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The University of British Columbia Alumni Magazine
Volume 52, Number 1 Spring, 1998
UBC's foiotball stars smother Ottawa and bring back the Vanier Cup
UBC Goes International
Students, faculties and researchers
take UBC abroad
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Chronicle Features
Research news, Alumni news, profiles,
reviews, class acts and much more
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UBC's T-Bird football team carried
muscle, grit and determination to this
year's Vanier Cup game and brought
home the ultimate prize.
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Mike Harcourt? He's alive and
well and looking to the future
at UBC.
UBC has become, by design, an
international university. And the
borders just keep on expanding.
On The Cover
Three of the Thunderbird's stars pose
with the Vanier Cup: Mark Nohra, Bob
Beveridge, and Jim Cooper. All playing
university football for the last time, and
all hoping for a shot at the big leagues.
photo Pat Higinbotham\Studio 54.
e University of British Columbia Alumni Association
Editor Chris Petty
Assistant Editor Shari Ackerman
Contributors Pat Higinbotham,
Deanna McLeod, Christine Norquist,
Research News
The Dean's Page
Alumni News
Don Weils
Advertising Katie Stradwick
From bad breath to gene
Forestry Dean Clark Binkley heads
The new Alumni Board, branches
Board of Directors
tagging, UBC research
up one of UBC's powerhouse
reunions, great pics of the
President Haig Farris BA'60, LLD'97
Pest President Tricia Smith BA'80, LLB'85
continues to break new ground.
faculties. Credit, says Binkley, goes
Achievement Dinner, Young
Treasurer Thomas Hasker, BA'86
A short digest.
to the people who work there.
Alumni and mentors.
Members at Largo '9S-'00
Gregory Clark, BCom'86, LLB'89
Jean Forrest, BPE'83
Thomas Hobley, MBA'83
Members at Largo '97-'9»
Peter Ladner, BA'70
Class Acts
Student Profiles
Don Wells, BA'89
UBC alumni write books. We try
What's going on with those
Meet the winner of this year's
Lome Whitehead, BSc'77, MSc'80, PhD'89
Executive Director Agnes Papke, BSc(Agr)'66
to show you some of them. It's
people who sat beside you in
Alumni Scholarship and the
Design Consultation
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find out.
Undergrad Society.
by Mitchell Press
ISSN 0824-1279
Visit our website: www.alumni
ubc.ca chronicle news
Why UBC Deserves
Your Charity Buck
It's an annoying part of everyone's
life: the phone call that starts, "Hello, is this Mr. Petty? How are you this
evening, sir?" Oh, oh. Someone wants
me to buy their product, subscribe to
their paper or give money to their cause.
It takes effort to be polite, and sometimes even greater effort to say "no."
Few among us don't feel a need to
give, but how do we choose among the
pleas? And how do we know the person
or the organization on the other end of
the line isn't playing us for a sucker? To
many people, fundraisers don't rank
high in the ethical hierarchy, and, rightly or wrongly, their causes suffer.
Universities have an additional liability: "Why should I give to UBC? It already
gets money from my taxes." Even grads
sometimes don't make the distinction between operating funds and money needed
for scholarly activity and student aid.
But universities produce: medical
breakthroughs, economic spin-offs, cultural development. Grads get better jobs,
make more money, contribute to everyone's well being. That's why your charity
buck makes a difference. You can help
fund research in a variety of areas, or you
can make sure students who have the talent won't be denied an education because
they don't have the financial resources.
Throughout this issue of The Chronicle you'll see reasons why UBC deserves
your consideration if you are inclined to
support something with your money. Or
take a look at page 38 and our profile on
Bethany Jackson, winner of an Alumni
Association scholarship. She's just one
example of the many students who need
and deserve your support. The next time
someone calls, think about it. •
— Chris Petty, editor
Biologists Bust Bad Breath
he public dental
Clinic at the faculty of dentistry
is open for bad breath
Don Brunette, faculty of dentistry associate
dean and oral biologist,
explains that bad breath
is more than a cosmetic
concern; it could also
mean illness of the liver,
lungs, or gastrointestinal
"This clinic provides
an objective measure for
people concerned about
their breath," says Brunette.
Air is sucked out of the patient's
mouth using a syringe and placed into
the chromatograph. The clinic's director,
Ken Yaegaki of the department of oral
biological and medical sciences, interprets the numeric information.
Yaegaki also sniffs the patient's
breath. The patient sits behind a screen
and exhales into a tube while Yaegaki
assesses it from the other side.
"There are a variety of causes of bad
Ken Yaegaki leans close as Arthur Black gives a sample.
breath," says Yaegaki. "The most common is tongue coating, gum disease or
throat inflammation. Illnesses such as
sinusitis and some medications can also
create bad breath."
The clinic is BC's first breath testing
clinic and is the only one in Canada to
use gas chromatography as a measuring
It is open Monday and Friday mornings. Call 822-8028 to make appointments. •
UBCers Get Honorary Degrees
Nine men will receive honorary
degrees from UBC at this year's
spring and fall Convocations.
Chief among them is David Strangway,
former UBC president.
Other recipients include UBC grad
John Bell, BCom'62, Canada's ambassador to the Year of the Asia Pacific and
Canada's chief negotiator at the Rio
Earth Summit in 1992.
Three emeritus professors will receive degrees: Alan Cairns (political sci
ence), Stephen
Michael Drance
Peter Oberlander
Also receiving degrees are
John Spears, sec-general of the World
Commission on Forests and Sustainable
Development; Patricio Alywin, former
president of Chile; and Jeffrey Simpson, a
columnist for the Globe and Mail. •
4 Chronicle Genetic Research Gets Funding Boost
The Canadian Genetic Diseases
Network (CGDN) has been
awarded $18 million from the
federal government. CGDN is one of several networks within the Networks of
Centres of Excellence (NCE) program to
receive substantial funding.
New funding allows the networks to
continue research into human genetic
disease for the next four years, and guarantees funding all the way into 2005.
"This award ensures that Canadian
scientists remain at the forefront in international human genetic disease research," says network founder professor
Michael Hayden of medical genetics.
Bomke Gets Award
Art Bomke has taught soil science
in the Faculty of Agriculture
since 1973 and in that time has
become a leading proponent of foodland
preservation. In recognition of his work,
he was presented with a Foodland Preservation award by the BC government.
"Dr. Bomke has brought his national
reputation as a soil scientist to the support of BC's farmland preservation program," said Corky Evans, BC's Minister
"of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, who
made the presentation. •
Funding will be directed into a program called From Genes to Therapies, an
interdisciplinary approach to this research.
Other funding recipients include:
the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network,
the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network,
Micronet, the Institute for Robotics and
Intelligent Systems and the Protein Engineering Network.
The CGDN project brings together
teams from all provinces and disciplines
to work with universities, industry and
government. Government awarded a total of $94.3 million to seven networks.
Program information can be found
at www.nce.gc.ca. •
Michael Hayden, founder of the Canadian
Genetic Diseases Network.
Baby Talk More Than Meets the Mouth
Baby babble: real or rubbish?
That is what UBC professor Janet
Werker and graduate student
Christine Stager are trying to discover.
"We're interested in understanding
how babies move from being sensitive to
the sounds of language to mapping those
sounds onto words," says Werker, who
has spent more than 20 years studying
how infants learn language.
Werker and Stager published the results of their three-year study in the journal Nature. Until then, researchers had
no idea what information babies stored
as they learned new words.
According to Werker and Stager, babies listen carefully to the language spoken around them during their first year.
By 10 to 12 months they can distinguish
between consonants and vowels spoken
in their native language from the same
syllables spoken in another language. At
about 14 months, babies begin to ignore
some of their previous information so
they can focus on learning words.
The researchers observed 64 babies'
reactions to word-object pairings, and
found their attention was focused on
matching the sound with the object.
"They're already working with a full
capacity," says Stager. "To get the job
done, some detail gets ignored." •
Chronicle 5 chronicle news
Diamond Production Coming to NWT
Petrologist Maya Kopylova and professor Kelly
Russell of UBC's igneous petrology lab.
The Slave region in Canada's
Northwest Territories may hold
the biggest diamond find of the
twentieth century.
Petrologist Maya Kopylova and professor Kelly Russell, head of UBC's igneous petrology lab have constructed detailed geotherms—geological profiles of
the earth's temperature with increasing
depth and pressure—by analyzing rock
samples. These samples were forced to
the surface of the 2.6-billion-year-old
Slave craton in explosive torrents of molten rock called kimberlite. Kopylova and
Russell are also gaining insight into the
composition of the earth's mantle in the
region beneath the Slave craton.
"Hey, Buddy, Get a Horse!"
Getting people to let go of their
steering wheels is like prying
candy out of a baby's mouth,
says Gordon Lovegrove, UBC's new
transportation planner. His aim is to reduce car trips and increase transit use,
both by 20 per cent, in five years.
Lovegrove plans to seek the advice
of sociologists and psychologists to
change people's attitudes toward their
automobiles and toward public transit.
He is also keeping an open-door policy
for any great ideas, which he will reward
with transit passes and other prizes.
Lovegrove already has a stack of
winning projects: the University of
Washington's highly effective U-Pass, a
subsidized transit pass; walking or cycling clubs; a carpool centre; workshops
for vehicle-dependants; and a fleet of
second-hand campus bicycles. "We
could paint them
all a rose colour,"
he suggested.
Anyone with
ideas can submit
them online at:
ubc.ca or call him
at 822-1304. •
Lonely, lost and
broken bike languishes
by bus loop.
The kimberlite samples and the
chips of mantle material the lab is studying show similarity to diamond producing kimberlite pipes found elsewhere in
the world.
In South Africa, world leader in diamond production, kimberlite pipes can
be as large as 800 metres in diameter at
the surface; in the Slave region, however,
these tend to be no larger than 100 metres in diameter.
The samples examined by Kopylova
and Russell come from a kimberlite pipe
known as Jericho and held by Canamara
Geological, a Canadian company that is
one of many to acquire land in the region. •
New Research
Initiatives Pinched
by Funding Cuts
Cuts to medical research funding through the federal
Medical Research Council
(MRC) have had a significant impact on
UBC. More than 30 new projects did not
receive funding this year and half or
fewer grants got funding renewals.
"We're having to throw out accomplishments in mid-stream," says biochemistry department head George
Mackie, MRC's regional director. According to Dr. Henry Friesen, director of the
MRC, budgets there have been reduced
by 13 per cent since 1994, with $10
million expected to come off the budget
in 1998.
Canada now invests less money in
health research than any of the other six
leading industrialized nations in the G7.
Many feel such cuts are driving
Canada's best researchers to better-paid
jobs abroad. •
6 Chronicle Message from the President
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small celebration. I know how
much training, determination
and focus it takes to accomplish
what they achieved in their season, so I was prepared to be impressed.
But when I met the team and
talked with individual members,
I wasn't disappointed. Here is a
group of young men able to attain the highest goal of its kind
in the country and, at the same
time, maintain an above-average
level of academic success. Most
of us have enough trouble doing
one thing extremely well. These
men are not only remarkable athletes, they are remarkable students.
In my first six months as president of
UBC, that kind of experience has repeated itself over and over again. I've spent a
great deal of time meeting with people.
I've met with many of the academic departments and support units on campus
and talked with the faculty, students and
staff who work there. And again, I have
been extremely impressed. The same
kind of team work and sense of accomplishment I saw with the Vanier Cup
winners is evident all over campus.
From research teams in forestry and
physics to scholarly groups in economics
and sociology, men and women at UBC
are dedicated to pushing themselves and
their work beyond the ordinary. Most
universities can boast a few areas in
which they do superb work and many
areas in which they do adequate work.
UBC breaks the pattern. We can claim
| superiority in virtually every academic
area and none in which the level of work
is merely adequate. This was proved
UBC President Martha Piper.
again recently when UBC, along with the
University of Toronto and McGill, was
invited to participate in Universitas 21, a
conference restricted to the leading research universities in the world.
This sense of achievement is evident
in our graduates as well. I've met many
of you in my travels to alumni branches
in Canada and abroad, and I'm overwhelmed by the fondness, pride and satisfaction you feel about your university.
And the more I get to know about UBC,
the more 1 understand and share those
I intend my first year at UBC to be
one of learning and listening. I have
asked the UBC community, both on and
off campus, for input on the direction
the university should take, and will release a preliminary paper on the results
of this process in the spring. I will make
that paper available to you and ask for
your comments.
— Martha Piper, President
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Chronicle 7 chronicle news
Clearcut Logging is Good, Bad and Ugly
learcut logging is a divisive issue. Some people believe clear
cutting helps create and keep
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jobs, while others feel it leads to environmental damage such as landslides in
community watersheds and the loss of
wildlife habitat and wildlife corridors.
To gain a better understanding of
the nature of landslides, investigators in
the faculty of forestry are conducting
research on exactly where and why slides
happen. To examine the causes, researcher assistants working with Jonathan Fannin, associate professor in the faculty of
forestry and applied science, have tested
soil strength on slopes, monitored
groundwater pressures during rainstorms, surveyed sites where failures occurred, and mapped the path of landslides downhill.
One outcome has been the development of improved tools and techniques
to identify landslide-prone terrain. The
work has also contributed to field guidelines for the Forest Practices Code. •
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John McArthur, winner of the Alumni Association's Outstanding Student Award in 1996, has been
awarded the 1998 Rhodes Scholarship for BC.
McArthur is currently studying public policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy
School of Government.
McArthur became a medal-winning
swimmer while on the UBC Varsity Swim
Team. He has done volunteer work with
an Alzheimer's clinic and the Immigrant
Services Society in Vancouver, and with
high school kids in Boston. He also
worked for the Canadian Embassy as a
liaison officer to the World Bank last
summer in Washington, DC.
"Given his willingness to play leadership roles in athletics, in academics,
and in student governance, I can think
of few people more qualified for the honour of a Rhodes Scholarship," said professor Frederick Schauer, academic dean
of the Kennedy School of Government.
