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Volume 35, Number 3, Autumn 81
UBC Seen
Alumni and Campus News
The Challenge of the Future
A conversation with UBC President
Douglas Kenny
University Mosaic
A report on alumni giving
A Campus Treasure Trove
Murray McMillan
Measures for Excellence
Sheila Ritchie
Musings of a Would-be Philanthropist
Eric Nicol
Summer of Discontent
Dorothy Young
Of Patrons, Projects and Catalysts
Judith Walker
A Man of Influence, A Man for Canada
A Book Review
J.V. Clyne
EDITOR Susan Jamieson MeLarnon, BA'65
COVER Photography by Ken Mayer
BA'69, Chair; Virginia Beirnes, LLB'49; Marcia
Boyd, MA'75; Margaret Burr, BMus'64; Peter
Jones; Murray McMillan, LLB'81; Nick
Omelusik, BA'64, BLS '66; David Richardson,
BCom'71; Robert Smith, BCom'68, MBA'71; El
Jean Wilson.
Alumni Media; Vancouver (604) 688-6819;
Toronto (416) 781-6957
Published quarterly by the Alumni Association of the
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The
copyright of all contents is registered. BUSINESS AND
EDITORIAL OFFICES: Cecil Green Park, 6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1X8,
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UBC Seen
A Presidential Letter
Dear UBC Alumni:
This issue of the Chronicle is devoted to our
annual appeal for funds. I strongly encourage
your generous donation in support of higher
education at UBC.
Your dollars make possible student
scholarships and bursaries; they assist
student-faculty projects of merit; and they
demonstrate to the federal and provincial
governments our commitment to a strong
university within society.
We, as alumni, have experienced the benefit
of UBC and it is our responsibility to provide
the leadership that makes the same
opportunity available to others.
Our tangible contributions are needed. Join
me in meeting the challenge of this appeal with
your cheque.
Yours truly,
Robert J. Smith, BCom'68, MBA'71
President, 1981-82
Winning Ways In
Creative Writing
Top honors in the Chronicle Creative Writing
Competition went this year to Dorothy
Young, for her short story Summer of
Discontent. Young, a graduate student in
creative writing, received her $200 first prize
at a luncheon in May.
Placing second among the 35 entrants was
Tim Anderson, a third year student in creative
writing, who received $100 for his short story
Northern August.
Tied for third prize of $50 each, were Tyler
Felbel, first year arts and Tim Ward, third
year arts. Felbel's entry was Only Paint,
Ward's was entitled When in Rome.
Judging the short story contest this year
were Jane Cowan Fredeman, senior editor of
the UBC Press, Trevor Lautens, an editor of
the Vancouver Sun, Nick Omelusik, head of
the reading rooms division, UBC library, Eric
Nicol, humorist, author and playwright, and
Herb Rosengraten, associate professor of
Funding for the competition is provided by
a grant from the UBC Alumni Fund. The
prizes were presented by Grant Burnyeat, who
chaired the fund committee.
Cover: The colors ofthe graduation hoods, part
ofthe UBC mosaic: (from left to right) dark green
of pharmaceutical sciences; malachite green of
physical education and recreation; amethyst for
law; magenta for social work; red (with lilac,
gold and blue) for dentistry; scarlet, applied
science, nursing and architecture; brown for
forestry; gold (with blue), doctor of philosophy;
maize for agriculture; cadmium yellow, library
science; university blue for arts, fine arts and
music; royal blue (with scarlet velvet) for
medicine; royal blue (with scarlet) for
rehabilitation medicine; turquoise, home
economics; blue (with gold and blue, gold and
white chevrons), doctor of education; light blue for
science; grey for commerce and accounting; white
for education.
The Alumni and the Institute:
Season 66
From diabetes to poetry readings by a Nobel
Laureate, the Vancouver Institute is once
again presenting a varied and exciting series of
public lectures in its fall series.
The new season — the institute's 66th —
also officially launches the alumni association's
new role with the institute. Always an
enthusiastic supporter of the institute's
outstanding programs, the alumni association
has added the tasks of institute secretariat to
its duties. Alumni president Robert J. Smith is
a member of the institute council and
association executive director, Peter Jones has
been appointed honorary secretary. The
alumni office will be providing secretarial and
accounting assistance as well as membership
services such as distribution of the
semi-annual program brochure. (For a copy
call the alumni office, 228-3313.)
The series starts with "The inner
mechanism of Japan, Inc." by renowned
sociologist Prof. Ronald Dore of England.
Considered a foremost authority on Japan, his
lecture is scheduled for Sept. 26. He is a Cecil
and Ida Green visiting lecturer.
Next Dr. Alexandre Minkowski of Paris
presents "Practical medicine and the
developing world" Oct. 3. UBC's Prof.
French Tickner follows with "The Opera, an
exotick and irrational entertainment," on Oct.
One of the world's great thinkers comes to
the Institute Oct. 17. Prof. Freeman Dyson of
the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton
is a physicist, mathematician and astronomer,
whose topics range widely from science and
society to space travel and energy alternatives.
On Oct. 24, Dr. Conor Cruise O'Brien will
talk on "The press and the world." He is
consulting editor of The Observer, and has had
an exceptionally distinguished career as civil
servant and historian, man of letters, diplomat
and politician. He also is a Cecil and Ida Green
visiting lecturer.
"The Czech Theatre" will be presented by
UBC's head of Germanic studies, Prof.
Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, on Oct. 31. Dr.
Martin M. Hoffman follows Nov. 7 with
"Understanding diabetes: what everyone
should know." On UBC's faculty of medicine,
his work in endocrine, diabetic and metabolic
disorders is internationally recognized.
Polish Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz has
lived through revolutions, wars and exile and
produced what many consider the greatest
poetry of our century. He will read several
selections on Nov. 21. Prof. Milosz is now
with the department of Slavic literatures at
The concluding fall lecture on Nov. 28 will
be "Canada's economy: prospect and policy"
by UBC graduate Prof. Thomas K. Shoyama
of the University of Victoria's school of public
administration. One of Canada's most
distinguished civil servants before his
retirement, he served as deputy minister of
finance and energy, mines and resources and
as chairman of Atomic Energy of Canada.
Vancouver Institute lectures are free and
begin at 8:15 p.m. in the UBC Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre. Memberships
in the institute are available ($15 for a family,
$10 for an individual and $2 for students) by
sending your cheque to the Alumni Office,
Cecil Green Park, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver V6T 1X8.
Chronicle/Autumn 1981  3 Reminiscences were the order ofthe day when (left
to right) Lt. Col. John MacLean, Bert Griffin
and Jack Streight met al the '31 Reunion.
Two members ofthe Class of'31 inspect the
displays at their summer 50th Anniversary
Medicine '56 "Returns to
Forty members of the Class of Medicine '56
"returned to their roots" for their May
reunion. A busy schedule planned by the
committee, chaired by William Sleath,
included a warm-up party, a "somewhat
soggy" golf tournament (winner was Don
Fraser from Oshawa, Ont.), a welcome
reception, a tour of the new UBC acute care
hospital, a luncheon and wind-up banquet at
the faculty club. A book was presented to the
university library in memory of deceased
classmates, Emil Juba, Rodney Nixon and
Roger Stanton. Highlights ofthe dinner were
the "resurrection" of the class song by Don
Bebb and the display of memorabilia gathered
by Don Hutchins, class historian.
The class voted unanimously to use the
reunion proceeds and donations to establish
two bursaries for medical students. It is hoped
that the $650 bursaries will be awarded this
Home is a Fort Camp Hut.
Calling all former denizens of Fort Camp.
Bruce Hall (2047 Glenaire Dr. West
Vancouver, V7P 1Y3 - 984-0979, home)
wants to hear from anyone who lived in Fort
Camp. The myth (mould?)-encrusted
buildings were demolished to make way for
the museum of anthropology 10 years ago and
Hall and his committee are planning a reunion
next July to celebrate (commemorate) the
event. Contact him or the alumni office if
you're an old Fort Camper. (Meal passes will
be issued!)
4 Chronicle/Aurumn 1981
Enjoying sunshine at fifth annual Frank Gnup
Golf Classic July 16 at University Course were
(left to right) former UBC athletic director Bus
Phillips, rugby coach Donn Spence, women's
basketball coach Jack Pomfret and Roger
Kronquist, BPE'57. Tournament and banquet at
Graduate Students' Centre raised almost $4,000
for Frank Gnup Memorial Scholarship Fund
which honors the late UBC football coach.
Allan M. Holender, Fund Director
New Alumni Fund
Director Appointed
Allan M. Holender has been appointed
director ofthe UBC Alumni Fund.
He comes to the association with an
extensive and varied background in fund
raising and public relations. For the past 10
years, he has been actively involved with the
Big Brothers Organization and more recently,
was executive director ofthe Burnaby agency.
In 1974 he was appointed to the faculty of
Douglas College in the community service
workers program. A family counsellor in
private practice as well, he is a graduate of the
Universities of Montana and Alberta. He
received his professional teaching certificate
from the University of British Columbia.
Born in Edmonton and now a Richmond
resident, he chairs the community advisory
board of South Fraser Broadcasting which
operates radio station C-ISL Richmond; is a
past president of the Project Contact Society (a
youth service agency), and past member ofthe
United Way Inter-agency Council.
Where Are They Going?
Not to University!
The percentage of young people attending
university in B.C. has fallen dramatically since
1970, trailing far behind Ontario and Quebec.
B.C. places sixth among the 10 provinces,
marginally ahead of only Saskatchewan and
the Maritimes (except Nova Scotia). The
province's percentage of its youth attending
university continues to drop, and has fallen
well below the national average.
The source of this unwelcome information
is the alumni association's advocacy committee
report, which caused an uproar when it was
released to the public early this summer.
The report says the percentage of those aged
18 to 24 going on to post-secondary education
is "disturbingly low." B.C.'s rate is 10.7
percent, the national average is almost 13
percent (based on statistics provided by the
B.C. Forecasting Committee).
The association, representing over 90,000
UBC grads, expressed its deep concern with
the situation in a brief, presented June 3, to
the Social Credit and NDP caucuses.
The brief also focussed on another alarming
statistic: only 6.7 percent of young people
living outside the Lower Mainland and
Victoria areas attend university. "This means
that students in the metropolitan areas have
double the probability of attending a
university than those from more remote
The committee urged the government to
consider grants to students from remote areas.
"We do this with the understanding that the
provincial government has accepted the
principal of equality of access to the unversity
system without regard to the accidents of
The report also focussed on funding
problems, faced in particular by UBC with its
higher percentage of high-cost programs.
"The problem is not only the total level of
support for higher education, but also the
allocation of existing funds which does not
effectively recognize the full breadth of
programs — especially higher cost
professional programs — offered by UBC."
The existing funding formula used by the
Universities Council of B.C. takes minimal
cognizance of the extremely high cost
professional programs such as medicine,
dentistry and engineering. The distribution of
funds is weighted mainly in proportion to
The report says that the total operating
grant for UBC in '80-'81 represented an
increase of 8.7 percent; SFU got a 10.25
percent increase in general operating grants
and the Unversity of Victoria 13 percent.
Capital funds are provided for new buildings,
but funds are inadequate to service, operate
and maintain them.
The report asks the UCBC to critically
examine the funding formula, to remove or
justify unsubstantiated factors such as
economies of scale and trimester costs, and
give greater recognition to the higher cost
professional programs. The alumni advocacy
committee is chaired by Peggy Andreen Ross,
who presented the brief to the caucuses,
assisted by alumni president Robert Smith,
executive member Michael Partridge,
executive director Peter Jones and William
Tetlow ofthe UBC department of institutional
analysis. Copies ofthe report are available from the
alumni office, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T1X8 YACs Ahoy. .. . Young Alumni at sea.
A Bunch of Branches
There are rustlings among the alumni
branches....Northern California alumni from
UBC, McGill, Queen's, Toronto and
Manitoba gathered on June 18 in San
Francisco to hear F. Kenneth Hare,
internationally known climatologist and
Provost of Trinity College, Toronto on the
subject of acid rain. Dr. Hare served as UBC's
president from 1968 to 1969....Edmonton
alumni are planning a "Welcome to
Edmonton" party this fall, when a
Thunderbird sports team plays the University
of Alberta Golden Bears....and New York
alumni will have an opportunity to meet UBC
president Douglas Kenny when he visits the
Big Apple next March.
Division Dispatches
A new era in alumni divisions activity will be
launched with the inaugural division council
meeting Sept. 17. Michael Partridge, who
chairs the new group, is expecting 30
representatives of various faculties,
departments and organizations such as the Big
Block Clubs. "What we're really trying to do is
get the divisions to set some goals and go for
them," said Partridge, "whether special
projects, reunions or fund raising." The
council will elect 12 representatives to the
alumni board of management....the recreation
education and leisure studies alumni have
drafted a constitution for their division. In
addition to following the objectives ofthe
alumni association they plan to encourage and
support continuing education, liaison between
the faculty and the recreation community and
to provide support for projects of the school,
its faculty and students.
Alumni Miscellany
Newspaper addicts can get a new source of
supply: The Ubyssey, that fine campus
publication, is offering alumni a cut rate
subscription for the '81- '82 term. Alumni can
get all the news that fits for $20 per year (a
saving of $7). The Pubsters promise to mail
the week's issues (usually 3) every Friday.
Orders should be sent to Ubyssey
Subscriptions, Publications Office SUB,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, V6T 1W5.... The UBC office
of Co-Operative Education is seeking
volunteer professional engineers
(active or retired) to serve as "mentors" for its
growing number of male and female students.
The mentor program helps to strengthen the
link between academic studies and the work
environment. Students alternate studies with
paid work experience, supervised by a faculty
advisor. It's hoped that mentors would share
their professional experience with these
students. For further information contact
Alexandra MacGregor, assistant coordinator,
Co-Op Education, Brock Hall, UBC,
The Mayne Invasion. . . . A YAC bike hike.
A YAC Welcome Awaits You!
Serve, Volley, Smash, Net, Point...Cheers!
And another Young Alumni Club volleyball
winner is declared. Thursday nights during
the summer the gardens of Cecil Green Park
have echoed with those enthusiastic voices —
before the teams retired for suitable
refreshments and sunset viewing.
The Young Alumni Club, an association
program designed for senior students and
recent grads, offers a year-round social and
athletic program based at Cecil Green Park.
The club has an elected executive and a
volunteer program committee plans such
activities as skiing, cycling, hiking, sailing,
camping trips, barbecues, tennis tournaments,
faculty and department dances, holiday parties
(Santa and the Great Pumpkin are charter
members) and a guest speakers series.
Members and guests (two per member)
enjoy live music and dancing on Friday
evenings. There's an open door policy for
Thursdays with live jazz, folk singers or taped
music for listening and dancing — not to
mention those volleyball enthusiasts. Full
facilities both evenings. For memberships and
information, visit "The Green", Thursday and
Friday, anytime after 8 p.m. You'll be
welcome. □
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Chronicle/Awtamn 1981 5 The Challenge of the Future
A Conversation with UBC
President Douglas Kenny
■ don't think we should ever forget
the long range goals in a
, university. UBC has become a high
quality institution. In many areas there is
no doubt that UBC is of world-class
What makes a university 'world class'?
"It's simple. The principle of
excellence is outstanding teaching and
research, with high quality faculty and
students. If you look at the students
entering this fall you'll see what I mean.
UBC probably has the highest admission
standards of any Canadian university. I
am convinced that students, and their
parents, are attracted to a high quality
institution. I be live that society
depends on a thin stream of excellence to
improve itself — and that's what UBC is
all about."
How far away are those long range goals?
"I'm convinced they can be reached in
a relatively short time span — if we can
obtain the necessary funding. The most
immediate challenge to the university is
how to maintain academic quality in the
face of double-digit inflation. Inflation is
a serious threat to the quality of this
institution because government funding
tends to be slightly below the inflation
rate. If we are not able to convince
government to maintain funding at or
above the level of inflation, then I would
worry about the future of the nation and
the province because we won't be able to
produce the high level manpower
required in the coming years."
What are the other sources of funding?
"There's no doubt — for instance —
that student fees will increase year by
year. UBC policy is that tuition fees
should contribute no less than 10 percent
of the operating costs. I suspect that it
will never reach anywhere near what it
was when I was a student. When I
attended UBC in the early part of the war
students contributed about 34 percent of
the operating costs — but I'm not
proposing that we suddenly go to that."
You're on record as saying that students
shouldn't have to bear the full cost of their
"Yes, because ultimately the nation or
province gains far more than the
individual does. I can foresee that by the
turn of the century Canada will have to
live by its intellectual wits. "
Research is a major university function.
How is that funded?
" Primarily by the federal government
which is committed to increasing the
research monies from the three major
granting councils. It's lived up to its
committment in the health sciences and
science and engineering but at this
juncture seems to be waffling about the
commitment to research in the social
sciences and humanities. The B.C.
government, through its Science Council
is adding significant funding in the area
of science. It is to be hoped that the
academic community can convince the
provincial government that it is valuable
and important to support research in the
social sciences and humanities. New
knowledge comes from basic research so
to support it is in everyone's interest. It's
important for universities to put research
in the forefront. But that's not to say they
should neglect teaching.
"UBC has a pretty enviable record on
its commitment to teaching. Original
research enhances the teaching endeavor.
To my mind there is nothing more
stimulating than a professor conveying
the enthusiasm, the joy of new
discoveries, new ideas to a student. UBC
is the second largest research university
in Canada. That's something the alumni
and the citizens of British Columbia can
be proud of."
The federal government has decided that
1.5 percent ofthe gross national product
should be spent on research. Its slightly less
than one percent now. Do we have enough
manpower to cope with the massive
"No,we don't. We're not turning out
enough graduate students to cope with
the increase in funding. Nor to fill
vacancies or expand the number of
faculty positions. UBC has slightly over
3,000 graduate students. That total
should double in the next few years. If
Canada is to compete intellectually in the
next century, it must have more
university graduates."
We've talked about public funding for
universities. Do you see a role for private
"Yes, we are going to have to look to
the corporations and private individuals.
I think both can play an important role in
funding. The STELCO Chair in
Metallurgy, as an example, is due to UBC
graduate John Allan, president of The
Steel Company of Canada Ltd. and I am
sure that its generous funding has been
mutually beneficial to the company and
the university.
" As far as private donors are concerned,
the university has gained a great deal by
the handsome gifts of such donors as
H.R. McMillan, P.A. Woodward, Walter
Koerner, and Cecil and Ida Green, not to
mention the many others who have also
given to the university."
Where do the alumni fit in?
"The alumni, really, play a double role
in that they support the university,
financially and intellectually. They
should foster the image of UBC in the
"Also I see the university turning to
the alumni to help needy students, as
inflation is rapidly eroding scholarship
and bursary funds. However, this does
not mean that I would neglect other
forms of support. Someday UBC hopes to
build an art gallery, which undoubtedly
will have to be funded in large part by
private donations."
UBC's students have a long history of
"Every year at graduation I thank the
students and those who came before
them, for their contribution to the
university. Other universities look with
amazement at the gifts that have come
from our students — the original
women's gym, War Memorial Gym,
Brock Hall, tennis courts, the handsome
student union building and most
recently, the Aquatic Centre. I think it
says a lot about UBC's students. The
university is where it is today partly
because of its students." □
6 Chronicle/Autwrnn 1981 Lucy presents "Two Birds of Baffin"
World renowned Eskimo artist, Lucy, photographed with her latest work at Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories, is one of seven famous Canadian
artists whose work is now available in a special edition
for only $19.95.
An exclusive arrangement between the West Baffin
Eskimo Cooperative and the Mintmark Press enables
you for the first time to have the work of a famous
Each specially commissioned print measures
19%" x 26" and is reproduced on fine art paper to the
highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.
These works are not available in any other form.
The Mintmark Edition is the only edition. Each print
comes to you with Mintmark Press's guarantee:
if not completely delighted with your acquisition,
your money will be cheerfully refunded.
Eskimo artist at a popular price.
Beautiful graphics from the following artists also available:
A Kenojuak
B Pudlo
C Kananginak      D Pitseolak
E Pitseolak
G Jamasie
H Eegyvudluk
^^ This mark, which appears on each print along with the
*   ■ stonecutter's "chop" mark and the artist's own symbol,
is the official emblem ofthe West Baffin Eskimo
Cooperative, Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories.
This is the seal of Mintmark Press, a Canadian
firm specializing in the high-quality reproduction
of fine art. Mintmark Press has exclusive rights
to reproduce specially-commissioned prints by
members ofthe West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative.
Please send me the following Cape Dorset print reproductions at $19.95 each or $75.00 for any four, plus $3.85 for
handling and shipping. Ontario residents add 7% sales tax.
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Chronicle/Aurumn 1981  7 J^L
|F/?t7^5^ f^ < "^ vwt^'|a«->^^v»'y: University Mosaic
A Report on
Alumni Giving
The university is a mosaic — of people, ideas and
places. And as in a real mosaic of glass and clay each
element plays an important and interdependent role.
Alumni are an essential part of the University of British
Columbia mosaic. Their donations are one ofthe largest
private sources of university funding. Those donations,
which totalled over $1 million last year provided assistance
for student aid, and campus projects for which there was no
other source of assistance. In addition individual alumni,
their companies and corporations directed many substantial
gifts, endowments and bequests to aid campus projects in
which they were particularly interested.
"The alumni should be proud ofthe effect their donations
have had on this campus," said Grant Burnyeat, fund chair
for 1980-81.
Many donors expressed the wish to become more closely
associated with the university and the Wesbrook Society,
has been founded to fill their request. George Morfitt, a
former president of the alumni association and recently
retired from the board of governors has agreed to chair the
society in its founding year. University chancellor, J.V.
Clyne, president Douglas Kenny, Board of Governors
chairman Leslie Peterson and alumni president Robert J.
Smith are patrons ofthe new organization.
Your gift to UBC
may be the one that
makes the difference —
to a student...
to a career...
to a university.
