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ISSUE #27    WKMM    SUMMER 2010
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12   Rowat's Route
By Vanessa Clarke
Life as a travel photographer is rarely predictable
Academics and
By Hilary Feldman
Meet two serious scientists
with a musical bent.
The Art of Place
By Robin Laurence
A late-life entrepreneur
shares his passion for art with
the residents of BC.
29 Placing a Name
Henry Angus, Mary Bollert, Frederic Wood and Garnett
Sedgewick all have campus buildings named for them. But who
were they?
UBC Alumni
In spite of a less-than-
cooperative Mother Nature,
throngs of brave alumni came
back to party at the point.
26 Harmful if Swallowed
By Hilary Thomson
A UBC researcher warns Rx drug ads may be bad for our health.
34 A Little Help From Our Friends
Volunteering is good for the soul. Meet three of the more than 1800
individuals who volunteered for UBC this past year.
54 The Last Word
Dave Ng needs a lightsaber to fend off spiders.
Cover: "This image was shot in Inner Mongolia province shortly after I
moved to China. The truck was a tourist vehicle that was stuck in the sand."
See "Rowat's Route/'page 12. DEPARTMENTS
5    Take Note
UBC researchers explore
the development of the
human face, the experience
of stroke survivors and how
to balance security measures
with civil rights.
Letters to
the Editor
& Events
40 Class Acts
44 T-Bird News
47 In Memoriam
What the Trek?
Trek Magazine caption competition
Here's another image to test your comedic creativity. Send your captions to Vanessa Clarke at vanessa.
clarke@ubc.ca or to the mailing address at the right, by September 15. No more than three entries per
person. And remember, folks - there's a UBC travel mug at stake. (Photo courtesy UBC Library Archives)
Last issue's winner:
Lucky Chris Thompson, BA(hons)'03, has won a brand new UBC alumni travel mug
for his caption to accompany the photo that ran in the spring issue:
"Despite showing heart, the engineering kissing booth fails
to earn a single dime."
The photo was actually taken at a mechanical engineering open house in 1949.
EDITOR IN CHIEF Christopher Petty, MFA'86
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber, BDes
CONTRIBUTORS Michael Awmack, BA'01, MET'09
Adrienne Watt
CHAIR Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA88, MA, MBA
VICE CHAIR Miranda Lam, LLB'02
TREASURER Robin Elliott, BCom'65
Don Dalik,BCom, LLB'76
Dallas Leung, BCom'94
Brent Cameron, BA,MBAo6
Marsha Walden, BCom'So
Ernest Yee, BA83, MA87
Blake Hanna,MBA82
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
MarkMawhinney, BA'94
PAST CHAIR (09-10)
Doug Robinson, BCom'71, LLB'72
Stephen Owen, MBA, LLB'72, LLM
Brian Sullivan, AB.MPH
AMS REP (09-10)
Bijan Ahmadian, BASc'07
Chris Gorman, BA'99, MBA'09
Carmen Lee, BA'01
Catherine Com ben, BA'67
Ian Warner, BCom'69
Rod Hoffmeister, BA'67
Judy Rogers, BRE'71
Jim Southcott BCom'82
Stephen Toope, AB, LLB and BCL, PhD
Barbara Miles, BA, Postgrad Certificate in Ed.
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
MarkSollis, BC(APP)
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Walking out of my office the other day, I spotted an industrial vacuum
cleaner sitting by the exit door, looking like an orange version of R2-D2. It
was late, and the custodian was waiting to clean up the debris of another
day of alumni engagement. Written on the machine with a felt pen was the
name "Cecil Green." Cecil Green, one of the founders of Texas Instruments and an early student of UBC (he finished his degree at MIT), bought
the old mansion that is my office building and donated it to the university
as a town-and-gown centre way back in 1968. It was renamed "Cecil Green
Park House" in his honour. So, apparently, was the vacuum cleaner.
If you come to UBC to visit the Development Office or Continuing
Studies, you will park your car in a little lot under a building on University
Boulevard. When you go into the refuge space to take the elevator up,
you'll see a large grey garbage bin with the name "David Strangway"
written in felt pen on the side. David Strangway was president of UBC
from 1985 to 1997, and the building was named in honour of all the things
he did for the university. So, apparently, was the garbage bin.
UBC's campuses are full of named buildings and, one presumes, named
utility items that float around in them. The Fipke Centre at the UBC
Okanagan campus is likely to have an AV cart, a mop pail and a set of
brooms all named "Fipke," without a hint of irony.
There are vacuum cleaners and dustbins called "Aquatic Centre,"
"Chemistry" and "University Centre" as much as there are ones called
"Gage," "Belkin," "Koerner" and "Scarfe." A building is just a building
whatever it's called. That's the risk donors and VIPs take when they allow
their names to be used on buildings.
The other thing that happens to the name on a building is that it
undergoes a subtle change from subject to object, as in "Cecil Green was a
great philanthropist," to "Joan is getting married at Cecil Green." I, for
instance, often go to meetings at Strangway, have a snack at Ike Barber,
catch a play at Freddy Wood, hear some music at the Chan and visit a friend
at MacMillan. Imagine if you stopped being a person and became a brick,
or worse: "Hey Fred! Pass me the 'Chris Petty.' I need to unplug this toilet!"
In this issue of Trek Magazine, we have included the first of an ongoing
series on UBC's named buildings in an effort to put the person back in the
construction. From Abdul Ladha (a student science centre) to Charles
Woodward (a medical library), the men and women referenced in UBC's
buildings represent an amazing assortment of people, and offer up a
fascinating history of the university. The next time I see "Cecil Green"
sucking dust off the stairs up to the second floor, I'll think instead about
the charming old gent who, in 1968, looked at the ocean panorama from
the balcony and said to Bill Gibson, "Now there's a million dollar view!"
Elsewhere in this issue we've included a pictorial spread on the work of
an alumnus who makes his living as a travel photographer. We don't
usually dedicate so much space to imagery (being a wordy bunch), but we
were so impressed with this portfolio we couldn't help ourselves. You'll
also find the usual features as well as articles about and by UBC people,
some of whom may well become UBC vacuum cleaners.
We hope you enjoy Trek 27.
Chris Petty, mfa'86, Editor in Chief
Take Note is edited from material that appears in other
campus communications, including UBC Reports. We
thank Public Affairs for allowing us to use their material.
Man, Mouse or Just Plain Chicken?
0 At the embryo stage, humans, mice and
chickens apparently have a lot in common.
Their faces, at least, are similar enough to
allow Joy Richman to study chicken embryos
to learn more about the development of the
human face. Richman is a pediatric dentist and
development biologist. Her work will provide
new understanding around facial abnormalities
such as cleft palate, today affecting one in 700
babies born.
"The chicken embryo is ideal to unravel
these mysteries," says Richman, who literally
cuts postage-stamp sized windows into eggs
that allow her to peer inside to the developing
embryos with a microscope.
Many animal faces start out as a rudimentary
oral cavity surrounded by buds of tissue called
prominences that develop into a face. Richman
is trying to discover what it is that, at the
molecular level, stimulates indistinct cells to
form specific structures of the face. To help, she
has been awarded $900,000 from the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research.
Prior to receiving her grant, Richman had
established that jaw development is linked to the
presence of retinoic acid, a vitamin A derivative
and a protein linked to bone formation. She did
this by inserting beads containing the acid into a
chicken embryo, which subsequently developed
bones that would become a beak, where
normally there would be cheek bones.
Now she is investigating the genes that play a
role in forming the centre of the face. She has
already discovered a gene of interest "because it
makes a protein that is secreted outside the cell
and as such could play a pivotal role. It may act
as an orchestrator, directing nearby cells into
required patterns." The protein is strongly
turned on during beak development, and placing
a gene for the protein in an embryo caused the
growth of an extra beak. Ongoing research will
further determine the protein's role in forming
face and limbs.
"Our work will shed light on inherited birth
defects that affect the skeleton including cleft lip,
jaw size and shape abnormalities, and disturbances
in the bones of the hands and feet," says Richman.
"Our results may also one day help to improve
healing after injuries to the skeleton."
Students Give Locals the Business
O The world of business loves a win-win situation,
and that's exactly what the Management Student
Consulting Project at UBC Okanagan has achieved
over the past few months.
Fourth year management students participate
in the program as a mandatory element of their
studies. It requires them to test out their budding
expertise in the real world by offering free
consultation to local businesses.
Local firms and organizations benefit from a
broad range of consultation skills, including
business research, market studies, financial
analysis, and creative solutions for unique or
common businesses challenges.
It is a valuable relationship for both the
university and local business, showcasing the
skills of students who will soon be ready to start
their careers, and giving the latter some practical
insights and valuable contacts.
So far, more than 100 students and 34
businesses and organizations have participated.
The service is offered in the spring and fall terms.
Interested parties can contact Professor Ian
Stuart at ian.stewart@ubc.ca to find out more.
Bipeds, Buses and Bikes
© Transit use for students at the Okanagan
campus has increased by 10 per cent since the
U-Pass (a mandatory discount universal transit
pass voted in by a majority of students in 2006)
was introduced.
The U-Pass program aims to decrease
congestion, pollution, and demand for parking
space, while increasing access to affordable,
sustainable transport services.
It is one of a few incentives, including a
less-than-popular hike in parking costs, to
encourage more people to leave their cars at
home for the daily commute to campus. A new
Bus Rapid Transit System service from West
Kelowna is due to kick in at the start of the
school year this fall, to serve the hundreds of
students living in that vicinity.
The university also has its sights set on
commuter cycling and is hoping for continued
support from the city to make it a viable option.
"It is really dangerous to come up Highway 97,"
says head of Campus and Community Planning
Nancy Knight. "In particular there is one small
bridge as you come to campus that you can't
negotiate safely. We need to find a safer way."
The U-Pass program began in the 1970s and is
now in operation at more than 100 universities
and colleges across North America. It was
introduced at UBC Vancouver in 2003.
The U-Pass is just one of several sustainability
initiatives introduced at the Okanagan campus
that recently helped it earn a City of Kelowna
Mayor's Environmental Achievement Award for
outstanding commitment to environmental
stewardship. It came top in the category for
Most Sustainable Development.
"Arts and cultural activities are at the heart of
communities - they make communities more attractive
places to live, they help bring a community to life,
they define a community's unique characteristics,
they attract tourists and they help communities
compete economically around the world."
Artful Impact
A geography professor at UBC's Okanagan
campus has tallied the impact of the arts on
Kelowna's economy and come up with some big
figures. Bernard Momer led a survey that
calculated an annual economic impact by the
creative sector of $143.8 million.
The survey also established that Kelowna has
nearly double the per capita workers (7.3 per
1000) in the creative field than Richmond, and
its creative sector generates $338 per inhabitant,
compared with $200 in Richmond.
There were also less quantifiable value factors
from the creative sector that the survey did not
cover, such as a greater sense of prestige,
educational outcomes and bequests.
Momer says he hopes the report will generate
attention for the creative sector and its
contribution to the community and provide a
stepping stone for further research.
Greening the City
© UBC is a microcosm of what a green city could
look like. The university's Vancouver campus
has achieved Kyoto Protocol targets years ahead
of schedule and is a showcase for the latest in green
building technologies and other initiatives. Now
the city has come on board with UBC president
Stephen Toope and Vancouver mayor Gregor
Robertson signing an agreement to try out some
of those measures on a city scale.
Vancouver will also benefit from one of the
university's most precious resources: its students.
UBC is providing a grant to fund ten grad students
who will lend their expertise to realizing the
city's goals for sustainability, climate action and
a green economy laid out in its 2020 Plan.
Gen X Time Capsule
© Douglas Coupland, who received an honorary
degree from UBC this May, has entrusted
extensive archival material to the university's
library. He will continue adding to the collection
as his life and work progress. The records date
back more than 30 years and include manuscripts,
photos, visual art, fan mail, correspondence,
press clippings and more.
Although best known as an author who coined
the expression Generation X, Coupland is also a
graphic designer, visual artist, journalist,
playwright and filmmaker. The collection, which
includes about 30 metres-worth of textual
materials, fills 122 boxes.
"I am honoured that UBC has accepted my
papers. I hope that within them, people in the
future will find patterns and constellations that
can't be apparent to me or to anyone simply
because they are there, and we are here," says
Coupland. "The donation process makes me feel
old and yet young at the same time. I'm deeply
grateful for UBC's support and enthusiasm."
Tackling the Social
Determinants of Disease
O Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) is a term
used by the World Health Organization in
reference to about 15 infections affecting more
than one billion people. Funding to combat them
is mostly aimed at developing pharmacological
treatments, but UBC experts in public health and
international development are calling for a portion
of funding to be set aside for tackling the broader
social determinants behind these diseases.
"The pharmaceutical initiatives have
largely ignored other manifestations of neglect,
such as weak health systems and poor socio-
6  TREK   SUMMER 2010 environmental conditions that cause and
perpetuate NTDs," says Jerry Spiegel, who was
lead author of an article on the subject published
in online journal PLoSMedicine.
The billion affected belong, in the main, to
poor and rural populations in the developing
world with limited or difficult access to clean
water, sanitation and medicine. Spiegel and
colleagues from the faculties of Medicine and
Pharmaceutical Sciences and the College of
Interdisciplinary Studies favour a model that
adequately deals with the social conditions
under which these diseases thrive, what they
refer to as a social offset in research.
Mind Your Own Business
© As someone who lived in Britain when the
government installed closed circuit television in
public places, and in New York for 9/11 and the
resulting security measures, Professor Ben Goold
has a personal as well as academic interest in
how we balance society's legitimate interest in
security with a commitment to individual
privacy. Goold joined UBC's faculty of Law from
Oxford University in January. He specializes in
surveillance technology, civil liberties and law.
"Other countries need not follow the example of
Britain's CCTV and America's Patriot Act," he
says. "The benefit of hindsight allows us to make
more informed decisions."
From Facebook privacy settings to the
dozen or so CCTV monitors still in use after
the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, privacy and its
infringement is an issue that increasingly crops
up and about which there needs to be clarity if
we want a rational approach to securing our
streets and our nation.
Goold has been an advisor to European
government agencies around issues of balancing
public safety and privacy. He believes cost,
effectiveness and social ramifications should be
carefully explored before investing in new
surveillance technologies. "Surveillance
technologies have the potential to undermine
the relationships between individuals and the
state," says Goold. "In the UK we have seen
CCTV cameras transform busy and vibrant
streets into heavily monitored spaces in which
young people and visible minorities are likely to
be the main focus of attention. You need to ask,
'would adding police officers be more effective
from a cost and community perspective, given
the actual risk?'"
The Internationa
Stephen J. Toope, President, UBC
Those of us who believe in the importance of
post secondary education are quick to point out
the benefits a large research institution such as
UBC brings to its community. We use phrases like
"economic engine" and "community partnership" to
describe the vital relationships that grow between
a university and the local community it serves.
UBC has a profound impact on the Lower Mainland
and the Okanagan, as an employer, as a generator of
economic opportunity, as a provider of knowledge,
as a trainer of tomorrow's professionals.
Just as vital, however, are the benefits that result
from UBC's interaction with the rest of the world.
Many of the challenges we face today cannot be
addressed completely on the local level. Climate
change, disease control, environmental degradation
and a host of other world problems need solutions
that cross borders and disciplines. Social problems,
too, such as inequality, poverty and political
corruption need a global perspective if the ills
these create are to be lessened. Institutions like
UBC have the capacity, the academic freedom
and the responsibility to pursue solutions to the
world's larger issues.
This university attracts talented faculty,
researchers and students from every continent.
As well, inter-university research agreements,
collaborations among colleagues from institutions
around the world, and exchange programs for
students, faculty and staff, make UBC a hub of
intellectual, social and cultural interchange. Add to
that the thousands of UBC graduates now living
and working abroad, and it's clear that a great
university builds a complex series of synergies
among communities and continents.
One of the most important benefits of our focus
on international connections is the experience,
insight and learning it allows our students.
International service-learning is a program by which
students, faculty and staff become involved in
projects to develop opportunities in the developing
world. One great example of this is Project GROW.
The Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women
project was started by students, staff and faculty
at UBC's Okanagan campus. It works with a
cooperative of 120 women from two villages in
rural Ghana who have designed the program and
its objectives. GROW is led by UBC alumna and
current PhD student Vida Yakong. (Regular Trek
Magazine readers may remember that Ms Yakong
was named Outstanding Future Alumna at last
year's Alumni Achievement Awards event.) The
project is based on the idea that villagers have
the necessary skills and knowledge that can build
better lives for them and their families, but lack
the resources to put that knowledge to work.
The women in the cooperative set out a list of
tangible objectives - donkeys, carts, malaria
nets, grinding mills, a plough - needed to
develop income-generating activities in their
own communities. UBCO's project participants
help fundraise for these tools, and nursing
students from UBCO deliver them to villages
when they go to Ghana each year to work with
local nurses in the region.
This project embodies the ideals of international
engagement at UBC: Faculty, staff, students and
alumni joining together with collaborators around
the world to achieve positive results. Over the
next few years, you will see an increase in this
kind of activity as UBC becomes, more and more,
a globally influential university.
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One major argument in support of CCTV is that
it deters crime, but the stats don't back this up
entirely. "CCTV can help deter crimes committed
by people in rational states, like shoplifting and
car theft, but not spur-of-the-moment violent
crimes or other offences committed due to the
influence of drugs or alcohol."
Goold warns against hasty implementation of
security measures. "If you don't take the time to
get things right from the beginning, that's when
problems occur, such as overzealous policing,
violations of individual privacy and the loss of
sensitive personal data."
Big Plans for Okanagan Campus
©UBC's Okanagan campus is set to double in
size with the $8.78-million purchase of 256
acres of farmland, located between the current
campus and Glenmore Road to the west. The
city and the university plan to create a public
trail across the new property and protect its two
bodies of water, Roberts Lake and a smaller
pond. The land acquisition is a major milestone
in the rapidly evolving campus landscape. In the
Ave years since UBC has had a presence in the
region, more than $400 million has been spent
on academic and residential buildings.
Accessible Science Initiative
© The Accessible Science Initiative is a UBC
student-driven effort that seeks to address
limited opportunity for science education and
research in developing nations, where funding,
equipment and other resources can be lacking.
It evolved from the observation by international
and domestic UBC students that developed
nations put more resources into science and
biotechnology, resulting in positive health and
socio-economic outcomes.
The students set out to address this imbalance
and promote science and biotechnology by
collecting equipment and books to donate,
improving access to knowledge and creating
opportunities for collaboration. The ultimate
goal is for developing nations to have the capacity
to tackle their own socio-economic challenges.
ASI volunteers will promote the importance of
science literacy at a general public level, as well as
connect with elementary and secondary schools
to establish science learning projects that are
culturally relevant to encourage interest and
involvement among the younger generations.
Contact will be in person as well as over the
internet and ASI hopes to involve UBC people
from many disciplines and stages of career
development, from undergrads to seasoned
faculty members. The organization will also
advocate for open access scientific publishing.
The pilot project will be in collaboration with
the University of To lima in Colombia. ASI hopes
to provide the equipment and training to set up
an enduring science program there, one which
will serve as a model for other institutions in the
region. Eight ASI volunteers will travel to
Colombia in August, after months of fundraising
and hard work.
