledges. Undergrad Panhel
members passed a motion that each
would pay $30.00 during her undei-
graduate years into a house fund, and
it is hoped that each Alumna will at
least match this amount.
While Alumnae will not perhaps
derive so much benefit personally from
the house, the committee points out
that    the   building   would   serve    to
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Bethlehem Copper Corporation Ltd. (N.P.L)
H. H. HUESTIS, President
strengthen the fraternity appeal and
encourage wider membership, as well
as providing the convenience of a
permanent Sorority headquarters in
Officials of the University Development Fund have offered to accept
donations for this purpose, making
such payments income-tax deductible.
Anyone wishing to contribute should
make the cheque payable to the
U.B.C. Development Fund, marking
it clearly "Panhellenic House". If yeu
wish to have a specific Sorority credited with your donation, add that
name as well.
Present and predicted enrolment
figures for the University indicate that
it will be many years before there
will be enough out-of-town girls on
the campus to make it possible for the
Sororities to maintain their own
houses, and Panhellenic and University officials agree that the Panhellenic is a most satisfactory compromise at this time.
A ready and generous response from
supporters of the women's Greek Letter societies will ensure an early start
on construction of this much-needed
centre for  Sorority activities.
—Margaret  Salt.
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morning, noon, or night.
GAIN exciting new interests, new
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community agencies which depend
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centres, clinics ... in any of the
health, welfare or cultural agencies
in our town.
There are countless jobs to be done
in activities suited to your own abilities  and interests.
VOLUNTEERS is available, sponsored
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School, 12th Ave. and Oak St., commencing October 2.
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ANDREW-HERON. Peter Robert Andrew,
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ANTLE-HOGG. John Victor Stephen Antle,
B.Com.'55,  to Elizabeth  Rose Hogg,   B.A.'56.
ARCHIBALD-KERR. William R. Archibald,
B.S.A.'53, to Patricia Mary Kerr in
BARDAL-ANDERSON. Calvin Oliver Bardal,
B.S.F/51,   to   Shirley   Margaret   Anderson.
BAXTER-RAE. John S. Baxter, B.A/48, to
Jean  Rae Fox, in Hamilton.
BEBB-STEEL. Douglas E. Bebb, M.D.'56, to
Betty   Elaine   Steel.
BELLOW-DAYE. Donald Grant Bellow,
B.A.Sc.'56,   to   Jean   Marion   Daye.
BERTO-GRITTE. Frank Joseph Berto, B.A.Sc.
'52. to Constance Beatrice Gritte, in Aruba,
Netherlands   West   Indies.
BIGOT-SHULEY. Jean Marcel Bigot, to
Margaret   Elizabeth   Shuley,   B.A.'50.
hold. B.A.Sc'53, to Evelyn Margaret Mitchell.
BODNER-WRIGHT. Harvey A. Bodner, to
Janie-Diane Wright,  B.P.E.'55.
BRADSHAW-ATTWOOD. Ronald Laird Brad-
shaw, B.S.A.'53, to Evelyn Grace Attwood,
BRODIE-LEWIS. Robert Gordon Brodie,
B.A.Sc'53, to Kathleen Suzanne Florence
BRUCE-STURDY. James Douglas Bruce to
Sandra Joan   Sturdy,  B.A.'55.
BUCKMASTER-WOOD. Harvey Allen Buck-
master, M.A.'52, Ph.D.'56, to Lilybel Patricia
BUHR-WILSON. Kenneth Henry Buhr to
Sheila   Anne   Rosalind   Wilson,   B.A.'52.
CARLSON-McCOSHAM. Stewart Jopling Carlson  to Margaret  Ruth McCosham,  B.A.'51.
CAVE-SEYMOUR. George Derry Cave, B.A.
'51,  M.D.'65,  to Judith  Egerton   Seymour.