Won't you send it
(A reply envelope &
designation card are enclosed
for your convenience or
cheques may be sent to the
UBC Alumni Fund, 6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver,
B.C., V6T1X8, or in the U.S.,
to the Friends of UBC, Inc.,
P.O. Box 483, Bellevue, WA
UBC Information Services
Membership in the Wesbrook Society is offered to all
individuals and corporations donating $1000 or more
annually to the university. Over 100 members are expected
to attend the inauguration dinner in October. The society
has more than a fund raising role though. "We feel that the
members of the Wesbrook Society can serve as a valuable
sounding board for the university administration," said
Telethons are again part ofthe alumni annual appeal. The
events are now being organized on a divisional basis. For
example, commerce grads will call other commerce grads or
engineers would phone their classmates asking for support
and participation of campus projects. The Division Council
is working closely with the alumni fund to develop the
program. "We see divisions setting their own fund raising
goals — perhaps a bursary fund for their faculty — and then
going out and raising the money from class members," said
Chronicle/^un-mn 1981  9 Alumni donations are often designated to specific
scholarships, bursaries and other projects or interests.
(One donor supplied the funds that enabled the
intramural program to offer free winter tennis lessons to
students.) The gifts that arrive at the alumni office often
come with notes saying "Use this where it's most needed."
Last year those donations totaled $230,379. Much of that
money was distributed by the allocations committee headed by
William Armstrong. Working within guidelines established
by the alumni board of management the committee
considers applications for aid from students, faculty or
campus groups. The committee is able to respond quickly to
requests seeking under $2500 but grants over that amount
must be approved by the alumni board before the university
board of governors is requested to release the funds. The
allocations committee works carefully and thoroughly to
ensure that alumni help is available when it's needed.
Among the grants made in the past year were:
• Students architects needed $2300 to produce a commercial
quality film on their study-abroad trip to India;
• $700 helped the development of a journal of medieval
studies published by the history department;
• grants totaling nearly $10,000 helped undergraduate
students from many disciplines attend academic
conferences in Canada and the U.S.;
• Two special funds — $5,500 for doctoral candidates and
$5000 for master's students provided travel subsidies
enabling them to present papers at academic meetings;
• Men's and women's athletics received over $10,000 for
team travels, equipment and other programs;
• The skirl ofthe bagpipes will be heard thanks to a $1730
grant to provide equipment and uniforms for the
Thunderbird pipe band;
• The Shenna Davidson research fund in nursing was given
• Students representing nursing, law, commerce, various
branches of engineering, home economics and speech and
audiology were able to attend national student conferences
with aid from the fund;
• Over $4000 was added to the Native Indian Teacher
Education Program bursary, the John B. Macdonald
bursaries and the Norman MacKenzie scholarships
bringing their total value to over $15,000;
• Oceanography used a $5000 grant to purchase textbooks,
periodicals and maps to upgrade the collection of its new
reading room. The resources management reading room
received a grant of $750;
• The Science Fiction Club was able to improve its
magazine Horizons with a $250 grant;
• A summertime campus orientation program for new
students and their parents from outside the lower
mainland received $1165;
• $450 helped keep the annual Arts '20 Intramural Relay on
the run. Hundreds of students participated in the rapid
trek from Fairview to the Main Mall Cairn;
• A $600 grant provided prizes for the Chronicle creative
writing competition (read the winning story in this issue);
• UBC debaters made their point and received $1160 to
attend national and regional debating championships;
10 Chronicle/Aurumw 1981
• The University Singers provided beautiful music to
listeners in the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan and
Kamloops aided by a $4000 grant;
• Two alumni/student affairs programs — a first year
(Frosh) retreat and informal dinner meetings for students,
faculty and administrators were assisted by a $1000 grant;
• The commerce undergraduate society Green Door
Seminars for students and representatives from the
business community needed $150.
All these — and other project grants — are in addition to
the almost $100,000 annual commitment that the Alumni
Fund makes to provide student aid in the form of bursaries
and scholarships (see story p. 14). In 1981 the fund made its
final $20,000 payment on the $100,000 alumni pledge that
provided specialized testing equipment for the John
Buchanan Fitness Centre in the Aquatic Centre.
It is important to note that all money donated to the fund
is used as the donors designate. None ofthe donations are
used to defray operational costs.
The fund appeals are planned by the volunteer committee
with advice and guidance of the association staff. The cost of
running the fund is borne by the association budget.
The 1981-82 UBC Alumni Fund campaign begins with
this issue of the Chronicle. David Richardson, who is
chairing the fund committee for the coming year stressed
how important alumni donations are to the university and its
students. "Try to remember what it was like when you were
a student and what a few extra dollars would have meant.
For those of you who have not contributed to the alumni
fund before — maybe this is your year. I would also like to
encourage the nearly 7,000 donors from last year to consider
increasing their gifts by at least 15 percent. I hope alumni
will find the envelope and designation card enclosed with
this issue of the Chronicle to be a convenient way to make
their donations."
So, as in a mosaic, where each piece is important in
making a picture complete, each alumni dollar plays vital role
at the Unversity of British Columbia. (Get the picture?)
Women's field hockey won the
honors at a top international
tournament - with the help of a
travel grant... funding was
increased for student scholarships
and bursaries.
Alumni donations aided a wide
variety of student intramural
sports - including swimming...xmd
a new journal of medieval studies. Alumni Annual Giving 1981
(A report of alumni giving to the University
of BridshColumbia from April 1,1980 to
March 31,1981.)
Source                                      Dollars
(to nearest $10)
UBC Alumni Fund and
Friends of UBC (U.S.A.)
Interest on deposits and
foreign exchange
Alumni Gifts through
UBC Resources Council
Building Funds
Other Gifts*
Total                                   $1,067,160
* A substantial amount of this figure
derives from foundations established in
the name of alumni.
Fund Executive
Grant B. Burnyeat, LLB'73,Chair
A. James Brown, UBC Resources
W.A. (Art) Stevenson, BASc'66
William S. Armstrong, BCom'58,
E. Roland Pierrot, BCom'63
Peter Jones, Ex-Officio
Friends of UBC Inc. (U.S.A.)
Francis M. Johnston, BArch'53, President
Dr. Stanley T. Arkley, BA'25, Vice-president
Robert J. Boroughs, BA'39, MA'43, Treasurer
Allocations Committee
William S. Armstrong, BCom'58,
LLB'59, Chan-
David W. Donohoe, LLB'71
Barbara Hart Harris, BA'57
Gregory S. Plant, BA'80
Nancy E. Woo, BA'69
One member lo be elected.
Grant B. Burnyeat, LLB'73,
Oceanography was able to add books, maps and
periodicals to its reading room collection with an
alumni grant.
1981/1982 SEASON
Now you can choose
the operas you prefer
Receive a Discount
You can choose
a different number of seats
for each opera and
Receive a Discount
Single opera selections
are offered on a priority
reservation only
To place your order — cheque or
charge account number must accompany your order. To request
a brochure call Vancouver Opera
at 682-2871 or drop into any
branch of Vancouver Ticket
Centre in Eatons stores or Info
Centres in major malls.
OCT. 24, 27, 29, 31
DEC. 5, 8, 10, 12
di Lammermoor
JAN. 23, 26, 28, 30
MAR. 13, 16, 18,20
Chronicle/Autumn 1981   11 A Campus
Treasure Trove:
UBC's Homeless
Art Collection
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Murray McMillan
UBC has a treasure trove of art on its campus in corridors
and offices, club and meeting rooms, in galleries
called by that name, and in other places serving as
galleries even though their basic functions are something
else. Art is sprinkled about in open spaces while other works
are crammed into storage rooms and locked drawers where
they may never see the light of day.
Across the campus there is a collection — or more
precisely, several collections — ranging widely in quality,
period, and value. An inventory was made in the summer of
1979 by a master's student in the fine arts department. Many
of the names on the list are impressive: several works by
Emily Carr, a painting by A. Y. Jackson, works by David
Milne, Lawren Harris is well represented, and there are
numerous ones by Jack Shadbolt, along with a substantial
showing by many of the more recent prominent Canadian
The result of the appraisals, based on market values,
reveals a substantial asset: the total in 1979 was just under
$1.5 million. And the value keeps rising. Watching an asset's
value rise is heartening, but it also presents problems. Most
art is somewhat tender. It needs protection. Protection not
just from the occasional vandal or thief, but from the
elements, from fire, from improper storage, from unsuitable
light and temperature and humidity. At the moment UBC
can offer precious little in the way of a proper environment
for its collections.
UBC needs an art gallery suited to the size and scope of its
holdings. Conversations with those interested in the
university's collections make that abundantly clear. The
details of where and how and when can be debated — some
already have been. The dream of an appropriate campus
gallery undoubtedly has glimmered in imaginations for
many decades, although Doug Shadbolt, director ofthe
school of architecture, traces it back to the '60s and the
efforts of Dr. N.A.M. MacKenzie and fine arts department
founder B.C. Binning. The task of looking at ways in which
the dream might become a reality was recently given to a
six-member committee, headed by Shadbolt, by President
Douglas Kenny. The committee's report has now gone to
the president's office, which has yet to release it, but
Shadbolt agreed to speak in general terms about the job.
"Our prime interest was in what kind of museum or
gallery it might be and what functions it could perform. We
didn't get into collections policy — we did try to determine
what size building would be suitable and then did alternative
site studies," Shadbolt explained.
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He said the committee looked at ways in which a gallery
could "round out" the fine arts precinct on campus — an
addition to the cluster that comprises the music and Lasserre
buildings, and the Freddy Wood Theatre. Other
considerations were the way in which a gallery might fit into
the network of other art institutions in Greater Vancouver,
and what a campus gallery's potential might be as an
attraction for visitors, particularly during the busy summer
tourist months.
How that report is dealt with is of considerable concern to
another faculty member in the school of architecture.
Abraham Rogatnick is head of the president's committee on
university art, a body established in the 1950s to exercise
some control over what the university does with what it
owns. (It also worked in cooperation with the Alma Mater
Society on the AMS-owned collection in the Student Union
Building — a far-sighted investment of student money in
works of art, many of them by Canadian masters, begun in
the '50s as the Brock Hall Collection.)
One of the committee's functions is to deal with gifts —
works that are donated or bequeathed to the university and
must be assessed using numerous criteria: teaching value,
collecting value, monetary worth. Rogatnick explains that
UBC's policy to date has been to accept just about anything
that comes its way, although the university doesn't promise
that everything will go on exhibit. That's a policy he would
like to see changed (and the subject of another report to the
president's office). If the university is given a gift, he says, it
should be able to accept on the condition that after assessing
the work's value it may want to sell it — to "de-acquire" it
(to use his word) and turn it into a liquid asset for other uses.
While UBC has received numerous valuable gifts of art, it
also has gotten some ... er ... less notable items, that
languish in storage rooms and could probably be disposed of
through commercial gallery sales without hurting anyone's
feelings. "I would like the university to encourage donors,
but also make sure that the university can keep the option to
deal with the gifts as it feels is proper," he explains.
But before donors can be actively encouraged, Rogatnick
says, there should be assurance that gifts will be properly
cared for — which brings the conversation back to the need
for a gallery. "The university also needs a permanent
keeper, someone to recommend restorations, to keep
records, to know where everything is, to deal with other
galleries that might want to borrow works." As Rogatnick
points out, maintaining a university collection is a costly
business. □
(Clockwise from left) Lawren
Harris's oil painting Mountain
Spirit was one of eight
commissioned in 1958 by
Maclean's magazine to mark the
British Columbia centennial.
Eight B.C. artists gave their
impressions of the province, which
were later reproduced in the
magazine. After the celebrations
subsided, Bert Binning, founder
of UBC's fine arts department,
was instrumental in encouraging
Maclean's to donate the works to
the fledgling Brock Hall
collection....Two works by modem
Canadian artist Maxwell Bates
are among 20 in the department of
metallurgy's collection that
commemorates the contributions to
that department of Prof. Margaret
Armstrong, who died in 1966.
This untitled work depicting fields
is a watercolor. They were
purchased with funds contributed
by her colleagues... Among the
works by Canadian masters in the
Brock Hall Collection is South of
Coppermine, by A. Y. Jackson.
The large - by Group of Seven
standards - oil painting, was a
far-sighted purchase from student
funds by the Brock Hall art
committee in 1960...River
Reserve, by Jack Shadbolt, was
purchased in 1972 by the Class of
1925. The 1950 conte and
watercolor work is strongly
reminiscent of Emily Can's
paintings, several of which have
been donated to the university.
Two Cans were the gift ofthe
UBC Regular Officer Training
Program Mess ofthe Canadian
Forces... A small gem, David
Milne's 1921 oil painting,
Waterfall in Spring, was a gift to
the university in 1970 from the
estate of Milne's patron and
benefactor, Toronto art dealer
Douglas M. Duncan. The work
has suffered minor damage and is
awaiting repair - a long wail in
an age when there are few expert
restorers to be found.
Murray McMillan, LLB'8l, is editor of Page Five and Page
Six at the Vancouver Sun.
CcitornddAutumn 1981   13 Measures for
The financial
of student life
Sheila Ritchie
An extra measure for excellence,  is the way that Byron
Hender, the director of UBC's awards and financial
aid office, describes the alumni fund's attitude
toward awarding student scholarships and bursaries. Seated
comfortably behind a massive, organized desk with a
westerly-window view from the bowels of the new
administration building basement, he nods approval at the
way the alumni association aids students using — mosdy —
the money raised from annual alumni donations.
"It's that extra measure," explains Hender, "which
enables the alumni association, which is probably the largest
donor, as a group, of support within the university, aside
from the university budget — to provide for a number of
enrichment experiences for students. Like aid of graduate
and undergraduate work, and financial help for
non-academic things like debating, the University Singers
and athletic teams. And then there's support for things
which are essential to the university in a more general way
such as the informal dinners at Cecil Green Park for students
to get to know university administrators, leadership
conferences and new student orientation programs. Alumni
aid goes to specific students, to course-related projects, to
peripheral things related to student life. I don't think any are
more or less important than the others. They're all things
which help make it possible for students to attend university
and have enriching experiences while they are here."
But before enrichment can be realized, students must
meet the basic cost-of-living requirements of tuition, fees
and housing* a task complicated by the criteria imposed by
many of the government-sponsored aid programs which are
geared to the traditional single student who frequently lives
at home, receives some family financial support, carries at
least 60 percent of a full-course load and spans an age range
from 18 to 24 years.
"There is a whole raft of problems which relate to student
need (bursaries) rather than academic excellence
(scholarships)," adds Hender. "The major source of money
for the needy student is the B.C. Student Assistance
Program (which combines the Canada Student Loan
Program and the B.C. government grant-in-aid) and which
has become increasingly complex to administer. For almost
half of the applicants a parental contribution may be
required under the regulations. For many, the families are
not able or not willing to assist them, especially at the level
which the government anticipates."
14 Chronicle/i4«wmn 1981
1980 in honors English and now
starting an MA in English.
"I found myself caught with
residency problems. Born in
Ontario, I grew up in the Yukon
so I wasn't eligible for any of the
grants. A single parent with two
children and without any
relatives in Vancouver, this year
I ran out of money and was
desperate. I wouldn't have made it through without that
GREG WORNELL, 1st year
engineering, was a 1980
Norman MacKenzie Alumni
Scholarship winner.
"It was an encouragement for
me, going into first year science,
to keep working. The
scholarship gave me an
incentive, especially coming
into UBC for the first time.
Financially, it made it
easier and gave me more time to study. Winning that
award made me feel accepted within the university."
music student, received a $500
"The bursary was really
significant to me because I'm a
single parent. Basically, I
couldn't afford to go back to
university if I didn't get bursary
and scholarship assistance.
With the opportunities that are
open for women, I feel it's really
important to get a degree to be able to compete and to support
myself and my son."
With an increase in the number of mature students, many
of whom are married with children or who are sole-support
parents, Hender believes that there is a group of students
who for one reason or another just don't fit into the
cubbyholes of the government program, students who have
needs over and above the aid ceiling ($3,800 for single
students and $4,200 for students with dependents) and
expenses that the program doesn't recognize. Single parents,
he feels, are hit the hardest, particularly with Vancouver's
"out of sight" housing costs. While he believes that "single
parent" will probably never appear as a category on an
admission form, he estimates that there are approximately
400 enrolled at UBC. Adds Hender, "One ofthe problems
we have is that the provincial welfare program will support a
single parent in upgrading his or her education but only on a
two-year program. So that virtually rules out a university
education for these students."
For the single parent with good grades, and a sudden
financial problem compounded by the pressures of juggling
a full course load, the demands of several small children and
maybe a part-time job, the UBC Alumni Fund's bursary
allocations have become a major source of assistance. The
somewhat shallow reservoir of money from the alumni fund
can be critical. The alumni fund is, according to Hender,
crucial to helping the students of UBC.
At present student aid takes the form of $13 million worth
of provincial support to UBC through the B.C. Assistance
Program for student loans and grants. In addition, the
university budget provides $1.6 million for graduate
fellowships and scholarships (not including fellowships
which are funded by the federal government), $700,000 for
undergrad scholarships and over $500,000 for
undergraduate bursaries (the alumni fund donations and
bequests are included in these last two figures). MARGUERITE
CALLAWAY, 4th year arts
student aiming at Social Work,
received a bursary for $1,000.
"I truly could not have managed
without it. I had had a serious
accident and pneumonia so last
summer I couldn't work. And
being a single parent, the
bursary made all the difference
between getting an education
and not getting one. I was out in
the work force, realized that I needed more skills and I'm now at
the university for a purpose. I'm motivated to do well. I've been
given the money so I'm serious about my studies. I can't stress
enough that it's just fantastic that there is something there. I'm
very much the type of person who wants to do it on my own and
the way I look at it is that someday I'm going to contribute to the
alumni fund....Everyone, at some point in their lives, needs
GUILLEMIN, 4th year
English major, received a $500
bursary to attend the 1980
Canadian Poetry Festival
Conference in Buffalo, New
York where she gave a reading
of her poetry.
"It meant that I could
participate with people who
were working in areas that I was
interested in. Quite often when
you're studying at university you don't have any time to go off
on tangents. This meant that I could go off, enhance my work
and reconfirm my beliefs that people are actively working with
language in poetic and literary senses. And so, it was more than
an excellent opportunity. It was essential for me as a writer
to be with a group of people who are interested in what I am
interested in."
The price of scholarship is going up and Hender notices a
slow shift into the higher value awards. He recalls "a year or
so ago", an endowment which provided a $10,000
scholarship for a student entering UBC, payable at the rate
of $2,500 per year. And at present, the alumni association,
through the Norman MacKenzie Alumni Scholarships,
provides the largest program of UBC entrance scholarship
"I would like to see UBC have three or four scholarships
at the $5,000 level," he points out, "to attract top students.
And those awards probably would be renewable for three
additional years. At a second level, we might have 15 or 20
awards of $2,500 to $3,500. And some of those might be
renewable. The MacKenzie Alumni Scholarships might
eventually go up to $1,250 or $1,500."
Hender would like to see more of the "have-not" faculties,
"like arts and education" receive additional scholarship
support. Private funding from any source can be specifically
earmarked to a particular group or faculty by the donor.
And, he adds, that alumni can be certain that in terms of
their donations to student aid they are filling a really vital
role. "I guess one ofthe areas that most concerns me is the
fact that we really don't have a very sophisticated method of
telling our donors how important their support is. With
individuals, the best thing we can do is encourage the
students receiving the support to write and say thanks.
Perhaps alumni contributors, because they are one step
removed, don't have a real appreciation of how important
their gifts are to the students. Let's hope they are reading
this, so they will know."
* A student living away from home can expect to spend approximately $2600 for food and
accommodation during the academic year. UBC tuition fees vary with the course but the normal
minimum fee is $690. Books and supplies will probably cost between $200 and $300 again
depending upon the course of study. Students in courses such as dentistry, art and music can expect
additional expenses for materials and instruments. Transportation and incidental expenses all
need lo be calculated in what is usually a very tight student budget.
"We Want to Help"
The Alumni Scholarship and
Bursaries Program
When Lynne Carmichael, BEd'72, is not sculpting,
she's busy firing the efforts of her committee with
enthusiasm. Currently chairing the alumni
scholarship and bursary committee, she's also a student
doing an MA at UBC in fine arts.
"Our committee deals specifically with alumni funds,"
explains Carmichael. "That's money that comes from
alumni throughout the world to help students achieve an
education at UBC."
A major committee job is helping assemble the 30 B.C.
screening committees (organized by school district) who
assess local applications for the Norman MacKenzie
Alumni Scholarships. "Our emphasis has been on new
students," adds Lynne, who meets with her committee
six times a year. "We want to help students gain access to
the university and also deal in special needs areas."
Alumni gifts, whether given directly through endowed
scholarships, bursaries or bequests, or to the alumni fund
very often provide "the plus that makes the difference" to
many students' university careers. Among the UBC
Alumni Fund scholarships are those honoring former
presidents of UBC ... The Norman MacKenzie Alumni
Scholarships provides $1,000 each for 35 outstanding
B.C. high school students entering UBC. Successful
candidates are chosen on the basis of academic
excellence, community involvement and personal
qualities ... Twelve students from B.C.'s regional and
community colleges transferring to UBC receive Norman
MacKenzie Regional College Scholarships of $600....
The John B. Macdonald Alumni Bursaries gives $600
each to 12 students entering UBC from B.C. regional
colleges....The Walter Gage Alumni Bursary Fund offers
up to $600 to students with sound academic standing and
financial need. Students enrolled in part-time studies
have access to a portion ofthe fund.
There are also a number of special alumni awards ...
The Native Indian Teacher Education Program
Bursary of $500 is awarded to help several Non-Status
Indian students to continue their UBC studies ... Alumni
living in the United States have established ten Norman
MacKenzie American Alumni Scholarships and
Bursaries. Ten awards of $500 are available for students
whose home is in the U.S.A. Preference goes to the
offspring of aiumni. Southern California Alumni fund a
$500 annual scholarship. The American-based alumni
have also established a $500 award in memory of Daniel
M. Young, BA'52, active member ofthe Friends of UBC
for many years ... The Stanley T. Arkley scholarship
provides $500 for a student in librarianship ... Nursing
alumni are among the first to establish continuing awards
for students in their faculty. Five annual scholarships are
awarded to the student nurses.
Scholarships funded by alumni and community
donations permanently perpetuate the names of many
outstanding university teachers and alumni. Among
these the Sherwood Lett scholarship, the Harry Logan
scholarship, the Frank Noakes bursaries for electrical
engineering, the Johnnie Owen award for athletic
training, and the Frank Gnup scholarship. □
Scholarships, bursaries, prizes and other awards, whether on
an endowed or annual funding basis, can be established to
honor family, friends, faculty members, alumni and former
students, for example. For assistance or information contact
Allan Holender, Director, UBC Alumni Fund, 6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T1X8 (604)228-3313.
