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 Q/^ Graduate IS WHAT WE MAKE IT
IT IS a challenge and a comfort to know-
that the future of- British Columbia,
will be of our own making. When we
know that upon our own vitality and
intelligence depends the fortunes of all of
us, then we see that only our united and
best effort will give us the future we hope
for . . . and that, by the same token, this
effort WILL bring its reward. The creation of this westermost Canadian community in one lifetime has proved that
we have the capacity and the resources to
reach any goal we may set for ourselves.
With those who set the goal high and
pledge their strength to reach it, The
Vancouver Sun is sworn to loyalty and
support. The Sun is the newspaper of
those who will build our secure and
happy future.
The Ideal Gift
of Canada Ltd.
are proud to present our own
in P.R.C.'s stirring picture
"Strange Illusion"
to be shown shortly at one of
Page 2 IOW that Mars is in eclipse,
British  Columbia  stands  ready  and
eager to take its place as a world hub of
trade,  industry  and  transportation.   One of its
greatest   assets   and   proudest   possessions   is   cheap,
abundant power. The B.C. Electric, which has performed its
wartime tasks with distinction, has long prepared for the return
of Peace and Progress. New opportunities will grow from the industrial
development,  transportation  and essential services provided by  the
B.C.   Fleetric.
Already well advanced is the B.C. Electric's $50,000,000
l>lan covering the immediate ten post-war years. Of
lliese (he Bridge River Hydro-electric Project, Main
Street Sub-Station, Bonneville Power Connection,
Garden Sub-Station and 60,000-Vol I Underground
Circuit are rapidly coining off the drawing board and
into the hands of contractors. Many orders for equipment have already been placed.
Octobfr,   1945
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Toronto General Trusts
British Columbia Advisory Board
Hon W. A. Macdonald, K.C, Chairman
Col., Hon. Eric W. Hamber
J. H. Roaf
W. H. Malkin
G. T. Cunningham
Assets Under Administration
Established 1882
Published by the Alumni Association of
The University of British Columbia
Editor: Darrell T. Braidwood, M.A.
Photography Editor: Janet Walker, B.A.
Business and Editorial Offices:
Room 208, Yorkshire Buildinc,
Vancouver, B. C.
Published at Vancouver, British Columbia.
Homecoming,  1945 .        ...     5
Homecoming Program  '               6
Atomic Bomb Researchers      8
Staff Changes ....        10
Honor Roll       12
In Memoriam   ___. ...   14
From the Feminine Viewpoint 16
Players' Club to Hollywood  _..._..._.. 18
The Place of Liberal Arts  ... 20
U.B.C. Scientist Develops Miracle Wood 24
Social Work at University Expanded 28
The Pictures used in this issue are furnished through the courtesy of the Vancouver Daily Province, except those on Pages 18
and 19, which are used by permission of R.K.O. Radio Pictures
Inc. and Producers'  Releasing Corporation,  Hollywood.
The ingenious Totem poster which is seen on our
front cover is the work of F/L Patrick Cowley
Brown, an Official War Artist with the Historical
Section of the R.C.A.F. F/L Brown was born in
Singapore but was brought up in Victoria and Vancouver. His work has appeared in the B. C. Artists'
Summer Exhibition of 1945 and the First Exhibition
of Canadian War Paintings at the National Gallery,
1945. He is now stationed at Rockcliffe near
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HOMME, 1945
Homecoming Day this year will be the first
peacetime Homecoming in seven years. The University was already at war in the Fall term of 1939.
Almost from the day of Canada's declaration of war,
the University wras ready to assist the general effort
in every way possible.
Since that time the contributions that have come
from the Point Grey campus are too well known to
need elaboration. In men, the University has sacrificed some of her finest sons. In the fields of science, the contributions of graduates have been very
great. Here at home there has been most material
aid to such activities as the Red Cross.
This is not to say that the University has done
any more than its job along with the other citizens
and institutions of our country but very definitely
we may well be proud that the University and its
members have done their part.
And now there is a Homecoming—a time of year
at which our thoughts turn particularly to the days
we spent on the campus. Many of our former students are actually back on the campus—taking up
where they left off in the past years. Some cannot
return—and for these we pause in silent tribute.
But those who do return will see a new University—vibrant again with new life, with the western
spirit of enterprise.
The changes in the past year alone are amazing.
We have a new law faculty, our social service course
has expanded, the commerce course has been  im-
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proved, there are new temporary buildings on the
campus, and there are plans for many more worthwhile additions to the physical equipment of the
University. At long last the University seems to
be taking its rightful place of influence in the province. The public is behind it. Bursaries and scholarships are more numerous than ever before and
government assistance in large amounts has been
These are good signs. They are the product of
years of thought and work by countless people who
have been interested in the University. No single
group can be set apart and given credit for the accomplishments. Nevertheless it has always been
the aim of the Alumni Association to assist in every
way possible in furthering the interests of the University. Perhaps, in some small way, the graduates
of the University, working through their organization, have helped.
But the job has only started. There is much
more to be done and the most serious error of all
would be to rest on our oars now. The whole graduate body must get behind the University and put
its weight into the fight to make U.B.C. the most
progressive and the best University in the Dominion. Such action is the best insurance possible for
the success of future generations.
Get out and see your University on this Homecoming, 1945. It belongs to you as much as to anyone and it is in your interest to give your support.
Now is the time-—now, at Homecoming, 1945.
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October, 1945
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October 27th is Homecoming Day and every former student of the University is invited to return to the campus on that day The Students' Council
has been preparing a real welcome for all the grads who make the trip out to
Point Grey. The program is under the direction of energetic Junior Member
Ted Kirkpatrick. The Alumni Association, too, is lending a hand with Rosemary Collins and Bernice Williams heading up their effort. The program is on
the opposite page, and it's a good one.
The big Alumni Dinner is by reservation only, so phone your reservation
in right now to the Alumni Association's Secretary at the Brock, ALma 1231.
No reservation, no food!!!
This is to be our day on a campus that has changed very much in the past
few years.    Let's all get together on the 27th.
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The Graduate Chronicle Saturday, OctoU* 27tUr 1945
2:30     English Rugby Game at the Stadium.
5:00    Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association and Election of Officers—
Brock Building.
6:00     Annual Banquet of the Alumni Association in the Brock Building.
7:30     Potlatch in the Auditorium—sponsored by the Students' Council.
A Basketball Game will take place in the Gymnasium featuring the
Thunderbird team.    The time will be announced during the day.
9:00     Homecoming Dance in the University Armories.
The Students' Council has announced that only a limited number of
tickets for the Dance will be sold to undergraduates, as accommodation
is restricted.
October, 1945
Probably the most important news story in past
years was the atomic bomb story which broke upon
an unsuspecting world last summer. "Unsuspecting" is a very apt word, for very few people knew
that research had been going on for years to perfect
this mighty instrument of war.
The scheme of the work is now general knowledge. Scientists in many hundreds of research laboratories worked, each at his small part of the common objective. When all the research was fused
together, the result was one of the greatest contributions ever made to scientific knowledge.
U.B.C. graduates played no small part in the
many months of painstaking effort that preceded the
actual manufacture of the bomb. The Dominion
Government has now released the names of some
of the U.B.C. people engaged in the work and they
are a credit to the University.
Dr. George Michael Volkoff, 31, one of U.B.C.'s
most brilliant graduates, was among scientists who
worked on atomic bomb research in Montreal. Dr.
Volkoff was born in Moscow, coming to B. C. in
1924.    He   attended   Lord   Roberts   public   school,
then returned to Harbin, Manchukuo, where his
father was a professor in the Polytechnical Institute. He came back to U.B.C. to lead his class
every year, and won the Governor-General's Medal
in 1934, with an average of 97.9 per cent. He taught
at U.B.C. before going to the University of California at Berkeley on a teaching fellowship in 1936.
