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we would hove put it in on ordinary bottle.
With the one-step
twist off gold cop.
A mellow fully aged whisky with a smooth light out of the ordinary taste. ^^■UBC ALUMNI ■ |
Volume 35, Number I Spring 1981
Woodruff Wood
Clive Cocking
People, Places and Patterns
Inflation Strikes at the
University's Pocketbook
Achievements and Dreams in
Cancer Research
Eleanor Wachtel
A Book Review
Himie Koshevoy
Election Results
EDITOR Susan Jamieson MeLarnon, BA'65
COVER Peter Lynde, based on photographs by
Woodruff Wood.
Editorial Committee
Nancy Woo, BA'69, Chair; Michael W. Hunter, BA'63, LLB'67,
Deputy Chair; Alison Beaumont; Marcia Boyd, MA75; Peter
Jones; Murray McMillan; Bel Nemetz, BA'35; Nick Omelusik,
BA'64, BLS'66; David Richardson, BCom'71; Lorraine Shore,
BA'67, LLB'79; Art Stevenson, BASc'66; El Jean Wilson.
Alumni Media: Vancouver (604) 688-6819
Toronto (416) 781-6957
By special arrangement this issue of the Chronicle carries as an insert an alumni edition of UBC Reports, the
university administration's campus publication. The
UBC information office has responsibility for the editorial content and production of UBC Reports.
ISSN 0041-4999
Published quarterly by the Alumni Association of the University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, Canada. The copyright of all contents is registered. BUSINESS AND
EDITORIAL OFFICES: Cecil Green Park, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1X8, (604)-228-3313 SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Alumni
Chronicle is sent to all alumni of the university. Subscriptions are available at $5 a
year; student subscriptions $1 a year. ADDRESS CHANGES: Send new address
with old address label if available, to UBC Alumni Records, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T1X8.
Return Requested.
Postage paid at the Third Class rate Permit No. 4311
Member, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Indexed in Canadian Education Index
Official Notice
of Annual
Notice is hereby given that the Annual
Meetingof the UBC Alumni Association
will be held at the hour of 8:00 p.m. on
Thursday, May 21,1981 at Cecil Green
Park, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, B.C.
For further information call the Alumni
Office, 228-3313.
Peter Jones,
Executive Director
Plan on making an evening of it and take
advantage of the informal dinner that will
be available prior to the meeting
($10.dO/person). Reception from 6:00
p.m. (no-host bar), dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations are essential. To make yours,
call the Alumni Office.
Coming Soon...
The UBC Board of Governors will be
holding an off-campus meeting in
Kamloops on May 1,1981. A dinner,
highlighting this important event will be
held at the Kamloops Canadian Inn.
Reception (no-host bar) from
6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets can be obtained by writing to the
UBC Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T1X8, or from the alumni contacts in
your area. Full details will be mailed early
in April.
Reserve early—
Limited reservations
Everyone is welcome.
Another Special Event...
There will be an Open-House at the
Thompson Park Shopping Mall, April 30,
May 1-2. See the news section for more
Chronicle/Spring 1981  ? Woodruff W. Wood
The University of British Columbia,
School of Architecture has conducted six
previous studies-abroad programs: Venice, Athens, Paris, Jerusalem, Osaka and
Greece revisited. The seventh program, in
Ahmedabad, India, concluded April 1,
1980. These studies are developed as an
education opportunity to help our future
designers have a greater awareness and
sensitivity to environmental design issues
beyond the limited North American context. We undertake project work related to
the host city and, although we do not presume to solve other people's problems, we
hope to have, through our "innocent
eyes," some visions of potential for further
The journey began like a zig-zag
nightmare. Early in the dark,
stormy, morning-after-Christmas,
26 of us (19 students, three wives, two
children, John Haaf and I) said goodbye
to friends and family and boarded a plane
to Los Angeles. An eight hour wait allowed us to sample some shrines of
American culture. The Magic Kingdom
of Disneyland and psychedelic Venice.
Our departure was westward (to the east)
to warm and humid Honolulu, bleak and
cold Seoul, verdant quilted Taipei and
then into Bangkok, our first pause. A hurried day of gilded Buddhist palaces and
temples, floating boat canal markets and
busy streets full of people and exotic
goods, served as a preview of our destination.
We arrived in Calcutta the next morning — time-dazed but in India. There is
no need to explain our three-hour airport
experience. Everyone coming into India
has at least one bureaucratic misadventure
to smile about. A robed and blanketed
philosopher-guide stuffed us into five decrepit yet fearless taxis and we plummet-
ted into a fast and frightening tour of this
endless city, driving to the very centre —
the Kali temple at Kalighat near the bank
of the Hooghley River. Through a teeming street market (chowk), into the intense, savage and primitive inner temple,
all of life and death crowded in on us. This
brief experience left most of us shaken but
better prepared for our journey.
India is vast. To convey its magnitude,
the analogy is that India is like all of
Europe from Russia to the British Isles
and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean Sea. Any analysis or idea, any object
or subject inevitably ends superlatively,
exotically and in plethoric extremes. This
4 Chronicle/Spring 1981 Bicycle wheels make a store mobile in a busy
diversity is woven together on a cloth of
the recurrent and continuous Hindu religion. Such an incredible carpet. Although
we had a fall session course on India and
weekly seminars, we felt the necessity to
design a two-week journey from east to
west across the Indo-Gangetic plain so we
could find our "India-legs."
New Year's Eve in Bhubaneswar Officer's Club drinking bad brandy. New
Year's a warm sunny day of Orissan
Hindu temples (from 8th century) climaxing in the sun temple of Konorak, an immense, intricately carved out, early 13th
century stone juggernaut. We closed this
day with a swim in the Bay of Bengal at
Puri, watching the sun set into the ocean
and thinking of Vancouver.
Varanasi, the city of Hindu pilgrimage
beside the sacred Ganga, eerie, misty
morning in a river boat, with clustered
temples looming darkly behind the
stone-stepped river's edge (ghats) where
hundreds of people were washing, bathing in ritual ceremonies and cremation
co-mingled. In Sarnath, where legend has
Buddha preaching his first sermon, a massive stupa (500 A.D.) stands sentinel over
a wasteland of Buddhist relics surviving
from the Great Emperor Ashoka's reign
(326 B.C.). Khajuraho, in Central India,
is many scattered stone temples, all surfaces covered with sensuously carved
gods, goddesses, animals and mortal delights (950 A.D.). Agra, the seat of the
great, yet brief, Moghul dynasty of
Babur, Akbar and Shah Jahan (mid 16th
to mid 17th century) has some of the finest
and most famous of Moghul buildings
which climax in the truly magical mood of
Toward Death
river slowly moves in its bed
wrapped in wrinkled sheets of ochre sand
all life keeps in bed of river
all life moves to river's dream of sea
day comes to river
jackal dogs are nights last
early to prey in rivers dawn
shore birds peck the sand
hovering carrions calmly eye the nights debris.
women come first, headlong carrying
bundles of cloth to slap the edge of sand & muddy stream
relentlessly slap, bundle, flap, slapping
until the rituals of wash, fluttering many-color streamers,
are strung in the sultry sun.
men come to river, scrape sand
into piles like burial mounds
then into bags straddled on grey donkeys
plodding bed and bank to city
children come to river,
all day long dark lean moving
swarms of children are in bed and river
pulling, pushing, sitting, running, bathing.
animals come to river
herds of brindled goats and spindled sheep
come to river
cattle, monkeys, camels and elephants
come to river,
changing, indifferent, relentless river of life
Chronicle/Spring 1981 5 the white marbled tomb — Taj Mahal.
Delhi, the centre of India over a thousand
years, is an agglomeration of seven cities
and many rulers' monuments — from
Moslem Qutb Minar, an elaborate tower
and early mosque (1200 A.D.) to Sir
Edwin Lytyen's "New Delhi" of the
British Raj (1920). To the southwest,
Jaipur, the pink stone carved city founded
in the early 18th century, when Jai Singh,
a very talented man in all fields of science
and war, moved the capital of Rajasthan
from the magnificent palace — fortress of
Amber, with rooms of mirrored magic.
After our zig-zag across oceans to India,
we complete a jig-joggled journey by long
train from Jaipur arriving late, tired and
dirty in Ahmedabad, our home base for
three months.
Initial morning of Makar Sankranti (a
kite festival). The skies so full of fighting,
colored kites and the roofs and streets of
the old city so full of celebrants that even
the birds stayed perched that day.
During our working stay in
Ahmedabad, we took field trips on some
weekends in surrounding Gujarat and adjacent states of Rajasthan and
Maharashtra. An elephant-paced battered
bus to princely Barodaand Dabhoi. Bustling British Bombay on the Arabian Sea
and nearby rock-cut caves of Elephanta
(5th century) with wondrous bas relief
colossi of Brahminical gods. Udaipur,
filigreed marble palaces like fairyland
ships floating on serene lakes. Mount
Abu, high in the hills of Rajasthan ... Jain
temples with exquisite ceiling of marble
lace. Modera sun temple standing alone
with a pooled forecourt proudly on the dry
plains of North Gujarat is perhaps the
finest achievement of Hindu architecture
(1026 A.D.).
Pyramids of fresh produce await bargainers
and buyers on the sidewalk (above) and in
the covered markets (left)... and in the street
(right) saris, sewing machines, peddlers,
and beds resting on the wall until night.
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6 Chronicle/Spring 1981 Ahmedabed, with over three million
people, in central Gujarat was chosen as
the place of study because of UBC's relationship with one of India's foremost
schools of architecture and planning.
Founded by Ahmed Shah I on the Sabar-
mati River in 1411, it was long considered
India's finest city. It was here that Islam's
ideals of architecture, combined with the
long skilled tradition of local Hindu
craftsmen of wood and stone, developed a
very high order of Indo-Saracenic style.
Ahmedabad abounds in unsurpassed
monuments from this time, still alive, active and merged with the resurgent Hindu
people and places, with fine examples of
the colonial city and with some world-
famous modern architectural monuments.
We lived in an anachronism — a new
hotel in the centre of the old city. The
hotel was not unlike any modest North
American one except for the hovering attentive service and the view over the jumbled carpet of roofs. As you emerged
through the basement, to the street in a
neighborhood called Pankornaka you
were engulfed by the cacaphony of a truly
Indian city. The city was surrounded by a
massive fortress wall of brick with 14
gates; a rectangle of just over two square
miles adjacent to the east bank of the
river. The complexity of buildings and
pathways, the diversity, the intensity of
experience and the density of goods and
people is stunning. One and a half million
people live within what is left of the old
city wall and another one and a half million in the "new" city surrounding. To
better understand what this city was, we
struck five teams (four of our students and
one Indian student in each team) which
explored and recorded for one week a path
from the "centre" of the old city to five
different gates. We were a curiosity in
these teeming streets with crowds gathering and following the students
everywhere. This strangeness never
abated as we were the only strangers to be
seen. The teams then began the five major
urban design projects:
Old City wall, Shahpur. One of the last
portions of the original city wall (circa
1486) having a presence and a potential. In
its length, it is witness to a cross section of
Indian society; Parsee, Jain, Hindu, Muslim, immigrants and native Gujarati. It
also holds a cross section of urban building; traditional pol neighborhoods, 19th
century mansions, ten storey concrete
apartment blocks and squatter settlements. Work done by: Amram Boaz,
Lynne Gilroy, Teddy Lai, Donna Williams, and Laxman Patel. These students
made proposals of repair and infill which
would soften the growing conflicts.
Urban River, Lai Darwaja. The area
around and between Ellis and Nehru
Bridges is the focus of major buildings,
transportation and also contains the only
open space and river access ofthe old city.
It is the centre of the city and has a great
importance. Work done by: Greg Ballentine, Doug Hamilton, Keith Hemphill,
Tim Lindsay and Mahesh Patel. This project attempted to secure the city relationship to the open spaces and to the river.
Jamma Mashjid - Manek Chowk. The
main spine of the city, from the river
through Bhadra, culminates in the major
mosque (circa 1412-24) tomb complex
surrounded by the market. This traditional urban relationship of sacred and
secular has a very taut balance of serenity
and frenzy. Work done by: Peter Charles,
Elaine Horricks, Anne Lewison, Bob
Worden, Al Mitchell, and Parth Restogi.
This again was a project which dealt with
the issues of repair and infill in such a way
as to sustain and enhance the market and
to respect the existing monuments.
Neighborhoods, TwopolsandAstodia Gate.
These areas in the south sector of the old
city are typical of the traditional pol
(neighborhood) organization and also of
the derelict darwajas (gate). These older
portions of the city, as in any city, are in
decline. Work done by: Carole Arnston,
Lance Nordling, Brent North, Ted Murray and Sonal Doctor. This involved the
design of public and private spaces and
pathways with infill housing at appropriate scale of densities.
Urban Villages, Kochrab, Vastrapur.
Kochrab, a settlement predating
Ahmedabad, became part of the city in
1911. Vastrapur, a later village is now becoming part of the urban complex. These
places, differing in structure and content
from the surround, are embedded into the
city systems. Work done by: Jose
Gonzalez-Sugasaga, John Ota, Annie
Pedret and Anand Tatu. Here the task
was to suggest ways that the impact of
urban growth might be ameliorated and
the village structure strengthened.
Chromde/Spring 1981 7 In addition to these major design projects each student chose two topics for a
research paper and directed studies. This
work was as rich and varied as the palate
from which it was drawn.
It was as marvellous an experience as
one could dream of— but it was not easy.
The time of life and work had a strange
elasticity. Sometimes it would stretch effortlessly where nothing seemed to happen or then it would snap back with the
onrush of too many events to understand
or contain. Time slack and time taut.
Oceans of time since we left but not
enough time to finish what should be
done. Everything rushes past and yet we
are indelibly stained. Sickness visited
each of us haphazardly. We saw no rain
since coming to Ahmedabad. It was warm
and balmy. Toward the end of term it
became hot and then more hot.
The city surrounded by cloth mills, has
a pall of smoke as a daily blanket. Intensity of streets, hubub of torrent traffic all
wearing to the spirit as the temperature
rises and the time runs out.
We present the work that was completed in early April and depart, each with
our own journey, toward home.
We are mostly back now. I say "mostly"
not only because  our   "companion-
expediter" Alan Short is still in Orissa and
one student is working in Spain, but also
because part of all of us is still in India and
part of India is within us. The work finally
was done, presented and now shelved but
India still haunts our memories. An incredible place — an indelible experience.
There the past continues to live with the
present and the present is endless. The
timeless and contemporary are side by
side: camelcart and truck, monkey and
motorcycle, two-thousand-year-old stone
with "Corbu"-concrete, the hand-made
brick and the airplane. Some of India is
terrifying, some triumphant but all is fantastic.
The main image of India, though no
generalizations can safely express the
abundant contradictions, the main image
is the villageness of all settlement. It is the
inverse of North America and Europe urbanity: nearly 90 per cent of all the people
live in village situations. Even the cities
are agglomerations of village life. All life
and all activity of life takes place in the
street. Children grow up with a very clear
grasp of reality. There are very few simulations or abstractions. A house is raised
from the earth itself in the form of mud
and brick and whatever cast-off material
found becomes the adornment. The most
humble houses are adorned as sensitively
as women are dressed and bedecked with
In the afternoon heat, there's time to sit and
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changing, indifferent, relentless river of life
cities come to river
a teeming jumbled tumult
containing all conceivable cacaphony
every plant and animal
every smell, taste, color, touch & sound
come to river
every form of object in order and in chaos
and the inchoate stones of all societies
are mute witness to this endless flow
of poverty beyond repair
& richness beyond compare.
evening sun shadows wrinkled sand
shimmers water & brightens children
throwing lumps of debris into river
& then sun drops into river
life retreats to edge of river
dark is quick, fires are lit
night comes to river
& river flows dark and inexorably.
death proves river's stream to sea
death sleeps in bed and river
wrapped in wrinkled shrouds of ochre sand
river slowly moves the dead
Toward Life
8 Chroaicle/Spring 1981
Vividly colored in my mind is a beautiful young woman resplendent in purple
and orange silk sari, jingling with gold
jewellery, gracefully picking up cow
"pies" and shaping them for drying.
There is a profound richness to this directness of life and celebration of traditions and rituals which makes our urban
places seem even more sterile with paucity
of purpose.
We have experienced much. I hope we
have understood some. D
For the India project the following organizations are gratefully acknowledged for
their assistance-
Canadian International Development
Shastri: Indo-Canadian Foundation
 UBC Alumni Fund	
The UBC Alumni Fund provided a grant of
$2300 to assist the students in the production
of a commercial quality film documenting
their experience in India. The film is in the
final editing stages and should be available
for viewing this summer.
Woodruff (Bud) Wood is an associate prof es-
sor of architecture at UBC. Hard
Inflation strikes
At the University's
Clive Cocking
A whole lot of young faculty members
today wish someone had told them
earlier about the Catch-22 of
academe. No one fresh out of graduate
school in the fractious '60s and early 70s
had any doubts that, like it or not, the
Damoclean law of academic survival was
publish or perish. Only lately have they
discovered the catch: publish and you
survive professionally, but economically
you may still perish.
Well, not quite literally. But then many
UBC faculty, disenchanted with the current rewards of scholarship, argue that
their problems are also far beyond solution by simply cutting out the lunch-time
sherry. The fact is that an economic crisis
is, once again, imperilling the academic
life of UBC. Severe restraint, if not harsh
cutbacks, are now the order of the day.
Chronicle/Spring 1981 9 "They used to say that
the view was worth
one-third of your
salary...but the
attractions of Vancouver
wont do it anymore
because of the cost of
"...$4.6 million has
been cut out of the
operating budget base
and the university is...
cutting a further $1.2
million this year.
Inevitably, this is having
an adverse impact on
the quality of academic
life at UBC."
This drastic regime is being felt most
sharply in the inadequate salaries being
paid to faculty, particularly younger
academics, in many areas of the university.
Inflation is admittedly hurting almost
all British Columbians. But over the past
five years UBC professors have been
among the bigger losers: their salary increases have failed to keep pace with the
rising local cost of living and they have
received significantly smaller increases
than many other occupational groups.
The trend is not only beginning to squeeze
the joy of scholarly life out of UBC faculty
but literally to squeeze faculty out of
The university has abruptly lost its
place as one ofthe meccas for academics in
Canada: it is losing faculty and having
difficulty replacing them. "They used to
say that the view was worth one-third of
your salary," says science dean Dr. Cy
Finnegan. "But the attractions of Vancouver won't do it anymore because of the
cost of living." The skyrocketing cost of
housing is the main problem. With the
average city house selling for $120,000 —
or averaging more like $220,000 if it's on
the west side — it's not surprising that a
growing number of professors are finding
that they can't afford the academic life of
There is, as a result, a deepening mood
of bitter discontent on Point Grey, particularly among younger faculty still
struggling to get established in their
careers — and in their own homes. Dedicated as they may be to teaching, research
and publication, many of them have recently had the sinking sensation that they
are — at least financially — getting
nowhere. The plight of Dr. Lee Johnson,
a 36-year-old tenured associate professor
of English, is not untypical of those still
struggling up the lower academic rungs.
Johnson came to UBC direct from
graduate school 11 years ago, "trailing not
clouds of glory but debts" and he's still
paying them off today. For every one of
those years he had to teach extra-sessional
classes to support his wife and four children and make payments on his debts,
which will finally be wiped out this summer. "It was impossible to buy a house in
Vancouver when I came here and as the
years went by that impossibility has become almost metaphysical," he says.
They rented a house in Dunbar originally,
but last summer the landlord forced them
out as he wanted to live there. With other
house rents then beyond reach (about
$1,000 a month), the Johnsons bought a
small house for $75,000 in Coquitlam, 22
miles from campus. Now he commutes
every day by bus, two hours each way,
because he cannot afford a car. Aside from
disliking the grind of long-distance commuting, Johnson is convinced he cannot
serve the university as well as when he
lived closer and could attend evening
meetings. "I've given up being a scholar
and teacher," he jokes bitterly, "and become a full-time bus rider."
Not about to perish professionally at
least, Johnson has written a book on William Wordsworth's major poetry, which is
to be published by the University of Toronto Press. While he's committed to
UBC, there are days, he admits, when he
hopes this book will inspire some other
university English department to make
him an offer he can't refuse.
"It wouldn't take much," says Johnson.
"If somebody offered me a job that would
allow me to sell this dump we're living in
in Coquitlam and get a really nice house
within walking or cycling distance of the
university, then I would have to consider
it very carefully."
The dynamics of collective bargaining
being what they are, the UBC Faculty
Association and the university administration do not see eye to eye on the seriousness of the faculty salary issue. There is an
inevitable gap of significant dimension in
dollars and percentage points in their calculations and conclusions that can only be
narrowed, if at all, around the annual bargaining table. But both sides do agree that
a problem exists and it is cause for concern.
"Faculty salaries stayed with inflation
from 1971 to 1973," said associate chemistry professor Dr. Larry Weiler, who
chairs the faculty salary negotiating team.
"We gained a little in 1974 and then lost all
of that gain in 1975 and much more since.
We've dropped 15 per cent in real income
since 1975 — now that's a real cut."
This is how much the faculty association calculates the "effective mean salary
scale" of faculty has fallen behind the increase in the local cost of living. Since
UBC does not have a formal salary scale,
the faculty association has developed its
own effective mean salary scale to provide, in their view, a realistic means of
comparing increases in UBC basic salaries
with those obtained by other occupational
groups and faculty at other universities
which have rigid salary scales. Developed
from annual salary data, the effective
mean scale is a salary-age profile weighted
in proportion to the age distribution of
UBC faculty and is intended to give a clear
picture of how well or poorly faculty are
doing at various stages of their careers.
The faculty have opted for this scheme
because they believe use of average faculty
salary (favored by the administration) is
not as realistic a measure because it is
distorted due to the skewed demography
of UBC faculty (most of whom are relatively young, the largest group being
about 40) and the fact that such figures are
calculated on total incomes — including
career advancement increments — not
just on basic salaries.