Sheila Ritchie, BPE'72, is a Vancouver writer and teacher.
Chronicle/Aummn 1981  15 To get anywhere in business it takes
a little application.
Nobody's going to hand you the
world, but with the American Express"
Card in hand, you can tackle the world.
On vacation or in the world of business.
The Card is welcome at better
restaurants, hotels and shops at home and
abroad. Not to mention airlines and car
That's only the beginning. There are
services like getting your signed receipts
back with the bill to organize your
expenses. Emergency funds, fast replacement of lost Cards and other travel help
at the more than 1,000 Travel Sendee
Offices of American Express Company, its
16 Chronicle/Autumn 1981
subsidiaries and Representatives around
the world.
The Card can also be used to assure
your hotel reservations — even when you
arrive late.
No other card has anything like these
benefits. And unlike bank cards, there is
no fixed limit imposed on your spending
with the American Express Card.
Purchases are approved based on your
ability to pay, as demonstrated by your
past spending, payment patterns and
personal resources.
The American Express Card can help
you get ahead in business. All it takes is
a little application.
If you have graduated within the
last 12 months, you have a special
advantage over most people who want
the card. Because we have special
approval criteria for recent graduates, you
can apply even before you start work. We
ask that you have a full-time job commitment in a career-oriented position to start
in the next six months
for $10,000 or
more annually.
The American Express Card.
Don't leave home without it UBC reports
Published as a supplement to the UBC Alumni Chronicle by
Information Services, University of B.C., 6S28 Memorial
Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. No. IS, Autumn 1981. Jim
Banham, editor.
UBC Library expansion proposed
UBC's Library network, the second largest in
Canada, has a problem.
The existing system will be full by the end of this
decade if the acquisition of books and other materials
continues'at the present rate.
This conclusion, reached late last year by a committee chaired by Dean of Graduate Studies Peter Larkin,
gave rise to a flurry of planning activities by UBC's
Department of Facilities Planning. The upshot was a
plan calling for:
• A basic reconstruction of UBC's landmark Main
Library, which would see the existing north and south
wings replaced by six floors of new space and the central greystone unit, built in 1925, retained as a
"heritage" unit; and
• Construction of two new sub-surface wings on
either side of the Ladner Clock Tower linking the
existing Sedgewick Library on the Main Mall with the
reconstructed Main Library.
The plan, endorsed by the Board of Governors early
this year, has been submitted to the Universities Council of B.C., which makes recoqimendations to the provincial government on the allocation of funds for
capital construction.
The artist's drawing above shows a proposed atriumlike space around the heritage building, left, and new
book stacks which would be part of the reconstructed
Main Library at right.
For more details on the Library building plan,
which is designed to meet the University's needs until
the end of this century, turn to Pages 8 and 9. Premier and prince share shears
A prince and a premier shared a
pair of golden shears to cut a blue and
yellow ribbon on June 5 — and UBC's
magnificent new Asian Centre was
officially open.
Premier William Bennett, designated as the official ribbon-cutter,
called upon His Imperial Highness
Prince Norihito of Mikasa, nephew of
the Emperor of Japan, to share the
duty with him. Jointly, they snipped
the ribbon stretching across the entrance causeway to the applause of
some 400 guests.
That was at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, fortunately during a brief break
in a day of almost continuous heavy
Although.the weather did little to
dampen enthusiasm, it did force the
University to move most of the opening ceremony into the Recital Hall of
the Music Building — packed to well
beyond normal capacity.
Chancellor J.V. Clyne, who noted
that it was a day marked with "pride
of accomplishment," introduced the
five speakers — Joseph Whitehead,
chairman of the Asian Centre fund-
raising committee; Senator Ray Perrault, representing the federal government; Prince Norihito, who is studying iaw at Queen's University in
Kingston; UBC President Douglas
Kenny, and then Premier Bennett.
2/UBC Reports
Following the ribbon-cutting, the
many guests thronged through the
four-storey building that is noted for
its distinctive roof.
The high, pyramidal roof, with an
elaborate raised skylight, is supported
by girders that were a gift to the
University from the Sanyo Corporation of Japan. The girders were used
to support the roof of the Sanyo
pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka and
arrived on cardpus the following year.
Construction of the Asian Centre
began in 1974 and the first phase was
completed in 1975. Original funding
came from the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada,
the Japanese Federatipn of Economic
Organizations, the Japanese World
Exposition and a fund-raising campaign supported by both Asian and
Canadian interests.
Escalating costs and more difficult
economic times delayed completion of
the structure, however, the provincial
government finally making the job
possible by authorizing additional
funding in 1979. Total cost, including
furnishing and landscaping, was $5.4
President Kenny, who said during
his remarks on Friday that "we did
have our financial uncertainties about
completing the building," referred to
the   Asian   Centre   as   a   "splendid
architectural temple of learning and
discovery, a symbol of faith and trust
among nations."
"I am convinced that our Asian
Centre will become an invaluable
national asset which will serve the
cause of mutual understanding between Canada and Asia," Dr. Kenny
"If the Centre can help to find the
way, then it will make a lasting contribution to world knowledge and
world understanding.
"So let it be said that Asians and
Canadians, working together to bring
about the Asian Centre, have achieved
today a new era of co-operation and
"Our children will inherit our
mutual success," President Kenny
Occupying the building are UBC's
Department of Asian Studies, the
Institute of Asian Research and. the
Asian Studies Library. There is also
space for the Asian interests of UBC's
Departments of Music, Fine Arts, and
The Asian Centre is located just off
West Mall, right next to the Nitobe
Garden, surrounded by a classical
Japanese garden of its own. This landscaping was completed by Roy Sumi,
landscape consultant to architect
Donald Matsuba. Mr. Sumi was gardener in the Nitobe Garden for many
years. The official opening of
UBC's new Asian Centre on
June 5 became an international affair, opposite,
when B. C. Premier William
Bennett invited Prince
Norihito of Mikasa, a
member of the royal family
of Japan, to join him in the
ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Looking on at far left is
UBC's President, Dr.
Douglas Kenny. On Premier
Bennett's left are Dean,
Robert Will, head of UBC's
Faculty of Arts; Prof. Ben
Moyls, director of ceremonies; and Hon. J. V.
Clyne, UBC's chancellor. At
right, another cartload of
books heads for the stacks in
the new Asian Centre, pushed by dimunitive Tung-king
Ng, head of the UBC
Library's Asian studies division. Centre houses UBC's
outstanding collection of
Asian-language books, including a collection on Indie
languages, which has been
m storage because of a lack
of shelf space in the Main
Library. Above the library is
an interesting pattern of
lights and latticework
beneath the centre's skylight. Grounds around the
centre have been extensively
landscaped. At lower right,
Botanical Garden employee
Kunio Nunotani uses the
Japanese art of Hinoki to
give a compact appearance
to one of the many shrubs
which have been planted.
Pictures by Jim Banham.
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UBC Reports/3 Taking the guesswork out of
what's happening in B.C.'s
resource industries
Prof. Pat Marchak frankly admits
that more than a decade as a Canadian studies teacher and researcher at
the University of B.C. has taught her
one thing — Canadians know
remarkably little about their own
But Prof. Marchak hasn't been content to sit back and wring her hands
Over this knowledge gap.
She's already the author of two textbooks on Canadian social history, class
structure and industrial and labor
organization which are widely used in
sociology courses at Canadian universities, including her own at UBC.
"I wrote them in self-defence," she
says, "because I found that there was
virtually nothing available on these
topics as they relate to Canada that
was useful to students."
Now she's engaged in a more extensive and long-term project — the
sociology of the resource industries of
British Columbia.
The first fruits of that study — an
in-depth look at the forest industry
and now it affects B.C. communities
and their inhabitants — has been
completed. A book based on her findings is now being prepared for
And even as her forest-industry
study is being shepherded through the
press. Prof. Marchak and four colleagues have launched a three-year
project aimed at dissecting the B.C.
fishing industry.
Ultimately, Prof. Marchak says, her
aim is to build up a composite
sociological picture of a resource
economy — 'what happens to working people and the communities in
which they live when you have a, whole
province that is primarily dependent
on the exploitation and export of
natural resources."
Prof. Marchak emphasizes that the
bottom line of her research will be its
effect on classroom teaching. "I want
to be able to take the results into the
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classroom and say to students, 'I'm not
guessing about what's happening in
B.C. resource industries. Here's what's
happening and here's the evidence.'
In addition," she adds, "some of
the information should make it possible to draw some conclusions that will
serve as the basis for policy recommendations, something we're unable to do
now because we lack the data for decision making."
Prof. Marchak's study of the B.C.
forest industry-is based on data collected in three communities —
Mackenzie and Terrace in northern
B.C. and Campbell River on Vancouver Island, chosen because each is
entirely or largely dependent on the
forest industry for economic health.
Prof. Marchak and a team of
students gathered data for the study
from two sources — a series of in-
depth interviews with each adult in
385 households in each community
and a questionnaire distributed to 319
other households where interviews
were not carried out. In all, more than
1,400 individuals were used in the
The purpose of the in-depth interviews, each of which lasted an hour,
was to get a detailed educational and
work history Of every adult in each
household. The individual's education-work experience was then matched
to a political-economic picture of the
B.C. forest industry, prepared by
Prof. Marchak in advance.
The political-economic picture was
basically a contemporary historical
description of the forest industry
which chronicled silch things as
geographic change as well as changes
m company ownership, industry
technology and government legislation.
By matching up the work histories
of individuals with the historical
changes in the industry in recent
decades, Prof. Marchak has built up a
picture of how the industry has af
fected the three communities and the
lives of the people who live in them.
To a significant extent, she say*, her
'findings fly in the face of conventional
wisdom about the industry and the
people who work in it.
She maintains that the instability
which characterizes the labor force
and B.C. communities which are
dependent on the forest industry is
basically the result of government
legislation and forest company
policies, not the widely held stereotype
of lumber-industry workers 'as
itinerant employees who move from
place to place because of a strong
sense of independence.
"The basic reason for instability in
the lumber-industry work fore* is
layoffs and other conditions beyond
the control of workers. In the vast majority of cases they lose their jobs
because of economic slumps, or
because the company they're working
for is being taken over or going broke.
The reasons have to do with the way in
which the industry is structured, not
with the choices of the workers."
Prof. Marchak's conclusions about
work force instability apply primarily
to people who are employed in B.C.
logging and sawmill operations. A different employment picture emerges in
a community which has a pulp mill
component, a picture which reflects
changes in the industry over the past
four decades.
Pulp mills are basically automated
operations, which require fewer but
more skilled workers than logging and
sawmill operations. Add to this the
fact that pulp mills are enormously
expensive to build and to close down
and you have a situation in which a
stable labor force is essential.
The response of the industry to this
has been to pay very attractive wages
and to. create "company towns" as the
companies move into remote areas of
the province in their quest for raw
material. Associated sawmill operations,
however, are mechanized rather than
automated, Prof. Marchak points out,
and still require a large number of
unskilled workers. The result is that in
an economic slump, there is a much
greater chance that this work force
will be laid off.
Much of what Prof. Marchak says
about sawmill operations also applies
to the logging end of the forest
industry, which is rapidly becoming
highly mechanized. "In some Interior
towns," she says, "fallers, buckers and
unskilled forest workers are being
phased out because one man operating a harvesting machine can perform most of the necessary harvesting
This enables companies to produce
more raw material than can be handled at the central, integrated pulp
and sawmill operation, which in turn
allows the companies to lay off the logging and sawmill work force while at
thie tame time ensuring the pulp mill a
steady supply of trees' to meet the
demand for product.
These trends aren't just guesses,
says Prof. Marchak. "I can quite
clearly show, by matching workers job
histories' to changes in the forest
industry   in   recent   decades,   that
employment patterns differ for forest
workers depending oh whether they
are logging, sawmill or pulp mill
Prof. Marchak says the situation
described above is a direct result of
provincial government legislation
which results in concentration of the
forest industry in fewer and fewer
hands, puts small companies out of
business and militates against long-
term, stable development.
"The kind of legislation passed by
the government," she says, "determines what kind of companies are
going to control the resource, even
though the Crown owns the resource
and issues forest management licences
that permit companies to cut the
"Provincial legislation has favored
the growth of large companies which
have tended to put small units out of
business. The companies, in turn,
create employment strategies which,
because of the industry's technology
and markets, make for an unstable
labor force, which creates unstable
"So the government, on the one
hand, says its policy is to estabish long-
terin economic development in B.C.
while, on the other hand, it creates
Prof. Pat Marchak has
found that Canadians
know remarkably little
about their own country.
legislation that militates against such a
One way in which greater stability
could be imparted to the labor force
and communities dependent on forestry would be to develop secondary
industry close to the large forest
industry complexes, something Prof.
Marchak doesn't see happening by the
very nature of the way in which the
industry, now operates.
"I can't see the forest industry
voluntarily developing secondary
industry. The change has to come at
the provincial and national levels by
governments prepared to introduce
strong protectionist policies and to
insist that some proportion of the
surplus generated in the region should
be reinvested in long-term growth."
Prof. Marchak believes the way to
create stable communities and a stable
labor force is to create legislation and
have economic planning with those
ends in mind, rather than with the
objective of simply providing raw
resources to big companies.
"For example," she says, "a government-backed marketing board for export sales or 'encouragement of cooperative marketing groups would
remove the major obstacle to smaller,
community-based companies. The
larger companies are not a whole lot
more efficient, in fact they waste a lot
of wood in order to mass-produce
dimensional lumber and pulp. Theii
advantage is that they Can compete on
world markets because of their size.
"There are a number of communities in B.C. — in the Slocan valley, in
the Lardeau valley, up at Smithers,
for example — which have been trying for years to gain more local control
of the forest industry. The municipality of Mission is the only community
now that has a tree-farm licence.
Spokesmen for these community
groups emphasize that local groups
could produce lumber at much less
waste, and would seek ways of diversifying their economic base."
UBC Reports/5 For Ross Mackay, retirement
means more time for research in
Canada's Arctic
When Prof. J. Ross Mackay of
UBC's geography department first
ventured into the Canadian arctic in
the early 1950s, he was driven by one
of the most powerful forces that
motivate university researchers —
simple curiosity.
, If pressed, he will admit that it did
occur to him from time to time that
some of the symbols of modern industrial society — roads, bridges, airfields, new communities and the heavy
equipment needed to build them —
might invade the north some day.
Certainly, he wasn't thinking how
important his research results would
one day be to the invaders.
More than 30 years of basic work on
the geography of Canada's, arctic has
gained for Prof. Mackay an international reputation as an expert on that
area's geomorphology — the study of
the origin^ and development of arctic
surface features— and particularly
on permafrost, the perennially frozen
pound of that region.
Oil companies and other northern
developers have beaten a path to his
door for advice, which he freely provides because he believes in another
cornerstone idea of the academic
life — that research results should be
freely available to anyone who has a
legitimate use for them.
And over the years he's been the
recipient of the major awards of North
American and international geographical bodies, who are generally
chary about who gets their top honors.
Prof. Mackay says his curiosity
about the north is still far from
satisfied. He spends even more time
pursuing his research interests in
Canada s far north, particularly in
winter, after retiring from full-time
teaching duties at UBC in June of this
The road that was to lead to a
reputation as one of Canada's leading
arctic experts began for Ross Mackay
in the late 1940s when he was teaching
at McGill University in Montreal,
where the Arctic Institute of North
America then had its headquarters.
Two years after joining die UBC
faculty in 1949, he made his first
journey to the north, where his exper-
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tise as a cartographer and geomor-
phologist was put to use. Armed with
a series of aerial photographs taken by
the federal government. Prof. Mackay
and two companions spent the entire
summer walking inland from the
Beaufort Sea north of Great Bear
Lake comparing features in the aerial
photographs with on-the-ground
The object of the study was to
determine whether land features pictured in the aerial photographs
accurately reflected actual ground
Prof. Mackay knew that many of
the features pictured were the result of
permafrost, the frozen ground that
covers' about half of Canada and
which varies in depth from 1,000 feet
in the western arctic to 1,700 feet in
some areas.
Over the next 30 yeart, in addition
to studying permafrost, Prof. Mackay
did intensive work on other arctic
phenomena — bodies of ground ice
which may be up to 100 feet thick in
some areas, ice wedges which form
when water freezes in arctic ground
fissures, and ice-cored hills called
pingos, which grow near the centre of
drained arctic lakes.
Except for a couple of years when
he was on study leave or working
abroad, Prof. Mackay has visited the
Canadian arctic every year since 1951
to carry out his research, mostly in the
Mackenzie River delta and coastal
area of the western arctic, where the
federal government has reserved a site
for his exclusive use on Garry Island,
where Alexander Mackenzie reached
the sea on his historic 1789 voyage
down the river that is named for him.
During his arctic visits he occupies
two winterized cabins, one on Garry
Island and the second 40 miles to the
east, where he has drained an arctic
lake as part of an experiment designed
to investigate the' growth of permafrost and pingos.
Prof. Mackay began to get an ink- A colleague describes Ross Mackay as "a model scholar who has
consistently reminded us of the abiding purpose of a university...
ling of just how important permafrost
research was in the late 1960s, when
the first of what was to become a flood
of telephone calls began to reach him
at UBC.
The callers were oil firms and other
northern development companies
which were in need of assistance and
advice about permafrost conditions
which might affect their operations
and the natural environment in the
Mackenzie delta and western arctic
coast, the areas where Prof. Mackay
had been active.
With his knowledge of permafrost
and ground ice conditions in those
areas. Prof. Mackay was able to advise
the companies about what happens
when there is an increase in surface
activity or when ground cover is stripped off.
The most immediate result of surface activity is that permafrosted
ground will literally cave in, or subside, which could create havoc if
special measures aren't taken to
minimize or prevent thawing.
Oil pumped to the surface from
deep underground, where it has been
heated because it's closer to the earth's
core, can't be transported through
underground pipelines in the arctic
because thaw-induced subsidence
would result in stresses that would
crack the line.
As a matter of principle, Prof.
Mackay has never accepted personal
, consulting fees for any of the advice he
has freely given to companies,
although his colleagues insist he could
have made a small fortune in this role.
One company provided grants to
UBC for a graduate student fellowship, while other companies have provided Prof. Mackay with extensive
drill hole data as well as transportation and logistic help for his graduate
For the most part, Prof. Mackay has
been supported by the Geological
Survey of Canada, the Polar Continental Shelf Project of Energy,
Mines and Resources, and the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research
His work on disturbances to permafrost has also helped in the develop
ment of government land-use regulations in the far north. He's recently
been appointed to the Beaufort Sea
Panel, which will review plans to extract oil and gas from underwater
deposits off the Arctic coast.
Prof. Mackay's research, which has
resulted in more that 150 published
papers, has not gone unnoticed by his
The Royal Canadian Geographical
Society awarded its Massey Medal to
him in 1967. He was the recipient of a
Centennial Medal from the federal
government in 1968, and he received
the citation of merit from the Canadian Association of Geographers at
the International Geographical Congress in 1975. In 1975 he also was
awarded the MUler Medal of the
Royal Society of Canada and UBC's
top prize, the Prof. Jacob Biely Faculty
Research Award. In 1977 he received
the Outstanding Fellow Award of the
Arctic Institute of North America.
Anyone planning to write about
Prof. Mackay's contributions to arctic
research can't help being impressed by
the awe in which he is held by colleagues in UBC's geography department.
Dr. Michael Church, a former student of Prof. Mackay who is now an
associate professor of geography at
UBC, points to the sheer volume of
careful description and analysis that
Ms mentor has carried out over the
"He's invented very simple methods
for measuring ways in which the arctic
landscape changes, which is very
important from an academic point of
view as well as for northern development.
"It's taken someone like Ross to
show us that these kinds of measurements can be made and one of his
greatest impacts will be to inspire
others to develop ways of making new,
better and more extensive descriptions."
Some of Prof. Mackay's ingenious
methods of scientific investigation
were detailed recently by a colleague,
Prof. Bill Mathews of UBC's Department of Geological Sciences, who gave
one of a series of lectures honoring
Prof. Mackay.
He described a response by Prof.
Mackay to the problem of obtaining a
precise time of day and year when an
ice wedge cracks open as the result of
permafrost chilling.
The solution turned out to be a
variation of technique pioneered
earlier by Prof. Mackay, who embedded a slender wire in the arctic top soil
across the axis of an ice wedge in the
summer when the soil was thawed
under the summer sun.
The wire, when frozen in with the
winter cold, would snap the instant
the ice wedge split open.
To pin down the exact time the wire
snapped, Prof. Mackay employed an
inexpensive electric watch that recorded
the time of day, day of the week and
month. He disconnected one battery
terminal and reconnected it via the
"breaking wire." When the ice wedge
cracked, the wire snapped and the
watch stopped.
And since the watch could be left
untended for many months before it
repeated its day-date pattern, it was
possible to recapture both the time
and date of the rupture using the doctored wrist watch. Prof. Mackay now
obtains the same information with
sophisticated electronic timing
devices. _
Dr. Church characterizes Prof.
Mackay as a "model scholar who has
consistently reminded us of the
abiding purpose of a university by
teaching conscientiously and sticking
to his research. He's been responsible
for the emergence at UBC of a
relatively outstanding group of
physical geographers, in the Canadian
Prof. Mackay, being a singularly
modest man, would never give voice to
the kudos that come easily to his colleagues.
He admits that over the years he's
had plenty of offers from elsewhere
that would have paid him a great deal
more money. And he adds: "I've
stayed at. UBC because I've been a
member of a congenial department
under capable heads and where I
enjoy good relationships with other
faculty members. I've enjoyed working
at UBC because I've been given the
freedoiri to get on with the kind of
work I enjoy doing."
UBC Reports/7 /-"
Sketch shows a sectional view of one of two sub-surface buddings linking the Main Librat
Major redevelopment scheme propo
A major redevelopment scheme for '
UBC's library has been proposed to
replace most the the antiquated Main
Library building and to accommodate
the collections and new growth anticipated for the next 10 to 15 years.
At an estimated cost of $49 million,
the new library would encompass
almost 500,000 gross square feet
(350,000 net) and would provide study
space for more than 1,000 users.
