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VOLUME 26, NO. 1, SPRING 1972
SNATCH Keith Bradbury
ROCK' David Brock
Message Frank Walden
Comments and Rebuttals
EDITOR   Clive Cocking, BA'62
COVER   Roy Peterson
Alumni Media Ltd.
Mrs. R. W. Wellwood, BA'51, chairman, Frank C.
Walden, BA'49, past chairman, Mrs. Frederick Field,
BA'42, Dr. Joseph Katz, (BA, MEd Man),(PhDChicago),
Philip Keatley,  BA'51, Trevor Lautens, (BA McMaster),
Jack K. Stathers, BA'55, MA'58, Dr. Ross Stewart,
BA'46, MA'48, (PhD Washington)
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In The Eye
a The
Vlveca Ohm
looks at
the life and art
of Joe Plaskett
This is not a portrait of Joe Plaskett. Oh no, he's much too elusive for that. The notebooks and
questions only drive him further into
the quiet room behind the courteous
Just when you think you've caught
him, he'll slip out of the frame and
leave you holding facts. Joe Plaskett.
UBC graduate 1939. Canadian
painter "in the Beaux Arts tradition."
Living in Paris for the past 20 years.
Plaskett talks slowly. His whole
manner is so low-key as to be disconcerting at first. But sooner or later
his effect on people is calming.
He is a gentle man. Wisps of thin
grey hair touch his shoulders. His
face suggests a sad and enigmatic
bird. It has also been said (by a close
friend) to resemble "the last known
portrait of the Marquis de Sade at
Charenton." The association is misleading in the extreme, for nothing
about Plaskett hints of torment Or
At 52, he is an artist who no longer
strives to be revolutionary. If he ever
did. On the contrary, regression
seems to be the keynote. An unabashed escape into a pre-war, pre-
abstract, pre-Pop Art environment
where time has been turned off.
Women look like women and pianos
look like pianos. But both seem to
float in a pastel mist. Plaskett reflects his small world through very
rose-tinted mirrors.
He is an anachronism. His Paris
studio is a salon where artists, models,
writers drop in at any hour. Bright,
beautiful people; women who argue
with verbal razors. On Joe's canvas
they all have fragile faces. After they
have gone home, he paints the wine
But his nostalgia is not for the 30s.
It is for the early 19th century, the
18th, and long before. It is for Proust
and Wordsworth and Vivaldi, for the
Baroque in style and all that is
Romantic in outlook. An unlikely
painter for 1971. But Joe has never
felt compelled to keep up with racing
trends; he is not a mainstream
Whether he is even a Canadian
painter is debatable. Being born in
New Westminster, attending UBC
and the Vancouver School of Art
does not necessarily make a Canadian artist, or does it? Whatever Joe's
art is, his following is mainly Canadian. In 1949 he moved to Paris,
but his exhibitions have been in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver
and it is here he has an established
Who is this audience? Fine Arts
Gallery director Alvin Balkind describes them as "tending to be people
who don't like present life. They prefer to dwell on the past; they've
stopped at a certain point in history.
That doesn't mean they're old. Many
are—but many are young. They're
people who would like to go back to
what they think is a golden age."
Plaskett's quest is the same. "I am
searching for a lost paradise. . . am
obsessed by a dream of a Golden
(or at least a Silver) Age." His art
and his way of life are one—"a cry
of love for what is about to be destroyed." ("If I were the suicidal type,
that's what I would commit suicide
for, the pulling down of old buildings, old things.")
To that end he has retreated to
his 15th century house on the Right
Bank (between the Bastille and the
doomed Les Halles) and has filled it
with tassels and chandeliers, with
curlicued mirrors and ivory statuettes. The photographs show rooms
so cluttered with relics it is difficult
to see how he is able to move, much
less paint.
It was this whole environment
Alvin Balkind wanted to show when
he brought "Joe Plaskett & His
Paris: In Search of Time Past" to the
UBC gallery last November. He insists that it was not a one-man show,
but an exhibition of a life-style.
Opening night: the usual
speeches, welcomes, hyperboles by
dignitaries.  The people who glide from painting to painting seem to be
carrying invisible glasses (although
there is only tea on the long table).
Later, Balkind says of the audience that it "represented the power
structure, the Establishment figures.
Quite different from the student/
artist audience we have here on
opening nights when we have something far out, avant-garde. Then
these people stay away. . .they have
fled from the world of art in the past
10 years, and the world of art moves
on with the speed of sound or light.
Zoom, zoom, the movements go by.
These people simply haven't the capacity or the interest to keep up with
it. . ."
What do they experience in an exhibition of Joe Plaskett's life-style?
Great multi-panel views of sun-
streamed rooms (which in the accompanying photo-blowups look
decidedly gloomier). Portraits of
friends lounging in chairs. The same
soft faces recurring, surrounded by
plants and mirrors. On massive
placards, lists of names intrude. The
heading is "Cast of Characters in the
Plaskett Human Comedy".
The audience squints, tries to
memorize the descriptions of the
Canadian writer, Japanese artist,
Romanian "beauty", Russian poet.
There is as much print as paint in
the show. A profusion of quotes from
old masters vie with profundities by
the aforesaid friends on What Joe
Plaskett Is Really Like. Examples:
"Joe is discreet and physically
pleasant to be with. . . a rock in the
ocean surrounded by screeching gulls
... an ascetic who has had a glimpse
of Nirvana. . . Joe either knows
life is hell and people are awful and
so consciously tries to make them
more attractive than they really are
—or he doesn't know."
Maps of Paris zero in on Plaskett's
house; Plaskett pastels view it from
snow-covered streets. Music from
Plaskett's favorite composers floats
through the room; a flute concerto
by Vivaldi, strains of Chopin, Scar-
latti. As one critic put it, "only a whiff
of decayed Camembert is lacking..."
Reaction? It's two-fold. Either one
is magnetized, all defenses down, by
the sheer romanticism of it all, or one
is repelled by the precious intimacy
in which one has no part.
But the amount of love (and even
sentimentality is love) exuded by the
brushstrokes is sometimes enough to
win over the most cynical. Even so,
the comment sheet swings wide:
"such humility. . . semi-real. . .
moved by the human spirit. . . without the trimmings and Paris, the
paintings are nothing. . . finally a
return to real art ("real art" meaning
presumably, recognizable objects)
. . . anaemic horseshit. . . "
"How can people put down such
mean things?" wonders one lady.
Balkind assures her that Joe
doesn't mind the critics, is in fact
rather amused by the whole thing.
The comments were much stronger
in a 1964 Plaskett show when one
outraged spectator declared "the artist in question should be castrated
and hung."
It's hard to imagine a more unlikely instigator of such fury than
Plaskett or any of his dreamy canvasses. Take those Bonnard-like still-
lifes of tables. Remnants of dinner
for six, carved-out melons, empty
wine-glasses, tea-cups, chairs pulled
out. Titles like "After Dinner—
Green Tablecloth". "After Dinner—
Pink Tablecloth". "After Dinner-
Yellow Tablecloth". After a while
one becomes very familiar with Joe's
It's part of the "comedy". "Consuming a meal" means people consuming "each other in their conversation" for Joe. He chases away anyone who offers to help clear the
dishes, and then "the table may be
left for days, even weeks, while I
paint the remains of the meal, accenting the confusion of glasses and
fruits. . . the visual spectacle. . .
ghosts of people and echoes of
conversations." Chairs "replace the
figures, and take on the form of the
sitter." Rococo chairs, naturally.
He preserves a shell, this man.
Doesn't let go. Or is it just today?
Because he is tired, made uncomfortable by the royal fuss and fanfare
that exhibitions bring? Balkind peeks
around the corner to ask when Joe
could see a photographer. Joe sighs,
maybe he'll take a rest tomorrow.
The New Westminster he was
born into in 1918 was one of Victorian mansions and cows grazing on
fields that sloped down to the Fraser.
His father was an Anglican clergyman; Joe grew up in a setting whose
morality was as gentle as the
countryside. When he was 14 his
only brother, who was a year older,
died. That was one of the losses in
his life; there must be others, but he
doesn't talk about them.
As a UBC student he studied history and graduated with first-class
honours in 1939. But he had always
painted; after this academic detour,
he studied at the Vancouver School
of Art under people like Shadbolt,
Ustinov, Binning. Later he studied in
Banff, California, New York, and
learned from A. Y. Jackson and
Hans Hofmann. By the end of the 40s
he had had several exhibits in Vancouver, which led to friendships with
Lawren Harris and Jock McDonald.
He had been for two years principal at the Winnipeg School of Art,
when he first went to Paris in 1949.
He didn't consciously go looking for
a dream; the dream materialized the
moment he arrived. Paris overwhelmed him, its architecture,
smells, atmosphere, its more-than-
hoped for reality. He found it "like
some world created by a super-
Disney or a Cecil B. deMille".
Plaskett's representational/romantic style of painting hasn't changed
much in the 20 years since his coming
to live in Paris. He is still protecting
and nurturing the world he found.
Alvin Balkind, who is a long-time
friend of Plaskett's, recently visited
him in Paris. From Balkind's lyrical Don't you see anything
beautiful or exciting that
moves you in this century?
Yes ... but no, my real love
and what moves me most is
the past. I think that's my
personal idiosyncrasy.
Have you always felt like
Yes... well, there was a
time when I was studying
art and doing abstracts...
for a while I tended to
think the new art would
replace the old. I don't
know that I ever did think
that. No. I have lost faith
in modern art.
And you never feel you have
to "say" something in the
socio-political sense ...
I'm not a political animal.
When I was younger I may
have wanted to be a
reformer... but now I have
become more cynical
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recollections (which formed the introduction to the exhibit), Joe's days
take on a clearer form.
He wakes early in a massive four-
poster bed, whose spiral columns
support a tasseled canopy. Very
Baroque. Descending a medieval
staircase, he reaches the much-
celebrated, much-painted studio
which is also his living and dining
room. After breakfast there are quick
letters to people, some in response to
the inquiries that are starting to
swamp him.
The telephone rings frequently; it
will be one of the friends-cum-cast
with an invitation or a piece of news
or a personal crisis. Joe is a great
soother. The same friend may drop
by in the afternoon to watch Joe
The Spanish gypsy who sings at
the bistro below will bring up some
new waif of an acquaintance. Later,
perhaps all of them will go down to
Le Petit Gavroche (The Little Street
Urchin) to talk and drink away most
of the night. The clashes of personality that take place over the table
will feed Joe's brush.
Balkind: "So many people don't
realize that Joe too is an ironist, Joe
too has a sense of the ridiculous. Joe
too has said, in talking about the
'human comedy' that he loves having
a gladiatorial contest. It is a world
in which no banality is allowed to die
a slow death. There are some very
sharp minds in this world, they'll
slash and cut away. Joe watches all
this; he rarely participates. . . He is a
gentle man, almost saint-like. But I'd
like to qualify that and say there's a
certain kind of saint (the kind I'd be
more inclined to admire) who is also
a devil. Who watches the wickedness
of the world and enjoys it to some
extent, but is yet removed from it."
It is an utterly vulnerable world,
this haven of Plaskett's. For all its
wit and ritual, it is an unreal world,
defying time with "comedy". That is
why Balkind calls it "tea-time in the
eye of the hurricane, or a Fellini
barge in a shark-filled sea. The hurricane moves on, the sharks may
engulf you, and the whole thing could
be shattered in an instant." □
Viveca Ohm, BA'69, is a Vancouver
freelance writer who writes regularly for the Vancouver Sun. The Great
British Columbia
Doctor Snatch
Or, why pay to train doctors
when you can get them for nothing?
Keith Bradbury Reveals
The Scandalous Story
Of How Wealthy
British Columbia Would
Rather Steal Doctors
From Poorer Areas
Than Train Its Own
-*- school enrolled its first class,
there was room for exactly 60 first
year students. Last September, when
the latest class was enrolled, there
were still exactly 60 first year places.
The intervening two decades had
seen the population of British Columbia nearly double and the number
of university students increase by
nearly 400 per cent but there had not
been even a one seat increase in the
intake of the medical school. UBC in
the early 1970s is still turning out the
same number of doctors it was turning out in the early 1950s.
This is, in plain language, the
worst record of any province in Canada. The impoverished Atlantic
provinces, with a combined popula-
9 tion equivalent to that of British Columbia, have twice as many places
for students wanting to enter medical
school. That favorite British Columbia target, Quebec, has more than 10
times as many places, 629 in the fall
of 1970. The Canadian average is
one first year seat in a medical school
for every 14,000 of population, but
the B.C. ratio is one place for every
35,000 of population, a ratio that is
twice as bad as that of the next worst
province, Saskatchewan.