The scholarship provides all travel
expenses to study at Oxford University
for two years, with an option for a third.
He will study law there. His career goal is
to be involved in Canadian international
trade negotiations.
He graduated from UBC in 1996 with
an honours degree in political science. •
8 Chronicle Canadian Vets Focus
of New Program
The 'glories of war' are creations
of movies and books. Ask any
veteran: war is dirty, bleak and
horrifying. Many soldiers return home
with physical scars from combat, but
nearly all come back with even deeper
emotional scars.
The trauma of war shapes their life
decisions, their relationships and their
careers. Most war vets have not had a
chance to integrate their experiences
into their broader life story nor have
they been provided with a supportive
and structured means to express their
reactions and feelings about what has
happened to them. In short, the psychological needs and issues related to adult
development of war vets have not been
UBC's Life Review Program (LRP)
uses health promotion to make life more
satisfying for veterans.
The program helps participants face
these challenges and learn from others
effective ways of coping and successfully
dealing with a major life trauma such as
war. It is also meant to help future peacekeepers returning home from postings
A pilot project by Marvin Westwood,
from the faculty of education's department of counselling psychology and a
team of six facilitators will use the program with veterans.
Researchers will also gather valuable
information about how veterans have
coped with life after war. The program
will be offered to veterans in six sites in
the Lower Mainland. Sessions will focus
on five major life themes: branching
points, career/work, family, health, and
i the war experience. The project is sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada and the
Royal Canadian Legion. •
"There's a fungus among us!" Two Let's Talk Science students get personal with a tree fungus.
"Let's Talk Science" Gets Kids' Hands Dirty
You may see 27 grade three, four
and five students searching the
endowment lands for fungi under
the guidance of forestry grad student
Jennifer Bull. Or, if you happen by a local high school, you might see chemistry
grad student Erin Ma and Ian Baird bent
over retorts with students in grades 9-12.
Wherever you go in Vancouver, you may
find one of the 33 teachers who have
developed partnerships with UBC science
grad students through Let's Talk Science.
Let's Talk Science is a national project
coordinated by the University of Western
Ontario. It offers programs in basic and
applied science to help school kids understand the importance of science in
our world. One of the programs offered
is the Partnership Program which pairs
up graduate students with teachers in the
elementary and secondary school systems. Together, they share their expertise
and develop ideas for getting the younger students excited about learning and
playing with science.
The UBC department of physics and
astronomy hired physics PhD student
Elana Brief in September to coordinate
the 1st year of the program at UBC. Her
first job was to e-mail grad students from
20 departments in five faculties and invite them to participate. Fifty students
replied immediately. Their reason? "I
want to help kids get excited about science," said one, and "Evangelizing on
behalf of critical thinking," said another.
Because of Let's Talk Science, students in Vancouver classrooms are looking forward to a semester full of bugs,
neurons, genetics, fungus, electronics
and cosmology, learning hands-on from
real UBC scientists.
The project has been funded by BC
Information, Science and Technology
Agency and the department of physics
and astronomy. For more information, e-
mail Elana at LTS@physics.ubc.ca or call
822-3678. •
Chronicle 9 chronicle news
Better Weather Forecasting Coming, Researcher Predicts
Forecasting the weather in Vancouver: if you can't see the mountains,
it's raining. If you can see the
mountains, it's about to rain. That's about
as close as we get. But that's about to
change. A team of scholars led by professor Roland Stull in the faculty of arts at
UBC is attacking the ongoing problem of
accurate weather prediction.
BC suffers from the worst forecasts in
Canada. While people in the central and
eastern provinces get fairly accurate forecasts two days in advance, BC is lucky to
get any accuracy half a day in advance,
especially in winter. Why? Two reasons.
First, BC's rugged geography modifies
weather systems. Second, our weather
comes from over the Pacific Ocean where
there are few weather observations.
A solution to the first problem is now
within reach. Josh Hacker and Henryk
Modzelewski, PhD students in geography,
are using computers to forecast local
weather variations, taking into account
rain belts, rain shadows, convergence
snow bands, and local winds.
The second reason for bad forecasting is more difficult to address. Hacker is
trying to average slightly different forecasts to form a more accurate one, and
recent team member Ron McTaggart-
Cowan has a plan to design and arrange a
network of tethered guided balloons anchored over the Pacific Ocean, to provide
more weather observations.
The Western Canada Regional Modeling Consortium was formed last year to
support this research. Researchers are developing improved wind forecasting for
log-boom towing and shipping, better
avalanche weather prediction and more
accurate rain and flood forecasts for BC
Hydro and agriculture, and air pollution
dispersion for urban planning.
But pack your brolly, just in case.»
Vancouver weather
is as changeable as,
well, Vancouver
weather. This looks
north west over the
School of Theology.
APEC + UBC = A Bust
It was supposed to be a great thing
for everyone. The APEC economic
conference was in Vancouver, and
UBC would host the leaders meeting.
UBC would get the kind of positive publicity it got during the Clinton-Yeltsin
summit, students would get to see world
movers and shakers in action and MacKenzie House would get a new solarium.
UBC began planning months in advance
to make sure everything would go
Protesters began planning early, too.
The issue? Some of the leaders had bad
records for human rights in their countries, and many students, faculty and
staff thought they should see
some protest.
The university planned for
the protests. They chose sites
that would be seen by the leaders as they drove by, but that
were too far away to be a security threat. Government organizers approved the plan, as did
the police. But when the day
came, police cleared out all
protestors and gave a black eye
to the Prime Minister's Office, which was
accused of interference.
Whatever the actual facts, the event
was a debacle. But UBC and president
Piper came off looking pretty good. In a
post-mortem of the conference, it was
clear that she did all she could to avoid
the confrontations, and that the university, from the start, acted in good faith.
The Board of Governors decided
that, in future, requests to use UBC for
visible, non-university oriented events
would be discussed with the university
community before giving the OK. •
Qreen College residents in front of the College
asking APEC leaders to Think About It.
10 Chronicle If you'd
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than organizing your
scientific society's
next conference,
then call this
Felix Aubke, Co-Chair
15th International Symposium
on Fluorine Chemistry, did.
For Conference Coordination,
Meeting Planning,
& Delegate Registration
Email: conferences@brock.housing.ubc.ca
Web: http://www.conferences.ubc.ca
Member of Tourism Vancouver, the International Congress and Convention Association and Meeting Professionals International chronicle feature
UBC's Thunderbird football team took their campaign from
the Pacific to the Atlantic coast, then to the heart of Central Canada. When they got home, 12,000 km later, the
Vanier Cup was in the back seat.
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in tne east
Wednesday, November 19, 10 am
Lamport Stadium, Toronto
TV   he two workers
™   clearing snow from
the artificial turf are
testing the UBC football
coach's patience. In just
over 72 hours, Casey
Smith will lead his charges
into a battle for the ultimate bragging
rights in Canadian university football,
the Vanier Cup. Their progress is slow, so
the UBC players pitch in and help.
Everyone is anxious to get practice under
The situation is exacerbated by the
absence of practice balls. One of the
coaches commandeers a taxi and makes a
dash back across town to the Westin
Hotel to retrieve balls.
At the Westin, University of Ottawa
head coach Larry Ring and his team are
watching videotape of the previous
week's Atlantic Bowl between UBC and
the Mount Allison Mounties. Ring is
intent on learning everything possible
about the Thunderbirds. The UBC
players were up at dawn for a team
breakfast followed by a videotape
analysis of the Churchill Bowl between
Ottawa and Waterloo. They are trying to
learn everything possible about Ottawa.
The scene may look a touch maniacal,
but this is football, and its resemblance
12 Chronicle
to military conflict is by design, not
coincidence. There is a field of battle and
there are blitzes, bombs, front lines,
aerial attacks and ground attacks. There
is intelligence gathering of various types,
including espionage. Smith insists that
all practices be closed to everyone except
the media. He is not taking chances with
the enemy.
On the field, a photographer from the
Ottawa Citizen snaps pictures while a
TSN camera operator collects footage for
the 40 minute pre-game show. Two local
high school teams waiting to square off
in a Metro playoff game watch the
practice with keen interest, many of
them dreaming that they too will one
day play in the Vanier Cup.
After practice, the coaches and
captains quickly shower and don suits
for a noon press conference. Later in the
day there is a team dinner and more
videotape sessions. As the clock ticks
closer to game time, the tension in both
camps builds.
Thursday, November 20, 11 am
The T-Birds are practicing in the Sky-
Dome, the setting for the 33rd Vanier
Cup. With the kickoff just 48 hours
away, the media is out in full force.
There is one big question on every
reporter's mind. Will injured running
back Mark Nohra be healthy enough to
play on Saturday? The 24 year old
Toronto native was the top rusher in the
Canada West conference and is a candidate for the Hec Crighton Award as the
top player in the country. Three weeks
earlier he suffered damage to his right
knee in a game against Manitoba.
Eyes are trained on Nohra as he goes
through his paces wearing a knee brace.
The reporters sense that Nohra will play,
but the official word has yet to come
from team doctor Rob Lloyd-Smith.
Immediately after the injury, reporters
heard Nohra quip, "I was born in Beirut,
I've had bombs go off over my head.
This is nothing. I'll be back."
Smith is polite to all members of the
media, but inwardly he wants it all to
end and the sooner the better. He is
concerned about quarterback Shawn
Olson, who has been battling the flu and
has been consistently in the spotlight for
almost two weeks. Following the workout, the players are marshalled into
groups for pre-arranged interviews. The
session goes smoothly and within 45
minutes the players are on their way
back to the hotel.
9:00 PM, Westin Hotel Ballroom
A tuxedo-clad Mark Nohra is standing at
the podium at the CIAU All Canadian Awards dinner. He is clutching the Hec
Crighton Trophy, having just been named
the most outstanding university football
player in Canada. His speech is brief, with
thanks to his team mates and coaches.
Purposefully and predictably, he leaves his
parents to last. His final comment brings
the house down.
"I would especially like to thank my
mother. She didn't ever like me playing
football, but she never said I couldn't."
Nohra is also named to the All Canadian
team for the second consecutive year. Team
mates Jim Cooper and Bob Beveridge are
also selected, with Beveridge also being a
candidate for the JP Metras Award for the
Most Outstanding Lineman.
Backstage, there is one last media scrum,
most of it centered on Nohra. All ask the
same question: "Mark, will you be playing
in the Vanier Cup?"
"I still don't know, we'll see how the
knee feels tomorrow."
Right, Mark Nohra collects some of his 166 rushing yards. Altogether, the T-Birds gained 430
net offensive yards, including 170 yards in the air. Bottom: the spoils of war.
Friday, November 21, 3 pm, SkyDome
UBC is having its final workout of the 1997
season. The team isolates itself from outside
interference, particularly the media. For
most players, the Vanier Cup will be the
biggest game of their lives and they need
time to focus.
Other problems have added to the
mounting tension. A uniform supplier
has misplaced Mark Nohra's jersey.
Equipment manager Tony Ivancic is
scrambling for a solution. Headaches
like this aren't supposed to happen,
particularly when fuses are already
Then some good news arrives. Lloyd-
Smith is satisfied that Nohra's knee has
healed sufficiently to allow him to play.
Everyone is relieved, but perhaps
nobody more than Nohra himself. The
Vanier Cup has been somewhat of a
homecoming for him. He was raised in
Toronto and played his high school
football there. On the previous night
he had been named Canada's most
outstanding player, but only now has
the stage has been set for the finish he
had hoped for.
Victorious T-Birds take the Vanier Cup for a
ride around Toronto's Skydome.
Saturday, November 22, 1 am
Westin Hotel
The parties are in full swing. All evening
taxis and limos have been dropping off
fans and officials from most of the 24
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union
(CIAU) football playing institutions
across Canada. There are parents,
girlfriends, students, alumni, sponsors,
coaches, media, pro scouts and a handful
of player agents.
On the second floor, Vanier Cup
flagship sponsor General Motors is
holding a reception for its campus reps.
Two floors below, University of Ottawa
alumni gather along with university
officials, friends and parents of players.
Next door is the UBC reception where
Toronto area alumni have gathered,
including three members of the 1986
team, the last UBC team to win the
Vanier Cup.
Many parents arrive, some of whom
Chronicle 13 T-Bird's 1997 Season
Sept. 5
Sask 30 at UBC 7
Sept. 13
UBC 14 at Alberta 10
Sept. 19
Calgary 18 at UBC 34
Sept. 27
UBC 32 at Manitoba 0
Oct. 4
UBC 16 at SFU 25
Oct. 11
UBC 17 at Sask 19
Oct. 17
Alberta 10 at UBC 27
Oct. 25
UBC 37 at Calaary 37
Oct. 31
Manitoba 6 at UBC 27
Nov. 7 (Hardy Cup)  Calgary 21 at UBC 39
Nov. 15 (Atlantic Bowl) UBC 34, Mt. Allison 29
Nov. 22 (Vanier Cup) UBC 39, Ottawa 23
'97 Results
(including playoffs)
8-3-1 (home: 4-1-0; away: 4-2-1)
Avg. Yards For - 425.4
Avg. Yards Against - 313.3
Avg. Points For - 26.8
Avg. Points Against - 18
% y
T-Bird—Vanier Cup Notes
Hardy Cups won: 15
First Hardy Cup: 1929
Last Hardy Cup: 1997
Vanier Cup games: 5 - 78, '82, '86, '87, '97)
Vanier Cups won: 3 - '82, '86, '97
Vanier Cup Results
1978 Queen's 16, UBC 3
1982  UBC 39, Western Ontario 14
1986  UBC 25, Western Ontario 23
1987  McGill 47, UBC 11
1997   UBC 39, Ottawa 23
were in Halifax the week before for the
Atlantic Bowl. They go to the alumni
bash, which is invaded by a small but
enthusiastic crowd of UBC students who
began their pre-game celebrations 12
hours earlier and three time zones away.