The initiative is well-supported by UBC
faculty and operated through the university's
Centre for International Health.
Law Gets Strategic
With the release of the university's strategic
plan last year (see www.strategicplan.ubc.ca),
many faculties and units (including the Alumni
Association) have followed suit with strategic
plans of their own. While "strategic plan" may
be the "total quality management" or "Web 2.0"
buzz phrase of the day, producing one does help
an organization better understand its strengths
and weaknesses, and gives it a chance to focus
on both philosophical and tactical approaches to
improving its productivity.
UBC's Faculty of Law is the most recent unit
to undergo the self analysis, and the current
draft is ready for law grads (and interested
others) to weigh in on. Visit www.law.ubc.ca/
strategic_plan/ and let your views be known.
Stroke Research
© The results of two studies involving patients
who have survived severe strokes indicate that
rehabilitation strategies for such patients need
to be improved.
PhD student Jodi Edwards discovered that
although more Canadians are surviving severe
strokes, they are experiencing poorer quality of
life after the event. Her study was published in
the May is sue of the j ournal Stroke.
Post-doctoral fellow Sean Meehan established
that survivors of severe stroke use the prefrontal
cortex area of the brain when learning new
movements, to compensate for damage to the
normally-involved motor region.
"Jodi's study tells us that quality of life after
stroke has decreased in the past decade," says
her supervisor, Lara Boyd, Canada Research
Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning. "A
potential reason for this decline is that while
we're good at rehabilitating patients who have
suffered mild to moderately severe strokes, we
have very little to offer the increasing numbers
of Canadians who have survived a severe stroke.
But Sean's study is pointing to ways to make a
major impact in post-stroke care."
Edwards analyzed public health statistics
from 1996-2005, a period when there were many
advances in early-intervention treatment for
severe stroke. Meehan studied functional
magnetic resonance imaging results from health
subjects and stroke patients to compare which
parts of the brain were engaged in performing
new tasks.
"This new information on how the brain
compensates for damage suggests two potential
strategies for rehabilitation: We could work on
restoring the original brain function before the
stroke occurred, or by promoting this new
pathway," says Meehan, who is Edwards' lab
mate and also supervised by Boyd.
"The convergence of these findings from
seemingly divergent areas of research is telling
us that the brain isn't working in compartments
with each area taking charge of certain functions
that maybe irrevocably damaged by injury or
disease," says Boyd. "Rather, the different
domains of the brain are inter-related and may
work together to take on new challenges."
What is Professor
Toope Reading?
Beatrice and Virgil Yann Martel
A taxidermist is writing a play about human
attacks on animal biodiversity, using the
Holocaust as an allegory. Can any author, no
matter how gifted, deal creatively with the
hardest and cruelest moments of twentieth-
century history? One thing is certain: Martel is
The idea of Justice Amartya Sen
Building on John Rawls enormously influential
explanation of justice, the Nobel prize-winning
economist undertakes to remove justice from
the realm of the ideal and to place it in the real
life of societies trying to develop and to provide better lives for millions of people.
Challenging and brilliant.
Why Beauty Is Truth I a n Stewa rt
A distinguished mathematician explains the
fundamental concept of symmetry by tracing
the history of mathematical thought through
the lives of key theorists from Babylonian to
modern times. Some difficult equations, but
Stewart makes the story lively and he does not
expect much background knowledge. A surprisingly good read.
Building The Arc
© The Arc Initiative is the symbolic name of a new
project devised and brought into being by Sauder
School of Business student Thato Makgolane
and accounting professor Jeff Kroeker. This July
they were in Phalaborwa in South Africa for the
pilot proj ect, along with a group of Sauder
School students, faculty and alumni.
In exchange for offering a four-day MBA-style
workshop to the local business community,
Sauder placed its students in some local tourism
and food production businesses for a six-week
co-op term, during which they gained first-hand
knowledge doing business in another country.
"We like to say we're building a bridge," says
Kroeker. "The knowledge flows in both
directions." Hence the project's name. The aim
is not to give or take, but to share and learn.
Makgolane, a Phalaborwa native, left his
home five years ago to attend school. "Growing
up in Phalaborwa I had lots of mentors and
people supporting me, and I felt a responsibility
to give back," he says. "I've been looking for ways
and opportunities to connect my experiences at
UBC and Sauder with my town."
The project in Phalaborwa is in collaboration
with an already-present local NGO, the Palabora
Foundation. This will help to ensure the longevity
of the exchange. "When we leave South Africa,
the project isn't over," says Kroeker. "We want
to keep talking with our partners and we want
students and alumni to return. The key to
making it sustainable is to have this partnership
with the foundation." The students are also
raising seed money to support the top two in a
competition for best business proposal.
Kroeker plans to start a similar exchange
project in Ethiopia next year, again working
with local NGOs. The Arc Initiative has also
sought the collaboration of UBC's Go Global
Program, which organizes international
learning opportunities for students. Arc is one of
11 International Service Programs taking place
over the summer, involving 56 students.
Michael Bae, fourth-year student team leader
for the South Africa project explains why he's
doing it: "Collaboration is how international
business is happening all over the world. I'm
interested in doing business on a global level
once I graduate." O
Raising the
Alumni Barn
Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, MBA, MA
Chair, UBC Alumni Association
Back in the days when most Canadians lived in rural areas, communities
depended heavily on volunteers to do some of the bigger jobs. When a farmer
needed a new barn (or a community needed a new school, hall or gathering
place), friends and neighbours would come from miles around to pitch in.
Over the course of a couple of days, a foundation would be laid, boards would
be cut, walls put up, floors put down and, finally, a roof would be raised over
the whole enterprise.
These events became memorable parties for everyone involved: kids met
other kids from farms miles away; families shared food and recipes; men and
women deepened bonds that often stretched over generations; and everyone
learned the value of community collaboration.
We don't raise barns together anymore but the urge to pitch in hasn't gone
away. Canadians rank at the top of the world's volunteers: in a recent poll,
over 40 per cent of Canadian adults indicated they volunteered in some way -
coaching kids' sports, mentoring, providing health care, raising funds, etc.
Another survey indicates that 84 per cent of Canadians make a financial
contribution to a charity every year.
A good example of this predilection among Canadians to "give something
back" to the larger community has shown itself right here at the Alumni
Association. Recently, the university's Board of Governors gave the go-ahead
for the initial design work for the UBC Alumni Centre on University Boulevard.
Careful readers of Trek Magazine will remember a request in the Winter 2006
issue for alumni to help get a new alumni centre project started. The idea took
hold, driven largely by alumni volunteers who spent countless hours consulting
with university space planners and architects, working with staff on various
committees, navigating challenges and, simply, persevering. Five years later
there is a compelling vision, strong collaboration and a clear path forward.
Located at the heart of campus, close to parking and transit, the Alumni Centre
will be the first point of entry for grads coming back to campus for events,
volunteer opportunities or just to revisit old haunts. It will present displays of
UBC history; provide research, study and meeting space for alumni and students;
offer room for large gatherings (such as the Achievement Awards celebrations);
and be a place alumni can call home on the Vancouver campus.
Over the next few months you will hear more about the Alumni Centre. You will
be invited to help us raise the "alumni barn" with your financial support and
with your ideas about activities in the centre and the kinds of services you
would find worthwhile. We very much want this to be a community project.
I can't talk to you about volunteers without mentioning the amazing
contributions made to UBC by the members of the Alumni Association's
Board of Directors and the many committees involved. Over the past five
years I've had the privilege of serving with a group of dedicated, enthusiastic
and tireless people, all willing to give their time and talent to serve their alma
mater and their fellow alumni. As my term as chair expires in September,
I offer them, and the Association's professional staff, my heartfelt thanks
for their support and hard work.
If all of us come together and raise our new barn, the Alumni Centre will open
in the Spring of 2013. Tuum est!
10  TREK    SUMMER 2010
Cadborosaurus Ed
Friends tell me they enjoyed reading about my
interest in Cadborosaurus in the latest Trek. I
regret that there was no mention of Ed Bous-
field, my co-author in the scientific and popular
descriptions of Caddy. Ed is a prominent marine
taxonomist and a fellow member of the Royal
Society of Canada. His collaboration brought a
high level of scientific legitimacy to our enquiry.
PaulLeBlond, PhD'64
Good Memories
Thank you for a superb edition of Trek which
brought back many good memories of UBC and
my years at the Alumni Association (especially
Blythe Eagles who spent lots of time at Cecil
Green Park after he retired). I did enjoy reading
about Marie Earl, who sounds like the most
amazing presence. The Association was fortunate
to have her there at such a key time. I was
thrilled that two other interests - the Botanical
Garden and the Museum of Anthropology -
were highlighted as, living on Vancouver Island,
I lose touch with what is happening there.
Keep up the fantastic work.
Barbara Vitols, BA'6i
TREK Online:
MOA-Better Captions
Congratulations on the recent issue of Trek; just
received and devoured. I remember the Old
Auditorium from the early'70s when, as MA
students in the geography department just
across the way, a gaggle of us would troop over
mid-morning for coffee and at lunchtime for
Chinese noodles and all the fixings. When I was
on campus in January to give a seminar in art
history, I walked from the geography building to
art history past the Old Auditorium and
remembered those days fondly and felt a tug of
sadness at the state of our old haunt.
The issue was packed with great articles that
piqued my interest, especially Sherrill Grace's
"The Art of Being Canadian" and the one-page
spread "More MOA." I do have one objection -
your layout. The format of placing captions in
white boxes within the photograph detracts
from the image, but nowhere is this more
annoying than in the fabulous interior shots of
MOA. Words grab the eye and the white space
makes it difficult to appreciate fully the content
of the photograph. The captions for the images
accompanying "The Art of Being Canadian" are
outside the paintings; surely the photographs of
MOA - indeed all photographs - deserve the
same respect.
Very best,
Joan M. Schwartz, MA'77
Keeping the TorchBurning
I am sure I am not the only alumnus missed on
your list of torch runners, but if you decide to
list another group of Olympic torch runners, you
can add me to the list.
Ross Davidson, BEd'78
Eagles Soars
I was pleased to read the tribute to Blythe Eagles
in the spring 2010 issue of Trek and delighted to
know that his volunteer legacy has been
recognized and honoured by the Alumni
Association. I was a member of Dr. Eagles "Dairy
Cohort." That was his name for the group of
senior students working in the dairy department. He certainly made the university a special
place for each one of us. Studying with him was
rewarding academically. It also took place in an
atmosphere of warmth, enthusiasm and camaraderie. The experience left a lasting imprint.
That he had a genuine personal interest in
each one of us was evident when I contacted him
many years after graduation. He knew me
immediately, knew I had been living in Eastern
Canada, recalled who I had married and then
gave me news of the others in my particular
cohort. Truly, he was remarkable. I was
fortunate to have been his student.
KayMcGeer (Deas), BSA'46
Surveys tell us that alumni, 50-plus, like to read their
magazines in print. They also tell us that 20-35-year olds
are, increasingly, moving to electronic versions of their
favourite publications.
Trek Magazine'is available online at www.alumni.ubc.ca/
trekmagazine. We are revamping the magazine's online
presence and would love to know what you think.
Please make sure we have your email so we can let you
know when the new version is launched. Email us at
alumni.association o ubc.ca with your first name, last
name, degree and year.
SUMMER 2010   TREK   11 An invitation to view slides from
a friend's recent trip often means
you have a tedious evening ahead
of you. But if the invitation is
from travel photographer
Andrew Rowat, BSc'OO, get there
early for a front-row seat. We
asked him to give us the inside
scoop on some of the images he
has captured during his career.
SjVanessa Clarke
Photo captions by Andrew Rowat
A Reluctant Start
For most of us, the profession of travel photographer seems glamorous and elusive. It's the
sort of thing that kids tell adults they want to be
when they grow up, along with astronauts and
prime ministers. Andrew Rowat turned into a
bonafide travel photographer despite the fact
that he wasn't even interested in being a
photographer when he was a kid.
"I received my first camera on my 16th
birthday, a Pentax K-1000, the quintessential
starter SLR," he says. "But I thought I had made
myself very clear, prior to my birthday, that I
had no interest in receiving a camera." Rowat
was the youngest of three children and his
brother and sister had also received a camera on
their 16th birthdays. He was an independent
spirit and rebelled against the idea of being a
cookie-cutter Rowat sibling.
In retrospect, he's probably very grateful to
his parents. Now aged 33, Rowat has offices in
Shanghai and New York and a glossy list of
clientele including GQ, Dwell, Esquire, The New
Yorker, and Vanity Fair. He's lived and worked in
three countries and travelled to dozens more.
But it wasn't until he was a student at UBC that
he realized his passion for photography.
"It was through PhotoSoc that I really got
hooked," says Rowat. "Instead of losing
weekends to parties and bzzr gardens it was the
darkroom that consumed me. The very act of
creation - from the time the film emerged from
the dryer, to the print slowly revealing itself in
the red-hued development bath - was what
cemented photography's hold on me." ,  1*P
Left: This shot was taken when I was living in New York
City after my third year at UBC. The camera I was using
at the time was a beat up old Mamiya RB67 (I have since
graduated to using several beat up old Mamiya RZ67s)
with the stock (90mm) lens.
A group of acrobats was performing in Washington Square
Park. I initially held back, but then realized that the shot I
wanted required me to be almost underneath the performers.
And so I inserted myself into the mix, and took a photo
that I really liked. It remains a favourite to this day.
Right: I had been backpacking across Europe one summer,
and found myself in Venice in the pouring rain. The
weather made me feel grumpy, until I decided to take
advantage of it. Off I set to St. Marco's Square. I tried to
find the perfect puddle reflecting both the square and the
incredible cathedral there. I found one, complete with the
ubiquitous pigeons. I took exactly one frame.
I remember the moment I saw that one frame spring to
life. I took the roll out of the negative dryer at PhotoSOC in
the basement of the SUB. There it was, clear as day. The
one shot I had hoped to create had been created.
That's not to say there weren't other occupational contenders. Rowat originally enrolled at
UBC in theatre, then changed to commerce
before finally graduating with a degree in marine
biology. He later accepted a job in marketing
communications that had little to do with the
ocean, apart from the fact that he had to cross
one to get to his new office, which was located in
a carpet factory in Shanghai.
A Little Bit of Luck, a Lot of Hard Work
The move would prove to be a happy accident.
Shanghai is key to the rapid development of his
photography career.
His chief task at the carpet factory was
coming up with "English" names for the carpets
for both domestic and foreign markets. Best
sellers included Kalahari, Sandalwood and
Ebola ("part of my infectious diseases line," he
says). His other responsibilities were greeting
international clients and taking pictures of
carpets. You might think this would have
dampened his enthusiasm for photography, but
it didn't. For him it's all about context and
novelty, and Shanghai was definitely different.
"China is the most capitalistic place I've ever
lived. People are hustling. The energy in
Shanghai is an energy of change. There's this
sense of things getting done." The job in the
carpet factory gave him an anchor (and a visa) as
he absorbed his new surroundings, built his
portfolio and tried to get himself noticed by
magazine clients in London and New York. It
didn't take long to crack the market.
"I was astonished by the number of magazine
editors who would meet me from a cold call. I was
living in a part of the world where things were
happening and it was a hook. Being in Shanghai
allowed me to leapfrog a lot of steps I'd have had
to go through if I was based in New York or
London, because those cities have football
stadiums full of people who want to do this."
However, you need a lot more than luck and
talent to make a living as a travel photographer.
It's a competitive field with few quality outlets,
and new technologies mean the media landscape is in flux. You have to deliver every time,
or risk floundering. "I see it as being less a
photographer and more a small business owner,"
says Rowat. "If you don't have any organizational
acumen, you're toast. You need to be indefatigable,
incredibly optimistic and also a realist."
The Results
Rowat lived in Shanghai for seven years before
his recent relocation to New York. He does
largely editorial work, which takes him to new
places, and some commercial photography,
including portraits of the famous and powerful,
luxury hotels and plates of exquisite-looking
food. "My ADD personality means I can't
photograph just one thing," says Rowat. "The
wonderful thing about travel photography is
that it means you're photographing people, food,
interiors, landscapes."
He's wandered abandoned villages in
Namibia, travelled by reindeer, camped out in
-50 degree temperatures, and once, in a remote
and lawless region of Mongolia, was confronted
by a gold miner who threatened to kill him for
his boots. It's safe to assume that if he had to
describe his career, glamorous wouldn't be one
of the adjectives.
His work is not usually life-threatening, yet is
unpredictable enough to remain satisfying. "One
minute you're shooting a CEO and the next
you're shooting a noodle vendor on the street
and everyone's got a story," says Rowat, who will
have plenty of his own stories to tell his
grandchildren, and with photographic evidence
to accompany them.
"I want to be able to transport people from
their cubicle or couch to wherever I am in the
world. Photography has that incredibly
transportive quality. The idea is to drag you into
the slipstream of the experience."
Rowat's next destination is Colombia, maybe
followed by a boat trip up the Amazon. The rest
of us will just have to wait to see the pictures. O
To explore more of Andrew Rowat's work, visit
SUMMER 2010   TREK   13 Namibia: All of these images were shot in the abandoned
diamond mining town of Kolmanskop, south of the capital
One of the interesting things about Namibia and its
diamond mining industry (mainly joint ventures between
DeBeers and the government) is that most of the
diamonds are blown by the wind into these vast desert-
scapes. That means the smallest diamonds will actually
be furthest from the diamond vein itself, and prospectors
try to follow the bread crumbs to the source, with each
subsequent find getting larger and larger.
Most of the active mining in Namibia happens in off-limits
areas. You or I wouldn't be allowed to enter without
extensive permits and vetting. But at Kolmanskop you can
just pay a small entrance fee, and a small photo permit,
and you are off to the races.
]|^*J*^1JJJ Turkmenistan: Halfway between the Uzbek border and
Ashgabat (the capital) lies a peculiarity, even by Turkmen
standards: the Darvaza gas crater in the Karakum desert.
This giant burning gas crater is known as the Gates of
Hell, and has different origin stories depending on who is
telling the story. The version told to claims that in the
1960s the Soviets were exploring for natural gas and
came across some in this region. It was not enough to be
commercially viable, so wasn't exploited further.
However, a sinkhole developed and local livestock would
be drawn to the hole and overcome by the fumes. In order
to protect their herds, the nomadic Turkmen people
decided to simply throw a match into the hole; after all,
animals don't like fire. It has been burning ever since.
We had the great pleasure of camping close to the crater,
alone but for ourselves and the trackless desert.
I originally travelled to Turkmenistan with my girlfriend as
part of a pan-Stans tour in 2007. We travelled overland
from China to Iran, hitting almost all the former Soviet
republics in between. By far our favourite 'Stan was
Turkmenistan, nestled between Iran, Afghanistan,
Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. The country was still under
the thrall of the recently deceased dictator, Turkmenbashi,
the self-styled leader of the Turkmen people. Nothing
spells great tourist destination better than an honest to
goodness personality cult. At the time, Turkmenistan was
known as the North Korea of Central Asia. The former
president had even gone so far as to erect a several-times
life-size golden statue of himself that rotated with the sun
and was mounted on top of the bizarrely-named Arch of
Neutrality. I shot this bust of him in a dingy roadside diner.
