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The University of British Columbia Alumni Magazine
Volume 53 • Number 2 •   Summer, 1999
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The magic of Machu Picchu. This ancient Inca site was
re-discovered early this century and has become a
subject of much study and conjecture. Surprisingly
untouristed, it gives a glimpse into a vanished past.
Chris Petty photo
The intrigue of far-away places draws
us from our everyday lives. Machu
Picchu and the Galapagos snared a
number of UBC grads this Spring.
The UBC Herbarium houses
plant samples from around
the world, and holds some
interesting secrets.
Norm Watt and Norm Young gave a
total of 60 years to UBC. They receive
the Association's Lifetime Achievement
Awards this Fall.
The University of British Columbia Alumni Association
Editor Chris Petty, MFA'86
Assistant Editor Shari Ackerman
Contributors  Don Wells, BA'89,
Fred Ganders, R.C Rogers, BCom'49
Advertising Gord Smart/The Keegan Group
Board of Directors
President Linda Thorstad, BSc'77, MSc'84
Research News
Student Profiles
Senior VP Gregory Clark, BCom'86, LLB'89
Martha Piper, People and a digest
Meet this year's Alumni
A future nurse and a future
Past President Haig Farris, BA'60, LLD'97
Treasurer Thomas Hasker, BA'86
of news from UBC Reports and
Association award recipients and
doctor share their hopes,
Members at Large '98-'00
eisewhere: from campus trees to
the 1999 Sports Hall of Fame
dreams and concerns. Meet two
Jean Forrest, BPE'83
Thomas Hobley, MBA'83
anti-snoring devices.
of today's USC students.
Members at Large '99-'01
Edward John, LLB'79
Peter Ladner, BA'70
Don Wells, BA'89
Executive Director
Agnes Papke, BSc(Agr)'66
Alumni News
Class Acts
Back Page
Editorial Committee
From division gatherings to
What's going on with those
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Don Wells, BA'89, Chair
Ron Burke, BA'82
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Blusson Gives $50 million to "Basic
Only basic scientific research will
receive the benefit of geologist
and mining explorer Stewart
Blusson's $50 million gift to UBC.
"Basic science can be the hardest to
fund because there's no immediate payoff," says Blusson, who was on campus
recently to look at some of the research
facilities. "You don't know where it is going to lead—it's a little bit crazy."
When Blusson visited the Biotechnology Laboratory, Advanced Materials and
Process Engineering Lab and the Center
for Integrated and Computer Systems Research, he said the enthusiasm, motivation and scientific discipline of researchers
and students impressed him.
When research funding gets cut back,
Blusson says, researchers tend to pursue
less risky investigations that stand a better
chance of funding because positive results
are more predictable.
"That goes against the grain of basic
science," he says. "Taking risks is the only
way to get breakthroughs."
A substantial portion of Blusson's gift
will be used to attract federal Canada
Foundation for Innovation funding that
helps universities upgrade their research
infrastructure. He wants the donation to
be used for new tools, not for administrative or business costs.
Blusson's own research took place in
cramped huts on UBC's campus where he
completed his undergraduate Science degree in the '60s. While he was working for
the Geological Survey of Canada, the only
piece of equipment provided in some cases was a helicopter, and some projects had
no food budget, so researchers snared rab-
Dr. Stewart Blusson, BSc'60
bits for meals.
Blusson says he chose UBC to receive
his donation because of its highly integrated research activities.
"As far as I'm concerned, this is the
best university in Canada," he says.
Student's Research
Blasts Off
A UBC Radiology resident's project
was recently blasted into orbit
on the space shuttle Discovery.
Kevin Forkheim is studying osteoporosis, and astronauts have conducted a
four-day test to see if a vitamin D derivative can help reverse the bone loss that
occurs in microgravity.
"Astronauts lose up to two per cent of
bone mass per month in space," says
Forkheim, who started his five-year residency in July. "We want to be able to keep
astronauts healthy on longer journeys
such as to Mars, which may take more
than two years to complete." The space
experiment may aid the development of
osteoporosis therapy on earth. The bone
loss that occurs in space is identical to
that which osteoporosis patients experience, but it occurs faster, says Forkheim.
Loss of gravity in space reverses the
body's natural programming to build
bone that can bear weight and strain. Researchers hope that vitamin D can help
osteoblast cells function better in space.
This experiment builds on a project
carried on the November 1996 space shuttle Columbia, which showed that osteoblasts reproduced and processed nutrients
more slowly than on Earth. That experiment earned Forkheim a prize as first runner-up for the Aerospace Medicine
Association's Young Investigator of the
Year award last spring.
New Real Estate
Degree Introduced
The real estate industry now has a
standard of education: a Bachelor
of Business in Real Estate, approved by the UBC Senate.
The part-time degree program, offered through the faculty of Commerce's
Real Estate Division, will focus on con
temporary real estate topics.
"The degree is designed for executives
in large corporations who deal with major
property transactions, such as Colliers
MacCaulay Nicolls, Inc., and government
departments such as Public Works Canada," says Derek Atkins, acting dean.
Robert Liang, Executive Director of
Professional Programs for the faculty, says
the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia has been the driving force behind the
initiative with funding from the Real Estate Foundation of BC. Courses such as
property law and business ethics will be
delivered by distance education, primarily
print-based and Internet.
Students must have completed the
diploma in Urban Land Economics plus
additional real estate, general education
and business courses to be eligible. The
program will begin this September.
For more information, including admission requirements, call Graham Mcintosh, Manager of External Programs, Real
Estate Division, at (604) 822-8255.
Chronicle Microbiology Professor Julia Levy
BA'55 was named Canadian Woman
Entrepreneur of the Year by the Joseph
L. Rotman School of Management.
Levy was recognized for her research,
development and commercialization of
light-activated drugs to treat cancer,
psoriasis and age-related vision loss.
Michael Ames BA'S6 and Verna Kirkness LLD'94 are now members of the
Order of Canada. A professor emeritus
in the dept. of Anthropology and Sociology, Ames is well-known for his
teaching and publishing on anthropology, museums and public culture and
for his research in Sri Lanka, India and BC. Kirkness, an associate professor emerita
in Education, became head of UBC's Native Indian Teacher Education Program in
1981, and director of the First Nations House of Learning six years later.
Roberta Hewat BSN'62, MSN'80, assistant professor in Nursing, received a
$250,000 grant from the Population
Health Fund of Health Canada. She will
start and evaluate the World Health Or-
ganization/UNICEF Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative in Canada, aiming to make
breastfeeding the norm in Canada.
Michael Weiss BCom'87, MBA'92 has
been appointed director of UBC's English Language Institute. A former principal of Columbia College, Weiss has
many years of experience in international education.
Joe Wai BArch'64 has been appointed to
UBC's Board of Governors for a three-
year term. Wai, president of Joe Y. Wai
Architect, Inc., designed the Dr. Sun Yat-
Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver.
Geography Professor Emeritus Walter
Hardwick BA'54, MA'58 was honoured
by the Ontario Institute for Studies in
Education of the University of Toronto.
As former BC deputy minister for Education, Science and Technology, Hardwick set up institutions for distance learning
and art education. He also created the Knowledge Network.
Yoko Yoneda pictured with husband Yoshihiro
and three children Naoko, Akiko and Koichi.
Int'l Student has
Fond Memories
This is a letter from International House student Yoko Yoneda in response to an invitation
to the 40th Reunion Dinner last March:
t was a very nice surprise to receive an
invitation to the 40th Reunion
Dinner. I'm afraid I cannot attend as
Vancouver is too far away for me, a
mother of three young children now. It
was only a very short period (about ten
months) that I stayed in Vancouver, but I
have lots of fond memories of my stay,
thanks to International House. I met
many nice international students and also
Canadian people through IH, and I still
write to some of them.
"I'm afraid I didn't study very
hard for the classes ... I
learned much more from the
people I met through IH."
I took part in several events sponsored by IH such as a tour to Okanagan
Valley, International Supper, Light Ride,
Halloween Dance, etc. I enjoyed having a
cup of coffee at "Gate 4" cafeteria in IH,
and sometimes played the piano there.
I'm afraid I didn't study very hard for the
classes but I'm convinced I learned much
more from the people I met through IH. I
was in Vancouver from 1981 to 1982 — I
can't believe it's already seventeen years
Thank you all for the invitation.
Chronicle chronicle news
Leafing a Mark on Campus
Graduating class president Shirin
Foroutan digs in at the annual
tree planting ceremony for
UBC's 1999 graduating class. Martha Piper
congratulated the group of graduates
gathered at the intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and East Mall to witness
the planting of a honey locust tree.
Each year the graduating class donates a tree to the university before
Spring, a tradition since 1919. Here's a
description of some trees planted over the
• 1919-'30: A group of twelve trees (oaks
and basswoods) in a row running down
the east side of the Geography building.
•1931-'36: Six English oaks on the boulevard east of the old General Services Administration Building.
•1941-'46: Six sugar maples, east of the
Chemistry Building.
•1956-'59: Four oak trees planted beside
the Wesbrook building.
• 1967-'71: Five Sugar Maples to blend in
with the design of the Student Union
Hilary Thomson photo.
•1979: A fringe tree (Old Man's Beard) on
East Mall, east of Hebb Theatre.
• 1983: A yellow cedar on East Mall, opposite the old Home Economics building.
• 1992: A Ginkgo (Maidenhair) tree on the
TT  TSC delegates received funding from the Walter H. Gage Memorial Fund to
m     1 attend the Canadian Political Science Students' Association Conference earlier
\^^  this year. Pictured are most of the delegates in front of a portrait of a former Lt
Governor of Ontario at Queen's Park (the Ontario Legislature). The delegation also met
with Svend Robinson and Bob Rae at York Universify.The fund supports campus-oriented
student projects and activities of broad Interest end ttat enhance the reputation of UBC
or have high academic components. It is named after former UBC president Walter Gage,
a great supporter of students.
East Mall median between Law and
Buchanan buildings.
• 1996: A Dogwood tree in North Meadows, across the street from the Rose Garden Parkade.
• 1997: A Tulip tree on East Mall Boulevard across from Thunderbird Residences
(NE corner E Mall and Thunderbird Blvd.).
Trees from some years don't exist
anymore, due to disease, construction or
accident. Class tree locations are listed on
the University Archives web site,
Smart Students
Scoop Scholarships
Chemistry scholar Fahreen Dossa
is one of six recipients in this
year's Sherwood Lett Competition, the premier scholarships for senior
undergraduates at UBC. Dossa graduated
this Spring with a combined honours BSc
in chemistry and biochemistry. She won
the Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship,
which carries a $5,000 prize.
Third-year Law student Kim Stanton,
who is in the top 10 per cent of her Law
class, received the $7,000 John H. Mitchell Memorial scholarship. A community
activist with a passion for human rights,
Stanton came to Law school for legal
training to help her affect change. She will
article at the BC Public Interest Advocacy
Winnipeg native Jenna Newman left
UBC this Spring with a BA honours in
English and the $3,500 Amy E. Sauder
scholarship. Newman has financed her
education through scholarships and hopes
to earn a PhD after taking a year or two
off. She plans to write contemporary fiction.