In 1939 he was awarded a Royal Society of Canada
fellowship of $1500 to work on atomic research at
the University of California. His wife is the former
Olga Okulitch, also a U.B.C. graduate.
Dr. Volkoff at present is directing the theoretical and mathematical work of the Montreal Laboratory of the National Research Council and is rated
one of the top theoretical physicists in Canada.
Four women were among the atomic researchers. Anne B. Underhill was one of these. Brilliance
has marked the career of Miss Underhill. The
daughter of Col. F. Clare Underhill, she attended
Prince of Wales School and was graduated from the
University of British Columbia in 1942. Last year
she was awarded a scholarship of $850 by the Canadian   Federation   of  University  Women,  to  enable
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her to take post-graduate work.
Dr. Muriel Wales, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
George F. Wales, won her B.A. at the University
in 1934, her Master's in 1937, and her Ph.D. from
University of Toronto in 1941. She has been engaged in government research work in Toronto.
Mrs. Lillian M. Grassie, daughter of Mrs. L. M.
Butler of 2640 West Fourteenth, and the late Albert
Butler, was one of four University of British Columbia women graduates whose work contributed
to the successful development of the atomic bomb.
Mrs. Grassie, whose present home is in Arden,
Man., is a graduate of the 1943 class of U.B.C.
Mrs. Joyce Laird, the former Joyce Morris of
Penticton, was a member of the class of '41.
All these women were members of a group of
scientists which gathered in Montreal to work on
the atomic bomb.
Dr. Andrew Guthrie, son of Sam Guthrie, M.L.
A., and Mrs. Guthrie of Cedar District, near Ladysmith, is another British Columbia scientist who has
been working on the perfection of the atomic bomb.
Dr. Guthrie has been working on the problem
of splitting the atom  im  ihe past three years, with
headquarters at Berkeley, Cal.. but travelling from
there to Tennessee and other parts of United States
for the Washington government.
Dr. Guthrie was born at Ladysmith 30 years
ago. He graduated from U.B.C. with first class
honors in  1934, specializing in physics.
He won a scholarship to Perdue University, Indiana, where he received his doctorate three years
ago. He was immediately enlisted by the United
States Government in the corps of scientists who
were planning the atomic bomb.
Denis W. Pearce, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J.
Pearce, 4454 West Fourth, who worked on the development of the atomic bomb, is a graduate of the
University of British Columbia. He specialized in
inorganic chemistry and it was along these lines
that he was engaged when helping to create the
world's most destructive force. Dr. Pearce was
awarded a fellowship, and received his doctorate at
the Illinois University in 1935.
Still others in the groups of researchers were
James Michael Fell, B.A., '43; Dr. Fred Troop
Fitch, B.A. '38, M.A. '40, Ph.D., and John William
October, 1945
The Board of Governors announced a number of
changes in the staff at the start of the fall term.
Some of these were new appointments and some
were promotions.
The new appointments include James C. Taylor,
B.A. (Western Ontario), chartered accountant, associate professor, and Arthur M. Schoults, B.A.
(Man.) M.B.A. (Harvard), special lecturer, both in
the department of commerce.
Robert A. Hume, LL.B. (Stanford), Ph.D. (Cornell), associate professor, and Mrs. Stella Lewis,
M.A. (U.B.C.) '18, lecturer, both in the department
of English; Dr. Marianne Lourie, doctor of jurisprudence (Vienna), lecturer in German, department
of modern languages.
Promotions from assistant professor to associate
professor in the department of physics were announced for Dr. A. M. Crooker, returning from
leave of absence with Research Enterprises Ltd.,
and Dr. K. C. Mann, returning from leave of absence with National Research Council.
Mrs. W. Kaye Lamb, '25, as lecturer in French
in the department of modern languages. The former
Dr. Wressie Tipping, Mrs. Lamb was an associate
professor in the department before her marriage to
Dr. W. Kaye Lamb, U.B.C. librarian.
The appointment is to fill a temporary vacancy
in the department.
George A. Allen, M.A.Sc. '35, has been appointed
associate professor in the department of forestry
at the University of British Columbia.
This increase in the staff and facilities is the
direct result of the $22,500 grant to the University
by H. R. MacMillan. Silviculture and forest management is Mr. MacMillan's particular interest for
B. C, in order to increase the sustained yield from
the forests.
Dr. W. S. Hoar, formerly of the University of
New Brunswick, as professor of zoology and fishr
President N. A. M. MacKenzie announced the
appointment was made possible by a grant of $22,-
500 from British Columbia Packers Ltd. to be used
in yearly instalments of $7500.
The grant was made for special work in-marine
fisheries to be carried on at U.B.C.
Dr. Hoar spent several years in the investigation
of Atlantic salmon as an assistant with the Fisheries Research Board of Canada.
Margaret C. Johnson, '29, assistant professor,
department of social work; S. D. De Jong, associate
professor of civil engineering; Sqdn.-Ldr. Wilfred
Gibson Heslop, associate professor of civil engineering; William Wolfe, assistant professor of mech-
anicval engineering; C. S. Samis, associate professor of metallurgy; Arthur W. Sager, '38, assistant
in the department of university extension.
Promotions are: Frank A. Forward, from professor of metallurgy to professor and head of the
department; Dr. Dorothy Blakey Smith, from assistant professor to associate professor of English;
Dr. Edmund Morrison, '27, from assistant to associate professor of English; John H. Creighton, from
assistant to associate professor of English.
Dr. A. Hrennikoff, '30, from assistant to associate professor of civil engineering; A. Peebles, '29,
from assistant to associate professor of civil engineering; E. S. Prettious, '29, from assistant to associate professor of civil engineering; F. W. Vernon,
from professor of mechanical engineering to professor of mechanical engineering and lecturer in
aeronautical engineering; Lome R. Kersey, '36,
from instructor to assistant professor in electrical
engineering; Miss Myrtle L. Kievell, '24, appointed
assistant registrar.
The CHRONICLE is in receipt of a series of
mimeographed publications in French under the
title of "La voix d'astude" which are published by
the students in French at the University of Idaho
at Moscow, Idaho. The editor is Arthur H. Beatty,
who took his B.A. in '28 and his M.A. in '31 and is
now on the Idaho staff. The publications feature
material in French with ingenious illustrations done
on a standard typewriter.
Lieut. Graham E. McCall, B.Comm. '42, is now
in Germany with the Canadian Army. He joined
up in 1942 and received his training at Three Rivers,
later going to Brockville for the officers' course.
Later he was instructor at Red Deer for a short period before going overseas to join the Canadian
Scottish. In 1942 he married Miss Jean Alexander,
R.N., of Victoria.
F. P. Reeve Invites Grads and Fraternity
Groups to Meet at Duff's.
Large Dining-room Available
Our New Home
Society Brand Clothes
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The Graduate Chronicle Unique Sketch of Familiar Ground
This view of the Lobby of the University Library done by the late John Ridington, former University
Librarian, in December of 1935, will wake memories in many a graduate heart. Mr. Ridington had considerable artistic talent as may be seen from the above. In the background may be seen the celebrated Library
of Congress Catalogue obtained by the University a number of years ago.
Wholesale — Retail
FREDDIE BOLTON, B.A. '34, B.A.Sc. '36, welcomes all the Grads
and gives particular attention to the mining industry.
PA. 3454
October, 1945
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Sqdn. Ldr. George "Pete" Vickers — Killed in action. Was a
veteran of two operational tours.
He had completed 62 operation
flights and was with the R.A.F.
He was in his second year commerce.