While BC Lions head coach Adam Rita
chats with members of the '86 team, a
TV screen shows highlights of UBC's
season. Some of the assistant coaches
make brief appearances, and then return
to their hotel rooms.
No one sees or talks to the players, but
everyone senses that for them, this night
will seem like an eternity.
Saturday, November 22, 1 pm,
With the kickoff just over an hour away,
television crews are pre-taping the intro
duction to the broadcast. TSN has invested
considerable time and resources in the
Vanier Cup over the years and, with viewer
numbers as high as 400,000, the bosses
want the show to be a good one.
There is concern over the crowd. Only
about 8,000 tickets have been pre-sold
for a facility that holds 55,000. TV
executives don't like empty seats and
neither do CIAU officials who are
counting on gate receipts to fund a
major portion of their annual operations.
The problem is largely one of geography.
UBC is the furthest football school from
Toronto and Ottawa is the most distant
Ontario school. Every year the organizers
hope for the ideal match: a local team
with a rich tradition, such as Western,
Guelph or Waterloo to square off against
a team from the football crazy Atlantic
conference. UBC and Ottawa is going to
be a tough sell, far from the 32,822 fans
who gathered for the 1989 contest
between Western and Saskatchewan.
Journalists begin to fill the 120 seat
media centre. Dozens of photographers
collect their accreditation and make for
field level. The strain begins to show on
the faces of event organizers as almost an
entire year of work reaches a climax.
Above all, they are praying for a large
walk up crowd to bolster attendance.
At 2 pm, the television broadcast
begins. VIPs and corporate guests watch
the introduction on TV from the comfort
of sky boxes. It has all the elements of
Quarterback Shawn Olson sets up for a pass.
superb sports television, as well as one
that is altogether unique. The athletes
are not pros, they are students. Canadian
students. They are studying Arts, Science,
Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Phys. Ed, Education, Fine Arts and a
few are even in graduate programs.
Some, like UBC's Strachan Hartley, Chris
Lennon, Casey Souter and Andrew
Newton, are Royal Bank Academic All
Canadians, having maintained a GPA in
excess of 80% in full time study.
This is as pure as sport gets. There are
no absurd salary expectations, no
allegations of gross misconduct, no
contract holdouts. Just Canadian university students playing football for the fun
of it.
2:40 pm — Kickoff
Dino Camparmo stands at his own ten
yard line awaiting the Ottawa kickoff. He
is a fifth year education student who has
juggled his practicum with playing
football. At 5'7", 165 pounds, he is small
for football, but his durability is remarkable. At 26, he is the second oldest
member of the team and, since high
school, has played ten years of football,
including three in Europe. His career will
end today, and he is intent on going out
as a Vanier Cup champion.
The ball travels 39 yards to Camparmo, who returns it for six. As UBC's
offensive unit takes the field, many guess
that the first play will be a hand off to
Nohra. It is, and he pounds up the '
middle for eight yards. The UBC fans
14 Chronicle erupt. Nohra gets a standing ovation as
he picks himself up and returns to the
huddle showing no signs of the injury
which sidelined him three weeks earlier.
On the next play he takes another hand
off, but this time he is held to a one yard
gain. On their first drive of the game,
UBC is forced to make a decision on
whether to gamble on a third down. The
field goal unit stays on the sidelines as
coaches give the signal to "go for it!"
Shawn Olson keeps the ball on a
quarterback sneak and gets the yard
needed for the first down. The success
buoys the confidence of the UBC bench
and the drive continues, ending in a 23
yard field goal by kicker Aaron Roed.
Five minutes later Olson scores the T-
Birds' first major on a one yard run.
Ottawa answers with a single on a punt
and a 14 yard field goal. Mid way
through the second quarter Frank Luisser
scores for UBC on a 29 yard pass from
Olson. The two teams exchange field
goals near the end of the half and, as
they head for the dressing room, the
score is 19-7 for UBC.
So far, so good. Roed is deliberately
kicking the ball short or out of bounds,
away from Ottawa's two stars, Chris
Evraire and Ousmane Tounkara. By half
time, Tounkara has only two receptions
and Evraire has been taken out of the
game after punishing tackles by the T-
Bird defense.
Nohra's knee appears to be fine, and
he finishes the first half with 82 yards on
16 carries. In total, the UBC offense has
mustered 253 yards to the Gee Gees' 148.
Ottawa is held scoreless during the
third quarter while UBC gets ten points
on a touchdown by Nohra and another
Aaron Roed field goal, making the score
29-7 UBC. Five minutes into the final
quarter, Nohra and Roed have repeated
their efforts and the score is 39-7. Smith
does the gentlemanly thing and begins
to substitute starters with second string
players. Not only does he not want to
humiliate the opponent, but there are a
couple of dozen younger players pacing
the sidelines, chin straps fastened tightly,
waiting for a chance to play in the big
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Dino Camparmo returns the opening kickoff behind Aaron Barker.
game. On Smith's part, it is already a
look toward the future, to next year and
the year after, when these players will be
number one on the T-Bird depth chart.
Although Ottawa finally scores a pair
of touchdowns against a less experienced
defense, the game is clearly out of reach.
On the second-last play of the game, and
with UBC leading 39-23, Shane Sommer-
feld intercepts Ottawa quarterback Phil
Cote. Seconds later Shawn Olson drops
to one knee to run out the clock, and the
ecstatic UBC players, fans, parents and
coaches begin to celebrate their third
Vanier Cup Championship.
December 23, 5 pm, UBC Athletic
Department, War Memorial Cym
It is Christmas time and Casey Smith is
preparing to leave for the holidays. The
sound of his briefcase snapping shut
against the silence of the deserted offices
seems to symbolize the end of the historical season. In the month since the festivities on Front Street, there have been
several demands on his time. In addition
to the usual task of recruiting players, he
has edited and mailed miles of videotape
of graduating players to pro teams. There
have been invitations to speak, to attend
a Board of Governors meeting and to
have the team for breakfast with Presi
dent Martha Piper. There was the windup
banquet and other facets related to the
task of mopping up after victory.
The season has consumed every part
of him and he is exhausted. He takes one
last look at the letters taped to the
window facing the hallway. They are
letters of congratulations from the
Governor General, the Mayor, the
Premier, the President and Chancellor,
the MLA and MP's offices. He turns out
the light, closes the door and walks
down the darkened corridor.
As he passes through the lobby of War
Memorial Gym, he sees two of his
players, who appear similarly spent. Like
most of their team mates, they have
worked feverishly trying to catch up on
term papers and to prepare for Christmas
exams. The site of Smith reminds them
once again of their championship.
The thrill of victory has mellowed. It
is now a deeply internal sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime. They
exchange weary smiles.
"Say, aren't you guys Vanier Cup
Champions?" Smith says.
"Yes we are, Coach, yes we are." •
Don Wells is manager of marketing and
communications at UBC's Department of
Athletics and Recreation.
Chronicle 15 chronicle feature
internationalization may be flavour-of-the month at other institutions, but at
UBC it's an ongoing and active commitment. This is the second article in the
series dealing with Martha Piper's three M's: Interdisciplinarity,
Internationalization and Information Technology.
M^L    t the north end of Main Mall you can look out
m ^L    over English Bay and watch cargo ships from
m    ^^    around the world entering one of the west-
#__^»    em hemisphere's busiest ports. That view is
J^*^^^^    a reminder that UBC is linked to the world
M ^k    unlike any other Canadian university.
,>^^L ^^^^  And while those ships represent the flow
of economic trade entering Canada and North America
through Vancouver, UBC represents the international flow of
The global trade in knowledge isn't new. It began when the
first humans migrated across continents and met others who
had different ways of doing things. What is new is the speed of
information flow around the world, and the scope of interconnected global problems. Since universities specialize in information and problem solving, that means universities have new
international roles to play.
One of the new roles has, traditionally, been part of the
function of government. As economies shift from a resource to
a knowledge base, governments are having to change the way
they conduct international relations and how they develop
foreign policy. "It's no longer just government to government,
or embassy to embassy," explains Christopher Brown, UBC's
external affairs director of international relations. A former
diplomat and federal foreign policy advisor, he says diplomats
are no longer as relevant as they once were. "There are many
more players affecting Canadian foreign policy now, including
academic institutions." With its scholarly objectivity, a university is able to make alliances abroad that neither business nor
government can achieve.
Law professor Ian Townsend-Gault, for example, is leading
a project that attempts to manage potential conflicts in the
South China Sea. Officials and experts from ten countries in
the region meet together to discuss ocean cooperation in the
areas of marine environmental protection and scientific research. The involvement of UBC helps to create confidence,
open communication channels, and avoid military conflict
over islands and ocean space.
Similarly, the faculty of commerce's International Program
helps to build bridges between Canadian and Chinese business
and government communities through partnerships with management schools in China. Its China Program was recently recognized by the Association of Canadian Colleges and
Universities for excellence in internationalization.
UBC's links with foreign academic institutions, says Brown,
also play a role in furthering Canada's national interests, and
promotes our strong research capabilities and education programs. "These academic links show the world we're interested
in things other than selling wheat and logs, and ultimately
help to project Canadian values, which is a part of our official
foreign policy."
Those values underlie UBC's own international strategies, as
Larry Sproul, director of UBC's international liaison office explains. Sproul emphasizes that important principles guide
UBC's international activities. "Money and resources are an important corollary to what we do, but they don't drive the vision," he says. What does are things like a commitment to
international cooperation, to equity, to diversity.
The patchwork quilt of states that grew out of the colonial
period created a divided world where any sort of linkage was
viewed with suspicion. We must move beyond that. "We are at
one of those very few hinge points of human experience," says
law professor Ivan Head, director of the new Liu Centre for International Studies and holder of UBC's chair in South-North
Studies (and several honorary doctorate degrees). "We could
follow the easy, short-sighted and ultimately futile pattern of
deepening the moat, pulling up the draw bridge, saying 'We're
all right Jack, we can get along.' But global issues make a mockery of international boundaries. We can't say that we'll look
after our own environment and it doesn't matter what others
do about theirs; or that our capital markets and currency values
will remain vibrant regardless of conditions elsewhere."
Universities must contribute to society's better understanding of these global issues, says Head, and the Liu Centre will
bring new and existing interdisciplinary programs together to
do it. Head's goal is to build a world-class facility to attract
by Deanna McLeod
16 Chronicle high-ranking international leaders and thinkers to UBC as visiting scholars. It's a scholarly version of "if you build it, they will
This focus on attracting people to UBC is a reminder that it
is people, after all, that make the world go 'round. While talking to UBC's international champions about the role of the university in the 21st century, the theme they keep coming back
to is the importance of UBC's people—the students, the faculty
and staff and the alumni.
Among the industrialized countries, Canada now has one of
the highest percentages of young people entering post-secondary education. UBC has an opportunity and a responsibility to
provide an education that not only prepares those students to
compete globally, but that prepares them to deal with a world
in constant change.
Chris Brown relates a theory of UBC President Martha Piper's that a growing number of people are born in one country,
get their basic schooling in a second, go to university in a third,
work in a fourth and die in a fifth. "And that's a reality," he
says, "Many kids today are doing their work study programs in
Europe, their research in Asia or volunteer dental clinics in
Guatemala. Ours is a much more international world and UBC
recognizes that."
At the graduate student and research levels, UBC has always
been international. Research, particularly scientific and medical
research, doesn't recognize national boundaries. Larry Sproul
says that at the undergrad level, however, the focus has tended
to be more parochial. "We prepared people to get jobs in Williams Lake and Kamloops and Vancouver, but we didn't prepare
UBC international students point to home: (l-r)
Felicity Le Claire, Australia; Adley Tsang, Hong
Kong; Gerardo Celis, Costa Rica; Terry Koerner,
Scotland; Botswiri Oupa Tsheko, Botswana; Rafat
Mam, Bangladesh; Carlyn Siegesmund, USA.
a generation of grads to deal with the world,
internationally. We didn't think it was part of
our job."
But that's changing. The last two years has
seen a two-fold increase in the number of UBC
undergrad students going abroad on exchange
programs. Thanks to a new initiative led by
commerce professor Don Wehrung, recruitment for international students has also increased significantly. International graduate
students are the crearri of the world's intellectual crop, and if
UBC can compete with the large American universities and attract them, we are all better off.
T^ hevi Prather, assistant director of international student services, notices that when
UBC's exchange students return home, they
have a renewed sense of where UBC is relative
to Barcelona, San Francisco or Kuala Lumpur.
"Returning exchange students are also more
likely to seek out international students on campus to continue the interchange of ideas and culture they experienced while abroad."
Lessons can be taken from the natural world, where organisms survive through diversity, combining strengths from different sources. The innovative UBC/Ritzumeiken joint
academic program, for example, brings Canadian and Japanese
students to live and study together on campus. Joint programs
like this, Sproul says, cause an internal transformation both
individually and institutionally. "Different cultural perspectives
challenge us to re-examine things like governance, and how we
use language and knowledge. Students from different cultures
leam how to live and socialize together, to get up in the morning and use kitchens and bathrooms together at a very impressionable point in their lives." The program has been so
successful, the university is now exploring opportunities to expand that joint academic concept with partners in Mexico and
Many other exchange programs are facilitated by depart-
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hat is the role of an international university in the 21st century?
Should it play an active role in
areas like international relations, or
isolate itself and focus inward on
pure research and traditional classroom education. Is it appropriate for
universities to play an active role? Ivan Head thinks so. "The
great universities have always been effective social activists, not
simply withdrawn creators and transmitters of knowledge."
The recent meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders at UBC, and the accompanying student
protest, present two sides of a complex coin. The meeting
would not have been held on campus without UBC's strong
international reputation, and the student protest would not
have occurred without an internationally aware student population. Perhaps the two go hand in hand in a democratic society and ultimately, that is something UBC can be proud of. As
Brown points out, "the fact that APEC was here further heightened the awareness of the university community. No other university community in the country, perhaps in the world, is as
aware of Asia Pacific issues as UBC."
