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VOLUME 45, NUMBER 2
SUMMER 1988
4 ALUMNI   PRESIDENT'S  COLUMN      8 PLANTING THE SEEDS AT UBC Keen      14 LET THE  CREDITS  ROLLI   Norman
President John Diggens views new beginnings positively
5 ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
7 NEWS IN BRIEF
minds who took advantage of what they learned. By
Steven Chess
10 A NEW BEGINNING The Vancouver Art
Gallery's new direction is heavily influenced by UBC
graduates. By Robin Laurence
Campbell, Canada's premier producer-director, has the
Midas touch. By Kim Murray de la Roche
17 CLASS ACTS
22 WHEN CARPOOLING WAS KING
And getting to UBC was half your education. By Kerry
McPhedran
ACTING EDITOR
Deborah Nicholson
ART DIRECTOR
Randy Peacsall
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Steven Chess, Kim Murray de la Roche, Robin Laurence, Kerry
McPhedran, Chris Petty
COVER
Montizambert Photography
PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ILLUSTRATORS
Nick Bantock, Dorian Melton, Roxanna Bikadoraff, John Oresnik,
Kathy Boake, Mike McKinneil, Dan Murphy
PRODUCTION
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BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
PRESIDENT
John Diggens, BSc'68, DMD72, MSD79IUW), FRCD.IQ
PAST PRESIDENT
Lyle Stevenson, BASc'72, MSC(BusAdminl'75
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Ann McAfee, BA'62, MAW, PhD75
VICE PRESIDENT ADMINISTRATION/
CHAIR OF FUND
Eric Vance, BA75, MA'81
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VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS
Shayne Boyd, BComm'Bt
MEMBERS-AT-LARGE 1987-89
Sandra James, BAIHonslWaritonl, MA'83
Bill Richardson, BASc'83
Alfred Scow, LLB'61
MEMBERS-AT-LARGE 1988-90
Godwin Eni, MSc'81, Ph. 87
Janet Gavinchuk, BComm77, MBA'86
Oscar Sziklai, MP61, PhD'64, BSHSopronl
ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Deborah Apps
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the Alumni Association has all
.positive aspects. We are faced
with a challenging and exciting year
ahead, but the excellent work done by Lyle
Stevenson and the outgoing Board of Management gives me and the new Board a
running start on the new year. I would like
to thank Lyle and his team for their energy
and good management.
UBC as an institution is experiencing a
new beginning of its own. The University
went through a period of sustained and
moderate growth during the 1950s and
1960s. But the mid 1970s and early 1980s
brought economic recession to Canada,
and UBC, like many other Universities, was
forced to cut back on building, programmes and new development. This retrenchment was difficult for everyone, but
we emerged from that experience a
stronger institution, able to operate with
considerable energy in a lean economic
environment.
The Alumni Association will play an im
portant part in the development of UBC in
the coming years. We represent Alumni
from all periods of UBC's history, from the
first graduates in the 1920s to those students who went through commencement
this past May. The University means many
different things to graduates, and it is the
task of the Association to keep graduates
abreast of new directions at UBC, to bring
them those elements of the University that
evoke their fond memories and to encourage them to become involved in the University's growth, evolution and support its
long term plan. The Alumni Association
acts as a bridge that connects the traditions
of UBC with the dynamic changes UBC is
undergoing now. I am excited by this role
and see the Association as a vital part of a
growing University.
UBC is a leader in Pacific Rim research
and development and one of the goals of
the University is to further expand influence in this area. The Alumni Association
fully supports that goal and will help the
University, through an improved and expanded Branches programme. I visited our
Hong Kong Branch recently, and can tell
you that the enthusiasm and dedication of
Branch members there is exciting and extremely encouraging.
I invite your participation in the exciting
new beginnings of the Alumni Association.!
John Diggens
President, UBC Alumni Association
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Activities & JtWenlt
GEARS PLAN EVENTS
The Engineer's Division of the Alumni Association, in its never-ending effort to bring
laughter, good fellowship and grand old
times to its members, has two deluxe
events in the hopper for the summer and
early fall.
The first is the Engineer's Annual Summer Picnic. This hot season highlight will
be held on the cool, spacious lawns outside
Cecil Green Park House on July 8,1988, at
6:00. Tickets are $12 each, and include a
sumptuous steak dinner and your first
drink.
The second is their gala Homecoming
Event. They will gather this year at the
Cheeze Factory (the oldest original building on campus). The format is open house,
and the Cheeze Factory will be open from
11:00 a.m. till time runs out. More details
on Homecoming later.
Contact Maureen Burns at the Alumni
Association (228-3313) for Summer Picnic
tickets.
OLD RUGBY TYPES TO SCRUM
 AGAIN 	
Rugby players, current and past, will gather
on September 3, 1988, to partake in the
finest traditions of UBC Rugby: reminisce,
quaff a few ales and play a little of the old
game.
Wolfson Fields, UBC, will witness a variety of events including Old Timers' games,
a top flight match between the current UBC
Thunderbirds and The Best of the Rest and
a variety of fun and games for the whole
family. Spence McTavish, who spans many
generations of UBC rugby, is set to act as
Honorary Coach and Captain for the day.
A dinner and dance after the fray rounds
out this First Rugby Reunion. Dig out your
old photos, rugby cleats and memorabilia,
find any other old players you know of, and
then contact Barry Legh, current UBC
Rugby Coach and get out to the reunion!
Contact Coach Legh at 228-5958 or write
#208-6081 University Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5 for details.
ISISSS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD
 AT UBC	
The International Summer Institute for Se-
miotic and Structural Studies (ISISSS) will
be held at UBC this summer from August 2
to 26.
Semioticians study systems of signs.
They include in their studies everything
from the clothes we wear to the food we
eat, and from literary and medical signs to
anthropological sign systems.
Three weekend colloquia will be presented ("Cultures in Conflict," "The Body as
System," and "The Semiotics of Representation"), and a Distinguished Visiting
Speakers series will be held each Thursday.
All are open to the public.
An international roster of semioticians
has been assembled by the conference organizer, UBC Professor Lorraine Weir, and
includes Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, Hugo Award winning science fiction
writer Samuel R. Delaney and Italian Professor Patrizia Violi who works with author
Umberto Eco.
The conference will be held at UBC for
the first time in its ten year history. For
more information call Professor Weir at
228-5157.
AGGIE DIVISION AGM
The Agricultural Sciences Alumni Division
held its first AGM on April 27 at Cecil Green
Park House. Members elected the division's
first Board of Directors.
President: Shenton Tan '83,MSc'88
Vice-Presidents: Janet Rothwell '73
Murray Duggan '76
Secretary/Treasurer: Dave Stephens '85
Members-at-Large: Peter Nishihama '85
Kanval Hindal '84
Margaret Crowley '87
Lora Chow '84
Dean Jim Richards was praised by new
President Shenton Tan for his past support
and ongoing commitment to the Division.
Alumni attended from Merritt, the Upper
Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Washington State. Following the meeting, a reception was held where the company enjoyed a selection of wines and cheeses
donated by Andres Wines and Dairyland.
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
The following is a listing of alumni reunions
and events. For more information, or to
notify us of your event, please call the
Alumni Programmes Department at
(604)228-3313 or write: The UBC Alumni
Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5.
Class of '36 is holding a 52nd Anniversary
Reunion in the afternoon of August 6 at
Cecil Green Park. They have invited the
Classes of '35 and '37 to join them in their
celebrations.
Class of '38 will be celebrating their 50th
reunion on September 30 and October 1.
Class of '63 Nursing has plans for an
August get-together at a private home to
celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Class of '68 Home Ec has invited the
Class of '69 to join them in a summer
reunion planned for August 6.
Class of '78 Commerce will be holding its
ten year reunion on October 29 at Cecil
Green Park.
Class of '78 Law is holding its reunion on
June 17 at the Faculty Club and on June 18
at the Law Courts Inn.
Class of '78 Agricultural Sciences A
great deal of interest has been shown for
this reunion. Please call Agnes Papke for
further information.
Homecoming 1988—Every fall UBC students welcome back UBC's alumni during
Homecoming Week, October 1-8, with
events such as The Arts'20 Relay Race, The
Great Trekker Award Dinner, and Just Desserts, to name a few.
The Audiology and Speech Sciences Division are holding their annual dinner at
Cecil Green Park on Saturday, June 11, at
which time tribute will be paid to Director
John Gilbert who steps down on June 30,
1988.
The P.E. and Recreation Division will be
busy the weekend of July 8-9, with a golf
tournament, a dinner at the Arbutus Club,
and a tennis tournament.
The third annual Medicine Golf Tournament is scheduled for September 8 at the
University Golf Club.
The Architecture Division is holding
their Great (Survivor's) Reunion on June 19
at 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall.
The Agricultural Sciences Division Picnic is planned for Saturday, July 16 from
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will be held at
Campbell Valley Regional Park. The entrance to the Park is at 8th Ave. and 208th
St. in South Langley. All Aggie Alumni and
families are invited. Bring your own food
and refreshments — games will be organized.
The Commerce Division will hold its Annual Meeting and Social at Cecil Green Park
Thursday, June 16.
Toronto Branch Pub Night held recently
was so successful it was felt they should be
continued on a regular basis. Be at the
Unicorn Pub (173 Eglinton Ave. E.) at 7:00
p.m. every third Wednesday of the month.
For further information call Glenna
Chestnutt (229-2222) or Paul Tompkins
(867-5513 or 968-1145)
The San Diego Alumni Branch will hold
a BBQ/Beach Party, June 19 or 26 (to be
confirmed). For further information, call
Richard Saxton at (619) 296-8078.
The next Chronicle will list Branch representatives world wide.
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DIGGENS, STRANGWAY VISIT
HONG KONG BRANCH
The Hong Kong Branch of the Alumni Association has served as something of a flagship for the Branches programme. From
April 15 to 19, Alumni Association President John Diggens and UBC President
David Strangway visited the Branch to extend greetings from the University and to
reinforce the importance of the Branch to
UBC and to the province of British Columbia.
The two presidents' trip coincided with a
visit to Hong Kong by Vancouver Mayor
Gordon Campbell, and the UBC and Vancouver contingents worked together to celebrate the growing economic and cultural
ties between the two cities.
The Branch is made up of UBC grads and
friends of UBC who are interested in the
University and who do business with British Columbia. The list of members reads as
something of a "Who's Who" of Hong
Kong/B.C. Business. Attending various
functions with Drs. Diggens and Strangway
were Maurice Hladik, Senior Trade Commissioner to Hong Kong, Dixon Hall, Trade
and Investment Commissioner for British
Columbia, John Henderson, U.S. Exchange
Representative and Mason Loh, a partner
in Bull, Housser and Tupper, a Vancouver
law firm that opened an office in Hong
Kong recently.
At the Hong Kong reception for Alumni
and friends of the University, over 110 people attended, 65 of whom were UBC grads.
Dr. Anthony Cheng '67, officially succeeded Joseph Yu as president of the Hong
Kong Branch. Dr. Cheng, who has a successful medical practice, has enthusiastically committed himself to take on a leadership role in this dynamic Branch.