Lt. Col. William Whelen "Bill"
Mathers—Mentioned in dispatches. Arts '33. Letters Club. C.
O.T.C. Phi Kappa Sigma. Was
a lieutenant in the permanent
army in 1939. Overseas in December, 1939. Wounded at Or-
tona. Returned to Canada in
January, 1945, and became chief
instructor of the O.T.C. at Brock-
ville and Acting Commandant
until July, 1945. Commanded
Royal Canadian Regiment.
Major John C. Oliver, well-
known Vancouver engineer, has
been awarded the M.B.E. Major
Oliver joined the Royal Canadian
Engineers at the start of war and
has been on the Continent since
D-Day. Graduate of U.B.C, he
was formerly an assistant city engineer and registrar of the Association of Professional Engineers
of B. C. He was instructor in
civil engineering on the University faculty for two years before
joining the city engineer's department.
We print herewith a further list
of former students who have become
casualties or who have received decorations. The Chronicle wishes to
stress that IT CANNOT VOUCH
LIST. The information is obtained
from newspapers and readers. We
would appreciate any further information our readers may care to submit.
Lt. John Swainson—Killed accidentally in Holland on May 31.
Canadian Armoured Corps. Came
to Varsity from Victoria College.
After he obtained his commission,
he instructed at Gordon Head and
Camp Borden. Overseas, December, 1943. Served on the continent with the Fort Garry Horse
from June, 1944, until the German surrender and commanded
the first Canadian Tank to enter
Germany.    Psi  Upsilon.
Captain Paul J. Sykes — U.S.
Army Air Forces. Awarded the
Air Medal and an oak leaf cluster.
Was navigator on the lead plane
on a secret bombing mission from
Guam to Japan on one of the
longest operations ever flown by
B-29's. It was his fifth mission
over Japan. He received a Presidential Appointment to Wrest
Point Military Academy in 1936
and has also been with the U.S.
Transport Service in Alaska.
Lt.   Peter   John   Collins   was
awarded the Military Cross for
his devotion to duty when a tank
force and infantry attempting to
gain a position under enemy fire,
were held up by a large crater on
the route of attack.
His citation reads :
"Lieut. Collins dismounted, and
disregarding the devastating
enemy fire personally directed
each tank across the narrow
Born in New Westminster, Lt.
Collins attended Magee High
School and was a second-year
student at the University of B. C.
at the time of his enlistment in
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The Graduate Chronicle Capt. Stewart Leslie Chambers,
Canadian Scottish Regiment, won
the Military Cross as the result of
an action on April 21 last when
the company he was commanding
attacked the town of Wragenber-
gen, Holland.
"The leadership, undaunted
courage and devotion to duty
shown by Capt. Chambers in this
difficult battle, which was his first
as a company commander, helped
to a great extent in the successful
capture of Wagenbergen."
Capt. Chambers, who was severely wounded in both arms and
both legs on October 13, 1944,
while serving in Holland, is a former winner of the U.B.C. Parliamentary Forum bronze medal for
public speaking.
Member of the class of arts '43,
he was in the C.O.T.C. at the University until he enlisted in October, 1941. He was posted to the
Calgary Highlanders overseas in
November, 1942, and later transferred to the Canadian Scottish,
with whom he landed in Normandy on D-Day.
Lt. James Edmund Oldfield has
been awarded the Military Cross
for his daring and initiative last
April 27, when a company of his
regiment was ordered to clear an
enemy pocket in the Termunton
area which was holding up the
general advance along the control
line. ,      i
An enemy outflanking movement and a platoon on the left
was cut off on three sides.
"Lieut. Oldfield, commanding
No. 1 Platoon carried a machine-
gun to a position well forward.
"He was engaged by enemy
machine-gun and mortar fire.
"Under cover of his fire and
from his directions the trapped
platoon was able to disengage and
re-form for the ensuing company
attack which cleared the enemy
Lieut. Oldfield was born in Victoria and was attending the University of B. C. at his enlistment
in June, 1942. While at U.B.C.
he received the David Thorn
scholarship for general proficiency.
He was twice wounded in Italy.
F/O David James Robertson—
Lost in operations over the North
Sea on April 16, 1945. Graduated
in Commerce in 1941. Joined R.
C.A.F. in May, 1942, and received
his wings as Navigator-observer.
Served in the Bahamas and Great
Britain.    Psi Upsilon.
Gunner    Stanley    Weston    —
Freed at Singapore after being a
prisoner of the Japanese. Went
to the Federated Malay States in
1940 as a soil surveyor. Joined
the Imperial Reserve Army at
Kuala Lumpur two weeks before
the attack on Pearl Harbor. B.
S.A. '39.
Captain Kenneth Aylsworth, R.
C.A.M.C.—Awarded the Military
Cross in September. Attended
U.B.C. and McGill. His citation
reads in part:
"On October 9, 1944, in the amphibious operation on the south
bank of the Lower Schelde, he
landed with the leading troops
and set up his regiment aid post
with a skeleton staff in a farm in
the small bridgehead. While
there, the shelling was so severe
that the building he occupied was
practically destroyed and all other
buildings in the area were burned
to the ground, and two of his vehicles  destroyed.
"In spite of this he carried on
and so organized the evacuation
by his remaining jeeps and buffaloes that very little delay was
Fit. Lt   Bernard "Barnie" Boe
—R.C.A.F. fighter pilot. Killed
on a mission over the Niijmegan
area on July 25, 1944. Buried at
Baberick, Holland.    B.A.Sc. '40.
F/O John Leslie Atkinson —
Killed in action, March 5, 1945.
Had 25 operational trips to his
credit. B.Comm. '35. Delta Upsilon.
F/O Arthur B. Paul—Awarded
the D.F.C. in August. At present
hospitalized in the T.B. Clinic at
Vancouver.    B.A. '40.
W/O Phillip S. Greene — Presumed dead. Was shot down over
France. Overseas in 1943. He
was in his first year at U.B.C.
when he joined the R.C.A.F.
Lt.   John   Walter   Young   —
Awarded Military Cross. He kept
his men at work under intense
fire for twenty-four hours building essential boat equipment. B.
A.Sc. '39. Overseas in March,
Major   John   Craig   Oliver —
Awarded the Order of the British
Empire in September. Attended
U.B.C, graduating in 1927 with a
degree in civil engineering. Before enlisting and proceeding
overseas he was with the city engineer's department at Vancouver.
October, 1945
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It is with the deepest regret that the CHRONICLE includes this month a memorial to Mary
Louise Bollert, first dean of women at the University of B. C By her sudden death we have lost
not only a beloved and respected former member of
the faculty but also a woman famous in the field of
education, and one who was widely renowned in
women's club and social activities.
Born in Guelph, Miss Bollert was the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. E- R. Bollert, the latter a resident
of Vancouver for 30 years. She obtained her B.A.
from Toronto in 1906 and her A.M. from Columbia
University in 1908. Between the years 1910-1914
she was assistant in English, Teachers' College, Columbia, after which time she became dean of women
at Regina College until 1921.
In addition to her work in the field of education
she became prominent in social welfare. For some
time she was director of general educational work
and social welfare activities for the Robert Simpson
Co. Ltd., and for Sherbourne House Club, Toronto,
which she organized as a residence for business
Much of her energy and social aptitude went into
organizational work. At the time of her death she
was president of the Pan Pacific Women's Association, she was a delegate for Canada in 1924 of the
International Federation of University Women conferences in Paris, in Geneva in 1929, in Edinburgh
in 1932 and a speaker at the International Congress
of Women in Chicago in 1933. In 1934 she was
one  of  a  party  of   12  deans  of  women  of  North
America to tour Japan as guest of the Japanese Y.
