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24 Putting the Human
in Humanities
A UBC community program
offers non-traditional
students a chance to access
the benefits of learning.
26 Living with
Imagine waking up one day
and not being able to speak.
That's what happened to
Christy Campbell.
33 Alumni Centre
A new campus building is
being planned - with you
in mind.
14   From Gen X to Gen Y
Douglas Coupland offers advice to the class of 2010 (and his
archives to UBC).
18  Alumni Achievement Awards
Meet the nine inspiring recipients.
30 Academics and Avocations
From black holes to black and white film; from tea ceremonies
to anime.
54 The Last Word
Family man Jeff Todd is the new head of UBC Alumni Affairs.
He lives in a rainforest but misses the desert.
Cover illustration by Keith Leinweber.
5    Take Note
UBC researchers explore
clean engine technology, the
hazards of night shifts and
the best way to grow grapes
for wine production.
12   Letters to
the Editor
36 Networks & Events
38 Class Acts
42 Book Reviews
44 T-Bird News
46 In Memoriam
What the Trek?
Trek Magazine caption competition
Here's a cartoon by Trek designer Keith Leinweber that needs an accompanying caption. Send your best
efforts (one caption per person) to vanessa.clarke@ubc.ca, or to the mailing address in the right-hand
column, by January 31.
We had more than 100 entries for the spring caption competition, many of which
udderly milked the punning opportunities. Without further amoo, the winner of a
brand new UBC travel mug is Len Tennant, BA'7i.
"Once again the stevedores took their union boss too literally when he
ordered them to beef up their picket line."
The photo is actually of a donated herd of Ayrshire cattle arriving in Vancouver from
their native Scotland in 1929. Three of the herd were particularly impressive specimens:
Lochnich Lassie, Ardgowan Gladness 2nd and Rainton Rosalind 5th passed along their
excellent genes to descendants, helping UBC develop one of the finest herds of Ayrshire
cattle in North America. To learn more, visit: www.landfood.ubc.ca/faculty-history
EDITOR IN CHIEF Christopher Petty, MFA'86
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber, BDes
CONTRIBUTOR Michael Awmack, BA'oi, MET'09
CHAIR Miranda Lam,LLB'o2
VICE CHAIR Judy Rogers, BRE'71
TREASURER Dallas Leung, BCom'94
Brent Cameron, BA,MBAo6
Blake Hanna,MBA82
Marsha Walden, BCom'80
Ernest Yee, BA83, MA87
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
MarkMawhinney, BA'94
Carmen Lee, BA'oi
Ian Warner, BCom'89
Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, MA MBA
Bijan Ahmadian, BASC'07
Chris Gorman, BA'99, MBA'09
Lesley Bainbridge, BSRP'82, MED'95
Stephen Owen, MBALLB'72, LLM
Brian Sullivan, AB.MPH
Catherine Com ben, BA'67
Rod Hoffmeister, BA'67
Jim Southcott, BCom'82
Michael Lee, BSC'86, BA'89, MA'92
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Norma-Jean Thompson, BCom'08
Barbara Miles, BA Postgrad Certificate in Ed.
Stephen Toope, AB, LLB & BCL, PhD
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
Jeff Todd, BA
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and the
(Slow) DEATH
It's hard not to get down about the state of the world. As a history major
(undergrad at another university), I know that war, pestilence, famine,
corruption, bigotry, human misery (etc., etc.) have been hallmarks of every
age of recorded and unrecorded time. You'd think that some progress
would have been made over all these centuries, but it seems that the
capacity of human beings to wreak havoc on their fellows is unaffected
by technological advance, global scrutiny or just knowing better.
So there I was a few weeks ago, in this jaundiced frame of mind, when
I had occasion to write some materials in support of our annual Alumni
Achievement Awards celebrations. You know what's coming: I read the bios
of the recipients, viewed the videos we had prepared for the presentation
event and came to the conclusion that, while the world is indeed in a terrible
state of chaos, there are those among us who refuse to succumb to despair
and who, against all odds, try like crazy to make the world a better place.
And then do it.
With their eyes wide open, they have all gone forward into perilous
territory and made significant breakthroughs in their fields, from film making
and sports medicine to aboriginal rights and aid for the world's displaced.
Their bios appear in this issue (page 18), and you can view their videos at
www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/awards if you need a vacation from weltschmerz.
^ ^ ^
And speaking of technological advance, readers of TrekMagazine are
certainly aware that the world of print tucks nicely into the "terrible state
of chaos" mould. Printing and mailing costs keep going up while advertising
revenues keep going down. Oddly enough, demand for print magazines has
never been greater (look at the magazine rack in your local supermarket),
and surveys of university magazine readers indicate that the vast majority
still want to get their issue through the mail. But the disconnect between
production costs and ad revenues is forcing many magazines to consider
the electronic alternative.
The iPad and other larger-screen personal devices make it much easier
to read formatted text, and applications are being developed that introduce
very cool features to online publications. After a difficult transition period,
there's no doubt that electronic publications will be as readable and
convenient as print ones.
The only fly in the ointment for university publications is that we push
out our magazines; you don't pull them in. You will go to the newsstand
(or buy a subscription) for Time, Elle or Ho use Beautiful, but TrekMagazine
lands on your doorstep because we send it to you unsolicited. Somewhere
between picking it up and putting it in the recycling, you may well be hooked
by the interesting cover or the title of an article, and end up reading the
whole thing. Will that happen when we send you an email announcing the
arrival of the electronic Trek?
This is just to say that, starting next year, we will reduce our print
production to two issues annually (spring and fall), interspersed with electronic
versions. Make sure we have your email address so you can keep reading.
We welcome your thoughts on this, so drop us a line (or an email) before
the world falls apart.
Chris Petty, MFA'86, Editor in Chief
4   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2010
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.
Get That in Writing
© Professor John Wagner is an anthropologist at
UBC's Okanagan campus. He's spent a decade
travelling to Papua New Guinea to conduct
research. One day, he was approached by village
elders who were concerned about the precarious
existence of their oral language and wanted his
help in preserving it by creating a written form.
Their language, Kala, is a vessel for traditional
knowledge, and the elders feared this would be
lost when the language disappeared.
Many different languages have evolved in
Papua New Guinea, but intermixing of these
groups has led to a wide use of TokPisin, a
Creole language based on English, to facilitate
communication. Many young people are
learning Tok Pisin as their mother tongue, and
this trend, together with the lack of a written
form, was increasing the elders' concerns.
Wagner asked fourth-year anthropology
student Chara DeVolder to help him and colleague
Christine Schreyer, who specializes in linguistics
research and endangered language preservation,
to produce a writing system for the Kala
language. DeVolder spent two weeks with her
supervisors in a remote village this summer.
The team formed a committee with representatives from six villages to help them research
the morphology and syntax of Kala. They also
offered a workshop to inform local teachers and
others about the written system and developing
language curricula materials. De Voider spent
the rest of the summer in Vancouver completing
a draft dictionary that will be sent back to the
villagers for review.
Klingon ioi
This fall students at UBC's Okanagan campus
can explore the made-up languages of "Star Trek's"
Klingon and "Avatar's" Na'vi as part of a new
anthropology class titled Pidgins, Creoles and
Created Languages.
"Pidgin is a form of speech that is a mixture of
languages," says Christine Schreyer, assistant
professor of anthropology. "They are often
created by two or more groups of people who
want to communicate with one another to
accomplish a purpose - trade, for example - but
don't speak one another's languages. Creoles are
languages that originally started as pidgins, but
have evolved to the point where children are
learning them as their mother tongue."
The fourth-year class, Anthropology 4900,
examines how languages are formed, their
linguistic features, the social context in which
they are used, and whether or not they can ever
be considered standard languages. It also covers
the development of new languages and some
reasons for their creation, including trade, unity,
media and secrecy.
"The first part of the course focuses on pidgins
and Creoles, which tend to get neglected in
language studies because they are viewed as a
mix of languages and not a 'real' language," says
Schreyer. "But they are used all over the world
and there are a lot of them."
The other half of the course focuses on created
languages, such as Esperanto - the most widely-
spoken created international language in the
world. "Esperanto was created at the end of the
19th century as a universal language to promote
world peace," says Schreyer. "People thought if
everyone could speak a language that wasn't
connected to a national identity or a country then
we could have better communication globally."
Schreyer designed the language course
hoping students will gain a better understanding
of how languages are constructed, how they can
begin and come to an end, and how they relate
intimately to culture.
FALL/WINTER 2010   TREK    5
Domestic Violence, Gender
and Personality Type
0 A study published in the August edition of the
American Psychological Association's Journal
of Abnormal Psychology is providing a better
picture of the roles played by gender, personality
and mental illness in domestic violence.
"Intimate partner violence is a major public
health concern," says Zach Walsh, assistant
professor of psychology at UBC's Okanagan
campus. "Examining subtypes of perpetrators is
an important way of learning more about why
people are violent in close relationships, and
maybe crucial for developing new ways to
reduce violence in those relationships."
Walsh and colleagues from several other
universities analyzed data drawn from the
MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study to
examine normal personality, psychopathic
characteristics and mental illness among 567
civil psychiatric patients, including 138 women
and 93 men with histories of domestic violence.
"Although both men and women engage in
substantial levels of domestic violence, fewer
studies have examined female perpetrators,"
says Walsh. "These new findings are among the
first to highlight similarities between subtypes
of domestically violent men and women."
Prior studies of domestically violent men have
found that perpetrators can be categorized into
three groups. The study provides preliminary
evidence that the three subtypes also exist
among female perpetrators:
"Our goal is to develop a fuel injector that will make
natural gas engines competitive with diesel engines,
by eliminating dangerous particulate emissions
without sacrificing efficiency or adding cost"
Antisocial perpetrators are often violent
outside the relationship and have high levels
of psychopathic personality traits;
■ Dysphoric perpetrators may have high
levels of anxiety, depression and other forms
of mental illness;
■ Low Pathology perpetrators have generally
normal personalities and are rarely violent
outside of intimate relationships.
The findings also suggest that subtypes
from studies of domestic violence perpetrators
in the community can be applied to perpetration
by psychiatric patients. Learning more about
psychiatric patients who perpetrate domestic
violence is important, as they engage in
higher levels of domestic violence than do
the general population.
Walsh encourages caution in generalizing
from psychiatric patients to the larger community,
and is currently working with his students to
examine these subtypes among other groups.
Drive More, Pollute Less
O Steven Rogak is an associate director of the
UBC Clean Energy Research Centre and an
associate professor of mechanical engineering
in the Faculty of Applied Science. He recently
received significant federal funding to develop
fuel injector prototypes for natural gas engines.
"Our goal is to develop a fuel injector that will
make natural gas engines competitive with
diesel engines, by eliminating dangerous
particulate emissions without sacrificing
efficiency or adding cost," says Rogak. "Natural
gas has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by more than 20 per cent, compared
to conventional engines."
Partnering with UBC on this initiative is
Westport Innovations Inc., a Vancouver-based
UBC spin-off company that will provide financial
support and essential in-kind contributions.
Rogak's research is made possible by the
federal government's Automotive Partnership
Canada, a $145 million initiative to support
collaborative research and development to
Buchanan Upgrade
© UBC Renew is a program that uses sustainable
practices to upgrade the university's old
building stock as an alternative to demolishing
and rebuilding. Over the past few years, the
Buchanan building has been at the receiving end
of this approach. The internal renovations have
created updated learning spaces for thousands
of arts students (using existing materials where
possible) and more energy-efficient building
systems for the more than 50-year-old building.
With those renovations now complete, the time
has come to turn attention to the building's
courtyard. Design plans are sympathetic to the
building's Modernist architecture and offer
plenty of attractive outdoor seating.
promote innovation in the Canadian automotive
industry. Rogatwas awarded $499,824 over five
years to develop the prototype.
Graveyard Shifts a Health Hazard
0 Canadians who work night and rotating shifts
are almost twice as likely to be injured on the job
than those working regular day shifts, according
to a UBC study.
This is exacerbated by a dramatic increase in
the number of Canadians working non-standard
hours over recent decades. The number of
women in rotating and night shift work
increased by 95 per cent during the study
period, primarily in the health care sector. For
men, the increase was 50 per cent, mostly in
manufacturing and trades.
The study examined data on more than
30,000 Canadians, collected as part of Statistics
Canada's Survey of Labour and Income
Dynamics, and compared results between
workers involved in different types of shift work
from 1996-2006. It shows that while the overall
rate of work injuries in Canada decreased during
this time, the rate of injuries did not decline for
night shift workers. The study also found that
the risk of work injury associated with shift
work was more pronounced for women,
especially those who work rotating shifts.
"The disruption of normal sleep patterns due
to shiftwork can cause drowsiness or fatigue,
which can lead to workplace injuries," says Imelda
Wong, a PhD candidate at UBC's School of
Environmental Health. The researchers suggest
that because women are more likely to be
responsible for childcare and household work,
they may have more difficulties adjusting to shift
work and maintaining regular sleep schedules.
"As more and more workers become involved
in non-daytime shift work, we may see an
increase in injuries, especially among women,"
says co-author Chris McLeod, a research
associate at UBC's Centre for Health Services
and Policy Research. "Regulatory agencies and
employers need to consider policies and
programs to help reduce the risk of injuries
among shift workers."
Old Aud Becomes
New Opportunity
Stephen J. Toope, President, UBC
A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to
walk onstage at the rejuvenated Old Auditorium.
This venue, once the epicentre of every major
university event, had begun to show its age. It
was built, like many buildings from its era, as a
"semi-permanent" structure, meant to be
replaced as the university grew. As its natural life
cycle was coming to an end, we were faced with
a choice: tear down the old building and start
fresh, or refurbish the existing facility and make
it, officially, a "permanent" structure.
There were two important elements on the side
of refurbishing. First, in spite of it being thought
temporary when it was built, the Old Aud had
good bones: sound design, a good foundation
and quality construction.
Second, we at UBC are committed to sustainability
in all its expressions, and saving the Old Aud - both
as a university icon and a much-needed performance
space - became a symbol of this commitment.
The reconstruction is impressive: a newly
minted, technologically-up-to-date rehearsal
and performance venue that retains the early
character and charm of UBC's Vancouver
campus. Those of you who remember events
and classes in the Old Aud will be pleased, on
your next visit to campus, with the result.
Similarly, the Buchanan complex, one of the
university's most-used set of buildings, has
hosted generations of Arts students since it
was built in the late 1950s. Over the past year,
Buchanan has received a major renovation,
retaining its Mies Van der Rohe-influenced
architecture while bringing the building up to
current technological standards.
Of course, a university with the scope and ambition
of UBC will find itself in need of facilities that
create new opportunities for growth. Two current
constructions on the Vancouver campus are
excellent examples: The new Pharmaceutical
Sciences building will allow expansion of
graduate and undergraduate programs and create
opportunities for new research collaborations,
while the new Earth Sciences Building will house
the department of Earth and Ocean Sciences,
which has become the largest earth sciences
department in the country. Both these buildings
are designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
UBC's Okanagan campus is also a leader in
sustainable construction. All new academic
buildings are designed to achieve LEED Gold
certification, with the Engineering, Management
and Education building, and the Health Sciences
Centre leading the way. Existing buildings are
currently undergoing a geothermal retrofit and
lighting upgrades to reduce significantly the
campus's greenhouse gas emissions. This year,
the Okanagan campus received the Mayor's
Environmental Award as the region's most
sustainable development, and the Fipke Centre
won recognition for its energy and environmental
This commitment to sustainability is vital to
UBC's growth as a globally significant university,
and as an example of how a large institution
comports itself in a world that demands - and
desperately needs - a much higher level of
environmental responsibility than ever before.
It's also one of the promises we made to the
community in the university's strategic plan,
Place and Promise.
I'm proud of the advances we have made at
UBC. Visit www.strategicplan.ubc.ca for more
information or, better yet, visit the Vancouver
and Kelowna campuses and see for yourself.
Tuum Est!
FALL/WINTER 2010   TREK    7
Alternative Medicine Gets the
Scientific Treatment
©Western medicine has traditionally warned
against the use of unproven alternative medicine
for treating serious medical conditions like
cancer. Just the same, 50 to 80 per cent of
Canadians with cancer look into non-mainstream treatments to accompany those provided
by their doctor. These include acupuncture,
nutritional supplements, yoga, meditative
techniques and traditional Chinese medicine.
It makes sense, then, to make sure that
doctors and patients are properly informed
about the latest research on these therapies,
including the potential benefits and hazards of
using them.
The Complementary Medicine Education and
Outcomes Research Program (CAMEO) was
created to do just that. It provides evidence-based
education to help guide the decisions of patients
and cancer specialists and is about to launch an
online information and training resource aimed
at health professionals. As scientists gather more
evidence about alternative therapies, the paradigm
is shifting. Even the lexicon is changing:
"alternative" is becoming "complementary."
50 to 80 per cent of Canadians with cancer look into
non-mainstream treatments to accompany those
provided by their doctor. These include acupuncture,
nutritional supplements, yoga, meditative techniques
and traditional Chinese medicine.
A lead investigator for CAMEO is Lynda
Balneaves, who teaches in UBC's School of
Nursing. She addressed more than 400
oncologists at a national medical conference
this summer. "I was amazed at how many people
were interested and asking where they could
find evidence or get training," she says.
CAMEO tries to ensure that treatment is
optimized and not compromised by complementary therapies, and its approach is grounded
in science. For example, the mainstream press
is full of information about the benefits of
antioxidants and some people with cancer may
consider using supplements like vitamin E or
garlic to boost their immune system. "However,
we often see negative outcomes," says Balneaves.
"These supplements can make treatments such
as radiation and chemotherapy less efficient and
maybe protecting cancer cells." Balneaves plans
to create other partnerships across Canada to
provide similar support for patients and health
professionals. CAMEO was made possible by a
$1 million donation from the Lotte and John
Hecht Memorial Foundation.
8   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2010
When / was
a Student...
The lecture halls might look the same, but parents of current students may not recognize Physics
101. The world of learning has turned amid chirps of Twitter and Facebook status updates. Not even
Pluto is safe: the planet was downgraded in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union. Peter
Newbury, a Science Teaching and Learning Fellow in UBC's Carl Wieman Science Education
Initiative, points out what has changed, and what hasn't.
There were nine planets in the Solar System.
Your professor toldyou about the planets.
Current Student
There are eight planets in the Solar System.
You are a planet.
Pluto is now considered to be a large chunk of
ice and rock, part of the Kuiper Belt.
Newbury introduced the Human Orrary into
the curriculum, where students role play the
Solar System.
You got kicked out of class for cheating if you
sharedyour answer with theperson nexttoyou.
You get poor participation marks for not sharing
your answers with the person next to you.
