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>!'iW E30, No.3 AUTUMN 1976
p/p! An Economy That May Be Very Expensive
Murray McMillan
Viveca Ohm
A Place of Earthly Delights
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government, through four agencies: the
Canada Council, the Defence Research Board, the National Research
Council, and the Medical Research
Council. Late last year, Ottawa slapped
an effective freeze on their budgets.
In 1973-74, the MRC had $40,360,000
to finance medical research in the country, in 1974-75 that figure went to
$42,860,000, in 1975-76 the budget was
set at $47,434,000, and the 1976-77 allotment has been put at $50,848,000. At
first glance, those figures don't look
bad. But they don't take inflation into
account. Using the Consumer Price
Index to adjust the figures to 'constant'
dollars, and keeping 1973-74 as a base
(MRC budget, $40,360,000), the 1976-77
MRC budget is really only $39,036,000.
The combined effect ofthe government
freeze and inflation has been to actually
decrease the amount available to medical researchers, and those figures do not
take into account the considerable
amount by which research costs have
jumped compared to the increase in the
Consumer Price Index.
What does that mean at UBC? In
1973-74, the MRC awarded grants totalling $1,922,723 to UBC medical researchers. In the 1976-77 budget,
$2,033,713 has been allotted, but in
terms of 1973 'constant' dollars, that
amount becomes $ 1,561,304.
"While the amount of money we're
getting from MRC is constant in terms
of real (continually inflated) dollars, the
amount we receive per active researcher is dropping precipitously as
the number of faculty members increases," explains Dr. Richard Spratley, research administrator for UBC.
The reason that the health sciences
are so affected is that the MRC has a
policy of funding projects which have
been judged meritorious, says Spratley,
and those that are given the highest rating get the whole budget. Those projects
which fall below the cut-offline are simply out of luck.
That policy is in marked contrast to
that ofthe National Research Council,
which determines what it considers
satisfactory research and then spreads
the funds among all those projects. Not
all those projects judged acceptable get
all the money they want, but all get
some funding.
The actual number of projects at UBC
funded by MRC has actually been falling, Spratley says, due in large part to
the increased cost of research efforts.
"Some 50 per cent of all MRC money
goes to pay salaries of supporting staff,
compared to 15 per cent ofthe funds in
the physical and life sciences. Medical
research, more than other research in
science, is very, very labor intensive.
Many highly-trained technicians are
needed to work in labs — to care for
animals, to keep cultures going," Spratley explains.
Large wage increases won by UBC
staff in recent years have intensified the
problem. The grantee has no choice but
to follow the university's salary policy,
and that puts a mighty squeeze on the
budget. One salary classification, a T-3
research assistant, ihas had a 56 per
cent increase since January 1, 1973.
"Fifty percent ofthe people who get
grants on this campus can't afford to
hire someone to look after the day-today operation ofthe project," says Dr.
Fibiger, ofthe neurological sciences division of the faculty of medicine.
Fibiger is one of the prime proponents
of a group formed this spring to attempt
to improve the situation for medical research in B.C. The Association of Medical Scientists of British Columbia has
undertaken a multi-pronged effort to reverse present federal government policy. Through a series of committees it is
to stem that drain on society's iocL /*ir
book. The way to do that, say ii ii^' i
als like Fibiger and Katz, is tt   inv^
money now which will pay off atei.,*«^,|((
much the same as a company do sw(i(i
it reinvests a portion of its prof s
Canada and the United Stat s hai
approximately the same per cap; a gro 1
national product. In 1975 it wa  $6jl,
in Canada and $6,600 in the U.S. But'tji
disparity per capita spending on nedic *'
research is enormous: In 1975 t ie UfJt ^
spent $12.91 per capita on met ical
$12.91 per person, the higher
investment in the world. Wi-.at
Canada spend in the same yeai ?
per person. Hardly generous — ot
Dr.  Philip Seeman, professor
pharmacology at the University of
ronto, puts the economic argument
"In 1971, D.G.Hartle, deputy sea
ary ofthe treasury board, insisted
"A university should be teaching what is at the forefront of |
knowledge. How can you do that when you're not exploring
that frontier?"
compiling data on the extent and effects
of the cutbacks, supplying public
speakers to sell the value ofthe university's research function, and seeking out
alternate funding sources to aid those
now caught in the government squeeze.
Fibiger and another association organizer, Dr. Sidney Katz, an assistant
professor of pharmaceutical science,
point an accusing finger not only at Ottawa, but at Victoria as well. The association is trying to persuade Victoria
to undertake more medical research
funding, not only to broaden the base of
research finance, but to investigate
problems which are particular to the
west coast — such things as drug abuse
and addiction, the dental health of B.C.
children, the fluoride question.
"These are areas where scientists in
B.C. are highly competent, and there is
useful work they could do," says Katz.
They point to Quebec, which spends
$3.5 million on medical research annually, and to Ontario, which spends $5 million, and compare that to the approximately $250,000 which B.C. spends.
"We're a wealthy province, and there's
no reason why the research should not
be done here," says Fibiger.
The research community puts forward a convincing case that not only
should medical investigation be done to
further academic expertise, it also
makes resoundingly good sense in terms
of dollars and cents.
With health care costs in the billions
of dollars and continually rising, it is
imperative that the country look at ways
payoff on medical research was too
and that medical research was simply
intellectual 'trip'. A true economist.
challenged researchers to calculate hoi
much they were saving with their
"Distasteful as such calculations are ;
they can be done. The figures indies
that for every dollar invested in medu
research, the payoff 10 years later
between $20 and $200 in savings of ta) '}
"The basic research of Enders
Dulbecco made possible the Salk
Sabin polio vaccines: 70,000 Ca
lives   have   thus been   spared   *sav
ing' Canada $200 million each year si
1955.  Wasman's  1945 discovery
streptomycin for   tuberculosis  sa'
Canadians $30 million per year.
"Basic research is averting 200,1
cases of measles a year (from which
children used to become mentally
tarded in Canada) and preventing
cases of Rh-negative hemolytic <
(of which 50 babies have beei
damaged)...." His list goes on. |
Says Fibiger: "Last year thi  MRC >
budget was .86 per cent of the t< tal naf
tional health and welfare expeni itures
Most companies that are plann ng f<
the future would put five to seven pe>
cent of their budget back irto
At least one federal goveromei body
acknowledges and warns of pn blerris
which lie ahead if Canada contii ies to
strangle health research. In its ret ortofl
population, released in mid-Augu ^t, the
Contin-tedP >.
Ste p-and-go Research
Thousands of slide specimens are examin.
the cause of cleft palates.
Dr. Virginia Diewert is an associate
professor of orthodontics in UBC's
faculty of dentistry. For the past five
years she has been studying the creation of the palate. In September,
1975, the Medical Research Council
gave her a five-year award to continue her work. She's receiving funds
for her own position, but as of
November this year, her operating
grant has been terminated.
Without the operating grant there
are no funds to keep her highly-
trained technician at work, or to pay
for supplies and animals (her studies
are done on rats). "I feel they've
wasted half of my year," she says of
the MRC, as she describes efforts to
find alternate sources of interim
funding. She has found some new
grant money and has reapplied to
MRC — "But I can only hope...."
"It's very hard to do stop-and-go
research — no progress is made that
way. The most serious part of losing
the operating grant would be losing
my technician. In specialized areas
yo'.i need specialized back-up personnel. If S had to train a person
ag m to do the job, it would take a
ye ir."
there's an overriding sense of
fn stration in having to cope with the
M'-'C freeze. "With the experience
an,; expertise that has developed,
0! project is at the point at which a
nv. ;or contribution to this area of rest,, re h could be made in the next few
i't trs," says Diewert.
ier research is directed ultimately
at mding ways of avoiding formation
of cleft palates. Using the rats, sh<
.,' hy >■ ■  r'ii'\vert in her search for
studies growth of the palate in the
embryo-fetus stage.
"If we're going to prevent formation of clefts, we have to know why
they're occurring in the formation of
the palate. Probably the major
reason a cleft is occurring is that
there is an inhibition of growth. If
eventually we can find out why it
isn't growing, then there is the possibility of preventive treatment,"
Diewert explains.
* * * * *
Dr. Louis Woolf, a professor of
psychiatry in the neurological sciences division, also knows the frustration of stop-and-go research funding.
For almost 30 years he has been
researching a disease named phenylketonuria, a biochemical disoidei
which takes effect around the time of
birth or shortly thereaftei, and
causes severe retardation and mental
illness in 25 percent of its victims
His early developments in the field
led to the isolation of phenylalanine,
the causative substance. By isolating
it and removing it from the childi en's
diets, he estimates that so fai moie
that 1,000 children have been able to
develop a normal mentality wheie
before, they would have faced lite
in an institution.
His further studies into an enzyme
which acted on phenylalanine weie
well under way when funding foi the
project was cut off by the MRC
When the grants went, so did his
staff. UBC lost three highly-ttamed
research assistants, all post-doctotal
Eventually, at the beginning of this
year, he obtained alternate funding
from the B.C. Association for the
Mentally Retarded. "But you can't
just pick up where you left off," says
Woolf. " For the first eight months of
this year we've been picking up the
threads where we left off. It's the
most inefficient and expensive way
of getting anything done.
"When Dr. Woo (one of his three
assistants) left us we were ahead of
anyone in the world. We'd isolated
the enzyme in its purest form. In the
intervening three years the rest ofthe
world has caught up and in some respects, passed us," he says with a
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rebuild it."
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Donations from radio listeners helped Dr. Tze's research continue.
One man who's convinced the
public has a great interest in supporting medical research is Dr. Wah-jun
Tze, an assistant professor of pediatrics at UBC.
This spring he was interviewed on
a Vancouver open-line radio show to
promote a bike-a-thon in support of
diabetes research. The conversation
moved around to Tze's own research
in the field and he recounted how his
funding had been cut off by MRC.
The talk show host picked up 01
Tze's predicament, and used thi_
show to solicit funds to keep the re
search project alive. "We ended uj
with over $25,000 as a result. It camt
in in single dollar bills and large
cheques — the public's response wa
overwhelming," says the grateful re
Science Council of Canada notes that by
United Nations standards Canada became an "old" country in 1971 — when
it passed the point at which more than
eight percent of the population (the
UN's guideline) was over age 65. The
country is growing older and older in
research goes, Canada has been a parasite of the United States. "It's ironic
that Canadian research is even questioned in a country that is so concerned
with its independence," comments
One of the alarming side-effects of a
"Without adequate suppport of research from both federal
and provincial sources, British Columbian universities could
gradually slip to second-rate status."
average age as birth control and medical
advances have their effects.
The council warns that by 2001 the
over-65 group will constitute 12 per cent
of the population and 46 per cent of
patient-days in hospital. If Canada were
to retain its present emphasis on institutional care for those persons, the costs
are bound to be astronomical. Yet how
does the nation develop new methods
and technologies for treating diseases of
the elderly and forge innovative ways of
preventing disease in the first place, if
reset! rch funds are subject to continual
Or,: answer, according to some
Politicians, is to simply sit back and import "hat research Canada needs. It has
been obvious for years that as far as
policy which advocates the import of
research is that it also means an export
of talent. Faculty members know that if
there are not funds available here to
support research, top-notch people will
go where there is support.
"Canada suffers in many ways from
this policy," says Dr. Louis Woolf, a
professor of psychiatry. "The most immediate result is that the quality of medical schools will suffer — good doctors
and teachers will go to the U.S. The
quality of medical care will fall inevitably and the community will therefore
"Without research, we become
poorer teachers very soon. A university
should be teaching what is at the forefront of knowledge. How can you do that
when you're not exploring that
frontier?" asks Dr. Woolf.
While higher levels may go unexplored, more basic areas are feeling
the effects as well. The number of students enrolling in graduate studies in
medicine has been declining — by about
33 per cent since 1970, according to
Fibiger. The number of students who
would be out of graduate school five
years from now, looking for faculty positions, will be lower.
A decline in faculty and post-graduate
research raises a basic philosophical
question about the nature ofthe university: Can the institution continue to be a
university if the research function is
sharply curtailed?
"It is likely that we might have to reconsider that aspect of the university,"
says Dr. Erich Vogt, UBC vice-
president for faculty and student affairs.
"But I think that a place like UBC is
going to be very reluctant to depart from
the principle that people must be active
teachers and researchers simultaneous-
The freeze in federal funding affects
not only medical sciences (although because of an immediate concern with
public health it is often the area that
receives the most attention) but cuts
through almost every area ofthe university's operation. It's part of a basic crisis
in the academic function which sees everything from agriculture to zoology
being starved for funds.
What is the answer to maintaining —
and financing — the teaching/research
balance? The obvious answer is money,
but how to persuade the various governments, particularly the federal government, to loosen the pursestrings, is
the puzzle.
Academics like Katz and Fibiger
admit that to some extent the scientists
have brought the grants crisis upon
themselves because the need for research and the value of it has not been
brought to the attention of the public
and the politicians. That's one of the
major reasons their association was
In his report on awards for research
1975/76, research administrator Spratley commented: "Federal spending decisions are political decisions and it
would appear that there is little political
pressure to maintain funding for university research at adequate levels. The
time has surely come to go outside UBC
to make the case that a good university
means, among other things, a university
at which good research is carried out."
He concluded with a warning:
"Without adequate support of research
from both federal and provincial
sources, British Columbian universities
could gradually slip to second-rate
status, "o
Murray McMillan is a writer for the
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They come from Japan, Mexico, southern Europe — and in greater numbers,
from Quebec. They may be students or
middle-aged working people, but they
have one thing in common: they want to
learn English fast and fluently.
UBC's Language Institute doesn't
guarantee the latter, but it does set up an
intensive learning experience of
language-in-culture. And if six weeks of
being steeped in Western Canadian culture can be exhausting for the newcomer, it can also be a holiday that's
impossible not to learn from.