In most places, it would be impossible to go on indefinitely turning out
only about a quarter or a fifth of the
new physicians needed each year. In
the end, it would catch up with those
responsible, either in the form of a
scandal or a disaster. Doctors would
soon be swamped, the standard of
care would deteriorate and an
alarmed public would demand that
the public officials involved provide
the places needed.
But this is British Columbia, a
place that in so many ways seems
immune to the forces that ordinarily
guide the affairs of men. British Columbia has a high standard of living,
pleasant scenery and a moderate climate, three of a number of factors
that make it an ideal place for doctors to locate. The result is a steady
inflow of doctors trained elsewhere.
In the year ending September,
1970, 289 new doctors were registered in British Columbia, but UBC
graduated only 55; in 1971, 299 new
doctors were registered while UBC
was graduating 61. This meant that
despite its abysmal failure to do its
fair share of medical education, British Columbia could still claim more
doctors per unit of population than
any other part of the country. In
1969, B.C. had one doctor for every
689 people, compared to one for
for every 825 in the country as a
whole. The inflow of doctors also
meant that the steady, year by year
deterioration of B.C.'s provision of
medical graduates could continue to
go unnoticed by the public at large.
Those who wanted a doctor in B.C.
were usually able to get one—and as
a result there was no public outcry.
Yet, does this make the B.C.
policy any less cynical, any less parasitic, any less of a public scandal than
it would otherwise be? Not really.
The provincial government would
presumably argue that it is only good
business to pick up doctors trained
elsewhere. Why train them here when
somebody else will pay to train them?
But the answer begs the issue, for
what is involved here is not just a
question of economics or budget
balancing. What is involved, quite
simply, is a moral issue.
On the one hand, British Columbia, one of the wealthiest provinces in
a wealthy land, is drawing off doctors
from not only its poorer sister provinces but from poorer countries as
well. Directly or indirectly, it is needy
nations like India and Pakistan that
are making up for British Columbia's
failure to do its duty. On the other
hand, literally hundreds of young
British Columbians who want to follow medicine as a career are being
denied the opportunity—because of
the lack of space at UBC.
The draw on less-developed countries is "morally indefensible" in
the view of Dr. John F. McCreary,
who recently stepped down as UBC
dean of medicine to serve full-time
as coordinator of health sciences, a
post which he had also handled
earlier on an interim basis. As he
points out, not only do we take
doctors that these countries need,
but because of our high standards
we take their best doctors. "We are
robbing doctors from other countries
when we should be sending doctors
to them," adds Dr. Patrick McGeer,
a member of the medical faculty
and the provincial Liberal leader.
In the year ending September,
1971, B.C.'s imported doctors came
from the following areas: about 100
from other parts of Canada, 66 from
the United Kingdom, 9 from the
United States, 5 from South Africa,
8 from Australia and New Zealand
and 50 from other countries, many
of them poorer countries that could
ill afford to lose doctors. But even
these figures, of themselves, do not
give a full picture of the extent to
which the B.C. policy works a hardship on the underdeveloped nations;
they do not show the indirect draw
we make on the medical manpower
of poorer countries. For example,
one may see nothing wrong with taking 66 doctors from the United Kingdom since the U.K. is, in world,
terms, relatively affluent. But how
are those 66 replaced in the U.K.?
The answer is by the U.K. drawing
on less developed countries. "The
National Health Service in England
would have fallen on its face by now
if it were not for the doctors they get
from India and Pakistan," says one
member of the UBC faculty. The
British Columbia policy (and indeed
the Canadian policy of training only
about half the doctors the country
needs) starts a chain reaction that
may stop only when it reaches the
underdeveloped countries.
Only slightly less reprehensible
than taking doctors from countries
which need them is the growing practice of rejecting young British Columbians who want a medical education. Last fall, the medical school received 707 applications for its 60
first year places, of which 215 came
from British Columbians. As long
ago as 1969, the UBC medical faculty was forced to institute a "British
Columbians only" policy (with one
or two exceptions) because of its
limited entering class size. But even
with that policy, only slightly more
than a quarter of those young British
Columbians wanting to practice
medicine can now be accommodated.
Statistics from a year earlier are
even more startling because they give
an indication of the kind of highly
qualified and highly motivated students now being turned away by the
medical school. That year, there were
536 applications for the 60 first year
spots. Among the more than 450 stu- dents rejected were 30 with pre-
medical averages of over 80 per cent
and another 69 with averages of over
75 per cent. A study of the situation
by the medical faculty's admissions
committee concluded: "There are
now sufficient qualified B.C. candidates to fill at least twice as many
positions as the number presently
available in the entering class." The
study added: "Even if the intake of
medical students at UBC were doubled immediately, the B.C. ratios of
medical school entering class places
to provincial population and to provincial undergraduate enrolment
would still be less than those for the
country as a whole and for the majority of other provinces." What happens to those young people who after
three years of pre-medical studies—
and perhaps several years spent in
anticipation of a medical career—
find there is no room at the school?
The admissions committee said its
evidence indicates "the large majority of them do not gain admission to
any medical school and are presumably, therefore, lost to the profession."
One other aspect of the situation
that may be of legitimate concern is
whether British Columbians are getting as a high a standard of health
care from the large numbers of
foreign-trained physicians as they
would from doctors trained in B.C.
At least two faculty members with
whom I spoke contended that care
would be better with home-trained
doctors. One reason, they argued, is
that medicine even today remains as
much an art as a science. "There's
still a lot of magic in it, a lot of mysticism," explained one of these doctors, "and as a result, the doctor's
sociological and cultural background,
his personality and his past experiences have a lot to do with how good
a doctor he will be. Some doctors,
from places like Eastern Europe and
Asia take an approach that is too'
scientific and which does not take account of the whole human being."
However, Dr. W. G. McClure, the
registrar of the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons, has responded
to past criticism of foreign-trained
doctors by pointing out that the imported doctors must pass the same
examinations as doctors graduated
Well, then, who's to blame for the
present situation? Much of the blame
no doubt falls on that familiar villain,
the provincial government. It has not
exactly over-endowed the medical
faculty with either capital or operating grants and, to members of the
UBC faculty as well as doctors off
campus, it has conveyed the impression that it would just as soon continue to get doctors from elsewhere
without having to pay to educate
them. (Health Minister Ralph Loff-
mark turned down a request for an
interview on the subject, saying that
he was, at the time, too busy preparing his budget estimates for the
The matter does not end there,
11 The Grim Reality
Ratio of medical school entering
class places to provincial
British Columbia   1
Alberta  1
Saskatchewan    1
Manitoba  1
Ontario  1
Quebec    1
Atlantic Provinces  1
British Columbia 1
Alberta  1
Saskatchewan  1
Manitoba  1
Ontario  1
Quebec    1
Atlantic Provinces  1
however, Dr. McCreary says governments—federal and provincial—
"have not taken their fair share of
responsibility for the education of
doctors. Whether they've done this
deliberately or have just slipped into
it, I don't know." Others suggest that
the UBC medical faculty itself can
take part of the blame, since a proposal to increase the size of the first
year class to 80 for the 1971-72 session was opposed by two basic science departments within the faculty.
These departments wanted a commitment that their facilities and staff
would be enlarged before they would
agree to expanding the size of the
class. While we're at it, some blame
can go to the medical profession as
well, which has been somewhat less
than vociferous in pointing out to the
public the growing problems in medical education.
Perhaps more than anything, however, the present situation at UBC is
just another tribute to our traditional
approach to planning for health care
in this country. As a nation, we don't
seem to have had a very clear sense
of purpose in the health care area.
Expensive acute care beds have
been overemphasized at the expense
of cheaper beds for other forms of
care; incentives have been built into
the health delivery system that encourage over-servicing by doctors
and high costs—instead of cheap, but
efficient, care. The examples are
legion. It would be inconsistent, in
the circumstances, to expect that the
output of doctors would have been,
in some way, related to the needs of
the country. In fact, it has been left
largely to chance. There has been no
single body charged with the responsibility of determining in advance the
medical services the country needs
and then planning and coordinating
programs to get the necessary manpower. Indeed, in the medical specialties, the most expensive area of
medical training, it has all been left to
the desires of medical faculty department heads. Any similarity between
the number of specialists turned out
and the number needed was largely
coincidental as witnessed by the fact
that in British Columbia at the moment highly-trained general surgeons
spend roughly 30 to 35 per cent of
their time doing general practice.
Dr. McCreary advocates both
short and long term solutions for the
present situation. In the short term:
immediate expansion of the first year
class in the medical faculty to 80
students with a further increase to
100 students in, perhaps, two years;
and operation of the medical school
on a year-round basis in order to reduce by a year the time it takes (now
four years) to turn out a doctor.
For the longer term, the cornerstone of his program is the creation of
a National Health Council, the health
equivalent of the Economic Council
of Canada, which would decide upon
an acceptable national standard of
health to be made available to all
Canadians and the kind and amount
of medical manpower required to
reach this national standard of care.
(The federal government announced
last fall that it would establish such a
To make it easier for young people
wanting a medical education to get
through medical school, Dr. McCreary would completely subsidize
medical education and pay medical
students living allowances. This kind
of assistance, however, would have
its price for the student: he would be
required after graduation to spend at
least three years practising in an area
in which doctors were needed. This,
then, would help to eliminate another
familiar health delivery problem, the
imbalance in distribution of medical
personnel between rural and urban
The money? It would come from
the federal government, since it is Dr.
McCreary's contention that professional school graduates are a national, and not just a provincial asset.
To enable them to operate effectively
on a national basis, he would remove
the barriers such as different licensing regulations which now prevent
the free flow of medical personnel
across provincial boundaries.
However, none of this should be
undertaken without prior or simultaneous study of new methods of delivery of health care. The reason is
that new methods will likely affect
not only the numbers of health professionals needed, but the kinds as
well. So-called paramedical personnel may take over some of the routine work of doctors. Community
health centres featuring doctors on
salaries may put more stress on preventive medicine, reduce the over-
servicing (unnecessary operations
and the like) that is occasioned by
the fee-for-service system, and reduce the number of doctors needed.
(Royal Columbian Hospital admin- istrator Dr. R. G. Foulkes, who has
made an intensive study of community health centres, says they
could mean that we would need only
60 per cent of the doctors that we
would need with the fee-for-service
The greater emphasis on ambulatory care in hospitals would require
the training of new kinds of health
professionals as well as the development of new relationships between
the professionals themselves. (The
UBC Health Sciences Centre now
being built around a planned $60
million teaching hospital, is to
train professionals in these new
Other doctors, with whom I spoke,
seemed to be in general agreement
with Dr. McCreary, although there
was some difference as to details.
There was unanimous agreement
about the urgency of the present
situation and the desirability of doing
something about it quickly. In each
case, there was also recognition of
the need for creation of a body to
determine medical manpower needs
and then for governments, the university and the profession to get together and ensure that the required
personnel are provided. Dr. McGeer
would establish a second medical
school in the province. Another
member of the faculty suggested that
the school and the provincial licensing body take on the function of deciding the number of GPs required.
But these are details; the aims are
the same.
Yet, if one may be permitted to
express a personal opinion, I can't
help but think that in all this one
thing has been overlooked—that the
solution requires at least one more
element. It is quite simply, a commitment to let the general public in
immediately on what is happening,
something the medical profession so
often has been loathe to do. If, as the
central figures seem to feel, most of
the problems arise from the attitude
of the provincial government, an informed and even alarmed public
could be a most helpful ally in changing the government's mind—especially in what appears to be an election
year. □
A former Vancouver Sun reporter
and freelance writer/broadcaster,
Keith Bradbury, BA'66, LLB'69, recently joined the CHAN-TV News-
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14 Notes For A New Song
'Graveyard Rock'
A vintage Dave Brock exploration of
the peculiar similarities between the Twenties, the Thirties and today
that the 1920"s are on their way
back again. To name only a few
symptoms and confining them all to
ones beginning with the letter "D",
we are now, as they were, overly preoccupied with being Disillusioned
and enjoying the game of having Disappeared into a lost generation. We
keep looking for Drugs that will cure
and cause restlessness at the same
time, and while we don't talk quite so
much about Drink we consume more
of it than ever. We pretend to understand and enjoy Dadaist non-art, in
cluding Din. We seek new kinds of
Dirt. We deliberately try to look Disreputable, or so a ghost from more
elegant times would have to assume.
And we have revived the old and impossible trick of trying to think in
Decades. Not a day passes that someone doesn't claim some natural thing
has become unnatural and wrong because, "We're in the Seventies now,
you know." What a strange coincidence that the words Decade and
Decadence have so much in common.
At other times, I have a feeling
that the 1930's are also coming back,
hand in hand with the 1920's. There
is, for example, that little question of
a Depression, accompanied by the
assurance that prosperity is just
around the corner. And as in the
thirties, I see droves of students who
cling to the campus as an almost permanent Dwelling and Diversion just
because they can't find jobs in the
real world outside.