The mural (top) is in front of the Turkmen Land of Fairy
Tales, aka 'Disneyland.' Western China, Yunnan Province (left): The image of the
grandfather with his grandson was taken near the town of
Lijiang in China's Western province of Yunnan. My
assistant and I were driving through the countryside
when I spotted the wall of drying maize. In the end this
image was used as the cover for Town & Country Travel.
(Below left): The early morning sun is just starting to
cook the fields in the Tibetan area of Yunnan Province as
hay dries in the background. For this particular shoot, for
Australian Gourmet Traveller, I was bivouacked at the
luxurious Banyan Tree resort in Ringha, near Shangri-La.
Yes, that Shangri-La, though it is unclear where the
mythical outpost actually is. At least three Chinese cities
have changed their names to lure tourists to the area.
That said, the scenery is breathtaking with a small Tibetan
monastery close by, prayer flags dancing in the wind.
Shanghai (below): A table filled with antiques on
Shanghai's infamous Dongtai Road. I say infamous
because a recent report estimated that upwards of 90 per
cent of antiques on the market in China are either fakes,
or 'state-level relics' (think grave robbers).
..Vii.'u. i Shanghai (top): One of the many trinkets and figurines
for sale on Dongtai Road (the antique street). Bargaining
is the most fun part of any shopping experience in China.
(Below): This view of the Shanghai skyline was shot from
the smartly named Vue Bar at the Hyatt on the Bund
hotel. The bar features a roof-top Jacuzzi with bathing
suits on the menu (you can order up a swim costume if
you happened to forget your own). Very few things top
having a bottle of champagne in a hot tub, while
watching the Shanghai sky turn a velvet blue.
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India: It seems that everywhere you go in India people
are playing cricket. It could be the smallest patch of grass
(or dirt) and people will be out knocking the ball around.
These young gentlemen were getting a jump on the day
at about 6:30 am, outside of the Mysore Palace in
Karnataka Province.
Syria: Krak des Chevaliers is one of the best-preserved
Crusader castles in the world and is located several hours
outside Damascus. Across the valley is a small hostel-
cum-hotel that has absolutely breathtaking views of the
castle. I set my camera up on the balcony and did a long
exposure (this one was probably close to 20 minutes) to
capture the movement of the stars and the moon.
Western China, Yunnan Province: This shot was taken
in Lijiang city. One section of the city is quite charming,
and more or less genuine to its original state. Then there
is this particular strip that, although still charming, has
flashes of modernity. This particular server is taking a
time out to text someone, and has covered up against
the chill October air with a fleece.
SUMMER 2010   TREK   19 The
Art of
Youthful rebellion doesn't often presage a career in development, but Michael
Audain has constructed huge personal success as a builder of condominiums.
He's also accumulated a spectacular collection of art along the way.
ByRoBin Laurence
T~l  view from Michael Audain's
r   I   I  I  J ninth-storey Vancouver office
sweeps across the grey waters of False Creek
and English Bay, over the primordial hump of
Stanley Park and the massed towers of the city
centre, to the dark and moody reaches of the
North Shore mountains. On this cold May day,
shafts of livid, late-afternoon light pierce the
lowering sky and the effect is unnerving. It's as
if the natural colours were amped up to an
almost psychedelic intensity. Hanging on the
walls this side of the glass, the art takes on its
own strange life. Among the eclectic selection,
there's a big painting by Takao Tanabe, a chilly
and unpopulated Vancouver Island landscape.
There's also a colourful and exuberant photo-
text work by Ken Lum, set in Vancouver's West
End and dwelling on the theme of real estate.
Contradictions abound.
Audain himself, dressed in a conservative
black suit with a discreet little Order of Canada
pin attached to his lapel, is talking, somewhat
reluctantly, about his surprisingly socialistic
past and, with more enthusiasm, about a
painting he recently acquired. Publicly
identified as the wealthy chairman of Polygon
Homes Ltd. and a high-profile philanthropist
(a term he dislikes), he is also known to have
an extensive private collection of historic and
contemporary British Columbian art. Usually,
however, he is loathe to talk about it. "I'm not
really a collector," he says. "I'm not disciplined."
Many of his art-world colleagues would dispute
this, citing his determined taste and his acute
awareness of who's creating what where. His
"undisciplined" collection ranges from the
cutting-edge photo-based works of young artists
like Steven Shearer and Stephen Waddell
through modernist abstractions by Alan Wood
and the late Jack Shadbolt to fine examples of
early Northwest Coast First Nations art. "It's
very important that we understand the art of
British Columbia existed long before European
contact," Audain says. In 2006, he and his wife,
Yoshiko Karasawa, bought a rare
Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch figure from an
American dealer and, in 2008, repatriated it to
the U'Mista Cultural Society in Alert Bay.
20   TREK    SUMMER 2010 In a sense, the piece he's just added to his
private collection, a 1964 oil on canvas by the
late E.J. Hughes, conveys something of Audain's
own repatriation. "It's a large painting of the ferry
Princess Victoria," Audain says. "That was the
boat that, on June the 20th, 1946, we took from
Vancouver to Victoria. It was a huge occasion in
my life." The ferry ride, which occurred when he
was nine, was the last leg of a long journey west
with his father and stepmother, towards an
almost mythical idea of home.
Althoughhe speaks of himself as afifth-
generation British Columbian - his great-greatgrandfather Robert Dunsmuir settled on
Vancouver Island in 1851 - Audain was born in
England in 1937. (His mother was English and
his Canadian father was serving in the British
army at the time.) Because of the outbreak of
World War II, he spent his first nine years on the
embattled side of the Atlantic, moving from
spent in - and running away from - boarding
schools. Audain's youthful rebelliousness extended
to flunking out of his general arts program at
UBC in 1956. "I guess I had other priorities
than studying," he says with characteristic
understatement. After a few years of working
in northern Canada and travelling in Europe,
he returned to his alma mater and immersed
himself, with new purpose, in his studies.
Eventually he would attend five universities
in four countries, accumulating an array of
degrees and qualifications, including a BA,
BSW and MSW from UBC.
The somewhat unexpected and peripatetic
path of Audain's early adulthood suggests that
he was more interested in social justice issues
than in a career as a hard-nosed capitalist. In
1961, for example, he participated in one of the
American civil rights "Freedom Rides" from
Memphis to New Orleans, and was arrested and
unsettled period in the mid-1970s, he lived on a
boat in Hong Kong harbour, writing a novel set
in 17th-century Thailand.
Relocating himself to Vancouver, Audain didn't
enter business until 1980, when he was 43, and
only then as an extension of his consulting work
connecting housing cooperatives with developers.
"People are open, pragmatic," he says. "You
never know how their lives are going to work
out." Of his early years with Polygon, he says,
"I wasn't terribly profit-motivated. I was having
fun learning and meeting people in the business,
particularly the type of people I'd confronted
when I was organizing tenants' groups and all
that kind of thing."
Whatever the source of his success, Audain
has found ways to share it: he is one of the most
outstanding patrons of culture in Canada.
Through the Audain Foundation, established in
1997 to support the visual arts, and especially
France to the Channel Islands to England and
Ireland. "We were bombed out of London," he
says. What sustained him as a child, it seems,
were tales of his father's homeland. "Ever since I
was born, almost, I had a romance with British
Columbia." Then he adds, "I was only on that
vessel [the Princess Victoria] once, but I have
incredible memories of it. Coming to Canada
was like living a dream."
Less dreamy were subsequent childhood years
jailed in Jackson, Mississippi for taking a stand
against segregation. He also undertook a series
of jobs, such as social worker, university lecturer,
agricultural economist and social housing
consultant. As a housing policy specialist, he
worked at the Ontario Housing Corporation and
then the Canadian Council on Social Development.
In 1973, he returned to the West Coast to establish
the provincial Ministry of Housing for Dave
Barrett's NDP government and then, for an
the art of British Columbia, he has given more
than $20 million to regional and national art
institutions. Of that money, $5 million has gone
to galleries and programs at UBC, including $2.5
million to support the Museum of Anthropology's
recently completed renewal project, APartnership
of Peoples. In honour of that donation, MOA
named its 5800 sq. ft. temporary exhibition space
The Audain Gallery. The Audain Foundation has
also directed money to projects at the Morris
SUMMER 2010   TREK   21 and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and has endowed
programs in UBC's Department of Art History,
Visual Art and Theory, to the tune of $2 million.
Privately, he and his wife continue to donate
top-tier works of art to public galleries, including
three photographs by internationally renowned
artist Jeff Wall that went to the Vancouver Art
Gallery last year. Audain has also made it known
that his role is one of stewardship and that most
of the art he owns will end up in public hands.
He jokes about not planning on being buried
with his possessions like some ancient emperor,
then says more seriously, "Nothing goes back on
the market."
In the art world he has so generously
endowed, however, his position is not without
controversy. As chairman of the Vancouver Art
Gallery's' relocation committee, he has taken
flak for being a highly public advocate of that
institution's proposed move, away from its current
site in a neo-classical building at the heart of the
city to an unappealing block towards the eastern
edge of downtown. On the afternoon of our
interview, he admits to being nervous and
preoccupied because later that day, he will be
representing the VAG in a public forum on the
subject. He's anticipating an antagonistic
reception from the many outspoken Vancouverites
opposed to the move.
Clearly, though, art is what continues to
interest and impel him, particularly the art of
this place. A number of works from Audain's
private collection are on display in Polygon's
offices, hallways and meeting rooms. Again, they
display a lively eclecticism. There are photo-
based works by both established and emerging
artists, including an upside-down tree by
Rodney Graham - shades of the camera
obscura - and an upside-down self-portrait by
Tim Lee. There's a diptych by the brilliantly
contemporary artist Marianne Nicolson, in
which delicate Kwakwaka'wakw designs are
picked out in brass, copper, silver and abalone
shell on an acrylic ground. There are a series of
richly coloured panels in polymer resin by Tom
Burrows; two big abstract paintings by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, based on the "ovoid"
form inherent in aboriginal Northwest Coast
design; and two process-driven works by
Arabella Campbell, who plays a conceptual
premise off a minimalist aesthetic. And there's
another lonely landscape by Takao Tanabe,
Inside Passage: Malacca Strait, in which sombre
green islands rise out of the grey, unsettled sea.
The British Columbian art that Audain
supports and collects is evidence of his commitment to the culture and creativity of this
province. It signals, too, an investment in the
place for which he felt such an extravagant
longing as a war-time child, dislocated from a
sense of his own home and history. It's as if,
through art, he were trying to reconstruct that
mythical land that sustained him through those
tough early years, although that's not something
he's ever said or even hinted at. "When you live
with a work of art, its meaning changes all the
time," he observes now, with a kind of wonder.
"And it changes you." O
The place for
UBC Alumni
22   TREK   SUMMER 2010 How do UBC academics spend their time outside
the labs and lecture theatres?
INGRID STAIRS, Radio Astronomer
Smiling and soft-spoken, Ingrid Stairs is
passionate about stars. Her speciality, neutron
stars, are the leftovers from supernova
explosions. Roughly one-and-a-half times the
mass of the sun, these stars are compressed into
spheres about one-quarter the size of Vancouver.
They also spin very fast - up to 700 times a
second. The combination of small size, huge
mass and fast rotation makes for an extreme
environment full of powerful magnetic fields
and gravitational forces.
Stairs uses big telescopes in West Virginia,
Puerto Rico, and Australia to track signals given
off by neutron stars (which are also called
pulsars after the bursts of radiation detectable
from Earth). Looking at specific stars overyears,
she can understand many different aspects of
the physics involved. "That's some of the reason
that I got into the field in the first place," she
says. "I can do one type of observation and have
access to a whole range of physics through the
same type of data. So that's really appealing."
Luckily, it's no longer necessary to travel to a
telescope in order to do observations. Many
facilities now use remote software and onsite
support staff, so that Stairs can log-in from her
office or home computer. Otherwise, doing
frequent observations would be financially
prohibitive. That said, when a number of
observations are scheduled close together, Stairs
makes the trip and takes the opportunity to
meet up with collaborators.
Identified just over 40 years ago, pulsars are
relativelynew study subjects. Many of them are in
orbit with other stars, making their physics both
complicated and intriguing. Stairs is enthusiastic
about the challenge. "We keep finding new
things. Every time we look at something with
more sensitivity and new instruments and so on,
you find new things. So we're not bored yet."
Some stars offer the chance to test general
relativity. If two pulsars orbit each other in a
binary system and both are moving very quickly
(with orbits around eight to ten hours) relativis-
tic effects become very important to their
movements. Stairs uses the theory of relativity
to predict basic orbit properties. Comparing
these predictions across several parameters of
pulsar data provides sufficient information to
check that the theory of relativity is completely
It's an exciting time for radio astronomy, as
instruments become better at detecting signals.
Large-scale searches are underway to find new
pulsars. These unusual stars offer a view of star
dynamics and physical processes in the universe.
Stairs is excited about the long-term potential.
The Avocation: Choral Singing
Coming from a musical family, Stairs played the
piano from age seven until university. She also
sang in her elementary school choir, moving on
to adult versions like the McGill Choral Society
and Princeton Chapel Choir. After moving to
Vancouver, Stairs joined UBC's Choral Union to
get her voice into shape and then auditioned for
the Vancouver Bach Choir in 2004.
Stairs finds singing in a group thoroughly
invigorating. The connections between science
and music are well-established, and while both
require careful thought, music and science
stimulate the brain in different ways. "It's
challenging," she says. "It gives you a chance to
refocus your brain or think about the world in a
different way for a little while. It helps everything
in the long run."
Joining the Vancouver Bach Choir requires a
serious commitment. With 150 members
coming from diverse work backgrounds, the
choir rehearses two and a half hours each week.
Additional rehearsals are required before
performances, which are often in concert with
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as well as
prominent soloists and other guest performers.
The choir offers a chance for singers to tackle
major classical pieces. "We're all there because
we want to sing that repertoire," Stairs says. In
the past several years works have ranged from
the old - Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John
Passion - to the newer - Mahler's 8th Symphony
andElgar's War Requiem.
Stairs is an alto, singing alongside other UBC
faculty members and staff including Trish
Schulte, a zoologist, and endocrinologist
Jerilynn Prior. "Singing alto is a good challenge.
It's more interesting than just having the melody
all the time," she says. Members must re-audition
every three years, allowing the conductor to
re-evaluate individual vocal ranges and quality.
But with a new conductor coming in next
season, auditions for all will be required, and
choir members are steeling themselves for the
process. A change of leadership also offers the
potential for unfamiliar choral works. Stairs is
just hoping to make the cut and continue
carving out the time to sing with gusto.
BRETT FIN LAY, Microbiologist
The human body contains ten times more
bacteria than human cells: there are about a
hundred trillion little organisms living inside
each one of us. This fact lies at the heart of Brett
Finlay's research. His lab's mantra is to
understand how bacteria cause disease at a
molecular level, and then to apply that knowledge
to fighting infection. The main subjects of
Finlay's research are two big baddies of
food-borne illness: Salmonella, which causes
diarrhea and typhoid fever, and pathogenic E.
coli, the source of "hamburger disease" and
Walkerton-like outbreaks.
Over the years, his lab has unravelled
information about bacterial genetics, interactions
between bacteria and intestinal cells, and other
molecular events. More recently, he's started to
consider the whole immune response: how the
bodytries to get rid of pathogens andhowthe
pathogens attempt to override the body's defenses.
This information can lead to solutions. Finlay
and a colleague, Bob Hancock, established a
biotech company called Inimex to look at
potential therapies. "When you wake up in the
morning you're not usually sick. It's actually
quite amazing if you know how many microbes
are all over everywhere. Because you have this
wonderful preexisting defense system and
immunity," Finlay says. "If we could understand
this and tweak it, we could actually make our
bodies stronger for particular infections." The
company is experiencing great success. They
licensed a vaccine for cows against E. coli. "All the
E. coli disease we see is due to cow contamination.
If you vaccinate the cows, you prevent the
human disease." Inimex also just completed
phas e 1 human trials of molecules that help the
immune system block bacterial infections. Tests
looked at Salmonella, MRSA (methicillin-
resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and VRE
(vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus), bacteria
that together are responsible for millions of
infections and thousands of deaths annually.
Finlay has also been involved in the vaccine
initiative against SARS, leading the provincial
24   TREK    SUMMER 2010 government's multidisciplinary task force.
Developing vaccines and other pharmaceuticals
is a long process, typically taking 12-15 years
until products are licensed and commercially
available. Luckily, most vaccines remain
effective, unlike antibiotics that can encourage
bacterial resistance. For example, the bovine E.
coli vaccine works by preventing bacteria from
sticking to the gut, so they merely flush out into
the environment rather than causing infection.
Finlay is interested in research that benefits
people without decimating necessary microbiota.
Rather than trying to eradicate all bacteria, the
focus is on disrupting the processes that cause
disease, by understanding the intricate
mechanisms underlying infection.
The Avocation: Musician
Playing music since high school, Finlay was
tempted to pursue it professionally. He
pragmatically weighed the pros and cons and
decided it was more realistic to become a career
scientist and a hobby musician. That said, Finlay
puts enormous focus and energy into playing
several woodwind instruments. No mere
dabbler, he has played clarinet in a wide
variety of classical groups, from the Palo Alto
Symphony to Vancouver's elite Pacific Symphonic
Wind Ensemble.
Five or six years ago, Finlay had what he
jokingly calls a mid-life crisis and decided to
branch out and try his hand at jazz. Not content
with the challenge of moving musical forms, he
also honed his skills with other instruments,
including tenor and soprano saxophones, bass
clarinet and flute.
"It's an amazingjourney," he says. "In
classical music, you're basically a technician.
You play what's written on the page." Jazz
requires more listening, improvisation and
plenty of practice. "I like the intellectual
challenge of it. It's harder than classical music."
Where classical music is quite concrete, jazz has
a large element of freedom. "The hardest part of
being a traditionally trained academic scientist
is to let it go and just express yourself. Once you
know all the rules, you want to forget them and
play around them," he says.
He plays in a group, the Oscar Hicks Sextet, that
gets together once a week and also plays various
gigs around town. The appeal of classical music
remains, so Finlay formed a woodwind quintet of
UBC scholars that plays occasional performances.
Music is a wonderful outlet to release
pressure and refresh his mind. "You can do
science 36 hours a day, it's still not getting done,"
explains Finlay. "The hardest part of science is
where to draw the line and realize you can't do
everything. And also sometimes the harder you
work in science, the less it works. So it's
sometimes good just to back off a bit, do
something else, clear your head and come back
at it. And it's very effective for that."
Playing in several groups is time-consuming,
on top of his academic demands. Finlay's focus
on efficiency allows him to maximize time,
multi-task and tick things off an ever-present
to-do list. "My philosophy is work hard but also
play hard." O
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SUMMER 2010   TREK   25 "TKitn no
evidence that
advertising helps
patients make better choices about prescription
drug use or that public health will improve as a
result," says Mintzes, an assistant professor in
the Faculty of Medicine's department of
Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
"Consumers are exposed to ad content that may
increase product sales but it's not the impartial,
objective information needed to make informed
health choices."
Mintzes is an associate at UBC's Centre for
Health Services and Policy Research and a
member of the Therapeutics Initiative. She has
been studying relationships between health,
public policy and drug information for consumers for more than 30 years.