CHURCH-LANGILLIE. Albert John Church,
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CLARKE-CHISHOLM. Alfred Thomas Clarke,
LL.B.'54, to Anita Grace Chisholm, B.A.'48,
CLARKE-WHITE. Douglas Harvey Clark,
B.A/48, to Bonnie Gordon White, in Ottawa.
man   to  Vera Marie  Stanley,   B.A.'53.
CROUTER-DONALDSON. Richard Allan Crou-
ter,   B.A.'53,   to  Anne   Elspeth   Donaldson.
DADSON-JAY. Philip J. Dadson, B.Com.'52,
to   Beverley   Anne   (Anita)   Jay,   B.A.'52.
DeVITO-CASEY. Leonard James DeVito,
B.Com.'56,  to   Anita  Mary   Casey.
Downing, B.A.'49, to Charlotte Elizabeth
(Betty)   Faulkner.
DYE-McCAWLEY. William Dye to Iris Beth
McCawley,   B.A.'51.
DYKE-BISSETT. Lome David Rhos Dyke,
B.Com.'56,   to   Esther   Ann   Bissett,   B.A.'54.
ELKINS-EDMONDS. Frank George Elkins,
B.A.Sc'55, to Mary Jane Edmonds, B.H.E.
EZZY-LOURIE. Albert K. Ezzy, to Suzanne
Elizabeth   Lourie,   B.A.'55.
FLEMONS-NEWCOMBE. Gordon Frederick
Flemons, B.Com.'56, to Jill Alison Newcombe.
rickson,   B.A.'53,   to   Alix   Louise   Gordon.
GALBRAITH-HILL. Craig Low Thomson Galbraith,   M.D.'56,   to  Janet   Winifred   Hill.
GARDOM-MACKENZIE. Garde Basil Gardom,
B.A/49, LL.B.'49, to Theresa Eileen Mackenzie.
GATEHOUSE-O'MEARA. John Gatehouse,
LL.B.'50, to Emily Gail O'Meara, in Victoria.
GIRLING-RAE. Peter Richmond Girling,
B.A.Sc/54, to Suzanne Charlotte Rae,
GRAHAM-SEDERIS. John Finlayson Graham,
B.A.'47, to Hermioni (Nita) Sederis, in
GRANT-MacINNES. Denis Charles Grant,
B.A.'50,   to   Ethel   Theresa   Maclnnes.
Greaves to Esther Bonita Harrison, B.A.'54,
in   Taymouth,   N.B.
Green. LL.B.'55, to Barbara Jean Sutherland.
Guttormsson to Joan Snape, B.A.'51, LL.B.
Halvorson, B.A.'55, to Margaret Ann Goddard.
HAMM-McALLISTER. Don Hamm, to Margaret (Peggy) Oral Breta McAllister, B.S.P.
'50,   in   Mission   City.
HANNA-BURTON. John Eakin Hanna to
Margaret Olive (Peggy) Burton, B.S.A.'45,
M.S.A.'47,   in   Ottawa.
HAYWARD-SAGE. Lloyd Douglas Hayward
to  Flora  Margaret   Gerrans   Sage,   B.A.'41.
HENSON - THOMSON. Williams Sherwood
Henson, B.A.'50, LL.B.'51, to Katherine
Helen   Thomson.
HUGGETT-O'BRIEN. Richard George Hug-
gett,  B.Com.'53,  to  Sheila   Anne  O'Brien.
Johnstone, B.Com'48, to Caroline Beatrice
(Carol)   Mawer.
KELSEY-BENINATI. Harley Edward Kelsey,
B.A.Sc.'55, to Gloria Kay Beninati, in Kimberley.
KIRST1UK-TAIT. Julian Kirstiuk to Barbara
Anne  Tait,   B.A.'54.
KORNDER-HALL. Lee D. Kornder, M.D.'56,
to Thais Lorraine Eleanore Hall, B.A.'52,
LARSEN-KALHOVD. Raymond Scerre Larsen, B.A.Sc.'56, to Laila Thelma Kalhovd,
in  Rossland.