Both Dr. Strangway and Dr. Diggens have
pledged their support to Dr. Cheng and the
Branch, to work together to achieve the
international image and perspective a successful Branch can provide.
The Hong Kong Branch represents the
beginning of a dynamic Branches programme in the Asia-Pacific region.
MALCOLM KNAPP HONOURED
 BY UBC	
A pioneer of the UBC Faculty of Forestry
has had a forest named after him. Malcolm
Knapp, who joined the UBC faculty in
1922, was honoured at a March ceremony
at the UBC Research Forest in Maple Ridge.
Knapp was instrumental in getting the
Research Forest established. In the 1940s,
the University's research forest was located
at the north end of the campus but the
limited variety of growth made it unsuitable for teaching and research. Malcolm
Knapp scouted around the Lower Mainland
to find a better area, and in 1949 the Maple
Ridge site was officially opened.
"H.R. MacMillan speculated that the for-
Left to right, Elben Reid, a past president of the Alumni
Association, Chance/lor Leslie Peterson, Malcolm Knapp,
David Strangway and Bob Kennedy, Dean of Forestry.
est would become the most valuable and
important acreage in the province," said
Knapp. "In retrospect, he was probably
right." Knapp was the forest's first director,
a post he held until his retirement in 1963.
Malcolm Knapp lives in the same Point
Grey home he has occupied since 1926. A
spry 91, he remains an active gardener.
The 14,000 acre Malcolm Knapp/UBC
Research Forest will continue to be an important part of forestry education at UBC.
OTTAWA BRANCH
In January, the 1,400 UBC Alumni in the
National Capital Region were invited to an
organizational meeting followed by a skating party on the Rideau Canal. In spite of
the fact that the ice was melting, all who
attended had a fine time.
Alumni who have expressed an interest
in the Ottawa Branch programme will be
kept informed of events and developments
by telephone. Any of the following members will be pleased to add your name to
the list of interested Alumni, or provide you
with additional information.
Stan Kanik-(613)922-4428
Ken Johnson—(613)994-4317
Bob Duncombe—(613)236-5533
Rob Cairns-(613)233-3589
Harry Adderley—(613)831-0183
NEW FUND DIRECTOR ON STAFF
The Association is happy to welcome Alan
Bentley on staff as the new Director of
Fund. Alan comes to us from IDC Canada, a
consultant group that conducts fund-
raising campaigns in Canada and the U.S.
He has organized campaigns at Queen's,
Mount Allison and the University of Manitoba, and was involved in campaigns for
6   CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988 the New York Public Library and the Jewish
Museum of New York.
We would like to offer a special thanks to
Rachel Zuckermann who has served as acting Director of Fund for the past five
months. We will be losing Rachel as a student to McGill in July. She will be missed.
THE UBYSSEY CELEBRATES 70
 YEARS	
The highlight of this year's Homecoming is
the celebration of The Ubyssey's 70th Anniversary. The Homecoming Committee, the
Celebration "70" Committee, and the current editorial staff invite all old Ubyssey
hacks and UBC graduates who have followed careers in journalism to a gala dinner
to be held October 6, 1988, at the University of British Columbia. In addition to this
libel-laden affair, they invite all of you
to submit material for a Special 70th Anniversary Issue—providing it is under 600
words, and received no later than September 16, 1988. Personal experiences—the
horrors of linetape to the pleasures of
deadlines—critical commentaries and current views on any political or social issues,
graphics, photos, or just the truth, the
whole truth, and nothing but the truth, are
all welcome testimony. Please mail submissions, or for further information contact
Iolanda Weisz, AMS Archivist, Student
Union Building, The University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., V6Y 2A5. Telephone: (604) 228-5320.
THE RESULTS ARE IM!
The results of the 1988 UBC Alumni Association Elections were announced May 19 at
the Annual General Meeting. Winners of
positions on the Board of Management for
1988-90 are:
Senior Vice-President
Ann McAfee, BA'62, MA'67,PhD'75
Treasurer
David Coulson, BComm'76,LLB'80
Members-at-Large '88-'90
Godwin Eni, Msc'81, PhD'87
Janet Gavinchuk, BComm'77,MBA'86
Oscar Sziklai, MF'61,PhD'64,BSF(Sopron)
They join the 1988-89 Board of Management roster:
Honorary President
David W Strangway, PhDfToronto)
Chancellor
Leslie Peterson, LLB'49
President
John Diggens, BSc'68,DMD'72,
MSD'79(UW),FRCD.(C)
Past President
Lyle Stevenson, BASc'72,
MSc(BusAdmin)'75
Members-at-Large'87'89
Sandy James, BA Hon'80(Carlton),MA'83
Bill Richardson, BASc'83
Alfred Scow, LLB'61
Committee Chairs and other representatives will be appointed early in the year.
If you would like a copy of the Alumni
Association's Annual Report, please phone
the Association's offices at 228-3313, or
write to the UBC Alumni Association, 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1W5.
CECIL GREEN DEDICATES
 MEMORIAL TO IDA	
Philanthropist, geophysicist, entrepreneur
and friend of UBC, Dr. Cecil Green was
guest of honour at a tea held at Cecil Green
House April 27, 1988. The occasion
marked the unveiling of a memorial bust of
Ida Green, who passed away in December,
1986.
"She travelled all over the world with me
and didn't complain once. She was a good
friend and I miss her every day," said Green.
"But you have to carry on or you just dry up
and die. That's why I keep travelling and
Cecil Green standing beside the memorial bust
of Ida Green.
visiting my friends." Dr. Green recently returned from a trip to China, and after a
short stay at his home in Dallas, he will visit
England and Europe.
Ida Green bequeathed a block of Texas
Instrument shares to UBC to be used for the
renovation and upkeep of Cecil Green Park
House, the magnificent mansion donated
to UBC by the Greens in 1967. Plans for the
renovations were displayed at the tea.
Dr. Green was excited about the plans for
renovations. "Ida loved this house," he said,
"and she'd be happy to know it will last
another 75 years." The house was built in
1912 by Vancouver lawyer Edward Davis.
While in Vancouver, Dr. Green was
named Honorary Chairman of the UBC Major Campaign.
ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS
 ANNOUNCED	
The annual Alumni Awards were presented
May 19 by past president Bill McNulty at
the Association's AGM. Each year outstanding grads and friends of UBC are honoured
for their contributions to the community
and for helping build the reputation of the
University.
This year's recipients have exhibited the
high level of achievement and ability typical of Alumni Association Award winners.
As in any year, the difficulty in 1988 has
been to choose only a few of the many
outstanding candidates who have proven
themselves worthy of the honour.
The recipient of this year's Honorary Life
Membership Award was Alix de la Roche.
Ms. de la Roche has dedicated much time
and effort to the establishment and sustenance of the Toronto Branch of the Association.
Laurenda Daniels, who has been UBC
Archivist for many years, received the Special Alumni Award. Ms. Daniels has been a
consistent supporter of the University and
a special friend of the Alumni Association.
The Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service
Award was given to past Alumni Association President Nathan Nemetz. Chief Justice Nemetz is a former member of the UBC
Board of Governors, a former Alumni Association president and a recipient of the
Great Trekker Award.
James Mitchell, Prime Minister of the Islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
received the Alumni Award of Distinction.
He is the only UBC grad to win a national
election to head a government.
The awards for Outstanding Young
Alumni went to T. Mark Harrison and Randall R. Parrish. Dr. Harrison is an internationally known geologist who has built a
state of the art potassium-argon dating lab.
He is a past winner of the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator Award of the
U.S. National Science Foundation.
Dr. Parrish is one of the most insightful
and innovative young scientists in the field
of isotope geochronology and regional tectonic studies. He has been responsible for
streamlining the process by which the age
of a rock is determined.
UBC ENTREPRENEURS ARE
KEEPING TRACK OF TIME
The latest venture to come out of UBC is a
company launched by two graduate students, Ray Stothers and Peter Twist. Working on the premise that you can, indeed,
build a better mousetrap, the two entrepreneurs have formed Student Body Calendars, a company that will produce, market
and distribute two 16 month wall calendars: the Men of UBC and the Women of
UBC. Their goal is to sell 25,000 calendars,
with $2 from each calendar sold going to a
student bursary. The remaining proceeds
will help to fund Stothers' and Twist's education.
The idea has been done before with limited success, but the two have looked at
past efforts and feel confident their calendars will succeed. "It has to be a first class
project or it won't move," says Stothers. "It
has to have a strong university identification."
Using students from UBC, the calendars
will feature a cross section of academic,
theatrical and athletic stars. As well, some
faculty and administrators will be used.
"We're trying to capture the essence of
UBC, which is an academic, active lifestyle," says Stothers. "We hope the pictures
will make people think that going to university can be a lot of fun."_
CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988   7 PLANTING THE
SEEDS AT UBC
While many of us sat in our classes wondering
when we would ever use the things we were
learning, some keen minds already knew.
BY STEVEN CHESS
Geologists Cliff Stanley, left, and John
Hanop, two ofthe original founders of
Cyberquest Explorations. Below, a gold
property near Miramar, Costa Rica, acquired
for New Camp Resources of Vancouver in
the fall of 1987. The company plans to run a
geo-chemical program to extend the veins.
Top, Dr. Michael Hope, left, Dr. Thomas
Madden, and Dr. Rajiv Nayar in one of
Canadian Liposome's labs. Bottom, Dr.
Hope, left and Dr. Marcel Bally with a
machine that assures consistency of size of
liposome formulations. Liposome size has
an effect on the rate of absorption ofthe
CYBERQUEST EXPLORATIONS
FOUNDED: 1985
PURPOSE: Mineral exploration consulting firm
FOUNDERS: John Harrop. Cliff Stanley, Syd Visser
EMPLOYEES: 7 (increases seasonally!
GROSS REVENUES: Unavailable (private companyl
UBC AFFILIATION: All three founders are UBC graduates and met
at UBC.
While working toward his BSc in geology, John
Harrop realized two things: some of the laboratory work he was involved in could be applied to
the mining industry, and the B.C. mining industry
offered little job security. Thus was born Cyberquest Explorations.
In 1985 Harrop, Syd Visser, an honours BSc in
geology and geophysics, and Cliff Stanley, a PhD
candidate in geology, formed a mineral exploration consulting firm, specializing in their shared
area of expertise—geochemical exploration.
Essentially, the consulting works in two ways.
Cyberquest either evaluates a property that a
mining company is looking to buy, or works on
property already owned by the mining company,
advising how best to mine the land and whether
or not to purchase more land in the area. What
sets Cyberquest apart from other consulting firms
is its uniqueness as both a geophysics and geochemistry consultant.
"The geochemist is a rare species," explains
John Harrop. "It's much harder to find a geochemist than a geophysicist." What's more, all of
Cyberquest's technical personnel can and do create in-house software and write computer programmes.