Other Lett winners this year are:
fourth-year medical student Laura Ben-
nion, CK Choi Scholarship ($7,500); Kristine Chambers, fourth-year Human
Kinetics, Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship ($5,000); Kibben Jackson, third-year
Law, Jean Craig Smith scholarship
Chronicle Condoms Cause Concern Among Student Consumers
Buying condoms is not an easy
thing to do. For some, it can be
quite embarrassing. A survey of
130 UBC students by faculty of Commerce researchers has discovered that 66
per cent of men and 60 per cent of women report some level of embarrassment
when buying condoms. Many refuse to
buy them because of it. To avoid this
roadblock, researchers recommend that
the contraceptives be sold in candy, snack
and cigarette vending machines.
"People who reported being embarrassed while buying condoms purchased
less often, and if you don't have condoms, obviously you can't use them,"
said Commerce Prof. Chuck Weinberg,
chair of the marketing division of UBC's
faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
Weinberg was part of the research
team along with UBC marketing Prof.
Gerald Gorn and Darren Dahl, and assistant professor of Marketing at the University of Manitoba. Their findings are
published in the latest Canadian Journal
"There is also the worry
that a 'price check on a
12-pack of Durex
condoms' will be
announced to the entire
of Public Health.
Respondents were sexually active,
had previously bought condoms, and
were single without a steady sexual partner.
"Approaching the cashier is the moment of truth," says Weinberg. "There is
also the worry that a 'price check on a 12-
pack of Durex condoms' will be announced to the entire store."
Studies show that students take
risks—only half used a condom during
their last sexual encounter.
An earlier project by the team found
less than five per cent of students entering
a bar carried condoms, despite the fact
that student sexual encounters often originate at parties and bars.
Zzznnnkkk!!?? New Device Silences Snorers
A simple annoyance or a potentially life-threatening disorder?
Snoring can be both.
It can be a symptom of Obstructive
Sleep Apnea (OSA).
"OSA may cause patients to stop
breathing during sleep dozens, if not hundreds of times a night—sometimes more
than a minute at a time," says Alan Lowe,
UBC Professor of Oral Health Sciences. Intermittent snoring, daytime sleepiness,
waking in the night gasping and choking,
fragmented sleep and morning headaches
are some symptoms of the disorder.
When a sleeping person inhales, the
tongue can be sucked back against the
rear of the throat, obstructing the airway.
If it is held like this for more than 10 seconds and happens more than five times
per hour, the person has OSA and will
likely feel sleep-deprived the next day.
About 10 million North Americans
suffer from OSA to some degree, according
to Lowe. It affects nine per cent of women
and 20 per cent of men aged 30-60.
Lowe believes one solution may be to
create more room at the back of the throat
at the base of the tongue. So he invented
Klearway, an oral application the patient
can adjust in increments of one-quarter of
a millimeter through to a total of 44 positions, covering an 11-millimeter range.
"By gradually moving the jaw for
ward, the patient gets more room to
breathe, and avoid the discomfort of a
radical change in jaw position," he says.
Klearway is made of clear acrylic resin
which fits over the teeth. OSA symptoms
are relieved within six to eight weeks, and
snoring often stops completely.
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Class of '99: Definers of the 21st Century
This is the text ofthe address made by
President Martha Piper to the graduates ofthe
Class of 1999 during Convocation Ceremonies
this Spring.
Your graduation today signals
an important milestone in
your personal lives and the
lives of those who have
supported you in your
educational efforts. All of us here today
applaud you on your accomplishments
and celebrate with you the importance of
this occasion.
The Class of 1999. As members of the
last graduating class of this century, you
straddle two millennia, and as such represent the transition between two eras. By
marrying what you have learned in the
20th century with what you aspire to
achieve in the 21st century, you will mold
and shape our future. You will be the definers of the 21st century.
To guide you in this challenge, it
might be useful to wind the clock back 100
years, to the beginning of the 20th century: the century that split the atom, probed
the psyche, spliced genes and cloned
sheep. It invented plastic, radar and the
silicon chip. It built airplanes, rockets, satellites, televisions, and computers. It overthrew our inherited ideas about logic, language, learning, mathematics, economics
and even space and time. It generated creative works that broke dramatically from the
past, tearing apart traditional artistic structures and reassembling them in startling
new ways in art and design, film, jazz, theatre and literature.
As dramatic as this century has been,
it is important to remember that behind
each of these great works was, in most cases, an extraordinary human mind. Individuals who were your counterparts, graduated from their respective universities or began their careers on the eve of the 20th
century. Individuals who, like you, had no
idea what the future held but were prepared to participate actively in the shaping
of the early years of the new millennium.
James Joyce graduated in 1902 from
University College, Dublin and 20 years
later published Ulysses, perhaps the single
most influential literary work of the century; Freud published Interpretation of Dreams
in 1900; by 1913, Emily Carr had already
produced a large body of art inspired by
West Coast landscapes and peoples; Einstein proposed his theory of relativity in
1916; early in the 20th century, Piaget
found the secrets of human learning hidden behind the seemingly illogical notions
of children; Banting and Best discovered
insulin in the winter of 1921; the Wright
brothers flew the first manned, powered air
craft in 1903; and Nellie McClung, in the
early 1900s, effectively campaigned for
women's rights and suffrage.
Astonishing when you think about it.
So much happened at the turn of the 20th
century. So many individuals unknown at
the time went on to shape, directly and
By marrying what you
have learned in the 20th
century with what you
aspire to achieve in the
21st century, you will
mold and shape our
indirectly, the world as we know it today.
In all fields, across all disciplines, in every
walk of life, it has been individuals—not
associations, not industries, not governments—who have transformed our society.
Will the 21st century be different? I
think not. As with the 20th century, we
will be dependent on individuals—individuals like you—to shape our culture, our
learning, our economy, our social structures, our scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs. Given your education, each of you, in your own way, should
Dr. Martha Piper
aspire to be a Sir Frederick Banting, a Sig-
mund Freud or a Nellie McClung.
While only some of you may go on to
be truly famous, all of you will be engaged
in using your intellect and learning capabilities for the betterment of society. Issues
such as literacy, poverty, advanced materials, sustainable development, mental
health, e-commerce, literary censorship,
crime and violence, entrepreneurship and
the ethics of death and genetic cloning
will require intellectual leadership over the
next several decades. And you, our future
intellectual leaders, will be called to action.
To be on the cusp of a new century is
a once in a lifetime opportunity. The challenges that await you are numerous. But
one thing is clear: your UBC education has
prepared you well to participate actively
and vigorously in charting the course of
society for the next 100 years. With the
recognition of the importance of employing your knowledge not only to enhance
your own personal lives but also to contribute to the advancement of society, we are
confident that you, indeed, will be the definers of the 21st century.
Please accept my congratulations and
best wishes on this special occasion. And
by the way, don't you wonder what James
Joyce or Emily Carr or Albert Einstein were
thinking on their graduations? I imagine
their thoughts mirrored yours today: excitement, pride, wonder, hope and of
course, great expectation,   e
Chronicle Library Gets Lowry Story
The UBC Library has snapped up
another Malcom Lowry work, a
first edition copy of his first novel, Ultramarine. This acquisition makes
UBC's Lowry collection the largest in the
The annotated copy of Ultramarine
went on sale at the Pacific Book Auction in
San Francisco last fall. "I heard it was expected to fetch between $20,000 and
$25,000 US," says Brenda Peterson, head of
Special Collections and University Archives. With Bernie Bressler, vice-president,
research, and Barry McBride, vice-president
academic, they agreed to buy it. Peterson
did the bidding over the phone and got it
for the minimum bid, $14,000.
Ultramarine is the story of a naive
young upper-class Briton who goes to sea
as a deckhand on a freighter in the 1920s
and is treated roughly by the working-
class crew. Lowry made a similar voyage
after leaving public school and before
entering university and said it was a very
unpleasant experience. He grew to dislike
Ultramarine even more.
"In the book that was published 20
years ago in England, there's probably
scarcely an original line," Lowry wrote in
1952. "It is one of those pieces of juvenil-
This acquisition makes
UBC's Lowry collection
the largest in the world.
ia that their authors would like to buy up
all the copies of and burn and forget they
had written them."
Even so, Ultramarine showed his creative genius. The book was well received
and out of print by 1935.
Lowry's most successful novel, Under
the Volcano, is ranked as one of the major
English literary works of the 20th century.
The Lowry collection is housed in the
Special Collections and University Archives division in Main Library.
The former Faculty Club has been refurbished and reopened as the Leon and Thea
Koerner University Centre. The centre was officially opened March 12, and boasts
a restaurant Sage Bistro, as well as meeting rooms, overnight facilities and offices
on the upper floor. It is also home of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. The
centre is located just off the Flagpole Plaza, above the Rose Garden, and is open to all
members of the university community and the public
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Robert Dierker of Ultimate Bike Gear Ltd.
takes a break during the UBC's TREK program's recent alternative transportation
awareness day. He's riding the RainGo,
one of two rain canopies he designed and
donated to the program. This year's commuter challenge saw 558 participants,
almost quadrupling its numbers from last
year. The winner in the large group category was the Microbiology and Immunology Dept. Chemical Engineering won the
small group category. Winners received
TREK program memorabilia.
Chronicle Not Just
Dead Plants
The UBC Herbarium houses history and the key to our planet's plant past
Dinner in a restaurant was
a rare treat after several
' days slogging through
the Peruvian jungle. But
when the Picante de Cui
came, it was tomato sauce covering a
lump. Scraping off the sauce revealed a
guinea pig skull, with ears still attached,
staring up off the plate. Helen didn't
mind eating rodent, but this one had no
meat on it.
For Dr. Helen Kennedy, Honorary
Curator of Vascular Plants in the UBC
Herbarium, such annoyances are small
compared to the thrill of exploring
tropical rainforests in search of unknown
species of plants. The "honorary" in Dr.
Kennedy's title means she doesn't get
paid. She is one of the Herbarium's
volunteers. Her specialty is the Prayer
Plant family, or Marantaceae, many of
which have beautifully patterned leaves
that make them popular house plants.
They are called prayer plants because
their leaves fold upward in the evening,
as if to pray. Several years ago after a
break-in at the Plant Science greenhouse
on campus, an alarm system was installed. It went off every night about the
same time, until it was discovered that
the motion detecting beam went right
over a prayer plant whose leaves moved
from horizontal to vertical at night and
intercepted the beam.
With the widespread destruction of
tropical rain forests, many species of
organisms are going extinct before they
are even discovered. Dr. Kennedy's goal is
by Fred R. Ganders
to find undiscovered prayer plants and
introduce them into cultivation before
they meet a similar fate. She is also an
expert on their unique pollination
mechanisms. But most of her work
involves studying dried specimens
collected from all over the tropics to
identify, describe, and classify them, and
name those that have never been named
before. These specimens are housed in
the UBC Herbarium, or are borrowed
from other herbaria all over the world.