English-speaking Canadians invade
the campus too, from the prairies, from
Interior B.C. and mostly from right here
in Vancouver. They want to learn
French, and the same principle holds —
speak the "target" language while walking to class in the morning, eating,
socializing, and if possible while dreaming.
The total immersion approach has
characterized the Language Institute
from its beginnings, but the way the institute has bloomed and branched out in
a very few years is something of a
phenomenon. Back in 1968, thanks to
the efforts of Mary Frank MacFarlane,
who has been associated with the centre
for 2m years, the UBC Centre for Con-
tinui )g Education offered the first non-
cred!;. summer session in French. The
folio .ing summer, "English as a Second : anguage" was added.
In 1974 the present director, David
Browne, took over and set about expanding the institute. For starters, he
thre'" in ten additional modern lan-
guai.- s, ranging from Japanese to Modem iebrew, and established English
lm-m..Tsion classes on a year-round
basiv In a year, the enrolment had
jumped from 400 to over a thousand; for
the 1976 fiscal year, Browne foresees
two thousand students in both winter
and summer classes. The Language Institute is alive and burgeoning, so much
so that the winter classes, once a mere
trickle, now rival the Summer Institute
in popularity.
What happens at the Summer Institute? Around the first week in July, students start arriving for what will be a
linguistic and cultural plunge into
French or English. They live on campus, or in the case of some non-English
students, board with an English-
speaking family in the city. For the
majority living in Totem Park, an attempt is made to mix Francophones and
Anglophones as room-mates and to
provide maximum contact through
meals and social activities. Six hours a
day are spent in class instruction, language labs, discussion groups or workshops, field trips to places of interest in
the community. Late afternoons and
evenings, if you're ready for more,
there are optional conversation groups
and activities.
It's all part of Browne's conviction
that "linguistic competence is acquired
only through the development of cultural sensitivities." "If you're looking
for a grammar course," the institute
brochure warns, "this is not it. You will
be expected to communicate intelligently and clearly in the target language,
not simply to know the rules or to
memorize limited phrases and expressions."
At first it would seem to be a well-
heeled lot who come here, considering
the price ofthe package (including room
and board) is $850. Bursaries are available from the secretary of state, how-
More ordinary working
people are studying
languages than ever
before...both Canadians
and internationals.
David Browne, director,
Language Institute
11 The most important thing
we learn here is to think
rapidly in English. Before
we came here, we knew a
lot in English, but we had
no chance to practise...
Pierre Dube, 19, student,
French program
ever, to fuii-time Canadianstudents. In
fact, the institute started out with only
bursary students, and only recently
took in a fee-paying clientele. International students generally foot the bill
themselves, unless they receive assistance from their own governments, but
in many cases a family will have saved
for years in order to send a son or daughter to the English immersion program.
International students have always
been outnumbered by French Canadians in the program, this past summer
by 210 to 85. This can be a problem
when it comes to designing a cultural
program that will accommodate both
strangers to Canada and Quebecois who
are obviously more familiar with the
overall geography and way of life. Will a
film that would be'informative and new
to students from far-away places be boring to the point of insult to the
Rather than put the international students in their own classes, however,
Browne insists on combining both elements, even if it sometimes means one
Japanese student in a class otherwise
totally French-Canadian. This encourages cultural exchange and a wider
frame of reference, as well as minimizing the temptation to revert to a native
language the whole class would otherwise understand.
A student learning English begins the
day with four hours of structured classroom work, part of which consists of
laboratory work with listeriing-and-
practice tapes. The morning is when the
"measurable" learning takes place;
after lunch students move into a cultural context that some find fascinating,
others frustrating, because it forces you
to think fast, taxes your listening skill,
and leaves you with something very
hard to put your finger on.
Under the broad themes of Canada,
Social-Political Issues, and People, the
more informal afternoon classes held
three times a week discuss pre-arranged
topics and films, and prepare for field
trips scheduled on the remaining two
days. After initial getting-acquainted
trips to Gastown or the Aquarium, the
class (rarely larger than 10-12 students)
might visit an environmental centre,
hear a speaker from Greenpeace, see a
film on women's rights, land claims,
visit Legal Aid, X-Kalay, the Anthropology Museum, Indian Centres.
This will be followed up with reports,
tapes, discussions.
The just-past summer was the first to
centre around this cultural approach,
and the response from students was
mixed. Some found the topics irrelevant
to their lives and felt constrained by the
hard-and-fast prescription for class discussion ("But we're not interested in
this...how can we discuss something
we're not interested in?"). The Indian
situation in B.C. proved to be of particu-
lar interest to the Quebecois, but r
were chagrined that their favorite h
had been left out, — music,
You can only do so much in six w
of course, and you can't please c
body. But Browne plans to loose
the afternoon program next ye;
allow for greater variety and more personal choice —- students going into ien-
tistry or medicine, for instance, v\ >uld
visit related clinics or projects — * hile
keeping the whole idea of a "contr lied
learning experience" which he fe* ,'s is
crucial. The topics would remain preparatory to the off-campus experience,
with classroom and community activities operating in tandem.
The French-learning branch of the
Summer Institute is set up along very
similar lines, except that community activities are necessarily more limited.
While the French-Canadian and international students have the whole
English-speaking community to draw
on, students learning French only find,
as one of them points out, that "we're
out of immersion the moment we leave
campus." After visits to Radio Canada,
Le Soleil, Centre Columbien, and a few
guest speakers, the Francophone resources of Vancouver are virtually
exhausted. To fill the gap, the institute
initiated weekly workshops in areas of
special interest to students; film,
theatre, poetry are examples, instructed
in French, even a workshop in the traditional hand-weaving of Quebec, which
proved particularly popular last summer. In addition, there are seminars on
French Canada, and judging from random responses, English interest in
Quebec is substantially greater than
French Canadian interest in Western
"Cultural exchanges" are also held
on a regular basis. For this encounter
across languages, students are given a
special task, "Discuss three French
Canadian authors and three English
ones." This functioning as resource
people for each other is the only
"legitimate" opportunity students have
to speak their own language without
qualms. Otherwise the institute insists
on the target language at all times —
often an exhausting demand, but as
Browne points out, "vacationer- are
not welcome — committed stucents
Students come for a range of rea; ons.
Though some Anglophones seek V upgrade their French for business rea- jns,
most are taking French out of per1 .inal
interest. They are in their 20s or early
30s with some years of university behind them, perhaps travel plans al ead
of them, but in all events a genuint desire to learn about French and Fre ch-
Canadian language, life, traditions.
Even'older people paying their wn
way make the investment for pers- nal
ai ind
im ti
nent. A middle-aged business-
cm Alberta joins a beginners'
'ter considering the whole issue
.'ualism and concluding it is up to
„m ti do his part. Ethel Belli-Bivar, a
.; .etjrei  B.C. teacher who has travelled
md v. >rked in Africa and the East, is
ollo\ ing up a French program in
juebi • from a previous summer and
omp< (">ng tne tw0- With a veteran
each<, '"s nose for classroom pacing,
he fi ds a need for "structured but
jghte    things,   like  games,   skits,
harac es...."
Wit'i the French-Canadians, the mo-
ives <;re primarily pragmatic. They feel
hey n~-ed English to "make it" in their
:areer->; interest in B.C. culture is sec-
jndary or even non-existent. Some
vant to perfect their English to the ex-
ent that they can "melt into" any re-
juisite situation without accent or label.
\ young actor wants to expand his pro-
ession: "All I want is the language. I
't want any of this cultural stuff, it
up my thinking." A graduate stu-
lent specializing in acoustics needs it so
lecan pursue his degree in an American
iniversity. An installer of swimming
wols wants it for better pay, promo-
Some have found a mistrust of French
Canadians out here, and are particularly
sensitive to slights or patronization.
Minor friction ensued when some stu-
lents alleged hostility on the part of one
>r two cultural assistants (live-in resource people or guides). Others were
enthusiastic about the overall friendli-
less and helpfulness of Vancouverites.
Montrealers missed the cosmopolitan
light-life of home but delighted in the
fountains and scenery.
One young office worker is not returning to Quebec but staying behind to look
'or a new job in Vancouver. She is an
ception. Most will go back home, and
xcept for a widened language and
travel experience, resume their lives.
Some are concerned that, with less
Ichance to practise, they will lose the
gains they have made in English.
All students are tested when they arrive at the institute to determine their
placement in beginners', intermediate,
or advanced classes. Upon completing
the se sion, they are given the same test
;to asK-ss their gains. Beginners show
the mt st obvious improvement,or are at
jleast ie easiest to evaluate; at higher
ilevels mprovement becomes harder to
e. Teachers in the structured
g classes in both the French and
i programs, usually have extensive r ckgrounds and graduate degrees
ln the anguage of instruction or in lin-
■> and literature. Some of them
as teaching or cultural assistants
rest of the day. Teaching assis-
"or the more conversationally
d afternoon sessions, however,
pi'e cl' »sen on a looser basis, and come
are cl
from, a variety of backgrounds, though
usually in some related field. French
staff are roughly apportioned from
French and French-Canadian instructors, so that with a system of rotation,
students are exposed to both language
styles. Jacques Mailhot conducts his
beginners' group on a light note, using
games, songs, oral stories to be completed. "I'm not too picky; we're all
human and we can get tired." A young
French-Canadian writer with a lively
disposition and experience in psychology group work, Mailhot can often be
found after hours leading conversation
sessions over a glass of wine or taking
his students to a French restaurant for
In the English program, teaching assistants are often culled from the simultaneously on-going training classes in
Teaching English as a Second Language
(ESL) given by the faculty of education.
With varying amounts of teaching experience, some find it hard to balance
the needs of the international students
with those of the Quebecois. Says Bev
Greenberg of her intermediate group,
"There was only one Japanese girl, and
all the rest French-Canadians. I felt so
bad for her; she was easily left out. But
one day I got her to talk about Japan...."
The Summer Institute of 1976 has just
ended, but the Language Institute goes
on with a potpourri of classes on and off
campus. There is an extended ten-week
version of English immersion for the
extra hardy. There is a program especially for teachers of French. In addition, the federal government's Special
Project on Bilingualism in Education is
funding a two-year French program for
working adults. And, as of last year,
Intensive English for Japanese
Teachers of ESL brings nearly 40
teachers to UBC for a four-week stint.
Off campus, most modern languages
one could wish to learn are being offered
in evening, daytime, and weekend programs at places like Oakridge and the
Public Library. And for the truly adventurous — to whom money is no object —
there will be language-learning tours to
Russia and Mexico (including air fare,
tuition, accommodation, sight-seeing,
the works) in the spring of '77.
There seems to be no place to go but
up. A rare position to be in these days of
provincial government cuts in language
instruction. But with only a quarter of
its budget funded by the university, the
Centre for Continuing Education is
largely a self-sufficient organization.
And with the tremendous growth in enrolment, director Browne says the Language Institute is "almost getting out of
hand." But you know he doesn't really
mean it....a
This summer Viveca Ohm, BA'69, was a
student herself, learning to teach English as a second language.
Credit Course
brought to ^ou
Fine Arts 125(3)
The Pyramids
to Picasso
The history of architecture,
sculpture, and painting of
the Western World.
with Marc Pessin
Department of Fine Arts
Programs showing on
Cable 10 in Vancouver,
Burnaby & Richmond,
Northern Vancouver Island,
and Vernon, B.C.
Begins the week of
September 27,1976
For further information
please contact: Centre for
Continuing Education,
UBC, Vancouver 228-2181
North Island College,
Campbell River   287-2181
Okanagan College,
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Photography by David Clark
/ know a little garden close,
Set thick with lily and red rose,
Where I could wander if I might
From dewy morn to dewy night.
-William Morris (19th c.)
A garden is a place to wander in, to
forget where you are. Perhaps that is
why so many famous gardens contain
mazes, to lose oneself. The urbanizing
world requires gardens more desperately than earlier generations. And unlike a zoo with its packaged animals, a
garden has a supporting cast of song
birds and darting insects that cloak artifice in spontaneity and allow the visitor to glide easily into tranquility. Both
visually and aurally pleasing, it is also
an aromatic delight; the educational and
exotic await discovery.
With the oldest continuous botanical
garden of any Canadian university, the
UBC campus offers the natural and
humane qualities of the garden as well
as its practical use as a research tool.
Beginning with two acres in 1916, the
present garden components total 110
acres and are in the midst of a major
10-year development program after
periods of neglect as the tag-end of one
or another department. Finally an independent academic service department,
the botanical garden has a major new
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focus in the aipme rock and scree garden and the native B.C. garden.
Gardens were before gardeners,
and hut some hours after the earth.
Sir Thomas Browne (17th. c.)
The alpine garden is one ofthe largest
rock gardens in North America. It is not
its size however, but the clarity and
concord of its composition that are impressive. The plants of each continent
are grouped separately, allowing for
easy, almost unconscious comparison
of forms and relationships. The visitor
walking among the continents can see
how the foreign plants fare in Vancouver's climate — the photosensitive
South African plant whose flowers open
only on sunny days, for example.
The new rock garden is ordered, arranged, but successfully so in that it
doesn't look contrived. Even the rocks,
brought from the Penticton area, were
specially selected for color and matched
to provide appropriate backdrops for
the particular plants. If the rock garden
is exotic and meant to prompt comparison, the aim ofthe B.C. native garden is
to expose residents to their own plants.
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockleshells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
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A native garden is never as ne as a
formal garden. Just as you can't c. oose
your relatives, plants that are na veto
one area do not necessarily confo i t0a
classically harmonious pattern.
