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 Tales from the
Old Auditorium ■ 12
On the Art of (
^Being Canadian • 18
Academics and
Avocations ■ 24
Getting Cultivated:
UBC's Botanical Garden • 28
18  On Writing
"On the Art of
Being Canadian"
Sherrill Grace's book explores
what the arts can tell us about
being Canadian.
By Sherrill Grace
21   Blythe Eagles:
Community builder,
UBC stalwart, gardener.
Blythe Eagles set the bar
for volunteering.
By Michael Awmack
28 Getting Cultivated
at UBC
UBC's Botanical Garden is a
haven for serious scientists,
avid gardeners and carefree
nature-lovers alike. What's
behind the garden gate?
31 The Advocate
Wesley Shields, BA'89, is committed to leading the way.
32 Farewell to Marie Earl
After five years transforming alumni services at UBC, Marie Earl is
heading back to California (with a tear in her eye).
45 More MOA
After a multi-million dollar refurbishment, the Museum of
Anthropology is bigger and better.
54 The Last Word
Norm Young, BA'52, wants to be Miss j\merica (and other secrets).
Cover image: The Paralympic torch passes in front ofthe Koerner library on UBC's
Vancouver campus (photo: Martin Dee). DEPARTMENTS
05 Take Note
UBC researchers teach us
about happiness,
sustainability and getting out
the vote in j\rgentina.
Letters to
the Editor
36 Networks &
38 Class Acts
40 Books
42 T-Bird News
46 In Memoriam
What the Trek?
Trek Magazine caption competition
Send your witty captions for this photo (no more than three attempts per person) to Vanessa Clarke
at vanessa.clarke@ubc.ca, or to the mailing address on the right, by May 31. The winner will be chosen
by the Alumni Affairs communications team. The prize will be personal glory and a brand new travel mug
(in which to contain your excitement). We'll print the winning caption, details about the photo, and a new
challenge in the summer issue. (Photo Courtesy UBC Library Archives)
EDITOR IN CHIEF Christopher Petty, MFA'86
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber, BDes
CONTRIBUTORS Michael Awmack, BA'oi, MET'09
Adrienne Watt
CHAIR Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, 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, MBA'06
Marsha Walden, BCom'80
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
Blake Hanna, MBA'82
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)
Tom Dvorak, 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
Marie Earl, AB, MLA
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If you tune your radio to 101.9 in the Lower Mainland (or go to www.citr.ca),
you will be listening to one of the best college radio stations in North
America. You'll hear things you've never heard before (some of which you
may never want to hear again), talk that ranges from brilliant to goofy, and
a playlist of indie, alt and you-name-it music that will, if you'll forgive an
old-school idiom, blow your mind. You'll also hear great DJs who range
from mellow to hysterical and from academic to hilarious. It's the most
entertaining radio you're likely to hear anywhere, and it sounds like the
heart and soul of UBC.
Since CiTR first hit the airwaves in 1974, every one ofthe hosts and DJs
have been volunteers. Some have been on air for 25 years, j^rguably the
most famous among them, Nardwuar the Human Serviette, has been
broadcasting at 3:30 every Friday afternoon since 1987.
CiTR is a great example of people doing things they love for free, and
making the world a better place in the process. (Visit www.citr.ca for more
info and some history.)
We saw another great example of that during the Vancouver Olympics
and Paralympics. I know many people (me included) poo-pooed the games
when Vancouver won the bid, but the way they played out warmed all but
the hardest of hearts. IOC heavy-handedness, gazillions of dollars in
taxpayer expense and predictions of disaster all melted away with a few
bars of "Oh, Canada," some spectacular athletic performances and the
odd, almost tearful feeling of pride we felt.
None of it would have been possible without the help ofthe Blue
Brigade, 20,000 men and women dressed in blue who took tickets, yelled
directions over loudspeakers, groomed snow, drove athletes around,
wiped water droplets off slalom gates so the next racer wouldn't get a
face-full of wet as he or she screamed past, and the hundreds of other
jobs, big and small, that had to be done for things to go right. Impressive,
unbelievable and eye-opening.
UBC also has a cadre of volunteers, without which the university
would grind to a halt. The Board of Governors might be the most visible
and, ultimately, the most powerful volunteer group on campus (they
approve budgets, after all), but it's just the top tier. The Botanical
Garden would still be a stunning place if the FOGS (Friends ofthe
Garden) didn't exist, but it would be inaccessible to you and me without
them. Volunteers at the MOA dedicate their time and knowledge to
teaching programs and the Museum Shop, and volunteer mentors
work with most of our faculties to help students with the sometimes
difficult transition from life at the university to life in the j ob world.
PcnA elsewhere on campus, volunteers work in too many ways to name
to make life better for our students.
Here at the Alumni Association we have an active Board of Directors
that strikes volunteer committees (from Communications and Awards to
Advocacy and Finance) to help us develop and deliver programs and
services for our alumni all over the world.
Over the coming year, the Alumni Association will introduce a new
program designed to coordinate and generate volunteer opportunities for
alumni to use their time and talent in meaningful ways at their alma
mater, and harness the social capital of 252,000 UBC graduates.
In the meantime, tune in to CiTR for a taste of what UBC is like today.
And remember: you're listening to the voice of volunteers.
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.
Perfect Misery
Perfectionism doesn't sound like a particularly
negative human trait. In fact it's become a cliche
for job interviewees, when pressed, to name
perfectionism as one of their faults in a bid to
downplay theirweaknesses orgive them a
positive spin. Psychology professor Paul Hewitt,
however, takes perfectionism very seriously.
"Most people don't understand the toxicity of
perfectionism," he says. "Perfectionists put
enormous pressure on themselves, making their
lives far from perfect."
For many years Hewitt has researched the
connections between perfectionism and poor
social relationships, under-achievement,
ill-health, personality disorders and depression.
With research partner Gordon Flett of York
University, he is currently researching the role
of perfectionism in suicide, specifically, the need
to appear perfect to others (perfectionistic
self-presentation). One area of study focuses
on young people, a demographic with rising
rates of suicide. "The perfectionism and suicide
connection among teens is especially
relevant because of adolescents' inherent
self-consciousness and concerns about social
relationships," he says.
Hewitt and Flett are testing a model they
developed linking social disconnection with
perfectionism and suicidal thoughts. A recent
study involved a group of young people, aged
eight to twenty, who receive outpatient
psychiatric counselling at BC Children's
Hospital. It yielded information on their
perfectionism, experience of bullying, sense of
social hopelessness, and their thought of and
attempts at suicide.
Individuals with perfectionism often crave
acceptance from others and fear rejection. They
are typically self-critical (yet sensitive to the
criticism of others), have a tendency to retreat
from the world, and can experience anger,
depression and rigidity of thought. They can
procrastinate or unconsciously hinder themselves
to prevent facing the possibility that their best
may not be perfect. To others they may appear
hostile. It's a sad irony (known as a neurotic
paradox in the world of psychology) that the
thing most perfectionists crave - acceptance -
is made more elusive by their behaviour. In
the case of perfectionist children, the way they
are perceived can even make them the target
"We urgently need to know more about the
mechanisms of perfectionism, howit starts,
how it develops," says Hewitt. "If we are to
provide better interventions and targeted
treatments, we don't need more evidence that
perfectionism is a problem, we need to know
why it's a problem."
Hewitt is a clinical psychologist who has
worked with people from all walks of life and has
seen the destruction caused by perfectionism.
"I have worked with extreme perfectionists for
many years and I am still surprised by the depth
of their pain and the level of their desire to die,"
he says. "Perfectionists try to be the perfect
patient. Our goal is to help them see and accept
who they are under the perfect facade."
Marijuana and Alzheimer's:
Helpful or Harmful?
0 The benefits of marijuana in tempering or
reversing the effects of Alzheimer's disease
have been challenged in a new study by
researchers at UBC and Vancouver Coastal
Health Research Institute.
The findings, published in the journal
Current Alzheimer Research, could lower
expectations about the benefits of medical
marijuana in combating various cognitive
diseases and help redirect future research to
more promising therapies.
Previous studies using animal models showed
thatHU210, a synthetic form ofthe compounds
found in marijuana, reduced the toxicity of
plaques and promoted the growth of new
neurons. Those studies used rats carrying
amyloid protein, the toxin that forms plaques in
the brains of Alzheimer's victims.
The new study, led by Dr. Weihong Song,
Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer's Disease
and a professor of psychiatry in the UBC
Faculty of Medicine, was the first to test those
findings using mice carrying human genetic
mutations that cause Alzheimer's disease,
widely considered to be a more accurate model
for the disease in humans.
"As scientists, we begin every study hoping to
be able to confirm beneficial effects of potential
therapies, and we hoped to confirm this for the
use of medical marijuana in treating Alzheimer's
disease," says Song, a member ofthe Brain
Research Centre at UBC and VCH Research
Institute and Director of Townsend Family
Laboratories at UBC. "But we didn't see any
benefit at all. Instead, our study pointed to some
detrimental effects."
Over a period of several weeks, some ofthe
Alzheimer's-affiicted mice were given varying
doses of HU210 - also known as cannabinoids -
which is 100 to 800 times more potent than the
marijuana compounds. Their memory was then
tested. The mice treated with HU210 did no
better than untreated mice, with those given
low doses of HU210 performing the worst.
The researchers also found that HU210-treated
mice had just as much plaque formation and the
same density of neurons as the control group.
The group given higher doses actually had fewer
brain cells.
"Our study shows that HU210 has no
biological or behavioural effect on the established
Alzheimer's disease model," says Song, the Jack
Brown and Family Professor and Chair in
Alzheimer's Disease. "More studies should be
done before we place much hope in marijuana's
benefits for Alzheimer's patients."
Can Money Buy Happiness?
© The idea that money can't buy happiness
has, to some degree, been upheld by scientific
evidence. Three studies involving UBC researchers
would suggest that money isn't the strongest
factor and might even be detrimental to the
pursuit of happiness.
Psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn
co-conducted a study with international
colleagues designed to assess how wealth affects
people's ability to enjoy life's small pleasures.
"While wealth opens doors to great experiences,
it appears to undercut people's ability to savour,"
On Alzheimer's
Approximately 500,000 Canadians are
living with Alzheimer's disease or a related
Ofthe 500,000 people affected, more than
71,000 of them are under the age of 65, and
approximately 50,000 of them are under
the age of 60.
1 in 11 people over the age of 65 currently
have Alzheimer's disease or a related
Women make up 72 per cent of Canadians
with Alzheimer's disease.
Within just five years, an additional 250,000
Canadians could develop Alzheimer's
disease or a related dementia.
Within a generation (25 years), the number
of people living with Alzheimer's disease or
a related dementia could reach between 1
million and 1.3 million.
she says, summing up the study's conclusions.
The study subjects - 350 working adults -
answered questions designed to assess their
ability to savour life in six different situations,
including a romantic weekend away and
completing an important task. They were also
asked about their level of happiness, current
wealth, and desire for future wealth. The
questionnaire included an image of money, to
prime the subjects' thoughts while answering the
questions. (A control group's questionnaire, also
contained the image, but it was indecipherably
blurred.) Another experiment involved giving
subjects a piece of chocolate to eat and leading
them to believe it was for a taste test. They
answered a questionnaire while researchers
timed how long they took to savour the chocolate.
The test subjects were again exposed to an
image of money. Those exposed to the image
took less time to eat the chocolate. This study's
co-researchers were Dino Petrides of University
College London, England; Moira Mikolajczak of
the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium;
and visiting PhD student Jordi Quoidbach from
the University of Liege, also in Belgium.
A second UBC study, in conjunction with
Harvard Business School, demonstrates that
people overestimate the effect of income level
on happiness. Subjects were asked to estimate
their own and others' happiness at 10 income
levels from $25,000 to $1 million. The researchers
then compared the results with existing data on
income and happiness. The subjects associated
greater unhappiness with a low income than is
actually the case (although they were accurate
in their predictions for incomes of $90,000 and
over). The lead author was Lara Akin, a PhD
student working with Dunn. "There is a real but
modest relationship between money and
happiness," she says. "But our studies show that
adult Americans erroneously believe that
earning less than median income is associated
with severely diminished happiness."
A third UBC study by John Helliwell and
graduate student Haifang Huang (now teaching
at the University of Alberta) demonstrated that
the level of trust employees had for managers
was a major factor in their life satisfaction. "If
employees are higher by one point on a 10-point
scale in their assessment ofthe trustworthiness
of their managers," says Helliwell, "the effect on
their life satisfaction is equal to a pay increase of
6   TREK    SPRING 2010 more than 30 per cent." Trust in multiple life
areas leads to even greater satisfaction, says
Helliwell, who authored another paper (with
grad student Shun Wang) using well-being data
from the Gallup World Poll and the Canadian
General Social Survey. The surveys asked if
respondents believed their (hypothetically) lost
wallet would be returned by police, neighbours,
strangers and other individuals. "Those who
think their lost wallet would be returned if
found by a neighbour or the police report an
increase in subjective well-being similar to that
associated with an increase of household
income of about two thirds," says Helliwell.
African Entrepreneurship 101
While business entrepreneurship has profit as
its defining goal, social entrepreneurship aims
to produce something of lasting value for
communities. It seeks innovative and sustainable
solutions to help solve social problems. A course
based out ofthe Sauder School of Business has
been combating poverty and unemployment in a
Nairobi slum since 2006 by encouraging
economic growth and diversity through the
teaching of business skills to locals.
Every year associate professor Nancy
Langton visits Kibera, the largest slum in
East Africa, taking with her graduate and
undergraduate students who teach local
would-be entrepreneurs the skills they need
to succeed, including accounting, marketing,
and managing human resources. So far, 225
local youth have participated.
The idea was inspired by a similar initiative in
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside: Entrepreneurship
"... the best things
in life may actually
undercut the ability
to reap enjoyment
from life's small
101, which started in 2001 with a grant from
HSBC. Faculty and students not only taught
residents the basics of setting up a small
business, they also removed barriers to
attending class. They provided childcare, transit
fare and a meal to those attendees who required
them. Several small businesses were established
as a result ofthe program.
In Kibera, Kenyan youth take part in an
intensive three-week program that helps them
draft a business plan they can use to help secure
financial loans. Micro-financing institutions, in
particular, are interested in these enterprises,
and are a growing trend in some African
countries. The program emphasizes social
impact and some entrepreneurial efforts have
been directed towards such things as AIDS
education and garbage recycling. Other
enterprises emerging from the program include
restaurants, graphic design services and
business plan consultancy.
Langton spends time promoting the program
to Kenyan church parishioners in an effort to
encourage continued support and mentorship
for youth. She also encourages members ofthe
UBC community to lend a hand. "There are so
many ways to be involved with this project," she
says. "We can use help with writing grants,
marketing, curriculum development, with
mentorship, with micro-financing ideas."
Learn more at www.africa.sauder.ubc.ca and
follow on Twitter: SElOlAfrica.
Sharing the Health
O UBC is the first Canadian institution to sign
the Statement of Principles and Strategies for
the Equitable Dissemination of Medical
Technologies, j^long with 14 major institutions
in the US, the university has pledged to make
drugs and therapies resulting from research
discoveries more accessible to those in
developing countries. The principles include
ensuring generic versions of patented drugs
for those unable to afford them, and methods
for monitoring the effectiveness of access
licensing programs.
The thrust for this initiative came originally
from the student-driven organization Universities
Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM). In 2007
UBC responded to this organization's calls for
actionby setting up the GlobalAccess Initiative
(GAI), which encompassed other research
discoveries as well as medical. "Biotechnology
was the most apparent use, but in developing
our Global Access Principles we sought to apply
them in the broadest sense possible," says the
director of UBC's Industry Liaison Office, Angus
Livingstone. "UBC research has a stellar track
record of addressing real-world problems,
including those experienced by both developing
and developed nations: food security, sustainability
and the environment." Because of his involvement
setting up the GAI, Livingstone was able to lend
his experience in formulating the new statement,
alongside US university colleagues and the
Association of University Technology.
First year medical student Mike Gretes is
chair ofthe UBC chapter of UAEM. He applauds
UBC's involvement and hopes the university will
take a leading role in encouraging other
universities to come on board, in expanding the
principles beyond drugs and medical technologies,
and in including poor populations based in
middle income countries.
"UBC's leadership in both technology transfer
and global access principles is recognized by
other institutions and agencies such as the
GATES Foundation-funded Consortium for
Parasitic Drug Development," says Livingstone.
"This is especially poignant in today's dire
economic times. But in encouraging our
industry partners to rethink their practices and
the potential positive impact this approach may
have, we're bringing the essence of innovation
and discovery one step further as global citizens."
UBC Votes for Argentina
© Since 2006, UBC has helped to shape political
and electoral debate in j^rgentina through its
involvement in the website project j^rgentina
Elections (www.argentinaelections.com). The
website analyzes, strengthens and deepens
public debate about the Argentine electoral
regime and its influence in the political system.
The site is based on the experience of another
website project, Peru Elections 2006, which
was developed and run by UBC political science
professor Maxwell Cameron. A team of
researchers and political scientists worked
with Dr. Cameron, including Hugo Passarello
Luna a graduate of UBC's International
Relations and Film Production program and
recipient ofthe Mary M. Young Global Citizen
Award from Argentina.
In countries where access to information is
complex, limited and arguably credible, the site
aims to provide reliable, complete and free data
to academics and citizens. Since its creation in late
2006, the site has received more than 348,000
visits and is considered the leading electoral
resource in the country and one ofthe most
important in the region.
The site is a non-partisan, plural and
academic publication, which earned it the
recognition ofthe National Electoral Chamber
(equivalent to Elections Canada), the National
Electoral Commission OArgentina's supreme
electoral court), all national political parties and
various electoral offices around the world. Since
2008 the team was invited to be part ofthe
select ACE Electoral Knowledge Network
developed by the worldwide leading electoral
organizations IDEA, IFES, Elections Canada and
the United Nations Department of Economic
and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
The website has the most complete electoral
guide of Argentina, with detailed information
for voters, and it contains more than 50 interviews
of top political figures, including several
candidates from the last two national elections.
The online debate is launched. .Argentine
citizens, and the rest ofthe world, are benefiting
from a tool that helps to reinforce democratic
institutions by promoting transparency and
encouraging electoral debate in a scenario
where political confrontation is common.
.Argentina Elections would like to thank the
continuous support of Dr. Cameron and UBC,
especially the Office of Learning Technology for
its generosity. If you would like to know more
contact Hugo Passarello Luna, .Argentina
Elections' director, at info@argentinaelections.
com or visit www.argentinaelections.com
New Building on Sustainability Street
UBC is constructing what it hopes will be North
America's greenest building, one that will be an
inspiring example of how to live sustainably and
an ongoing experiment for developing improved
methods. Even the building's occupants will be
part ofthe experiment.
The Centre for Interactive Research on
Sustainability (CIRS), as it will be known, will be
greenhouse gas positive, a net energy producer,
and a showcase ofthe latest in green building
technologies and practice. For example, it will
use rain water exclusively, and all waste water
will be treated on site. Everything will be
monitored including heating, cooling, lighting,
equipment use and human behaviour. Occupants
will be kept informed about green measures and
will be able to indicate how useful and effective
these measures are.
The $37 million construction, due to be
completed by next summer, will be the hub of
the university's new sustainability initiative.
The project is being led by John Robinson, a
professor at the Institute for Resources,
Environment and Sustainability and the new
executive director of sustainability for UBC's
Vancouver campus. "CIRS will create a single
home for UBC's sustainable activities," he says.
"It's particularly appropriate to take a highly
innovative new approach and put it in the most
sustainable building in North America."
The building and initiative will centralize and
streamline sustainability efforts, encompassing
research, operations, and commercialization. As
well as academic partners such as SFU, Emily
Carr and BCIT, the centre will have commercial
partners such as BC Hydro, Haworth and
Honeywell. It will also serve as a driver for
public involvement. "Community engagement
isn't just desirable in principle," says Robinson,
"it's actually necessary to achieve a sustainable
future. Politicians can't act to change things
without a constituency for that change. Business
can't deliver sustainable products and services if
there isn't a market."
Cleaning Soil-ution
© UBC professor Lindsay Eltis is leading a
project to clean up contaminated soil at military
sites. The main culprit is the explosive RDX, a
nitramine commonly used as a propellant for
tank shells that was developed duringWWII.