The herbarium is a museum of dried
plant specimens, which documents the
identification and distributions of plants.
All books on the plants of British Columbia are based largely on the specimens in
the UBC Herbarium. Archaeologists,
ecological consultants, police, various
government agencies, agriculturists, and
the general public use our specimens for
plant identifications. But these specimens
are valuable for far more than identification. Their chemistry can be analyzed,
and even their DNA can be extracted and
studied. Our specimens are used by
researchers all over the world. We
currently have more than 7,000 specimens out on loan.
The Herbarium is part of the department of Botany, but is actually older
"than the university itself. It was started in
1913 by John Davidson, the first Provincial Botanist, who brought it to UBC
when he became the first botany professor, and apparently the first professor of
anything, at UBC. In 1915 when UBC
opened, the herbarium had almost 8,000
specimens. Today it has more than half a
million, and is the third largest in
Canada. It has the largest collection of
BC plants, as might be expected, but is
worldwide in scope. It also has large
collections of prayer plants, Hawaiian
plants, seaweeds and one of the largest
moss collections in North America.
Because the Herbarium has historical
as well as recent collections, it allows a
time dimension to botanical studies. For
example, the recent Lower Fraser Basin
Eco-Research Project included two herbarium projects. Helen Kennedy, Frank
Lomer, an Honorary Research Associate
(another volunteer) and I documented
extinctions of native species and invasions
of alien species in the Fraser Valley over
the past century. Frank has discovered
literally hundreds of newly introduced
species of weeds in the last 15 years, an
indication of increasing habitat disturbance in the Fraser Valley. Botany graduate
student Ute Pott analyzed heavy metals
from moss specimens to monitor air
pollution in the Fraser Valley over time.
Mosses have no roots so can only absorb
these metals from the air. She found that
most metals have decreased since the mid
1960s. Lead increased over time as traffic
volume increased until leaded gasoline was
abandoned; it has steadily decreased since.
Manganese has been increasing, however,
probably because manganese compounds
have replaced tetraethyl lead as an antiknock additive in some gasolines.
In the Vancouver Sun, September 26,
1997, Dr. Michael Healey, director of the
Chronicle Fraser Eco-Research Project, said these
two studies were two of the three most
significant results of the whole project.
We are pleased that the Herbarium scored
two out of three even though we had
only about 4 per cent of the total budget
of the project.
The UBC Herbarium is used by
numerous faculty and graduate students
for their research, but also has major
projects of its own. One is to computerize
the label data from all specimens in the
herbarium. Our second major project is
to produce a Flora ofthe Fraser Valley, an
up-to-date, scientifically accurate, but
user-friendly book using simple terminology, that includes all the wild plants that
grow in the Fraser Valley. Another project
we want to start is the first Chinese
medicinal herb collection in Canada.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine has
become big business in British Columbia,
and more than 500 different plants are
used. We frequently get requests to
identify unknown plant material but we
cannot because we have neither specimens nor a library on the subject. We do
know that incorrectly labeled herbs, fakes
and dangerously adulterated herbs are
frequently sold here.
For more than 200 years it has been
traditional to name plant species after
patrons of botanical gardens or herbaria,
providing a kind of botanical immortality. When Dr. Kennedy named a prayer
plant after me she warned me that
although it was a pretty plant, it had
only been seen twice in the wild, and so
almost no one would ever know about it,
but I didn't care about that. Surprisingly,
a few years later Calathea gandersii was
put into tissue culture in Florida and
more than 5,000 of them propagated and
sold under the rather undignified
common name 'Ruffles,' because of its
cute ruffled leaves. Unfortunately, it is
difficult to grow as a house plant and
mine died within a week.
As we trek toward year 2000, our
museum of dead plants is alive and
growing, so to speak. In the 21st century
our specimens will become increasingly
valuable. This is not just because they
document the past. When most of our
specimens were collected, no one imagined that we would routinely extract
DNA from herbarium specimens today.
With advances in molecular biology and
chemistry who knows what we will be
able to get out of them in the future?
Fred Ganders is a professor of Botany and
Director ofthe UBC Herbarium.
Right: Type specimen of the prayer plant
Calathea gandersii in the UBC Herbarium,
collected in Ecuador by Dr. Wade Davis, and
named for Dr. Fred Ganders. Above: Dr.
Helen Kennedy collecting Calathea
asplundii, a plant she discovered and named
in Ecuador. Left: Mimulus sookensis, a new
type of monkey flower, discovered on Saturna Island by Fred Ganders and Bev Benedict.
Facing page: Calathea libbyana, discovered
in Ecuador and named by Helen Kennedy.
"When most of
our specimens
were collected,
no one imagined
that we would
routinely extract
DNA from
specimens today.
With advances in
biology and
chemistry, who
knows what we
will be able to get
out of them in
the future?"
11 Pair o'
Norman Watt and Norman Young started
work on the same day in 1961 and
retired on the same day in 1991.
Together, they gave 60 virtuoso years of
mastery, magic and laughter to UBC.
They are the recipients of this year's
Lifetime Achievement Awards.
by Don Wells
I^fc m mad as hell at the University
of British Columbia," fumes
retired UBC theatre assistant
professor Norman Young, taking
another sip of his prized homebrewed beer.
Young and his long-time sidekick
Norman Watt have recently been informed that they are to receive the
Alumni Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. "I want to know who was
on that committee. I mean, what kind of
people would pick us?"
"Norman, maybe they thought the
two of us together would make one good
candidate," quips Watt, a retired associate professor and director of Extra-
Sessional Studies.
Few, if any, would argue that Watt
and Young deserve the award, which will
be given October 14th at the annual
Alumni Achievement and Sports Hall of
Fame Dinner. When, on the same day,
they retired from UBC, a tremendous
void was instantly created. Even the
grumpiest members of faculty and staff
would admit that "Ab-Norm" (Young)
and "Sub-Norm" (Watt) made campus
life a lot more entertaining. The vast
amount of money they raised for various
charities, they insist, was just a byproduct of their pursuit of a few laughs.
Asked about the many wacky events
the pair organized over their 30 years on
campus, says Watt, "we weren't out to
save the world, we were just trying to
make life more interesting!"
There was the Celebrity Alumni
Concert and Auction in 1987 to raise
money for the Rick Hansen Special Needs
Student Bursary. One of the auction
items, contributed by Young, was a
flashlight, which he claimed belonged to
Margot Kidder from her days as an usher
at the Frederic Wood Theatre. Along with
a pair of season tickets to the Frederic
Wood Theatre, it fetched $450. Years
later, Young confessed it was just an
ordinary flashlight he found in a drawer.
That was also the event at which
they convinced then Chancellor Robert
Wyman to confer an "Ornery Degree
with Honours in English as a Second
Language" upon the late curmudgeon of
journalism, Jack Webster.
Then there was the President's
University Cup Costumed Croquet
Klassic, an annual croquet tournament
held on the lawn of Norman MacKenzie
House to raise money for the Crane
Library. There was also the World's
Largest Garage Sale, held during Open
House on Mclnnes Field and attended by
over 3,000 people, with proceeds going
to the various faculties or departments
which took part.
Although not a campus event,
perhaps their most well known and
hilarious contribution to the greater
community is the annual World's Worst
Original Oil Painting Exhibition and
debuted in 1976 as a benefit for the BC
Paraplegic Association. About 200 people
attended the inaugural event which
raised about $10,000 for the BCPA. Since
that time WWOOPEA has raised well
over $600,000, including franchise fees
paid by fundraising groups in Toronto
and Kingston who adopted the concept.
On the surface, the two Norms
appear to have little in common. In their
undergraduate days at UBC, Watt was
enrolled in the new physical education
program and played basketball for the
Thunderbirds. He taught school in
Chronicle Vancouver for eight years before he
packed up his family and moved to the
University of Oregon where he completed a master's and PhD in human growth
and development.
Young enrolled in Arts. He began a
career in theatre when his gaze fixed
upon a pretty student who was walking
across campus. Enthralled, Young
followed her right through the doors of
the Players Club and inadvertently
discovered his love for the stage.
Following his graduation in 1952, he
worked as an actor, staging supervisor,
production manager and design director
at CBC as well as theatre companies in
Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and London, England. In 1961 he returned to
UBC at the request of Dorothy Somerset
to become the technical director of the
new theatre department, the same year
that Watt began teaching physical
In addition to the various fundraising events, retirement parties and general
antics which made them well-known
campus fixtures, they also made many
significant professional contributions.
Watt credits Young with being one of the
masterminds behind the design and
construction of the Frederic Wood
Theatre, as well as the Artist in Residence
program which brought the likes of
Tennessee Williams to the campus.
Watt's many contributions to the
Top: Norm Young (I) and Norm Watt display
one ofthe world's worst paintings. Bottom:
Norm Watt points. Norm Young looks.
"I want to know
who was on that
committee. I mean,
what kind of people
would pick us?"
university were officially recognized at
the 1991 Convocation Ceremonies when
he received one of the first-ever President's Service Awards for Excellence. In
addition to being a highly regarded
faculty member and administrator, he
found time to coach the UBC Junior
Varsity men's basketball team to consecutive national championships in 1966 and
'67. A long-time volunteer and advocate
for the disabled, he also formed and
coached Canada's first wheelchair
basketball team.
But Young points out the Senior
Citizen's Summer Program as Watt's most
significant accomplishment. In 1974, he
received a $15,000 grant from the
provincial government to establish a
program in which seniors could go to
UBC and take week-long summer courses
free of charge, including free residence
stays for those from outside the Lower
Mainland. That first summer almost 600
BC seniors took advantage of the program. Now, 25 years later, it is known as
the Third Age Spring Lectures and is one
of the most popular programs in the
Continuing Studies Department.
"He did that before you could get a
senior citizen's bus pass," says Young in a
rare moment of reverence. "It was the first
program of its kind in North America."
Young, whose endless production
credits include more than 200 live
performances as stage manager, actor and
co-producer, remains active in theatre
circles. Along with local impresario Hugh
Pickett, he co-founded and volunteers for
the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and
chairs the Vancouver Civic Theatre
Board. He has served on an endless list of
arts-related boards and committees,
including an appointment to the Canada
Council by Pierre Trudeau; the directorship of the first BC Festival of the Arts
and the chair of the BC Arts Board.
But as impressive as their list of
professional activities and records of
volunteerism are, they are more often
regarded by UBC friends and colleagues
as a pair of delightfully imaginative
chaps who can be relied upon for a little
levity in a world that occasionally takes
itself far too seriously.
While there can be no doubt that
the two Norms know how to have a good
time, the fact that so many people have
benefited from their offbeat activities
belies their contention that they aren't
motivated by a desire to help others. The
truth is simply that somewhere, early in
their journey, Norman Watt and Norman
Young learned that you don't have to be
sombre to be serious.
The end result of their friendship has
been a legacy of good works made
possible by a unique blend of humour,
creativity, intellect, and a dash of
insanity. For almost forty years, they
have been an irresistible combination.