Often as beautiful as introduci. varieties, native plants can pique the ancv
of local gardeners. The cardinal mon-
keyflower, for example, is foi id jn
some European gardens but s idom
planted here. Many plants comi jn in
the wild prove both unusual and tractive in a garden.
Local gardeners and other stu ents.j
extension and school groups, no\ havej
the opportunity to attend study le tures
illustrated by a wave ofthe hand b yond
the large glass panes ofthe new [■ irdeti
pavilion. The meeting space is re nark-
ably large within the discreetly s oping
wood panels.
It is not only a Japanese garden vhich
"simulates nature in miniature." The
native garden recreates a representative
range of B.C. habitats. Meadow, lake,
sand dune, creek, and bog have all been
laid out within the eight acres of this
garden. Gazing at the bog orchids
skunk cabbage, and lingenberry, you]
find the names alone of these slough
plants prod the imagination.
Whole social and literary periods
have been defined in terms of an individual's relation to nature:  Romantic
yearnings,  Victorian evolutionism,
even the notion ofthe Canadian victim
For those unable to go back to the land,
the garden offers harmony, a blend of
peace and beauty. No need to know that
12,000 varieties of plants in the botanical areas have been recorded on compu i,j
ter print-outs to maintain records o. '«j
pedigree. Nor that away from this sk /•
and trees, plants are nurtured undti.j rplas-
s lhc!
!' Who
destined never to be exposed to
;il workFoutside.
■ vt'.s a garden loves a greenhouse
-William Cowper (18th c.)
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if you venture to the greenhouse
e end of West Mall, open to the
: on weekdays 8-3:30), you will
largaret Coxon happy to show you
d, even to give cuttings if you ask
ie time is right. You might broach
abject of the recent heists. Two
• thefts from the greenhouse netted
unscrupulous collectors a variety
0f ru e specimens. In one ofthe cases,
ihe "hief was expert, removing only
choii e plants from all parts of the display corridors. Coxon is philosophical
about this. "It just seems to be that
some people want exactly what we have
and decide to take it." Her plants are
identifiable; she could spot them by distinguishing marks of pruning and age.
But hy now they may be far away. How
experienced are the R.C.M.P. at bagging the decorative plant?
From the steamy greenhouse one
moves to the serenity of the familiar
Nitobe Garden where glimmering carp
glide silently in the dark water. The
landscape of the classical Japanese garden was both a temple and a picture
garden. These two facets dictated the
distinctive style and formal limitations
of this garden type. One school of garden artists carried the abstract concept
to the total exclusion of flowers and
plants: light sand formed a canvas for
the "ink images" of carefully juxtaposed rocks.
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, however, is not austere. There is a rock arrangement in the tea garden, but it is set
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landscape garden, with its flowing
stream and calm single-island lake, is
richly arrayed with plants and trees artfully pruned in the open Tokyo style.
The paths meander around the lake,
over bridges, past stone lanterns and
bamboo pavilions.
The botanical garden is the icing of
the cake. You can enjoy its sweetness,
its aesthetic and cultural richness, but
the filling is layered with research and
O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
, has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
-€.<?. cummings (20th c.)
While the visitor admired the tall
tubular flowers of the foxglove in the
garden, research proceeded in the lab
on its derivative digitalin, long a specific
for aid in heart disease. A three-year
study of when particular varieties of
rhododendrons flower is important not
only both to gardeners who want to
plant their displays and bee-keepers interested in producing special honeys but
also to allergists studying reactions to
Out at the nursery, trials on propagation techniques are conducted. Hun-
dreds of kinds of seeds are collected and
a seed exchange list is sent to 500 other
research gardens in many parts of the
world. In addition, plant materials are
provided for other UBC departments —
botany, forestry, biology, and also to
education dye classes in fabric arts.
The botanical garden is active as a
resource agency for general education
in primary and secondary schools, for
pre-school teachers, and for the public
through courses, seminars and summer
tours. Infograms, a leaflet of advice on
some specific topic, supplements the
telephone service of the education coordinator and there is also a quarterly
journal, Davidsonia, named after John
Davidson, a former professor of botany
and the first director ofthe garden. The
staff offer special advice to UBC
graduate students using plants in their
research. One such student associate,
an ethno-botanist, studied botanical
knowledge and plant use among the
Salish and Kwagiutl Indians. The new
Indian village site, which is being reestablished, after moving from the
Marine Drive Totem Park site, on the
cliff-top behind the Museum of Anthropology, will display native plants
important in B.C. Indian culture.
Education and research are serious
and valuable activities. But the gardens
are first and always a source of beauty
and joy. They are accessible to anyone
who is willing to be beguiled. Everyone
understands a flower.
My garden will never make me famous,
I'm a horticultural ignoramus,
I can't tell a stringbean from a soybean,
Or even a girl bean from a boy bean.
-Ogden Nash (20th c.)
Eleanor Wachtel is a Vancouver writer.
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Susan Louisa Allison
On one of those golden days when the
sun pours down on the shimmering hills,
it's not difficult to understand why the
Okanagan holds such charm for Margaret Ormsby.
She confesses her former colleagues
find it rather odd that she should choose
to live in the country, but it seems it
could hardly be otherwise for a woman
whose own ties to the Okanagan are so
strong, and whose career has been devoted to the history of the province
where she was born and educated. Dr.
Ormsby retired from her post as head of
UBC's history department in 1974; in
September of last year she returned to
Vernon to live in the graceful white
house on Kalamalka Lake that her
father, a pioneer fruit farmer, bought 30
years ago.
Her new book, A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia, to be published by the University of British Columbia Press this fall reflects those ties of
geography and scholarship. The
"pioneer gentlewoman," Susan Louisa
Allison, moved with her family to Hope
in 1860, later settling with her husband,
John Fall Allison, for whom Allison
Pass was named, in the Similkameen
region. Mrs. Allison's recollections,
written in the late 1920s, form the text of
the book; Dr. Ormsby's introduction
and detailed notes supply the historical
and personal background.
The Allison manuscript is an extraordinary one, the only extant account of
the life of a pioneer woman in British
Columbia, as well as an account ofthe
development ofthe southern Interior. It
is also our only authority on the life and
customs of the Indians of the Similkameen region.
She was a well-connected and well-
educated woman: her relatives and
friends were the people who shaped the
early course of the province's history,
and the quality of her writing conveys
not only the essence of a period but
also of a character both gracious and
indomitable. It is astonishing that in her
mid-80s, when she wrote her memoirs,
she was able to look back with spirit and
humor on all the events of her life, even
the catastrophies like the loss of the
house and 13 farm buildings in the floods
of 1894. Writing of that disaster, Allison
ended her recollections on a touchingly
optimistic note: "We made the big stable comfortable and even managed to
entertain such of our friends as passed
our way. Soon we had another garden
started, though we missed our well-
established asparagus bed. But the currants and gooseberries flourished as
well as ever."
"I'm just full of admiration for her,"
says Margaret Ormsby of Susan Allison. "She was a remarkable woman.
What's so wonderful about her is that
there is never one word of complaint
about anything. She has marvellous
spirit and a feeling of excitement about
life itself.
"She's a wonderful example of a person with an educated mind who can find
an intellectual interest in almost anything. I think this speaks well for what
education does for a person; you have
certain resources as a result. What
makes her unique is that she wrote it all
down. It was remarkable to put p :n to
paper at her age."
Ormsby says the historian has two
functions: to write for other histc ians
and to make the writing enjoyab! • for
the public. In her introduction to !S.isan
Allison's memoirs she has achieved
both objectives admirably. He research on the Allison family background and the relevant historical
events is thorough as well as fasc nat-
Her evident feeling for pioneers like
Susan Allison is no doubt attributable at
least in part to her own background. Her '.',   -  *'
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lather, George L. Ormsby, first arrived
In the Interior in 1902, and her mother in
1906. When the land rush was on in the
|Nechnko, her parents went there by cohered wagon from Savona, later travel-
g down to Quesnel for Margaret's
i sort of feel it does have an effect on
jour life," she says, referring to the circumstances of her birth. "I've always
been proud ofthe fact that I was born in
log cabin on the banks of the Fraser
River — I boast about it!" When she
:was ihree weeks old. her parents relume : to the Okanagan, drawn back to
the v;; ley that in turn has always drawn
herb ,-k.
She was introduced to history at an
ear'y ,:e by her father, who was a great
reade    "He talked history," she says.
It w v, pai-f of the dinner table conver-
s<Uu. " She was also very much
'nflui  ced by Leonard Norris. founder
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Okanagan Historical Society,
'crested her in local history, and
Walter Sage's enthusiasm at
At UBC she earned a bachelor of
yree in !929 followed by a mas-
gree in 193 S. A doctoral program
1 Mawr was next, with a disserta-
■ relations between B.C. and the
ion of Canada. 1871 to 1885.
■dually didn't  intend to do my
work in Canadian history at all," she
says. "When I did my graduate work at
Bryn Mawr, I intended to be a
medievalist. But the depression was on,
and there was just no chance of going to
England or France to do research, so
Bryn Mawr suggested 1 choose a Canadian topic. And this became more and
more of an absorbing interest." After
completing the PhD she taught at UBC,
in the United States and at McMaster
University, rejoining the UBC faculty in
1943. She was named head ofthe history
department in 1965, the second woman
ever to head a history department at a
Canadian university.
"1 think the opportunity for women to
hold administrative posts was always
there," she says, "although at one point
I got rather discouraged. There was a
very eminent group of women professors when I went through UBC and
when I returned to teach there. Then
they gradually ret red, and for a period
during the '50s and '60s 1 was quite despairing...! thought women were almost
disappearing from the university. But
that's not so today by any means.
'"One of the things ! was always
pleased about in our own department
was the fact that I had women colleagues, and we id so had a great many
women in our graduate  program.  In
fact, of our first nine PhDs, three were
obtained by women, which I thought
was a pretty good record. These women
are all in university posts today."
Margaret Ormsby believes that local
histories like that of Susan Allison have
a profound effect on the interpretation
of larger ideas about the development of
Canada. "There is a good deal of emphasis on local history at the present
time," she says. "A lot of work is being
done in the field throughout Canada,
partly because when a country starts
to write its history, it tends to emphasize political history ... this is the
thread to which everything can be attached. Then people realize that they're
writing history from the top down, writing it at the national level. And if you
write at the national level, you lose sight
of a great many individuals.
"1 think one reason our history is so
interesting is that we have people with
such strong personalities in our past.
They're really individuals and they really stand out."
Her writings have covered fruit farming and agricultural development,
dominion-provincial relations, as well
as profiles of many prominent figures in
B.C. history. Her major work is British
Columbia: A History, undertaken at the
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request of the 1958 B.C. Cei
Committee, and she is still pr
that 14-month accomplishment.
"I think it had the effect of st
lot of research in the field of B
tory," she says. She was very si
and pleased to receive a second
of her book last year by the At
Association of State and Local }->
Living in the Okanagan she
the students and the teaching an.
galleries, but she's as busy as ew
place where she grew up. She h
articles to do for the Dictio.
Canadian Biography and a vol. me fori
the Hudson's Bay Record Sock y
is involved with a number of hi loncal
associations and she lectures regular!)
to audiences as diverse as the (University Women's Club and a Vernor Grade
Five class. This year she received an
honorary degree from the University of
Victoria, becoming the first person to
hold an honorary degree from all foyr
B.C. universities. Of which achievement she says modestly, "It's very
pleasant to be recognized."
The comfortable old house with th
upstairs set aside for her work ("so
don't have to worry about keeping it
tidy") is full of treasures like her
mother's pottery collection, as well as
evidence of her own lively interests: the
Toni Onley painting, the cherished Gordon Smith given her by the history department when she retired.
And she's especially proud of her
success running the small cherry orchard on the property, an occupation
not difficult to reconcile with that of a
scholar when you understand her attachment to the Interior. "Fruit farming
was always part ofthe family life," she
says, "and I like to be in an orchard,
manage all the marketing myself
People pick their own cherries, then
bring the fruit up to the house and weigh
it. It has worked out beautifully, and
you meet so many interesting people
"I think it's nice to feel you have roots
in a community," she adds. "It enriches
your life to have the two experiences
urban and rural. People who spend their
whole lives in the city don't know B.C
There is a lot of B.C. outside Vancouver
... such a variety of styles of life, seen
ery and occupations. It has a tremendous appeal."
An analysis of her work b> Jean
Friesen and Keith Ralston, both tormer
students of hers, in the introduction to
their book, Historical Essays On , h-itish
Columbia especially please h r.
think they hit the nail pretty well >n the
head," she says. "They are quit. ri.
in saying that I always return to tl e valley."□
Sally Abbott, BA'65, is a formei Vancouver Sun writer who also finds ft''"
the Okanagan most pleasant.
22 Bill Calvert
('following short story was one of
he prize winners in the 1976 Chronicle
yeative Writing Contest. Author, Bill
"divert, Sc.4, spends his summers as a
usl-aid man in a forest products mill
war Prince George.
remember the day he arrived real
;ood, 'cause they sent me out with the
oreman's truck to pick him up. Mind
ou, that ain't that strange, me being the
;irst Aid man and all, they're always
ending me chasing around: "Go here!"
'Get this!" "Move that!" But he was
y scared when he got off that bus. I
mber the way he stood on the edge
the pavement, kinda pinned, like a
uirrel'll do when you catch it with a
hlight, y'know the way they stand,
rything in 'em telling 'em to run but
y just can't. Like that....
He never said much on the way in,
tt- tell me his name: "Christopher
obs sir." I told him he didn't need to
"Sir," 'cause no-one else did
• AH I ever get is "Band-Aid,"
-e "Old Man." I doubt that any-
iere even remembers my name,
long since they used it.