The original library was built in
1925-26. A north wing was added in
1948, and a south wing and stack expansion in 1960. Additions were made
on an early plan featuring closed
During the 50s and 60s the system
grew with the campus, solving space
needs by way of decentralization. Now
there are 12 external branches plus a
Library Processing Centre.
The Main Library remains a serious
problem. Overcrowded, wasting much
space, costly to operate, and deficient
under the building code in respect to
fire, earthquake and other concerns,
it needs replacement.
The problems of the Main Library
cannot be resolved in a remedial
fashion for they are too many and too
severe. Meeting code requirements
alone would result in a net loss of
50-60,000 square feet. At a minimum
cost of $5 million, such remedial work
would still leave an overcrowded,
space-prodigal, costly library, extremely wasteful of both financial and
human resources.
The architectural concept for the
Main Library redevelopment project
is a response to the goals and objectives developed by the University. The
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plans provide for a new Main Library
that is open, bright and service-
oriented. The new structure will have
eight floors with two sub-surface wings
connecting to Sedgewick Library.
The original building will be
restored and will become the hub of
the new complex. Surrounded by a
skylit atrium, stairs, ramps and entries
will converge on its two lowest floors.
Special Collections could be displayed
in its grand hall.
The new building will surround the
old part with terraced and landscaped
wings on either side. The Library
garden between the Main Library and
Sedgewick will be expanded, thereby
minimizing the impact of the new
building. Paths and stairs will carry
pedestrians over the underground
floors of the Library and down into
the space below the Clock Tower.
The pool west of the main entrance
will be maintained in its present, position. Viewed from the Main Mall, the
Library will integrate to a considerable extent into the landscape.
New entrance
A major entrance will open off the
East Mall.
An important feature of the design
from the viewpoint of the campus is its
looped concourse connecting East
Mall to Main Mall. The existing entrance will remain and be connected
by an additional stair to the main concourse and catalogue area. Handicap*
ped, users will have access to all areas
by ramps or elevators.
The original greystone Library has
won a place in the affections of many
UBC people. Some see it as an attractive piece of architecture, some as an
historical monument. (Others, condemn it for its shortcomings, but they
are a minority.)
There is a general agreement that
the Library is both literally and
figuratively the heart of the University.
The feeling is prevalent that the
original structure should be preserved.
The design concept chosen focuses
on the original library, as on the stone
in a ring. It is set off with space so that
it can be fully seen. The strengths of
the structure would be emphasized
and its qualities augmented.
Open space
A major policy directive in the
development of the design concept
was that the open space between the
Main and Sedgewick Libraries must
be maintained, the major trees
preserved and existing pedestrian
routes improved.
A firm of landscape architects was
commissioned to survey the trees in
the area, identify those of importance
that could not be moved, those that
could be relocated, those that could
and should be replaced, and those of
no particular value.
The design of the building has
made it possible to retain all but one
or two of the major trees in place, and
to enhance the green space between
the libraries. Most of the shrubs and
other plants will be replaced. ed for UBC's landmark Main Library
Better pedestrian routes are provided by creating two mall routes
through the buildings in addition to
outdoor pathways over the underground structure.
Staging plan
The proper location for a central
library to serve the campus is right
where the Main Library is now. This
imposes a stringent condition on central library development. To keep all
parts of the Library in full service during the years of construction, the
whole plan has to be synchronized and
staged in precise detail. The staging
plan provides for:
1. 110,000 net square feet of new
space is built in the form of two subsurface links connecting with
2. The occupants of the north wing
of the Main Library are relocated,
that wing and part of the stacks
demolished and rebuilt to a new plan.
S. The occupants of the south wing
are relocated, that wing and the remainder of the stacks demolished and
4. The original Library is renovated.
5. Some relocation and internal
readjustment is made. *
At best — barring slow approvals,
materials shortages, strikes, mistakes,
natural disasters — the process will
take at least seven years.
The new Library will make it possible to bring some smaller branches
back into the central building, and to
deploy   staff   more   effectively.
Although capital costs will be high,
the pay-off is expected to come about
through better utilization of lartd,
space, energy, staff and operating
funds. It wm be possible to provide
better services in a larger building at
minimal additional cost,
The new building should look after
collections growth till the last years of
the century. In the 21st century, the
building could be expanded west of
Rich resource
The Library collections are rich in
resources covering the broad range of
UBC's teaching and research interests.
Having been systematically developed
for 65 years they contain much
material that is no longer available at
any price. Their real value is incalculable, but for insurance purposes
the valuation exceeds $160 million.
Bound books and journals, the
backbone of the collections, number
2.2 million volumes. Material in Other
formats — microforms, documents,
recordings, firms, maps, etc. —
amounts to 3.2 million, items.
Each year, despite the development
of other ways of presenting information and ideas, more books are produced than the previous year. The
estimate for 1981 is some 600,000 tides
issued from the world's presses. \
The main attraction of die' UBC
Library for the people and organizations of the province is its collections.
Built for a major research university,
those collections are of use and interest far beyond the campus.
Library users
In the absence of a "Provincial
Library", individuals, organizations
and other libraries turn to UBC for
the needs they cannot satisfy from
their own resources.
* Members of the public routinely
use the collections, facilities and services on the premises.
. * Faculty and graduate students of
other B.C. universities and colleges
borrow materials directly.
* Other persons and firms, on payment of a modest annual fee, borrow
* Through interlibrary loans people throughout B.C. and elsewhere
borrow from UBC.
* UBC Library and its staff have
played major roles in the, development
of co-operative and networking arrangements in the province.
* Collections policies of other
libraries particularly at post-secondary
institutions, are predicated on UBC's
extensive holdings.
The UBC Library has come to be,
in practice but without official
acknowledgement, a provincial
library, a back-up to all other libraries
in B.C., and a regional "library of last
UBC Reports/9 ubc news roundup
Expansion challenge welcomed
UBC's engineering school is looking
forward to expanding to 2,500
undergraduate students from 1,650.
The move is the key recommendation in a report of the Universities
Council of B.C. on engineering education in the province.
Applied Science Dean Martin
Wedepohl said he welcomes the challenge to expand.
"It will mean," Dr. Wedepohl said,
a "badly-needed updating of facilities
and an increase in the strength of our
faculty. We will be submitting details
of what will be needed, to meet the expansion to the Universities Council as
soon as possible."
UBC's engineering school has been
asked to develop immediately a proposed program of planning for the
expansion which would include advice
from UBC engineering alumni and
the Association of Professional
Engineers of B.C,
The total projected enrolment of
2,500 for UBC is estimated by UBC
engineering school officials to be the
"critical" size for it to achieve international repute.
The council's report, prepared by
an ad hoc committee on engineering
education chaired by Dr. P.R. Sandwell, said there is an urgent need to
replace some of the obsolete laboratory equipment in use in the school.
Council members of the committee
besides Dr. Sandwell were D.A.
Freeman, Q.C., and J.D. Hetherington.
Non-council members seconded to
the committee were R.G. Fraser, past-
president of the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C., MacKenzie
McMurray, past chairman of Dominion Bridge Co. of Montreal, Dr.
W.G. Schneider, past president of the
National Research Council, and C.N.
Simpson, past president, H.G. Acres
& Co. of Toronto'.
The council's report says UBC
should reach a total of 2,500 students
"by the middle or latter half of the
It also identifies UVic as the location for a second engineering school in
the province and says UVic officials
should Continue with planning to
establish one.
"The recommefrdation to proceed
at that location," the report says, "will
be made by the Universities Council of
B.C. when the need based on demand
is clearly perceived."
The report also says SFU should
continue to offer the first two years of
10/UBC Reports
an engineering program that enables
students to transfer into accredited
engineering schools elsewhere.
At the present time, a series of
universities and colleges in the province offer the first two years of
engineering as a "feeder" system to
UBC's engineering school.
The report says SFU has an excellent foundation upon which to build a
third engineering school if and when
the need arises. SFU should be encouraged to study a program oi
engineering science based on its present strengths in mathematics, computing science, kinesiology and Other
The report also says a survey should
be conducted of high school and
undergraduate engineering students
on their attitude toward engineering
as a career.
Dean Martin Wedepohl
$1 million for
UBC has been designated a 'Centre
of Excellence' by the federal government for research into microelectronics, and will receive up to $1
million over the next five years from
the ministry of industry, trade and
Senator Ray Perrault, who made
the announcement June 26, said UBC
was  chosen  "because of its proven
capability in the industrial application       i
of microelectronics and its accesnbil-        *
ity to the industries that will make use
of its services."
He said other centres will be located
at the University of Toronto, the
University of Sherbrooke, the University of Manitoba, the University of
Alberta, and at a still-to-be-selected
centre in the Maritimes.
The UBC proposal was prepared by
Prof. Larry Young of electrical
engineering and was supported fully
by Simon Fraser University, the
University of Victoria, the, B.C.
Institute of Technology, various B.C.
scientific and research organizations
and the electronics industry in B.C.
"This cooperation was clearly evident to the government," Senator Perrault said, "and augurs well for the
future development of the Centre of
"In particular I wish to acknowledge the energy and leadership shown
by Dean Wedepohl (Martin Wedepohl, dean of applied science) who,
more than anyone else, pulled
together the various interest groups
and led the development of the proposal which has become a reality
The senator said the microelectronics lab at UBC is acknowledged as
one of the finest among universities in
"This well developed existing base
should develop into a centre which
can work with industrial companies,
and other research facilities to:
— produce prototype and small
production runs of custom integrated
circuits for local industry and research
groups at a level of technology comparable with the most advanced
industrial practice;
— undertake research contracts in
the mainline of current research;
— develop new types of devices for
direct sale or licensing;
— provide an , excellent level of
education for graduate and undergraduate students;
— provide advanced training for
personnel from local industry."
Dean Wedepohl said the UBC facilities will be open to researchers from
other universities and industrial firms.
Provincial Universities Minister Pat
McGeer said establishment of the
center "gives UBC a big leg up in
prestige. It's reckoned this field will
grow thousands of times in a decade." U BC classicist heads new school
A higher profile for Canada in
Greece is one of the aims of Dr. Hector
Williams, a 35-year-old UBC faculty
member who took up an appointment
> as the first director of the Canadian
Archeological Institute in Athens on
Sept. 1.
In addition to encouraging more
Canadian archeological and scholarly
activities in Greece, Dr. Williams will
be closely associated with the Canadian embassy in Athens as a sort of
cultural attache.
In this latter capacity, the UBC
associate, professor of classics has been
in touch with the Provincial Museum
in Victoria and the UBC Museum of
Anthropology to explore the possibility of staging a display of Northwest
Coast Indian art in Greece. An exhibition of-Canadian Eskimo art is another
Topping Dr. Williams' priorities,
however, is to get more Canadian
excavation going in Greece, even
though permits ar? becoming harder
to obtain.
"The Greek government," he said,
"will issue excavation permits only to
those countries which have an institute
functioning there. Canadian groups
have done some work there in the
past, but only because they were able
to get a permit through an existing
'/There's a University of Toronto
team excavating a ^Minoan town at
Kommos on the island of Crete now
under a permit obtained through the
American School of Classical Studies."
Another difficulty is the escalating
costs of excavation. "In 1968,
workmen were paid $5 a day for work
at an archeological site," he said.
"Today, they're getting $42 a day."
Dr. Williams' involvement with the
Canadian embassy in Athens stems
from the considerable financial contribution which the federal Department of External Affairs is making to
the operations of the new Canadian
institute on the understanding that
the director will look after Canadian
cultural interests in Greece.
' The Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada is putting
up $125,000 over three years for the
support of the institute and additional
support will come from several hundred Canadians who are members of
the institute and from Canadian companies doing business in Greece.
"The Bank of Nova Scotia has made
a financial commitment for five
years," said Dr. Williams, "and Dennison Mines, which has the oil exploration rights in the northern
Aegean Sea, will also be
contributing." Thirteen Canadian
universities are also making grants to
support the institute.
The prime mover and fund raiser
for the Canadian institute is Hamilton
Southam, a member of the well-
known Canadian newspaper family, a
Dr. Hector Williams
former .Canadian ambassador to
Poland and the founder and for 12
years director of the National Arts
Centre in Ottawa.
The institute. Dr. Williams said,
has existed only on paper for the past
five years and would have "withered
on the vine" had it not been for Mr.
Southam's efforts in encouraging national support for the development.
Dr. Williams, who was raised and
educated  in  Fort  Churchill,   Mani-
' toba, and Fort Smith in the Northwest
Territories, is no stranger to the world
of classical archeology.
He's visited the eastern Mediteran-
nean regularly since 1965, studied at
the American School of Classical
Studies from 1968 to 1970 and took
part in three of that school's Greek
Since 1970, Dr. Williams has been
involved in a Turkish excavation project under the direction of Prof. James.
Russell, a classics department colleague.
They've supervised the excavation
of some of the major buildings and
restored ancient art found in the ruins
of. Anemurium, a city on the south
coast of Turkey which flourished as
part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires until the 7th century A.D.
The actual physical work of the excavation is complete and the two ar-
cheologists are now preparing material on their finds for classical journals. In addition to his duties as
institute director in Greece, Prof.
Williams will also continue to work on
material gathered at another Turkish
sit? and at a Greek excavation.
Dr. Williams, who is on leave of
absence from his UBC duties to get the
Canadian institute underway, will be
accompanied by his wife, Caroline,
herself a classical archeologist.
She's been awarded a two-year,
postdoctoral research fellowship by
the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council to study Roman
monumental street architecture in the
Mediterannean. -
All of which makes the Canadian
Archeological Institute in Athens
something of a family affair.
UBC Reports/11 UBC graduate David Ward, right, is the first Canadian Inuit to receive a law degree. He got his LL.B. on
May 29, the final day of UBC's 1981 spring congregation. At a reception following the degree ceremony, Mr.
Ward was presented with a plaque to mark the occasion by Hon. Bora Luskin, left, who received the honorary
degree of Doctor of Laws the same day. Mr. Laskin promised Mr. Ward he would "take it easy on him" when
he made his first appearance before him in Ottawa. Mr. Ward, who is articling with an Edmonton law firm, is
a former football player for (appropriately) the Edmonton Eskimos, an   ex-talk show host and ex-alderman for
the City of Edmonton. More than 3,000 students had degrees conferred on them by UBC's chancellor, Hon.
J. V. Clyne, at three-day Congregation ceremony.
Unemployed grad myth shattered
The myth of the unemployed
university graduate has been shattered
once again with the release by UBC's
Student Counselling and Resources
Centre of a 141-page survey of the
post-graduation activities of nearly
3,000 students who received their
degrees in 1980.
Only 3 per cent of the 2,982
students who graduated in May. 1980,
in 20 UBC degree programs were
found to be unemployed-when the
UBC survey was carried out between
October, 1980, anf January, 1981.
The 2,982 graduates contacted
represent 88.1 per cent of the total
number of students who received their
degrees in the 20 UBC faculties and
schools last May.	
A comparison of the 1980 unemployment rate with the rate obtained
in previous UBC surveys shows that
unemployment for graduates has been
steadily falling over the past five years.
The unemployment rate for arts
graduates, for instance, dropped from
9.1 per cent in 1975 to 5.4 per cent in
1980; the 1975 rate of 5.7 per cent for
commerce graduates dropped to 2.8
per cent in 1980; the rate ill the same
period for applied science grads dropped from 4.8 per cent to .9 per cent;
for science grads from 10.3 to 4.8 per
cent; and for architecture graduates
from 13 to zero per cent.
Dick Shirran, director of UBC's Student Counselling and Resources Centre, said the overall unemployment
rate of 3 per cent is in line with
January, 1981, Statistics Canada
figures which show a 2.5 per cent
unemployment rate in B.C. for people
holding a university degree.
The same federal figures show that
the unemployment rate in January,
1981, for those with 0 to 8 years of
education up to those holding a post-
secondary certificate Or diploma ranged
from 10.3 to 4.7 per cent.
12/UBC Reports ui^l^J'-!; J.:!.i,f4f
Engineer wins UBC's top award
A man whose research has been
applied to both Russian and American earth satellites has been awarded
the Jacob Biely Prize this year at UBC.
Prof. V.J. Modi of UBC's Department of Mechanical Engineering is
internationally known for solutions to
ensure earth satellites remain precisely
oriented in space.
Though a satellite may be placed in
correct alignment with the earth when
launched, a number of factors tend to
make it deviate from this preferred
orientation. Among them are the
force of gravity of the earth and other
planetary bodies, the earth's magnetic
field, aerodynamic effects and disturbing forces due to solar radiation.
Prof. Modi and his students have
evolved methods to estimate the
disturbing effects on many types of
satellites and correct them. The
feasibility of bis methods has been
proved by several U.S. and Soviet
His work promises to extend the
useful, life of satellites and provide
enormous cost savings. His research
will grow in importance as satellites
increase in the size of their main body
and in the size and length of flexible
Prof. V.J. Modi *
components such as solar panels and
antennae. A large number of the next
generation of communications satellites belong to this category.
Prof. Modi's studies on the effect of
the sun, moon and other planetary
bodies on the motion of a satellite, in
the scientific literature referred to as
"many body problem," represent a
major advance since the pioneering
contribution by Lafrange in 1772.
He is participating in a proposed
experiment on the Space Shuttle
which involves using a 100 km long
tether for charting the earth's
magnetic field.
His research interests span several
areas including aerodynamics, biomechanics and ocean engineering.
Recently his group developed a prosthetic mitral heart valve of considerable promise. He' is currently
involved in development of a low-cost
wind operated irrigation system particularly suited to small farms in
developing countries. Recently Dr.
Modi was made Associate Fellow of
the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics and Fellow of the
Canadian Aeronautics and Space
The Ptof. Jacob Biely Faculty
Research Award is UBC's top research
prize. It was established by Prof.
Biely's brother, George, in 1968. Prof.
Biely, an internationally-known
poultry scientist whose association
with UBC covered half a century, died
June 3 at the age of 78.
Mature adults subject of reports
Widespread changes in educational
services to enable more mature adults
to pursue higher education at UBC
are called for in two reports released
by President Douglas T. Kenny.
The reports call on all B.C. institutions offering post-secondary education to "re-examine their policies, procedures and requirements" to ensure
that barriers are removed to enable
mature adults to undertake both
credit and non-credit general and professional continuing education and
degree-completion programs.
The reports, prepared at the request of President Kenny, are based
on analyses of Canadian population
.changes and University enrolment
patterns and are the first step in the
development of "a comprehensive
long-range policy regarding continuing education at UBC."
The reports were written by Dr.
William Tetlow and Robert Taylor of
the UBC Office of Institutional
Analysis and Planning and by Jindra
Kulich, director of the Centre for
Continuing Education.
The reports identify four major
mature-adult constituencies — those
over age 24 — which will "become of
ever-increasing importance to all post-
secpndary institutions."
The mature-adult group, the
reports say, now accounts for one-
third to one-half of UBC degree
registrants in a total enrolment picture characterized by a shrinking pro
portion of 18-to-24-year-oIds, who
have traditionally made up the largest
number of UBC registrants.
The four mature-adult population
segments identified in the reports are:
• The mature non-employed, including housewives and retired persons,   many  of  whom   are .seeking
. degree completion or personal enrichment courses;
• Wage earners who seek
diplomas, certificates and degree-
completion to enhance their skills and
competitive position in the job market
and for whom educational pursuits
are made possible by shorter working
hours and increased leisure time;
• Members of professional
organizations who require continuing
education activities because the half
life bf many- professionals is now less
than 10 years as a result of technological change, legal requirements and
exponential knowledge growth; and
• Geographically mobile families
and individuals, many of whom have
difficulty in consolidating their efforts
toward degree completion.
"Institutions which ignore these
groups," the report by the Office of
Institutional Analysis and Planning
comments, "will run the substantial
risk of becoming as obsolete as buggy
whip manufacturers in the automobile
The same report says a federal
government study has found that the
two barriers of finance and time are
the reasons most frequently given for
not pursuing higher education.
The report adds: "Institutional barriers such as residency requirements,
transfer credit, time ana place of
course offerings and insufficient support services are also very significant.
Thus, all institutions need to reexamine their policies, procedures
and requirements to ensure that these
barriers are removed."
All B.C. post-secondary institutions
are suited to offer education services
to these groups, the report says,
"although UBC, with general, professional and health sciences faculties, "is
the only institution able to service all
these needs."
Its uniqueness rests with its comprehensive range of professional
faculties; including Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Engineering,
Forestry and Law, as well as such
health sciences areas as Medicine,
Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.
"Thus, while all higher education
institutions need to focus more atten-
' tion' on the .mature-adult constituencies," the reports says, ''UBC should
give priority to the needs of the professional and managerial constituencies.
"In this way the particular strengths
of UBC can contribute most effectively to serving the educational needs crf;
all residents of this province."
UBC Reports/13 Czech playwrights fight censors
The 1968 Soviit occupation of
Czechoslovakia brought a censorship
on Czech theatre which forced playwrights to write in secret and smuggle
their plays out of the country in order
to preserve their culture.
Marketa Goett-Stankiewicz, who
became the new head of Germanic
Studies on Jan. 1, has published a
book called The Silenced Theatre,
which looks at the works of contemporary Czech playwrights and explores
a world of theatre which has survived
despite marked efforts to suppress it.
Dr. Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz
"The Czechs live at the crossroads of
Europe and have become used to being occupied by foreign powers over
the centuries," she says. In the late
1960s, however, there was a thaw in
the regime led by Alexander Dubcek,
and plays were allowed to be performed.
I got hold of some Czech plays and I
realized at once that they were great
Dr. Goetz-Stankiewicz was born in
Czechoslovakia and' moved to North
America where she was educated at
the University of Toronto and Columbia University in New York. She has
taught German and comparative
literature at UBC since 1957. Her
work on The Silenced Theatre began
on a study leave in 1973.
"What makes Czech theatre so
great," she says, "is the playwrights'
perception of man in the 20th century. Despite the persecution and suppression of Czech drama the
playwrights , write theatre for the
The playwrights have suffered both
artistically and in their personal lives
because of the censorship.
"Most of them live under very bad
circumstances, and several have been
imprisoned for 'subversive activities',
because of their writing," she says.
"Vaclav Havel, one of the greatest
Czech playwrights, is in prison and is
not allowed a pencil and paper."