Faculty are bitter enough about seeing
their economic position eroded due to
below-inflation salary increases. But what
they find even more demoralizing is the
apparent inequity in their situation
10 Chronicle/Spring 1981 whereby many other occupational groups
in the province have been able to obtain
much higher percentage increases in
wages and salaries. The faculty association calculates, for example, that their
members need an increase of 14.2 per cent
to match the increases in the B.C. composite wage index since 1971. More relevant,
in their view, is comparison with the record of school teachers with master's degrees, similarly public employees lacking
the right to strike. There the association
has found that UBC faculty need a 9.4 per
cent increase to match the gains of the
Vancouver teachers' MA scale since 1971.
"In 1968-69, less than 10 per cent of
UBC professors earned less than Vancouver teachers of the same age with an
MA," said Weiler. "Now almost everyone
below age 36 is below the MA teacher in
earnings. Last year 715 — over one-third
of the t'aoulty at UBC — earned less here
than trie; jould teaching in Vancouver...
You're looking at one of them."
Based on present income levels, the faculty association has done a projection of
lifetime earnings that makes the plight of
the professoriate look even more grim.
Plotting lifetime earnings since age 19, the
analysis concludes that the average professor, not surprisingly, will not earn as
much as the average lawyer, accountant or
engineer. The surprising point in the projection is that, because of the long period
of low earnings in graduate school and as a
beginning professor, the average professor will be 56 before he equals the cumulative lifetime earnings of the average carpenter. And if the greater value of early
money over later money is recognized
(since it can be invested) and the annual
salary data discounted by 3 per cent (representing the average difference between
the inflation rate and the interest rate),
then, according to this analysis, the average professor will never earn as much in his
or her lifetime as the average school
teacher or carpenter.
The university administration believes
the faculty association is painting too dark
a picture. Nor does the administration accept the faculty's methodology.
"The facts as we have them show a
slight increase in faculty real income over
the past 10 years," said Dr. Charles
Bourne, advisor to the president for
university-faculty association affairs. "In
recent years we've been barely holding
our own with the cost of living, or perhaps
slighdy under."
The administration rejects the faculty
association's "effective mean salary scale"
as a meaningful measure, disputing the
relevance of connecting salary with age.
Instead, the administration believes it is
more realistic to talk of what is happening
to average faculty salaries. It argues that
what is important is total faculty income
— including career advancement money
— not just basic salaries, as the faculty
association insists.
So whereas the faculty association
points out that the general increase for all
faculty in 1980-81 was a below-inflation
8.6 per cent, the administration emphasizes that in fact the average increase
in total faculty salaries was a respectable
11.6 per cent. The difference was made up
by career advancement increments
awarded in varying amounts to many faculty for satisfactory progress (experience), for merit and/or for correction of
inequities and anomalies. While the faculty association argues that this career
advancement money should be considered separately from basic salaries —
since it does not come to all faculty as a
matter of right but is awarded to many in
recognition of professional development
— the administration opposes this view,
maintaining that the vital issue is how
much faculty take home in hard cash.
On this basis, the administration calculates that of all faculty in the bargaining
unit (which excludes deans) the average
income this year is $39,036. This represents a 2.4 per cent increase in average real
income over the decade since 1970-71. But
its figures also acknowledge that in the
five years since 1975-76 the average real
income of faculty has been on a downward
trend, down .9 per cent.
There are other points of disagreement.
Administration spokesmen dispute that
younger faculty are doing as badly as the
faculty association suggests. Under the
current collective agreement, they point
out, faculty in the early stages of their
careers are to receive larger career progress increments than more senior faculty.
The average total salary of UBC assistant
professors this year is $29,400. While the
administration admits that school
teachers have been winning bigger increases than UBC faculty — 12.18 per cent
in Vancouver this year — and the top of
the Vancouver teachers' MA scale —
about $32,000 — is above the average
UBC assistant professor's salary, it argues
it is wrong to compare faculty salaries with
those of teachers.
"We don't compete with school
teachers," said Bourne. "We've always
taken the view that the proper comparison
for us is with the other universities in
Canada." In this comparison, he noted
that in 1979-80 UBC ranked fourth in
Canada in average salaries paid full professors and first in average salaries paid to
associate and assistant professors.
"What we do contend," Bourne stressed, "is that our faculty have kept up with
the academic Joneses — by and large we
are competitive."
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to be generally competitive with those
paid at other Canadian universities. But
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academics do not live on paper. In fact,
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Chronicle/Spring 1981   11 "An economic crisis is
once again imperilling
the academic life of
"We hear a lot about
hard times at eastern
universities but when
they can outbid us in
straight salaries then
something is wrong."
salaries currently paid elsewhere — the
university is not competitive.
"If you look at the last three or four
years we've recruited very aggressively
and hired about six new people," said Dr.
Peter Lusztig, dean of commerce. "The
net effect is that we're standing still — I've
lost that many."
The most recent loss, he said, was a
professor on leave of absence to the Bank
of Canada who received an offer from the
bank he felt he couldn't afford to refuse —
40 per cent higher than his UBC salary.
The inescapable reality is that commerce
graduates with higher degrees are in very
high demand, not only by universities,
but by business, industry and financial
institutions and there is an enormous
shortage. A young graduate with an
MBA, as a result, will commonly be snapped up by a corporation at a starting salary
higher than that of the professor who had
been teaching him or her. The competitive pressure from business and other universities, said Dean Lusztig, means that
the university has to now pay starting professors more than associate professors —
if it can attract them.
"My guess is that, based on the last
three years, I will be lucky to be able to
hire this year the same number of people I
lose, never mind filling the unfilled positions," said Lusztig.
Over in economics, acting head Prof.
Gideon Rosenbluth said the department
recendy lost three senior faculty members
to better-paying positions in Australia,
and at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and the University of Toronto. "When Toronto can offer a full
professor $10,000 more than we can —
never mind the real estate discrepancy —
then that's a serious situation," he said.
"We hear a lot about hard times in eastern
universities, but when they can outbid us
in straight salaries then something is
The department is similarly having a
tough time hiring faculty to fill seven vacancies. An offer was recendy made to a
bright University of Western Ontario professor who came out for a look and then,
discovering the equivalent of his $100,000
London home would cost $300,000 in
Vancouver, abrupdy declined the offer.
Another professor may accept the department's offer, said Rosenbluth, "in the
full knowledge that he would be taking a
tremendous drop in his standard of living" because he wants to be close to relatives in Victoria.
"The competition for new economics
PhDs is North America-wide and the opportunities are better in the U.S.," he
said. UBC would have to pay a salary
equivalent, in Canadian dollars, of about
$30,000 to match what a beginning professor can command in the U.S.
"We can't compete with anything like
that. What the deans want us to offer is in
the low 20s," said Rosenbluth. "At the
junior level we can only hire people who
12 Chronicle/Spring 1981
have some special reason to come here and
who are either single or have two earners
in the family. No way can a family man
make it on what we pay him."
Much the same complaints are heard
throughout the university, most desperately in the fastest-growing fields. A random survey revealed the following:
• Computer science: having trouble filling three faculty vacancies. The problem
is UBC's $24,500 salary for starting assistant professors is about $6,000 less than
what is being offered at other Canadian
and U.S. universities — not to mention
industry. "I know one graduate with a
master's degree," said head Dr. Paul Gilmore, echoing colleagues in other high-
growth fields, "who got a first job that
paid substantially higher than the salary
earned by the man who had supervised his
• Geography: unsuccessful after a
year-long search in hiring a new head, two
candidates having rejected offers because
the salary was not enough compared to the
cost of housing;
• Mechanical engineering: recently
lost two faculty to higher-paying positions, one to industry, one to an Ontario
• Electrical engineering: after a three-
year search a vacancy in power electronics
was recently filled, but after two and a half
years the department has been unable to
fill positions in micro-electronics and digital systems. "At the assistant professor
level we're offering in excess of $30,000
and we're finding it increasingly difficult
to hire people of quality," said applied
science dean Dr. Martin Wedepohl.
"We've got a crisis, a serious crisis on
• Forestry: this fall lost two faculty
members, a specialist in operations research and an expert in harvesting, to
more lucrative opportunities in industry.
"They were top-notch men with rare expertise and I don't know how I'll replace
them," said forestry dean Dr. Joe Gardner. "We had the only PhD in harvesting
in Canada in teaching. I don't know anybody in Canada who is qualified to take his
position and who might be within striking
distance of the salary we could offer."
The salary issue is only a reflection of
the deeper economic and academic crisis
facing UBC. The university, as so often in
the past, is being seriously underfinanced. The average total faculty salary
increased by 11.6 per cent in 1980-81, but
the provincial unrestricted operating
grant to the university increased by only
7.57 per cent. This has been the pattern in
recent years. While the provincial operating grants have not even kept pace with
the rising consumer price index, the university's costs have risen far more rapidly
— 30 per cent a year is common for many
types of supplies. The university's policy
of economic restraint has, as a result, had
to become one of draconian cutbacks. In
the past five years," $4.6 million has been cut out of the operating budget base and
the university is in the process of cutting a
further $2.1 million this year. Inevitably,
this is having an adverse impact on the
quality of academic life at UBC.
The difficulties some areas of the university are now having in retaining and
recruiting faculty due to inadequate
salaries is only one dramatic reflection of
this. What is even more alarming is that,
as part of the cuts, faculty positions are
being eliminated by attrition. The inexorable result is larger class sizes. Again, it's
the high-growth areas that are being most
seriously overloaded. Classes, for example, in mechanical engineering which
should number 60 students are now jammed with 140. In electrical engineering,
faculty are lecturing to 195 students where
normally they should face 80. In first-year
forestry, a professor who had a class of 93
students a couple of years ago now deals
with 147. Classes in the first three years of
commerce now average 180 students
where faculty maintain they should contain no more than 50.
The faculty of commerce, in fact, has
had to impose increasingly tough enrolment restrictions. In 1978-79 the entering
class was held to 510, last year it was restricted to 425 and the faculty is requesting senate permission to cut it back
further to 375 for the coming year. Dean
Lusztig acknowledges that the enrolment
restrictions run counter to UBC's tradi
tional openness, but says they are essential
in the face of budget cuts.
"I'm not sure we'll ever be able to really
address the problem of class sizes," he
says. "I would have to halve our intake
and that's not practical. All we're trying to
do is prevent the teaching situation from
deteriorating further in the face of budget
The real villain in all of this — the
university budget cuts, the inadequate faculty salaries, the deteriorating teaching
conditions — is the provincial government. At a time when all the authoritative
projections point to continued rapid
economic growth in British Columbia and
continued high demand — if not an impending shortage — in Canada of engineers, foresters, computer specialists,
business executives, university scientific
researchers and teachers, the provincial
government continues to financially
starve B.C.'s preeminent university. It's a
short-sighted policy that can only harm
the production of such desperately needed
manpower. Governments never seem to
learn the connection between education
and economic prosperity: the opening of
new mines, roads and railroads cannot be
achieved without investment in human
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Achievements and Dreams in Cancer Research
Eleanor Wachtel
Dynamic duos are more common to
vaudeville than scientific research,
but move over Banting and Best,
because UBC immunologists Levy and
Kelly are making headlines.
For 15 years, Dr. Julia Levy and research associate Barbara Kelly have
shared the same basement lab and proverbial journal-lined office. Their history
goes back even further: they went to high
school together. And after college, each
married, had children, divorced, and remarried, working virtually all the time.
Now they've come up with an early, simple, inexpensive test for detecting lung
cancer. The international scientific community has long known about their work
in immuno-chemistry, but with new direct human applications, the public is
starting to take notice too. Mining companies have promised more than $1 million for further testing and evaluation of
the detection method (in conjunction
with related research). Levy and Kelly
have got their act together.
Julia Levy's blue eyes are bemused by a
request for a life story, aware that the
conversation will slip into immunology
fast enough. Okay, born in Singapore,
then banker father transferred to Java.
War broke out, father became a prisoner
of war, and eight days before the strike on
Pearl Harbor, Julia, her mother and sister escaped on a ship to Vancouver. The
boat was set on fire by a Germany spy but
he was apprehended, and the fire put out
so quickly that many passengers didn't
realize what had occurred. All six-year-
old Julia was aware of was the noise.
In Vancouver, her mother worked as a
physiotherapist and Julia skipped grades
at a variety of boarding schools. During
high school, she wanted to be a doctor.
After four years of undergraduate microbiology at UBC, she was more interested in working in a lab, asking questions, rather than treating patients. She
was drawn especially to immunology. "In
terms of a biological function," Levy explains, "the immunological system seemed
so elegant."
Nineteen and newly married, she and
her husband travelled to England. "I in-
14 Chronicle/Spring 1981
tended to come back here to do graduate
work — I knew I wanted to go on, have a
career — but I was afraid of the outside
world." While abroad, she looked over
the universities, waved an excellent undergraduate transcript, and was talked
into entering a PhD program at the University of London. "No terrible hardluck
stories," she laughs. "And it seemed like a
good idea."
Although it was more common then (as
now) for women to stop at a bachelor's
degree, Levy cites a recent Columbia
University study of women academics to
illustrate her case. She shares two features
with many of her female colleagues: first
generation North American and a mother
who worked outside the home.
In 1958, Levy had a PhD in hand and
returned to take up a faculty position at
UBC. It seemed effortless; she says she
was fortunate. Her career has continued
in a straight line — up. "I used to earn the
irritation of women's liberation groups on
campus when I was invited to speak because I don't have anything to complain
about in the way I've been treated as a
professional. I think it's easier to be discriminated against if you're in the
humanities. In science, if you publish
regularly in the right journals and have the
right degrees, there's no way anyone can
deny you advancement. It's quantifiable."
Then she considers, "Maybe women in
science aren't as much of a threat because
there aren't very many of them." In 1972,
Dr. Levy became a full professor. She was
in great demand on academic committees
that cried out for female representation
but had few women on whom to draw.
Finally, she learned to say no, and now
sits only on research and science funding
Later it comes out that 10 years ago,
some male students refused to work in a
lab run by a woman. But things have
changed — a little. At international meetings, the ratio is still overwhelmingly
male. "It only annoys me when people
come up and ask me who I work for. The
assumption is that I must be working for a
Julia Levy has always worked. "You
arrange for housekeepers, live five or ten
minutes from work in case of emergency."
Most working mothers feel guilty that
they should be at the other place — work
or home — wherever they're not. "No,
I'm pretty schizophrenic; I lead a double
life. I try to do everything I can when I'm
home and when I'm at work I don't think
about it. My work is such a passion for me
I don't feel guilty. And my kids are proud
of my career." She takes work home evenings and week-ends. "You could call me a
workaholic. I don't sit around much." She
enjoys gardening, theatre, cooking.
"Most people who work in a lab like to
cook. We talk recipes."
Immunology has changed in the 20
years since Levy got her PhD, each decade marked by a major breakthrough. In
the '50s, the focus was on molecules, how
each antibody had a specific function; in
the '60s, research shifted to cells and the
transplantation of organs. There was considerable interest in graft rejection. And
in the last decade, genetics has come to the
fore — the source of control over the immune response.
Dr. Levy made the switch from basic to
applied research in 1969. Previously she'd
avoided the human area because "it was so
messy, it was impossible. It's very hard to
make clean, good scientific observation in
areas of clinical significance; so it's less
satisfying because you can't do the same
kind of tidy and aesthetically pleasing experiments." But one day a clinician
suggested Levy might want to investigate
the possibility of isolating lung tumor antigens (the substance that induces the
formation of antibodies and reacts with
them in a discernible way). She mentioned it to a graduate student who took
the project on. The idea that the work
might be so directly useful was exciting.
After several years, however, Levy's skepticism was borne out — they were getting
nowhere. "It wasn't until Barb took over
the lung work that anything really happened." Even then, the next five years
were a hard slog with little gratification. If
Barbara Kelly hadn't stayed with it, they
would have abandoned the project.
Barb Kelly raises her brows expressively to emphasize a point. "People think
of scientists as serious, humorless,
mechanical. We're not. There has to be
creativity and imagination — after you try
all the proven ways and they don't work,
you need to try something completely different." Kelly would get discouraged, but
there was always something else to check
out, and "that flicker of light at the end of
the tunnel." ____L__r
M__t    '
Patient, painstaking research has brought internationally recognized results for Barbara
Kelly (left) and Julia Levy.
In 1976, eureka. Using a new assay system (the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay), Kelly was able to isolate the
antigen unique to lung tumor material.
"It's just a momentary high. Then the
problems pour in, but at least you know
you were able to reach that stage."
Scientists sometimes seem to have a different sense of time, as if time were suspended. "In the long run I suppose I am
patient," she acknowledges. "And in
many ways, it's a very comfortable cocoon. You don't have to face the real world
and make all those awful decisions. To
some extent, scientists create their own
When Kelly graduated from UBC with
a degree in microbiology, she worked in
biochemistry for a few years and then
travelled around the world. There was so
much she wanted to do. For a while she
worked in the federal fisheries department and then stayed home to have a
child. Divorced, with a two-year-old son,
she found a job working part-time in
Levy's lab. When her son started school,
Kelly went to full-time employment. Despite impressive and highly professional
research, Kelly's lack of a postgraduate
degree has occasionally hurt her. The recognition isn't always there. But it was
making a unique contribution rather than
following someone else's plans that first
attracted Kelly to the sciences, and the
achievement is unquestioned.
The work itself doesn't look very spectacular. Julia is spending the week injecting mice. Barb demonstrates pipetting
reagents into a dozen little wells. "You do
various things and read the colormetric
test ... a pipette, a dish, and a couple of
flasks. You can't stand in front of a big
machine and boast, "There it is.'" It's a
simple blood test that screens for antibodies present in people who have lung
cancer. If the results are positive, the
more conventional, more expensive,
sputum cytology can be carried out.
More than 50 per cent of the lung cancers detected by X-ray are deemed too far
advanced to operate on. Of those that undergo surgery, half are discovered to be
inoperable in the course of surgery. Early
detection means early treatment. "If the
lung studies go well," Kelly notes, "it
could be applied to other areas too, if we
could get specific antigens from those
areas of cancer. Our test could be used as
an early diagnostic tool or as a prognostic
probe to monitor the course of the disease
in patients already diagnosed. So many of
the current treatments are stabs inthedark
— try one thing, then another. It would
help to have a more definitive way of
knowing what is happening inside the patient."
Eleanor Wachtel
The validity of their findings will be
tested in upcoming months through the
Pacific Pulmonary Research Society (financed by the mining industry and involving a number of doctors and researchers).
Meanwhile Kelly is involved in "the hottest thing in new technology in immunology," Levy explains. "Developed in
Cambridge about eight years ago, a hyb-
ridoma is an immortal cell that produces
the kind of antibody you want, forever. If
we can find an anti-cancer antibody
specific to the cancer cell, we can use it as a
specific probe. It would be like a homing
pigeon. You could light up very small
tumors if you put special tags on the antibody because the only thing it would bind
to is the tumor cell. If you put radiosen-
sitizers on the antibody, there's a possibility for treatment. You could attach a killer
drug — the magic or silver bullet concept
— onto the end of your antibody molecule
and send it after any leftover tumor cells
left in the body after surgery."
Julia pauses. Barb adds, "This is science fiction, long down the line, the
dream state. But we've already raised
some hybridomas that are specific for
tumor antigens in animal subjects. We
know it can be done." Stay tuned. Levy
and Kelly have more in store. □
Eleanor Wachtel is a Vancouver writer
and broadcaster.
Chronicle/Spring 1981  15 '"("-wv
Keate of The Sun
A Home Edition for
Newspaper Junkies
Himie Koshevoy
Now it seems so long ago that it must
have been before the earth cooled
but, in actuality, it was just some 47
years in the past that a tall, good-looking
youth appeared before me in the cubby
hole that passed for a sports office in the
fledgling News-Herald, Vancouver's
struggling morning newspaper. He was
Stu Keate, an engaging young man who
claimed to know the difference between a
gutty and a cleek, and he said he would
dearly love to become a sports writer,
specializing in the field of golf.
I, the sports editor, noted effulgence
glowing about his head that might have
given a hit of future journalistic glories in
the world of publishing but he offered to
work for his carfare. I had little to lose and
started him out in the pitfall-strewn land
of journalism.
16 Qaorndt/Spritig 1981
It wasn't long before his efforts in the
News-Herald pages were noted by Robert
T. Elson, sports editor of the town's top
paper, The Province, and Stu soon left me
for money and his own column in the
afternoon sheet. From then on there was
no holding him. He shone as a news and
feature writer and when Elson eventually
left to star at Time magazine Keate was
soon to follow.
For newspaper junkies or those who
would delve into the intricacies of the
formation of a publisher Stu has written
his version. And although he quotes
Damon Runyon in one of his chapter
headings as saying that all life is an 11-5
break against, he really had the better
odds offered by Franklin P. Adams —
"All life is an even break."
Before he joined Time, Stu tried his
hand at eastern newspapering with the
Toronto Star where he learned the ways of
the big city slickers. They were no worse
and no better than those practised in those
earlier years by any enterprising newspaper. The stunt ranked right up there
with legitimate scandal or news.
Then, it was on to Montreal for Time
where he encountered one of journalism's
most unusual characters who was to influence his life almost totally when it wasn't
being touched upon by Bruce Hutchinson
or Lester Pearson. The man was Max
Bell, who although he owned one of
Canada's weakest papers, The Albertan,
built it into one of Canada's strongest
chains, his command ranging from Vancouver to Toronto.
Bell, a teetotaller, envied the giddiness
that occasionally befell his raffish editorial
companions and when their revelry
reached almost intolerable heights Max
would outdo them all by walking about
the room on his hands. He was just a's
adept with his hands and mind at making
deals and it was through his machinations,
from his lair in Alberta, that the FP chain
came into full-flower with the Globe and
Mail as its crowning glory. He chose Stu
for publisher of the previously acquired
Victoria Times and later made him the
head of the Vancouver Sun. Stu lasted at
The Sun until his retirement, just before
the Southams who waited many years for
revenge, pounced again and took it back
into their fold. They must have felt that
although it was named The Sun, it was
really the old Vancouver Province and its
top dog role in Vancouver that they were
regaining. Throughout his book Stu
shows his Time flair for summing up a
person in a few trenchant sentences.
Take these for instances:
"In appearance Bell was
guy — athletic, muscular, snub-nosed,
blue-eyed, with close cropped, curly grey
hair and pink cheeks.... In later years I
sometimes reflected that his dress that
first day (I met him in Montreal) personified the man: the camel hair coat reflecting his affluence, the casual (open-
necked) golf shirt his indifference to it."