Subsequently, research and development is an
emergent part of the company's operations,
though standard consulting is still its bread and
butter. Currently, R&D is at work trying to create a
comprehensive method of assessing the reams of
data gathered in the field, and displaying it in the
broadest and most efficacious way. It's a slow
process, though, and not only because of the
volume of the material. "Every problem in geology is adequately different not to be able to be
solved with a set of standard steps. You have to
keep an open mind, but not an open pocketbook,"
says Harrop.
Out in the field, things are moving. Last year
was very busy due in large part to the provincial
government's efforts to expand the mineral sector
of the economy by purchasing flow through
shares in B.C. mineral companies. Though this
temporary programme has come to an end, the
outlook for mineral companies, and therefore for
Cyberquest, is good. By the fall of 1988, two more
full-time staff will join Cyberquest's staff of six (not
including seasonal workers). Meanwhile, business
is steady, and Cyberquest is moving beyond the
country's border, including one current project
that involves exploration of a Costa Rican gold
deposit.
CANADIAN LIPOSOME COMPANY
FOUNDED: 1984 (Separated from UBC in September, 19871
PURPOSE: Research facility applying technology to targeted drug
delivery.
FOUNDERS: Dr. Pieter Cullis, Dr. Mike Hope, Dr. Lawrence Mayer,
Dr. Marcel Bally, Dr. Tom Madden
EMPLOYEES: 10
GROSS REVENUES: Unavailable. The company is a wholly owned
subsidiary of the Liposome Company of the U.S.
UBC AFFILIATION: All five founders did biochemistry research at
UBC; all employees are from UBC.
The Canadian Liposome Company was born in
the biochemistry department of UBC, the result of
research by five biochemists who just happen to
constitute the highest concentration of liposome
experts in the world. Mainly because of their
work in the field of drug delivery, this distinguished group came to the attention of the Liposome Company of Princeton, New Jersey, which
offered a three year contract grant to be administered by the University.
The company's chief area of research is the
liposome coating of time released capsules containing anti-cancer drugs. Being extremely toxic,
these drugs can cause side-effects such as extreme nausea, reduced disease resistance and
heart problems. Because of this, dosages of the
drug are based on a patient's tolerance level,
which may not be strong enough to cure the
cancer. The advances made in liposome research
are overcoming some of these hurdles.
Liposomes are extracellular particles of lipoid
(or fatty) substances held in suspension by body
tissues. There are specific tissues in the body that
will not take in certain liposomes, so liposome
coatings can facilitate targeted drug delivery.
Liposome encapsulation has been proven to
reduce the side effects of medication through
time-release and a new bio-distribution. A liposome coating will prevent the drug from being
taken in by the heart, a tissue in which anti-cancer
drugs prove most harmful, allowing for more of
the drug to be administered. So far, Canadian
Liposome's research has yielded a capsule coating that allows twice as much of a drug to be taken
as was previously tolerable.
For the past year or so this stunning research
has been occurring in Canadian Liposome's new
North Vancouver headquarters. In September,
1987, the contract with Canadian Liposome's
American parent came due, and the company
principals decided, because the University was
unable to give them faculty status, to leave UBC
and deal directly with the parent company.
Today, less than one year later, Canadian Liposome has a staff of nine to ten people (all from
UBC) and funding of $l-million a year from its
parent company. "Research prospects look very
encouraging," Dr. Pieter Cullis, chief of operations, relates, though minimum testing requirements mean that the fruits of Canadian Liposome's research won't be seen on the market for
at least several years.
S   CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988 DYNAPRO SYSTEMS INC.
FOUNDED: 1976
PURPOSE: Designs and manufactures hardware and software
products used primarily in the industrial process control market.
FOUNDERS: Dr. Karl Rrackhaus, Bill Gunn, John Fairclough
EMPLOYEES: 100
GROSS REVENUES: (1987) $6.5-million
UBC AFFILIATION: Karl Brackhaus is a former UBC professor; most
of the R&D is from UBC.
"Dynapro Systems Inc.," Dr. James Murray of the
UBC Office of Research Services and Industry
Liaison explains proudly, "is the thoroughbred of
UBC spin-off technology firms." With 1987 sales
in excess of $6.5-million, and a staff that's grown
to over 100, the truth of that statement cannot be
denied.
In 1977, DSI marketed the world's first colour,
graphics-based computer operator interface system for industrial control and manufacturing.
Translation—this, and later generations of DSI
systems, are the hardware and programming that
allow an industrial systems or assembly line manager to monitor an assembly line through a colour
graphic computer display of plant-floor devices,
to log, review and print data, to scan all devices
for alarms and to control and regulate assembly
line problems using a single computer keyboard.
DSI's client list reads like a Fortune 500 listing of
American corporations: Johnson and Johnson,
General Motors, Proctor and Gamble, Ford and
Nabisco. The company's first installation was at
the Molson Brewery on Burrard Street; that system continues to monitor the brewhouse today.
Before DSI pioneered work in industrial systems management, developing hardware and
software for industrial controls, assembly line
monitoring relied upon a dedicated black box, or
"a brain damaged computer," as DSI's Commercial Services Manager has it, that involved cumbersome and "user obnoxious" programming.
The market was ripe for new development
when Dr. Karl Brackhaus, a UBC graduate with a
PhD in engineering physics, joined Bill Gunn and
John Fairclough in 1976, forming a company that
would exploit a giant innovation in the field of
computers: the microprocessor. The founders
combined their expertise in the field of industrial
controls apparatus with DSI's newfound capability to create its own computers. The company
focused on consulting work, however, until late
1978, when another major innovation in the computer field—inexpensive colour computer
monitors—expedited work on DSI's first generation of display systems.
Today, DSI employs approximately 50 people in
its research and development area, and ranks
among the top three companies of its kind in
North America.
MACDONALD DETTWILER AND
ASSOCIATES
FOUNDED: 1969
PURPOSE: Produces technical systems for digital data processing.
FOUNDERS: Dr. John MacDonald, Vern Dettwiler
EMPLOYEES: 600
GROSS REVENUES: (19871 $65-million
UBC AFFILIATION: Founders worked at UBC before starting the
company.
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates is the grand-
daddy of UBC spinoff companies. Formed in 1969
by former UBC engineering professor, Dr. John
MacDonald, and former director of UBC's Computing Centre, Vern Dettwiler, MDA has become a
world leader in the development of computer-
based systems for aerospace, resource management and electronics manufacturing applications.
Among MDA's clients are: NASA, the European
Space Agency, General Electric's Space Division,
the United States Air Force and the Canadian
Government.
One measure of MDA's enormous success is the
number of technological firsts introduced by the
company. In 1974, MDA designed the world's first
complete, transportable Landsat ground station,
which have since been installed in Sweden, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and the
United States. More recently, MDA has completed
the first operational automated weather forecasting and data distribution system for the U.S. Air
Force.
Justifiably, MDA has ballooned to 600 employees worldwide, and has engineering sales offices
in London, England and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Located in Richmond, MDA is assuming new
headquarters where the international head office, and engineering and research facilities will
all be housed in a 180,000 square foot building on
an 11 acre site in the suburb's newest industrial
park. The company's outlook is so good that provision has already been made for a 70,000 square
foot expansion.
Such confidence is certainly not unwarranted in
light of MDA's consistent breakthroughs in the
field of digital image data acquisition. Company
research in the early years, focusing on developing general data acquisition systems, paved the
way for the introduction of MDA's satellite ground
station technology. With this, satellites can send
raw digital image data to ground stations where
the images are processed onto magnetic tape or
film and used to detect forest and crop conditions,
map geological features, plan and track urban
growth and monitor coastal and border regions.
In the very near future, new satellites with MDA's
Synthetic Aperture Radar sensor will add an all-
weather, day or night capability to digital imagery
products. This Synthetic Aperture Radar will provide the receiving and processing facilities for
radar satellites that will be launched by the European Space Agency in 1988 and by Canadian
Radarsatinl990.
Several generations of technology have followed MDA's digital imaging satellite, which has
since become the standard worldwide. In 1982,
MDA won Research and Development magazine's
IR-100 Industrial Design award, given to the year's
most innovative products, for the Colour FIRE
240, the latest in a series of film recorders that
turn digital images into pictures of stunning clarity. 1987 saw MDA win the same award once
again, this time for its MERIDIAN family of image
mapping systems, providing the most advanced
cartographic capabilities available. The Canadian
Government awarded MDA its Canada Export
Award in 1986 for excellent export achievement.
Today, MDA's product technology can be used
for an infinite variety of tasks: to discover oil
deposits, to compose magazine graphics, and to
map changes in the earth's forests, oceans and
atmosphere, to name just a few. With 1988 sales
expected to more than triple those of 1985,
there's no stopping MDA.
A system analyst in R&D at Dynapro
Systems, top, hne-tunes one of the graphics
programs. Bottom, a graphic display screen
shows the operation of a pulp mill digester,
a machine that turns wood chips into pulp.
The graphics display program is an easy
way to illustrate a complex process.
The Automated Weather Distribution
System (AltVDS), top, a global weather
prediction and information system providing
advanced weather image processing, was
developed for the United States Airforce.
The Multi-Observational Satellite Image
Correction System (MOSAICS), bottom, is a
major image data processing system.
CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988   9 With some visionary UBC graduates influencing its mandate,
the Vancouver Art Gallery is moving in a whole new direction.
BY ROBIN LAURENCE
WILLARD HOLMES
BA 1972
Planning to make
the gallery
more responsive
to the community,
to become a thriving
centre of culture.
rying to arrange an interview
with Willard Holmes is like
pleading for an audience with
one of the world's busier heads of state. The
combination of his frantic schedule and his distaste for revealing himself to the public makes
him a nearly impossible man to connect with.
Harried and elusive, Holmes seems to be signalling that he's had enough media exposure since
taking over as director of the Vancouver Art Gallery in August, 1987. He now wants to shift the
spotlight off himself, to transfer the public's curiosity from personalities to programs, drawing
people into the gallery not by his past history, sad
smile or characteristic bow tie, but by the new
lineup of exhibitions and special events generated
by the VAG's staff, many of whom are UBC graduates.
Since its vaunted move to the old courthouse in
1983, the VAG's woes have been plentiful and
widely broadcast: the resignations of two directors, the vetoeing of the Search Committee's
choice of a third, the cancellation of a controversial video show and subsequent costly lawsuit, the
departures of curators, conservators and educators, the dwindling of membership and attendance figures, the inadequacies in funding from
government agencies and—less tangible but ultimately more threatening—the sense of disenchantment among the gallery's public.
Since his appointment, Holmes has announced
a number of new goals for the VAG, including
broadening the gallery's compass to include ar-
JUDITH MASTAI
PhD(Ed) 1981, MA 1969, BA 1966
"The excitement, interest
and rejuvenation of this place
has to do with the fact
that there are now
new people guiding the institution,
none of whom
worked here before."
chitecture, design and video art; providing the
public with a cultural context for and through
exhibitions of historical and contemporary art;
reinstituting the province-wide outreach program; circulating VAG-organized exhibitions to
other major centres; and expanding public programs. Essentially, Holmes wants the gallery to be
more responsive to the community, to become a
thriving centre of culture. In the words of The
Province's Max Wyman, Holmes wants "to give
the VAG back to the people."