W.C.A., and in 1926was one of the two women representing Canada at the Institute of Public Relations in Honolulu.
Her many club affiliations included being a
charter member of the Soroptomist Club, Georgian
Club and Women's Canadian Club, honorary regent
of University Chapter, I.O.D.E., and on the executive of the provincial chapter, being a life member
of the order. She was also a member of the University of Toronto Alumnae, Faculty Women's
Club, League of Nations Society executive, women's
regional advisory committee of the Wartime Prices
and Trade Board and the B. C. Temperance League.
But most important of all, to U.B.C. alumni and
faculty alike, was her position with our university
as Dean of Women for twenty years and as professor of English. During her many years of service
she proved to be a friend, adviser and mother confessor to thousands of co-eds who enjoyed the privilege of her experience and, in so many instances,
her invaluable constructive advice. Indeed it is with
profound regret that the CHRONICLE, on behalf
of all who knew and loved Mary Louis Bollert,
must acknowledge the passing of this dean among
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Inglis Hosang, B.A. '19, LL.B. (Cal.) '31, died
suddenly at Vancouver in August. Mr. Hosang
studied law at Boalt Hall, University of California
Law School. Later he studied at the Inns of Court,
London, and was called to the English Bar in 1934.
He became a barrister-at-law of the Inner Temple.
He also studied at the Sorbonne, Paris.
He later lived for a number of years at Hongkong where he was a member of the Bar. His practice there was interrupted by the Japanese hostilities in 1937.
He then came to Vancouver, where he was associated with the law firm of A. J. B. Mellish. He
was also an accomplished linguist and had travelled
While at U.B.C. he won an oratorical contest
in his sophomore year. In his junior year he was
a member of a Varsity team which defeated the
University of Washington in an international debate.
James Benjamin Flynn died in August at Vancouver after a long illness arising out of injuries
suffered a year ago in Louisiana. Mr. Flynn received his B.A.Sc. with honors in 1932 and his
M.A.Sc. in 1933.
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The Graduate Chronicle HOME   FROM   OVERSEAS
Home again is Lt. Norrie Finlayson, R.C.N.V.R.,
who skippered a corvette in the North Atlantic. He
is the son of Dean Finlayson of the University
staff. He has commanded both the "Algoma" and
the "North Bay."
Lt.   Finlayson  was  engaged  in  the  advertising
business in Vancouver  before   enlisting  early  in
the war and he has now returned to   that   field
with the firm of Ruddy-Duker.      lJ
Fit. Lt. Lloyd F. Detwiller, B.A. '39, M.A. '40,
has arrived home with "Straddle," the cocker spaniel
mascot of R.C.A.F. Squadron 422. "Straddle" has
94 hours operations to his credit in Sunderland flying boats. His master was a well-known basketball
star at Varsity. At the time of his enlistment he
relinquished a teaching fellowship at the University
of California.
British Columbia welcomes her sons and
daughters returning from the wars, taking
pride in their achievements and looking
forward to the day when their accomplishments in the field of industry and commerce
will be reflected in the full development of
the resources of their homeland.
The Department of Trade and Industry
E. G. Rowebottom, Deputy Minister.
Victoria, B. C.
Hon. E. C. Carson, Minister.
October, 1945
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Grad Goes to Germany...
The first B. C. girl to go to Germany with the
U.N.R.R.A. for duty as assistant welfare officer in
the Department of Displaced Persons, Lt. Claire St.
John, '39, social service officer with the R.C.A.M.C,
left by plane recently for Washington, D.C, en
route to Europe.
Lt. St. John, formerly stationed with the Army
Medical Corps at District 11, Little Mountain, is
the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. St.
John, Holland Street. Vancouver born, she graduated in social service from the University of B. C.
in 1940 and held positions with the Provincial Government Social Service in Vancouver and in Penticton Centre.
In April, 1943, she joined the newly-established
department of social service conducted with the R.
C.A.M.C, Pacific Command, being at that time the
youngest of six social service workers appointed to
military depots across Canada.
Lt. St. John is affiliated with the Association of
Canadian Social Workers, Alpha Phi sorority, the
Alpine Club and other organizations.
Thelma Behnsen has received the rare honor of
being granted a scholarship by the Alphi Phi Women's Fraternity. She went to Washington State
College .at Pullman in September to take postgraduate work in social service. While there she
will become co-organizer of the Fraternity's new
chapter to be established at the College. She is a
graduate of 1945 and was secretary of the Graduating Class as well as being elected a member of the
honorary women's sorority, Delta Sigma Pi.
Grad in King's Honor List...
LAW Helen Woodcroft, R.C.A.F. (W.D.), '42,
has been mentioned in dispatches, a supplementary
list released in connection with the King's Birthday
honors announces.
Miss Wroodcroft, after taking her training at Ottawa, left for overseas service eighteen months ago.
For a time she was in "operations" with the fighter
command in Norfolk, but for the last year has been
on "ops" with the bomber command, stationed in
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Wins Success in Women's Air Force
Mary Kathleen "Kay" Armstrong, an Arts
graduate of 1938, has won much success in the R.
C.A.F., Women's Division. After Kay left U.B.C
she went to the Library School at the University
of Toronto and after graduating from that institution obtained a position on the Library staff of the
University of Western Ontario. Three years ago
she donned the air force blue and then commenced
periods at a long series of stations including; Rock-
cljffe, Halifax, Dartmouth, Toronto, Florida, Newfoundland, Patricia Bay and Sea Island.
Of all the stations she has been at, Kay likes
the Newfoundland one the best. There she was
kept very busy, as Newfoundland was the base for
aircraft jumping off across the Atlantic. In Toronto she took her commission and gained her present
rank, which is that of Section Officer.
At present she is in Ottawa where she holds the
very responsible position of Librarian to the Director of Intelligence, R.C.A.F. Kay really set up that
particular library and there can be little doubt as to
just how important it has been and will be in the
tie fj^ells ffoll
Mary Lilian Mulvin, '43, to Sgt. Donald D. Dennis, R.C.A.F., at Vancouver, on August 29th.
Joan Margaret Straith of Comox to Dr. Donald
Andrew Hewitt of Victoria at Comox, August 18th.
Elizabeth Margaret Dunlop, '41, to Charles Anthony Crammond Smith of South Shields, County
Durham, England, on July 21st.
Ruth Alice McCallum to Leonard R. McLellan,
R.C.N.V.R. '43, at Vancouver on September 8th.
Kathleen Brooke, W.R.N.S., of Bradford, Yorkshire, to Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Graham Darling, '39, at
St. Merryn, Cornwall, England, on August 28th.
Geraldine Grace Adams to F/O Philip Arthur
Wood, D.F.C, at Vancouver in September.
Betty Helen Morton, "44, to Robert John Mc-
Kercher at New Westminster on September 15.
Evelyn Fraser "Buddy" Graham '43, to Clay
Howard Anderson at Vancouver in August.
Marjorie Eileen MacGregor, to George Norman
Crosson, '37, at Vancouver on August 1st.
Patricia Joanne Anderson to Victor Frederick
MacLean at Vancouver in September.
Margaret Alice Ball to Lieut. George Gordon
Brown at Vancouver on August 3rd.
October, 1945
Evaline Mortin, '44, to Lieut. Stanton H. Small,
D.F.C, at Vancouver, August 16th.
Winnifred Con to Quon H. Wong, '38, at Vancouver in August.
Ruth Evelyn Higgins, '44, to Donald Peter Kerr,
'41, at Vancouver on July 11th.
Margaret Lavinia Harris to Reginald Gordon
Jessup at Vancouver, August 4th.
Dolores Ruth Corey, '46, to Frederick George
Wilkins at Vancouver in August.
