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 The Graduate Chronicle
of the Alumni Association of the
University of British Columbia
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VOL. II., No. 2
VANCOUVER, B.C., MAY 7, 1940
no. 3287
A Welcome to Grads of '40
THIS issue of The Graduate Chronicle hails the 25th anniversary
of the creation of the University of British Columbia in 1915,
casts back a glance to the first graduating class of 1916 and extends a welcome to the newest members of the Alumni Association
—the class of 1940.
Publication of this issue was timed to coincide with Congregation and to announce two. functions sponsored by the 4!}imni
Association in honor of the graduating class—a tea in the Brock
Building after Congregation and a dance in the Hotel Vancouver
after the Convocation Dinner.
The executive of the Association, which jointly published this
edition, join in welcoming the Class of '40 into the ranks of Alumni. We hope you will become active members, take an interest in
the organization, derive pleasure and satisfaction in working to
create a strong body in support of your alma mater and, may we
say it quickly, we hope you will pay your fees.
The financial year of the Alumni™'
Association  begins with the  annual
meeting in October and fees are payable then. However, if the newly-
fledged graduates wish to take up
their responsibilities now, they can
share in a bargain. Fees ($1 annually or $10 for life), if paid now, will
be credited to the current fiscal year
and the next fiscal year in 1940-41. In
other words, it's two-for-one day.
There will be a table at the dance
after the Convocation Banquet for
all who can not resist a bargain.
It should be repeated once again
that the Chronicle, which is published four times a year, is sent only to
paid up members. The $1 is not only
the annual fee, it is also the subscription to the Alumni publication.
Bolton Talks Back
President, U.B.C. Alumni Association
The editor suggested that I might
write a few remarks on activities
and plans for our Alumni Association, so we will outline them as they
come to us.
Our brain child, which consisted of
converting the wavering Quadra
Club into a University Club which
would be a home for the Association
and a meeting place for all alumni,
has suffered a knockout blow for, as
many of you know, the Quadra Club
has been dissolved and has now been
converted into the Moose Hall. To
erect a new building would involve
raising money at a time when our
funds should be used to finance a
united Canadian war effort and to
make our soldiers comfortable, so
this scheme is shelved for the moment.
Probably the best piece of news to
the membership in general and music lovers in particular is the decision of former members of the Musical Society to form a Graduate group,
which will enable them to sing together once again and, methinks, to
sneak out on wifey the odd night, or
vice versa. More about this in another article in this issue.
The other night Darrel Gomery
and yours truly attended a meeting
of the New Westminster branch at
the home of Alice Daniels. The high-
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Grad Mus. Sod
As the University Musical Society
is on the threshold of its twenty-fifth
anniversary, announcement comes of
the formation of an alumni club to
carry on its work. That the idea is
certain to be a critable success will
be evident if one examines the history of the campus organization.
Club members have always lamented the termination of their club
affiliations with graduation. Many
wish to continue in operative work;
all wish to maintain a bond of friendship with the people with whom they
have worked and with the campus
At the first meeting, names familiar in U.B.C. history were present.
Dr. Joe Kania, Alice Rowe, Nelson
Allen, Vernon van Sickle, Elizabeth
Dow, Catherine Johnson, Mr. and
Mrs. Ron Russel and Gordon Heron
are a few who were prominent in
Musical Society triumphs of yesteryear.
An executive elected at the meeting consisted of: President, Jack
Gray, Agris. '39; vice-president, Catherine Washington, Arts '38; secretary, Vera Radcliff, Arts '36; business manager, Gordon Heron, Commerce '38, and Jim Findlay, Arts '37.
Work was begun immediately on
the possibility of putting on an opera.
At the time of writing, a light opera
production in the fall seems to be
fairly certain. A committee is working on several other ideas that could
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•Timies, Sinclair, M.P.
First U.B.C. graduate to be elected
to  Parliament
New  Westminster
The New Westminster branch held
a "get together" meeting on Mon-
iift,?;J:Api'i! 22, \?..t the,homes of Mins.
Alice Daniels, Fifth Street.
Our guests were Mr. Fred Bolton
and Miss Darel Gomery.
Three excellent solo numbers were
given by Mr. Mel Smith, accompanied  by  Miss  Marion  Daniels.
Following a suggestion of Professor Soward at our previous meeting the subject of our branch creating a bursary was brought up and
discussed at some length. The question of exploration of ways and
means was left to the new executive which will be elected at our
next meeting.
Our treasurer reported a slight increase in the number of those who
have paid their fees.
* *      *
This Branch held its annual reunion in November, taking the form
of a successful Banquet and Dance.
The officers of this Branch are as
B. K. Ferrar, Mrs. Cyril Selby, Miss
R. Deane, Mr. F. Mitchell, Miss B.
Lang, Mr. Jack Sumner, Mr. Harold
Smith, Miss K. Scott and Mr. James
* *     *
Mr. Ken Atkinson, 111 Strathallon
Boulevard or Miss Helen Carpenter,
237 Castlefield Avenue, Toronto, will
be glad to hear from Alumni-members passing through Toronto.
*       *       •
Mr. P. J. Kitley, Box 585, Kelowna.
Mr. Harold Smith, Tadanac Staff
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For The Class
Of 1940
Members of the graduating class
of 1940 will join with members of the
Alumni on May 9th in celebrating
their newly acquired degrees and
sundry honors. On that day they
will be guests of the Alumni Association at a tea after the graduation
ceremony, and that evening at a
dance after the Convocation banquet.
Formal invitations ha>*e been issued
to the gratuating class for the first
time, as it is felt (that such an invitation will make-' the functions an
entry into active-Alumni life.
THE.TEA-   ' .,-'•'
The Brock Memorial Building will
for the first time open its doors to
the Graduation) assembly. The tea
given aTTnuaij?0*8l^M!* Aulmlil A"Sss--
ciation to members of the graduating
class-.ljas for many years been held
in the dearly beloved caf, amid much
clattering of crockery on white tiled
tables, much stumbling over wire-
backed chairs and much precarious
manoeuvring by hard , worked .servi-
teurs. This year's tea will assume
new dignity against the beige walled
background of the Brock Memorial
Building's main lounge, wherein flowing academic robes may have room
suitably to flow, and earnest hostesses room to attend the needs of
academic appetites.
Presiding at this function will be
Mrs. Daniel Buchanan, Mrs. J. N.
Finlayson, Miss Mabel Gray, Mrs.
Sherwood Lett and Mrs. Arthur Lord.
The Alumni committee in charge
consists of Darrel Gomery, Mrs.