Dr. Eltis' team is searching for ways to
remediate the environmental contamination
caused by RDX. The main weapon in the
researchers' armoury is Gordonia, a type of
bacteria that has evolved to thrive on the
contaminants RDX leaves behind. Eltis describes
them as the ultimate garbage incinerators, and
will be exploring their biochemical and genetic
pathways in a bid to improve strategies for
removing toxins from the soil. Harnessing the
properties of certain bacteria has the potential
for providing a cheaper and more effective
The University of
UBC has already met international targets
established by the Kyoto Protocol - a six per
cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
(GHGs) from 1990 levels - for its core
academic buildings. On March 22, Professor
Toope announced UBC's new goals:
reduce GHGs an additional 33 per cent
from 2007 levels by 2015
reduce GHGs to 67 per cent below 2007
levels by 2020
eliminate 100 per cent of GHGs by 2050
For more information on UBC's sustainability
drive, visit www.sustain.ubc.ca
alternative to current clean-up methods, which
involve removing and incinerating soil.
This study into the potential for bio degradation
of explosives is a $3.45 million project funded by
Genome BC and the US Military. Soil samples
are being provided by Defence Research and
Development Canada, an Agency of the
Canadian Department of National Defence.
Dr. Eltis, a professor of microbiology and
immunology, also leads an interdisciplinary
research group that is exploring the use of microorganism for the degradation of PCBs. Microorganisms also hold promise in the development
of novel therapeutics to treat infectious
diseases, and Dr. Eltis is founding director ofthe
Centre for Tuberculosis Research at UBC.
Changing Mass to Gas
O A flrst-of-its-kind bioenergy project at UBC
will generate enough clean electricity to power
1,500 homes, reduce the university's natural gas
consumption by up to 12 per cent and eliminate
up to 4,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
peryear, the equivalent of taking 1,100 cars off
the road.
The $26 million Bioenergy Research and
Demonstration Project will be the first North
.American demonstration of a biomass-fueled
heat-and-power generation system. UBC's
Vancouver campus will see the installation of a
biomass gasification system that will operate in
co-generation mode for electric power production
Cigdem Eskicioglu is
turning waste into energy.
(up to six per cent ofthe campus's average
demand) and in thermal mode to produce steam
(about 25 per cent of campus requirement).
It will also provide research and learning
opportunities for faculty and students, yield
valuable new knowledge in the clean energy
sector and inform new global standards for
bioenergy system performance. The project is a
partnership with Vancouver-based Nexterra
Systems Corp. and GE Water & Power.
Engineering More
Sustainable Communities
O UBC Okanagan engineering professor Cigdem
Eskicioglu is working with BC farms, factories,
municipalities such as the City of Kelowna, and
a pulp mill in Quesnel to identify effective ways
to turn their organic waste into renewable
energy - methane - and organic fertilizer in
anaerobic digesters.
Eskicioglu's research is improving energy
production from agricultural and industrial
waste by thermal/mechanical disintegration
methods, while also diverting waste from
landfills and reducing pathogens, odour, and
greenhouse gas emissions. "In Canada, our
waste is not utilized as a resource," says
Eskicioglu. "If we can make use ofthe waste in
innovative ways to extract energy and recycle it
within our communities, this will take Canada a
step closer to achieving its Kyoto targets for
greenhouse gas reduction."©
Place and Promise:
The Process of Definition
Stephen J. Toope, President, UBC
Every few years most universities - and indeed
most individuals - find it useful to reflect on the
goals and aspirations that inform their activities.
Is the institution on the right path? Is it fulfilling
its mandate to the people it serves? Is it focussing on its strengths? Is it building resources to
combat its weaknesses? Is it the best it can be?
As the president of one of the world's top
research universities, I see it as my responsibility
to ensure that this analysis is undertaken and to
lead the formulation and implementation of a
plan for the future.
Of course, building a strategic plan hasn't been a
one-person job. Other university leaders, faculty,
staff, students and alumni have contributed
untold hours of work over the past 18 months to
help bring this plan together. As such, it reflects a
deep understanding of the university - its great
parts and its less strong - and a powerful desire
to make their university even better.
UBC's new strategic plan, Place and Promise,
builds on the excellent work represented in Trek
2010, the strategic plan endorsed by the university
community in 2006. Many of the goals put forth
in that document have been achieved. For
instance, "UBC... aspires to be one of the world's
leading universities..." is no longer an aspiration;
it is a reality.
The traditional approach to building a strategic
plan is to craft a vision statement that outlines, in
general, the overarching goals that will define the
university. This is the vision we - the combined
talent pool mentioned above - aspire to at UBC:
As one ofthe world's leading universities, The
University of British Columbia creates an exceptional
learning environment that fosters global citizenship,
advances a civil and sustainable society, and
supports outstanding research to serve the people
of British Columbia, Canada and the world.
Then, following tradition, a mission statement
would be crafted that defined some of the tactics
to be undertaken to achieve our vision. But this is
where we abandoned tradition and struck out into
new territory, at least as it applies to institutional
definition. Instead, we looked at the values we
hold as individuals and how those values might
apply to a leading public university like UBC.
These values - academic freedom; advancing and
sharing knowledge; excellence; integrity; mutual
respect and equity; and public interest - are as
close as we could come to describing an ideal
values-environment for our university.
Our community then elaborated nine commitments
we will undertake to create an exceptional learning
environment. These commitments are the priorities
that determine how our financial and intellectual
resources will be used in the years to come. The
central commitments are student learning, research
excellence and community engagement. They are
buttressed by six commitments that speak more
precisely to our situation at UBC: aboriginal
engagement, alumni engagement, intercultural
understanding, international engagement, outstanding work environment, and sustainability.
This combination of vision, values and commitments
is unique among world universities and continues
the process of defining UBC's distinct footprint as
an outstanding institution of teaching, learning
and research.
Those of our alumni and friends for whom we
have email addresses will have received an
expanded version of our rationale and process
for Place and Promise, along with my invitation to
visit www.ubc.strategicplan.ca for a complete,
downloadable copy of Place and Promise. I invite
Trek Magazine readers to do the same.
A Fond Farewell
Marie Earl, Executive Director,
UBC Alumni Association,
Associate Vice President, Alumni
I've been here in beautiful British Columbia for more than five years now.
Long enough to feel seriously conflicted when Canada loses to USA in the
preliminary round of Olympic men's hockey games. My loyalties straddle
these two great nations and two of their finest institutions: the University of
British Columbia, for which I have had the privilege of serving as Associate
Vice President, Alumni, and Executive Director of the UBC Alumni
Association, and my alma mater Stanford University.
I'll be leaving my job at UBC at the end of the academic year in May to
return to California. My husband and I have taken turns professionally these
past 30 years, and he has recently taken on an executive leadership role in
Silicon Valley.
The past five years here have been enormously rewarding for me professionally,
as we have been able to make real advances in the relationship UBC has with
its alumni body, to the benefit of both UBC and alumni. In this instance, "we"
includes UBC's leadership team, the volunteer leaders of the UBC Alumni
Association Board of Directors, partners all across the university, and the 30
professionals who make up the UBC Alumni Affairs team at UBC's Point Grey
and Okanagan campuses, at the Medical Student & Alumni Centre (near
Vancouver General Hospital), and at UBC's Asia Pacific Regional Office in
Hong Kong. In addition to this dedicated cadre, thousands of students, alumni
and friends have contributed their time, talent, and treasure to making our
community one of value to us all.
While it will be terribly difficult to leave UBC, I take comfort in the degree
of ownership these many stakeholders feel toward our collective enterprise.
Moreover, UBC's new strategic plan, Place & Promise, includes alumni
engagement as one of nine institutional commitments, creating a roadmap for
our future. Our vision - "UBC engages its alumni fully in the life of the
institution, as valued supporters, advocates and lifelong learners who contribute
to and benefit from connections to each other and to the University."
I have no doubt that we will one day realize this vision and have promised to
come back in 2013 for the opening of UBC's Alumni Centre (now in the design
and fundraising stage) at the heart of the new University Square development
on our Point Grey campus. Until then, I will continue to track your progress
from south of the border with real pleasure and immense pride. Tuum Est!
First impressions count, and that goes for places as well as people. Take
UBC's Vancouver campus, for example. Many people coming here for the first
time are overwhelmed by the size, scope and complexity of the university,
and find it hard to know where to start.
Surveys tell us that a great many UBC alumni return to campus after graduation.
Some come to take courses, some to attend events, some to show off the
campus to visitors and some just to visit old haunts. Even though landmarks like
the Ladner Clock Tower and Main Library still provide a comforting familiarity,
the campus is growing and changing so rapidly it might be a daunting place
for them to navigate.
During the past five years on the Board of Directors, I've become familiar with
the many campus changes. I can only wonder what an alumnus from even 10
years ago must think when he or she visits UBC again for the first time. They
may well be as disoriented as a first-time visitor.
Fortunately, there's a major transformation in the pipeline designed to
make our campus accessible, welcoming and inviting, a place to spend time,
no matter what brings you back. Our new Alumni Centre will provide that
transformation in grand style.
The Centre will be located west of War Memorial Gym and south of the
Student Union Building at the corner of University Boulevard and East Mall,
which has been aptly described as the heart of the Vancouver campus. It will
be a landmark, a first port of call for visitors. It will be a vibrant hub where the
campus community can gather, meet, celebrate and connect with the rich
intellectual and social life of the university. It will celebrate our past and be a
cornerstone of our future.
The new Alumni Centre - along with a new and expanded Student Union
Building - will be part of an extensive makeover of University Boulevard, with
Where the Heart is:
A Home for Alumni
Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, MBA,
MA, Chair, UBC Alumni Association
the redeveloped area designed to transform the way we see, feel, access and
enjoy the Vancouver campus.
Many people have worked for years to make the University Boulevard
revamp a reality. The planning process has been shared, criticized, altered
and improved, with students, alumni and staff all contributing to an eventual
outcome in which we will all share.
One of the hardest workers in this regard has been the Association's
Executive Director, Marie Earl. Since her arrival, Marie has been a driving
force behind this and every other alumni endeavour at UBC. From our events
and communications to our impact on faculties and senior administrators,
Marie has increased the quality and the frequency of our activities, and has
easily doubled the level of our engagement with our alumni. She has
increased our confidence and improved our work to the point where we can
say that the alumni programs offered at UBC are the best in the country.
Marie is returning to California after providing five years of outstanding
leadership. She leaves almost as reluctantly as we wave her off.
Marie, we wish you a happy and successful future. On behalf of our quarter
million strong UBC alumni, "Thank you!"
Dear Editor:
The Fall issue of TVe/c was a great blend of
history and news, with many interesting articles.
I enjoy the nuggets you have been digging up
about UBC.
What prompted me to write was an article
that sparked an old memory. You mention the
Engineering E Block on pg. 23. Yes, I remember
walking past it from the parking lot. Yes, it was
painted over by many faculties but the engineers
always had it repainted as fast as could be.
Students had great stories about how the block
was indestructible.
The E Block was also special because it was the
only faculty-related item that I can remember
that was repeatedly defaced. I don't think any
other faculty had something like the E Block,
which is why I always thought the greatest stunt
played on it was the "tar and feather" job done in
the early 1980s. It took the 'geers weeks to clean
it. The strange thing was it never was covered by
the campus paper. I don't recall any public
statement of responsibility but I seem to
remember it occurring during Commerce week.
As it did no lasting damage, harmed no students,
and was original, it stands out in my mind as
worthy of being the prank highlight of a decade.
Keep on producing an enjoyable magazine.
Eric Bachleitner, BCom'85
Dear Editor:
I recall with unusual clarity the weeks of 1988
during which partners in mischief programmed
the Ladner Clock Tower Carillon to play Battle
Hymn of the Republic, better known to us 'geers
as the Engineer's Song. At that time there was no
cassette player in the control room, but a real
Carillon system using perforated paper tape
cylinders like those found on a player piano.
I was responsible for creating the paper tape
program to play that memorable tune.
Allen Dong, PEng, BASc'92
Ed - The mystery of how the Clock Tower's
chimes are generated has been resolved for us
by George McLaughlin, facilities manager with
UBC Building Operations:
"The clock tower does not have any bells, but
has speakers, and it always had speakers. There is
a carillon system in the small bunker beside the
clock tower. Its chimes used to be operated by a
mechanical clock and chain system, which has
since been replaced by an electronic system. The
carillon also used to be operated using a perforated
tape - in fact I used to do this for Congregation.
There is also an organ in the bunker and, when the
system is switched to manual, its sound is played
through the speakers." O
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SPRING 2010   TREK   11 The Old Auditorium is one
of UBC's original buildings.
Over many decades it has been
a hub of student activity and a
favourite venue for musical
and theatrical performances.
Since walls can't talk, we asked
alumni to send us their
recollections about this
campus landmark.
(Director, Vancouver Civic Theatres)
As a theatre major in the beginning years of that
department, my student life centred around the
Old Auditorium. I was a member ofthe Players'
Club, worked on Mussoc shows, crewed for
rentals, built scenery and focussed lights for
Summer School of Theatre, Summer School of
Opera and Theatre Department shows, the lot.
One of these was Henry TV- Parti starring a
young John Wright as Prince Henry. Crammed
into a corner backstage during the battle scenes
was Bill Millerd (now artistic director of
Vancouver's .Arts Club Theatre Company) playing
a little snare drum and ducking as fellow students
ran on and offstage swinging real-steel Stratford
swords. jAnd of course I was on stage acting
whenever that opportunity came along too.
The Old Auditorium was where I learned one
ofthe most important lessons of my life. The
Players' Club annually produced a noon-hour,
one-act comedy called Her Scienceman lover
and ran it for several performances each year. It
was written by Eric Nicol when he was a student
in the 1940s and from the beginning Norman
Young played the male lead, an engineering
student named Joe Beef. By the time I was a
student in the '60s Norman had become the
technical director for the Theatre Department,
was in his 30s and wore the part of Joe Beef like a
second skin, knew exactly where every laugh was
and could milk an audience dry. Or maybe it was
the case that Eric Nicol had originally written
the part for him, so he just had to act himself.
That year, backstage after the opening
performance, Norman tossed me his engineering
jacket and slide rule and said "Here, you play Joe
Beef tomorrow. I can't make it." I had worked
the show the year before and this year sol knew
the lines and blocking, knew the timing and
where the laughs were. So the next day, on I
went, pretending as hard as I could to be
Norman, letting the gag lines fly and holding for
the laughs - which never, ever came. Not a single
laugh. Just a deathly silence. From that moment
on I eliminated acting as a career option.
12   TREK   SPRING 2010 R. A. HAWRELAK BASc'58, MASc'60
I remember the Old Aud well, especially the
rivalry between the nurses and the engineers
regarding who could put on the filthiest skit.
Those yearly sessions were jam-packed and we
usually had to skip our 11:00 .AM class to get a seat.
"Mom, I can't believe it! Your name is scrawled
in huge letters on the ceiling backstage at the
UBC Auditorium." I could just picture my
daughter at the other end ofthe telephone,
rolling her eyes with horror and giggling. Truly, I
had quite forgotten that 28 years before that call
I had managed to climb the rigging carrying a
paint pot to autograph the old 1925 brickwork at
the very highest point. That Old Auditorium was
like home to me and to a wild and eccentric
gaggle of drama students in the early 1960s. The
professors were not much older than we were
and, although we all worked hard on every
production, we played like there was no
tomorrow. These were our salad days. Thank
heavens the walls cannot talk.
The drama professor and director in 1962 was
the late John Brockington, whom we all admired
and respected, and my first showwas Shakespeare's
Henry TV- Parti. My roommate, the late Katherine
Robertson, was assistant director. .After
graduation she became the production manager
of jAnne of Green Gables in Charlottetown and
for several seasons at the Stratford Festival in
Niagara on the Lake. She married British-born
actor/director Paxton Whitehead, moving with
him to the US. She returned to stage-manage the
opening of EXPO 86. My other roommate, Nora
Wright (McNeill), played Mistress Quickly, the
hostess of Boar's Head Tavern. I played the
slovenly serving wench with no lines - only a
cackle and a drunken roll down the staircase
clutching a goblet of wine. I got a huge laugh on
opening night much to Brockington's disgust.
He gave me a stern lecture about trying to steal
the scene from Sir John Falstaff, played by John
Brighton. Henry, Prince of Wales, was none
other than John Wright, who became the head
of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing (1994-
1999). John later founded Vancouver's Blackbird
Theatre in 2004 with fellow graduate Nicola
Cavendish, a legendary actress, director and
writer. .Another member ofthe cast was Alan
Scarfe, who played Owen Glendower. .Alan was
"Mom, I can't believe it! Your name is
scrawled in huge letters on the ceiling backstage
at the UBC Auditorium."
born in England and had a rich British accent
that took him far. After his time at UBC he
became a professional actor, first in 1964 at the
Vancouver Playhouse starring in Julius Caesar,
and later spent many seasons at the Stratford
Shakespeare Festival travelling the breadth of
Canada writing, acting and directing. Alan is
probably best known for the starring role in the
TV series Seven Days and in 1985 won a Genie
Award for Best Performance as an Actor in The
Bay Boy. Other talented actors like Mike
Mathews and Karl Wylie were part ofthe golden
years ofthe early'60s at UBC.
The Auditorium was also home to Mussoc.
During the two years I was there, we staged Once
Upon a Mattress, a 1959 off-Broadway adaption
of Hans Christian .Andersen's The Princess and
the Pea with music by Mary Rogers, and the
following year the very popular Bye Bye Birdie,
with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee
Adams. In the former I danced the prologue
with choreography by the late Grace Macdonald,
who later hired me for the ballet company ofthe
Vancouver International Festival, which
included dancing inMerry Wives of Windsor,
with the witches in Macbeth, and as the evil
mermaid inPeterPan. Grace introduced me to
the production team at Theatre Under the Stars
and gave me my start as a professional ballet and
jazz dancer. For 33 years Grace choreographed
most ofthe Mussoc productions, and musical
theatre thrived under her in the Old Auditorium.
It would be a shame if her name and contribution
were forgotten.
"Mom, I have something to confess,"
announced my daughter, Meg, on the telephone
yesterday. "On graduation night, I climbed a
ladder backstage in the Freddy Wood Theatre
and scrawled my name at the highest possible
place near the ceiling: Meg Ross, BFA'96."
JOHN R. BENNEST BSc(Physics)'7l
I was a member ofthe UBC Film Society from
1966 to 1971, and fondly recall operating our
carbon-arc-lamp 16mm projectors in the tiny
projection booth ofthe Old Aud for general film
presentations on Thursdays, noon to midnight,
and for Cinema 16 (the student film society) on
Monday evenings.
My favourite recollection is when we ran a
double-feature ofthe Beatles movies A Hard
Day's Night and HEIP!We sold out the house
for all shows, and did it again some weeks later
in response to the enormous demand.
This was at a time when we were charging
SPRING 2010   TREK   13 "... Diane came down
hard with her high heel
shoes on Mary's foot
and she danced away
with three shoes on and
Mary only had one. We
laughed so hard we cried
but Mary didn't think it
was very funny"
$0.50 admission. We set up two tables, one at
each lobby door, and those with exact change
dropped their coins into a box on the table as
they rushed by to find a seat. The money
generated by this spectacular event helped to
finance various capital costs involved in our
subsequent move into the new Student Union
I was at UBC in 1960-61 for my first year at
university and had my psychology class in the
Auditorium. There were so many people in that
class, but none of my friends had come to
university and I didn't know anyone. I always sat
in the same place for security, as we often do, on
the left side near the front and got to know some
people around me. We often went afterwards to
get UBC's famous cinnamon buns and talk about
the ideas presented by the professor in the class.
The most memorable class for me was when
the professor had a young fellow burst into the
Auditorium from the back, halfway through the
class, run down the aisle and out the front stage.
.Another young fellow chased him. The professor
continued on as if it hadn't happened. Then he
paused and asked us what the young man who
was chasing the first was wearing. Many people
had different descriptions of what he had on, his
height, hair colour, and so on, and we quickly
learned that our testimony in being a witness to
a crime might not be reliable.
There were many other happy or interesting
times in the Auditorium but I particularly
remember Rolf Harris with his didgeridoo and
wobble board singing Tie Me Kangaroo Down,
Sport and all the Road Runner movies.
(Professor Emeritus)
Surely one ofthe historic events was when,
on a weekend with nobody there, the entire
ceiling collapsed.
As a student in the '50s I watched Premier
Bennett lose his temper after being heckled and
throw his book of notes at the hecklers. He then
walked out leaving his Attorney General Robert
Bonnor to finish.