Scads of well-known alumni and celebrities have eagerly participated in Watt and
Young events, including David Suzuki,
astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason, writer Eric
Nicol, opera star Judith Forst, playwright
John Gray and poet Earle Birney, along
with show business stars Phyllis Diller,
Mitzi Gaynor and Vincent Price.
Inevitably, there will be a huge
crowd on hand on the night UBC's
perennial class clowns receive the
Lifetime Achievement Award. Though it
hasn't been their intention, they have
earned a unique brand of celebrity status.
Both on and off-campus, people will be
talking about Watt and Young long after
they are gone.
Just ask the crowd at the BC Paraplegic Association, or the octogenarian with
a grade six education who just took her
first class in Canadian history. Or ask the
staff assisting the blind students in the
Crane Library, or the stagehands at the
Orpheum Theatre. Chances are they will
have a story to tell about "the two
Then, inevitably, they'll laugh.
Don Wells is a Vancouver freelance writer.
Chronicle       13 5th Annual Alumni  Recognitio
Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Alumni Association Award
Two of UBC's most outstanding athletes, one of its teams and one of the
great builders of sport will be indicted into the Sports Hall of fame this fall.
These men and women represent the best in athletic endeavour at UBC. The
Hall of Fame, established in 1992, is dedicated to their accomplishments.
Frank Gnup
A mentor, provider,
character-builder and
UBC's most recogniz-
^^>—~       b    able campus figure
^Ut      'LMM     between 1955-76,
Frank Gnup served as
UBC's football, baseball and golf coach for
more than 18 years. Hired by Gordon
Shrum, Gnup is revered for the pride he
built in the UBC football program,
including three Hardy Cups and 17
players to the pros. With his honesty,
popularity and entertaining nature, Gnup
not only bonded with his players but
effectively promoted UBC and UBC
■■■■^^H    Jeannie Cockcroft
^HPMjj^H    BSc'89, BA'92,
K*'1 TH mls'95
In more than 30 years
of the CIAU, it can be
said UBC's Jeannie
Cockcroft is the most
successful female high jumper in Canadian university history. Not only is she
the CIAU and UBC record holder, but she
was three-time CIAU national high jump
champion, a national record yet to be
matched. Jeannie also achieved gold
medal victories at the Canada Games and
the National indoor and Canadian senior
championships. This 1985 Sport BC
university athlete of the year has twice
been awarded the Marilyn Pomfret trophy
as UBC's female athlete of the year.
John Haar
John was one of the
best all-around
athletes produced at
UBC. During the
1960s, Haar was an
outstanding T-Bird
soccer, football and baseball player. He set
a goal scoring record in soccer, led the
'Birds to the Pacific Coast Soccer Championship in '68, was pursued by the BC
Lions in football and played professional
baseball in the Yankee's organization. This
1968 Bobby Gaul award winner is now
considered a 'father figure' in BC baseball,
serving as coach of Canada's National
Basketball Institute.
Oared Crew
' The genesis
i of the
'Golden Age'
1 of rowing at
UBC and in Canada can be traced to this
54/55 Frank Read-coached crew. As 1954
Canadian champions, they represented
Canada at the British Empire Games,
winning gold. The students then took on
the world at the '55 Henley Regatta,
where they recorded a shocking victory
over the defending world champion
Russians. Thus, this UBC team jump-
started UBC's revered rowing tradition.
5th Annual Alumni Recognition and Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Thursday, October 14, 1999
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver
Tickets: $125 ea., $1,000 table of 8, GST included. Tax receipt issued.
Book now! Call 822-3313
Alumni Award of Distinction
Recognizes outstanding achievements
by UBC grads in the arts, research,
civic, business, community, athletic or
similar activities.
Bob Carkner
After developing the
Richmond School
District Basketball
program, Bob worked
to make BC high
school Boy's Basketball Championship this province's biggest
high school sporting event. The Steveston
High Alumni Association dedicated the
Bob Carkner Global Education Foundation in his honour, and he received the
Richmond Alumni Association Award for
outstanding leadership in Global and
Space Education.
Faculty Citation Award
Awarded to faculty members who have
rendered outstanding service to the
community in other than teaching or
David Sweet
David is the founder
and current director of
the Bureau of Legal
Dentistry at UBC, and is
an associate professor
in the Faculty of Dentistry. He solves
crimes using DNA technology and bite-
mark analysis. David won the UBC
Faculty of Dentistry Award for Meritorious
Service five times, as well as the Killam
Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992. He
is the author of 33 learned papers and 34
abstracts in forensic sciences.
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Award
Special recognition to grads who have
shown extraordinary leadership in
Association affairs.
Chronicle and  Sports  Hall  of Fame  Dinner
Robert H. Lee
BCom'56, LLD'96
Bob is chairman of
Prospero International
Realty, Inc., and
appointed chairman of
the UBC Foundation
and UBC Properties Inc. He is also director
of BC Paraplegic Foundation and the Rick
Hansen Institute. Bob was chancellor of
UBC from 1993-96, and governor from
1984-90. He received the Order of British
Columbia in 1990, and was a UBC
Distinguished Alumnus in 1982.
Outstanding Young Alumnus
Recognizes outstanding work by UBC
grads under 40.
Erminia Russo
^B   i»     JEh       Erminia brought
^Mk      ^F        acclaim to UBC's
^^^B       j,^^^    volleyball program
^^^^^^^^^H    as head coach of the
placing them 2nd and 4th at the CIAU
National Championship. She won the
CIAU Coach of the Year Award in 1998,
and was named 1999 BC Volleyball
Association/University College Coach of
the Year. Erminia was named CIAU All
Canadian and Canada West All Star in the
1984/85 season. She has competed for
Team Canada for more than seven years.
Outstanding Student Award
Awarded to students who show leadership and academic success, and who
are active in the university community.
John Davies
John is a fourth-year
Forestry student. He
was pres. of the Forestry Undergraduate
Society from 1997-98.
He is an active mem
ber of the Students for Forestry Awareness,
the Ultimate League, and of the UBC
Varsity Rowing Team for two years, last
year as team captain. John is the Forestry
representative on the 1999 UBC Grad
Alumni Award for Research
Recognizes a grad who has created
economic or social benefits of the
greater community through innovative
Pat McGeer
BA'48, MD'58
Pat has been in the
Faculty of Medicine
since 1959, currently
as a professor emeritus. He is the author
of more than 50
scientific papers and monographs, and
three books. Pat won the Clarke Institute
of Psychiatry Award in 1992, the Special
Award by the Science Council of BC for
lifetime contributions to science in BC,
the Beaubien Award of Excellence from
the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, and
the Arthur Cherkin Award from UCLA in
1995. Pat is a Sports Hall of Fame
Branch Service Award
Recognizes a branch alumnus for outstanding dedication to keeping alumni
in their community connected to the
university and to each other.
David Neustaedter
Dave is a postdoctoral fellow at the
Mount Sinai School of
Medicine. He began
as the New York branch rep in August,
1998, and has since been the key to
rejuvenating the branch. He searched for
missing alumni in the NY area, started an
e-mail mailing list, and organized events
ranging from ocean kayaking to a dinner
for members of the financial community.
Dave has been involved in arranging both
UBC alumni events and joint events with
other Canadian alumni associations.
Lifetime Achievement Award (2)
Recognizes extraordinary individuals
who, over a lifetime, have contributed
significantly to UBC and the Association.
Norman Young
Norman is a professor
emeritus in the UBC
Dept. of Theatre. He is
a member on many
boards, including the
Vancouver Playhouse
Theatre, the Vancouver Museum and the
Vancouver Civic Theatre. Norman was
instrumental in the development of UBC's
Frederic Wood Theatre, and is a fundraiser
for the BC Paraplegic Association, Crane
Library and a driver for Meals-on-Wheels.
He is co-founder of the NC Entertainment
Hall of Fame. Norman also helped
establish the Jessie Richardson Theatre
Awards Program.
Norman Watt
Norman is an
associate professor
emeritus of Physical
Education and
director of Extra
Sessional Studies. He is chairman, designer
and organizer for the Worlds Worst Oil
Paintings, which became a fundraising
event for the BC Paraplegic Association.
Norman received the President's Service
Award for Excellence in 1991, the first
time the award was given. He also received UBC Thunderbird Basketball
Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1993.
He has been at UBC since 1961.
15 Yes,
being a member of the UBC Alumni
Association does have its privileges. Aside :n
organizing reunions, branch and division eve
bestowing awards on our successful grads, si
porting current students and helping recru
students here and abroad, the Alumni
Association also offers great
services to you.
UBC Museum of Anthropology
... turns 50 this year.
To celebrate, we are publishing Objects and
Expressions: Celebrating the Collections of the
MOA, and launching a major new exhibition
featuring the works of the book and other
MOA gems.
UBC Alumni Acard holders receive 10% off on
membership and admission costs and on gift
shop purchases.
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Interchange also offers:
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1999 ~ 1000 Travel line Up
Egypt and the Nile
September 21. 1999
Alumni College iri Greece
November 1. 1999
Hidden Islands of the
Grenadines and Leewards
. -ia-sSl
Springtime in Holland and
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May 10, 2000
Journey Through Spain
August 7#20Q0     «< :, V
Exploring South; East Asia ,
August 8. 20007 <^^kst    ^Sf
Provence and Southern
September 11. 2000
October 22, 2000 Alumni on Tour:
8t Scary Airplanes
Imagine this. You're part of a tour
group that's just boarded an air
plane in Quito, Ecuador, heading
for the Galapagos Islands, 600
miles across the Pacific Ocean.
This plane is a prime candidate for the
junk pile. The paint, inside and out, is
chipped and scraped and looks like it was
touched up with a bottle of white out.
Some of the overhead bins won't close,
and the tray in front of you opens at
such an alarming angle that you know
you'll be eating off your lap. The upholstery is worn thinner than the seat of a
miser's trousers, and the carpet has little
wallabies on it. You wonder when the
Australians off-loaded this heap.
But you consider: "I want to go to
the Galapagos Islands. I have no choice."
You sit quietly in your seat and think
about the risk taker's philosophy of life:
If it can't possibly kill you, it isn't worth
You hear the guy behind you say to
his wife, encouragingly, "The airline
probably spends all its money maintaining the engines." You hope so, too. Another fellow traveller, the group comic,
stands up in her seat and spreads her
arms grandly at everyone and says, "Well,
folks. Here's where the adventure begins!" Indeed.
Actually, this adventure began in
Lima, Peru, where 60 intrepid Intrav travellers (13 from UBC), gathered to take the
grand tour of Machu Picchu and the
Galapagos Islands, one of the Alumni
Association's travel offerings. In between,
we got to tour the colonial splendour of
Lima and Quito, Ecuador, and see the
incredible ruins of the Inca Empire out-
At the Inca Gate: Skip (BA'54, LLB'55) and Marilyn (BA'56) Cassady The Inca Gate is a one-
hour hike and a few hundred feet above the Machu Picchu site, and gives hikers from Cuzco
their first glimpse of the village. Below, a fucshia blooming up the Inca Trail.
side Cuzco.
But the star attractions were Machu
Picchu and the Galapagos Islands.