Harry Pearson and Mrs. Kenneth
Ingledew. Serving will be Mrs. Jack
Streight, Mrs. Bruce Mackedie, Ardy
Beaumont, Marion Reid, Myrtle
Beatty, Margaret Morrison, Mrs. Gordon Stead, Jean Macdonald, Kathleen Bourne, Margaret Buchanan,
Gwen Pym, Grace Cavan, Barbara
Robertson, Mrs. David Oppenheimer,
Louise Farris, Leona Nelson, Hilda
Wood, Elma Newcomb, Dorothy
Newcomb, Ruth Scott, Marjorie Moc-
Donald, Betty McLachlan and Mary
Two years ago the Alumnae Association sponsored a dance in the
Crystal Ballroom after the Convocation banquet. The affair proved to
be a very successful climax to the
week's graduation festivities and an
excellent opportunity for a reunion
of alumni members attending the
banquet. It was repeated last year.
Next Thursday the Alumni Association will hold a third  dance, which
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May 7, 1940
Third Vice-President, U.B.C. Alumni Association
U\\70VEN into the stuff of other men's lives"—
W This quotation comes to mind when we realize that this year six members of the University Staff are retiring from active service—six members who have contributed, in their respective
spheres, many bright threads to the fabric of the University.
They are: Capt. J. F. Bell; Dr. P. A. Boving; Dr. H. T. J. Coleman; Dr. C. McL. Fraser;
Mr. J. Ridington; Col. F. A. Wilkin.
Every Alumnus will recall with pleasure their many achievements and distinctions and
will share the general regret at their withdrawal, by reason of age, from active service in the
University. While the following biographical accounts which The Graduate Chronicle has secured
are necessarily much abridged and incomplete, they are nevertheless sufficient to indicate the
richness of the patterns these men have woven, not only into the stuff of individual lives, but into
the whole cloth of the nation itself.
province. In recognition of the contribution which Dr. Boving has made
to Canadian Agriculture, he was
made a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Technical Agriculturists in
Dr. Boving is to give the principal
address at the forthcoming Congregation.
Capt. J. F. Bell
Engineer-Captain John Fawcett
Bell, Q.B.E., R.N. (retired), M.E.J.C.,
was Born in Carlisle, England. He
was educated at Grosvenor College
and the University of London.
After spending three years' apprenticeship with an engineering
firm in Carlisle he passed the entrance examination for the Royal
Navy, which he joined as Engineer
Sub-Lieutenant at the age of 24. He
has served in various parts of the
world, including two years on the
flagship of the North American and
West Indies Squadron, two years at
the submarine depot at Portsmouth,
and two years on a river gunboat on
the Yangtze River, deep in the interior of China.
In 1910 he was loaned to the Canadian Government as an advisory
officer. At the outbreak of the
Great War he was serving in H.M.
C.S. "Niobe," stationed at Halifax.
He returned to the Royal Navy in
1915, and was placed in charge of
the building of a light cruiser flotilla at Liverpool. Thereafter he
was transferred to the staff of the
Admiral Commanding the Tenth
Cruiser Squadron, in which he served until the end of 1917. For his
work at this time he was awarded
the O.B.E.
After the war Captain Bell was
again lent to the Canadian Navy and
spent two years at sea on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of Canada.
He retired from the Royal Navy in
1922. The following year he spent in
Toronto,   lecturing  at  the   Toronto
Technical School.
Captain Bell became a member of
the Faculty of the University of
British Columbia in 1924, and is the
last link with the Mechanical and
Electrical Engineering staff of Fair-
view. He brought to the University
a wide experience and practical
knowledge of engineering. In addition, he was keenly interested in the
welfare of his students, and had the
habit of discussing with them, in an
informal way, a wide variety of subjects. Many graduates will recall
the pleasant and profitable hours
spent around the table in the "Thermo Lab.", and will long remember
Captain Bell's pleasing personality,
his fund of stories, his varied experiences and his sound philosophy of
Captain Bell has recently beer ">
called t($ service, and is at present
engaged in war work at Ottawa. In
his new and important post we wish
him well.
Dr. P. A. Boving
Paul A. Boving, Cand. Ph., Cand.
Agr., LL.D., was born in South Sweden of mixed Dano-Norwegian-Swe-
dish stock. He matriculated at the
age of fourteen, took his Arts Degree in 1889, practised Agriculture
for some years and received his Agriculture Degree in 1899.
During subsequent years Dr. Boving travelled and studied in several
European countries, taught at Ron-
neby Folk High School in South
Sweden, was supervisor of local fertilizer experiments in the three Scan
dinavian countries and for two years,
previous to his Canadian odyssey,
was leader of plant improvement
and plant propagation at Froodlin-
gens, Gothenburg, then affiliated
with the world-famous plant breeding institution at Svalof, Sweden.
Shortly after his arrival in Canada
in May, 1910, he became attached to
Macdonald College, McGill University. He remained there for six
years, during which time he had
charge of root crop investigation.
Besides President Klinck, who was
established Dean of the Faculty of
Agriculture at The University of1
British Columbia in 1914, Dr. Boving
was one of the first three men appointed to this Faculty in 1916. He
became Professor and Head of the
Department of Agronomy in 1919. Ill
health compelled him to relinquish
Ihe headship of the Department in
1929. Dr. Boving served as representative of the Faculty of Agriculture on the University Senate from
1918 to 1924, and since 1933 has been
a member of Senate elected by Convocation. In October, 1939, at the
time of his retirement from the Nni-
versity, he was made Emeritus Professor of Agronomy and the Honorary Degree of LL.D. was conferred
upon him by the University.
As a specialist in plant breeding,
Dr. Boving was the first in North
America to apply genetic principles
to the breeding of roots, and this
work has left many valuable strains
for use by the farmers of Canada.
He produced the popular U.B.C. Cylindrical Swede—a turnip that is now
widely grown in British Columbia.
The No. 122 Yellow Intermediate
Mangel, which he developed from a
selection made from the Danish variety, Sludstrup, is also popular
throughout the Province. Storm Rye
the most popular variety grown in
British Columbia, and which won
premier honors at the World's Grain
Show in Regina in 1933—was developed by him from an original importation of rye from Sweden. He
made the original cross between the
two alfalfas—Medicago media and
Medicago falcata—which material
has formed the basis of the alfalfa
breeding work carried on in the Department of Agronomy at the University. His interest and studies in
the field of fertilizers and soils gave
a new appreciation of the value of
fertilizers to  the   farmers   of   this
Dr. H. T. J. Coleman
H. T. J. Coleman, B.A., Ph.D., was
born in Durham County, Ontario.
His early education was obtained in
the Public and High Schools of that
province. He received the B.A. Degree from the University of Toronto, and obtained his Doctorate of
Philosophy from Columbia University.
Dr. Coleman has had a varied and
distinguished career in the field of
education. His early work was in
the Public Schools of Ontario and in
North Dakota. He later became
principal of the city High School in
Spokane, Washington. He held the
Chair of Education at the University of Colorado for a time and returned from there to his Alma Mater
to serve as Associate Professor of
Education during the years 1907 to
1913. He then became Dean of the
Faculty of Education, Queen's University, relinquishing this post to accept the appointment as Dean of the
Faculty of Arts and Science and
Professor and head of the Department of Philosophy at The University of British Columbia in 1920.