In the early 1960s my friend was in How to
Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Mary
Stewart (the Olympic swimmer and mascot of
the BC Lions) had a lead role. My friend, Diane
O'Hara (Hood), had a dancing part in the show.
During the number Diane came down hard with
her high heel shoes on Mary's foot and she
danced away with three shoes on and Mary only
had one. We laughed so hard we cried but Mary
didn't think it was very funny.
The guys at UBC in those years spent every
long Thursday lunch hour in the Auditorium
watching Road Runner cartoons.
I don't remember any specifics about shows in
the Auditorium, but I do remember Psych 100
classes there. I think there were more than 500
of us in the class! It was quite an experience for a
kid from Magee, whose graduating class was a
fraction of that size.
My best memories are of cinnamon buns and
hot chocolate in the Cafeteria. As a commuter, I
parked in Siberia, which was a good 20 minute
walk from the center of campus. My regular stop
in the Cafeteria fortified me for the day. I also
remember that it seemed to rain every Thursday
afternoon during the fall of 1960, my freshman
year, and on Thursdays I had a late lab so my car
pool left without me. I remember waiting for the
bus and feeling honored to stand in the rain with
the cinnamon-bun lady, who made those
wonderful confections.
I remember Robert Stanfield speaking in the Old
Auditorium, not during an election campaign,
but after he was elected leader ofthe Progressive
Conservatives, and at a time when many thought
he'd be the next PM. I remember being impressed
by his earnest approach, but wondering why
they had dressed him in a plaid suit. DON CHUTTER BCom'44
The reasons why so many UBC grads have
memories about the Aud are because it was a
multi-purpose building and in earlier times was
the hub of many student activities. I daresay
that in my days most students entered the
building, if not daily, at least on a weekly basis.
It was the location for a whole host of
activities: student assemblies and election
campaigns, pep meets, visiting bands and star
musicians, prominent guest speakers, concerts
by the UBC Band (featuring Phil Nimmons on
the clarinet and George Reifel on the drums)
and periodic performances of Her Scienceman
lover (sub-titled The Birth of a Nation) written
by Jabez (later revealed to be Eric Nicol). The
Aud was also the scene of convocations in the
days of smaller graduation classes.
The Aud also housed the Musical Society's
club room (at stage level) and, above it, the
Players' Club's Green Room. I can't speak for the
former (we Players' Clubbers tended to look
down at the Mussoc both physically and
culturally) but the Green Room was the daily
hangout for a lively group of talented students
and exceptionally pretty girls. Many freshettes
tried out for the Players' Club. Male and female
characters with stage experience usually were
admitted by the adjudication committee, as
were the aforesaid campus beauties. Some ofthe
latter could also act well and the others were
gainfully occupied in backstage work.
But it was the Cafeteria in the Aud's basement
that was the main centre of activity, especially in
the lunch hour when students converged there
to eat their sandwiches or buy Caf food and the
notorious Caf coffee. This was also the meeting
place for fraternities and sororities. Each had a
reserved table. At other times ofthe day the
tables were sometimes used by avid bridge
players or for meetings of smaller clubs.
jAnd outside of the Aud was the quad, a
crossroads of students going to and from
adjacent classrooms - another aspect that made
the Aud so central to daily campus life and
future memories.
BRENDA GUILD BSc(Zoology,Hons)'72
In April of 1969, on a sweltering morning, I had
an exam in the Old Auditorium, which was a
tinderbox. I was 17, finishing first year science.
Several hundred of us filed into the rows of
wooden chairs set facing north before old
wooden table-desks.
We were late starting, because transom
windows had to be opened so we could breathe.
They proved stubborn, but we finally got
underway about 10 minutes late. We couldn't
go overtime, because another exam was
scheduled. The pressure was really on, and
the exam was a stinker.
A fellow near me started slowly ripping his exam
into strips, then tearing the strips into smaller
pieces. Grad student invigilators could see, but
let him freely express his opinion. He appeared
calm, although all of us felt the boiling, cloying
atmosphere and added pressure. He gradually
built a neat pile of entirely shredded exam.
With about half an hour to finish - I had a
couple of essay questions to plow through - he
took out pocket matches and lit his little creation.
The flames leapt high, creating a lot of smoke.
Now the invigilators burst into action to clear
everyone from the room, while they put out the
fire and grabbed the student. He went so nuts
that they all had to deal with him, leaving the
rest of us on the street to mill about, then
straggle away. Some thought it was a great
protest and hilarious.
Maybe that's all it was, but I remembered a
very stressed young woman who had committed
suicide in the main library that February and a
young man who had leapt to his death from his
sixth floor Totem Park room that same month.
There was a third suicide, but I can't remember
where or how. This is how Reading Break - a
three-day long weekend at first, then four, now
Reading Week - got started, to counter the
mid-winter gloom.
In any case, the exam was clearly over, and
our funny/wacked-out protester was taken for
psychiatric assessment. Marks were scaled, of
course, but I didn't do as well as I might have,
because I left the essay part ofthe exam to last,
counting on my ability to write quickly.
On the rare occasion now when I walk by the
Old Auditorium, these memories tumble back as
if it were yesterday. Life was very bright and
intense in those days, as it is for all young
people. UBC has a lot offender souls in its
hands, and every vigilance and kindness is
necessary and will be repaid times over.
ATTENDED UBC 1943 1945
The old Auditorium is the building we remember
best about UBC. We first met in the quad, between
the east side of the Auditorium and the old Arts
building, in October 1943. There were many
meetings from then until 1948, when Bill
graduated and we married - .Arts Balls and
Science Balls, coffees in the Caf, dances at the
Brock. Then we moved to Montreal, where we
have lived ever since.
Every trip we take to Vancouver always
includes a visit to UBC and the quad, and the
Auditorium steps where we sat and planned and
chatted so many years ago. I wonder, will those
same steps be there when next we visit?
I attended UBC in the years after the war when
all venues on the campus were over-crowded.
The sudden influx of ex-service people stretched
to the limit the few small classrooms. In
addition to the series of hurriedly assembled
army huts, all available buildings were put to
use, including the Auditorium itself. I took
Psych 100 in the latter, along with two hundred
other students all balancing loose-leaf binders
or brief cases on their knees. We hearkened to a
prof who was far away, up there on the stage.
And then there were the artistic presentations every noon hour. To students from
Smalltown, BC, it seemed amazing to have such
an opportunity. Munching sandwiches we
prepared to listen to the university choir, or an
opera singer or a Jokers' Club skit. The scheduled speaker might be a noted scientist, or Dr.
MacKenzie, the Chancellor, or Endicott ofthe
Labour Progressive Party. With some muttering
and skepticism we once heard a young hopeful
Conservative politician extravagantly introduced as "the next Prime Minister of Canada."
His name was John Diefenbaker.
It was in the Auditorium foyer where,
clutching an armful of books with one hand and
a door panel with the other, I heard the great
Red Army Chorus roaring out the Volga Boat
song. For by the time I'd arrived, puffing from a
Phys Ed class in the Old Gym, there had been
standing room only. Perhaps the authorities
learned from the crowding at the Red Army
Chorus event, because when famous bass Paul
Robeson performed, he was not scheduled for
With some muttering
and skepticism we once
heard a young hopeful
Conservative politician
extravagantly introduced
as "the next Prime
Minister of Canada"
His name was John
the Auditorium. Instead, to a huge and wildly
enthusiastic audience, he sang in the Old
Denied entry at the US border for his political
stance, Robeson had sung anyway to a crowd
waiting on both sides ofthe border. But part way
through our concert he stopped to remind us
that unlike himself, or certain isolated stars like
Lena Horne or Duke Ellington, most blacks had
not yet attained freedom. We listened in
sympathy and disbelief. But universities do not
spawn unanimity of opinion. "Where's Jan
Masurek?" shouted someone from the back. A
fair question, but asking the wrong man. With
no answer to give, Paul Robeson still sang from
deep within the heart, thrilling us all and
responding to a UBC welcome.
"Well, it's back to the Auditorium tomorrow,"
we thought. For the Mussoc was presenting
Pirates ofPenzance.
Ah, the old Auditorium! Indeed, somehowyou
must retain the old gal's stories.
I started at UBC in 1943 and joined the Players'
Club. I failed my audition for the fall plays, but
had indicated an interest in stage work on my
application. I had no experience in this field but,
due to the resignation ofthe incumbent, was
appointed stage manager. I was led to the area
facing the seats and told "this is the stage." That
was my formal education. I managed to learn
the trade and became successful.
The stage was poor, with inadequate space in
the wings and to the rear. The designers
attempted to project the scenery onto a large
permanent wall erected near the rear. But the
idea was never used and the wall compounded
the space problem. We managed, but I hope the
renovated Auditorium has an improved stage.
The Auditorium was heavily used. The only
place available for the stage crew to build
scenery was on the stage, and time was limited.
Carpentry and painting were manageable, but
setting the lighting was harder, since the stage
switch-board was kept padlocked when not in
use. One ofthe stage crewwas able to pickthe
lock and this gave us valuable setup time.
However, one afternoon the university electrician,
Mr. Fletcher, came on stage and observed what
was happening. He relocked the switchboard
and gave us a stern warning not to repeat our
offence. During my two years as stage manager
we were able to arrange the installation of a
catwalk behind the proscenium to facilitate
lighting, and a fly curtain behind the main curtain
to allow acting downstage while something else
was being arranged further upstage.
In 1945 I was elected to the Students' Council
as president ofthe Literary and Scientific
Executive. I left the stage crew but was aware of
Cast and crew of Much Ado About Nothing pose for a photo at Kalamalka
Lake while on tour in May 1952. Director Joy Coghill is wearing a red jacket.
16   TREK    SPRING 2010 The cast of Much Ado About Nothing,
directed by Joy Coghill in 1952.
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the problems of scenery construction. Some
members ofthe crew, in particular Lome
Butterfield and me, made detailed sketches for a
small building specially designed for building
scenery. I canvassed members ofthe University
Building Committee, who endorsed the project.
They chose a site. Members ofthe university
staff made working drawings and built the
Scenery Shop.
Life with the stage crew was not without
adventures. I toured twice with the Players'
Club, mainly to the Okanagan but also to Trail
and Victoria. The first tour was by train and
shifting scenery and equipment from stage to
truck to train, and vice versa, was a tiresome
chore. We had to change trains at Sicamous. I
still remember the harassed look on the face of
the conductor on the platform, watch in hand,
observing load after load, from platform to train,
as his train lost time.
For my second tour we borrowed a university
truck large enough to carry all our scenery and
lighting equipment. This worked very well but
we did run into a dangerous situation. The crew
consisted of Joe Mirko for lighting and me for
scenery. We shared the driving. Joe was driving
the truck along the winding highway above the
shore of Okanagan Lake one sunny Sunday.
Suddenly we came around a blind curve to see
a car speeding towards us down the center of the
highway. Joe had to pull over to the right, which
ended with a steep hill descending to a railway
track and then to the lake. Joe was forced onto a
soft gravel shoulder and could not turn the truck
back onto the road. We drifted to the right,
slowly came to a halt and started to roll over
towards the hill and the lake. We rolled more
than halfway around and then came to rest
against a tree.
The tree was the only one standing within
about a hundred meters, and the local people,
who stopped in abundance after the accident,
assured us that had we not hit the tree we might
have been killed.
Many earlier travellers had lost their lives on
that stretch. We were not injured, but now had
the problem of getting the truck and its load of
upside-down scenery back on the road. The
latter had to be unloaded before the truck could
be hauled upright. With the aid of a skillful tow
truck driver and several bystanders we got going
again, after our near death encounter.
I have heard that succeeding plays also toured
with university trucks, and all had accidents. I
admire the university for its tolerance.
I was pleased to read that The Players' Club
has been resurrected. I have many pleasant
memories of my time as a member. During 1952
to 1955 I was stage manager and participated on
the May tours about the province as we
presented plays outside Vancouver.
Most fun were the noon hour pep meetings,
especially those emceed by Norm de Poe. We
practiced yells for the football and basketball
teams, sang Hail UBC and My Girl's a Hulaballoo.
A noisy time, especially when, one noon, a large
grey rat was held by the tail and hurled about the
room - no doubt a scienceman's prank.
We were there to write some final exams, a
time of silence, except forthe sound ofthe
supervisor walking, or something dropped, or a
student leaving, having finished early or been
unable to answer many of the questions.
Downstairs was the Caf, furnished with
white-topped tables and wire-backed chairs. It
was there that some students spent many hours
drinking coffee or Coke and talking. If lucky they
had money for a soup or a toasted sandwich.
Fraternities and sororities claimed some ofthe
tables and made unwelcome the uninvited
non-members who sat there.
One evening, while in the Caf at dinnertime,
we heard on the radio about the abdication of
Edward, King of England.
I remember the place as the lecture hall for
History 100, back in 1964. The class was so large
it was the only place big enough to take us all. I
also remember getting free tickets to see Julian
Bream play his lute for a CBC broadcast at lunch
time. Today I wouldn't be able to afford what he
charges (or did before he retired). O
The Old Auditorium is now undergoing
renovations with the grand reopening
scheduled for the fall. The new Old Aud
will be a performance space for UBC's
prestigious School of Music. Find out more
at: www.supporting.ubc.ca/auditorium
SPRING 2010   TREK   17 o
Sherrill Grace's 2009
book explores what the
arts can tell us about
being Canadian and
how Canadian artists
have represented our
history, our culture, and
our landscape. Here she
shares her reasons for
this labour of love.
On the
UBC PRESS (2009)
ISBN 978-0-7748-1579-6
$32.95 (PAPERBACK)
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.By Sherrill Grace
Many things inspired me to write this book, but
one ofthe most significant was a visit I made to
the Vancouver .Art Gallery in 2004.1 was teaching
a Canadian Studies seminar that year as the
Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian
Studies, and I organized the course into three
units based on the artistic representation of
Canada and Canadian identity: one on the
country as a northern nation; another on iconic
figures from our culture like Glenn Gould or
Tom Thomson; and one on Canada and war.
When the Canadian war art exhibition, "Canvas
of War," opened at the VAG that year, I wanted
my students to see it; as we walked together
through the gallery, I watched these young
people studying the paintings. They would stop
and exclaim. "I had no idea," one said in shock.
"Why didn't we know about this," another
protested. They stood before the paintings,
sharing concerns that perhaps only their
generation could have at the beginning ofthis
century. They knew, of cours e, that we fought in
both World Wars, but they had not realized that
artists like A.Y. Jackson, Frederick Varley,
Charles Comfort, or Alex Colville, were war
artists, and they had never seen such pictures or
imagined how a battlefield might look to a
horrified and grief-stricken Canadian soldier or
painter (1-seepg. 20).
War art and literature were not the only
subjects we explored, and they comprise only
one chapter in On the Art of Being Canadian.
My goal was to introduce students to a wealth of
artistic representation of Canadian identity and
to discuss some ofthe ways in which Canadian
artists had represented our history, our culture,
and our landscape. I was comparatively new to
the study of war art and literature, but like most
Canadians of my generation I had been told that
Canada came of age during the Great War - indeed,
in April 1917 on Vimy Ridge - so I knew I needed
to explore this area for myself and with my
students. It was not easy for Canadians to see
much of their war art until the Canadian War
Museum opened its doors in 2005 because it
was all but forgotten in storage vaults, and
Canada re-imagined itself as a peace-keeping
nation after World War Two. Nevertheless, it
was the reaction of those young people to the
power of their fellow Canadians' art and their
sense of being deprived of their heritage that
convinced me to write my book.
The significance ofthe North - or, at least, of
our ideas about the North - was an easier
subject to approach. I had published Canada and
the Idea of North (my title inspired by Glenn
Gould) in 2001, and the materials to study were
much better known. We could even see popular
examples of northern imagery (tourist trinkets,
advertising, photography) all around us in our
southern city. Like most Canadians, none ofthe
students had been to any northern part ofthe
country, so they were an ideal group to be
studying how Canadian writers, painters,
composers, and filmmakers have imagined
Canada-as-North over the past 150 years.
Against a backdrop of history, politics, and
geography, the artists' works took on fresh
18   TREK   SPRING 2010 relevance for us. Thus, in Blair Bruce's wonderful
painting The Phantom Hunter (c.1888) (2). we
could see how the solitary hunter collapsing in
the snow reinforced 19th century fears about
Canada as a dangerous frozen wilderness and
reminded contemporary Canadians about our
continuing vulnerability, a vulnerability
captured so well by Quebec photographer
Benoit Aquin in his "Lethal Beauty" series on
the 1998 ice storm. Rudy Wiebe's masterpiece,
the novel A Disco very of Strangers (1994), which
revisits Sir John Franklin's first expedition to
the Northwest Territories in the 1820s, raised
further questions about inter-cultural relations
and the fate ofthe final Franklin expedition in
the 1840s and why this tragic story still haunts
the Canadian imagination and sends contemporary
artists and scientists to Beechey Island or King
William Island in search of answers. My students
were astonished, as I suspect the book's readers
will be, by the forensic photographs (3) Owen
Beattie took when his research team opened the
graves of Franklin's sailors on Beechey Island.
We are not accustomed to viewing such
gruesome evidence, but this research and the
gothic stories and images it inspired (from
Beattie and Geiger's book Frozen in Time:
Un locking the Secrets ofthe Doomed 1845 Arctic
Expedition to Margaret Atwood's story "The Age
of Lead") are now part of our northern mythology. Of course, no treatment ofthe North is
complete without some discussion ofthe Group
of Seven. We spent considerable time revisiting
famous canvasses, such as Lawren Harris's Winter
Comes from the Arctic to the Temperate Zone (c.
1935), and some ofthe many ways in which the
artists and their works have continued to occupy
central positions in our national story.
Since my 2005 seminar, artistic responses to
the North have continued to appear; the subject
is of perennial fascination for Canadians, even
though most of us head south during the winter
or seek refuge in places like the West Edmonton
Mall. Therefore, I updated my chapter "On
Creating a Northern Nation" by including
discussions of Pierre Berton's Prisoners ofthe
North (2004), Elizabeth Hay's late Nights on Air
(2007), John Estacio and John Murrell's
magnificent opera Frobisher (2007), and the
memoir Otherwise (2008) by the inimitable
Farley Mowat. We were able to watch that
classic Mowat film Never Cry Wolf (1983) in my
seminar, but for the book it was essential to
reflect on the more recent film (based on
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wonderful painting The
Phantom Hunter
(c.1888) we could see
how the solitary hunter
collapsing in the snow
reinforced 19th century
fears about Canada as a
dangerous frozen
Mowat's short stories) called The Snow Walker
(2004) directed by Canadian actor Charles
Martin Smith, who starred in Never Cry Wolf. It
was essential because Mowat and Smith
challenge many southern misconceptions about
the northern territories of Canada by portraying
a real, inhabited Arctic, where the Inuit
understand how to live. In the current context of
climate change, the lessons ofthis film are
important. Although the film does not preach, or
mention global warming, it shows viewers a
world that is not a barren, empty wasteland, but
a complex, beautiful ecosystem that cannot be
approached with aggression and arrogance.
From Farley Mowat, the Group of Seven, and
John Franklin, it was a short step into my third
set of illustrations of Canadian identity: national
icons or, as I call my third chapter, "Inventing
Iconic Figures." Many real people who have
become, with time, the stuff of legend are deeply
associated with the North or with, what
Canadian geographer Louis-Edmond Hamelin
calls, our "nordicity." Franklin, despite being
British through and through, is now a Canadian
icon because our writers, artists, filmmakers,
poets, and singers have created his image for us
by telling his story again and again. Few
Canadians (whether from my generation or
younger ones) can help but feel a frisson of
recognition when they hear Stan Rogers singing
about "the hand of Franklin, reaching for the
Beaufort Sea" in his famous ballad "Northwest
Passage." But despite the haunting presence of
Franklin, I decided to focus on four other icons
of "being Canadian" in the book. They are Louis
Riel, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, and Mina
Benson Hubbard. Inlnventing Tom Thomson
(2004), I argued that Canadians have invented
an image of a heroic, tragic, almost Parsifal-like
Thomson through the numerous stories we have
told - and keep telling - about him. The truth is
that we know relatively little about the man,
who was very private, often rather solitary, and
died in his prime leaving no diaries and few
letters to explain himself. We have his paintings.