Larry Sproul also believes UBC has gone much farther than
any other Canadian university in seeing internationalization as
a deliberate process of self-transformation. "Many other institutions still see internationalization as this year's fashion, a coat
to throw on. UBC sees it as integral, involving a profound
change in our own mind set about what we do and how we do
it." Even UBC's Food Services has recently added samosas and
rice bowls to the daily soup and sandwich fare at small campus
cafeterias. We take it for granted, but food is a simple and profound symbol of cultural exchange.
It's biology's diversity principle playing itself out on an institutional level. Success depends on finding new ways of
adapting to changing environments. When international students, faculty and visiting scholars bring new ideas to UBC,
when UBC students and faculty go abroad, the whole institution adapts. We trade experiences, learn different ways of
knowing and doing things.
Institutions rarely survive for a thousand years. Perhaps universities have done so because the people embodying them
have the capacity to recognize change and to adapt. Internationalization bodes well for UBC, then, because as Ivan Head
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teaching hospitals and centres
around the province
• UBC faculty members conduct
more than 4,000 research projects
annually in BC
• UBC investigators participate in
all 14 research networks funded
through the federal government's
Networks of Centres of Excellence
(NCE) program. The Canadian
Genetic Diseases Network is
headquartered at UBC
• The University-Industry Liaison
Office has helped create 71
companies during the last 12 years,
employing more than 1,500
people and attracting close to
$634 million in investment
• UBC has 132 Fellows ofthe
Royat Society of Canada—
second largest contingent
among Canadian universities
• 22 UBC faculty are members
ofthe Canadian Institute for
Advanced Research (C1AR)—
largest membership among
Canadian universities
Think About It and learn
more about research at UBC
by contacting:
UBC Public Affairs Office
(604) UBC-INFO (822-4636)
or our website at:
www.research.ubc.ca chronicle profiles
Dean   of   Forestry
Clark Binkley feels that the job
of any faculty of forestry, or
any university, for that
matter, is to respond to the
needs of its community. The British
Columbia forest is unique in the world,
and the effort of his faculty is aimed at
developing better ways to do things in his
own back yard.
"The question in BC is how do we
maintain a high yield in the forests in the
face of diminishing available land and
changing attitudes about land use," he
says. "It's important to understand
forestry problems in places like China or
Mexico, and to work toward solving
them. But the problems in Quesnel or
Port Alberni are the ones that occupy our
main focus."
This is an interesting perspective
from the dean of the best forestry faculty
in the country and, arguably, North
America. The numbers tell part of the
story: undergrad enrolment doubled
between 1992 and 1998 to nearly 650;
grad enrolment increased by a third to
212 in the same period for a student-to-
faculty member ratio of 3.7 to one, close
to the faculty's capacity. And one of the
chief indicators of success, competitive
grants and external funding, doubled in
the same period to more than $10
million, the highest of all Canadian
Focus on local concerns is also one of
the reasons it is the best. Faculty members
are part of the forestry community in BC,
provide their expertise in both public and
private concerns, and bring a deep
knowledge of our back yard forest to the
Binkley puts the credit for Forestry's
success on the talents of his faculty. "Our
faculty are involved in the great issues of
the day," he says. "They are key members
of every major forestry initiative in the
province. We were involved in the
Clayoquot Independent Scientific Panel,
in the development of the Forest Practices
Clark Binkley and fourth-year Forestry student
Jody Frolek during a donor appreciation
phonathon to forestry alumni.
Code, and we are always consulted on
various certifications issues. I couldn't
have asked for a better group to work
with. They have good ideas and they're
willing to put in the time and energy to
develop them."
Another major faculty-led study
concerned revisions to the Japanese
housing code. That work helped avoid
changes to the code which would have
had a serious impact on the coastal forest
Faculty members have also driven
the development of Forestry's programs.
The Conservation Program, the Centre
for Advanced Wood Processing program
and the renewed undergrad forestry
program were all faculty initiatives.
"We have a very active faculty,"
Binkley says, "and they represent all
political and economic perspectives. We
don't have a specific 'Faculty Policy'
about forestry issues. Except for one: we
all believe that the application of science
will improve forest management." •
Clark Shepard Binkley
Dean, Faculty of Forestry
• Born December 1, 1949
• Married (Nadine Bonda Binkley) with
three children
• Education
PhD, Forestry and Environmental
Studies, Yale, 1979
MS, Engineering, Harvard, 1976
AB, Applied Mathematics, cum laude,
Harvard, 1971
• Career
1978-90, professor of Forestry, Yale.
Full professor, 1986.
Member of numerous private and
public sector forestry-related committees and advisory boards.
Numerous published refereed articles
in professional journals
Edited or co-wrote five books.
Numerous book chapters, articles and
book reviews.
• Quote:
"Private forest tenures are a much
more effective way to manage the
forest. Managed stands produce 2 to
5 times more yield than naturally
managed stands."
22 Chronicle board of directors
"A great team." Members of the Association's Board of
Directors give their time and expertise to help develop
and execute alumni programs.
Haig Farris
BA'60, LLB, LLD'97
University Activities:
Adjunct Prof., UBC Faculty of Commerce;
Chair, President's Advisory Committee of the Library; Member
Green College Advisory Committee.
Community Service:
Past chairman of the Science Council of BC;
past member of PACST (the Premier's Advisory Committee on Science and Technology); past governor of Science World BC;
past member of the boards of the Vancouver Opera, Waterfront Theatre and the Vancouver Playhouse.
President of Fractal Capital Corp., a venture
capital company.
Senior Vice President
No nominations were received for this posi-
I tion. Louanne Twaites has been appointed
acting Sr. VP until an permanent appointment is made.
R. Thomas Hasker
Alumni Activities:
Mentor Program participant.
Community Service:
Founding member, Director, Midland
Walwyn Charitable Foundation; Director,
Richmond Chamber of Commerce; Member, Richmond School District, Career Development Advisory Committee.
Financial Advisor, Midland Walwyn Capital
Members at Large
Gregory Clark, BCom86, LLB'89
Jean Forrest, BPE'83
Thomas Hobley, MBA'83
Members-at-Large 1998-2000
Don Wells, BA'89
Alumni Activities:
Member at Large 1996;
Homecoming Committee 1993-94; Alumni
Achievement and Sports |
Hall of Fame Dinner
Committee; member Communications/Editorial Board 1993-present (chair); contributing writer, UBC Alumni Chronicle.
Community Service:
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union
Marketing Council (1994-96); Past President Association of Canadian University
Sports Information Directors.
Manager, Marketing and Communications,
UBC Athletics
Peter Ladner, BA'70
Professional Activities:
Founding editor and publisher of Business in Vancouver, 1989. Founding
editor and publisher of
Vancouver's Business Report'
1986. Editor, Monday Magazine, 1982-86.
Community Service:
Director, Downtown Vancouver Association; chair, Leadership Vancouver; member,
Vancouver City Planning Commission,
Publisher, Business in Vancouver.
Lome A. Whitehead,
PEng,BSc'77, MSc'79,
PhD '89
Professional Activities
Developed light guide
technology and received I
numerous patents, awards and recognition;
founded TIR Systems Ltd. to develop the
technology for market. 3M/NSERC chair for
Structured Surface Physics, UBC. Member,
Canadian Association of Physicists; Illuminating Engineering Society; Canadian Research Management Assoc; member of the
board of Sonigistix Technology Corp. Chair
of International Lighting Commission
Technical Committee.
Community Service:
Chair, Exhibits and Programs Committee
and board member, Science World; member, Scientific Advisory Committee of Science World. Member, Bicycle Network Sub-
Committee, City of Vancouver; Director,
Carnarvon Residents Association.
Associate Professor, UBC Physics.
The Board of Directors
Elections are held each Spring for membership in the Association's Board of Directors. All officers (except the Treasurer)
serve two-year terms. The senior vice
president automatically becomes president after the president's two year term.
Three of the six members-at-large are
elected each year to provide continuity
on the Board.
Thank You!
On behalf of our students, we would
like to thank the 18,000 generous
alumni who included UBC in their
annual charitable giving during the
past school year.
Your support
makes a difference!
Faculty of Forestry Dean Binkley and
fourth-year Forestry student Jody
Frolek helped call 451 Forestry alumni
to thank them for their donation.
Annual Fund
6253 N.W. Marine Drive
Vancouver, B.C. V6T1Z1
Phone: (604) 822-8900
Fax: (604) 822-8151
e-mail: Annual.Fund@ubc.ca
Chronicle 23 aiumni news
President's Message
Branch events keep
you in touch.
Watch for mailings about
branch events in your area.
Recent branch activities:
• Hong Kong: Martha Piper came
to the American Club on Jan. 5 to
meet more than 120 alumni and
• Taipei: Martha Piper met grads,
near-grads and UBC friends at a
UBC Alumni and Friends Breakfast,
Jan. 8.
• British Columbia: Martha Piper
made a whirlwind tour ofVictoria,
Prince George, Kelowna and Kamloops, from Feb. 12-17. She met
with high school students, business
groups, and alumni.
... and upcoming events:
• Washington, DC, All Canadian
Universities 22nd Annual Alumni Event,
April 25, at Phillip's Flagship Restaurant. Contact Cindy Coolidge at (703)
• Edinburgh, Scotland reception
with Martha Piper, April 14 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
• London, England, alumni reception with Martha Piper, April 17. Contact Paul Hitchens at (w) 71-214-1074
Student Send-Offs
Help UBC-bound students by sharing your
tips on survival in the big city. We're planning send-offs for August. Call and volunteer your expertise!
For more information about branch activities, or to establish a branch in your area,
contact Marlene King at (604) 822-8918,
e-mail: kmarlene@alumni.ubc.ca.
As president of your Association I
feel a bit like a whirling dervish,
k UBC is such a complicated place
and so driven by innovation and
change, that trying to understand the
issues and opportunities so that effective Alumni policies can be developed
and implemented is a real challenge. It's
also very stimulating. We try to focus
such programs as our Awards dinner,
Alumni Day, reunions and student
mentoring to draw in more grads as
volunteers and to serve the needs of the
The energy, enthusiasm and intellect of our new president, Martha Piper,
are currently focussed on developing a
strategic vision and plan for the new
millennium. She has been very supportive of our programs and has a clear
understanding of how valuable a motivated and active alumni association can
be to the development of a university.
The Alumni Association has its
dreams. One is to create a permanent
endowment that would ensure we have
the financial capability to serve the
needs of our present and future alumni.
That dream is on the way to coming
true. Helen Mortimer Knight, a UBC
grad and Great Trekker, passed away
without heirs and left her entire estate,
$250,000, to the Association. Her
bequest asks that the income be used to
help needy students. The capital will be
held in a new endowment trust called
"The UBC Endowment Fund for Needy
Students," and will be professionally
managed. The trustees of the fund will
be UBC grads. We will create a grants
committee to develop policy and to
make grants to needy students.
Since Ms. Knight's bequest, we
have received four other donations
totalling $25,000 to add to the pot. With
36,000 students roaming around the
campus, it's unlikely that the income
from $275,000 will create a class of
"non-needy students," but it is a good
I'd like to thank Misha D'Yachkov,
a TRIUMF physicist for his work with
our Web page. He's helping us turn the
site into a mini-TV station where you'll
be able to learn about UBC activities live
and in colour on your home PC. We will
present interviews with UBC people,
clips of athletic events and some of the
sights and sounds of the campus. Visit
our web now and view Martha Piper's
speech at the Alumni Awards dinner.
As graduates, we must ensure that
UBC remains a first rate institution. We
have 36,000 students and a budget of
$750,000. Stanford, in California, has
14,000 students and a budget of $1.4
billion. Think about it! •
Haig Farris, President,
UBC Alumni Association
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24 Chronicle Now, Doesn't This Look Like Fun?
You don't really get
a sense of the
bonding that goes
on during your time at
university until much
later when you get together with the men and
women with whom you
studied and socialized all
those years ago.
The folks at the top
dressed up in robes are
members of the Class of
1937 who got together to celebrate their
Diamond Anniversary reunion last year.
They attended Congregation in the Chan
Centre, crossed the stage and received
certificates from new president Martha
Piper. It was a touching scene.
Below, 20 members ofthe 1982 Medi
cine class took a cruise to San Francisco
on the Regal Princess in September, 1997.
As you can see, they all seem to be having a great time.
Interested in a reunion of your own?
Call our Reunions Coordinator at 822-
8917 and start planning the fun now. •
VOC Oldtimers Have Fun, Too
Vintage VOCers get together regularly to trek up hill and down
dale. This pic shows the group at
the skiers' parking lot on Mt. Seymour.
They started their hike with the usual
goal in mind: any good place to eat lunch.
Twenty-five of the 27 made it to Brockton, and after lunch seven took off for the
second peak. One kept on and
made it to the third and highest peak. Who said oldtimers
can't keep up!
The 1998 annual hike is
already organized for September 9 at the Cypress Bowl
downhill skiers parking lot.
Call Ingrid Blomfield, 926-
1156, Margaret Merler, 922-
8973 or Iola Knight, 922-7358
for more information. •
Is 1998
Your Reunion Year?
Reunion Weekend is
Oct. 16,17,18
If so, now is the time to prepare. These
reunions have been scheduled for 1998
• Class of "48 faculty reps needed.
• Pharmacy Class of '95's 5th annual camping trip is in Sept. Contact Michelle Steuart at 584-
8554 or Roxanne Carr at 325-
• Dentistry '68, '73, '78, '83, "88,
'93: Pan Pacific Hotel, Mar. 13.
• Pharmacy Class of '53: May 8, 9.
Call Louanne Twaites,  224-0390
• Rehab Sciences'73: Oak Bay
Beach Hotel, Victoria, May 16-17.
• Nursing'63: TBD, May 15.
• Law '68: Royal Vancouver Yacht
Club, June 6.
• Applied Sci. '58 UBC, 0ct.16-17.
• Class of'48: UBC. June 16-18.
• Class of '38: Cecil Green, Nov. 27.