Students are actively engaged with their peers,
generating their own knowledge through in-class
activities and discussions.
Only the keeners answered the professor's questions.
Every student responds to the professor's questions
using clickers, giving the prof instant feedback on
whether the class "gets it" or not.
Clickers allow students to answer multiple
choice questions. The results are immediately
tallied for the instructor, who can decide whether
or not the class is ready to proceed.
You saw your prof once in a blue moon during
office hours.
You're in constant contact with your prof through
email, Twitter, Facebook, and WebCT (an online
course management system).
It's impossible to sit unnoticed in the back
row anymore.
You copied notes from the chalkboard.
You annotate the prof's PowerPoint presentation on
your Netbook, iPad, or download the entire lecture
from iTunes U.
Misbehaving students no longer have to clean
the erasers.
You spent hours buried in the library stacks poring
through books andjournals and photocopied
relevant pages.
Google. Wikipedia. YouTube. 'Nuf said.
m   \3 *% cD
Eliminates serendipitous discoveries and
secret trysts.
You worked on homework, at home, alone.
Student workgroups are facilitated by teaching
assistants, who only answer your questions with
more thought-provoking questions.
Peer instruction means you have to know the
material yourself before you can explain it to
others. Working with a small group of peers
promotes metacognition: Realizing what you know,
how well you know it and what you don't know.
Your syllabus was:
Chapter 4: Waves
Your syllabus is:
Chapter 4: Waves
Learning Goal: By the end of the course you should be
able to give an example of wave phenomena in water,
strings, sound and light; write down and interpret the
mathematical formula for a wave; and give examples
of everyday situations where wave phenomena occur.
Learning goals define what a student has to do to
demonstrate they get it, and make it easy for
students to study as each goal can easily be
turned into an exam question. This takes the
guessing out of learning. Students aren't
speculating what the profs expect them to know
by the end of the term and profs know for sure if
the students grasp the key concepts.
You passed or failed your final exam.
Your prof performed a demonstration at the front of
the room. You sat too far back to see it.
F = ma
You (and your prof) are continuously evaluated
throughout the semester.
You do your own experiments using computer
simulations, such as those at: phet.colorado.edu
Begging for a rewrite is not on.
Though you can still sit at the back of the room.
Some things never change.
Thanks, Sir Issac Newton.
Bacchus Laureates
O A laboratory would be a great place for
winemaking, what with all that glassware and
other handy equipment. And that's exactly what's
happening in a lab on the Okanagan campus,
where UBC's first Pinot Noir has been created.
However, the wine is not intended for a staff and
faculty Christmas party. The winemaking is an
experiment to better understand how nitrogen
in grape fertilization influences the quality of
wine. Nitrogen impacts the grape-growing
ability of a vine and can also affect the level of
yeast metabolism in the winemaking process.
"The Okanagan has sandy soil which tends to
be dry and poor in nitrogen, so growers must
bring in both water and nitrogen to get quality
grapes," says Cedric Saucier, associate professor
of chemistry at the Okanagan campus. "However,
there is no magic formula to determine how
much nitrogen or water is required to ensure
the vine is growing well."
Grapes used for the UBC wine were harvested
from a controlled field experiment in Oliver.
Half of the vines received the usual amount of
fertilizer (nitrogen) added by local growers,
while the other half received less.
The grapes were recently hand-harvested,
hand-crushed and placed into a home-made
fermentation tank prototype to ferment. The
wine will ferment for seven to nine days before
being transferred to bottles for the second stage
of fermentation, which takes anywhere from
two weeks to a month. "We're making the red
wine with the seeds and skins; this differs from
the homemade wine kits that people sometimes
purchase from stores, which is why we needed to
create a miniature prototype of a fermenter,"
says Saucier.
Once ready, the Pinot Noir will be tested to see
how the wine made from the two vines compare
in look, taste and structure. Saucier expects to
have about 36 bottles. Some of the wine will be
put aside to age and some will be sampled for
chemical analysis and tannins in particular.
UBC's Okanagan campus is emphasizing
research and teaching that contributes to the
sustainability of the agricultural industry in the
Okanagan region and its emerging leadership as a
premier wine region of Canada. This experiment
is a part of larger project with multiple partners
funded in part by Genome Canada.
2011 UBC Desert Classic
March 15, 2011 ■ Palm Desert, CA
Brought to you by UBC Athletics
and UBC Alumni Affairs
Join us in Palm Desert for the fifth annual UBC Desert Classic. Catch up with fellow UBC
alumni and friends on the golf course at the Classic Club. Snowbirds and locals are welcome.
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with their convention line at 1.877.952.4696 Classic Club, Palm Desert, CA.
To register, please visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/events. Questions? Contact Eleanor Battison
eanor.battison@ubc.ca or 604.822.9977 or 800.88
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EX-OFFICIO                                                                                       TREASURER '10-'ll
PRESIDENT'S DESIGNATE                                                                      DallaS LeUn& BCom'94
Barbara Miles, BA,                                                   members at large '08-'n
Postgrad Certificate in Ed.                                                            Brent Cameron, BA, MBA'06
Bijan Ahmadian, basc'07
Chris Gorman, BA'99, mba'09
Stephen Toope, ab, llb&bcl, PhD
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
Blake Hanna, mba'82
Marsha Walden, BCom'80
Ernest Yee, BA'83, ma'87
Aderita Guerreiro, BA77
Lesley Bainbridge, bsrp'82, MEd'95
Stephen Owen, mba, llb'72, llm
Brian Sullivan, ab, mph
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Miranda Lam, llb'02
Judy Rogers, bre'71
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Carmen Lee, bavi
Ian Warner, BCom'89
PAST CHAIR '10-'ll
Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, ma, mba
Catherine Comben, BA'67
Rod Hoffmeister, BA'67
Jim Southcott, BCom'82
Michael Lee, BSC'86, BA'89, ma'92
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Norma-Jean Thompson, BCom'08
Engaging for Life
Miranda Lam, LLB'02
Chair, UBC Alumni Association
When you walked off the stage on graduation day, fresh degree in hand, the
last thing you likely thought about was, "How can I stay involved with UBC?"
For most of us, graduation from university means finishing one stage of our
life and moving on to the next.
Career, family, mortgage, day-to-day stress: Where's the time to think about
your old university?
I'd like to challenge that notion with a combination of logic, emotion and simple
fact. Logically, your years at UBC provided you with the most concentrated
period of learning you've experienced in your post-childhood life. You were
introduced to some of the smartest people you'll ever meet (remember that
professor of physics?) and some of the best friends you'll ever have (maybe
even a life partner) and you did some of the most brilliant thinking you'll ever
do. Why would you not want to stay involved with that?
Emotionally, your student years were the best of times and the worst of times.
You mixed your first taste of genuine adult freedom with your first nagging
suspicion that the freedom comes with a pretty high price: you have to work for
it. You also may have experienced the first heartbreak of your life, and maybe the
first real love. Again, why would you want to forget the place it happened?
The simple fact is that UBC didn't just train you to take up a career. By challenging
your assumptions, forcing you to think around corners and opening up new
intellectual vistas, UBC prepared you to be an observant, critical contributor
to the world. As someone who learned how nuclear physics works, or cracked
the mystery that is Finnegan's Wake, or can quote the general provisions of the
Nisga'a treaty almost verbatim, how could you not be bringing fresh thinking
and positive change to whatever you choose to do? And how could you stay
away from an institution where you learned that?
So, how can you stay involved with your university?
With more than 250,000 UBC grads worldwide (about 170,000 in BC), you
have a ready network of men and women who are, in lesser and greater
degrees, already involved in the life of UBC. Some meet regularly with old
classmates in book clubs, writing groups, networking events, or casual social
engagements. The next time you attend someone's house party, ask around
to find out how many are UBC grads. You'll be surprised.
The Alumni Association and other UBC units offer a wide array of programs
designed to make "lifelong learning" a real concept in your life: professional
upgrading courses, seminars in financial management, continuing studies
courses in virtually any topic you can imagine. The Alumni Association
offers UBC Dialogues, which brings topical, controversial discussions to your
community; the Next Steps series for young alumni to help you get started in
your career; mentoring opportunities with the next generation of students; and
a host of others. As a volunteer, you can organize reunions, join a committee
at your old faculty, or be an advisor with one of your old clubs. You can even
get involved in branches across the country and around the world.
Over the next few years, we at the Alumni Association will be working hard
to re-engage you in your alma mater and with other UBC grads. If you check
out our website, www.alumni.ubc.ca, you will find a bouquet of opportunities
to stay involved. All designed to keep you connected to one of the most
important influences in your life.
And what could be wrong with that?
FALL/WINTER 2010   TREK   11
Smokin' in the Caf
In your summer edition of Trek, "Placing a
Name" noted that "the first girl to smoke in the
cafeteria was said to have been a member of the
Players' Club. Since the sky did not fall, many
others then began to light up, and soon smoking
was as common as non-smoking is today."
While it was not a feat she was necessarily
proud of in her later years, the trail-blazing first
girl to smoke in the cafeteria (a girl smoking in
the cafeteria was quite an act of rebellion in
those days) was my grandmother, Amy Seed, BA'37.
Academics were not Amy's strong suit. She
was far more interested in other aspects of UBC
life: belonging to the Delta Gamma sorority and
the Players' Club among others. She often spoke
fondly in her later years of working with Freddy
Wood and Dot Somerset. She later went on to
marry Donald Baker, BASc'35, whom she met at a
tea dance (another anachronism) at UBC.
Alison McLean, BA'9.3 (Horn)
Geers Can Read Two!
I always find Trek very readable and enjoyable,
but even more so the summer issue and in
particular "Placing a Name." When I started
at UBC in 1945 as an ex-serviceman, those
great professors who have buildings named for
them were still there and being written about
in The Ubyssey, which was required reading -
even for engineers.
I got a real thrill out of recognizing one of
your anecdote writers, Philip Akrigg, who tried
to teach English to agriculture and engineering
students, including me. I have warm memories
of his course.
In reducing the photo of the 60th reunion of
the class of 1950 (pg. 38) to unreadable proportions, you have possibly alienated some of your
best financial contributors. The map of the
world could have easily been shrunk instead.
E.V. (Ted) Hird, PEng, BASc'so
During my second year at UBC, when I was in
first-year forest engineering, Dr. G.G. Sedgewick
gave a guest lecture to the engineering undergraduates. That noon-hour lecture was held in
the lecture theatre, Arts 100, in the arts building.
The room was full of engineering students
awaiting the entrance of the professor.
After a few minutes a little man appeared,
nattily dressed, wearing a polka-dot bow tie and
shiny black shoes. Avoiding the large lecture
desk on a raised platform, he sat down in front of
the desk, crossed his legs, and looked up the long
aisle that separated the two rows of seats.
The room had been noisy at his arrival, but as
the students became quiet, the professorbegan
to speak in a low voice. For 50 minutes, he held
forth, with nary a note, holding the engineering
students as if in the palm of his hand.
I am sure that occasion changed the attitude
of those engineering students to G.G. Sedgewick,
the arts professor!
John William Ker, BASc'4i, DSc'7i
God and Sedgewick
Thank you for the summer issue of Trek.
Although I never studied with Professor
Sedgewick, I would see him from time to time.
By the late '40s he was, of course, a campus
legend. I did take Professor Wood's superb
course in the English novel and well remember
him at 9:00 am barring entrance, having advised
students that "only an act of God" could excuse
anyone seeking to come through the door after
that hour. Few availed themselves of the option.
H. Colin Slim, BA'si
Crops or Classrooms?
I was disappointed to read about the destruction
of 256 acres of farmland for the construction of
more buildings for the Okanagan campus.
Nature gives us no choice about which lands can
be farmed or not. In BC, arable land is a precious
thing and is already under developmental
pressures. We must expand the Agricultural
Land Reserve, not reduce it.
This purchase... stands in harsh contrast to
other sustainable initiatives UBC has undertaken. One can hardly recommend to students a
university that demonstrates such ignorance
and lack of vision.
On a lighter note, this issue of Trek was
excellent and I enjoyed almost all of it!
Andrew Okulitch, BSc'64, PhD'69
The UBC Endowment Lands at the Okanagan
campus have not been excluded from theALR,
and any future development of the land is subject
to permitted uses regulatedby theALR. All UBC's
endowment lands (1,500 acres), are held in trust
by the university to serve the future needs of
higher education in the province. For more info,
visit www.planning.ubc/okanaganJhome. Ed.
Drug Ads
The article by Hilary Thomson entitled
"Harmful If Swallowed" in the summer edition
of Trek, outlining the views of Dr Mintzes, is an
excellent review of a very important subj ect. It
is both fair and balanced. I would suggest it be
recommended reading for every medical student
and should be included in the pharmacology and
therapeutics program.
Bob Gordon, MD'59
(PS: Always enjoy Trek.)
SomeLikelt, SomeDon't
I loved the summer issue of Trek, especially Andrew
Rowat's photographs and "Placing a Name."
Thanks for an interesting and stimulating edition.
Earl Hart, BEd'68
I was shocked to see, on page 12 of the summer
issue, Andrew Rowat holding a muzzled
crocodile in a Guangdong restaurant. While I
support the documentation of barbaric culinary
practices, I cannot fathom this celebration of
cruelty towards animals. I believe that Trek
owes an apology to its readers for the publication of this abhorrent image.
Sean Cahill, BScAg'82, MSc'88
I would like to file a complaint. While gazing at
the amazing travel photographs in the summer
edition of Trek on my commute home the other
day, I was so transported that I very nearly missed
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my train stop! Wonderful imagery. Congratulations
on an excellent issue. I am circulating it among
my non-UBC-alumni friends.
Gerret W Kavanagh, MBA'83
I not only love your new Trek but read it from
cover to cover! The page four editorial by Chris
Petty reminds me of the "old days" (what dayis
new?) when Sandy Ross, one of my New
Westminster buddies, was editor. It has the kick
of something fresh.
The comment that over-50s prefer print
smacks a bit of elder swatting. Nay, I am from
the over-70 group and the reason I don't want
e-zines is that my computer is jammed daily
with e mails and game ops. I find it refreshing to
hold some "real" print in hand, feel the smooth
sheets of paper and gaze for long moments at a
photograph in Trek, knowing I don't have to
"key up" to see it again. It's lying there where
you left it on the couch under the game control
and amongst the apple cores and bagel crumbs.
Murrie Redman, BEd'80
On the Udder Hand...
The arrival of the founding animals of the UBC
Ayrshire herd was a momentous event for both
the Faculty of Agriculture and the university as a
whole. I doubt UBC President Klinck, Dean
Eagles or Dr. Berry (long-term director of the
PNE) would be amused by your use of this photo
as a prop for comedic expression. Nor was I. You
would be wise to tread lightly on the history of
the institution you are presumed to represent in
this publication and to research the origin of
such photos and their significance.
R.W.Hogg, BSAg'60, MSAg'62, PhD (Illinois),
professor emeritus
"Och Lassie, do you think we'll get some of those
famous sticky buns?"
I think that's the best caption I can come up
with for the ancestors of the Ayrshire cattle I
looked after for most of my career at the university
as farm manager for the department of Animal
Science from 1974-1987 and then senior research
technician from 1987-2001. I've seen this picture
and many others of what, to me, was a significant
moment in UBC's agriculture history. It brings
back fond memories. Even if I don't win, it was
just great to see the picture.
Paul Willing
I had a good experience with the UBC Ayrshire
herd while at UBC. I had the j ob of helping to
milk the cows, which helped with university
expenses. I also did analytical work on the
production records of the Ayrshire herds in
Canada for Professor John Berry, who developed
the concept of using herd average production
records as a way to identify production potential
in herd improvement plans.
Rod Bailey, BSc(Agr)'53
Prof Ratings
I enjoyed the summer issue: broad base, nice
photos, good stories, etc... including those of
building names and how they have inspired
several "gens" of students. It reminded me of the
year that the first Black & Blue appeared, which
rated our professors' abilities to teach and
inspire. Some were given heroic status (eg.
Suzuki) and others were raked through the
coals! I was a grad student when it came out, and
wished that the publication had been available
when I started at UBC in 1954. Perhaps it would
have given me better guidance on courses to sign
up for and those I should have avoided!
KarlRicker, BSc'59, MSc'68
The featured volunteer section of Issue 27 of Trek
includes a statement saying that the acronym
TRIUMF does not stand for anything. A knowledgeable reader points out, however, that TRIUMF was
originally an acronym for Tri-Universities Meson
Facility (based on the three universities that founded
the facility).
The photograph of Michael Audain that appeared
on page 21 of the summer issue was provided
courtesy of Pacific Newspaper Group. We apologize
for the omission.
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the
awarding of prizes to faculty members. Up to six prize winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2011.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of teaching
at UBC. The three years include 2010-2011.
CRITERIA: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels: introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any combination
of levels.
NOMINATION PROCESS: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may suggest
candidates to the head of the department, the director of the school, or chair of
the program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions should be in
writing and signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should
include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a
letter of nomination or pick up a form from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of
Arts in Buchanan A240.
DEADLINE: 4:00 p.m. on January 14,2011. Submit nominations to the Department,
School or Program Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced mid-April, and they will be identified during Spring
convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your department,
school or program office, or Dr. Geraldine Pratt, Associate Dean of Arts at
604. 822.6703.
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Douglas Coupland offers advice
to the class of zoio...
Generation X author Douglas Coupland received an honorary degree
(doctor of letters) at UBC's spring congregation "for his prolific and
prodigious contributions as a writer and artist, and for his uncanny
ability to inject new memes into our cultural bloodstream."
As well as being an author, Coupland is a graphic designer, journalist,
visual artist, playwright and filmmaker. He recently entrusted 122
boxes of archival materials to UBC Library, documenting his extensive
activities. He plans to continue adding to the collection as his life and
career progress. Dating back to 1980, these records include
manuscripts, fan mail, photos, visual art, correspondence, press
clippings, audio/visual material and more.
The following is adapted from the speech Dr. Coupland made to the
graduating class of 2010.
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 The 2010 UBC Alumni
Lifetime Achievement Award
Marvin Storrow, QC, LLB'62
Marvin Storrow is an accomplished lawyer whose
career includes several groundbreaking cases that
have steered the course of legal history in Canada.
He is highly respected in the profession for his
skill as a litigator and for his moral integrity and
commitment to justice. He has received many
distinctions including the highest award from
the Canadian Bar Association's British Columbia
Branch and the Milvain Chair of Advocacy Award
from the University of Calgary, which is awarded
to a leading Canadian courtroom lawyer.