The consensus both inside and outside the gallery is that Holmes has exactly the right combination of vision, curiosity and political savvy to
undertake these changes. But until recently, he
has had his hands full just cleaning up the chaos,
rebuilding and reinvigorating a sadly diminished
and badly demoralized staff. In the past, a stifling
degree of authority had been vested in the position of director. So, in addition to recruiting new
people to fill conspicuous gaps, Holmes has been
reorganizing management structure, consolidating departments and delegating decision-making
responsibilities to division heads.
Oi
,ne of the most original appointments to the new upper
management has been Judith
Mastai as head of the Public Programs Division. "I
really have no art gallery experience in any formal sense," Mastai says, "which brings a whole
different approach." What Mastai does have is an
impressive history: an M.A. in theatre and a doctorate in adult education, with a special emphasis
10   CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988 on community development, six years as program director for Continuing Studies at Simon
Fraser University, and many years before that as
educator, research consultant, actress, stage manager and director. "The excitement, interest and
that there are now new people guiding the institution, none of whom worked here before," Mastai
says. "Therefore, they're not all patterned in the
mold of the previous institutional practice. It's like
a breath of fresh air."
The Public Programs Division consolidates previous education and extension departments, traditionally staffed by art historians. Out of her
"very broadbased approach" to learning, Mastai
is now directing a vastly expanded series of workshops, films, lectures and tours, and already has
scored a number of programming coups, including booking Donald Woods of Cry Freedom fame
to speak in conjunction with two exhibitions of
African photography at the gallery.
"What we try to do through public programs is
outreach to groups that are not participating in
the gallery and who don't feel a sense of ownership and identity with the gallery." Picking her
way through the papier mache, chicken wire and
heaped books that are the aftermath of a morning
workshop in the Children's Gallery, Mastai says
that, previously, the VAG "just didn't have any
level of satisfaction being indicated by having a
children's gallery. So we have decided to target
family programming as one of our strong areas
for the future."
Judith Mastai easily convinces you of her commitment "as a facilitator, as a trainer, as an anima-
teur, and as a person who ... genuinely cares
about people understanding what the arts are
about and the importance of culture in our lives."
ne of the art educators in Mas-
tai's department, Eileen Truseott, conveys the same sense
of mission in "making art accessible to everyone."
Although, she adds, "you're not making it accessible ... it's really a matter of finding out what it is
that makes people interested and then focusing
on that." Truseott has been at the VAG since 1984,
first as an extension animateur, "which meant
that I travelled around the province with exhibitions," and for the last two years as art educator,
developing educational programs that focus on
exhibitions as well as relevant art historical topics. Truseott is an animated speaker, delivering
talks to school and university groups, docents (the
gallery's volunteer teachers), and members of the
IAN THOM
MA (Hons) 1978, BA (Hons) 1974
"...on the most basic level,
works of art
give people a great deal
ofpleasure."
MA 1981
"What better way
of weighing values and
examining directions...
of just learning
than by looking at art."
general public. "She has a very warm spot in her
heart for high school students," Mastai says, "and
is always trying to make sure that there are angles
on things that include them."
Looking at one of the enigmatic posters on the
walls of her office—"Abuse of Power Comes As No
Surprise"—you derive a sense of Truscott's energy and iconoclasm. She talks about the "temple" formalism of the building that houses the
gallery offices versus the need for gallery staff to
break out of traditional mindsets.
Truseott is someone who has made a big break
in her own life. A decade ago, bored with her job
in interior design, she returned to university to
pursue a diploma and than a masters degree in art
history. The area she chose, oriental art, involved
learning to read and speak Chinese. "I was so
ignorant that 1 thought taking Chinese was the
same as taking French or Italian!" After graduate
school, she spent two years furthering her studies
in Beijing. Perhaps because of her Chinese experience, Truseott says she is "not a very hierarchical
person. I'm kind of all-forgiving about which direction people come from." She firmly believes
that the art gallery is a valuable resource for all of
us. "What better way of weighing values and
examining directions and ... examining the deposits of culture, what better way of just learning
than by looking at art."
I
n another part of the "temple,"
Ian Thorn, senior curator responsible for historical art,
says much the same thing. "Works of art generally have something to say about the
environment—the natural environment and also
the intellectual environment. They may hone
your abilities to see it or appreciate it... they may
strengthen your ability to use your own senses,
your mind or your eyes." Besides, he adds, "It can
be demonstrated that on the most basic level,
works of art give people a great deal of pleasure."
Thorn is part of Willard Holmes' new management team, and those who knew him before his
return to Vancouver this spring can appreciate
the humour of his position. Ten years ago, when
he was working as registrar at the VAG, Thorn was
told by a "superior" that he did not have "the
talent or the ability" to be a curator. Thorn was
incensed: "I guess what I felt at the time the
remark was made to me was that the level of
curatorial practice and activity in the institution
was not very high." Convinced he could do better,
he moved on to become Chief Curator at the Art
CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988   11 Gallery of Greater Victoria and then Curator of
Collections at The McMichael Canadian Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. During those years, he
organized more than 75 exhibitions and wrote
three dozen publications, including catalogues,
books and articles, establishing for himself a considerable reputation of curatorial achievement.
A thin streak of Type A activity, Thorn does not
give himself time to savour the irony of his return
to the VAG. There is too much to do. In addition to
"developing exhibition programs, recommending
acquisitions, and doing research on the collection," Thorn will be responsible for revitalizing the
permanent collection, as well as supervising the
extensive cataloguing and conservation work
needed by the gallery's 35,000 pieces of art.
"The VAG is planning to use its permanent
collection a great deal more than it has in the
past," he says. "I will be in"olved in organizing
historical exhibitions which will provide an element of complement and balance to some of the
more contemporary exhibitions." Thorn's mandate accords with Willard Holmes' objective of
broadening the base of the VAG's appeal. "Obviously," says Thorn, "the audience that the gallery
has is not one homogeneous mass. It is, in fact, a
series of audiences."
Choosing the best and most significant work for
exhibitions will be a challenge of taste and scholarship. With a few outstanding exceptions, the
VAG's permanent collection is, to quote former
director Luke Rombout, "indifferent." Thorn diplomatically describes it as a "mixed blessing-
there are obviously the famous strengths that it
has, Emily Carr being the chief one." As a result of
her 1942 bequest, the VAG possesses the most
important Emily Carr holdings in the country, 209
paintings, drawings and ceramics. "There's also a
quite strong collection of contemporary American prints." Thorn will be reviewing the collection, recommending the ways it should be developed in the future. Thorn says no one should
expect the gallery to develop into "a major museum of French Impressionist paintings." Put simply, the VAG's annual acquisitions budget, at half a
million dollars, is one one-hundredth the price a
single Van Gogh painting commanded at an auction in 1987.
HELLE VIIRLAID
MFA 1979
"It's all very much
behind-the-scenes work
-work that you don't see
but that is nerve-wracking
because you feel responsible."
I
n all aspects of collections
management, Thorn will be
I working closely with registrar
Helle Viirlaid, a fellow graduate in art history and
one of the VAG's "old guard." Viirlaid has weath
ered eight hectic years as registrar, arranging the
transfer of all art works into and out of the gallery,
through the move of the entire permanent collection to the old courthouse in 1983, the flurry of
inaugural exhibitions that followed, then the
flood of international art works which came
through the gallery during Expo year. When
pressed, Viirlaid will admit that moving the collection in 1983 was probably the busiest time of
her career, except that since then, "It really hasn't
gotten any less busy ... we have never stopped
that pace!" The day after the move, a portion of
which, at the insurer's insistence, took place in
armoured cars with the Vancouver police force
riding shotgun ("It was a little bit too much. When
you're moving art works, you really want to be as
discrete as possible..."), an enormous shipment
arrived for the Vancouver: Art and Artists exhibition, one of the biggest shows the gallery has ever
produced. "I think," Viirlaid says, "that we're still
cleaning up from that time."
It's difficult to understand how one person can
perform so many duties and under such relentless
pressure. Viirlaid characterizes herself as "the
traffic officer as well as the caretaker of the
collection—that's an unglorified way of describing it." It's also a remarkable summary of a job
description that runs to four pages and a c.v. that
lists scholarships, studies abroad, and French,
German, Estonian and Finnish under "languages
spoken."
In addition to her work accessioning, cataloguing and overseeing the maintenance of the permanent collection, Viirlaid is responsible for the
movement of all works of art loaned to or from
the gallery, negotiating loan agreements and insurance policies, and nailing down a myriad of
packing, shipping and customs arrangements.
When you consider that one small exhibition may
involve borrowing three dozen works of art from
a dozen different institutions across the country
or around the world, you can understand why
Viirlaid's desk and bookshelves are covered with
"Urgent," "Immediate," and "Ongoing" files. She's
a perfectionist, Ian Thorn observes, doggedly pursuing each logistical detail "until she's satisfied
that it's done right."
"It's all very much behind-the-scenes work,"
Viirlaid says, "work that you don't see but that is
nerve-wracking because you feel responsible."
She gives the impression that she will be grateful
if the frantic pace of moving art into and out of the
gallery slows a little under Willard Holmes' directorship.
A shift, Viirlaid says, has already begun to happen. "The director's made the choice that collections have got to be looked after in a more effective way." Ian Thorn's job, generating shows from
the permanent collection, will allow Viirlaid and
her co-workers more time for "housekeeping."
"This whole new approach has maybe evolved
out of a reaction to what has happened in the
past," Viirlaid says, but the need has always been
there. In the past, the art gallery was more
exhibition-oriented, which precluded recordkeeping and maintenance of the permanent collection. "It's not like a big, splashy exhibition."
Eventually the public "will see the permanent
collection the way it should be seen." A quiet
surprise.
12   CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988 A
nother quiet surprise is the
VAG's 25,000 volume library,
, situated "n the second floor of
the gallery annex. A room beautifully lit by tall
east windows, it is presided over by Cheryl Siegel,
the kind of librarian you wish you'd met before all
those steely-eyed old witches of your childhood.
Siegel's gentle presence, her softly inflected
voice, and her crooked smile may eventually
cause people to discard ancient stereotypes. "Librarianship is a very service-oriented kind of
thing," Siegel says, "and I enjoy that part of it."
Judith Mastai sees Siegel as a "helpful, caring,
nurturing person." The candy bowl on Siegel's
desk, Mastai says, is symbolic. "And it's always
full."
Curators, animateurs and docents, art students,
freelance writers and researchers have all discovered the special attractions of this non-circulating
library, which houses not only art books but also
artists' clipping files, arts magazines, bulletins
and journals, and an important collection of exhibition catalogues.
Siegel's background is as diverse as Mastai's:
undergraduate training in speech and theatre, a
graduate degree in management, and past work
as a costume designer, fashion-history lecturer
and consultant before specializing as a fine arts
librarian. Previous to her appointment to the VAG
in 1985, Siegel had worked in the libraries of the
Vancouver Public Aquarium and the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York. She sees herself as
"transitional" on the gallery staff, not part of the
old guard but not one of the brand-new management team, either, and this seems to have given
her a wry perspective on the changes that have
occurred.