"Many of these drugs offer only a modest
benefit when compared to a placebo, yet their
toxicity maybe significant. These are chemicals,
not chocolate bars," she says. "And drug
companies engage in disease-mongering by
presenting everyday symptoms as signs of
serious conditions, so they can build markets for
new drugs. This promotes unnecessary and risky
consumption of drugs."
As a public health protection measure,
direct-to-consumer-advertising (DTCA) is
illegal in Canada and all industrialized nations,
except the US and New Zealand. The ban under
Canada's Food and Drugs Act is part of strict
regulation of drugs that carry significant
potential for harm. Such drugs must be
prescribed by a qualified health practitioner.
They can't be picked off the shelf according to
appealing packaging, promotion or price.
In spite of this prohibition Canadians have
been exposed to drug advertising for years,
26  TREK   SUMMER 2010
PHOTO/ILLUSTRATION: KEITH LEINWEBER primarily via US television and magazines.
Images and messaging usually appeal to
emotion without offering key information about
probability of treatment success or potential for
adverse effects. Many of the drugs are associated
with happiness, a new control over one's life and
improved social well-being. Smug smiles, sunny
days and suggestions of romance and new-found
social freedom abound.
The relaxation of strict enforcement began in
1996 when Health Canada approved help-
seeking ads that feature a medical condition
without naming a specific brand. These
unbranded ads offer the advice to "ask your
doctor about new treatments." In 2000, Health
Canada allowed branded reminder ads that state
a product brand name without saying what it's
for. Of all the countries that have outlawed
DTCA, Canada is the only one that allows this
level of advertising.
So if it's allowed, what's the problem?
"A key issue is that companies almost always
advertise their newest and costliest products.
Usually very little is known about long-term
risks," says Mintzes, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. Of 135 ads
violating US advertising law from 1997 to 2005,
the problem in 84 per cent of cases was
minimized risk or exaggerated benefit, she adds.
As the Canadian Pharmacists Association
states, "the ethical dilemma of DTCA rests in the
competing interest between marketing and
health. At stake here is whether consumer
health or commercial interests are to be given
The story of Vioxx - implicated in tens of
thousands of heart attacks - is a disturbing
example of what can go wrong when marketing
stimulates widespread use of a new medicine
before potential for harm is fully known. In
1999, the US Food and Drug Administration
approved Vioxx for relief of pain from arthritis
and other conditions. In 2001, the FDA warned
of cardiac risks associated with the drug. In
2002, it emphasized the need for long-term
clinical data to fully address the drug's safety
issues. Despite the warnings, Vioxx sales soared,
earning Merck & Co. more than $2.5 billion in
2003. The following year it was withdrawn from
the market due to safety concerns. Of all initial
users, 20 per cent had requested the drug on the
basis of advertisements, according to a study by
health insurer Kaiser Permanente.
To evaluate Canada's experience with DTCA,
Mintzes teamed up with UBC colleagues Steven
Morgan and James Wright to examine effects of
the 1996 and 2000 Health Canada administrative policy changes. Published in 2009, their
study showed that despite the ban on such
advertising, drug companies spent more than
$191 million onboth branded and unbranded
DTCA in Canada between 1995 and 2006.
The researchers also looked at safety warnings
for some of the most heavily advertised drugs.
They found television advertising in 2005-2006
focused on eight brands, including Viagra, and
contraceptives Alesse and Evra. Four of the
eight brands carried a US "black box" warning
that indicates the highest safety risk; five were
the subject of Health Canada safety advisories.
Arthritis drug Celebrex was the subject of
three such warnings for both cardiovascular and
gastrointestinal risks. Following the third
sales-squashing advisory, manufacturer Merck
"Advertising by
definition aims to
sell a product
No one can expect it
to provide balanced
information on all
available treatment
& Co. responded in 2006 with its heaviest
Canadian advertising spending on the drug.
"The safety warnings of the most heavily
advertised drugs is a real concern," says Mintzes.
"Our study showed regulators in Canada have
failed to prevent advertising of products with
serious potential for harm." In addition to safety
issues, there is widespread concern that DTCA
is driving up the cost of Canada's health care.
Canada's medicine cabinet is bulging - 78 new
patented drugs were introduced to the market
in 2008 with expenditures on prescribed drugs
estimated at $24 billion. In 2009, costs reached
an estimated $25.4 billion of a $30 billion total
for all drugs, according to the Canadian Institute
for Health Information's report on drug
spending 1985-2009.
A 2004 report on health aspects of prescription
drugs prepared by the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Health pointed to drug
expenditures as a significant factor in health-care
spending. And the committee was "convinced by
research evidence suggesting that direct-to-
consumer advertising of prescription drugs
contributes to these costs." Not surprising when
new drugs are often introduced at much higher
prices than existing therapies. DTCA detractors
argue that money spent purchasing the more
expensive brand-name drugs reduces government
funds available for other health priorities.
The Canadian Medical Association is opposed
to DTCA. Its policy statement warns that
advertising may stimulate demand by exaggerating
risks of certain diseases and generating
unnecessary fear. Also, there are concerns that
advertising does not provide comparator
information about other products or therapies
to treat the same condition so consumers can't
make the best choices.
But DTCA isn't a bitter pill for everyone.
Canadian media would profit from increased
daily doses of drug advertising. In 2005, CanWest
MediaWorks challenged the ban on DTCA as an
infringement of freedom of expression. Mintzes'
expertise assisted the coalition that opposed the
challenge, currently under adjournment.
Lobbyists seeking to legalize and expand
DTCA maintain the ads constitute consumer
information. They argue advertising raises
awareness of health conditions and triggers
consultations with physicians that can reveal
previously undiagnosed or untreated problems.
Marketing content could be screened, monitored
and approved by an independent body. The edited
version would offer balanced representation of
all substantive drug benefits and risks and
enable consumers to make informed decisions.
This patient-centred approach sounds
enticing but may be unrealistic. Many doubt
that manufacturers would relinquish such
control over their own advertising.
"Advertising by definition aims to sell a
product. No one can expect it to provide
balanced information on all available treatment
options," says Mintzes, who believes that patient
education is best achieved through publicly
financed health campaigns that carry objective
information free from commercial bias.
But commercial bias is the name of the game
when it comes to marketing drugs directly to
doctors through a technique known as detailing.
SUMMER 2010   TREK   27 It's a strategy that sees manufacturers' sales
reps visiting doctors to pitch benefits of new
drugs and provide free samples to hand out to
patients. Considered a complementary activity
to DTCA, detailing prepares doctors for the
requests they may receive and makes it easy for
them to distribute the advertised product. The
pharmaceutical industry association, Rx&D,
takes the position that detailing helps improve
patient care.
Mintzes is not so sure. She is currently
working on a project funded by the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research that looks at
whether pharmaceutical sales reps are providing
doctors with critical safety information. She is
comparing data from Canada, France and the US
and will share results with policy makers, industry
representatives, doctors and medical educators.
"My office does not allow drug representatives to come and detail drugs to us," says Dr.
John Mail, a family physician in Vancouver. "I
do a drug dinner once or twice a year if a new
medicine is being launched and I sense that the
drug really is an innovation and not a repackaging
of an old drug."
Such repackaged drugs are called me-too
drugs, products with similar chemical structure
to existing drugs. Often hyped as a breakthrough,
me-too drugs build on the commercial success
of an earlier drug but may offer little therapeutic
advantage. It's important for consumers to know
that manufacturers can generally get approval
for marketing a new drug simply by showing it
to be more effective than a placebo. The new
drug doesn't have to be more effective than
other treatments.
Mail sees the impact of DTCA primarily in
the use of cosmetic or life-style medicines and
to a lesser extent when it comes to more
fundamental problems like high blood pressure,
gout and infections.
"The ads may create unrealistic expectations
inpatients and disappointment when the drugs
turn out to be too expensive or not covered,"
says Mail. "But I suspect we won't be able to
resist the tide of advertising dollars that can be
earned in this market. I suspect the current
legislation will be gradually eroded with time."
Advocates of DTCA maintain that as long as
distribution of potentially harmful drugs is
controlled by doctors' prescription there is no
risk that patients will receive inappropriate
medication. Mintzes counters by citing a 2002
survey of Canadian health professionals that
shows almost 70 per cent of GPs "sometimes" or
"often" feel pressured to prescribe advertised
drugs. In 2003, she and colleagues published
research in the Canadian Medical Association
Journal that showed physicians studied not only
prescribed most DTCA drugs that were
requested, but were eight times more likely to
rank their own prescriptions as only "possible"
or "unlikely" treatment choices rather than
"very likely" choices.
But clearly, the strongest argument that
advertising affects prescribing is the huge
investment in DTCA made by the pharmaceutical
industry. In 2008, US figures show an estimated
$4.4 billion spent. Common sense suggests these
companies wouldn't be laying out this kind of
cash unless it boosted the bottom line. It would
seem the best way for DTCA opponents to push
back is to provide the next generation of
prescribers skills and information needed to
fully understand drug promotion.
That's why Mintzes got involved in a global
health curriculum project, working with Health
Action International (HAI), an independent
network that seeks to improve access to and use
of medicines. In a joint project of HAI and the
World Health Organization, she served as key
investigator on the first international survey to
examine the extent of education on drug
promotion for medical and pharmacy students.
Findings from 64 countries showed one half
day or less was dedicated to the topic. Mintzes
and international colleagues hope to improve
this situation with new curriculum tools. They
have developed a text and workshop on issues
surrounding drug promotion and are currently
seeking funding for pilot studies.
Closer to home, Mintzes has given guest
lectures to UBC medical students to stimulate
critical thinking and ethical decision-making on
issues surrounding drug ads. "I want everyone
to be more skeptical about advertising messages," she says. "People need to remember ads
are designed to promote a product. Profit - not
health - is the goal."
Regulators need to fulfill their role as
protectors of public health, she says, and urges
strict and active enforcement of the advertising
ban originally set in place. She knows there needs
to be strong political will to counteract industry
pressure but is convinced it can be done.
"I'm kind of obsessive about this," she laughs.
"If I thought drug advertising to consumers was
inevitable, I wouldn't still be fighting." O
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28   TREK   SUMMER 2010 w**
Remembering the Namesakes of Four Campus Buildings
G.G. Sedgewick. Frederic Wood. Henry Angus.
Mary Bollert. For most UBC folk these names
have become more synonymous of place than
person: A library, a theatre, an academic
building, and a former women's residence
respectively. But these well-known campus
landmarks were named for iconic figures from
UBC's past, who helped shape the history of
the university and the lives of many students.
Sedgewick, Wood, Angus and Bollert were
vividly recollected in a 1987 publication to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of the
university. The Way We Were: A Celebration of
Our UBC Heritage is a collection of candid
essays by grads from 1928 to '44, who were
asked to look back on this era at UBC. Many
chose to write about personal encounters with
the teachers and mentors they loved, feared,
respected, and at times even reviled.
We only have room for excerpts, but the
essays can be read in their entirety along with
several others on the Library Archives website
at: www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/history/
Frederic Wood
From an essay by Connie (Baird) Newby,
Class of 37 (originally published circa 1947
in her columnfor The Chilliwack Progress,).
[Mr. Dilworth] was always encouraging and
generous in his praise. In this he was quite
different from Professor Wood. Mr. Wood's
praise was hard-earned and given in few words.
Mr. Dilworth always made you feel just a little
smarter than you really were - Mr. Wood made
you feel just a little stupider than was actually
the case. Mr. Dilworth offered your mind
dreams - Mr. Wood issued a crisp challenge to
your brain. If English 16 gave you the benefits of
a warm, relaxing bath, English 13 provided you
with a cold, invigorating shower.
Again, the timetable seemed to have been
designed to fit the personality of the professor,
for Mr. Wood's course was held at 9 am. He
would stride into the chilly classroom exactly
on time, and take up his position, upright and
dignified, behind the desk. Through those
sparkling rimless glasses (which always seemed
unnecessaryforapairof sharp eyes that never
missed a thing) he would survey the class. His
acute glance would fall with satisfaction on a
student who had recently missed a good many
lectures. "Ah, ladies and gentlemen," he would
say with vinegary politeness, "I see that Mr.
Patterson has decided to honor us with his
presence once more." There were even occasions
when he asked us all to applaud the return of an
embarrassed truant.
As you can imagine, this system guaranteed
Mr. Wood a good attendance. The strong light of
publicity fell upon the unwary, and no one was
eagerto expose himself to the remarks of this
master of sarcasm. No one dared to whisper, to
doze, or to slump in his seat. That tall figure with
the long face, the thin-lipped humorous mouth,
the gleaming glasses, dominated every part of
the room. His lectures were given in an orderly
way thatmade note-taking ajoy. They were
packed with solid information, but splendidly
frosted with touches of acid humor and witty
criticisms of films andbooks-of-the-month,
manners and morals. He encouraged our
appetites for Dickens and Thackeray, helped us
to chew and swallow even the most indigestible
helpings of Sir Walter Scott, and trained our
young palates to appreciate the subtle flavor of
Jane Austen.
Merciless though he was to slackers, he was
kindly and considerate to hard workers. No
congratulatory remarks from any other professor
meant as much as the brief comment, "Good
work" underneath an essay, in the neat, erect
handwriting of Freddie Wood. If he said it was
good work, you felt morally certain that it was.
I suppose that next fall another professor -
younger perhaps, and more genial - will take the
course in the English novel. But no matter how
brilliantly it maybe taught, I feel sure it will
never be the same now that Freddie Wood has
gone into retirement and hung up the spear
that pierced - with so sure and sharp a thrust -
innumerable undergraduate hides.
SUMMER 2010   TREK   29 Mary Bollert
From an essay by Elizabeth (Leslie) Stubbs,
Class of 38
Miss Bollert took her office as Dean of Women
seriously. She knew that she stood in loco parentis
to all of us women and as such, felt entrusted
with our moral guidance. She seemed to feel that
if our outward behavior was correct, our inner
selves would remain pure and unsullied.
... Efforts were made, of course, to protect us
from corrupting influences. The large classes in
English and Mathematics were segregated by
sex so that the men were instructed by Dr.
Sedgewick or Dean Gage while we women had
lesser luminaries. (My Math teacher, however,
Mr. Richardson, was excellent.) Our textbooks
were the same so that we did read Huxley,
Lawrence, Faulkner and Joyce, much of which
we didn't comprehend, but which moved at least
one father to write an indignant letter of protest
to the President.
In her talk the dean stressed that we were
never to forget that as university women we
were ladies, and therefore good manners,
conservative dress - NO trousers, NO ankle
socks - and propriety in all phases of behavior
were important.
... A friend from those days recalls the last
sentence of DeanBollert's talks as, "Now, ladies,
never feel sorry for the poor boys." Thus, she felt,
did the dean warn us against SEX! Many of us, naive
as we were then, would have taken the words
literally to refer to our friends who were struggling
to finance their year on most limited budgets.
Another ritual of Initiation Week was a tea at
Miss Bollert's South Granville apartment, which
seems to have been limited to out-of-town girls.
Most of us turned up, partlybecause of the promise
of food and partlybecause to attend was the
right thing to do. We appeared, properly attired
with hat and gloves, in clean blouses, and with
our skirts (often one per wardrobe) freshly
sponged and pressed. Senior girls in the boarding
houses or congenial "Big Sisters" warned us to
stay at least twenty minutes or until the Dean
had spoken to us personally. The ensuing
dialogue was generally painful forboth Miss
Bollert and the student who sat trying to juggle a
small napkin, a plate with a sausage roll or a lush
patisserie, and a delicate cup filled with piping
hot tea. After valiant efforts on both sides to find
some common ground beyond the weather and
the home town (viewed very differently by the
two speakers), the Dean would rise with a rustle
other dark blue silk dress, and assure us other
help if we would call at her office.
She was said to have found jobs for some girls.
(These were scarce and the wages provided little
more than pocket money.) She paid my doctor's
bill when I shot myself with a bow and arrow!
('Tis true. I had enrolled in archery in response
to a call from Miss Gertrude Moore that all women
should make an effort to balance their sedentary
studies with a wholesome athletic activity.)
... On one occasion a friend was summoned to
the Dean's office by a note in the mailbox - a
series of pigeonholes on a wall in the Arts
Building. Her landlady had complained that she
had been tossing apple cores at the wastepaper
basket and hitting the wall! Miss Bollert was
appalled by such unseemly behavior.
... Smoking in any kind of dress, academic or
not, was anathema to Dean Bollert. Another
friend recalls going to see her regarding a
bursary. "The dean was quite nice to me. All
went well until I opened my purse and she
spotted a pack of cigarettes. Then warmth
became glacial ice." And the student with a
warning about the proven connection between
smoking and failing marks, was sent to the
bursar on what the Dean implied would be a
hopeless quest. (It was not.) The first girl to
smoke in the Cafeteria was said to have been a
member of the Players' Club. Since the sky did
not fall, many others then began to light up, and
soon smoking was as common as non-smoking
"The dean was quite nice
to me. All went well until
I opened my purse and
she spotted a pack of
cigarettes. Then warmth
became glacial ice/'
is today. That summer, some of us who worked
as card filers on the Library of Congress
Depository Card Catalogue actually wore ankle
socks with our penny loafers and saddle shoes.
Slacks appeared. War was declared and the role
of the Dean of Women, as Miss Bollert envisioned
it, disappeared.
Henry Angus
From an essay by Arthur J. Wirick, Classof'36
It was only recently that I discovered in my files
some six or seven essays, my own compositions,
each of half-century vintage. They were my
submissions, as class assignments, to various
UBC professors; and in general these instructors
had added, by way of penciled annotations and
marginal glosses, not only an assigned grade or
mark, but comments of various kinds. One essay
alone (concerning the political doctrines of Sun
Yat-sen, with which I was then surprisingly well
acquainted) bore no such insignia; only the
assigned grade had been added to its cover page.
This was the sole evidence that it had been
perused by Dr. Henry F. Angus.
... A student like me encountered that
gentleman only in his teaching persona. I doubt if
many knew him then as a man of great reputation,
and indeed I do not know to what extent his
reputation may have been acquired later in his
career.* But it was as a teacher that we came to
know him and to realize that he was capable of
brilliant and sparkling lectures. We learned that
he could occasionally be dull, as when he read
from a book. We also became aware of a mild
disposition, a gentle soul, disinclined to impose
harsh penalties for inferior work. Indeed, we
found, all students, good or bad, tended to
receive grades for essays and examinations
which exceeded their expectations.
As a lecturer, Henry Angus was outstanding.
Oddly, at his most brilliant, he scarcely required
FREDERIC WOOD (1887-1976) One of the
two original members of the department
of English. He was founder of UBC's
Players' Club and a major contributor to
the development of Theatre at UBC.
Frederic Wood Theatre was built in 1963.
GARNETT SEDGEWICK (1882-1949) Joined
UBC in 1918 and in 1920 became first
head of the English department. He was a
renowned lecturer, especially on the
subjects of Chaucer and Shakespeare. He
was also featured on CBC broadcasts.
Sedgewick Library was built in 1973.
HENRY ANGUS (1891-1991) Joined UBC in
1919, becoming head of the department of
Economics, Political Science, and Sociology
in 1930, and in 1948 Dean of the newly-
created faculty of Graduate Studies.