• Institute of Animal Resource Ecology ft Zoology Graduate Students
ft Staff 1970-73, UBC, Sept. 12.
For more info, please contact
Catherine Newlands at 822-8917
UBC First Nations
Alumni Division
First Nations graduates who want to
maintain contact with each other and
with the university are invited to form a
First Nations Alumni Division. If you are
interested, please contact Ethel Gardner
at the First Nations House of Learning at
822-8942, or e-mail:
Chronicle 25 October 8, 1998 • 4th Annual Achievement Dinner • Book Your Table Now
26 Chronicle Table Scraps and Dinner Leftovers
The third annual Alumni Achievement and Sports Hall of Fame
Dinner was, by anyone's standards, a monster success. The Hyatt Regency laid on a spectacular meal, Martha Piper dazzled the assemblage with her talk
and the University Singers took "Think
About It!" to new musical heights.
The real stars of the show, though, were
the award winners: men and women with
UBC credentials who have made a splash
in their careers, in sports or just in life.
Pictures: 1) Alumni award winners in a
lineup. Geoffrey Scudder, Faculty Citation; Michael Smith, Lifetime Achievement; Thelma Cook, Faculty Citation;
Louanne Twaites, Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service; Kent Westerberg, Branch
Rep; Dato'Lim Say Chong, Award of
1 Distinction; and John Cameron, Outstanding Student with wife Marion. 2)
Co-Master of Ceremonies Haig Farris tells
everyone to sit down while, 3) Lifetime
achiever Michael Smith enjoys a fondly-
gazed-upon chuckle. 4) Martha Piper,
be-hatted, makes a point. Her talk was
(and still is) made available, in full motion
video, on the Association's website. Even
her mother in Ohio got to see it. 5) Past
Chancellor Bob Lee congratulates current
Chancellor Bill Sauder. Bob gave Bill a $1
honorarium for each year of service. 6)
This year's Sports Hall of Fame team winner, the 1945/46 Basketball team. 7)
Branch Rep Award winner Kent Westerberg, up from San Francisco, with his
mother. 8) Other Co-Master of Ceremonies Bob Philip, director of UBC's Sport
Services, also tells everyone to sit down.
9) The University Singers, under James
Fankhauser, sang a rousing version of
the new hit, "Think About It," written by
Public Affairs talent Charlie Ker. 10) Outstanding student John Cameron flew in
from Hong Kong for the occasion.
11) One hundred and one and still sweeping them off their feet: Evelyn Lett and
Alumni pres Haig Farris share a photo op.
12) Association treasurer Tom Hasker
seemed cautiously optimistic that the dinner would break even. 13) Award of Distinction winner, Dato'Lim Say Chong and
his wife, June. They flew in from Malaysia
and seem none the worse for wear.
The smiles were genuine, and everyone
is looking forward to the next one on
October 8, 1998. Book your table now!
Photos by Chris Petty and Steve Chan
Medical Comets
Dr. Bill Gibson,
BA'33, former
president of the
Alumni Association, professor
emeritus and
friend has done
it again. His new
book, Medical
Comets: Scholarly Contributions by Medical Undergraduates is a
fascinating read, likely to appeal to
anyone interested in medicine, invention
or the obscure beginnings of marvellous
Discoveries made by undergraduates
have revolutionized both the study and
practise of medicine. Some of these bright
lights went on to make great names for
themselves, while others vanished from
sight with nothing but their discoveries
left behind.
Interesting and insightful, as usual,
Dr. Gibson melds good scholarship with
good writing. The book can be purchased
through UBC Press, (604) 822-3259 for
Alumni Day, 1998
Saturday, Oct. 17
A day dedicated to
you and UBC
Some events planned:
• Chan Centre performance
and tour
• Guided bus and walking    m*t
tours ofthe campus
• Spectacular art at the
Belkin Art Gallery
• Free Internet surfing at
the stunning Koerner
• Lunch at Green College
with outstanding scholars
• A thought-provoking
lecture from an award-
winning faculty member
• Beer Garden
• A munch-fest at the
Botanical Garden Apple
• Yelling and screaming at
special sports events.
. . . and don't forget
4th Annual Achievement Dinner,
October 8, Hyatt Regency
and the
Alumni Reunion Weekend
Oct. 16, 17 £t 18, 1998
Call 822-3313
or visit our website:
Chronicle 27 a umni news
U    N    G
The new Young Alumni group is
made up of recent grads who
want to stay in touch with each
other and with the university.
We get together for networking,
skills development, sports and
just plain fun. Join us and become part of a dynamic group.
Upcoming events include:
• The Vancouver Network for
young professionals, March 3
and April 7.
• Assoc, of Multicultural Services
& Social Agencies, March 21.
• Investment Club, May 4.
• Breakfast with Martha Piper
and Alumni President Haig
Farris, June 5, 7:30 am.
For more information, call Kristin
Smith at 822-8643, check out our
website: www.helinet.com/ya or
e-mail: navy_bean@hotmail.com
Murder Most Foul
One of the most popular alumni
activities is solving murder
mysteries at Cecil Green Park.
Eighty grads turned up, magnifying glasses in hand, at Oct. 19th's Murder at Green
Gulch to point fingers, eat cake and libate
while sorting through the suspects.
Gerald Vanderwoude was the crafty
Sheerluck Holmes, and Guy Fauchon
BFA'91 played it up as Dr. Witless.
If you want to organize your own murder, call Murder Unlimited at 649-GUNS.
Alumni Help the New Kids on the Block
Mentors. Men and women who
have waded out into professional waters, attacked (and
been attacked by) sharks, stubbed their
toes on sharp rocks, and who are now
swimming like fish. Men and women
who want to help today's students
through the tough spots. Men and women like you.
The Alumni Association ran five
mentor lunches this year with more than
200 students and 50 alumni. Today's grad
faces many new and different challenges.
Students eagerly sought advice from grads
Sheerluck gets a surprise.
Kam Lau photo
who have been there and done that.
Mentor lunches provide career suggestions and practical advice. If you have a
wide range of career experience, want to
keep in touch with UBC and have a desire
to help today's students, call Kristin
Smith, Student Programs Coordinator, at
822-8643, and lend a helping hand.
Valley Hennell, BA'70, MA(CrWr and
Media)'72, above, provides some insights
to Rebecca Clapperton, 3rd year international relations, John Scheunhage, 5th
year environmental science and Terrence
Tang, 4th year family science.
Call for Alumni and Sports Hall
of Fame Award Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for
Alumni award and Sports Hall of Fame inductees. We give out the awards and induct
the sports heros at the annual Achievement
Dinner to be held this year on October 8. Call
the Association offices, 822-8923 for information on Alumni awards, and Athletics at 822-
3918 for information on the Hall of Fame.
Hurry, deadline for Alumni Award nominations is April 1, while the Hall of Famers
deadline is the 15th.
28 Chronicle on the
UBC Museum of
• Recalling the Past: A Selection of
Early Chinese Art from the Victor Shaw
Collection, through Aug. 31, 1998,
Masterpiece Gallery.
• From Under the Delta: Wet-Site
Archaeology in the Lower Fraser Region
of BC, through April 1, 1998, Gallery 9.
• Selected Works from MOA's First
Nations Print Collection, through April
12, 1998, Gallery 10.
i* Hereditary Chiefs of Haida Gwaii,
April 28-Dec. 31, 1998, Gallery 10.
• Tahaygen and K'woiy ng: Works by
Charles and Isabella Edenshaw, April 28
to Dec. 31, 1998, Outside Gallery 10,
Phone 822-5087 for information.
Belkin Art Gallery
New Vancouver Modern:
featuring Vancouver artists Myfanwy
MacLeod, Damian Moppett, Steven
Shearer, Ron Terada, Geoffrey Farmer and
Kelly Wood.
February 6-March 29
Zhang Peili and Gu Wenda: The Body
and the State: Apr. 24-May 16
UBC Photo Collection: May 29- July 26
^Tracing the Body: Canada and the Male
Photographer: Aug. 7-Sept. 27
Call 822-2759 for more information.
Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts
Robert Silverman: Vbv ( omplete
Beethoven Sonatas
April 26
Sorut,i \    1, 5, 25, 27, 31
May 10
Sonata \.  12,13, 14,15
Sept. 20
Sonata Nn 17,26,24,11
Oct. 18
Sonata No. 8,10, 7, 2
Nov. 22
Sonata No. 6,18,29
Dec. 6
Sonata No. 16,3, 32
Each concert starts at 3 pm.
Chan ShtiO Concert Hall dates:
Mar<.h 20
Ardini String Quartet
March 26
UBC Symphonic Wind
March 27
UBC Choral Union
March 27
UBC Symphonic Wind
March 28
UBC Choral Union
April 1-5
UBC Opera Ensemble
April 11
Duo Pekinel, piano duo
April 15
Angela Au, solo piano
April 19
Maureen Forrester:
Interpretations of a Life
April 20
Kronos Quartet
April 22
Peking Acrobats
April 23
Israel Camerata
April 24
Emerson Quartet
April 25
Moscow Chamber
May 17
Denyee Graves, mezzo-
June 6
Vancouver Youth
June 18
Esprit Orchestra
June 20
Vancouver Chinese Choir
Vancouver Institute
March 21: Cecil and Ida Green Lecture:
Rr. Angeliki E. Laiou, Director, Dumbarton Oaks Center and Professor, Department of History, Harvard University:
Two Versions of Christian Warfare: The
Crusades and the Byzantine Empire
Ssfarch 28: Professor Stanley Coren,
Department of Psychology, UBC:
Dogs and People: The History and Psychology
April 4: Carol Shields, author of Larry's
Party, The Stone Diaries.
Making Words/Finding Stories
For tickets & info, please call Ticket-
master at (604) 280-3311 or the Chan
Centre Box Office at (604) 822-2697.
Robert Silverman performs the complete cycle of
Beethoven's piano sonatas between now and December,
1998. Call the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts,
822-2697 for more information.
Top right photo: Source for Steven Shearer's Module,
photo by Geri Hogstrom, London, 1969. Part of the
New Vancouver Modern exhibition at the Belkin Art
Gallery until March 29.
Chronicle 29 graduate profile
Mike Harcourt, BA'65, LLB'68
If you thought you saw a former BC Premier walking
down East Mall, you were probably right - Mike Harcourt
is currently working at UBC. He is convinced that answers
can be found for the world's population and environmental
problems by focusing on sustainability, livability and
Harcourt has 25 years experience in the area of
governance and sustainability. As a Vancouver alderman,
he was involved in the formation ofthe Greater Vancouver
Regional District, instead of a Vancouver megacity, as an
innovative solution to urban expansion. As well, Harcourt
was BC's Premier when the provincial government developed growth strategies for BC and the Georgia Puget Basin
ecosystem. He is currently working on new housing initiatives for the homeless in Vancouver and throughout the
province. BC, says Harcourt, is one ofthe world leaders in
growth management.
We're entering the urban century, he says, when more
people world-wide will live in cities than in the countryside for the first time in human history. It's been happening in the West for a hundred years, but in the next 25 to 30 years, an
"urban tsunami" will bring 2.7 billion more people to the planet, and
ninety percent of them will be in the cities of developing countries.
China, for example, plans on building nearly 300 cities with two to
three million people living in each one. The speed and magnitude of the
changes are staggering, Harcourt says. It will be hard to govern the
growing world population, but even harder for governments to convince everyone it's in their best interests to work together to achieve a
sustainable future. "How do you get government at all levels to travel
on the same path?" This is the area where Harcourt brings expertise.
As the chair of the foreign policy committee of the National Round
Table on the Environment and the Economy, Harcourt works with
politicians and academics to advise the Prime Minister on building a
socially viable "green infrastructure." The next generation of the Team
Canada trade approach-called Green Team Canada-will use Canada's
urban expertise to generate business opportunities. It is estimated that
$3.5 to 4 trillion will be spent building infrastructure in emerging
economies during the next ten years.
Harcourt is working with UBC and governments towards these
goals. Through UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute
(SDRI), the Centre for Human Settlements (CHS), the Institute of Asian
Research, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, he is finding ways to
make cities not only prosperous for their citizens, but also environmentally healthy and socially viable.
At UBC, Harcourt is focusing on five demonstration projects, each
encompassing a different geographical area: the Georgia Puget Basin,
Mike Harcourt, in front of his office at the C.K. Choi Building for Asian Studies
China's Pearl River Delta, Mexico City, Bangalore and East Cape, South
Africa. Harcourt coordinates the three- to five-year projects which will
try to find ways for each of those areas to optimize sustainability. The
projects use QUEST, a computer modelling system developed at UBC.
UBC people working on the projects are world leaders in water quality,
agricultural zone management, soil erosion and depletion, climate
change and urban geography.
Harcourt is enthusiastic about his role. "I'm able to help coordinate
the talent out here at UBC. It's tremendously impressive and very
under-resourced." What Harcourt brings to the mix is his ability to
bring people together, animate and fund the projects, and integrate
UBC's work into a larger made-in-Canada effort.
From life as a UBC Political Science and English major and, later, as
a law student, through a successful career as an alderman, Mayor of
Vancouver, Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition and Premier of British
Columbia, Mike Harcourt has come full circle. He's back at UBC, working with UBC's talented academics and co-teaching a course as adjunct
professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. He's priming the next
group of UBC students to develop solutions for today's problems. Warns
Harcourt, "we could end up with Blade Runner cities, just disasters, or
they could be sustainable and livable. We have a choice, but we don't
have much time. We need to get Canada organised around this issue,
and have UBC play the major leadership role." •
By Christine Norquist, BA'94. Christine is a 2nd year civil engineering
student at UBC.
30 Chronicle books received
UBC's Writers
Other Art by John Harris, BA'65, MA'66
New Star Books. $16
In his second collection of stories, John
Harris dissects
the mallified life
of small town
North America.