Jn't seem that different from the
em. then. We get 'em through
e him every summer, city kids
by their old man. He usually
someone in head office, the
naybe he even works for them,
-!t the time a boy turns sixteen or
rveir -en he starts getting into it,
kno stirring up shit one way or
and pop he gets scared, figures
going rotten on him — a lot of
iv;ng in that goddamned stink-
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his kid
ern di
hole — so he fires him up here to
straighten him out. Sometimes it works,
if the kid stays long enough; most of'em
only last a few days, though. They usually get here about the last week in June,
right after school gets out, and they always seem to hit the beginning of the
first hot spell ofthe summer. Between
that and the bugs, and them not used to
working anyway....
I gave him the ten-cent tour on the
way in — as much to show off the truck
as anything — and his eyes got real big
when we drove through the mil! yard,
what with the machinery and the noise
and all. It's funny, seeing an old place
with someone new like that, can sorta
make it like you're seeing it for the first
time too. But the only thing he said was
about the log loader looking like a big
insect. It's kinda true, in a way; it'd sure
gobble you up the way one of those
praying bugs grabs an ant, if it got a
The bunkhouse is a pretty sad-
looking contraption, and his face got
longer when he saw it. I steered him at
the cookshack, told him to go in and find
the Greek, that's the bullcook, and
headed back down to the mill. Be goddamned if I was going to babysit him!....
I didn't see Chris to talk to again for
about two weeks. Starting work is always hard, but starting for the first time
can be real hell. You don't do anything
except eat and work and sleep, and you
can't even sleep so good 'cause you're
dreaming about work. You can feel
every muscle, and each one hurts a little
different. The thirst is bad, too, and it's
just something you've got to get used to;
some of'em try carryingjugs of water to
work, but after they puke it up once they
leave off that. He had it a little worse
than most though, 'cause on his third
day Gus put him tailing the resaw, and
that is one dirty bitch of ajob. I've seen
grown men go down the road before
they'd do it. I asked Gus about that,
why he put a new kid onto something so
tough, but he just shrugged. He'd
needed a man, and Chris was the only
one built right — short and quick — he
could get his hands on.
Chris got the raw end of the stick in
another way, too. He got put into a
room with Roland. Now, Roland ain't a
bad guy, I guess, not that I've talked to
him much. No-one has. He's a good
lumber piler, strong as a bull, but the
trouble is he's about that smart too.
About the only thing I've ever heard
him say is, "Got any book?", which
means skin books. I always say no,
'cause he rips out the centerfolds and
puts them up over his bed — I had to
wake him up for overtime one night and
I about swallowed my store teeth to see
it — but the Porks, the Portugese boys,
they always give 'em to him. I've seen
him pick up a two by six eighteen foot by
the end, stand it straight up in the airjust
twisting with his wrists, and throw it at
some guy thirty feet across the yard for
no particular reason at all except he was
feeling perky. This was Chris' roommate.
Anyhow, like I said, I didn't see him
for a while after that first day. Mind you,
the weekend in there was a pay
weekend, so I was in town; had a hell of
a good time, so they tell me! But the
next Saturday I stayed in camp, on
watchman, and 'bout the middle ofthe
afternoon he came down to the First Aid
room, where I was reading. We made
small talk for a while, about the mill and
the weather, and then he asked me was I
going into town Sunday?
"Naw," I said, "I was in last
weekend." S was a little edgy, but I
didn't think he'd give me a hard time
23 'bout getting drunk, even if he'd heard,
so 1 could guess why he wanted to
know. "How come?"
"I'm quiting,"he said. He was trying
to be casual too, but he gave me that
you-can't-make-me look when he said
it. They all get thai look when they say
it, makes it more a question than anything.
"What for?"
"What...! Why not I'm sick of this
camp, I'm sick of that goddamn mill.I
can't keep up, and they won't slow
down. What'd he put me on that job for
"They're not supposed to slow
down," I said mildly. "Besides, where
do you figure to go? There's nothing but
mills around here, and you ain't gonna
get any better of a job anywheres else
than you've got here, 'cause you've got
no experience and no training. If you
had a First Aid ticket, well, that'd be
different, but...."
"I'm going to go home!"
I let him think about that for a minute
or two. "You can't," I said.
He gave me a quick look, and then
kinda slumped in his chair. "How do
you know that?" He was quiet now.
"Never mind how I know. Anyway,
I'm not goin' in for a couple of weeks
yet, so it looks like you're stuck here
that long at least." I gave him a slap on
the back. I didn't really want to do that,
I guess; he looked like he needed a hug
more than a slap, and for a second there
I almost did, but I pulled back. Christ
only knows what he'd been told about
old men in camps.
I started with the small talk again, to
let him know that it was closed and forgotten, he loosened up a little then, and
he hung around for the rest ofthe afternoon. Those camps get pretty empty on
Like I said before, if they can last out
the first couple of weeks they'll usually
be okay, and from then on things began
to pick up for Chris. For one thing, he
started to hang around with the crew
after work, sitting on the bunkhouse
steps and bullshitting. I guess he'd gotten more used to the work by then, and
didn't need so much sleep. They began
to lay off him some, too, now that they'd
decided he was going to be around for a
while; they changed his nickname from
"City Boy" to "Blondie" on.account of
his hair. Not that they stopped making
fun-of him, oranything, they just started
laughing with him. I was sorta proud of
the way he picked things up, too. Take
broads, for instance. Now, your average bedroom story is about fifty per cent
lifted from the last skin book the guy's
read, and about forty per cent pure
dream; but that other ten per cent's
gotta be right. If that don't sound true,
someone'!! know. Chris, he just didn't
have that last ten per cent to go on yet,
but he knew it. y'see, and he kept out of
sex talk so no-one else found out. He
could've gotten away with that the
whole summer, too, 'cepl for Roland.
Roland don't play by anyone else's
rules, or maybe he plain didn't like
Chris. Anyways, we was sittin' around
one night and the talk came around to tit
size. That never lasts long, everyone
likes 'em the bigger the better and we'd
just about done with it when Roland said
something! Right away everyone else
shut up. He looked right at Chris, who'd
been keeping pretty quiet:
"What you say, boy?"
Chris flushed a little. "Oh I dun-
"Gus was sayin' there's a new hooker
in town, drives a Corvette!"
I put in quickly. Roland ignored me.
"Small, big, what?" he asked Chris.
You could hear the crickets starting up,
in the swamp the other side ofthe mill.
Chris was red now. "Well, I guess
anything more than a mouthful's just a
waste," he said finally.
Roland just looked at him, deadpan,
for a while; then he gave a funny kind of
smile, if you've ever seen a weasel
smile. Chris met his eyes, but he was
still red, and after a few seconds he had
to look away.
"You never had woman, I think."
"Ah, lay off, Rollie," someone said
quietly; but when Roland turned from
Chris we were al! staring at our boots.
"Huh?" Back at Chris again. Chris
said nothing, but you could see he was
hurting. Roland started, "Sometime,
nights, I hear him...."
"That's enough, Quirron!" The silence popped, like a bubble. I'd been as
surprised as anyone to hear me — sometimes I talk too much, y'know, get myself in Dutch— and I kinda wished I'd
shut up when Roland looked up at me.
He was surprised though; I could see
him flex those big hands, but he was off
balance, it'd been so long since anyone
carried the fight to him. Especially old
Band-Aid! My back was getting damp
when he finally looked away, and I was
shaking a little, but the talk picked up
again and that was that.
I guess I should've seen what was
coming, after that, but it'd been a long
time since I'd been Chris' age, and I
never had no kids myself— least, not
that S know of. He came into town with
me the next Saturday, but he left his
suitcase in camp. We'd just gotten paid
on the Friday, and he was all worked up
about having so much money in his
pocket. Just watching him with it was
fun; he must've checked his wallet
twenty times on the way in, to be sure he
hadn't lost it or something. I helped
him pick out new gloves and some other
gear, and then we spent the craziest afternoon I ever remember, just wandering around town. That money was just
burning a hole in his pocket, y'know,
and he musta spent it six different ways
them four hours. He was gom
tape recorder, he was gonn b^ {
watch, a suit of clothes, anythir .. It^/fi
like he'd never had money be! ,ie 1).,
wanted to buy something to sr >w (,„ f
self he really had it. But every t riel^1
get all ready to get something, t en i
"What's the matter?" I'd a:
something else you like better
just along for the ride.
Usually he'd just shake his I *ad di
walk away, but once he said, " 1 ert,
money cost me too much!" Cra y,
About five we headed over to he
to eat. I wanted a beer or six afu rw<
but he didn't figure he could ge: in, so
left him to look around some more \
was supposed to meet me abou> ten,
we could get back but, he nevi
showed. I musta had quite a party tk
night too — wish I could rememberit-
'cause when he fished me outta thealle
next morning I was quite a sight. Igues
I'd been in ago-round with someone,!
maybe a cougar, anyways they hadn
been too gentle about it; I'd pukedo
myself too. He seemed right upset aboi
it, for some reason, but what the hell
Drink'Il do that to a man sometimes,el
But he gave me some real hard lool
while he was drivin' us home, sort
scared and confused — and disai
pointed, too. They scared me, thei
looks; and I never did get drunk agai
the rest of that summer.
Still, by the bags under his eyes an
the marks on his neck I guessed he'
found someone to spend some of iii
money on alright.
Nothin' really important happene
the rest of that summer. He'd kind
taken to hanging around me, weekend
and the like, but we didn't go to tow
much. Gus usually put us on weekem
watchman shift together, which i
pretty good money, and I didn't mindi
much with Chris around. He was rea
pleased with Chris, too, Gus was; toll
him in front ofthe crew one day he was
"good man" for sticking to that job
That was nice for him. Told me ontfii
quiet, too, that if I wanted to showhin
some things about First Aid it'd be oka)
with him. Chris never did talk mud
about that first weekend in town; In
figured we each had something mead
other about that. But he did manage l(
spin some yarns on the bunkhou e step
that didn't sound too farfetched, am
Roland didn't say a word.
Those were nice weekends,  hem
took   him   swimming  a   couple o
times,down to the creek, whe;i it go
really hot. He read some of my books
the First Aid ones and some I hadn
opened in years, and sometiirus we<
talk about them.   He told  me ab(#ti
things in Vancouver, which s undel| B
about the same as when I'd gr< wnuf; si
there, and I told him some lies al )Uttfe|, C m, iifeti
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it mills I'd been in, and about the
>oke one day about goin' back to
come the Fall.
at in the hell would you want to
for?" I asked him.
I don't know. Bert," he said, he
called me Bert, for some reason.
while he was there the rest of
»k to using my name too — I
lembered that.
•>n't know," he said. "This place
,;soka   for a while, I guess.It's good,
^lakm   your own money and all, and
e've :ot a pretty good foreman and a
eni crew. Right now, anyway."
•\V. 've got the best goddamned
loiem. n going!" I told him.'"Sides, if
!oule..ve here, go back to school, you'll
ve start all over again when you come
k. No sense in that."
Teah, but don't you think, if a per-
n stayed too long here, he might get so
wouldn't want to leave. Couldn't you
ttoo scared to leave, Bert?"
'Horseshit!" I was getting pissed off.
can leave any time I like, you know
t. A good First Aid man is hard to get
wadays! There's always work."
'Sure, Bert, I know that. But, I
an, couldn't you get, you know,
ck here? Couldn't you get too used to
s place, so...stuck   that you don't
ant to leave? A man could die here,
"A man could die anywhere!" I told
m. "Here's as good a place as any."
nd I left to do rounds. I'd had enough
k of that foolishness....
I kept a pretty close eye on him after
t, but August dragged on about the
as July had, and he didn't talk of
ving again. When I think about it,
know, I guess I was kinda gettin' to
ike him by then. He was good company, he hadn't heard any of my stories
before, and he liked to listen. He didn't
know a goddamned thing about anything, either, and I wound up teaching
him a lot, like about how the mill ran,
nd about the bush too. Sometimes the
millwright would come in weekends,
generally on Sunday, to fix the place up,
and C 'iris liked to help him. too when he
could Like I said, he picked things up
fast, ow don't laugh, but for a while
t was really like havin' my own
| kid c    something. It was a good sum-
t there
I that !
Gus j
he h,
By tl
so qt
! Chn
gs went to hell on the twenty-
of August. Chris'd been learning
:, coffee breaks and at lunch, and
iday old Frank didn't show, and
a him on the edger for the shift. I
m to be careful, goddamnit, but
it all figured out....
ut quarter to four that whistle
' to scream, and I knew we had
.\ I grabbed the oxygen and ran.
time I got there — i don't travel
:kly any more — it was ail over.
J gone to the edger outfeed to
clear it, and the stupid bastard had left it
running. One ofthe chains had grabbed
his shirt and hauled him in. He'd been
lucky, he'd slipped the thing off in time;
he got off with some lacerations and a
bump on the head. I cleaned him up and
sent him up to camp to lie down. He was
a little shocky, that's all.
I didn't think too much more about it,
except I dressed the cuts again and kept
a good eye on him 'til he sacked out. But
he woke me up the next morning wanting me to take him out to the highway.
"What the hell for?" 5 wanted to
know. Stupid question.
"Bert," he said, "I quit last night. I
told Gus after shift."
"Quit! Of all the stupid. ..what'd yago
and do that for?"
"I..." he took a breath, "I could've
gotten killed last night, Bert. It was that
close. If I'd been a little slower getting
out of that shirt, just a touch, that
would've been it."
"Sure, and you could get killed today
if the bus goes off the road. Hell, you
could get killed waking me up this early." But he didn't laugh. "You're not
making any sense, man!"
"Bert, this place is no good. Not for
me, and not for you either." He walked
to the window and looked out. "See that
mill out there? It doesn't care if it kills
someone or not. It wouldn't even know.