Dr. Coleman was instrumental in
organizing the Department of Education in the University for the
training of University graduates as
High School teachers. Under his
directorship also, the University
Summer Session established itself as
an integral part of the work of the
In addition to his published work
entitled: "History of Education in
Upper Canada," Dr. Coleman has
brought together in book form collections from his poetical writings.
He has published two books of seri-
ouse verse: "The Poet Confides," and
•'Cockle Shell and Sandal Shoon";
and two books of children's verse: "A
Rhyme for a Penny" and "Patricia
Ann." He commemorated the occasion of the conferring of the Hon-
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See SIX PROFESSORS May 7, 1940
Bad Grads Active
This March the U.B.C. Alumni
Badminton Club completed its second year of existence. For several
years Ted Baynes, Tom Ellis, Milt
Owen, Ken Beckett and other athletically-minded alumni had been
hoping to form such a club, but is
was not until a year ago last fall
that they engaged the University
gymnasium for this purpose.
The response to pleas for membership was most encouraging; before
the end of the season there were
forty-eight members. Last year the
membership was smaller because we
had some difficulty in arranging for
playing time at the gymnasium. At
the outbreak of war the C.O.T.C.
took over the floor for drilling on the
night which we had hoped would be
allotted to us. However, we opened
the fall season by playing on Sunday afternoons and later were given
Tuesday night.
An enthusiastic group of alumni
has been turning out, and we feel
that this alumni project is now an
established branch of the association. Ted Baynes has acted as president with Myrtle Beatty as treasurer. Tom Ellis helped with the organization and has proven since that
he has lost none of his amazing energy. Incidentally a game of doubles
between the Tom Ellis' and the Ted
Baynes' is worth the price of admission anytime. Rouena and Aubrey
Gross also provided some interesting doubles games against Marjorie
Green and Don McKay. Marjorie is
one of the best women players we
have; several of the men would be
more than elated if they could take
a game from her. Jean Witbeck is
another good player, and Charles
Craster from Vernon hits a mean
shuttle. Some of the other members
of the club are:
George and Helen Shipp, Isabella
Arthur, Ed Lunn, Enid Wyness, Clayton Stewart, Jack Stevenson, Bessie
Cheeseman, Mildred Fraser, W.
Auld, Kay Spence, Audrey Fraser,
Avril Stevenson, Walter Lind, Margaret Clarke, Jerry and Art Laing,
Dave Allan and Dr. Todd, Gavin Dir-
om, Bob Henderson, Henry Givens,
Dorothy and Ken Mercer, John Hedley, Vivian Hudson, Carl Hedreen,
Steve Carr, Auth Herbert, Mary Henderson, Ken Tryon, Mr. and Mrs. V.
Skllling, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Burton, Kay Bourne, Wells Wood, J. L.
Munro, Lorraine Bolton, Virginia
Moore, Louise Poole, Abner Poole,
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mather.
Anyone interested in joining next
year can obtain information from
Ted Baynes, Tom Ellis, Ken Beckett
and Fred Bolton. We are always
glad to have prospective members
come out and play as guests for a
couple of nights. There are some excellent players and a few beginners,
so that everyone can get good
games. The main thing is that we
have a lot of fun.
How Long Would It Take You
To Build a Lamp Bulb?
TO make it by hand—to die the sand and
make the glass; to blow and etch the bulb.
To mine the tungsten, hammer it into a ductile
wire, draw it finer than a human hair; coil it
into a filament. To produce the sheet brass and
shape it for the base.
Even after all the parts were made, it would
take you hours to assemble them and evacuate
the bulb by hand. And yet, in less than 15
minutes, the average Canadian workman can
earn enough to buy a MAZDA lamp. How can
this be possible? It is possible for the same reason
that you can, today, buy hundreds of other
manufactured products that would be unobtainable if made by hand. Modern machinery,
driven by electricity, has made it possible to
turn out millions of products at low cost. If
made by hand, few would be sold—their cost
would be prohibitive. But because these
products arc made by machinery, millions of
people can buy them, and so thousands of new
jobs have been created.
General Electric research and engineering are
helping you obtain the products you want at
low cost—and are helping to create thousands
of new jobs at higher wages.
G-E Research Saves the Canadian Public Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Annually.
Halifax  .  Si   John   .  Quebec  •  Sherbrooke  • Mor
•    Fori W.lliam    ■    Winnipeg    .    Regina    •    Sastalo
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light of the evening, aside from the
chocolate cake, was the formatoin of
a committee to investigate ways and
means of establishing a yearly bursary for a needy U.B.C. student from
New Westminster. This is certainly
a worthy idea and a project of this
nature will do wonders to build up
the personnel and spirit within the
branch.   May it be successful/
There has been some talk of the
formation of a Graduate basketball
team which would be entered in the
City Senior A League. Your executive is investigating the possibility
of obtaining a franchise in the
League and, if one is available, you
may have a chance to get out and
root for the ex-Varsity stars who
will be playing together again.
If sufficient support is  forthcom
ing, we will endeavor to hold a dance
this summer, probably in collaboration with the summer school students. This will give those who are
not able to attend the Reunion
Dance at Christmas a chance to
have an evening together and to
swap a few stories.
Before signing off, let me remind
you that you haven't deluged your
executive with ideas or criticisms,
both of which are quite acceptable. THE    GRADUATE    CHRONICLE
May 7, 1940
Far and Near
To Mrs. and Mrs. Arnold Anderson,
Sc. '38, a daughter, in New Westminster, in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Appelbe
(Doris Jean Woods, Arts '28), a
son, in Vancouver, in February.
To Mr. and Mrs. D. K. Archibald
(Constance McTavish, Arts '29), a
daughter, in Creston, in February.
To Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bell, Sc. '28,
(Hilda Coles, Arts '27), a daughter,
in Vancouver, in February.
To Mr. and Mrs. H. Clark Bentall,
Sc. '38, a daughter, in Vancouver,
in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Jack Breckin (Jean
Galloway, Arts '34), a daughter, in
Kamloops, in April.
To Mr. and Mrs. Blake Campbell, Ag.
'35, a daughter, in Ottawa, in April.
To Mr. and Mrs. John V. Coleman,
Arts '30, (Sheila Tisdall, Arts '3D,
of Duncan, a son, in Vancouver,
in April.
To Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cruise, Sc. '31,
a daughter, in Vancouver, in April.
To Bev. and Mrs. James Dunn, Arts
'30, (Frances Robinson, Arts '3D, a
daughter, in British Guiana, in
To Mr. and Mrs. J. Edwin Eades,
Arts '25, (Jessie Aske, Sc. '29) a
son, in Vancouver, in January.
To Mr. and Mrs. Howard Eaton, Arts
'26, a daughter, in Vancouver, in
To Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Haggerty,
Sc. '32, a daughter, in Vancouver,
in April.