But it is his mysterious death that continues to
fascinate writers like Roy MacGregor (Canoe
lake, 2002) or visual artists like Panya Clark
Espinal whose installation piece called First
Snow (1998) occupied the Tom Thomson shack
on the grounds of the McMichael Canadian .Art
Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. I visited the
McMichael and the installation twice before it
was taken down and will never forget the eerie
SPRING 2010   TREK   19 [The students] had not
realized that artists like
AY. Jackson, Frederick
Varley, Charles Comfort,
or Alex Colville were
war artists, and they had
never seen such pictures
or imagined how a
battlefield might look to
a horrified and grief-
stricken Canadian
soldier or painter.
sensation of peering through a dirty window into
the past to find the painter himself nowhere to be
seen but his famous canvas Northern River sitting
on an easel in a room covered in a layer of snow!
Like Thomson, if not quite to the same extent,
Emily Carr has been imagined in numerous novels,
plays, a song cycle (by Vede Hille) and poems.
The finest poetry about Carr comes from BC's
own Kate Braid in To This Cedar Fountain (1995),
a sequence of poems in which Braid imagines
talking with the painter, woman to woman, artist
to artist. Another of BC's famous artists, actor
Joy Coghill, not only wrote the best play to date
on Carr, Song of This Place, but performed the
role of Carr in the 1987 premiere: her likeness to
Carr was uncanny! .Also like Thomson, Carr has
been recreated by visual artists as well - in
paintings by John Boyle and most powerfully by
one of Canada's most distinguished senior
sculptors, Joe Fafard. Farfard's Emily Carr and
Friends (2005) (4 - seepg. 18) stands on street
corners inVancouver, Toronto, and Montreal to
remind us about the importance of art, of being
human, and of respecting the natural world. My
other icons of being Canadian are Louis Riel and
Mina Benson Hubbard. Riel needs no introduction;
he is the most written about, debated, and
re-imagined (in all the arts) of our great historic
figures. In February 2010, the opera louisRiel
(1967) by Harry Somers and Mavor Moore
played at UBC in a major revival and its western
Canadian premiere. Mina Hubbard is, to date,
less familiar to Canadians, but her story of a
northern expedition across Labrador in 1905 is
now celebrated in biography, novels, stories,
films, paintings, and a 2005 re-enactment at
Northwest River in Labrador. Mina is that rare
thing - a woman explorer in the North, who
succeeded in her mission and lived to tell her
tale in A Woman's Way Through Unknown
labrador (1908; 2004).
On the Art of Being Canadian is a labour of
love - love of fiction, drama, painting, music,
and film - and a testament to the art created
by Canadians as they imagine their country,
its history, myths, and legendary characters.
Writingitwas a journey of discovery on which I
followed the footsteps of our writers, composers,
and artists as they showed me what they think it
means to be Canadian. Inevitably, my journey is
incomplete. I had to leave a lot out in a book
derived from my three public lectures as
McLean Chair. There could have been chapters
on recent immigrant experiences and on First
Nations arts and self-representation, and
Quebec is only touched on through specific
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artists and their images. However, the j ourney
thus far confirms that being Canadian is rich
and rewarding, that we are a northern nation,
that we celebrate our artists and our history,
that our connection with the land runs very
deep, despite our sophisticated, contemporary
urban lives, and that we keep reinventing
ourselves in war and peace. Becoming Canadian
did not happen in one event - at Vimy Ridge, for
example - because becoming, like being,
Canadian is a continuously unfolding process of
imagining who we are and might yet be. O
Sherrill Grace is a professor of English, a UBC Distinguished
University Scholar, and a fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada. She has published 23 books including Canada and
the Idea of North, Inventing Tom Thomson, the 2004
edition of Mina Hubbard's A Woman's Way Through
Unknown Labrador, and Making Theatre: A Life of
Sharon Pollock (2008). She is currently writing
Landscapes of Memory, a study of Canadian arts and the
two World Wars.
Every year, the UBC Alumni Association gives the Blythe Eagles
Volunteer Recognition award to someone who has donated significant
amounts of time and talent to the university. Many of these recipients
have wondered: "Who the heck is Blythe Eagles?" Blythe Eagles
(1902-1990), had a unique understanding of the value of UBC's
traditions, and dedicated much of his time making sure UBC
maintained its significance in the community.
.By Michael Awmack, ba'oi,meto9
Blythe Alfred Eagles, BA'22, BSC'68, was born and
raised in New Westminster. He entered UBC's
Faculty of Arts in 1918 and excelled academically,
graduating in 1922 with the Governor General's
Gold Medal. From his early years as a student
activist- to his later years as an alumni booster
and dean of agriculture, Eagles stands out in UBC
history as one ofthe university's great pioneers.
In the final year of his studies, he participated
actively in the Build the University campaign
and helped in the collection of more than
56,000 signatures on a petition pressuring the
provincial government to resume construction
of a permanent Point Grey campus. He also
contributed to the planning ofthe Great Trek,
in which more than 1,100 students conducted a
boisterous march from the Fairview campus
through downtown and on to the Point Grey
campus site. By the time the Trek took place in
October, however, he had already moved to
Ontario to begin graduate studies at the
University of Toronto. Despite missing this
pivotal moment in UBC's history, his early acts
of support for the university's expansion had
planted a seed which would eventually grow
into a lifelong relationship with his alma mater.
Eagles spent seven eventful years away from
British Columbia completing his studies in
Toronto, taking on a research fellowship at Yale
and carrying out a year-long post-doctoral study
at the National Institute for Medical Research in
London. He returned home in 1929 and joined
the Faculty of Agriculture as an assistant
professor. By 1936 he had become a full
professor and the department head of Dairying,
and in 1949 he was appointed Dean of Agricul
ture, a title which he held until his retirement in
1967. He was a quiet, modest man, but he was
not afraid to act on his dedication to UBC. He
served on the senate for twenty years, and is
credited with establishing the reputation for
accessibility that his faculty - now known as
the Faculty of Land and Food Systems - has
developed with members ofthe province's
agricultural community.
Eagles' commitment to his work and
voluntary endeavours wasn't exclusive to UBC,
however. His remarkable influence could be felt
on every project he took on. He was a volunteer
member ofthe Burnaby Town Planning
Commission from 1930 until the 1950s, and over
this time shaped, in significant ways, the town's
development. He also played a large role in the
1949 creation of Deer Lake Park as a founding
member ofthe Burnaby Lake Men's Club. His
home, and the gardens around it, has been
preserved as a historical centre at Deer Lake.
Beyond his formal responsibilities at the
university and his volunteer commitments in the
community, he and his wife, Violet, developed a
reputation for holding frequent social gatherings
at their Deer Lake home, inviting family, friends
and members ofthe university community. On
one of these occasions - the Class of'22 reunion
garden party he hosted in 1947 - he raised nearly
one thousand dollars for a class gift to the Alumni
Association's Development Fund. Beyond their
stated purposes, however, these parties connected
people and inspired them to participate in
university and community affairs. To this day,
their tradition continues, with community
members still using the Eagles' lakeside estate
for events and special gatherings. His lifelong
legacy was to encourage others to engage fully in
their civic, academic and social lives.
In 1966, as he neared the end of his career, the
jAlma Mater Society presented him with the Great
Trekker Award for his ongoing contributions to
UBC and to the community. When he accepted
the award, Eagles told the crowd, "This ceremony
honors the five classes '22 to '26. No university
that I know of owes as much to its student body
as does The University of British Columbia."
The university awarded him with an honorary
doctor of science degree two years later and
when the jAlumni Association established a
volunteer category in its annual Achievement
Awards in 1983, he was the first recipient. The
award was also named for him in recognition of
his lifetime of volunteer leadership.
After retiring, Eagles maintained a strong
connection to the university by volunteering on
the Alumni Association's heritage committee.
After all, having lived through so many ofthe
university's historical events, he had a unique
understanding ofthe value of its preservation.
To Eagles, the university was a special place; one
to which he dedicated much of his life in order
to create a university that students would be
proud to call their own. ©
SPRING 2010  TREK   21 "I've always had a personal interest in being
more resource-conscious," says Bernice. "I've
taken public transportation since grade school
and my father worked for BC Hydro for 30 years,
hence our strong family leaning towards energy
conservation. However, when I started taking
courses in sustainability through my MBA at
Sauder my interest became official and I knew
this was a field I wanted to pursue in my career."
As the corporate sustainability specialist at
BCAA, Bernice feels that she has the rare
opportunity to live her values through her work.
"I started out by educating the organization and
employees about sustainability, and now I serve
as an internal consultant for sustainability-
related services in our various business lines
and develop strategic frameworks for how BCAA
will pursue its sustainability objectives."
ALUMNA PROFILE: Bernice Paul, BSc'oi, MBA'09
It may seem ironic that someone who works for the
BCAA doesn't drive to work, but for Bernice Paul,
it's just a small part of her sustainable lifestyle.
In 2009, Bernice looked to UBC Continuing
Studies to further her knowledge in the
management of sustainable corporate practices
and enrolled in the Summer Institute in
Sustainability. "I wanted to tap into the
institute's bright minds, such as Dr. William
Rees and Dr. Brian Nattrass," she says.
The annual institute, offered in collaboration
with the UBC Sustainability Office and the
University of Washington Extension, focuses on
providing participants with a deeper understanding
ofthe scientific, economic and social issues
surrounding sustainability. "The people were
outstanding," says Bernice. "A group of us still
stay in touch and throw ideas at one another
about different topics in sustainability."
Sharing knowledge with a group of peers is,
after all, a resource-conscious way to learn.
ALUMNUS PROFILE: Alasdair Maughan, BA'02, LLB'05, MBA'07
Born and raised in Vancouver, Alasdair Maughan's
love of his hometown and university life led him to
complete not one, but three degrees at UBC. He
now teaches for UBC Continuing Studies.
Alasdair says his transition from one degree
to another flowed naturally as his interests
developed in new directions. "My initial goal
when I entered law school was to practice
criminal law, but then I got interested in
international development. As I was finishing
my degree, I realized that I needed to get some
high-level business skills in order to manage the
administrative side of international development
projects. I actually ended up taking the GMAT
exam to enter business school between two law
school finals."
Alasdair graduated with an MBA from Sauder
and currently works as a management consultant
with Sierra Systems, where he helps clients
identify opportunities and improve their
business operations. However, the experience of
condensed study sessions for the GMAT exam
stuck with Alasdair and inspired him to think of
strategies to optimize his time.
Now, in addition to his day job, Alasdair
teaches GMAT and GRE test preparation
courses through UBC Continuing Studies in
the evenings and on weekends.
"A big part of my life before, during and after
my years at UBC was teaching. I spent nine
years in music education, beginning with
teaching piano and ending with teaching courses
in music theory, history and composition. I
enjoy sharing and teaching, and I really enjoyed
the challenge of standardized testing. I have
always wanted to work with UBC, so when UBC
Continuing Studies started its preparation
program, I eagerly responded to the job posting.
"I enjoy the interaction with students and the
ability to take away some of the mystery and fear
from these exams," jAlasdair says. In the end, it's
also his way of giving back to UBC and sharing
his knowledge with the next generation of
students. ©
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you have to spend most
ofthe time with your
eyes stuck to a microscope
or your nose buried in a
musty book. But some of I
UBC's finest find time to
indulge in some hobbies
you may find surprising. tfw aeaderrde:
Jess Brewer,
Particle Physicist
Jess Brewer is a high-energy kind of guy. His
work as a particle physicist straddles the overlap
with condensed matter physics. He works on
muons, subatomic particles that are roughly
equivalent to heavy electrons. At the TRIUMF
particle physics facility, Brewer uses muon
beams to study superconductors, muonium
(an experimental atom), and other cryocrystals.
Known as muon spin resonance (pSuR), this
technique lets scientists look deep inside the
atomic structure of any gas, liquid, or solid.
Brewer is also a dedicated educator and
teaches the enthusiastic learners in Science
One. "Myjob is to introduce people to their own
minds," says Brewer. "We assume that people
know their own minds before they get to us, and
that's just nonsense." Excited about introducing
the wonders of physics to his students, Brewer
combines a plain-spoken approach with the goal
of sparking engaged learning. "I try to just be a
good coach," he explains. The analogy is
surprisingly apt.
Competitive Hurdling
Not one to sit around the lab, Brewer is a track
and field athlete. He ran hurdles through high
school, university, and graduate school. Mter
moving to UBC, Brewer decided his youthful
hurdling days were over. But the hiatus ended
when, at 47, he discovered the Canadian Masters
Athletic Association and enthusiastically
resumed his passion. "For the first couple of
years it was wonderful. It was like I was 16 again,
because I was slow but I was getting faster every
year," Brewer recalls. Mter two years back on
the track, he sped his way to a personal best and
first place in the 1996 North, Central American
and Caribbean World Masters Championships.
An active and competitive person, Brewer
prioritizes being fit and "viable." Outdoor
hurdles are not for the weak of heart; they are
run over a 300-metre course. Brewer now
competes in the 60-64 age class, the narrow
range allowing well-matched competitors. All
participants are there for the sheer pursuit of
excellence and doing their best.
Several years ago, health problems led Brewer
to step back from academia. Currently, he
receives partial salary in exchange for four
restorative months in sunny Mexico. After a
busy and successful university career, Brewer is
eagerly anticipating the next step. After retiring,
he plans to train twice as hard. Mter all, as he
says, "The problem is once you start accepting
decline, what's going to stop it from turning into
precipitous decline?" In Mexico, he trains daily
with distance running and workouts to maintain
his competitive edge. "Some people go to the
gym to look good. Some people go to the gym to
feel good. I go to the gym to be good. I want to be
an athlete."
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Physical Oceanographer
An emeritus professor of Earth and Ocean
Sciences, Paul LeBlond's research concerns
waves of all kinds, from tides to tsunamis to
large-scale planetary waves. Mter recognizing
that changing physical oceanographic conditions
are integrally linked to the health of fisheries,
his focus broadened to include environmental
and ecological issues. LeBlond is an original
member ofthe Fisheries Resource Conservation
Council for Atlantic Canada and recently
stepped down as chair ofthe Pacific Fisheries
Resource Conservation Council, an independent
body that tracks BC salmon stocks, habitat
and ecosystems.
SPRING 2010   TREK   25 TH8 mo&Tfon-.
Chasing Cryptids
LeBlond is well-known for another fascinating
field: cryptozoology. Twenty years ago, he
co-founded the British Columbia Scientific
Cryptozoology Club, a group that investigates
and researches animals not yet identified by
science, known as cryptids.
Emphatically committed to a rigorous
scientific approach, the group is not open to
speculative pseudo-science. Their active
fieldwork includes aquatic mega-serpents,
out-of-place cameloids and felids, and the
infamous sasquatch. Despite these flashy
poster children of cryptozoology, new species
of animals are scientifically described every
year. Often these are small creatures like mice
or insects, although larger marine animals are
possible, given the elusive nature of known
deep-water species.
Curiosity and an open mind brought LeBlond
to this passion. His inspiration was John Green,
known as Mr. Sasquatch (see Trek Magazine
#25). A former journalist and publisher ofthe
Agassiz-Harrison Advance newspaper, Green
began investigating sasquatch sightings in 1957
and authored several books on the subject.
LeBlond, with his expertise in water
movements, naturally gravitated to a local
marine cryptid: "In the 1970s, Cadborosaurus
seemed like an interesting mystery," he says.
Over the past 200 years, Cadborosaurus - often
referred to as Caddy - has allegedly been sighted
more than 300 times. There are still occasional
reports and even recent video footage. The
creature is described as a sea serpent with a long
neck, elongated snout, small flippers and lobed
tail. Sightings have been reported from Victoria
to Vancouver. Cadboro Bay in Victoria is a
frequent location, hence the name. Historically,
various names have been used including
Hiyitlik, Sisiutl, Saya-Ustih, Kaegyhil-Depgu'esk,
and Sarah the Sea Hag. Other more distant
sightings maybe related as well: from Pal-Rai-
Yuk of Alaska to Colossal Claude and the Yachats
serpent ofWashington, Oregon and California.
In 1995, LeBlond co-authored Cadborosaurus:
Survivor from the Deep. It summarizes more
than 20 years of researching sightings. That
same year, the authors published a detailed
description in the journal Amphipacifica, based
on recovered photographs and eyewitness
accounts along with some ideas about feeding
and other behaviour.
While the scientific puzzle and academic
aspects are intriguing, LeBlond also enjoys the
human factor. For him, the broader questions
include: How do you discover things? How do
you interpret people's observations? Me there
underlying physical explanations for phenomena? Mter decades of work, LeBlond remains
unconvinced. "I am still very much in the same
place as when I started," he says, "but I am open
to more evidence." Apart from a compilation of
all the Cadborosaurus evidence to date, the
other lasting legacy is public education. If
nothing else, the possibility of a mysterious sea
creature stirs up interest in knowing more about
oceans and their role on the planet.
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Hermann Ziltener,
A professor of pathology and laboratory
medicine, Hermann Ziltener studies one of
science's last frontiers. Glycobiology focuses on
sugars that attach to proteins and play very
important cellular roles. Specialized enzymes
add different sugars, and these additions are not
genetically encoded. The possible sugar and
location combinations are challenging to work
out. This year Ziltener's group has made several
important discoveries about how the immune
system functions.
One exciting new direction focuses on the
thymus. Each day, stem cells travel from the
bone marrow to the thymus. They enter using a
specific sugar key, then grow and become
T-lymphocytes, specialized white blood cells
that fight viruses and help other cells produce
antibodies. After three weeks, mature white
blood cells leave the thymus. Ziltener's group
found that blood contains a counting mechanism
to regulate the number of these T-lymphocytes.
The research has promising potential for
chemotherapy patients who suffer from severe
immunosuppression during treatment. These
patients cannot fight invading viruses and
bacteria because their stem cells stop moving, so
T-lymphocytes are not made. Finding the signal
that opens the thymus and resumes stem cell
movement could allow faster recovery for
cancer patients and transplant recipients.
Ziltener's group also studies how T-lymphocytes
travel to sites of inflammation. How do cells
know where to go and when to stop? Sugar-protein
complexes develop in the blood vessels of
inflamed tissue, capturing T-lymphocytes where
they are needed. Ziltener has found that this
immune response to inflammation can be
controlled by manipulating the necessary
sugar-binding enzymes.
26  TREK    SPRING 2010 THeavocarfon:
Mushroom Hunting
In some ways, glycobiology is similar to chasing
elusive chanterelles: both are treasure hunts
requiring a combination of expertise and luck.
In mushroom season - August to October -
Ziltener spends most weekends in the forest.
Luckily his wife shares his interest. "It was
always part of our culture, part of our upbringing," he says. In the Zilteners' native Switzerland,
families mushroom-hunt regularly, passing
knowledge from generation to generation. He
learned the art of fungus foraging from his
mother and aunt, the latter now 88 and still an
avid connoisseur.
Mter long hours spent in the lab and behind a
desk, mushroom hunting provides the perfect
balance. The combination of fresh air and quiet
forest is extremely relaxing. The Zilteners do
both day and longer hikes, including four treks
along the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.
Finding good edible mushrooms requires
keen attention to clues like habitat and
humidity, and Ziltener has developed a good
The spoils of Hermann
Ziltener's mushroom hunt.
instinct for their location. Unfortunately many
sites are threatened by logging, j^fter clear-cutting
destroys trees and soil, mushroom patches can
take hundreds of years to recover.
Mthough he is asked frequently about
bears, Ziltener has had few encounters.
Mushroom habitat is not food-rich for bears and
conversational noise warns most animals away.
Getting lost is a more realistic danger, so he
packs walkie-talkies and other gear. Accidental
poisoning is another common concern, but
Ziltener is very conservative and only collects
mushrooms that he knows.
It's a labour of love. Ziltener sets out early in
the morning, comes back wet and tired, then
spends hours cleaning, slicing and preserving
mushrooms, often finishing after midnight. He
has never sold a mushroom, even with elusive
pine mushrooms garnering one hundred dollars
per pound. He has never thrown one away
either. Excess mushrooms are shared with
colleagues, traded, or preserved. Some are
frozen, others dried, and Ziltener is pleased with
the delicious results of a pickling technique he
developed. Mushrooms are enjoyed in soups,
stews, risotto, as side dishes, appetizers and in a
Swiss specialty called raclette.