It is the humor and imagination of
the Czech playwrights that makes
them dangerous to the leaden of the
regime, she says.
"They don't write political theatre
at all. They write fuiiny, clever plays
and refuse to reiterate the values of
the totalitarian system in which they
live. It is their ability to think for
themselves which threatens the regime
rather than the subject matter of the
The playwrights write at night and
typewritten copies of their plays are
circulated among the people. The
plays are also smuggled out of die
country where they are translated and
printed in several languages.
Dr. Goetz-Stankiewicz is currently
working on an anthology of Czech
plays. "For me, this has become more
than a professional interest. Even
when I was writing the book, I didn't
think about publication. I just wanted
to write about these excellent works of
literature. I'm lucky enough to have a
combination of being able to speak
Czech and English, and be in a profession where I can write, and I want to
do what I can to introduce the
English-speaking world to these playwrights whose works seem to me to be
as topical for our society as they are in
Teachers prepared to deal
with handicapped students
An increasing number of handicapped children are being integrated into
public schools in the province and
UBC is playing a major role in this
The University is providing many of
the teachers who work with these
children through three diploma programs offered within the Department
of Educational Psychology and Special
Education in the Faculty of Education.
Dr. Sally Rogow, head of UBC's
diploma - program in education of
visually imp wed children, said the
integration can be very successful
when there are good support services
for the children m the schools.
"I think attitudes play a large role
in how successful these children are in
their integration into public schools,"
she said. "It's good for the children to
come into a positive atmosphere with
people who are trained to help them
In addition to regular classroom settings, children with visual, hearing
and mental disabilities are taught in
special classes within public schools
and in specialized centres.
The three diploma programs that
UBC offers to train teachers in this
field are one-year programs in education of the visually impaired, the deaf
and the mentally retarded. It is
preferred that applicants for the program hold a B.Ed, degree but it's not
The program for teachers of visually
impaired children is the most recent of
the three. Dr. Sally Rogow began
organizing it five years ago, and some
of the courses were offered under the
diploma program in learning disorders. It was offered for the first time
as the program for teachers of the
visually impaired in the 1979-80
academic year. It's the first university-
level diploma program of its kind offered in Canada.
The diploma program for teachers
of the deaf was also the first of its kind
in Canada when it began in 1968,
although there are similar programs in
other universities now.
Dr. Perry Leslie, who heads the program, explained the type of training
students receive.
"They do an extensive practica in
various settings. They work in public
schools in special classes, or in
resource rooms to provide extra help
for hearing-impaired children who
have been fully integrated into a
regular classroom. They also go to
facilities such as the Jericho Hill
School for the deaf or work with
parents and infants in early prevention programs."
The program trains teachers to
work with hearing-impaired individuals from infant age to post-
secondary level.
The program for teachers of mentally retarded children, established in
1969, is headed by Prof. Bob Poutt.
Students in the program study
various aspects of mental retardation,
behaviour disorders, curriculum for
mentally disabled children and
language development.
"Graduates from our program are
serving in centres all over the province," said Prof. Poutt. "They have
been a major influence in the tremendous improvement in programs for the
mentally handicapped that has taken
place over the past ten years."
14/UBC Reports UBC's top women athletes for 1980-81 are, left to right, Anne Crofts, Physical Education 3, winner of the Joan Livesay
Award and who also represents the women's team ofthe year, field hockey, winners ofthe DuVivier Award; gymnast Patti
Sakakt, physical education 2, who became the first UBC woman ever to turn the Sparling Trophy as UBC's top woman
athlete for a second time; Kathy Armstrong, Home Economics 4 and Georgina Gray, Physical Education 4, who'share the
Kay Brearley Award for service to women's extramural athletics and are also members ofthe team ofthe year; and Debra
Knight, Education 4, who was awarded the Barbara Schrodt Trophy for contributions to the women's athletic program as a
participant and administrator.
Research, academic space needed
UBC's Board of Governors has ap-
groved proposals for expansion of the
I.R. MacMillan Building to provide
additional academic and research
space for the Faculties of Agricultural
Sciences and Forestry.
The proposals have been sent to the
Universities Council of B.C., which
makes recommendations to the provincial government on construction
The proposals envisage a major
physical development to the west of
the existing MacMillan Building at
the corner of Main Mall and
Agronomy Road. The proposals call
' for separate wings to accommodate an
expansion of each faculty as well as
construction of some 7,000 net
assignable square feet (N ASF) of space
for the joint use of both faculties and
for other University purposes.
The estimated cost of the development is more than $28 million.
Both faculties make a case for the
expansion in the light of overcrowding
and expanding enrolments.
The agricultural sciences faculty
says it needs additional space for
research, additional - teaching and
laboratory space for new programs
such as landscape architecture and the
interdisciplinary Land Resource
Science Centre and for the consolidation of some of its academic departments which are now housed in "distant" facilities in other parts of the
UBC campus.
The faculty also desperately needs
additional research space for faculty
members and graduate students currently involved in more than 200 different projects. The faculty's 1978-79
research grant total of $2,336,731
represents the highest research support per faculty member in any of
UBC's 12 faculties, the proposal says.
The Faculty of Forestry proposal
says that while its need for additional
space can be associated with enrolment increases, its most pressing need
is for research and associated space.
B.C., the proposal says, "is on the
threshold of a new era in forestry," as
the result of new provincial forest and
range acts which place new emphasis
on management of the forest resource.
The forestry faculty says it also
needs additional space to provide for
an expansion in its continuing education program which aims at upgrading
the qualifications of forest technicians
and keeping forestry graduates
abreast of new developments.
The forestry proposal says that a 71
per cent increase in research funds
over the past four years "reflects an
increasing awareness of forestry" and
adds that it has a current need for
some 44,500 NASF of new space to
meet teaching and research obligations.
UBC Reports/15 Discovery Park UBC will extend
co-op research with industry
Discovery Park UBC became a fact
in the summer of 1981 when the
University and the Discovery Foundation signed a lease that establishes a
56-acre research park at the southeast
corner of the campus.
President Douglas Kenny said,
"The University welcomes the initiatives of the Government of British
Columbia in advancing opportunities
for research in the province. We see it
as a great opportunity for this University to help establish British Columbia
in the forefront of technology for the
year 2000 and beyond.
"Central to the lease is a set of
development criteria designed to ensure that Discovery Park is developed
and occupied in a manner consistent
with the University's goals for
research, as well as those of British
Columbia and Canada," Dr. Kenny
"The lengthy negotiations leading
to the agreement have taken full note
of University concerns as well as those
expressed by the wider community."
Dr. Kenny said the agreement calls
for tenants to emphasize the development of advanced technology related
to the expertise of UBC faculty
members.^Other important objectives
include contributing to Canadian
technological developments, particularly with respect to B.C.; the
enhancement of educational programs for students, particularly at the
graduate level; and the fostering of
collaborative research among government, industry and the University.
"UBC offers one of the greatest cod-
lections of brainpower in this country
and the possibilities for bringing this
talent to bear on the development of
high technology industry in our province are tremendously exciting," he
"Discovery Park UBC will definitely
attract more research in science and
high technology to the University."
Dr. Kenny said UBC has been close
ly involved in helping the province
develop its present economy based cm
the exploitation of natural resources.
To cite one example, he said, UBC
graduates have discovered mineral
resources in the province worth
billions of dollars.
"The University now is looking forward to helping the province enter a
new phase of its economic life by
assisting in creating an economy that
is based more on knowledge than on
the abundance of nature," Dr. Kenny
The province, through Discovery
Foundation, has four research parks.
The other three are at Simon Fraser
University, the University of Victoria
and on government land adjacent to
the B.C. Institute of Technology.
The Discovery Foundation is a nonprofit society organized by the provincial government to stimulate research
into science and technology. Its subsidiary, Discovery Parks Incorporated,
will operate the four research parks.
Discovery Park UBC is bounded by
16th Avenue on the north, the
TRIUMF cyclotron project to the
south, Wesbrook Mall on the west and
the University's boundary with the
University Endowment Lands on the
east. The area is totally UBC property.
President Kenny said the agreement
extends UBC's co-operative research
with industry. A significant amount of
UBC research is commissioned by industries across Canada and some
organizations have already established
their own research efforts on campus.
These include B.C. Research; Agriculture Canada; the privately-owned
Foriniek, previously operated by the
federal government; Pulp and Paper
Research Institute of Canada; federal
Department of the Environment,
Fisneries and Oceans; Canadian
Wildlife Service; fisheries research
group of the provincial Fish and
Wildlife Branch; and TRIUMF.
The $40-million TRIUMF cyclotron
project is one of three of its kind in the
world and is operated by UBC, the
University of Victoria, Simon Fraser
University and the University of
UBC receives a total of more than
$30 million in research funds from a
variety of sources and die amount increases significantly each year. This
amount is the second largest received
by more than 50 universities in
President Kenny said UBC's expertise cpuld attract research in a number
of particular areas.
In medicine a promising area is
biotechnology which can mass produce at low cost such biological
' chemicals as insulin. Other research
could involve biomedical engineering
devices such as artificial heart valves,
Automated wheel chairs, artificial
arms and legs, and safety and personal
health monitoring devices for use in
hospital operating rooms which require high illumination at low temperatures.
Pharmaceutical research could
develop radioisotopes. TRIUMF will
soon begin the manufacture of radioisotopes for the commercial medical
market under an agreement with the
University and Atomic Energy of
Canada Ltd.
In engineering, UBC's Coal
Research Centre will attract industrial
research into new uses for coal. This
work could stimulate associated coal
research at Discovery Park UBC.
Other engineering research could include precision machine tool technology for automated manufacturing as
well as research into microprocessors
and integrated circuits.
New agricultural products could be
developed. So could "fine" chemicals,
extremely high quality laboratory
chemicals used in industry, hospital
and university laboratories. Such
products are not as yet manufactured
in Western Canada.
16/UBC Reports Musings of a
Eric Nicol totes up the
debits and credits of a
university education.
How much should I give to the Alumni Fund?" Every
grad is tormented by this question. I myself have
spent hours, not to say minutes, agonizing over the
amount I should write on the cheque. For me it is easy to
give till it hurts. Just thinking about it makes me smart
a little. What I need is a guideline to giving.
The problem is not one that a person can turn over to
his accountant. The accountant may never have attended
UBC. Never have sat enthralled in the presence of a
G.G. Sedgewick or a Walter Gage, while those mighty minds
gave him fresh vistas of the range of his ignorance. Our
accountant may (ugh) have gone to SFU.
So, each of us must decide alone. How much to donate to
Alma Mater, who is after all our foster mother? The old lady
looked after us for four years, at least, after our parents ran
away from home. But for that foster home on Point Grey we
might have landed up on the street, holding a hub cap to
which we had no legal title. Although we have forgotten
everything we ever learned at her wrinkled knee, we owe her
a debt of gratitude for opening our minds to universal
knowledge, and postponing the horror of having to go to
For years I have guesstimated how much that experience
was worth to me. Only now have I hit upon a more efficient
method of reckoning the amount to subscribe to the Alumni
Fund drive, and with typical unselfishness I hasten to share
it with you:
A balance sheet of credits and debits of the UBC
First, on the credit side for me, there is my master's
degree in French. I reckon that's worth at least $500. It
would be worth more if I had got it at McGill, where French
is part ofthe environment. For a western anglophone, a
French M.A. has to be marked down and possibly
Against that, in red ink, there is the Greek fraternity I was
never asked to join. Being ignored, totally unrushed, left a
scar. I wasn't sure whether it was because I was from a
lower-middle-class family, wore funny clothes or had a
breath problem. Minus $400.
That item is more than offset by recalling that I once
received a favorable comment from Freddie Wood, on an
essay I'd written. The tall, lean, heavily-bespectacled
Professor Wood looked like the CA. appointed to audit the
books ofthe Recording Angel. Students were known to be
crippled for life by his withering sarcasm. Actually to get a
word of praise from the father of the university's theatre
restored my faith in being human after all, despite doubts
raised during frosh initiation week. Credit $450.
Nobody invited me to the graduation prom. In fact I
watched all the dances at Brock Hall from the window of my
monk's cell in the library stacks. Bitter-sweet is the memory
of seeing the pretty girls in their gossamer gowns being
escorted into the ballroom. My attending university
depended upon my getting marks high enough to win
scholarships or bursaries. I had neither time nor money to
enjoy college as a social adventure, let alone lose my virginity
as response to Tuum Est. Debit $1.49.
Now, some episodes ofthe UBC experience are hard to
evaluate as profit or loss. For example, I started my writing
career with the student paper, The Ubyssey. But for my
being sucked into the morally fetid "pub," where freshettes
accepted as reporters were expected to meet a deadline that
had nothing to do with journalism, where would I be today?
A nice question. The extracurricular activity does not appear
to have materially damaged my senior editor on the paper,
Pierre Berton, or associates like Alan Fotheringham and Les
Bewley. On the other hand I was diverted from an academic
career and potential access to The Faculty Club, with its
excellent wine cellar. Credit the price of a bottle of plonk.
Having balanced the account of my years at UBC, and
subtracted the general deduction of $2000 for having my life
shortened by caf coffee, I shall come up with a figure based
on something more solid than nostalgia gone potty. You —
sir or madame graduate — will want to make out your own
objective balance sheet. Judging by all those smug faces in
The Totem, most of you have cause to be more generous than
I. And if you are, you are, you are an engineer — wow, what
a bundle you owe to dear old Mum! n
Journalist, author and playwright, Eric Nicol (a.k.a. Jabez),
BA'41, MA'48, is a three time winner ofthe Leacock Award for
Chronicle/Autumn 1981  17 WJMtmat- ''WtMtuieo*. jt-vrxympwr',:-'"-'' •
Summer of Discontent
Dorothy Young
Jow you watch yourself, Millicent. You are here for a
holiday not a rampage. Marion, you keep an eye on
your sister and keep her out of trouble." Aunt Lillian
sounded jocular but we knew that she never called Milly by
her full name unless she was serious. "I didn't know what to
tell your mother after last year's fiasco." Milly giggled and
pulled a face at her when she wasn't looking. We helped her
clear the table then escaped to our bedroom to change for the
"Fancy thinking that you could keep me out of trouble."
Milly laughed as she pulled her dress over her head and
flashed brown tufts of hair under her arms. She wore a bra.
That summer, she'd reached 16 and graduated from a
"C" to a "D" cup. I looked at the brown bulges that
stretched the cups and contained my envy. I was 12, a
winter child with an academic ability that outweighed my
physical development, and that, according to my mother,
was supposed to be far more satisfying. We put on our
shorts. Milly's were too tight and too short and made her
buttocks look like a smooth peach, while mine resembled a
skirt and flapped when I walked. Mother always bought to
accommodate growth.
"May I borrow your lipstick?" I asked as I watched
Milly's lips change to hot strawberry.
"Don't use too much;" she mumbled, pressing her lips
together and studying her face in the mirror, "your lips are
too thin for a bright color."
We left the dark atmosphere of the old house and walked
out into the Okanagan sunlight that blinded us at first, then
proceeded to tan Milly and burn me. I took off the sunhat
that I was supposed to wear as soon as we were out of Aunt
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Lillian's range, and stuffed it into my beachbag which was
full of Milly's paraphernalia.
"I wish we could go riding this year," I said wistfully,
looking at the hills pocked with sage and rabbit bush.
"Well we can't," snapped Milly, "I might meet another
"It wasn't the cowboy that upset Aunt Lillian, it was the
fact that you stayed out all night."
"Yeah, well," said Milly, unwilling to pursue the matter,
"we still have the beach and the funfair arcade."
"And the museum," I added; she gave me a disgusted
We passed a garden where a young man was trimming the
lawn. He wore shorts and was naked above the waist. He
stood up and smiled at Milly. She ogled him with her pale
green eyes and rolled her buttocks slightly as she passed. I
looked back and saw his eyes fixed on Milly's seat.
"I think you're disgusting!" I said.
"You're just jealous, kid," she laughed.
"No I'm not;" I lied, "you behave like a child."
"On the contrary, it's because I'm no longer a child that
you are so upset. Anyway, better to be a child than a
humorless old maid at 12."
"I'm not going to be an old maid, and I'm not humorless."
We arrived at the beach and spread our towels. Milly shed
her blouse and I took off my T-shirt. She was already
bronzed; the tan made her eyes look like the color of a
chlorinated swimming pool. I covered myself with lotion
until I shone like a beached shell, and we lay in the sun and
listened to the sounds of people on holiday.
"Now is the winter of our discontent—" I began.
"What are you on about?" mumbled Milly. She sounded
far away. "I promised Miss Bain that I would learn the opening
speech oi Richard the Third over the summer."
"Geez! I've got a lunatic for a sister. It's July, Marion.
Winter and school will come soon enough without you
having to remind me."
"Please, Milly, it won't hurt you to test me a bit." I threw
the book over to her, "it's where the marker is."
She frowned and wrinkled her small nose, "O.K. Make it
"Now is the winter —" I began again, and reached
"Grim-visaged war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front —"
before she slapped the book into the sand. "How can you
like that stuff? It's so old hat." She threw herself back on the
towel and arched her neck as if she were trying to get closer
to the sun. "If skipping two grades gets you into that sort of
rubbish, I'm glad I stayed where I did. I wouldn't mind if I
never went back to school."
"What else would you do?"
"Get a job and a place of my own."
"Don't you like it at home?"
She gave me an odd look. "C'mon Marion, it's all right
when you're a kid. But at my age, I want privacy."
"You'd have men staying overnight," I said knowingly.
She laughed. "Whatever gives you that idea?"
"You're a slut," I said primly, then regretted it as soon as
it registered. She got up and kicked sand all over me before
she marched off along the beach. I spat the gravel out of my
mouth and tried to rub it off my body but it stuck to the
lotion and felt gritty and uncomfortable. I don't know why I
didn't wash it off in the lake; something about the
exuberance of sunlight and water made me want to run back
to the house and take a bath.
Aunt Lillian was out when I arrived. I'd passed the boy
who looked at Milly but he didn't notice me. The house was
a cool, silent sanctuary. I went up to the bathroom and ran a
bath. The old tub, deep and discolored, squatted sedately on
metal legs shaped like claws. The tap spewed an intermittent
stream of hot water into its belly and I opened the window to
let the steam out and the smell of Ponderosa pine in. I lay
down in the bath; it accommodated my entire length until I
could no longer see over the sides. I looked up at the
window. The long needles of the pine were black against the
blue light of the sky and I felt a longing for something I
could not explain. I started to soap myself and recited
Gloucester's speech, but after three or four lines, I thought
about Milly and wondered what she was doing. I was sorry
that I'd called her a slut and wished that I were more like
her, not just physically either. Milly laughed a lot and pulled
faces that made others laugh. Her expression was never
dead; at parties, she would flatten her nose with her fingers
and go cross-eyed. She could yodel like a cowboy, and did
frequently to upset Mother, whose ideas of decorum were
nurtured from a middle-class English background. She
never went unnoticed, while my talents, solely in the area of
academics, received only quiet admiration from teachers and
awed confusion from relatives, who never knew whether to
buy me toys or books for my birthdays. In class, it produced
either indifference or jealousy from the students who were
forced to compete with a kid two years younger than they.
I looked at my body. My arms, from my shoulders to my
wrists, were straight and thin, and except for freckles and a
redness below my knees, my entire body was white. I
splashed water on my chest and watched the rivulets of
milky soap run into the clear water. My nipples were small
and flush with my chest. I had a round belly from bad
posture — too much reading, according to Milly — and two
hairs sprouted from the pubic mound. I uncurled them and
they sprang back into coils. I wondered when the rest would
grow. I was the only girl in my class without a bust. I rinsed
myself and decided to join Milly.
It was a long walk from the house to the arcade and I was
tired when I found her. Her Ups were sticky and red from
candy floss. She was coming cut ofthe haunted house. I
didn't expect her to be alone but she was. She greeted me
warmly and made no reference to the quarrel so I assumed
that she had made contact with someone interesting.
"Have I ever met a humdinger!" she exclaimed, clutching
my arm and turning me in the direction from which I came.
She smirked and wiggled her hips. I could see the folds of
her buttocks below her shorts. "Follow me," she giggled and
walked over to the bow and arrow stall.
Two men working on the stall turned and welcomed her.
One was a young man with strongly chiselled features and
curly hair that fell around his neck and face; he reminded me
of a beautiful Greek statue. The other was an older man, his
blonde hair darkened with hair oil. He had a round face and
a thick growth of blonde stubble grew around his
wide-lipped mouth. His paunch grew thick over his belt and
I gathered that the humdinger was the younger ofthe two,
although Milly ogled them both.
"This is Marion, my kid sister." Milly gestured carelessly
towards me and I felt myself blushing as they looked at me.
"I've brought her for a turn." She threw a quarter onto the
bench and the fat man scooped it into his palm.
"I'm Jim," said the younger man, "and this here's
George." The fat man winked at me. "You'll have to watch
him, he's English," added Jim, and both Milly and George
laughed although I didn't see anything funny in the remark.
"O.K." said Jim, taking a bow and placing three arrows
on the bench, "Now watch how I show your sister how to
hold the bow, then you try." He put the bow in Milly's left
hand and an arrow in her right, steadied her left hand with
his and put his right hand around her, grasping her hand
with the arrow, and drawing it back to her shoulder to
demonstrate the position. His face was close to hers and he
winked at George. Milly giggled and I felt ashamed of her.
"I get the idea," I said quickly, snatching the bow out of
Milly's hand. I fumbled and put the arrow slot onto the
"Hold it this way," said George. He moved near and
changed the position of my fingers. I smelled stale sweat
when he raised his arms. I shot, hitting the outer rim of the
"Not bad for a first try," said Jim, his arms still around
Milly. He handed me another arrow. I shot three; two hit
the outer rim and one landed in the canvas beyond the stall.
"There goes my lunch;" said George, pulling the arrow
out of the sacking, "want another try?"
I nodded and took the arrow he offered me. "It's bent," I
said, holding the arrow up. Both men looked at each other
and George opened a long box and pulled out another. It was
a new polished arrow with a feather flight.
"This better?"
I nodded feeling that I'd been right not to take just any
arrow. I positioned myself and wished that Milly would stop
giggling. The arrow landed just outside the outer rim,
thudding into the straw packing round the target.