It could have killed me yesterday; if I'd
been a bit slower, say an old man who
can't move quick, I'd be dead. Dead,
Bert! And the mill's just the start of it.
The whole place is like that, the
machines, the Company...." He was
breathing hard now, panting. His face
was white. Then he said, more quietly,
"And the men, too, Bert. They're like
that too. Oh, they're nice enough to
work with. I've enjoyed that, sure. But
if I'd been killed yesterday, they
wouldn't have cared. Not really. They'd
have felt bad, for a while, but they
wouldn't have really, really cared. Not
down deep."
"I'd care," I said. Soft and quick.
Before I even thought.
"What?" And then he was lookin' at
me, that look, that same look from way
back at the beginning, sharp and curious
and confused. And it was like in the
First Aid shack that day, when I slapped
him, y'know. If I could've said it
After a minute he said, quietly, "I
want to go to a place where they'll care,
Bert. I want a place where they'll remember." He picked up his bag and
moved to the door. "I'll catch a ride in
with someone, I guess. Get outta here,
Bert. Don't let it get you too."
That's what I hate about them goddamn kids, y'know. Think they know
everythin'.... I don't know why the hell
they ever hire them. They're nothin" but
trouble, o
:* -Sir.-
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Everyday our stamp collection grows a
little here at the UBC Alumni Fund as letters
arrive from far-flung alumni. And we love
it... it's developing into a brilliantly-colored
montage on the wall... But that isn't all
we like about our mail. We kind of like those
donations to the Alumni Fund best of
all...       So we hope you'll keep those
brightly-stamped letters rolling
in ... Remember stamps aren't all we collect.
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.numni Fuird M
Norman MacKenzie - Citizen of Canada,
forn sea to sea. A campus ceremony, Sept.
^honoring president emeritus, Dr. Norman
UacKi nzie unveiled a portrait bust of
Dr. MacKenzie on the site ofthe Norman
MacKi nzie Centre for Fine Arts.
lAbov,. i Dr. MacKenzie gives his image a
final it* pection a few days before the official
culpture and a second identical
were commissioned by the alumni
associ lion from North Vancouver artist,
lack I  irman. The project was funded
throuj.   the UBC Alumni Fund by a group
of anc vinous alumni donors. The second
oust h    been presented by the association
lo Ha,  ax's Dalhousie University and will
oe offi -ally dedicated there later this year.
Dr. M    Kenzie did his undergraduate work
warts ind law at Dalhousie.
The   !3C ceremony was presided over by
chanc   lor Donovan Miller and the bust was
unveil, i by president emeritus Walter Gage,
aclost associate of Dr. MacKenzie's during
the MacKenzie presidency. Speakers during
the ceremony were UBC president Douglas
Kenny, a student at UBC during the
MacKenzie years, Ronald Jeffels, principal
of Okanagan Regional College, a former
faculty member and assistant to Dr.
MacKenzie and Ben Trevino, a member of
the board of governors and a former Alma
Mater Society president while Dr.
MacKenzie was president.
A large group of friends and former
students and colleagues attended an
informal luncheon at Cecil Green Park prior
to the ceremony. James Denholme, alumni
association president presented Dr.
MacKenzie with a memenio ofthe occasion
-a framed portrait of Dr. MacKenzie in his
presidential academic robe.
Dr. MacKenzie came to UBC in 1944 and
served as its president for 18 years,
overseeing the university's rapid enrolment
expansion after the Second World War and
its physical development in the 1950s and
early '60s.
Vatteouwer Institute:
A Heeling of Hinds
The Vancouver Institute, UBC's outstanding
campus lecture series opens the doors on its
61 st season, promising to cover a wide range
of scientific, political and cultural interests.
The season opens September 25 with the
American ambassador to Canada, Thomas
Enders discussing our shared enviroment.
On succeeding Saturday evenings, until the
fall series concludes December 4, the institute will hear Harry Hinsley, St. John's College, Cambridge, who'll look into the future
ofthe Common Market; Electrical engineer
Harold Edgerton, MIT, speaking on the use
of electrical instrumentation for underwater
discovery. Edgerton, whose scientific developments have aided marine geology, underwater archeology and underwater petroleum and mineral exploration, spent the
summer seeking the elusive Lock Ness
monster; and South African member of parliament, a strong force in the Progressive
Reform party, Harry Schwarz, qn politics
and social change in South Africa and the
role ofthe multinational corporations.
"What causes cancer?" Thomas Ha!!, new
director of the Cancer Control Agency of
B.C. and professor of medicine discusses the
emerging understanding of these causes; English lutenist, guitarist and singer, Martin
lest, returns for a second visit, which promises to be as enjoyable as his first; Doris Anderson, editor of Chatelaine, examines
Canadianism in periodicals, films and books;
distinguished Alberta appeal court jurist,
W.G. Morrow, a veteran of many years in the
Northwest Territories, explains the law in
the north. Former Dominion Archivist and
CPR steamship buff, Kaye Lamb, considers
the use and abuse that historians have made
of MacKenzie King and his diaries. Students
of Fine Arts 225 (now 125) will remember
Janson's History of Art. Its author, H.W.
Jansoh, Institute of Fine Arts, New York
University, will be here in person to discuss
the role of chance in artistic creation. The
final speaker ofthe season wil! be the former
head of the Science Council of Canada,
Roger Gaudry of McGill University, speaking on science policy and the future of research in Canada.
The Schwarz lecture is this year's Dal
Grauer Memorial Lecture. The visits of professors Edgerton, Hinsley and Janson and
lutenist Best are made possible by the Cecil
H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorship
Fund. The Green Fund wil! also be sponsoring a fall campus visit by the Purcell String
Quartet, musicians-in-residence at Simon
Fraser University. The quartet will be giving
a concert and lecture demonstration in the
music building, the date to be anounced.
For further information on any of these
events or a brochure outlining the fall institute program contact the UBC information
office, 2075 Wesbrook Place, Vancouver
V6T 1W5, (228-3131). All the Institute lec-
27 hires are free and begin at 8:15 p.r jn t^
campus Instructional Resources entre}*
You're invited. >
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UBC is about to launch a new era
education history — the first un
credit course to be given entirely o
"Pyramids to Picasso" is the titl
university calendar, it's known as I
125), a study ofthe western world's;
ture, sculpture and painting from
Egypt to the 20th century. The guici
pendent study course will be availa; ,e ovei
cable stations in Vancouver, Ric moncl
Campbell River and Vernon. There vUlbe4$
half-hour television programs show i twici
weekly. To get your three credits you have to!
complete 10 written assignments. And
you've got a query you can call up Marc!
Pessin, the instructor/host ofthe series
Credit students must be eligible for admis-l
sion to UBC or apply to their own institution!
for transfer credit. Non-credit students
not need to apply for admission to UBC or
the assignments and may register for the cost
ofthe materials alone. The course fee i s $ 1
UBC's standard undergraduate course fee
The manual and texts are extra ($35), as always. But, you can watch your TV for
except of course for that cablevision charge
The whole concept of this venture is an
exciting one. If you couldn't fit a fine arts
course into your undergraduate days or
you're just curious about the gothic arch, the
Grecian urn or how Peit Mondrian painted
those straight lines this is your chance to
out. UBC's Centre for Continuing Education
is waiting to hear from you, 2075 Wesbrook
Place, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5
604/228-3313 .
Creative Writing
3s Rewarding
A record number of entries were received for
the 1976 edition of the Chronicle Creative
Writing Contest.
The volunteer panel of judges, UBC assistant professor of English, Dr. Herb Rosen
garten; Trevor Lautens, a Vancouver Sun.
writer and N.E. Omelusik, head ofthe UBG
library's reading rooms division, pains
takingly worked their way through ihe 58
entries — a combination of short stores and
poems — and came up with four wini
The awards, which were madeposs hie by
a grant from the UBC Alumni Fund were
presented to the winners by Roland I errot
head of the alumni fund committee, . a reception held for all the contestants it the
faculty club.
First prize of $ 150 went to Richard V iner
a graduate student in creative writing >r his
short story "The Judgement of Fan
Second prize of $125 was awarded to Kico
Gonzalez, a fourth year student in ci ative
writing for his story "The Accident." Third
year science student, William Calver won
third prize of $75 for "The Band-aid M; i.
short story. The fourth prize of $50 w- it to
Jeffrey Schaire, a graduate student in rea-
tive writing, for his collection of p< ws
"Sunday Morning Words." Slt){
id IP
,at tt ichers are at the heart of every
;;|Ui|sii . UBC's way of honoring these in-
ulual' who contribute so much to a stu-
, k irning experience is to designate
fl"fy .ister Teachers."
presid nt emeritus, Walter Gage was the
it to re :eive the award, established in 1969
Dr. Valter Koerner to recognize out-
iding teachers of UBC undergraduates.
is yet • Ralph Loffmark, commerce and
isiness administration and Geoffrey Scud-
■r, zoology, shared the honor and the
award that goes along with it.
Nominations are now open for the 1976-77
ister teacher awards and alumni are urged
forward their recommendations to the
jnmittee, headed by Dr. Ruth White,
rench department, UBC, 2075 Wesbrook
.Vancouver B.C. V6T 1W5. Nominate should be sent as soon as possible and
j later than November 12, 1976.
In submitting a nomination that evaluates
mi candidate you are asked to consider the
Jlowing criteria: he or she has a com-
rehensive knowledge of the subject; is
ibitually well prepared for class; has en-
iiisiasm for the subject and arouses interest
it among the students; establishes good
pport with the students; encourages stunt participation in class; sets a high stan-
,ird and motivates students to reach it them-
Ives; communicates effectively at a level
jppropriate to the student's background; in
(valuation lays stress on an understanding of
ie subject rather than on simple memoriza-
; and is accessible to students outside
To be eligible for consideration, a nominee
mst have been a fullthne faculty member for
I least three years, teaching during this time
irdergraduate courses in the winter session.
lie individual must also be teaching one un-
lergraduate course in the 1976-77 winter ses-
to set a gentleman apart.
The colour is San Vito Tile,
a rusty, masculine shade.
'Quartet', a casual
business suit with
coordinating trousers
and vest. Easily
accessorized into
a basic wardrobe.
« rjQWttrci
' Wardrobe for gentlemen'
833 W. Pender St., Vaneouwer
Oakridge • The Bayshore • Hote! Georgia
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fclebrates 50 Years
I We hac a marvellous time. The best reunion
»e've e er had." That was one description
PfllieCUssof'26Golden Anniversary Reunion held early in August.
A ret )rd number of class members attended te reunion which included a faculty
din ter, August 6, followed the next day
P> an af ernoon parly at the home of Lenora
pin 0 turn. A highlight ofthe dinner was a
fecial   ake baked and decorated by Mrs.
Miarr, Chalmers. It came complete with
'aterfa . and was large enough for everyone
"'the [>) guests to sample. The afterdinner
formalis es were kept to a minimum by mas-
°f <■ Temonies, Mr. justice David Ver-
;nere,   .-ho introduced special guest, dean
jKmeriti;., Fred Soward. Professor emeritus
I of horti ulture Aiden F. Barss, now 86, sent
29 along his greetings in the form of
Barss humorosity," a piece of hi
doggerel verse.
One item of business still before
executive is the question of a class j,
have already received several dor-
response to their original questios
classmates, "Do you want to have e
project?" Send your opinions am
dons on this topic to Bert Wales, 3->65
24th Ave., Vancouver, B.C., V6L -R7
Saturday, November 6 will be the :)ig
for the Class of '31 — its 45th ann
The reunion committee, headed >y ja(
Streight, has planned a reception a- d dinm
at the faculty club and they are exp,-.ctingii
to 200 alumni and guests to atten! Othi
reunion plans are still being made, '"hecon
mittee say's that "it is open to offers
you've got one to make, contact one of tl
members: Alec Fisher, Jean Telford Nichol
Marion Crowe Henderson, Nick Mussalle
or Jack Streight.
Plans for the other segments of Reumo
Days '76 are proceeding apace. October2
will see dinner dances at the Commodore f<
the Classes of '41, '46 and '51 and on th
campus for the Classes of '56, '61 and '6(
During the afternoon there's open house
Cecil Green Park for alumni and the
families. Campus bus tours have been a
ranged. Individual classes are arrangin
other activities for the weekend as well
To Make You Dance
If you'd like to dance and it's not yoi
reunion year, do not despair. There's soitn
thing new on the alumni program (actually
revival of an old tradition) — an Alumt
Dance. You're invited to dance and sup
fine style at the Vancouver Airport Hy;
House, Saturday, October 2 from 9 pm to
am.The tickets, $7.50/person include thelat
night supper. The mood's informal and so
the dress. For tickets call the alumni offic
This Sporting Life
For reunion sports buffs...golf tourna
ments, for men and women, are schedule
for Friday, October l....The second annm
alumni hockey game faces off, October 30
the Winter Sports Centre. There are twi
events, alumni vs. alumni game at 7 pm ai
alumni vs. the '76 Thunderbirds game at 8:
pm. Choose your game and sign up with Rid
Noonen, 277-2800 or Steve Fera, 876
5407....For basketball types there is the
nual grad game, October 29, 8:30 p;n atthi
Memorial Gym... .For further information or
any ofthe reunion events contact the alumn
office 6251 Cecil Green Park RoaJ, Van
couver, V6T 1X8,228-3313.