Henry Angus Building was built in 1965.
MARY BOLLERT (1884-1945) Member of
the English department and the university's
first Dean of Women, a position she held
for 20 years. She was a founder of the BC
Teachers Federation and attended many
international women's conferences. Mary
Bollert Hall was built in 1950. HENRY ANGUS
...at his most brilliant,
he scarcely required an
audience: he addressed
himself; he soliloquized...
but he made many of his
students intensely aware
of the complexity of
human problems.
an audience: he addressed himself; he soliloquized.
Entering his classroom, he presented his topic
as a question to be debated.
"Should matters in our society be arranged
thus - or so?" The ensuing hour became a form of
solitaire, played out before student observers. At
half-time - Henry Angus having appeared to reach
a singularly convincing conclusion - he would
reverse himself, and largely demolish his own
case. And yet he rarely if ever reached that point
described as "paralysis by analysis." Readily and
often, he took a stand on many issues. But he
made many of his students intensely aware of
the complexity of human problems.
And so I remember many of those lectures,
and the man who gave them, with warmth and
affection. Henry Angus - small and neat and rather
shy and gentle - would appear to address his own
thoughts, occasionally and nearsightedly including
an enthralled audience "up front." Students in
the rear, less motivated, were unaffected. But
still, learning flourished in those days!
*Angus... served from 1937 to 1940 as a member
of the federal Rowell-Sirois Royal Commission
which studied and made wide-ranging recommendations concerning the allocation and
exercise of federal-provincial responsibilities and
powers in fiscal and legislative matters.
Garnett Sedgewick
Many of the grads recalled anecdotes
involving G.G. Sedgewick. Following are
excerptsfrom several essays.
RobertL. McDougall, Class of '39:
The swing doors at the front of Arts 100 open,
and a trim little man strides in. He wears slacks,
a grey jacket and a bow tie, and his head is held
high. Can a man 5'4" tall stride? Garnett
Sedgewick can, and his stride is that of an
athlete, though I doubt whether he ever played
an athlete's game in his life. He goes to the
platform and places his copy of Hamlet and a
single sheet of paper on the podium. He frowns
down upon the class, looking over his nose, and
the look is a neat illusion because there are
nearly 200 of them, arranged in tidy rows, who
look down upon him from the amphitheatre
heights of Arts 100. There is an air of expectancy.
He descends from the platform and passes along
the front row, mostly girls, marking on the
forehead of each anX with apiece of chalk. They
giggle. "That's for your sins of omission and
commission," he says. He returns to the
platform and launches into Hamlet. He seizes on
the soliloquies, the agonized thoughts of a man
facing an impossible task. "To be or not to be...."
"O that this too, too sullied flesh might melt...."
"Now might I do it...." But soon the text is
blossoming into life itself. What is freedom, and
how is it saved and how is it lost? Where do we
take a stand and what cost are we prepared to
pay? Where and how does the corruption of the
individual meet the corruption of society?
"Surely we must hate tyranny and love freedom," he says, his fist clenched above his head,
as if lifted to the war clouds hanging over
Europe. "But first," he adds, "you must know
what freedom is and what tyranny is, and what
springs they come from in the human heart."
Pencils and pens are down. The lecturer smirks,
wrinkles his nose, picks up the piece of paper
from the podium. "And now," he says, "something for your rotten little notes."
R. Russell Munn, Class of '30:
On the Monday after the death of Thomas Hardy
(January 11,1928) Dr. Sedgewick announced that
on Wednesday his Shakespeare lecture time would
be devoted to a memorial to the dead writer. Word
got around and the large lecture hall was packed.
Instead of his usual tweed suit he appeared in
full regalia of gown and hood. In a short space of
an hour Thomas Hardy lived before us as one of
the great masters of our English language. It was
an unforgettable experience.
One day he said to me, "Munn, do you know
what your sentences remind one of? Balloons.
They are so smooth and rounded and when you
prick them, there is nothing there." That was his
way and we all loved him for it. I am glad the
library annex carries his name. I am intrigued by
its being underground - like Hamlet's ghost
urging us on to action.
Arthur Mayse, Class of '35:
There were certain professors I recall with
deepest respect and affection. Dr. Sedgewick was
one, that peerless Elizabethan who did me the
honor of borrowing my necktie. Marched right
down from the dais, he did, fixed me with a stare
like a rattlesnake charming a rat, then yanked
the tie off my neck. (I never got it back, either).
Hugh M. Palmer, Class of '36:
A small figure of a man, sitting cross-legged on
top of a table in front of the class, he was
sartorially distinct from his colleagues. Grey
Harris tweed suit, shirts as often as not of
creamy flannel, a discreet, Paisley-patterned
bow tie which he himself had loosely knotted,
horn-rimmed spectacles behind which his
normally solemn grey eyes would sometimes
twinkle. Large face, smallish head, with thinning
grey hair. Bow ties- and he had scores of them-
were his favorite article of dress. To a group of us
he once quipped, "I could do without almost any
article of clothing, so long as it isn't one of
these," and his hand went up as if to reassure
himself that the bow tie was still in place.
How clear one's memory is of that diminutive,
comic, erudite man sitting there trying to impart
something of the glory of the Elizabethans and
of the plays of Shakespeare to agrab-bag
assortment of undergraduates.... "I would rather
have lived in Elizabethan London, with all its
open drains, with all its squalor, with all its
disease, than to have lived in any other age or in
any other city," he would declaim to us.
... He would wait until all had taken their places
and then, instead of merely walking into the room,
he would make an entrance - on wet days his
raincoat romantically worn like a cloak. Usually
his hand went up as if to toss back a lock of hair
or, in a wonderfully deft gesture he would slip the
raincoat off his shoulders and lob it on to a chair.
One could almost hear the flourish of trumpets.
Minutes later he would be asking rhetorical
questions of the class as he strutted up and down,
as upon an imaginary stage, quoting favorite
passages, reciting the blank verse in a manner
that maximized its meaning and imagery.
... Behind the mincing walk, the gesturing, the
articulation that verged on the precious - was a
man of deep scholarship.... He was a man who,
although a specialist in Shakespearean studies,
had a great sense of the sweep of history and a
grand feeling for the liberating forces that had
produced the modem humanist tradition, to
which he himself subscribed.
Philip Akrigg, Class of '37:
I saw many sides of the man: the fastidious,
cultivated good taste, the rambunctious
clowning, the finely tempered literary sensitivity,
the razor-sharp mind, the short-fused temper.
Once, in a spurt of anger, he called a friend of
mine "a god-damn fool" in front of the class,
because he had made a mess of scanning
Chaucer. (When my friend went around to
Sedgewick's office to say that, since he was a
god-damn fool, he obviously should drop out of
English Honours, Sedgewick magnanimously
explained that he had got out of bed on the
wrong side that morning and, with a jocular
shove, propelled him out into the corridor.) I
learned about other aspects of Sedgewick. One
was his generosity. Heaven only knows how
many students he helped with money even
though his own finances were a bit precarious.
When, after World War II, a vet with a wife and
three children lacked any decent clothes to wear
at an interview for a graduate fellowship,
Sedgewick gave him a blank cheque made out
to Chapman's.
... Sedgewick patting himself on top of his bald
pate while he plotted strategy in mid-lecture, or
sucking in his cheeks while he considered a
moot point or savoured a nuance. Sedgewick
walking about the campus, his coat flung like a
cape over his shoulders. Sedgewick holding a
couple of hundred students absolutely spellbound while slowly he pulled a handkerchief
from up his cuff, flicked it, buried his nose in its
white folds, gave a tremendous blow, and equally
deliberately stuffed it up his sleeve again...
Garnett Sedgewick, like every other great
teacher, was a showman. Both in and out of the
classroom he constantly dramatized.
... He would put a question to see how well the
class was prepared. Sometimes nobody would
answer. The question would be put again, with
still no answer. There was a third time of asking.
Then, bearing down on the front row, Sedgewick
would put the question directly to one particular
student. When that student failed to answer, the
professor would flick his fingertip against the
nose of the ignoramus and so proceed to the
next and the next until either he got his answer
or tired of the game. As an alternate ploy he
would sometimes retreat to a corner at the front
of the room and despairingly bump his head
against the wall. Of course, not all students
relished having their noses flicked in class, or
their ears lugged in the corridors. "Who does he
think he is?" demanded one recalcitrant, "Peter
Pan?" A few people always did insist that
Sedgewick was a charlatan.
... At rugby games the diminutive Sedgewick,
deep in a greatcoat, a long blue and gold scarf
coiled about his neck, was almost a mascot for
the UBC team. Rugby was always his game. How
he scorned the "amazingly fast waddle" of the
"dinosaurs" who played Canadian football!.
... World War II brought dark days with the
casualty lists carrying the names of former
students. And there was the unhappy matter of
the forced evacuation of the Japanese-Canadians
from the West Coast. Sedgewick spoke out
publicly against the operation and feeling ran so
high, I am told, that at the end of one meeting he
had to be rushed out of the hall by a rear exit.
... Almost without exception those who met
him in the classroom came away convinced that
Of course, not all
students relished having
their noses flicked in
class, or their ears
lugged in the corridors.
"Who does he think
he is?" demanded
one recalcitrant,
"Peter Pan?"
if only Sedgewick had had the physical stature
he would have been one of the great actors of
the stage.... Taking up Romeo and Juliet, he acted
out Romeo, became Romeo, then suddenly
became Juliet too, acting out the young girl's
part. And not a student smiled at the middle-
aged professor. O
SUMMER 2010   TREK   33 34
Thank you to all the volunteers
who made a difference this past
year at UBC; more than 1,800
people gave their time and talent.
They volunteered as mentors, at
alumni events, on committees and
boards, as Friends of the Garden,
at the Crane Resource Centre
and Library and much more.
For more information about volunteering, and for the
full volunteer thank you list, visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/
As well as the warm inner glow that comes from
helping others, we all know that volunteers
receive massive amounts of karma* credit. They
grab the last free parking spot, get all the good
Scrabble squares, walk under ladders with
abandon and everybody adores them.
So besides the feelgoodness that you experience, there are some other things you may not
know about UBC volunteers:
• Leslee, Lesley and Leslie were all volunteers
last year. So if this is your name but you spell
it differently, clearly you need to start
volunteering at UBC.
• One volunteer lives in Happy Valley, Hong Kong.
Evidently he is surrounding himself with things
that are contributing to his well-being. Did you
know that research (research right here at
UBC actually) shows that volunteering can
actually improve your mood and well-being?
• Afore than 40 volunteers have last names that
start with the letters Mc. Guess the Irish and
Scottish like to volunteer. Aye, volunteering is
fun and sometimes you get beer.
• One volunteer's name starts with Z, while 138
have a middle name starting with A. Calling all
Zach's and Zoe's please!
• 238 volunteers have BA degrees. 172 have BASc
degrees. Think we should start an Arts - Science
who-can-get-more-volunteers rivalry?
• 300 volunteers are not alumni.
Clearly the secret is out.
• We have 1,879 volunteers listed in our
database, but only 1,201 have email addresses.
Sometimes we send email-only offers, so make
sure we have your email address.
• or grace or luck or just plain good feelings -
choose your denominational good vibe.
The following three profiles highlight three volunteers who gave their time and talent to UBC last
year. Learn why volunteering is important to each one of them and about some of the volunteer
opportunities available on campus.
John Evans, BCom'72
Current position: CEO, Trilogy
Group and Owner, OPUS Hotels,
Vancouver and Montreal
Current (or last) volunteer role at
UBC: Champion of UBC's CampOUT, a camp for
LGBTQ youth and their allies
Reason for getting involved: I chose to actively
participate, along with others, in the formation of
CampOUT because I believe that the operation and
presence of a camp available to a "minority youth
group" within our society - namely that of gay
youth - would be especially valuable. I believe that
gay youth can be vulnerable within the society and as
such, the opportunity for them to seek out and attend
a camp where they can be educated and talk about
their sexuality in a safe environment is a valuable
contribution to the betterment of our society.
Rewardtoyou: The reward is in knowing that
CampOUT is now operational and that gay youth are at
less risk, with its existence, within our communities!
Advice to people thinking about getting
involved: Get involved! Volunteerism is the most
rewarding work you will do in your life.
Colleen Stewart, BA'99r
Current position: Social Work Case
Manager, Vancouver Coastal Health
Current (or last) volunteer role at
UBC: Alumni Event Volunteer
Reason for getting involved: I got involved in
volunteering with UBC Alumni Affairs because I
attended a couple of the UBC Dialogues and was
impressed with the events. I remember thinking "I'd
be interested in doing that!" I also spoke with a
couple of people at Alumni Weekend in 2009 who
said that Alumni Affairs wanted to recruit more
volunteers, and I then attended the "Volunteering
101" workshop that weekend.
Favourite volunteer experience at UBC: My
favourite volunteering experience so far was the
Alumni Achievement Awards where I was able to
get dressed up for a special occasion and greet
people at the door.
Advice to people thinking about getting involved:
My advice to people who want to get involved with
Alumni Affairs is to attend an event or two to see if
volunteering for a similar event would suit you.
That's what I did and I've thoroughly enjoyed it.
'  Greg Mitchell, BA'OO
Current position: Planner,
City of Surrey
Current (or last) volunteer role at
UBC: UBC Tri-Mentor
Reason for getting involved: Volunteeringfor
UBC was a way to give back to the University and to
help students develop an understanding of the
planning industry.
Favourite volunteer experience at UBC: Seeing
my mentees graduate, travel the world learning
about cities, pursue planning as a field or enter into
graduate school.
Advice to people thinking about getting
involved: The tri-mentoring program, or any
volunteer commitment at UBC, is as much about the
students as it is about alumni and the university. It
takes only a few hours a month, but the impact it
has on the students is immeasurable. And it creates
a lasting legacy for the University.
34   TREK   SUMMER 2010  ALUMNI 9A1A
MAY 28-30
If you missed Alumni Weekend, we
can only assume it's because you live
in Peru or had a broken leg. Although
the sun failed to put in an appearance,
hardy UBC-ers donned rainproof
gear and enjoyed music, food and
dozens of activities, from vigorous
intellectual debate to tidepooling.
Attendees had a chance to snoop
[ around cutting edge research facilities,
J get tips for career success, and even
' learn how to communicate with dogs.
• Some came for class reunions, trying
| to match faces to memories. Others
1 came to visit special places like the
M i UBC Farm, Botanical Garden, Musei
of Anthropology and Belkin Art Galle
*J Kids were more than welcome, with
tooth fairies, bubble machines, and
face painters on hand to help use up
' excess energy.
We look forward to seeing you next
^. year (and if you happen to have a
I broken leg, rest assured the nursing
reunion is always well attended).
1. May is one of the best times of year to visit the
Botanical Garden.
2. This man is jumping for joy. Or is he trying
out the Human Kinetics vertical leap test at
University Fair?
3. Opera and wine in the Rose Garden was a treat
for the senses.
4. A panel presentation on the best way to
revitalize neighbourhoods inspired lively
audience participation.
5. A model provided a sneak preview of the new
Alumni Centre planned for the heart of campus. 6.  PHOTO CONTEST WINNER:
"Wait for me!" Future UBC grad running by
Buchanan to the Flag Pole Plaza to catch the
musical beat. This was Natasha Malloff's
winning entry in this year's photo contest.
7. Face paints and balloons kept the kids happy.
8. Fun with liquid nitrogen at the chemistry magic
show. (Seriously - who wouldn't want to see a
nail hammered in with a banana?)
9. Chris Waltham explains the physics of the violin.
10. Future chemistry alumna (see 8).
11. A tour guide gives up the secrets of UBC's
Botanical Garden.
12. Sit! Storytelling for children at the UBC
Bookstore had the desired effect.
13. ExplorASIAN Friends and Family Day partnered
to provide some musical entertainment.
14. Tidepooling at Brockton Point was back by
popular demand. NETWORKS&E VENTS
No matter where you are in the world, chances are there are other UBC alumni living nearby. With more than 50 alumni
networks, we make it easy to stay connected whether you're living in Calgary or Kuala Lumpur. Below are some of the
locations that hosted UBC alumni events in the last three months.
• Enjoyed lunch with the UBC
President, a former Prime Minister and
other illustrious guests ■ Toronto
o Became opera aficionados ■
Washington, DC
• Went "Hollywood" for The Big
Picture gala ■ Vancouver
• Celebrated four decades of Pride at
UBC ■ Vancouver
• Spread Alumni Weekend fun across
the nation ■ Vancouver and Toronto
• Discussed urban revitalization in our
most provocative dialogue ever ■
• Joined old friends for a cold
beverage ■ Ottawa
• Played a round of golf ■ Victoria
• Participated in the inaugural "Third
Tuesday" Pub Night ■ Toronto
• Celebrated Canada Day in the Bay
Area ■ San Francisco
• Met new UBC students from across
Asia ■ Singapore, Quezon City, Seoul,
Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok,
Kuala Lumpur, Beijing
On May 27, nearly 100 guests celebrated the 60th graduation anniversary of
the Class of 1950. A celebratory lunch at the University Golf Club saw old
friends come together and new friendships formed. Nearly four full tables
of engineers and nurses caught up with their dean, Tyseer Aboulnasr, and
the Aggies were well represented by class speaker Bernie Guichon,
BScAg'50. Guests enjoyed remarks from Barbara Miles, VP, Development &
Alumni Engagement, and fourth year student, Elisa Kharrazi. Ian
Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, chair of the Alumni Association hosted the event.
One member of the class, Alfred Gerein, BA'so, MD'54, is looking forward to
celebrating another 60th - the upcoming anniversary of the Faculty of
Medicine. Mary Plant, BA'52, got an early taste of a 60th reunion by
attending with her husband, 1950 Mechanical Engineer grad George. Kay
MacDonald Beattie, BA'so, travelled from Ontario to attend both this
reunion and the 80th anniversary of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at
UBC over Alumni Weekend.
Weren't able to join us on May 27? Watch your mailbox for a package
containing your anniversary pin, a group photo from the celebration and
information about a legacy gift opportunity.
Did you graduate in 1951? If you are interested in contributing
to the celebrations for your 60th reunion in 2011, please contact
Interested in planning a reunion or want to find out if there's a
reunion coming up that you want to attend? Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/
events/reunions for more information.
Jaymes Evans
Future UBC Student
Why didyou volunteer for Alumni Weekend?
The volunteer orientation was what really hooked me. There
were so many awesome events going on and when I saw
the program I remember thinking, "I wonder if the UBC
Alumni staff actually know how long a weekend is..." There
were several events that I would have never expected to be
interested in, but was, such as "Physics of the Violin."
What did you do at Alumni Weekend?
I spent my day volunteering at the UBC Farm, where I had
never been despite living on campus for three years. I have
to say, it's worth the trip. The staff is knowledgeable and
the greens are delicious. I enjoyed watching alumni and
their children tour the farm, with everyone in high spirits
despite the gloomy weather.
Any highlights that you want to share?