For mushroom enthusiasts Ziltener
recommends the annual Vancouver
Mycological Society show held at Van Dusen
Gardens each October. O
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UBC Botanical Garden & Nitobe Memorial Garden
two great reasons to come back to campus
Upcoming Events 2010
Peter Wharton Memorial fecture Apr. 17
Earth Day Apr. 24
Spring Festival & Plant Sale May 8
Art in the Garden Aug. 7-8
Indoor Plant Sale Sept. 16-17
Apple Festival Oct. 16-17
Boootiful Botany Halloween Oct. 30
Rental Spaces
Weddings, meetings & special events at
affordable rates. Facilities include indoor spaces
for up to 120 people, beautiful meadows &
lawns throughout the grounds, Nitobe Memorial
Garden (now open for weddings), and our new
245 seat outdoor Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre.
Picture your next event here.
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UBC Botanical Garden: 6804
Nitobe: 1895 Lower Mall, Va
sW Marine Drive,
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Getting Cultivated at UBC
With a history dating back almost a century, the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant
Research is a haven for serious scientists, avid gardeners and carefree nature-lovers alike. It
is open to the public year round, and on May 29 and 30 during Alumni Weekend (seepg 44)
general admission andtours ofthegarden willbe free of charge for alumni and friends.
During these two days, you'll also be able to view the garden from the forest canopy on the
popular Greenheart Canopy Walkway tour for 25 per cent off regular admission. Here is a
selection ofthe rare and fascinating specimens to be found in the garden.
Wollemia nobilis
Until 1994, this species was found only in fossils
dating back millions of years. Then a park ranger in
Australia found a grove of them growing in a remote
canyon in the Wollemi National Park. Botanists
around the world were stunned; it was like finding
a living Tyrannosaurus rex.
Magnolia zenii
This spectacular tree with fragrant spring blooms is
considered critically endangered. In the wild it is only
found on the north slopes of Mount Boa-hua in China
A natural disaster could wipe it out.
Cardiocrinum giganteum
This native Himalayan plant has a stem towering six
to 10 feet in the air and is covered with large and
fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers. Taking seven years
to bloom from seed, the plant dies after flowering.
Inula magnifica
The mid-summer bold yellow flowers of showy
elecampane provide a strong highlight among the
many shades of green foliage found in the David C.
Lam Asian Garden. Native to the Caucasus Mountains,
showy elecampane is one of the few species in the
garden from the westernmost parts of Asia.
Rhododendron fortunei
With one of the largest rhododendron collections
in North America, the David C. Lam Asian Garden
is a great setting for a spring walk. Blooms can be
enjoyed from February to the end of May.
Get involved at
UBC Botanical Garden
UBC Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously
operated university botanical garden in Canada.
Volunteering and donating are two ways that you
can get involved at the garden and stay
connected to your alma mater.
As a non-profit the garden appreciates donations
of all sizes, and gifts in kind. If you enjoy the
outdoors, working with plants, learning about
conservation and biodiversity, and meeting new
people, you'd be a great fit for the garden's
volunteer team.
For more information please visit ubcbotanical-
garden.org, email garden.volunteer@ubc.ca, or
call 604.822.3928.
Lilium columbianum
Columbia lily is one of many showy native plant
species in the BC Native Garden. In the wild, this fragrant
lily blooms from late May to early July but is seen in
the garden in mid-June. First Nations often used the
lily's peppery-tasting bulb as a food-flavouring.
Scutellaria baicalensis
The Baikal Skullcap is an important herb used in
traditional Chinese medicine (hudng qfn). Modern
studies indicate a possible use in the treatment of
cancer. This beauty can be found in the Alpine Garden.
Franklinia alatamaha
Native to the southeastern US, this tree has been
extinct in the wild since the early 19th century. It is
prized for its large and fragrant white flowers, which
appear in the summer months. It's also a delight when
its leaves turn scarlet in the fall. Luckily you can come
and visit one in the garden's Carolinian Forest.
Camassia quamash
Camas bulbs carpet the Pacific Northwest Garry oak
meadows in the spring, turning them into a sea of
blue. The bulbs are edible, but the stunning blue
star-shaped flowers are worth waiting for. This plant is
located in the garden's replica of the endangered Garry
Oak Ecosystem.
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O Garry Oak Meadow and Woodland Garden O Arbour
A Carolinian Forest A BC Native Garden
Q Herbaceous Border A David C. Lam Asian Garden
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Advocacy is one ofthe Alumni Association's
core functions. Wesley Shields, LLB'89, is
committed to leading the way.
SjMark C. Sollis
The new Kelowna
Chamber of Commerce
president has witnessed
the power of pulling
together a passionate
group of leaders and
community members,
making a reasonable
argument and bringing
about change for the
good of a community.
"I'm a firm believer if you want to make a
difference you can," says Shields. "People need
to seek the opportunities."
A couple of years ago, Shields and his
Okanagan counterparts believed the Coquihalla
Highway tolls were putting local businesses at
an economic disadvantage and affecting small
businesses and tourism in the area. Shields and
his Chamber colleagues recognized that the
usual expressions of dissatisfaction wouldn'tbe
enough, so they put the wheels in motion to
have the tolls removed completely. They
conducted their own research and policy work
and brought a cohesive perspective to the table.
"We looked at the numbers and found the
highway had already paid for itself," says Shields.
"We brought a business argument to the
"Now, I'm not saying our argument all on
its own brought about the change. But, I'm sure
it helped."
Shields, a lawyer with FH&P Lawyers, and a
20-year Okanagan resident, is now preparing
priorities for his new role leading the second-
largest business association in the province,
next to the Vancouver Board of Trade.
"Ninety per cent of BC companies have 10
employees or fewer. People join organizations
like ours seeking a voice, and we identify issues,
work with companies large or small and seek
consensus. Right now of primary interest for
everyone is business development in the centre
of Kelowna and how to manage the introduction
ofthe HST"
Shields credits his law education for providing
the analytical training so important to effective
advocacy. As a barrister still undertaking
courtroom work he is "used to asking tough
questions to get people thinking." And, while he
enjoys his share of healthy debate and discussing
meaty issues around the boardroom table, he
also values reaching out to learn more about
challenges affecting society.
"Every day I see homeless people in Kelowna,
I talk to them and understand more about what
is going in their lives," says Shields. "If you sit on
the side, you can't inform and affect change."
Advocacy is a critical role for an institution's
alumni. Through the Alumni Association's
board and its Community and Government
Engagement Committee, alumni are officially
represented at political events and community
discussions across the province. More broadly,
individuals such as Shields are influencing
policy and community direction in communities
across BC and Canada.
With post-secondary education uniquely
positioned to drive the province towards
recovery from the economic challenges of
the past couple of years, it will again be up to
UBC alumni to talk about the tremendous
impact UBC has on all aspects of our society.
Well-established in the Lower Mainland, in
2010-11 the Association intends to strengthen
its reach by establishing regional discussion
groups in the Okanagan, Victoria and the Fraser
Valley. Other regional groups will follow over
the next few years.
"Giving back this way [advocacy], it's part of
bringing better things to the community and
offering some direction," says Shields. UBC and
the communities we all support are better for it.
For more information on the Association's
Community and Government Engagement
efforts please contact Mark Sollis at
604.822.2586 or mark.sollis@ubc.ca. ©
Mark Sollis is director of Alumni Services at UBC Alumni Affairs.
SPRING 2010   TREK   31 Marie Earl took it up a notch..,
and then some.
Colleagues come and go. But when some go, they leave a space that's hard to fill. The space
Marie Earl has left is very big. In her five-year joint appointment as executive director ofthe
Alumni Association andassoc. VP, Alumni, she has transformed alumni relations at UBC in
a way few could have imagined when she arrived. She's leaving for new vistas, but before she
goes we asked co-workers to pass on some comments about their experience with her. These
are excerpts from the dozens we received, too many to print infullhere.
"Marie inspired those who worked for her and
around her to buy into her vision. Her energetic
yet calm, gentle yet businesslike manner made
volunteering a pleasure. Goals were always clear,
principles always guided actions, and everyone
was encouraged and appreciated."
fan Robertson, BSc'86, BASS, MA, MBA, Chair,
UBC Alumni Association
"Marie is the consummate professional. I have
rarely met anyone so committed to and competent
in any role. Her judgment is exceptional, and I admire
her courage in wanting to rigorously measure the
results of initiatives she promotes. Marie is also a
truly fine person, with admirable values and great
shopping sense!"
Stephen Toope, President UBC
It's fun to Google one's birth date and discover what
famous (or infamous) people were born on the same
day. My list includes Sandra Bullock, Robert Graves,
Aldous Huxley, Mick Jagger, Carl Jung, Stanley
Kubrick, Helen Mirren, and George Bernard Shaw.
But I'm much more pleased to share a birth date
with someone whose talent, for the past two or so
years, I've been able to observe, admire, learn from
and benefit from at much closer quarters.
Who'd have figured that Marie Earl and I would
have this in common? UBC's faculty, staff, students,
friends, donors, and, most of all, alumni have been
privileged to benefit from Marie's transformational
talents over the past five years. But how many can
claim the shared birth date?
Barbara Miles, VP Development
and Alumni Engagement
"I was fortunate to work with Marie at the
commencement of her new role at UBC. Marie
served as a key catalyst in our quest to move forward
with a stronger alumni/university relationship."
Greg Clark, BCom'86, LLB'89, past president,
UBC Alumni Association
"Before Marie joined UBC, we used to speak of
'faculty, staff and students.' It's now commonplace
to hear 'faculty, staff, students and alumni.' No small
feat changing the mindset of an institution the size
of UBC!"
Heather McCaw, BCom'86, Assoc. VP, Development
"Maybe it's her infectious enthusiasm that has a
way of bubbling up every time she speaks... or
maybe it's her unbridled passion for achieving
positive change that permeates her actions... or
perhaps it's the way she describes her vision for
what people who joined her on the journey could
expect to experience."
Blake Hanna, MBA'82, Alumni Association Board of Directors
"Marie's natural generosity gives spirit and meaning
to her deeply held beliefs about the fundamental
importance of relationships."
Lisa Castle, Assoc. VP, Human Resources
"Marie is the kind of leader who asks the toughest
questions in the nicest way. Collaborative, caring
and seemingly patient on the surface, but always
driven to make a difference and move things forward."
Drew Collier, CAO, Development
and Alumni Affairs Engagement
"I've had the opportunity to work with some
amazing mentors so far in my career, but Marie
tops the list. Her skill around coaching, her empathy
around being human, and her laughter have made
her a joy to work for."
Liz King, BA'02, Senior Manager, National
and International Events
"Her vision and her actions will have a lasting
impact. She was always thoughtful of others and
a pleasure to work with. Marie is one of those
exceptional people who has truly made a difference."
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87, Member, Board of Directors
"... what Marie has taught me is the importance of
small details. She never forgets to hand-write a card
to express gratitude or bring in warm coffee cake for
everyone to enjoy. Her unexpected thoughtfulness is
what has left a lasting impression on me."
Marisa luvancigh, Alumni Services Coordinator
"Every now and then someone comes into our life who
we cannot wait to be around. Marie is one of those
people. She is smart, energetic, funny, passionate,
engaging, compassionate and so much fun."
ton Cull, Assoc. VP Students, UBCO
"People feel valued and respected, involved and
included, when she's around. It makes them want to
do more than they thought they would. What a rare
and special gift she has to be an organized,
magnificently competent, effective leader and
manager, while always maintaining that authentic
human connectedness that makes it all work."
Sally Thorne, PhD, Director UBC School of Nursing
"In the five years that I've know Marie, I've
continued to be impressed with her work ethic, her
drive, her commitment to UBC and its alumni and
her tremendously modest way. Our Board had very
high expectations for Marie. She has met and, in
fact, exceeded all of them."
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94, Member, Board of Directors
"What you would always hear said about Marie is
something like this: look at what she accomplished
in just one year at UBC
As soon as you said it, and we all did, the penny
dropped like an anvil and pushed up the discomfiting
thought bubble: Marie's challenge dwarfs mine, and
what the hell have I been doing in the last year?"
Scoff Macrae, BA'71, Executive Director, UBC Public Affairs
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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
Four Seasons Hotel
Regency Ballroom
21 Avenue Road, Toronto
Alumni and friends: $6o
Recent Graduates (grad years 2005-2009): $45
Table of 10: $550
How do universities drive cultural, economic and social
development and increase our country's stature globally?
Honorary event chair, The Rt. Hon. John N. Turner PC, CC, QC, BA'49, LLD'94, cordially invites you to the fourth
annual Great Trekker Luncheon in Toronto. UBC President, Professor Stephen Toope will sit down with The
Hon. Roy MacLaren, PC, BA'55, to discuss the role that strong post-secondary institutions can play in
increasing Canada's influence internationally.
Great Trekker Award recipients John Turner BA'49, LLD'94, Alan Fotheringham BA'54 and the late Pierre
Berton BA'41, DLit'85 met at UBC, and maintained strong ties in Toronto by establishing an annual event.
We're continuing that tradition, with the Great Trekker Alumni Luncheon.
Join us for an afternoon of great conversation filled with wit and intellect. Make a new UBC alumni
connection or re-establish an old one.
For more information, contact Samantha Diamond at samantha.diamond a ubc.ca or 1.800.883.3088.
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challenges. In 1997, UBC was the first university in Canada to make a commitment to sustainability. The community
has extensively reduced campus emissions to below 1990 levels. And UBC professors and students came up with
the concept of "our ecological footprint," launched the carbon offset company used by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Games, and are developing what may be the greenest building on Earth. It's part of our nature.
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More than 252,000 graduates from UBC have spread to every corner of the world and populate more than 50 different
networks worldwide. With so many active alumni, there is always something UBC happening somewhere in one of over
50 worldwided networks. Below are some of the locations that hosted UBC alumni events in the last 3 months.
The Forestry Class of 1959
celebrated its 50th anniversary in
August 2009 with a four-day
program that included an evening
welcoming reception, tour of
campus, and two days at Malcolm
Knapp Forest. It concluded with a
tour of Stanley Park to view the
results ofthe remediation work.
Fifteen (still-handsome) grads
participated out ofthe original
class of'29.
1950 Reunion
Thursday May 27, 2010
University Golf Club
Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/events for info.
Party at the Poin
MAY 28
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/reunionsfor more information.
• Enjoyed a family theatre
production of The Monster Under
the Bed ■ Toronto
o Engaged in a provocative dialogue
about advocacy and activism ■
Victoria and Vancouver
• Had Sunday brunch in Old
Strathcona ■ Edmonton
• Learned about financial
planning ■ Vancouver
• Discussed thought-provoking books
at the Alumni Book Club ■ Vancouver
• Celebrated the Olympic Torch's
arrival on campus ■ Vancouver
• Took a winter walk around
Henderson Lake ■ Lethbridge
• Watched the Canucks take on
the Senators ■ Ottawa
• Had lunch with ATB Financial
President and CEO, Dave Mowat ■
• Attended a symphonic
performance at the New England
Conservatory ■ Boston
• Discovered the secret of how
to age successfully ■ Montreal
• Joined the Sauder Business Club for
its annual holiday bash ■ Toronto
• Celebrated a year of excellence
at UBC -Seoul
• Discussed how digital content
impacts Canadian culture at a
glitzy film festival ■ Whistler
• Found out how to profit from
the current financial climate,
over lunch ■ Toronto
• Learned how Canada prepared
its athletes for the Winter
Olympics ■ Calgary
• Attended a reception with
the Canadian Consul General ■
• Enjoyed a sunny brunch ■
Central Florida
• Decked the halls at the annual
Christmas party ■ Hong Kong
• Discussed impacts of the
Olympics on host cities ■ London
• Listened to a panel discussion
about energy and sustainability ■
New York City
Nawaaz Nathoo BSc'o6
Edmonton Alumni Network Representative
What are you doing now?
After completing my BSc in pharmacology, I moved to Edmonton where I
am now in my final year ofthe MD program at the University of .Alberta.
What do you miss about UBC?
The Rose Garden on campus was my favourite spot. With its breathtaking
view ofthe mountains and Pacific Ocean, it was a serene place at anytime
ofthe year (and even better if the garden was in bloom). Whether I went
there to study, relax, or meet up with friends, the Rose Garden always
provided a beautiful space for reflection and contemplation and was a very
memorable part of my UBC experience.
Want to find out how you can get involved with your Alumni
Association? Visit www.alumni. ubc.ca/volunteer to find out what you
can do. We are currently looking for volunteers for Alumni Weekend
2010, taking place May 28-30. Please contact Marisa Iuvancigh at
marisa.iuvancigh@ubc.ca or 604.822.8917for more information
about this opportunity.
Alumni Affair's very own Marisa
Iuvancigh was chosen to carry the
Olympic torch on its way to
Vancouver. She smiled and waved
all the way through her five
minutes of fame - an experience
she will never forget.
' y •
Nearly 150 UBC alumni live in
Lethbridge, AB. In February, a
group of them joined more than
100 other Lethbridge citizens for
Winter Walk Day. "It was mild at
around -30C and thankfully not
windy," says alumni network rep,
Cathy J. Meyer, BEBU'97. "We all
met at the Nikka Yuka Japanese
Garden entrance at Henderson
Lake Park. There was hot chocolate,
hand-warmers, stickers, flashlights
and lip balm for participants. We
started with a fitness warm-up and
then walked around the lake. It was
as close to a Vancouver seawall
walk as you can get in the prairies."
Start a network,join a network or
find out what's happening inyour
area. Visitwww.alumni.ubc.ca/
connect/networks to find out
everything you need to know about
UBC alumni networks.
Great Trekker Lunch
Toronto ■ April 16,2010
All-Canada University
Association Annual Event,
featuring Opera 101
Washington, DC ■ April 24,2010
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Party at the Point.
Alumni Weekend 2010
Vancouver ■ May 28-30,2010
Homecoming 2010
Vancouver ■ September 18, 2010
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 alumni.associations ubc.ca
Long Time, No UBC...
what have you been up to lately?
Whether you've been crocodile wrestling in Namibia or mastering origami in
Kitsilano, 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.
On September 13,2009, E.W. (Ed) Richardson BASc'32 celebrated his
100th birthday with a party at the Salmon House in West Vancouver
attended by all four generations of his family and friends from all over
North America. His wife, Mae, predeceased him in 1998, however, he
continues to live in the family home in West Vancouver. Ed operated his
own engineering and land surveying company for many years, retiring in
1975. Regrettably he has had to give up woodworking in his shop and his
favorite sport - fly fishing with his son - but he still enjoys walking the
seawall and is a frequent patron ofthe local library.
A former professional dancer, Mary
W. Spilsbury Ross BA'63 is now a
food writer, cooking instructor and
artist. Doubleday published her
book, Frugal Feasts. Visit her website
at www.mspilsburyross.com. She
is second of three generations of
UBC grads. Her father, Richard
Hugh Spilsbury, was in the Great
Trek of October 1922; her son
jAndrew earned his master's in
occupational hygiene and in 2009
became manager of Health and
Safety for the City ofVancouver.
Daughter Meg Schmon (Ross) is a
theatre graduate now freelancing
as a costume designer for TV and
film in Vancouver. (See Tales from
the Old Auditorium in this issue for
some of Mary's recollections of UBC).
Semi-retired David Lynn BEd'65,
MA is the interim executive director
ofthe Sheep River Health Trust. He
had an exciting, challenging and
rewarding career in education
following his degrees. He's thankful
for the education he received at
UBC, which made this life possible.
He spent 19 years as a teacher/
counsellor, principal and superintendent in BC before accepting an
assignment in Foothills School
Division #38 south of Calgary. Just
prior to retirement he was honoured
by the Canadian Association of
left TO RIGHT: Richard Hugh Spilsbury,
Mary W. Spilsbury Ross, Meg Schmon
(Ross), Andrew Spilsbury
School Administrators receiving its
1999 Distinguished Service Award.
After retiring as a superintendent
of schools in Alberta, he worked in
two international development
projects: Kosovo (2001-2006) and
Jordan (2009) and has taught at
the University of Calgary.
Judge John Milne LLB'80 has been
elected president ofthe Provincial
Court Judges'Association. The
Association represents provincial
court judges injudicial compensation
hearings, conducts continuing
judicial education seminars and
informs judges in matters of interest
in the administration of justice
generally. He sits in the northwest
district (Smithers) and is a current
member of Judicial Council. He is a
past governor of the Law Foundation of BC, a former member ofthe
Provincial Council ofthe Canadian
Bar Association BC Branch, and is
active in a local Rotary Club.
38   TREK    SPRING 2010 Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87, was
proud to hoist the Olympic torch
as it made its way to Vancouver for
the opening ceremony. Ernest
has served as a member-at-large
on the jAlumni Association Board
of Directors since 2008. He is VP
of Corporate Affairs at HSBC
Bank Canada.