LEGGATT-DUERKSEN. Stuart Malcolm Leg-
gatt, LL.B.'54, to Marlene Elizabeth Duork-
LODGE-PEARSON. Terence Owen Lodge,
B.Com.'56,   to   Teresa   June   Pearson.
LOGAN-BYERS. William Gordon Logan to
Dorothy Jean Byers, B.A.Sc. (Nurs.)'50, in
St.   John,  N.B.
MARTINSON-HAMLEY. Arthur Ralph Martinson, B.P.E.'53, to Marilyn Donna Ham-
ley,  in  Hawaii.
drum, B.A.Sc.'56, to Patricia Marie Rainford.
MORROW-SHARPE. Boswell Robert MacDonald (Barney! Morrow, B.Com.'56, to
Elaine  Alice  Sharpe,   B.S.P.'56.
McALPIN-DesBRISAY. Capt. Kenneth Mc-
Alpin  to Diana  Eileen  DesBrisay,   B.A.'49.
McARTHUR-KENTON. James Anderson McArthur, B.Com.'41, to Betty May Kenton,
in   Victoria.
McCALLUM-TWA. Walter Edward McCallum to Maureen Gertrude Twa, B.H.E.'56, in
Fulford   Harbour.
MacLeod, B.A.Sc.'56, to Jean Elaine Hicker-
McDONALD-DWYER. Kenneth G. McDonald,
B.S.P.'56. to Loretta Anne Dwyer, B.P.E.'55.
MACDONELL-R1CHARDSON.     Alan     Wilson
Macdonell,   LL.B.'52,   to   Fay   Ann   Richardson,   B.A.'54.
MacINTOSH-TOWNSLEY.     Lt.    Douglas    Arthur Macintosh,  B.A.Sc.'55,  C.A.E.,  to Mary
Annette   (Anne)    Townsley,   B.H.E.'55.
MacSORLEY - MacDONALD.       Charles     Clare
MacSorley,  to Margaret  Wendy  MacDonald,
NEWTON-BAXTER.     John    Farady    Newton,
B.Com.'55,  to  Catherine Agnes  Baxter,   B.A.
NICHOLS-SCHOFIELD.    Walter   James   Nichols,    B.A.Sc'41,    to    Mary-Lenore    Schofield,
NOEL-OLDHAM.    Ross   Norman   Noel,   B.S.P.
'54,  to Edith  Winnifred  Grace  Oldham.
OAKLEY-ANGUS.     John    Roger    Oakley,    to
Anne   Seton   Angus,   B.A.'48.
PATERSON-DARLING.   James Muir Paterson,
B.A.Sc'55,   to   Valerie   Ann   Darling,   B.H.E.
PHILPOTT-VEAR.     Dale    Camfield    Philpott
to   Gwendolyn   Louise   Vear,   B.Com.'54.
Pletcher,   B.A.Sc'55.   to   Engelina   Catharina
RAMAGE-LaRUE.   Edwin S. Ramage, B.A.'51,
M.A.'52, to Sue LaRue, in  Cincinnati, Ohio.
RAPANOS-GENIS.      George     Peter    Rapanos,
B.A.'53,  LL.B.'56,  to Ruth  Athanasia  Genis,
RITCHIE-SHANAHAN.  John  Christie Ritchie,
B.Com.'54,   to   Rosemary   Katherine   Shana-
ROBERTSON-NUGENT.       Alexander      Leiper
Robertson,   H.A.'49,   M.D.    (Western   Univ.),
to  Doris   Irene   Nugent.
RODD-CORNISH.   Dennis Gwyn Rodd, B.A.Sc.
'56,   to   Valerie   Cornish,   in   Victoria.
SCOTT-JOHNSTON.     John   Donald    Scott,   to
May    Swinton    Johnston,    B.A.'47,    B.Ed.'55.
SELLENS-BACK.      William    Charles    Sellens,
B.A.Sc'53,   to  Joan   Brook   Back.
SHEPHERD-BARKER.   Charles Herbert Shepherd,   B.Com.'53,   to   Beverly   Ann   Barker.