Storrow's career has included both civil and
criminal cases, including more than 20 presented
to the Supreme Court of Canada. His expertise
covers many areas, but Aboriginal law is where
his efforts have had the biggest impact. During
the 1980s and '90s, he successfully litigated
several groundbreaking cases on constitutional
rights and land titles. Three of them have been
ranked by a body of Canadian legal scholars as
among the top 15 most important cases in the
history of Canada.
Guerin v. The Queen is one such case,
concerning the Musqueam Band and land leased
to the Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club on their
behalf by the federal government in 1957. Chief
Delbert Guerin believed the band had been
unfairly treated, and Storrow saw a moral
imperative for correcting an injustice. He took
the case all the way to the Supreme Court, which
ruled in Guerin's favour in 1984. Guerin v. The
Queen has been cited in hundreds of subsequent
cases. Storrow continues to litigate cases
involving aboriginal rights, most recently
concerning access to medical care.
He is still involved with his alma mater as a
guest lecturer and through a scholarship he and
his wife, Colette, established for students
participating in UBC's First Nations Legal
Studies Program. He is a popular speaker at
many other educational and legal institutions
and has authored numerous articles and papers.
He has been a willing source of advice to many
junior lawyers who have since become senior
litigators, Queen's Counsel and high court
judges. He has also committed many hours to
pro-bono work.
Storrow is a life bencher of the Law Society of
British Columbia, an honorary director of the
Justice Institute of British Columbia and a
trustee of the British Columbia Sports Hall of
Fame and Museum. He is a past director of the
West Coast Environmental Law Society,
Greenpeace, the Aboriginal Law Student
Scholarship Trust and the BC Epilepsy Society.
An avid and competitive athlete from an early
age, Storrow also lends his time and support to
sports-based charities and organizations. He was
a director of the 2010 Olympic Bid Corporation,
and a 2010 Olympic Ambassador who carried
the Olympic torch at UBC.
Alumni Award of Distinction
Hon. Thomas Edward Siddon, PC, LLD'07
Dr. Tom Siddon graduated with distinction from
the University of Alberta in 1963, winning the
Gold Medal in Mechanical Engineering. He went
on to earn a master's degree and a PhD from the
University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace
Studies. Siddon's career-long interest has been
the interplay between emerging environmental
challenges, science-based solutions, and how to
overcome the political obstacles to change.
After a ten year academic career at UBC,
Siddon was elected to the Parliament of Canada
as MP for Richmond, a position to which he was
re-elected in five successive federal elections.
Siddon was first appointed to a ministerial
position by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in
September 1984. He served as Minister of State
for Science and Technology (1984-85), then as
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (1985-90),
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development (1990-93), and Minister of
National Defence (1993).
As Science Minister, Siddon guided Canada's
role in international science and the space
program. As Fisheries Minister, he instituted a
major toughening of Canada's Fisheries Act
and introduced the world's first policy on
sustainable management offish habitat. He
initiated aggressive programs to protect
Canadian fish stocks from international
exploitation and industrial pollution.
 As Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development, Siddon concluded the historic
Nunavut agreement, the Yukon Umbrella Final
Agreement, the Saskatchewan Treaty Land
Entitlement, and he was a prime mover in
setting up the BC Treaty Process. As Defence
Minister, Siddon was directly responsible for
defence policy, procurement, and peacekeeping.
As a member of the Cabinet Committee on the
Environment, Siddon contributed to the first
National "Green Plan," and to the development
of new environmental legislation (the Canadian
Environmental Protection Act and the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Act), the regulation of
toxic substances, and the Arctic Environmental
Protection Strategy.
Following his political career, Siddon has
remained active as a consultant, lecturer and
corporate board member. He has been involved
with several organizations dedicated to achieving
a more sustainable way of life, and led a flag-ship
project of the Okanagan Water Stewardship
Council to develop a long range water management
strategy for the Okanagan Basin. He speaks
frequently on the political challenges of combatting
global climate change and the long range
implications for water supply management.
In recognition of his distinguished achievements,
Siddon was awarded an honorary doctorate
from UBC Okanagan in 2007. For his work as
chair of the Okanagan Water Stewardship
Council, Siddon received the Okanagan Water
Leadership Award in 2009. He currently serves
as an elected school trustee for the Okanagan-
Skaha district.
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Amy Belling, BA'03
Ms Amy Belling is a talented young filmmaker
who graduated from UBC in 2003 with a double
major in film production and theatre. Her career
took off early with an award-winning graduating
film project; Why the Anderson Children Didn't
Come to Dinner premiered at the Toronto
International Film Festival in 2003 and
screened at 60 others. It was broadcast on CBC
and PBS and released theatrically in Europe.
The great talent and vision she demonstrated on
this project made her a highly sought-after
cinematographer and producer in the Canadian
film industry.
In 2006, Belling produced the short film
Regarding Sarah with UBC Film alumna and
director Michelle Porter. Well received, it
screened at more than 50 film festivals from
New York to Iran, garnered six Leo Awards and
was nominated for the 2008 Genie Award for
Best Live Action Short Drama. Belling again
collaborated as producer and cinematographer
with director Jamie Travis on the short film The
Saddest Boy in the World. The film screened at
more than 150 festivals, winning Best Live
Action Short at St. Louis, and was nominated for
nine Leos. Belling is also the associate producer
of the theatrical feature Mount Pleasant (2006).
In 2007, she teamed up as producer/cinema-
tographer with director A. J. Bond to form The
Siblings production company. They released the
award-winning short film Hirsute (TIFF 2007)
and Madame Perrault's Bluebeard (VIFF 2010).
Their psychological horror feature, Wisteria, is
in development with Telefilm.
Belling's television experience includes
working as production manager and cinematographer on Bravo's documentary series On
Screen! and documentary shoots in Haiti and
Korea. Belling is the recipient of several career
achievement awards including the Kodak Image
Award at the Women in Film Spotlight Gala
Awards in 2007 and the 2009 Daryl Duke
Scholarship. She recently completed an MFA in
cinematography at the American Film Institute
Conservatory in Los Angeles.
All this success hasn't lessened Amy's
connection to her filmmaking roots, however.
After the UBC Film Production program was
suspended in 2007, Amy spearheaded a
campaign to reinstate it. She organized a press
conference to raise awareness, rounded up
alumni support and began a dialogue with UBC's
Dean of Arts. After months of hard work the
program re-opened, with new admissions
starting in the fall of 2008.
Belling followed up this campaign by
founding the UBC Film Production Alumni
Association and serving as its first president.
This commitment led to closer relationships
between the university and the local film
industry, most notably through increased
mentorship and internship opportunities for
UBC film students. Amy, herself, is a tireless
mentor who rarely turns down an opportunity
to share her love of filmmaking with others,
hoping to inspire and guide the next generation
of UBC Film alumni.
Honorary Alumnus Award
Dennis Pavlich
While not a UBC graduate, long-time university
executive and professor Dennis Pavlich has
demonstrated a level of dedication that would
put all but the most committed alumni to
shame. As a result of his extensive professional
and volunteer service at UBC, his influence can
be seen everywhere, from the halls of the
Faculty of Law to myriad land use innovations
on the Vancouver campus.
Pavlich was born in what was then called
Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. He attended
Witwatersrand University in South Africa
(BA'68 and LLB'69) and completed graduate
studies at Yale Law in 1975. Later that year, he
joined UBC as an assistant professor in the Faculty
of Law. He became a full professor in 1984.
Dennis is the modern name for Dionysius, the
Greek god associated with a lust for life. In this
Dennis's case, it has been university life. His
accomplishments and relationships are a mirror
of what he loves to do.
Pavlich served his broader community on the
BC Press Council, the Rick Hansen Institute, the
Vancouver Institute and Festival Vancouver.
He co-edited the book Academic Freedom and the
Inclusive University (2000). More recently, he
edited the book Managing EnvironmentalJustice
(2010), in which he wrote about UBC's pioneering
and groundbreaking work on sustainability in
the global community of universities. He was
president of the UBC Faculty Association and he
was vice-chair of the Board of Governors, served
on Senate and was founding chair of the Great
Northern Way Campus. From 1995 to 1999 he
was the university's associate vice-president,
academic and legal affairs, and served as
university counsel for two years.
From 2001 to 2007 he was vice-president,
External and Legal Affairs, where he presided over
the development of the Vancouver campus as a
complete, sustainable community. Whether
embroiled in debate with the fleshy denizens of
Wreck Beach or inviting the world's greatest
architects to create a new university heart, Pavlich
trumped his critics to wear the sobriquet The
Dermis with great gusto and humour. UBC is a more
sociable and financially stable place because of him.
Now back teaching in the Faculty of Law,
where earlier he was awarded the Killam
Teaching Prize, his courses are typically
Dionysian in their breadth: property law, the law
of trusts and the western idea of law.
Global Citizenship Award
Veronica Fynn, BA'04
Born into poverty in West Africa and raised by a
single mother of eight, Ms Veronica Fynn
learned early on what it meant to overcome
adversity. In the early-1990s, while still a
teenager, she fled her war-ravaged homeland of
Liberia. She spent the next 13 years separated
from her family, finding herself internally
displaced several times before being forced to
spend nine years as a refugee in Ghana. In spite
of her struggles, she still managed to earn a BSc
from the University of Ghana in 2000.
On August 23,2001, Fynn came to Canada
with only two suitcases and 20 dollars in her
pocket. Thanks to a sponsorship by the World
University Service of Canada (WUSC) Student
Refugee Program, she was able to attend UBC,
earning a BA in psychology in 2004.
During her time at UBC, Fynn was committed
to raising the profile of Africa on campus. She
founded 'Africa Awareness," a student group
dedicated to building awareness about the
continent's issues while also advocating for
the incorporation of African perspectives and
disciplines into UBC's curriculum. The two
major legacies of her involvement with the
organization are the annual Africa Awareness
conference, which has brought some of the
continent's best known thinkers and activists
to campus, and the creation of the UBC African
Studies Program in 2005.
After graduating from UBC, Fynn went on to
complete a Master of Public Health degree at
the University of Nottingham (UK) on a
Universitas 21 scholarship. She then spent six
months with the International Organization for
Migration in Geneva, working as a Health and
Human Trafficking Research Assistant.
Upon her return to Canada in 2007, Fynn
continued doing research and policy work in the
area of human trafficking for the BC Ministry of
Public Safety and the Solicitor General's Office
to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The following
year she founded EV Research Inc., a consulting
company focused on promoting and conducting
research on vulnerable populations. Some of her
major projects have been publishing the first
Journal of Internal Displacement, providing
war-affected children with access to computer
technologies, writing children's books on human
rights and creating a blog that raises awareness
of the issues faced by women and children in
conflict-ravaged areas.
Less than 10 years
after coming to Canada
as a refugee, Fynn is
now well on her way to
becoming one of Canada's
leading advocates for
the rights of refugees
and internally
displaced persons.
She received a Master of Law degree from
Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in
2009 and is currently in her second year of the
PhD program there (thanks to the Mary Jane
Mossman and Harley D. Hallett Scholarships).
She has also authored several books, chapters
and journal articles. Less than 10 years after
coming to Canada as a refugee, Fynn is now well
on her way to becoming one of Canada's leading
advocates for the rights of refugees and
internally displaced persons.
Outstanding Future Alumnus Award
Rachael L'Orsa, BASc'io
Completing two degrees while serving on the
University Senate and working as a paramedic
and student researcher may sound like a lot
for most people, but Ms Rachael L'Orsa is
accomplishing all these tasks to an exceptionally
high standard. With a combination of maturity,
hard work and dedication, she has made her mark
on UBC's Okanagan campus over the past few
years, becoming well respected by her peers and
taking on significant leadership roles in the process.
Despite a demanding academic schedule,
L'Orsa has become very involved in the
university community. While working towards
her BASc in mechanical engineering, which she
received this June, L'Orsa was a member of the
Engineering Undergraduate Society, taking the
lead on a variety of workshops and events. She
also represented her peers and earned the
respect of her seniors as a student senator on
the University Senate.
Her leadership ability and willingness to
volunteer was also evident in her roles as team
leader for her 4th year capstone project group
and for several successful competition teams for
the Faculty of Applied Science. She is currently a
science ambassador with the Irving K. Barber
School of Arts and Sciences. This position
involves delivering dynamic, engaging science
(and engineering) presentations to school
children in order to pique their interest in
science-based activities, education and careers.
Two of her Grade seven mentees won honourable
mentions in the 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair.
She has also worked as a student coordinator for
the Women in Engineering program aimed at
female high school students.
She is an outstanding student, consistently
placing in the top five per cent of her class while
receiving numerous merit-based scholarships
(including the largest awarded by the Canadian
Aeronautics and Space Institute), as well as
three separate NSERC awards and a UBC
Okanagan Undergraduate Student Research
Award. Now registered in the Faculty of Creative
and Critical Studies, she will graduate with her
BA in French and Spanish (with a minor in
computer science) next spring.
She has already established a reputation for
research excellence in the wider community,
having been invited to present at numerous
symposia, including BC Innovation Council
CONNECT (2009), UBC Rising Stars of
Research (2009), SPIE Defense, Security and
Sensing (2009) and the Cascadia Nanotech
Symposium (2008).
Away from the university, L'Orsa works as a
paramedic and, in the summers, as awildland
firefighter. She has completed Ironman Canada
four times. She excels in everything she does
while inspiring others around her to do the
same. She is an academic, an athlete, a volunteer
and, above all, a leader.
Outstanding Faculty
Community Service Award
Jack Taunton, MD'76
When Dr. Jack Taunton combined his love of
sport and interest in medicine to practice sports
medicine in the 1970s, it was still a rare specialty.
Since then, he has been at the forefront of the
field, pioneering its development and helping
countless athletes to avoid injury and enhance
performance. He is now considered one of North
America's leading practitioners.
He established Vancouver's first sports
medicine clinic in 1977 with fellow practitioner
Doug Clement. It had humble origins in the
 office of their family practice in Richmond
before moving into new premises on UBC's
campus, where Taunton is a professor in the
Faculty of Medicine. A subsequent move into a
larger building established the Allan McGavin
Sports Medicine Centre. As director of the
centre for the past 25 years, Taunton has worked
with athletes as both as a doctor and a coach (he
was a nationally-ranked marathon runner) and
with students as a graduate supervisor, clinical
teacher and mentor.
Alongside his practice, Taunton has committed
many volunteer hours to providing medical care
for national sports teams in major competition.
He was a medical officer for Olympic Games in
Los Angeles ('84), Seoul ('88) and Barcelona
('92), and Chief Medical Officer at the Sydney
Olympics in 2000.
This wealth of experience led to his selection
as Chief Medical Officer for the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Games. This task
included overseeing the training of 2,700
volunteers, organizing medical stations and staff
for every venue for the provision of basic and
emergency healthcare, running doping control
programs (a top priority), as well his involvement in broader public policy matters associated with large gatherings.
As well, he is or has been team physician
for Vancouver sports teams including the
Grizzlies and Canadians. For 24 years, he had
the same role for the Women's National Field
Hockey Team.
Taunton is also a keen promoter of public
health. He raises awareness around health issues
through television and radio appearances and
public presentations and, together with Clement,
co-founded the Vancouver Sun Run. While at
VANOC, in conjunction with the Canadian
Centre for Ethics in Sport, he established an
educational outreach program on the dangers of
performance-enhancing drugs and the use of
safe alternatives. This was presented at the 17
test events prior to the Games.
Taunton is a past president of the Canadian
Academy of Sport Medicine, SportMed BC,
which he co-founded in 1982, and the Sport
Medicine Council of Canada. In 1999, he
received the Canadian Sport Medicine and
Science Award and in 2000 was elected
Canadian Sports Physician of the year.
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadersh ip Award
Glennis Zilm, BSN'58
In 1919, UBC became the first university in the
British Commonwealth to offer a degree in
nursing. Itwas amajorbreakthroughforpublic
healthcare and the development of the nursing
profession. The university went on to produce
generations of nursing leaders and knowledgeable
Ms Glennis Zilm is a historian, writer and
teacher who has performed a great service to the
nursing profession in Canada by researching
and preserving its past, in particular the central
role played by her alma mater and its nursing
alumni. Zilm's meticulous research and
documentation has ensured that the vital
contributions of key individuals are accurately
recorded and never forgotten.
As an honorary UBC professor and popular
guest lecturer, Zilm instills in students the
importance of nursing history and inspires pride
in the profession through an appreciation of its
past. In the School of Nursing is a showcase
containing nursing artefacts and information.
Zilm changes the showcase display on a regular
basis, keeping history uppermost in the minds of
trainee nurses. She also assists UBC Archives in
the preservation of nursing artefacts, along with
the work of important nursing leaders.
She co-authored the book Legacy: History of
Nursing Education at the University of British
Columbia (1994), which documents 75 years of
institutional and individual achievement. She
has authored several more books, some on
history and others on helping nurses improve
their writing skills (she holds degrees in
journalism and communications as well as
nursing). Recognizing the importance of clear
and effective communication, she mentors
students on writing skills for their written
assignments and advises faculty on their
Zilm is considered an expert on nursing
history and is often consulted by nursing
organizations. She is a founding member of the
volunteer BC History of Nursing Society
(established in 1989), editing its newsletter for
many years. She is also a founding member of the
Canadian Association for the History of Nursing.
Zilm has produced many papers and articles and
is often invited to present at conferences and at
other nursing institutions, committing many
volunteer hours to this every year.
In 2004 Zilm was appointed to the advisory
board of directors for the Museum of Healthcare
in Kingston. In 2006, she was awarded an
honorary doctorate from Kwantlen Polytechnic
University. She is also a recipient of the John B.
Neilson Award from the Associated Medical
Services, a prestigious medical historical society,
for her long-standing contributions to the
history of healthcare in Canada.
Alumni Milestone Ach ievement Award
John M. S. Lecky UBC Boathouse and its
Gold for Life Committee
In 1995, a small group of UBC alumni rowers
formed The Frank Read Group to create an
endowment fund in memory of the 1950s
rowing coach who put UBC on the international
rowing map. Originally, the fund was meant
to purchase rowing equipment and fund
scholarships for rowers.
In 1996, UBC's head rowing coach, Mike
Pearce, decided that after two decades of rowing
in overcrowded False Creek - out of a parking
lot under the Burrard St. Bridge - the operation
needed a proper home. The best site was the
Middle Arm of the Fraser River in Richmond,
but no boathouse facility existed on the river.
To nominate online, visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/nominate,
or call Christina Salvatori at 604.822.9519 for a nomination package.
The group joined forces with Mike, UBC
Athletics, and rowing alumni to launch the Gold
for Life Campaign Committee. The program
aimed to raise funds to build a fully equipped
boathouse with shell bays, docks, offices,
washrooms, meeting rooms and a social hall;
endow a rowing equipment fund; and endow a
rowers scholarship fund.