To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Johnston, Arts
'27, a daughter, in Ottawa, in January.
To Mr. and Mrs. Franc Joubin, Arts
'36, a daughter, in Vancouver, in
To Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Malm, Arts
'31, a daughter, in Vancouver, in
To Mr. and Mrs. John Manley (Kathleen Baird, Arts '28), a daughter,
in Urbana, 111., in January.
To Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Miller (Arts
'24), a daughter, in Vancouver, in
To Bev. and Mrs. Wilfred H. Morris, Sc. '28, (Ruby Williams, Arts
'34), a daughter, in Lima, Peru, in
To Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Morrison,
Arts '30, (Isobel Barton, Arts '26),
a daughter, in Vancouver, in December.
To Mr. and Mrs. Nick Mussallem,
Arts '31, (Frances Lucas, Arts '33),
a son, in Vancouver, in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Archibald McKie,
Arts '27, a son, in Vancouver, in
To Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pierrot,
(Cicely Hunt, Arts '3D, a son, in
Vancouver, in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Saunders
(Kathleen Taylor, Sc. '38), a daughter, in Vancouver, in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Searle (Eleanor Brine, Arts '33), a daughter, in
North Vancouver, in  February.
To  Mr. and  Mrs.  Robert F.  Sharp,
Arts '32, a daughter, in Vancouver,
in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shearman,
Arts '35, a daughter, in Vancouver,
in December.
To Mr. and Mrs. Alex Smith, Arts
'30, a daughter, in Vancouver, in
To Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Telforjd,
Arts '28, a son, in Vancouver, in
To Mr. and Mrs. Allan Todd (Ella
St. Pierre, Arts '30), a son, in Vancouver, in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Allan Stanley True-
man, M.A. '35, of Gibson's Landing,
a son, in Vancouver, in February.
To Flying Officer and Mrs. Alfred
Watts, Com. '32, (Rosalind Young),
Arts '33), a daughter, in Vancouver, in February.
To Mr. and Mrs. Dean Whittaker,
Sc. '34, a son, in Vancouver, in
To Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Williamson,
(Ruth Lundy, Arts '35), a son, in
Vancouver, in April.
To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wilson, Arts
'31, a daughter, in Vancouver, in
To Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Young (Mable
Brown, Arts '32), a son, in North
Vancouver, in March.
Grace Victoria Adams,  Arts '32, in
January, in Vancouver.
John Aikins to Anne Carter, Arts '39,
in Vancouver, in February. Residing in Naramata.
Harry Berry, Arts & Com. '37, to
Mabel Pearce, Arts '37, in Vancouver, in December.
Ray Brunt, Arts '32, to Georgina
Dawd, in Vancouver, in December.
Residing in Cobble Hill.
Lieut. Desmond Byng-Hall to Betty
Jack, Arts '33, in Vancouver, in December.
Stanley Copp, Com. '37, to Alice
Chose, in Vancouver, in January.
Residing in New Westminster.
Reginald Claydon, Arts '36, to
Blanche Cornwall, in Vancouver,
in February.
Robert Davey, Arts '37, to Margaret
Reid, Arts '34, in West Vancouver,
in December.
W. Smith Dorsey to Helen MacKen-
zie, Arts '33, in Vancouver, in December.
Gordon Draeseke, Arts '36, to Mildred Gow, Arts '38, in Vancouver,
in May.
Frank Elliott, Arts '27, to Rhona
Grahame, in Vancouver, in January.
Dr. Reid Fordyce, Sc. '35, to Alice
MacLeod, in Dayton, Ohio, in December.
Dr. Roscoe Garner, Arts '29, to Margaret Milburn, in Vancouver, in
Ruston Goepel to Frances Tremaine,
Arts '32, in Vancouver, in December.
Arthur Gourlay to Margaret Riggs,
Arts '30, in Vancouver, in December.
Edward George Hemsworth to Edna
Palmer, Arts '32, in Vancouver, in
John Hess to Marjorie Menten, Arts
'26, in New Westminster, in December.
Flying Officer John Herriott to Jean
Dawson, Arts '36, in Vancouver, in
Gordon Hilker, Com. '34, to Elizabeth
Anne Petch, in Vancouver, in February.
Douglas Jewett, Com. '35, to Marjorie Blundell, in Vancouver, in
Hugh Douglas Keil, Arts '36, to Pearl
Lemon, in Toronto, in December.
Residing in Hamilton.
William Kemp to Stella Dunn, Arts
'32,  in  Nanaimo,  in  March.
Patrick Larsen to Sheila Wilson,
Arts '39, in Vancouver, in December.
Walter Lamm ers, Sc. '38, to Isabelle
Freeze, in Alberni, in January. Residing in Zeballos.
Humphrey Mellish, Arts '31, to Hyacinth Harfield, in Victoria, in April.
D'Arcy   Marsh,   Arts   '26,   to   Jane
|     Smart, in Ottawa, in January.
"Ernest McGauley to Evelyn McGill,
Arts '32, in Vancouver, in December. Residing in Rossland.
Douglas McMynn, Sc. '34, to Kathleen Rutherford, in Regina, in January. Residing in Penticton.
Douglas Kenneth Macrae, Arts '34,
to Marjorie Davenport, in Vancouver, in April.
Capt. Harry Oborne to Jean Allln,
Arts '36, in Vancouver, in December. Residing in Regina.
David Pugh, Com. '34, to Ilene Tait,
in Oliver, in March. He has gone
east with the Seaforths.
Henry Richmond, Sc. '33, to Bernice
Needham, in Vancouver, in October. Residing in Port Alice.
Norman Rothstein to Annette Smith,
in Vancouver, in April.
Capt. Kenneth Stevenson to Grace
Hope, Arts '27, in Newport News,
Va., in December, residing in Wal-
dobow, Maine.
Jack Streight, Arts '31 to Isabel Bews,
Arts '32, in New Westminster.
Thomas Walker to Marion Bullock-
Webster, Arts '26, in Victoria, in
Abraham Wilson to Margaret Webber, Arts '35, in Toronto, in February.
Eric Wood, Com. '37, to Barbara Lee,
Arts '37, in Vancouver, in March.
Alice Morrow, Arts '32, has done a
great deal of work as chairman of
the Vancouver division for the Voluntary Registration of Women.
Marjorie Leeming, Arts '26, of Victoria, has returned home after fifteen months as an exchange teacher in South Africa.
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Mary McGeer and Margaret Johnston, both of Arts '35, are studying
for their master's degrees at Washington University, St. Louis.
Betty Bingay, Arts '38, is taking the
library training course at McGill.