The recent expansion of curatorial staff has
placed greater demands on Siegel and her assistant, "helping people assemble research materials
for exhibitions" and "trying to keep our collection
of books up-to-date and relevant to what's going
on in the gallery and in the community."
Requests for information often come from people who have acquired a piece of art and want to
know its history. "We serve a lot of different
publics in that way, and that keeps it very interesting because from one day to the next, we never
know what the problem will be." As if to illustrate
this service, Siegel answers a call concerning an
amateur watercolourist who lived in New Westminster in the early years of the century. "The
bottom line," she remarks later, "is usually,
'What's it worth?'" And Siegel, though not in the
CHERYL SIEGEL
MLS 1980
"The bottom line
is usually,
'What's it worth?'"
SANDRA THOMAS
BFA 1981
"Art
is something that people
often have an opinion about
before they even see
the show."
appraisal business, will search out auction records
for callers, or direct them to the appropriate art
dealers in the city.
Ti
hese days, an increasing number of people wander into the
library looking for background information on artists whose work may be
currently on view in the gallery. They've been
sent there by admissions clerk, Sandra Thomas.
Thomas spends her days perched on a stool behind a desk at the gallery's entrance, charting
attendance figures, supervising volunteers, and
performing a major information function by directing people to exhibitions and special events.
Those are the dry facts of her job, but what
Thomas seems to be in action, with her infinite
patience, is a kind of admissions angel. She "helps
people in and out of wheelchairs," "fixes broken
lockers" and dispenses endless information and
goodwill to visitors before they float off into the
upper reaches of the gallery. If people can't find a
docent or animateur, if they can't or won't read a
catalogue or exhibition brochure, they call upon
Thomas for help. Or retribution. "The admissions
desk is the first thing that people see when they
come in," she says. "And it's also the last thing
they see when they go out. So if they're disgruntled at all, I'm the one they want to tell."
Thomas, diffusing potential upsets, listens, offers explanations, or directs people to other resources in the gallery. "Art is something that
people often have an opinion about before they
even see the show. And if they feel that a particular show is not art, there is nothing I can say or do
to make them think it is." But she can, she says,
"recommend that they take one of our education
staff tours ... It may not make them like it, but it
will help them understand it." Thomas is committed to that understanding: "I want them to come
back. I don't want them to go away angry."
As one of the newer VAG staff members, she has
no recollection of how things were inside the VAG
before Willard Holmes became director, but she is
very much aware of the recent upswing of interest
and activity there, from Art After Dark, the poor-
man's gala that attracted 2,000 people to the VAG
one evening in May, to the burgeoning public
programs and greater variety of historical and
contemporary exhibitions. "It's like a feeling in
the air," she says, "that things are about to happen."
Willard Holmes and his staff are, indeed, giving
the VAG back to the people..
CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988   13 LET THE
CREDITS
ROLL!
Norman Campbell, Canada's premier
producer-director with the Midas
touch, has gained an enviable
reputation, built on ability, creativity,
and just a touch of brilliance.
BY KIM MURRAY DE LA ROCHE
PROGRAMS PRODUCED
AND DIRECTED BY
NORMAN CAMPBELL
With more than 200 credits to his name,
Norman Campbell's achievements are
impressive. A sample is represented here.
The majority were for the CBC Toronto.
Sept.8, 1952 LET'S SEE (Opening night.
Uncle Chichimus, Percy Saltzman, Mayor
Allen Lamport)
Fall 1953/1954 C.G.E. SHOWTIME (Joyce
Sullivan, Donald Garrard, Shirley Harmer,
Robert Goulet)
Dec. 19,1954 SCOPE "Sunshine Town"
April 10,1955 FIRST PERFORMANCE-
"THE   COLONEL   AND    THE    LADY"
(2nd production)
March 4, 1956 ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
May 13, 1956 PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Oct. 31,1956 H.M.S. PINAFORE
Dec.    2,   1956   CBC   TV   THEATRE-
KENNEDY'S QUEST
Feb. 20, 1957 VARIETY-CHRYSLER
FESTIVAL (Glenn Gould, Dorothy
Dandridge, Kaye Ballard, Mata and Hari,
Maureen Forrester)
Oct. 31, 1957 FOLIO-PATIENCE
April 24, 1958 FOLIO-THE BARON OF
BREWERY BAY
June 14, 1958 FOLIO-MUCH ADO AT
STRATFORD
14   CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988
ho is Norman Campbell?
For a man who has more credits to his name
than most 50 year veterans of the stage and
screen, it is a puzzle. Norman Campbell isn't puzzling. His anonymity is.
He has an impressive list of achievements that
encompass many fields in the entertainment
world. He is an internationally recognized composer, producer and director, covering the spectrum from ballet, opera and situation comedy to
galas for the Queen and variety specials in London, New York and Hollywood. He has won two
Emmy's and, among other tributes, was named
an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979. His
pace is relentless, his achievements continuous.
Norman fits his fast-paced life into neat squares
with the flair and ease of a conjurer. I visited him
one Friday night in one of the CBC studios where
he and several colleagues were cutting and splicing the tape of The Merry Widow, a National
Ballet of Canada production starring Karen Kain,
in preparation for the following Sunday night's
airing.
At that moment Norman and his colleagues
were taking a rest. McDonald's hamburger boxes
were strewn over the table. Everyone looked both
tired and alert, a duo of appearances compatible
only in a Campbell team. They had been working
for 24 hours straight. Sleep? Certainly not. They
would work for another 48. Norman was drinking
orange juice and smiling. He has the knack of
total relaxation and appeared to be just getting
into his stride. He leaned forward and forked
salad onto his plate.
"No trouble getting up here," he said with satisfaction, glancing at my pass. He had interrupted
his work to come down to the entrance and make
arrangements for my arrival since gaining entrance to the CBC as a visitor is roughly comparable to invading the Bank of England.
I gave him the papers I had promised him and
we spoke for a few minutes. Norman has the gift
of giving one his full attention and he asked me
questions, listened intently to my answers, watching with that clear gaze as though we were sitting
in his living room and deadlines did not exist.
There is a gleeful ingenuousness about him that
transcends the lock-step of time. Later I watched
him as he stretched minutes to capture a new
idea; his charm, his intent questioning of the
editor and production assistants, his welcoming of
their views all underlined that miraculous absence of "self" that helps make Norman so extraordinary.
"Does he always work like that?" I asked Norman's wife, Elaine, as we sat in their living room
the following week.
"How do you mean?"
"At that breakneck speed, 72 hours without a
pause."
"Oh no," she laughed. "Usually he's got three or
four things going at once. He's just finished the
Canadian Opera Production of Don Giovanni and
then he'll be doing the Eric Bruhn International
Dance Competition at Toronto's O'Keefe Centre
and he'll be leaving the next day to do the Royal
Winnipeg Ballet's Big Top, with Evelyn Hart. All
within several weeks."
"How does he manage it? All those demands on
his time and his energy?"
"He thrives on it. He just wouldn't be Norman if
he didn't have some new idea in his head."
Some years ago the Campbells bought a farm
near Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and it
is during the summer at the farm that Norman
and Elaine find a measure of calm which the pace
of life in Toronto cannot offer. The house, large
enough to welcome with ease their guests and
five children (those, that is, who happen to be free
and on this continent when summer comes)
stands on a hill overlooking acres of their red
earth farmland, much like the farmland that became part of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Avonlea
Chronicles and her red-haired Anne-with-an-e. It
is there that Elaine can pursue her many interests:
research and writing, gardening, walks in the
country or on the beach, and writing lyrics to
accompany Norman's music. And Norman can
compose, find blocks of time to create new ideas,
or simply relax.
Born in 1924 in California to Canadian parents,
Norman's classmates in Los Angeles included his
closest friend in kindergarten, William Powell Jr.,
son of the famous actor, and Marge Champion (of
the Marge and Gower Champion dance team). His
first stage appearance was in a childhood production of Rumplestiltskin. In the audience were
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Sr., who, he
noted, were applauding vigorously, until he realized that the girl holding his hand was their niece.
Not long after, his family moved to Vancouver
where he grew up, going on to attend UBC where
he became a member of the Players' Club, writing, "hanging out" in the Green Room, and appearing in stage productions (he originated the
role of Uncle John in Eric Nicol's Her Scienceman
Lover). Majoring in math and physics with plans to
become a meteorologist, Norman's first posting
after graduating in 1944 was on Sable Island. He
spent his spare time composing songs and photographing the wild horses on the island, selling his
photographs to Saturday Night and The Saturday
Evening Post. That year on the isolated island
convinced him to abandon meteorology and go
back to doing what he loved. la) Norman Campbell on the set ofthe ballet
production Cinderella, which CBC-TV received an Emmy award hir in 1970.
In the backgrounds Veronica Tennant who danced the tide role.
lb) From the 1952 CBC production of Let's See, left to right Franz Kramer, Frank Fyce,
Uncle Chichimus, Norman Campbell and Hollyhock.
It was die first telecast of CBC (English) Television.
Ic) Director Norman Campbellon the set ofAllIn TheFamily. Left to right, Rob Reiner,
Jean Stapleton, Norman Campbell, Carroll O'Connor and Sally Struthers.
(d) Norman Campbell, composer of Anne of Green Gables
and The Wonder Of It All.
fe) Norman Campbell with veronica Tennant and Rudolf Nureyev from
the Dec 19,1972, airing of the National Ballet
of Canada's Sleeping Beauty, for which
Norman received an Emmy. Nov. 18, 1958 FOLIO-ANNE OF GREEN
GABLES (2nd production)
Dec. 23, 1958 FOLIO-THE NUTCRACKER
Jan. 27, 1959 FOLIO-THE MIKADO
(starring Groucho Marx, Stanley Holloway
and opera star Helen Traubel)
May 26, 1959 FOLIO-THE MERRY
WIDOW
Jan. 31, 1960 GM PRESENTS-HOW TO
MAKE MORE MONEY THAN MEN
May 31, 1960 STARTIME-A TONGUE OF
SILVER
Nov. 20,1960 GM PRESENTS-KISS MAMA
GOODBYE
Dec. 18, 1961 FESTIVAL—SWAN LAKE
Jan. 22,  1962 FESTIVAL-AN EVENING
WITH GILBERT & SULLIVAN
Jan. 14, 1962 CONCERT-GLENN GOULD,
MUSIC OF THE USSR
Dec.  10, 1962 CAMERA CANADA -THE
LOOKING GLASS PEOPLE
Nov.   27,   1963   FESTIVAL-SLAVE  OF
TRUTH
Oct. 2, 1963 FESTIVAL-THE MIKADO
Nov. 2, 1964 WAYNE AND SHUSTER TAKE
AN   AFFECTIONATE  LOOK  AT   W.C.