Lunapads International, a
Vancouver-based eco-friendly
feminine hygiene products
company founded by Suzanne
Siemens BCom'88 and Madeleine
Shaw, received the Shining Light
Award at the 2009 San Francisco
Green Festival. After placing
second for the People's Choice
GreenBusiness of the Year Award,
Lunapads had received such a high
volume of votes that award
organizers decided to acknowledge
them by creating the new award.
The company estimates that one
million disposable pads and
tampons are diverted from landfills
every month as a result of women
using Lunapads.
Yasmine S. Mehmet ZiB'eo, a
certified family law specialist,
received the State Bar President's
Award in the solo/small firm
category for her pro bono work in
family law in San Francisco.
In November 2009, Derek
Poteryko MD'gi published First
You Smoked Now YouLive, abook
to help people quit smoking. He
also started a publishing company
called mediatherapy books and
made a stop smoking movie which
can be viewed at wwwyoutube.
John T. Cu BA'94 has become a
partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP. As
a litigator and trial lawyer, his
practice has focused in the areas of
business litigation, commercial
transactions, intellectual property
and product liability. John has
represented a broad spectrum of
clients, from Fortune 500 corporations to emerging companies, in a
variety of industries including
technology, banking, financial
markets, automotive, healthcare
and government.
Delcanhas promoted Michael
Florendo BASc'98 to the position of
water division business unit
manager. His new role will see him
leading Delcan's Calgary operation.
He joined Delcan in 2005 and has
more than 10 years of experience in
water resources planning, design
and construction projects, for both
private and public sector clients.
His areas of expertise are urban
drainage, storm water management,
river hydraulics, flood management
and municipal infrastructure
planning and design.
Adeline Chau BSc'05 and Daniel
Markarian are delighted to
announce the birth of their first
children, Raphael and Joachim, on
August 17,2009. Adeline and Daniel
moved from Ottawa to Vancouver
before their wedding last year.
The first book by historian
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail MA '07
was recently published by Robin
Brass Studio. For the Love of Flying:
the Story ofLaurentian Air Services
has sold 1,000 copies in Canada and
abroad and this "history of
bush-flying in a nutshell" is getting
rave reviews from aviation
historians and general enthusiasts
alike. Danielle currently lives in
Wyoming, where she is working on
a non-fiction history of aviation in
Canada's north and a historical
novel about a female bush pilot
working in the 1930s and '40s. For
more information, visit www.
laurentianstory.com. ©
Alumni Torch Bearers
for the Olympics and
(Apologies to any alumni we've
inadvertently omitted.)
Christina Anthony BCoM'97
Riann Batch BSc'03, BED'05, MED'og
Alan Bates BSc'99, MD'08
Janice Birch BHK'99
Catherine Comben BA'67
Sarah Evanetz BA'01
Joy Fera BRE'72
George Hungerford BA'65, LLB'68
Patti Jackson BED'76
Katie Jeanes BHK'09
Joseph Ka-Chun Tsang BASc'02
Richard Koo BA'96
Thomas McLaughlin BSc'09
Tracey McVicar BCoM'90
Monty Raisinghani BASc'07
Peggy Robinson BPE'72, BED'74, Med'S
Ben Rutledge BCom'o6
Linda Schaumleffel BED'73
Morgan Tierney BA'08
Anthony Wright BHK'08
Thelma Wright BPE'73
Ernest Yee BA'83, MA'87
Amanda Yuen BA'09
Lena Ling BED'05
Chris Smith
101 Albums That Changed
Popular Music
Oxford University Press, $21.95
Chris Smith, UBC Creative Writing
Adjunct Professor
Everyone has their personal list of favourite
albums, singers and guitarists, but with 101 Albums
That Changed Popular Music, Chris Smith
delves deeper. His extensive recount ofthe last
60 years in popular music ponders the question
"who made the music that made a difference?"
Sometimes the answers are obvious, sometimes
not. For example, The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band sold millions of copies,
received critical acclaim and influenced
everything that came after it. But Smith contends
that without the much lesser-known The Weavers
at Carnegie Hall, the Sergeant Pepper's album
may never have happened.
While the effect of Michael Jackson's Thriller on
fashion, dance and pop culture was immediate
and undeniable, Smith points out that significant
musical (and social) impact doesn't necessarily
require commercial success. Raw Power by Iggy
and the Stooges, for example, was barely noticed
the year it was released but was later hailed by
Kurt Cobain, who became the catalyst behind
the grunge movement ofthe '90s.
By focusing on impact over personal taste,
Smith's 101 choices transcend the subjectivity of
a "best albums" list. This is a book for those who
believe music is not only entertainment, but
also a profoundly influential part of our culture.
Reviewed by Keith Leinweber, BDes
The Bad and the Beautiful
If you wanted to form a musical quintet, you might not think about
including a trombone. Unless you played one, of course. So, five trombone
players got together and decided, "Why not a trombone quintet?"
iTromboni plays everything, from Hungarian folk tunes to "From Russia
With Love." With great verve. Visit www.itromboni.com for tracks and info.
A Verse Map of Vancouver
Anvil Press, $45.00
Edited by George McWhirter, MA'70
Photos by Derek von Essen
How can you distil a city's story into a volume
that is not only understood, but also felt by all
who read it? Vancouver's first poet laureate,
George McWhirter, MA'70, has achieved
precisely this with A VerseMap ofVancouver.
This beautifully-designed anthology pairs work
from some of BC's most beloved poets and writers
with beguiling Vancouver imagery, providing
undeniably authentic impressions ofthe city.
In "SkyTrain: Main and Terminal, 1983,"
Madeleine Thien, BFA'97, MFA'01, writes:
Another train will scoop, throw me up against
strangers, set me down, staring at you. Are you
staring at me or the woman I saw on the platform
weeping her old life away, tracing and re-tracing
flight, waving our passes at the wide-armed bridges,
eyes open in the underground, thinking of mothers
who kept to their day-in day-out, till-l-die cars, who
sleep now below Patterson Station, where the graves
run down to the river and look up at the rails?
But as everyone who has lived inVancouver
knows, there is more to the city than these
manifestations of urban bedlam. The interactions
and conflicts between city, society and nature
that define Vancouver can be seen everywhere,
around every corner ofthe park and in every alley,
even in the sky. In "Where the numbers meet
the trees," Leslie Timmins, BA'79, MFA'gg, writes:
Dogwood, fir, spruce - a forest interstice among
house lots, where eagles, impossibly large, impossibly
wide, skim north, and herons, pterodactyl-winged,
float south across some undivided divide.
Verse Map's Vancouver is not Utopia, but
neither is it the urban disaster critics often make
it out to be. The truth lies somewhere in the
middle, as it often does. Verse Map can be seen
as an honest representation of a real city, with
its stories, places, people and history remaining
open to interpretation by all who read it.
40  TREK    SPRING 2010 Bravo: The History of Opera
in British Columbia
Harbour Publishing, $34.95
Rosemary Cunningham, BA'7i, MLIS'74
This first history of BC opera is a collection of
more than a century's worth of operatic stories
and photography presented in an attractive,
full-colour package. Published to celebrate the
50th anniversary of the Vancouver Opera and
30th anniversary of the Pacific Opera Victoria,
Bravo covers everything that an opera-lover
would want to know about opera in BC,
including listings of past productions and
information about performers.
From the earliest touring company shows to
the modern productions staged by Vancouver
Opera and other companies, the artistic and
business aspects of BC's opera scene have
changed fantastically over the years and Bravo
provides a detailed account.
Rosemary Cunningham is a long-time opera
fan and season ticket holder for Vancouver
Opera. Mter retiring as a librarian, she began a
second career as a historical writer. This is her
first book.
Spectacle of Deformity: Freak Shows
and Modern British Culture
University of California Press, $39.95
Nadja Durbach, BA'93
This book provides a fascinating look at the
historic role ofthe freak show in British society,
popular from the mid-19th to early-20th centuries.
Nadja Durbach argues that these exhibitions of
people with deformities and uncommon
physical appearances should not be seen strictly
as exploitative, but also as a key step towards
broader societal debates about the meaning of
bodily differences.
While detailing cases such as Joseph Merrick
(who became known as the Elephant Man),
conjoined twins, and individuals with excessive
hair growth, Durbach asserts that "freak shows"
effectively reflected society's physical, racial and
sexual assumptions while exposing deviations
from these accepted norms.
Nadja Durbach is associate professor of
history at the University of Utah. She is also the
author oi Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination
Movement in England, 1853-1907.
Cy Peck, VC: A Biography of
a Legendary Canadian
CEF Books, $22.95
Edward Peck, BCom'49
The extraordinary life of Cy Peck is described in
a new biography written by his son, Edward. The
book traces the path that took Cy from Hopewell
Hill, NB, to New Westminster, to northern BC
and the Klondike, and then to Europe at the
onsetof the Great War.
Despite being 20 years older than most ofthe
new recruits arriving on the battlefront - he was
44 when he crossed the English Channel on
April 24,1915 - Peck quickly proved his value in
the trenches. His bravery and strong leadership
qualities carried him through three years on the
front, where he fought in 10 majorbattles and
was wounded twice.
In 1917, while still serving in the trenches, he
was elected to Canada's Parliament. The following
year he won the Victoria Cross, the first sitting
member of Parliament to be so honoured.
The biographer, Edward Peck, is Cy's second
son. He followed in his father's footsteps, serving
in the Ist Battalion Canadian Scottish in WWII. He
has since had a long career in labour relations.
Off the Beaten Path: A Hiking Guide
to Vancouver's North Shore
Harbour Publishing, $21.95
Norman D. Watt, BSc'67, MBA'69
Planning a hike this spring but don't know
where to start? Norman Watt's new guide to the
North Shore's trails offers suggestions for hikers
of all skill levels. With descriptions and maps for
31 trails in North and West Vancouver (and two
in Pemberton) Watt's guide is a great resource
for anyone looking for a new path to follow.
The detailed descriptions and easy-to-read
information boxes outlining each trail's
elevation gain, high point, seasons, hiking times
and dog-friendliness, provide key details to help
prospective hikers assess which trails are right
for them. Sites of geographical and historical
importance are also emphasized.
Having lived on the North Shore for 35 years,
Watt has been able to inject a wealth of local
knowledge into this handy and backpack-
friendly guide. You may be familiar with his
column, "Off the Beaten Path," published in
The North Shore News.
Other Alumni Books
Songs of the Wasteland
Resha Music Productions
Renia Perel, BA'70, MA'78
Part musical production, part memoir, this book/CD
package serves as a memorial to Perel's family and
the millions of other Jewish people who were
murdered in the Holocaust.
Song Over Quiet Lake
Second Story Press, $18.95
Sarah Felix Burns, BA'00
A story of inter-generational friendship from the
author of the Northern Lit Award-winning Jackfish,
The Vanishing Village.
Four Russian Serf Narratives
University of Wisconsin Press, $26.95
John MacKay, BA'87
A collection of autobiographies that draws from Russian
serf experiences in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
After Peaches
Orca Book Publishers, $7.95
Michelle Mulder, BA'98, MA'00
A novel for young readers with themes relating to
immigration and the experiences of new Canadians.
Trading Goals
Lorimer, $8.95
Trevor Kew, BA'os, BEd'04
Youth fiction about soccer, set in Vancouver.
His Sweet Favour
Thistledown Press, $16.95
Diane Tucker, BFA'87
A coming-of-age novel set in Vancouver.
Unofficial Wisdom: Selected
Contributions to Feliciter 1995-2009
Canadian Library Association, $29.95
Guy Robertson, BA'76, MLS'8i
An educational and entertaining collection of
articles on topics of interest to librarians and
information specialists.
Just One Vote: From Jim Walding's Nomination
to Constitutional Defeat
University of Manitoba Press
Ian Stewart, BA'74
A look at how a one-vote victory in a provincial
party nomination led to the failure of the Meech
Lake Accord. O
legendary Coach
Mosher Retires from
Pitch, But Not from
/!vBen Schach
After 24 seasons as one of the most successful
soccer coaches in CIS history, Dick Mosher decides
to step back from the pitch to focus on teaching.
This fall, for the first time in 25 years, Dick Mosher will not be on the
sidelines of a soccer pitch directing a championship-calibre UBC Thunderbird
team to another successful season. But he will still be pursuing his other
passion: teaching students in the School of Human Kinetics.
Coaching and teaching have been equally rewarding and important for
Mosher. "My coaching program always had a three-pronged approach," he
says. "We tried to gain a measure of success on the field, coupled with
academic success in an environment that promoted fun and enjoyment. I
always believed that there was more to university life than only soccer and
I've been lucky to be able to teach the last 24 years while coaching a group
of unbelievable student-athletes."
Mosher led the T-Bird men's and women's soccer teams to nine CIS
Championships (14 medals total at the national level), 12 Canada West
Championships, and an overall record of 202-38-48 during his time as a
head coach.
He began his relationship with UBC in 1963, spending three years as a
centre-forward with the T-Birds before moving on to the University of
Oregon and later to Michigan State to pursue his PhD in human growth
and motor development.
He returned to UBC in 1975 as a professor in the School of Physical
Education. Mosher coached local Vancouver metro soccer teams for a decade
before becoming head coach ofthe T-Bird men's squad in 1986. He began
coaching the women's team in 1994, handing off the men's to his son, Mike.
Quantifying Mosher's success as a head coach is a challenging task. But
forthe 65 year-old "Dean of UBC Soccer" (as coinedby The Province's
Marc Weber), impressive statistics are only a portion of what he set out to
achieve with his Thunderbird teams.
"My overall philosophy revolves around keeping things in perspective,"
he says. "I've always believed that athletics should contribute to, but not
dominate, the university's main purpose - that of presenting the opportunity
for a quality degree and preparing our student-athletes for the future. I'd
be lying to you if I suggested that on-field success wasn't important.
Winning a championship is something players will lookback on for the
rest of their lives. But it is also very satisfying to look at how many of our
athletes achieved academic All-Canadian status, or who achieved great
success in their careers after UBC."
Mosher served as interim director ofthe Athletics department while the
search was on to replace Bob Hindmarch, who retired in 1991. Mosher is also
the long-time academic coordinator in charge of evaluating potential incoming
student-athletes. He has helped hundreds of past, present and future T-Birds
earn a place in a school with increasingly stringent academic standards.
He has also influenced some of UBC's most successful coaches, such as
Kevin Hanson (men's basketball) and Hash Kanjee (women's field hockey).
Each came under Mosher's tutelage as they earned their master's degrees.
For all of the wins, titles, and accolades he has collected over the last 24
years, Mosher reiterates that there is more to life than just on-field
success. "Honestly, I've always believed thatwinningis somewhat of a
random event. A goal-post here or a great keeper save can make all the
difference and that isn't something you can really control."
With such a philosophy about the outcome ofthe game of soccer, to what
does Mosher attribute his success at UBC? His response focuses on, not
surprisingly, the bigger picture.
"If you wake up in the morning and truly enjoy going to work, you're a
very lucky person. As trite as it sounds, I'm just that person. Working with
highly motivated student-athletes and Human Kinetics students has been
both exciting and tremendously rewarding. I count myself extremely
lucky to have had so many great experiences." O
42   TREK    SPRING 2010
T-Birds Women's Volleyball
Completes Perfect Season
The no. i ranked Thunderbirds capped
off a perfect 2009-10 season (25-0)
with their third straight CIS National
Championship in February. Fifth-year
standout Liz Cordonier was named
CIS MVP, a CIS first-team All-Canadian,
and CIS Championship MVP as she
led UBC to a 3-1 victory over Manitoba
in the final. Fourth-year Jen Hinze and
third-year Kyla Richey also earned
All-Canadian status. Graduating
senior Claire Hanna collected CIS
Libera of the Year honours with Doug
Reimer earning his record-setting fifth
CIS Coach of the Year Award to round
out arguably the best season in CIS
women's volleyball history.
Men's basketball 'Birds claim
CIS silver; St. Pierre leads
women to strong season
Men's basketball had another
outstanding season, claiming the
silver medal at the CIS Final 8 after a
91-81 loss to Saskatchewan in the
championship game. During the
regular season they topped CIS with a
17-1 record and were ranked either no.
1 or no. 2 in the country the entire year.
Star point guard Josh Whyte led UBC
all season and was rewarded with CIS
MVP and first-team All-Canadian
honours after averaging 19.1 points,
4.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.4
steals per game. Kevin Hanson took
home his second CIS Coach of the
Year award in his 10th season at the
helm of the T-Birds.
In women's basketball, Lia St. Pierre
was recognized as a Canada West
first-team all-star. The no. 10 ranked
team in the CIS, the T-Birds lost a
heartbreaking series (2-1) to the no. 8
ranked Alberta Pandas in the CW
Spring Sports Heating Up
T-Birds baseball began the 2010
season with their annual road trip
through California during the final two
weeks of February and carried over a
hot start into conference play. The
team, which was ranked #13 in the
NAIA Coaches' Preseason Poll,
opened the season on a 16-3 run.
UBC plays all of their home games on
campus this season for the first time
in program's history at Thunderbird
Park. They opened their home
schedule in March and continue with
four home series in April.
The T-Birds softball team kicked off
their inaugural varsity season with a
road trip to California in early
February, a pair of trips to Oregon in
March, and a doubleheader against
SFU in Richmond. The first-year squad
started their year with a 3-11 record.
The track and field season is also
just around the corner for the T-Birds.
They will be hosting their first-ever
competition on campus this year at
the newly minted Rashpal Dhillon
Track and Field Oval. Their provincial
rivals, the SFU Clan, will come to the
Point Grey campus for a dual meet on
April 25.
Big Block Awards Banquet
Every year, the UBC Thunderbirds
celebrate the best from the past and
present at the Big Block Awards
Banquet. This season's gala is
scheduled for April 13 with the yearly
awards and hall of fame induction
ceremony on tap as the major
highlights. For ticket information,
please contact Steve Tuckwood at
steve.tuckwood@ubc.ca 604.822.1972.0
SPRING 2010   TREK   43 *^arty at
MAY 28-30
University as it should be: Great lectures
and seminars with no quizzes, tours of the
best new (and old) haunts, athletic events,
wine tastings and more. There's so much to
see and do both on the Point Grey campus
and in the community.
Thousands of alumni and friends flocked back
to campus last year. Come join the party.
Updates will be sent electronically, so make
sure we have your email address. Contact us
at alumni.weekend@ubc.ca, 604.827.3081 or
1.800.883.3088 for more information.
A sampling of events...
Chemistry Magic Show ~f«
Do you remember seeing a nail hammered with
a frozen banana? Or the reaction of magnesium
with C02? Experience these wonders and more
at the chemistry magic show. Come watch
gummy bears burn and cotton explode. Have fun
with liquid nitrogen. Experience slime like you've
never experienced it before. Fun for the whole
cComo Se Dice... En Espanol?
Have you ever considered learning another
language or travelling to the Caribbean, Mexico,
Central America, South America or Spain?
Maybe Spanish is the language for you. Join a
one-hour beginner's level Spanish demo class
and learn a little ofthis beautiful language in a
fun and relaxing environment.
Principles of Success:
Changing the World One Step at a Time
Join high performance athletes Steph Tait, BA'06,
and Matt Hill as they recount their inspiring and
motivational adventure Run for One Planet, a
carbon neutral year-long run around the continent that aimed to inspire environmental action
and raised more than $120,000 for their Legacy
Fund for Kids. Steph and Matt will explain their
motto that "Small Steps Add Up" for environmental action and entrepreneurial success.
The Phylomon Project: f*
Where Pokemon meets Biodiversity
Did you know 2010 is the International Year of
Biodiversity? Come and discover why biodiversity is important in this day and age. You will
also have the opportunity to hear about the
recently launched Phylomon Project, an online
initiative aimed at creating a Pokemon-like card
resource that highlights biodiversity by using real
Writing Short Fiction Workshop:
Postcard Stories
Write your own postcard story using elements
of classic short fiction. Look at some published
postcard stories from local writers, practice
some writing exercises and then get started on
writing your own short fiction.
Tours j
Enjoy complimentary tours at many of UBC's
main attractions includingthe Museum of
Anthropology, Botanical Garden, Nitobe Garden,
the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Farm
and TRIUMF. Most tours will be offered several
times throughout the day.