Unusual twists
and sharp satire
engage the reader
in a world where
nothing ever really happens, but
it's happening so
fast you need a guide like Harris to
point the way. •
Forests, Power and Policy: The Legacy
of Ray Williston by Eileen Williston and
Betty Keller, BA'67.
Caitlin Press. $34.95
Inequalities in the
BC education system sparked Ray
Williston to jump
into politics in
1953; the education system and
the forest industry
have never been the same since. This
book sheds light on the wheelings and
dealings involved in major political decisions during the Socred era. •
Good Health Online by Jim Carroll,
MFA'74 and Rick Broadhead. Prentice Hall.
The amount of
health and medical
information on the
Internet is stunning. But as Jim
Carroll and Rick
Broadhead have
discovered, there
are many dangers
awaiting Canadians seeking advice on
the Net. Canada's best-selling Internet
authors help you sort the science from
the snake oil. •
/ Rick Broadhead
Arty Brother's Train by Heather Kellerhals-
Stewart, BSW'60, Illustrated by Paul Zowak.
Groundwood Books. $16.95
A children's dream
story where a girl
ind her brother
' journey across
North America by
train. They cross
prairies, mountain
ranges and rushing
rivers where they
see white horses, salmon in unpolluted
streams, bears and unspoiled land. •
Autobiography of a Tattoo
by Stan Persky, BA'69, MA'72. New Star
Books. $19. A literary work about the education and pursuit of homosexual desire. Its mixture of serial stories and modernist meditations invites
readers on a journey that ranges
from post-Wall
Berlin to Plato's
Athens. Persky
breaks through
. the current im-
Dasse of contemporary gay/queer
writing. •
Mr. Belinsky's Bagels by Ellen Schwartz
MFA'88, Illustrated by Stefan Czernecki.
Tradewind Books. $19.95
Mr. Belinsky makes
bagels, the best in
town. His loyal
customers come in
every day for their
favourites. But
when a fancy new
bakery opens up
across the street,
Mr. Belinsky decides he must make other
things to keep up. Soon he's baking pies
and cakes, doughnuts and muffins and
gingerbread...and what a success! But
amid all the success, something is missing, and only Mr. Belinsky's flour-covered hands hold the secret. •
Hubbard: the Forgotten Boeing
Aviator by Jim Brown, BCom'49. Peanut
Butter Publishing. $24.95
Hubbard was responsible for the first
mass-produced commercial aircraft built
by Boeing and was an
influential part of
Boeing's early history.
An excellent read for
airplane buffs. •
The Birds of British Columbia in four
volumes by R. Wayne Campbell, Neil K.
Dawe, Ian McTaggart-
Cowan, John M. Cooper,
Gary W. Kaiser, Michael
CE. McNall. UBC Press.
Those of us fascinated
by the mind-boggling
variety of birds can't
seem to get enough information about their
habits and idiosyncrasies. Most birders have
at least two field guides
(and are always looking for another) and
a small collection of reference books they
can read before or after a weekend trek in
the muck to catch a glimpse and an earful of a favourite species. These volumes
make up a masterpiece of information on
birds in BC, clearly presented and authoritative. The maps and charts showing occurrences of various species are
accessible, photographs of typical habitat
and the birds themselves are excellent
and the write-up on each species is exhaustive. At some 700 pages (and a few
pounds) each, these books won't see
much field action, but they will be used
again and again. A must for anyone with
an eye for the birds and a desire to know
more. •
Chronicle 31 class acts
John Diggens
Vancouver endodontist John
Diggens BSc'68, DMD'72, has been
elected vice president ofthe Canadian Dental Association. After he
received his dental degree at UBC,
he moved on to get his certificate
in endodontics and a master's degree from the University of Washington in 1979.
From 1990 to 1992 he served as
president of the College of Dental
Surgeons of BC, and for the past
five years he has been the CDA
executive council member of BC.
Diggens serves as a dental/en-
dodontics consultant to the BC
Children's Hospital, VGH and the BC
Cancer Agency and teaches in the
department of oral medicine and
surgical sciences at UBC. He has
been active at UBC for many years.
He is currently chair of the
Wesbrook Society and of the Green
College advisory board. He served
as president of the UBC Alumni
Association in 1988-89.
Yvette Bayfield BA'47 and John Turner Bayfield
BSc'47, BEd'57, MEd'67 will celebrate their 50th
wedding anniversary in August. They met at UBC
looking down the same microscope in biology lab back
in 1944 ... Cordon Russell Bell BSc'46 published
Pacific Salmon From Egg To Exit in 1996. It's for the
reader who wants to learn about the species, not about
fishing or fisheries ... Retiring after three terms as
president of the Vancouver Community Arts Council,
Pam (Seivewright) Chambers BA'43 received as a
parting gift a specially commissioned piano composition
by UBC grad Mark Armanini BMus'81, MMus'84,
which she is happily practicing. She also continues to
teach piano ... Bryan Colwell BA'41 spent a few days
in residence at UBC as part of a Burma Star Association
reunion. His son David received his second PhD from
the U of A and is teaching at New South Wales
University ... Shelagh (Hawkens) Leach BA'47
wasn't able to attend the 50th anniversary last June,
but toured the campus last October... Raymond G.
Lockard BSc'49 retired in 1990 after 14 years as a
professor at the University of Kentucky. He was also
part of the Canadian Foreign Aid program and USAID
... David W.H. Tupper LLB'48 retired in 1987. He
and wife Jacqueline recently moved to UBC's Hampton
Place. He makes daily attempts to outsmart his
Parkinson's with walks to Pacific Spirit Park. He is
working on a bio. of his father, the late R.H Tupper, KC,
Pamela (Mawhinney) Chehri BA'54 recently
returned to Vancouver after living in London and
Athens... James Wallace Clayton BA'55 retired in
November as research scientist with the Dept. of
Fisheries and Oceans after 35 years of service. He will
continue marine mammal population genetic research
with the dept. in Winnipeg ... Walter C. Hardwick
BA'54, MA'58 was awarded the Order of BC last June
... Al Hunter BCom'52 is off to Bangladesh to work on
an info system for the Water Development Board. In
1998 he will teach at the Pan Am University in Mexico
City ... Michio Miyagawa BSc'54 received his dental
degree from the U of A in 1958 ... Matthew
Oberhofer BA'56 retired after 35 years with the
Calgary Board of Education in June 1997 ... Kanau
Uyeyama BArch'57 received a Heritage '98 Design
Award from the city of Vancouver, for the restoration of
the Kerrisdale Masonic Hall Building ... After 45 years as
a public sector trade unionist and communicator, John
C. Ward BA'52 and wife Florence are enjoying
retirement in the bucolic setting of a 110-year-old
Victorian farmhouse in Ontario.
Dan Birch BA'63, MA'68 has joined the firm of Janet
Wright & Associates after more than 14 years as vice
president (academic) and Provost at UBC ... David
Mansfield Bromige BA'62 was a recent resident at
Green College. He has published 30 titles and has won
many awards, including the Western States Poetry Prize
and the Gertrude Stein Award for innovative writing ...
Jim Dahl BSc'66 is director of int'l programs for the
Christian Children's Fund of Canada. He's had over 75
overseas assignments in 35 countries... Tom
D'Aquino BA'63, BSW'66, MSW'67 moved to
Moricetown, BC, near Smithers, and is a family
counsellor for the Moricetown band ... After teaching
elementary school in Vancouver for 35 years, Sandra
(Taylor) Davies BPE'69 received her BEd in 1993
through summer and evening courses. She retired in
June and moved to Victoria with husband Malcolm ...
Bill Finley BA'67 has closed his 10-year business
representing Indonesia's finest batik artists. His newest
venture is TWA Corbies Publishing ... Mike Grenby
BA'63, is Visiting Journalist at Bond University, Gold
Coast, Australia. He worked for the Vancouver Sun for
25 years and then "retired" to set up his own business
as a freelance journalist and financial adviser... After 30
years of teaching, including five at UBC, David H.
Harrington BEd'66 took early retirement from the VSB
in 1982. He still teaches industrial arts in Native Band
controlled schools... Patrick Kingsford BASc'68
recently retired from the oil and gas business in Calgary
and has moved to Qualicum Beach to pursue new
opportunities... Robert Krell MD'65 was the Monna
& Otto Weinmann lecturer at the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum, in Washington, D.C, in June. His
book, Medical and Psychological Effects at Concentration Camps on Holocaust Survivors was published last
September... David J. Lawless MA'60 was appointed
founding president of the St. Mary's College, Calgary,
in 1996. David retired in 1996 as president of St.
Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia ... Recent
retiree Osborne Love BASc'61 (Mech Eng) spent 31
years teaching mechanical engineering technology at
Mohawk College in Hamilton ... Don McDiarmid
BASc'60 (Elec Eng) retired from the Herzberg Institute
of Astrophysics, but is continuing on as a guest worker.
He also recently became an adjunct professor of physics
and engineering physics at the U of Sask ... Leo A.T.
Nimsick LLB'61 retired from the Provincial Court of BC
in April. He was recently elected district governor of
Rotary District 504A ... Donald C. Robertson BSc'61
is retired and living at what used to be their cottage on
Lake Manitiouwabing. He and wife Jeanne have one
granddaughter and one grandson ... Tom Skupa
BASc'64 is planning early retirement as general
manager of marketing and sales for Fluor Daniel
Canada Inc ... Margaret (Ritchie) Tretheway BA'68,
BEd'72 teaches French as a second language with the
Kelowna School District.
Pawan K. Bassi PhD'76 is national accounts manager
for Chevron's U.S. Chemicals Division ... Karl
Brackhaus BASc'70, MASc'72, PhD'75 has been
awarded the Association of Professional Engineers and
Geoscientists of BC's most prestigious award. He is
founder, president and CEO of Dynapro, a company
that designs and manufactures hardware, software, and
touchscreen solutions... Lyndon Bradish BSc'73 is
now based in Hong Kong as Asian director of Noranda
Asia Limited. Wife Andra Helen (McLean) Bradish
32 Chronicle BA'73 and family remain in Toronto. Commuting time is
only 20 hours every six weeks... Patrick J. Burns
BA'73 is moving to Argentina from Chile with wife
Carolina and their five children. He is president of Argex
Minero S.A., and VP Exploration for Mansfield
Minerals, Inc ... Pamela (Bryan) Cochran BSc'79,
MBA'89 and husband Andrew announce the birth of
twins, a boy and a girl, on Feb. 10, 1996, in White
Rock. They now live in Bangkok ... William Dalton
BCom'71, CEO of Hongkong Bank of Canada, has
recently been made CEO of Midland Bank PLC in
London ... Joy E. Gillett BSc'74 completed her MPH
at UCLA in 1983 an is currently working for Health
Canada, Medical Services Branch ... Peter Gutzmann
BCom'77 is partner with Evancic Perrault Robertson,
CGA's. He and wife Deborah have two daughters ...
Bruce Hall BA'71 is the new fire chief of the
Abbotsford Fire Department... H.W. 'Hank' Klein
DMD'78 is president of the College of Dental Surgeons
of BC for 1997-98. He is currently president of General
Dentistry of BC Chapter... Colin Y.K. Lau's BASc'77
(Mech Eng) company, PEC Engineering Inc. has moved
to Burnaby ... Peter MacMillan BSc'72, MA'91
completed his PhD in 1995 from the U of A and is now
an assistant professor at UNBC, in the faculty of Health
and Human Sciences... Jim McEwen BASc'71,
PhD'75 earned the Manning Innovation Award
Principal Prize for his microprocessor-controlled surgical
tourniquet. It is the biggest Canadian-made innovation
in daily orthopaedic use in the world ... Brian
McKenzie BA'74 received his MBA from UVic and is
working in the Entrepreneurship Dept. there ...
Clement T.S. Mock BSc'72 is president of the
Chinese Realtors Benevolent Association for 1997-98 ...
Patricia Murphy LLB'78 continues to practice law.
Her husband Ross retired after 20 years in the military
and is now in commercial real estate. Old UBC friends
are invited to their new home west of Calgary with a
view ofthe Rockies... Ed Neufeld BA'79 is an
instructor/employment facilitator at Fraser Pacific
College in Richmond ... Kenneth Gordon Neufeld
BA'76 completed his MFA (Creative Writing) at UBC in
May and has moved to Calgary ... Myron B.
Patterson BMus'71, MLS'78 is the head of the Fine
Arts Department and the adjunct associate professor of
music at the University of Utah ... Hart Pfortmueller
BA'67 is VP, private investment management div.,
Western Canada at Montrusco Associates Inc. ...
Sheila (Currie) Purves BSR'79 has been elected to
Delta Omega, the honour society for public health
professionals... Patrick Raynard BA'75, MLS'78 has
been appointed Archdiocesan Archivist for the Roman
Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver... After a stint as
assistant deputy minister for Treaty Negotiations,
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Angus E. Robertson
BA'72, MA'77 and wife Cindy relocated to Whitehorse
in April. He is now ADM, Intergovernmental Relations,
Yukon govt... John Severson PhD'71 is professor of
biology and dean of academic studies at Saint Louis
University ... Dennis W. Sexsmith BA'76, MA'80
graduated from UCLA with his doctorate in art history
in June, 1997 ... Brends (Taft) Silsbe BEd'77 has
published her 5th children's book, W. Haigh, Animal
Poet, ITP Nelson Publishing ... Robert Sinclair
BCom'74 and family are moving back to England after
living in Toronto and Delaware. Robert has been
appointed global packaging manager for ICI Melinex ...
Kenneth J. Stewart BA'71 is associate professor of
Theology at Covenant College in Georgia. He obtained
his PhD in 1992 ... Sylvana Tomaselli BA'77 married
the Earl of St. Andrews and became the Lady St.