Some of these feelings are just
dreams and delusions, I suppose,
while others may have something in
them. For three years or more I spent
about half my working days gather-
15 ing material and writing scripts and
choosing pictures for a television
series which I called "Some of Those
Days". In the course of more than
120 shows I used about 7,000 still
pictures and maybe seven hours of
short snippets of antique film, with
God knows what hundreds of songs.
But the implication of the title was
clear enough: I was dredging up more
samples of Victorian, Edwardian and
Georgian social history, nor did 1
want the audience to fall into the
trap of believing that all American
college boys wore coonskin coats in
the so-called Roaring Twenties, and
the streets of Manhattan were piled
high with the bodies of stockbrokers
and their clients who jumped out of
windows after the Wall Street crash
of 1929, and Capone's Chicago had a
murder rate that we would consider
phenomenal or impossible, and so on.
Serious historians assume that if a
thing was happening at all, it must
have been happening in a major way,
and thus the main product of any era
appears through no fault of its own)
to be folklore and downright fibs.
The only scientific check on the
coonskin coat myth was made by
Christopher Morley, who found that
while three Yale men wore coonskin
coats to a Harvard-Yale game as a
joke, they did not actually own these
garments. The suicide figures for
Manhattan are always available and
after the 1929 crash they were unusually low. There were later and
worse crashes in the early 30's, about
which we seldom hear any more, but
I am talking about the 1929 myth,
and I doubt if the skies were black
with brokers at any time. In Capone's
worst year there was about one gang
murder a week. The publicity was
enormous, but the product was piffling, even by modern Montreal standards, while in modern Manila they
have a murder every nine minutes,
with Colombia not far behind, and
nobody cares a hoot.
Both from my own memories of
the Twenties and Thirties and from
my fairly deep researches into their
worries and diversions, I can assure
you it was a very rare fad that was
even known to the whole population
in its brief heyday, let alone admired
and practised by all. And while the
comic papers of any period are useful
reminders that many fads, such as
huge "plus-four" golfing knickerbockers, or the monstrous trousers
known as Oxford bags or balloon
pants, were thought funny at the time
without any help from our later titters and jeers, these same comic
papers mislead us into thinking a fad
was more universal than it really was.
In British Columbia in 1925 or '26
I knew a very few high school boys
who wore Oxford bags of incredible
width. But there was only one UBC
man who tried it, and his balloon
pants were taken off him by other
students, very much as a white crow
is pecked to death by normal ones.
After being flown from a flagpole and
then torn during a series of inter-
faculty battles for their possession,
the giant pants were cut into hundreds of patches which were sold as
tags to raise money for a decent pair
of trousers to replace the offensive
ones. This was probably the first and
last time the art critics have made
good any loss occasioned by their
acts of criticism. The new trousers
were presented to the ex-balloonist
on the stage of the Capitol Theatre,
with a suitably worded brass plaque
stitched onto their seat, after a great
snake parade along Granville Street
and into the theatre, without payment or permission.
In those days students were known
to parade and fight and behave tu-
multuously (which is the legal definition of a riot) but only in a vain effort
to become as little children, as a nice
change from being grown-up, instead
of in a vain effort to believe the tumultuous are the only wise ... a mistake made by Camille Desmoulins, a
very silly little nothing of a man
whose, words led to the fall of the
Bastille, which led to the Terror,
which led to Napoleon, who led in a
surprisingly direct line to Hitler. The
Battles of the Pants led to nothing,
except to prove (to those of us with
long memories) that any 1976 film
showing all the 1926 UBC men in
Oxford bags is going to be one more
example of the fantastic dream world
of film directors, script writers, costume designers and social historians.
Such a film will naturally show
fraternity house orgies, based on
novels and films of the 1920's for
how can the wee fairy film folk tell
that at the UBC fraternity houses of
the Twenties, women and liquor
were usually barred? I believe I am
under oath not to discuss any of the
affairs of the one fraternity of which
I had first-hand knowledge between
1926 and 1930, but perhaps my old
friends and brothers can offer me a
16 special dispensation, in the interests
of history, when I say that liquor
came into our house only during the
Christmas holidays, and women
came only to attend our rare tea-
dances, those chaste ceremonials
dead these 40 years.
Another thing wrong with making
too many guesses and generalizations
about the past is the temptation to
assign some peculiarity to a definite
decade exclusively. The shallowest,
briefest research can show you that
almost anything we think typically
Twenties could be found both earlier
and later than that. Girls smoked
cigarettes at Cambridge in 1870.
Men smoked pot in the Latin Quarter
of Paris in 1870, though the jazz
musicians of the Twenties liked to
think themselves the first to try this
Indian rope trick. Irene Castle invented bobbed hair, and was much
copied, around 1912 or so, and invented most of the rest of the Twenties while she was at it . . . including,
I am quite sure, the tea-dance. The
New Yorker still thinks it changed
the whole of humour with the one-
line caption in 1925, but a glance at
old files of Punch will show you
plenty of British artists using it long
before the Twenties. My God, even
the poet W. B. Yeats, ever in his
own dream-world and unconscious
of fads, was using one-line captions
under some of those funny drawings
he did for Punch over the pseudonym
"W. Bird".
For a suitable bet I could find you
dozens and scores of examples, even
though it is rare for a photographer
to waste film on what seems plain
bloody ordinary at the time. There
are photographs and drawings of
Parisian students looking deliberately
dirty in 1875, because they were extraordinary, but it would be hard to
find Stanford students looking deliberately dirty in 1922, though this
is what they did and as a boy of 11 I
saw them doing it. When home
movies became popular in the late
'20's and the new owners shot every-
17 thing in sight, their waste and folly
became (much later) a social document beyond all price. None of the
professionals were shooting the routine appearance and doings of routine people.
When one UBC student in 1929
shot humdrum scenes of students
unanimously wearing suits with
waistcoats as their fathers had done
on some campus of the 90's (all except myself, who affected a sweater
under a jacket that failed to match
my trousers) he did and preserved
something that the TV audience and
I found far more interesting and incredible than his carefully staged
scenes of necking in rumble seats,
lovely though the cars and the girls
all were by our later and lower
Not that all the incredible things
were once routine. From about 1922
to 1926 there was an engineering
student who turned up daily wearing
spats and carrying a walking-stick
(which was never called a cane except by cads, Sir). How I wish somebody had filmed him. Nobody believes it now. I bet he doesn't even
believe it himself, though he must
have been proud once that he did it
beautifully enough to get away with
Well, I have said enough now,
though in a sketchy way, to indicate
the danger and lunacy of inventing
watertight decades into which we
cram wrong notions of the past. Now
let me return to my original feeling
that the Twenties and Thirties did
have modes and quirks and a tone of
voice that seem (in part) to be on
their way back. My list of these items
too must be sketchy, yet I can rattle
off enough to startle myself with the
coincidence, if that's all it is.
From 1918 on, there was a great
wave of Yank-hating, mostly because
of their "We won the war", and then
because of their sanctimonious isolationism, their malevolent jeering
about war debts, the effects of Prohibition, and our theory that they
alone caused the Depression.
Downtown, and in company
towns, there was a deep hatred of
college boys. If you wanted a job in
the Depression and had a BA, you
kept quiet about it or lied about it.
Business men as well as politicians
were tired of pouring their slimmer
purses into education. World-famous
professors began to leave UBC for
the first time. This was a shocking
thing to do, for the strolling vagabond
professor had not yet been invented,
to turn faculty clubs into what are (in
away) hobo jungles.
To avoid becoming hoboes, when
they couldn't get jobs, students came
back to UBC in the Thirties, using
God knows what for money, and took
endless courses about God knows
what. Is there not some sign of this
returning? And with the Depression
came the first examples of men and
women taking teachers' training
courses in cold blood, as a meal
ticket, instead of as a mission.
In the Twenties the student who
had not seen Europe was made to feel
inferior and restless. In the Thirties,
of course, one of the many kinds of
restlessness was a feeling of coming
war and unpreparedness, sometimes
balanced by Aldous Huxley's quaint
theory (widely shared) that no German bomber would attack any town
that refused to take air raid precautions . . . he'd give a friendly wave
and turn homeward with all his
bombs and tell Hitler the jig was up.
The League of Nations turned into
a sick joke, and the UN shows signs
of becoming one. Every point made
by atheist priests to-day was made in
the Twenties, and answered by Monsignor Ronald Knox in 1927. The
theory that the professors are the
students' servants was voiced in The
Ubyssey around 1931. In 1930 I
knew at least two students who
worked their way through UBC as
pushers . . . they pushed only liquor,
not "soft drugs", but their customers
were up against a fine by an AMS
kangaroo court if they even smelt of
drink at a student function. College
yells still existed, but were being used
only by educated and self-conscious
baboons. Yelling has returned with a
far different purpose and effect. It is
used to howl a speaker down ... a
game played by gibbons, I'm told
rather than baboons.
Douglas Sutherland (whoever he
is) published in 1969 a book about
drink, drinking and drinkers, called
"Raise Your Glasses". In it he said
"The Thirties were, if anything, even
more frenetic than the Twenties. Old
traditions were passing and the new
generation was dancing on the
grave." Maybe so, maybe not, but a
good many did seem to be dancing on
the graves of certain things, including
some future and quite literal graves
of World War Two. And do I not
detect something of this to-day? Perhaps there are new sorts of a more
passive frenzy, and there are certainly
fewer kinds of fun. But the graves of
old traditions are far more numerous
and the dancing grows somehow
meaner, with a daft menace instead
of a daft mockery.
If the Canada Council wants me to
trace further resemblances I'll be
happy to oblige. I don't guarantee
they'll all be significant. Or, as we
now say, relevant and meaningful.
But there should be enough and to
spare for a PhD. And I mean an old
PhD before inflation, when it was
worth three or four of the new kind.
In the meantime, excuse me while
I jot down some lyrics for a thing
called "Graveyard Rock". It will be
rather like Noel Coward's "Twentieth
Century Blues" in Cavalcade, written, though 40-odd years later, for
much the same reasons. Forty very
odd years indeed, but especially the
first few and the last few. Q
Dave Brock, BA'30, writes widely
for magazines and for CBC radio
and television. Alumni
President's Message
by Frank Walden
President, UBC Alumni
Association, 1971-72
reports on the annual election of
the board of management—the
governing body—of the UBC Alumni Association. Once again, as in
years past, the officers and most
board members have been acclaimed.
Congratulations to them all. They are
interested, enthusiastic, capable
The only disappointing thing is
that there was no contested election
for office. We hope this is the last
year this happens. Last fall, at an
extraordinary general meeting of the
Association, members approved a
by-law change which provided for a
mail ballot to supersede the traditional method of voting in a new board
at the annual general meeting. By
doing this, we hoped to stimulate additional participation in alumni
affairs by members living outside the
Greater Vancouver area and, perhaps, outside British Columbia.
The reason for this is quite simple.
The association is not a cocktail
party organization as characterized
by certain uninformed student representatives or publications. It is not
concerned simply with conducting an
annual fund appeal to grads. It directs a wide-ranging program that
attempts to exert an influence not
only in support of UBC—its first
concern—but in favor of higher education generally.
Chief among our concerns is government relations. The Association's
government relations committee carries on a vigorous program of dialogue each year with members of the
provincial legislature on higher education matters.  This consists of a
series of special bulletins to MLAs,
visits to cabinet ministers, and discussions with the MLAs of all parties
in caucus. Our task is to convince
them of the need of UBC—and other
universities—for continued support.
This is especially necessary these
days in the face of increasing and
widespread attacks on universities on
the basis that they are failing to train
students for jobs.
We are also reaching back into
high schools, attempting to provide
guidance for thousands of young
people who want a higher education
but don't know how to go about it.
The Association board last year prepared a booklet on higher education
opportunities which provided guidance on institutions and courses,
and then convinced the department
of education to print and distribute
it to high school counsellors. A committee of the Association is now
studying a counselling program as a
possible major alumni project.
Alumni association members involve themselves in support of UBC
on many committees, some university sponsored. Our Alumni Fund
handles alumni segments of major
university fund appeals. The Association allocations committee distributes
unallocated funds to enrich student
life at UBC. Many graduates are
active in alumni divisions programs
and, through them, in university department affairs. We are attempting
to establish a strong alumni branches
program, geared to local interests but
preserving the bond with UBC. Our
association is also involved actively
in a non-education problem: trying
to get an erosion-control project
underway to prevent erosion at the
foot of the Point Grey cliffs to prevent Cecil Green Park, the Alumni
headquarters, from falling into the
The alumni opinion survey, conducted last fall, is now being tabulated. Results should be published
in the next Chronicle, but preliminary indications are that alumni surveyed want a strong association that
can take a positive stand on matters
of higher education.