Blanche Rosalind Fry to Merrill Edwin Wolfe
at Vancouver on August 22nd.
Janet Susan Fleck, '40, to Lieut. Thomas Ellis
Ladner, '37, at Vancouver in September.
Miss Lila Margaret McNab to Charles Edward
Holland, '41, at Vancouver, August 7th.
Margaret (Peggy) Crowe to William Roland
Hunt, '42, at Vancouver, August 7th.
Patricia Edith Ball, '43, to Cyrus Graham Pow,
at Vancouver on August 2nd.
Constance Rebecca Cook to Capt. John Curran
Whittle, at Vancouver in August.
Thona Behan to Paul H. Hookings, '44, at Winnipeg on June 30th.
Page 17 If you should happen down Hollywood way one
of these days and if you should wander out to one
of the residential areas where the stars live, namely
North Hollywood, and if you should happen to see
a very familiar face—it will probably belong to one
of the prettier U.B.C. graduates of recent years,
Mary McLeod. The fact is that Mary is an established member of the movie colony.
As a matter of fact she has lived in North Hollywood for the past three years, with a very well-
known screen lady, Fay Holden, who plays the part
of Andy Hardy's mother in that family series and
who once thrilled playgoers at the old Empress in
Vancouver as Gaby Fay of the British Guild Players.
Not so very many years ago she wras born in
Vancouver, where she attended Fairview, Lord
Tennyson and Kitsilano Junior and Senior High
Schools. While still at High School, Mary took a
keen interest in dramatics and spent her spare hours
at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's local
In 1936 U.B.C. beckoned and Mary went to the
Point Grey campus but still continued with her
work at CBR. The Players' Club was a natural for
the young actress and Mary started her career in
that group as Portia in Ira Dilworth's production of
"The Merchant of Venice." Then came Anne
Bronte in "The Brontes."
Leading roles followed in "Playboy of the Western World," "The Curtain Rises" and "Pride and
Prejudice," all annual  productions  of the  Players'
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Club. Summertimes brought Players' Club tours
and the Christmas seasons saw periods put in at the
make-up bench for nervous young actresses at the
Christmas plays.
The Letters Club also was on Mary's list and
here she did a paper on the celebrated playwright,
Robert Sherwood. Somehow in the busy schedule
there was time for the Delta Gamma fraternity.
Night hours were taken up at the radio studio and
at the Little Theatre where she appeared in "Idiot's
Delight" and "Yes, My Darling Daughter." At the
latter theatre she also had a feature role in "Paulo
and Fransesca," which was done as a command performance for the then Governor-General of Canada.
1940 was graduation year for Mary and she then
went into school teaching at Gilmore Junior High
School in Burnaby. The stage called too strongly,
however, and in 1942 Mary was off to Hollywood
and the bright lights of the cinema world.
There Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer gave the young
Vancouver actress a featured role in "Keeper of the
Flame," which starred Katherine Hepburn and
Spencer Tracy. Mary also appeared in "Bataan"
and played the role of Mary, Queen of Scots, in a
John Nesbitt's "Passing Parade" short subject.
For Republic Pictures, Mary did the lead in
"London Blackout" and also was seen in the forthcoming "Brighton Strangler."
At Columbia, Mary made "A Guy, a Gal, and a
Pal," which is now being shown throughout British
Producers' Releasing Corporation had next call
on Mary's services for "Strange Illusion." This film
is soon to be released in B. C. Reviews indicate it
to be one of the best of the new pictures. In fact
it received excellent notices from the highly critical
reviewers of "Time" magazine and Mary's picture
adorned the movie pages of that well-known magazine.
Mary has also had a part in the million-dollar
production of the best-selling novel, "Kitty." She
is now busy in the principal role in a technicolor
production for Cathedral Films entitled "Festival of
Spring." The latter is a musical fantasy in the Disney tradition.
Perhaps the next step is big-time stardom for the
pretty Vancouver starlet. In any event she really
enjoys the movie life. "I love my work," she says,
"and I'm still as ambitious about it as when I left
Canada. I share that feeling with a few hundred
girls down here who are all waiting as I am for
that real break to come along."
Last May, Mary was married to a Vancouver
boy, Malcolm Bain, who is now busy in the laboratories of Queen's University. They both hope they
will soon be together.
Mary's success may well prove an inspiration
for those eager Players' Club aspirants who year
after year struggle through the old and familiar
Club tryouts. TO HOLLYWOOD
Top,  Mary McLeod  with  John  Loder,  picture by
R.K.O.  Radio Pictures.
Centre,   Mary  with   Warren   William   in   P.R.C.'s
"Strange   Illusion."
Bottom, two studio pictures of Mary at Producers'
Releasing Corporation.
October, 1945
Pa^e 19 The Place of Liberal Arts
Bishop of Eastern Oregon
It was Cicero who defined liberal studies as those
which liberate the minds of men. It was Jesus who
said, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall
set you free." Never before in human history have
the minds of men been concerned so earnestly with
the problems of freedom and truth. It is no wonder, since the right to gain freedom from intolerable
slavery, through the unfettered pursuit of truth,
has been challenged by the might of Germany and
Japan. I am convinced that war is necessary sometimes in order to preserve the rights of men, but I
feel equally certain that the preoccupation of any
nation in fighting a total war, has in it a threat to
those very freedoms for which we struggle. That
is the reason why intelligent men must concern
themselves with problems which have to do with a
liberal education.
Frankly, I believe we all should be giving serious
thought concerning the place which our institutions
of higher learning are going to have in the brave
new world now in the making. I cannot speak
authoritatively for Colleges or Universities in Canada or any other part of the British Commonwealth,
but I do know what is happening to our institutions
of higher education in the United States. The President of Johns Hopkins has put it in two sentences.
"What colleges and universities now supply need
not be called education at all. It is rather the fullest use of plant and funds, knowledge and ideas,
students and faculties, to meet the requirements of
a war of inhuman intensity."
The Yale Review has just reprinted an article
on "American Education After the War" by William Clyde Devane. I take the privilege of quoting
some of his most pertinent comments on the present
"A phenomenon new, in size and implication at
least, to our universities and colleges has changed
the nature of our educational institutions already,
and may alter their structures and functions materially and permanently. This is the program of
training upon contract which governmental agencies, the army and the navy, and industry have hired
the colleges and universities to undertake. In their
eagerness to help the nation at war and to keep
their treasuries full, the institutions have leapt at
the challenge or the bait.
The fact of education (if it may be called such)
by contract has for educational institutions many
implications which have not yet been fully appre
ciated. For one thing, there is the exceedingly important question concerning the nature of these institutions after the war. A proper answer to this
question is even more important to the country than
it is to our colleges and universities."
Mr. Devane believes that neither government
nor industry is to be trusted in education. They
would inevitably seek their own purposes and they
would impose their own mass methods. The government would put our institutions into the hands
of politically-minded professors, and educational bureaucrats, and that would reduce education to a
mediocrity which it has not yet reached in America.
If governmental control or pressure from industry is to be avoided, then the faculties of our colleges
and universities and schools owe it to the nation to
give an honest accounting of their achievements in
the past and their policies for the future. A candid
inspection of recent trends proves rather embarrassing to those in charge of education in America. The
elective method of permitting students to choose
such subjects as they desire, has steadily grown in
favor, while the old system of required studies has
declined. Education is fast becoming not a process
of culture, but a rung on the ladder of success.
Courses in the liberal arts have fewer students,
while schools of finance and economy, engineering,
chemistry, natural and social sciences are steadily
gaining in prestige. The drift in higher education
has been passed on to the public schools. One of
the results has been that many graduates of high
schools are unable to write, read or speak good English, are unable to cope with mathematical problems which require algebra and trigonometry, are
ignorant of history or literature, and as for philosophy, they have never heard of it.