We travelled down from Cuzco
(12,000 ft.) to Machu Picchu (6,000 ft.)
by narrow gauge rail through the villages
and farms of the Peruvian countryside.
The temperate vegetation around Cuzco,
with its constant spring-like weather,
slowly gives way to lush tropical farmland. By the time we reached Machu Picchu, we were in the jungle.
Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the
Incas," is as spectacular and awe-inspiring
as the literature suggests. Abandoned by
the Incas in the 1600s, it wasn't rediscovered until 1911, covered in jungle. It has
an undeniably mystic quality, and since
we got to stay in the only hotel on site,
we were able to experience it with no
crowds. Transportation from the town, a
thousand feet and 13 switchbacks down,
stops in the late afternoon, so only us residents of the small hotel were left on site.
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The precision stone work, remarkable irrigation system and astronomical markers
show clearly just how technologically advanced the Incas were.
From Machu Picchu we flew back to
Lima, then to Quito, Ecuador where, after
a day of recuperation from the airplanes
from hell, we flew to Baltra Islands in the
Galapagos. There we boarded the Santa
Cruz, a small (90 passenger) cruise ship,
that spared no quarter in making us comfortable and well-fed during our four day
excursion. From the volcanic James Island to the birding paradise of Tower Island, we were taken by experienced
guides through the delicate ecosystem of
the Galapagos. We saw giant tortoises,
marine iguana, three kinds of boobies,
frigate birds, the spectacular tropic bird
and dozens of other birds and animals,
many of which are unique to the Islands.
Much of the wildlife, including the boobies and marine iguana, are so unused to
humans that the visitor has to be careful
not to step on them.
We flew back to the mainland in the
same rickety airplane that got us there
and, while most of us expected to end up
in the Pacific, we all made it back for the
farewell dinner. The service from Intrav
was spectacular. For more information on
adventures offered by the Alumni Association, call our offices at 604-822-3313.
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50th Anniversary Celebrations:
September 25: "Swim* Central". Dance
floor, band and lessons, refreshments, and
cash bar.
October 26: Northwest Coast First Na    i
Exhibit. Staff and artist talks and tour    i i
the launch of a brand-new edition of the
Museum of Anthropology cookbook From
the Collections.
November: Symposium on the life and
work of Bill Reid, world-renowned artist,
writer, mentor and humanist.
December 1: World Aids Day. Local writers,
poets, musicians, artists and dancers will
join together for an afternoon of free public
Ongoing Exhibitions:
• Attributed to Edenshaw: Identifying the
Hand of the Artist, Gallery 10 Display
Case, through August 1999.
For more info, call 822-5087.
Belkin Art Gallery
Rodney Graham: Vexation Island
June 25-Aug. 15
The 10-minute, 35mm colour film
-j£ltoW5 the artist himself as a middle
^Liss 1 nglishman marooned on
' desuKd island, where his life
stispi nded in a never-ending
sLiIls of prolonged unconsciousness
and short-lived awakenings.
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July 22      Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra, 8-10:30 pm
Vancouver Symphony
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Chronicle chronicle profiles
Sara Salmon, faculty of nursing
Fourth-year Nursing student Sara Salmon didn't always
know what she wanted to be when she grew up. In fact,
her interest in science didn't really develop until she took
general courses at Langara College three years ago. There she
explored the complex and fascinating world of biology, chemistry and physics, all while maintaining her fondness for the
humanities. Sara chose Nursing because of her deep interest in
the sciences and humanities and how Nursing brings the two
together. Her mother, Nurse Manager at Campbell River &
District General Hospital was a major influence. "She did a great
job of giving me advice without being biased about it."
Sara entered the program with a bit of background: she
worked at Granville Island Veterinary Clinic and then the University Veterinary Clinic, for a total of three years. "The experience made me realize I enjoyed dealing with people and working in a medical field."
In a class of 24 students, Sara thrives in what she calls a "very
positive and cohesive group." Not only is she co-class representative for the Nursing Undergraduate Society, but she's also a research assistant for Dr. Ann Hilton, all while dealing with a full-
time plus schedule. The third year of the program consists of jug
gling two-and-a-half days of
courses on campus with two
to three days a week of clinical work.
But it's worth it, says
Sara. "It's been extremely
challenging, but extremely
rewarding as well." It helps
to have supportive teachers. "My first clinical instructor, Mark
Zieber, made us feel at ease in an unfamiliar and intimidating
setting, and continued to be that way." It also helps to have
some interests outside of the classroom: Sara likes to run,
mountain bike, cross-country ski, travel, read, and just hang out
with friends, talking or going to movies.
Now that graduation is just around the corner, Sara has a
few ideas on how to use her degree. "I'd like to start off in a
small-town hospital," she says. "But eventually I'd like to go
into home care and maybe take a year off to travel and work.
I'd also like to get my masters one day." It's a good thing she's
in such a broad field. "There are so many options in Nursing.
Anyone can find a niche."
Andrew Sellars, faculty of medicine
Profiles by Shari Ackerman
For someone with interests varying from playing the saxophone to coaching, Medicine seems to be the right choice
for second-year student Andrew Sellars.
Andrew's thirst for diversity started in his days at Semiah-
moo high school in White Rock. There he played in a band,
coached a swim team, and took many academic courses while
in the International Baccalaureate program. Then at the University of Victoria, where he studied kinesiology and graduated
with an honours degree, Andrew helped coach the swim team.
He also took a year off here and there, once to teach skiing to
GI's in Germany, and another to volunteer at a rehabilitation
After applying to UBC's faculty of Medicine twice, Andrew
finally got in on the third try, one of 120 students chosen from
nearly 1000 applicants. He was accepted just as he was wrapping up his Masters in Education. "I literally finished my masters on Friday and started the program that Monday," he recalls.
The program has been completely revamped since last year.
"We're the guinea pigs for the new Problem Based Learning Program," he says. "The curriculum has more tutorials, fewer lectures, and more case-based learning. It's flexible and exciting."
The new curriculum
also has students rotating
in six different departments in hospital as early
as the end of their second
year. They stay in each department for eight weeks;
that way they can see the
major components of medicine and then decide where to specialize.
If Andrew's not teaching Latin dancing or coaching the
Vancouver Vikings swim team, then he's playing Ultimate on
the UBC team, trying to establish a clinic on the downtown
east side (a class project), or running his own business, 2BFIT,
which offers athletic training to students, alumni and hospital
staff. Still he finds time to relish in the many challenges of
Medicine. When asked what part he finds most satisfying, Andrew gives a quick reply. "Definitely Clinical Skills: spending
time at the hospital with patients. It's very fulfilling, interesting, motivating, even humbling at times."
Sounds perfect.
Chronicle      21 a umni news
President's Message
Strategic Plan Supports Trek 2000
I'm delighted to have the opportunity
to serve you as President of the
Alumni Association for the next two
years. This Association represents more
than 130,000 UBC grads living around
the world, and, together, we have a
profound impact on the well-being and
development of the university.
As Haig Farris mentioned in his last
column, we at the Association have
completed a strategic plan designed to
support the goals of the univeristy (as
articulated in Martha Piper's TREK 2000
plan), while improving communications
and services to our members.
The plan includes a new mission
statement and five new strategic objectives which will set our direction over the
next two or three years.
Strategic plans, as we all know, are
only as good as their implementation.
The alumni Board and staff are working
together to finalize an implementation
plan with built-in benchmarks to make
sure the strategic plan is carried out. We
have realigned our staff and budget
resources to support our strategic objectives.
This year's Board of Directors is in
the process of re-examining our various
committees and their structures to be
sure all aspects of our services support
our strategic plan. You have elected a
very capable Board. The men and women
who volunteer to work for this Association bring a broad range of talents to the
table and are determined to make our
Association strong and responsive.
Despite the challenges presented by
cuts to resources, many opportunities
Linda Thorstad, BSc'77, MSc'84
await us in the coming year. We are well-
positioned to help the university spread
its message around the world through
our branches program and through an
enhanced web site and a vibrant program
of activites
I look forward to working with you
to achieve our mission and I welcome
your feedback and suggestions at any
Chronicle A Division is a group of alumni in the
Lower Mainland who graduated from
the same faculty, school or department,
or who maintained membership in a
club or other UBC association. Divisions
are an excellent way to stay in touch
with classmates. For information on
how to start a division, call Jane
Merling at 822-8918 or e-mail
Animal Science and Poultry
Bob Blair, Prof. Emeritus and former
head seeks your help to write a history of the
department to celebrate its achievements,
from its early days to its dissolution as a
separate department within the faculty of
Agricultural Sciences in 1998. One section
will be on Our alumni and their achievements.
Alumni are invited to contribute stories about
their time at UBC and give a brief account of
their careers. Contributions (including
photos) should be sent to: Dr. Blair, Rm. 239,
MacMillan Building, UBC. Fax: 822-4400,
e-mail: blair@unixg.ubc.ca.
UBC Baseball Players, 1949-64.
Contact Jane Merling, 822-8918 or e-mail
merling@alumni.ubc.ca. Old baseballers are
getting a division together. Call and get
Creative Writing will hold a kick-off
event as a new division on Saturday, Sept.
18, at Cecil Green Park.
Ag Sci Mentor Lunch
Ag Sci grads got together at CGP last March
to eat and talk with students about the
opportunities and pitfalls ofthe world of
work. If you would like to become part of our
program, call our offices at 822-3313.
Agricultural Sciences is launching new
programs for ecosystem, community and
human health: Agroecology; Food, Nutrition
and Health; Global Resource Systems;
Community and Environment. The faculty will
have an Open House on Oct. 2 from 10-4 pm
for friends, alumni and prospective students.
Stay tuned for more info on our web site:
h ttp://www. agsci. ubc.ca.
UBC Alumni Association
September 8, 1999
6:30 for 7:00
Light refreshments served
Is 1999
Your Reunion Year?
Reunion Weekend
Oct. 2-3
For information on reunions, please
contact Jane Merling at 822-8918
or e-mail: merling@alumni.ubc.ca.
These reunions have also been
scheduled for 1999 Et 2000:
• Medicine '89, July 24, Queen's
• MBA '89, Vancouver, Aug. 13/14.
Please contact Jennifer Clay, 988-7200 or
jclay@helixbiotech.com for more info.
Check out their web site:
• Rehab Sciences 74, Sept. 4.
• BCom "91, Sept. 11, Musqueam Golf Ctr.
• Class of 44, UBC Golf Club lunch,
Sept. 15.
• Hockey '50, Windermere Valley,
Sept. 15-18.
• Home Economics '59, UBC Campus,
Sept. 17/18.
• Civil Eng '49, Delta, Sept. 29.
• Commerce '49, Oct. 2.
• Mech a Elec '49, Green College Coach
House, Oct. 2.
• Commerce '74, Oct. 2, University Centre.
• Class of "49, UBC Campus, Oct. 2.
• Biology '89, Grad Centre Penthouse,
Oct. 2. Call Fred Swindells, 581-1392 or
• Civil Eng '69, Oct. 2, University Centre.
• Nursing 80th, School of Nursing Open
House, Oct. 2.