It is the hope of this year's board
that the programs and activities of
the Association, reinforced by the
survey, will encourage participation
from alumni everywhere and stiff
competition for board of management positions in next year's
balloting. Alumni
On the following
liifles you will be
Jliiroduced to the
l|Rembers of the
(■1 board of manage-
i ment for 1972-73,
rap governing body
i Of the Alumni Asso-
j! oWIon. They were
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Mrs. Frederick Field, (Beverly McCorkell), BA'42. Alumni Activities: first vice-
president, 1970-71; member-
at-large, 1968-70. Campus:
associate editor, The Ubyssey; Kappa Alpha Theta; pre-
med club. Occupation: married with two children; at
one time laboratory technician, Canadian Red Cross
and Dept. of Health and Welfare. Community: Junior
League of Vancouver; Vancouver Public Aquarium Assoc; YWCA; Children's Aid
Society; Family Service
Agency; Volunteer Bureau;
Community Arts Council.
George L. Morfitt, BCom'58.
Alumni Activities: 2nd vice-
president, 1971-72; 3rd vice-
president and chairman Alumni Fund, 1970-71; chairman, Reunion Days, 1969-
70; member, university government and government relations committees. Campus:
treasurer, Commerce Undergraduate Society, Alma Mater Society; Big Block, 1958.
Occupation: chartered accountant, director & controller, West Coast Reduction
Ltd., and associated companies. Community: president, B.C. Lawn Tennis Assoc, 1963; president, B.C.
Squash Racquets Assoc.;
committee member, B.C. Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Robert Dundas
George Morfitt
Robert M. Dundas, BASc'48.
Alumni Activities: member-
at-large, 1970-72; member
and chairman of government
relations committee and cliff
erosion committee. Occupation: engineering manager,
B.C. Hydro; former naval
officer. Community: former
vice-chairman, Vancouver
Board of School Trustees;
member, Vancouver Town
Planning Commission; director, Educational Research
Institute of B.C., people's
warden and Sunday school
superintendent, St. John's
(Shaughnessy) Anglican
Chuck Campbell
Chuck Campbell, BA'71.
Alumni Activities: member
of board of management,
1969-72, AMS representative
and member-at-large; chairman, UBC graduate opinion
survey. Campus: Alma Mater Society treasurer. Occupation: accountant, Young,
Peers, Milner & Co., Vancouver.
Donald Currie
Donald J. Currie, BCom'61.
Alumni Activities: treasurer,
1971-72; chairman, by-law
revision committee; Alumni
Fund executive member;
past-president, alumni commerce division; reunions
chairman, 1967, 1968. Campus: Phi Gamma Delta; Grad
Class treasurer; chairman,
Frosh Special Events committee. Occupation: export
lumber manager, Balfour
Guthrie (Canada) Ltd., Vancouver. Community: church
board member, 1967-70;
youth leader, 1963-69; Junior
Achievement advisor, 1962-
Bridget Bird
Mrs. Geoffrey Bird (Bridget Murray), BA'66. Alumni
Activities: member-at-large,
1971-73; member, branches
committee, awards and schol-
ships committee. Occupation:
married with one child; formerly social worker with Catholic Family and Children's
Service Agency. Community:
member, lay council of Our
Lady of Perpetual Help
Church; member of the Society of Catholic Family and
Children's Service; member,
B.C. Association of Social
Workers; Beta Sigma Phi.
Kenneth Brawner
Kenneth L. Brawner, BA'57,
LLB'58. Alumni Activities:
member-at-large 1971-73;
Alumni Fund campaign
chairman, 1971; deputy
chairman, 1970; executive
member, Alumni Fund committee. Occupation: lawyer,
Armstrong, Brawner, Speton
and Phillips.
20 James Denholme
James J. Denholme, BA'56.
Alumni Activities: chairman,
alumni allocations committee; member, Alumni Fund
executive; member-at-large,
1972-74. Occupation: certified general accountant, executive vice-president, Adka
Industries Ltd. Community:
president, Certified General
Accountants Association of
B.C.; treasurer, Sunny Hill
Hospital; former vice-chairman, Prince George Regional
Hospital Board; program director, Junior Achievement
of B.C.,  1962-65.
Bel Nemetz
Mrs. Nathan Nemetz (Bel
Newman), BA'35. Occupation: a business career until
retirement in 1963. Community: member, University
Women's Club and Faculty
Women's Club; member-at-
large, The Vancouver Institute.
Betty Joan Ross
Betty Joan Ross, BRE'70.
Alumni Activities: degree
representative, 1970-72;
member-at-large,       1972-74.
Campus: president, UBC
Women's Big Block Club,
1968-69; captain, UBC
Thunderettes basketball
team, 1969-70, Dominion
Senior A Women's Champions, 1970, W.C.I.A.A.
Champions, 1967-70. Occupation: assistant director, Kil-
larney Community Centre,
Vancouver. Community:
member, Canadian National
Women's Basketball Team,
1969 to present.
Mary Wellwood
Mrs. R. W. Wellwood (Mary
MacKenzie), BA'51. Alumni
Activities: member-at-large,
1971-73; chairman of alumni
communications committee
and almuni representative on
the UBC President's Advisory Committee on External
Television Programming. Occupation: married, with four
children; former radio producer, CBC International
Service. Campus: served several years on International
House board of directors and
one term as president of the
Harry White
W. Harry White, BASc'63
(MBA, Harvard). Alumni
Activities: member-at-large,
1965-68, 1971-73; chairman,
annual dinner committee;
founding member, Young
Alumni Club; chairman,
awards and scholarships committee, 1971-72; member,
government relations committee. Occupation: investment officer, Cornat Industries Ltd., Vancouver.
Note to
Nominations for a
and degree
representatives for
library science,
music and science
were not received
by the nominations
deadline. A home
representative will
be elected by the
division's annual
For further
information on any
of these positions
Jack Stathers,
executive director,
UBC Alumni
6251 NW Marine
Drive, Vancouver 8,
Roberts. Tait, BSA '48, (Calgary Normal School, permanent teaching certificate). Occupation: a consultant specializing in agronomy and
overhead irrigation designing; former general manager,
agricultural manufacturing
firm. Community: member
and president, B.C. Institute
of Agriculture; member and
past director, Agricultural Institute of Canada; charter
member and director C.S.
Robert Tait
Frederick G. Culbert, BASc
'64, (MSc, Stanford). Campus: Rotary International
Student Exchange Program
member in Japan 1970. Occupation: professional engineer, economic planning consultant with Swan Woost-
er Engineering, Vancouver.
Community: lecturer in engineering economics, Centre
for Continuing Education,
Frederick Culbert
Steven Zibin, BArch '64.
Alumni Activities: member,
higher education opportunities committee. Occupation:
architect, with the Gardiner
Thornton Partnership, Vancouver. Community: member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada; committee member, Architectural
Institute of B.C.
21 Steven Zibin
David Grahame, BA'69, Alumni Activities: member,
awards and scholarships committee. Campus: AMS, Coordinator of Activities; chairman, Student Union Building management committee;
Varsity Outdoor Club; Frosh
Orientation. Occupation: accountant, MacGillivray &
Co., chartered accountants.
David Grahame
Edward   Fukushima,   DMD
'69. Alumni Activities:
board of management member 1971-72; member, higher education opportunities
committee. Occupation: private dental practice in Vancouver; part-time instructor,
UBC Faculty of Dentistry.
Community: committee work
with Vancouver Dental Association.
Edward Fukushima
Kenneth M.  Aitchison,  BA
'48, BEd'51, MEd'58. Campus: Phi Delta Kappa, graduate education fraternity.
Occupation: director of communications, B.C. Teachers'
Federation;     high      school
teacher, 1949-62. Community: president, BCTF, 1961-
62; headed the Canadian
Teachers' Federation Project
Overseas to India and Southeast Asia, 1968; member,
board of directors, Vancouver YMCA.
Kenneth Aitchison
J.    F.    (Jim)    McWilliams,
BSF'53 (MA, Dip. For., Oxford). Alumni Activities: degree representative, 1970-72;
member, 50th Anniversary of
Forestry committee. Campus: president, UBC Forest
Club; rugby. Occupation:
general manager, Eburne
Saw Mills & Shingle Operations, Canadian Forest Products.
Greg Bowden
Jim McWilliams
Greg Bowden, LLB'70. Alumni Activities: degree representative; member, by-law
revision committee. Campus:
business manager, University
of Victoria student newspaper; Phi Delta Theta; member,
legal aid and course revision
committee; judge, UBC Student Court. Occupation: lawyer, Thorsteinson, Mitchell &
Co. Community: member,
tax and commercial law committees, Canadian Bar Association; X-Kalay Foundation; legal aid.
Sydney J. Peerless, MD'61.
Alumni Activities: decree representative; chairman, UBC
Medical Alumni Association.
Occupation: neurological surgeon; assistant professor of
surgery, UBC. Community:
Fellow, Royal College of
Surgeons of Canada.
Sydney Peerless
Elizabeth Ann Taylor, (BSN,
Western Ontario), MSN'70.
Alumni Activities: degree representative; vice-president,
UBC Nursing Alumnae Association. Occupation: executive assistant, to director of
nursing, Vancouver General
Ann Taylor
William F. Baker, BSF50.
Alumni Activities: degree
representative, 1970-72;
pharmacy representative on
Dean's Council of Faculty.
Occupation: manager and
director, MacDonald's Prescriptions; clinical instructor,
UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical   Sciences.   Community:
22 committee chairman and
member, Pharmaceutical Association; president, Council
of Pharmaceutical Association, 1968-69; Past Master,
Masonic Lodge; chairman,
Pharmacy Services Association; member, local church
and school committees.
William Baker
Physical Education
Robert C. Hindmarch, BPE
'52, (MSc, DEd, Oregon).
Alumni Activities: degree
representative 1956-58. Campus: football, basketball,
baseball, and hockey; Burke
Football Award for "most inspirational player", Bobby
Gaul Memorial Trophy as
"athlete of the year". Occupation:   associate   professor,
UBC School of Physical Education and Recreation; head
coach, UBC's hockey Thunderbirds. Community: chief
instructor, western Canada,
Canadian Amateur Hockey
Assoc; director, UBC's summer sports camp; executive
officer, Vancouver-Garibaldi
Olympic committee; president, B.C. Sports Federation.
Robert Hindmarch
Larry Olhmann, BRE'71.
Campus: Recreation Students Society; intramurals.
Occupation: social worker,
Youth Services, Vancouver
Children's Aid Society; former Boys' Club director, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Larry Olhmann
M. E. (Betty) McGill, BSR
'65. Campus: chairman, Open
House committee, School of
Rehabilitation, 1967; Student
Christian Movement; International House. Occupation:
occupational and physical
Betty McGill
jtefe..ir^^^^p^     ML
therapist. Community: community development, youth
work, music, professional associations.
Helen McCra e
Social Work
Mrs. Helen McCrae, (BA,
Toronto), MSW'49. Alumni
Activities: degree representative, 1971-72. Occupation:
Dean of Women and professor of social work, UBC.
Community: board member,
YWCA (Vancouver), Van-
ier Institute and B.C. Voluntary Association for Health
and Welfare Development:
member, Canadian Welfare
Council; editorial Board, Canadian Association of Social
Workers; International
House. [—]
When your life's goals lie ahead
of you, it's good to know what
stands behind you.
@ CANADA LIFE John Jessop in later life. From the
Methodist Recorder, 1901. B.C. Archives.
Johnson Finds A
Ghost Of History
John Jessop:
Gold Seeker and Educator
by F. Henry Johnson
Mitchell Press
Vancouver, $6.50
no one person has had as much influence on the educational system of
British Columbia as John Jessop who
served as the province's first school
superintendent 100 years ago.
Yet, says UBC education professor Dr. F. Henry Johnson, he is virtually "a ghost of history" the
unknown father of our schools.
Jessop's record, as uncovered by
Dr. Johnson after lengthy research,
is impressive. He founded and
headed the first real coeducational
schools in Victoria, became first
superintendent, organized the first
provincial school system and curriculum, started the first high schools,
regional boarding schools, school
libraries, teacher training and adult
courses. He even advocated, long
before its actual inception, the University of B.C.
That is why Dr. Johnson, director
of the elementary division of UBC's
education faculty, and professor of
the history of education, says he was
impelled to write Jessop's biography.
He is the author of the earlier A
History of Public Education in B.C.,
a standard reference on the whole
subject. In compiling this history he
came to appreciate Jessop's key role.
"The fact that he was so little
known, that he was one of the ghosts
of history, piqued curiosity to delve
through archives and newspaper
files of a century ago so that John
Jessop might be given his true place
in history," Johnson says.