"I think you were better with the bent ones, luv," laughed
George and lit a cigarette. His freckled fingers were brown
with nicotine.
"It was Milly's giggling," I said pointedly. She loosed a
new batch of snorts and giggles and I put the bow down.
"I'll get a bull's-eye before I leave," I said and handed the
bow back to Jim.
We walked home and she rehearsed all that Jim had said
to her, asking me several times what I thought of him. I
answered that he was attractive but that she could keep
Georgie Porgy.
"I'm saving him for you," she laughed, then stopped
abruptly because the boy who had been tending the lawn
when we left the house, was sitting on the porch of Aunt
Lillian's house. He was holding my sunhat.
"Does this belong to one of you?" he asked, "I found it
near my garden."
Chronicle/Autumn 1981  19 "Thank you," ogled Milly, "It's my sunhat." She sidled
up to him and gave me a "get lost" look. I went into the
house and Milly arrived much later. There was a dreamy
quality about her. She sighed and sparkled alternately,
washed the supper dishes at a protracted pace and would not
talk. It was a familiar pattern; I knew that I would be
spending the rest of the holiday on my own.
The new boy's name was Tim. He called next morning
and invited us to a matinee of an Ingrid Bergman/Cary Grant
movie. I'd seen it before but went again because I liked the
love scenes. Cary spent most ofthe movie being hateful to
Ingrid, until he could no longer hold back his love. They
meet in a crescendo of background music and clasp each
other in a motionless embrace, as if their kiss had turned
them to stone. That's how I wanted love to be.
After the show, we all went down to the beach. I felt
superfluous. Tim put his arm around Milly and she gave me
that look. I wanted to leave but I resented having to
disappear each time Milly found me an inconvenience. I
started to talk about the bow and arrow stall, partly to annoy
and alarm Milly, and partly to suggest that I had no
intention of leaving. Tim's face was radiant; he groped in his
pockets and produced 50 cents. "Why don't you try for a
bull's-eye, on me." He offered me the 50 cents. I was amused
at the way he worded his statement. I imagined that he
wanted me to shoot arrows into him. I saw myself as a
warped cupid. I took the money even though I resented
being bribed. It was decent of Tim to pay for both my movie
and my bull's-eye. I wished that he had done it for me rather,
than Milly.
I walked up the beach to the road. The coins were still
warm from Tim's pocket. When I reached the road and
looked back, they were kissing. It wasn't a bit like Ingrid
and Gary. Milly had her mouth open, and Tim moved his
lips as if he were eating an ice cream cone.
I went to the stall and shot six arrows but didn't get the
bull's-eye. Jim and George teased me and asked where Milly
was. Jim told me stories about his father's ranch and George
offered me part of his bologna sandwich, which I refused
because he touched it with his yellow fingers. They invited
me back.
It became a ritual that cost Tim 50 cents a day. Milly was
entranced but didn't stay out all night because Aunt Lillian
knew Tim's mother, and Tim was invited in until Aunt
Lillian went to bed.
I felt myself getting bolder with Jim, looking forward to
the precious time that fifty cents would buy me at the stall.
Jim stopped asking after Milly and I nurtured the hope that
he might like me. I started to adopt some of Milly's
mannerisms and completely forgot about Gloucester's
On the day before we left, I decided to get the bull's-eye
and persuade Jim to kiss me goodbye. I realised that it
wouldn't be a vintage Cary Grant effort, not with all those
people watching, but I imagined, with eyes closed, the touch
of his lips, just momentarily, on mine.
I didn't go with Milly that morning because it was her last
with Tim. She didn't question my absence. She had left
some of her make-up in the bedroom and I spent some time
trying to make my eyes larger with her eye pencil. I applied
the hot strawberry lipstick, going out of the lipline for more
fullness. I looked at myself in the wardrobe mirror. My face
could pass for 16.1 powdered over the freckles on my nose
and squinted my eyes so that the lashes screened out the
detail and the freckles disappeared. Only my body betrayed
my age. I stood and looked at myself in my flat bikini top
and my baggy shorts. I could do nothing about my shorts,
but I stuffed my bra with bathroom tissue; there was a
definite improvement.
I had to wait until Aunt Lillian went out before I could
leave. I went through the back door and down the alley so
that none ofthe neighbors would see. On the way to the
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funfair a boy whistled. I stuck out the toilet tissue and
walked proudly. When I arrived at the stall, both men
turned and whistled.
"Hey! Who is this pretty little bird?" said George in his
English voice.
"Whoever it is, it can't be our speckled hen," answered
"She's mine," said George emphatically.
Jim elbowed him out ofthe way and handed me the bow.
"She's going to get a bull's-eye on her last day."
I took the bow and three of the newer arrows and put the
money on the counter. My hands were shaking as I took
aim. They were both watching me and I saw Jim's eyes slide
to my bra. I looked down quickly to see if the tissues were
showing. As I drew back the bow, the tissues felt awkward
and uncomfortable. The arrow flew and hit the outside of
the target next door to the one I was aiming for. It landed
weakly, wobbled and dropped. George handed me another
"Forget about us, luv. Just go ahead and shoot for the
I drew back the string and concentrated. The arrow hit
the bull's-eye ofthe same target I'd hit before. It was an
accident but I pretended that I'd aimed for that one. Jim
leapt forward and shook my hand. He rummaged under the
counter and produced a plastic doll in a Spanish dress. I
stared at him; he was smiling at me like a benevolent uncle.
"I don't use dolls any more," I stammered.
"Then give it to your gorgeous sister, and tell her that Jim
sends his love and she has to come and kiss me goodbye."
I must have looked crestfallen because I saw the change in
George's expression. He looked quickly at Jim who was
tidying away the arrows, and back at me, and I knew his
expression was one of pity.
"Come here, luv," he beckoned. I was grateful for his
intervention for I thought I might cry. I moved forward
thinking that he would change the prize but he took me by
the shoulders with his stubby hands, pulled me close to him
and kissed me on the cheek. "You're going to be a real cutie
when you grow up. I wish I could be around to see you."
I stepped back quickly. My cheek felt the way it had when
a long-legged spider had fallen off the ceiling at home,
landed on my head, and in panic, had scrambled down my
face before it dropped to the floor. Milly and Mother had
screamed when it happened, and for the rest ofthe day, my
cheek had tingled with the memory of those legs. The fuzz
of George's face and the dryness of his sun-blistered lips left
the same feeling of horror, excitement, and fear. I dropped
the doll and ran, hearing only the synthetic laughter and
screams from the haunted house.
The make-up came off easily, and the tissue flushed away.
I didn't sleep that night but crouched at the window long
after Milly came in. I could see the hard white strip of the
moonlit section ofthe lake and the colored lights ofthe
Ferris wheel, still revolving, and I felt George's buzz on my
cheek. I tried to concentrate on Gloucester's speech but the
buzz came back. I felt the dry lips move around my face,
closer to my mouth. I imagined myself stranded on an island
with him, forever and forced to kiss him Hollywood style. I
shook my head violently to stop the ideas coming. The buzz
was spreading over me; I felt his lips on my neck and
jumped back into bed, trying frantically to recite the speech,
but all I could muster was, "Now is the summer of our
discontent — now is the summer of our discontent —" and
repeated it over and over until I fell asleep. _]
Dorothy Young is a graduate student in creative writing. Summer
of Discontent was the winner ofthe 1981 Chronicle Creative
Writing Competition. Prizes for the contest are provided by the
UBC Alumni Fund (see UBC Seen section). Of Patrons,
Judith Walker
In these days of double-digit inflation
and interest rates higher than ever
believed possible it's hard to find
money to finance dreams. Harder still to
find a patron who believes in your
dreams — and wants to give you money
to see those dreams realized.
But it happens. Not often, but often
enough that many of UBC's treasures and
some of its major buildings are the direct
result of patrons with dreams.
Gifts of millions of dollars for libraries
and hospitals don't fall out of the sky,
though. There's a lot of spadework done
before dreams come true. You've got to
know the potential patrons, their
interests and concerns, and the real needs
of a place like UBC, says Dr. William C.
If anyone knows about patrons and
fundraising, Dr. Gibson does. Now head
ofthe Universities Council of B.C.,
Gibson spent many years as a faculty
member at UBC in medical history and
neurological research, and as a member
of various organizations such as the
Muscular Dystrophy Association, the
Wellcome Trust, and Kinsmen
Rehabilitation Foundation. With his
fingers in so many pies, Bill Gibson soon
met people who had the potential of
helping UBC. He realized he could act as
a catalyst in putting patrons and projects
Take the birth of the Woodward
William Gibson
Biomedical Library, for example.
For many years UBC had been in need
of a medical library to serve not only
medical students but also the growing
numbers of students in the health
professions. One day RA. Woodward,
son of Charles Woodward, founder ofthe
department store chain, telephoned Dr.
Gibson and asked to see him. "I had done
something for one of his physicians who
had never forgotten it. This doctor told
me that "Puggy" Woodward wanted to
memorialize his father, and also the
pioneer doctors of B.C. I saw that his
interest in medical history and books
could be put to good use and he soon
became interested in the idea of a medical
When the Woodward Biomedical
Library was close to being finished
Woodward was very pleased. Says Dr.
Gibson: "He said it was the only thing
he'd ever built that he found no fault in.
Then he asked me what I thought and I
said I thought it was excellent but
possibly too small. He said, 'Double it.'
and we did. Not only do you have to
know your patron well, you have to know
what it is you want," stresses Dr. Gibson,
"because you just might get it!"
Two other patrons whose generosity
has left its mark on UBC are Cecil and
Ida Green, and again volunteer
fundraiser Bill Gibson had a hand in
encouraging the friendship between the
Greens and present-day UBC. Gibson
had interned in the '40s at the University
of Texas; Cecil Green, having spent three
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first decade of UBC's existence, had gone
on to found Texas Instruments. To a
catalyst like Dr. Gibson, no doubt the
connection was irresistible.
Returning to Texas in the '60s to give
some lectures, Gibson felt he should look
up the former UBC student. "It took
three tries to arrange a visit and even that
was just a few minutes at the airport,"
Dr. Gibson recalls, "because he was so
busy with the international development
of Texas Instruments." Cecil Green had
passed through Vancouver since his
student days and admitted sadly that he
recognized nothing of the new university
on the Point Grey campus. "I sold him on
the idea of coming up to see his old alma
mater. We'd put him up at the faculty
club and give him an extensive tour."
Always having a worthwhile project or
two in his back pocket, Dr. Gibson knew
that Senator McKeen's mansion on the
Point Grey cliffs was up for sale —
$105,000 for the house along with three
acres of grounds. The tour he arranged
for the Greens took them by a stump
overlooking the house where, years ago,
Cecil Green and a fellow student named
Henry Gunning — later to become Dean
of UBC's applied science faculty — used
to eat their lunch during the annual
round of engineering survey school.
After some discussion about the need to
have an alumni presence on the campus,
Ida Green urged her husband to purchase
the mansion, and to add enough money
to the gift to bring it up to $200,000, to
refurbish the house for the alumni
"They just came at the right time,"
says Dr. Gibson, refusing to take any
credit for the end result of Cecil Green
Park, adding that he feels the credit for
bringing any particular gift to UBC
probably belongs to several people, not
just one.
"It's no use going to people for money
unless you have an idea of their interests.
You accumulate projects that need doing
and then someday someone will come
along. You're really only a catalyst in the
Dr. Gibson has nothing but distaste for
people who seek out patrons for trivial or
personal projects, or for projects where
government should be paying the shot.
He remembers very clearly P. A.
Woodward's three maxims on donating:
"I will give nothing to get government off
the hook, but anything to get
government on the hook. Private funds
should be for quality items, and public
funds for quantity items. And, excellence
is the greatest economy while mediocrity
is the most expensive thing you can
invest in." So he was all for it when his
friend Mr. Woodward put in $4 million
toward a University hospital on the
condition that the provincial government
match that sum and the federal
government double that in turn. "Private
donations should be seed money,"
Gibson explains. "Is something going to
grow from this beginning? — that is the
From his position at the Universities
Council, he has a view of the needs and
desires of all three public universities —
UBC, SFU and UVic - and so his list of
worthwhile projects is growing. His alma
mater, Oxford, has also recently been the
recipient of his catalytic endeavours.
Cecil and Ida Green have given £2 million
for a college at Oxford for clinical
medical students.
"If you have a good university to work
with, then the gifts will come in. At UBC
private funds from donors, including
alumni, have changed the face of things
at Point Grey. High standards of
performance in teaching and research are
the best guarantee of interest by private
donors, of whatever size." □
Judith Walker, BA'72, a former UBC
information officer, is now a free-lance
writer in Vancouver.
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22 Chronicle/A utumn 1981 A Man of Influence,
A Man for Canada
High Commissioner Norman Robertson (right)
greeted Canadian Gov.-Gen. Vincent Massey in
London in 1957.
J.V. Clyne
£ £ M   Man of Influence" by J. L. Granatstein
li should be required reading for all
^ ^members ofthe alumni association
because it is the account of the life of Norman
Robertson, the most distinguished individual,
in my opinion, who ever graduated from the
University of British Columbia.
As the author points out, the years which
Robertson served in the department of
external affairs saw the quantum jump in
Canada's influence and power in world affairs
and his role during the Second World War was
an extraordinary one. He presided over the
department during the change in Canada from
a timid dominion to a sometime aggressive and
nationalistic middle world power. He made
the department of external affairs into a key
ministry and created a foreign service capable
of dealing with skill in the capitals ofthe
The book is of special interest to me as
Norman Robertson and I were close friends
during our years at UBC even though we held
widely different views on political subjects.
Norman was a strong believer in the
philosophy of socialism. He foresaw
communism being introduced in all parts of
the world as a result of the Russian Revolution
and readers of the book will be amused to see
how his views changed in later life. We were
members of the same clubs such as the Letters
Club but his rather long and awkward frame
made it difficult for him to participate in
In those days the university was located in
the Fairview shacks and as our homes were
fairly close to each other in Kerrisdale we
often walked home together. The long walk
gave us plenty of time for discussion. Even
then it was apparent to everyone who knew
him that he had a brilliant mind. We both
graduated in 1923 and Norman went to
Oxford, having won the Rhodes Scholarship. I
later went to London where I did postgraduate
work in law and we continued to see each
other from time to time either at Oxford or in
London or on holiday in France. From my
memory of that time I believe there is a slight
error in the early part of the book where it is
said that Norman came down from Oxford to
London during the general strike in 1926 to
work in the offices of the communist paper,
The Daily Worker. It is my recollection that he
told me he was working in the office of the
Trade Union Council, the body which was
responsible for the strike. I had enlisted in the
special police force so we were on opposite
sides as usual. I do not know whether he
stayed only two days in London as the book
says, and then came down later, but I do
remember that we had dinner together several
times during the strike and compared notes.
Norman was always a reasonable person
even though he held strong opinions. Our
paths crossed only occasionally in later life,
but it was always a pleasure to meet and talk to
him. He was possessed ofthe art of friendship
which was of great assistance to him when he
joined the department of external affairs in
1929 as third secretary at the early age of 25.
As he had developed first-class skills as an
economist, he was soon participating in trade
negotiations, and by the beginning of 1936 he
was in effective charge of his department's
share of trade and tariff issues with Great
Britain and the United States. His abilities in
these areas served Canada well not only before
the war but during and after the war.
In 1941 Norman Robertson was appointed
undersecretary of state for external affairs
becoming the head of his department at age
37. He was the youngest of a number of
contenders for the position including such
men as Lester Pearson, Hume Wrong, and
Hugh Keenleyside. The importance of the
position at that time cannot be
overemphasized. Today the undersecretary
ranks with other deputies in reporting to their
respective ministers in cabinet. But then, and
until 1946, the undersecretary reported to the
prime minister who himself always held the
position of minister of state for external
affairs. During the war prime minister
Mackenzie King was too busy in overseeing
the war effort, in looking after cabinet
business and political affairs to pay much
attention to the work of the department. So, as
the book points out, Robertson became a
quasi-minister filling a near ministerial role in
his relations with the prime minister and
members ofthe cabinet. He was, indeed, at
the heart ofthe war effort.
Norman, worn out with his duties as
undersecretary during the war, sought to be
relieved, and in due course was appointed as
high commissioner to Great Britain. After
three years in this post, he was appointed as
secretary to the cabinet in 1949. He did not
enjoy that position and in 1952 he was
reappointed high commissioner and returned
to London. In 1957 he was appointed
ambassador to the United States. He had
hardly time to make an impact on Washington
when he was asked to return to Canada in the
fall of 1958 to resume his duties as
undersecretary of state for external affairs. In
the succeeding years he served under the
Diefenbaker government during the time of
the nuclear crisis and other stirring events. In
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early 1964 ill-health intervened and an
operation for lung cancer caused his
resignation as undersecretary. The operation
was successful and he was able to represent
Canada at a GATT conference in the latter part
of the same year. Several scholastic positions
also followed, but ill health pursued him until
he died on July 16, 1968.
The story of Norman Robertson's life as
contained in "A Man of Influence" is also the
story of the life of the nation from 1930 to
1970, a period of vital change. It is a book
which is well worth reading.
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J.V. Clyne, BA'23, is chancellor of UBC.
CaromAdAutumn 1981 23 Spotlight
Lyle A. Atkinson, BSA'25,
MSA'35, is compiling and writing a
history of the Fraser Valley Milk
Producers Association. He retired in
1966 after spending more than 40
years with the association, and
witnessing many changes in the
industry. The most important
change, he says, is in the improved
quality ofthe product. Sour milk
used to be a major problem as milk
was cooled in rivers and streams.
Atkinson says he works on the
history whenever the mood strikes
but he doesn't let it interfere with his
golf. A past president ofthe alumni
association, he enjoys the freedom
from deadlines that retirement
brings...William C. Brown,
BSA'28, has been awarded a life
membership in Lions International
in recognition of his many years of
community service. Brown served
on the municipal council of Maple
Ridge, the parks and hospital board
and has been a member ofthe local
Lions Club for over 36 vears.
Recently honored by the Agriculture
Institute of Canada and the B.C.
Institute was Thomas A. Leach,
BSA'31, for his 50 years
membership in the organizations.
Leach has spent many years writing
and broadcasting on farming
programs, and inaugurated the
television program Country
Calendar. He has also been
appointed to the Agricultural Senate
Club of B.C The University of
Oregon has honored mathematics
professor Ivan Niven, BA'34,
MA'36, PhD (Chicago) with the
1981 Charles E. Johnson Memorial
award, in recognition of his
exemplary qualities as teacher,
scholar and academic citizen. Niven
has served eight terms on the
Faculty Advisory Council, was
marshal for the university's
centennial celebration in 1976, and
has been elected many times to the
university senate. He is a member of
the Mathematical Society of
America's board of governors. Niven
is author or co-author of more than
60 professional or scholarly articles
and author of six books, three of
which have been translated into 10
foreign languages....The first person
to appear on Canadian television was
well-known weatherman Percy P.
Saltzman, BA'34. On Sept. 8, 1952,
he followed a performance by two
puppets to talk about (what else?)
the subject that brought him fame —
the weather. It was CBC's debut
broadcast. He retired from television
after a stint with CTV's Canada
A.M. but is now back in front of the
Global network cameras, chalk in
Ivan Niven
Percy P. Saltzman
hand....An exhibition of the work of
Vancouver artist Helen Griffin,
BA'38, MA'68, was held this spring
in Peking at the China Art Gallery.
Griffin says that when she has a
show in the west, her art is said to be
very oriental; when her show is in
the Orient, she is said to be very
western. She does brush and ink
flower paintings and landscapes in
the Chinese style... Always in the
news is MLA Jack Davis, BASc'39,
BA MA (Oxon) PhD (McGill),
recently appointed head of a
government task force to oversee
rapid transit system in the Lower
Mainland. The committee will
supervise the light rapid transit
system from the design stage to
implementation of revenue service.
The publisher of the Medicine Hat
News is former Ubyssey editor
Andrew Snaddon, BA'43. He has
been editor of the Edmonton Journal
since 1967. Known as a spokesman
for the western viewpoint, Snaddon
has written extensively for national
magazines and broadcasted for CBC
and private radio....A teaching career
in Coquitlam ended in June for
Robert McBay, BA'45, BEd'51,
who retired as principal of Porter St.
Elementary. He introduced the
district's first remedial reading
program for secondary students and
served for 18 years with a Y youth
William Kirby
What Bill Kirby's life is all about
this summer is, in a word,
renovations. At his Ottawa
home, the director of the Canada
Council Art Bank is supervising
floor tiling and cupboard
construction. At work, it's the wall
paint and picture hanging which will
turn part of the bank's warehouse
location into a public art gallery and
resource centre. Yet while Kirby
admits that the temporary confusion
of it all is a nuisance, at the Art
Bank, at least, it is tangible evidence
that the recently-appointed director
is serious when he vows to get the
little-known institution and the
public together.
"The Art Bank is an important
part of the Canada Council and the
Canadian art scene. But not enough
information about the bank's
activities is available to the public.
Opening up our Ottawa
headquarters as a public gallery and
providing guided tours to the
collection is a step toward changing
that," says Kirby.
The Art Bank, now in its ninth
year, owns some 10,000 Canadian art
works — paintings, sculptures,
drawings, prints and water colors. It
rents them out to federal and
provincial governments, crown
corporations and non-profit
institutions like hospiials at a
percentage of their purchase price
(roughly, 12 percent for a two-year
period). The rental revenue —
$400,000 this year — is used to make
further purchases (thereby assisting
Canadian artists). As well the Art
Bank lends out works for exhibits
and special projects to museums and
galleries around the world. A David
Gilhooly painting, for example, was
recently loaned to the Whitney
Museum, in New York. Rental
exhibitions for old and new clients
are held across the country; this
year, in Robson Centre, Vancouver,
Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon.
"The next step will be to get our
collection computerized so that
when someone requests a list of
artists from British Columbia or
wants to know how many works by
Jack Bush are in the Art Bank, we
can get that information out fast."
Kirby, 39, clearly facing the
challenge of buffing up the Art
Bank's image with enthusiasm,
despite budget restraints, comes to
the job well-prepared. He first
graduated from UBC with a bachelor
of arts in 1966, studying under fine
arts professors B.C. Binning, George
Rosenberg, and Ian McNairn, and
dividing his time between Brock
Hall coffee breaks, Sedgewick,
and the Buchanan and Lasserre
buildings. "In those days, I spent
my time at gallery openings or
singing," recalls the former member
ofthe Choral Society and Mussoc. "I
lived in one of those places off
campus where you got room, board
and laundry for $85 a month."