Asorted events of specific intere
nursing alumni a tour of the new mi'
anthropology is planned for their
meeting, Tuesday, October 5, 7 pm
Green Park. For information ca
Robinson, 689-7062...The YAC
gathering at the Green. The Yowmg
Club opens a new season of social, ^
i If
sy activities, weekly at CGP. Thurs-
id Fridays from 8 pm onwards. A
tembership for these activities is $8.
lendid surroundings are free...On
.ier 9 horn© economics alumni host a
Ljen alumni evening at Cecil Green Park.
inadin     Johnson,   987-8510,    has   the
.Assorted branches are springing to
fall: Los Angeles alumni will meet
or Donovan Miller, October 23. Bill
,    879-1700    is    arranging    the
ent.. Dust off your lederhosen, Ottawa.
ali mni are planning to attend Oktober-
at ihe Civic Centre, October 2. Bruce
>d, 996-5357, is looking for his old
;BC b-;er stein...A Sunday brunch is on the
ior Toronto alumni October 31. More
s to be arranged and announced....A
_. barbeque at John Haar's ranch, Spruce
ive. October 2, for Edmonton alumni. De-
fivm Kay Puil, 425-8810.
\iarly ^00 senior citizens attended the UBC
mnmer session this year, taking credit
courses and special interest sessions. An
tiumni fund allocation of $3,000 allowed
uveral senior scholars to attend from
outside the Lower Mainland by providing
bursaries for campus residence accommodation. (Right, above) Cecil Green Park
nlcomed 200 seniors for tea, which these
ladies seem to be enjoying. (Below) UBC
uce-president for administrative services,
Chuck Connaghan   (left), got some advice
on running the City of UBC from former
hncouver mayor Tom Alsbury (back to
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THE RED.   larch 5 -19,1977
After you pay* for your Polynesian style bungalow and 3
meals a day at Club Mediterranee, Tahiti, here's what you
get free.
All you can eat at every meal, all the wine you can drink
at lunch and supper, free tennis, free scuba diving, free
deep sea fishing, free snorkeling, free water skiing, free
ycga, free picnics, free boat rides and free nightly live
At Club Mediterranee in Tahiti, it's easy to have a carefree
vr nation. Because everything you could possibly want to do
or a vacation is free.
(*Here's what you pay... $1,075, includes air fare, taxes,
C' ib Med membership, accommodation — one night in
L; -s Angeles on return flight — and meals.)
li3C/1lumni      1^ you'd Sike to know more,
T|'3y&l cal1 us at 604/228-3313.
;-.   ft
This Christmas travel the Amazon, climb the
Matterhorn, dive beneath the waves and sit
on a sunny beach.
Disneyland and San Diego
A special alumni tour leaves Vancouver
December 24 for Los Angeles, Disneyland
and San Diego, returning January 3. The
cost, which includes airfare, deluxe
accommodation, transfers, baggage handling
and a Disneyland admission booklet, is:
• per adult sharing twin accommodation        $432
• per child under 12 sharing with 2 adults      $171
• per child not sharing $361
For further information contact the alumni
association, 228-3313. Go—you'll love it. The
kids will have fun too.
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One of UBC's original Trekkers, Constance
Peter Adams, BA'23, made a trek to visit the
alumni office early in July. She was in Vancouver on holiday from her home in Canterbury, England.... There's a new honor for
Robert H. Wright, BA'28, MSC'30 (PhD.
McGill). He has been named to give the R.S.
Jane Memorial Lecture at the Canadian
chemical engineering conference in Toronto
in October. Now retired. Wright is internationally known for his work with the B.C.
Research Council studying insect olfaction.
From another branch of the Wright family
comes news of authorship. Son, Leslie
Wright, BA'54. MA'65 (PhD. Toronto), associate professor of psychology at U.Vic has
just published his first book. Understanding
Statistics, An Informal Introduction for the
Behaviorial Sciences. Written with "concepts clearly and simply defined", using visual imagery to introduce, explain and illustrate and the minimal use of arithmetic and
algebra and lots of humor (the cartoons are
really funny), the book is bound to be a winner.
William H. Birmingham. BA'33, (BArch,
Toronto) must have a blueprint for success.
He was named a fellow of the Royal Architectural College in June,  1975. His son
Carl Laird Birmingham, MD'75, who won
the Horner prize and silver medal for the
highest assigned standing in the four year
medical course is now on staff at St. Paul's
Hospital, Vancouver.... William Arthur
Schultz, BCom'33, BA'34, has become a
member "of the Supreme Court Bench. A
former production manager for MUSSOC,
he has a strong baritone voice — which may
have served him in encouraging criminals to
'sing'.... After establishing a school of public
administration at the University of Victoria
two years ago, G. Neil Perry, BA'33, (MA,
MPA, PhD, Harvard), LLD'66, hands over
the reins July 1, 1977 to economist Alan
Dobell, BA'59, MA'61, who will take over as
director of the school. He is currently on
leave from Queen's University serving as
deputy secretary lo the federal treasury
board.... Continuing strong, for how could
he do otherwise, Gordon Strong, BCom'33,
BA'34, (MBA, Northwestern), (LLB, Toledo) was elected to the board of the Associated Press for a second three-year term.
Strong chairs the board of Thomson Newspapers in the U.S.
Always a step or two ahead, former athletic star, amateur magician, and physical education teacher. David P. Todd, BA'34,
BEd'48, is retiring a few years early as
superintendent of school district 57 in Prince
George, B.C. He and wife, Ruth Hutchinson
Todd, BA'42. are moving to their summer
home in Lac la Hache.... Three new fellows
of the Royal Society of Canada are professors currently  on  faculty:   Philip  Akrigg,
Aristides Pasparakis
Aristides Pasparakis is a scientist by
training, but also a restauranteur extraordinaire — Orestes is his first and best-
known creation. And you don't learn to
cook in a lab.
Since he was five years old, Aristides
has inhaled the atmosphere of a restaurant. "It was a familiar space. Living quarters were in the rear and you couldn't
really separate restaurant from home.
You'd just go in back to sleep."
From a family-run restaurant in South
Africa, established reluctantly by his
father, a retired officer of the Greek Air
Force, to Vancouver's Orestes, Pas-
paros, Souvlaki, created with flair, enthusiasm, "and guts," it has been a long
and curious path for the 34 year-old Pasparakis.
There was a stint at Athens University
because of an interest in law and politics.
"But Greece was too physical a place to
study latin in the summer." That, and
the over-supply of lawyers in Greece,
prompted a return to South Africa and a
shift to engineering and then metallurgy
at the University of Pretoria. This in turn
led to a master's degree in ceramics
technology at Sheffield University in
England, where he met Josephine whose
French-Canadian origins suggested a
look at Canada for further graduate work.
From Josephine too, he was learning to
look, "learning visual appreciation," a
new dimension.
The period of study at UBC earned him
a doctorate in metallurgy in 1972 and also
saw a rekindling of his interest in cooking
for the public. In 1970 Aristides arranged
a memorable Greek feast at UBC which
led to other banquets. In his final year,
after he completed his thesis, Aristides
took over the kitchen at International
House. With characteristic energy, he
served a different ethnic meal every day.
Graduation presented Aristides with a
number of tempting projects: to live in
I    Crete and write books about Greece or to
I    consider the uses of ceramics, metals and
plastics in the fine arts through a Canada
Council project. Before he could devote
himself to either or both of these however, he felt he needed a financial base.
He decided to take out five years to build
one. With Blaine Culling, a friend from
UBC's theatre department, Aristides
opened a restaurant on West Broadway.
The boy who quickly acquired independence and facility of rapport in a
school career that spanned 13 different
sites became a man who knows how to get
along in the world, with not only savoir
faire but savoir vivre. The vitality and
intensity which strongly mark his style
make it impossible for Aristides to treat
his creation as a mere money-maker, a
means to an end. "You'd have to be mad
to do it for the money. It is a total involvement, your whole life 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week. It is inescapable."
Often the creations of the artist/
craftsman provide scope for only partial
self-expression. Aristides believes a restaurant should embrace a totality, "actualize fantasies that have been with
(him) a long time." He involves himself in
decor and design, in broad concepts and
in detail — "Nothing is left to chance, it is
incredibly satisfying."
His restaurants are very personal
statements "coming from my gut, from
what my little five-year-old mind
thought." Unique, not typical. He
doesn't call his restaurant Greek. Orestes
is not a bit of Greece transplanted — it is
a bit of Aristides.
The limitations of even his fantasy are
appreciated. Aristides enjoys the opportunity to create new spaces such as bis
new restaurants in Calgary and Vancouver because othewise, he feels, \.s
would be bored. He still thinks he'll stii k
to his intention of getting out after fie
years. As with everything else, he'll wt.it
to sense the right moment to start something new. To ignore that feeling is to ri: <
"beginning to feel your mind atroph
"You can't think shishkabob all day.
- Eleanor Wacht< '
way to
long British Columbia's fabled Inside Passage.
ljoy fine food and stateroom accommodation on the "Queen of Prince
iperf" while you sail 330 miles past some of the most spectacular scenery on
rth. Soaring peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and forest-clad islets.
sari ;-nforgettable experience, but, believe it or not, getting there is only
Jf the fun.
om Pince Rupert you can proceed on to Alaska. Or having brought your
or < :imper you can drive British Columbia's fabulous Totem Circle route,
v«J rn   *s to Vancouver.
wil ■  e how great the great outdoors can be as you wind your way through
capped coast mountains to the vast rolling rangeland, long deep
nding valleys and rugged mountains of the Cariboo.
Skeena Indian Villages, visit the goldrush town of Barkerville, take
ji a ro< 'o or enjoy some great fishing.
jJoard    e "Queen of Prince Rupert" at Kelsey Bay on Vancouver Island,
pesen   -e operates year 'round, or reverse the trip by driving from
Vancoi  er to Prince Rupert. Either way you'll get away to the most
isng vacation of your life.
Let us send you a colourful "Totem Circle Tour"
kit. Write to
1045 Howe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada, V6Z 1P6
Name _.    ..  - -      	
Address -.	
M.V. "Queen of Prince Rupert" registered
in Canada, operated by the
Department of Transport and Communications
Independent or escorted tours by Bus and Ferry are available through your travel agent. [
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the magic of
The Harrison.
Just east of Vancouver, there's a
resort that offers a rare blend of
natural charm and sparkling personality. A distinguished resort of 285
rooms, where you can enjoy sumptuous cuisine, nightly dancing and
entertainment, swimming in heated
pools, golf, tennis, riding, boating,
water-skiing. A resort that's perfectly attuned to its magnificent
setting.And ideally suited for relaxing and memorable holidays. The
resort is called The Harrison .. . and
it's ready now to bring a little magic
into your life. For our color brochure,
write: Claus Ritter, General Manager, The Harrison, Harrison Hot
Springs, British Columbia, Canada.
"~~      Like
■ '       i l'40, (PhD, Calif.), with the de-
,        l        f English for 35 years; John HeS-
1     m'59, (MA, DPhil, Oxford), de-
v.i 1 . ■" * 'economics, widely known for his
»    i ne fields of international finance,
i" d resource economics; and Beryl
'42, MSA'62, professor of poultry
-'.•.:    lho began her research career in
■ '*. ■, ■ rition and physiology at UBC in
' >- . .search assistant in the department
i   !    ii    science.... Retiring from a plum
■ .    w   ■> the B.C. department of agricul-
■   .      s    zt horticulturalist Maurice Trum-
*     '37, MSA'40, was honored for 30
v  i.    < i \ ice, marked by "accuracy and
■ v      <_   kss" in his work with fruit growing
ana plant tissue analysis.
Rendina Hossie Hamilton
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Represented in the West by
Tetley Co.
Milford S. (Muff) Lougheed, BASc'40,
(MA, PhD, Princeton) professor and former
head ofthe department of geology, Bowling
Green State University in Ohio, is Turner
Distinguished Lecturer this fall at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.... After
being made an honorary alumnus in 1975, J.
Lewis Robinson, Arts '40, (BA, West. Ont.),
(MA, Syracuse), (PhD, Clark), head ofthe
UBC geography department for 22 years, has
continued to net awards. He will be the fifth
recipient of the highest award of the Canadian Association of Geographers: for Service
to the Profession of Geography. He was also
one ofthe runners-up last spring ofthe "UBC
Master Teacher" award.... Urban geographer Donald Kerr, BA'41, (PhD, Calif.),
has become associate dean for social sciences in the school of graduate studies at the
University of Toronto, where he has been
teaching for the last 30 years. He headed the
U of T geography department from 1967 to
1973 and is a past president ofthe Canadian
Association of Geographers.
Harold M. Tapay, BASc'46, (MA, Wash.),
was recently honored by the University of
Santa Clara, California, for his 25 years'
teaching in civil engineering.... After 29
years with the company, John D. Allan,
BASc'47, has no need to steel himself for the
rigors of his new appointment: president of
Stelco.... George L. Calver, BASc'48, has
been appointed associate director of Alberta
Agriculture's farm development division....
University of Alberta nuclear physicist J.T.
(Jack) Sample, BA'48, MA'50, PhD'55, is the
new director of the TRIUMF nuclear research center at UBC. Long involved with
TRIUMF7 as associate director and re
searcher he still hopes to take part m som j '
scientific work but concedes that ore exper' M.
iment a year will likely be all.