• Geo Eng '49, Oct. 2-4.
• Elec Eng '69, University Golf Club, Oct. 8.
• Law '69, Oct. 15-17, Las Vegas
• Med '64, October 19-21. TBA
• Class of '39 Diamond Anniversary
Convocation Ceremony, CGP, Nov. 26.
• Applied Science '39, Nov. 26.
• Civil Engineering '49, TBC.
• Social Work '89, TBC.
• Forestry '94, TBC.
UBC Nursing Alumni & School of Nursing Annual Spring Celebration and the launch of the
Helen Mussallem Endowment Fund, April 16, 1999 at the University Centre. Pictured are
Cathy Ebbehoj BSN'75 (left), Dr. Katharyn May, and Dr. Helen Mussallem LLD'94 (centre).
Chronicle      23 UI Branch Out!
For information about branch activities, or to establish a branch in your area, contact
Catherine Newlands at: 822-8917, e-mail: newlands@alumni.ubc.ca.
Upcoming Events
• Alumni Night at the du Maurier Tennis Open in Montreal, August 4. Contact Ethel
Hall (514) 273-1515, ext. 245 for more info.
• Victoria Reception, Laurel Point Inn, 5:30 - 7:30, Monday September 13.
• UBC-hosted All-American alumni gathering, April 29, 2000. "Trek to the
Millenium," the American 24th All-Canada Alumni Event, Washington, DC. Guest
speaker President Martha Piper. A weekend celebration! Call 1-800-883-3088 for
Recent Events
Martha Piper Asia Trip
Martha Piper attended receptions in Asia in April, including Hong Kong on April 21, (left,
Martha Piper and Mrs. Annie Wong) and Singapore on April 16. At right, at the April 18
Taiwan event, Branches Chair Greg Clark, Pauline Liu, Executive Director Agnes Papke,
Joanne Tsai and Michael Craddock.
Other events: a Calgary Reception, hosted by Martha Piper and Linda Thorstad, June 7 and a
reception, in Tokyo, June 9.
New Branch Reps/Contacts:
• Washington, DC: Jane Battle BHE'60, battlejhb@aol.com, and Linda Mint BHE'70,
• Seattle: Geri Fleming BA'95, fxfmd@worldnet.att.net If you live in this area and are
interested in any kind of branch event or program, please contact Jerry.
• Toronto: Ed Ng BCom'94, nge3@tdbank.ca.
• India: Nitin Jain BASc'96, nitin.jain@undp.org is looking for local alumni. Contact him if
you would like to get involved.
• Taipei: Joanne Tsai BASc'95, bctaipei@bcrotaiwain.org.
Check out the new websites for Hong Kong (a temporary site) http://www.wavcast.com/UBC
and Singapore http://www.angelfire.com/bc/alumnisingapore/UBC branches.
Send a Student Off in the Know
Do you live in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Taiwan, Toronto,
Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops or Prince
George? If so, we need your help! Come meet new students and
share your UBC experiences at the Student Send Offs this August.
If you're interested, contact your branch rep or
Alumni Day
October 2. 1999
A day dedicated to you a
UBC. Some events planned:
» Chan Centre kick-off with John
Turner, Honorary Chair, Class of
'49. Free performances a displays.
• Famous cinnamon buns
• Vintage Car Parade
• Guided walking or bus tours of
the campus
• Alumni Lunch at Green College:
Michael Goldberg to speak on
Changing ofthe Guard: BCs Economy
in the 21st Century. Reservations
required, $15 per person
• Scintillating Lecture Series
Stanley Coren: Sleep Thieves
Sian Echard: The Future of Books in
the New Digital World
Dietmar Neufeld: ThcMiiiemum,
Apocalypse St Armageddon
Neil Guppy: Reinventing the
• UBC Dance Club Demos
• Welcome Back BBQ, Flagpole Plaza
• Beer Garden (no host) at Koerner Pub
• Bookstore Discounts for A Day!
• 80 Years of Nursing
• Ag Sciences Open House
• Calling Class of '43.
We need '49ers to represent their
faculties on Alumni Day. Call Jane
Merling at the number below, or e-
mait merlmg@alumni.ube.ca
Call 822-3313 to help out!
Chronicle class acts
Lyle Creelman
Lyle Creeman BSN'36 was a public
health nurse in Revelstoke, Richmond
and Vancouver. She then received a
MA from Columbia University in New
York, and then became director of public
health nursing for the Vancouver Metropolitan
Health Committee. She joined the World
Health Organization and went to Switzerland
as chief nursing officer where she helped develop nursing programs around the world. She
is an officer of the Order of Canada.
Michael Holmwood
Langara College Biology Instructor Michael
Holmwood BSc'66, MSc'70 was named the
Outstanding Community College Professor of
the Year by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). He was chosen for his extraordinary dedication to
undergraduate teaching, commitment to students and innovative teaching methods.
Holmwood is also the Division chair of
Langara's Math and Science Division, and won
the Association of Canada Community Colleges
national excellence in teaching award for
After UBC, Stewart Crysdale BCom'35 went on to
get a Masters of Theology from Emmanuel College,
University of Toronto. He was then ordained by the
United Church of Canada and moved to the Interior of
BC with his wife, Thelma. There they built a youth
camp for kids in Williams Lake and two churches in the
Okanagan. He returned to U of T to get a PhD in Sociology, and then joined the faculty at York University
where he stayed until retirement.
Retired assistant superintendent of schools Ernie Ball
BA'47, BEd'48 was honoured as the first principal of the
RM Grauer Elementary School at the recent 50th reunion ...  William Barton BA'40 recently received an
honorary degree from UBC in Law ... Betty Wolfe
BHE'49 and husband Howie entertain at sing-a-longs,
and manage 40-50 presentations a year. Betty leads the
old songs and Howie plays the piano.
Douglas Henderson BA'56 was honoured last March
by the world's largest scientific society for developing
scientific theories to explain the behaviour of liquids.
The American Chemical Society presented its 1999 Joel
Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids to him in Anaheim, CA ...
James Horsman BCom'59, LLB'60 was named 9th
University of Lethbridge chancellor. He has served five
consecutive terms in the Alberta Legislative assembly,
including 14 years as a minister of the Crown. He has
been minister of Advanced Education and Manpower,
minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs, attorney general and provincial secretary, deputy premier,
deputy government house leader and government
house leader... Richard Lipsey BA'57 recently received an honorary degree ... Naomi (Allsebrook)
Miller BS/V'57, and husband Peter L. /Wilier BASc'52
were honoured last February for their many years of
volunteer work on heritage projects. Naomi received
the 1999 British Columbia Heritage Award from the
Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture.
Joyce Baker BMus'69 has retired from teaching to
play more music. She and Ray Grigg    live on Quadra
Island where they kayak and grow vegetables. Ray
keeps busy writing for the environment... Robert
Amedee Cantin BA'67 retired from Hughes Aircraft
Company in El Segundo, CA after 20 years as an aerospace engineer. He is now with Excellon Automation in
Torrance, CA ... Barry Jones BSc'65, MSc'72 received
his PhD from SFU in 1976.  He is director of Sustainable
Development for New Brunswick and living in Fredericton with his wife and two children ... Benita (Hawrys-
chuk) Lorenz BA'60 has retired after 42 years with
the BC Public School System. Her most recent position
was with School District #38 in Richmond ... Charles
Douglas Strutt BEd'61 and Athena Alexander
BA'42 celebrated their 50th Anniversary recently: they
were married in London, England on April 14, 1949 ...
Fred Vermeulen MASc'62 was awarded the Medal
for Distinction in Engineering Education. He is a professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
at the University of Alberta ... Mike Wicks BA'65
recently retired from Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corp. He is now with the Homeowner Protection Program, helping people with their leaky condos ... Eric
Wilson BA'63 married Carleton University grad Flo
Connolly. The couple live in Victoria, where Eric writes
mysteries for young readers and Flo is with Vicitor Publications.
Jonathan B. Blair MD'71 co-founded Emergency
Medicine Specialists of Orange County in California 23
years ago. He has recently received a patent and trademark for his Blair Irrigation Basin as recently seen on ER
... Robert Boyce BSc'77 moved to Smithers last June
with his family after 10 years in Stewart, BC. He is
working as a geologist in minesite exploration at the
Eskay Creek gold-silver mine ... Dale Crosson
BCom'78 is a senior portfolio analyst with the British
Columbia Buildings Corporation in Victoria ... For the
past four years, George Dorin BSc(Agr)'74, LIAC'77
has been providing corporate finance, business planning
and management consulting services to various clients
through his firm GG Dorin & Associates ... Cathy
(Johnson) Ebbehoj BSN'75 teaches for the School of
Nursing and is president of the UBC Alumni Nursing
Division (1999-2000), just in time for the school's 80th
Anniversary Celebrations. You can contact her at: 822-
7468 ... Carol Kline MA'75 was re-elected as chair of
the Board of the College of Dental Hygienists of BC ...
Frederick L. Ringham BSc'78 was appointed to the
position of appeal board chairperson at the federal
Public Service Commission in Vancouver. He is president
of the Society of Special Needs Adoptive Parents, and is
also treasurer of the Mainland of BC Branch of the
Royal Commonwealth Society ...   Richard Sirola
BCom'77 has been active in the Vancouver real estate
community since graduation. He is currently the chairman of the Real Estate Institute of BC (Vancouver
Chapter) and has been a professional member since
1980. Richard lives on the North Shore with his wife,
Janet, and their two daughters ... Alex Speers
BSc(Agr)'76, MSc'82, PhD'91, associate professor in
Dalhousie University's Department of Food Science and
Technology, is researching yeast cell clumping and beta-
glucan polymers, which can clog brewing filters. He
received a three-year. $169,000 grant by the National
Science and Engineering Research Council to study how
he can help the brewing industry.
25 class acts
Brian Hart
Delta Architect Brian Hart BArch'71 of
Brian G. Hart ft Co. was elected to the
College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Hart studied architecture at the
University ofToronto and painting at the Banff
School of Fine Arts before graduating from
UBC. He worked with Arthur Erickson Architects, where he was a project manager for
Vancouver's Robson Square Courthouse Complex. Hart was a planner and development
consultant for Public Works Canada, Pacific
Region, from 1975-80. He is the recipient of
the Award of Appreciation from the Heritage
Society of BC, and has served on the AIBC
Council from 1985-90, including vice-president from 1988-90.
Christopher J. Pollard
Christopher J. Pollard LLB'72 recently joined
the firm of Clark, Wilson as associate counsel.
Pollard led the legal team in the creation of
the Vancouver International Airport Authority.
Most recently, he has been instrumental in the
acquisition of several Latin American mining
and hotel ventures. He will practice with the
firm's Business Law Group.