Jessop, like many another pioneer
of those days, came to B.C. the hard
way. Born in Norwich, England in
1829, he emigrated to Upper Canada
with his family at the age of 17. He
took teacher training there and
taught school until he made the long
trek west in 1859. His mentor in the
east was Edgerton Ryerson, generally regarded as the founder of Ontario's public school system, which
explains why Jessop later incorporated many of the Ryerson concepts
into the B.C. system.
He made his arduous eight-month
trip overland to the Pacific Coast in
1859 mainly on foot and by Red
River cart, via the Selkirk settlement
and through the little-used South
Kootenay (Boundary) Pass to Fort
Colville and Vancouver, Washington,
and then up to Victoria where he
arrived ragged and almost penniless.
His first years in the Pacific colony
were difficult. He couldn't get employment in any of the few private
schools then struggling for existence,
so in the spring of 1860 he joined
the popular trek to "fame and fortune" in the Cariboo goldfields. He
failed to hit pay dirt and by fall was
back on the coast, in New Westminster, looking for work. He had
gained some experience in newspaper work in Ontario and Victoria,
so he landed a job as a writer on the
New Westminster Times. When the
Times was sold to John Robson in
1861 he and two printers left to
found the original Victoria Press. By
summer their paper collapsed and
Jessop returned, at 32, to teaching.
He founded his own private school,
Victoria Central School, in the fall of
1861 with 75 pupils, clearing less
than $100 a month. Ten years of
hand-to-mouth teaching followed.
In 1868 he married Irish-born
Margaret Faucette who had taught
school in Coupeville, Whidby Island,
Washington, and who had opened
"Miss Faucette's Academy for
Young Girls" in Victoria in 1863.
She predeceased him in 1898; they
had no children.
In 1870 he made a sortie into politics, as a candidate to represent the
far-flung Kootenay District. "Probably no politician ever made such, a
long and arduous journey to appeal
to such a small electorate," writes
The district embraced all the
Kootenays from the Big Bend on the
Columbia to the U.S. border. There
were only two real pockets of population, at French Creek in the Big
Bend and Wild Horse Creek in the
southeast corner, with a total of only
75 voters. Jessop rode horseback
from Cache Creek to the Big Bend,
then back down through the Okanagan Valley and across the southern
boundary country to French Creek.
The experience ended his political
career—he lost by 40 votes to 14.
He reopened his Central School in
1871 and when the new province
joined Canada that year he applied
for the newly-created post of provincial superintendent of schools.
Not surprisingly, with his background, he got the job, with an
annual salary of $2,000. He was also
ex-officio chairman of the Board of
Education (precursor of the present
department of education). He was,
in fact, practically the whole department during his tenure from 1872 to
1878—hiring and firing teachers, deciding on new schools, personally
inspecting all schools (often by foot,
horseback or canoe) and even writing all his own letters. In this position,
with his extraordinary powers, it is little wonder that the first Public
Schools Act reflected his impact. In
his previous 11 years in the area he
had been, with two prominent editors of the time, a leading proponent
of free, public, non-denominational
schools. This, undoubtedly due to
Ryerson's influence, helps to explain
our system of today.
The first school system, drawn
from English, Scottish, Irish and New
England antecedents, reflected the
Ontario set-up more than any other.
But there were differences, such as
being a unified, non-sectarian system
with no provisions for separate religious schools. And the sparse population eliminated such "frills" as school
boards, district superintendents and
teacher training facilities.
Far-sighted, Jessop first drew attention to the need for a provincial
university a century ago. He wrote
to the government in 1872, "British
Columbia will soon require a provincial university, capable of conferring degrees in arts, law and medicine
. . . and public lands in aid of such an
institution should be granted at the
outset of our career as an integral
portion of the Dominion of Canada."
But it was to be another 43 years
until UBC opened in 1915.
Jessop's high-riding educational
career ended abruptly in 1878 when
the new premier, George Walkem,
former opposition leader, fired him.
Johnson says he was "a victim of politics." He remained unhappily without work for a year, then spent the
rest of his life as provincial immigration officer in Victoria, dying on the
job on March 30, 1901.
There is much more in this book
about the birth of our school system
than can be conveyed here. It should
be "must" reading for all who are
concerned with education in this
province—and particulary for those
educators who have come here in
recent years from other areas.
Incidentally, it might be a good
idea to name a public school sometime in Jessop's honor, rather than
for the nearest street or for British
royalty. After all, this "ghost" did
have a tremendous impact on our
education. □
Wilf Bennett covered developments
in education for The Province for
many years and retired early this
year. Professor Johnson is a UBC
graduate, having obtained his BA in
1932 and his MA in 1935.
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25 Generosity
Alumni Fund 71
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J sons Total Record $281,640
as an alumnus, it is easy as the
years roll on to forget what attending
UBC was like, to forget the good
times and the struggles, to forget the
myriad little things that went into
making university a meaningful experience. That's why the UBC Alumni Fund is constantly pleased by
the numbers of alumni all around the
world who don't forget. Far from
forgetting, growing numbers of alumni remember what university once
meant to them and each year send in
a donation to the Alumni Fund to
help some other student get the most
out of university.
Volunteers and staff of the UBC
Alumni Fund were particularly
pleased that alumni and other friends
of the University gave a record
$281,640 to the University in 1971.
"The University, I'm sure, greatly
appreciates the help that is provided
through annual donations," said
Alumni Fund '71 chairman Ken
Brawner. "And I'd like to express
our gratitude to those alumni and
other friends of the University for
giving in 1971. Their continuing and
growing support is enabling us to
help more and more worthwhile student and academic programs on
Ian "Scotty" Malcolm, Director of
the Alumni Fund, stated in his annual report that the $281,640 total
was made up of donations from three
sources. Direct gifts from alumni and
other friends to the Alumni Fund and
to agriculture and geology building
campaigns amounted to $194,504;
payments on remaining pledges to
the Three Universities Capital Fund
totalled $3,979; and other gifts to
UBC by alumni totalled $83,157.
Malcolm noted that the continuing
support of UBC was particularly
gratifying as it took place during a
period of economic recession. "I
hope that our worldwide network of
friends will continue in the years to
With UBC now a cycling campus,
Alumni Fund granted $100 to UBC
Bicycle Club for survey of need
for campus bike paths.
Reviewing the 1971 campaign and planning strategy for the 1972 drive are
(left) Alumni Fund '72 chairman Don MacKay and (right) Ken Brawner,
Alumni Fund '71 chairman.
umni Giving '71
* UBC Alumni Fund       $162,890
*Friends of UBC Inc. (USA)      $ 31,614
Total       $194,504
^Includes Geology and Agriculture
Building Fund returns
** Other Gifts and Three Universities
Capital Fund     $ 87,136
**Includes 1971 Graduating Class Gifts
Total $281,640
Fund Executive
Kenneth L. Brawner, '58, Chairman
Donald MacKay, '55, Deputy Chairman
George L. Morfitt, '58, Past Chairman
James L. Denholme, '56
Michael Rohan, '66, Phonathon Program
John A. Boland, Parents' Program
Frank Dembicki, '67
Ralph H. Gram, '37
Frank C. Walden, '49
Donald J. Currie, '61
Alfred T. Adams
Jack K. Stathers, '58
Clive Cocking, '62
Ian C. Malcolm
Friends of UBC Inc.
Stanley T. Arkley, '25, President
William A. Rosene, '49, Vice-President
Robert J. Boroughs, '39, Treasurer
Frederick L. Brewis, '49
Frank M. Johnston, '53
Cliff Mathers, '23
Dr. Richard A. Montgomery, '40
Allocations Committee
James L. Denholme, '56, Chairman
George L. Morfitt, '58
M. Keith Douglass, '42
Kenneth L. Brawner, '58
Brenton D. Kenny, '56
Ian C. Malcolm
Jack K. Stathers, '58
27 come to be as generous as they have
been," he said. "There is much to be
done and the funds the University
receives from other sources are never
adequate to provide those additional
things that contribute toward academic excellence."
In an indication of growing scientific
emphasis of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Philip Townsley
is producing coffee plants from cell
cultures in the laboratory.
Students Appreciate
Academic Aid Program
/ have just received a bursary
from the UBC Alumni Bursary Fund.
Thank you very much for your gift.
Apart from taking the tension off the
financial knot that almost had me,
it made studying more of a pleasure
by eliminating a feeling I have had
lately—that I cannot afford to be a
student anymore. Thank you.
This is a letter from a grateful student who had just received a bursary
provided by donations to the UBC
Alumni Fund. Provision of financial
help to qualified and needy students
has been and continues to be a major
aim of the fund. In the coming year
it is expected that more than 200
students will receive scholarships and
bursaries made possible by the Alumni Fund.
N. A. M. MacKenzie Alumni
Scholarships of $350 each are annually awarded to 64 top-ranking
UBC freshmen from all over B.C.
And 10 N. A. M. MacKenzie American Alumni Scholarships of $500
each are awarded to young Americans entering UBC. This latter
program is supported by alumni living in the U.S. through the Friends
of UBC Incorporated (USA).
The fund also allocated $20,400
to the UBC Alumni Bursary Plan
and $5,600 to support of the John B.
Macdonald bursaries, a scheme
which will provide 16 bursaries of
$350 each to qualified, needy students. Other donations through the
Friends of UBC Incorporated, provide the $500 Southern California
Branch Scholarship and the $500
Daniel Young Memorial Scholarship.
"Friends of Rowing", a special
committee under the dedicated and
able guidance of Aubrey Roberts and
Ned Pratt raised $9,045. Vital support in this the Olympic year. UBC
has a proud record in rowing.
Fund Helps Engineers
Build Urban Vehicle
One major highlight of the 1971
Alumni Fund program was the allocation of a $2,000 grant to a UBC
engineering student project to build
a pollution-free urban car. About
150 students from various branches
of engineering are involved in developing the car, which is to be UBC's
entry in a competition involving 44
Canadian and American universities.
Vehicles will be judged on the basis
of safety, exhaust emissions, noise
emissions and production cost. The
UBC designed car, which could be
produced for an estimated $2,000,
will run on liquid natural gas and
thus exhaust emissions will be 95 per
cent less than for ordinary gasoline-
fueled cars.
Alumni Fund
The following is a review of highlights of Alumni Fund grants to aid
campus programs:
•  $3,000 toward establishment of a
non-credit course examining the
role of women in our society;
called The Canadian Woman: Our
Story, it attracted 650 male and
female students:
• $15,101 to the President's Alumni Association Fund for President
Gage to use in supporting special
university student-faculty projects;
• $800 to assist publication of a
special Fort Camp Grog magazine reviewing the history of soon-
to-be-torn-down Fort Camp;
• $2,500 toward provision of
new furnishings for International
• $400 to the students' High School
Visitation program;
• $3,200 to Men's and Women's
• $100 for the UBC Bicycle Club
to print and distribute a survey of
need for campus bike paths.
• $6,300 toward purchase of new
books and materials for UBC Libraries, and books, manuscripts
valued at $1,900.
Aggies Gain Support
For Building Drive
There's more to modem agriculture than planting, ploughing and harvesting. Agriculture has become
increasingly scientific. And the UBC
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences has
accordingly in recent years adapted
its program to meet the need for more
science-oriented agricultural personnel. But lately the faculty has outgrown its facilities.
That's why a $500,000 agricultural sciences building campaign has
been launched. The UBC Alumni
Fund is assisting in this appeal for
funds to provide the faculty with the
facilities to continue its good work.
A total of $1,012,000 in new facilities is needed and the University
has allocated $512,000 toward this
end. It is hoped that firms and individuals associated with the industry
will contribute the other $500,000
which will be used to build new dairy
barns, field buildings, greenhouses,
storage buildings and experimental
plots on UBC's south campus.
To date a total of $150,000 has
been raised. UBC agriculture students are united behind the campaign and have assessed themselves
extra fees to contribute to the campaign—a $2,500 total.
Over the years UBC has made a
notable contribution to agriculture,
graduating about 1,800 professionals
Engineering students (left) work
on pollution-free car which they
designed and are building as part
of a North American university
competition. Alumni Fund granted
$2,000 toward completion of the
natural gas-fired car.
since 1921. UBC agriculture graduates account for 67 per cent of the
professional staff of the B.C. department of agriculture and 55 per cent
of professionals in the Canada department of agriculture research stations in B.C.
Alumni Fund 72
Campaign Launched
That was the record for 1971.
Now the 1972 campaign is off and
Don MacKay, chairman of the
UBC Alumni Fund '72 campaign,
said donations from alumni and other
friends of the University will have
contributed, over the years, to a
steady improvement in the quality of
academic and social life on campus.