"Duplessis, le chef, the master of
Quebec —" I took his (outreached) hand;
it was soft, almost feminine. He was wearing a suit of expensive checkered cloth but
he needed a better tailor.... His linen spotless, but his tie at halfmast. The most
striking feature of his face was a pair of
twinkling eyes which seemed to bore
within you from behind a generous Bourbon nose. It would not have been difficult
to imagine him in ruffles and lace, taking a
generous pinch of snuff."
Richard Sankey Malone, head of FP
publications, is the one man that usually
mild-mannered Keate vents his dislike
upon. He calls him complex, lonely,
proud, domineering and insecure despite
being accustomed to the corridors of print
power. Malone's constant interfering and
parsimony bugged Stu to the end of his
formal newspapering days. He suggests
that Malone's true role as an aide to the
great was transformed into power by
being johnny-on-the spot when the owners of newspapers died.
Stu makes certain, as he goes through
the various facets of his career, to ensure
that his readers don't get the impression
that it was mostly fluffy stuff that he was
interested in. Although he wanted his
papers to be attractive he also wanted
them to enlighten.
There are times when he tires in his
writing ofthe chronicle of his years but for
the most part he doesn't let the byline
down. He keeps you pounding along from
his first simple story in the News-Herald
to his tying up of most of the loose ends at
the finish and shows delighted enchantment with the ability of Province publisher Paddy Sherman who sets out and
does "prove" to his own satisfaction that it
was The Sun that was the drag in the
Pacific Press deal not The Province.      □
Paper Boy, The Memoirs of
Stuart Keate. By Stuart Keate.
Clark, Irwin, and Co., $15.95.
Stu Keate and Himie Koshevoy are alumni
ofthe Ubyssey who went on to distinguished
journalistic careers including service as members of the Chronicle editorial committee.
Keate was, for several years, a member ofthe
UBC board of governors. i:i
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B.C. V6T 1W5. No. 14, Spring, 1981. Jim Banham. editor. The President's
Report 1979-80
Excerpts from the report of President
Douglas T. Kenny to the Senate and Board
of Governors of the University of British
Columbia for the academic year
September 1, 1979, to August 31, 1980. Interested readers can obtain a copy of the
60-page report by writing to UBC Information Services, 6328 Memorial Road, Van-
comer, B. C.  V6T 1 W5.
In the academic year under review, the
University of British Columbia left the decade
of the 1970s, a unique period in which universities everywhere had to adjust to changing cir-
cumstances, and entered the 1980s seeking self-
renewal and a new sense of purpose. In
retrospect, the 1970s will be perceived as a
period of reassessment of the achievements and
frustrations of the universities during the
previous decade.
Ten years is not a long time in the life of a
university; indeed, because the process of learning and discovery is an unending one, universities by their very nature have a responsibility
to keep alive the long-term view, to remind
themselves and society of the future.
But we should also, from time to time, pause
to look back. We occasionally need to determine
where we stand in relation to some past
milestone, to document the major changes that
have had an impact on the fabric of the University, and to assess our strengths and weaknesses.
With this in mind 1 asked the deans of the
faculties and other members of the University
community who aid me in compiling this annual record of campus activity to provide an
overview of the decade 1970-80 and to describe
briefly the future directions of their academic
units in relation to the goals and objectives
outlined in the document "The Mission of the
University of British Columbia," a statement
prepared in response to a request from the
I'niversities Council of B.C. and made public
during the 1979-80 academic,year.
It has been a salutary experience to read these
reviews of a decade which has seen UBC grapple
with a number of problems. During this period
the nature and composition of the student body
changed out of all recognition, our curriculum
was adapted to encompass new and contemporary fields of study, we continued to work on
the frontiers of knowledge despite a generally
gloomy decade of research funding and many of
our faculty and students continued to work in
sub-standard physical surroundings despite a
massive, 10-year building program that altered
the appearance of the University significantly.
While the integrity of the academic enterprise
at UBC remains fundamentally sound, we faced, and will continue to face, serious threats to
the quality of education as a result of inflation
and under-funding.
In the last half of the 1970s, particularly, we
faced a constant uphill battle to maintain funding. It seems inexplicable that at a time when
this province and nation face so many new intellectual challenges, this University, along with
other universities in Canada, is forced to embark on self-justification in order to secure its
position in provincial and national priorities.
This issue should be a matter of deep concern to
every British Columbian. Unfortunately, it
seems to be a human frailty to think of the problem only sporadically. Nevertheless, the
decade of the 1970s offers sufficient evidence
that universities can no longer hope to "muddle
along" successfully. The demand for trained
and educated minds is ever accelerating in
Canada. That is why this University is important to British Columbia and Canada.
The impact of under-funding on the University will be dealt with in greater detail later in
this section of my report and in other sections
dealing with research, capital financing and
new construction, the University Library and
continuing education. First, however, I would
like to take a few moments to outline a number
of overall trends which have had a significant
impact on the University.
The decade of the 1960s was one of unprecedented growth for UBC, characterized by
a doubling of enrolment. This rate of growth
caused some concern so that in 1970 an alarmed
UBC Senate set an upper limit on enrolment of
22,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate
students, 27,000 in all.
Then, without warning, universities
everywhere experienced one of the phenornena
of the '70s — a levelling off or a decline in the
number of young people seeking education at
the post-secondary level. In some constituencies
the effect of this change of attitude was
traumatic; a large number of private colleges
and universities in the United States, many of
them offering a high standard of liberal arts
education, closed their doors or watched their
standards being eroded away, and universities
elsewhere, locked into formula financing closely
linked to student enrolment, began to indulge
in questionable recruiting and curricular practices which would have been unthinkable in
previous decades.
It has been a source of pride to me, as a
teacher and senior administrator at UBC during
this difficult period, that the University did not
During the difficult decade of
the 1970s, UBC did everything
in its power to ensure that the
quality of education for its
growing student enrolment was
2/UBC Reports find it necessary to deviate from the basic goal
of doing everything in its power to provide and
enhance quality education for its students.
There is, after all is said, a genuine understanding that the education of students is primary to
everything else that a leading university does.
This function is primary because it expresses the
educational footing on which each new generation of educated men and women is established.
Our provincial and national life is profoundly
shaped by this influence.
Indeed, it can probably be said that we are
the only university in Canada which has opted
to raise its admission standards in the 1970s.
These new requirements, approved in 1977, are
being phased in over a four-year period to
enable high school students to tailor their programs to them. They will be fully in place for
the 1981-82 winter session. I am convinced that
these new entrance standards will have the effect of attracting students who want quality
Let me just briefly outline some of the
changes which have taken place in the composition of the student body in the 1970s.
Our enrolment in the decade 1969-70 to
1979-80 for the daytime winter session increased
by 11.5 per cent from 20,767 to 23,616 students.
I regard this as a notable achievement in the
light of the stories which appear in the news
media from time to time pointing to the "crisis"
of declining university enrolments. Our experience unque'stionably accents the fallacy of
premature assumptions of dramatic enrolment
declines. However, our significant increase is a
mixed blessing. The retrenchment in budgetary
support during this decade has meant that the
University has had to serve more students with
fewer dollars per student.
There have been increases in our continuing
education and outreach programs that can only
be described as phenomenal. The director of
the Centre for Continuing Education in 1969-70
reported 21,238 registrations for centre programs. The comparable figure for 1979-80 was
52,526 registrations, an increase of more than
100 per cent in a decade.
In 1979-80 the total number of registrations
for all UBC's academic and continuing education programs was 117,010, made up of 84,403
who participated in continuing education
courses and 32,607 who were registered for
academic programs. I hesitate to give a comparable figure for 1969-70 because the reporting methods used at that time for continuing
education programs were incomplete. But I am
prepared to assert with confidence that the
number of people who each year have contact
with the University for educational purposes has
doubled in the last decade.
There have been other noteworthy changes in
■the composition of the student body. The
number of women enrolled at the undergraduate level increased from 39 to 47 per cent
in the decade. At the graduate level, women
now make up 41 per cent of those registered for
master's degrees, compared to 26 per cent in
1969-70; and the percentage enrolled for doctoral degrees has increased over the decade
from 16 to 28.
The age distribution within the student body
has also altered significantly. In 1979-80, 32.4
per cent, or one out of every three students, was
in the age range 26 to 60 plus, compared to 20.1
per cent, or one out of every five students, a
decade ago. The percentage of under-22s in the
student  population has fallen  from  57.6 per
cent a decade ago to 44.6 per cent in 1979-80.
Another interesting aspect of our enrolment
of the past decade has been the significant increase in the number of students enrolled for
credit courses on a part-time basis. In 1969-70,
only 5 per cent of our students were enrolled on
this basis; in the last academic year the comparable percentage was 16.
Looking broadly at the enrolment patterns
within the University, the decade of the 1970s
was characterized by significant increases in
registrations in professional schools, such as
Law, Commerce and Business Administration,
Forestry and Agricultural Sciences. Only the
Faculty of Education at UBC has shown a
decline in enrolment, a decline that will mean
another serious shortage of teachers in the early
1980s as western Canada's population base increases and the public places increasing
pressures on the schools to provide specialized
teaching services. It is worth noting here that
despite the shift in enrolment patterns within
the University, the changes have not been at the
expense of the core Faculties of Arts and
Science, which have continued to experience
stable or rising enrolments.
Later in this section of my annual report, I
will reproduce excerpts from the reports of the
deans that bear on other important aspects of
University activity during the decade, notably
research and changes in the curriculum.
Before turning to those areas, let me briefly
describe the changes that have taken place in
the physical appearance of the campus in the
last decade. In 1969-70 the University was just
beginning a massive expansion of its facilities.
In that year, additions to the Biological Sciences
Building, the Woodward Library and the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre were under
construction, a new gymnasium complex was
taking shape on Thunderbird Boulevard, and
the $36 million TRIUMF project was being
built in the south campus research area.
During that academic year, plans were set in
motion for the new Sedgewick Undergraduate
Library, a new Geological Sciences Centre, the
Walter Gage Residence, the P.A. Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre, the Buchanan
Tower and a new Civil and Mechanical
Engineering Building.
In the ensuing years,  the University added
One of the noteworthy changes
in the composition of the student body during the 1970s was
the growth in the number of
women enrolled for both
graduate and undergraduate
UBC Reports/3 another wing to the Biological Sciences
Building, constructed a $2.8 million Animal
Care Facility on the south campus, created a
new centre for the Department of Anthropology
and Sociology adjacent to the splendid new
Museum of Anthropology, built a facility to
house the B.C. Mental Retardation Institute,
completed the Health Sciences Centre by expanding the basic medical sciences buildings
and constructing extended care and acute care
units, improved campus athletic and recreational facilities by building the new Aquatic
Centre (with financial aid from students and the
community) and added a new Library Processing Centre to its inventory of buildings.
In short, it was a period of physical construction rivalled only by that which took place on
campus immediately following the Second
World War.
I would like to be able to say that this
building program has eliminated most of our
pressing need for new facilities. But the fact is
that we still have on the campus some 100 of the
converted army huts brought to Point Grey
following the Second World War, and many of
our basic science departments, notably
Chemistry, and professional schools — Commerce and Business Administration,
Agricultural Sciences and Forestry — occupy
overcrowded facilities resulting from significant
enrolment increases. I can only reiterate here
what I have said in previous reports — first-class
academic work cannot flourish and expand in
sub-standard quarters. We have before the
Universities Council proposals to rectify many of
our physical shortcomings and we shall continue
to press on that body the need for funds that will
enable us to upgrade our facilities and our
academic program.
Finally, before I reproduce excerpts from the
reports of the deans, let me say a few words
about the reorganization of university-
government relations and the financing of
universities which took place during the 1970s.
The new Universities Act which came into force
in 1974, while it did little to alter the internal
governance of universities, has had one major
effect it   has   interposed   between   higher
education and government an intermediary
body, the Universities Council of B.C.
The Council performs two major functions: it
submits to government annually a request for
operating funds for the three public universities
and it divides among the universities the money
it receives from government.
In my judgment, the public universities have
become vulnerable to the impact of inflation
and increasing financial constraints because
they are now unable to make direct contact with
government in order to argue directly their case
for adequate funding. To this date, there is no
doubt in my mind that the submissions made by
the Council to government do not adequately
reflect the true costs of operating this comprehensive University. I sincerely hope that a
formal procedure for reviewing our requests
with government can be found.
Another aspect of funding policy that has
worked to UBC's detriment in recent years is the
use of a formula for allocating the operating
grant received from government. This situation
would not be as urgent if the UCBC requests
that go forward annually to Victoria reflected
the genuine costs of operating a university,
especially one with many professional facilities.
The operating grant received by the University for 1980-81 represented an increase of 8.7 per
cent, well below the academic inflation rate.
which has seen the cost of books, professional
supplies and utilities increase by as much as 14
to 20 per cent in the last academic year. When
line items allocated by UCBC are deducted
from the 1980-81 operating budget, the general
increase becomes 7.9 per cent.
The consequences and problems generated
by this under-funding are legion. By the end of
the next fiscal year (March 31, 1981) we will be
forced to reduce our continuing payroll base by
at least $2.1 million. When that process is completed, it will bring to almost $7 million the
amount UBC has had to remove from its operating budgets since 1976 77 — probably a
record-setting retrenchment made by a Canadian university in that period.
In an indirect way, the University is also
penalized because of its success in attracting
grants for research, which stimulates better
teaching and provides long-term benefits for
society. The indirect costs of research are not
funded by the granting agencies and must come
from the operating budget. Similarly, the servicing of new campus buildings also affects the
operating budget. Provision is made for the
capital funding necessary to erect a building,
but adequate funds are not provided for operation and maintenance.
In dozens of large and small ways, limited
resources are threatening to erode the quality of
education we are able to provide for our increasing student enrolment as well as institutional
vitality, strength and diversity. I am certain that
no one in government, and most certainly not
the B.C. public, wishes to see the University
diminish in quality. But there is no question in
my mind that quality will be threatened in the
Despite a massive building program in the last decade, many
students' and faculty members
are forced to work in substandard physical surroundings
such as old army huts brought
to the campus at the end ofthe
Second World War.
Post-Secondary Education 1980-81
$     45,901
$     27,945
•$     73,846
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
British Columbia
Northwest Territories
Education Support Programs Branch, Secretary of State, July, 1980.
not too distant future if our operating budget
remains unstable as a consequence of inflation
and under-funding. At worst, continuation of
this financial jeopardy could lead to a point
where agonizing decisions will have to be made
about the elimination of certain programs,
perhaps even certain departments or faculties.
It is my hope that we will never have to imperil
the future of our nation and our young people
by giving such action serious consideration.
The evolution of funding arrangements for
provincial universities has involved both levels of
government, provincial and federal. History
will, I believe, write that in the main federal
participation was appropriate because of the
long-term benefits it brought to the nation.
Without federal involvement, Canada would
not now possess a network of many excellent
universities. Taken together, funding by two
levels of government has provided increased
strength for universities by reducing their
vulnerability to one "paymaster."
Canadian universities are, however, not
unaware of the immense uncertainties involved
in these funding arrangements. They have no illusions about what a federal withdrawal would
mean for higher education. In my judgment,
such a withdrawal would be an unimaginable
catastrophe because of the magnitude of federal
Unfortunately, many citizens are not aware of
the enormous increases in federal funding to
our universities since the Second World War. In
concrete terms:
• After the war, the federal government
paid universities $150 for each enrolled veteran;
• From 1951 to 1967, the federal government provided direct support to universities in
terms o. a per capita grant based on provincial
• From 1968 to 1977, direct grants from
Ottawa to universities were discontinued and
replaced by payments to provincial governments based on the operating expenditures of
post-secondary institutions. Under this scheme,
Ottawa was generally responsible for half of the
operating costs of higher education. Regrettably, this arrangement was abandoned in 1977
because of a significant federal policy change;
• Under the "Established Programs Financing" scheme in force since 1977, federal government   support   is   no   longer   based   on   the
operating costs of post-secondary institutions,
but involves a transfer of tax points and an annual cash payment to the provinces. Much to
the consternation of Canadian universities, the
federal government imposed no legal conditions
on the provinces on how these transfers could be
used. These arrangements are effective until
April, 1982, and will be up for renegotiation in
the spring of 1981.
I cannot emphasize too strongly that this indirect federal funding of university education is
of paramount importance. This need is clearly
recognized by the University community. But
recognition is not a reason for complacency in
times of fiscal restraint and troubled relations
between the two levels of government. The outcome of these negotiations will shape the 1980s.
The table on this page sets out the amounts
which it is estimated the federal government
will spend for post-secondary education in
For 1980 81 the transfer from Ottawa in
terms of tax points is $1.3 billion, plus cash
payments of $1.6 billion, for a total of more
than $3 billion. For British Columbia, funding
from Ottawa for post-secondary education will
be more than $335 million.
Few people realize the importance of federal
involvement in our universities. Federal
authorities have already indicated to the provinces that they expect to achieve significant
savings in these transfers to the provinces in
order to reduce the national deficit. Moreover,
the federal government may withdraw its support of higher education in areas of perceived
provincial jurisdiction.
Obviously, when this program comes up for
renewal and negotiation, universities hope that
they will be consulted because of the key role
they play in the life of Canada. These negotiations will be a time of great educational
challenge and opportunity for Canada. If the
federal and provincial governments meet the
challenge in a forthright and courageous way,
Canadian universities will be able to ascend to
even higher levels of excellence; if the two levels
of government do not, the universities could slip
into a steady decline toward academic mediocrity. Federal government withdrawal from indirect funding of universities would be shortsighted and gravely damaging to the long-term
interests of Canada. This issue is not an esoteric
UBC Reports/5 Pioneering agreement covering
co-operation between Cariboo
College in Kamloops and
UBC's Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences for offering credit and
non-credit courses was signed
during the academic year by
college principal Charles
Brewster, seated left, and Dean
Warren Kitts, head of UBC's
Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences, seated right. Looking
on left to right are Dr. Maurice
Granger, chairman of physical
and life sciences at the
Kamloops College; Dr. Michael
Pitt, UBC range specialist who
co-ordinates courses at the college; Maureen Garland,
associate director of the
Agricultural Sciences Interior
Program; and Dr. George
Winter, director of the faculty's
Interior program.
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del r oint u be thrashed out solely by
finai ainisters. Leaders of business, unions,
and education must assume part of the responsibility for making governments aware of the
benefits of strong Canadian institutions of
higher education. They are a basic national
The material which follows has been excerpted from the reports of the deans of the 12
faculties in response to my request for a brief
review of developments in the 1969-70/1979-80
decade and the outlook for the future in relation to goals and objectives outlined in "The
Mission of the University of British Columbia."
Warren Kitts points to an increase of almost 100
per cent in enrolment in his faculty in the last
decade from 210 to 403 undergraduates and an
increase of 163 students in graduate studies.
The faculty introduced a major curriculum
change in the last academic year and during the
decade added the following new programs: a
new degree program in Landscape Architecture; a rangeland resources option, initially in
Plant Science, later expanded to Soil Science,
Animal Science and Agricultural Economics;
specialization within Soil Science in forest soils,
biometeorology, hydrology, remote sensing and
land reclamation; establishment of a Department of Food Science; introduction of a program in wildlife management in Animal
Science; a change in emphasis and name
resulting in the creation of a Department of Bio-
Resource Engineering to encompass the
renewable resource areas of agriculture,
aquaculture, and food process engineering; and
development in Agricultural Economics of options in farm management and production,
agribusiness and marketing and agricultural
resource economics and development.
Research funds in the faculty more than
quadrupled in the decade to more than $2.9
million to support some 230 projects, including
40 field studies off the campus. The faculty's expanded public service activities included initiation of services by faculty and students to provide advice to the public on food and horticulture.
As to the next decade, Dean Kitts see. public
service through continuing education and other
services as a continuing priority. The faculty
will seek to develop a co-operative program with
industry to enable students to gain practical experience, and a Master of Agriculture degree is
planned to provide agricultural professionals
with additional training. To accomplish its mission, the faculty will need more classroom,
laboratory, study and office space.
APPLIED SCIENCE. During the decade of
the 1970s, the faculty completed its physical
move from the central campus core to new
quarters to the south, thus bringing all the
engineering departments in close proximity to
one another. The undergraduate student
population grew to record levels (excluding the
immediate post-Second World War enrolment
boom) and the faculty is experiencing overcrowding even in its new facilities. Major
academic initiatives in recent years were the
establishment of the presence of the Pulp and
Paper Research Institute of Canada in the
Department of Chemical Engineering and the
major commitment made by the University to
the development of coal technology, which will
lead to collaboration with departments in the
Faculty of Science.
The faculty has begun preparation of a major
plan for the development of engineering education aimed at stimulating primary and secondary technology in B.C. This will require construction to overcome a significant lack of space
in some engineering departments, further
development of the curriculum* in areas of
special interest to Canada, upgrading of the
faculty (some of whom are being lured to industry by salaries far higher than the University
is capable of paying), and expansion of opportunities for graduate work.
The School of Architecture entered the '70s
with an entirely new curriculum which has proven to be very effective in providing a responsive
and personalized education for students preparing for a professional career. During the last
academic year the school has undergone an in-
depth review of its program and is preparing a
development plan for the '80s in line with the
Mission Statement.
ARTS. The faculty, says Dean Robert Will,
"looks back on the 1970s as a period of consolidation and reassessment of gains made during the previous decade when the faculty went
through the most explosive period of expansion
and transformation in its history. ...the past
decade, and more particularly the years since
1975, have seen some basic rethinking, by both
students and faculty, about the role and value
of graduate study, especially in the light of the
reduced job opportunities in university
teaching, government and research. The
undergraduate program has also come under
scrutiny as graduating students found it increasingly difficult to find positions that matched
both their expectations and qualifications. Yet
despite a less than favorable employment
climate...student numbers... have remained
surprisingly stable in recent years after a decline
from peaks reached in the late 1960s and early
Dean Will expects the faculty's development
in the 1980s will be more qualitative than quantitative. The generation of new courses is now
tempered by the reality of a new financial
climate, with the result that new courses are
more often than not approved as a replacement
for courses being deleted from the curriculum. There is, however, need for new courses to fill in
gaps in existing programs.