Kirby left UBC in 1965 but
confusion over his credits — too
many fine arts courses, not enough
mathematics — delayed his degree
and when he received it in the mail
almost a year later, he was already
working at the Edmonton Art
Gallery, first as art education
supervisor, then as the assistant to
the director. By 1967, he was the
director himself.
Four years later, Kirby returned
to his studies and Vancouver, living
with his wife in a 1912 apartment at
Thurlow and Davie ("walking
distance to the art galleries"). While
Elizabeth Kirby took her masters in
regional planning, Bill did his in
Canadian art history. "I became
more serious as a graduate student.
If we had some free time, we went to
gallery openings. We got to know a
lot of artists."
Those masters' degrees in 1973
sent the Kirbys off to Winnipeg
where Bill divided his time between
university teaching and curatorial
duties. He became curator of
contemporary art at the Winnipeg
Art Gallery, leaving in 1978 "only
days after I'd finished renovating my
house" to join the Canada Council in
Ottawa as head of the program of
assistance to galleries and artist-run
Yet while the jobs and cities have
changed for Bill Kirby, how he
spends his spare time hasn't.
"Fortunately for me, my vocation is
also my avocation," grins Kirby.
"When we go on holiday, we visit
artists. When they come to Ottawa,
we get together. What do I collect?
Mostly paintings by friends whose
work I respect — Ian Baxter,
Michael DeCourcy, Max Dean ..."
The Kirby children — Andrea, 3
and Michael, 7 — join in, too.
Michael, adopted at 12 days old,
attended his first gallery opening
two days later.
Since both children are Metis by
birth, all the Kirbys make regular
visits to Ottawa's Museum of Man
where the Indian cultural displays
and more recently, childrens' Inuit
and Indian workshops are popular
attractions. Ottawa is a great city for
families, adds Kirby, noting that
besides museums and galleries one
can bicycle for five miles along the
Parkway or Rideau Canal without
crossing a street, and skate outdoors
on Dow's Lake in the heart of the
As for friends, well, UBC
colleagues like Jean Blodgett,
MA'74, are practically neighbors.
"And many of my former classmates
are in good positions in the art field
right across Canada, so I keep in
"The Art Bank has almost as
many clients outside Ottawa as
within," adds Kirby, getting back to
work, "and I expect to be travelling
across the country a good deal for
the Juries which select the art work
we buy."
-Joan Godsell A bleu, BA '65
24 Chronicle/AHtumn 1981 Pamela Hawthorn
It was a broiling hot summer
day in Vancouver, the kind
locals dream about but seldom
experience. While the multitudes
flocked to the beach or went to buy
beer — where was Pamela
The catalyst of west coast theatre
was (where else?) at Vancouver's
Waterfront Theatre, paint brush in
hand, sprucing up the lobby with a
coat of pastel pink.
It is a beautiful warm color to
greet theatre patrons in the dank fall
and winter evenings, but in this
heat? We grabbed a lemonade from
nearby Granville Market and talked.
Pamela Hawthorn, BA'61, MFA
(Yale) is managing director of
Vancouver's New Play Centre, a
creative hothouse for aspiring and
established playwrights. But to
Canadian and B.C. theatre, she is so
much more. Without Hawthorn to
serve as mid-wife to new Canadian
plays, most of them would be
still-born. For what is theatre
without a play?
An average of 150 scripts come
into the centre every year, some
from well-established authors, from
from writers who are just beginning
and are completely unknown. The
centre provides a reading service, a
professional critique to any B.C.
resident who submits a script. About
30 to 35 of these plays go through a
workshop process: somewhere from
12 to 30 hours is spent working on
the play with actors, director, and
the playwright participating. The
workshop, Hawthorn says, is to
"develop the script, hopefully to a
produceable level. It's an
educational process for the writer."
In fact, the process is only for the
writer. This is what the New Play
Centre does so well — working with
writers, developing the plays.
Started 11 years ago by Doug
Bankson, head of UBC's creative
writing department, and UBC
librarian Sheila Neville, the centre
has been managed by Hawthorn for
the past nine years. She began in a
cold-water loft on Fourth Avenue,
where she literally worked out ofthe
bottom drawer in her bedroom
bureau. On winter days actors and
playwrights could be seen in
rehearsal wrapped up in coats and
scarves, huddled near a small heater.
Two years ago the New Play Centre
— now a thriving theatre
company — moved to its present
quarters on Granville Island to share
space with West Coast Actors and
the Carousel Theatre. Looking
around at the bare gyproc walls and
a few mismatched chairs, she said
"it's palatial, it is at least heated!"
So the hothouse role continues. It
was Bankson's notion that new plays
don't just materialize out ofthe
author's typewriter; they need
working on in an active way. Thus
the workshop process, which all
plays produced at the centre must go
"We don't do anything at the New
Play Centre without the co-operation
and consent of the writers, that's
what the organization exists for,"
she says. "Doug felt strongly there's
no point in an organization of this
nature unless the writer was present
during whatever was happening on
the play." That ethos restricts the
centre's activities to B.C. writers,
but not its influence. Writers, actors
and directors have spread across
Canada and the U.S.
"A lot of writers have developed
from here. Two closely associated
with us, Sheldon Rosen and Tom
Cone, are now in New York. It looks
like both of them are going to have
Broadway shows in the fall of plays
that we originally produced."
Though the centre has had its
failures, its list of successes, and
successful writers, is impressive.
The company has done the premiere
production of well over 40 plays, a
mere handful of which were
"I've always thought the company
had a nurturing role," she says,
speaking of it as a family, a group
that works together. She has passed
up chances to use the organization as
a stepping stone and resisted
temptation to open branch plants in
the east. Her overwhelming
commitment is to her own
community. "We're kept more than
busy just trying to deal with writers
on the west coast."
On a "tiny, tiny budget of
$200,000," the centre produces two
full-length plays a year, and about
four one-act plays. The financial
scrimp always hurts, there is never
enough, but the struggle continues,
although Hawthorn resents having
to be politician as well as painter.
"I scrub the floors, I write the
letters, I direct the plays," she says,
noting somewhat ruefully that the
trials and tribulations in theatre are
far too awful for anybody who isn't
at some level consumed by it."
The company would like to try a
festival format of new Canadian
plays. She also wants to do studio
production of scripts not good
enough to go into full production,
but where the experience would be
of value to the writers involved.
Both ventures would be expensive,
and at the moment, top priority goes
to finishing the Waterfront Theatre,
built for the incredibly small sum of
How does she feel when writers go
elsewhere, especially if they enjoy
success? She says, like a parent, you
get upset when your child leaves,
but you also know that's what you
worked so hard for.
The theatre is most of all, a
process — "a lively art, a varied
existence, a never finished business.
"At least when you paint a wall
you can say, there, it's done!"
- Anne MacLachlan
group. McBay was selected Citizen
ofthe Year in 1972 by the local
Chamber of Commerce in
recognition of his community work.
He also received a Centennial Medal
in 1967 for similar service. A friend
to several generations of children
and families, he received a life
membership in B.C.'s
parent-teacher organization	
Retirement brought a new career
and exciting travel and opportunities
Honorary President: Dr. Douglas
to Arthur T. Hill, MSA'47, PhD
T. Kenny, BA'45, MA'47
(Texas) and his wife Barbara. Until
his retirement last December, Dr.
Hill spent 20 years in the federal
President: Robert J. Smith,
government Agassiz research centre,
BCom'68, MBA'71
poultry branch. His research led to a
Vice-President: Grant D. Burnveat,
posting as a poultry industry
consultant in Peru, obtained
Treasurer: Harold N. Halvorson,
through Canadian Executive
BA'55, MSc'56, PhD'66
Services Overseas. The organization
Chair. Alumni Fund: David
provides air fare and petty cash, the
Richardson, BCom'71
company requesting assistance
Chair, Communications/Editorial:
provides accommodation and living
Nancy E. Woo, BA'69
costs. The Hills enjoyed the Peru
Chair, Programmes: Margaret
project very much, returning to their
Sampson Burr, BMus'64
Fraser Valley home only briefly
Chair, University Advocacy: Peggv
before leaving for Hamburg,
L.E. Andreen Ross, MD'58
Germany, where Dr. Hill delivered a
Chair, Divisions: Michael A.
paper on poultry research....A
Partridge, BCom'59
trustee ofthe Chilliwack School
district for six years, Betty Brown
Members-at-large (1980-82)
Meagher, BA'47, has also
Douglas J. Aldridge, BASc'74;
represented the district for five years
Virginia Gallowav Beirnes, BA'40,
on the Fraser Valley College board.
LLB'49; Susan D. Daniells,
This is her third year in the board
BA'72, LLB'75; Josephine
chair. She and her husband Tom,
Mary Hannay, RN, MSc'76; Alison
BA'50, LLB'51, moved to
E. MacLennan, LLB'76; Michael
Chilliwack 10 years ago....New
A. Partridge, BCom'59; David
headmaster at prestigious Rothesay
Richardson, BCom'71; Oscar
Collegiate School in New Brunswick
Sziklai, (BSF, Sopron, Hungary),
is Edward R. Larsen, BA'48, MA
MF'61, PhD'64; Nancv E. Woo,
(Oxon). He is a former headmaster
of B.C.'s Shawnigan Lake School
and of Appleby College, Oakville,
Members-at-large (1981-83)
Ont. He has twice been president of
William S. Armstrong, BCom'58,
the Canadian Headmasters' Assoc,
LLB'59; John R. Henderson,
and spent the past year teaching at
BCom'77; Robert F. Osborne,
an English boarding school.
BA'33, BEd'48; Gary B. Sutherland.
Rothesay, a private boys' school,
BCom'64; Jo Ann Hinchliffe,
was established 103 years ago....
BA'74. Joanne Ricci, BSN'75,
Madam Justice Patricia Proudfoot,
BA'49, LLB'52, of B.C.'s supreme
court, is the sole B.C. representative
Division Representatives
on a special federal committee to
To be elected
investigate child sexual abuse. The
11-member committee is to report
Alma Mater Society
within two years to federal health
and justice ministers, on how laws
Marlea Haugen, President
can be improved to protect children
and youths against sexual abuse and
Faculty Association
exploitation, including
pornography....Governments large
Dr. Charles Culling, President
and small should take note of the
philosophy of school superintendent
Convocation Senators'
Allan G. Stables, BA'49, MEd'65,
head of Greater Victoria's school
William Birmingham
district. Says Stables: "Nobody
should stay in any kind of system too
Committee Chairs
long. You run out of ideas and then
Alumni Fund: David Richardson,
there's time for fresh ideas or a
BCom'71; Allocations: William S.
different approach." When his
Armstrong, BCom'58, LLB'59;
five-year term ends, Stables says
Scholarships & Bursaries: Lynne A.
he'll leave and become an
Carmichael, BEd-E'72; Awards: Art
educational consultant.
Stevenson, BASc'66; Branches:
Josephine Mary Hannay, RN,
MSc'76; Communications/Editorial:
____________ ____________
Nancy Woo, BA'69; Divisions:
Michael A. Partridge, BCom'59;
Finance: Harold N. Halvorson,
BA'55, MSc'56, PhD'66;
Nominations: Grant Burnyeat,
LLB'73; Speakers Bureau: Oscar
Richard H. Bazett, BSA'50, has
Sziklai, (BSF, Sopron, Hungary),
retired after 20 years as regional
MF'61, PhD'64; Squash Club: Peter
manager ofthe Farm Credit Corp.
Drummond; Student Affairs: Jill
He plans to continue living in
Brand, BRE'79; Young Alumni
Kelowna....Vancouver teacher
Club: Doug Hasell.
Chronicle/Aufumn 1981  25 Reunions '81
Nursing '61
Sept. 19-20
Law 71
Oct. 3
Home Economics
Oct. 17
Commerce '66
Oct. 23
All '56 Classes
Oct. 24
Applied Science
'46 & '51
Oct. 24
Home Economics
Oct. 24
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Manfred Carl Schmid BA'51,
BEd'55, MEd'66, is the 1981 winner
ofthe highest honor bestowed by the
B.C. Teachers' Federation. The
author of basic texts for science in
Grades 8 through 10, Schmid took
the G. A. Fergusson Memorial
award at the BCTF annual meeting.
He also was a founder and first
president of the science teachers'
provincial organization....William
D. MacLeod, BA'51, BEd'58, MEd
(Wash) is now dean of vocational and
trades training at Okanagan
College....John A. Gray, BCom'53,
BSF'56, has completed a study of
Newfoundland's forest industries for
the Economic Council of Canada.
He says the province's newsprint
mills are relatively productive and
the lower Canadian dollar is
providing a strong competitive
advantage for overseas markets.
Gray is a prolessor of economics at
the University of Manitoba...
Roland Bouwman, LLB' 54, runs a
duck farm in suburban Langley after
taking early retirement from his post
as a vice-president at B.C. Tel. The
day starts at 5 a.m. as he or his wife
Marilyn check some 300 ducks for
eggs. He also does some legal aid
work. Bouwman was one of three
contenders for the leadership ofthe
B.C. Liberals this spring, losing out
to Shirley McLoughlin, BA'57. She
became the first woman to head a
Liberal party in Canada and the first
to head a political party in B.C. An
economist and business consultant,
McLoughlin says you can't put a
gender on a person's ability to win
votes. She says the party will provide
a "real alternative" in the next
provincial election. The former
president of an import company,
McLoughlin says she will contest the
next provincial election in Comox,
where she lives....Corporate
responsibility versus government
control was the topic dealt with by
Robin J. Abercrombie, BA'56,
when he spoke to New Brunswick's
capital region development
commission in June. He's a director
of a consortium seeking to build a
natural gas transmission line
through New Brunswick and into
Nova Scotia. Abercrombie is also
senior vice-president ofthe Alberta
corporation, Nova and a director of
several other firms...John P.
Berdusco, BSP'57, BASc'62, MBA
(Butler), has been named
vice-president, administration, for
Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. of St.
Paul, Minn. A subsidiary of Eli
Lilly, CPI manufactures and
markets pacemakers and ancillary
devices....Recently appointed as
B.C.'s director of the Bank of
Canada is J. Ron Longstaffe,
BA'57, LLB'58. Together with Gov.
Bouey and the other directors (2
each from Ontario and Quebec, one
from each other province) they meet
seven times a year to "thoroughly
discuss monetary policy,"
Longstaffe says. Executive
vice-president of Canadian Forest
Products Ltd. in Vancouver, he was
one of three non-government people
to represent Canada at an economic
mini-summit held in Ottawa, prior
to the July economic summit
meeting of western political leaders.
Longstaffe says the mini-summit
was to "obtain the views of
non-government people on the
agenda items." Canada's two other
representatives were former federal
finance minister Donald Macdonald
and former CIDA president Paul
Gerin-Lajoie....Charlotte S. M.
Girard, BA'58, PhD (Bryn Mawr) is
the author ofthe latest and
thirteenth volume oiCanada in
World Affairs, the Canadian Institute
of International Affairs series. The
book covers the years 1963-65 and
details the Canada-France-Quebec
triangle. She is an associate professor
of history at the University of
Victoria....Connie Gwen Landolt,
LLB'58, is legal counsel for the
National Campaign Life and a
founder ofthe Toronto Right to Life
organization....A challenge every day
and never a moment of boredom, is
how Nancy E. Morrison, BA'58,
LLB (Osgoode) describes her life as
a judge ofthe provincial court for
the last eight years. Morrison left the
bench this year to return to private
law practice, in part because she
found judging a very solitary
profession. She says she was also
discouraged by the lack of
opportunity for extended leave.
"Because ofthe isolation and
because ofthe social restrictions and
the awesome power of judicial office,
I believe all judges should be able to
get away from judging, every seven
years or so." She advocates working
sabbaticals and says she likely
wouldn't have left the bench if there
had been such opportunities. She
was a member of the criminal
division of the provincial court in
North Vancouver....Douglas L,
Thompson, BSP'58, is director of
communications for the Canadian
Pharmaceutical Assoc, in Ottawa....
Doug A. Corbishley, BASc'59, has
been appointed vice-president of
manufacturing for the National
Starch and Chemical Corp. Now
living in Collingwood, Ont., with his
wife Diane and three children, he is
also active in community groups and
has served two terms on the town
council....You might say James
Kayll, BSF'59, MSF (Duke), PhD
(Aberdeen), gets fired up about his
work. Director of Lakehead
University's school of forestry,
Kayll's research interests lie in forest
fire ecology and its application to
forest management. He is a former
chair of the department of forest
resources at UNB, where he was on
the faculty for 12 years....Langara
Community College lecturer John F.
Parker, BA'59, MA (Wash) directed
one of two productions at the
Salmon Arm Summer Stock Youth
Theatre company this summer.
Parker, who directed the Victorian
melodrama "The Drunkard", also
adjudicated a drama festival in
Salmon Arm. He has directed some
67 plays.
Agris Berzins, BASc'60, spoke to
the B.C. Water and Waste
Conference this spring on the
problems of water supply to the
central Fraser Valley. Berzins is a
senior engineer with a West
Vancouver consulting firm....
Lawrence O. Bunka, BCom'60,
MBA i,Western^ is vice-president,
marketing and sales, of Imperial
Securities Ltd. of Toronto....Nancy
Halsey, BA'60, MSc'62, spoke on
new perspectives in preventive
medicine when she addressed the
University Women's Club in Vernon
this spring. Many deaths are caused
by accidents and violence due to
unhealthy lifestyles, Halsey told the
meeting....David J. DeBiaso,
BASc'61, is the new manager of
administrative services for
Cominco's B.C. group, which
includes the company's Trail and
Kimberly operations....Looking tor a
hole in the fast food franchise
business is A. Colin Heuckendorff,
BASc'61, newly-appointed general
manager of Country Style Donuts
Ltd. The firm is a growing
international franchise operation
with outlets across North America
and Puerto Rico....The past
president ofthe United Church's
B.C. Conference is the Rev. Sidney
W. Rowles, BA'61, of Kelowna.
Rowles remains on the church's B.C.
executive, and continues his duties
as Presbytery officer in the
Kootenay-Kamloops district...Barry
M. Gough, BEd'62, MA (Montana)
PhD (Kings College, London) is the
author ot an award-winning book,
Distant Dominion, Britain and the
Northwest Coast of North America,
1579-1809. The book received the
John Lyman book award for the best
1980 book in Canadian Maritime
History. Dr. Gough is professor of
history at Wilfred Laurier
Universitv... Constance McCalla,
A. Donald Mowatt
BHE'62, is president for a second
term of the Dunrobin, Ont.,
Women's Institute. She teaches
cooking and sells microwave
cookware....Radio and television's
highest honor, a George Foster
Peabody award, was won in 1981 by
A. Donald Mowatt, BA'62, of CBC
Radio in Vancouver. Mowatt won in
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the public service category with his
production of "Peniel", a young
woman minister's account of her
battle with cancer. He and Rev.
Regina Puckett collaborated on the
feature; she interviewed medical
staff, fellow patients and her
mother, and while she underwent
treatment and surgery, Mowatt
interviewed her, and produced and
edited the radio feature. Mowatt is
the second Canadian to win what is
described as the Pulitzer prize of the
fifth estate. Since joining the CBC in
1964 he's directed more than 500
plays, including some
award-winning ones. The citation
for the award states that "Peniel is an
experience that requires listeners to
evaluate their own life expectancy
with deep consideration for the
power of religious faith."
The new regional director —
South Okanagan, for Okanagan
College is James Gary Dickinson,
BEd'63, MA'66, DEd'68. An
associate professor of adult
education at UBC, he is a fellow and
former principal of East Kootenay
Community College....Wendy K.
Dobson, BSN'63, PhD (Princeton)
is executive director ofthe C. D.
Howe Institute in Montreal, a centre
for economic policy analysis. She is a
former consultant to the UN on
issues in population research and
policy and has been with the
Institute since 1979....Stephen L.
Dunik, BSc'63, MSc (Toronto) is
vice-president, research,
development and engineering, of
Delphax Systems of Toronto. The
company is involved in
word-processing and peripheral
equipment for computers....For the
last five years, Frank M. Hamilton,
BEd'63, MEd'69, has been
superintendent of schools in
Terrace, B.C. A former principal in
Prince George and Casdegar, he says
he misses teaching, especially in the
fifth, sixth and seventh grades, but
enjoys the opportunities and
challenges in Terrace....Frederick J.
T. (Terry) Harvey, BEd'63,
MEd'68, started his teaching career
in the toughest square mile in
Britain, the south-end docks area of
Liverpool. He's spent the last 25
years at Steveston Senior Secondary,
starting at the school when it opened
as a junior high, and his classroom
had no desks or chairs. The school
recently held a Mr. Harvey week in
his honor...Terence Keefe, BA'63,
MEd'77, is superintendent of
schools for the Kettle Valley
district....Raymond Chow, BEd'64,
has opened an artists' studio in
Richmond with two other
colleagues....Gerald Cormick,
BCom'64, PhD (Mich), is executive
director of the Institute for
Environmental Mediation in Seattle.
He was one ofthe speakers at a
government seminar in Penticton on
the handling and disposal of
hazardous wastes....Robert H.
Fairweather, BA'64, has retired as
principal of Leigh Elementary in
Port Coquitlam. He plans to teach
English in Japan for a year....George
Hermanson, BA'64, (BD Chicago,
DMin Claremont) was one of 67 to
graduate in May from the School of
Theology at Claremont, the oldest
seminary in the Pacific southwest.
Hermanson is currently UBC
Anglican chaplain....Alderman Ernie
Novakowski, BEd'64, of
Richmond, has been appointed
principal of a junior secondary
school in the district. Novakowski
says the appointment likely will end
his eight years on council as "It's a
big job and I feel I should put my
full effort into it."....Ronald J.
Dinn, BA'65, has switched careers
from teaching to farming, and now
runs about 60 animals on his 45-acre
dairy farm in the Fraser Valley. The
farm is strictly a family operation.
Dinn also chairs the Fraser Valley
Credit Union, the 12th largest in
Canada....Fisheries critic Donald A.