"It's not well known, but alumni and
other friends of the University, have
contributed over $1 million to the
University in the past four years
through their annual donations to
UBC," MacKay said. "These donations allow many worthy student
programs to grow and blossom,
where otherwise they would wither
and die. I hope alumni keep them
coming in 1972."
Friends of UBC (U.S.A.)
Name New President
The Friends of UBC Incorporated
(USA) have elected a new president.
He's Frank M. Johnston, BArch'53
of Kirkland, Washington.
An architect, Mr Johnston is with
the Seattle office of the John Graham
architectural firm. The firm is noted
for its design work on regional shopping centres, such as the Lloyd
Centre in Portland, and Seattle's
Space Needle. It also did the basic
planning of West Vancouver's Park
Royal centre.
Mr. Johnston takes over from
Stanley T. Arkley, BA'25, who has
retired after 13 years of dedicated
and valuable services as President of
the organization since its inception in
The Friends of UBC Incorporated
(USA) is an established Society to
accept donations from alumni and
friends of the University living in the
U.S.A. □
Two presidents of the Friends of
UBC, Frank Johnston (above) and
Stanley Arkley.
29 alumni
Alumni Push For
Erosion Control
the ubc alumni association is spearheading an appeal to the provincial
government for finances to construct an
erosion control project to stop Point
Grey campus land and valuable university buildings from collapsing into the
The Point Grey cliffs on the north side
of the peninsula are eroding at the rate
of up to one-and-a-half feet a year, and
now several university buildings are
threatened with disaster.
The most seriously threatened is Cecil
Green Park, an imposing former residence
which serves as offices for the Alumni
Association and the centre for meetings
and   social   gatherings   of   campus   and
community groups. If the erosion is not
stopped, other buildings will be affected
such as the UBC President's Residence,
the School of Social Work in the old
Graham residence, and the Women's
The Alumni Association government
relations committee will ask the provincial government, through the Vancouver
Parks Board, to implement an erosion
control project that will protect the cliffs
from erosion and preserve the natural environment of the Point Grey beaches.
Robert Dundas, chairman of the Association committee, said that President
Walter Gage and the UBC Board of
Governors are concerned about the problem and support the Alumni Association's
efforts to stop the erosion of the cliffs.
The Alma Mater Society also recently
passed a motion supporting the alumni
Dundas said the Association believes
the best solution at this time would be for
a sand and gravel protective beach to be
constructed only on the most critical section of shoreline.
"We believe it is possible to find a solution that prevents further erosion of the
cliffs while still preserving the natural attractiveness of these beaches," he said.
"And that's the approach we want to encourage the provincial government to
Dundas said the plan his committee
envisages would involve sand fill topped
with a three-foot layer of gravel along the
most critical section of beach, estimated
to be about 3,700 feet. This would protect the base of the cliffs against wave
action and enable slide materials to accumulate at their natural angle of repose,
thus stablizing the Point Grey slopes.
He said the project, which might cost
about $200,000 should be carried out from
the sea without any construction access
being created on the shore. But he pointed
out that the Association was making a
general proposal and that the engineering
details would naturally be worked out
later once the provincial government accepted the overall approach.
"We feel there is a need for speedy
action on this as it is public land that is
steadily being lost by the erosion", he said.
"And it is only a matter of time before
public buildings could be undermined and
go crashing down into the sea."
The problem of erosion of the 209-foot
Point Grey cliffs is a long-standing one. In
recent years they have been eroding at a
rate of 0.3 to 1.6 feet per year. The drainage of water down the cliffs combined
with wave action is the predominant cause
of the erosion.
On this point, the 1970 Swan Wooster
report said, "Erosion of the cliffs proper
Studying the effects of recent slides
of the sandy Point Grey cliffs are
(left) association director Jack Stathers
and (right) government relations committee chairman Bob Dundas. is accelerated by surface and subsurface
drainage water which undercuts portions'
of the cliff and ravine banks to create slide
conditions along some critical sections.
The resulting slides of sand and silty sand
materials flow on to the steeply sloping
cobble beach at the cliff-base, and generally come to rest in the upper portion of
the tidal range. Wave action rapidly disperses the loose slide materials and they
move eastward around the point to build
up sandy areas at Spanish Banks. In this
way, the sea effectively prevents natural
stabilization of the cliff areas."
The land comprising the Point Grey
cliffs is owned by the provincial government, but is currently leased to the Vancouver Parks Board as a foreshore park.
The UBC campus boundary is at the cliff
Dundas said, however, that since the
land is provincially-owned the responsibility is that of the provincial government
and it is hoped the government will provide the great bulk of the funds necessary
to do the job.
Anniversary Party
For Great Trek
A note to all former Great Trekkers.
There is no truth to the rumour that a
marathon walking race is planned for the
50th Anniversary of the Great Trek when
it's held this October.
But you can bet your Great Trekkers'
boots there'll be lots of other celebrations
for the 50th Anniversary of the Trek,
which took place on October 22, 1922.
The Anniversary celebration is tentatively
planned for the weekend of October 21
at UBC.
All former Trekkers interested in receiving more information are asked to
write or call the UBC Alumni Association, 6251 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver
8,  B.C.   (228-3313).
New Activity In
Alumni Branches
THE    UBC    ALUMNI    BRANCHES    program
seems to be really branching out these
days. England may be next to get an
alumni branch organization. That's if
Paul Dyson, MBA'70, has anything to do
with it: he's trying to form a small club
of UBC graduates, particularly commerce graduates, living in London. So if
any of you London expatriates are interested, contact: Paul Dyson, c/o Fry
Mills Spence Securities Ltd., Warnford
Court,   Throgmorton   Street,   London.
This is just one sign of what is expected
to be a period of lively growth for alumni
branches. Toward this end the Alumni
Association in February appointed Leona
Doduk, BA'71, as field secretary in charge
of branches. And she's been hard at work
since, assisting in the organization of
branches and in the planning of meetings
and functions.
following services —
Registrar and Transfer Agent
Executor and Trustee
Registered Retirement Savings Plans
Mortgage Financing
Investment Management and Safe Keeping
Lawyer's Trust Accounts
Savings and Chequing Accounts
Term Deposits
A complete financial
service organization.
Offices at:
900 W.  Pender St.
590 W. Pender St.
2996 Granville at 14th
130 E. Pender St.
737 Fort St., Victoria
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A Postie's Lot
Is Not
A Happy One ...
Specially, when he brings the
Alumni Records Department
bags of Alumni 'Unknowns'..
So if you're planning to
change your name, address or
life style ... let us know —
and bring a little lightness
to a postie's walk, (enclosure of your
Chronicle mailing label is helpful)
Alumni Records
Cecil Green Park, UBC
Vancouver 8, BC
(Maiden Name) 	
(Married women please note your husband's full name and indicate
title i.e. Mrs., Ms., Miss, Dr.)
Class Year
The most recent function was held at
Selkirk College in Castlegar on March
7 when Dr. Michael Shaw, UBC dean of
agricultural sciences, spoke about new
developments in agriculture at UBC to a
good crowd of alumni.
On February 25 a congenial group of
Seattle alumni met at the home of Bet
and Stu Turner on Mercer Island for an
informal "pot luck" dinner. Dr. Joe
Gardner, UBC dean of forestry, gave an
interesting and wide-ranging talk on various issues in forestry, from environmental preservation to career possibilities for
women in forestry. Mrs. Bev Field, Alumni Association first vice-president,
brought the alumni up-to-date on current association developments.
The Okanagan
Earlier in February, Leona Doduk conducted an organizational tour of alumni
branches in the B.C. interior which is
expected to result in some interesting
new programs. From Feb. 8-11 she held
meetings with alumni representatives in
Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton, at which she discovered many potential topics for discussion at future alunni
functions. They ranged from water resources management questions, such as
Okanagan lakes pollution and the proposed Moran Dam, to a UBC alumni,
parents and students night featuring discussion of UBC offerings and entrance
requirements, to a discussion of the relevancy of higher education.
Alumni interested in getting involved
in these branch activities should contact
their local branch representative: in
Kamloops, Roland Aubrey, 372-8845;
Vernon, Dr. David Kennedy, 545-1331;
Kelowna, Donald Jabour, 762-2011; and
in Penticton, Dick Brooke, 492-6100.
Edmonton, Calgary
Things are also beginning to roll in
Calgary as a result of an organizational
meeting there on Feb. 17. A dinner dance
has been planned for April 21 in the Pal-
liser Hotel. Special guests will be Herb
Capozzi, Vancouver-Centre Social Credit
MLA, and George Morfitt, second vice-
president, UBC Alumni Association. Contact is Frank Garnett, 262-7906.
On Feb. 18 Edmonton alumni attended a "Happy Hour", followed by
dinner, at the Garrison Club featuring as
special guests, Frank Walden, Alumni
Association president and Michael Tin-
dall, UBC Information Office Television
director. Frank Walden discussed the
possibility of branch representatives
serving on the Association's board of
management. Mike Tindall showed short
television news films on UBC developments which his office has been distributing to B.C. television stations. A committee was organized for planning a
possible function to be held in conjunction with Klondike Days (July 20-29).
Contact is Gary Caster, 465-1437. □
32 letters,
& rebuttals •
Palestine Revolution
article questioned
The ideas expressed by Dr. Hanna Kassis
in his article, "A Forgotten People Demand Justice" in your summer issue were
certainly interesting. However, they were
based upon a premise which is unacceptable to all Israelis. In addition, the
article misinterpreted the aims of the
Arab guerrilla movements and the so-
called "Palestine Revolution". I believe
that your readers should be made aware
of some additional facts, and use their
own judgment as to their interpretation.
Before I address myself to these two
issues, I would like to state that I sympathize with the subject matter of the article,
namely, the Palestinian refugees. I hasten
to add that the concern for this human
tragedy is shared by all Israelis and the
desire to find a just solution to the refugee
problem has been stated on many occasions by Israeli government officials. Immediately following the June 1967 war,
Mr. Eban, Israel's foreign minister, proposed his "five point plan" to the United
Nations. It stated Israel's sincere desire to
solve the problem of the refugees without
any precondition for peace-talks. Unfortunately, the governments of the Arab
countries involved in the conflict, who have
long claimed to represent the interests of
the refugees, allowed their narrow political interests to prevail and refused even to
discuss  the  issue.
It is important to state further that the
same Arab states who refused to seek a
solution to the refugee problem were
directly responsible for the creation of the
problem in the first place. One need only
refer to some of the statements such as the
one made by E. G. Ghoury, Secretary of
the Palestinian Higher Committee, in the
Beirut Telegraph in 1948: "The fact that
there are refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in
opposing partition and the Jewish state".
Akhsar al-Yom, the Cairo daily stated in
1963: "The Mufti appealed to the Arabs
of Palestine to leave the country because
the Arab armies were about to enter in
their stead against the Jewish gangs and
oust them from Palestine". Ad Difaa, the
Jordanian daily, in 1954 wrote: "The Arab
government told us: Get out so that we
can get in! So we got out but they did not
get in". In spite of the large amount of
evidence which exists to prove that Arab
governments are to blame for the creation of the refugee problem, one must not
dwell on history, but rather seek a feasible
solution in light of present-day realities
and a desire for justice.
I would argue that the conflict between
Israel and the Palestinian Arabs is a conflict between two movements for national
liberation. I refuse to accept the premise
put forward by Dr. Kassis that "neither
the term 'Arab' nor the term 'Jew' could
be defended as ethnic or national designations". I prefer to have experts like Dr.
Kassis deal with the term "Arab"; however, I will state the case for the Jews.
Although various recognized nations
are defined by criteria such as a common
language or a common religion, a rigid
definition of a nation does not exist. The
only acceptable definition of a nation is,
therefore, that of E. Renan: "A nation is
a daily plebiscite, a community who wants
to be a nation, who wants to live as a
sovereign state". Any person who is familiar with Jewish history and with the
spiritual link between Judaism and the
land of Israel recognizes that the Jewish
people are one of the oldest nations defined by a common origin, religion, language, territory, history of statehood, exile
and persecution, and above all—the decisive will for statehood which is represented by Zionism. One need only point
to the Jewish prayers on Yom Kippur and
Passover which state: "Next Year in
Jerusalem", or the prayer after each meal
when Jews say: "Build Jerusalem, the
Holy City, speedily in our days," to realize the strong territorial connection the
Jewish nation has with Israel.
Rhetoric of genocide
Although Dr. Kassis states a desire not
to become entangled in semantics, he constantly refers in his article to an Arab-
speaking state and a Jewish state. This
may very well be the distinction that is
most important—it is often difficult to
define a nation by language, thus, a nation
defined as Arab-speaking has no validity.
Yet, it is possible to conceive of a Palestinian Arab nation, namely a community
who wants to be a nation, just in the same
terms as there is a Jewish nation.