In accordance with the faculty's mission statement, Dean Will adds, new initiatives requiring
earmarked or specific funding from the Universities Council are being undertaken and will
continue on a modest scale throughout the
1980s. New programs initiated in this way are
likely to be in the area of the creative and performing arts, but not exclusively so.
faculty made "significant advances on all
fronts" in the 1970s in terms of degree programs, research, professional education and
public service. The enrolment of full-time
undergraduates increased by 70 per cent over
the decade and graduate enrolment grew by 90
per cent. The faculty's student body composition, like that of the University as a whole,
altered dramatically. Women made up only 5
per cent of enrolment in 1969-70; in the current
academic year women made up 30 per cent of
New faculty attracted to the University during the decade "have brought international attention to (Commerce and Business Administration) in many areas. Our programs in finance,
transportation and urban land economics are
acknowledged internationally as being in the
first rank of equivalent programs to be found
anywhere." He also points to the increased commitment by the faculty to professional continuing education "of the highest quality," an area
that attracted more than 1,800 executives to 80
programs in 1979-80 alone.
Dean Lusztig says the faculty's pursuit of
quality will be severely hampered if it is unable
to add qualified faculty members and if it continues ,o experience space shortages, which are
beginning to be critical. He looks forward to an
expansion of research activities to take advantage of increasing federal government support
and the exploration of new links with institutions on mainland China to fulfill the faculty's
vision as a Pacific Rim educational resource.
The faculty is also endeavoring to expand
graduate programs in the light of growing
demands for individuals trained in management
Education and looks forward to drawing on the
expertise of its Advisory Council, formed during
the 1970s, to cope with the increasing demands
ofthe 1980s.
DENTISTRY. Dean George Beagrie reports
that during the 1970s the faculty accomplished
the development of a strong foundation for the
undergraduate teaching program and in the latter part of the decade turned its attention to
graduate and post-graduate education. A
specialty diploma with a Master of Science option in penodontology was introduced and in
1979-80 a combined degree of Doctor of Dental
Medicine /Master of Science was started as a
pilot project after successful negotiations with
the Faculty of Graduate Studies. This approach
is expected to broaden the research approach of
the faculty. Other recent notable developments
include establishment of an oral pathology/oral
biopsy service, and the introduction of a
graduate and post-graduate division.
The dental faculty intends to introduce in the
next few years a program leading to the degree
of Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and
there has been considerable interaction between
the faculty and Douglas College with a view to
developing a community-based training area in
dental hygiene.
Dentistry has been given a new focus with the
completion of the Health Sciences Centre
Hospital. A Department of Dentistry has been
formed within the complex to provide general
dental treatment for hospital patients and the
next few yeajw should see the formation of
similar departments in other hospitals with
which the faculty will become affiliated. There
are plans also to develop a craniofacial
anomalies centre and a facial pain centre to
serve as specialty treatment centres for the province. There is a need also to extend preventive
services for control of dental caries and
periodontal diseases during the 1980s, with particular emphasis on the identification of risk
groups in the population. Continuing Dental
Education continues to have a high priority in
the faculty, Dean Beagie says, and it is expected
UBC will act as a major centre for this activity
for the Pacific Rim as well as for other areas of
the world. *
EDUCATION. There were some notable
developments in this faculty during the decade
under review. In 1970, UBC became the first
Canadian university to set a bachelor's degree as
the minimum requirement for teaching in the
elementary grades. The faculty subsequently
experimented successfully with alternative
methods of preparing teachers through a variety
UBC's Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration,
headed by Dean Peter Lusztig,
far right, is developing new
links with institutions on
mainland China to fulfill the
faculty's vision as a Pacific Rim
educational resource. During
the academic year, President
Douglas Kenny, left, announced the establishment of a
special fellowship to enable a
senior scholar from China to
spend up to four months at
UBC in 1980-81. The scholar
will be selected by Rong Yiren,
centre,, chairman and president
of the China International
Trust and Investment Corporation, which facilitates foreign
investment in China.
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of programs, notably Community Education
and the Native Indian Teacher Education Program. The faculty also co-operated with the
Yukon government to establish three years of
teacher education for students in that territory.
The faculty anticipated future needs by initiating graduate and diploma programs to
prepare adult educators. The doctoral program
in adult education is one of only three offered in
Canada. The success of all programs for
graduate students is illustrated by the fact that
over the past 10 years the number of candidates
registered for master's and doctoral degrees has
more than tripled. Other developments included establishment of the Education Research
Service Centre to provide faculty and students
with advice and guidance about research
retrieval and design and data analysis, and the
Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction, which draws together faculty and graduate
students to investigate the history, development,
implementation and assessment of curricula. In
previous reports, I have drawn attention to the
faculty's significant contribution to in-service
education of teachers, a program which in
1979-80 provided 151 courses attended by 1,328
teachers in 42 school districts beyond the lower
Fraser Valley, a 32 per cent increase over the
previous year.
Stemming from a review of the faculty,
described in detail in my last annual report, was
a decision in January, 1980, by the faculty to
departmentalize, which involved melding 22
quasi departments into seven official departments and one division.
In the coming decade the faculty proposes to
train more students in the field of counselling to
work in schools and other agencies and with
women, adults, immigrants and the handicapped; assist in the preparation of curricula and
personnel for infant, nursery and daycare programs; extend diagnostic and remedial services
in such areas as science, mathematics, language
and reading and learning disabilities; and increase its involvement in programs in correctional institutions, among other things.
To carry out this mission, Acting Dean Roy
Bentley says in his submission, increased funding is needed to extend graduate programs
and research activities, provide better library
facilities, and expand physical facilities.
FORESTRY. Student enrolment and the size
of the teaching and research staff in Forestry increased significantly during the 1970s, reflecting increased concern about the bellwether industry of the province. The faculty began the
decade with a totally restructured curriculum.
A stepped-up information program to high
schools emphasizing career opportunities
resulted in annual graduating-class sizes increasing from the 40-50 range to the 60-80
range. In the same period, women began to
enrol in the faculty and their numbers have
grown steadily until they now represent 23 per
cent of the total undergraduate enrolment. The
faculty graduated 639 students during the
decade, which represents 40 per cent of the total
forestry graduates since 1921.
The teaching and research staff in Forestry
increased in size from 25 to 40 over the decade.
The additions ensured more balanced instruction in forest resources and environmental
management and provided new expertise in
such areas as fisheries biology, land, range and
wildlife management, remote sensing, silviculture, wood science and resource economics.
The recent developments in forestry in the
province, including a new Forest Act and the
expansion of the provincial Forest Service,
which stem from the 1976 report of UBC
resource economist Prof. Peter Pearse, present a
new challenge for the UBC forestry faculty. If
the provincial objective of a viable forest industry for B.C. is to be met, the faculty must increase its on-campus enrolment and continue to
expand its embryonic continuing education
program. Forestry will require an infusion of
resources to provide new physical facilities and
additional faculty for an enlarged enrolment
and an already active research program.
characterizes the 1960s as "a period of rapid
growth in enrolment and proliferation of
graduate programs," while the decade of the
'70s is described as one of "enrolment decline
and recovery and consolidation of graduate offerings."
In December, 1970, graduate enrolment was
2,810, including 1,079 doctoral students; four
years later graduate enrolment had declined to
2,666 students, including 890 doctoral candidates; and in December, 1979, total graduate
enrolment stood at 3,293, including 870 doctoral students. By broad subject area, the 1970s
witnessed a sharp decline in graduate enrolment
in the humanities and pure sciences, but an increase, particularly at the master's level, in the
professional areas, especially Education and
Commerce and Business Administration. The
social sciences were in between these extremes,
reflecting their relatively late emergence in
Canadian universities.
Despite the problems associated with research
funding, there was a steady diversification of
offerings during the 1970s. The number of
graduate areas of study UBC offers increased
from 80 to 94, the number of different kinds of
degrees offered increased from 14 to 18, and the
number of departments offering doctoral programs increased from 47 to 65 in the decade.
Dean Larkin comments: "More important than
these statistics were the many changes in course
offerings, the growth in departmental experience and facilities and many other less visible changes that come with consolidation. The
graduate programs at UBC are much better in
quality now than they were at the end of the
1960s decade of rapid expansion. The same
trends will continue in the 1980s, with a slow
and steady growth in offerings and departmental capacities."
Dean Larkin also characterizes the 1970s as a
decade of great interest in "interdisciplinary
studies," a trend to which UBC responded conservatively, continuing to stress the desirability
of strength in at least one discipline before embarking on projects that required strength in
two or more directions. "This approach," says
Dean Larkin in his annual report, "as judged by
its results, has been particularly sound and UBC
has avoided much of the institutionalized
fadism that has come home to roost for many
other North American universities."
Other important trends noted by Dean
Larkin are the effort which has been made to
encourage more mature citizens to upgrade
their qualifications and the enhancement of collaboration among the various sectors of society
— industry, government and University. These
two trends have intersected significantly, and in
the professional areas especially have resulted
in major growth in the number of part-time
students at the master's level and a substantial
increase in institutional co-operation.
In the 1980s, says Dean Larkin, "it is expected that graduate enrolments will increase ■   ^>^.f .4**
gradually across the whole spectrum of subject
areas, with the greatest growth in the professionally oriented fields." By projecting current
trends in graduate enrolment, he says, "there is
good reason to expect that the 1980s will be the
decade in which graduate enrolment increases
to 6,000 as was projected in the early 1960s as
the likely level in the 1970s." -
LAW. The Faculty of Law is pursuing three
concurrent objectives, Dean Kenneth Lysyk says
in his submission. The first, and the one pursued through the 1970s, is the consolidation and
development of existing programs. The past
decade was a period of rapid expansion for the
faculty, one in which student enrolment quickly
readied the planned maximum level. Since
then, the number of fully qualified applicants
for admission has exceeded the number of
places available several times over.
A second broad objective is to achieve greater
integration of conceptual and applied approaches to legal education. Some important initiatives in this area include the clinical programs and courses in counselling and advocacy,
and "applied-law" experiments which are now
firmly based in the faculty's curriculum and
which have gained the law school a reputation
as a leader in the field. A number of important
developments in the teaching of advocacy are
either in place or planned: an intensive program
in trial and appelate practice is being experimented with; the faculty sponsors an advocacy workshop for members of the practising
bar in association with the Continuing Legal
Education Society of B.C.; students are given
the opportunity to observe advocacy in practice
through a courtroom facility in the Law
Building; and a direct closed-ch.uit television
link with the Vancouver Courthouse is being
developed so that students,may observe trials in
progress. Establishment of this link will make
UBC the first law school in Canada to have such
a facility.
The faculty's third broad objective is to
develop programs responsive to national and
provincial needs and priorities. An example 6f a
development of this type is the proposed program in Japanese law,  reflecting the growing
economic importance, for B.C. particularly, of
Japanese relations with Canada. Another example is the Native Law Program which is responding to the needs of Canada's Indians. This has
required 3 flexible admissions policy, development of special tutorials for Native Indian
students and participation by faculty in
province-wide meetings to bring the program to
the attention of native people. In the 1980s, the
law school also plans to place a high priority on
expanding and strengthening its graduate program.
MEDICINE. The major thrust of academic
and physical development for the Faculty of
Medicine in the 1970s centred on the construction of the Health Sciences Centre, which is
linked to the phased expansion of enrolment in
medicine leading eventually to a doubling of the
first-year class to 160 students. A total of 120
students will be admitted in the fall of 1980. A
description of the growth and development of
the Health Sciences Centre during the last
decade is included in a special section of this
report and was occasioned by the official opening ceremony for the complex in May, 1980.
The Walter Koerner Acute Care Unit, the final
building making up the Health Sciences Centre
Hospital, will admit its first patients in
September of 1980.
Bernard Riedel lists the following items as indicative of the significant changes which have
taken place in Pharmaceutical Sciences over the
past decade: enrolment has almost doubled
from 184 to 359 students; the graduate program
has developed rapidly with a near doubling of
students registered for advanced degTees; a near
sevenfold increase in research funds saw
$1,022,641 available in 1980, compared to
$152,870 in 1970; and faculty strength has increased fourfold.
The undergraduate program altered greatly
during the decade with concentration on
development of a clinical program leading to a
considerable change of emphasis for graduating
students. The faculty's clinical program is
recognized as one of the best in Canada, Dean
Riedel says. Other notable developments during
Completion of the Walter C.
Koerner Acute Care Unit, left,
the final component in UBC's
Health Sciences Centre
Hospital, means the University
has one of the most advanced
facilities in the world for the
training of health professionals
and patient care. A total of 600
beds are provided for acute,
geriatric and psychiatric care
in three separate buildings. In
naming the acute care unit for
Dr. Koerner, the University
honored a benefactor who has
played a major role in the creation of the Health Sciences
Centre as a member of its
management committee since
it was established in 1972. The
academic buildings of the
Health Sciences Centre were
named in honor of the late Dr.
John F. McCreary, former dean
of medicine and co-ordinator
of health sciences at UBC, who
laid foundations for development of an integrated centre on
campus for the training of
health professionals.
UBC Reports/9 the decade were initiation of one of UBC's most
valuable public-service projects, the Drug and
Poison Information Centre, which is also an active teaching and research centre, and development of a program of radioisotope development
and research in association with the TRIUMF
Project and the medical faculty's division of
nuclear medicine. The prospect of work in the
field of positron emission tomography, described in greater detail in a later section of this
report under The Health Sciences, opens up
new research possibilities for the faculty.
SCIENCE. As one of the "core" faculties of
the University, the Faculty of Science plays a
central role in the University through the instruction it provides to students registered in all
faculties but Law, and serves as an initial training ground for many students planning careers
in the professions. Its research program is very
wide-ranging and encompasses both basic and
applied research.
A Faculty of Science review committee which
reported to me in the 1979-80 academic year
said that as judged from both inside and outside
the University, UBC's faculty "ranks as a
leading Science Faculty." The report noted that
the average number of research papers already
published by each faculty member is 34, that
the average number published in the last five
years was 12, and that research funds awarded
to members of the faculty in 1978-79 were of
the order of 60 per cent of the faculty's professional salaries budget.
The faculty entered the 1970's with all its present departments in existence in one form or
another. During the decade, the Department of
Geology changed its name to the Department of
Geological Sciences and a developing astronomy
program became part of the offerings of the
Department of Geophysics and Astronomy. The
former Institute of Oceanography was incorporated into Science as a department in 1979.
Curriculum alterations which took place during
the decade are too numerous to mention; in the
many disciplines which make up this faculty
knowledge expands at an extraordinary rate
• and curriculum committees are hard pressed to
ensure that academic programs reflect advances
in science.
It is not surprising, given the size and complexity of the Faculty of Science, that the review
committee found shortcomings in the faculty
and reported that it would not reach its full
potential until a number of serious problems are
recognized and remedied.
These problems have to do with the science
faculty's curriculum, especially at the first
year level, shortcomings in counselling for
students, the allocation of resources within the
faculty and relationships with the Faculty of
Graduate Studies as a result of the large amount
of money which the science faculty receives for
the support of research. The new dean of the
faculty, Prof. Cyril Finnegan, is taking steps to
deal with the problem areas identified by the
review committee.
This is the second of three major faculty
reviews which I have initiated as part of an
overall plan designed to improve the quality of
education at UBC. A review of the Faculty of
Education was completed in the last academic
year and the Faculty of Forestry is currently
under review.
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The decade of the 1970s, so far as research is
concerned, was one of deepening gloom followed by several years of rising expectations.
The federal government, early in the decade,
adopted a hold-the-line policy on research
funding, a policy which I described in previous
reports as short-sighted and hazardous. This
policy, coupled with inflationary pressures,
placed all of Canada's university research effort
in jeopardy and, in my view and that of other
senior administrators and scientific leaders, imperilled the future of this country.
The effects of the policy were clearly felt on
the UBC campus. Some faculty members found
their research grants cut to dangerously low
levels or withdrawn completely, young faculty
members drawn to the academic world by the
prospects of a career in research and teaching
found they were unable to obtain any funds to
begin new projects; technical support staff,
many of them highly skilled, had to find
employment elsewhere; and there is no doubt in
my mind that University enrolment was affected
because of the close link between research funding and graduate student enrolment. By denying young Canadians access to university
academic and research facilities, governments
have created a manpower gap that will seriously
affect universities and the economy in the
future. One of the major functions of research is
to train the next generation of scholars who will
develop innovative ideas and techniques for
Canadian society and staff university
classrooms. Over the ne$t decade or two, it
seems likely that the trained workforce Canada
will need for these functions will not come on-
stream at the appropriate time. And I have'no
hesitation in saying that Canada's future is likely
to be seriously affected as a result.
Admittedly, the decade of the 1970s was a
difficult period for governments because of rising costs and inflation. The point I, wish to make
here is that it is precisely in times of difficulty
that the need for research is greatest. It is a time
when we need new information to strengthen
the long-range development of our natural and
human resources, not just in the pure and applied sciences but in the social sciences and
humanities as well.
It is only in the last three years or so that the
federal and provincial governments have taken
steps to shore up Canada's sagging research effort. In 1980, the federal government will increase its spending for research in the natural
sciences by some $155 million and increase support for awards to promising doctoral students.
Ottawa has promised that by the middle of the
1980s, research spending will account for 1.5
per cent of the gross national product. Current-
Ci Iy, Canada spends only 0.94 per cent of its $260
billion GNP on research, about half the proportion spent by such countries as Switzerland and
For 1980-81, the budget of the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council was
increased by 35 per cent to $162.& million, the
Medical Research Council's budget was boosted
by 17 per cent to $82.2 million, and a similar
percentage increase gave the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council a budget of
$41.7 million.
This turnaround in government policy has
been reflected in research funding at UBC.
Over the past five years grants for research have
nearly doubled from $16 million to $31.3
million in the 1979-80 fiscal year. The 1979-80
total is a 21 per cent increase over the previous
fiscal year and marks the third consecutive year
in which research-award increases exceeded 20
per cent.
Dr. Richard Spratley, the University's
research administrator, points out a notable
shift in the source of research funds over the
past five years in his annual report. Federal support (from federal government departments
and national councils which receive funds
directly from the federal government) is now
only 59 per cent of the total, down from 75 per
cent in the early 1970s. And provincial support,
through the B.C. Health Sciences Research
Fund and the Science Council of B.C., has increased dramatically by nearly 500 per cent
since 1975-76.
Another overall trend of the past five years is
that funding for the health sciences, social
sciences and humanities increased more rapidly
than did grants for other disciplines. Increases
for the humanities and social sciences were of
the order of 150 per cent, and 130 per cent for
the health sciences in the past five years. In the
same period, increases for research in the
natural sciences were of the order of 85 per cent
and for the applied sciences of 70 per cent.
There have also been dramatic increases in
research funding over the past five years in the
Faculty of Education (up 238 per cent),
Pharmaceutical Sciences (up 328 per cent) and
Agricultural Sciences (up 164 per cent). A five-
year increase of 370 per cent in funding in the
Department of Medicine in the Faculty of
Medicine has made it the highest funded
department at UBC with a total of $2.32 million
in 1979-80.
Five UBC faculties received research funds in
excess of $2 million in 1979-80, compared to only two faculties five years ago. The Faculties of
Medicine ($9,636,791) and Science
($9,601,318) topped the list in 1979-80. Other
faculties which received more than $2 million in
the last fiscal year were Applied Science -
$2,549,662, Agricultural Sciences —
$2,354,028 and Arts - $2,266,294. Six UBC
departments - five in the natural sciences and
one in the health sciences - were each awarded
grants in excess of $1 million in 1979-80.
The increased activity in research is reflected
in the annual reports of the deans of the University's 12 faculties. It would take many more
pages than make up this report to record all the
projects under way at present. I have chosen a
representative selection from each faculty to indicate the range and variety of work that is
enriching our scientific and cultural resources.
this faculty were up 25 per cent in 1979-80 over
the previous fiscal year to support some 230
separate projects, which Dean Warren Kitts says
are highly relevant from a national and international point of view or are aimed at solving
unique regional problems in B.C. In effect,
Dean Kitts adds, the Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences serves as the research arm of the provincial Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
Research projects are by no means confined to
the UBC campus; 40 involve studies and field
work outside the Lower Mainland and the
faculty also makes use of ancillary research
facilities at its research farm at Oyster River on
Vancouver Island. All this activity resulted in
faculty members contributing three chapters to
books, publishing 89 papers in refereed journals, preparing 74 reports, reviews, monographs, bulletins and articles, and presenting 53
papers and abstracts at conferences.
Projects of note include: studies on stabilization schemes in the B.C. beef industry by Dr.
George Kennedy; studies on the use of solar heat
in greenhouses by Prof. L.M. Staley; testing of a
wide variety of food and food products as health
hazards by Prof. W.D. Powrie in co-operation
with the B.C. Cancer Research Centre; studies
on paralytic shellfish poisoning in Food Science;
a study of Vancouver's waterfront with the aim
of making design and landscape recommendations to maximize the scenic value of that area;
and the use of remote sensing to assess the impact of off-road vehicles on open range lands in
APPLIED SCIENCE. In the Department of
Chemical Engineering, Colin Oloman has
developed a new process for production of
hydrogen peroxide at pulp and paper mills,
thus holding out the hope for considerable cost
reductions for that industry. Chemical and
metallurgical engineers are co-operating in a
program of research and testing of rotary kilns
which has drawn international interest from industry.
In Civil Engineering, Dr. W.K. Oldham's
work on the biological removal of nutrients
from sewage has led to acceptance of this process for a new treatment plant now being
designed for the City of Kelowna. Two other
B.C. cities Vernon and Cranbrook — are using    another    waste    management    method
A turnaround in government
policy has resulted in a near
doubling of support for research at UBC over the last five
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almost doubled in size during
the 1970s to 2.1 million items.
Major building projects completed in the decade included a
new Law Library and the
Sedgewick Undergraduate
Library. During the 1979-80
academic year, the University
launched a major study to look
into space requirements for the
library system over the next two
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developed by Dr. Oldham involving application
of treated sewage to dry-land areas for the production of cash crops, thereby reducing the load
of undesirable impurities entering nearby lakes.