SHARMAN-MERRICK.    Cecil James  Sharman
to   Frances   Evelyn   Merrick,    B.A.'54.
SIMPSON-ZACHARIAS.   Brian Simpson, B.A.
'55,  to Laura Ann   Zacharias.
STACHON-KNOWLTON.   Lt. Joseph Anthony
Stachon,    R.C.N.,    B.A.Sc'49,   to   Mary    Patricia  Knowlton.
STEINER-ADAMSON.    Paul  Miller  Steiner  to
Nan   Adamson,   B.A.'54.
TAYLOR-YOUNG.      Garfield    William     Brady
Taylor,   B.P.E.'55,   to  Mary   Margot   Young,
B.H.E.'55.   in   Victoria.
TERADA-HOR1TA.   Naga Terada,  B.A.'55, to
Eiko   Horita,   in   Kelowna,   B.C.
THOMAS-MULCAHY.     James    William    Thomas,   B.A.Sc'51,   to   Valerie   June   Mulcahy,
in   Campbell  River.
TOOCHIN-MacKINNON. Donald Toochin, B.A.
'55,   to   Marion   Evelyn   MacKinnon.
TODD-KENNEDY.    Lt.  Norman Todd,  U.S.A.,
to  Helen   L.   Kennedy,   B.P.E/53.
WAINWRIGHT-PALMER.      Stephen     Andrew
Wainwright,     to     Mildred     Ruth      Palmer,
B.A.'53,   M.A.'55,   in   Honolulu.
WARD-BUSH.    Gordon  Victor  Ward,   B.A.Sc.
'54,   to  Joyce   Bernice   Bush,   in   Manchester,
WARKENTIN-KUBACH.     Benno   Peter   War-
kentin,   B.S.A.'51   to   Jane   Ann   Kubach,   in
New   York.
WATT-MacKINNON.      John     Gordon     Watt,
M.D.'56,   to   Kathryn   Mary   MacKinnon.
WEBB-FRANKSEN.    John   Kilburn   Webb,  to
Eleanor   Pauline   Franksen,   B.H.E.'54.
WESTGATE-ROSE.    Hugh   Donald   Westgate,
M.D.'55,   to   Jean   Alison   Rose.
Calgary—S.     P.    Burden,    B.A Sc '40     3032    26th
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B.C.  Telephone Co.,  351   3rd Ave
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P.O.  Box 6000.
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Box   121
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Jefferson  St.
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1268 5th Ave.
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Elizabeth Apts.
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2515  S.W.   169th   Place   '66'
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(Idaho),    Dominion    Field   Laboratory   of   Plant
Toronto -Roy   V.   Jackson,    B.A.'43,   48   Glenview
Trail—J   V. Rogers. B A.Sc/33. CM   & S   Co   Ltd
United   Kingdom—Mrs.   Douglas   Roe,   901   Hawkins
House,  Dolphin  Sq.,  London,  S.W.I.
Victoria -Dr.    W     H.    Gaddes,    B A/39,    M.A/46,
4150 Cedar Hill  Rd.
Winnipeg— E   W.  H    Brown, B.A/34, 670 Wellington  Crescent
Inland Natural Gas Company Limited will distribute low cost natural
gas along the route of the Westcoast Transmission Company Limited
pipeline in the interior of British Columbia.
Distribution of this amazingly efficient fuel will permit full utilization of
the natural resources so abundant in the territory the Company will serve.
Inland Natural Gas
39 U.  B. C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE Ir.  H.V.  Warren
18L6  -  V.esterti  i-arkway,
Vancouver ti,  L;.C.
P.A.  26
b.A.Sc.   27
Georgia  and  Granville
Vancouver, B.C.
An 1858 map of the Interior of
British Columbia, identified as New
Caledonia, drawn up the year the
colony was created. Fort Thompson (near bottom) is now Kamloops; Ft. George (upper centre I
is now Prince George.
C. Archives
INCORPORATED   Zt°    MAY    1670.


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