For me, the highlight of Alumni Weekend was looking
down my list of alumni and realizing that the person
smiling at me had a physics degree that he had earned
nearly fifty years ago. My only regret was that I had to miss
all the other great events that were taking place while I was
busy volunteering. Thatbeing said, I was allowed to leave
early to catch the last TRIUMF nuclear facility tour (did
you know that the acronym TRIUMF doesn't actually
stand for anything?) Volunteering at UBC Alumni
Weekend was a great experience and I look forward to
participating again next year.
Want to find out how you can get involved withyour
Alumni Association? Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/
volunteer to find out what you can do.
UBC Sailing Club
Ahoy! UBC Sailing Club is
casting its net for seafaring
tales, memories, memorabilia
and former club members
who want to reconnect and
share. Please fill out their web
survey at http://tinyurl.com/
sailhistory20io. Also feel free
to browse the Sailing Club
website at www.ubcsailing.org.
Earth and Ocean Science
Field School Reunion and
Wine Tour: Sept 18-19,2010
Alumni volunteers are
working hard to plan a
reunion in Oliver, BC for those
graduates from 1960-1989
who attended the field school
as a student. Reconnect with
classmates and professors,
and enjoy great wine in the
Okanagan autumn. Please go
to www.science.ubc.ca/
support/alumni/events for
more information.
With more than 7,000 alumni living in the Greater Toronto
Area, UBC TO is one of the largest and most active alumni
networks. Over the past few months they've hosted the 4th
Annual Great Trekker Luncheon, a 50+ Alumni Potluck
Dinner and the first UBC Alumni Weekend in Toronto
(including a joint event with the Sauder Business Club of
Toronto). They have also instituted a new monthly
tradition, the "Third Tuesday" Pub Night, taking place on
the third Tuesday of every month (check www.ubcto.com
regularly for details).
This fall, UBC TO will be launching a Toronto-based
e-newsletter and the committee is currently looking for
local editors and writers. If you are interested, please email
network president, Elliot Ng, at elliot@ubcto.com.
Do you live in the Toronto area and want to get involved? Visit www.ubcto.com to find out all the ways you
can stay connected.
Start a network,join a network or find out what's
happening in your area. Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/
connect/networks to find out everything you need to
know about UBC alumni networks.
The UBC Film Production Alumni Association (FPAA)
The Big Picture 40th anniversary of the Film Production Program
was an overwhelming success. It brought together more than
200 alumni, students, faculty members and industry guests to
celebrate the history of the program and inaugurate the new
film production building. The event raised more than $15,000
towards an alumni scholarship endowment fund, which will
help a student in their final year at UBC. Alumni and students
volunteered hundreds of hours of work to make the night
magical, and the FPAA would like to thank them and all the
volunteers and donors that continue to support the success of
the Film Production Program.
Vancouver ■ September 7,2010
Vancouver' September 18,2010
Ideas and opinions
about issues that matter.
uk dialogues
London, UK ■ Octoben
Toronto ■ Octobers
North Shore ■ Octobers
Calgary ■ October 19
Vancouver ■ October 26
Coquitlam ■ November 16
Ottawa ■ November 18
Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/
events to find out about
upcoming events in your part
of the world. To receive
invitations, send your home
and email addresses to
Long Time, No UBC...
what have you been up to lately?
Whether you've been scaling Everest in fancy-dress for charity or base jumping
off a sidewalk in Burnaby, let your old classmates know what you've been up to
since leaving campus. Send your news and photographic evidence to Mike Awmack
at michael.awmack@ubc.ca or UBC Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1. (Mail original photos or email high resolution scans-
preferably 300 dpi.) Please note that Trek Magazine is also published online.
Fifty-nine years ago, Cecil (Cec)
Law BA'so (Hons, Zoology) moved
from the trailer camp on Pearkes
Road because Stanford wouldn't
admit him to a fellowship to
complete his UBC PhD unless he
agreed to be drafted for the Korean
War. He said, "Six and a half years
in the infantry overseas? No way.
Especially as a private instead of a
major. So I agreed to join DRB for
one year only, and so on and so on. I
never got back west, alas. But my
Dutch wife hated mountains!" He
and his wife live now in Kingston,
ON. He taught at Queen's from
1966 until they had to retire him.
"Not in zoology, no, but in math,
engineering and computing, mainly
in the school of business," he says.
"Now the North Koreans are again
threatening the world. Seems like
where I came in."
Larry Root BCom'so and his wife,
Mary, were named Rotary Citizens
of the Year for Invermere, BC, at a
Rotary luncheon on April 1,2010.
The couple has lived in the
Columbia Valley for nearly 40
years and they have always been
very active in the community,
volunteering for a wide variety of
local organizations.
At the ReFocus Conference, held
in March 2010 in Henderson,
Nevada, the American Council of
Life Insurers and the Society of
Actuaries honoured Gary Corbett
BCom'58 as one of their two 2010
Insurance Legends. Legends are
identified as individuals whose
leadership, intellect and personal
achievement have made a significant
contribution to the insurance
community and to society in general.
Readers of the journal GEOBIOS,
Vol. 42, Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2009,
p.813-823, will note that a new
species of a fossil marsupial from
the Eocene found in Queensland,
Australia, has been given the name
Chulpasiajimthorselli. The
etymology reads that the "... species
name honours Dr. Jim Thorsell
PhD7i, senior advisor to IUCN for
World Heritage and discerning
advocate of internationally
significant paleontological
resources." Jim, now residing in the
East Kootenay is not totally
convinced that he has now been
recognized as an official fossil!
This summer, Michelle Fisk
BFA75 (Theatre) will appear in the
Blyth Festival (www.blythfestival.
com) productionUorcferfown Cafe,
running from June 30 to August 14.
Josef P. Skala PM>73, professor emeritus of pediatrics, has been
awarded the 2010 Canadian Medical Association F.N.G. Starr Award for
his "significant contributions to medical science, practice and teaching,
and at the same time for his work in theatre arts." It is the highest
award that CMA can bestow upon one of its members.
40  TREK    SUMMER 2010 This is Michelle's 11th season with
the Blyth Festival. Select festival
credits include: Innocence Lost: A
Play about Steven Truscott, 2009;
Reverend Jonah, 2007; and Having
Hope at Home, 2003. Michelle has
appeared at regional theatres
throughout Canada. Most recently,
she appeared in Pride & Prejudice
at the Grand Theatre in London,
ON. She has also performed at
Canada's major festivals, including
the Stratford Shakespeare Festival,
where she spent 10 seasons. In
addition, Michelle has been a faculty
member at the University of Waterloo
and Fanshawe College in London.
Soprano Joanne Dorenfeld
DMA76 gave concerts in Holland
and Belgium and appeared as
soloist with the London and
Edmonton symphonies and the
Illinois Chamber Orchestra, among
others. She premiered many new
works written for her voice, which
were released on a disc by Radio
Canada International, and she
taught at several universities and
Toronto's Royal Conservatory of
Music, with which she had a long
affiliation. Now coaching oratorio
soloists, she is also enjoying
traveling with her husband, most
recently visiting long-time friends
in Germany and Australia.
The Vancouver Aquarium
recently held its 12th annual Murray
A. Newman Awards, honouring
John Ford BSc'76, PhD'85 and the
Hon. John A. Fraser LLB'54,
LLD'04. Dr. Ford was recognized for
his achievements in aquatic
research. He joined Fisheries and
Oceans Canada in 2001 as cetacean
research program head at the
Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo.
Prior to that, Ford was senior
marine mammal scientist and
director of research and conservation
at the Vancouver Aquarium. He is
also an adjunct professor in the
UBC department of Zoology. Ford's
1985 PhD was a ground-breaking
study of the use of pod-specific
dialects by resident killer whales.
His research has also focused on
the conservation status of
cetaceans listed under Canada's
Species-at-Risk Act and involves
assessments of population
abundance and distribution,
critical habitats and foraging
ecology of west coast whales. A
recent achievement was the
discovery that resident killer whale
survival is tightly linked to Chinook
salmon abundance.
The Honourable John A. Fraser,
OC, was recognized for achievement
in aquatic conservation. Fraser
served Canada's Parliament as
Minister for the Environment and
Minister of Fisheries. In 1994, he
became head of the Fraser River
Sockeye Public Review Board. He
was later appointed chair of the
Pacific Fisheries Resource
Conservation Council in 1998 and
remains a council member. Fraser
is also a Queen's Counsel, an officer
of the Order of Canada and a member
of the Order of British Columbia,
and he holds the Canadian Forces
Decoration. In 2004, he was
appointed chair of British Columbia's Pacific Salmon Forum. Murray
A. NewmanPM)'60 served as the
director of the Vancouver Aquarium for 37 years. These awards were
created in his honour.
Audrey Driscoll (Vycinas)
BA'78, MLS'80 recently published her
first novel, The Friendship of Mortals,
a tale of secret experiments, death
and loyalty. It is available as an
ebook at www.smashwords.com.
Karen Larsen BHE'so, Med'88, Dip.
TESL'99 received the 2009 BC
Premier's Award for Teaching
Excellence in the category of Skills
Training and Career Preparation.
Since graduating from UBC,
Mary Martin BSR'80 has worked as
a physiotherapist in hospitals in
Canada for 13 years, and has spent
many years working in Nepal. She
first worked there from 1983 to
1987, teaching in the country's first
formal physiotherapy course
offered through Tribhuvan
University in Kathmandu. In
January 2000, she returned to work
with the United Mission to Nepal.
By this time, the physiotherapy
course at TU was no longer running,
and so she initiated a physiotherapy
program at Kathmandu University,
the only such program in Nepal.
Five classes of students have
graduated, and more than 50
Nepali physiotherapists are now
working in many different settings
across the country. Mary was also an
advisor to the Nepal Physiotherapy
Association from 2002-2009. In
2003, she was awarded the Canadian
Physiotherapy Association
International Health Award for
exceptional contribution to
furthering the physiotherapy
profession internationally. As well
as her work with physiotherapy,
she has been involved as an advisor
in the field of children at risk,
working with other advisors in issues
related to disability, child trafficking,
and corporal punishment, in an
effort to help small Nepali NGOs
better address these issues in their
own communities. She has now
returned to Alberta, and is working
as a hospital-based physiotherapist
in Grande Prairie. She is enjoying
the luxuries of water to drink and
bathe in, and electricity and
internet which both function most
of the time, all just dreamed of in
most of Nepal.
Michele Menzies BA'81 married
Michael Overton BSc'74 in August
2007. Michael and Michele first
met as children at their family
summer cottages. Their paths
diverged when Michael left for
Stanford's PhD program in
computer science and then moved
to New York following graduation.
Luckily, they later re-connected via
the same cottage community. They
spent six months in Europe in
2008, living in Rome, Toulouse and
Leuven (Belgium) with side trips to
Spain, Berlin and England. Michael
was collaborating on computer
science research with colleagues in
Europe, specializing in optimization
models. Michele was studying
Italian and enjoying the many
wonderful art museums. They both
enjoyed European life enormously.
Michele worked for 24 years in the
pharmaceutical industry prior to
returning to school to do the BBA.
In 2009, she graduated from the
BBA program at Capilano University and moved to New York to join
Michael. He was promoted to chair
of the computer science department at New York University in
Mary Martin,
BSR'80, taught
in Nepal's
first formal
September 2009. Michael finds his
new position very stimulating
although very hectic. Michele is
enjoying exploring Manhattan and
meeting Michael's many international colleagues who often visit
New York. Their 2010 travel plans
include Dubrovnik, Vienna, Zurich
and Vancouver.
Janice Wilkinson Mayes BA'86,
MSc'88 became an audiologist after
getting tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
She has now written a bo ok on how
to cope with tinnitus called Tinnitus
Treatment Toolbox. It is based on
scientific research review as well as
her own personal and clinical
experience. People with tinnitus
will find this book easy to read and
helpful, and their care providers
will also find it a useful companion
to their work. It is available through
Trafford Publishing or other on-line
bookstores. The book is "highly
recommended" by the Tinnitus
Association of Canada. For more
information, visit Janice's website at
Pfizer Canada has awarded a
Neuropathic Pain Research Award
to Brian E. Cairns BSC'86, BScP'89,
PhD'97, associate professor at UBC's
faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
for his research proposal: "An
animal model of burning mouth
syndrome for assessment of
peripheral GABA-A receptors as an
analgesic target." He is exploring
the role biology plays in the
increased prevalence in women of
certain chronic pain conditions
that affect the head and mouth,
such as migraine headache,
burning mouth syndrome and
temporomandibular disorders. In
particular, he is investigating
whether sex-related differences in
the sensitivity of nerve fibers that
conduct painful impulses from the
mouth,jawmuscles andjawjoints
contribute to differences in the
occurrence of these pain conditions
in men and women.
42   TREK    SUMMER 2010 Marise May BSc'03 (NutritionalSciences) now lives in Montreal, her
hometown, where she runs a business with her husband selling their
Arayuma brand products (www.arayuma.com). They import and
distribute fair trade organic teas, herbs and spices, as well as ready-to
eat curries, all purchased ethically from Sri Lanka (where her husband
is from). They carry the largest selection of fair trade spices in North
America, and their products are sold in health food and specialty stores
across Canada. The farmer's project in Sri Lanka that produces their
teas and spices is the first of its kind in Asia, and a model for fair trade
the world over. The group includes more than 2,000 farmer families,
each of which owns between half an acre and two acres of land. The
farms are run in a sustainable way, promote greater biodiversity than
plantations (most Asian tea is grown on plantations), and the project
gives back to the community by helping build infrastructure, schools,
etc., in addition to ensuring fair prices for the farmers.
Andrea Lister BA'94 has been
named the new editor of British
Columbia History. She has a history
degree from UBC, complemented
by a Certificate in Technical
Communications from SFU Andrea
worked for many years as the
communications manager for a
national software and services firm
before returning to the world of
history. She has just completed the
layout and design for the bookFields
of Seams and Dreams: A History of
Plowing in the Valley by David B.
Reid, published in March 2010.
Andrea has worked on publications,
on web sites, in museums and in
retail. She started by assisting Barrie
Sanford, the guest editor, in preparation
of the special transportation issue,
vol. 43:1 March 2010.
William Amos MA'99 (Political
Science) was appointed director
of the uOttawa-Ecojustice
Environmental Law and Policy
Clinic, where he had previously
served as staff lawyer since 2007.
Amos is also a part-time professor
at the University of Ottawa's
Faculty of Common Law. Ecojustice
(www.ecojustice.ca) is Canada's
leading advocate on environmental
legal issues, and its Ottawa clinic
provides students with the
opportunity to assist with pro bono
litigation and law reform projects
in the public interest.
23-year-old Simone Osborne
DMPS'09 is already making a name
for herself in the world of opera. A
new member of the Canadian
Opera Company's prestigious
Ensemble Studio training program,
the soprano performed in the
company's productions of Maria
Stuarda and Idomeneo this spring.
In 2008, she was the youngest
recipient of a Grand Winner award
at the Metropolitan Opera's
prestigious National Council
Auditions held in New York City.
New York Times music critic
Anthony Tommasini lauded her
"sweet and clear sound, sensitive
phrasing and gleaming sustained
high notes." O
Rashpal Dhillon Track and Field
Oval officially opened
The official opening of the Rashpal Dhillon UBC
Track and Field Oval at UBC's Point Grey campus
took place on a Wednesday afternoon in June
during the UBC Pre-Jerome Open. The celebration
recognized the contribution of $1.1 million made
by the Dhillon family's Richberry Farms towards
this new facility at Thunderbird Park.
Special guests attending the opening ceremonies
included UBC athletics director Bob Philip and
Peter Dhillon, son of the late Rashpal Dhillon
after whom the oval is named. These individuals
were also part of the ribbon-cutting party.
"It's quite appropriate that this oval is
named after my father," said Dhillon, addressing
the crowd. "I remember when I was a kid my
mom and dad used to go out for walks around
track fields or parks. This is a fitting memory for
my father."
The elder Dhillon, who passed away in 2003,
was a lifelong entrepreneur after immigrating to
Canada from India as a young man. He undertook a series of successful business ventures, but
enjoyed the most success with his cranberry
farm. His son, Peter, is actively involved in a
number of sporting projects among many other
philanthropic endeavours.
"This has been a long time coming," said
Philip. "The T-Bird track and field teams are one
of the biggest beneficiaries of a track on campus,
but this is also a facility for the community."
Women's volleyball perfect
en route to third straight
CIS banner
The women's volleyball team captured their third
straight CIS national title after going a perfect
27-0 in 2009-10, making this one of the finest
seasons in UBC Thunderbird history. The T-Birds
led the extremely competitive Canada West in
kills, hitting percentage, blocks, assists and
opponent hitting percentage as they added their
second straight conference playoff crown.
Not surprisingly their squad featured the CIS
player of the year (Liz Cordonier), coach of the
year (Doug Reimer), and libero of the year
(Claire Hanna) with three players earning CIS
All-Canadian honours. Cordonier went on to
claim the BLG award as the CIS female athlete
of the year. She also collected a pair of UBC
distinctions - the Marilyn Pomfret award
(female athlete of the year) and the May Brown
trophy (graduating female athlete of the year).
Six members from the 2009-10 UBC team,
including Cordonier, are training and competing
this summer with Team Canada as members of
either the indoor or beach national squads.
44  TREK    SUMMER 2010
2010 NAJA
Women's golf brings home NAlA and RCGA banners
Two titles are better than one for the UBC
women's golf team, which brought home first
place at both the NAIA Championships and
RCGA University College Championships in a
span of two weeks this spring. A strong team
effort led the fourth-ranked T-Birds to the top
prize at the NAIA tournament in Rapid City, SD,
as they claimed their third NAIA title in
program history with a seven-stroke victory in
their American association.
Rookie Kylie Barros led UBC with a second-
place finish in the individual competition, and
all five T-Birds finished in the top 20.
Jocelyn Afford, Vanessa Leon, Lindsay
Manion, and Alyssa Human were the other
members of the T-Birds championship squad.
It was more of the same from UBC less than a
week later at the RCGA Championships in
Fredericton, NB, with Barros leading the T-Birds
to a commanding 25-stroke victory over their
Canadian rivals from Victoria. The rookie
sensation again finished second in the individual
competition, losing in a playoff after the
tournament ended early due to poor weather
conditions. Her teammates were not far behind,
with Afford and Leon tying for third with
Human and Manion deadlocked for sixth place.
Afford then went to represent Canada at the
World University Golf Championships in
Malaga, Spain, finishing 25th overall and helping
the Canadian team to an eighth place finish.
For the second consecutive season,
the men's basketball team claimed a
silver medal at the CIS final. They lost
to the upstart Saskatchewan Huskies
91-81 in the national final. Star point
guard Josh Whyte was named the CIS
player of the year while Kevin Hanson
earned CIS coach of the year honours.
The men's track and field team earned
the program's best-ever result at the
NAIA Championships with a
third-place finish at the 2010 meet
held in Marion, IN. Curtis Moss
(javelin), Inaki Gomez (race walk),
and Reid Gustavson (decathlon) all
brought home gold medals from the
event. The women's squad finished
io,h overall. Liz Gleadle capped off a
perfect NAIA career winning her
fourth straight women's javelin with a
championship record throw.
The men's baseball team achieved a
program best no. 3 ranking in the NAIA
during the 2010 season and were two
wins short of qualifying for the Avista-
NAIA World Series. They finished the
season with a 41-13 overall record.