Norman Beaulieu BASc'80, MASc'83, PhD'86 professor of mathematics and statistics at Queen's University, received a Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council Steacie Fellowship. He has discovered
ingenious mathematical approaches to predict how well
new wireless and digital communications systems will
perform ... Maureen Blanchard BA'86. MBA'93
recently joined Hewlett-Packard Company and moved
to Palo Alto, CA, where she is a product manager for
the Pavilion line of Home PC's ... Rick Brouwer
BSF'86 moved from operations manager to forestry
manager at Skeena Cellulose Inc. - Carnaby/Smithers
Operations. He and Susan Orme were married last year
Roberto Castagna BCom'87 and Linda (Shep-
heard) Castagna BCom'88 are  pleased to announce
the arrival of their second son, Trevor, last September, a
brother for Andrew. Rob works for the Union Pacific
Railroad and Linda is in the Global Forest & Paper Practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers ... Tony Fograssy
BSc'83, MSc'89, LLB'92 recently completed his Masters
of Law at the London School of Economics and Political
Science. He is now legal counsel for the new Technical
University of British Columbia ... John Forster-Coull
BSc(Pharm)'88, DPharm'95 and Jayne Forster-Coull,
BSN'95 are pleased to announce the birth of Emily
Jayne on Dec. 8, 1998. Mom, dad and Emily are doing
great... Raymond Fung BASc'87, MEng'96 and Rey-
la Lopez BSN'88 are beginning three-year MCC assignments in China. Raymond will be a project manager
and Reyla a technical expert in health and adult education ... Kelly Coudreau BSN'85 completed her Master's in 1992 and has been a professor of Nursing at the
University of Maine at Fort Kent ever since. She was
recently granted tenure and promotion to associate
professor... Mike Haberl BA'86 married Ardyth
Moorcroft in 1995, and Ben Matthew was born last
December. Mike is a treaty negotiator for the federal
government in Vancouver, and Ardyth is a teacher in
New Westminster... Shirley HaUiday MSN'83 spent
the last four years in Zurich, Switzerland, graduating
from the CG Jung-lnstitut Zurich last February as a
Jungian analyst. She is now a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology and is back
in Vancouver starting a private practice in Jungian analysis. She can be contacted at 879-4583 ... Cordon
Haskins BA'87 recently left Davis & Co. in Vancouver.
He and wife Delores now live in London, England,
where he practices law with Clifford Chance ...   John
Haynes MSc'80, PhD'85 and Fiona Lloyd Evans
MSc'82 live in Gwent, S. Wales with their three children. Fiona is head of Marketing at a nearby private
hospital and John is journals publisher for the Institute
of Physics. They'd welcome news from any former UBC
friends: john.haynes@ioppublishing.co.uk ... Lisa
Hebert BA'84 received her Master's in Broadcast Journalism from Carleton University in 1998. She continues
to work at CBC Radio as the Ottawa Network Producer
... Ken Johnson BASc'81, MASc'86 continues to work
for UMA Engineering Ltd., in Edmonton, AB. He is now
the manager of Cold Region Technologies for Communities ... Brenda (Sykes) Kawasaki BEd'88 and hus-
Wendy Nielsen
Wendy Nielsen MMus'87 received an
honorary doctor of letters from the
University of New Brunswick last May.
Before coming to UBC, Wendy earned
a bachelor of music from the University of Lethbridge. She has performed throughout Canada and the US. Known for her rich
soprano voice, Wendy made her New York City
Opera debut in 1994-95 as the countess in The
Marriage of Figaro, and her New York Philharmonic debut last summer in the world premiere of Penderecki's Seven Gates of Jerusalem.
A first prize winner in Canada's National
Young Mozart Singers Competition, she was
recently one of six finalists at the International
Mozart Competition in Toronto.
band Yoshi welcomed a new son, Alex, brother for
Bryanna, Steven and Troy, on Dec. 29, 1998. Brenda is
teaching grades 2 and 3 at Matsqui Elementary in Abbotsford ... Jonathan Laker BCom'86 spent the last
thirty months in Korea as a financial controller for ISM-
BC International. He married Hee-Jeung Kong in Sept.
1998. They are now in West Vancouver where Jonathan is the manager of Finance and Administration for the
Applications and Development Management division
for ISM-BC ... Henry Mah BSc(Pharm)'86 and wife
Rebecca welcomed their new son, Matthew Richard, on
Oct. 1, 1998. Henry was president of College of Pharmacists of British Columbia from 1997-1998 ... A second child for Scott Marleau BSF'83 and wife Natalie:
Olivia Grace was born August 17, 1998. Scott is woods
manager for West Fraser's Skeena Sawmills in Terrace,
BC ... Cam Penfold BScF'86 is now operations manager for Skeena Cellulose Inc. - Carnaby Operations ...
Gwen (Smith) Redira BEd'83 married Robin K.
Redira on Jan. 24, 1998. They moved from California to
Las Vegas last June, and on Aug. 5, their son Ethan
Samuel was born. They would love to hear from any of
their old classmates: gredira@yahoo.com ... Trish Silvester-Lee BHK'83 and Kevin Lee BEd'92 had a son,
Jackson Adam, on May 27, 1998. Kevin is a music
Chronicle Norman Wong
Norman Wong fiSc'77, MSc'78,
BASc'81 has recently been named
executive vice-president for Eastern
Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. A native of Hong Kong, Wong
also received a master's of business administration in strategic marketing from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.
Wong has been employed by Eastman
for three years. He previously served as managing director, Greater China, Eastman Chemical Hong Kong, Ltd. where he lived with his
wife, Joan Lang.
Wong is a member of the Rotary Club of
Kingsport Hong Kong and a member of the
Chartered Institute of Marketing.
teacher at Semiahmoo Secondary in White Rock ...
Joanne (Kavalec) Stewart BA'84 moved to Toronto
in 1989 where she married Jim Stewart and had Alexandra in Nov. 1997. Joanne is now advertising account
director for the Tim Hortons ad account. She says hello
to all 4th Floor Dene House residents 1982/83, and
Gage South 4, 1983/84 ... After several years with CBC
Radio Music, Laurie Townsend BMus'88 is back at
UBC in the School of Music as the Concerts and Communications manager...  Michael Weiss BCom'87,
MBA'92 was recently appointed director of the English
Language Institute. He was formerly the principal of
Columbia College ... Lani Wong BHK'84, DipEd'86
came back to Vancouver after teaching PE in Kobe,
Japan for six years. She studied massage therapy and is
now a registered massage therapist at Grandview Massage Therapy Clinic in Vancouver. She can be reached
at 872-1675.
James Andrew BSc'96 is the community outreach
coordinator of the Institute for Aboriginal Health at
UBC. He has also been accepted to do his Masters at
the University of Sydney, Australia, focusing on Indigenous Community Health ... John Robert Baskette
BSc(Pharm)'90 passed the board of certification in
clinical pharmacotherapy and is working as a clinical
pharmacist at St. Joseph's Health Centre in London ...
Jennifer C. Breckenridge BA'92 married Robert
Carmichael last January, and is a prosecutor on contract
for the Department of Justice with a firm in Port Coquitlam ... Ayra Davy BSc'95, BEd'97 married Chris
Lotoski on July 3, 1999 in Kelowna, BC ... After Warren Jung BSc'93 completed requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting in 1994, he started
articling as a Chartered Accountant student with
KPMG.  He then joined BDO-Dunwoody in 1997, and
became a chartered accountant May 8, 1999 ... Blair
Lockhart LLB'90 completed a year of study in the LLM
program in international environmental law at the
School of Oriental Studies at the University of London.
She is now a crown prosecutor in Vancouver... Patrick
McCleery BA'97 is now working in the Corporate
Marketing Division of Sony in Tokyo where he is in
charge of coming up with new strategies to enhance
the Sony brand ... Rod McLaren BASc'93 worked for
four years as a chemical engineer in Vancouver and is
now in his second year of a Doctor of Medicine degree.
His wife, Samantha Dash BCom'92, BEd'93 is teaching in Richmond and working on a Masters of Arts
degree in Mathematics Education ... Kelly McNaughton BSW'91 and husband Joe welcomed their
son Aidan Patrick into the world on Jan. 2, 1999. Kelly
is a family therapist and established Kelly McNaughton
Associates in 1997 ... Michael Mew BA'96 just had an
exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery, displaying his
photo-based mosaics of people who have inspired him,
such as Rick Hansen and Bill Reid ... Lynn Morel
BEd'98 and Lauritz Mamen announce the birth of son
Draden Douglas Mamen, born May 9... Cornelia
Hahn Oberlander LLD'91 received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University
this past June, and delivered the Convocation address.
She is a member of the Order of Canada, and received
her first honorary doctorate from UBC ... Nicole Sad-
owsky BA'96, BEd'97 received her masters this year in
Special Education on full scholarship from Portland
State University ... Eleonore Schonmaier MFA'92
will have her poetry collection, Treading Fast Rivers, as
part of The Harbinger Poetry Series, Carleton University
Press, Fall 1999 ... Ricardo Scrosati PhD'97 was the
recipient of the 1998 J.S. Rowe Award, which the Canadian Botanical Association gives to the best paper in
plant ecology published by a Canadian student in 1997.
He is an associate researcher at the Centre of Biological
Research of the Northwest in La Paz, Baja California,
Mexico ... After working for the Royal Bank of Canada
in Geneva, Pierre Sigrist LLM'90 was recently appointed vice-president at UBS in Lausanne, Switzerland,
as head of Financial Planning International. He can be
reached at: pierre.sigrist@ubs.com ... Dordt College
Professor Arnold Sikkema PhD'97 is a winner in the
1999 Science and Religion Course Competition of the
Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. The
award includes a $10,000 prize, to be shared evenly
between the course developers and their institution ...
Lisa (Fairbrother) Stepp BMus'96 received the Juris
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In   Memoriam
Alvin G. Fowler
Alvin G. Fowler BASc'58 was born in Chilliwack.
After he graduated with distinction, he was
awarded an Athlone Scholarship for graduate
study in England. There he completed a master's
degree in Science at the University of Birmingham. The following year he worked on one of
the earliest atomic reactors when he took a
position with the British Atomic Power Construction.
After three years, Al was invited back to
UBC to become associate director ofthe UBC
Computing Centre. He was the 'hands on' administrator, working out practical problems of
the new discipline of computing. In 1981, Al
was appointed director of the centre. Five years
later, he successfully organized and implemented a new telecommunications system for UBC.
The following year he joined the Industry Liaison
Office as manager of Intellectual Properties
where his dynamic vision, practical knowledge,
and broad interpersonal skills helped make the
UIL Office one of the best in Canada.
Al served as a member of the Canadian
Information Processing Society since 1965 and
was national president in 1981/82. He was a
member of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC, a founding member of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, and UBC Research
Enterprises Inc.'s first president. Al also helped
establish many new UBC spinoff companies in
the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island
and served on the board of directors in several
of those companies.
Beverley Twaites
Beverley (Bev) Twaites BA'54 passed away March
7 at the age of 67, following a lengthy illness.
Bev worked for 35 years in the Department
of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, as a researcher
and administrator, and in the EMA III Provincial
Ambulance Service. He retired in 1991.
Bev was a lifetime member ofthe BC Society
of Medical Technologists, the recipient ofthe
Award of Merit from the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists, and the recipient of the
Gold Award for outstanding contributions from
the Fellows of the Canadian Society of Laboratory
Technologists. He is also the recipient of the 75-
year Anniversary Medal from UBC and was past
president of the UBC's 25-Year Club.