FIELDS
Dec. 25, 1964 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL-
MUSIC IN THE NIGHT
Sept. 15, 1965 FESTIVAL-ROMEO AND
JULIET
Nov.  2,   1966  MUSIC CANADA-PERCY
FAITH- OFF THE RECORD
Feb. 8, 1967 MUSIC CANADA—AND THEN
WE WROTE
Dec. 27, 1967 FESTIVAL-SWAN LAKE
Dec. 22, 1968 CINDERELLA
Feb. 1, 1970 TV MUSIC-THE MUSIC OF
ROBERT FARNON
Dec. 31, 1970  ... AND A LITTLE BIT OF
OOMPAH! (Howard Cable)
Jan. 12, 1972 LA RONDINE
Oct. 25, 1972 THE WONDER OF IT ALL
Nov. 10, 1976 GISELLE (Campbell received
the Prix Anik)
June 5, 1977 THE UNSELFISH GIANT OF
STRATFORD
Oct. 4, 1978 MUSIC EAST-MUSIC WEST
(The Toronto Symphony in China)
Jan. 3, 1979 LA FILLE MAL GARDEE
(starring Karen Kain, Frank Augustyn and
the National Ballet of Canada)
Aug. 1, 1980 ABDUCTION FROM THE
SERAGLIO
Feb. 25,1981 ADIEU ROBERT SCHUMANN
Nov. 4, 1983 THE JOURNAL-THE COLOR
PURPLE
Oct. 1, 1984 ROYAL GALA AT ROY
THOMSON HALL (Campbell produced,
directed and wrote special music)
Nov. 9,1986 ONEGIN (Tchaikowsky _ opera
was filmed from Ottawa's National Arts
Centre)
Mar. 8, 1987 STARS OF THE ROYAL
CONSERVATORY
Dec. 27, 1987 THE MERRY WIDOW
Feb.   13,   1988   GALA—SADDLEDOME
CULTURAL OLYMPICS '88
His first broadcasted song was a number he
wrote on Sable Island entitled "Summer Romance," which inspired a CBC radio show using
the song as theme. Juliette later adopted it as her
theme song.
"Have you any more songs, Norman?" he was
asked at the audition.
"Sure. I've got a trunkful of them."
He hadn't, of course, but the success of "Summer Romance" resulted in his being asked to
supply a song a week for the 13 week run of the
show. As he explains it, "They called my bluff."
Following his Sable Island sojourn he worked as
a radio producer at CBC Vancouver, moving to
Toronto in 1952, the year of television's inception
in Canada. He worked on the first CBC-TV telecast from Toronto, and from there Norman has
never looked back. One of his early productions
was a New Year's Eve show introducing Shirley
Harmer and starring Billy O'Connor, Libby Morris
and George Murray. In 1953 he produced Showtime, a production on which Robert Goulet and
Shirley Harmer made their names. "In those
days," Norman told me, "the producer did everything, including the commercials."
Not that things have changed much. Norman
still seems to do everything. It's just that the
things he does now are a bit different.
"The truth is," Blair Baillie, an ex-Players' Club
friend once told me, "that Norman's a terrific
promoter without seeming to be one. He promotes simply by means of his enthusiasm and his
unerring judgement in knowing exactly what will
draw an audience."
Starting in 1956 with his first of many Swan
Lakes, by the mid sixties he had produced more
ballet productions for the home screen than any
other television producer in North America.
Campbell is able to switch in rapid-fire succession
from directing situation comedy, such as his foray
into Hollywood to direct episodes of All In The
Family and Mary Tyler Moore, to producing large-
scale musicals such as 77?e Wonder Of It All, a
musical impression of Canadian painter Emily
Carr, co-written by Elaine and comedian-
collaborator Donald Harron. In the fifties and
sixties he was the leading Gilbert and Sullivan
producer in North America, and by 1965 (at
which point he stopped counting) he had produced 15 and a half hours of Gilbert and Sullivan
operettas for television, among them productions
from the Stratford Festival, which brought him
into a working relationship with the late Sir
Tyrone Guthrie. (He was later to produce The
Unselfish Giant, a CBC-TV tribute to Sir Tyrone
and to the Stratford Festival.)
Norman Campbell's contribution to the entertainment field has been noticed and rewarded. In
1968, Dionne Warwick presented him with an
Emmy Award for his telecast of the National Ballet of Canada production of Cinderella starring
Veronica Tennant, and in 1972, at Carnegie Hall,
Duke Ellington gave him an Emmy for The Sleeping Beauty, with Rudolf Nureyev as Prince Floris-
tan. His spectacular production of Romeo and
Juliet was winner of the Rene Barthelemy Prize at
the 1966 International Festival of Monte Carlo,
and he was awarded the Canadian Music Council
Award for Best Serious Musical for his 1978 filming of Music East, Music West—The Toronto Symphony in China.
Besides his obvious skill as a producer-director,
Norman is a gifted composer, providing scores for
the musicals Private Turvey's War, (based on Earl
Birney's novel about a Private in the Second
World War); Take To The Woods, in conjunction
with Eric Nicol; a musical version of She Stoops To
Conquer, adapted by Ernie Perrault; and Anne Of
Green Gables, with Elaine Campbell as one of the
lyricists. The astonishingly successful Anne Of
Green Gables, Canada's most successful musical,
was voted in England the "Best New Musical of
1969" by the London Critics when it played in
London's West End, and almost two decades later
it is still a hit. It plays yearly in Charlottetown and
there are many tours, as well. Another national
tour was completed in the fall of 1986 and recent
productions, in Japanese, have been presented in
Tokyo's Nisei Theatre.
Norman's achievements appear to be limitless.
Princess Margaret was patron for his production
of Canada's 1967 Centennial Gala in London. He
produced and directed the Constitutional Gala in
Ottawa in 1982 and the 1984 Gala in Roy Thomson Hall; both of these presentations were attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The composer's granddaughter pronounced
Norman's production of Puccini's La Rondine,
with Canadian opera star Teresa Stratas, the finest
version she had ever seen.
Despite an enviable list of accomplishments to
his credit, Norman remains refreshingly unassuming. The Campbell's parties in their Willowdale,
Ontario home are deceptively simple. Guests
lounge in the living room or stroll through the
large kitchen overlooking a garden planted in tall
evergreens. Hors d'oeuvre's are set on glass tables. The living room is full of sunlight and the
pale champagne rug and upholstry set off George
Lewis' fine portrait of Karen Kain. An antique
coalscuttle of burl walnut with brass inlay holds
letters. Flowers are everywhere, except on the
piano.
Norman ambles over to the piano, sets his cup
aside and begins to play. Talk fades. The buffet
supper is superlative, but for a few moments we
forget to eat.
"Do you hear that, Elaine?"
He plays the chords again. "What do you
think?"
"Great, Norman."
She walks over to the piano. "I really like that."
He continues to play and the music takes shape,
full and rich as though he had memorized it.
"Will he remember it later?" I whisper to the
man next to me, an associate of Norman's at CBC.
"When he comes to write it down, I mean?"
"Of course," he answers. "Perfectly."
Perhaps because of his maths and physics training at the University of British Columbia, Norman
is intrigued by special effects and his productions
are characterized by visual magic, rendering his
work immediately recognizable, not only by his
gifts in achieving unusual effects, but by an incredibly rich imagination and an infinite capacity
for detail. A Campbell production is as unique as it
is memorable such as in Hansel and Gretel when
he flew Maureen Forrester, the witch, through
loop-the-loops on a broomstick.
From Sable Island meteorologist to Canada's
most prolific producer-director, Norman Campbell is deserved of every accolade he receives. As
he, himself, says, "It's a long way from the Green
Room."_
16   CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988 v^lass Ac£.
Alfred John Kitchen BA'38 retired in 1976 after
26 years with the Manitoba Gov't. He now spends
winters in Saddlebag Lake Resort, Lake Wales, Florida and divides the rest of his time between Winnipeg and a cottage at Gull Lake, Manitoba... Milton
Taylor BSA'39, MSA'46, PhD'54(Wisc.) emeritus
professor of economics, Mich. St^te U. reports that
he still resists U.S. imperialism after 32 years of
teaching and research, despite his retirement. His
goal is to see the elimination of nuclear weapons
from the world before his death...
40*
Patricia (Ford) Jacob BA'48, BSW'49 worked for
20 years as a psychiatric social worker. Married
with a son and a daughter. Now retired and living
with her husband in White Rock, B.C. ... John
Harrower BSA'46, MEd'67 has retired after being
involved in education as a teacher for 31 years. He
and his wife Betty have recently returned to Na-
noose Bay, Vancouver Island, after having spent
two years as volunteers in a hot, dry area of Kenya
where they worked mainly in the field of agriculture. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters ... CR.
(Barrie) Jeffery BASc'48 took medical retirement in 1979 from his jobs in government and
private labs, his own companies and a spell teaching physics at UBC (1952-53). He is at home in
Ottawa enjoying life with his wife Muriel...
s
Peter Klassen BA'55 has been appointed to California Council for the Humanities. He is also a
Professor of History and serves as dean for the
School of Social Sciences at California State University in Fresno ... Taffara Deguefe BCom'50,
LLD'74 since 1986 he has been Advisor and Management Consultant of the Swaziland Development and Savings Bank. Last year he was elected
member of the Development Cooperation Committee of the International Savings Banks Institute
based in Geneva. He is one of the members representing English-Speaking Africa ... John Brown
BCom'55 has been elected as a Director of B.CA.A.
and a Director of the B.C. Lions Football Club ...
Shirley Giroday BA'51, LLB'55 and her husband
Michael Giroday LLB'57 practiced law together
from 1958 to 1984. In 1984 Shirley became a
Provincial Court Judge sitting in Sechelt and Powell
River. She is very proud to see 2 of her 5 sons,
Patrick and Ian, graduate from UBC in 1987 with
law degrees ... John Coburn BASc'56, MASc'60,
PhDfMinnesota) a member of the research staff at
the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose,
California, has been elected 1988 President of the
5000 member American Vacuum Society of the
American Institute of Physics ... Mary E. Bailey
BSc'57 has been honoured by the YWCA for her
work in education. She has been appointed to the
Senate of the University of Lethbridge by the Minister of Education and is a member of the Lethbridge
and District Japanese Garden Society ... Gordon
A. Thorn BCom'56 MBA'58 (Maryland), MEd'71
has written a Discussion Paper entitled "Employer
Interaction With Public Colleges and Institutions of
Canada," published by the Science Council of Canada in November, 1987 ... Fred Savage BASc'51
has just self-published a brochure on osteoarthritis
... Jack Freeman MSA'50 was named a fellow of
the Canadian Pest Management Society. He works
as a resesarch scientist for Agriculture Canada in
Agassiz...
s
Christine Corston BLS'69, after 14 years in Kit-
chner, Ontario, has assumed the position of
Branch Supervisor, Saint John Regional library,
Saint John, N.B ... Freek Vrugtman BSA '63 is
working as the curator of collections at the Royal
Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario ...
Frances Frazer MA'60 is now the Chair of the
Department of English at the University of P.E.I...