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Lights Out In Europe
(An intimate glimpse of London and Paris as war broke out by a
party of U.B.C. grads)
HIGH up in the Iff franc gallery of the magnificent Opera House
in Paris, watching Serge Lefar and his ballet dance "Le Festin
de l'Araignee," the music of which I had last heard at one of
Professor Dilworth's summer school lectures in Musical Appreciation, an alumni meeting was held last June. Seated altogether
were Allan Walsh, Arts '37 his w,fe Frances, also a graduate,
Norman Hacking, Arts '34, Jim Beveridge, the '37 Totem Editor,
Lloyd Hobden, who won the French government scholarship in '38
and myself, who left the campus in '37.
All of us had decided separately to come to Europe and it
was a mere coincidence that we, who had all known each other
well on the campus had found ourselves together in Paris that
The same evening as we came
down the wide steps of L'Opera we
were greeted familiarly by Harry
Hickman of Victoria and Max Humphrey, whom we had last seen walking across the campus from the Theological College, his gown streaming
behind him. Staying in Paris at that
same time were two other U.B.C.
alumni; Dr. Dorothy Dallas, and
Alfred Carter, the student of French
who went to Paris to study Latin.
As a group we were not good tourists. Only one of us climbed the Eiffel
tower; but that he did by sheer accident. Every day for lunch we met at
the same cafe, just off the Boul' Mich
and revelled in French biftecks,
strawberries and creme fraiche; from
there we moved to the bistro across
the street for coffee and liqueurs.
Gems of conversation flew to and
fro and profound conclusions were
reached; such as the one—'if there
is any object or thing in France
which is puzzling it almost inevitably
has something to do with sex.'
We lived in a semi-domestic atmosphere as our life as a group was conditioned by the feeding times of the
Walsh baby, Marie. One or two of us
stayed in the neighborhood each evening to feed and change her at nine,
and all became expert in knowing
just how hard to smack a child to
make her burp. She was a placid
baby and greeted a new foster parent
each evening with a cheerful grin.
Early in our^-visit Norman Hacking
and myself decided to make an expedition in search of culture, so devoted an afternoon to the Louvre. We
wandered through the vast palace for
e. long while without stumbling upon
the Impressionist paintings we particularly wanted to see. Finally I
stopped a kindly bearded attendant
and asked in \my very inadequate
French, "S'il vous plait, monsieur, ou
est les peintures de Gauguin?" He
was very amused and very friendly,
explaining with many Gallic gestures
that we must "montrez les escaliers
a le droit" etc. Finally he insisted on
coming with us for a short way to be
sure we went right. Soon after we
left the museum well satisfied and
determined to return at an early
date. Next day in the "Paris Soir"
we read to our amazement that the
day before between 3 and 3.30 p.m.
someone had stolen Watteau's painting "LTndifference" from the Louvre.
The attendant had not noticed be
cause his attention at that time had
been distracted by a blonde foreign
woman with a companion. They were
obviously members of the gang and
the police were on the lookout for
them. We dared not go near the museum again.
A similar visit was paid to Versailles. Here we strolled at length
through the magnificent park which
makes England's Hampton Court look
like a suburban garden. We spent so
long in the park that we had a mere
half hour left before the chateaux
closed. A dash up the stairs, a breathless glance at the Hall of Mirrors
with a few mutterings about the
Treaty of Versailles, then on to the
Hall of Battles with a brief pause en
route so Lloyd Hobeen could bounce
on Louis' bed in one of the state bedrooms, arid then out into the sunshine again.
Some of us then went on a bicycle
tour in Normandy before returning to
England. During that trip we spent
less than two dollars a day; hotel
rooms, clean and comfortable, were
from 45c to 60c a night, breakfast
about a nickel, lunch 25c and a full
five course meal at night for 60c with
wine. Bicycles cost $2.50 a week. The
low prices were of course due in part
to the rate of exchange. We found
very few English speaking people so
had to depend entirely upon our own
meagre French, but managed quite
successfully and at times actually
achieved chatty conversations. In Le
Havre we found an American sailor
and promptly introduced him to the
French dynamite drink Pernod to his
Immediate downfall.
Back in England towards the end
of July Norman Hacking, Jim Beve
ridge and myself found ourselves
small one room flatlets in the very
respectable Royal Borough of Kensington. Here other U.B.C. alumni
gathered including Joan Wharton,
Arts '36, who is still working on the
Milk Board in London, Helen Bal-
loch, who had been in England for
several years and David Murdoch,
Arts '31, who was over for a visit
during his holidays from Yale.
Soon Jim, Norman and I got restless again and renting more bicycles
we set out for Devon and Cornwall
with our untidy packsacks. The Youth
Hostels where we stayed knew us at
once for Americans because our packs
were messy,—the English cyclist apparently folds  everything neatly  in
watercloth. Wisely too, for during the
whole of our trip it rained at least
once every day. We had chosen the
hilliest part of England and not only
did we constantly have to walk the
bicycles up hill but several times it
was so steep we had to walk them
down as well. However the marvellous
Devonshire cream teas, the purple
heather and the wild sea cliffs more
than made up for that. Apart from
the teas respectable meals were hard
to find and several times we wished
we were back across the channel
where perfect food can be found at
every turning in the road. Most of
the time we had to fall back on fish
and chip shops as a sole diet. Not so
hard on Norman and Jim who regard
marine food in a kindly light but
pure penance for me who would be
quite cheerful if all fish stayed in
the sea where they belong. We had
to be in the hostels at 10 each evening and lights out by 10.30. Our evenings were spent in Pubs getting acquainted with the "locals," who proved very pleasant and friendly, although we were appalled at their
general lack of teeth.
Late in August we were back in
our "digs" in London and the crisis
was upon Europe. The general feeling
of tension loosened English reserve;
strangers spoke to each other in
busses and theatres. And in our
apartment block all the tenants became most friendly and talkative.
There was an air of false gaiety
about; the restaurants around Pica-
dilly and Soho were crowded each
evening and the theatres were packed. We all got fitted with gas masks
and after reading the warnings in
the papers decided that it would be
a good idea to combine together in
war supplies. The expectation was
that in the event of war a general
food shortage would result. So with
pooled resources we bought a giant
box of rye-vita, 7 shilling bars of
chocolate, three pounds of tomatoes,
a bottle of rum and one of sherry. In
addition we had an immense Dutch
cheese, which Jim had brought back
from a week-end excursion in Holland, and we filled some decanters
with water. However the days dragged on. I volunteered for canteen
work and was told I would be called
upon when and if the air raids began. We   got   cheerful   letters from
Lloyd Hobden in Paris,—saying there
would be no war and why not come
back to France again,—we wrote back
saying we-would and to expect us on
the 18th of September.
Finally the Friday arrived and
Germany marched into Poland.
Sandbags sprung up like mushrooms
everywhere,—the sky immediately became filled with the silver blimps of
the balloon barrage. The landlord of
the flatlets where I lived was an
Italian who up to this point had been
firm in the belief there would be no
war. Now he turned the place into a
flurry of activity. Black paper was
pasted over every window, hall lights
became dim blue bulbs and all other
lights were shaded in black. He decided that an air raid shelter was
needed so some of us volunteered to
help dig it.