The committee, along with fundraising
and building sub-committees, met weekly
for five years. Its success was due to the drive,
determination, passion, and in many cases
stubbornness, of the committee members.
The committee still meets once every three
weeks to promote the continued growth of
rowing at UBC.
The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse was
completed in 2006 and is home of the UBC
Rowing crews as well as St. Georges School
Rowing and Richmond Community Rowing and
Paddling programs. This award-winning
structure is located on the Middle Arm of the
Fraser River about 400m upstream from the
Olympic Speed Skating Oval. Itwas designed by
a former rower, Craig Duffield, of Larry
McFarland Architects and follows the form of
rowing shells. Its illuminated opaque sides give
the appearance of a Japanese lantern at night.
Revenue from the event hall has allowed the
facility to become financially self-sufficient.
In building and equipping the boathouse
this first UBC alumni-donor driven campaign
achieved something unprecedented at any other
Canadian university. The total legacy value of
the of the campaign is more than $10 million.
The Gold for Life executive volunteer
committee members are: George Hungerford
OC QC, campaign chair; Martin Gifford QC, vice
chair; Jane Hungerford, co-chair, fund raising;
Roy Mcintosh, co-chair, fund raising; Doug
Robinson QC, chair, building committee; Rod
Hoffmeister, project coordinator; Peter Jackson,
long range planning; Hugh Richardson, Saint
Georges School. ©
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JAN 29
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a place of mind
FALL/WINTER 2010   TREK   23
 ■ \tHT student's first day at university can
l\lX £   be nerve-wracking, but for those
enrolled in the Humanities 101 program at UBC,
taking the bus from Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside to the campus on Point Grey for the
first time can be as intimidating as entering a
foreign land. The program is designed for people
who would not ordinarily consider a post-
secondary education, the most common
prohibitive factor being economic hardship.
Some students live with a disability, others are
homeless or live in insecure housing, and many
have experienced hunger, isolation, illness,
abuse, addiction or racism.
"When our students first come to campus,"
says academic director Margot Leigh Butler,
"they might feel that they don't belong here."
But the sense of being out of place doesn't last.
Humanities 101 (Hum) students share something
in common other than poverty: a passion for
learning, a committed and supportive community,
an understanding of systemic barriers and a
tradition of turning education into positive change.
Students get support for books, school
materials, meals, bus transportation, fleldtrips
and childcare. Some of the graduates of the Hum
program go on to further studies at UBC or
elsewhere and find full-time employment. Many
take up community activism and volunteerism
orbecome self-employed. Regardless of their
path after graduation, nearly every student has
felt his or her life profoundly affected. The
program, according to Hum instructor Nancy
Gallini, Dean of Arts from 2002-2010, is a "jewel
in UBC's crown."
Students choose from three non-credit
university-level courses with subjects including
philosophy, First Nations studies, architecture,
literature, art, history, music, women's and
gender studies, and writing. The courses, taught
by experts in their fields, are not introductory or
survey classes; students jump rightinto the deep
end. But interest is high: Students and alumni
have set up six different study groups on
Shakespeare, rhetoric, freedom, gentriflcation,
cyberculture, and nature, society and science
which provide an opportunity for them to meet
and exchange ideas before and after class.
"It was a big struggle for me," says Hum graduate
Colleen Carroll, who lost her short-term memory
after suffering a stroke. She had difficulty
finishing sentences and doubted her ability to
Humanities 101 is a community
education program offering
free non-credit UBC courses to
low-income residents of the
Downtown Eastside and nearby
areas. It provides education in
its purest form, breaking through
barriers of class, economic status
and race to offer non-traditional
students a chance to access the
benefits of learning.
By John Vigna, mfaw
study at any level, particularly university.
"Thinking is good for a brain that's been
damaged," she says. "I learned to draw on
previous wisdom and associate it with what I
was learning in the classroom. I learned how to
reason things out and raise my self-confidence.
When I finished the program I realized I hadn't
lost everything, I just needed new directions
for my thinking."
Butler says Hum succeeds in part because it
creates a learning context that is non-hierarchical
and non-traditional. "We flatten hierarchies, roll
them into coils and build hand-made clay pots
out of them."
This "hand-made" classroom works more
like a collective. Everyone - students, mentors,
teachers, volunteers - sits together in class,
takes notes, asks questions and participates.
"Our classes have people aged 20 to 80 from
around the world with diverse backgrounds
and knowledge, so you can imagine the width
of our discussions. It's personal, flexible, and
can turn on a dime when new things come up,"
says Butler.
"I liked it right away because the assignments
were difficult and challenging," says Robyn
Livingstone, a Hum alumnus and mentor to
current students. He is also a vocalist and poet,
and volunteers for many non-profit arts groups
in Vancouver. "I really had to do some deep
thinking. Every class seemed to get better and
better, like a stairway or ladder that kept going
higher and higher. I broke everything for
Tuesdays and Thursdays sol could make class."
Since graduating, Colleen Carroll has received
small-project funding for a number of initiatives
including the formation of a group of musicians
called the Homeless Band based at Oppenheimer
Park on the Downtown Eastside. She believes
in education as part of citizenship and that
documentary films are a way to learn about
truths not told in the mainstream. For the last four
years, she has run a weekly Hum documentary
film series at the Carnegie Centre, right across
the street from where she lives.
"Learning is something I want to participate
in daily," she says. "The documentary film
series is something I can do so others can also
learn for fun. Hum is incremental learning on
a pleasurable scale."
Post-secondary education that is "learning on
a pleasurable scale" is not normally associated
with the average undergrad. But a Hum student
is anything but average. They come from diverse
backgrounds; for some, daily life and death
challenges inform their classroom experience in
ways that most people cannot imagine. But despite
these nearly insurmountable barriers, the
students attend classes, participate in study
groups and submit assignments. It's not unusual
in a casual conversation with students to hear
them refer to philosophers, writers, architects,
scientists and even mathematicians, often using
vivid metaphors to link their thoughts and the lives
around them. They are refreshingly candid, self-
assured, fearless and independent thinkers - all
qualities of an excellent student.
The program was started in 1998 by arts
development staff and two UBC undergrads,
Am Johal and Allison Dunnet, who were
inspired by Earl Shorris' groundbreaking
Harper's Magazine article "As a Weapon in the
Hands of the Restless Poor," in which a female
inmate suggested that there had to be a "moral
alternative to the street" in the fight against
poverty, one where low-income people are
provided with access to education so they can
imagine a way out of poverty. The idea struck a
chord. Today, Hum is one of 60 similar programs
in seven countries and counting.
Now in its 12th year, the program is inspiring
an educational movement in Canada which
departs from Shorris' traditional model and
appreciates the great strengths of its students
and alumni whose lives, experiences and
knowledge inform what's studied.
Hum has graduated more than 450 students
and attracts more than double the applicants
it can offer space to each year. One of the
challenges the program faces is supporting
this growth while maintaining its sense of
community, its heart and soul. There is a
generosity of spirit among the students, perhaps
the result of their challenging life experiences
and the positive bonds they form with each
other and the teachers in the classroom. Many
alumni get involved with the program's Steering
Committee, join reading groups, and mentor
new Hum students. "They are lifelong learners
who improve and enrich all of our lives," says
Gallini. "They are important alumni in an
unconventional sense."
The enthusiasm for learning and strength of
community is a magnet for instructors as well as
students, including UBC president Stephen
Toope, who teaches on the subject of human
rights. "I hope the students feel they've had an
authentic UBC experience and that they feel
part of the UBC community," he says. "I hope it
rejuvenates their sense of self-worth, recognizing
that what they have to say is valuable, helping
them rediscover what's within them and sharing
it with the world."
Colleen Carroll recalls the challenge of riding
the bus to UBC on her first day, but is glad she
did. "Hum kick-started me to learn every day.
It taught me that everyone, not just those who
can afford it, can attend UBC. Poor does not
equal dumb." ©
Learn more about Humanities 101 including how to make a tax
deductible donation, at http://humanitiesmi.arts.ubc.ca
FALL/WINTER 2010   TREK    25
that the last
sentence you
say tonight is the last full sentence you will say
for the rest of your life."
This is what is written on a sign my father
holds up when he gives presentations about
aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that
results from an injury to the brain, most
commonly a stroke. People with aphasia have
difficulty speaking, understanding speech, or
both. Twice as many people in Canada suffer
from aphasia than from Parkinson's, but the
poetic injustice of the disorder is that those left
unable to speak cannot tell others about it. My
father had his stroke when he was 48 years old.
Fourteen years later, after a lot of silent
self-reflection and active reconstruction of his
place in the world, my father is left with only a
handful of words and one sentence: "I love you."
I have made two radio documentaries about
aphasia and my father. The first, "Talking
Through Aphasia," is an elegy lamenting the loss
of the father I knew. Hearing himself on national
radio reminded him that he had a voice and with
this realization came the determination to help
others discover how to find and use their
remaining words. The second documentary,
"In So Many Words," is a celebration of what my
father has become: a motivational non-speaker
who travels to conferences, colleges and nursing
schools to talk about aphasia. To get his point
across, he writes single words on flipchart paper
then elicits questions with gestures, facial
expressions and his penetrating blue eyes. His
wife, Carol, fills in the missing narrative.
Together, they have started two communication
groups in small Ontario communities, as well as
the first aphasia camp in Canada, now in its
third year. The incentive, says my father, was
"In So Many Words."
The broadcast has taken on a life of its own,
inspiring emails from many listeners. "Although
it's been almost three years since her stroke,"
wrote Sean Standing about his girlfriend, Christy
Campbell, "we were in tears as we re-lived the
pain, the loss, the humour, and the love that has
been part of our new life with aphasia."
Christy Campbell completed a BSc in biology
at UBC in 1996, followed by a diploma in
renewable resources at BCIT In 2004, the year
Aphasia is a language disorder
affecting the ability to comprehend
and produce language. Writer
Teresa Goff is intimately familiar
with the condition after her father
acquired it as the result of a stroke.
She recently met Christy Campbell,
a UBC alumna who is learning
how to live with the condition
while increasing support for the
aphasia community.
before her stroke, she graduated with an MSc
from Royal Roads University, received a
promotion at work and met Sean, her future
fiance. She was 31 years old. Life was good. Then
she woke up paralysed on her right side, armed
with only one word: "yes."
Speech language pathologists say that after
the onset of aphasia there are about six months
in which recovery is possible. Christy found that
recovery has many gradations. With speech
therapy and friends who came in the evenings to
"Sean came home and
I said 'Sean, my name
is Christy Campbell/
and he started crying.
help her practice speaking, she was finally able
to master simple sentences like "I need help,"
and "My name is Christy Campbell." She could
say Mom, Dad and Sean but it took almost a year
26  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2010
Aphasia Mentoring Project
UBC is running two programs that address aphasia. One is
adapting new technologies to aid communication; the other involves
students and people with aphasia working together to develop
communication strategies.
The Aphasia Project
A collaboration between UBC and
Princeton, The Aphasia Project investigates ways in which assistive technologies like text-to-speech software or
off-the-shelf Personal Device Assistants (PDAs) can be used, or altered,
to aid people living with aphasia. It was
started in 2002 to support well-known
activist for women-in-computing, Dr.
Anita Borg, who after being diagnosed
with brain cancer acquired aphasia as
a result of her brain tumor. After Ani
ta's death, in April of 2003, the Aphasia
Project has grown to include faculty
and students from UBC and Princeton
in partnership with aphasic participants from local rehabilitation and
therapy centres. UBC faculty Joanna
McGrenere from Computer Science,
Peter Graf from Psychology, Maria
Klawe, former Dean of Science who
moved from UBC to Princeton, have all
been involved at different times
throughout the project.
The School of Audiology and Speech
Sciences Aphasia Mentoring Project is
a research pilot project in which community members with chronic aphasia
meet weekly with students. The project encourages all participants to develop and practice communication
strategies together. It also gives participants with aphasia the opportunity
to serve as mentors, helping students
to understand what it means to live
with aphasia. "A huge part of what I try
to train students to recognize is that
aphasia is different in every person,"
says Purves, "There is not a cookbook
of 'when in doubt do this'." The group
also creates a sense of community, allowing people with aphasia to take
part in activities or go places where
communication is not sufficiently supported elsewhere in their lives: examples include book clubs or campus
outings. More information will soon be
posted on the SASS website at www.
after the stroke before she was able to say her
own name. "Sean came home," she remembers,
"and I said 'Sean, my name is Christy Campbell,'
and he started crying."
Compared to my father's few remaining
words, Christy's speech now appears normal.
But while she can speak well enough to
communicate, an entire store of more complex
vocabulary is still held hostage by aphasia. And
she is unable to write. "That is the missing link,"
she says, "I can put a sentence down on paper
but it takes a long time." To help convert speech
to text, Christy uses speech recognition software
but the program has its limitations.
Barbara Purves, assistant professor in UBC's
School of Audiology and Speech Sciences,
investigates technology and aphasia as part of
The Aphasia Project. "We are looking at how
people with aphasia communicate," says Purves,
"and how technology can help." Without
language, everyday activities like answering the
phone, writing an email or asking for directions
become insurmountable obstacles. Adapting
existing technologies that combine images, text
and sound to augment communication is one
way to alleviate the isolating effects of aphasia.
Christy and Sean have spent all their available
vacation time (and money) for the last five years
going on what Christy calls aphasia vacations.
One of their first was to Dalhousie University for
the Intensive Rehabilitation Aphasia Communication Therapy program where Christy was
assigned the task of ordering pizza every Friday
for four weeks. A small task for most of us, but
before that she only used the phone if she knew
the person on the other end.
Christy, Sean and some other BC participants
felt the west coast needed an intensive program
like this. To make it possible required the
integration of physical, occupational and
recreational therapies, as well as speech sciences.
With faculty in all these areas, UBC was the
most appropriate choice. The group found
Barbara Purves. Although the timing was not
right for an intensive rehabilitation program,
Purves realized the potential for a living-with-
aphasia program. She created a community
advisory group, inviting Christy and other
members of the aphasia community to help
figure out what such a program might look like.
The next summer at the Aphasia Camp in
Portland, Oregon, Christy took on a challenge:
In order to speak to
my father, you have to
read him. He usually
carries a pen and a pad
of paper but when he
forgets, he writes words
in the air with his finger.
When you're facing him
and he's writing, you
have to read backwards
as though you're looking
in a mirror.
FALL/WINTER 2010   TREK   27
 start an aphasia camp in British Columbia.
Purves and the advisory group agreed to help
and pulled the camp together in eight months.
It was held for the first time last summer at the
Easter Seals camp in Squamish. While aphasia is
a language disorder, there are other challenges
that often go along with it including physical
impairments and mobility challenges. Purves
also attended the camp, along with UBC student
volunteers from various health disciplines. "For
speech language pathologists, communication is
the barrier," says Purves, "but in terms of
physical needs, when somebody in a wheelchair
gets across to us that they want to go swimming,
speech students don't know how to help but
physio students do." The camp's activities,
including golf, fishing, swimming, yoga and
cycling, are supported by students from
professional disciplines including speech
language pathology, physiotherapy, nursing,
counselling psychology and occupational
therapy. "In this setting nobodyjudges you,"
says Christy. "Everybody here knows about
aphasia and we are in a little bubble." This little
bubble also includes friends, family members
and spouses.
"A family is an integrated system," says
Purves, "and when communication is disrupted,
it affects every aspect of family life." This is
something I know all too well. When my father
had his stroke, our world turned upside down.
At first it seemed that my father had disappeared
with his voice but slowly he learned how to
communicate. In order to speak to my father,
you have to read him. He usually carries a pen
and a pad of paper but when he forgets, he writes
words in the air with his finger. When you're
facing him and he's writing, you have to read
backwards as though you're looking in a mirror.
This mirroring of language is essential to
communication for anyone with aphasia.
Christy and Sean are unique. Most people
living with aphasia are men over 50 and their
caregivers tend to be women. Christy was often
the youngest person in a stroke recovery group,
and Sean still had to maintain a job, unlike many
other caregivers who were retired. When Sean
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recovery in BC. "I hope our honeymoon won't be
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Sometimes, the
hobbies of professors
are an extension of
their academic work.
Sometimes, they bear
no relation at all.
Ever since Stephen Hawking published his
seminal work on black holes, Bill Unruh has
been delving into the theory underlying these
ideas, including his own work on radiation. His
goal is to develop experiments that test some
basic assumptions. While it is impossible to
manipulate actual black holes, other physical
situations offer more accessible analogies. For
example, understanding the physics of flowing
water allows scientists to examine the properties of black holes. Black holes radiate heat,
thought to come from an imaginary surface -
known as the horizon - from which light cannot
escape. In a waterfall, there is a point at which
the water speed is faster than the speed of
sound, so that sound waves cannot escape.
Unruh explains: "That surface where the
velocity of the waterfall is equal to the velocity
of sound turns out to have a lot of similarities to
the horizon of a black hole." In fact, he suggests,
the mathematical equations for sound waves in
a fluid are exactly the same as those for light
near a black hole.
Unruh and his colleagues currently work with
a large water tank as a simplified model for black
hole theory. Hot objects emit thermal radiation.
Hawking's surprising discovery found that the
same effect is true of black holes. In the big
flume tank, it's possible to generate waves and
use the results to test what would happen in the
quantum regime of black holes. Water waves are
given off just like the thermal radiation emitted
by black holes. Slowly oscillating surface ripples
behave like other waves - including sound - in
water, and a horizon can be created. Inside this
place in the tank, water waves would have to
travel faster than the speed of sound to escape.
This is impossible, as with the black hole
horizon. Examining different properties of wave
horizons allows scientists to extrapolate the
findings to black holes.
To understand black holes, Unruh must
combine the theory of quantum mechanics and
the theory of gravity. Black holes are the proving
ground for theoreticians, and he uses a unique
experimental approach to look at the "theory of
everything." However, when he's not trying to
unlock the secrets of the universe, he manages
to make time for some lighter-hearted puzzles.
The Avocation: Film Historian
In 2002, Unruh spent a month at a workshop in
Vienna. While there, he came across a cinema
showing Carol Reed's classic film, The Third
Man, written by Graham Greene and starring
Ors on Welles, much of which was filmed in
Vienna shortly after WWII. Wandering around
the city after watching the film, he started
recognizing locations from some of the scenes.
Unruh's curiosity was piqued. "What's so
incredible about the movie is that it was filmed
in 1948 just after the war. Vienna was in ruins, so
there was massive rebuilding going on," he says,
"yet so much of it remained the same." He
decided to try and track down all the film's
locations. His goal was to match film scenes with
modern photographs.