Andrews in January, 1988. After UBC, she got her MA
in political theory at York, then went to England as a
post-graduate at King's College, Cambridge, where she
became a research fellow at Newnham ... Rosalie
Tung MBA'74, PhD'77, a professor of international
business at SFU and recipient of the UBC 75th
Anniversary Award, has been elected to the Royal
Society of Canada. She is the third person in the
society's 100 years to be admitted as an academic
representative in business administration ... Mark
Weintraub BA'76, MA'78 has joined the firm of Clark,
Wilson, Barristors & Solicitors as a partner in the
litigation department... Tom Wolf BA'76 has been
promoted to colonel and command of 41 Canadian
Brigade Group in the Canadian Army Reserves. He is
still working for Digital Equipment as worldwide
outsourcing human resources manager.
My degree didn't include
business courses. When I
got into the real world, I
found out I need them.
I want to work from
home, but I don't want
to study in isolation.
Four 13-week semesters online.
Courses you take where you are, when you can.
University courses on finance, accounting,
economics, marketing, human relations,
management, information technology.
Faculty of Business Administration
tel (604) 291-5541
fax (604) 291-4920
e-mail gdba@sfu.ca
web www.bus.sfu.ca/gdba/
Chronicle 33 class acts
Shelina Karim
Shelina Karim BA'93 has joined the executive recruitment firm of Pinton Forrest Et Madden/EMA Partners International as Director of Research.
Karim comes to the firm with four
years of experience with Colliers International as Director of Research in its
Sacramento office and as Senior Research Analyst, National Research in
Karim will help to design and implement the firm's overall executive
search strategy and will provide research services on specific client assignments.
Megan Balmer BEd'83, MEd'89 and husband John E.
Balmer BA'52 built a sailboat and sailed to Australia,
New Zealand, and to several South Pacific countries.
They were gone for 26 months... Cordon Bednard
BA'80 has worked with the Forest Land Commission in
Burnaby for three years ... Michael Bentley BA'85
and wife Lesley (Williams) Bentley BA'84 lived in
Palo Alto, California for a year while Michael earned his
Masters of Science in Management at Stanford ... Cino
Bondi BA'88, MA'94 and wife Linda (Ros) Bondi
BA'94, BEd'96 teach with the Vancouver School District.
They had their first child in December... J. Robert
Bulger BSc'83 and Ann (Neil) Bulger BSN'83
announce the birth of their second child Jennifer in July,
a sister for two-year-old Jonathan ... William Chew
BA'82, Lie Acct'85 is Manager of Treasury Services at
UNBC ... Richard William Clift BASc'80 is working at
Atlas Specialty Steels, technical control department as
general supervisor, mill metallurgy. He and wife
Marietta had a daughter, Alicia Lynn, in April, 1996 ...
Brian David Cornish BASc'85 and wife Shelly
Marie Hills BA'91 have lived in Papua, New Guinea
for three years and just had their third child ... David
Cramb BSc'85, PhD'90 (Chem) and Patti Stevenson
BA'89, BSN'93 have left the big smoke and settled in
cow town. David is associate professor in Chemistry at
the University of Calgary, and Patti is searching for the
perfect nursing job between hikes in the Rockies...
Fiona Curry BA'85 and Scott Curry BASc'84 have
moved to Prince George where Scott is working with
Duncan Industrial Engineering Inc. Old pals can contact
them at <scurry@diei.bc.ca>... Alyson D'Oyley
BCom'85, LLB'95 received her LLM cum laude from
Temple University in Philadelphia in May, 1997 ...
Annette Dueck LLB'85 has been admitted to the
partnership of Clark, Wilson, Barristors & Solicitors and
is a member of the Business Law Department... Peter
Fischl BSc'86 has moved to Pt. Coquitlam where he is
enjoying his new house but spends more time cleaning
his pool than swimming in it... Catherine Hamlen
BSc'85 got her PhD in Soil Physics from the University
of Guelph in 1997 ... Cjoa (Andrichuk) Hart BA'88
and husband Vincent Hart MA'91 had a baby boy
named Julien Lucas on August 7,1997 ... Andrea
(Serink) Hayden Dip DH'81and Bruce Hayden
BASc'80 were married on August 16, 1997 at Cecil
Green Park ... Graham Heal BA'83 is director, business
development for Seattle-based Download Warehouse,
an online merchandiser of electronically distributed
software ... Performing together as ANIMA Medieval
Music Duo are Janice Hill BMus'85 and Pat Unruh
MA'84. They were awarded a Canada Council grant
this year for the development of two new concerts.
Contact ANIMA at 731 -8163, or e-mail
<anima@istar.ca> ... Shafin Hirji BCom'87 and wife
Karima (Mulji) Hirji BASc'90 (Bio Eng) announce the
birth of their son Omar Adam, born Sept. 4, 1997 ...
Mary-Ann Irving-Stewart BA'88 and husband
Duncan Stewart BA'88 married in 1988 and have
lived in Toronto ever since. Duncan is co-partner of
Canada's first high-tech/bio-tech investment counsellor
firm, Tera Capital ... Gail Lin Joe BEd'83, MEd'85 was
a visiting scholar at USC this past September. She
enjoyed studying the Administration of Higher
Education with professor Bill Tierney ... Ken Johnson
BASc'81, MASc'86 and wife Krista had a daughter on
April 28,1997, Taryn Elizabeth Aria, sister for Adrian.
Ken went to Alert and Eureka in the Arctic to help on
environmental engineering projects. He is writing a
book on northern engineering ... Sandra (Nakagawa)
Keenan BA'89 and husband Steve announce the birth
of their gorgeous baby girl, Lisa Emiko, born July, 1997
... Peter Kim DMD'84 and wife Geraldine Ty
DMD'84 announce the arrival of Vanessa Sarah, born
Feb. 20, 1997, a sister for Jonathan and Natasha ... D.
Paige (MacDonald) Larson BPE'84, received his BSc
from the U of T in 1987 and opened the North Shore
Medicine Clinic at Capilano College in September, 1996
... Shun Fung Leung MBA'84 is working with Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong as senior relationship manager in Corporate Banking. She is married with
two children ... Rhona (McCallum) Lichtenwald
LLB'89 and husband Ron celebrated the birth of their
second daughter, Natalie, on February 15,1997. Rhona
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Patrick A. Lim BCom'87 is director of finance for The
Second Cup, Ltd. in the corporate office in Toronto ...
Gordon Lovegrove BASc'82, MEng'88 is director of
transportation and planning in Land and Building Services at UBC Plant Ops... K. Scot MacDonald BA'88
received his PhD in international relations at USC in
May, 1997, and became adjunct professor at USC in
the fall ... Murray Miller BASc'86 went to Sao Paulo,
Brazil as an exchange student while completing his
MBA at McGill. He has worked in Brazil for four years
and in June, 1997, he married Nadja Kelly in Brazil...
Paul Molnar BA'80 has four children and is a
veterinarian and rancher in Merritt... K. Wilf Nicholls
PhD'81 (Botany) has been appointed director of the
Memorial University's Botanical Garden ... Nels
Nielsen BSF'86 married Kathleen Swanson in 1996.
34 Chronicle Their first daughter, Julianna, was born Sept. 24,1997.
They are living in Gold River, BC, where Nels is a
forester for Pacific Forest Products and is a volunteer
fire fighter.... Sian Pitman BA'86 and Ian Robertson BSc'86, BA'88, have returned to Vancouver. Sian is
a policy analyst with Environment Canada, while Ian is
an investment advisor with Odium Brown ... Daljeet
Rama BEd'88 took time off teaching to complete her
MEd in Educational Admin from UVic ... Ron
Reinhold BSc'83, BMLSc'89 is a tobacco enforcement
officer for Southern Alberta and is setting up a private
investigation firm ... Michael Rutherford BSc'84 is a
new faculty member in the Environmental Science
Program at Sir Winfred Grenfell College, a campus of
Memorial... Paul Samson BA'89 got his PhD in
international relations from the Graduate Institute of
International Studies, University of Geneva in 1995,
and is now working as a global environmental
assessment fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science
and International Affairs... Don Sihota BCom'84,
LLB'85 has been admitted to the partnership of Clark,
Wilson, Barristors & Solicitors and is a member of the
Business Law Department... Laura (Morrison)
Stegeman BMLSc'88 and husband John BSc'88
announce the birth of their second son, Sean Logan, on
Sept. 26, 1997 ... Ian D. Sutcliffe BCom'80 is
president of Mediconsult.com, the leading web site for
patients, based in Boston. He is living in Toronto with
wife Kathleen and three children ... Janice Switlo
BCom'81 is enjoying her second term to the Advisory
'Council on Multiculturalism. Since the fall release of her
book, Gustafson Lake: Under Siege, her eight-year-old
son is busy writing his own book ... Kerstin Tapping
BA'85, LLB'88 has been admitted to the partnership of
Clark, Wilson, Barristors & Solicitors and is a member of
the Business Law Department... Ross D. Tunnicliffe
BSc'84, LLB'84 has joined Clark, Wilson as a partner in
the firm's Business Law Dept., specializing in tax law ...
Bruce Verchere BSc'83, MSc'87, PhD'91 and wife
Cindy (Robinson) Verchere MD'88 announce the
birth of their first child, Wyatt David, born Aug. 4,1997.
Bruce is assistant professor in Pathology at UBC and
Cindy is a pediatric plastic surgeon at BC Children's
Hospital... Wayne Winter MA'85 has relocated to
Rankin Inlet on the shores of Hudson Bay to work as a
community planner with the Ministry of Municipal and
Community Affairs, Government of Northwest
Territories, during the transition to Nunavut Government ... Tony G. Wong BASc'84 (Mech Eng)
completed the Asian GM-Executive Leadership Training
program with the Thunderbird Graduate School in Dec,
1997. His wife Janet Beasley will finish her final year of
Law at the U of Western Ontario this spring ... Walter
Wong BASc'80 has been working in the disk drive
business since graduation and has just received his
eighth patent. His wife, Joanne Loh BASc'82, is on
the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder and
will again be driving for the PPG Pace Car Team this
year on the CART indy car circuit... Lyla M. Yip
kBSc'82, MSc'86 just returned from a practicum in China
and is now a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine.
She is setting up a practice in Burnaby specializing in
acupuncture, herbal remedies and Tui Na Therapy.
Yara Ainsworth BCom'95 moved to Switzerland in
1996 and is marketing for a Swiss IT consulting
subsidiary of the United Bank of Switzerland called
SYSTOR ... Kevin D.B. Budd MBA'93 is director of
manufacturing, North America, for Methanex, after
two years as director of investor relations and corporate
communications ... Eugene Chen LLB'93 is practicing
corporate, commercial and securities law with McLeod
& Co. in Calgary ... Lee Li-Jen Chen BSc'90, BA'91
received his PhD in Computer Science from the
University of Calgary last November. He lives in
Richmond ... Eric Cheung MBA'91 is plant manager at
a laundry plant with Procter and Gamble in China, and
returns to Vancouver three times a year for a vacation
... Freda Cheung BCom'93 married in August, 1996
to Jim and moved to Calgary. She joined Metronet
Communications as a financial accountant for their BC
division. She received her CA designation in November,
1996 ...  Eileen R. S.H. Chian BSc'91 and David
Y.K. Chao DMD'87 were married in 1993 and
announce the arrival of their first, Amanda Wen-Ya
Chao, born Aug. 7,1996 ... Jonathan Gamble Chow
BSc'94 is a technical services rep at Fuchs Lubricants
and wife Xenia (Lam) Chow BA'93 is a financial
advisor at Canada Trust. Both remain in contact with
the university through the UBC Dance Club ... Heather
Cole BSc'91 has moved to Bangor, Maine to take a job
in cytogenetics at Eastern Maine Medical Center...
Lisa Freeman BA'97 is a cataloguer for the Survivors
of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in LA, founded
by Steven Spielberg. They videotape eyewitness
accounts of the Holocaust and develop a multimedia
archive of survivor testimonies... After completing her
final year at Lund University in Sweden, Denise Ann
Fulton BA'94 moved to Kyoto, Japan to teach for two
years. She is now back in Sweden teaching in
Stockholm ... Linda Gillespie BA'91 and Mark
Gillespie BA'91 had a second child, Scott Stirling, on
April 2,1997. Mark works with KPMG and is working
on his CA designation ... Joel Guralnick LLB'95 has
joined the firm of Clark, Wilson, Barristors & Solicitors
as an associate in the Business Law Department... Sian
Patricia Inglis BPE'90, BEd'92 graduated from San
Diego State University with an MA in education. She is
currently working for the NVSB ... Shahzad Islam
BASc'93 (Mech Eng) is project engineer with Western
Pulp in Squamish, BC ... Eric Klassen BASc'90 and wife
Elsa (Neumann) Klassen BA'91 moved to California in
May where Eric works for Compu-Tech Lumber. They
are expecting their first child on January 1, 1998 ...
Olivia S.M. Lee LLB'90, BCom'90 moved to Hong
Kong in 1992 where she joined Goodman, Phillips &
Vineberg's Hong Kong office last November as a
partner, practicing Canadian and Hong Kong law ...
Victoria Ang Lim BSN'94 married Peter Lim last July
and currently works for Winston Manor, a
psychogeriatric facility located in Kitsilano ... Davie A.
MacLean BHK'96 and wife Anne E. (Jeffrey)
MacLean BEd'95 have been married for 12 years and
have two boys. They recently moved to Kelowna where
Davie directs his own marketing/promotions company
... John McArthur BA'96 was awarded the 1998
Rhodes Scholarship for BC, which will allow him to
study law in Oxford, England for two years with an
option for a third ... Lynda (Krystine) Mikelova
BSc'97 is in her first year of medical school at Queen's
University and is having a grand time partying in
Kingston ... Lori Monk BA'90, LLB'93 and husband
Kevin Butler LLB'93 have both given up their
Vancouver law practices to move to Bermuda. Kevin is
practicing corporate law there and Lori is still working
on a project for a legal publisher in Vancouver. Friends
can e-mail them at: <butlermonk@northrock.bm> ...