When the head ofthe Association of Pro MI
fessional Engineers of B.C., Raymonds MI
Cunliffe, BASc'49, conducted inductioi the
ceremonies for new engineers being admittei pili
to the profession, one of the members hi As
congratulated was his own son Harold Cun
liffe, MASc'73, a sixth generation engineerii inc
the Cunliffe family.... Retirement three yean
ago did not mean a quiet life for William B
Hemmingsen, BCom'49, who recently re
turned from a six-month volunteer assign
ment in Malaysia where his 40 years' experi
ence in the forest products business wai
made available to the Malaysian Timber In
dustry Board. His assignment was arrange!
through Canadian Executive Service Over
seas, and "the project certainly representei
a challenge".... UBC's Summer Session di
rector, Norman Watt, BPE'49, (MS, EdD
Oregon), now heads a new Office of Extra
Sessional Studies which has been created ti
coordinate the administration of all part-timi
degree programs.... Ronald J. Webster
BCom'49, would like to improve communi
cations with the public and with members ol
the Vancouver Stock Exchange whose boan
of governors he heads. A pioneering effort
was made when a public "seminar" washek
and investors' opinions were sought prior to
policy decisions being made by the VSE
Sam Dixon, BA'50, a director of Wadham
Publications Ltd. has been promoted to
executive vice-president. He is editor and
publisher of Jobber News.... Vancouver'
newest television station — CKV; J — 's
making its debut this month, brough. to you
by Daryl Duke, BA'50, one ofthe c< untiy's
most successful television and moue
producer/directors, who is the static; 's president.... James D. Helmcken, LLB' 0, who
has been active on both the Nanai no and
Vancouver Christmas Seal Commit; :es has
been named an honorary life membi ofthe
Canadian Tuberculosis and Respirat ry Disease Association.... Sent by Stanf. id W'
search Institute to Saudi Arabia last year to
edit that country's national devei pme"1
plan, Shirley P. Manning, BA'50, fo -nd the
capital city, Riyadh considerably mi e hectic than it had been on her first assi ■nmenl
there in 1968. By contrast, she is no1- livin?
happily aboard a houseboat in San .-.afael.
California, where she has accepted  i ne« ur Pearson
position with Systems Applications, Inc....
"" " ig Simon Fraser University's board of
ors is Eaymomi Parkinson, BA'50,
i'54, psychiatrist and former Vancouver
. He should have no trouble hanging in
in any turbulence. He's a hang glider
pilot and president ofthe Vancouver Soaring
An engineer with experience in the fields of
industrial development and financial management, Donald A. Duguid, BASc'51, is
now director and president of the British
Columbia Development Corporation.... A
United Church minister, Newton C. Steacy,
BA'52, (BTH, Union Theological College),
is working in the federal civil service as a
social scientist. Recently promoted to head
the social policy desk in the federal provincial relations office ofthe Privy Council, he
has been reunited with former classmate and
fraternity brother, and Rhodes scholar,
R. Midwinter, BA'51, (MA, Oxford),
who is also on the Privy Council staff.
Reaping the $1,000 Jacob Biely Faculty
Research Prize for 1976, Colin W. Clark,
BA'53, (PhD, Wash.), a professor of
mathematics, has been applying mathematics to environmental problems. His forthcoming book, Mathematical Bio-economics,
deals with harvest policies as they relate to
renewable natural resources.... Ralph Krefa,
BASc'53, (MSc, Queens), (PhD, Chicago),
was awarded the Mineralogica! Association
of Canada's 1976 Hawley Award for a paper
on crystallization of garnet. A member ofthe
faculty at the University of Ottawa he is currently on sabbatical at the University of
Mexico....erratum: Will the real? We goofed
our photo captions last issue and mislabelled
David L. Mclnnes, BSF'53, chief executive
office! of Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd., and
Gary K. Mullins, BA'64, MA'70, assistant
comrr"ssioner of the Northwest Territories.
-~nu >ra culpa.
Wimer of four Etrog awards for his
CBC-  V drama "A Bird in the House,"
Ing, BA'54, is now involved in a first
for thi Canadian film industry in Saskatchewan. : ;e is directing W.O. Mitchell's "Who
Has S en the Wind," a feature for the first
time f ,.rtly financed by a provincial government,     G. Douglas Killam, BA'55, (PhD,
Londi  ■), moves up from head of English to
the faculty of arts at Acadia Universi-
'enticton school trustee and lawyer,
a Hossie Hamilton, (BA, Toronto),
\ has been elected 1976-77 president
ot the d.C. School Trustees Association....
After i -.Frying out geological assignments in
Austr Ha, England, Africa, Korea and
dean <,
Taiwan for Gulf Oil Corporation, "and losing
considerable hair in the process," Carl
Trygve Carlsen, BA'57, has recently been
transferred to Tokyo, Japan as subsurface
geological supervisor for the North Asian
operations of Gulf Oil.... J.F. Gerald Hodge,
BA'57, (MCP, California), (PhD, MIT), is
currently on the faculty at Queen's University.... Recently installed as president ofthe
Canadian Pharmaceutical Association is
Trevor M. Watson, BSP'57.
Book reviewer and radio broadcaster in
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Patricia Westwood
Barelay-Estrup, BA'58, has just had her first
novel published. It's a Pocket Book from
Simon and Schuster called Buy Canadian.
Light entertaining fiction "it's meant to be a
popular novel, not the Great Canadian
Novel".... "I consider myself a Yukoner"
said Arthur MacDonald Pearson, BSc'58,
MSc'60, (PhD, Helsinki), which is a good
thing to be, especially if one is commissioner
of the Yukon Territory. Pearson took over
his new post July 1 after resigning as head of a
Canadian Wildlife Service research project
in Edmonton. He spent 11 years in
Whitehorse with the CWS before moving to
Edmonton in 1971.... Provincial court judge
Kenneth F. Arkell, LLB'59, has become
county court judge of Yale.
After nine years as manager of Inland
Chemical Co., Prince George, Moss Craigie,
BASc'60, is now product manager operations, industrial chemicals division, Canadian Industries Limited, Montreal.... Joining
the Western Forest Products Laboratory of
Environment Canada's Forestry Service are
chemists Garrick Styam, BSc'62, PhD'65,
and Robert G. Sexsmith, BASc'61, (PhD,
Stanford), who is returning to the Vancouver
area after an absence of eleven years. He was
most recently associate professor of structural engineering at Cornell University.
Styan was formerly on the research staff of
MacMillan Bloedel.... Checking out his
home ground is how Terence Hirst, BASc'62,
MASc'66, (PhD, Berkley), is spending his
academic leave of absence from Lehigh University where he is associate professor of
civil engineering. He will be a consultant in
soil mechanics and foundation engineering
with a Vancouver geotechnical firm.... The
new position of Northwest industrial relations manager, ITT Rayonier Inc. goes to
Eric Y. Mitterndorfer, BCom'62, previously
with their Canadian operations.
Joan Chard, BA'63, (MA, Dalhousie),
(MA, Union Theological Seminary), has
been awarded the $7,000 Queen Elizabeth II
B.C. Centennial scholarship. She is the first
woman to receive the scholarship which is
awarded annually to a B.C. university
graduate continuing studies in the United
Kingdom.... After six years as director ofthe
B.C. Legal Aid Society, Frank Maczko,
LLB'63, is going back to the classroom to
teach family law at UBC. "By laying down
the law to future lawyers I can make them
aware of what's already on the books, and
what needs improving. I can broaden the
base." His close experience with the problems of the poor prompted the observation
that what really needs to be changed are attitudes.... Norma Mickelson, BEd'63, (MA,
Victoria), (PhD, Washington), who has just
become the University of Victoria's first
Fall 76
All home games start at 2 pm, Thunderbird
Sept. 18   Manitoba at UBC
24   UBC at Calgary
Oct. 2   UBC at West. Wash. State
9   Saskatchewan at UBC
16   UBC at Alberta
23   UBC at Manitoba
30   Calgary at UBC
Nov. 6   Playoffs (location, TBA)
13   Central Bowl (away)
20   Canadian College Bowl
Ss© Hockey
All home games start 8 pm, UBC Winter Sports
Oct. 30   Alumni game at UBC
(see reunion news)
Nov. 5-6   UBC at Saskatchewan
12-13   Calgary at UBC
19-20   Saskatchewan at UBC
26-27   UBC at Alberta
All home games start at 8:30 pm, War Memorial
Oct. 29 Grad Reunion game at UBC
30 Dogwood at UBC
Nov. 5-6 Dogwood at UBC
12-13 UBC at Calgary
19-20 Saskatchewan at UBC
26-27 Lethbridge at UBC
Dec. 3 Dogwood at UBC
18-19 UVic tournament
29-30 Pacific Univ. at UBC
For tickets and further information on the above
events or on any UBC athletic events contact
the athletics office, 228-2295 (women) or 228-
2531 (men), (it is suggested that you inquire
locally for location and time of "away" games )
35 woman  dean  is  believed  to  be  the only
woman io head an education faculty at a
Canadian   university    David  C.   Pegg,
BCom'63. secretary and treasurer of Wes-
corp Industries Ltd., has been re-elected for
a second term to head Vancouver's Family
Service Centers, the largest social service
organization in the United Way group of
While Vancouver Province editor Robert
McConnell, BA'64, (MA, Chicago), is moving into the spot of executive assistant to the
publisher of the Montreal Gazette, a onetime Province news editor, Geoffrey T.
Molyneux, BA'63, (MA, Toronto), returns to
edit the editorial page. Molyneux's 13-year
absence from the newspaper field was spent
in academic and government research
posts.... What do you want to be when you
grow up? A life career planning workshop
was lead recently in Nanaimo, B.C. by Mobio
Dyke, BA'64, (MBA, Simon Fraser), aimed
at al! professional business people who were
encouraged to reflect on where they are now
in their life and work, and where they'd like
to be.... Allyne Knox, BA'64, is currently
coordinator of community and regional services at Grande Prairie Regional College, Alberta.... After leaving the business world to
return to school, Robert B. Mackay,
BCom'64, recently graduated from the University of Alberta law school. With his wife,
Gail Carlson Mackay, BA'63, and two children, he is returning to Vancouver.... It's
been a very good year for John Bremmer,
BSA'65, who has been promoted to B.C.
general manager for Andres Wines.... Last
May, Roald G. Thomas, BA'65, formed his
own advertising and marketing consultant
agency, West-Can Communications Ltd.,
with offices in Vancouver and Calgary....
After Sydney, Australia and travelling
around the world for two years, David Patrick Willis, BCom'65, has settled in the
Okanagan with his wife and three children.
He is a partner in a Vernon chartered accounting firm.
It was the alertness of Philip B. Lind,
BA'66, who called police to report a prowler
at his next-door neighbor's house that enabled constables to surprise an armed man
attempting to kidnap Signy Eaton, the young
daughter of the head of Eaton's of Canada in
Toronto last June.... Well-travelled James
Sotvedt, BA'66, is acclimatizing himself to
life in Ottawa with trade and commerce's
defense programs branch after serving as
consul and trade commissioner in Zambia for
two years, and previously with the Canadian
consulate in the U.S. and Guatemala....
Former dairy bacteriologist, William G.
Styles, BSc'66, MSc'73, is now leading a different flock and he and his wife, Gerry Gray
Styles, BSc'66, are greatly enjoying the radical change of lifestyle. They left the labs at
UBC for the Baptist ministry in 1974. At
present they tend a "warm and loving congregation of 100 people at First Baptist
Former UBC hockey 'Bird, Dot
Buchanan, BSc'74, is now with Sei
ways, in the six-team Japan Hockey
Norma Mickelson
Church, Flin Flon, Manitoba.... A Langley
school district reading consultant, Benno W.
Toews, BA'66, has been appointed principal
of a new elementary school in Mission,
B.C.... Many of his poems relate to work,
and Tom Wayman, BA'66, (MFA, Californi-
a), poet-in-residence at the University of
Windsor, has had his own work honored by
Michigan State University. He was presented with the Smith Prize for distinguished
achievement in Canadian poetry —
Kootenaiana is a new disease spotted by
Ronald J. Welwood, BA'66, BLS'67, who has
edited a bibliography, ofthe same name, of a
vast variety of materials relating to the
Kootenay area of B.C., offering relief and
interest to ail sufferers and aficionados....
Hong Kong seems "positively tranquil" to
Hugh L. Stephens, BA'67, (BEd, Toronto),
(MA, Duke), after his stint with the Canadian
Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently
studying Mandarin in anticipation of being
posted to Peking.... Arthur E. Soregaroli,
(BS, Iowa State), (MSc, Idaho), PhD'68, has
been appointed vice-president, exploration
of Western Mines Ltd.
Dorothy Mills, BA'70, education center
co-ordinator with I.B.M. Canada, told members ofthe National Secretaries Association
at a recent seminar that secretaries are interrupted on an average of 44 times a day....
Duane Zilm, BASc'70, is now director ofthe
human responses lab at the Addiction Research Foundation in Toronto. His wife is
also busy, and to keep our records straight,
Gwenyth Smith Zilm, BA'68, is systems librarian at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute....
JohmD. Adams, BA'72, is curator at Heritage
Village, Burnaby.... John Gluekman, (BSc,
McGill), MBA'73, was recently named
vice-president of Realscope Realty Ltd., in
Vancouver. ..   Hockey  Night in Japan?
Larimer-Berry. Hugh Clement Lai
Ruth Eleanor Berry, BHE'63, May 8
Winnipeg.... Paterson-Van Druten.
Allen Paterson, BCom'68, MBA'69
Eleanor Van Druten, BEd'70, Mv.
1976 in Burnaby.... Wilson-Pryde.
Thomas Wilson to Lorraine G.
BHE'74, March 27, 1976.... Woods
Guy P. Woods, BSc'74, to Pamela L
BPE'74, July 26, 1976 in Trail.
ler ti
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon L. Davis, BSc'71, (j
Marie Beardmore, BEd'72), a daughter
Tracy-Marie, March 5, 1976 in Kelowna...,
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis N. Hon, BSc'72!
BSP'76, a son, David Owen, June 7, 1976in
Vancouver.... Mr, and Mrs. Til Erhard
Nawatski, LLB'72, a boy, Attila Hellmuth
Silver, May 28, 1976, in Vancouver.... Mr,
and Mrs. Gary W. Partington, LLB'72, a
daughter, Sara Lynn, January 26, 1976, in
Montreal.... Mr. and Mrs. Hugh L. Stephens,
BA'67, a daughter, Nicola Nowell, June 26,
1976 in Hong Kong.... Dr. and Mrs. DipakC,
Talapatra, PhD'72, a daughter, Indrani, June
26, 1976 in Alexandria, Virginia.