Unruh started collaborating with a young
Viennese man, J. Innerhofen, who shared his
interest in location-spotting. Together, they
have put together a definitive shot-by-shot list,
along with modern photos of the same sites. It
took a few years for them to document virtually
every identifiable exterior location. "It's just
fascinating seeing how they used the city,"
Unruh says. "It became this puzzle that I wanted
to solve." A large part of the fun is the detective
work, where tiny clues like a distant church
steeple or streetcar number can be enough to
identify a street corner used in the movie.
With most of the locations now found,
Unruh is happy to provide his list online and
sometimes updates the photographs when
visiting Vienna. He recommends using the
film's location map as a way to explore the city
centre and appreciate the details. According to
Unruh, another must-see place is the Viennese
cemetery with its amazing rococo monuments
and historical perspective. The city boasts a
Third Man Museum full of movie stills and
memorabilia, including the zither Anton
Karas used on the soundtrack, and Third Man
tours are also available. Visit Unruh's site at
Millie Creighton is fascinated with all things
Japanese. Her enthusiasm goes well beyond a
taste for sushi and appreciation of anime. Years
ago, as an undergraduate at the University of
Minnesota, Creighton knew that she wanted to
find out more. Graduate work allowed her to
take that first step.
Wearing someone else's shoes - sometimes
literally - can be the best way to understand
another society. After a number of years living in
Japan, learning the language and customs, she
continues to visit annually. One of Creighton's
major research areas examines the flow of both
popular and consumer culture across national
boundaries. This study has led her around much of
East Asia, including long trips to Korea and China.
Few topics are off-limits, and Creighton focuses
on intrinsic characteristics like identity, gender
and consumerism. While certain cultural aspects
are widespread, her travels around the country
have revealed regional and other differences.
Anthropology allows academics to follow both
their intellectual curiosity and personal
passions. At times, it can be difficult to tease
apart the two, with scholarly articles arising
from every opportunity.
The Avocation: Nipponophile
The tea ceremony is a Japanese cultural
institution and Creighton's prevailing passion.
She is VP of the BC Urasenke Foundation, an
organization dedicated to preserving the
complicated tradition. Much more than a
simple food ritual, cha-no-yu involves all the
senses and follows strict rules. "It's a very
involved performance art," explains Creighton.
Everything plays a role, from the tea house
architecture and gardens, to the specific
ceramics and utensils, the sweets that are
eaten, and the tea itself.
The ceremony began with Buddhist monks
in the early 17th century. Monks drank matcha
tea while meditating and designing ritualized
patterns. Over time, both Zen and Taoist
elements were added, until every aspect became
highly symbolic. There are expectations of how
to sit, walk, and behave, and even the location is
meaningful. Creighton teaches the basic
patterns to her Anthropology 331 students, who
are privileged to use the Nitobe Garden
teahouse at UBC as a studio-lab.
A full-scale tea ceremony can take three
hours, involving several light snacks, garden
viewing, and two tea services. It is deliberately
slow to recognize being in the moment. "A lot of
things in Japan, the tea ceremony in particular,
is an enforced slowing down because we are
always so busy." In fact, the ceremony is a
meditation procedure. The quiet, empty space
and set procedures allow participants to become
aware of small things, like sounds and smells,
that otherwise pass unnoticed.
Three or four centuries ago, the tea ceremony
was an opportunity to appreciate aesthetically
pleasing objects, such as the beautiful ceramic
tea bowls, much as we might view such things in a
museum today. Every region has its own ceramic
style, and the ceremony includes holding the
bowl properly to display its characteristics.
Creighton's enthusiasm for Japanese culture
does not stop with the tea ceremony. Her love of
textile arts led her to investigate weaving
traditions in Japan. Of course, as an anthropologist,
this meant getting her hands dirty. She learned
how to raise silkworms, turn cocoons into silk
thread and colour them using natural dyes
collected in the local mountains. She's also spent
a few years learning and performing with a
Vancouver taiko drumming group, becoming
sufficiently skilled to play multiple drums while
moving in complex choreographed patterns
with the group.
Whether it's music or art, celebration or
study, Creighton has melded her studies and
hobbies into a seamless whole. Not every
discipline allows for such a cohesive approach. O
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disorientation returns. But not for long - one new
building in particular stands out like a welcoming
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You walk through the foyer, past the new
Welcome Centre, and into a grand social space
complete with sofas, a fireplace and a corner
coffee shop. You notice a poster advertising a
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and make a mental note to attend. It's hard to
tear yourself away from the fire and congenial
vibe, but you head to the first floor where you're
pleasantly surprised to find a library and a
business centre. You decide not to leave it so
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You won't have to use your imagination for
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marketing and communications, as well as
providing overall project management guidance.
The centre is being designed by internationally
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its simple lines, contemporary feel and adjoining
outdoor plaza area, the building will be an
attractive and welcoming home-away-from-
home for thousands of alumni and a point of
departure into the university at large. It will
provide public meeting spaces, a cafe, a major
event space that easily converts into classrooms
for continuing education, a lecture theatre and a
digital-age boardroom to be used by the Alumni
Association and UBC boards, among others.
But an alumni centre is so much more than a
great location and collection of social spaces.
It's really all about people. It's about alumni
being part of a vibrant university community.
It's where alumni can rekindle connections to
each other and form new ones with students,
sharing in their university experience. It's
about faculty and staff, speakers, and guests,
supporting and showcasing one of the world's
finest institutions. It will be a place where
people come together to celebrate a great
university - past, present and future.
With this exciting new proj ect steadily moving
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 Most buildings add to the skyline of a city.
Our newest adds energy, clean water and ideas.
North America's greenest building is almost complete.
Rather than simply reducing its environmental impact,
the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
(CIRS) will give back to the environment. It will utilize
the sun, the wind, the rain and the earth. And return
clean water, while reducing the university's energy use
and carbon footprint. With its west coast base, UBC
has been at the forefront of environmental issues for
decades. This living laboratory, home to professors,
students and researchers, will allow us to test new
sustainable technologies in a real-world setting. So that
we can learn to balance our needs with what the earth
can provide. And that's just some of the thinking
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a place of mind
This issue in Alumni News:
36   Networks & Events
42   Book Reviews
44   T-BirdNews
46   In Memoriam
We're here, we're there, we're everywhere!
No matter where you are in the world, chances are there are other UBC alumni living nearby. With more than 50 alumni branches, we make it easy to stay
connected whether you're living in Calgary or Kuala Lumpur. Below are some of the locations that hosted UBC alumni events in the last three months.
• Enjoyed summer appies and artisan
ale with other Arts Co-op alumni ■
• Hosted a lively discussion about
entrepreneurship ■ Bay Area
• Cheered on the Thunderbirds
football team at Homecoming ■
• Celebrated the Life and Legacy of
Dr. Peter ■ Vancouver
• Watched Toronto FC live ■ Toronto
o Took The Next Step at IKEA ■
• Made quorum and hosted
protesters at the Alumni Association
AGM ■ Vancouver
• Watched a Giants game at AT&T
Park ■ San Francisco
• Joined hundreds of Canadian alumni
for a reception ■ New York City
o Engaged in a provocative dialogue
about coalition governments ■
London, UK
• Had a great discussion about
advocacy and activism ■ Toronto
• Enjoyed three Alumni Book Club
selections ■ Vancouver
• Discussed aboriginal land
development ■ West Vancouver
• Learned about residential real estate
over lunch ■ Calgary
• Enjoyed a fine lunch at Frankfurt's
historic Gerbermuhle ■ Frankfurt
• Heard from technology
entrepreneur and advisor, Leonard
Brody ■ Los Angeles
• Watched the Canucks take on the
Sens ■ Ottawa
o Engaged in a provocative dialogue
about EcoDensity ■ Vancouver
• Participated in Alumni Night at
Canada House■London
• Lent a hand at the Food Bank ■
San Francisco
• Hosted a provocative dialogue
about mental health ■ Coquitlam
• Participated in a stimulating discussion
about human trafficking ■ Ottawa
• Found out how to make a great
first impression ■ Vancouver
o Attended a Louis Sullivan exhibit
and reception ■ Chicago
• Held conversations about the
Alumni Centre ■ Vancouver
• Celebrated our Alumni Achievement
Award recipients ■ Vancouver
• Went bowling with alumni
from other Canadian universities ■
Hong Kong
• Enjoyed happy hour along with
SFU alumni ■ Singapore
o Had a casual lunch with the new
principal of the UBC College for
Interdisciplinary Studies ■ Singapore
• Took a "Green Trip" to an organic
farm ■ Hong Kong
• Visited senior citizens and
brought them mooncakes for the
Mid-Autumn Festival ■ Hong Kong
• Welcomed the new executive of the
UBC Hong Kong Alumni Association
at the AGM ■ Hong Kong
SCARP 60th Anniversary Gala
UBC's School of Regional and Community Planning celebrates its 60th
anniversary with a gala evening on February 3,2011, at the Four Seasons
Hotel in Vancouver. SCARP alumni are invited to celebrate SCARP's
storied history and hear about exciting future plans. Please contact
phdscarp@interchange.ubc.ca for more details.
This BCom'65 group had its first
reunion in 1995. It was so much fun
they did it again in 2000,2005 and
2010. How the time passes! Plans
are afoot for the 50th in 2015, so
make sure we have your up-to-date
contact details.
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Featured Volunteer
Featured Event: Alumni Football Game
Jordan Liberman BA'95
Varsity Football Player, 1991-93
What are you doing now?
I am a corrections administrator.
How did your involvement in the alumni football
game come about?
Shawn Olson (T-Birds football coach) and I coached
together at SFU through the 2008 season. When he became
T-Bird head coach we talked about the connections the
T-Bird Football program had with alumni. We decided the
best football alumni event would be an energetic, fun and
active one. This led to the idea of the Alumni versus Varsity
football game.
What did you do?
From June until the end of August I spent at least one
hour a night following up on invitations, coordinating
practice times, facilities, team services, equipment,
coaches and game rules. I also worked with Cheng Wei,
BCom'io, Kit Chansavang, BEd'oo, and Paul Orazietti, BEd'97,
on communications support.
What was the highlight for you ?
Players from 1954 (Ted Duncan) to 2009 (Cheng Wei) really
connected all of the eras of T-Bird football under one banner.
Any plans for another game in 2011 ?
There will be a game in 2011.1 will consider playing in it
but I will definitely help again as an organizer.
Any other thoughts?
I loved my time playing for UBC and if I was given the
opportunity to do it again I would be an idiot to pass it up.
I know I was not the only guy sitting there wishing to strap
it on one more time.
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Long Time, No UBC...
what have you been up to lately?
Whether you've been writing novels on the West Nile or selling imports in
Inuvik, 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 TrekMagazine is also published online.
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Catherine McDougall Urquhart
Daly, BA'30, celebrated her 100th
birthday on October 31. Her kids,
grandkids and great grandkids
toasted her with champagne and
cake and she stayed up well past
her usual bedtime of 7:30 pm.
Ian "Bud" Harford, BCom'47,
retired in December 1981 after a
long career with the federal
government. In his retirement,
he and his wife, Eleanor, left
Ottawa twice a year to enjoy the
milder weather at their retirement
home in Nanaimo. They actually
drove across Canada 21 times in
those years (with only two flat
tires and two speeding tickets to
show for it). Bud now lives in one
of Ottawa's fine retirement homes.
It's a five-storey building with
about 190 residents - two of whom
are over 100 years old! His
granddaughter, Heather Slinn,
started at UBC in September 2010,
and he's already making plans to
attend her graduation.
At a recent celebration of the 100th
anniversary of the naming of
Vancouver's King Edward High
School, Hilary Yates Clark,
BHE'52, MEd'90; Doug Clement,
BSc'55, MD'59; George Puil, BA'52,
BEd'57; Dr Ralph G.M. Sultan,
BASc'56; and the recently deceased,
Jack Volrich, BA'so, LLB'si, were
given lifetime achievement awards.
Douglas Henderson, BA'56, PhD,
has been awarded Doctor Honoris
Causa, by the Ukrainian National
Academy of Science for his
contributions to condensed matter
physics and to the development of
physics in the Ukraine. This degree
was awarded by the Institute of
Condensed Matter Physics in Lviv.
Mathematicians will recognize this
as the city where the famous
mathematician, Banach, developed
functional analysis.
H.F. (Gus) Shurvell, MSc'62, PhD'64,
lived for three years on the UBC
campus in a hut located on the present
site of the Museum of Anthropology.
He spent a post-doctoral year in
Marseille, France, and went on to
teach chemistry at Queen's for 30
years before retiring in 1995. He is
currently an adjunct professor in
the art conservation program at
Queen's, where he gives lectures
and demonstrations on vibrational
spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence
(XRF) analysis. He also helps students
with chemical aspects of their
conservation projects and assists
colleagues in various departments
on campus with infrared and XRF
analysis. Gus and his wife, Irene,
have a daughter, Joanne, who was
born in Vancouver and now lives in
London, UK; a son, David, who was
born in London, UK, and now lives
near Vancouver on Mayne Island,
and a son, Andrew, who was born in
Brisbane, Australia, and now lives
in Kingston.
Ronald Van Gilder, BSc'65, was
designated a TAPPI Fellow for 2010
for his leadership in technology for
the paper industry. Known for his
work regarding emulsion polymerization and ink-coating interactions,
specifically on the binder contribution
in offset printing of coated papers,
his technical papers have brought
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significant information to the
forefront in coating and graphic
arts. He was honoured in May at
the TAPPI Fellows Luncheon, held
in conjunction with the 2010
PaperCon meeting in Atlanta.
On September 29 at UBC's
Okanagan Alumni Endowment
Fund Gala, Richard Hooper, MD'68,
a Kelowna physician and a long-time
advocate for comprehensive
cardiac services in the Okanagan,
received the 2010 Community
Builder Award. Each year, the
Okanagan Alumni Chapter
honours outstanding local UBC
alumni who have made (and
continue to make) a difference
locally, regionally or globally. When
he arrived in Kelowna in the early
1990s, Hooper was one of three
general cardiologists in the region.
Today, he is clinical program
director for Regional Cardiac
Services with Interior Health and
will be a contributor to UBC's new
Southern Medical Program as a
teacher and consultant.
Stan Persky, BA69, MA72, who
teaches philosophy at Capilano
University, is the recipient of the
2010 BC Lieutenant- Governor's
Award for Literary Excellence.
Persky's most recent publication
(co-authored with Brian Fawcett),
is Robin Blaser (New Star, 2010), a
memorial book about the late
Vancouver poet.
Joel Rudinow, PhD'73, has
published Soul Music: Tracking the
Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to
Motown with the University of
Michigan Press.
Caroline Woodward, BA'74,
toured BC with her new novel,
Penny Loves Wade, Wade Loves
Penny (Oolichan Books, 2010) in
October, giving public readings in
libraries, university classrooms,
galleries, community halls and
bookstores. This fall, Simply Read
Books will be publishing her first
children's picture book, Singing
Away the Dark, illustrated by
award-winning Julie Morstad. She
is now the author of six books,
including Ethel Wilson Fiction
finalist, Disturbing the Peace and
Arthur Ellis Best First Mystery
finalist, Alaska High way Two-Step.
In 2009, Dennis van Westerborg,
MBA'74, published Color & Flavor
Added, a collection of his philosophical
aphorisms (www.westerborg.ca),
followed in 2010 by Whimpressions,
a full-color fine-art book available
online (www.blurb.com, search
"westerborg"). He has also released
three records of easy listening
instrumental music (Hear song
clips on www.cdbaby.com), which
is getting air play on CBC's
"GALAXIE" music channel. All
items are available online or by
phone/fax 403.527.7005.
Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop
from Plato to Motown
Joel Rudinow
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May Chan, MLS'79, is delighted
and proud that her daughter,
Amanda Merrilee Chan, received
her BSc in May 2010 with a major
in biochemistry. The two alumnae
are already making plans to attend
Alumni Weekend together next year.
In January 2010, Joe McLaughlin,
MA'80 (CounsellingPsychology), passed
his oral defence for his doctoral
dissertation5/(/n Language
Interpreter Shortage in California:
Perceptions of Stakeholders.
He received his EdD degree in
higher education from Alii ant
International University in San
Francisco, CA, in June.
In May 2010, Diane Loonier,
BMus'83, received two prestigious
awards from the Association of
Canadian Choral Communities.
First, her company, Cypress Music
(founded along with Dick Loomer)
received the Most Outstanding or
Innovative Sponsorship Award for
sponsoring the ACCC Choral
Composition Competition for the
past 15 years and for the publishing
of Canadian Choral Music. As the
"grand finale" of the evening, she
and Dick were called up again to
receive the Distinguished Service
Award for all the work they have
done over the years promoting
choral music in Canada.
In February 2010, Tom Hastings,
BA'86, MA'88, was appointed creative
head of CBC's drama department.
Hastings originally joined the CBC
drama department in 2007 as an
executive in charge of production.
In that role, he was responsible for
the development of a broad menu
of Canadian and international
drama for broadcast (series, limited
series, mini-series, TV movies) and
supervised the production and
delivery of drama programming
for the network's prime time
schedule. Before that, he spent six
years as production executive at
Alliance Atlantis and manager of
research at National Geographic
Channel Canada.
In the summer of 2002, (Beth)
Michaela Simpson, MA'94, PhD'01,
along with her husband, David, and
youngest daughter, Miki, moved
from Kamloops to Springfield, MA,
after accepting a position at
Western New England College. She
is now tenured and is the senior
sociologist teaching a variety of
courses including research
methods and deviance. This year
she was also named the director
of sustainability, a new major
based on public administration,
communications, management
and marketing, and international
development. Her professional
schedule keeps her very busy
including trips this year to San
Diego, Mobile, AL; Seattle, and
most recently, Washington, DC.
When she is not working, she
still enjoys camping (which is
almost unheard of amongst New
Englanders), attending performances
at Tanglewood and shopping in
New York.
Greg Bauder, BA'98, has written
a novella, Spilt Coffee, about three
aging and very disillusioned
schizoaffective men who are forced
to spend their lives in poverty and
share their vicarious love for a very
beautiful young Filipino nurse. It is
humourous, bleak and hard-hitting
and is based on his own 33-year
struggle with schizophrenia. It is
very realistic and is a calling out
against the stigma of mental illness.
Bauder has had eight books
published and his work has
appeared in many Canadian
literary magazines including
Vallum, Existere, Quills Canadian
Poetry Magazine, Words and UBC's
Wreck and Fugue. He has had an
article about schizophrenia
published on The Vancouver Sun's
main editorial page and was on the
Christy Clark Show on Vancouver's
CKNWtwo years ago discussing
schizoaffective disorder. His first
novel, The Temptress Ariel, is in
development to be a feature film in
2011 with Blueberry Street Films.