The electrical engineering department is ac
tive in the fields of applied electromagnetics,
biomedical engineering, communications and
signal processing, computer applications and
digital and power systems engineering. Prof.
E.V. Jul! is advising Transport Canada on the
minimization of interference to instrument
landing systems and radar systems due to air
port buildings and-Dr. Michael Beddoes continues his work on development of aids for the
blind. The work of Dr. D.F. Schrack in developing a language for computer graphics has attracted interest, particularly in Europe, and
Prof. Hermann Dommel has become the central
figure in an international group of power
systems analysts making use of a new program
which he developed.
In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, research on wind-induced oscillation of
towers and tall buildings is being carried out by
Prof. Geoffrey Parkinson; Dr. Ian Gartshore is
testing building models in wind tunnels to
determine what strength of windows should be
specified  for  Vancouver  buildings;   Dr.   T.N.
Adams is working on the question of on-site coal
gasification, which has economic and environmental advantages over traditional mining
and surface gasification; Prof. Norman Eley is
studying explosion-proofing of diesel exhaust
systems and explosion risks in coal mines due to
frictional or impact heating; Dr. R.E.
McKechnie has been active with students in a
number of innovative projects, including design
of a one-handed can opener for the handicapped, solar heating of swimming pools, and the
application of microcomputers to engineering
problems; Dr. G.W. Vickers has been developing water jets which have application to the
underwater cleaning of metal surfaces; Dr.
Stanley Hutton has initiated a major project on
saw vibrations directed at increasing the yield of
sawn lumber in the B.C. forest industry; Dr.
Henry Vaughan has completed work on the problems of slamming damage to large barges being towed in heavy weather, a problem for the
B.C. marine transport industry; and Dr. V.J.
Modi has been studying the dynamics of inflated structures suitable for use in submarine
Our mineral engineers are studying the oxidation of B.C. coals and the effect of recovery
of coal by flotation, a project which should
result in improved recovery of B.C. coal
resources, and a number of projects that bear
on the province's coal resources are under way
in Metallurgical Engineering.
ARTS. The diversity of research in this
faculty is reflected in the following research projects: Dr. David Pokotylo of Anthropology and
Sociology has completed the on-site phase ofthe
Hat Creek Archeological Project, which aims to
identify valuable archeological sites prior to the
giant coal mining development scheduled for
this area near Kamloops; members of the
Department of Economics taking part in the
natural resource economics program emphasized studies on uranium and copper mining,
fisheries' policy and energy problems in the last
academic year, while some other members of
the same department undertook research on the
problem of inflation; members of the Department of Geography are involved in work on
avalanches, solar energy, transportation, social
planning and zoning, an historical atlas of
Canada, trade with Russia and the history of urban planning and development in China; and
faculty members in the School of Home
Economics are involved in projects related to the
influence on offspring of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and growth retardation in the fetal alcohol syndrome, child
abuse, and the adaptation experiences of Vietnamese refugees.
Members of the arts faculty were the authors
of an impressive number of books published in
1979-80, including studies of the culture of India and China by experts in anthropology and
Asian studies, literary works by teachers in
Creative Writing, French and Germanic
Studies, and several historical works on
medieval, modern and Canadian history.
A number of projects related to the native Indians of Canada are outlined in the report of
Arts Dean Robert Will. Dr. Leslie Upton of
History, whose untimely death during the
academic year robbed the department of one if
its most promising scholars, was the author of a
study of Indian-white relations in the Maritimes
in the 18th and 19th centuries; Dr. Dale
Kinkade continues his work on B.C. and U.S.
Indian languages, some of which are in danger of dying out; and Dr. Paul Tennant of Political
Science launched a major study of native Indian
organizations in B.C., the first of its kind.
ADMINISTRATION. Dean Peter Lusztig has
provided the following examples of research
most likely to lead to benefits to the community
and the curriculum of the faculty.
The faculty's industrial relations management division has published a Handbook of Experiential Learning and Change, which has important implications for the faculty's approach
to teaching. Other work in this division on
transfer policy shows promise in aiding the
development of young managers in Canadian
The urban land economics division is continuing work on the use of multiple regression
analysis for property valuation, attracting the
attention and co-operation of the B.C. Assessment Authority which is in a position to make
direct use of the research. Other current work
on the effects of land use regulation and control
across Canada is likely to have considerable impact on the ways in which provincial and local
governments govern urban development in the
1990s. And work on the impact of federal housing policy on local housing markets is of great
potential use in guiding future federal policy.
The faculty's transportation division has
undertaken projects to study the adequacy and
efficiency of various aspects of Canada's
transportation system. Work on the British Columbia Railway provided important inputs to
the provincial government on future management of the system.
Members of the marketing division are doing
research in such areas as energy demand and
the impact of television on children, consumer
behavior and the marketing of the performing
arts. The findings in the latter area have already
been adopted by a number of performing arts
companies in North America.
DENTISTRY .Three members of the faculty,
Drs. A.G. Hannam, A.A. Lowe and W.W.
Wood have made considerable progress in
developing a computer-based data bank for
continuing projects ranging from basic
physiological studies to applied clinical
research. The data bank contains physiological
and in some cases anatomical data from the files
of more than 120 patients. The research team
has developed systems for retrieving, analysing
and displaying correlated anatomical and
physiological data for a wide variety of dental
research projects. The project has also fostered
close conceptual, experimental and technical
links between various experiments, an increasing amount of collaborative work and widespread interest among international colleagues.
This work will have a fundamental effect on one
of the aims of the faculty — establishment of a
craniofacial pain centre.
Dr. Virginia Diewart of the orthodontics
department is involved in important research on
factors causing cleft palate. She is assessing both
normal palate development and genetic defects
in experimental animals.
Other current research of note is the following: the immunofluorescent study of tooth
transplants and lingual nerve sensory alteration
related to oral surgery by Dr. B.H. Goldstein;
bone healing after experimental jaw fractures
by radiographic, histologic and biometric
means; the long-range health effect of sedative
drugs used in medical and dental treatments;
the possibility of tooth-decay prevention from
continuous fluoride-releasing restorations; the
use of magnets for retention of dental appliances; and investigation of the dental needs
of geriatric patients.
EDUCATION. Acting Dean Roy Bentley says
research in his faculty has developed in response
to specific needs and problems experienced in
teaching and learning, with special attention
directed toward the analysis, development and
assessment of curricula and the adaptation of
materials and instructional techniques for
special groups.
More specifically, members of the faculty
have been involved in an assessment of
mathematics education that will have considerable influence on the forthcoming revision
of the school mathematics curriculum; a training program related to mental retardation;
development of instructional materials for
Canadian studies; studies of Canada's aging
population; development and evaluation of a
basic literary curriculum for adults; evaluation
of curricular materials for gifted children;
development of an educational treatment
model for hyperactive children; the financial effects of aid to non-public schools; and analysis
of the work of family court counsellors and identification of required competencies, with the aim
of devising a suitable training program.
FORESTRY. The intensification in recent
years of the forest management program for the
province has brought to light many problems requiring research and expertise within the faculty. The faculty is now stretched to its limit by requests for advice and grants and contracts for
research from government and the forest industry, Dean Joseph Gardner reports.
The following extract is from the report of
Gordon MacNabb, president of the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) and concerns the work of Dr. Norman
Franz of the forestry faculty:
"After over a decade of NSERC (NRC)
operating grant support, a professor in the
Faculty of Forestry at the University of British
Columbia has gained an international reputation for his work on high pressure liquid jet cutting systems and has obtained over 30 patents.
A pioneer in the use of high velocity water jets
for cutting wood, this researcher has extended
this technology to the cutting of other materials.
Indeed, his work lays the foundation for virtually all practical developments of jet cutting. The
original concept is now in daily industrial use in
the U.S.A., England, Scotland, Sweden,
France, West Germany, Switzerland, Belgium
and the Netherlands in such diverse industries
as aerospace, automobile, shoe and apparel,
building products containers. Materials being
processed include paper board, reinforced
plastics, fiberglass insulation, foams, abrasive
and asbestos products, plywood and food products."
Research in the faculty covers a wide spectrum. Dr. Gordon Weetman is carrying out
trials under contract with the provincial
Ministry of Forests on fertilization of stands of
lodgepole pine at 25 Interior sites; Glen Young
has been a key figure in the marrying of computer technology to planning techniques so that
the harvesting process can be speeded up; Philip
Cottell is studying man-machine interactions
with a view to making the forestry workplace
safe and productive; and Prof. Jack Walters,
director of UBC's research forest in the Fraser
Valley, continues his work on technical innovation, which has drawn international interest.
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GRADUATE STUDIES. The institutes,
schools and centres associated with the Faculty
of Graduate Studies are among the most productive units within the University in terms of
Dr. William Rees of the School of Community and Regional Planning has published
research on the environmental assessment and
review process in the Canadian Arctic that has
attracted national interest and was the subject
of a House of Commons debate. Dr. Michael
Poulton's research on sawlog transportation on
the Lower Fraser River has significance for the
management of that waterway.
Population management and biology were
the principal areas of research of members of
the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology during 1979-80. The acquisition of several
minicomputers opened up new possibilities in
applying fairly advanced modelling techniques
in workshops or field situations and has improved the practicality of testing theory against actual data quickly and realistically. The scope of
interdisciplinary modelling was further expanded to combine behavioral and social factors with
economic, physical and biological systems.
Collectively, I ARE faculty members received
more than $1 million for a wide variety of projects that included the following: development
of methods of environmental analysis and policy
design and the training of teams in methods of
adaptive environmental management by Prof.
C.S. Holling; studies of coho salmon populations by Profs. P.A. Larkin, CF. Wehrhahn
and J.D. McPhail; studies of toxic chemicals in
the environment and ambulance design in the
City of Victoria by Prof. Ilan Vertinsky; studies
of ecosystems in the southern Sudan by Prof.
A.R.E. Sinclair; and work on the biological
control of weeds in the Kamloops area by Dr.
Judith Myers.
The Institute of Asian Research is fostering
research in three main areas: Canada-Asia
economic relations; research in Asia such as currently funded projects on Chinese and South
Asian agricultural development; and interdisciplinary studies such as those under way on
educational mobility and urbanization in Asia.
The institute plans to continue development of
research on Asian Canadian communities.
Having completed a five-year project on
Canada and the international management of
the oceans, the Institute of International Relations has now embarked on a new project on
Canada and international trade with funds provided by the Donner Canadian Foundation.
The ocean project generated more than 60
studies and it is expected the international trade
project will generate even more.
The Centre for Transportation Studies has a
number of projects under way characterized by
diversity. One deals with the realities of
newspaper recycling and ways in which the
transport costs can be minimized. A mathematical model will be used to indicate the relationships between collection methods, transport
technology, and the market price for waste
paper. The centre is also studying the landing
fees charged by the world's leading international airports as they relate to the type of
plane, volume of traffic and cost of airport
operations. This study should indicate whether
Canadian carriers are disadvantaged in various
ways at several airports.
The Westwater Research Centre is continuing with its Coastal Resource Management Program, which includes studies of marsh plants
and juvenile salmon in the Lower Fraser River
to determine the importance of wetlands to
salmon, publication of a series of reports and a
book entitled Coastal Resources in the Future of
B.C., and studies of fish protection regulation
as applied to the B.C. coastal forest industry.
The centre has also completed a study for the
Economic Council of Canada on environmental
protection regulation, which included recommendations for strengthening the procedures
for bargaining between developers and
regulators, in particular, by improving the information available to the regulatory process.
The Soil Dynamics group in Graduate Studies
fosters research in such areas as earthquake
engineering, ocean engineering and environmental fluid dynamics. The studies being carried out under the latter heading include
development of techniques for the analysis of
the dispersal of pollutants in oceans, lakes,
rivers and air, and the prediction of the effects
of waste heat discharges from power plants'
Some of the techniques and programs developed by the earthquake engineering group are
now used by consulting engineers in North
America and Norway and by government agencies in Italy, Japan, the Soviet Union and Mexico. Currently under development is a procedure for analysing the behavior of offshore
pipelines during storms and earthquakes.
The resource management science program
sponsored a study of coastal zone management
centred on southeastern Vancouver Island, a
study which has been of considerable interest to
the Capital Regional District because it is the
only one of its kind conducted in B.C. Another
study focussed on evaluation of the success of
the Island's Trust to manage the development
of the Gulf Islands between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Recommendations
for improvement were outlined and the information was received with great interest by the
trust as well as residents of the islands.
During 1979-80, a group of academics and
rofessionals associated with the Centre for
Human Settlements met to examine the current
state of Canada's settlement system and its
tendencies. What emerged from this study was
that while the population of Canadians residing
in small and medium-sized towns has increased,
the population in the metropolitan areas of
Canada has declined.
LAW. Faculty members in Law continue
research into legal topics of a traditional nature
as well as new and relatively unexplored areas.
A major project drawing to completion is a
book of essays on Canadian law and practice
relating to criminal procedure, edited by Profs.
Jerome Atrens, Peter Burns and James Taylor,
to which a number of faculty members have
made contributions. Marilyn MacCrimmon
continues her empirical studies on witnesses and
their reliability, which involves work with
researchers outside the law faculty. Other
studies which have made major contributions to
the field, or are likely to do so, include the
following: the law of restitution by G.B. Klip-
pert; intergovernmental agreements by Prof.
Kenneth Lysyk; Canadian law of property by
Prof. A.J. McClean; studies in legal philosophy
on the western idea of law by Prof. J.C. Smith;
powers and duties of Canadian corporate directors by Barry Slutsky; Canadian land law by
Prof. E.C.E. Todd; and Canadian law of trade
secrets by Dr. David Vaver.
MEDICINE. The range and variety of
research in the Faculty of Medicine could easily be the subject of a separate report on its own,
encompassing as it does basic studies in
neurology, the structure and function of
biological membranes, and the biochemical
basis of respiration (to name only three), clinical
studies in anesthesiology, surgery (including the
treatment of burns), diagnostic radiology,
ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology,
pediatrics and pathology.
Four researchers were awarded grants in excess of $100,000 in 1979-80: Dr. Hans Stich of
Medical Genetics for studies in environmental
carcinogenesis; Dr. John Dirks of the Department of Medicine, who received a $250,000
grant for development of a neurology division
within the department and $121,000 for kidney
research; Dr. Moira Yeung, also of Medicine,
for a study of Alcan smelter workers; and Dr.
Michael Smith, for studies on nucleic acids.
Here is a brief listing of other valuable
research taking place in the medical faculty. In
the Department of Biochemistry studies are
under way of anti-cancer drugs and hormone-
responsive tumors; research on various forms of
cancer continues in the Department of Surgery;
the B.C. Record Linkage Project in the Department of Medical Genetics is using the computer
to provide statistics on such things as recurrence
risks or incidence of disease; chronic lung
disorders are under intense investigation in the
Department of Medicine; ophthalmologists-are
studying diabetes and its effect on the eyes; a
grant from the federal government is being used
in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to study the relationship between therapeutic abortion and
subsequent pregnancy outcome; research in
Paediatrics is generating appreciation of the
Tole of virus infections in chronic arthritis,
diabetes, thyroid disease and perhaps multiple
sclerosis; a research group headed by Dr.
Harold Copp has recently discovered another
new hormone which appears to regulate
calcium metabolism in fish; and in Psychiatry,
researchers are investigating biological markers
in psychiatric illness and the condition known as
anorexia nervosa in which patients literally
starve themselves, sometimes to death.
Bernard Riedel reports a dramatic increase in
research and graduate studies activity in his
faculty during the academic year. In addition to
29 graduate students enrolled for the masters
and Ph.D. programs, the Hospital Pharmacy
Residency Program has 11 students enrolled in
this certificate program functioning in seven
community hospitals.
Research funds awarded to the faculty totalled $1,022,641 and as in other faculties this
money was used to support post-doctoral
fellows, pre-doctoral students and technical and
professional assistants.
A research project in the field of drug utilization review has resulted in a valuable on-going
relationship with the Pharmacare program of
the provincial government and the faculty's
Drug and Poison Information Centre broadened its activities by initiating production of a .
Drug Information Reference Manual for use in
hospitals and a Poison Management Manual for
use in hospital emergency departments. The
Radioisotope Development and Research Project has brought the use of an isotope of iodine
into active use in medical diagnostic procedures. Two chemists are involved in preparation of a second isotope of iodine for possible use
in brain scanning as part of the Positron Emission Tomography Project, which is described in
greater detail in the section of this report deal
ing with the completion of the Health Sciences
A measure of the research activity emanating
from this small UBC faculty is reflected in the
fact that 150 scientific publications by members
of its teaching staff were published in 1979-80.
SCIENCE. The Faculty of Science received
about 40 per cent of the total research funds
made available to UBC in the last fiscal year —
more than $11 million. In the area of the earth
sciences, research includes radioactive isotope
measurements of the age of minerals, groundwater and nuclear waste disposal problems,
seismology and glaciology. Our oceanographers
are looking at the physical, geological,
biological and chemical aspects of the Strait of
Georgia (using among other methods instruments attached to two B.C. ferries) and of
the Pacific (using Canadian and American
naval vessels and a coastal oil tanker). UBC
astronomers are involved in research on black
holes, stellar evolution and the instrumentation
of the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope located
on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
A wide range of research, including genetic
research on environmental mutagens, fungal
parasites of cereal grains, and human allergic
'reactions to plant compounds are the more
practical of the diverse basic research projects
conducted in Botany. In Microbiology, new
faculty members have initiated active programs
in molecular biology and Dr. Julia Levy's work
on simple sensitive tests for lung cancer continues to be successful. The annual publication
record of the zoology department was sustained
in the past year and included two books by
faculty members.
In the mathematical sciences, a research
facility in computational vision has been
established under Dr. Alan Mackworth of Computer Science and several UBC mathematicians
enhanced the research reputation of the
mathematics department for the high quality of
work in statistics and applied and pure
In the physical sciences, more than 200
research papers were produced by members of
the Department of Chemistry. In the Department of Physics, a fusion research position has
been established by B.C. Hydro to examine
both pure and applied problems.
THE UNIVERSITY PRESS. It seems appropriate to report here on the activities of the
University Press, which marked nine years of
operation in the 1979-80 academic year. In that
period, the press has published 94 titles (70 per
cent of them authored by UBC faculty,
graduates or affiliates of UBC) and increased
the number of books it publishes annually to an
average of 14. Annual sales now amount to
about 20,000 books in 49 countries. It has
grown to a point where it is the third largest
English-language scholarly press in Canada and
may soon be second in size.
The press was established to provide a platform for scholarly research and writing in B.C.;
to publish scholarly books that are not commercially viable but which should be published; to
see that the authors whose books are published
have professional advice in editing and production; and to serve the community of which it is a
part by also publishing definitive books about
the province. The press, under the direction of
A.N. Blicq and with the help of his competent
staff, has played a notable part in ensuring that
the fruits of scholarship are widely
Extra-Sessional Credit Programs
Centre for Continuing Education (including
Guided Independent Study)
Division of Continuing Education in the
Health Sciences
Professional Programs of the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration
Professional Continuing Education Program
of the School of Social Work
Professional Continuing Education Activities
of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Professional Continuing Education Activities
of the Faculty of Education
Professional Continuing Education Activities
of the Faculty of Forestry
16/UBC Reports
The University also continues to make a
significant contribution to the cultural life of
the province through a variety of programs that
could just as easily be listed in this report under
the heading of public service.
The Museum of Anthropology, for instance,
attracted 16,656 persons for single lectures and
lecture series, performances and other public
events. These events are designed to appeal to a
wide range of ages from school-age children to
senior citizens. Total attendance at the museum
was 149,245 persons of all ages,
and in off-campus centres on Vancouver Island,
in the Fraser Valley, the Interior and northern
The Departments of Music and Theatre and
the Fine Arts Gallery offered an almost continuous series of concerts, theatrical performances and exhibitions throughout the University year.
The music department presented 23 faculty
concerts and 66 student recitals on the campus
B.C. The department also hosted a number of
outstanding musicologists and brought to the
campus as an artist-in-residence Maureen
Forrester, who gave a recital as well as master
classes for students. The department also
presented a two-week baroque music workshop
and a one-week early music and dance
workshop in association with the Vancouver
Society for Early Music.
Some 21,000 persons saw theatre productions
staged by the Department of Theatre in the
Frederic Wood Theatre and the Dorothy
Somerset Studio. Five major productions, including Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's
Dream and Thornton Wilder's Our Town, were
staged between September, 1979, and March,
1980. and Stage Campus '80, supported by the
provincial   government's   Youth   Employment
Program, presented three plays during the summer of 1980.
The UBC Fine Arts Gallery continues to
mount a series of lively and interesting exhibitions despite its totally inadequate location in
the basement of the UBC Library. Seven exhibits between September, 1979, and April,
1980, showed a variety of art forms, including
basketry, sculpture, paintings and drawings,
photographs and graphic art. Hopefully, the
University will be able to construct a new art
gallery in the not-too-distant future, thereby
completing the Norman MacKenzie Centre for
Fine Arts.
Each year, the academic and recreational life
of the campus is enhanced by the presence of
numerous visitors, who give public lectures and
participate in seminars, colloquia and other
public events attended by faculty, students,
support staff and the general public. More than
7,600 persons attended 22 public lectures given
by speakers who came to UBC under the
auspices of a fund established a number of years
ago by former UBC student Cecil Green and his
wife, Ida; the UBC Computing Centre
presented 35 non-credit courses attended by 700
people; the Institute of Applied Mathematics
and Statistics held 67 seminars and workshops
during the academic year and provided a free
consulting service on statistical problems for
faculty members and students; the Centre for
Human Settlements attracted some 340 participants to 15 public lectures; and the Department of Fine Arts organized lectures on a wide
range of topics, including Canadian and
medieval art and architecture.
The University's 5,157-hectare research forest
in the Fraser Valley near Haney includes a
demonstration forest for the use of schools and
the general public in order to demonstrate
forest management practices. During 1979-80,
outdoor education day visits drew 3,962 visitors,
2,281 persons were accommodated for residential visits and more than 4,122 individuals participated in public tours. In the summer of
1980, the forest employed Bruce Gilmour, who
is blind, to provide tours of the forest for the
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Chronicle/Spring 1981  17 UBC ALUMNI
Robert J. Smith, BCom '68,
MBA '71. Alumni activities: treasurer, 1978-80; branches committee, 1973-75; commerce
alumni, 1976-77.