Rookie centre fielder Blake Carruthers
was honoured with an NAIA gold glove
award, the first time in UBC history that
a player has earned this national
recognition. Standout seniors Sammie
Starr (shortstop) and Mark Hardy
(pitcher) were both selected in the
2010 MLB Amateur Draft, becoming
the 12th and 13th players in T-Birds
history to earn this distinction.
It was an impressive performance by
the women's Softball team in their
inaugural varsity season as they
qualified for the A.I.I. Conference
tournament. They finished their first
ever varsity campaign with a 9-17
record and lost to eventual national
champions, Simon Fraser, in their
playoff competition.
SUMMER 2010   TREK   45 The 2010 UBC Alumni Achievement Awards
For more than 90 years, UBC alumni have embodied the vital role their university
plays in society. From among their ranks have come the artists and researchers, the
civic leaders and sporting heroes, the activists, volunteers and business gurus whose
spirit, innovation and passion have had such positive impact on the university, in
their communities and beyond.
The annual Alumni Achievement Awards present an opportunity to recognize some
of these outstanding men and women for their accomplishments.
This year, the following recipients will be honoured:
THE 2010 UBC
Lifetime Achievement Award
Marvin Storrow, LLB'62
Accomplished lawyer, influential in aboriginal
rights law, who has shown strong commitment to
numerous social justice causes and the betterment
of the legal profession.
Alumni Award ofDistinction
Thomas Edward Siddon, LLD'07
Professor, politician and community leader whose
leadership and dedication has shaped the course
of First Nations land management, community
development and environmental stewardship
in Canada.
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Amy Belling, BA'03
Leo Award-winning filmmaker and founder of the
UBC Film Production Alumni Association.
Honorary Alumnus Award
Dennis Pavlich
Professor and university executive whose
decades of teaching excellence, leadership and
vision are evident in the university's Comprehensive
Community Plan and the University Square project.
Outstanding Future Alumnus Award
Rachel L'Orsa, BASc'io
Engineering and arts student leader whose
commitment to academic excellence and significant
involvement in university affairs inspires others and
improves the campus community.
Global Citizenship Award
Veronica Fynn, BA'04
Liberian student refugee who has become one of
Canada's leading advocates for the rights of
refugees and internally displaced persons.
For more details, please visit our website at www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/awards.
Recipient bios will be posted soon.
Outstanding Faculty Community
Service Award
Jack Taunton, MD'76
Leader in sports medicine and health promotion
who co-founded the Vancouver Sun Run and served
as CMO for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Games.
Blythe Eagles Volunteer
Leadership Award
Glennis Zilm, eSc'58
Nursing leader whose commitment to the
documentation and development of nursing
history has helped make BC a Canadian leader in
nursing scholarship.
Alumni Milestone Achievement Award
John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse and its
Gold for Life Committee
Volunteer and donor-driven project that provided
UBC with the world-class rowing facility, equipment
and scholarship endowments needed to ensure
continued success in the sport.
46  TREK    SUMMER 2010 47
DonaldS. Parham, BASc'42
Donald S. Parham of Santa Cruz passed away
peacefully on December 30,2009.
Don was a brilliant man with a delightful
humour and warmth of spirit. He was treasured
and loved by all who knew him. A 36-year
resident of Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County,
California, Don was born in Viking, Alberta, on
February 3,1917. He attended UBC, where he
was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
Don married Jo, also from Vancouver, in 1943
and they moved to the US at the end of WWII,
living first in New Jersey and then in Tennessee
before retiring to Baywood Park, California in
1972. As a chemical engineer, he rose to executive
VP of Agrico Chemical Company, which was the
world's largest chemical company at the time.
Don and Jo had a strong connection to nature
and actively supported many conservation
projects. Don was a former president of the Morro
Bay Audubon Society and the Central Coast
Natural History Association. He loved birding
and participated in many birding expeditions, in
the course of which he accumulated a credible
life list of bird sightings. Don loved to travel and
explored many parts of the world with Jo.
Andrew Francis Seraphim, BASc'45
Andrew Francis Seraphim, born September 8,
1921, in Abbotsford, died July 11,2009, in
Williamstown, New Jersey, just a month before
he and his wife, Lu (Lucille Nielson), would have
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with
their five children: Mary Lou, BEd'72, Andrea,
BA'76, LLB'82, Robert, David and Richard; their
spouses and 10 grandchildren. Andy is also
survived by his siblings: Dr. Robert H. Seraphim,
MASc'48, Dr. Donald P. Seraphim, MASc'52, and
Ada J. (Midge) Jory, BA'56.
Although Andy's degree was in mining
engineering, his brilliance and adaptability led
to a wide ranging career which led him from
Vancouver to Calgary, Montreal, the Maritimes
and Philadelphia. He held leading roles in gold
mining in Yellowknif e, building the world's
largest earth filled dam in the Yukon, penstock
construction at Bridge River, tunnelling under
Ripple Rock to prepare for its removal as a
navigational hazard, the construction of the
Massey Tunnel, pipeline and railway construction
in Alberta, work on the St. Lawrence seaway, the
building of heavy water plants in the Maritimes,
Europe and Korea, and finally ownership in a
company specializing in preventing ecological
disasters. He loved his work and did not retire
until 2001 when he was 80.
Andy was appreciated by his family, friends and
those with whom he worked for his exceptional
patience, understanding, respect for others and
ability to see the humour in all situations. He
was known by all for his love of family, fishing,
flowers and fun. A celebration of his life was held
in Sicklerville, New Jersey, on August 22,2009.
Marie J. Kendall, BA'45
Marie Kendall was born in Vancouver on May
27,1922. She went to Kitsilano High School
before attending UBC. Her majors were
bacteriology and chemistry and she was a
member of the Outdoor Club.
She earned a master's degree in 1958 at George
Washington University, Bethesda, Maryland,
where she carried out high-level neuroscience
research while working as a supervisory
histopathology technician at National Institutes
of Health. While there she was elected as an
associate in Sigma XI Honor Society.
Marie began her career as a head technician,
histology, at Shaughnessy Hospital from
1945-53. In 1948 she was a registered medical
technologist specializing in histological
technique. In 1953 she began her research
career with A.S. Dekaban in the department of
Medicine at Shaughnessy until 1958, when she
went with him to Bethesda to continue the
research and get her master's. She returned to
VGH as a senior technician in the department of
Surgery. From 1967-69 she was a PhD student
with P. S. Vassar in Pathology. She completed all
of the courses except her thesis. Shejoinedthe
UBC division of Neurosurgery in 1970 and was a
stellar laboratory research investigator. In 1977,
she was appointed an instructor. She was
principal or second author on more than 20
papers. She retired in 1985.
Marie lived in Vancouver for most of her life
with her mother and sisters. She was an avid
fisherman and outdoors person. She bought a
cottage at Point Roberts in 1967 and, until
recently, kept a boat there. She completed the
power squadron course so she could use it safely.
She went fishing off the Point as well as going on
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fishing trips with other people. Marie always
had a garden at the Point. She kept pots on her
balcony but the Point is where she grew flowers
and tomatoes. She was a long-time member of
the Dunbar Lapidary Club. She also was a skier
and golfer. In 1951, in her first tournament,
Marie forced a halt to proceedings by achieving
a 93 — requiring a playoff for the final 16. She
won the playoff but lost in the quarterfinals. In
two years she got her handicap down to eight.
Marie travelled for many years. From September
to December 1969 she went on a Seven Seas
Round the World Adventure on the Oronsay
One of her early trips was to Australia with the
Lapidary Rock and Mineral Society of BC in
August 1974. They toured the outback looking
for opals. She went to Afghanistan in 1976. In
recent years, she toured mostly by cruises, going
to South East Asia where she broke her hip in a
rickshaw mishap in Vietnam in October 2005.
She also did the Danube by boat in May 2002
and a combined sea and land trip to California
and Mexico in October 2008. She took several
other cruises including one up the Amazon in
April 1994 and one around the British Isles in
June 2000. Another trip combined travel by
boat up the Nile and then on to Kenya for a
wildlife safari in Aug 1984. That year she also
went on an Alaskan cruise and hoped to go again
this May if she was well enough.
Marie Kendall died of pancreatic cancer at
Delta Hospital on February 27,2010.
Paul Thomas Cote, BA'47, BASc'48, mba, lld
Pre-deceasedbyhis parents, Rose and Paul;
beloved daughter Annabeth and her grandson,
Ford; and his sister, Pauline, Paul is survived by
Bette, his wife of 67 years. He was a passionate,
caring husband to Bette, and a generous and
understanding father to Paul, Annabeth, Catherine,
Bill, Matthew, Odessa, Nancy and Jacqueline.
He was a proud grandfather to 23 grandchildren
and doting great-grandfather to 12 greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his two
nieces, Marilou Paterson and Valerie Orth.
Paul served in Sicily, Italy and Holland with the
first Canadian Division WW II. He was CEO of
the Tide Bay Companies and Argus Installations,
involved in such projects as the Deas Tunnel,
Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Iona Sewage
Disposal, and the upgrading of many industrial
plants in BC and Alberta.
He was a founding member of the Reform
Party, chairman of the Rhodes Scholarship
committee, chairman of the Board and Chancellor
at Simon Fraser University. SFU established an
engineering scholarship in his name for his part
in creating the Engineering faculty without
government support.
He sailed with his family and raced with his sons
on Jeunesse I and II. He and Bette traveled the
world together and explored North America and
Alaska in their motor home. His was a good life,
well-lived, andhe willbe sorelymissed. Thanks
to the loving care of Merly Santillan and David
Villegas, he was able to die peacefully at home.
Warren Darner, BA'49, BEd'56
Warren passed away on December 4,2009, after
a courageous 10-year battle with Parkinson's
disease. Warren was of a generation that
considered it a privilege to attend UBC, and he
never forgot the opportunities afforded by his
education nor the friends he made. He had a
well-respected career in school teaching, ending
with high school English in Kamloops, and later
became active in the local retired school
teachers' association. Always a gentleman, he is
sadly missed by family and friends, and
remembered fondly by many former students.
Peter Miller, BASc'52
Peter passed away peacefully at home in Wasa,
BC, on November 5,2009. He served in the Royal
Canadian Signal Corps for five years, attended
UBC, worked in four provinces for nine years as
an engineer, then returned to UBC for a diploma
in education.
He taught high school physics, mathematics
and chemistry in Salmo, Crawford Bay, Terrace
and Golden. Peter sponsored the student's
yearbook committee in each of those schools
and became a sought-after career counsellor. He
and his wife were very active with the planning,
building and operation of the Golden and
District Museum. Peter retired in 1983 and
moved to Wasa where he enjoyed landscaping
rawproperty, assisting with local projects and
welcoming visits from family members.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Naomi
(Allsebrook) Miller, BScN'si, daughters Verle,
BScPharm'78, Heather, BSc'77, Barbara, BA'so, Joy,
and Ruth, and son Murray, BASc'86, and 12
grandchildren. He was pleased to observe that at
least one granddaughter is following tradition, and
is now in her third year at UBC's Okanagan campus.
Barbara J. Howard (Leith), BCom'59
Barbara passed away on December 4,2009, at St.
Paul's Hospital in Vancouver at the age of 73.
Barbara lived a full and active life marked by
academic achievement, a caring family, and
contribution to her community. She is remembered by her husband Ron, BARCH'57, sons
Geoffrey, LLB'86 and Timothy, LLB'94 and
daughter Lisa, BCom'86.
Barbara's years at UBC were active and
memorable. A member of the Alpha Gamma
Delta Sorority, the cheerleading squad, the AMS
Student Council and sundry other campus
committees, Barbara excelled in her studies,
earning numerous scholarships and awards and
graduating with a BCom, first class. Her
husband-to-be, Ron, knew a good thing when he
saw it, and wooed her vigorously at Alpha Delta
parties and on the beaches of Boundary Bay.
They married on November 7,1959, and Barbara
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as a rare and talented female financial analyst.
With the birth of Geoff, Barbara devoted her
talents and energy to her growing family in West
Vancouver. Barbara and Ron were early pioneers
of skiing at Whistler and supported their three
children through their own achievements in
academics, sports and, in later years, family. As
her children grew older, Barbara gave her talents
and energy to her community, serving as a
school trustee for West Vancouver (1986-1996),
trustee of Capilano College, and member of
West Vancouver's Planning Commission and
Parks Commission and Economic Task Force,
among other civic positions.
Barbara's connection to UBC endured
through the years. Her three children graduated
from her alma mater, and in 2006 a scholarship
for students at the school of commerce was
created in Barbara's name.
With Ron's retirement in 1996 came time for
international travel, grandchildren and long walks
on the beach in Wailea, Maui. Regrettably, Barbara's
health deteriorated in 2004 and she spent the
last months other life in the West Vancouver
Care Centre with Ron ever by her side. Admitted
to hospital on November 22,2009, Barbara's spirit
was ready to release and she passed in her sleep
in the early hours of December 4. Barbara was a
woman of lively intelligence and caring soul, and
brought endless energy to pursuing the interests
other family and community. She will be missed
by many family, friends and colleagues.
Roy Hans Jonsson, BEd'60
After a two year battle with colon cancer, Roy
died peacefully at home with his family nearby.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret,
daughter Karen (Peter), grandsons Nikolas,
Bryce and Nolan, son Alan (Joanne), brother
Carl (Mavis) and a large extended family. Roy
was born in Fort St. John, BC, and grew up in
After graduation he taught senior geography
at Windsor Secondary School for 28 years. In 1991,
he left teaching and turned his gardening hobby
into a profession. In his second career, he became
a certified landscape consultant, working in the
compost industry, instructing for North Vancouver
Continuing Ed, VanDusen and UBC and doing
consultations for home gardeners.
As a garden columnist, he wrote "Sow it Grows"
for the North Shore News for 18 years and in
2007 published the garden book Garden Sense -
Secrets of an Experienced Gardener. He was also
known as a popular speaker at garden clubs
around the Lower Mainland. In 1995 Royjoined
the Canadian Executive Service Organization
and did volunteer horticultural assignments in
Tanzania, Hungary, China, the Philippines and
Honduras. Donations to the Lion's Gate
Hospital Foundation, marked for the new North
Shore Hospice garden, would be appreciated.
Ivan Orosz, BSF'6i
Ivan Orosz passed away in Madison, Wisconsin,
on October 30,2009, shortly after the detection
of a brain tumour. At the time of his death his
family was at his bedside. He is survived by
Janet, his wife of 47 years, sons Les and Bill,
their wives, Tracy and Cathy respectively, and
his nine grandchildren.
Ivan was born in Szombathely, Hungary, and
came to Canada with the Sopron group of
foresters after the unsuccessful revolt in 1956.
He graduated from UBC with a BSc in forestry
(Sopron Division) in 1961. He received a
master's degree in wood science from Oregon
State University, Corvallis (1967), where he met
his wife, Janet.
During his career he worked at: the Western
Pine Association in Portland, Oregon (1962-
1966) in the machine stress rating project; the
Forest Product Laboratory in Madison,
Wisconsin, as a general research engineer (1966-
1976); and the University of Wisconsin, Physical
Sciences Laboratory as a mechanical engineer
(1976-1982). During his tenure with the Physical
Sciences Laboratory he was seconded to the
department of Physics and spent most of the
time at the Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory working on the proton accelerator.
He also had a two year assignment with CH2M
Cell Consulting firm in Corvallis, Oregon.
In 1982, his chronic back problem forced him
into early retirement. At the beginning of his
retirement, he visited his beloved parents and
brother in Hungary whenever he could. But
during the last 20 years, his back problems and
other health complications prevented him from
any long-distance traveling.
He received a Christian burial in Madison.
Rest in peace, Ivan, you will be greatly missed by
your family and friends, including those who
were your friends among the Sopron alumni.
Jindra Kulich, BA'6i, MA'66
Jindra was born in Prague in 1929. He was a true
child of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its
ruinous aftermath in Europe during the 1930s
and '40s and, as such, at different points in his
earlier life, he was Czech, Austrian and German,
before ending up in Denmark as a Czech refugee
in 1953, where he enrolled at the International
People's College in Elsinore.
His experience at this Danish folk high school
came to have a profound impact on Jindra's
professional and scholarly life. The school, with
its democratic traditions, was a total break from
the authoritarian system he had just left and in
the first week Jindra got involved in writing the
by-laws for the three committees that formed
the student government. It was here he met his
wife to be, Birthe. The two had started to plan
for a life in Denmark when Jindra was told that
he no longer could stay and the young couple,
now married, set out for Canada in 1954.
After a short stint as bookstore manager he
embarked upon a very successful career as an
adult educator. In 1961, he became the director
of adult education for School District No. 70,
Port Alberni. Quickly, those working in school
districts around the province heard about the
Alberni Valley Institute, which with its emphasis
on liberal open learning had made a complete
break with the dominant practice.
Jindra was appointed assistant director at the
Centre for Continuing Education at UBC and
director in 1976. A true believer in the old
extension tradition, with its liberal education
roots, he tried to resist the growing pressure for
continuing education to become a full cost-
recovery operation. When it became clear he had
lost the struggle, Jindra, true to his principles,
took early retirement. As anyone that has worked
with Jindra knows, he epitomized integrity,
honesty and more than anything, civil courage.
As a director he had a deep understanding that
the key challenge was not how to adapt to the
changing world but how to command change.
While Jindra is recognised in Canada and the
USA as a leader in continuing adult education,
his remarkable contribution to comparative
adult education research in the areas of Eastern
European adult education and the folk high
school tradition is less well-known. During a
40-year period he authored six books, edited 10
and published 142 papers in leading scholarly
journals. It is no surprise that in the last two
decades it was almost impossible to organize an
international scholarly conference on these
topics and not invite Jindra as a speaker.
Jindra passed away on December 4,2009.
Robert B. Mackay, BCom'64
Robert (Bob) Barnett Mackay of Nanoose Bay,
BC, passed away peacefully on April 1,2010,
holding the hands of his wife and children.
Predeceased by his parents, Aurore and William
Mackay, Bob is survived by his university
sweetheart, Gail, children Theresa (Nevin
Pettyjohn) and Rob (Michelle Currie), and
grandchildren Bryn and Tess Mackay-Pettyjohn
and Anna and Sophie Mackay.
Bob was born in Prince Albert on November
18,1939. A prairie boy who loved the sea, he joined
HMCS Venture as an officer cadet at age 17, later
resigning to attend UBC. President of the
Commerce Undergraduate Society, Alpha Delta
Phi fraternity member and named to the Sigma
Tau Chi fraternity, Bob was awarded the Matthew
H. Henderson Shield for Most Outstanding
Graduating Male Commerce Student.
Starting his marketing career in product
management in 1964 with the Imperial Tobacco
Sales Company in Montreal, he later moved to
Proctor and Gamble in Toronto. He then joined
McKim/Benton and Bowles Advertising as an
account executive for General Foods, followed
by Scott Paper in Vancouver in 1968 as the Canadian
marketing manager (consumer products).
Returning to university for a second time, Bob
moved his young family to Edmonton, graduating
from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of
laws in 1976. He then spent a year articling at
Davis and Company back in Vancouver. After
opening his own law practice, Bob persuaded
the BC Bar to sanction marketing and advertising law as a specialization. While managing his
firm, he instructed law and marketing until 1982
at Capilano University.