The boss of the gang was an Italian
refugee, who could speak no English
but had dug trenches in the Abyssinian campaign. Following his gestures we dug one the full width of
the garden and deep enough to hide
two regiments standing upright. I
personally gave up when we hit a
bed of tiles mixed, with bits of iron,
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May 7, 1940
Just twenty-five years ago, old McGill University College ceased to exist
and the University of British Columbia came into being. The old college
served higher education as a branch
and sort of western outpost of McGill
University. It had much the same
relation to McGill as Yictoxia_.C.Qllege
has to U.B.C. and its graduates normally went east to complete their degree courses at McGill.
So, looking back, it is fitting now
to recall the first class to graduate
from the University of B.C.—the class
of 1916. Then as now a war was being
fought and its influence was keenly
felt on the Fairview campus. Thus
Sherwood Lett, first president of the
George Annable
Ella Cameron
Muriel Carruthers
Florence Chapin
Nancy Dick
Charles Duncan
Marjory Dunton
Belle Elliot
James Galloway
Henry Gibson
Laura Lane
Lawrence Luckraft
Isabel MacMillan
Grace Miller
Roland Miller
Lennox Mills
Edward Mulhern
Hugh Munro
Jean Robinson
"~*rh"omas Robertson
Gladys Schwesinger
David Smith
Percy Southcott
Edna Taylor
Clausen Thompson
Josi Uchida
Irene Vermilyea
Otto Walsh
Mary Wilson
To take notes
To teach
To be less pleasant
Not to miss a movie
To be like Macbeth
Mince pies
To go to Paris
To be a Cicero
To be a Plato
To be a preacher
Sandwiches and cake
Mission study
Highest class standing
To get his own way
Sunday school superintendent
To live in Victoria
To get a crush
To be on Students' Council
To love and be loved
General proficiency
To climb Mt. Baker
To do nice things unnoticed
To get members for Y.W.C.A.
To like latin
Alma Mater Society and the first
Rhodes Scholar from U.B.C, was on
active service and had to take his
degree later.
The first Totem, then called the
U.B.C. Annual, was issued in the
spring of 1916. It printed the portraits
of all professors and students, along
with the usual bright remarks characteristic of the Totem, and it included a graduating class horoscope.
The horoscope is reproduced below
and the older graduates can judge
how close it came to the mark. The
names of four graduates—Jessie Anderson, Ernest LeMessurier, Jean
Macleod and Tom Shearman — are
omitted because they have since died.
A graduate
Ideal husband
Still pleasant
Editorial chair
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Legal light
Editor of Punch
Perfect lady
Somebody's cook
A noble reticence
Minister of justice
In Victoria
Intensive farmer
Slight improvement
Permanent coach for
ladies' basketball
Sweet old lady
A manse
A meek wife
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Mr. Murray Garden, Kimberley.
Mr. L. Reid, Kamloops.
Mr. W. W. C. O'Neill, 136 West 5th
Ave., Prince Rupert.
Mr. W. R. McDougall, North Vancouver HU,"h School.
Mr. Frank R. Barnsley, 1000 Beaver
Avenue Hill, Montreal.
Mr. Fred K. Crimmett, Chilliwack.
Miss Marjorie Dimmock, Box 1275,
Vernon, B.C.
Miss Margaret Biggs, 52, 4th Street,
New Westminster.
Mr. Harry Hickman, 2122 McNeill
Avenue, Victoria.
Mr. J. Ross Tolmie, Income Tax
Division, Dept. of National Revenue,
Miss Helen Carpenter, 237 Castle-
field Avenue, Toronto.
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be adapted by the new group. The
support of the Alma Mater Society
and the Alumni Association is de-
House, Trail.
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it is to be hoped will become an annual affair, in the ballroom of the
Hotel Vancouver. For a nominal
charge of 25 cents, graduates may
dance from 10 to 1 to the music of
the hotel's Dal Richards and his
orchestra, making the cost of the entire evening, dinner and dance, $3.50
per couple. It is expected that many
new graduates will take the opportunity at this function to become
members of the Alumni Association,
at special bargain rates now being
promoted by the treasurer.
Qualification for membership in
the new club is not limited to the
ex-Musical Society members. Any
graduate who attended U.B.C. and
is interested in the type of work intended can join the club as an associate member^ A cordial invitation is extended to all those who
may be interested. For further particulars, please phone Vera Radcliff,
Kerrisdale 2233-L, or write to Jack
Gray, 4165 West 11th Ave.
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deciding that we had probably reached Roman remains and it was time
for me to quit. So I sat on an earth
pile nursing blistered hands watching
the others slave on. Next day a truck
from the Department of National Defense arrived and decided the hole
was too big,—the country couldn't
afford the corrugated iron necessary
to cover it up. So they filled up about
seven-eighths and turned the remain'
der into a small kennel like shelter,
which would hold two comfortably
and four uncomfortably.
Later on the blackout became more
intense, only one building showed any
light—the German embassy where
the officials were packing up to leave
foi home. Going home that night in
a blacked-out bus everyone by common consent sang. Old songs like
"Loch Lomond" and "Annie Laurie"
rang out untunefully but cheerfully
as our bus slowly picked its way past
Hyde Park. All English restraint
seemed to have been laid aside with
the lights.
Next night—still no war but increased blackout. No front lights on
cars or busses, no torches allowed, not
the faintest gleam from any building
—the only lights allowed were the
pin prick red and green stop signs
Our party went to the "Gate
Revue," which has since become one
of the greatest war time successes.
When we came out a storm was in
full progress. Rain smacking the dark
streets, thunder rolling like cannon.
Flashes of lightning lit up the towers
of Westminster for brief seconds before casting them into inky blackness again. Dim ghostly busses moved
slowly down the streets with the
conductors shouting out the numbers
above the noise of the rain. As we
rolled home past Hyde Park the
lightning grew wilder, illuminating
the gardens and trees in a weird
glow, like some make-believe and
magnificent ballet set. An appropriate
setting for a declaration of war.
Next day the war was declared. I
left for Ireland to pay a farewell visit
to some relatives. The train was
loaded with young Irishmen leaving
England for fear of conscription, and
with families fleeing the war zone.
Over four thousand people landed
that day and O'Connell street in
Dublin was as crowded as an ant
heap. Immediately there was a shortage of sugar and coffee, and prices in
Ireland went shooting up. For the
first few days there was a sort of
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Another exchange teacher is Wan-
etta Leach, also Arts '26, who is
at Agincourt, Ont.
Mrs. Thomas Maslin (Mary Watts,
Arts '29), is living in Berkeley,
where her husband is a professor
of zoology.
Eddie Merrett, Sc. '32, has returned
to Sheridan, Man., after spending
a holiday in Vancouver. With him
were his wife and seven-months'
old daughter, Brenda.