C. Robert James PhD'64 has been appointed to a
five year term as Vice-President (research) at the
University of Alberta in Edmonton ... Ronald
Charles BSc'69 has been appointed as a partner in
the firm of Caldwell Partners International (Toronto
branch) ... Sophia Leung MSW'66 was named
1987 YWCA Woman of Distinction in B.C. and
received the Celebration 88 Certificate of Merit
form the Government of Canada ... Ann Walsh
(Clemons) BEd'68 has just released her second
book "Moses, Me and Murder!" She is also selling
adult fiction to women's magazines ... John C.
Armstrong LLB'64 was recently appointed as Director of the Calgary Foundation and granted
Queens Counsel status (Alberta)... Robert Lucas
BCom'68 will become chairman of the Department
of Organizational Behavior / Industrial Relations at
York University on July 1, 1988 ... Phil Battle
BA'65, MA'71, PhD (Ghana) has left Pearson College in Victoria and is working as an applied sociologist, community participation, on a CIDA water
project in Ethiopia... John Walls BEd'68 has just
completed his MA in humanities at California State
University this past semester ... Chris Davies
BSF'64 has recently joined Management Connections Inc. as a partner. The firm specializes in
senior executive search ... N. Gerald Rolf son
BArch'63 has been elected President of the Architectural Institute of B.C ... John (Jack) Toovey
BSF'60 has been appointed General Manager, Tim-
berlands and Forestry for B.C. Forest Products Ltd
... Donald McMullan BSF'65 has been appointed
Chief Forester of B.C. Forest Products Ltd....
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Gene (Leatherdale) Errington MA'72 appointed Legislative and Research Director, B.C.
Federation of Labour... Sandra Haslin BASc'70
returned to Vancouver as Manager Information
Systems at Simon Fraser University ... Barbara
Milaire BSc'72 got remarried on February 27,
1988, to Alfred Breitenmoser ... Paula Arsens
BEd '71 has left behind a teaching career (8 yrs) for
a career in home design (8 yrs now), specializing in
kitchen design ... Robert Sinclair BCom'74 and
his expectant wife Judy and one-year-old daughter
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are entering the final year of a 2 year secondment
to England with ICI PLC. They will be returning to
Toronto in the summer of 1988 with their 2 English
born children ... Michael James O'Connor
LLB'74 married to Karen (nee Hartwig), a former
UBC landscape architecture student, is a senior
partner with the law firm of McConnan, Bion,
O'Connor & Peterson in Victoria. They have four
children ... Steve Schmitt BSc'76 and wife Carol
Schmitt (Parker) BCom'76 are moving to Idaho
to open a horse training /breeding facility and also
make silver bits and spurs ... CE. Paul Carter
BA'79 is teaching English at Princeton Secondary
School ... Daniel Cornejo MA'75 was appointed
Director of City Planning for Staten Island, New
York City, New York on February 16, 1988 ...
Martin S. Checov BA'77 has become a member of
the law firm of O'Melveny & Meyers in Los Angeles,
California ... Charlie Mueller BASc'77 and wife
Jayne (Cryer) Mueller BEd'79 have returned to
Calgary after working in Malaysia for 3 years with
Esso Production Malaysia Inc. Jayne has given
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Dent BCom'75 has joined the 28-member law firm
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Scholar for 1988-89. He will be going to the Bodo
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Glenn Hardie MEd'78 elected President of the
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Melvin Reeves BCom'75, MSc'77 has moved to
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U.S.A. and Europe ... Robert Muth BCom'75 has
moved from Hongkong Bank of Canada to the
parent company, Hongkong & Shanghai Banking
Corp. as Manager, Group Methods Research ...
Kenneth Antifaev LLB'74 has been elected as
Chairman of the Law Foundation of B.C.
Susan Diane Benzer MD'86 is working in New
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18, 1989 ... Cecil Baldry-White BSF'80 began a
new career as a Financial Planner/Security Broker
with Great West Pacific Management Co. Ltd. after
an 8 year career as a Forest Engineer with Crown
Forest... Alexander Boome BA'86 Peace Corps
Volunteer with Agriculture /Agro-Forestry Exten-
sionist, Palawan Island, Republic of the Philippines
... Jonathan Voon BASc'81 is working for Esso
Resources Canada Ltd. in their Judy Creek Gas
Facilities for 2 years... W. Barrie Bunyan BSc'84
and Claudine Davies BEd'84 will be married
August 13, 1988, in North Vancouver... William
Kisaalita MASc'82, PhD'87 has recently moved to
the U.S.A. to be a Post-doctoral Research Associate
in Chemical Engineering at Washington State University ... Mary-Ann Walter (Nee Grund) BA'84
was married to George Walter in May, 1985. They
have purchased a farm in Abbotsford, raising quail.
She is working as a legal assistant... Ruth (Godfrey) Stubens MSc'84 got married to Tom Stubens
on January 30, 1988. Tom is completing his MASc
this year at UBC ... Sue Haering BSN'83 is working as a nurse in charge of an 11 bed hospital in
Watson Lake, Yukon ... Shabira Verjee BSR'84 is
currently pursuing a career in Health Policy and
Management at Harvard University ... David
Howes BASc'86 is working as a Project Engineer
18   CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988 VyJLass Act.
for Western Industrial Programming ... Marl-
Wells BASc'86 moved to Calgary to join the engineering team at Novatel Communications ... Al-
lisa Ritchie BSc'85 is teaching grade 13 chemistry
to enriched students and is public speaking at
Ontario Sciences Center... Peter Baran BCom'82
currently the Location Marketing Manager for IBM
Saskatoon. He is living there with his wife Lorrie
and their 2 children, Curtis and Alexis ... Greg
K.W. Wong BASc'81, MBA'85 is the Special Assistant to the Minister of Energy for Ontario ... Elizabeth Shaw-Pickard MSc'84 just started a new job
as an Audiologist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa ... Lawrance Henry Phillips (Pip) Jordan BASc'85 Bio Resource Engineer
at Rogers Foods Ltd. married Roberta L. Holt
BA'82, LLB'85 July, 1987 in Vernon, B.C ... Bruce
Pollock BA'86 recently elected to the position of
Progressive Conservative Youth Federation President ... Fiona Webster BSc'81 is working at B.C.
Research in the newly formed Forest Biotechnology Center as a Research Scientist ... Richard
Ballantyne BSc'81 transferred from Edmonton to
Vancouver in December, 1987, with Trans Mountain Pipeline ... Tim Naas BSc'86 has been working as a Biologist in the Aquaculture Industry in
Norway. He will return to Vancouver in August,
1988 ... Greg Goldstone BSF'84 married Denise
Sheridan on January 9, 1988. He is working for the
Ministry of Forests & Lands in Port McNeill ...
Sylvia Wilson BSc'87 married Ronald Edward
Cotton BSc'86 in Duncan, B.C. on October 10,
1987. Now living in Kamloops ... Robert Guzyk
BA'84 is employed as a Deputy Clerk/Justice of the
Peace on Baffin Island, Northwest Territories as of
December, 1987 ... Donald Robinson BSc'87 is
working as a resources analyst and stockbroker for
Merit Investment Corp. in Vancouver ... Kara
Dhillon BCom'83 after 5 years of managing Maxwells' Mobile Music in Vancouver and 2 years of
"Broadcast Communications" at B.C.I.T. he is currently the Producer of "The Nightshirts" at CKWX
radio station ... Andrea Gamier BA'84 has a new
job: Archivist II at the Glenbow-Alberta Institute in
Calgary ... David Jones BMus'81 received his
Master of Arts in Music in 1987 at Western Ontario.
He is currently teaching in Chilliwack ... Lori
(Gordon) Broome BSc'85 married Ian Broome
August 15,1987. Presently teaching chemistry and
physics at a high school in Victoria ... Bruce
Hobkirk BEd'83 is teaching English in Armstrong, B.C. He is hoping to start a rowing program
in the area... Larry Chow BSc'86 and Betty Cho
BSc'87 plan to be married August 28, 1988. He is
finishing his MSc in microbiology and she is currently with Shoppers Drug Mart as Head Pharmacist ... Corrine Tovell BEd'85 married Brian
Smits on April 2, 1988 ... Marianne Grace
Farmer BA'85 has had a change of career to a
police constable: RCMP Coquitlam ... Bill Trena-
man BSc'81, MBA'84 recently appointed Vice-
President of Finance and Development, Treminco
Resources Ltd ... Gwen Shandroski MSc'87 is
the Speech-Language Pathologist at Central Newfoundland Regional Health Center in Grand Falls,
NFL ... Robert Lawlor BA'83, BSW'86, MSW'87
has a new job in mental health. A. Wayne Brazier BCom'82 was appointed Controller & Assistant Treasurer of the Gemini Group and is now
based in Toronto ... Blain Arnett BSc'86 and
Kirstin Valde BSc'86 were married ... Gregg
Saretsky BSc'82, MBA'84 has recently been ap
pointed Manager, Marketing and Planning Latin
America for Canadian Airlines in Vancouver ...
Deborah Lin BCom'84 got married to Dr. Thomas Chan BASc'83 in August, 1987. Thomas is
now Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist
University in Texas ... Isabel Ostrom BA'83 still
happily married to John. Just bought a new house
in Calgary. She is now working for a successful
western ad agency and John is still working for
Shell... Peter Shrimpton BA'83 obtained his law
degree from the University of Victoria, backpacked
around the world after articling, and has joined his
father's law practice of Shrimpton & Co. in Vancouver ... Peter Douglas BEd'84 has earned the
designation Associate of the Society of Actuaries.
He is employed by Maritime Life in his native
Halifax ... Douglas Thompson BSc'83 married
Debora Ann on July 4, 1987. He has recently
started his own business involved in R&D in the
Aquaculture industry of B.C ... Lorna Whishaw
MFA'86 moved to Windermere, B.C. Writing a
novel with help from Canada Council. She is teaching French and creative writing at East Kootenay
Community College... Jane Chong BCom'86 has
been awarded the B.C. Gold Medal in the Canadian
Chartered Accountants Final Examinations. She
works for Coopers & Lybrand in Vancouver ...
Greg Coleman BA'85 in 1986 he received "Certifi-
cat de la Lange Francaise" from the Universite de
Hvoie, Chambery, France. He is presently in his
second year of LLB program at Osgoode Hall law
school ... Richard Turner BCom'80 has been
appointed Manager, B.C. for First City Trust.
.Dirtl:
Mark Atherton BSF'76 and Kathy (Douglas)
Atherton BSc'76 wish to announce the birth of
their son Derek Mark, born 3 months premature on
December 29, 1987. He rounds out the family to 2
boys and 2 girls... Denis Duke BCom'75 and wife
Pat have a daughter, Jennifer, born July 23, 1987. A
sister for Katie... Dr. Aven (Wakefield) Poynter
BSc'77 has 2 children. Christopher, born May, 1985
and Jean, born January, 1987 ... Susan (Hughes)
Hart LLB'84 and Trevor Hart BCom'81 had a
baby boy, Steven Dennis, December 1, 1987 ...
Dawn (Whitfield) Powell BSc'79 had a baby girl,
Brittney Dawn with husband Tim ... Karen (Wiley) van der Hoop BSR'79 and Shaun van der
Hoop BEd'80 announce the birth of their daughter
Julie Marie on February 27, 1988. A sister for
Heather ... Warren Lore BCom'75 and wife
Kathleen are pleased to announce the birth of their
first child, Robin Elizabeth, on March 17, 1988 ...