Along with Red Robinson and Tom Peacock,
in 1988 he was a founding member of the West
Coast Chapter of the National Advertising
Benevolent Society. In 1989, Bob joined
Russell and Dumoulin as associate counsel and
in 1994 he moved to Cowling, Lafleur and
Henderson as the managing partner, rising to
the role of counsel in 2004. Among his many
accomplishments during his time at Cowlings,
was his instrumental role in the formation of
Tourism BC as a Crown Corporation.
Upon retirement, Bob and Gail logged many
hours flying all over the world and enjoyed
annual spring trips to Portugal. Bob never forgot
his childhood love of the sea, spending time with
his family cruising from Desolation Sound to the
San Juan Islands in his boat, White Banner,
named for the flag flown by the Clan Mackay in
pre-Bonnie Prince Charlie days.
Bob believed in making a difference.
Throughout his career he volunteered countless
hours to the marketing, advertising and law
communities as well as many philanthropic
associations. Bob's unending commitment to
helping his community resulted in several
awards and honours, including nominations to
the Order of Canada and the Order of BC.
His family will never forget him, saying,
"Wherever you are now, we know you are telling
the best stories and making everyone laugh and
laugh. Bye for now."
George (Bud) Lewis Silvester, BSc'64
George Silvester was born on April 9,1930, in
Edson, Alberta. Shortly afterwards, the family
moved to Edmonton where his dad was a CN
railroad engineer. In 1939 the Silvester family
moved to Vancouver on English Bay near
Stanley Park where Bud, as he was known to
family and friends, attended Lord Roberts
Elementary School and King George High
School. During this time, when not in school or
delivering early morning newspapers or
delivering groceries after school, Bud played
tennis from early morning to late at night at the
Stanley Park courts. He became a top junior
tennis player in BC and Canada and earned a
tennis scholarship to Modesto College in
California. Unfortunately he took ill and could
not begin the semester.
The family moved to Burnaby after Bud
graduated from high school in 1948. Bud
worked for several years for a plumbing
and heating company. Around 1954, he met a
former math teacher from King George School
who suggested Bud become a teacher. Bud
enrolled in 1955 at Vancouver Normal School
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Avenue in Vancouver).
His first teaching position was at Abbotsford
Junior High. Each summer thereafter for many
years, Bud spent six weeks at summer school
taking courses towards a bachelor of science
degree. He taught in North Vancouver, Surrey and
Burnaby prior to moving to Vernon in 1974, where
he taught math, science, and physics at Fulton
Secondary. He earned his bachelor of science
degree at UBC and in 1984 a master's degree in
education from Gonzaga University in Spokane,
Washington. He retired from teaching in June
1987. On the first day of school in September
1987, Bud played tennis at the Kalamalka
Country Club instead of going off to work!
Bud was a man of few words. He was talented
in many different aspects of life, from academics
and sports to fine arts. He was self-taught in
many of his activities and hobbies. In addition to
his first love - tennis (playing competitively at
the provincial level until a shoulder separation
in the early '60s) - he belonged to the Star
Dusters square dance group and taught square
dancing. He was also an elegant ballroom
dancer. He was a model railroader; his love of
trains came from his childhood riding the trains
with his dad. He painted in oils and played
contract bridge. Bud loved golfing at the coast
and in Vernon. He was a long time member of
the Vernon Golf and Country Club.
Bud met his wife, Barbara, BEd'9l, in early 1958
when she did her teaching practicum at
Abbotsford Junior High. They were married on
Februaiy 7,1959, in Chilliwack, and have two
daughters, Trishu, BPE'83, and Charlene. Great
summer holidays were enjoyed in the outdoors -
tenting in the early '60s before camping life got
a little easier in the camper he built. Fishing and
boating trips with his parents on BC interior
lakes were a highlight for our family as well as
following Bud on the tennis circuit.
Bud had a big interest in genealogy. Since his
retirement, he spent time in Salt Lake City, Utah
and St. Catherine's House, London, England,
researching his family history. Many hours were
spent researching the various branches of the
family - Silvesters, Gallichans, Ansells, Germans
and Andrews.
Travels have taken Bud and Barb all over the
world via bus tours, car rentals or cruising. For
these two globetrotters, cruising became the
favourite choice of travel over the last 15 years,
from seven-day excursions to 40-day adventures.
Cruising days have numbered well over 300. Bud
lived a full life and wanted to enjoy it to the end
with what he loved doing - cruising around the
world. Bud and Barb celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary in February 2009 in San
Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
Going through memorabilia and photo
albums after his passing, his daughters found a
poem in one of the scrapbooks written by a
Fulton student that sums up their Dad. The first
part of the poem reads:
Now I lay me down to sleep,
My undone homework at my feet
If I should die before I wake,
I have these last requests to make.
Lay my science test on my chest,
Tell Mr. Silvester I done my best...
Bud passed away on September 7,2009, in
Vernon. He leaves behind his wife, Barbara;
daughter Trisha and her husband and their son,
Jackson; and daughter Charlene and other
relatives throughout BC, England, and France.
Olga Ruskin (Bruchovsky), MA'70, DAHY'83
To our great sadness, Olga died on Tuesday,
January 19,2010, at Lions Gate Hospital in
North Vancouver of complications resulting
from the Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Olga was born in Toronto and attended
Humberside Collegiate Institute, an academic
high school. She furthered her education at
Victoria College, University of Toronto, from
which she graduated in 1953 with an honours
bachelor of arts degree in modern history. Her
eventual interests as a journalist were emerging
at this time and she became a court reporter for
The Toronto Star, the major daily newspaper in
that city.
In 1955, she married Vernon Warner Ruskin and
moved to Vancouver. Here she helped document
Vancouver's local history especially with the
co-authorship of Gastown's Gassy Jack, the first
book about the legendary Vancouver pioneer.
While at UBC she contributed many articles
for the "Page Friday" edition of The Ubyssey.
Subsequently Olga taught history and English
for several years at Lord Byng High School
before the birth other son, John.
With the advent of public access TV in the 1970s,
Olga took a keen interest in the possibilities of
the new medium. She became involved in all
aspects of producing and hosting the show Our
Pioneers and Neighbours. Numerous episodes
were broadcast over the years, showcasing the
fascinating history of the North Shore, as well as
many variations of Olga's hairstyles.
She returned to UBC in the 1980s to earn a
diploma in art history in order to more fully
enjoy her appreciation of art and her special
interest in antiques.
She never stopped looking for story ideas.
Olga's literary activities focused on happenings
around Vancouver and her accounts were
reported in The Vancouver Sun, North Shore
News, Western Living, Coastal Grower, Garden
Wise and other publications.
In April 2006, her life changed dramatically
when she fell victim to the Guillain-Barre
Syndrome, which resulted in the loss other
ability to manage independently and the need
for full-time care and support. However, Olga's
inner strength and willpower enabled her to
survive the crippling effects of this illness.
Family and acquaintances never ceased to be
impressed by the optimism and courage that
Olga maintained despite the daunting setbacks
resulting from her illness. Overcoming these
challenges during her final four years, Olga
ventured into an entirely new field of journalism
by establishing her own personal video blog
Despite limited manual dexterity at this time,
a New Year's resolution led Olga into the
challenge of learning to play the drums at the
age of 77 and to perform quite well. Throughout
her life, Olga radiated a friendly personality and
positive happy attitude, reflected in a cheerful
voice and smile.
Peter Francis Shacklock, BSc'7i
Peter, age 61, of Portuguese Cove, Halifax County,
passed away at home on October 20,2009, after
a brief battle with cancer. Born in Bolton,
Lancashire, England, he was the youngest son of
Alan Leonard Shacklock of Brighton, Ontario, and
the late Olive Brownsword Shacklock of Belleville.
Peter studied zoology at UBC and after
graduating with honours he joined the Canadian
National Research Council and spent a 27 year
career in the field of aquaculture study at the
NRC Seaweed Research Station he managed in
Sandy Cove, Halifax County. Peter was very
active in several community organizations
including planning committees, advisory
boards, Citizens on Patrol and also enjoyed
several years assisting for a local television
program that emphasized his love of science,
nature and the environment.
After retirement from the NRC in 1998 and a
much-deserved break, he ventured into real
estate for five years. Peter dedicated his recent
years to family here and in Prince Edward
Island and his new found love of geocaching,
which he enjoyed with the family dogs, and his
good friends of the geocaching community.
Throughout his life he was never afraid to
accept a new challenge that was almost always
met with success. He enriched the lives of others
and was always ready to selflessly help friends
and family.
Peteris survivedbyhis loving wife of 38years,
Barbara; son Greg (Carol) Shacklock; daughter
Laura (Shawn) Connolly; brother Mike (Ellen)
Shacklock; stepmother Brenda Shacklock;
grandchildren Olivia and Dylan Connolly,
Matheson and Mya Shacklock; and several
nieces and nephews.
(Liz) Margaret Elizabeth
Blake (Ward), BEd'74
lAz was born in Vancouver on December 30,
1951, and passed away after her battle with
cancer on November 9,2009. Liz is survived by
Steve, BCom'73, her loving husband of 38 years.
Liz and Steve were married in 1971 while they
were both UBC students. Liz had three years and
Steve had two years left until they completed
their degrees. They rented the top floor of a
house on East 15th Avenue in Vancouver and
commuted daily in their MG sports car. Steve
and Liz made the most of their UBC time and
enjoyed sports and clubs as well as their course
work. Liz played field hockey and joined the
Alpha Omega Pi sorority while Steve was on the
rowing crew and a member of the UBC Sports
Car Club. Liz worked part time as a cashier at
Super-Valu and Safeway while she completed
her degree. She majored in physical education
and English with a minor in mathematics.
Liz taught for 34 years at Gladstone, Killarney
and Churchill secondary schools in Vancouver
and on loan to DND Baden Senior School in
Germany. She was a ballerina, field hockey
player, and a track athlete, and carried these
passions into her teaching career by coaching
more than 100 teams. Liz was a past president
and founding member of the BC Rhythmic
Gymnastics Association. She was awarded an
honorary life membership in the BCHSTFA for
her contribution to track and field.
Liz put her heart into her work. One year, she
coached her field hockey team in the fall and
track in the spring. In her off-season, she ended
up sponsoring a basketball team, running a
gymnastics program at lunch, and sponsoring
the curling team. When asked why she was doing
all those things, she replied that nobody else was
volunteering to do them and she didn't want the
kids to miss out. That was the type of person Liz
was. She would always pitch in and never said
"no." In 2008 Liz was awarded the Premier's
Award for Teaching Excellence in Healthy
Living and PE/Coaching. This award recognized
Liz's devotion to her students and hard work
throughout her career.
Liz loved to bake, grow flowers, play the piano,
and drive her sports car. Her special passion was
travel. Liz and Steve explored more than 145
countries and sailed on 43 cruises. Liz piloted
her own dogsled team across northern Norway
and Sweden, cycled across Europe, rode the
Trans-Siberian Railway, hot-air ballooned in
Egypt, went on safari in Kenya, parachuted in
Germany, hiked the Great Wall of China, had tea
with the Queen in Scotland, and swam in the
ocean in Antarctica. Liz indulged Steve's sports
car hobby and could often be seen polishing
spoke wheels, navigating in rallies, and enjoying
drives in one of their seven sports cars.
A scholarship has been set up in Elizabeth
Blake's name at Churchill Secondary School.
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Joan Patricia Atkinson (Faulkner), BA'78
Joan Patricia Atkinson passed away on December 21,2009, after a long battle with breast
cancer, at the age of 53.
Joan was born and raised in North Vancouver,
graduating from Handsworth Secondary School
and from UBC with honours in political science.
After serving a year as a parliamentary intern
following graduation, she joined the Foreign
Service of Canada. She enjoyed postings in
Milan, Port of Spain, Los Angeles, and London,
before returning to Ottawa to undertake
managerial positions in Citizen and Immigration
Canada. She was appointed to succeeding
positions of director, director general and
assistant deputy minister. She later served as
ADM with Indian and Northern Affairs and as
assistant secretary to the cabinet at Privy
Council Office. Her last assignment was with the
Human Resources Management Agency of
Treasury Board.
Joan showed all of us her extraordinary
resilience as she faced many challenges with
dignity and grace. Her will to overcome
adversity and her strength of spirit was indeed
exceptional and inspirational. She embraced life
with enthusiasm and a sense of fun. She refused
to be intimidated by her recurring bouts of
illness and was able to surmount personal family
tragedies while delivering extraordinary service
in her various appointments.
At this time, the words of Dylan Thomas come
to mind: "do not go gently into that good night;
rage, rage, against the dying of the light." She
would be delighted if we would toast her with a
fine wine and sing a silly song, something she
was often apt to do to the amusement and
delight other associates. As a deputy minister
wryly noted, Joan could bring an executive
meeting to a quick close by breaking out in the
song, "I could have danced all night."
Kerry Margaret Telford Morrissey, MD'93
Kerry Margaret Telford Morrissey and her infant
daughter, Sarah Grace, died together on November 29,2009, when the seaplane they were
travelling in crashed shortly after take-off. She
was 41 years old. In those years, Kerry touched
many lives with her compassion and love.
Kerry was born in Grande Prairie. Her sister
Carmen was born shortly after. After graduation
from high school in White Rock, Kerry wished to
become a missionary, however her parents
convinced her to become a physician first, so
that she could attend to the physical as well as
the spiritual needs of others. Thus it was that
Kerry enrolled at SFU for her pre-med classes,
and despite narrowly missing the application
deadline was accepted into UBC Medical school
in 1989.
After graduating, Kerry moved to Newfoundland for her family practice residency. While
there, she fell in love with the people and the
music of the East Coast. Kerry then began her
work in Yellowknife, where she stayed for five
years. While there, she gained confidence in her
skills and travelled across the remote North.
Despite working in an area of need, Kerry still
felt restless and wished to pursue her original
goal. After much contemplation and prayer, she
decided to travel to a small mission hospital in
Peru to assist a group of Jesuit physician priests
who worked there. She would laugh when she
thought of the picture she sent them: her in full
winter gear, tons of snow, and a sled dog. She
was determined, though, and in 2001 she made
the first of her trips to the small hospital in
Santa Clotilde.
Kerry's deep faith in God allowed her to
overcome her fears so she could travel and work
in a different language, in isolated areas.
Between 2001 and 2005, Kerry spent several
months of each year in the jungle, often taking
other professionals with her. She viewed these
trips as a privilege and always felt she received
as much as she gave to the people of Santa
Clotilde. Between times, she would raise money
and collect equipment while she worked in the
Lower Mainland at the Peace Arch Obstetrical
Clinic and the Bridge Community Health Clinic,
which provides care for refugees and refugee
During this time, Kerry found and married
Patrick Morrissey. A perfect complement to her,
he shared her deep faith, love of travel, music,
charity and a quirky sense of humour. Kerry
joined the South Ridge Community Birth
Program and continued her work with refugees
and fundraising while she and Patrick began a
family. In 2007 and 2009, Kerry and Patrick
were thrilled with the arrival of Claire Marie and
Sarah Grace.
It was clear to all of us who worked with her
that Kerry had a remarkable ability to identify
and bond with her patients. She actively listened
to colleagues, patients and friends, and even
those who only met her a few times were
touched by her great love for others. Kerry made
everyone feel special. As Father Maurice
Schroeder stated, "She chose to see the best in
people and reflect it back to them." Kerry lived
as Mother Teresa suggested: "Let no one ever
come to you without leaving better and happier."
A scholarship supporting medical residents in
global health has been started to honour Kerry
and Sarah's memory. Contributions can be made
to the Kerry and Sarah Morrissey (Telford)
Memorial Award (fund ID S943) through UBC
by calling 1.877.717.4483 or online at supporting,
ubc.ca/kerrytelford. O
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with David Ng
David Ng is a geneticist, science educator, writer and faculty member
based at the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC. He runs a science literacy
lab that has gained a reputation for creating collaborations between
scientists and artists. Of note: (1) He is partly responsible for the massive
DNA helix emblazoned on his building's facade. (2) His Dad beat up Bruce
Lee. (3) His first foray into general publishing featured a unicorn on the
front cover. (4) His latest project, the Phylo Project (phylogame.org), is an
attempt at merging biodiversity education with Pokemon culture.
What is your most prized possession?
Is it bad to say my computer? It has so
many pictures, songs, writings,
compositions, and ideas of mine, that it
would be devastating to lose it. Ergo, my
second most prized possession would
probably be my back-up hard drive.
Who was your childhood hero?
As a child, I thought that David
Attenborough had the best job ever.
Also, Chewbacca was (and still is) my
favourite Star Wars character.
Describe the place you most like to
spend time.
Any place with my wife and children.
They're exemplary.
Whatwas the last thing you read?
The Mysterious Benedict Society by
Trenton Lee Stewart. It's a children's
novel that I'm quite enjoying. Just to
provide some context, I'm currently
off on sabbatical at London's Natural
History Museum and one of my goals
is to lay the foundation for a children's
book where science culture plays a
key role.
What or who makes you laugh out
I'm a big fan (and occasional
contributor) of some of the humour
that McSweeney's publishes. Plus,
sometimes there is the odd picture at
awkwardfamilyphotos.com that will
floor me.
What is the item you have owned for
the longest time?
I have this wonderful book called Life
before Man by Z.F. Snipar. It's
practically falling apart because I
looked through that thing so many
times as a child. I remember the
dinosaur paintings by Zdenek Burian
were done so marvellously that the
creatures looked real: sometimes I even
wondered if they were photographs.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned?
Not to get too frustrated when
something or someone disappoints.
After all, nobody is perfect all of the
time. Or if we want to be a little less
eloquent: everybody gets to be an
a**hole at least some of the time.
Whom do you most admire
(living or dead) ?
Based on the many students
(undergraduate and graduate) I've
had the privilege of interacting with,
I've got to say that students on the
whole are pretty admirable, and some
are downright inspirational. (Where
do they get the time to do all of this
stuff?) From that angle, I'd like to think
that the future looks pretty good.
What's your idea of the perfect day ?
First, a bit of a sleep-in, followed by a
nice outdoor brunch with my family
(maybe some place fancy, even).
Throughout all of this, the children are
behaving immaculately. Then, at the
exact moment that I am to start
mowing the lawn, it rains.
What was your nickname at school?
As you can imagine, I had many
nicknames that were derivatives of my
short-sounding surname. None really
stuck though.
In which era would you most like to
have lived, and why?
Any era where I can get myself a jet
pack. Wouldn't that be awesome? But
if we have to focus on the past, I think
it would have been marvellous to be
one of those gentleman scientists in
the time of Darwin, circa the 1800s.
Imagine, the adventures you'd have
and the thrill of discovery would
probably be unparalleled.
What is your latest purchase?
i% milk, a dozen eggs, and some
microwave popcorn.
If you could invent something, what
would it be?
A lightsaber. A real one, that is.
What are you afraid of?
I'm not a big fan of large spiders.
That's OK though - I hear they're
generally not big fans of people either.
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have.
I wish I was brilliant at drawing. Visual
art always amazes me and it is quite
frustrating to know that I can't do it.
What is your pet peeve?
In public areas: people who can't play
hacky sack, playing hacky sack. In a
word, painful. O
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