Kenneth DePencier Watson, Arts
'37, has been appointed instructor
in economic geology in Princeton
Five 1940 engineering graduates have
already received appointments with-
Canadian firms. They include Jack
Cosar and Milton Kennedy, who
have been awarded two-year apprenticeships with Westinghouse
testing laboratories at Hamilton;
Marino Fraresso, Alfred Parker
and Roy Bogle, who have similar
awards from the Canadian General
Electric Co. and will work at
blackout, as the Irish felt it wasn't
fair to light up and show the Germans in what direction England lay.
However, after three days the blackout of street lights was called off for
it was felt that, Germans or no Germans, the pickpockets and thieves
were worse.
After a few days in Ireland I went
back to London. Children had more
or less vanished from the streets and
consequently the pubs, only gathering
places opened, were fuller of women
than usual. There was little war work
at that time and increasing unemployment. As for ourselves we walked
and talked and walked some more
and wished we had something active
to do. Then one day Jim Beveridge
and myself happened to wander into
the C.P.R. office and asked if there
was a boat going to Canada in the
near future. Yes, we were told, if you
can leave London at eight tomorrow
morning—they could just squeeze in
two more third class passages. A rush
for baggage and passport exit-permits and we left, taking our war provision chocolates with us. The rye-
vita we left with Norman Hacking
who stayed an extra month,—the
tomatoes had long since gone bad.
More blackouts on the voyage over
and then in eight days the lights of
Quebec, which seemed to glare almost indecently. May 7, 1940
orary Degree of LL.D. upon the late
Lord Tweedsmuir in the form of a
sonnet telling of the signing of the
register by a royal representative
with a royal quill.
Dr. Coleman retires with the rank
of emeritus professor of philosophy
and psychology.
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Dr. C. McL. Fraser
C. McLean Fraser, B.A., Ph.D.,
F.R.S.C, was born in Huron County,
Ontario. He graduated in 1898 from
the University of Toronto, with honors in Natural Science. Following
graduation he held the position of
Science Master at Collingwood Collegiate Institute for two years, Graduate Assistant in Biology at the
University of Toronto for three
years, and Principal and Science
Master of Nelson High School, B.C.,
from 1903 to 1910.
Most of the summers of this whole
period were devoted to research
work at Marine Biological Stations
on both the Atlantic and Pacific
coasts. In 1911 he received his Ph.D.
Degree from the State University of
Iowa, following which he spent the
summer at Marine Biological Stations at Wood's Hole, Mass.; South
Harpswell, Me.; and Beaufort, N.C.
He was appointed Director of the
Biological Station at Nanaimo in
1912, and continued in this post until
1924. He has been Professor and
head of the Department of Zoology
at The University of British Columbia since 1920.
Dr. Fraser has attended the meetings of all the Pacific Science Congresses. These were held in Hawaii,
1920; Australia, 1923; Japan, 1926;
Java, 1929; Canada (Vancouver and
Victoria), 1933, and the United
States, 1939. He is a member of the
Standing Committee of the Pacific
Science Association on Oceanography and at the meetings held in Canada was chairman of the Division of
Biological Sciences and of the Section on Oceanography. At the Congress held in Java he was leader of
the Canadian delegation and member of the Council of the Association.
Since 1926 he has been a member of
the Standing Committee on Conser
vation of Nature.
In' 1934 Dr. Fraser was a member
of the Allan Hancock Expedition to
the Galapagos Islands, at the time
of the hundredth anniversary of
Darwin's visit there. Since 1938 Dr.
Fraser has been a member of the
Advisory Board of the Allan Hancock Foundation.
Dr. Fraser has published over one
hundred scientific papers in the fields
of aMrine Zoology and Oceanography. His two most important contributions are: "Hydroids of the Pacific Coast of Canada and the United
States, 1937," and four papers making up Volume IV of the Allan Hancock Pacific Expeditions. The excellent illustrations for nearly all his
publications were done by Mrs. Fraser.
From 1933 to 1936 Dr. Fraser classified the hydroids sent to him by the
Emperor of Japan from the Zoological Laboratory, Imperial Palace,
Tokyo. In token of his appreciation, the Emperor, in 1937, through
the Japanese Consul in Vancouver,
presented him with two rare cloisonne vases.
Dr. Fraser's activities outside the
University have included membership in a large number of scientific
societies. In 1911 he became a member of the Honorary Scientific Fraternity, Sigma Xi. He was elected a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1916. He is a charter mefi*-
ber of the B.C. Academy of Sciences
organized in 1909, a member of the
executive since its inception, has
been president for three years, and
was recently elected to Honorary
Life Membership. In 1921-22 he served as president of the Vancouver
He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Fisheries Commission, and member of the Council of the Pacific Division of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science. He
was chairman of the Associate Committee of the National Research
Council on Oceanography, 1927 to
1938, and is a charter member of the
Ecological Society of America.
Dr. Fraser retires with the rank
of emeritus professor of zoology. Arrangements have been made for him
to continue his scientific investigations at the University of B.C.
John Ridington was born in England of old Cornish stock. He was
educated at public - and private
schools in London and was articled
as a "pupil teacher" at Tredegar
Road Wesleyan School, Bow, London. Concluding four years of service as a "pupil teacher," he passed
the Scholarship examination of the
Department of Education. He came
to Canada in 1889 and taught school
in northwestern Manitoba for a period of seven years. He then bought
the Carberry News, a weekly paper
which he edited and published for
seven years. He joined the staff of
the Winnipeg Free Press and went
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through almost every editorial chair
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the Free Press in 1910.
He then became Superintendent of
Agencies for a Canadian colonization land company in Saskatchewan.
In 1913 Mr. Ridington came to British Columbia. He gave a course in
English Literature at the Vancouver
Night Schools during the winter of
1913-14, and served on the Board of
Trustees of the Vancouver City Li-
fcrary. In 1915 he was appointed to
the University staff as "Acting Cataloguer." In 1919 he was made Acting Librarian and Cataloguer. Three
years later he became University
Librarian. His work as Acting Cataloguer was the organization of the
basic collection of books—about 15,-
000 in number, purchased in Europe
by Dr. J. T. Gerould before the opening of the University as a teaching
institution, as well as the 500 or 600
volumes that were in the library of
McGill University College.
From this nucleus the University
Lobrary has grown to almost 125,000
volumes and more than 50,000 pamphlets. It contains a larger percentage
of the flies of scholarly periodicals
than does any other Canadian University library of equal volume-total.
The books are hard-worked. In the
winter session the circulation exceeds 20,000 volumes a month.
Recognition of the standing of the
University Library has been received from governments and educational foundations. The Library of
Congress made The Unicersity of
British Columbia one of its three Depositories in Canada. As a bibliographical aid in research this Catalogue is invaluable. The Carnegie
Corporation of New York has in
many ways shown its appreciation
of the work done by the University
Library. It gave a grant of $15,000
for the purchase of undergraduate
books and presented to the Library
its University Art Collection of books
and reproductions of pictures. The
development of the University Library from humble beginnings is in
large measure due to the efforts of
Mr. Ridington and represents a considerable personal achievement.