Grant D. Burnyeat, LLB '73.
Alumni activities: member-at-
large, board of management,
1977-81; executive member,
1979-81; chair, alumni fund,
1980-81; chair, student affairs
committee, 1977-79; president's
special planning committee,
branches committee, 1977-79;
government relations committee, 1978; student affairs committee, 1977-81; UBC Aquatic
Centre, planning and coordinating committee, 1974-77;
fund raising committee, 1974-76
and management committee,
Harold N. Halvorson, BA'55,
MSc'56, PhD'65. Alumni activities: member-at-large, 1978-
82; advocacy committee, 1979-
81; chair, communications
committee, 1980-81.
The vice-president automatically succeeds to the office of
president; all other officers and
members-at-large, 1981-83, have
been elected by acclamation.
William      S.      Armstrong,
BCom'58, LLB'59 (LLM, Columbia). Alumni activities: advisory committee to the UBC wills
and bequests committee; chair;
alumni fund allocations committee, 1980-81; member-at-large,
Jo Ann Hinchliffe, BA'74.
Alumni activities: branches
committee, 1977-81, member-
at-large, 1979-81.
John R. Henderson, BCom'77,
Alumni activities: chair, commerce alumni division, 1980-81;
commerce alumni division
executive, 1976-80; finance and
allocations committees, 1980-81.
Robert F. Osborne, BA'33,
BEd'48. Alumni activities:
member-at-large, 1979-81.
Gary B. Sutherland, BCom'64.
Alumni activities: finance committee, 1980.
Joanne R. Ricci, BSN'75,
MSN'77. Alumni activities:
alumni fund committee, 1980-
81; nominating committee,
1980-81; representative, applied
science, alumni board of management, 1979-81; executive
member, nursing alumni division, 1978-81.
Members-at-large completing
terms in 1982: Douglas
Aldridge, BASc'74; Virginia
Galloway Beirnes, BA'40,
LLB'49; Susan Daniells,
BA'72, LLB'75; Jo. M.
Hannay, MSc'76; Alison
MacLennan, LLB'76; Michael
Partridge, BCom'59; David
Richardson, BCom'71; Oscar
Sziklai, MF'61, PhD'64, and
Nancy Woo, BA'69.
Other representatives to the
board of management include:
The chancellor and president of
the university; the executive
director ofthe association, the
committee chairs
(communications, alumni
fund, programs and advocacy)
who do not already hold elected
positions on the board, the
president of die Alma Mater
Society or nominee, a
representative of the
Convocation Senators, a
representative of the Faculty
Association, and the chairs of
the alumni faculty divisions (i.e.
Commerce, Nursing, etc.).
18 Chronicle/Spring 1981 A Million Dollar Year
And the Wesbrook
Alumni giving to UBC is on its way to a million
dollar year. Gifts through the UBC Alumni
Fund, The Friends of UBC, to campus building funds, from estates and other gifts reached
over $988,000 to the end of February, 1981
(March 31 is the year-end).... The Wesbrook
Society, honoring the name and ideals of the
university's first president, Frank Fairchild
Wesbrook has been established by the alumni
fund. Society members will be able to involve
themselves in the life of the university, sharing
ideas, advice and counsel with senior university
officials. Members will be invited to the annual
Chancellor's Dinner to hear about and discuss
plans and developments affecting the university's future. Membership in the society is offered to that special group of individuals who
support the university with gifts of $1,000 or
more annually. A luncheon officially launching
the society will be held March 16. A brochure
on the Wesbrook Society is available by contacting the Director, UBC Alumni Fund, 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T
1X8, (604-228-3313).
Burke/Penn Memorial Fund
The first $400 scholarship from the Beta
Theta Pi Burke/Penn Memorial Fund has
been made to John Kelvin Laird, a fourth-year
political science student. Funding for the
award came from donations from fraternity
alumni. The award committee headed by Gordon Argue is seeking additional donations in
order to increase the size and number of annual
Davidson Fund Launched
A research fund to permanentiy memorialize
the contribution of Sheena Davidson,
MSN'78, a teacher and researcher, who died
tragically with her husband in December, has
been established by the UBC School of Nursing
in conjunction with the alumni fund. Her special interests were in maternal-child health and
it is hoped that a permanent endowment fund
of $20,000 will provide an annual research
grant for an investigator in nursing research in
the maternal-child health field. A faculty committee with a nursing alumni representative
will determine the recipient of the annual
grant. A brochure outlining the fund is available from the UBC Alumni Fund or from the
UBC School of Nursing.
Ramsey Bursary Established
A $50,000 bursary fund to aid needy medical
students has been established by Frank Ramsey of Vancouver. He presented a cheque for
the fund to UBC president Douglas Kenny in
late November. Accompanying Mr. Ramsey on
that occasion was his lawyer, Douglas Jung,
BA'53, LLB'54, a former member of parliament, who had helped Mr. Ramsey make arrangements for the fund. Ramsey, who has no
children of his own and never had the opportunity to attend university, came to Canada in
1914 from England. He enlisted immediately in
the 29th Batallion. He returned to Vancouver
in 1919 and joined the postal service, retiring in
1959 as a postal supervisor after 38 years of
The bells were ringing when commerce and
nursing alumni got together for a UBC Alumni
Fund phonathon in late February. Two hours
work by the group produced over $2,,000 for the
fund. Other divisions, including forestry, are
planning future phonathons.
Clyne Re-elected
John Valentine Clyne, BA'23, a former
member of the B.C. supreme court and retired
chair and chief executive officer of MacMillan
Bloedel, will serve a second three-year term as
chancellor of UBC. He received 69 per cent of
the 13,084 votes, winning easily over opponent
Stan Persky, BA'69, MA'72.
Those elected to the university senate include: William H. Birmingham, BA'33, Mary
F. Bishop, MA'71, Grant D. Burnyeat,
LLB'73, Patricia Macrea Fulton, BA'39, William M. Keenlyside, BA'34, Anne Elizabeth
Macdonald, BA'52, Elaine McAndrew,
MBA'73, James F. McWilliams, BSF'53, Ruth
E. Robinson, MA'75, Charlotte L.V. Warren,
BCom'58, and G. Vernon WeUburn, BASc'48.
Special Events for
Kamloops and
Washington, D.C.
A two-for-one special event is planned for
Kamloops alumni with a UBC Open House
scheduled for the Thompson Park Mall, April
30 to May 2 and a dinner with the UBC board of
governors, Friday, May 2, at the Canadian Inn.
UBC scholarship winners from the Kamloops
area will be honored guests at the dinner. Invi-
Chronicle/Sprmg 1981   19 OUTLOOK
What does it mean to be a
Canadian in the 1980s?
July 26 to August 1,1981
A New Campus Residential
The daily schedule includes
• Lectures and Discussions by a distinguished faculty from campus and
community on topics such as
Separatism, Federalism, Provincialism - What Next?, Canada's Resource and Energy Policies: East vs.
West?, North-South Dialogue:
Canada and the U.S., Cultural Images of Canada: Becoming Canadian, Reflections: What Kind of
Canada Do We Want?
• Special Events at Cecil Green Park,
the UBC Botanical Garden, the
Koerner Graduate Student Centre
and the Museum of Anthropology
• Tours of new UBC facilities
• Recreational Activities such as
swimming, golf or just sunning on
the beach.... And More.
Registration priority for alumni,
spouses and friends of the university.
A fee of $395 per person includes accommodation, meals, refreshments,
tuition, materials, tours and social
events. For a detailed brochure and
application form call or write the UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C. V6T
Alumni Summer College
is presented by the
Alumni Association in
cooperation with the UBC
Centre for Continuing
tations and full details for the dinner will be
mailed early in April.
It's expected that over 30 faculties and departments will be part of the Open House, the
fourth such display sponsored by the association. (Others were in Kelowna, Prince George
and Surrey.) Displays will range from genetic
research using Japanese quails, to fiber optics,
a solar green house and UBC's electric car.
Mark your calendar now and plan to bring the
entire family.... Washington D.C. alumni are
invited to the fifth annual All-Canada Universities Association dinner March 28 at the
Manor Country Club in Maryland. This year's
host university is Windsor and its president,
Dr. Mervyn Franklin, is the guest speaker. For
information contact Dr. Juanita Eagles, (301-
Alumni Summer College
This summer come to UBC... Be a founding
member of the Alumni Summer College that
offers a unique campus/residential learning experience. The topic for the week-long seminar
is "Oudook for Canada — What does it mean to
be a Canadian in the 1980s?" Answers will come
from the members of an outstanding faculty
and the course participants. Enrolment is limited (see advertisement, this page).
The traditional summer activities of sunning,
swimming and generally enjoying oneself are
an important part of the program. Think about
it... UBC in the summer, great professors,
stimulating ideas, congenial company and no
exams. Write for full registration details today:
Alumni Summer College, UBC Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C. V6T 1X8. (604-228-3313). The
program is presented by the alumni association
in cooperation with the UBC Centre for Continuing Education.
Short Courses and Sports
If you can't be a scholar in residence you
might try one or more of the 60 short (two hours
to two week) courses being offered by the
Centre for Continuing Education, in addition
to its regular summer courses. Day care is available. For information: Centre for Continuing Education, 5997 Iona Drive, UBC, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 2A4... The community
sports service run by the school of physical
education and recreation is again offering children its popular sports camps and a number of
new activities including sailing, tennis and golf.
Adults wishing to perfect their forehand, face-
off or swing can also sign up for a course with an
expert. For information: Community Sports
Services, 6066 Thunderbird Blvd. UBC, Vancouver V6T 1W5.
Student Affairs Spring
The student affairs committee launched its
spring '81 program with a Cecil Green Park
dinner for student leaders. Over 50 attended to
hear Ron Jeffels, principal of the B.C. Open
Learning Institute. A second dinner will be
held March 23. Students who participated in
the First-Year Seminar sponsored by the committee in January at Cecil Green Park will also
be invited to the dinner.
The First-Year Seminar offered a condensed
look at how the university works. Sessions covered university government, campus services
and student organizations. UBC president
Douglas Kenny was one of the guest speakers.
In the evening the conference moved to the
graduate student centre for dinner, a planning
session for next year's conference and an address by Prof. Nathan Divinsky.
Sigma Tau Chi, the men's honorary society
annual dinner is scheduled for March 25 at
Cecil Green Park. The student affairs committee is attempting to encourage the revival of the
women's honorary society, Delta Sigma Pi.
Recommendations for new members — students who have made significant contributions
to the campus community are being sought by
the committee.
Applause: University
Singers Winter Tour
The sound of music was heard throughout the
Okanagan and in Kamloops and Chilliwack in
early January — thanks to the University Singers. The Singers annual winter tour, again
sponsored and arranged by the alumni association branches committee, attracted nearly
1,000 concert listeners in Penticton, Kelowna,
Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Chilliwack. It was the first time that the 34-member
student choir, directed by music professor
James Schell, had performed east of the Fraser
Valley. They were well received for their performances and for the school workshops undertaken in several communities.
Reunions: Traditions
Old and New
Some old traditions never die — they just improve with age. And that's what the alumni
program committee has in mind with its new
reunions policy. Plans are to go "all out" for the
25th and 50th anniversary years (1931 and 1956
this year) while for the other homecoming years
(those ending with "1" and "6" for 1981).
"We'll be most happy to help make arrangements for any class requesting a reunion," said
Margaret Burr, program committee chair. This
"by request" policy is a change from the annual
search to find chairpeople of class reunions that
was undertaken by the association staff each
The Golden Anniversary reunion for the
Class of '31 will take place June 20 at the UBC
faculty club. Classes of '36, '41, '46, '51, '56,
'61, '66, and 71 are being invited to join in the
celebrations at the Commodore Ballroom, October 3. So if you want to help organize something special or participate in reunion events
for your class contact Linda Hall at the alumni
office. Tuum Est!
20 Chronicle/Spring 1981
Vancouver Institute:
For the Record
The Chronicle regrets that it was responsible for
some incorrect information, in the Winter '80
issue, regarding the Vancouver Institute. Our
announcement that the alumni association
would be undertaking the administration of the
Vancouver Institute was premature. Discus- sions have been taking place with the Centre for
Continuing Education, the institute board of
directors and the university administration on
the role the alumni association can play in support of the institute's outstanding lecture program. There will be further details in a future
issue of the Chronicle.
New Thursday
Programs for YAC
Hot flashes from the Young Alumni Club....
Thursday nights are changing. Would you believe a Bourbon Cowboy Night? Other plans
include jam sessions, wine tastings, a
backgammon tournament and an annual general meeting May 14. (The AGM dinner is a
bargain, $2/person. 6 p.m. at Cecil Green
Park.) Regular Friday night sessions continue
with live music and standing- and dancing-
room only crowds. Information and memberships are available at the door on Thursday and
Friday evenings after 8 p.m. The club is eager
to hear from musicians wishing to participate in
the Thursday jam sessions — no pay, but free
refreshments are offered.
A Chicken Barbeque
And You're Invited
On campus for graduation? If so, plan to attend
the annual outdoor chicken barbecue hosted by
the alumni association at Cecil Green Park after
the Congregation ceremony. New grads, their
families and friends are invited to relax and
partake of a delicious barbecue dinner ($5
/person) May 27, 28 and 29. (No-host bar.)
Reservations are essential (the Sold-Out sign is
posted early) and should be made prior to May
20. For tickets send your cheque to the UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver V6T1X8, stating the day you
wish to attend. For information call 228-3313.
(Top) The University Singers with their director
James Schell (right) on campus prior to their
successful tour ofthe B.C. Interior (see story)
.... One ofthe organizers ofthe Kamloops
concert, Dean McLean, BA'64 and his wife
Wendy Baker McLean, BA'66 (backs to camera)
were on hand to welcome alumni association
president Art Stevenson and his wife Vivien to the
pre-concert alumni dinner.
Reports, Reports
Advocacy at Work
The association's advocacy committee, headed
by Peggy Ross, is hard at work assembling data
for papers covering three important aspects affecting B.C. higher education. These are geographic accessibility to higher education, the
participation rate (the number of high school
students proceeding to post-secondary education is one ofthe lowest in the country), and the
inadequate university funding and the unequal
distribution formula used to determine each
university's share.
When the reports are complete and accepted
by the association board of management they
will be presented, along with recommendations, to the appropriate body. The financing
report will go to the Universities Council of
B.C. and the participation rate and accessibility
report to the provincial government.
These reports are the third major project of
the committee this year. Its recommendations
covering the proposal to establish a second engineering faculty at a B.C. university were forwarded to the UCBC in October. In surveying
the need for additional engineers the committee
found that experienced engineers are needed,
but additional numbers of new graduate engineers are not. Earlier in the year the committee was involved with the proposals to halt the
erosion of the Point Grey Cliffs.
Here are just a few reasons to spend time
at the beautiful University of British
Columbia campus this summer.
• Short learning adventures (2 hours to 2
weeks) exploring creative arts, the
environment, the past, the future and
today. And 1-week course packages,
botanical garden and museum tours,
Vancouver tours, sea excursions, films
and many more special events. For
children as well as adults. No academic
requirements for these non-credit UBC
Centre for Continuing Education
• Sailing, tennis, golf, wind surfing,
hockey, dance, fencing, gymnastics and
a wealth of other activities - for preschoolers to golden agers - sponsored by
the UBC School of Physical Education
and Recreation.
• Daycare
• Reasonably priced family and single
accommodation on campus.
• Swimming pools, tennis courts, nearby
18-hole golf course and beaches.
Find out what summertime at UBC is all
about. Phone (604) 228-2181; (604)
228-6811 or mail coupon to Summer
Learning, Centre for Continuing
Education, 5997 Iona Drive, UBC,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 2A4.
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ChiomddSpring 198! 21 Division Dispatches
UBC alumni divisions add up to the sum
total of alumni. Divisions are groupings of
graduates based on degree specialization.
Among the sections already established, in
addition to those noted below, are commerce, health services planning and dental
hygiene. If your division would like to get
organized please contact Peter Jones,
alumni association executive director.
Mechanical engineering: Holds its first
annual general meeting and election for its
executive committee March 7 and 8 on
campus. A registration booth is part of the
engineering Open House, March 6 and 7.
Librarianship: Its AGM is planned for
April 21 at Cecil Green Park. Elections held
at a December meeting named A. Janine
Roberts, MLS'73 as president.
Social Work: In the process of forming an
official division, it hosted a wine and cheese
reception at Cecil Green Park in December.
(A great success with over 100 grads attending.) Barb Brett, BA'61, MSW'68, 926-
4885, has more information.
Nursing: A seminar is scheduled for May
22 at Cecil Green Park, 9:30 am to 3 pm.
Details are still being arranged and will be
mailed to alumni. Beth McCann, BA'39,
BSN'40, professor of nursing, is president
of the division.
Forestry: Preparations are underway for
participation in an Alumni Fund
Phonathon of division members.
(Top) UBC's new coach-in-residence program
received a big boost when the president of
Molson'sBrewery, B.C., H.J. Moran (seated)
presented a cheque for $15,000 to Robert
Hindmarch {right) director of athletics and sports
services and Grant Burnyeat, who chairs the
alumni fund committee. Roy Adams (standing,
left) Molson's community relations manager
helped arrange the gift for UBC....
(Right) The Chinese ambassador to Canada,
Wang Tung (left) and his wife, Liu Feng, were
honored guests at a campus luncheon arranged by
the alumni association. UBC chancellor J. V.
Clyne (right), who chaired the event chats with
the ambassador, and a member of his staff.
Alumni Miscellany
If Craigdarroch Casde means more to you than
an historic site it could be there is a reunion in
your future. All Victoria College students who
attended classes in the casde are invited to a
reunion, May 22-23, in Victoria. For information — or to put your name on the mailing list
for future reunions — contact the UVic Alumni
Association, PO Box 1700, Victoria, B.C. V8M
2Y2 (604-477-6911, loc. 4588).
Row, Row, Row....
The UBC rowing crew (past and present) will
welcome The Vancouver Rowing Club, a new
book by Jack Carver (and published by Great
Trekker, Aubrey Roberts). The city's oldest
athletic club, VRC history is closely linked with
New Zealand Anyone?
Gary Pennington, UBC associate professor of
physical education is off on another academic
safari. This time leading a group from the U.S.
and Canada on a tour of physical education
programs in schools and colleges in New Zealand . The four week session costs $ 1840 includ-
22 Chronicle/Spring 1981
ing airfare. Further information from Peter
Moody, faculty of education, UBC.
Art for the Roof's Sake
Campus sorority alumni (Vancouver Panhellenic Association) sponsored a westcoast artists
exhibition and sale in November at the University Club. "There was a good representation of
artists, particularly from the UBC art education
department," said Nancy Cuddiford, a committee member. All funds raised were directed
to repaying a loan from the university that allowed urgently needed reroofing and maintenance of the campus Panhellenic House.
Alumni wishing to assist in the Panhellenic
House Project mav make donations through
the UBC Alumni Fund, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1X8.
How to Build a Library
Books, books, books... Any old university text
sitting unused and dusty in your basement?
The library of Tanjunjpura University, Pon-
tianak, West Borneo, Indonesia may be able to
use them. Linda Zachri, a Canadian resident in
Indonesia is completing her degree at UBC this
year and is looking for books for the Indonesian
library. If you have books suitable for a university audience or are willing to help with the
project contact UBC International House,
Staff Matters
And at Cecil Green Park.... Susan Jamieson-
McLarnon, communications director and
editor of the Chronicle has returned from
maternity leave, the mother of a daughter while
Maureen Burns, program assistant responsible
for the speakers bureau, the Young Alumni
Club and other programs has gone on maternity
leave to look after her new daughter. In Burns'
absence her duties are being undertaken by
Penny Paul, the executive director's secretary... Christopher Miller who looked after the
mechanical production of the Chronicle and
other association materials for the past four and
a half years has left to follow new career directions... Jack Range, Alumni Fund director for
the past seven months has resigned to move to a
new post with the Vancouver General Hospital
Foundation. Kirk Foley
A friend tells this anecdote about Kirk
Foley: "One Christmas we decided to
start a service award program as a
;-you to employees. It was going to be
our corporate logo. But Kirk insisted that
right behind the logo was a maple leaf. We
ail had to laugh — but we knew that it
wasn't just phoney nationalism. It was a real
pride in being Canadian."
Kirk Foley (BCom'64) is one of B.C.'s
great corporate success stories. He's a Vancouver boy who became a prime mover in
the stolid Ontario government, and is now
the leader of Canada's first transit development centre, the Urban Transportation
Development Corporation Ltd., which, in
December 1980, sold Vancouver its long-
awaited $650 million remote control rapid
transit system.
"In Europe," says one colleague, "Kirk
would be called a Eurocrat. In Canada
there's hardly anyone ike him."
Foley is one of the new breed of inter -
national business executive, tied to his
homeland, but visionary in the sense that
regionalists can never be. And although he's
described as "an 'i' dorter and a't' crosser,"
his colleagues and clients admire his ability
to see the large picture as well as the fine
print of his high-tech business.
Transit is not a new concern for Foley,
who moved to Ontario in 1962 to take a
master of business administration degree
from McMaster University. After graduation and a series of management posts with
Procter & Gamble, he joined the Ontario
government's treasury department's
economic planning bnuich as director ^
In 1971 he moved to the department of
i ^mspm.MMctaoxofe(iomMcplmmn$f
■i'jHjtf' steoly' became ■ executive: director of
finance and planning in the new ministry of
transport and communications. This was in
Ontario's first flush of excitement about
urban transit planning, and Foley was soon
appointed executive director of urban
transportation for all Ontario government
programs — putting him into the forefront
of Canada's most advanced transit planning. During his year as director he played a
significant role in shaping direction of
policies which are still unfolding in the province.
"Cities are more than masses crf concrete
and brick and rows of housing," he says.
"They are also more than just places where
most of us live. Cities are the lasting expression of how we choose to live as a nation."
In 1973, Foley's expertise as an economic
planner was unrivalled. And at the age of 31
he became president and chief executive
officer of Urban Transportation Development Corp. and president and chief executive officer of Metro Canada Ltd., the delivery and implementation company now
owned by UTDC.