Pepper, BA'65 (PhD, Wales), now a
BCIT instructor and economist,
labels the federal fisheries
department a failure. Testifying this
spring at the Pearse (Peter H.
Pearse, BSF'56, MA, PhD
Edinburgh) fisheries inquiry in
Vancouver, Pepper says he's met
only five fisheries' officials in Ottawa
with fishing experience. "There are
bureaucrats who couldn't tell a
salmon from a halibut," he
comments. Among other
recommendations, he suggested
fisheries research stations be turned
over to the universities....New
technical services head of Fraser
Valley regional library headquarters
is James C. S. Scott, BSc'65,
PhD'73. He was formerly with
Northern Lights College in Dawson
President of the 220,000-member
Canadian Teachers' Federation is
Patrick T. Brady, BEd'66, of Prince
George. Brady has taught everything
from cooking and typing, to history
and economics and every grade
except kindergarten and the first.
He heads the national federation for
one year....Margaret
Catiey-Carlson, BA'66, became a
senior UNICEF official in
September with her new posting as
deputy executive director
(operations) of the UN Childrens'
Fund. Formerly assistant
under-secretary in external affairs,
she has held several senior posts with
CIDA, the Canadian International
Development Agency...R. Allan
Gould, BCom'66, LLB'67, is
general manager of the Liquor
Control and Licencing branch for
the provincial government in
Victoria... .Winner of a prestigious
Guggenheim Fellowship is Colbert
I. Nepaulsingh, BA'66, MA'67,
PhD (Toronto), who won the award
to continue his study of literary
composition in medieval Spain. He
is an assistant professor of Hispanic
and Italian studies at the State
University of New York, Albany.
Dr. Nepaulsingh also won the
university's 1981 chancellor's award
for excellence in teaching, in
recognition by students and
colleagues for outstanding teaching
performance....Stopping for coffee
on the way home from work led to a
new career for teachers Janice C.
Kyle CrackneU, BEd'67, and her
husband Keith. They got to know
the owners of their favorite stopping
place, a family restaurant in a
Langley shopping centre. When
they decided to sell, the Cracknells
formed their own company and
became restaurant owners and
operators....Dallas Cristofoli,
BA'67, became principal of Mission
Junior Secondary in September....A
director of the Transpo '86 Corp., A.
Keith Mitchell, BA'67, has been
appointed general counsel for
Cyprus Anvil Mining Corp. He is
also partner in a Vancouver law firm
Colbert I. Nepaulsingh
and chairs the board of directors of
the Emily Carr College of Art....
Walter Goerzen, BSA'68, is
marketing manager specializing in
dairy and crops, with the East
Chilliwack agricultural Co-op....
Judge Darrell D. Jones, BA'68,
LLB'53, of B.C.'s provincial court,
has been elected president of the
Canadian Red Cross society. He is
the second British Columbian to
become national head....John V. R.
Wark, BCom'68, is vice-president,
finance and administration, of
Wilkinson Co. Ltd. Wark is also
corporate secretary at the company's
Vancouver headquarters....Roger
Gibbins, BA'69, associate professor
of political science at the University
of Calgary, says the separatist
movement in Western Canada is a
victim of its own extremism. In the
short term, it is dead, he says, but
the long term prognosis is far from
certain. Gibbins thinks separation
could be vigorously resurrected if
the federal government continues on
its present course....Robert Bruce
Percevault BPE'69, MEd
(Montana) assumed the principal's
job at Glendon school in Alberta's
Lakeland district in September. He
was formerly principal of a high
school at Oyen, Alta On College
boards around the province...
Vancouver homemaker and music
teacher Jean E. Mercer Hodgins,
BMus'63, MA'81, has been
appointed to the board of B.C.'s
newest college, Kwantlen, serving
the four school districts south of the
Fraser River. Vancouver
Community College counts five
UBC grads on its board. The newest
is Peter Hebb, BCom'63, regional
vice-president of Guaranty Trust
and a former Vancouver school
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Vancouver's city council and
elected boards are chock full of UBC
alumni, as might be expected...
There's Mayor Michael Harcourt,
BA'65, LLB'68, in the hot seat
attempting to juggle B.C. Place,
Transpo '86, transit, and a council
sharply divided between left and
right wing components....One grad
sitting in the swing seat, and one of
two politically middle-of-the-road
aldermen, is May Brown, MPE'61,
chairing finance and the task force
on the city's major projects. Other
senior aldermen are Harry Rankin,
BA'49, LLB'50 and George Puil,
BA'52, BEd'57. Newly elected last
year was economist Bruce Yorke,
On the school board and in the
centre ofthe fight against the
provincial education funding
formula, which saw Vancouver
taxpayers subsidizing school
districts elsewhere in B.C., are
several grads: Albert Thomas
Alsbury, BEd'46, Kim CampbeU
Divinsky, BA'69 and now studying
law, chair Pauline Weinstein,
MEd'69, trustee Gary Onstad,
LLB'60, and Wes Knapp, BA'63.
Chairing Vancouver's Parks Board
is engineer Russ Fraser, BASc'58.
Allan Bennett, MBA'80 is a member
ofthe board.
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trustee. Re-appointments for two
year terms to VCC's board, ending
Jan. 31,'83, include former social
worker Virginia C. Giles, BA'63;
homemaker Elizabeth R. Jarvis,
BA'56; J.C. Melvin Scott, BA'47,
BCom'47, manager of Yorkshire
Insurance, Vancouver; and retired
chemical engineer E. Barry Sleigh,
Squamish accountant Norris
Martin, BCom'60, MBA'66,
president of Bekins Moving and
Storage/Canada, has been
re-appointed for a two-year term to
the board of Capilano College.
Two-year appointments to Douglas
College board concluded in March
for retired school superintendent
Stewart J. Graham, BA'37, of
Burnaby and William R. Emerton,
BCom'55, a partner in Touche Ross
and Co. of New Westminster.
Delta resident Fred Gingell,
BA'78, has been re-appointed to a
two-year term at Douglas.
Gary C. Yip, BCom'70, MBA'71,
has been named director of real
estate investment companies for
Great-West Life Assurance Co. He
will manage and direct the firm's
property development companies....
The vice-president and controller of
B.C.R.I.C. is Richard A.
Commerford, MBA'71. He has
been with the company since 1978....
William R. P. Dalton, BCom'71,
has been appointed vice-president,
finance and administration of
Wardley Canada Ltd., a
wholly-owned subsidiary ofthe
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking
Corp. He returned to Vancouver
from Toronto to assume the post...
Kathy Mclnally, BEd'71, MEd
(Wash) has been named principal of
the new Knight Rd. Elementary in
the Mission School district. She was
formerly a vice-principal in Vernon
and also spent five years on the
faculty at Simon Fraser University,
teaching teachers....C John
Goulding, PhD'72, has returned
from New Zealand to a job as
mensurationist, resource economics,
with MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. in the
Nanaimo region....While other
joggers run around Stanley Park
instead of having lunch, computer
consultant Peter F. Rowat, MSc'72,
tackles something harder. He runs
up and down the concrete stairs of
Vancouver's highrise office
buildings. Rowat is a keen
mountaineer and he's just keeping in
shape. "I can't practise by climbing
mountains at lunchtime," he says,
adding he's been to the top of most
ofthe city's tall buildings this
spring. Rowat plans to join 15 other
B.C. mountaineers for an assault
next summer on Mount Gongga, the
highest peak in the Chinese
Himalayas at 24,790 feet.
Meanwhile, he did the Sheraton in
eight minutes — all 43 floors and
500 feet in height....Food science or
archaeology, urban transit or forest
eco-systems — it's all grist for the
mill to Rosemary Carter, BA'73.
MA'74, PhD79. She's a freelance
Gary C. Yip
editor and writing consultant, based
in Vancouver....Information officer
Graham L. Punnett, BA'73, MA
(York) ofthe Okanagan's ({water;
Implementation Board was one of
many speakers at the B.C. Water
and Waste conference this spring.
His topic was public participation in
basic planning — the Okanagan
experience. He has been with the
board for four years, informing
Okanagan valley residents on the
implementation of the Canada-B.C.
Okanagan water agreement...
Vancouver entrepreneur Susan J.
Hopkins Stewart, BCom'74,
MA'79, has formed her own art
consulting firm, which specializes in
guided tours of the city's public art
galleries and architecture. Stewart
says it's the first such tour in B.C.
and possibly in Canada, and many
residents are not familiar with
Vancouver's world calibre
collections. The firm also advises on
collections and art market research.
JohnM. G. (Jack)Bryck
BASc'75, MASc'77 is a design
engineer with Dayton and Knight
Ltd., a West Vancouver consulting
firm....Returning to Vancouver this
summer after several years in
Montreal was Rory R. McNeill,
BSc'75, MBA (McGill). He has
joined the staff at Woodwards,
becoming project leader with the
store's systems department....Ian
David Dube BSc'77, MSc'80 has
been awarded the K. M. Hunter
fellowship by the National Cancer
Institute. He is working on a new
way of growing cancer cells for
research, which formerly were only
obtainable from bone marrow, a
very painful process for patients
afflicted with chronic myeloid
leukemia....Malaspina College
awarded its Governor General's
medal this year to David R. Smith,
BA'77, for his achievements in the
college's business administration
course....Dale W. Anderson, BSc'78
has joined the provincial agriculture
department in the Cariboo region as
assistant district agriculturist....New
superintendent of schools for the
Grand Forks area is Michael Linley,
MEd'78, who has 25 years of
experience in the B.C. education
system....The 1981 Governor
General's award for poetry went to
Stephen Scobie, PhD79, for his
book, McAlmon's Chinese Opera. It
details the life of an American
author, Robert McAlmon, who went
to Paris like so many other writers in
the 1920s. He never enjoyed critical
or commercial success, and so
returned to North America in 1940
to sell medical undergarments for his
brothers' surgical supply company.
Scobie describes the documentary
poem as being "the most
extraordinary experience of writing
I've ever had. It was the closest to
possessed as I could possibly get.
Once I started I knew I had to follow
McAlmon's life right to the end."
McAlmon, he says, "had been a part
of it all, but failed because he was a
loser." Scobie, formerly with the
University of Alberta, is now
professor of Canadian literature at
the University of Victoria....Pianist
David Swan, BMus'79, is to
perform at Yorkton's Art Centre
next Feb. 19. Swan, who received
his degree when he was 19, has
already given numerous concerts,
including guest appearances with the
Saskatoon svmphonv....Capt.
Terrence Totzke, BSW79,
MSW'80, is the social work officer
for the Canadian Forces Base in
An item delayed Uost in the
Chronicle's voluminous files): Three
former B.C. Supreme Court law
clerks David Rosenberg, (BA,
Toronto), LLB'78, Paul
Rosenberg, {BASc, Queen's1,
LLB'77 and Eric John (Jack)
Woodward, BA'74, iLLB, Victoria)
have a law firm in False Creek. A
highlight of their first months in
practice together was an appearance
before the parliamentary committee
studying the constitution on behalf
ofthe Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal
Patricia Mahrt, BSP' 80, is a
pharmacist working in Chetwynd,
B.C William Richardson,
MLS'80, enjoys his work as
childrens' librarian in Kelowna.
This year he played the part of
Schroeder in "You're a Good Man,
Charlie Brown."....David Speed,
BRE'80, is Parksville's recreation
co-ordinator...David R, Williams,
DEd'80, is vice-president of student
services at Kwantlen College. He
was formerly the director of libraries
at Douglas College, a post he held
since 1970.
J. Gary Dickinson, BEd'63,
MA'66, DEd'68, a daughter,
Kimberley Anne, July 27, 1980 in
Vancouver....Anna Mitchell
Driscoll, BHE'68, a son, Daniel
William, May 10, 1981 in North
Vancouver....David E. Esau,
BASc'73 and Arlene M. Bird Esau,
BHE'73, a daughter, Kristin Anne,
May 19, 1981 in Vancouver....
Carolyn Gundrum, BEd'71, a son,
Christopher Wayne Siarkiewicz,
March 6, 1981 in Kelowna....Robert
A. Paterson, BCom'68, MBA'69
and Jan Van Druten Paterson,
BEd'70, a daughter, Stephannie
Catherine Janet, April 1, 1981 in
Burnaby....Ian Slater, BA'72,
MA'73, PhD'77 and Marian
Johnston Slater, BSc'67, a
daughter, Serena Dawn, April 15,
1981 in Vancouver. Alan J. Short, LLB'77 to Elizabeth
Gilliam Darling, MA'79, January
27, 1981 in Calcutta, West Bengal,
India... John Leonard Starkey,
BA'79, to Karen Anne Baumann,
BSc'80, July 27, 1981 in Vancouver.
Jacob Biely, BSA'26, MSA'30,
DSc'70, May 1981 in Vancouver. An
internationally known poultry
scientist, Prof. Biely's association
with UBC spanned almost 50 years.
Born in Russia, he came to Canada
at the outbreak of the Revolution.
He worked for the Xational
Research Council before joining
UBC as an instructor in poultry
science in 1935. He was appointed
professor in 1950 and named head of
the department in 1952. He was
awarded numerous honors during
his career, culminating in the
honorary doctor of science from
UBC, two years after his retirement
from teaching. Survived by his wife,
two brothers, two sons and two
G. Harry Cannon, BA'48, BEd'58,
MSc'54, June, 1981. Prof. Cannon
taught mathematics and science in
Vancouver elementary and
secondary schools, before joining the
UBC faculty of education in 1959.
He was active in a number of
professional organizations, a
member of the Burnaby Parks
Board, and was a leader in
organizing track and field and rugby
clubs in the Vancouver area.
Survived by his wife, a daughter,
two sons, two brothers and two
Lome Roy Cope, BA'70, in 1981 in
Vancouver. He was principal of two
elementary schools in the Squamish
area. He headed Britannia Mines
elementary from Sept. 1959 until it
closed the following year. He then
transferred to Britannia Beach
elementary. He served with the
department of national defence
schools in Germany from 1962-1966,
returning to the Howe Sound school
district. He became princiapl at
Britannia in 1967, leaving the post in
December, 1980 due to ill health.
John F.K. English, BA'22, MA'33,
LLD'62, April 10, 1981, in Victoria.
An inspector of schools for Greater
Victoria, Dr. English became B.C.'s
deputy minister of education. He
was the last chairman of the B.C.
Public Utilities Commission, which
was disbanded in 1973. He
promoted the music education
program in the school system, and in
1949 spearheaded the establishment
of the Greater Victoria Music
Festival. He was a past president of
the Victoria Symphony Society, and
was active on its board for many
years. He was also president ofthe
Junior Red Cross for 16 years, a
member of the senate of the
University of Victoria and of UBC,
and at the time of his death, a
director of the Community Arts
Council of Greater Victoria.
Survived by his wife, Ada Langdale
English, BA'24, two sons and four
G. Brodie GiUies, BA'36, BHSc'36,
April, 1981 in Larose, Louisiana. A
resident of Braeside, Ont., since
1937, he joined the lumber firm of
Gillies Bros, in that year. From
1946-55 he was responsible for the
operation ofthe Braeside and
Temagami lumber mills. The
company was sold to
Consolidated-Bathurst in 1965,
when he went into business for
himself as a consultant. He was a
member of Arnprior's high school
board and the Braeside Public school
board. Survived by his wife Jayne
Nimmons Gillies, BA'36, a son and a
Frederick W. House, BA'41, May,
1981 in Vancouver. Survived by his
wife and a son.
David Gary Levang, BASc'67,
May, 1981 in Vancouver harbor. In
early 1980, Levang joined Epec
Consulting Western Ltd. as a senior
engineer, for whom he worked until
the time of his death, caused by a
yacht explosion. Previously, he was
the regional health engineer for the
East and West Kootenays and had
worked for the pollution control
branch. He had presented numerous
papers on water quality to the B.C.
Water and Waste Association. He
was past chairman of the East
Kootenay branch of the Association
of Professional Engineers. He did
volunteer work for the Arthritis and
Cancer Societies and United Appeal.
Survived by his wife, a daughter and
a son, his parents and three sisters.
James Brock Ostrom, BPE'60,
June, 1981 in Vancouver. Survived
by his wife, two daughters and two
sons, his parents, and a sister.
Archibald Peebles, BASc'29,
BA'34, MSc (Iowa) June, 1981 in
Vancouver. Prof. Peebles was a
member of UBC's department of
civil engineering from 1931 until his
retirement in 1970. Survived by his
wife Marjorie, BA'54, and a sister.
Vaughan G. Pritchard, BA'41,
March, 1981 in Victoria.
M. Patricia Kerr Ramsey, BA'34,
March, 1981 in Agana, Guam. She
was editor of The Totem in 1933. She
practised law in Vancouver,
California and for the last 26 years in
Guam for the U.S. Navy. Survived
by two daughters and two sisters.
Roy Bishop Stibbs, BA'37, April,
1981, in Vancouver. A prominent
educator who had an elementary
school named after him in
Coquitlam, he was a past president
ofthe B.C. Teachers' Federation;
inspector of schools in Prince
George; and superintendent of
schools in the Coquitlam district
from 1955-67. In 1967, he became
chief inspector of schools for B.C.
He was an alderman in Coquitlam
from 1970-75, when he authored two
major reports for the B.C. School
Trustees Association on
reorganization of school districts.
Appointed to the education faculty
at the University of Victoria in 1973,
he also served as provincial
conciliator on salary negotiations
with various school boards. Survived
by his wife and four sons.
Ernest Gordon Taylor, BA'50,
BEd'58, October 30, 1980 in
Victoria. Survived by his wife.
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A Media Message
My students, most of whom have learned to
endure stoically my cries of anguish when
'media' is used as a singular noun, were greatly
amused at Lome Henry's letter (Spring '81)
chastising me for that very sin. Needless to
say, they didn't notice it when they read the
article themselves.
So grave an error clearly called for a post
mortem, so I went back to the original draft.
The error is not there. Yet, I cannot blame it
on the Chronicle's typographers, for it appears
in the final draft I submitted to the editor.
Clearly my typist is at fault. The typist,
however, was myself, proving perhaps that an
author who is his own typist should proofread
more carefully. (To say nothing of editors editing
The whole episode reminds me of my years
on the Ubyssey editorial board. Hardly a day
went by during my first year without some
horrendous error to sink our hearts. Things
got better, however, as we carried on Kerry
White's work of bringing the paper back to a
level of respect — not of course respectability
— which attracted talented people to work for
The letters which followed Clive Cocking's
excellent first cut at an anecdotal history of the
"vilest rag" were of great interest. I'm sorry
there weren't more.
In particular, I was delighted that Al
Forrest set the record straight on the infamous
"goon edition" episode and that Kerry White
took the credit for recruiting me. While he
didn't bring me in, he did induce me to stay.
Upon receiving the copy from my first
assignment, he shouted: "At last, somebody
who can write. Put this on page one."
Whether or not it was really any good, I don't
know, but I was hooked.
This was the genesis of my cardinal rule for
student newspapers: the door must be open to
all talented recruits and they must be given
enough ego satisfaction to stay. When a paper
becomes the plaything of a small clique it soon
runs down and is rarely worth reading.
Kerry put us on the right track, but it took
the talents of such diverse people as Roger
McAfee, Denis Stanley, Keith Bradbury, Bob
Hendrickson, Mike Hunter, Ann McAfee,
Maureen Covell, Robert McDonald, Don
Hume, Byron Hender, and others who came
later such as Michael Valpy, Richard Simeon,
Dave Ablett, Mike Horsey, Ron Riter and
Trina Janitch McQueen to create the Ubyssey
ofthe 1960s. It was a large and talented group;
many more names could be added to this list. I
was fortunate to be there. They were exciting
As for "media" — all I can say is media
culpa. (Take that, Mike Hunter).
Fred Fletcher, BA'63
Toronto, Ontartio
(Fletcher was author of an article on media in
Canada in the Autumn '80 issue.)
Memorabilia Anyone?
Last October I attended the rugby game
between UBC and Queens University, Belfast
and enjoyed it immensely. It was my first time
in Thunderbird Stadium and I appreciate the
rather special treatment I received.
I was shown the room with the team
pictures and clippings and I promised to send
any pictures or clippings that I might have. (A
team picture and clippings were duly
I played rugby for the Frosh, UBC Varsity
and later for Vancouver Rowing Club.
Donald Johnston, BA'43,
Coxheath, N.S.
The late Bert Smith, chairman ofthe Class of'25
is one of those who requested that his memorabilia
ofthe class be passed along to the university
archives. His gift now forms part ofthe
university's collection.
For information contact Laurenda Daniells,
university archivist, Main library, UBC,
228-5877. For items with a sporting past there's a
special place. John Stark, BPE,81, is working
with the athletic department to create a UBC
"hall of fame." Big Block sweaters, old trophies,
photographs, team souvenirs will all have a place.
Contact him al the UBC athletic office,
Quadra Questions
I am well into chapter three of my biography
of D. Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra
Mollinedo, usually referred to as "Quadra,"
one of the great explorers of our coast.
Assistance from libraries and archives in
Mexico, Spain, and the U.S.A. has been
generous and enthusiastic. Any suggestions or
clues from fellow alumni would be most
welcome. Captains Cook and Vancouver could
not have done their work here without Spanish
maps and charts generously and spontaneously
donated by Bodega y Quadra and his captains.
Quadra was a gentleman, an expert
cartographer and a champion of Indian rights
and deserves to be known better.
Yours for history,
VinceVenables, BA'50
Box 137, Blind Bay
B.C. VOE 1H0
An Ode to Grammar
Re: "Letters", Spring 1981, Page 29.
Methinks his
Is too
And then
He makes
(Oh Henry!)
Yours in sympathy,
Derek J. Wing
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Editor, Guelph Alumnus.
30 Chronicle/Awfwmw 1981 Immg ham
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Produced from Chenin Blari
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ihe six wines shown here come from
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Two are from the Loire River Valley, famous for its
full-flavoured, crisp and clean tasting white wines.
One is from Alsace, where wine labels carry
the name of the grape. Alsace wines are fresh, light
and lively, best drunk young.
Three are from the slopes of the Rhone River
Valley-Cotes du Rhone wines-which are mostly
red and full bodied, vigorous and deeply coloured.
Made from the Sylvaner grape
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A big, strong, richly-flavoured
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A light, round, red, typical of
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wine for leisurely lunches
and soirees. Connoisseurs in
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