During the '60s and '70s, Bev served ten
years as a cubleader. He also went through COTC
while he was a student, and received his commission in 1954. In 1956, Bev became a contingent
officer when COTC was abandoned. He then retired as a major from the reserve force.
The BJ Twaites Prize was established in Bev's
honour upon his retirement in the Department of
Pathology. It consists of a $300 prize which is
awarded by the Faculty of Medicine to a student
in the graduating class for the BMLSc degree who
obtains the highest standing in the Laboratory
Bev is survived by his wife, Louanne
BSc(Pharm]'53, his children, William, BSc(Agr)'82,
Robert BFA'95, MFA'97, Brian, and six grandchildren.
Evelyn Story Lett
Evelyn Story Lett BA'17, MA'26, LLD'58 died
March 26, at the age of 103.
She was one of UBC's first graduates, and
a founding member of the Alma Mater Society.
Together with Sherwood Lett, she created
the first formal draft of the AMS constitution
which gave women the right to vote in student
executive elections.
After WWII, Evelyn served on a federal
government commission to study employment
problems of women. In 1949, she drew up a
petition to the government which resulted in
women's residences on campus.
In 1958, the university awarded her an
honorary degree.
Evelyn also served on the board of the
YWCA and Vancouver General Hospital. She
helped establish the Women's Auxiliary ofthe
Salvation Army, and was a founding member of
the Vancouver Art Gallery.
In 1996, the AMS created an endowment
to provide financial aid for students needing
child care. The fund, the largest endowment of
its kind at a Canadian university, was named in
honour of Lett.
Evelyn was given a Lifetime Achievement
Award by the Alumni Association, which she
helped found in 1917.
Last year, at the age of 101, she travelled
to Ottawa to receive the Order of Canada.
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Donald Edmund Brister LLB'52, slipped away July
17, 1998 in North Vancouver at the age of 74.
Don served in WWII as a flight lieutenant in
the Royal Canadian Air Force. At the end of the
war, he enrolled in UBC programs through sponsorship for veterans by the federal government.
He put himself through school by working for
Anaconda mines at Britannia Beach and part-
time jobs at "the barn". He lived in the residence
of the time, Fort Camp, and had many stories to
tell of the antics of the day.
Don practiced Law in West Vancouver from
1953 until his retirement in 1998, becoming one
of the cornerstones of the local business community. He was also involved with the Rotary Club
and a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht
Don is sadly missed by clients, colleagues,
friends and family, his children Cathy BEd'83 and
Jim BCom'83 and loving wife Kathleen.
In Memoriam
Jean Irene (Thomson) Armstrong BA'40, BEd'41 of
Dartmouth, NS, Dec. 16, 1998 ... Kenton David Bird
BEd'75, from Armstrong, BC, received the Medal of
Bravery posthumously. He died on Aug. 15, 1997 in
Osoyoos, BC, after rescuing his son from drowning ...
Claire Bowman BASc'49 ofVictoria, BC, Mar. 5, 1999
... Joseph Chell BA'32, MA'38 of Victoria, Mar. 21,
1999 ... Olive Florence Clayton BA'31 of Salt Spring
Island, BC, Jan 20, 1999 ... John Urguhart Crichton
Prof. Emeritus, Paediatrics. Feb. 4, 1999 ... Charlotte
David Prof. Emerita, Educational Psychology. May,
1999 ... Allen Barrie Davidson LLB'68 of Vancouver,
Apr. 12, 1997 ... Bruce Fairbairn BSc'70, MSc'74 of
Vancouver, May, 1999 ... John Farina BA'43, BSW46,
MSW 50 ofToronto, Aug. 30, 1998 ... Richard Grahame BSc(Agr)'42, BCom'46 of Vernon, Mar. 13, 1999
... Lorraine Katherine Higgens BEd'71 of Victoria,
Dec 15, 1998 ... Mary Isabell (Chapman) Leeson
Alexander Jablanczy
Alexander Jablanczy PhD'64 is orginally from
Ipolysag, Hungary. Before coming to UBC, Alexander attended the Forest Engineering Faculty of
Prague and Charles University. After WWII, he
established and directed the first technical forest-ranger high school in Esztergom, Hungary,
where he was a land management director in the
Ministry of Forests. He became the head of silviculture department in the Forest Engineering
Faculty of Sopron in 1951.
Alexander came to Vancouver and started
teaching silviculture in the Sopron Division of
UBCs Forestry Faculty, as senior professor. He
was a research officer with Forestry Canada in
NB, before retiring in 1961.
BA'23, a Great Trekker, Dec. 17, 1998 ... Chester Lyons BASc'39 of Victoria, Dec. 20, 1998 ... Jack MacDonald BA'48, LLB'51, BSW'56, Prof Emeritus, Social
Work, Jan. 6, 1999 ... Donamae McCarger BA'54,
BSW'62, /MSW'68 of Vancouver, June 20, 1998 ...
Joyce Agnes McRae BEd'57, Professor of Education,
Jan. 9, 1999 ... Catherine Vilhelmine Churchill
Martin BA'33 of Vancouver, Jan. 25, 1999 ... Katherine Martin BA'93 ... Markus Meister BSc'97 of
Austria, Dec. 25, 1998 ... Edmund Morrison BA'27,
MA'28 of Pender Island, BC, Jan. 1, 1999 ... Eugene
Olson BA'48, BEd'56 of Chilliwack, Feb. 11, 1999 ...
George Piternick Prof Emeritus, School of Library,
Archival and Information Studies, March 15, 1999
... William Charles Reid BA'48, LLB'50 of Fanny
Bay, BC, Dec. 27, 1999 ... Ina Romanchuk BCom'56
of Quesnel, BC, June 20, 1998 ... Mary Silcox of
Duncan, BC, Jan. 22, 1999 ... Adam Sugden BSF'62
of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Mar. 16, 1999 ... Sonja Ter-
aguchi BSc'62, MSc'64 of Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 29,
1998 ... Margaret Wainwright BA'40, OLD'41 of
Victoria, Mar. 17, 1999 ... Lawrence Weiler Professor
of Chemistry, Apr. 28, 1999 ... Fred Weinberg, Prof
Emeritus, Metals and Materials Engineering, Mar. 29,
Harold F.A. King
Harold Fulford Arnoldi King BA'31 was born in
Fort William, Ontario. He was the composer of
"Hail UBC", and an accomplished musician. He
was involved with Alaska cruise and coastal
ships, Theatre Under the Stars, CBC, Jasper Park
Lodge, various ice shows and countless big band
engagements as a band leader and trumpet player. Harold taught music and English at Lord Byng,
Magee, and Britannia high schools, and produced
many operettas.
Down Over Essen:  continued from page 30
approximately two months. It was during this time I was to experience the
fury of allied bombings. Three separate
bombing raids were launched against
Nuremberg. It was a terrifying experience. How the German people survived these raids I will never know. I
was physically and mentally exhausted
after each raid.
When the allied armies advanced
from the west and east, we were herded into boxcars for our next destination, Munich. During the trip, we were
strafed by Allied fighters. Again, I survived this friendly fire. We eventually
reached Munich where we remained
captors until we were liberated by General George Patton's sixth armored division on April 29, 1945. Two weeks
later I was flown back to England.
I am a survivor of the raid of December 29, 1944.
29 back page
Down Over Essen: A Gunner's Tale
Royal Canadian Air Force Log book entry from R. G. Rogers BCom'49,
December 29, 1944
On December 29, 1944, I
was a member of the
highly decorated 419
(Moose Fulton) squadron, was based in Middleton St. George, Yorkshire. I was the rear
gunner of the Lancaster bomber "L" for
Love which was skippered by Pilot Officer
Ray Adam.
That day we were briefed for a bombing operation against oil refineries at
Scholven near Essen. Our time on target
was 19:05 hours and our bombing height
was 19,000 feet. It wasl!«p^,|o^|i trepidation waJanekled up icm£^G$m®$on> not
forgetting the harrowing experience we
had five days previous. On that raid, we
were hit by flak over Dusseldorf, and
forced to make an emergency landing at
Woodbridge in England.
Everything went according to plan
until we approached the target area. Flak
was all around us. Suddenly, I noticed predicted flak on our port quarter, and noti-
Rogers in his turrett, 419 Squadron, England,
October 1944.
fled the skipper. He irnmedtettly commenced evasive action. Just then I heard
the navigator, Paul Wakely, tell the skipper
not to alter course or speed as we were
only 20 seconds from the target. Suddenly
there was a terrific explosion as our bomber was hit by flak. I was blown clear of the
turret as a result of the explosion. My face
was on fire and I felt a burning sensation
in my left leg as I was hit by shrapnel.
With my right hand I extinguished the
flames on my face and with the next motion pulled the ripcord of my seat parachute.
The war for me really began when my
parachute opened. I was horribly sick
from the stench of burnt flesh, the smell
of cordite in the air, and the constant
swinging back and forth on the parachute.
Suddenly, I looked down and there was
ground rushing up to meet me. I landed
heavily on cobblestones in a courtyard
surrounded by three storey buildings. My
right ankle was badly injured on landing.
With both my legs injured, I managed to hobble out to the street where I
was apprehended by a civilian and taken
to a police station. There I was searched
and interrogated about the raid and my
squadron. I learned from my captors that I
had landed in the outskirts of Essen. I was
taken to an air raid shelter where my
burns and wounds were treated. The
mood at the air raid shelter was extremely
ugly. Comments like "bastard baby killer"
and "swine" were hurled at me. I actually
feared for my life. Fortunately, the guards
would not let the civilians close to me.
That night I spent in a cold dank cell in
the basement of the police station. How I
wished I was back with the squadron at
The next day I was transported in the
back of an open truck to a Luftwaffe rest
home. I simply could not believe the damage that the allied air forces had inflicted
R.G. Rogers in uniform, August 1945,
Vancouver, BC. Ready for university.
on the city of Essen. Buildings, structures,
trains and other vehicles were smashed or
demolished. It was a real eye-opener to me
since I, as a flyer, had caused part of this
damage. At the rest home, I was examined
by a Luftwaffe medical officer who ordered me removed for further treatment
to the French prisoner of war hospital in
It was hardly a hospital by our standards. There was no level of cleanliness apparent, as it was infested with vermin. I
saw prisoners of war with limbs amputated due to wounds from infections caused
by gangrene. Others were so badly burned
or scarred that it was revolting to look at
them. Medical supplies were non-existent
to help these unfortunate men, especially
a 22-year-old Canadian pilot whose right
arm and left leg were amputated. My injuries seemed insignificant in comparison.
Towards the end of January, I was
moved along with other air force prisoners from the hospital to the Luftwaffe detention and interrogation camp at
Frankfurt. I was told by an interrogation
officer at the camp that none of my crew
had survived the explosion. I was shocked
and devastated to hear this sad news. I
thought surely someone besides me had
After a week at the interrogation center, I was moved to a makeshift camp outside the city of Nuremberg where I stayed
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