His new role has indeed put Kirk Foley
in transit. He commutes between Toronto
(where he lives with his wife Reet, and children Eric and Kirsten) and Ottawa, where
he negotiates federal-provincial policy. As
Canada's chief transit technocrat he travels
to the other provinces, Washington D.C,
and an assortment of world urban centres.
Spare time — if any — is spent working
on his cottage at Kingston, Ont., or skiing.
("To Kirk," says a colleague, "anything less
than a 30-hour day is slack.")
But the pressure to work is sparked by a
visionary's sense of fleeting time and much
to be done: "There are all kinds of people in
the war business," he says. "But we haven't
got anybody in the city-building business,
so it's difficult to form a technological response for the future.
"We have about 10,000 days in which to
build the new poly-centred North American urban form."
- Olivia Ward
Writer and broadcaster Thomas A. Leach,
BSA'31, has been appointed to the agricultural
senate club of B.C....Veteran newspaperman
G. Gordon Strong, BCom'33, BA'34 (MBA,
Northwestern; LLB, Toledo) has retired as
president and publisher of the Oakland Tribune
in California. He was born in Vancouver and
went on to major corporate positions with
newspapers in Ohio and California; for a while
he chaired the board of the Thomson Newspaper Company....Arthur G. Richardson,
BA'39, MA'40, has retired from the chair ofthe
Public Service Commission of B.C B.C.'s
new Forest Research Council is headed by Paul
Trussell, BSA'38 (MS, PhD, Wis.). The
council will promote research to provide technical information required by forest managers....G. Philip P. Akrigg, BA'37, MA'40
(PhD, Calif.) and his wife Helen P. Akrigg,
BA'43, MA'64, co-authors of a number of
books on B.C. history, presented a workshop to
Nanaimo residents interested in compiling
local histories. The workshop was one of a
series sponsored by the B.C. Historical Society....Bernard F. Ennals, BA'38 (BD, McGill),
began new duties as pastoral associate last
summer with the Port Hope United Church.
Rev. Ennals came out of retirement for a few
months while the regular pastor was away, and
is now continuing on a half-time basis....More
than 50 years of service to the ceramics industry
and many years of community service with
Maple Ridge Hospital Board, the local Rotary
club, and several other organizations, have led
to Jack Hadgldss, BASc'30, being named a
Freeman of the town of Maple Ridge,
B.C....After raising three children, Elizabeth
Moore Chater, BA'31, began teaching college
level courses in English and creative writing.
She took a master's degree at San Diego State in
1963, and stayed on to teach. She retired as
professor emerita in 1977, having received the
distinguished teaching award in 1968 and the
outstanding professor award in 1977. More
than 100 of her students have won national
awards for writing, and she herself has written
and published 10 novels — most since her retirement. She now lives in Irvine, Californi-
a....William C. Gibson, BA'33, (MSc,
MDCM, McGill; DPhil, Oxon), for many
years head of the department of history of science and medicine and now head of the Universities Council of B.C., has accepted an appointment to the council of Rockefeller University of New York. Rockefeller University is
dedicated to research in the bio-medical sciences.
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Mary-Lou Florian, BA'48, and John S. MacDonald, BASc'59, have both been appointed to
the Science Council of Canada. Florian was
conservation analyst with the B.C. provincial
museum, while MacDonald has spent many
years consulting in the field of electronics.... G.
Allan Roeher, BA'48, BSW'49, is coordinating York University's new graduate
program in human services organization, and is
president-elect ofthe International Association
for the Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency....David W. H. Tupper, LLB'48, takes
over the chair of the B.C. Legal Services Society. He has been involved with legal aid prog-
ams since 1951....Acting director of field services branch ofthe Pacific region department of
fisheries is Donald D. Wilson, BSA'48.
Among his new responsibilities will be all inspections of fish...After 35 years of service to
the Greater Vancouver Regional District,
commissioner Frank R. Bunnell, BA'48, has
retired. During his term, he guided one of the
most extensive pollution control programs ever
carried out in the region, including an $80 million expansion and upgrading ofthe sewage collection and treatment system. Bunnell now
lives on Vancouver Island....Former vice-
president and general manager of Pacific Press
Ltd., and president of the B.C. Chamber of
Commerce, Edward Benson, BASc'43, is now
manager of the Canadian Manufacturers Association, Alberta division....E.L. "Les" Bullen, BA'48, a former district superintendent of
schools and most recendy project control manager in the B.C. ministry of education's
facilities services division, is now inspector of
independent schools... .Revered by food lovers
yet neglected by scientists — until now —
Canada's Pacific coast shrimp are the subject of
Pacific Biological Research Station researcher,
Terry H. Butler, BA'49, MA'53. Shrimps ofthe
Pacific Coast of Canada sets out detailed descriptions, accounts and illustrations of no less
than 82 species, and is the result of 30 years of
the author's painstaking research....Calvin H.
Chambers, BA'49, has received his doctorate
of ministry degree from Fuller Seminary,
California, and his thesis has been published
under the title, In Spririt and in Truth... .Albert
Isfeld, BSA'49, is now regional director for the
ministry of agriculture and food in
Thompson-Cariboo....The crumbling cliffs
above Tower Beach at UBC are in the hands of
Stuart Lefaux, BASc'45, who has been appointed project manager of UBC's erosion control project. For many years before his retirement he was superintendent of the Vancouver
Parks Board.
Ex-naval commander Rhys Smith, BA'50, has
retired from the Regional Planning Commission in Calgary, where he specialized in, of
course, land use!...Robert S. Vincent,
BASc'52, is responsible for downstream development as vice-president for Petro-
Canada.... Head ecologist of a wildlife planning
unit in Africa, Gordon Davies, BPE'57,
BSc'65, MSc'68, is very much a part of Canada's five-year $130 million assistance program
for Kenya. He is responsible for preparing
management plans for some of the country's 30
parks and game preserves....Lome Dyke,
BA'54, has $20 million—his start-up budget as
head of Canertech, the federal government's
new energy centre in Winnipeg. Research and
energy ventures by the company relate to alternate energy sources....Russell G. Fraser,
BASc'58, received this year's R.A. McLachlan
award from the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. The award follows many years
of service to the engineering profession and to
the community....The Canadian Institute of
Mining and Metallurgy honored Jack B.
Greenwood, BCom'59, presenting him with
the 1980 CIM District 6 Proficiency medal.
Greenwood is president of Nelson Machinery
Company, North Vancouver....Valerie Haig-
Brown, BA'57, records the food traditions of
the Gitksan, a band of Tsimshian Indians who
live near B.C.'s Skeena River, in her new book
Gathering What the Great Nature Provided. It is
a large format book with many illustrations
from the National Museum of Man, and is also
a guide to preserving and preparing foods
found in the wild....J. Alan Herd, MD'56,
former associate professor of psychobiology at
the Harvard Medical School, is medical director of the Richardson Institute of Preventative
Medicine at Methodist Hospital in Houston,
Texas....Fredrick Kade, BArch'51, recendy
retired as chief building inspector in
Richmond....Professional forester James
Kayll, BSF'59 (MSF, Duke), is director ofthe
school of forestry at Lakehead University....Ernie Kuyt, BA'57 (MA, Sask.), received
a rare citation, the Honor Award ofthe Whooping Crane Conservation Association. Kuyt is a
biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service,
and only the second Canadian to receive the
award...K. Rafe Mair, LLB'56, thought by
some to have had the 'fastest lip in the house',
has left his post as health minister for B.C. and
MLA for Kamloops to become an open-line
radio talkshow host in Vancouver. As a result of
the shuffle Peter Hyndman, LLB'66, MLA for
Vancouver South moves into the cabinet as
minister of consumer and corporate affairs.
...John E. Martin, BASc'58, has become production manager for Aquitane Company following three years with Aquitane Pennsylvania
Inc... .Vancouver's bridges owe a lot to Donald
H. Jamieson, BASc'51. He recendy received
the B.C. Professional Engineers Meritorious
Achievement award for his part in rebuilding
the CNR Second Narrows Lift Bridge. The
damage occurred when a freighter struck the
bridge in dense fog, cutting off major rail access
to the North Shore. A career engineer,
Jamieson was an ironworker on the Lions Gate
Bridge during its construction and was later
field engineer for the Second Narrows Bridge.
In 1970 he received the R.A. McLachlan award
from the association Peter H. Pearse,
BSF'56 (MA, PhD., Edinburgh), professor of
economics and a member of the UBC board of
governors, has been appointed a commissioner
of inquiry to examine the Pacific coast fishing
industry. During 1975-76, he was sole commissioner for the B.C. Royal Commission on forestry resources. ...John D. Turnbull, BASc'55,
MASc'58, and Y. N."Joe"Sadana,PhD'63,
have both been appointed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council....The Canadian Institute of Forestry's
highest honor has been given to Alan Orr-
Ewing, PhD'56, who becomes a Fellow of the
Institute....New dean of science at Simon
Fraser University is John F. Cochran,
BASc'50, MASc'51.
New director of federal domestic and economic
policies for the Institute for Research on Public
Policy in Ottawa is John Curtis, BA'63... .After
six years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Flin
Flon, Manitoba, WiUiam Styles, BSc'66,
MSc'73, and wife Gerry Grey Styles, BSc'66,
and three children are living in Jerusalem, Israel, where he is studying for an MA in Hebrew
at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies
and writing newspaper articles on the history
and life of Israel....T."Tak" Negoro,
BASc'60, is vice-president, engineering, for
BCTV, Vancouver....The new manager of
human resources for Angus Alberta Ltd. is
Peter R. Nichols, BCom'65, MBA'68
....Heather B. Raff, BA'60 (MA, McGill) has
completed her PhD in English at MtGill and
R.N. diploma through Ryerson Polytechnic
Institute. Now living in Toronto where her
husband is a family physician, this October she
worked as a production assistant on the film
shoot of "Madeleine de Vercheres" at Fort Ste.
Marie Among the Hurons, near Midland, Ontario. Her youngest son, Paul, was cast as a
brother of Madeleine, an early Quebec
heroine.... New president of the B. C. Architec-
tural Institute is Guy M. Walters,
BArch'68....Bryan Davis, BA'64, LLB'67,
joined the bench as a B.C. provincial court
judge...Adding to his duties as president of
Teachers' Investment and Housing Cooperative and the Metropolitan Superintendents' Association, Douglas H. Jennings, BPE'60, is
now school superintendent in Surrey....The
Peace River Health District's new nursing
supervisor and assistant district director of preventative services is Eleanor Lawrence,
DPHN'66. For the last four years, she was with
24 ChromcWSpring 1981 the Fort St. John Peace River Health
Centre....Ross Clark,BA'65(PhD, UCSD) returned briefly from New Zealand, where he is
senior lecturer in linguistics, department of anthropology at the University in Auckland, to
address members of UBC's linguistics
department....Vice-chair of the Labour Relations Council is Stephen F. D. Kelleher,
BA'68, LLB'73... .Wayne Wickens, BSA'64 is
regional director for the B.C. ministry of agriculture and food in the south coastal region....It began when he was 15 years old, getting 25 cents a column inch for pony league
baseball game stories — now Eric H. Wilson,
BA'63, has published his fifth children's book.
Wilson alternates teaching in White Rock and
writing at various locations in Canada....In
Dawson Creek, Brian E. Baehr, BSA'68, is
now regional director for the ministry of agriculture and food for the Peace River region.
He was previously assistant director of the engineering branch for the same ministry.... Madeleine Kirk Basford, BHE'61, has
been named a judge for the federal citizenship
court. She taught home economics at UBC
until 1967, when she married former Liberal
federal minister Ron Basford, BA'55, LLB'56
....Fresh from a five-year term as associate
vice-president (academic) at Simon Fraser
University, Daniel Birch, BA'63, MA'68
(PhD, Calif.) has become UBC's dean of education.... Vancouver composer Lloyd E. Burritt,
BMus'63, MMus'68, prepared two new pieces
for the season opener of the New Caledonia
Symphony's tenth year. Burritt is music director at Argyle secondary school in North Vancouver, and his compositions have been performed throughout North America....With 19
years of service to his credit, John Cuthbert,
BSF'61, becomes the manager ofthe provincial
Prince George forest region. He previously
served in the Nelson region for six years....
Michael E. Manley-Casimir, MEd'68, associate professor of education at SFU and director of graduate programs for the education
faculty, has published his first book, Development of Moral Reasoning: Practical Approaches ....R. DouglasB. Linzey, BASc'69, is
now the vice-president of the Whitehorse Copper Mines following two years as general manager of the company....Philip G. Markoff,
BCom'68, has been appointed administrative
assistant to the president and chair of IBM
Canada. Previously he was marketing manager
of the company's Edmonton branch....Clarence G. Meckling, BASc'60, received the
Kinsman community service award. He has
been a member of the Kinsmen clubs of
Kelowna and Cranbrook, and is currently president of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook... .New
president of the University of Winnipeg is
Robin H. Farquhar, BA'60, MA'64, (PhD,
Chicago). Farquhar was with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education for many years as
chair of educational administration and assistant director of the institute. Most recently he
has been dean of education at the University of
Saskatchewan... .Swing-shift director of Simon
Fraser's university medical service is T. Peter
Harmon, BSc'60, MSc'62, MD'63. He will assume his post for six months each
year... .Daniel B. Cumming, BSA'67, PhD'75,
has joined the staff of Agriculture Canada research station in Summerland as a food
technologist in the food processing section....Michael Purves-Smith, BMus'67,
MMus'71, has realized a dream of an early
music-art-drama festival in the picturesque setting of Elora, Ontario. As artistic director ofthe
Patricia Fieldwalker
Patricia Butler Fieldwalker got into
lingerie by accident. And, no, this
isn't the beginning of a slightly steamy
romance. Patricia's a designer who
specializes in pure silk garments.
But the success of her Kerrisdale shop-
studio Adagio continues to be a surprise.
After all, she graduated with a BA from
UBC in 1962 with majors in English and
psychology. And certainly the four years
she spent working at die Diunbar Community Centre as assistant director were hardly
preparation for so rare a part of the garment
industry. Nor, in fact, were the four years
she spent with UBC's International House,
during which time she worked in several
positions ranging from program director to
associate director of the whole enterprise.
Actually Adagio lingerie owes a great deal
to bee three children. After leaving the International House job, she and her husband, architect Rol Fieldwalker, BSc'61,
BArch'68, decided to start a family. Given
both the time and necessity for sewing at
home again, she rediscovered her talents.
She sewed clothes for herself and for the
three boys, only giving it up when the boys
began to express a preference for "jeans
with large holes."
"European women," she says, "are into
really good lingerie — they've never been
out of it. And we obviously were. I think it's
coming back again. I've seen it for years in
Vogue magazine, but you couldn't buy such
garments in Vancouver." Pat objects to
plastic underwear, "If you're going to
spend $500 to $600 for a suit of clothes, you
want something better than plastic underneath."
As all great enterprises do, Fieldwalker's
started small. Friends saw and admired her
work. Friends' friends began to ask for special garments. Serendipity struck when a
chance meeting became a business arrangement with an agent who took samples
around to small boutiques and the large
department stores. This arrangement lasted
for a couple of years until business became
so brisk that she had to open a small shop.
Now she's on her own again. Eaton's placed
a "small" order with her last Christmas, and
she expects repeat orders very soon. She's
closing down the shop in Kerrisdale and
reopening in Gastown, where she and the
two seamstresses who now work with her
will have a bit more room. Fieldwalker
takes it all in stride, and she's as surprised as
anyone else that the business has grown so
She says that the fart that a garment is
lingerie is really secondary: her real and
abiding interest is in the silk itself. Silk has
lasting qualities of warmth and feel which
modern synthetics just don't have. It
breathes, and it's personal. Almost all her
garments are for women — camisoles, tap
pants, light kimonos — but recently she
exhibited a set of men's lounging pyjamas...
and even the models argued over who was to
be first to show them off!
Stephen Cummings
ChromdetSpring 1981 25 James Alan Herd, MD'56	
1980 Three Centuries festival, he is now preparing for a second festival in August, 1981.
Purves-Smith is an assistant professor of music
at Wilfred Laurier in Waterloo....Max Beck,
BA'62, BSW'65, MSW'66, takes over as Vancouver's director of social planning, leaving his
post as regional director of the secretary of
state's department, where he has been since
1973... Carolee Brady, BEd'69, published her
first novel, Winter Lily, in the fall of 1980.
Edith L. Nee, BA'75, has been appointed a
B.C. member of the federal advisory Council
on the Status of Women... .The new chief librarian in Prince Rupert is Denise St. Arnaud,
BA'75, MLS'79.... Jerome Summers,
BMus'66, MMus'71, challenges all who've
heard the Georgian Bay Community Orchestra
to come and "hear what's happening now!"
Summers is the orchestra's new conductor....Robert W. Sterling, BA'77, is working
with the Nicola Valley Indian Association in an
attempt to protect the land which will be
opened to heavy traffic once B.C.'s Coquihalla
Pass Highway from Hope to Merritt is completed.... Laurie Thain, BPE'78, took a break
from performing in Vancouver and on TV
programs such as the Tommy Hunter Show, to
return home to Kitimat for a performance at
the town's Little Theatre Richard J.
Kleeck, BASc'75, plans on coming up smelling
like roses in his new appointment as special
projects engineer with the provincial ministry
of agriculture and food at Abbotsford. He is
attempting to determine what management
practices work best to control odor on swine
farms in the Fraser Valley....Robert W. Watson, BASc'70, takes over as superintendent of
the Creston division of West Kootenay Power... .The path through the Rocky Horror Picture Show leads but to Shakespeare for Leueen
Willoughby, BA'71. And not once, but twice:
on alternate nights she played Lady Macbeth to
two different actors' versions of Macbeth at the
Manitoba Theatre Centre last fall....Michael
Bailey, BA'73, will clear the way for Bill Bennett by serving as the Premier's executive assistant and advance publicity man.... Surrey's new
manager of recreational services, Stanley W.
Ratt, BRE'76, is completing his second term as
provincial director with the British Columbia
Recreational Association... .Former head ofthe
physics department and of the meson department of the Fermi National Accelerator
Jack B. Greenwood, BCom'59
Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois, Charles N.
Brown, BSc'63, has become associate head of
the research division. Brown was a member of
the collaboration that discovered the upsilon
particle in 1977... .You've been wondering who
Lome A. Brown is, right? So have we. However, Dr. Warwick Lome Brown, BPE'72, is
the surgeon we mentioned in our last issue who
will be spending two years travelling around
the world for special studies with specialists in
plastic  surgery Barrie  W.  Creelman,
BASc'70, electrical superintendent for Port
Alberni Sawmills (MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.) is a
member of the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C.'s administrative committee. .. ."It feels different to be in charge. A lot of
people will be watching me," says the new
curator of the Kamloops Museum, Kenneth
Favrholdt, BA'71....Lome M. Filippelli,
BASc'73, recently became assistant smelter
superintendent at Hudson Bay Mining and
Smelting Co.'s operation in Thompson, Manitoba....From bookshop manager in London,
England, to archeological cataloguer in Hong
Kong, Gillian Delamer, BA'73, brings variety
to the job of executive director of the Kwakiutl
Indian Museum at Cape Mudge. She also did
post-graduate work at UBC with noted
ethnologist, the late Wilson Duff....
Printmaker Olga Froehlich, BEd-S'73, is out
taking it to the people through the Emily Carr
College of Art's "Outreach" program. She conducted a workshop in printmaking in Masset,
Queen Charlotte Islands, and is currently director of the Greater Vancouver Artists' Gallery....Ted Horbulyk, BScA'77, has been appointed head of the research division of the
ARDA branch of the B. C. ministry of agriculture and food. The branch administers the
five-year $60 million federal-provincial agricultural and rural development subsidiary agreement.... The National Gallery of Canada has
appointed Willard Holmes, BA'73, as assistant
curator of contemporary art. Holmes was head
curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
....Kingston, Ontario's first French-language
nursery school has survived its first year guided
by Aline Huni, BA'68, MA'70....Kenneth C.
Jessiman, BCom'75, is now manager of
mortgage investments at North West Trust in
Edmonton....Jeremy Long, BA'71, MA'73,
directed a production of Peter Shaffer's startling "Equus" at Malaspina College's theatre in
Naniamo....New farmland resources director
for the B.C. ministry of agriculture and food is
James D. Anderson, MA71....David Mattison, MFA'74, MLS'77, has left his post as
librarian at Columbia College in Vancouver to
become archivist with the sound and moving
Charles N. Brown, BSc'63
image division of the Provincial Archives in
Victoria....Eva Lederer, MLS'79, is Port
Moody Public Library's head librarian. She is a
specialist in children's books and library activities .... Gold medal winner of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants annual final examination was Norman J. Mayr, BSc'76, MSc'78.
Mayr is with Thorne Riddell in Vancouver.
Bronze medal winner was Bruce R. Sinclair,
BSc'75, MSc'78....Kathleen Muldoon,
BRE'71, MLS'79, was recendy elected to the
city council of Port Coquitlam....District
Crown counsel for all of Vancouver Island outside Victoria is Dennis Murray, LLB'71 A
group of architecture grads has created The
Vancouver League for Studies in Architecture
and the Environment. Barbara E. Shapiro,
BA'69, BArch'73, Stephen C. Quigley,
BA'71, BArch'77, John C. Werschek,
BArch'73, and Gregory J. Ball, BSc'72,
BArch'77. The League's first project is a lecture series, sponsored by Alcan Canada.
Katherine Jackson, BEd' 80, has written a
best-seller. Her "Movement Oriented"
Perceptual-Motor Program is being snapped up
by B.C. elementary schools. Kathie currently
teaches special education in North Vancouver.
Godler-Rupprecht. Bernard Victor Godler,
BASc'79, to Christine Jane Rupprecht,
BSW'79, June 28, 1980 in West
Vancouver... Kishi-Davidson. Akihiko Glenn
Kishi, BPE'79, to Dawna J. Davidson,
BEd'79, May 17, 1980 in Richmond
....Meridith-Good. Gregory E. Meredith,
BRE'80, to Raydene F. Good, BRE'80, September 26, 1980 in Vancou ver.... Turriff-
Gerber. Gordon N. Turriff, BA'71, LLB'74,
to Ellen B. Gerber, LLB'78, December 31,
1980 in Vancouver.