Here we find inconsistencies hard to reconcile
with the objects of a sound educational policy. In
our willingness to give students increasing opportunities for self-expression, we deprive them of the
basic elements needed to fit them for earning a living. We can't even turn out competent business
men, clerks or mechanics, if they have not acquired
the disciplines which come from doing unwanted
tasks. Now that the military have taken over, their
demands are such that many students find themselves unprepared to meet the new requirements.
I feel certain that the grim lessons of Total War
will not be in vain. The old rigors and disciplines
of college training will return and when they do the
liberal arts will resume its proper place in the curriculum. You will pardon me I am sure, when I discuss with you the effect of the present trend in education, upon the training for the ministry. I do not
mean to except the other professions of law, medi-
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The Graduate Chronicle cine or teaching, since they are almost equally involved. However, I am better acquainted with the
Time was when the minister was the "parson"
or person of the village. He was the man of culture, of wide reading, and the valiant champion of
sound learning. He was supposed to know something about nearly everything. Sometimes he
preached and talked over the heads of his flock or
failed to apply his wordy message to the real needs
of his people. Then he became "persona no grata."
Nowadays the person is so beset by a multiplicity of
new duties and engagements that he is tempted to
become the "fill-in man" on every program which
interests the community. If he is a good fellow, he
will be asked to join many clubs, and there he will
spend much of his time, rejoicing in his new found
fellowships but rarely leading men to listen to him
on Sundays. Again the minister finds himself in a
highly competitive field. Magazines, books, the
radio and the cinema are now definitely in the field
of religion. Then too, the minister has an administrative and financial load to carry which often forces
him to face up to his "bread and butter situation."
All this adds up to the fact that more is demanded of the minister than ever before. He is
expected to speak with the tongues of men and of
angels, to be a pastor like St. Francis of Assisi and
to have the grace and charm of a Phillips Brooks
and the evangelist fervor of a John Wesley. If at
the same time he can put on a good ecclestiastical
show, employing everything in his ritual, that a
symbol-loving public have learned to enjoy both in
their lodges, and at the movies, then John Doe will
patronize his church. Our lot is no harder than that
of other professional men, particularly college presidents and professors. Our materialistic age has demanded of its thinkers, teachers and men of God,
that we become "Go Getters" and then turns upon
us and asks, "Where are you going," and "What
have you got?"
If the much-needed leadership of the ministry
is to be preserved to take its part in the rebuilding
of our world, the benefits of a sound education must
be afforded him, and the disciplines of a Liberal
Arts course guaranteed in his college preparation.
Here are some of the things, which church leaders are asking of the makers of educational policy
in our colleges, in preparation for the ministry.
1. Not a mere accumulation of data without order and without significance, but a great curriculum
of general education proceeding on the assumption
that the sum of the studies shall have meaning.
2. Such a general education to have meaning
must be a philosophical synthesis of what we know
about nature, man, and history.
3. We ask you to furnish a man with the elements of good literature including both classic and
modern writers. He should be taught to think clearly through getting his teeth into hard subjects like
mathematics, logic, and some language particularly
Latin or Greek.
4. We would like to have him taught the natural sciences, historical perspective, the social sciences and man and his values. We would ask some
acquaintance with psychology, government and
world religions.
5. We would urge you to encourage him to acquire some clinical experience of his profession. He
should have opportunity while still in college, to
study the arts of debate, elocution and public speaking. A purely intellectual knowledge of the humanities, should be reinforced by contacts with humanity, both normal and abnormal, with young people,
and with the sick in body and mind in slums and
6. We would ask for some knowledge of the
Greatest Book of all times, the Bible, even if it is
taught only as literature.
Total war has revealed the inadequacies of shallow and ready methods, of permitting students to
specialize before they have been grounded thoroughly in the basic elements of education. Total war is
disciplining young men to fight and die, because the
world has not yet learned how to live. Of course
our failure in education is only a part of that larger
picture of a hopeless and disillusioned age. We can
only revive hope by a return to some of those ways,
which bred great men, spread culture and taught
us a philosophy of life, of freedom and truth worth
living for.
It is to this place of influence and power that
we trust our educational leaders will restore sound
learning and good manners, by giving back to the
Liberal Arts College its proper prestige. We plead
for a great curriculum of general education which
will proceed on the assumption that life must be
given purpose and meaning. That will be one of
the major problems of our post-war world.
I am deeply conscious of the fact that our whole
world is in a vast adjustment period, which has the
ominous sound of revolution. All will be well if
we recognize our failure, but highly resolve that the
death throes of the old, will usher in the renaissance
of a finer culture. We should not pray for an age
of reason, but an age of faith in God and the high
destiny of man as His partner in creative enterprise.
In 1914, Lord Grey, Earl of Falloden, looked out
over contemporary events and declared sadly "The
lights over Europe are all going out and they will
not be relit in my generation." Will the torch be
passed to the young hands of our Americas? If we
are to bear it faithfully, as guardians of truth for
truth's sake our colleges and universities will have
to fight valiantly against a materialistic age and
the threat of State control.
"He who would enkindle must himself first
glow." Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a
farm boy on the other makes a College. The torch
can only be passed on in this way.
October, 1945
Page 21 lew Law Faculty Set lip
The University of British Columbia now has a
full time law faculty for the first time in its history.
The Board of Governors has been working in co-
peration with the Law Society.of British Colum-
The new faculty will be a six-year course leading
to the double degree of B.A. and LL.B. It will be
headed up by a Dean and one full-time assistant.
Qualified members of the present staff will give lectures as will practicing members of the B. C. Bar.
The lectures will be held partly at the University
and partly in downtown Vancouver.
George F. Curtis, professor of Law at Dalhousie, was named the new Dean in August. He
was at Dalhousie for eleven years. In 1927 he received his LL.B. degree from the University of Saskatchewan with "great distinction." He proceeded
to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship and took his B.A.
in 1930 and his B.C.L. with first class honours in
Later he practised law in Regina and in Halifax
and is a member of the Bar of Saskatchewan and
Nova Scotia. In Halifax he was active in public
life, spending a term as president of the Canadian
Club and a term as Chairman of the local branch of
the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. He
was also a major in the Reserve Army.
The new dean has already made a most favorable
impression in Vancouver legal and scholastic
circles. His quiet manner fails to hide his driving
enthusiasm for the new faculty. "We're going to
have as high a standard as any law school in Canada," he said on his arrival at the Coast. Already
he has taken action to back up that statement and
his future plans include the establishment of several new courses not now being taught in other
Canadian law schools.
Appointed as Assistant to the Dean was Frederick Read, professor of law at the University of
Manitoba for twenty years. He is a graduate of the
University of Manitoba and was called to the bar
there in 1920. He edited the Manitoba Bar News
for some time and from 1935-42 was editor of the
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war work in the office of the Official Custodian at
Ottawa. He is also a well-known author in the
Canadian legal field.
The new faculty brings British Columbia into
line with the other Canadian provinces. Prior to
this time, students desiring to enter the law profession were forced to go to one of the eastern law
schools or enter a makeshift after-working hours'
school at Vancouver. Students will now spend their
time in lectures under University supervision and
will then be required to put in a period of time
under articles before being admitted to the Bar.
and up
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The Graduate Chronicle The Graduates' Responsibilities Increase
As the War Ends
The academic year which has just opened at
U.B.C. finds the campus and its buildings packed to
overflowing with an unprecedented, number of
students. With the government's farsighted rehabilitation policy of higher education for returned
men and women, we have at last some resemblance
of equality of educational opportunity in British
Columbia. To the undergraduates on the campus
the opportunity offered is clearly seen. To the
Graduates of this great university, an even larger
opportunity is offered. Do we see it, and will we
act on it?