= Kids will enjoy this event, too!
www.alumni.ubc.ca MORE MOA
Museum of Anthropology is
Bigger and Better
LEFT: This chair was designed by Noel
Best of Stantec Architecture, the firm
that worked with UBC, MOA, and
the museum's original architect, the
late Arthur Erickson, to complete the
renovation and expansion. It is inspired
by Northwest Coast bentwood boxes.
; Great Hall showcases monumental pieces by First Nations
I artists from along the coast of BC. New interpretive labels were
developed in partnership with the originating communities.
Large pieces such as canoes,
bentwood boxes, and totem pole
fragments are displayed on platforms
The cases in the Multiversity Galleries
are designed to provide visitors with
maximum visual access to the objects.
UBC's Museum of Anthropology is world renowned
for its spectacular northwest coast collections and
hosts more than 170,000 visitors per year. It is
frequently lauded for outstanding research
initiatives and is well-regarded for its collaborative
attitude towards cultural stakeholders, particularly
local First Nations communities.
From humble beginnings in the basement of Main
Library, MOA's 1976 move to the Arthur Erickson-
designed facility on the cliffs of Point Grey marked
the start of its rise to anthropological stardom.
More than three decades later the museum has
undergone another major transformation with the
recent completion of a $55 million upgrade.
The renovations have increased MOA by more
than 50 per cent, enhanced its already-stunning
architectural spaces and made collections more
accessible. New additions include the 5,800 sq. ft.
Audain Gallery, which will play host to temporary
exhibitions; a wing to house the Centre for Cultural
Research; and a community research suite with an
oral language lab and a culturally-sensitive materials
research room, providing researchers and community
members with opportunities to interact with museum
holdings that have never been accessible before
now. A Reciprocal Research Network has been
established to share MOA's collection digitally with
First Nations communities and other museums.
If it has been a while since you visited MOA, it
may be time to take a trip out to Point Grey. UBC
Alumni Affairs will be offering tours of the museum
during Alumni Weekend, May 28-30.0
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development, including the design of a naval
propulsion plant that would use nuclear energy
rather than fossil fuel to power ships and
submarines. In 1960, Malcolm was appointed to
Eisenhower's President's Science Advisory
Committee's ad hoc six-man Panel on Man-In-
Space. The group was tasked with monitoring
NASA's activities, including its manned space
missions and goals concerning Mars and the Moon.
On November 1,1963, the title and degree of
doctor of science (honoris causa) was conferred
upon Malcolm by UBC. He retired from GE in
1968 and he and his wife relocated to the
warmer, sunnier climate of Lake County,
Florida. Although he had no children, Uncle
Malcolm, as he was fondly known to all, was
surrounded by many adoring nieces, nephews,
grand-niece and grand-nephews, all of whom
are deeply saddened at the loss of such an
exceptional and exceedingly generous person.
Malcolm Hayden Hebb BA'3i, DSc'63
Malcolm Hayden Hebb, a gentleman of
extraordinary genius, passed away peacefully at
his home in Eustis, Florida, on August 11,2009,
at the age of 99. He was predeceased by his wife,
Marion Evers Hebb. He was born in Marquette,
Michigan, in 1910 and moved to Vancouver with
his parents, the noted physicist Thomas Carlyle
Hebb, after whom the Hebb Theatre at UBC was
named, and Evelyn Hayden Hebb.
In 1931 he won the Governor General's Gold
Medal in Arts and Science as head ofthe
graduating class at UBC. In 1936 he graduated
summa cum laude from Harvard with a PhD in
physics. He was also the recipient of a Harvard
travelling fellowship. With the award from the
fellowship, Malcolm travelled abroad to Holland
where he continued his studies in mathematical
physics. Upon his return in 1938, he taught
physics at Duke University, and during World
War II he headed the Theory Group at the
Harvard Underwater Sound Laboratory where
he developed novel ideas in the new field of
electroacoustics, which were applied to
submarine detection.
Malcolm joined the General Electric research
laboratory staff in 1949 and became manager
ofthe GE physics research department in
Schenectady, NY, in 1952. A brilliant mathematical
physicist, he had many publications in the field
of solid state physics. In the world of science, his
insight and organizational skills were recognized by industry and government alike. He
always liked to say that "freedom of inquiry is
the very essence of research."
While at GE, Malcolm was also involved with
research at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
in Schenectady. In the 1950s, the Knolls'
purpose was to conduct nuclear research and
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Zena Alice Swaab (Urquhart) BA'36
Zena was born in Vancouver just before
Christmas in 1914. Her family was a rich blend of
emigrants from the Scottish Highlands and the
English West County. Her grandmother, Zenobia
(through the generations, second daughters -
like Zena - were always called Zenobia), was
born in New Zealand in 1846, and at 16 married
Edward Binney, a sailor. The family moved to
Vancouver where Zena's mother Jesse, then 19,
married Hector Urquhart in 1909.
Their marriage produced four children: Roie,
Zena, Hec and Alec, who joined the RCAF at the
outbreak of war and was killed when his plane
crashed in 1942.
Zena was a notably clever girl, and took her
BA at UBC in 1936. When war broke out three
years later, she went to work at the British Air
Commission in Washington, DC, and in 1946
moved to London where she worked initially at
the UN Refugee Agency. It was then that she met
someone a mutual friend pronounced would be
her ideal soul mate. This was Jack Swaab, newly
demobbed after nearly seven years war service
in the western desert, Sicily and Europe. He,
job-hunting, landed in advertising, while Zena
moved to TCA, later Air Canada. They married
in May, 1948, and (largely thanks to Zena's
salary, which was larger than Jack's) were able to
buy the little house in Wimbledon in which they
spent some sixty years together.
Their early life in war-torn, austerity-ridden
London was not easy. Jack twice contracted TB,
and Zena herself underwent four miscarriages.
But in 1955 their first son, Richard, was born and
three years later Peter, their second. The boys
both won major scholarships to Cambridge.
Richard became deputy chairman of Britain's
largest advertising agency. Peter lectured at
Cambridge and London universities and is today
a highly respected author of books on both
literature and film.
46  TREK    SPRING 2010 Zena's abundant charm and warmth won her
awide circle of lifelong friends of all ages. She
had an instinctive empathy with young people
among whom her peculiarly Canadian chocolate
chip cookies and brownies became legendary.
She was an excellent bridge player and also a
tireless charity worker for Oxfam, the Red
Cross, and the British Legion.
In 2000, Zena was struck by the cruel ravages
of dementia. She was cared for at home by her
family, until July 2009 when her generous life
ended peacefully in a South London hospital.
Frank J.E. Turner BA'39, BCom'39
Almost 93 years old, Frank quietly passed on
October 13,2009, after a long life of achievement.
While attending UBC, Frank played on the
1936/1937 national champion Thunderbirds
basketball team that was inducted into both
BC's and UBC's sports halls of fame. He worked
for a number of years as secretary-manager of
the UBC Alumni Association.
Between 1942 and 1955 Frank served in the
Royal Canadian Navy Reserve, achieving the
rank of lieutenant commander. From 1955 to
1980 he was a chartered life underwriter agent
with London Life Insurance, often receiving
Honor Club status.
Frank believed in Rotary and was a longstanding member ofthe Masonic Order and
Gizeh Shrine. He enjoyed basketball, cricket,
curling and boating and was an avid Lions and
Canucks fan. In April 2008, he was predeceased
by Doris, his loving wife of 65 years.
Frank by name, Frank by nature.
Sheilah Doreen Thompson
(Hutchinson) BA'39, MEd'64, DEd'68
Sheilah Doreen Thompson died peacefully on
June 20,2008, in the company of family and
friends. She was an educator and an idealist who
worked throughout her life for a more just and
humane world.
Sheilah grew up and lived her life in North
Vancouver. She graduated from North Van
High, where she excelled as a scholar, athlete
and student leader. At UBC, she majored in
History and English and was active in the Letters
Club and the Student Christian Movement.
University opened up the world for her: it
helped her define connections between
education and progress, between personal
action and social change.
After graduation Sheilah worked for the
YWCA organizing programs for young women.
In 1941, she married James Swanson Thompson,
a labour leader who served in the Royal
Canadian Navy during the war. Daughters
Sheilah Moreen (Allen), BA'64, BEd'78 and
Shannon Kathleen (Parker), BA'74, MEd'77, MA'87
were born in 1943 and 1947 respectively.
In 1952 Sheilah trained at Vancouver
Normal School and became a high school
teacher, first in West Vancouver and then in
North Vancouver, where she taught at Hamilton,
Delbrook, and Handsworth schools. She was
known as an inspiring History teacher and a
sympathetic counsellor.
Sheilah continued her studies and in 1968
earned the first doctorate in educational
psychology awarded by UBC. She was one ofthe
founding faculty of Douglas College, serving as
head of counselling and health services and was
instrumental in establishing the nurses' training
program. Seconded by the ministries of Health
and Education, she travelled throughout the
province assisting educational institutions with
programs and curricula.
Sheilah was a committed Unitarian and
played an active role in the Vancouver church.
After retiring in 1981, she served for many
years on the board of trustees including two
terms as chairperson. Singing in the church
choir that she helped establish gave her great
joy. For many years she was a delegate to the
Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian
Universalist Association.
Throughout her life, Sheilah spent time,
energy and money on causes which promoted
social justice and helped the disadvantaged.
Among others, she supported groups who
worked for nuclear disarmament, civil rights
and the rights of women. At the age of 68, she
traveled to Nicaragua and spent two weeks
picking coffee in support ofthe Sandinistas.
On her return, she raised money to establish a
school in the village where she had stayed.
Although her life became restricted after she
was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Sheilah's
great spirit and generous heart remained with
her to the end. She is greatly missed.
Sheilah Thompson
Andrew Francis Seraphim BASc'45
Andrew Francis Seraphim, born to Andrew and
Madge (Brown) Seraphim on September 8,1921,
in Abbotsford, BC, died July 11,2009, in
Williamstown, NJ, just a month before he and
wife Lu (Lucille Nielson) would have celebrated
their 60th wedding anniversary.
jAlthough j\ndy's degree was in mining
engineering, his brilliance and adaptability led
to a wide-ranging career that took him from
Vancouver to Calgary, Montreal, the Maritimes
and Philadelphia. He held leading roles in gold
mining in Yellowknife, built the world's largest
earth-filled dam in the Yukon, constructed
Penstock at Bridge River, tunnelled under
Ripple Rock to prepare for its removal as a
navigational hazard, constructed the Massey
Tunnel, constructed pipeline and railway in
Alberta, worked on the St. Lawrence seaway,
built heavy water plants in the Maritimes,
Europe and Korea, and finally had 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.
G. Barry Thompson
C. Peter Jones BA'47, BASc'48
C. Peter Jones was born in 1918 in Cirencester,
England, moving to Canada with his parents so
that his father Cyril could attend UBC (Fairview
campus) to study engineering (BASc'24). Growing
up in North Vancouver and Victoria, young
Peter enjoyed the outdoors and sports and was
an outstanding scholar. He was accepted into
the first class at Royal Roads in 1941 and soon
after joined the RCNVR where he saw active
duty as a gunnery officer on the North Atlantic
and later in England. In Halifax, Peter met
Eleanor and they married in April 1942. Once
the war was over, they moved to Vancouver where
Peter resumed his civil engineering studies at
UBC, graduating at the top of his class in 1948.
In 1952, Peter was a founding partner of Read,
Jones, Christoffersen and in 1978 he was the
founding senior partner of Jones, Kwong, Kishi;
both these firms remain vibrant contributors to
the world of structural engineering to this day.
In addition to his engineering work, Peter
taught engineering in the School of Architecture
at UBC for several years.
For all of his adult life, Peter gave countless
hours of public service, beginning as a school
trustee in North Vancouver (1958-1967). After
moving to the neighbouring municipality, he
was elected alderman and mayor of West
Vancouver (1968-78). For many years he was
active in the Unitarian Church, both in Vancouver
and on the North Shore. Peter was also the
inspiration behind the founding of Capilano
College in 1968, and became its first board chair.
On receiving university status, the now-Capilano
University bestowed its first honorary degree on
Peter in the fall of 2008. He was very interested
in dispute resolution and qualified as a Chartered
Arbitrator in 1988, spending almost 12 years
working with the BC Arbitration and Mediation
Institute. No one could be more fair-minded
than he was.
In 1990, Peter began volunteering for the
Palliative Care Unit at Lions' Gate Hospital and
is remembered with fondness for his thoughtful
and caring approach to patients.
In addition to all these activities, Peter loved the
outdoors - hiking, skiing, Worlcombe Island - and
shared many wonderful adventures during his
long life with family and friends.
Peter is survived by his wife of 67 years,
Eleanor, his sisters, Pamela Stone and Meg Parr,
his five children, Penny BA'66 (George Pedersen
BA'59), Stephen (Bev Boys), Christine Med'go
(David Millar BCom'73, MSc'75), Tim BPE'76, Med'91
(Jennifer BA'81) and Hugh MBA'87, and his eight
grandchildren. There is a fine legacy of Jones family
UBC graduates, which is being continued for a
fourth generation by Cyril's great grandchildren
and Peter's grandchildren, jAlex Millar and Peter
Jones, Emily Jones and Madelyn Jones.
Peter died peacefully at home in North
Vancouver on September 30,2009. He will be
lovingly remembered as a gentleman and a
gentle man. We all miss his wisdom, his
curiosity, his humour and his love.
Gordon "Barry" Thompson BPE'49
It is with profound sadness that the family of
Professor G. Barry Thompson announce his
death on Monday, June 29,2009, in the
palliative care unit ofthe Doctor Everett
Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton.
Barry was born in 1927 in Brittania Beach, BC,
but was really a mountain boy. His first 18 years
were spent in the town site on the mountain
above the beach. At 18 he left the mountain to
attend UBC, where he recently returned to be
honoured as a member ofthe first graduating
class ofthe School of Human Kinetics, Physical
Education and Recreation.
Mter graduation he worked with the Red Cross
in Vancouver before attaining his master's degree
at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He then
worked at the YMCA in Hamilton before moving
on to MacDonald High School and McGill,
where he coached the swim team in 1955-56 and
the victorious water polo team in 1956-57.
In 1959, at the invitation of John Meagher,
Barry joined the University of New Brunswick
to teach in the physical education department,
eventually becoming director ofthe School of
Physical Education and Kinesiology. He went on
to serve 10 years as dean of students. He was one
ofthe mostbeloved professors at the university.
Barry was active in many organizations (a list
far too lengthy to mention) but was most proud
of his role in developing the UNB and Fredericton
Rowing clubs and constructing the Aquatic Centre,
and of his participation in the establishment of
the local walking trail. He also helped to
establish the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton.
The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
honoured him with the Distinguished Citizen
Award for providing extraordinary service and
leadership contributing to the quality of life in
Fredericton. He also received the Rotary
International Paul Harris Award for his humanity
and furtherance of better understanding and
friendly relations among peoples of the world.
Barry was an avid traveler and fine photographer
and, with his curiosity, sense of humour, kindness
and compassion, endeared himself to everyone
he met, young or old. He was a father to every
young person who needed one and his heart and
home were always open. Adored by his family,
friends, students and colleagues, he deserved the
nickname "the good man" given him by the
inhabitants ofthe small Greek village of
Mystras, where he spent a sabbatical.
Douglas J. BairdBScA'50
Born in Alberta to a pioneer livestock family,
Douglas Baird moved to Fintry, BC, in 1920. In
1927 his family moved to Vancouver where his
father took over operation ofthe stockyards for
the public abattoir at the foot of Fraser Street.
Douglas left high school in 1940 to work as a
herdsman at Earlscourt Farms in Lytton, where
he stayed until joining the RCAF for pilot
training in May 1941.
In May 1942 he graduated as a pilot and was
initially posted overseas. His posting, however,
was rescinded soon after and his flying career
was put on hold. In 1943 he returned to the
RCAF, going overseas in 1944 to train with
the RAF before joining the Canadian 408
Squadron in Yorkshire, England. During one
harrowing operation en route to Germany in
1945 his flight crew had to bail out due to an
uncontrollable engine fire. Fortunately all seven
crew members survived.
At the end ofthe European war, he switched
from flying Halifax bombers to Lancasters to
fly home en route to the Far East theatre. In
July he married Dorothy Fraser in Vancouver
and after marriage leave returned to his unit
in Greenwood, NS. In August 1945, Japanese
48   TREK    SPRING 2010 hostilities ended and he returned to Vancouver
for discharge.
During the winter of 1945-46, he operated a
cattle feedlot for BC Livestock Co-op at the Fraser
Street stockyard and in 1946 he rehabilitated the
family ranch at Watson Bar, BC, before enrolling
that September in the animal husbandry
program at UBC. While at UBC he served as
undergrad representative on the student council
committee and took up summer employment
with the City ofVancouver roads department.
During the summers of 1948 and 1949 he started
a dairy herd at North Bend, BC, and delivered
raw milk from there to Boston Bar.
His daughter, Leslie, was born at VGH in 1950
and his second and third daughters, Louise and
Laura, followed soon after. On graduating from
UBC he joined the livestock division ofthe
federal Department of Agriculture, working
until 1970 in Regina and later in Toronto.
In 1964 he began farming 300-acre and
100-acre farms he had purchased within 27
miles of Ottawa. After resigning from his
government position, he formed Hy-Cross Beef
Breeders Ltd. and began importing Simmental,
Limousin and other breeds of cattle from
Europe for breeding.
Bypass heart surgery in 1975 slowed him up
for a short time but he was active again by
December of that year. In 1977 he sold Hy-Cross,
although he remained a director for one year. A
number of commercial livestock ventures followed
until a second heart surgery in 1991 forced him
to retire. In 1997 he and Dorothy returned to BC
where they lived until his passing.
Bob Koch BScP'50
On June 17,2009, Bob "Bobby" Koch passed
away in Royal Inland Hospital at the age of 87.
He was born at Mrs. Hesselgrave's Nursing
Home in Irricana, AB, on January 12,1922, the
oldest of four children. As a young man growing
up in Strathmore, AB, he fished, hunted and
competed successfully in track and field, golf,
and hockey. His parents owned the Strathmore
Hotel where he was raised, his bedroom over the
bar. Perhaps that is where the lifelong non-
smoker discovered his love for the golden nectar.
In 1940, at the age of 18, he was recruited by the
Calgary Stampeders Hockey Club, which had won
the jAllan Cup the previous year. Then came a stint
with the Baltimore Orioles hockey team. During
World War II he joined the RCAF and trained as
a wireless operator. At the conclusion ofthe war
he joined the New Westminster Royals in the
Pacific Coast Hockey League. The Chicago
Blackhawks of the six-team NHL called, but Bob
made the decision to seek an education instead.
While with the Royals, the shy redhead fell for
the raven-haired beauty Betty, whom he married
in 1948. They thoroughly enjoyed more than 59
years of "a great life" together until Betty's
passing in 2007. They lived life to its fullest,
loved, laughed, played, and worked hard with
few, if any, regrets. The family trulybelieves that
his passing is the result of a broken heart.
Bob studied pharmacy at UBC. He also starred
as a right winger with the UBC Thunderbirds. In
the 1950s, he and Betty worked and resided in
New Westminster. He played golf out ofthe
Vancouver Golf and Country Club, where he
won many tournaments including the New
Westminster j\mateur as well as the club
championship. He also played a few more years
for the Royals until the combination of working
as a pharmacist and hockey injuries made life
somewhat difficult.
In 1960 they made the fortuitous decision to
move to Chase and open Chase Drugs, which
later became People's Drug Mart. He worked six
days a week for years and the odd good-weather
day off caught him playing 18 holes or more. He
was successful at more tournaments than you
could yip a putt at, especially at Sunshore and
Shuswap Lake Estates. In 1978 Bob and Betty
retired, allowing him time to enjoy 110-150
rounds of golf a year. Mixed in with this was
dancing, curling, bowling, cross-country skiing
and travelling. Good times were plenty at the
Legion, the Clubhouse and friends' homes. He
thought the world ofthe community of Chase
and the surrounding area. He was a life member
ofthe Elks and a 49-year member ofthe Legion
Branch 107.
In 2000 the 1948-50 Thunderbirds hockey
team was inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of
Fame. In 2006 Bob became only the second
hockey player in UBC history to receive the
same honour.
R. Ross Johnson BSF'51
Ross passed away peacefully on July 28,2009.
He was born in Kelowna but lived on the North
Shore most of his life, attending North Star
School and North Vancouver High. He served
Canada with the 2nd Division, Canadian Artillery,
in Canada, Holland, Germany and France. In
Europe, he served with the 20th Battery, 2nd
Antitank Regiment.