Harold E. Bramston-Cook, BASc'24,
MASc'25, accidentally June 1976 in LaJolla,
California. He began working in California
1926, first for Union Oil and then Oronite
Chemical Company. He was on active duty
in the Second World War in the U.S. Navy.
He later rose to the rank of rear admiral in the
U.S. Navy Reserve. He is survived by his
wife and daughter.
George Ernest Wesley Clarke, BSA'22,
June 1975 in Abbotsford, B.C. A past president of Abbotsford Rotary Club and the Vancouver branch ofthe B.C. Agrologist Society, he retired as supervising horticulturalist
for the B.C. government in 1960, after 18
years of service. He was a First World War
veteran. He is survived by his wife ( ^nnie
Louise Campbell, BA'22), two dau;-:htei!>
one son, two sisters, and one brother.
Werner H.G. Jordan, BSc'58, (PhD Hon
olulu), accidentally April 1976 at Ala Moana
beach, Honolulu, Hawaii. He is survi* .nib)
his wife.
Morton Digby Leigh, BA'27, (M'.'CM
McGill), September 1975 in Palm S< ings
California. Early in his career he sei  _'d as
Cathy Berry. . .Starting
your own Darkroom —
don't shoot in the dark-
shell help you see the
Sight. of anesthesia at the Children's
al   Hospital,   Montreal,  and  helped
ie Montreal College of Anesthesia.
he  UBC medical school opened in
was named clinical associate profes-
rigery. Three years later he resigned
ouver appointments to accept posi-
os Angeles at the Children's Memo-
pita! and the University of Califor-
was an international authority in the
'bertt ,J,eidot inesthesia related to infants and small
W \iuldre     He is survived by his wife, (Joan
'9 ''i|atAi hur, LLB'54), two sons and three
nt0llL'taught rs
Mar, aret Anne Letts, BSc'74, accidentally
ebiu y 1976, near Geneva, Switzerland.
at nded Selkirk College for two years
prior t<- completing her degree at UBC. The
college has set up an annual award in her
name, ifor further information contact Dr.
peter Wood, c/o Selkirk College, Box 1200,
[astlejy.ar, B.C. VIN3J1). She is survived by
her husband.
Weldon Robert McAfee, BA'22, May 1976,
in Vancouver. He entered UBC as a member
ofthe first freshman class in 1915, but like
many of his classmates interrupted his education to serve with the Canadian Armed
Services in France. After graduation and a
year ai Harvard, on scholarship, studying
economics he devoted his career to the family lumber business near Prince Rupert. He is
survived by his wife, (Nina Munn, BA'21),
two daughters and two sons.
Abraham L. Marshall, BAM8, (MA, Toronto),  (PhD,   London),   May   1974  in
Schenectady, New York. He was manager of
the chemistry research department of General Electric until his retirement in  1961,
when he was named research consultant. He
is survived by his wife.
Joseph  F.  Morgan,   BA'41,   BSA'41,
MSA'42, May 1976, in Saskatoon, Sask. He
was professor of biochemistry, professor and
head of the department of cancer research
and acting head of the department of microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan. In the 1950s he received international
acclaim for helping develop the medium in
which the Salk anti-polio vaccine was produced, as a result of which, mass production
ofthe vaccine became possible. More recently he had concentrated on cancer re-
seaich. In 1970 he was elected president of
the Canadian Society of Microbiologists. He
is urvived by his wife and five children.
„      Dorothy Margaret Bird Wallace, BA'42,
e k April i976 in Vancouver. After graduating in
5 bai tenology she spent many years abroad, in
ll Peiu Columbia, the U.S., and Libya. A col-
,| lection of butterflies she made in Columbia
) t| was presented to the Spencer Museum ofthe
k ji; department of zoology. She is survived by
|b h.sband, William (BASc'41), and two
ugh ers.
lie-Jerk G.C. Wood,  BA(McGill), (MA,
^Haiv; rd),DLit'71, June 1976 in Vancouver.
'JJ One i,  UBC's first faculty members, he was
ff half i ;' the two-man English department
|\j when the university opened in  1915.  He
■• found-d and directed the UBC Players'
f Club   anticipating the present theatre de-
f Paitm nt. The Frederic Wood Theatre on
,[ camp,, s honors his significant and major con-
, I tnbuti >n to theatrical development in the
j Provir ce. He is survived by his wife, (Beat-
M ic* h-hnson, BSN'23), two daughters and a
11 S011   'A personal reminiscence of Freddy
»<od iippears in the Letters section of this
'»'(. - Editor) n
UBC Alumni Branches
It's amazing what you find hanging
around in branches these days — everything from slumbering sloths to
chirping birds.
Campbell River: Jim Bouiding (Box 216).
Castlegar: Bruce Fraser (365-7292). Courtenay: William Dale (339-5159). Duncan:
David Williams (746-7121). Kamloops: Bud
Aubrey (372-8845); Sandy Howard (374-
1872).Kelowna: Eldon Worobieff (762-5445
ext.,38). Kimberiy: Larry Garstin (427-2600).
Nanaimo: James Slater (732-1211). Nelson:
Leo Gansner (352-3742); Judith Bussinger
(352-7277). Penticton: Dick Brooke (492-
6100). Powell River: Richard Gibbs (487-
9150). Prince Rupert: Dennis Hon (624-9737).
Salmon Arm: W.H. Letham (832-2264). Victoria: Kirk Davis (656-3966). Williams Lake:
Anne Stevenson (392-4365).
Calgary: Frank Garnett (262-7906). Edmonton: John Haar (425-8810); Gary Caster (465-
1342). Halifax: Carol MacLean (324-2444).
Montreal: Hamlyn Hobden (866-2055). Ottawa: Robert Yip (997-2023); Bruce Harwood
(996-5357); Quebec City: Ingrid Parent (527-
9888). St. John's: Barbara Draskoy (726-
2576). Toronto: Ben Stapleton (868-0733).
Winnipeg: Gary Coopland (453-3918).
California North: Stewart & Joann Dickson
(453-1035). California Soyth: Dr. Bill Patrick
(879-1700). Colorado: Harold Wright (892-
6556). New Uteris®: Martin Goodwin (763-
3493). New York: Rosemary Brough (688-
2656). Seattle and the Pacific N.W.: P.
Gerald Marra (641-2714).
Australia: Christopher Brangwin, 12 Watkins
Street, Bondi, Sydney. Bermuda: John Keefe,
P.O. Box 1007, Hamilton. England: Alice
Hemming, 35 Elsworthy Road, London N W 3.
Ethiopia: Taddesse Ebba, College of Agriculture, Dire Dawa, Box 138, Addis Adaba. Hong
Kong: Dr. Thomas Chung-Wai Mak, Science
Centre, Chinese University, Shatin. Japan:
Maynard Hogg, 1-4-22 Kamikitazawa,
Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo. Scotland: Jean Aitchison, 32 Bentfield Drive, Preswick. South
Africa: Kathleen Lombardi, Applethwaite Farm,
Elgin, C. P.
A Postie's Lot
is Not
A Happy One,..
Specially, when he brings the
alumni records department
bags of alumni 'unknowns'.
So, if you're planning to
change your name, address or
life style...let us know—
and you'll bring a little lightness
to a postie's walk. (Enclosure of your
Chronicle mailing label is helpful. If we have
your postal code wrong, please correct us.)
Alumni Records
UBC Alumni Association
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1X8
(Indicate preferred title. Married women please note husband's full name.)
Graduation name 	
(If different from above.)
Postal Code Class year
37 letter:
A Tale of the Maggie
I feel that your readers and particularly
those ofthe classes of 1958-62 would be interested in the story ofthe "Maggie" — the
very attractive Davidson dinghy which the
students of those years, through the Alma
Mater Society, presented to Mrs. MacKenzie and myself on our retirement. In addition,
the students council came one day to Bowyer
Island, where we have a little cottage, to
build a "slurp way" up which we could haul
the dingy for storage under the cottage during
the winter. Over the years, we have both had
a great deal of pleasure, particularly Mrs.
MacKenzie, sailing and rowing the boat.
A few weeks ago someone broke into our
cottage — took the mast, sail, rudder, centre
board and oars out of the cottage, also my
"mosquito bar" — and the boat itself which
was chained and locked to one ofthe uprights
under the cottage. It turned up a week later
abandoned in one of the little bays west of
Glen Eagles, but with several items missing.
Bob Fortune's (the weather man), young
son found it and put an ad in the papers. So
one of these days we hope to have the "Maggie" back at Bowyer, will equip it again and
Mrs. MacKenzie (Margaret, for whom the
boat is named) will be sailing the waters of
Howe Sound.
So again, a thank you to the students of
"my generation" — and the hope that they
are all on the way to their "hearts desire. "
Norman MacKenzie
(Sometimes more often "Larry")
President emeritus
More food for thought
I take strong exception to a statement made
in "Food for Thought" by Nicole Strickland,
which appeared in the Spring, 1976 issue. In
predicting an increase in the production of
"convenience foods" she states that: "The
growing numbers of women in the work force
have indicated a rising demand for fast
I don't quarrel with her prediction: there
probably will be increased production of
convenience foods. I would like to see her
evidence that this increase will be in response to a rising demand from working women, or indeed from homemakers at all. It
would be more accurate, I believe, to say that
producers of "fast foods" will flood the markets with more and more of these products
which do not require careful handling and do
not spoil readily, for their own benefit.
As for the "growing numbers of women in
the work force" — in my experience — and
it's rather lengthy — it is the working women
of my acquaintance who like to make their
own bread at the weekends, who seldom use
cake mixes, who use fresh vegetables in
place of canned or dried or frozen ones. As
one ofthe women in the work force, I resent
the implication that it is our reliance on the
over-packaged, over-processed, admittedly
convenient food products that is responsible
for the appearance of more of them in our
food markets.
Kathleen M. Yull
Richmond, B.C.
Freddy Wood remembered
It was once said of two eminent men of letters
ofthe last century that when a friendship had
lasted for over 30 years it was scarcely ever
necessary to enquire of what materials that
friendship had been comprised.
What then is one to say of more than 50
years of friendship with Freddy Wood?
Materials there were in plenty; and whether
one enquired or not, there was a constant
flow of friendship, weaving together abundant materials: exacting standards of scholarship, a wondrous appreciation ofthe force
and the niceties of language, a never-failing
curiosity, a smouldering sense of humor that
could be sardonic but, equally and often, was
compassionate and encouraging. Behind all
these accompaniments of a long professional
career were equally high public standards of
fairness and fair play; and public standards
and private virtues were sustained throughout the whole of his life.
I suppose that the liveliest single focus of
remembrance arises from the fact, that
Freddy was an authentic — as he was one of
the last — living links with the earliest teaching days of UBC at Fairview. One knew that
he had been a member ofthe first (and singularly long-lived) class (1903) at Victoria College; that he was a student at McGill and at
Harvard; that he taught for a time at Victoria
High School before joining the UBC faculty
more than 60 years ago. One knew also that
in the last year of his life he had been able to
join in the 50th and 45th reunions of two
classes of which he had been honorary president; and that he and the devoted Bea had
celebrated their golden wedding anniversary
surrounded by children and grandchildren.
One rejoices that the Frederic Wood Theatre
enshrines the interest in experimental drama
that was one of his great avocations — an
interest which he handed on to many , inera
tions of lively Thespians. And one is lad to
remember that the university confer ed on
him the honorary degree of doctor o! aws
Since I never went to him in ch. s, my
closest and original Point Grey con ection
was through the Players' Club. I had he ex
perience of "try-outs," one-act pla s, the
Spring Tour of 1930, and one year ; s trea
surer (not then an onerous task). Som of my
liveliest recollections are of "readin; " ses
sions, by which, as it chanced, I wa1 intro
duced to Noel Coward. Then there wco a day
when, doubling in sound (i.e., with ga, pipes
instead of brass) I, with some over-
enthusiastic helpers, was trying to simulate
minute-bells announcing the death of George
II. I have never forgotten the stentorian and
slightly pained enquiry from the darkness out
front: "What is this supposed to be —the
Relief of Mafeking?"
As he had not gone on the Spring Touri
1929 because of illness, the welcome that
greeted Freddy in several communities was
doubled in 1930; and it emphasized how persuasive and how virile an ambassador for
UBC he was throughout the province. There
was then no UBC extension department,
talking pictures were taking over from silent
films and the annual visit ofthe Players' Club
was a link of first-class importance.
On tour Freddy was supposed to be a demanding disciplinarian but one could not
help smiling at the leader who wondered out
loud, at Woodward's Landing, whether the
color of the ferry tickets had changed since
1928 (he had one in his wallet) or who, ruefully contemplating 12 members ofthe cast of
"Friend Hannah", whose paid-for dinneis
had vanished overboard during a rough passage aboard the CPR Princess Royal between Comox and Powell River, wondered
whether the show could go on. It could, and
Overseas, Freddy was a committed
theatre-goer. One would meet him' n London, already holding tickets for evenings and
matinees for an entire week. One would oc
casionally join him and Bea at one if these
performances and the index of enjoyment
would be reflected in the crinkly line at the
edges of his searching eyes.
In more recent years, dividing t! e time
between California and Vancouver, "Yeddy
continued as a mild observer of eve its i
human foibles, still intensely inten .ted
ideas, books, drama and the career;- of;
dents he had known over the years  Eve
remembrance of him is bound up v ith
sense of useful achievement which he
couraged in hundreds and hundreds of s
dents.  Perhaps UBC has no mor
memorial of long and distinguished s< "vice.j
James A. Gibson. '3A3|
President e< eriti
Brock Uni ersityl
St. Catherine . Ont [


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