The idea of a democratic Palestinian
non-sectarian state which Dr. Kassis presents as the solution is by no means the
answer to the conflict in the area. This
idea has been used as a slogan by the
Palestinian propagandists since 1965,
when they learned that the rhetoric of
genocide does not pay and that a change
of image in the eyes of the world would be
useful. I must state that this slogan is only
intended to change the image of the guer
rilla organization. The ideology of genocide has not changed. This point is
demonstrated by a quote from the report
of the Democratic Front for the Liberation
of Palestine at the Sixth Congress of the
Palestine National Council which met in
Cairo in September, 1965: "The slogan
"The Democratic Palestinian State' has
been raised for some time within the Palestinian context. Fatah was the first to
adopt it. Since it was raised, this slogan
has been met with remarkable world response. Our delegation brought to the congress a resolution proposal intended to elucidate the meaning of this slogan from a
progressive point of departure, opposed in
principle to the slogan of throwing the
Jews into the sea, which has done grave
damage to the Arab position in the past".
Deceptive, false ideas
In The Palestinian Revolution (No. 7,
June 1968), the Fatah's monthly, it is explained why conventional war on Israel
does not suit the Palestinian goal: "For
the aim of this war is not to impose our
will on the enemy, but to exterminate him
in order to replace him". The true goal of
the "Palestinian Revolution" was stated by
Yasir Arafat, leader of Al-Fatah, in the
New Republic in 1970: "Peace for us
means Israel's destruction and nothing
else. Palestine is only a small drop in the
great Arab ocean. Our nation is the Arab
nation extending from the Atlantic Sea to
the Red Sea and beyond".
It is clear that the "revolutionary" ideas
of a "democratic non-sectarian Palestinian State" presented by Dr. Kassis are
deceptive and false. This is certainly cause
for alarm, since if Dr. Kassis, who is a
Palestinian, and who is supposedly aware
of the facts, was deceived by his own
people, many intelligent readers may have
fallen into the same trap.
Dr. Kassis concludes his article with
the statement that the Palestine Revolution must secure the active cooperation of
"all men of good will". I believe that this
cooperation will not be forthcoming as
long as the ideas presented by the guerrilla organization are only intended to
cover up their true intentions of genocide.
Instead, I suggest that the Palestinians
should abandon their aim of destroying
Israel and work toward a mutual recognition between the two movements of
national liberation. Such recognition may
well result in the creation of a Palestinian
Arab State on the west bank of the River
The idea of a Democratic Palestinian
State  as  outlined  by Dr.  Kassis is  un-
33 acceptable. Even the concept of a bi-
national Palestine, in which Arabs and
Jews will live peacefully side by side is not
feasible. In such a state one community
is bound to emerge as a majority, and
conflicts such as those in Cyprus, Nigeria
and Pakistan would tend to support my
cause for concern.
Only if the Palestinian Arabs and the
Israelis accept each other's legitimacy and
right to sovereignty will a solution to the
refugee problem be forthcoming. It is unfortunate that all Arab guerrilla organizations deny the Israelis their right to self-
determination, and thus frustrate all attempts by Israel to accommodate to the
fact of Palestinian Arab nationlism. One
can only hope, that the Palestinian
organizations will someday realize that
their best course of action is to join the
majority of Israelis in their legitimate
quest for peaceful co-existence in two independent sovereign states. The recent
history of the area has demonstrated that
three wars have not resolved the conflict,
why not give peace a chance?
Dr. Michael Y. Seelig
Dr. Seelig is on the faculty of UBC's
school of community and regional planning. Born in Tel Aviv, he received his
early education in Israel and served in the
Israeli army. He holds a diploma in architecture from the Hammersmith School of
Architecture and a masters degree and
doctorate in community planning from
the University of Pennsylvania.
Tenure article
contained error
A belated word of appreciation for the
quality that characterizes editorial content of the Chronicle. Receiving alumni
journals from other alma maters, I remain convinced that my baccalaureate
alma mater publishes consistently better
quality and newsworthy material.
A slight correction might be made in
the article, "Tenure" (Winter '71). Clarence Darrow did not successfully defend
Scopes in the "Monkey Trial"; Scopes was
found guilty, although the decision was
reversed upon appeal to the Tennessee
Supreme Court on grounds that the judge
had improperly assessed a fine against
Vern Ratzlaff, BA'60, BSW'61
Review does disservice
to Malcolm Lowry
You have done Malcolm Lowry and your
readers a great disservice by devoting two
full pages to Donald Cameron's inane
verbal exercise, "Luminous Wheels and
Private Memories", in the winter 1971
issue of the Chronicle.
Surely the Chronicle could have had
the book reviewed by Earle Birney, Perle
Epstein or David Markson—people who
knew Lowry or have studied his work. Any
one of them could have contributed a
valuable evaluation of Woodcock's book,
particularly as it relates to the regrettably
small body of work by or about this man
whose writing reflects the intense feeling
he had for British Columbia.
His  writing  was  all  but  ignored  by
Canadians while he was alive; this book
about him would have been better ignored
than treated as it was by your "reviewer."
Lois Carley Cadell
BA'57, MLS (Western Ontario)
Waterloo, Ontario.
Association victim of
self-mistaken identity?
Why do you belong to the American
Alumni Council, as announced on your
masthead? UBC being a Canadian university, surely this is a case of self-
mistaken identity?
Bruce Mickelburgh, BA'68,
Newmarket, Ont.
The association has belonged to the AAC
for some time not because of mistaken
identity but because the AAC has provided useful support services. You may
be interested to know that a Canadian
alumni organization exists in embryo
form and meets in special session at annual AAC conferences. Our association
takes part in this and it's our hope that
we can build this into a stronger, independent Canadian organization within
a few years.—Ed. [~j
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When Rosemary Brown, BSW'62,
MSW'67, says her interests are catholic in the sense that they are all-
embracing, she isn't overstating the
case. One of her most catholic areas
of interest is in improving the status
of women and probably one of the
more significant contributions she is
making toward this end is by the example she sets in her own life and
activities. She is an inspiring role
model for anyone interested in redefining the place of women in today's
Mrs. Brown most recently pleaded
the case for fairer treatment for
women at the National Conference
on the Law which was held in Ottawa
on Feb. 1-4. She was one of two
women delegates from British Columbia invited to attend the conference by the former Minister of Justice John Turner, BA'49.
She believes her invitation resulted
from her voluntary work as Ombuds-
woman for the B.C. Status of Women
Action and Coordinating Council. The
Council was formed after publication
of the Royal Commission Report on
the Status of Women to push for
implementation of the report's
In her work as Ombudswoman, Mrs.
Brown welcomes complaints from any
woman who feels discriminated
against and she investigates each case
to the best of her ability. Her investigations have provided her with
ample demonstrations of discrepancies in the laws as they affect women
and lent eloquence to the pleas she
made in Ottawa for reform of the
law so that it deals equally with both
men and women.
Mrs. Brown believes, however, that
the only way equal treatment of men
and women in society will become a
reality is if women take a more active
role in politics. She does not believe in
tokenism either. "Parliament in Ottawa has 264 seats. The only realistic
representation is that 75 to 100 of
those seats be occupied by women".
Although she emphasizes that she
does not consider her objectives as a
battle between the sexes, Mrs. Brown
said that if women are really going to
share responsibility for the functioning of society, then they are going to
have to learn to speak out for themselves and not through a man. "We
have learned through the ages that it
is not enough to have men who support your point of view speak on your
There is nothing extremist, however, about this warm woman who
combines her homelife with her husband, Dr. William T. Brown a psychiatrist and UBC graduate (MD'58) and
a member of UBC's Faculty of
Medicine, and her three children along
with her other interests into a rewarding lifestyle. She says she is interested in the whole area of
dispossessed people, in poverty and in
the environment. As well as acting
as Ombudswoman, she also serves as a
counsellor and social worker at Simon
Fraser University. The list of her
other endeavors is intimidating, but
makes her living proof of the advantages of getting involved.
Born in Jamaica, Mrs. Brown is a
naturalized Canadian. She is a
member of the B.C. Association for
the Advancement of Colored People,
regional representative of the National Black Coalition and on the B.C.
Council of Black Women. She's been
chairman of the board of the Lower
Mainland Society for the Rehabilitation Residence for young adults which
finances half-way homes for young
people who are not able to live on
their own. She has worked with epileptic and cerebral palsy patients in the
Vancouver Neurological Society and
is also a very active member of the
University Women's Club.
Up on Burnaby Mountain at Simon
Fraser University there's a new chairman
of the board. Richard Lester, LLB'52,
chairman since 1968 has resigned to continue his graduate work at UBC. His
replacement is Kenneth Caple, BSA'26,
MSA'27, SFU chancellor. He is a former
member of both the senate and board of
governors at UBC. . . To commemorate
Centennial '71, the last of B.C.'s bumper
crop of centennials, the federal government established a Second Century Fund
for the province. Its first board of
trustees has four UBC grads among its
membership—W. T. (Tom) Brown, BA
'32, (MA, Oxford), Roderick Haig-Brown,
LLD'52, Hubert King, BA'27 and John
Woodworth, BArch'52. The fund is designed to establish and develop nature
conservation areas throughout the
A changing political climate has given
Willoughby W. Matthews, OBE, BSA'27,
a new address after 34 years in Burma.
He's exchanged his old one on the Pagoda
Road in Rangoon for the Royal Thames
Yacht Club in Knightsbridge (some
might think that equally exotic). He
writes that he regrets very much having
to leave Burma but still feels a "great
affection for the people of that fascinating country". . . Charles M. Mottley, BA
'27, (MA, PhD, Toronto), has retired
from his planning and teaching posts at
Pennsylvania State University. During
his career in research and strategic planning he was associated with several universities and government and private
agencies—including chairman of biological sciences at Cornell, chairman of
operations at the Centre for Naval
Analysis, the U.S. Department of Mines
and the Stanford Research Institute.
At Vancouver city hall, Russell Baker,
BA'30, BCom'31, has retired as the city's
corporation counsel. He has been a member of the legal staff since 1937. His
replacement is Charles Fleming, BCom
'48, LLB'51, deputy counsel since 1963
... Dr. Roy Daniells, BA'30, (PhD,
Toronto), (LLD, Queen's), UBC's University Professor of English has been
named a Companion of the Order of
Canada—the country's highest award of
merit. A former president of the Royal
Society of Canada, he is the first person
to hold the appointment of University
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guished scholars. Medals of Service were
awarded to Dr. Robert Bell, BA'39, MA
'41, (PhD, McGill), a nuclear physicist,
who is principal and vice-chancellor of
McGill University and to Lawrence J.
Wallace, BA'38, (MEd, Washington),
B.C.'s impressario of centennials, who is
officially deputy provincial secretary. . .
UBC's new dean of science is Professor
George Volkoff, BA'34, MA'36, (PhD,
California), DSc'45, the former head of
physics. He succeeds his brother-in-law,
Vladimir Okulitch, BASc'31, MASc'32,
(PhD, McGill), who had been dean since
1964. One of Canada's leading theoretical
physicists, Dr. Volkoff at one time studied under Robert Oppenheimer. During
the Second World War he joined the
National Research Council, where he was
later in charge of theoretical physics for
the NRC atomic energy projects. . . The
sometimes frontier-gold rush atmosphere of the Vancouver Stock Exchange
will be undergoing some changes in the
future guided by its new president,
Thomas A. Dohm, BA'37. A former B.C.
Supreme Court judge, he headed the official inquiry into the Gastown Riot last
Fred E. Burnet, BASc'41, the new president of Cominco Ltd., has been with the
company since 1936. During the 1960's
he headed the company's American operations as president, chairman and chief
executive officer before returning to Vancouver in 1970 as vice-president of Cominco. . . Walter Thumm, BA'44, BEd'54,
(BSc, Sir George Williams), who is associate professor of physics at McArthur
College, Queen's University, is co-author
of a new college text, Physics in Medicine.
It is intended as a supplement to College
Physics, which he and Donald E. Tilley
published in 1971.
In Rome, Roy I. Jackson, BASc'48, has
been appointed deputy director-general
of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. He went to Rome
in 1964 as head of the department of
fisheries, leaving his position as executive
director of the North Pacific Fisheries
Commission. . . . "Wildcatter" is the
New York Times' description of John C.
Connie Bysouth
Rudolph, BASc'48. He's the founder and
president of Bluemount Resources, an oil
exploration firm in Calgary. The last
major oil pool found in Alberta was in
1965 discovered by a company headed by
Mr. Rudolph. His new company is now
looking for the next one.