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John Saliken, MArch'99, has
been appointed an associate at
Chandler Associates Architecture
Inc. He has been a key contributor
in the Uptown development in
Saanich and has carried out site
planning and design at the Oasis
development in Osoyoos, including
work on three residential towers
and a five-storey medical office
complex. John has also been
project manager for large-scale
retail projects and has been
instrumental in the development
of the new division, "CAA-interiors
and tenant coordination."
Arthur John Wolak, BA'90,
Dip (Art Hist)'94, MA, MBA, PhD,
married Anna Lizelle Tan, MD, on
Sunday, October 10, at Temple
Sholom in Vancouver. Arthur and
Anna Wolak reside in Vancouver
where Anna is a family physician
and Arthur is a business consultant
and writer.
Bobbie Morrison, BA'oi, BEd'02,
MEd'10, and Cate Bankin Morrison,
BA'04, were married on June 19,
2010, at The Chapel of the
Epiphany at UBC, followed by a
reception in the Totem Park
Ballroom. Theirs was a match made
in UBC heaven. They met in
December 2007 as volunteers at
the UBC International House
Christmas Dinner. A month later
they ran into each other again at
Walter Gage Residence, where Cate
was doing training sessions for
student leaders and Robbie was
doing staff interviews. Running
into each other became a regular
occurrence after that and in
February, 2008, they went on their
first date to Science World. On July
29,2009, they returned to Science
World and Robbie proposed to
Cate. When selecting a wedding
reception venue, there was no
more obvious place for them than
Totem Park Residence. After all,
they had both spent their UBC
years living and working at Totem -
they actually lived there at the
same time for two years but didn't
know each other then - and many
of their best friendships and
memories originated there. Robbie
and Cate continue to live and work
on campus.
Miguel Imperial, BSc'99, MD'05,
MHSc'08, and Kennard Tan, BSc'oo,
medical microbiology resident at
UBC, have been certified as
Diplomates of the American Board
of Medical Microbiology (ABMM).
ABMM certification is the highest
credential that a doctoral-level
clinical microbiologist can earn.
After graduating, Jozef Brhel,
BCom'05, returned to his homeland
of Slovakia and started working as
a project manager for a local real
estate developer in the capital city,
Bratislava. Since then, he has entered
regional politics, becoming the
youngest member of the Bratislava
regional parliament and focusing
on regional development and urban
planning. He credits UBC for giving
him the ability to combine global
business principles with local
realities. The highlight of his life
since graduation, however, has been
his April 2010 marriage to Dana.
Mathabo Tsepa, PhD'08
(EnvironmentalEducation), has been
named Lesotho's High Commissioner to Canada. Before taking
up her role, Tsepa had been a
lecturer at the National University
of Lesotho in the department of
Science Education since 2008. Her
links with UBC, where she spent
time as a teaching assistant and
graduate instructor, are still strong.
She coordinated a cultural exchange
between NUL and UBC anchored
by the Mohoma Temeng project.
This exchange is to form one of the
case studies in a project that
promotes the exchange of cutting-
edge best practice research, ideas
and policies about place management, including regeneration and
new growth areas, social capital
and learning regions.
At UBC's Okanagan Alumni
Endowment Fund Gala, the alumni
chapter's Rising Star Award was
presented to Ana Frias, BSW'09.
Ana was a highly engaged student
on the Okanagan campus and
now brings that spirit of social
responsibility to the greater
community. She is currently a
youth worker and program
coordinator with the Okanagan
Boys and Girls Club, developing a
new youth program for the
community of Peachland. She is
actively involved in alcohol and
drug abuse prevention.
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Growing Up In North D*lt»
Off the Highway:
Growing Up in North Delta
New Star Books, $19
MetteBach, mfa'io
Why do we always feel so conflicted about our
hometowns? On the one hand, these are the
places where we form many of our fondest
memories and feel most comfortable. On the
other, living in them often seems staid and
predictable and we dream of greener pastures.
Off the Highway: Growing Up in North Delta
explores the dichotomy of hometowns, drawing
in the reader with light and engaging prose.
Mixing local history with personal memoir,
Mette Bach reflects on a youth spent in what she
affectionately calls the Lower Mainland's "most
boring suburb."
Covering topics as broad as Burns Bog
preservation, suburban teenage rebellion and
racism (sometimes with violent outcomes),
Bach's anecdotes are always interesting,
especially to readers familiar with the region.
Although the strip malls and bog parties she
describes may sound uninspiring, her fond
accounts of times spent at a restaurant run by a
family she knows and bus trips with her friends
to Scott Road station are likely to resonate with
many readers.
Born in Denmark, Mette Bach moved to
North Delta at the age of six and lived there
until age 18. Her writing has appeared in
Vancouver Review, The Advocate, The Globe and
Mail, Room Magazine and Xtra West. Off the
Highway is her first book.
The Totem Pole:
An Intercultural History
Douglas & Mclntyre, $60
Aldona Jonaitis and Aaron Glass, MA'99
Totem poles represent so much for Pacific
Northwest First Nations people, but their
meanings are often misunderstood by cultural
outsiders. In The Totem Pole: An Intercultural
History, Jonaitis and Glass explore the cultural
significance of this iconic art form, combining
historical and contemporary photographs with
well-researched, but reader-friendly writing.
The book also features anecdotes from artists,
anthropologists and art historians.
Tracing the history of the totem pole from the
time of first European contact to the present
day, The Totem Pole is a fascinating look at its
impact on Pacific Northwest First Nations
culture, as well as North American culture
overall. Because of its completeness, complexity
and beautiful imagery, this book is a must-have
addition for any Pacific Northwest art and
history-lover's collection.
Other Alumni Books
The Paddling Chef: A Cookbook for
Canoeists, Kayakers and Rafters
The Heliconia Press, $19.95
Dian Weimer, BEd'70
Pork tenderloin with cinnamon cran-Apple
Sauce and seared asparagus followed by
chocolate fondue might not sound like a typical
camping-trip menu, but when you're heading to
your destination in a small watercraft instead of
on foot, nearly anything is possible. The
Paddling Chef provides sample menus, helpful
suggestions, and a wide variety of recipes
appropriate for chefs of all ability and for all
weather conditions. This trusty handbook also
explains which fruit and vegetables last, which
don't, and provides tips on how to decide what
supplies you need. Learn how to preserve or
dehydrate foods to ensure that you have access
to good ingredients for the duration of a longer
trip. Recipes and culinary hints are interspersed
with anecdotes from some of the author's own trips.
The Bears We Know
Annick Press, $7.95
Brenda Silsbe, BEd'77,
and Vlasta van Kampen
What does it mean to be a bear? In equal
measure, they are feared as potential predators
and anthropomorphized as the cuddly friends
of children; few animals face as much of a
reputational crisis as these furry residents of
the wilderness. In TheBears We Know, Brenda
Silsbe playfully speculates about the lifestyles of
these freewheeling and fascinating creatures.
What do they eat? How do they spend their
days? Why don't we ever see them?
First published in 1989, the updated edition of
this beloved children's book features vibrant
new illustrations from Vlasta van Kampen.
Enjoy this book with your kids!
Dahanu Road
Doubleday Canada, $29.95
Anosh Irani, BFA'02, MFA'04
Epic love story, set just outside Bombay.
The Dragon and the Cross: Why European
Christianity Failed to Take Root in China
Xulon Press, $16.99
LOUIS K. Ho, MEd'74, MLS'78
An exploration of the complex influence of
Christianity in China.
The Sexual Spectrum
Raincoast Books, $19.95
Olive Skene Johnson, ba'50, PhD'80
A discussion of the many different kinds of
human sexuality.
Molly's Cue
Coteau Books for Teens, $ 12.95
Alison Acheson, BA'94, MFA'96
Teen fiction centred on a young woman who dreams
of becoming a stage actor.
I Have a Story to Tell You
Wilfrid Laurier University Press, $26.95
Edited by Seemah C. Berson, BA'75, ma'80
A collection of first-hand accounts from Eastern
European Jewish immigrants living in Canada in the
early twentieth century.
Hockey is a Funny Game, Book 5.5
CartoonRoom.com, $12.95
Merv Magus, BEd'64
Sixth collection of hockey-related cartoons from the
former cartoonist for the Vancouver Canucks.
From Sheep to Shero: Transforming the
Face of Tribal BS
[tuum est], $22.95
Rebecca Moradoghli, BA'94
Find out how to add some Shero to your life at www.
British Columbia Place Names
Dragon Hill Publishing, $19.95
Mark Thorburn, MA'96
From Abbot Pass to Yuquot, the histories of place
names in BC are explored.
The High-Kilted Muse: Peter Buchan
and His Secret Songs of Silence
University Press of Mississippi, $55.00
Edited by Murray Shoolbraid, BA'63, MA'65
A never-before published collection of infamous
Scottish bawdy ballads.
Naked Lens: Video Blogging & Video Journaling
to Reclaim the You in YouTube™
Organik Media, Inc, $14.95
Michael Sean Kaminsky, BA'94
The guidebook for current and prospective
The Ptarmigan's Dilemma: An Exploration into
How Life Organizes and Supports Itself
McLelland and Stewart, $34.99
John Theberge, PhD'7i, and Mary Theberge
A fascinating and accessible look at how life, in all
its forms, sustains itself.
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 Men's Basketball
The Thunderbirds are coming off two of their
most dominant campaigns ever, compiling a
38-3 regular season record over the past two
seasons, and a 50-8 record including conference
and CIS playoff games. Back-to-back trips to the
CIS national championship game have been the
result of these outstanding campaigns and all
signs point to the T-Birds being poised for
another deep playoff run in 2010-11.
Josh Whyte, the 2009-10 CIS player of the
year, is the undisputed leader of the team. He
paced the T-Birds with 19.1 points, 4.2 assists
and 2.4 steals-per-game last season while
directing one of the nation's most potent and up
tempo offences.
Whyte is one of nine fourth and fifth year
players on this year's roster, giving the T-Birds
their characteristic depth with loads of big game
experience. Fifth-years Alex Murphy and Brent
Malish will be expected to step up in their final
years of eligibility, while CIS Championship
all-star Kamar Burke should step up even more
in his second season at UBC.
Notable newcomers to the UBC rotation
include former UFV Cascade Doug Plumb and
red-shirt Tommy Nixon who is poised to make
a significant impact after learning the ropes in
Women's Basketball
After an up-and-down regular season, the
Thunderbirds narrowly missed out on a trip to
the Canada West Final Four last year as they
were bounced from the playoffs by a two-point
loss to Alberta in the deciding game of their
divisional series.
A relatively youthful squad from 2009-10
returns all but one starter, meaning experience
and big game performance should be an area of
strength this year.
Heading up this experienced group is
fifth-year Devan Lisson who led the team in
minutes played last year and will see a lot of
court time again this season as team captain.
She made a team-high 34 three-pointers last
year while shooting .400 from beyond the arc.
Fourth-years Zara Huntley and Alex Vieweg
will also be important to any T-Bird success this
season. Huntley led the 'Birds with 13.7
points-per-game last year, and was fifth in the
league with 7.8 rebounds while Vieweg was third
on the team with 12.6 points-per-game and the
combo forward led all starters with a .514
shooting percentage.
The T-Birds still have some dangerous young
players as well, including Canada West All- Star
guard Lia St. Pierre, who is entering her third
season with the Blue and Gold. Freshman Kris
Young, the BC senior girls Triple-A Tournament
MVP, is a new face and appears primed for a
great CIS career.
Women's Hockey
The T-Birds return the majority of their 2009-10
roster that just missed out on the playoffs, and
head coach Nancy Wilson expects this group to
make it back to the postseason in 2010-11.
"We didn't have a great finish to the season last
year but I expect a more complete performance
this year," said Wilson. "We have some really
solid veterans and we brought in another good
group of newcomers who should help us
compete night in and night out."
Melinda Choy enters her fifth season
between the pipes for the T-Birds and looks to
give UBC stellar goaltending once again. In front
of Choy, UBC's defensive corps returns all their
key figures except for Bayna Cruickshank who
was named to the 2009-10 CIS All-Rookie team.
At forward, Tamara Picked leads a group that
will have to find the back of the net more
regularly if the T-Birds hope to finish among the
top four teams this season. Pickford led UBC
with 16 points last season.
UBC got off to a great start, splitting their
opening weekend series with perennial
powerhouse Alberta.
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Men's Hockey
Last season represented a significant low, as the
team found itself absent from the Canada West
post-season. For head coach Milan Dragicevic,
the disappointment of 2009-10 was a catalyst for
change, and now he's ready to ice a T-Birds
squad with a chip on its shoulder and a hunger
for redemption.
Two top recruits will patrol the blueline. Nolan
Toigo, who joins the Blue and Gold fresh from
the Edmonton Oilers' pre-season roster where
he was a late cut, and OHL vet, Mike McGurk,
are both significant additions to a UBC defensive
corps that brings back their top four.
Up front, the T-Birds will rely on many
returning players. In particular, the squad will
look to the men down the middle to carry the load.
First and foremost of those is fifth-year centre
and last year's team MVP, Matthew Schneider.
The captain finished 2009-10 with 18 points in
28 games, and will play a key role this year.
The 'Birds are also very confident in centre
Justin McCrae, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect
who had nine goals in 22 games last year. On the
wing, the 'Birds hope for another big year from
Tyler Buel, who led the Blue and Gold with nine
goals and 21 points in 26 games last season.
In net, the 'Birds were dealt a surprise when
would-be starting goaltender Torrie Jung, who
had committed to UBC, decided to play pro just
before the pre-season. But Dragicevic and his staff
are confident in the goalies they have in place now.
Sophomore Jordan White, who saw a lot of
action as a rookie last season, appears to be the
no. 1 goalie as the season is about to get underway.
The T-Birds wasted little time getting their
first win of the season as they stole a game on
the road from the powerful Alberta Golden
Bears, 4-2 in their season opener.
Women's Volleyball
For the past two seasons, the Thunderbirds have
started the year with the pressure of living up to
their billing as defending national champions
while trying to cope with the loss of key players
who helped them achieve that status. And for
the past two seasons, they have made it look
easy, as returning starters and inexperienced
prospects alike have stepped up their game and
led the T-Birds to their second and third straight
CIS championships.
Now the 'Birds are back in that familiar
position as the team to beat after a perfect 20-0
regular season and another national title, their
third in a row. The T-Birds reloaded with one of
the most talented recruiting classes in program
history which should help ease the sting from
the loss of CIS MVP Liz Cordonier.
In fact, the T-Birds might be a little too
talented for their own good. All-Canadians Kyla
Bichey and Jen Hinze will miss the first
semester playing for Team Canada at the World
Volleyball Championships in Japan, and CIS
tournament all-star Shanice Marcelle missed
part of the team's preseason schedule, including
a tour of Korea, to play for Canada at the World
Junior Beach Championships in Turkey.
Needless to say, the T-Birds will have a few
more early season obstacles to overcome than in
a regular year. Head coach Doug Reimer is
optimistic about this tough situation.
"Half the squad is in their first year of eligibility
so the focus has to be on using competition
opportunities as learning opportunities. I think
for many teams that would suggest a rebuilding
year, but I think we have set standards and
beliefs that will carry us through early season
adversity," said the 2009-10 CIS Coach of the Year.
Men's Volleyball
Last year the Thunderbirds experienced
something very rare for a Richard Schick-coached
volleyball team: a losing season. Not since the
2003-04 season, Schick's first with UBC, has the
team finished the regular season below .500. But
last year the 'Birds struggled to a 4-14 record and
missed the playoffs for just the second time in
Schick's tenure.
"We feel we have addressed a lot of the things
we struggled with last year. We're excited about
the upcoming seasonbecause we have a group
that will get us back in a winning frame of mind,"
said Schick.
Last season the T-Birds had to deal with the
loss of longtime setter Jared Krause and
All-Canadian hitter Steve Gotch. That process
didn't go as smoothly as they would have hoped
but with a number of key returning veterans and
a bevy of talented newcomers, there are a number
of players primed to step up and take control.
Demijan Savijawas easily the T-Birds most
explosive and dangerous outside hitter last
season, leading the team with 3.19 kills-per-game,
but injuries slowed him down at times. This
season, Savija looks 100% healthy and ready to
lead the UBC attack.
Newcomers who will also play major roles for
the T-Bird offence are high school and Canadian
beach volleyball standout Ben Chow as well as
transfer Milo Warren from VIU.
Not to be forgotten in all this talk of offence is
two-time CIS Libero of the Year Blair Bann and
fourth-year middle Joe Cordonier who anchor
the T-Bird defensive effort and are two of the
team's most vocal leaders. O
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Jim Stick was president of the UBC
Alumni Association 1992-93.
Jim Stich, BSc'71, DMD'75
Jim died on October 21,2010, of heart failure
while on vacation with family and friends in
Ajloun, Jordan. He was 60. Jim had a varied and
successful career in the dental profession both
as a practitioner and a developer of tools to help
dentists manage their business. He was a longtime
UBC faculty member and was for many years
clinic director. He played an active role in the
development of the Axium clinical software and
remained active with Exan as the product
continued to develop. He was well-respected and
will be greatly missed by his many colleagues.
Jim loved to travel, and he was fortunate to
have completed many travel adventures over the
past few years. It was on just such an adventure
that he suffered heart failure.
Jim served as president of the UBC Alumni
Association during the 1992-93 term. He's
remembered for his quick wit, his hard work, and
his admiration for the university. He is lovingly
remembered by his wife, Phyllis, his father,
George, his sister, Maureen, her husband, Stuart,
and their two sons, Gavin and Glen, Phyllis's
sister, Louise, her husband, Roger, and their
Beverly Field was president of the
UBC Alumni Association 1972-73.
children, Carolyn and Dennis, and their families.
Donations in Jim's memory to the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of BC would be appreciated.
Beverly Field SA'42
Beverly was born on December 21,1920, and
passed away peacefully at home on August 30,
2010, after a long and courageous battle with
cancer. She was born to pioneering parents in
Vanderhoof, BC, where she went to school and
spent summers at her father's ranch north of Fort
St. James. With a life-long passion for education,
Beverly excelled both at school, and later at UBC
after her family moved to Vancouver. Here she
met Fred, and they were married in 1942.
Fred's war service with the RCAF took them
to many locations in Canada. During this time,
Beverly worked as a meteorologist at the
Vancouver Airport, one of the first women to be
appointed to this role, and later taught in UBC's
chemistry department for six years. They settled
in West Vancouver, and some of Beverly's early
volunteer work was driving groups of young
boys to hockey games for a boys' receiving home
run by the Children's Aid Society.
Ella Wilson Bell was one of the
original Great Trekkers.
Her volunteer career took root, starting in
1952 with a long-time association with the Junior
League of Vancouver, and later the Vancouver Art
Gallery and Vancouver Aquarium as a do cent,
the Vancouver Museum, YWCA, BC Medical
Foundation Board and United Way. Other
organizations benefiting from her service include
the University Women Club and the Vancouver
Foundation to which she committed 17 years.