Large numbers of young Canadians will listen
to professors and work in laboratories and dig out
information in the library for the first time in their
lives. In many cases, families who in "normal"
times would never have dared hope to give their
sons or daughters a university education, will now
proudly boast of one or more members at Point
Grey. In other words, U.B.C. is about to become
known to the people of British Columbia in a totally
new and direct way. Wrhat impact will this change
have on the future of the University?
The University's future will depend upon the
impression which the general public gets of the
seriousness of the work carried on at U.B.C. Some
will erroneously gather that the entire week is given
over to football, basketball, and swimming. Others
will imagine from little Johnnie's letters that the
B.A. course is just four years of A.W.O.L., with
dancing, bridge, and the University Forest thrown
in. A few will wish for a parent-teacher association
of some sort to see that Johnnie does his lessons,
and some will rearrange the small town's order of
precedence on the basis of Johnnie's success in garnering student offices, titles and headlines. Student
democracy will undoubtedly be taxed with such "inescapable responsibilities" as deciding the chlorina-
tion issue, by Vancouver's noisy apocalyptics.
But all this will be terribly remote from the real
thing. Many will be attending U.B.C. as a result
of sacrifices already made. The average age of the
returning men will be that of graduates, not of undergraduates. Some may imagine that the men and
women who have served in the forces will have separate, not to say separatist, interests, but in this
there is no truth. The average man who has done
his job in the war asks but one thing,—a chance to
become anonymous again, to think and act as he
wishes, and to get on with the business of learning
and living. The recently published BARUCH report in the United States on veterans' readjustment
has issued a warning that we in Canada should ponder, when it says :—
"One terrible danger of failure may be to set the
veteran off from the rest of the nation, cherishing
the grievance of having been wronged, at odds with
fellow-Americans, his feelings an explosive fuel
ready to be ignited by some future demagogue."
The ever-loyal graduates of U.B.C, resident in
the Province, can make the problems of the university understood in their own community this year
better than previously, for every hamlet and islet
will be represented on the campus. Many veterans
from other parts of Canada have taken their discharges in our Province, and they in turn will make
U.B.C. known in the remotest parts. We must, then,
work incessantly for a greater university, with more
public and private support, with adequate facilities
in brains and buildings to provide well-rounded and
liberal education for the present and coming generations. Graduates can never repay the debt they owe
to their university, but they can stand up for it
when abuse is heaped on it by the stupid and cupid.
Only as we take the universality of interests at the
core of any university to the people, wherever they
live and whatever they do, will we ensure the support necessary for its development and productivity.
It should be recognized now that there will be
some returned students who will fall by the wayside, for lack of ability to handle the volume of work
demanded of them, or through instability of temperament or of domestic arrangements. There must
be no stigma attached to these people, and they
must rather be helped, or they will remember
U.B.C. only with bitterness. An effort must be
made by the Alumni Association to bring the University to the people throughout the province in
order that they may better evaluate the accounts of
its work which they receive through other channels.
The Alumni have an opportunity to act as catalysts
in a great transformation of public opinion and support for a great institution. The status of U.B.C
in this province, and among the universities of the
world, twenty years from now will depend upon the
effort which you make today to interpret it to your
fellow citizens.
October, 1945
Page 23 II. B. t Scientist Develops Miracle Wood
(From the Vancouver "Sun," July 31, 1945)
A burning cigarette or an upset cocktail glass
won't mar the tables of the post-war B. C housewife's "dream home," thanks to a Vancouver scientist.
Donald Baker, an unassuming young man of 33,
who learned his profession as a student of chemical
engineering at U.B.C, has evolved the "miracle"
wood product that makes this possible.
Soft woods, such as fir, hemlock and balsam,
harden as hard as the hardest oak by a process of
saturation with plastic resins composed of formaldehyde and other chemicals.
The evolution of this process means that British
Columbia's stands of soft woods, much of which is
of little commercial value, assume vast potentialities.
Baker heads the new company which has opened
here what is believed to be the first commercial
plant of its kind in the world.
The treated wood is impervious to fire and its
impregnated, closely-knit structure does not permit
penetration of staining chemicals as do other soft
and some hard woods.
Known commercially as "permalite" this transformed wood is capable of being worked by ordinary woodworking methods.
Baker was for some years in the technical department of the B. C. Pulp and Paper Company,
and subsequently in the Nitrocellulose division of
Defense Industries Ltd. But it was while he was
with the Sloan Forestry Commission that his
thoughts were directed to perfecting a process by
which the province's soft woods could be put to
greater use.
Since the end of September, 1944, after leaving
the Sloan Commission, he has been conducting research on his new product which has won the approval of the B. C. Federation of Trade and Industry.
Tests have been made in the forest laboratories
of U.B.C. and have won the approval of chemistry
The new wood product can be colored in the
treatment to anv shade in the rainbow.    Its colors
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are soaked through the structure of the wood itself
so that they never will wear or need retouching.
Multicolored square and diamond blocks of
wood, fitted with tongues and grooves, may be used
to form whatever pattern suits the whim of the
The new product, it is claimed, can be used to
advantage in doors, windows and drawers, since it
is not subject to swelling or contraction from change
in weather as are natural woods.
Work was originally started on the wood-hardening process by the U.S. government in 1940 in its
forest laboratories at Madison, Wisconsin, and later
expanded by the E. I. Dupont de Nemours Ltd.
It was from this point that the young Vancouver
chemist developed his new and distinctive commercial process, now patented in Canada.
Shortly to begin production is a processing unit
capable of handling 4000 lumber feet of wood per
This new wood product, born of chemistry,
means a valuable contribution to the B. C. lumber
Kelvin Arthur and his pretty wife stepped off
the train on Monday, Sept. 24th. Kelvin has completed a tour of operations with the R.C.A.F. over
Do you remember when big Jack McDonald led
the college songs away back in the thirties? Jack
is now with the B. C. Electric Engineering Dept.
after five years with the air force.
Nelson Allan is back teaching high school. He
was a navigator in the R.C.A.F.
Mansfield Beach, D.F.C. and Bar, and with 94
flights to his record, is starting his medical course
at McGill this fall.
Col. Tom Brown has returned from overseas.
Tom was a U.B.C. Rhodes Scholar in 1932.
Mark Collins is back in the fishing business,
after several years with the R.C.A.F.
O. B. ALLAN, Ltd.
Granville and  Pender Streets
Page 24
The Graduate Chronicle LETTERS    TO    THE   EDITOR
Summerland. B. C,
September 11, 1945.
Dear Mr.  Editor:
You will be pleased to learn that our local scholarship fund has now gone over the $5,000 mark and
we are hopeful that eventually we will collect
$10,000, which should make it possible to award an
annual $250 scholarship.
Here's wishing you the best of luck.
Dear Mr.  Editor:
I had forgotten that I had already paid by 1945
subscription to the CHRONICLE. Thank you for
letting me know. Keep the cheque I sent you as
payment for 1946.
We are very sorry to hear that Maury Van Vliet
is leaving the U.B.C. for Edmonton. He has done
splendid and greatly needed work at our University. Of course, he will render the same fine service in Alberta but I wish he wasn't leaving us. We
enjoyed reading his article in the April CHRONICLE.   In it he refers to our son.
But  I   mustn't  bother you  with  a  long  letter.
You know what we PREACHERS are!    Once we
get started we find it hard to stop, even though we
see a number of people asleep in our congregation!
Dear Mr. Editor:
A sudden qualm of conscience plus your own
delicate reminders scattered through the August
CHRONICLE reminded me I was still receiving
your magazine free and had as yet contributed nothing to the Alumni Association besides good wishes.