B.C.'s new deputy minister of industrial development, trade and commerce,
Leslie Hempsall, BASc'50, is making
plans to give his department an "aggressive and positive leadership role in the
field of industrial development". Previously he was vice-president of construction and engineering with Eurocan
Pulp & Paper in Kitimat. . . . Major
Harry Harmsworth, BA'52, MEd'71, is
the new commandant of the Canadian
Forces School of Instructional Technique
at CFB Borden, Ontario. ... A little bit
of Canada in the 'Frisco Bay area—David
Molliet, BA'52, director of the Canadian
government travel bureau there has paid
his extra $40 and now his licence plates
say "CHIMO"—someone else beat him
to "CANADA". . . . Eleanor Riches,
BA'52, represented UBC at the installation of Dr. Pauline Mills McGibbon as
chancellor of the University of Toronto.
She is a research associate and assistant
to the associate dean of student affairs
at the U of T's medical faculty.
John D. Wood, BASc'53, (MS, PhD,
Stanford), director and senior vice-
president for engineering and research
at ATCO Industries in Calgary, has recently been appointed to the Defence
Research Board of Canada. . . . Dr.
Eileen Levis, BA'54, has moved from
Texas and is now practising medicine in
Warner, New Hampshire. . . . David C.
Campbell, BCom'65 (Class of '55), (MA,
San Francisco), (MSc, PhD, Berkeley),
who specializes in environmental economics, is an assistant professor at the
University of Idaho. . . . Jacqueline Sue
Chapman, BSN'58, (MSc, Case-Western
Reserve), has received a $2,000 Springer
fellowship for her doctoral work at New
York University. At one time an instructor at UBC's school of nursing, she was
an assistant professor at Case-Western
before moving to New York.
36 60's
Susan Butt, BA'60, PhD'63, assistant
professor of psychology at UBC is the
top-rated ladies singles tennis player in
B.C. She is also currently teaching a continuing education course on the psychology of sport—which must give her a
decided advantage. . . . Grant B. Frame,
BASc'61, (MSc, Calgary), is teaching at
the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied
Arts and Science in Saskatoon while
completing his doctorate in chemical engineering by long distance at the University of Calgary. After leaving UBC
he spent five years in Cuba, first as operations manager for Compania Rometales
S.A. and later as assistant professor of
chemical engineering at Las Villas University. . . . Robert C. Stuart, BCom'61,
is currently acting chairman of the economics department at Rutgers University
. . . B.C.'s Progressive Conservative party
has a new leader as a result of the November convention. Demi Warren, BA
'61, (LLB, Dalhousie), (LLM, Harvard),
was the winner in an election that had
five candidates—four of them UBC grads
—the party's former leader, John deWolf,
BA'60, John Green, BA'46, and Reginald
Grandison, BA'66, LLB'69.
Four years ago a group of UBC students, concerned about what was happening to the people who live in Vancouver's inner city, decided to do
something to help. Known as the Inner
City Project, the program that evolved
was concerned with social problems in
the community and with those of the
large number of transient young people
who come to Vancouver every summer.
Inner City ran various projects from
legal aid to feed-ins to a highly-publicized
hostel operation in an old church. Max
Beck, BA'62, BSW'65, MSW'66, director
of Inner City during its somewhat has-
seled years of growth, is now in Ottawa
to take on an even bigger community
relations job—this year's Opportunities
For Youth. As coordinator for the OFT
he will decide which 3,000 job-creating
projects will split the federal government's $34 million. They expect 20,000
At the Universite de Montreal, William
W. Armstrong, PhD'66, has been promoted to associate professor of computer
science. . . . Carolyn McAskie, BA'67, is
now on the staff of the Canadian High
Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. She is
second secretary, in charge of the Kenya
desk. . . . Patrick Parker, BCom'68, MBA
'69, is off to Toronto to help Ronald
MacDonald sell his 10 billionth hamburger. He has been with the company
for three years and will be operations
manager for MacDonald's nation-wide
Brian Boyd, BA'69, is currently teaching English at the Lycee Montaigne in
Paris. He interrupted his doctoral studies
in political science at Toronto to go to
France to study French language and
politics. . . . Harold J. Meyerman, BCom
'69,   LLB'70,  is  now president  of  Uni
versity Products Corporation, a National
Student Marketing subsidiary. ... In
this year's final examinations of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants the second and third highest marks
in the country were obtained by two
students in the same Vancouver office—
one of them was Vern O'Reilly, BCom'69
. . . Action Line, the Vancouver Province's anonymous ombudsman, has an excellent record for helping people find
their way out of the red tape thicket—
one of the reporters responsible for the
column is Ruth L. Taylor, BA'69.
A suitable toast was probably in order
for Brent Bitz, BCom'70 and Kenneth
French, BSc'71, when they were notified
that they had both won Seagram business
fellowships. Both are graduate students
in UBC's commerce faculty.
The Sherwood Lett scholarship—
UBC's mini-Rhodes—was awarded to
Mrs. Connie Bysouth, BEd'71. She is both
the first woman and the first education
student to win the $1,500 prize. She is
currently enrolled in the education of the
deaf diploma program. . . . Gordon Sloan,
BA'71, was featured in one of the weekend papers as one of Canada's more interesting bachelors—he's currently administrative manager of the 'Bridge', an
old Granville Street hotel, now run by
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LLB'56 (Madeleine Nelson, BHE'61), a
daughter, Megan Nicole, January 10,
1972 in Ottawa. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Bird, BSc'65, LLB'71 (Bridget Murray, BA'66), a daughter, Rosemary Kathleen, August 28, 1971 in Vancouver. . .
Mr. and Mrs. David G. Bohach, BASc'67
(Frances Muir, '67), a daughter, Kirsten
Sabrina, December 17, 1971 in Little
Rock, Arkansas. . . Mr. and Mrs. Philip
L. Cottell, BSF'66, MSF'67 (Donna Jones,
BHE'67), a daughter, Deanna Lyn,
December 2, 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut. . . Mr. and Mrs. William J.
Diebolt, LLB'71 (Virginia Wilson, BA'67),
a son, David, January 9, 1972 in North
Vancouver. . . Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Joseph Folk, BEd'64 (Judi Johnston,
BMus'68), twin daughters, Crystal Sabrina and Celeste Jasmine, November 19,
1971 in New Westminster. Dr. and Mrs.
C. Robert James, BASc'60, MASc'61,
PhD'64, a daughter, Maureen Beth,
November 26, 1971 in Edmonton
. . . Dr. and Mrs. Leslie N. Koskitalo,
PhD'70 (Diane Prefontaine, BSA'62), a
daughter, Michelle Evon, September 1,
1971 in Vancouver. . . Dr. and Mrs. Kent
E. Mellerstig, MD'67, a son, Jason Kent,
January 6, 1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. . . Mr. and Mrs. D. Ronald Patterson, BEd'67 (Barbara Hobbs, BMus'66),
a son, David Edward, October 18, 1971
in New Westminster. . . Mr. and Mrs.
Edwin R. Thompson, BSc'69, a son,
Andrew Charles, January 19, 1972, in
Bardal-Stewart. Frederic Leroy Bardal,
BASc'70 to Nancy Joanne Stewart, BA'
71, August 24, 1971 in Vancouver. . .
Cannon-Cha. Richard W. Cannon, BASc'
66 to Karen L. Cha, BA'65, BLS'66,
March 20, 1971 in Vancouver. . . Fernau-
Montgomery. Francis Guy Fernau to
Janet Montgomery, BSN'58, November
5, 1971 in London, England. . . Ludwig-
Booth. Frank C. Ludwig, BMus'70 to
Lorraine Booth, BMus'70 August, 1971
in Vancouver.
Ivor  W.   Allam,   BA'53,  September   27,
1971 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He
was a research chemist with the U.S.
Radium Corporation and is survived by
his wife.
Rhys Dilwyn Bevan, BASc'46, October
24, 1971 in Rosemere, Quebec. He joined
Canadian Industries Ltd. after graduation, holding several administrative and
research posts before becoming vice-
president last year. He served as president of the Chlorine Institute—the first
Canadian to do so—and was founder and
former chairman of the chemical economics division of the Chemical Institute
of Canada. He is survived by his wife,
three daughters and a son.
Andre Leendert de Ruyter, BSP'64, April
1971, accidentally in Port Coquitlam.
Merrill DesBrisay, Q.C, BA'17, December 5, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario. At
the 'Fairview Shacks' in May 1917, he was
one of the founders of the UBC Alumni
Association—serving as secretary-treasurer and the following year as president of
the new organization.
Archie Prentice Gardner, BA'37, January
26, 1972, while travelling between Calgary and Vancouver. He was senior
partner in Gardner, MacDonald & Co.,
chartered accountants, and is survived
by his wife, three sons and three
Douglas W. Glennie, BA'49, MA'51,
(PhD, Washington), October 26, 1971 in
Youngstown, New York. He is survived
by his wife.
Rowland Thomas Green, BA'24, 1971 in
Kelowna. He is survived by his wife (Mary
Herbison, BA'31).
Mrs. G. Cecil Hacker, (Margaret Allan),
BA'31, October 13, 1971 in Abbotsford.
She is survived by her husband, Cecil,
Mrs. Malcolm Hardie, (Marjorie Hobson),
BA'37, December 10, 1971 in Vancouver.
She is survived by her brother.
George Howell Harris, BSA'22, (MS, Oregon State), (PhD, Berkeley), February 5,
1972 in Duncan. He joined the UBC
staff in 1925 as an assistant in horticulture and was appointed to the faculty as
assistant professor in 1928. On his retirement in 1963 he was named professor
emeritus    of    horticulture He is
survived by his wife, a son, John, BSA'52,
a daughter, two brothers and a sister.
Joseph Allen Harris, BA'22, MA'23, (PhD,
Illinois), February 6, 1972 in Richmond.
The brother of Howell Harris, he was
professor emeritus of chemistry at UBC.
As a doctoral student at Illinois, his
work became internationally known
when he was able to prove the existence
of Element 61—a rare earth. He returned
to UBC in 1926 as assistant professor.
During the university's financial retrenchment   in   1932   he   "retired"—but
not for long. He ran in the provincial
election of 1933, defeating the Minister
of Finance.  .   .  .
He retired as professor of chemistry in
1966. He is survived by his sister and two
Eli McColI, BASc'22, August 19, 1971 in
Long Beach, California. He is survived by
his wife.
Mrs. George MacDonald (Aileen E.
Mann), BA'37, MSW'55, November 22,
1971 in Vancouver. She is survived by her
Robert S. McDonald, BA'34, March 25,
1971, in New Westminster. He is survived
by his wife (Mary Eatkins, BA'35).
Kenneth R. Macleod, LLB'49, September
23, 1971 in Vancouver. Before his appointment as a provincial court judge
last year he was a member of the legal
department at B.C. Hydro. He is survived
by his wife and five children.
Robert James McMaster, BA'34, November 9, 1971 in Victoria. In his legal
career he represented many noted causes
—including the claims of the dispossesed
Japanese-Canadian community after
the Second World War, the Doukhobor
community and the Lord's Day Alliance.
Much of B.C.'s present legislation governing the co-operative and credit union
movement is the result of his work. He
acted as legal advisor to the movement
from 1945 to his death. He is survived by
his wife, Constance, (BA, Alberta), BSW
'59, two sons and two daughters.
Donald Archibald Matson, BCom'37,
September 12, 1971 in Roseburg, Oregon.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and
a daughter.
Andrew Gordon Meekison, BASc'22, February 3, 1972 in Vancouver. He is survived by his wife (Kathleen Stirk, '23) and
three sons, William, BA'57, MD'62, Peter,
BASc'59, BA'61, (MA, West. Ont.), (PhD,
Duke), and James, BA'61, MA'62, (MBA,
Rev. Daniel (BUI) More, BA'41, November 14, 1971 in Vancouver. A United
Church of Canada minister in Port Alberni, he is survived by his son, Arthur,
BSc'62 and two daughters.
Mrs. Kenneth Alexander Ryan, (Jean
Stewart Kinnaird), BA'39, BEd'59, December 27, 1971 in Mission. For many
years she was a teacher with the Mission
school board and is survived by her husband and sister.
Kathleen Marjorie Reynolds, BA'33, MA
'43, November 23, 1971 in North Vancouver. She retired in 1969 as principal of
the Queensbury elementary school in
North Vancouver after a teaching career
of 45 years. She is survived by a cousin.
Victor John Southey, BASc'33, BA'33,
October 31, 1971 in Delta. He was general manager of the Dominion Steel and
Coal Corp. mining operations in Newfoundland & Labrador before returning
to B.C. two years ago. He is survived by
his wife and daughter.
Frank A. Sreter, BSc'67, December 15,
1971 accidentally near Hawksbury, Ontario. A graduate student in chemistry
at the University of Ottawa, he is survived by his parents.
George McRae West, BSP'59, February
18, 1971 in Sooke. He is survived by his
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