Ross was a member of Canadian Legion
Branch #118. Upon returning to Canada, he
attended UBC and graduated with a bachelor's
degree in forestry. He worked in the forest industry
for many years, initially in summer breaks with
the BC Forest Service in Pender Harbour where
he was assistant ranger and operated the
"Cherry 2." He then worked for BC Forest
Products and, for most of his career, L&K Lumber.
Ross' generosity and quality of giving himself
to help others was legend. He was very active
with Big Brothers, and was Akela in Scouting for
11 years at St. David's United Church. He often
took groups of young people on study trips
through the woods. A trip with Ross was
amazing; you always learned something new.
Family was everything to Ross. He purchased
property at Sakinaw Lake when he returned
from overseas and built a family cabin that has
been the joy of his life. He loved to be there with
family around, enjoying the serenity of life in
the outdoors. Ross loved to create, whether it
was carpentry, working on his Model A, or
gardening at his West Vancouver home.
John (Jack) William Eastwood BSF'56
Jack died peacefully on Thursday, May 7,2009,
at The Lodge at Broadmead in Victoria, BC. He
is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Jean
Fay (McLeod), daughters May, Jane and Susan,
granddaughters Anna and Caliya and his sister,
Bernice Evans.
Jack was born in 1925 in Sooke, BC, moving
shortly thereafter to Digby Island near Prince
Rupert, where his father was a lighthouse
keeper. At the age of 18, Jack enlisted in the
Royal Canadian Air Force and several years later
found himself living in a tent ona forward
airfield in Normandy, arming Typhoon fighter/
bombers and leaving his youth and part of his
hearing behind in many airfields over the
remaining months of WWII. He was a different
person when he returned to Prince Rupert, soon
finding a job with the Provincial Forest Service
and working himself into an important position
in administration.
By 1951 he had married Dorothy and moved to
Vancouver to undertake another big challenge,
the five year forestry program at UBC. There he
met and bonded with another group of comrades, a motley collection of veterans, ex-loggers
and high school graduates which grew naturally
into a close knit team dedicated to surviving the
program successfully with mind, body and sense
of humour intact.
After graduation in 1956, Jack began his
forestry career on Vancouver Island but soon
became attracted to international forestry
taking up long-term forest inventory and forest
development projects in Bangladesh, Malaysia
and Ecuador for several Vancouver forestry
consultants. This was followed by 10 years with
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
UN, working out of Rome on projects around the
world, but mainly in Central and South America
and Asia.
Jack, who achieved the status of an international
expert in forest inventory and development,
ended his career back in Vancouver working for
several years as an associate with a major
international company of forest consultants. He
and Dorothy retired to their favourite spot on
earth, Oak Bay, BC, and spent many happy years
there, frequently communicating with old
comrades and "smelling the roses." Jack
Eastwood is gone but not forgotten.
Jacqueline Sue Chapman BSN'58
Jacqueline Sue Chapman succumbed to illness
on July 9,2009, at Lakeview Manor, Beaverton, ON.
One of Canada's most noted nurse researchers,
Jacquie's doctoral studies led to care improvements
in neonatal nurseries. She graduated from UBC
and quickly advanced to head nurse roles and
then to instructor positions at UBC and at
several American universities. Jacquie earned
her MSN from Case Western University in
Cleveland and PhD in Nursing from New York
University. She became a professor at the
University of Toronto.
Jacquie was the first nurse in Canada to
be awarded the prestigious National Health
Research Scholar Award. She garnered many
other honours including being named
an American Nurses Foundation Scholar
and invited to be a founding fellow ofthe
Nightingale Society.
In retirement she became an active member
of her church and community, sharing generously
in the lives of those around her. She maintained
a special passion for infants, children and
education. She was an ardent traveler and
enthusiast of the arts. She will be remembered
and missed by many.
In Jacquie's honour, please join UBC Nurs ing
colleagues and friends in donating to the BSN
Class of 1958 Bursary Fund, a lasting endowment
to assist nursing students in financial need.
Donations can be made by contacting Debbie
Woo, Major Gifts Officer, at 604.822.6856 or
Maureen Patricia Marchak
(Russell) BA'58, PhD'70
In 1997, Pat Marchak could be seen in Buenos
Aires in front ofthe Presidential Palace,
interviewing the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo as
they continued to seek justice for their children
who were "disappeared" during the dirty war of
the 1970s. In 2000, you could have seen her in
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as she interviewed
survivors ofthe Pol Pot/Khmer Rouge regime
that left nearly a million dead. Years earlier
(1953-54), you would have seen her in her final
year at Kitsilano High School as editor oiKHS
Life, the student newspaper. By then she had
won some 60 swimming trophies and medals,
many from distance competitions.
Pat entered UBC as a scholarship student in
1954 and The Ubyssey became a second home.
Distance swimming remained a passion and in
June, 1955, Pat was determined to become the
first person to conquer the Strait of Juan de
Fuca between Victoria and Port Angeles - 18.3
miles in a straight line, but a gruelling swim of at
least 25 miles because ofthe tides. After
completing 20 miles, the tides turned against
her and she was pulled out, protesting, about
five miles short of her goal.
In addition to her BA studies, Pat enjoyed
writing for The Ubyssey and as editor-in-chief
(1957-58), her curiosity ruffled some feathers
not only at UBC but also in Victoria and Ottawa.
Pat's husband, Bill, accepted a Canadian
government posting in Vienna, Austria, where
they lived from 1958 to '62. Their children,
50  TREK    SPRING 2010 Geordon and Lauren, were born there. This
sojourn also represented Pat's earliest exposure
to a state grappling with deep scars from the
recent past.
Back in Canada, now a mother of two young
sons, Pat gradually resumed studies and earned
her PhD in Anthropology and Sociology in
1970. As a teacher and academic administrator,
she progressed from instructor to professor
(1980) and was head ofthe UBC Department of
Anthropology and Sociology prior to becoming
dean of UBC's Faculty of Arts for the period
1990-96. She served onmanyboards and
committees and was a past president of the
Canadian Anthropology and Sociology Association.
Between 1975 and 2008, Pat published 10 books,
co-authored two and edited one. Her earlier works
dealt with socioeconomic issues in the BC and
global forest and fishing industries; later subjects
included globalization, ideologies, resources and
economic development, followed more recently
by human rights issues in failed states.
Pat became a fellow ofthe Royal Society of
Canada in 1987 and was president ofthe Royal
Society's Academy of Humanities and Social
Sciences from 1998 to 2000. She was distinguished
scholar in residence at the Peter Wall Institute
for Advanced Studies in 2000.
Pat passed away peacefully at VGH with her
loving and devoted husband, Bill, by her side.
On becoming aware of her terminal cancer, Pat
requested that her family, friends and colleagues
focus on how fortunate she had been to do what
she loved, and how through her teaching, her
research and her writing she had, hopefully,
made some positive contributions.
Robert Thomas Carkner BPE'59
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce
the peaceful passing of Robert (Bob) Carkner on
August 2,2009. Born on October 10,1935, he was
taken too soon from his loving family.
Bob obtained his bachelor of physical
education at UBC with postgraduate studies
in counselling, and a master of education in
administration at Western Washington State
College. He had a full 35-year career, starting
briefly in Vancouver as a teacher at David
Thompson and Sir Charles Tupper and then
counselling coordinator at Vancouver School
Board. Most importantly, he was a high school
principal for 22 years at Hugh Boyd, London,
Steveston and Richmond secondary schools,
where he made a mark on many lives.
Bob was most noted for involvement in
his profession and community. He belonged
to numerous committees and was director of
many of them. Board member assignments
included G.F. Strong, BC Teachers Federation
Global Education Project, Vancouver and
District Athletic Association and involvement
organizing a BC Space Symposium. He was the
director of Richmond Partners in Community
Conference, chairperson to Richmond's
Science and Technology Awareness, as well
as Richmond's Principals Association. Co-
chairships included the School's Division of BC
Children's Hospital Foundation.
Bob was an athlete and this was a huge part of
who he was. He played rugby at UBC and as a
teacher went on to coach New Zealand Shield
and provincial champions at Sir Charles Tupper
and David Thompson. Then came basketball. He
coached for numerous years and implemented a
"mini basketball" program in Richmond. He was
the president of BC High School Boys Basketball
Association, receiving many awards for his
contributions to the sport. In 2009 he received
an honorary life membership in BCHSBBA.
As a high school principal he was unique. He
had a vision and developed many innovative
practices. Examples of these included Student
Leadership Conferences, the first ever Salmon
Hatchery at Steveston High School, BC's first
Pacific Rim course at Steveston, exchange
programs with Japan and China, linkages with
Casa Guatemala orphanage and the Lai Thieu
Centre for the deaf in Vietnam and a Global
Education Course at Richmond High. He
implemented the first Advanced Placement
Program in BC at Steveston and developed
Space and Technology Education. Awards were
numerous but most notable were the honorary
Doctor of Laws degree from SFU for excellence
in Educational Administration, the UBC Alumni
Association Award of Distinction for Global
Education, and the Order of Canada in recognition
of educational initiatives and encouragement of
humanitarianism in schools.
Of all Bob's accomplishments, his most
cherished one was his family. He was a devoted
husband, father and grandfather. Bob was married
to the love of his life, Nanette, and recently
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He
was adored by his three sons, three daughters-
in-law and his seven beautiful grandchildren.
Bob's favourite place on earth was his cabin on
Bowen Island where he and his family spent
many wonderful summers and he was happiest.
Roger Kenwood St John Col. (Ret.)BSF"69
September 15,2009, marked the loss of a great
man, Roger Kenwood St. John. His passing was
sudden and untimely.
Born May 26,1944, in Vancouver, Roger was a
devoted husband, father, grandpa (Poppy),
friend and community member as well as a
distinguished member ofthe military.
Mter graduating from UBC he began his
military career with his first posting in Montreal.
He went on to serve his country with true
engineering spirit during tours across Canada
and Europe as well as several UN peacekeeping
missions in Cyprus, Pakistan, and Bosnia. His
final posting in 1994 was as base commander of
CFB Chilliwack, which he oversaw until its
closure in 1998.
He concerned himself with the well-being of
all those leaving the base and went above and
beyond to ensure that each and every one was
taken care of. He was a soldier's soldier and had
a career filled with integrity and distinction
including receiving the Order of Military Merit.
He was also a citizen's soldier as shown by the
honorary Citizen of the Year award he received
from the City of Calgary in 1987, in recognition
ofthe instrumental role he played in creating
the Calgary Centennial Mena and the Calgary
Military Museum. The award stated that Roger
"emerged as a model of good citizenship, forging
a relationship between the citizens of Calgary
and the members of CFB Calgary" and that "his
community spirit would go with him wherever
his career took him."
This proved to be true. After his retirement,
Roger enthusiastically involved himself in the
community of Chilliwack, giving his time, energy
and passion to many organizations including
Rotary, Community Services, Chilliwack
Hospice Society, BC Children's Hospital and
Big Brothers. Again his enormous efforts were
recognized when he was named a Paul Harris
Fellow by Rotary International.
Most recently Roger was greatly honoured by
an appointment as Colonel Commandant ofthe
Canadian Military Engineers. He was passionate
about the engineers and took his duties very
seriously. He thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting
with a new generation of engineers and spoke
often of his pride in their accomplishments.
As involved with the community and military
services as he was, Roger always made time for
those he loved most: his family and friends. He
enjoyed fishing, spending time at his beloved
cabin, travelling and creating adventures. He
was looking forward to doing all these things
with his grandsons and seeing the men they
would grow into.
In hindsight, we know we are all fortunate
Roger was an avid storyteller. Those who were
lucky to hear him telling tales, at times humorously
long-winded, can now cherish them and keep his
memory alive with their retelling.
He leaves behind many friends and colleagues
who will miss him dearly. A painful empty
space is left in the hearts of his family. Our only
consolation comes from knowing, as a dear
friend pointed out, "he was a happy and fulfilled
man who was loved by all who knew him. He
bypassed no opportunities and always followed
his heart."
Frances M. Esson BA'7i, MEd'78
Fran was born and raised near Rosetown, SK.
She died in White Rock, BC, on June 5,2009, just
three months short of her 94th birthday. She
moved to Vancouver in the early 1940s,
establishing a residence in the West End where
she lived for more than 65 years. She was an
independent woman, never marrying, and she
was a genuine role model for the next generation. She started work during the war years in
the federal department of Employment and
Immigration. She was the only woman to
maintain a position once the soldiers began
returning home and she worked her way up until
she retired in 1978, ending her career as a
section supervisor. Fran was involved in the
hiring of the initial executive staff of ICBC in
1973, a highlight of her long career.
Her desire to achieve a university degree led
to the start of her studies in 1958. She began
night classes and summer classes, all the while
working for Manpower. She received her master
of education (adult education) in 1978, the year
she retired. She then put that knowledge to use
by becoming an active member ofthe Federal
Superannuates National Association, working
with them until she was into her 80s.
Fran made many friends during her years in
Vancouver as she was active in numerous
organizations and maintained close relations
with her siblings and their families. Fran's legacy
to her family is the memory of her ever-present
joy and unbridled enthusiasm for life.
Philip Perry BEd'72, MEd'73
Born in England in 1934, Phil migrated to
Australia with his parents and brothers while
still a child. He, in turn, migrated to Canada with
Rowena and their three young children in 1968,
having become frustrated by teaching and
learning conditions in Australian schools at
that time. InVancouver, he determinedly
studied for both bachelor and master's degrees
while teaching in Delta School District. His work
in art education (he served three terms as
president ofthe BC Art Teachers' Association)
resulted in his eventual secondment to UBC.
He always valued the welcoming assistance and
friendship he received from many Canadians,
not least his colleagues in education and art
and those at UBC. He firmly believed that their
encouragement, support and friendship helped
him achieve greater self-confidence and
Phil returned to Australia, as a Canadian
citizen, with his family in 1975 to take up an
appointment at the State College ofVictoria.
This was soon to become part of Monash
University, where his career included directorships
of graduate courses in both art education and
teacher education. He undertook his PhD at the
University ofWashington, graduating in 1981,
with cognitive dissonance the subject of his
dissertation. He was also granted leave to take
up guest lectureships for extensive periods at
universities and colleges in Seattle, Oxford, St.
Petersburg (Russia) and Suzhou (China).
One of Phil's life-time goals was to try to
foster links between people. Ever the internationalist, he took several groups of trainees to
Canada to complete their teaching practicums.
He actively sought to enrol overseas students in
his graduate courses and often managed to
secure short term teaching appointments or
lecture tours in Australia for colleagues from
Canada, the US, the UK, China and Russia.
During his retirement - or "beginment," as Phil
liked to call it - he and Rowena organized and
led cultural and educational tours to China, with
the assistance of his friends and colleagues at
Suzhou University.
Phil served for many years as a world councillor
ofthe International Society for Education
through Mt; as president, and later, honorary
life member, ofthe Australian Institute of Mt
Education (nowArt Education Australia); and as
a visual arts examiner with the International
Baccalaureate organization. Soon after his
retirement, Monash's faculty of art and design
appointed him an honorary research fellow in
its department of fine arts.
Julian Charles Bradley BA'73
Julian Bradley, age 56, died November 15,2007,
following a battle with colon cancer.
He was raised in London, where he developed
a life-long passion for books, music and
Philip Perry
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secondary school, he won a scholarship for
university from the Drapers' Guild. He chose to
study economics at UBC.
During his four years at UBC, Julian made
many good friends. He was popular with fellow
students, with his different accent, contagious
happy-go-lucky, carefree attitude, and long
flowing hair. He was also remarkable for his
intelligence and instant grasp ofthe underlying
principles and their ramifications in his courses.
He would later be accepted into Mensa with a
tested IQ of 156.
Mter returning to London, he secured a
position in accounting with Gallaher Tobacco,
where he stayed for 23 years. Julian's work with
Gallaher took him to various company locations
and subsidiaries throughout the UK and to
others on the continent. Latterly, mostly as an
internal computer auditor, he was responsible
for managing both staff and significant projects
for the firm from the head office in Surrey.
Throughout his working life, Julian maintained
a keen interest in philosophical, metaphysical
and spiritual matters, using his spare time to
explore different traditions and teachers, as well
as to keep abreast of advances in science,
particularly quantum physics. Mong with
friends, he formed a society called The Escape
Committee, which met at various frequencies
over many years to discuss and share insights on
life's meaning and purpose. Its only rule was
that there are no rules.
He continued with these interests after
stopping work in 1997. Latterly, he bought a
share in The Tiger Inn pub near his parents'
rural home in Kent, a sailing boat with friends,
and an Italian sports car.
Julian appreciated how precious true
friendship is, and he cared deeply about his
friends and family. He was always there for
friends when they needed help.
His intelligence and depth of insight allowed
him to see beyond the veil of what most consider
everyday normal life. He realised that many live
their lives doing the right things for the wrong
reasons - conforming and living the way they
think others feel they should live - and he
refused to do this, always staying true to himself.
He was legendary for preferring to leave things
undone, rather than to do them for the wrong
reasons. He was well known, too, for his wit,
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While Julian's physical presence will be sorely
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Actor, director, raconteur, teacher,
joker: it's hard to know how Norm
Young, BA'52 might describe himself.
Norm Young came to UBC to study law, but was diverted by fate and
studied English and history instead. He was president of the Players'
Club, and his antics and performances make up the stuff of legend. After
graduation he went on to work in TV and theatre, then returned to UBC
to join the new department of Theatre in 1961, where he was a member
of faculty for 30 years. Norm has a burning love for UBC and the Theatre
department to this day, and is still a familiar face around campus. He and
his friend, the late Norm Watt, received the Alumni Association's Lifetime
Achievement Award in 1999.
The two Norms, as they were called, were famous for their professional
antics, including the annual World's Worst Original Oil Painting Exhibition
and Auction (WWOOPEA) that sold off some truly ugly works of art, and
an annual croquet tournament set on the UBC President's lawn - both of
which raised money for charitable causes.
Who was your childhood hero?
My Uncle Jack. He died at Cassino
in WWII.
Describe the place you most like to
spend time.
Anywhere on the UBC campus, London
or Tuscany (pretty similar places).
Whatwas the last thing you read?
It was a re-read of Ezra Pound's Cantos.
What or who makes you laugh
out loud?
Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, and the
ineptness of the acting of the four
Baldwin brothers.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned?
If it needs to be done, do it now,
because you won't do it later.
What's your idea of the perfect day ?
My wife, Maida, is in Cuba. I'm up at
5:00am and read The Vancouver Sun
and The Province's sports pages. I watch
a musical, mystery or gangster movie
on TCM. I cut out the day's quota of
typos and caption boobs from The Sun
and mail them to Patricia Graham, the
editor. I have lunch at the Argo and
play golf at Country Meadows. Karen
Barnaby cooks dinner. I win at
duplicate bridge, despite partnering
with Mike Ryan. Joy Coghill doesn't
call and the Canucks lose.
What was your nickname at school?
What would the title of your
biography be?
What a Waste.
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be?
To win the Miss America contest so we
could have world peace. Or to control
the entire capital of a large Swiss bank
in order to form a foundation and
provide chairs and scholarships for the
humanities at UBC.
What item have you owned for the
longest time?
My alphabet baby plate. My mother
insisted on keeping it until I was 35,
and in defiance I started a collection
(now comprising about 200 pieces).
What is your latest purchase?
A 45 RPM of Do the Freddie by Freddie
and the Dreamers.
Who do you most admire (living or
dead) and why?
Homer Thompson, a boy from
Rosedale who became one of the
world's foremost archaeologists. He
went to UBC and ended up at the
Princeton Institute while contributing
heavily to his field.
Whatwouldyou like your epitaph
to say?
He could have done anything, but he
was lazy.
What is your most prized possession?
A1928 Olympic poster signed by
Percy Williams and Frank Grainger.
If you could invent something, what
would it be?
A selective time machine.
In which era would you most like to
have lived, and why?
I've thoroughly enjoyed the ones I've
lived through, but I think I would have
loved the Roaring Twenties as an adult.
What are you afraid of?
Caves, mines, and living so long that
all my friends have gone.
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have.
To be able to carry a tune. I'm tired of
not being allowed to sing in church.
Which famous person (living or
dead) do you think (or haveyou been
told) you most resemble?
Think: Jeremy Irons. Told: Art Carney.
What is your pet peeve?
Arrogance. Other people's of course,
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