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen McB. Brown, BA'66, a
daughter, Gillian Gwyneth, July 8, 1980 in
26 Chronicle/Spring 1981 Vancouver....Mr. & Mrs. Jack F. Burgar,
BEd'72, a daughter, Alvson Lorna, October
18, 1980 in Williams Lake....Mr. & Mrs. Edward D. Campbell, BASc'66, a daughter,
Carolyn Anne, December 22, 1980 in Taegu,
Korea ...Shelagh M'Gonigle, BA'69 and Bill
Clarke, M.P., a daughter, Elizabeth Moira
M'Gonigle, April 27,1980 in Ottawa ... .Mr. &
Mrs. Jose M. Coelho, BScA'76, (Susan E.
Macbeth, BEd'76), a daughter, Jennifer
Susanne, October 30, 1980 in Vancouver
...Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Coldicutt, BA'70
(Patti Anne Elliott, BCom'68, DAEd'74), a
son, Thomas Andrew Elliott, August 3,1980 in
Vancouver ....Mr. & Mrs. James Gary Dickinson, BEd'63, MA'66, DEd'68, a daughter,
Kimberley Anne, July 27, 1980 in Vancouver
...Mr. & Mrs. Hugh J. Gayler, PhD'74, a
daughter, Emma Margaret Rose, January 4,
1981 in St. Catharines, Ontario ....Dr. James
G. MeLarnon, PhD'73 and Susan
Jamieson-McLarnon, BA'65, a daughter,
Megan Elizabeth, October 25, 1980 in Vancouver ....Mr. & Mrs. Earle D. Pasquill,
BCom'68, (Vicki Irene Knott, BEd'67), a
daughter, Andrea Leigh, April 23, 1980 in
Vancouver ....Mr. & Mrs. Michael Purves-
Smith, BMus'67, MMus'71 (Shannon Martin,
BMus'71), a son, Robin Ariel, June 26, 1980 in
Hamilton, Ontario ....Dr. & Mrs. John R.
Spence, PhD'79 (Deborah Hughes, BSc'77), a
son, Michael Bryn, April 29, 1980 in Edmonton, Alberta ....Mr. & Mrs. Terry Steinhoff,
MSc'75 (Virginia Boswell, BRE'73), a daughter, Gina Marie, May 26, 1980 in Denver, Colorado ....Mr. & Mrs. Leonard K. Stroh,
BSc'67, a son, Ryan Todd, September 6, 1980
in New Westminster ....Mr. & Mrs. Al R.
Vilciauskas, MSc'72, a son, Erik Richard, October 4, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario ....Mr. &
Mrs. Heinz G. Wagner (Karin Lenz BSc'74), a
son, Thorsten-Eiko, June 14, 1980 in Berlin,
West Germany ....Mr. & Mrs. John Highley
Wells, BA'72, MBA'74, a daughter, Jacqueline
Heather, December 22, 1980 in Edmonton,
Alberta ....Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Lee Williamson, BSc'68, MSc'71 (Annie Mary Beydak,
BA'71), a daughter, Laura Anne, June 27,1980
in Arcadia, California ....Mr. & Mrs. Timothy
Robin Peter Woodworth, BCom'70, MEd'77
(Mary Lee Gardner, BA'70), a son, Matthew
James, January 6, 1981 in Kelowna ....Mr. &
Mrs. Masami Yamazaki (Deborah Jean Cobban, BA'74), a son, Masaya Maurice, October
31,1980inNara, Japan ....Mr. & Mrs. Randy
V. Pelletier, BSc'75 (Pattie L. Ginter,
BEd'77), a son, Ryan Philip, November 4,
1980 in Calgary, Alberta .
Reginald Spence Bolton, BASc'32, October,
1980 in Vancouver. He served with the federal
department of fisheries and was chief of the
inspection branch from 1959 until his retirement in 1970. On leave of absence during
1966-67, he worked in Rome with the Food and
Agriculture Organization. In 1969, he acted as
assistant director of inspection services. After
retiring he undertook a second assignment with
FAO, also in Rome. He is survived by his wife,
a son, a daughter, Phyllis M. McKinnon,
BEd'69, two brothers, and a sister, Verna
Boyce, BA'31.
Gilbert B. Carpenter, BA'25, MA'26,
January, 1981 in Florida. He is survived by his
wife, three children, a brother and two sisters.
Sheena M. Davidson, MSN'78, December,
1980. She and her husband Dr. Park Davidson
died together in a highway accident in southeastern B.C. Mrs. Davidson began teaching at
UBC in 1978; her husband joined the psychology department in 1973. The Sheena Davidson
Memorial Fund has been established and will
be administered by the Alumni Fund — please
see the news section for more information. The
Davidsons are survived by their three children,
who were also involved in the accident.
Jack Berkeley Dyson, BASc'49, October, 1980
in Port Alberni. He served the Alberni Valley as
a professional consulting engineer and as a participant in community organizations. He is
survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
WiUiam E. Farenholtz, BA'34, November,
1980 in Abbotsford, B.C. He taught in schools
throughout the province for 35 years, and was
principal of the former Mt. Lehman Junior
High School, Stillwater High School and Robson High School. His many community activities included the Abbotsford-Sumas school
board, the Fraser Valley Library Association,
the PTA, and the Abbotsford Retired Teachers
Association. Survived by his wife Bertha,
BA'65 and brother.
Earl B. Gillanders, BA'25, MA'26, (PhD
Princeton), November, 1980 in Vancouver. He
was prominent in the field of mining, becoming
director of several companies, and serving the
profession in such posts as president of the
Canadian Metal Mining Association.
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representative a call.
Courtney: William Dale (339-5719); Duncan:
Parker MacCarthy (746-7121); Fort St. John:
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(372-8845); Kelowna: Eldon Worobieff
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Rupert: Denny Lim (642-2152);frall: Peter     ^^
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Calgary: Frank Garnett (262-7906);
Edmonton: Gary Caster (426-2224); John
Haar (425-8810); Fredericton: Joan & Jack
Van der Linde (455-6323); Halifax: Carol
MacLean (423-2444); Montreal: L. Hamlyn
Hobden (871-8601); Ottawa: Robert Yip
(997-4074); Bruce Harwood (996-3995);
Quebec City: Ingrid Parent (527-9888);
Regina: Gene Rizak (584-4361); St. John's:
T.B.A.; Tsrentar Sepji Mmm (000 0000),
Whitehorse: Celia Dowding (667-5187);
Winnipeg: Gary Coopland (453-3918);
Yellowknife: Charles A. Hulton (873-3481).
United states
Clovis: Martin Goodwin (763-3493);
U_rgl.,ILI(llriglil (000 0000), Los Angeles:
Helen Chang (799-0787); New York:
Rosemary Brough (688-2656); San Diego: Dr.
Charles Armstrong (287-9849); San
Francisco: Norman A. Gillies (567-4478);
Seattle & P.N.W.: Gerald Marra (641-3535);
Washington, D.C: T-»A. j*
Australia & New Zealand: Christopher
Brangwin, 17 Ginahgulla Rd., Bellevue Hills,
N.S.W. 2023; Irene Meyer, Flat 4*13 S.   VI
Esplanade, Glenelg, 5045; Bermuda: John
Keefe, Ben mm, I InwiHsn; England: Alice
Hemming, 35 Elsworthy Road, London N.W.3;
Hong Kong: Dr. Ronald S.M. Tse, Dept. of
Chemistry, U. of Hong Kong, Bohamn Rd.;
Ireland: Marian A. Barrett, Dorval, Kilteragh
Dr., Foxrock, Dublin 18; Japan: Maynard
Hogg, 1 .* -BKiuiwilulaLawi-i Sitaga'ja liu,
Tokyo, >#-; Chlnai H. Stephana, oi'u OmmUimi
cmhnTiy *" °T"': Tnn, Pnhinj; ttnty L.R.
Letoumeau, FAO, Rm. B559, Via Delle Terme
Di Caracalla, Rome, 00100; Scotland Jean
Aitchison, 32 Bentfield Drive, Prestwick; <
Afriiai Kathleen Lsmbnrdi, fi^pHtH/mmtf
Tu Dyn, O.P.
Max Donald Gronlund, BASc'45, January,
1981 in Vancouver. He is survived by his wife,
and two daughters, (Khristina G. Nellis,
Walter G.W. Hardwick, BA'32, MA'36, December, 1980 in Vancouver. His career as a
teacher spanned 61 years. He began teaching in
Surrey in 1919; in 1935 he was one of the
youngest men appointed a school principal in
Vancouver. He was a life member of the B.C.
PTA, a longtime member ofthe B.C. Teachers'
Federation, president of the Vancouver School
Administrators Association and a founding
member of the B.C. Teachers' Credit Union.
His organizing skills, drive and enthusiastic
leadership were legendary, especially in such
positions as president of the Canadian Amateur
Basketball Association. He is survived by his
wife, two sons, Walter G. Hardwick, BA'54,
MA'58 and David F. Hardwick MD'57, a
brother, and two sisters.
John RusseU Johnston, BASc'33, MASc'34,
October, 1980 in Calgary, Alta. His career as a
geologist took him to the Yukon and the British
West Indies, but the last 20 years were spent in
Calgary as chief production engineer, project
Alberni: Gail Van Sacker (723-7230); Prince fj J« "Manager and production coordinator for
Husky Oil Ltd. After retirement in 1975, he
continued to work part-time as a consulting
geologist for Husky's exploration department.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a
son, one sister and one brother.
Elsie Gregory MacGill, Honorary Alumni 75
(BASc, Toronto; MSE, Michigan), November,
1980 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She attended UBC for two years before transferring
to the University of Toronto where she was the
first woman to graduate in electrical engineering. Her career as an aeronautical engineer
placed her in positions of high responsibility for
fighter aircraft production during WWII. She
was one of the original members of the Canadian Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Survived by her husband, and a sister,
Dr. Helen MacGill Hughes, BA'25.
Frank St. John Madeley, BA'33, BCom'33,
BSW'49, July, 1980 on Pender Island. During
his years at UBC, he served both as a news
manager and editor-in-chief of the Ubyssey. He
served for many years with the corrections
branch in B.C. Survived by his wife, a daughter, a son, a brother and a sister.
Michael E. Moran, LLB'49, April, 1980 in
Vancouver. A lawyer, he was well-known and
respected throughout B.C., and in his home
town of Castlegar where he contributed to the
community by helping to create a hospital district and a hospital, among many other activities.
Philip Carroll Mountain, BEd-E'64, January,
1981 in White Rock. He was a teacher at
Cloverdale elementary School. Survived by his
wife and mother.
Robert M. Pearce, MA'49, PhD'52, August,
1980 in Victoria. He was a longtime faculty
member and most recently chaired the department of physics at the University of Victoria. A
memorial fund in his name has been established
at the University of Victoria. The fund will
provide an annual graduate scholarship. Contributors are invited to write to the Community
Relations Office, University of Victoria. He is
survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Mathilde S. Sellon, BA'49, December, 1980 in
Vancouver. She taught for many years in Vancouver- high schools, and continued to tutor
French after her retirement. She served as president ofthe Alliance Francaise, for many years
and was a member of civic organizations
Suzanna Seto, BCom'74, MSc'77, June, 1980
in Duncan. A scholarship funded by her
employers, the Cumberland Realty Group, and
a second scholarship by friends and colleagues,
have been established in her memory. She was
the victim of an unsolved murder while on a
business trip. She is survived by her husband
and parents.
Walter Kirke Smith, LLB'49, January, 1981 in
Vancouver. A justice of the B.C. Supreme
Court, he was a gold medal winner in his
graduating class. Survived by his wife, three
sons, and a daughter.
Natalie Cohen Stein, BHE'60, December,
1980 in Victoria, B.C. Survived by her husband
and two daughters.
Carl Rossland Stroh, BEd'47, December,
1980 in Maple Ridge. A teacher of high school
biology and general science in Maple Ridge for
25 years, he was also active as a flower grower,
frequently exhibiting new varieties of
gladiolus. He is survived by his wife, and son,
Leonard K. Stroh, BSc'67.
Mary Sutherland, DAEd'72, MEd'78, September, 1980.
James Robert Thompson, BCom'67, August,
1979 while camping in B.C. His concern for the
preservation ofthe natural environment has led
to the establishment of a scholarship trust fund
for UBC students planning a career in ecology,
especially of wilderness areas. He is survived by
a sister.
Angus C. Tregidga, BA'32, MA'35,
November, 1980 in Coupeville, Washington.
He worked with the Kansas State College as an
instructor in electronics and later became chief
engineer and general manager of the Motorola
plant in Phoenix, Arizona. For many years he
was assistant to the director of the Johns Hopkins Laboratory. He is survived by his wife.
RusseU C. Twining, BA'35, August 1980 in
Vancouver. A veteran of the Royal Canadian
Navy and the North Atlantic in WWII, he was
twice on the executive of the Vancouver Bar
Association and a past president of the University Endowment Lands Ratepayers Association. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
Elizabeth E. Stoddart Walker, BSN'21, December, 1980 in Vancouver. She is survived by
her husband.
Stanley Weston, BSA'39, January, 1981 in
Vancouver. His appointment to the UBC board
of governors represented many years of loyal
service to the university. In 1979 he was asked
by the university to lend his professional help as
a soil erosion expert to the problem of the
Tower Beach cliff erosion. He served in the
Malayan Volunteer Forces during WWII, and
survived four years as prisoner of the Japanese.
He served as consultant to a number of North
American mining companies on land reclamation projects, and also undertook assignment
abroad on food production under the Colombo
Plan and for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Canadian International Development Agency. He is survived
by his wife, Isabel, BA'40, and one son.
AthoU L. WUson, BA'45 (PhD, Calif.), June,
1980 in Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Wilson served
with the Computing and Applied Statistics Directorate where he was senior applied statistician. He is survived by his wife, a sister, Joan
Wilson Ferguson, BSP'53, and a son. □
28 Chronicle/Spring 198T Letters
Of a Feather...
The UBC Alumni Chronicle has to be the driest
magazine ever published. In popularity, it
walks hand-in-hand with the dullest religious,
political and union tracts. Your article on
"Birds & Brains" in the 1980 winter issue was
so boring that I couldn't read it through. Will
you please do me a favor and remove my name
from your mailing list?
Lynda Ivens, BA'62
Quesnel, B.C.
I enjoyed reading the article "Birds and Brains
— Bird-based Research at UBC" (Vol. 34 (4))
by Tim Padmore, but would like to point out
that Tim has ignored all the bird-based research being carried on at the department of
poultry science. Most people have "so much
poetry in their feeling about birds" that they
exclude chickens, quails, ducks, and geese
from the class Aves.
K.M. Cheng, Assistant Professor
Poultry Science, UBC
A Lament...
What a deplorable beginning the Alumni
Chronicle has for autumn 1980!
Surely it is to be expected that an educated
man wiU express himself correctly in print
when he is writing for an educated readership.
Yet Fred Fletcher, BA, PhD, says in the first
sentence of the first article on page 5, "Today,
it is the mass media that makes the ballads."
Fletcher should be ashamed of himself for
this bit of sloppy writing, and you should feel
equal shame for letting him get by with it. That
it is slopping writing and editing appears evident from the second and subsequent sentences
where the word "media" is used correctly as a
plural noun.
It is not a happy discovery that both the
perpetrator and the supporter of such sloppi-
ness in writing are also graduates in the arts
from one's own university. If such is a valid
example of the standard of English in use from
the 60's, it is a sorry augury for the state of the
language at UBC.
Lome Henry, BA'50
Copenhagen, Denmark
P.S. Written in sorrow, not in anger.
And a Salute
I wanted to write for several reasons, the first of
which is to commend the editorial staff of the
Alumni Chronicle for the autumn, 1980, edition,
which I thought was an especially thought-
provoking issue. I would like to see more
treatment of such topics as the media and their
effect on our society.
Berenice Wood, BA'68, MA'78
Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Dear Old Ubyssey
Clive Cocking's review ofthe "Vilest Rag" was
most interesting to me for events, occurring
during my campus years ('28-'32), particularly.
However, in recalling the Grantham Affair, I
note no reference to the most timely (if undiplomatic) cartoon which appeared in the Ubyssey
at that time. The minister of education was
Canon Hinchliffe and the total grant was
$250,000. The cartoon depicted two birds in a
leafless tree chirping "cheap-cheap." The caption was "Perhaps he will crack a rib."
The issue was "put to bed" in aU innocence
and the storm broke the following day when
Victoria dispatches reported that the good
minister had indeed slipped on an icy Victoria
street and cracked some ribs. I recollect that the
city press was less than complimentary and
apologetic condolences with an explanation
were mandatory.
Kenneth M. Beckett, BA'32
Vancouver, B.C.
I have at last read the autumn 1980 Chronicle,
saving it for that day when I had time to really
enjoy "The Ubyssey's Media Mafia" by Clive
Cocking. Having spent a few years as a feature
reporter with the dear old Ubyssey, I found the
article particularly interesting.
Valerie Verschueren, BA'60
North Vancouver, B.C.
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I greatly enjoyed your autumn issue on campus
journalism. After three years' association with
the Ubyssey, 1961-64, I worked briefly for the
Toronto Star before moving to Greece. There I
was night editor of the local English language
daily, the Athens News, before becoming the
stringer for BBC, CBS, Australian Broadcasting and CBC. The colonels' dictatorship made
the BBC job particularly delicate as their Greek
service was one of the few sources of uncen-
sored news in the country.
In December 1970, I moved to London
where, as Clive Cocking noted, I've been
freelancing for CBC and many other outlets.
Remember well the night the photo of Burpy
(p. 19) was taken. A Don Hume photo, no?
Robert McDonald, BA'64
Richmond, Surrey, England
For the Record
I have unfortunately reached the age when I
find most of the information about my friends
and acquaintances in the obituary column.
In the Winter 1980 issue ofthe UBC Alumni
Chronicle the death is recorded of Milford S.
(Muff) Lougheed, whom I knew many years
ago. The article states that the Lougheed
Highway was named after him but this is incorrect. It was named after the Honorable Nelson
S. Lougheed, who was Minister of Lands in the
B.C. government and who died in 1944. I was
also disturbed to read that of the 12 people
whose deaths are recorded in the Winter 1980
issue, none left more than one child and several
were childless. In my opinion, it is unfortunate
that university graduates, who should be
among the most intelligent and productive
members of our society, do not produce at least
two children. It is no wonder that our newspapers are full of job openings for top positions in
science, industry and education and that these
are being filled by immigrants from all over the
G. Sheldon Rothwell, BA'32
New Westminster, B.C.
Information Please
In the course of my receiving the Chronicle, I
have noted that nowhere do you state how one
might sent in material to be published, in the
way of where one is, if one is getting married,
etc. (You might print it in the next edition.)
Secondly, as I have recently moved here to-
Ottawa, could you tell me if there is a UBC
alumni club here in this city, and whom I
should contact to get involved in it.
Hugh Laidlaw, BA'76
Ottawa, Ont.
The Chronicle is always pleased to hear from its
readers whether it's news of momentous events,
views of current or nostalgic interest or comments,
complimentary or otherwise. The magazine is published quarterly, March 15, June IS, September IS
and December Litems should reach the Chronicle
office (6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver
BC V6T1X8) no later than six weeks prior to the
scheduled publication date.... We want you to
get involved. ...A directory of branch contacts is
included at least twice a year in the Chronicle.
This issue it's to be found in the spotlight section. If
your location is not listed, and you'd like to get
involved just drop the alumni office a line - and
who knows, you too may be a branch contact.
Better Late...
The September Chronicle asked to hear from
prospective correspondents far and near. The
following was one of several contributions. ...We
welcome more.
I dare to send this contribution to the Chronicle
realising that it comes about 40 years too late.
Wars, however, have a sameness no matter at
what point of the compass they may take place.
It comes as a shock to me to realise that another
generation has grown up and graduated since
the day when I was sent to make silage, and
wondered if silage was for human or animal
consumption, and if you had to cook it or
merely stir it.
Yes, another generation, almost two generations come knock, knock, knocking at the
door. I console myself with the thought that
those who call others old-fashioned are driving
nails into their own coffins. We shall all be old
stuff one day, so let us bear patiently with one
All best wishes to those I have known.
Joan West Marshall, BA'32
__^_^    Norfolk, England
I suppose nothing much really happened to
me. I was a gal who came to England on holiday
in 1939, and on September 2 of that year decided to stay for the fireworks by becoming one
ofthe Old Contemptibles ofthe Women's Land
Army. Yes, let's face it. We were on the whole
an unpromising lot, many of us not knowing a
shovel from a spade, boar from a sow. After
rushing in terror from a stallion who mistakenly took me for a cute little filly, I realised
that German bombs were not our only perils.
There is no glamor in war; only the oppressive sense of your inadequacy. Soon I was hating war films. Where are these girls in smart
uniforms who wine and dine with handsome
officers like Robert Taylor? My memories
linger with reality. You say good-bye on a rainswept platform.
"Don't kiss me. I'm only just over impetigo."
"I've had cattle ringworm."
"The things we bear for England!"
We laugh stiffly. The train is moving. What
next? Crete? North Africa? India?
Sometime between mucking out middens
and milking cows I found time to be married.
My dress was five years old, and my hat something shaped from a fragment of some unidentifiable garment.
After a long absence I returned to Vancouver, this time with holiday reversed, and a
tall son on either side of me; a veritable Cornelia
displaying her jewels.
I have reached the stage when time moves too
fast. My husband has died. My sons, only yesterday tots writing rude words with my
lipstick, are shaping successful careers. I have a
small bungalow in Norfolk which is rich in
fantasy and legend, although I myself have not
yet seen the Lantern Man with his blue light
who hops about the marshes, or the black
Shuck Dog who at night haunts lonely lanes,
boding good to none. An uneventful life?
Perhaps so, but I can translate: "Art yew arle
marg ut new?" into "Are you able to manage it
There is much more I ought to have done
with my life, but time has overtaken me. At
least, I have advanced a step from the timid
freshette who years ago crept into the UBC
library, and shrinking under a withering smile,
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