Mr. Ridington has served two
terms as president of B.C. Library
Association and twice as president
of the Pacific North West Library
Association. He has been a member of the Provincial Library Commission for six years and has served
cn important committees of the American Library Association. He was
selected by the American Library
Association as the chairman of a
Commission to make a report on library conditions throughout the
Dominion. This work was carried
out in 1932 and the report of the
Commission is highly regarded. He
served as president of the Vancouver Institute for a period of- °two
Recently the Belgian Government
desired to confer on him the Order
of the Belfian Crown for services
rendered in connection with the design and organization of the Bibli-
atheque Albert 1-er, the national library to be erected in Brussels to
the memory of King Albert.
He retires as emeritus librarian.
Colonel F. A. Wilkin, B.A.Sc, was
born in Yokohama, Japan, and was
educated in Engineering at McGill
University, receiving his Degree in
From 1895 to 1900 he was engaged
in the surveying of mines and mineral claims in the vicinity of Ross-
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May 7, 1940
The Graduate Chronicle
A quarterly journal owned by and devoted to the interests of
The Alumni Association of The University of British Columbia.
This edition was edited and produced by the Executive, including
Fred Bolton, Darrel Gomery, Marguerite Manson, Ken Beckett,
Blythe Eagles, Edgar and Grace Brown.
TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1940
ON several occasions during the past months the executive of
the Alumni Association have informally discussed the possibility of providing an annual scholarship for the University in the
name of the Association.
If it were done, it would need to be started on a modest basis,
perhaps an annual award of $75 or $100, with .the hope that before
too many years an endowment fund might be set up to make the
scholarship perpetual. Or, should we say, "perpetual" for as long
as bonds continue to pay interest.
The Association is slowly building up a reserve fund by setting
aside half the income received from life memberships. This fund
is already sufficiently large to guarantee a scholarship for two or
three years and it is to be presumed that life memberships will
continue to be taken out.
It is something that ought to be done. The "Alumni Association Scholarship" would be a tangible contribution of the Association to the University and it would also be something to which all
members of the Association could take pleasure in assisting.
Possibly a resolution to authorize the scholarship will be presented at the next annual meeting in the fall. In the meantime,
some thought should be given to such questions as: should it be a
scholarship or a bursary? What amount should be set aside for
-rH—H-a-scholarship, for what faculty, year or subject of study
should it be offered?
IT is unlikely that the University has ever suffered such losses in
one year as has occurred this year in the retirement of six of
the best known members of the staff.
Without exception they are distinguished men who have contributed much to the development of the University. Without
exception they are human, friendly men, who have been more than
teachers to thousands of students and whose retirements will stir
fond memories in the minds of many alumni.
Capt. J. F. Bell and Col. F. A. Wilkin of the Applied Science
Faculty, Dr. H. T. J. Coleman and Dr. C. McL. Fraser of the Arts
Faculty, Prof. Paul Boving of the Agriculture Faculty, and John
Ridington, the librarian, have all spent their last days in classrooms and laboratories. With the exception of Captain Bell, who
has been recalled by the Royal Navy, they will enter into a well
earned retirement. Retired or not, none of them will be idle.
Already plans for fishing, for writing books, for gardening, for
travelling, have been prepared. For men such as these, leisure will
not be a burden but an opportunity for enriched life. It is to be
hoped that they all have many years of it.
It is timely, too, to congratulate Dr. Kaye Lamb, a member of
the Alumni Association, on his appointment to succeed Mr. Ridington as University Librarian. He has been doing excellent work
as Provincial Librarian and he is admirably equipped for his new
position.   The Alumni Association wishes him well.
(Continued from Page 7)
land, B.C. He then spent a year
travelling in England and South Africa. From 1901 until 1914 he was
employed by the Survey and Construction Departments of the C.P.R.,
with headquarters at Winnipeg. His
work in the location of railway lines
in  the  four  western  provinces  has
earned him recognition as one of the
outstanding reconnaissance engineers in Canada.
He served overseas in 1914, with
the rank of First Lieutenant in a
machine gun unit. He was decorated with the M.C. and made a Lieutenant-Colonel at the Somme in 1916,
and was later transferred to the
Canadian Railway Troops.
Prior to his appointment to the
staff of the Department of Civil En-
Two Poems
Mrs. Carol Coates Cassidy (Arts '30), whose recently published chap-
book of verse, "Fancy Free" (The Ryerson Press, 60 cents), was reviewed
in the last issue of The Chronicle, sends along two more poems. One of
them—the timely "The Unfilled Order"—was entered in a poetry contest,
with what success we have not heard.
Is that Human Lives Limited?
May I speak to God, please?
Yes, it's important.
So sorry to trouble you,
But yesterday I lost my son.
He was shot down in a plane in Prance.
They tell me the plane took months to build,
And cost fifty thousand dollars.
They didn't say how long it takes to build a son,
Nor dare to mention so costly a price as love.
Yes, I must have another,
Can you get me one?
Twenty, and tall,
With a soft wave in his hair, back from the forehead,
And eyes that are a little bit special.
Dark, sort of hard to describe,
Like a deep summer night:
You know, don't you, the kind I mean?
May I have him soon, please?
Charge it to the head of Wars Incorporated.
I think he lives in Germany.
What's that you say?
But why?
Zippers are an open sesame to temptation,
And shouldn't be on the market for lusty youth.
For with the tiniest tug of a roving hand,
They can glide so glibly,
Down past the tempting contours of the bosom,
Down, down, down.
No doubt, no doubt,
The high-collared fashions of the Victorian era,
With their infinitude of hooks, and eyes and buttons up the back,
Labored valiantly in the cause of virtue,
And not in vain.
A hundred years hence,
"What are zippers, mothers?
Were they so wicked?"
gineering at The University of British Columbia in 1921, Colonel Wilkin
Col. F. A. Wilkin
was engaged in work with the C.P.R.
Survey Department for a period of
two years. He served as acting-head
of the Department of Civil Engineering from September, 1930, to June
1936, and as representative of the
Faculty of Applied Science on the
University Senate from 1933 to 1936.
"The Colonel" was one of the most
popular lecturers in the Faculty of
Applied Science, endearing himself
to succeeding generations of undergraduates by his kindly manners and
dry humor. He is a recognized authority on Railway Engineering and
Hydraulics, and in giving the course
in Engineering Economics was able
to draw upon his wealth of experience for illustrations from real life.
He was very popular with undergraduates, occupying on many occasions
the position of honorary president
of the Science Men's Undergraduate
Society, as well as of the English
Rugby Club. Colonel Wilkin is a
member of the Association of Professional Engineers for B.C., and of the
American Railway Engineering Association.


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