Natasha Murray BA'94 is a career counsellor and
newsletter editor at Career Decisions, a career
counselling & consulting firm in San Francisco. She
would love to hear from fellow grads, especially if
they're in the Bay area ... Richard S. Niedermayer
LLB'94 was married on July 26, 1997 to Jill Hargrove at
Prospect Bay, N.S. Richard and Jill live in Halifax where
he is an associate at Cox Downie and she is completing
her MBA at Dalhousie ... Shalan Parks BA'95 and
Ryan Jaye BA'95 were married Sept. 6, 1997 in
Vancouver. They live in Victoria where Shalan is
working and Ryan is doing his MBA at UVic ... Carol
Popkin BA'96 is in the first term of a three-term
publishing program at Langara College. She is leading
towards a career in magazine publishing, hopefully as
an art director... Anne Powell MLS'93 is still in
Zimbabwe lecturing to library technicians at Havare
Polytechnic. She would love to hear from other
Zimbabwean alumni or visitors: her work* is 752311 ...
Cameron G. Rhttich BSF'94 is a forest engineer at the
Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources, Central
Region ... Torben Rolfsen BA'93 produces the TV
series Electric Playground, which airs Sundays on KVOS
12 at 4:30. The web site for the show is:
www.elecplay.com ... Andrea Russell BA'96 has
received a degree in international relations (MPhil) from
Cambridge University in England ... Linda Shin
BSN'96 has been living in Texas since Feb. 1997,
working as a RN on a medical-surgical floor... Amy
Siegenthaler BSc'95 has recently graduated from the
U of T with her MA in psychology. She has now begun
her doctorate with the aid of a Connaught Fellowship
... James Smythe MA'95 is currently entering his third
year of PhD studies in Health Economics, based out of
the University of York in the U.K. ... Julius Stieger
BASc'95 moved to Nevada to work as a metallurgist for
Cortez Gold Mines... Mark Sze-To BASc'96 is
working as a metallurgist at BHP Copper in Arizona, as
well as tutoring high school and college students ...
Hannes Valtonen MBA'96 is a reporter for Bloomberg
Business News in Tokyo ... Julie (Crawford)
Welsford BA'93 and David Welsford BSc'89 had a
baby boy, Aidan Alexander Duthie, on Sept. 7,1997.
Julie works for the North Shore News and Dave is a
process engineer with Scott Paper... Carmen Wong
BASc'96 (Elec Eng) moved to Hong Kong after she
graduated last summer.    •
Chronicle 35 class acts
In  Memoriam
Donovan Miller
Nathan T. Nemetz
Patrick McTaggart-Cowan
Donovan was born in Winnipeg and
moved to Vancouver in 1936. He served
with the Seaforth Highlanders during
WWtt and saw action on the Atlantic
and in Europe. He returned to Vancouver and UBC after the war, and received
a degree in commerce in 1947. He
joined the Canadian Fishing Company
Ltd. and stayed with it for his entire
working life. He retired as president and
chairman ofthe board in 1984. He was
dedicated volunteer throughout his life,
especially in the fisheries area. He
worked with Canadian and Japanese
organizations and with the Canada-
Japan Society to preserve and promote
the fishing industry. He was also active
in the scouting movement, serving as
president of the National Council from
1978 to 1980.
Mr. Miller was dedicated to UBC. He
served as president of the Alumni
Association in 1960, and in 1962 he
wfas elected to Senate. He sat on the
university's Board of Governors and W£.
ejected Chancellor in 1975. He was
: awarded many honours during his life,
including the Order of Canada.
Born in Winnipeg in 1913, Nathan was
schooled in Vancouver and at UBC earned
a BA in history. He was called to the Bar
in 1937. Throughout his career he was a
passionate champion of human rights and
was a founder of the Canadian Civil
Liberties Union in Vancouver. He became
involved in labour law before the start of
WWII, and represented workers and
unions for many years. He was appointed
chief justice ofthe Supreme Court in
1973, then chief justice of the BC Court
of Appeal in 1978. He was called "the
leading judicial administrator in Canada."
Justice Nemetz was a longtime
supporter of UBC. He served as president
of the Alumni Association in 1956, on the
university's senate from '57 to '63 and on
the Board of Governors from '57 to "68.
He was chair from '65 to '68. He also
served as Chancellor from '72 to 75, and
was given an honorary degree in '75.
He was an early supporter of the
World of Opportunity Campaign, serving
on-the leadership committee. The Nathan
T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History was
established to recognize his contribution
to Canadian society.
Patrick Duncan McTaggart-Cowan BA'33,
DSc'61 (Hon), died on Oct 11, at age 85
in Bracebridge, Ont., where he lived in
retirement since 1976.
Best known in BC as the founding
president of SFU (1963-68), he had a
distinguished scientific career as head of
the Canadian Metereological Service in
He was executive director of the
Science Council of Canada for seven
years, was a Fellow of many international
metereological and geographical societies, and won awards and honorary degrees from seven Canadian institutions.
He was the only Rhodes Scholar to have
been a member of Corpus Christi College
in Oxford University.
He is survived by his wife Margaret,
a son and a daughter.
36 Chronicle Rona (Drinnan) Larsen
Rona Helen Larsen BA'50 passed away
in Parksville, BC, on Sept. 8.1997. She
was one Of several post-war geography
grads who came back to university and
were the first grads to become professional geographers in the federal Geographical Branch in Ottawa. She then
went to work at the Institute for
Northern Studies and the Provincial
Ombudsman office in Saskatoon during
the '70s.
In Memoriam
Gilbert Auchinleck BASc'44 of Vancouver, Aug. 23,
1997... Haridal Bains MSc'64 of Hull, Que., Aug. 26,
1997... Margret Stefania Bardal DipSw'44,
MSW'56 of Winnipeg, Man., June 24, 1997... Kenton
David Bird BEd'75 of Armstrong, BC, Aug. 15,1997...
James Keith Brimacombe BSc'66 of Windsor, NS,
Dec. 16,1997... Ronald J. Buchanan BSc'61(Hon),
PhD'66 of Victoria, Dec. 1,1993... Richard Patrick
Burnett BCom'65 of Ottawa, May 23,1997... Mabel
L. Colbeck, MA'47, Prof. Emeriti (Eng) of Vancouver,
Nov. 6,1997... Dr. Lawrence W. Downey, BA'47 of
Vancouver, Oct. 23,1997 ... Rob Driscoll MD'90 of
Nelson, BC, Jan. 2,1997 ... Agnes (Nancy) Ferguson
BA'31, BEd'32 ofVictoria, Sept. 15,1997... William
Arthur Forgay BLS'65 of Regina, Sask., Sept. 11,
1997... Alistair G. Fraser LLB'50 of Ottawa, Ont.,
Sept. 1, 1997.. Mary Elizabeth (Ball) Freney
BA'37of Courtenay, BC, Aug. 6,1997... John Barry
Hamley BASc'53 of Calgary, Alta., April 23,1997...
Dr. James Hingston, Prof. Emeriti, 1986, of Surrey,
BC, Dec. 19,1997... Eric Wilfrid Johnson, BASc'34
of Kamloops, BC, July 11,1997... J. Ed. Johnson
BASc'50, MBA of North Vancouver, Aug. 24,1997...
I Charlotte Islay Johnston BA'23, MA'25
of Ottawa, Jan. 15,1998 ... Mary E. Keys BEd'60
of Nakasup, BC, Nov. 14,1997... Henry Lenko
BSF'52 of Valemount, BC, Aug. 8,1997... Terry
Frances Benedict
Frances Benedict BA'23 (1902-1997) and a Great
Trekker, died peacefully on Sept. 7,1997 at age
95. She graduated from the Faculty of Education
in 1924 and from the Vancouver Normal School.
Francis taught high school in Abbotsford,
Kamloops, Penticton, and Matsqui. In 1963 she
fulfilled her lifelong dream to graduate from St
Paul's Hospital School of Nursing with honours,
where she then served for 10 years as educational director. In 1949, she became a teacher and
later educational director at Royal Columbian
Hospital School of Nursing in New Westminster,
where she remained until her retirement in
During her career, Frances was actively
involved in professional nursing activities.
Warmly remembered by many classmates and
former students, she happily enjoyed their visits
during her retirement.
Lodge BCom'56 of Vernon, BC, Aug. 21,1997... Jean
Maud (Balfour) Lyle BCom'34 of Vancouver, Sept.
24, 1997... R.J. (Jack) McKercher BCom'45, BSF'46
of Nanaimo, BC, Aug. 27,1997... Allen Stewart
McMorran BA'47of Vancouver... Patrick Leo
Murray BA'56, BEd'58 of Langley, BC, April 27,
1997... Florence M. Nye BA'42 of North Vancouver,
Sept., 1997 ... Vincent E. Osbome BSc'58, MSA'60
of Kelowna, BC, Nov. 6,1997... Midori Ota MEd'88
of New York, April 24, 1997... Jack Melvin Pearson
BA'32 of St. Catherines, Ont, July 19, 1996 ...
Katherine Clara Peters BSc'59 of Abbotsford, BC,
Dec. 27,1997... Lawrence Pilkington LLB'53 of
New Westminster, BC, Dec. 17, 1997... Allan William
Ratcliffe BA'49, BEd'52 of Lethbridge, Alta., Aug. 26,
1997... Grace Eleanor Retallack BA'41 of Victoria,
BC, Dec. 24, 1997... G. Evan AP Roberts BASc'39 of
Salt Lake City, UT, Nov. 13, 1997... Gerald B. Straley
PhD'80 of Vancouver, Dec. 11,1997... Roger
MacPhail Tait BA'61of Kelowna, BC, Aug. 1,1997...
James T. Teevan BASc'46 of Vancouver, Sept. 6,
1997... Jerry van Tets BA'56, MA'59, PhD'63 of
Australia, Jan. 14,1995... David G. Verchere BSF'59
of West Vancouver, July 2,1997... Thomas R. Weir
BA'41 of Nanaimo, BC, Sept., 1997 ... Bruce
Woodsworth BA'36 of Sechelt, BC, Aug. 18,1997...
Michael Yanko BSc'90 of Burnaby, BC, Oct., 1997.
Mary R. Bishop
Mary Bishop MA'7t. joined the Faculty of
Medicine's Dept. of Health Care and Epidemiology as a part-time research associate in 1978 to research and write the history of the birth control movement in
Canada and government responses. Mary
was a former convocation member of the
UBC Senate and served on UBC Alumni
Association's heritage committee and
UBCs Norman MacKenzie Scholarship
Award jury. She was a member of the UBC
Alumni Association and associate member
ofthe Health Care and Epidemiology Association, UBC.
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what you're doing and who you're doing
it with. We want to know, and so do your
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Chronicle 37 chronicle profil
John Davies, faculty of forestry
The UBC forestry program has a great reputation. At least
that's what Forestry Undergraduate Society president
John Davies learned at a management forestry retreat last
spring. "Everyone was very strong in their praise for the forestry
program and for Dean Clark Binkley. If people in the industry
are so supportive, then it must be pretty good."
John is in his 3rd year and feels that it's been a valuable use
of his time. Now that he's nearing the end of the program, he
reflects on some of the teachers who have contributed to his
love of forestry.
"John Worrall, for sure," he says. "He's very concerned with
undergrads' experiences at university, and doesn't consider
teaching a burden. He really connects with students."
Even the dean and associate dean have a genuine interest in
how students are coping.
"Tony Kozak [assoc. dean] is very supportive, listens to undergrads' complaints and tries to help out. Dean Binkley is also
receptive to ideas and concerns, and is quick to address them."
John has had a lot of work experience as well. For the past
ten summers he's been timber cruising, treeplanting and work
ing as a commercial
fishing controller.
He also worked as a
firefighter for Rap
Attack Forest Service repel crew for
five years before he
entered the program. "I put out 36 lightning fires in BC during
that time."
He also has a heavy life schedule. Besides taking four courses, he rows for UBC 20 hours a week, starting in the yawny A.M.
He's also taking occupational first aid through Worker's Compensation Board, and of course we can't forget his work as president of the Forest Undergraduate Society.
So what's on the horizon for this busy man? Why, a little
bit of forestry, of course.
"I'd like to get involved in international forestry training for
developing countries that have no protection programs in place,
like Malaysia and Ethiopia. Or maybe I'll just fight fires in Australia for a year. " •
Bethany Jackson, faculty of applied science
Step into a tiny but neat room decorated in flowers and pastels, stuffed animals and pillows. Straight ahead is a window
with a gorgeous view of the ocean. In front of that window
sits a desk: a tempting invitation to procrastinate.
But not for fifth-year engineering physics student Bethany
Jackson. She is the recipient of this year's UBC Alumni Association
Scholarship, which helps aid near-graduating students with
$2,500 towards their tuition.
For someone who thinks her 85 per cent average is "pretty
good," it is quite a deserving award. Getting good grades is "natural for me," she says. That's a good thing considering her eight-
subject course load, including two honours physics courses.
While others began looking for more private places after first
year, Bethany has stayed in residence. "I've met a lot of people
and made some good friends, so it's worth it." Obviously it
doesn't hurt her studying habits. She won the Rogers Communications Inc. Scholarship in second-year, and this year won the
ACL Scholarship (Atomic Energy Canadian Ltd-Corporate Canada
Award). Soon after that, she decided to major in engineering physics, with a specialization in mechanics.
"I've always liked engineering, both civil and the physical. But
then I took a summer job with an electrical engineering firm after
my first year." She considered electrical engineering
for a while, but then committed to engineering physics at the beginning of her
third year. "It's a broader
field and more interesting."
And so there she stays.
Future prospects look very
bright for someone with so
many options. She has applied to medical school at UBC, and is
considering medical physics or biomedical engineering.
"I'd like to be physician and specialize in cancer treatment,
which ties back to the physics side of things," she says. She would
like to explore radiation therapy, which she feels would give her
first-hand experience with people.
Bethany still finds time to have fun. Hanging out and talking
with friends, reading, "historical fiction mostly," roller blading
and ice skating, and even a little piano playing when she goes
home to Saskatoon. "I don't have enough discipline to practice at
school." An odd statement for such a dedicated person. •
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