Formal recognition includes the Queen's
Medal for Service in 1977, the Elsje Armstrong
Award for Volunteerism in 1985, the 1990
United Way Volunteer Recognition Award and
the 2007 UBC Alumni Association Achievement
Award. Beverly's keen interest in her alma mater
led her to serve as president of the Alumni
Association, and as a member of the university
Senate and Board of Governors.
Together with Fred, she shared a keen interest
in art and antiquities. For many years they enjoyed
journeys to tour historical sites around the globe.
A natural leader, Beverly will be remembered by
her many friends as a woman of great intellectual
curiosity, with boundless warmth, generosity,
grace, and humour. She will be remembered by
all for her strength and courage.
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Ella Wilson Bell, BA'25
Ella Wilson Bell, one of the original Great
Trekkers, was born in Dundee, Scotland, on August
13,1902. When she was six, her parents brought
her to Vancouver. Her brother, Bill, was born a
few years later. She attended King Edward High
andlaterwas one ofveryfewwomento attend
UBC when it was located in Fairview.
Ella joined other UBC students on October
28,1922, for the "Great Trek." They were
photographed sitting on the bare frame of the
Science building begun before the war, but then
abandoned because of war priorities. She
completed teacher training at Vancouver
Normal School in the spring of 1926. As a
student, she excelled at track and field.
She was only 12 when WWI broke out but still
she experienced the anxiety and sadness of the
war. She taught youngsters at Charles Dickens
Elementary School during the Great Depression
years when teachers contributed food, clothing
and school supplies to help families. She joined
other teachers who had their wages reduced yet
continued to meet their school duties in an
effort to help students. WWII caused more
struggles. Students had to cope with parents in
the services, mothers working and severe
shortages, including school books and supplies.
After the war, Ella took courses towards a
Secondary Teachers' Advanced Certificate in
Library, completing requirements in 1948. The
Vancouver School Board assigned her to her
beloved Maple Grove School as a full time
librarian, where she taught until her retirement
in 1967. Her love of reading stimulated young
students. She encouraged them to read for
enjoyment and to progress to studies at a
university or college.
Ella lived with her parents and supported
them in their old age. Her parents raised their
only grandchild, Randall, because his father
(Ella's brother Bill) was seriously injured in a
wartime workplace. Randall was very close to
Ella and she became "Mom" to him. She
supplied him with many books and he loved to
read. She encouraged and supported him
through the teacher education program at UBC.
Ella had two grandsons, three step-grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.
She loved visiting her many friends and
travelling with them throughout BC and the US.
Ella embraced retirement by playing golf until
she was 75 years old. She enjoyed playing bridge
with long-time friends, and attended many
concerts and events with them. She moved to
Burnaby in 1995 to live closer to her doctor and
her family. Willingdon Park Hospital in Burnaby
became her home a few years later. She fell and
broke her hip at Willingdon in 2002, just before
her 100th birthday. She enjoyed her birthday
luncheon out with family a few weeks later! She
survived the operation but decided to play it safe
and use a wheelchair from that time on.
Ella was an amazing person who coped with
life in such a strong way. She left her family with
pictures of her first home in Vancouver when
roads were still dirt and deliveries were made by
horse-pulled wagons. Transportation in the
Lower Mainland changed many times since the
1920s, from trains and streetcars on rails to
automobiles, trolleybuses, paved roads, bridges
and the SkyTrain. Former students, family and
friends have much to admire in her strength to
live her life as she wished.
Lois Mary Cudmore (nee Still), BA'38
Lois Cudmore of Guelph, ON, passed away on
September 5,2010, in her 95th year. She was
predeceased by her husband, Ralph E. Cudmore,
BScAg'37. In addition to her UBC degree, Lois also
held an MSc in Botany and Zoology from UCLA.
Lois and Ralph lived in New Westminster and
Montreal where Ralph worked for CIL Farm
Chemicals Division, and then Windsor and Port
Credit where he worked for the Ford Motor
Company tractor division. After Ralph's death in
1980, Lois moved to Guelph to be near family.
Lois and Ralph raised four children and, at the
time of her passing, Lois was proud grandmother
of eight and great grandmother of nine.
Lois was an artist, avid gardener, field
naturalist and environmentalist. In later years,
she had a special interest in Carolinian forest
preservation. Lois travelled extensively
throughout the world and loved making new
friends in new places. She was an accomplished
singer and sang in church choirs and barbershop
choruses. Lois will be greatly missed by her
family and community.
Mary Kathleen McCaskill
(nee Armstrong), BA'38
Kay McCaskill was born on March 24,1916, in
Vancouver and died peacefully on February 22,
2010, in Edmonton. Kay grew up in Vancouver and
was educated at UBC, U of T ('41), and Western.
Following service in the RCAF, she married Jack
McCaskill, and raised four children in several
communities, large and small, across the
western Canadian oil patch and in Libya. Kay
played many active roles in all those communities,
as a founder of Oil Wives, an actor in little
theatre, a school trustee, a Welcome Wagon
representative, a member of the United Church,
a teacher of English as a second language, and a
charity fundraiser. She always paid attention to
the less fortunate members of her communities.
She was devoted to her family and will be
lovingly remembered by them.
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Peter Mussallem, BASc'42
Peter passed away peacefully at home, attended
by his wife and son, on January 6,2010, at the
age of 93. Peter was born in Prince Rupert, the
son of Lebanese immigrants, and grew up in
Maple Ridge. He began working full-time in his
father's garage at age 15 and eventually his
family was able to save enough money to enroll
him at UBC in the applied sciences program. He
graduated as a chemical engineer and began
working at Imperial Oil in the research
department, receiving two patents for processes
he developed. Peter continued working at
Imperial Oil both in research and as a technical
expert until his retirement in 1981.
He actively encouraged young people to
become engineers, helping to create the Future
Engineers and Applied Scientists program for
high school students, as well helping to set up,
and working on, the supervisory board of the
BCIT Chemical Technology program.
After his retirement from Imperial Oil, Peter
worked as a consultant, mainly as an expert
technical witness in legal cases. In addition,
for many years he worked for the registration
committee for the Association of Professional
Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, as well as
acting as the secretary/treasurer of Camp 5 for
the iron ring ceremony.
In his late 80s Peter began writing poetry -
mainly sonnets - which he self-published
in a volume entitled Inside Out. If you knew
Peter and have not yet received a copy of his
poetry book, please contact his son, Matt, at
bizmattmuss@yahoo.com for a free copy.
Richard (Dick) M. Bibbs, BASc'45
Richard Mountford Bibbs is known to his own as
husband for life, as father, grandfather, great
grandfather, uncle, great uncle, provider and
counsellor. To those who worked with him, he
was a tireless steward of the commonwealth
and resources of our province, who led by
example and earned trust by never compromising
on the duty we all have to meet the needs of the
common good.
Born in 1921, the son of an officer of the
Worcestershire home regiment, he was raised
and schooled in Greater Vancouver, graduating
high school with the Governor General's award
for the provincial exams the year Canada went
to war against the Axis powers. Due to his
childhood leg injury, Richard was unable to pass
the army physical, so he worked his way through
chemical engineering at UBC and joined the BC
Electric Company as a gasworks chemist in 1946.
His leadership skills, honed at university,
were noticed by his employers and he soon
found himself rising through the ranks of
management at BC Electric. His boss, Dal
Grauer, selected Richard as construction
manager for the new head office building on
Burrard Street (a task he completed in addition
to his other responsibilities). When the
company decided to develop the Peace River for
hydroelectric power generation, Richard was
given the j ob of construction manager for what
became the Peace River Dam. While that project
got underway, the BC Electric Company was
expropriated for its assets by the provincial
government and put under new management.
Richard negotiated the pan-union accord for the
new BC Hydro with the building trades unions
of the province in 1961, to guarantee labour
peace during construction of the dam. The
accord laid the foundation for continuity of
employment and eventually expedited a series
of mega projects in the province for the next
half a century.
Richard was hired by MacMillan Bloedel, and
by 1967 was a VP of that company. When the
board of directors decided to build a new head
office on Georgia Street, Richard was construction
manager once again, working with Arthur
Erickson. Mac Bio owned the site one in from
the corner at Thurlow on Georgia, and Richard
liked to tell the story of how Erickson presented
a terribly disappointing cardboard model of his
design for the site, only to follow up with a
suggestion that if the gas station on the corner
was also bought, they could build something
better. At this point, he presented a full blown
model of the MacMillan Bloedel building, which
was greeted with general satisfaction by all and
agreed to on the spot. Richard tracked down the
owner of the gas station and got down to business.
Throughout his working life, Richard
maintained a strong presence in the Lower
Mainland as a volunteer. He continued his early
service to UBC, serving either on the Senate or
Board of Governors from 1951 until 1971. He
took his turn as president of the Family Services
Agency of Vancouver, the Terminal City Club
and of the Men's Canadian Club, and was a
longstanding member of the Engineer's Club,
the University Club and the Vancouver Board of
Trade. He served as chairman of the Pulp and
Paper Industrial Relations Employers of BC and
as vice-chair of the Forest Industrial Relations
Board of BC, and later as aboard member of the
Vancouver Institute of Theology. He was one
member of the three-man board supervising the
Teaching Hospitals of Vancouver, and a member
of the board supervising the new UBC cyclotron.
When the old guard stepped down at
MacMillan Bloedel and new directors took the
old forestry giant in a new direction, Richard
decided to accept retirement as an inevitable
change. So began thirty years of becoming and
being a grandfather to his now rapidly growing
family, in which he played the role of country
gentleman and patriarch on Vancouver Island.
He and his wife, Nancy, provided a stable and
secure home retreat as a gathering place, refuge,
and constant comfort to his entire family and
many friends, young and old. He passes the
torch having left no stone unturned, no hand
unheld, no duty left undone.
Donald Rex Stevens, BASc'46
Don passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 4,
with family at his side. He was a devoted
husband and loving father. Don will be dearly
missed by his loving wife, Marg; daughter Myra
with husband Don and daughter Jen; son Larry;
son-in-law Rick (husband of predeceased
daughter Roberta); and many family members
and friends. A UBC engineering graduate, Don
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had a long, successful career with the Hudson's
Bay Co. He was an active member of Blythwood
Road Baptist Church for many years. The family
wishes to extend their great appreciation and
affection to the staff, residents and volunteers of
Cummer Lodge for providing Don with a
comfortable, happy home over the last five years.
Frank S. Fraser, BASc'49
Born March 25,1924, Frank spent the first years
of his life at his family's log cabin on the north
shore of Shuswap Lake near Anglemont, BC.
Predeceased by his wife, June, onAugust 22,2009,
Frank passed away peacefully in the Penticton
Regional Hospital on November 8,2009.
Frank graduated from Magee High School in
1941 and attended UBC for two years before
enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force in
1943, serving as an aircraft electrician until
returning to UBC in 1945.
After graduation, he started his working
career in Eastern Canada with Canadian
Marconi and Rogers Majestic, before returning
to Vancouver where he worked for Research
Industries Ltd. and the Northwest Telephone
Company. The mission of NWT was to provide
telephone service to the hinterland of BC using
the newfangled radiotelephone technology to
replace miles of copper wire on poles, economically and reliably.
Frank was in his element working as the radio
equipment engineer with other enthusiastic
WWII veterans who were out to prove that
multi-channel radio systems could be built
inexpensively and that they would indeed work
reliably. Frank directed his department in the
design and installation of multi-channel VHF
and UHF radio and microwave equipment for
systems serving Vancouver Island and the north
coast of BC as well as the interior and northern
regions of BC. He played a major role in the
design, installation and commissioning of the
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BC portion of the Trans-Canada TD2 microwave
system, which first linked Canada from east to
west with two television channels and several
thousand long distance telephone circuits.
Gordon deRupe Taylor, BA'49, MA'50
Gordon passed away unexpectedly at the Ottawa
Heart Institute onAugust 28,2010, at age 87. He
was the beloved husband of Joan Taylor (nee
Midwinter) for 63 years.
Gordon received his BA in geography/history
and his MA in geography. His career in tourism
research spanned 38 years, culminating in his
retirement from the Canadian Government
Office of Tourism in 1988. He then moved on to
his second career as an avid genealogist, which
he pursued until his passing.
Memorial contributions maybe made in
Gordon's name to The Travel and Research
Association (TTRA) Canada - Gordon Taylor
Research Award Fund, care of TTRA, Suite
600 - 116 Lisgar Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2
(www.ttracanada.ca/awards), or to the UBC
Alumni Association, the Alzheimer's Society, or
the charity of your choice.
Kenneth ArchibaldHodgert, BPE'5i
Ken Hodgert of Calgary passed away on
Thursday, May 13,2010, at the age of 82. Ken was
born on January 22,1928, in Winnipeg and grew
up in Regina. He graduated from UBC and began
his career as a teacher in Calgary. Ken retired
from AE Cross Junior High as principal
following a fulfilling career. He was active with
the Canadian Red Cross and served as director
for Water Safety. One of his greatest pleasures in
life was playing hockey and he was honoured by
being inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of
Fame. Ken had an adventurous spirit and
enjoyed his many travels throughout the world.
He was loved and admired by his family and
many friends and will be sorely missed.
John Jacob (Jack) Volrich, BA'50, LLB'51
Jack Volrich passed away May 31,2010. He was
the husband of Laverne, father of Dana and
brother of Daniel (Gloria) and Nelica. He was
predeceased by his mother, Nana, and father,
Milos, his son, Steven, and his nephew, Daniel Jr.
Jack was born in 1928 in the small mining
community of Anyox, BC, and eventually moved
to Vancouver in 1941 following the death of his
father. Jack attended King Edward High School
where he discovered his passion for tennis and
met his lifelong friend, Jack Braverman. He went
on to study at UBC where he received his BA and
law degree and was the president of the graduating
law class of 1952. Jack was a member and past
president of Jericho Tennis Club where he met
Laverne Bennett, whom he married in 1954.
Jack practiced law for many years but was
also drawn to public service. He was elected to
the Vancouver City Council as alderman in 1972
and went on to serve as mayor of Vancouver for
two terms from 1976-1980. Jack also sat on many
boards and committees throughout his career,
including Expo '86 Founding Committee
(chairman), Urban Transit Authority of BC
(chairman), Vancouver Central Lions Club
(president), and in recent years Engine 374
Station Society (chairman). Outside of his work,
Jack loved to travel and shared countless fond
memories with his family and friends in Maui,
Palm Springs, La Jolla and Europe. He was also
an avid reader, particularly of anything to do
with history or politics.
Jack's greatest love next to his family was
tennis. On the court he had a style of his own,
with a serve so unique it had become somewhat
legendary at the Vancouver Lawn club where he
played most. He was atireless competitor who was
gracious in both victory and defeat. Family and
friends will greatly miss his warmth, his dry sense
of humour, his immense loyalty, his never-
ending generosity and his great sense of dignity.
Eric Mountjoy, BASc'55
Eric died peacefully at home on Friday, June 18,
2010, surrounded by his wife, Anita Cheyne, and
loved ones. He is survived by his brother,
Anthony, and lovingly remembered by his
extended families, friends and colleagues
around the world.
Eric was a distinguished Canadian geologist,
explorer and university professor. He was
renowned for his contributions to the understanding of sedimentary carbonate rocks, particularly Devonian carbonite rocks, like those
which contained some of the largest oil fields in
Alberta, and also for his pioneering geological
exploration, and geological maps and cross
sections of parts of the Canadian Rockies,
particularly in the region of Jasper National
Park and Mount Robson.
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Eric was a nurturing and inspiring professor
at McGill, and a mentor to more than 50
graduate research students and post-doctoral
fellows. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada and received the Logan Medal from the
Geological Association of Canada, the Douglas
medal from the Canadian Society for Petroleum
Geologists, and the Pettijohn Medal from the
Society for Sedimentary Geology.
In addition to his scientific achievements,
Eric's long-term commitments included his
service with the United Church of Canada, his
time as a member of Mountainside United
Church and Montreal Presbytery, as well as his
involvement with McGill Chaplaincy.
Roderick Smith, BA'56, MD'6i
Roderick Smith died suddenly on April 1,2009. He
had a distinguished career in neurological surgery.
He was born April 22,1934, in Edmonton. He
was a licensed doctor in BC, Newfoundland and
California. His graduate education was at
London Hospital in England and at the USC
Medical Centre. He was chief of neurosurgery at
Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Redwood City,
CA, and in Sacramento. He had been an assistant
clinical professor of neurosurgery at UC San
Francisco and Davis. He was a fellow of the
American College of Surgeons and of the Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Even after his formal retirement in 2004,
he was much sought-after as a consultant in
neurosurgery. He is the author of two papers
on neurosurgery. He owned and managed a
walnut orchard in Sutter County, CA. He will
be missed by many.
Geoffrey Maynard Atkinson, BA'64
Geoffrey M. Atkinson passed away on May 18,
2010, in Richmond Hospital Emergency. He was
born 68 years ago in Vancouver. He graduated
from Magee, obtained a BA from UBC and was a
member of the Phi Delta fraternity. At UBC, he
was presented with a Big Block Athletic Award
for badminton.
After graduation, he started working for the
Bank of Nova Scotia and retired 40 years later, in
2004, from his position as head of Global Risk
Management for BC and the Yukon, in the
Scotiabank regional office. Along the way, he
acquired his FICB Qualification as well as a CGA
designation. While taking the latter, he achieved
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some of the top marks in Canada, and for two
years the highest aggregate standings in BC.
He married Patricia in 1967 and in 1969 they
were transferred to Kingston, Jamaica, where
they lived until 1971. On their return, they
settled in Richmond. Throughout his life he was
an avid reader and enjoyed participating in
many sports, including swimming (lifeguarding
at the VLTBC during his teens), bowling,
competitive badminton at both national and
masters' international levels, and scuba diving.
Upon retirement, he cherished spending more
time playing tennis and golfing at the RCC and
in Indio, CA. For many years, he was involved in
a variety of capacities with Badminton BC and
was a member at the Vancouver Racquets Club
for more than 40 years. As well, he devoted a
great deal of time to his children's activities,
often acting as coach or team manager and
always as a mentor. He will be sadly missed by
family and many friends.
David Michael Ablett, BA'65
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother,
uncle, son and friend, David Ablett passed away
at home in Peterborough on July 24,2010. David
was born on February 4,1941, in Gibson's
Landing. His career as a journalist began at the
New Westminster Columbian, where, as a high
school student, he initially covered the high
school basketball and then wrote the bowling
column. At UBC he was the editorial page editor
of the student newspaper, The Ubyssey.