Neil Carey BA'68 and Joy (Arthur) Carey
BEd'69 announce the birth of Andrew Neil Patrick
on September 29, 1987 ... Richard Roberts
BASc'75 and wife Kathy are proud to announce the
birth of their daughter, Amber Leigh, March 11,
1988. A sister for Maxwell Dean, born February 27,
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son Joseph Christian on March 2, 1988 ... Michael Richardson BSc'77, BASc'86 and wife Jane
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Lorelei, born July 27, 1987. A sister for Erica ...
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the birth of her third son Preston Elliot on November 25,1987. A brother for Owen and Brock... Dr.
William Rogal BSc'77 and wife Sandi announce
the birth of Brittany Billie on November 2,1987. A
sister for Amanda ... Torb Lindhede BSc'70
wishes to announce the birth of his first child Katie
on December 13, 1987 ... James Joyce BA'74
and Linda Adams are pleased to welcome
Katherine Anne on February 26,1988... Richard
Wodzianek BASc'83 and wife Laurie announce
the birth of Nicholas Frank on January 4, 1988 in
Calgary... Shirley (Irving) Bruning BHE'78 and
her husband Jack announce the birth of their second child, Bradley Michael, on September 9, 1987
in San Diego.
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Dental Association and served as President of the
Vancouver and District Dental Society. He was a
founder of the Dunbar-West Point Grey Youth Committee and elected to the Vancouver Resources
Board. He was instrumental in the establishment of
the Brock Hduse Society Activity Center for seniors.
He is survived by his wife B.J., his sister Anne, son
Jonathan, daughters Cameron, Robyn, Susan and 4
grandchildren ... Rev. Hugh M. Rae BA'25,
MA'27 on January 15, 1988, aged 99 years ...
Berna Agnes Jackson (nee Martin) BA'31 on
August 20, 1987, after a long career in Social Work.
Survived by her husband H. William Jackson
BA'49, BSW'50 ... Charles Alexander Gibbard
BA'26, BEd'49 on February 5, 1988. He was a
teacher in Victoria for 37 years and a Past President
of the Greater Victoria Teachers Association. Survived by his wife Adeline of nearly 60 years ...
John Sinclair Stevenson BA'29, BASc'30, PhD-
'34(MIT) on September 7,1987, after a short illness.
Survived by his wife, Louise, and his sons, John of
Ottawa, and Robert of Sault Ste. Marie. Also 6
grandchildren. He was a mining engineer with the
B.C. Department of Mines based in Victoria for 15
years, and then moved to Montreal where he
served for many years as the Sir William Dawson
Professor of Geological Sciences at McGill University ... Horace Payne BSA'53 died of cancer in
Jamaica, W.I. in March, 1987... Eugene Douglas
Burnett Woodward BSA'43, MSc'45 on March
22, 1988. He was once the Dean's assistant in the
UBC faculty of agriculture and then joined the
Federal Government as Chief Economist for the
Pacific Region ... Ray Baines BA'49 of Victoria
died on April 2, 1988, at the age of 66 ... Anne
Park BA'19 on January 21, 1988 ... Reg Eric
Haskins BASc'41 on August 9, 1986 ... Charles
Webster BASc'39 passed away on January 24,
1988 ... Robert Walter Hewetson BA'36 passed
away on Christmas Day, 1987, in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was a retired senior editor at Double-
day & Co. Publishers. He leaves his wife, Joan, son
Gordon and brother Henry Hewetson MA'25 ...
Lila Frances Maltby BA'21 on February 24,
1988, in Toronto ... Bertha (Coates) Cooper
BA'24 on November 8, 1987, in Buenos Aires,
Argentina ... Irene Stewart BA'18, MA'20 on
June 26, 1987. She was presented with the Governor General's Gold Medal by President Wesbrook
and several year before her death, Dr. Stewart
donated it to UBC where it is displayed at Special
Collections in the Main Library ... Geoffrey Conway BCom'56 after a two year battle with spinal
cancer. He was 54 ... Lyle Streight BA'27, MA'29
on January 7, 1988. He was killed in an auto
accident with his wife Claire while driving to Florida. Retired and living in Ottawa he was Research
Director at DuPont and Past President of Chemical
Engineering of Canada. Survived by his brother
Jack Streight BA'31 ... John Sankey BA'79 on
September 1, 1983, of cancer... Donald Mayne
McAllister BA'50, LLB'51 on February 6, 1988.
He was a member of the B.C. Bar Association and
the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C ...
John W. (Bill) Plommek BA'29, BEd'56 on April
17, 1987. Survived by his wife Muriel... William
Henry Weeks BEd'49 on November 22,1987 of a
heart attack. He was a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces ... Robert Malcomson
BEd'68 passed away on August 30, 1987. He retired
in 1981 from William Beagl Junior High School in
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Bound together by geography and similar timetables, the carpool had its own dynamics. With your peers, you motored
through a kind of Twilight Zone between
the reality of home and English Lit at 8:30.
Windshield wipers slapping time to CFUN's
"Up On The Roof." You began the day together and ended it together. You were not
just friends, not quite family ... you were
carpool.
Like a family, the carpool saw you at your
worst, especially the 7:30 pickups on the
North Shore. People literally brushed their
teeth, shaved, plucked eyebrows, polished
off half grapefruits, sucked coffee and
dressed while sandwiched in with four others. The thoroughness of morning ablutions decreased slightly in co-ed cars, but
only slightly.
Vera Lekich refused a marriage proposal
from her driver, but looking back realizes it
could have worked on some level, just because he always saw her at her worst-
grumpy and disheveled. Vera's worst must
be good. Another carpool member never
asked her out, but one summer night he
appeared, moonstruck, singing under her
window. The next Monday, the carpool ar
rived as usual. Nothing was ever said.
I learned something about human dynamics in the carpool. I learned to gauge
which driver was serious about not waiting
for you, and when not to ask how someone's date had gone. I learned about cause
and effect first hand when Pussy Campbell
couldn't get her mom's blue Rambler on
Wednesday as scheduled and chaos ensued. I honed the small but vital skill of
reading without being carsick, which has
stood me in good stead on Greek ferries
and Yugoslavian buses.
On graduation day, three of us stand in
my album, gowned and capped, in front of
Brock Hall. We beam at the camera, not
because of the opportunities which lie
ahead or the exams never again to be written. We were giddy at the realization we
would never again have to totter through C-
Lot's gravel in the mandatory wineglass
heels. The one on the left would become
my maid of honour. I would be godmother
to the other's son.
A ride board still exists—now in the SUB,
across from Duke's Cookies. But the same
notices remain unanswered for weeks. The
carpool is a dwindling species. The toll on
Lions Gate Bridge is long gone. Year round
$10 parking permits have given way to
hourly "gated" parking lots. The bus is
socially acceptable. Biking is even desirable. Students drive their own Honda Preludes, Volvos and Mercedes, free to go
home when their last class ends, not the
driver's. A different time.a
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CHRONICLE/SUMMER 1988   21 ©iiMioii
WHEN
CAR-
POOLING
WAS
KING
C  r-    A    ?  a  0  ,.      ,__
And getting to UBC was half your education
BY KERRY McPHEDRAN
Kerry McPhedran, BA'65, is a
freelance writer and exhibit
design consultant. She has
consulted on exhibits such as
the Northwest Territories
Paoilion at Expo 86 and the
Saskatchewan Science
Centre, and is currently
working with an exhibit
design team on Science
World.
November, 1963. On that post Grey
Cup Monday morning when Joy
Fraser turned up on the curb
heavier by 1.5 carats, our carpool went
berserk. In spite of near-freezing Vancouver temperatures, we trailed The Hand
out the window of Pussy Campbell's mom's
blue Rambler for the triumphal, horn-
punctuated ride to the UBC campus.
A different time. The individualism born
in Woodstock had not yet whirled in to UBC
from the psychadelic mists. In the early
sixties, group mentality prevailed. In the
fall, we bonded in fraternities and sororities. At Christmas, we migrated en masse to
Banff by train. Year round, we rolled westward daily, four, five and six at a time, in
ancient Zer. hyrs, Ford Coupes and Prefects
with proud names like Blue Nightie and
Daphne. We streamed into the campus
from Marine Drive and up 10th and 4th
Avenues. We rumbled in from the hinterlands, over the Lions Gate Bridge, along
the 401, sidewindows spattered by passing
semi-trailers.
It was the era of the carpool, the ultimate
conjoiner on wheels.
Looking back, it is interesting how orderly it all was. Derek Cook ran a tight ship
in his Volvo 544. "We had a two minute
waiting period between honk and closing
the door. 1 remember leaving Pat Sanderson on her porch, brushing her teeth as we
pulled away." George Margellos and his
fleet of Fords—"I had a 51 Ford Coupe, but
it wasn't like Don Sache's. Sache had the
cherry one of the whole world. Don Piper's
55 Ford Sedan was our luxury car"—held
the line on money. "If you didn't pay your
weekly dollar on Friday, you didn't get
picked up on Monday."
Making your 8:30 hinged on parking. In
the parking lot quest for space, the Cook
and Margellos pools regularly arrived late,
drove to the front of C-lot and bounced
VWs over to make space. "I came back to
the Volvo one day and found all my tires
flat, including the spare." Cook accepted
the reciprocation as part of carpool life.
"There was always a constant challenge
from the moment you woke up until you
got to the beer parlour."
Over in B-lot, Virg Hamilton's all-female
carpool looked for unlocked cars, released
the brake and rolled them forward enough
to sneak in the Morris Minor. Failing that,
any driver who was late was obliged to
drop the passengers in front of Brock.
Carpools didn't necessarily come home.
Many were essentially "get-to" carpools. At
4:30, the driver called the shots. It could be
home, Sedgewick Library till midnight, or
beer and a Cubanette at the Cecil or the
Fraser Arms. Getting there was what
counted—not when you got home.
First year took its toll on carpools. "That
first year, there were 15 of us," remembers
Cook. "Three of us wrote finals. Cards and
pool. The guys who got nailed in the bridge
room were gone. Simple as that."
Finding a new carpool could be tough.
Unless someone died, moved or flunked in
a neighbourhood or friend's carpool, you
had to take a chance on the Ride Board. By
the Bus Stop Cafe, strangers posted cryptic
offers in exchange for gas money or your
mother's car one day a week.
There were advantages to the lottery approach of the Ride Board. It was a chance to
not only meet new people—a Mister Right,
a nubile poolette?—but to cross faculty
lines. In first year Arts, I phoned "Ask for
Larry," and spent the next nine months
cossetted two hours a day with two engineers and a third year Aggie. Remember
the intergalactic bar scene in Star Wars?
Same feeling. A glimpse of Nietzsche's and
Aristotle's worlds. My introductory Philosophy course didn't jibe with the carpool
schedule, so I switched from pondering the
sound of one hand clapping to the advantages of the opposable thumb in Zoology s
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