The enclosed cheque should correct matters.
The Editorial Board is doing a fine job with the
CHRONICLE. It has improved steadily over the
past two years. Certain!}' the amount and variety
of the information in recent issues makes it well
worth the modest three dollars asked.
I was in the A.M.S. office on Monday when Ted
Baynes' secretary was mailing copies. She thought
the annual fee was, belatedly, due for a boost. If
that is the case. I hope I have got in under the deadline.
Yours Sincerely.
Four scholarships are to be awarded annually by
the Western Canadian Daily Newspaper Advertising Managers' Association. The awards will allow
students to enter the commerce faculties at any of
the four western universities.
Unfozmation ( Wantza
October, 1945
Page 25 Former Student
Saved From Sea
Wing Cmdr. Charles "Chuck" Willis, who spent
some time at U.B.C. before his enlistment in the
R.C.A.F. in 1938, owes his life to a rescue by German airmen when he was in the sea off the rocky
shore of Norway. Willis was in command of a
unit of Beaufighters of the Buffalo Squadron in an
attack on merchant shipping off Stavanger, Norway. While pulling away, Willis' plane was hit by
flack and despite his efforts to save the craft, the
Vancouver airman   was  forced  to  bail  out.
His parachute started to pull him into the rocky
shore. A German plane landed on the water and its
occupants, with much difficulty, managed to catch
Willis and cut the parachute lines. Willis was
taken aboard the aircraft and given clothing and
stimulants. Later an ambulance picked him up and
took him to hospital.
He spent about a year in a prison camp run by
the Luftwaffe. His camp was fairly well run but he
later learned that not far away was one of the infamous concentration camps.
Bob Osborne
Replaces Van Vliet
Bob Osborne, well-known local athlete, was appointed as head of the physical education staff at
the University of British Columbia to replace Maury
Van Vliet who is taking a similar position with the
University of Alberta. Van Vliet's resignation was
announced earlier in the summer.
Osborne is one of the most outstanding athletic
grads of U.B.C, being captain of the basketball
team in 1934 and going to the Berlin Olympics with
Canada's hoop squad in  1936.
Prior to three years in the armed services, the
new athletic coach was in a similar position at Lord
Byng High School for six years.
He will be assisted by Douglas Whittle, University of Toronto man who has considerable Canadian  football coaching experience.
Two instructors were also named by the Board
of Governors. They are Miss Isabel Clay of Victoria and McGill. and Airs. Jean Salter Sleightholm,
'30, who graduated from U.B.C. and received her
diploma in physical education from  McGill.
A $200 anual scholarship has been presented to
the University by the Ocean Falls Local 312 of the
International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and
Paper Mill Workers. The Scholarship is open to
any student in the five paper towns of Ocean Falls,
Powell River, Port Alice, Port Mellon and Wood-
fibre and will be awarded on the basis of standing
in the written examinations for University entrance
in scholarship subjects.
John Dean Whittaker, '34. is a captain in the R.
Civ and has been overseas since 1940. William
Rostron Whittaker, '30, is at Castlegar, B. C, and
has been working on a research project at Trail for
over a year.
Arthur E. Ross, B.A. '21, M.A. '23, Ph.D. (111.)
'27, is with the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., but has
been on loan to the Rubber Reserve Company at
Washington, D.C., as manager of Research and Development on Synthetic Rubber.
Page 26
The Graduate Chronicle ^p^^-MggM-gfl^ ■"flT?rc>?t*^ t,|
Arthur Rennie, graduate of 1936, has been appointed assistant professor of Agriculture at U.B.C.
He obtained his master's degree from the University of California. He has done a good deal of field
work in practical farm organization. Latterly he
has been agriculture instructor at Chilliwack High
School. In his new work he will be in charge of the
extension department's agricultural program.
Peter A. Frattinger, B.Comm., B.A. Sc. '33, has
been appointed plant engineer at the Ocean Falls
plant of Pacific Mills Limited. He was in charge
of the material inspection in New York for the British Purchasing Commission from 1940 to 1942. He
completed other engineering assignments with
American and Canadian war plants and then became
plant engineer of Howard Smith  Taper Mills.
October, 1945
Page 27 Social Work Expanded
-Thanks to Club Grant
The Department of Social "Work has been expanded as a result of a $9000 grant from the Vancouver funior League as reported in the |ulv
CHRONICLE. Miss Elizabeth V. Thomas, a graduate of Wesleyan College, and the New York
School of Special Work at Columbia, will give a
special course in group social service work. She
has recently been engaged as group work consultant
for the Colorado government.
The new course deals with prevention of social
evils such as juvenile delinquency and has never
been  taught before at U.B.C.
Another new course will be in the field of medical social work. This will be taken by Margaret
Johnson, a graduate of '29, who later took her master's degree from Washington University, St. Louis.
It is hoped eventually to offer a degree in the
social work field. At present, however, only a diploma is given.
$1000 Fellowship for Forestry
J. A. Young, executive committee chairman of
the western branch, Canadian Pulp & Paper Association, has turned over a cheque for $1000 to Dr.
J. E. Liersch, head of the forestry department, University of B. C. for a graduate fellowship in forestry
at U.B.C
The award, renewable annually, will be available at U.B.C. to students who are graduates in forestry of any approved university.
Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Clark (nee Gwendolyn
Armsctrong, '34, of New Westminster) are in Atlanta. Georgia, where Dr. Clark is a professor of
Mathematics at Emorv University. Tn June they
had a son, Charles Erwin Clark, Jr.
Stanley L. Flarris, '41, who has been chief chemist for Lauck's Ltd., will go to Australia in the near
future to take charge of the laboratories in the company's Brisbane plant.
PAcific 7839
"Puritan Products"
FR. 1126
Page 28
AmmamJL MeetUuj,
The Annual Meeting of the Association will be held in the Men's
Smoking Room of the Brock Building at the University on
Saturday, October 27th, at 4:30 in the afternoon.
Annual Report
Financial Statements
Election of Officers
G. E. BAYNES, President.
October, I'M5
Page 29 Let Us Be Interested!
The Universtiv today is badly overcrowded.
There are 53(X) young men and women of this Province endeavoring to obtain an education in some
very adverse conditions. Over one-half of these
students have just returned from the Services. Some
of these men and women have never had even average opportunities to obtain an education. Some have
never attended a high school but have just passed
their matriculation after a little coaching and a lot
of hard slugging.
The reason that we have this serious overcrowded condition today is that the Hoard of Governors
and the Graduates failed to see the necessary additions were built ten years ago. The need for Dormitories. Medical School and other things was felt in
1935 but the necessary effort wasn't made to get
these things.
If our university is going to serve this Province
today and tomorrow and ten years from now, and
if our youth are to have a fair opportunity of a
University education, it will be necessary for the
Graduates to be interested. We should have some
direct representation on the Board of Governors.
At least one-half of the members on this Board
should be under the age of forty years.
Phone MArine-2445
J. Spencer Clark
Arts '39
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Page 30
The Graduate Chronicle WANTED
In order to give returning service men who are graduates of the University
an opportunity to apply for the above position, the Alumni Association is
again publishing this advertisement. The position is that of a permanent
secretary whose principal duties will be to act as public relations officer
for the Association. The Secretary will be in charge of all administrative
operations of the Association. Further he must have an ability to meet
Grads and the public generally and in every way attempt to further the
interests of the University. He will have his office at the Brock Building
on the campus.
Salary to Start at $2,500 Per Year.
Must Be a Graduate of U.B.C. and Competent in Public
Relation Work.
First Consideration Will Be Given to Returned Men.
Applicants please write to:
G. E. Baynes, President,
U.B.C. Alumni Association,
1010 Seymour Street.
October, 1 94^
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