The Vancouver Sun sent him to Columbia
University School of Journalism, where he
graduated in 1967 with the top history award
and the Pulitzer Travelling Fellowship, a prize
that allowed him to spend the next two years
abroad, first in Japan, then Europe, where he
covered the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia
for Radio Free Europe.
He returned to The Vancouver Sun in 1969
and became the Washington, and then the
Ottawa bureau chief. He returned to Vancouver
as the Sun's editorial page editor. He won
Canada's National Newspaper Award for
Editorial Writing in 1977.
Later, he joined the Office of the Privy Council
under Pierre Elliot Trudeau. On David's departure
from the Privy Council, Prime Minister Trudeau
created a special cabinet record of his contributions
to Canada, including his role as strategist for
bringing the constitution home to Canada. More
recently, he was the vice president of public and
corporate affairs at the Toronto Stock Exchange
until his retirement in 2007.
Charles Ross Maconachie, B'Arch'65
Ross passed away peacefully on March 16,2010,
surrounded by family, just as his newest
grandchild was born in England. Ross spent his
early years in Oak Bay. He graduated from the
School of Architecture in 1965 and practiced in
Vancouver until his death. He married his high
school sweetheart, May, who pre-deceased him
in 1991. Ross is lovingly remembered by his
partner, Susan Gifford, his children, Roy and
Erin, his brother, Bill, and their families. He was
a warm, kind, true gentleman and will be dearly
missed by many. Memorial donations to BC
Cancer Foundation or the Arthur Erickson
Foundation for Excellence in Architecture
would be gratefully accepted.
Colin Yorath, BA'66
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the
passing of our beloved husband, father and
grandfather. Colin was born in Calgary, but
attended Shawnigan Lake School for grades 7-12
and then graduated from UBC. His love of golf,
at which he excelled, nearly equalled his love of
family. His company, Golf the World Vacations,
sent thousands of people on great golfing holidays.
The highlight of his long golf career was taking
part in the Pro-Am of the Spanish Open, where
his foursome included Seve Ballesteros.
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Glenn "Sonny"Brandt, BEd'67
After a short battle with cancer, Glenn passed
away May 15,2010, surrounded by the love of his
family. Glenn was born on June 11,1943, and
grew up in east Vancouver, attending King
Edward Secondary before graduating from UBC.
Sport, with its challenges, competition and
camaraderie of teammates was a large part of his
life. He approached his sports with a passion and
made many friends along the way. He was an
alumnus of the Trojans rugby team, Jr. Blue
Bombers and UBC Thunderbirds football. Given
the nickname "Sonny" by UBC head coach Frank
Gnup, Glenn was a multi-positional player who
gained many accolades and for 30 years held the
UBC record for the longest interception
touchdown run. Skiing, tennis, cycling and golf
were some of the other sports he enjoyed.
Glenn was a successful entrepreneur who
worked for a variety of major companies
including Xerox, Laing Properties and, most
recently, for Progressive Properties as VP. He
was a dedicated and loving husband, a great
father, and a consummate family man. Some of
his favourite times included summer holidays at
Naramata, winter trips to Whistler and Hawaii
and coaching his boys in soccer and baseball.
The last few months of Glenn's life were
especially good. He frequently reminded those
around him to seize the day and that is the
message he would want to pass on to those who
shared experiences in his life. He will be sadly
missed by his family and friends.
Sam Fillipoff BEd'69
Sam Fillipoff was born on November 19,1945, in
Winlaw, BC. He grew up with his two younger
sisters on the family farm. Russian was spoken
at home, which made the first fewyears of
school a challenge as he adapted to English. He
graduated with a small handful of students from
Slocan City High School. Sam completed a
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teaching certificate and began teaching at
Nakusp elementary school. He left Winlaw for
UBC and completed his BEd.
Sam was teaching elementary school for the
Vancouver school district in 1969 when he met
his wife, Donna, BsN'70, on a blind date. They
married in 1971. Sam began his master's in
education at SFU shortly before welcoming
their first daughter Melina, BScAg'99, in 1977.
He finished his master's in 1979 just before
welcoming their second daughter Katrina
(Darren), BBA'07.
Sam was a natural leader and had an incredible passion for education and human rights.
He became involved with a development team
for a Multicultural Teacher Training Module
at SFU while working as a faculty associate.
He transitioned easily into his role as a race
relations consultant for the Vancouver School
Board from 1981 to 1984. He returned to the
classroom and taught at a number of schools,
including Ecole Jules Quesnel and Mount
Pleasant Elementary School. In 1992, while
helping at Melina's soccer team's fundraising
car wash, he learned he had been offered the
position of assistant director and coordinator
for the Program Against Racism run by the BC
Teachers' Federation. He was thrilled. Sam
travelled the province and worked in the role
for six years.
His final teaching assignment was with
Grandview/?UuqinaK'uuh Elementary School.
He took on the demanding role as the inner city
project teacher, coordinating many programs to
improve the school and educational experience
for the students and teachers. The program of
which he was most proud was the community
garden project. He spent countless hours
fundraising and lobbying for Grandview/
?UuqinaK'uuh as well as all other inner city
schools, which he compared to the canaries used
in the coalmine. His commitment and passion for
the betterment of the public school system never
relented leading up to his retirement in 2001.
He continued to pursue his passion for
human rights, world peace and social justice for
children. He played an integral role in the
planning and organization of the 2006 World
Peace Forum in Vancouver. This led to the
creation of a non-profit society called Acts of
Transformation, War Toys to Peace art.
Students surrendered their war toys and
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teachers used them to create art projects around
the central theme of peace.
At 62, Sam's health rapidly deteriorated and
he was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob
disease in June 2008, sadly passing away on July
22 of that year. It is with great respect and love
that we remember him as a remarkable father,
loving husband and community activist. Sam's
energy was so disarming and kind; he will
foreverbe missed and never forgotten.
Stephen Foster Cummings, MA'69
Stephen passed away unexpectedly on September 14,2010, in his 66th year. Stephen leaves his
children, Miriam and David Cummings, and
Jennifer Munro; his wife, Delilah Deane
Cummings; and his sister, Nancy Gonce
(Robert), of Florence, AL. He is also missed by
many nephews, nieces and cousins. Stephen will
be remembered for his talents as an artist, a
reader and storyteller, a gardener, a fine cook, a
woodworker, a computer geek and, most
importantly, as a good friend.
Warren Gill, BA'70, MA'72, PhD'8i
Warren Gill, who dedicated his career to
building SFU's reach and reputation, most
recentlyinhis position as VP of University
Relations, passed away from cancer as the fall
term opened.
A Vancouver native, Gill joined SFU's
geography department in 1977 and quickly
became a champion for the creation of a
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downtown Vancouver campus. He was intimately
involved in all stages of that development, which
grew from the original Harbour Centre complex
to include the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, the Segal
Graduate School of Business, and most recently
SFU Contemporary Arts at Woodward's.
A popular teacher and senior administrator,
Gill was also committed to serving the larger
community. He was a frequent media commentator
on urban and transportation issues and held
volunteer positions at a variety of organizations
including the Vancouver Academy of Music,
the Downtown Vancouver Association, and
the Economic Leadership Council for
Greater Vancouver.
A recipient of the UBC Geography alumni's
distinguished geographer award in 2000, he
was a member of a number of professional
organizations including the Canadian Association
of Geographers, the Association of American
Geographers and the World Congress on Transport
Research. He was also a board member of the
Western Regional Science Association.
A fan of classic rock and R&B, Gill frequently
performed with the local band Wager. His many
friends and colleagues say they will treasure the
memory of his optimistic leadership style and
his take-no-prisoners bass riffs.
Michael John Tarr, BEd'70
Mike died unexpectedly on June 10,2010, of
heart failure at age 68, in hospital in Prince
Rupert. Mike was born in Prince Rupert on April
17,1942. His family moved soon thereafter to
southern California, where he lived until age 10
before returning to Canada when his father
accepted a research and teaching position at UBC.
Mike completed school in North Vancouver,
but not before spending many glorious summers
fishing and swimming with family and friends
both on BC's coast and in the interior. At home,
he enjoyed a stimulating environment with
many engaging visitors, such as famous ecologist
Rachel Carson and actor Gregory Peck.
A football scholarship from Humboldt State
University took Mike back to California in 1960.
Following a couple of busy and adventurous
years there, Mike enrolled at UBC where he
continued his studies and played more football.
In 1963, he returned briefly to Prince Rupert
where he somewhat accidentally made his first
foray into teaching, although he was not yet in
possession of the bachelor's (UBC) and master's
(UVIC) degrees in education, which later
supported his career in teaching and school
administration. Itwas there he met Colleen
Marie Wawn and they were married in 1964.
Mike held dual Canadian and American
citizenship following his childhood in the US,
and this resulted in a stint in the US Army's
Military Police during the Vietnam War. Mike's
career in education included a period in
Quebec's eastern townships before bringing
him and his young family back to Prince
Rupert's schools in 1970. He taught history and
then moved to the administrative side as a
vice-principal and finally principal. He coached
many sports teams and, with his belief in
broad-based learning opportunities, initiated a
variety of programs for the benefit of young
people. He never lost enthusiasm for reading
history, especially that surrounding the life and
times of Abraham Lincoln.
Already a director for one of Prince Rupert's
credit unions when an economic downturn in
both the fishery and the forest industries
crippled the city's credit unions, Mike accepted
the challenge of steering a newly unified credit
union. He proved to be a creative and innovative
problem solver and, under his leadership,
Northern Savings thrived. Mike's thoughtful
leadership was widely appreciated, culminating
in terms as board chair of both BC Central
Credit Union and of Credit Union Central of
Canada. Through the years, he also participated
in many other credit union and co-operative
related institutions.
Beyond his role within the education and credit
union systems, Mike served his community in
many ways, from the libraryboard to the port
authority. At the time of his death, he was an
appointed director and finance chair of the
Northern Development Initiative Trust. His
commitment to the well being of northern BC
was unwavering to the end.
Mike was an avid reader, both of non-fiction
and fiction. An early love of stories in the
western genre gave way to a passion for murder
mysteries. However, books had to make space
for the game during baseball season. The mix of
grace and tension made baseball "the great
game" for him. A long-time golfing enthusiast
and exceptional player in his own right, he spent
many happy hours on the links, often putting in
an early game before heading to work.
In addition to the books, baseball and golf, Mike
was a fan of many musical genres but had a special
affection for jazz and R&B. He never missed an
opportunity to support the local arts scene.
George Forbes McLauchlin, BA'78, MSc'88
George McLauchlin was a beloved spouse, son,
friend, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, godfather,
public intellectual, poet, activist, sailor and lover
of language, music, nature and mountain biking.
Born in West Vancouver in 1950, he died of the
complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS) in at his home in Victoria on July 15,2009.
George suffered from juvenile-onset diabetes,
then the ALS. However, neither illness defined
him. He never even took much interest in them.
He always just wanted to get on with living.
There was no trace of self-pity, ever, even when
the quotidian decrements caused by the ALS
graduallybecame excruciating. Fearless, really,
he had a rare courage. He faced death with eyes
wide open, all the while continuing to live fully,
seeking new experiences, supporting those
around him even as he did not want to go.
Above all, George thrived on being relational.
It defined him. Itwas his organizing philosophy.
He loved table fellowship, laughter and ideas,
food and wine. He claimed all good conversations were essentially religious because they got
at what moved us, what defined us most. George
was also interested in everything from theology
to science, from cooking to bicycle repair.
Because of this prodigious curiosity and because
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George McLauchlin
of his formidable intellect, conversations with
George could be incandescent. Usually the most
serious person in the room, usually the most
passionate, at the same time he was always the
funniest, epitomizing fun flowing over, with
children, with elders, with everyone.
At the time he died, George was strategic
counsel and co-founder with his spouse,
Charlotte Waddell, BSc'78, MSc'81, of the
Children's Health Policy Centre at SFU. In a
previous life, he was director of communications
for McMaster University's faculty of Health
Sciences and president of Hamilton's Social
Planning and Research Council. Previous to
that, he was a long-time supervisor at a reception
and assessment centre for maltreated children
in east Vancouver.
When his father contracted multiple sclerosis
at a young age, George left West Vancouver and
spent his adolescence in Palma de Mallorca,
Spain, and London, England, largely fending for
himself in the wake of the loss of his father. In
London, he dropped out of school. No one really
noticed. But that did not stop him. Tenacious, he
eventually returned to Vancouver and finished
high school, supporting himself while doing this
by driving cab and working on the docks.
George then entered UBC where he studied
English literature. He went on to study
journalism at Langara College, then healthcare
and epidemiology at UBC. Early in his sojourn at
UBC, George encountered process philosophy, a
school of thought founded by the mathematician-
philosopher Alfred North Whitehead in the
Donald Westerberg
early 20th century,
sustained by the
process philosopher
John Cobb in this
century. George's
intellectual mission
became seeing public
policy informed by
process thought, a
perspective he
brought to all his vocational and avocational
encounters. To this end, before his own "best
before date," he organized a wake for himself-
a conference in Victoria on public policy and
process thought featuring Cobb, as well as
exuberant conversation, feasting and music.
This event was typical of George, creating the
gift of a celebration of life for his community,
made all the richer by him still being able to
participate in the short time he had left.
Over the years, George collected a motley
crew of friends and admirers. Because of his
impatience with those who did not see that "to
live is a verb," with those who did not engage in
life as intensely he did, George could be an
acquired taste. But those who tasted tended to
stay, quickly learning there was immense
warmth and compassion, a "pooh bear" behind
the "hell's angel" facade. So on a sunny afternoon
last July, his family and friends gathered in his
garden to re-constitute the community that had
surrounded him, that had floated on the ocean
of his life, gathered to celebrate life with him
one more time.
It has been said that no one is finally dead
until the ripples they caused in the world die
away, until the clock they wound up winds down.
The ripples George caused still have much to do.
They will keep George alive for those who love
him in this generation. The work of the
Children's Health Policy Centre will continue to
change the world for the better. George's deep
love for the young people in his life ensures that
the ripples will continue in the next generation.
I dreamed that I saw George last night. Says I,
"George, you're 10 months dead." "I never died,"
says he.
Susan Joan Hruszowy-Romkey, BSF'84
Born in Saskatoon on July 28,1960, Susan passed
away in the Hants Community Ho spital in
Windsor, NS, on May 28 after a brave battle with
cancer. Educated at Saint Mary's University,
University of New Brunswick and UBC in
forestry, Susan was an avid outdoors person.
A parks and recreation professional with the
Nova Scotia department of Natural Resources
since 1987, Susan was the driving force behind
many programs which have touched thousands
of Nova Scotians, including Becoming an
Outdoors Woman, Parks are for People and the
Campground Host Program. She also taught
winter survival and other courses for the Nova
Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development
Program. Her enthusiasm for the enjoyment
and preservation of the outdoors was infectious.
Her family and friends will remember camping,
hiking and boating trips fondly. An avid gardener,
she took pride in her flower and vegetable
gardens and was a volunteer with the Harriet
Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University.
Shirley Laniado, MEd'84
Shirley passed away on September 20,2010. She
will be missed by many.
Donald (Kent) Westerberg, BA'84, LLB'87
Kent died suddenly on September 8,2010, due
to complications from an accident in Los Gatos,
CA. He is survived by parents Joyce and Jack,
sister Kirsten and family, brother Lyndon and
family and brother Eric. A memorial service was
held at Los Gatos United Methodist Church on
Monday, September 13,2010.
We depend on friends and relatives for
our In Memoriam materials. Please
send obituaries of 400 words or less (submissions will be edited for length
where necessary) to MikeAwmack atmichael.
awmack@ubc.ca or:
UBC Alumni Association
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Jeff began his term as head of UBC Alumni Affairs on September 27,2010.
He is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio and has 25 years
experience in alumni relations and fundraising, most recently at the
Oregon State University Alumni Association. Jeff was attracted to UBC by
the opportunity to work in an institution with a global reach and that puts
such a high premium on engaging alumni.
What is your most prized possession?
I have two. The first is a self portrait
and description of herself my eldest
daughter created in elementary
school. It's framed and hangs in our
home. The other is a star shaped
ceramic bowl my youngest daughter
made. It sits on my desk at work with
loose items in it such as paperclips.
Describe the place you most like to
spend time.
My family and I spent two and a half
years in Tucson, Arizona. There's a bit
of desert that will never leave me -
even though my permanent tan has
been missing since moving to Oregon.
I think living in the Pacific Northwest
with opportunities to spend time in
the desert is pretty close to perfection.
Whatwas the last thing you read?
This issue of Trek and the most recent
issue of The New Yorker.
What or who makes you
laugh out loud?
That is an easy one - my two
daughters! They're smart, quick and
put things in perspective.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned?
Make long-term decisions as often as
humanly possible with a focus on the
future and trust my initial instincts.
What's your idea of the perfect day ?
The opportunity to linger over
morning coffee, newspaper in hand,
followed by a long aggressive walk
with my wife, Jean. Walking is a
concession for Jean as she is a
marathoner. A perfect day of work
would involve numerous interactions
with alumni, because those UBC
alumni I've met so far are fascinating
individuals who are making impressive
contributions to their professions,
communities, and the world at large.
The end to a perfect day would be a
leisurely dinner with my family.
What was your nickname at school?
I'm embarrassed to admit that when I
was really young it was "Toad." Then,
when I was older, it became "JT"
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be?
That my family is happy and healthy.
What item have you owned for
the longest time?
I have a wood box that belonged to
my grandfather. It was given to me
after his death when I was five years
old. I also have an old fashioned
change purse of his, too.
What is your latest purchase?
The tie I bought as a result of
leaving all of my ties behind in
Oregon by mistake when I first
arrived at UBC.
Whom do you most admire (living
or dead) and why?
Abraham Lincoln. He carried an
incredible responsibility on his
shoulders and, while he wasn't perfect,
he did exhibit leadership the likes of
which are rare in human history.
In which era wouldyou most like
to have lived, and why?
Right now. I'm perfectly happy living
here and now. The change that is
occurring socially, technologically and
culturally is astonishing.
What are you afraid of?
I'm afraid that as a society we'll let
the extremes that exist in the world
dominate the conversation around
polarizing issues. We need to hear
voices of moderation as well. I worry,
too, about the economic and
environmental challenges we face.
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have.
I wish I was a financial wizard. I'm
also jealous of the brilliant people I
work with at the university: amazing
scholars, researchers, teachers, and
students. One can develop an
inferiority complex quickly.
Which three pieces of music would
you take to that desert island?
Some recordings by James Taylor, Sheryl
Crow and the Oscar Peterson Trio.
What is your pet peeve?
Some may consider this a character
flaw but I'm the eternal optimist, so
my pet peeve is people who always
see the glass as half empty.
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