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As Biblos enters its 5th year of "being" it finds itself, if
not in competition, at least augmented by two other news
media in the Library,  The "weekly" Bulletin, which each
member on staff receives, gives up to the minute information
of current happenings of interest pertaining to the Library,
Then there is the U,B,C, Library News which is an information
service to Faculty and other people outside of the Library,
The question has been asked where does the Biblos now fit
into the scene? 'Tis a good question and, as Editor for the
next little while, I will try to answer same,  Biblos is the
staff magazine and, as in the case of any other house organ,
it will try to inform and interpret the Library and the
Library scene both from a professional and a non-professional
point of view.  On the editorial staff there are 4 librarians,
4 library assistants, and 2 other members of the clerical staff.
This should give a full cross sectional coverage of all aspects
of "life" in the Library, We are looking for much more participation from the staff and we
will be introducing, we hope, controversial topics that will
bring forth letters and arguments along with guest editorials
and in-depth information.
All letters to the Editor - signed or unsigned - should be
addressed to - the Editor, Biblos, Main Library, and dropped
in the Interlibrary Mail, or in the case of Branches - Campus
Mail.  We will welcome your opinions, gripes, praise or
articles.  Remember this is your magazine and here is your
editorial staff for I968/69:
Shannon McJannet
Joan Sand i1ands
Georgia Macrae
Pam Piddington
Diana Colquohoun
Martina Cipol1i
Lynda Moss 2$l0 ,
Heather Ha i1ey
Donna Richards
Bruce Stephenson
Pat LaVac, Editor
S- Orientation
Catalogu ing
I nformat ion
Catalogu ing
Catalogu ing
Ci rculation
Systems Development
Woodwa rd L i b ra ry
Bi blio Search i ng
Catalogu ing
Acqu i s i t ions
Law Library
We Warmly Welcome
Shirley Dahlie
Keiko Linde
Frances Malcolm
Susan Slabotsky
Alexandra Dobbs
Mitsue Obana
Patricia Denroche
Gerri O'Neill
Therese Poisson
Robert Peck
Tere O'Brennan
Sarah Garcelon
L.A. 1
Acqu i si t i ons
Ci rculati on
Ci rculat ion
1       Acquisitions
Gov. Publicati ons
Catalogu i ng
C i rcu 1 at i on
L.A. 1
1       Cataloguing
Sedgewi ck
Ci rculation
L.A. 1
1       Cataloguing Livia Fricke
Lynne Bexrud
Karin Casasempere
Janet Sawyer
Kathyrn van Hemert
Gudrun Hiemstra
Sydney Mason
Patrick Gibson
Maureen McFadden
Shi rley Funk
Margaret  Chambers
Johanna Schaeppi
Anne Laura Drisdelle
Robin (The Hood) Williams
Duane L. Hume
Maureen Coleman
Noriko 01ive
Anne Severson
Wi11i am Daly
Carol-Anne  Baker
Norman Stewart
Susan van den Heuvel
Diane Herbert
L.A. Ill
CI. I I - K.P.O.
L.A. I
Clerk I I
L.A. Ill
Stack Attendant
L.A, I I
L.A. I I
Li brarian
L.A, I
L.A. I
Clerk II
L.A. I
L.A. Ill
L.A. Ill
L.A. Ill
Stack Attendant
L.A. I
Secretary I
Catalogu ing
Ci rculation
Serial s
Ci rcu1ation
Ci rculation
Ci rculation
Catalogu i ng
Sedgewi ck
Acqui si tions
Catalogu ing
Asian Studies
Catalogu ing
Li brarian1 s
Hearty Congratulations to -
Jane Shinn
LA I Sedge.
LA I I Sedge.
Fred Wong
St.Att. Circ.
Bev Roper
LA 111 Cat.
Pat Heaslip
Clerk II Ci re.
Terri Bergsma
LA 1 Circ.
Joan Cosar
Clerk 1 1 Ser.
Judy Rennison
LA 1 Circ.
Jani ce Austin
LA 1 Sedge,
Duane Lunden
Hrly LA 1 Circ
Maureen Sutherland
LA 1 Cat,
Joy McKinnon
LA 11 Cat,
Rosemary McAndless
LA 1 C i re,
Sarah Garcelon
Elaine Will son
LA 111 Cat.
Courtney Palsson
LA 111 Cat,
St. Sup, Sedge,
LA IV Cat.
LA 1 1 For/Ag
LA 1 1 I Fisheries
Sec. II Seri al s
LA 11 Hums.
LA  1 Hums.
SA C i re.
LA 1 1 Cat,
LA 11 Math
LA 11 Sedge
LA 111 Cat,
LA IV Cat,
LA 11 I Spec. Coll We  say  Goodbye  to
Deanna Moore
Daryl Dickman
Ref. 1
Sedgewi ck
Susan Gifford
Sonja Gi1lham
Maureen Devine
Admini strati on
Penny Vroom
1 1
Kathy Minorgan
1 1
Gwen Adolph
1 1
Rachelle Ronaghan
1 1
Wayne Taylor
Mary Lawley
Sedgewi ck
"Don't tell me Stubbs
has just shaved!!"
The Humanities Division has movedv
doubtless with a sigh of relief,
but also with some regret at
leaving the three-ring circus \r\x^
the Main Concourse.  The Humanitarians have taken up residence in
a nifty antique-gold workroom along
the north-east corner of the Riding
ton Room and Joan Selby, former Queen
of the Main Concourse, now has her
very own private office.  Shelving
has been erected, mid-Ridington Room,
to house the combined "quick-reference"
collections of the Humanities and
Social Sciences Divisions.  Service
will be provided from separate counters.
Catalogue Maintenance and the Information
and Orientation Division have taken over>2_
the area formerly occupied by Humanities. •'"■»
Students are now informed and oriented   p>—
from the counter rather than from the old\
information desk in the middle of the f
Concourse.  Mr. Luther Chew, head of   V
Information and Orientation Services,
has established himself in the small
office once inhabited by the Interlibrary
Loan crowd.  I . L. L. is alive, well, and
uncrowded in the old Humanities workroom.
Another Great Shift has taken place inside  "3SBi^sS|=^_ @% _
the stacks on Floor 5:  the reference books are now shelved between-
the Bibliographic Centre and the middle of Floor 5, current periodicals (HD and SSD) between here and the Science Division, and
newspapers in the north-east corner by the windows.  The new arrangement will provide more room for the expansion of periodicals, remove
the newspapers from the main stream of traffic, provide more seats
in the new stack area where the lighting is better, and improve
the work area for periodicals staff. e
Law Library has recently been invaded by one, Woodward
also, Curriculum Lab, and Sedgewick have two respectively,
and Main Library has been endowed, or, according to one's
proximity, afflicted by one since 1967.
In performance, our coin-operated Duplicating Machines ar
similar to other Smith-Corona models, with an added function
disconcerting1y lacking in their assemb1y-1ine sisters - a
randomly assiduous antagonism, or, rarely, benevolence, toward
the hand that feeds them.  One student, temporarily rendered
speechless upon being sprayed with black ink, did not appreciate
this Jackson Pollock effort; several students have been severely
short changed; many, after having paid, were refused service;
and a few have received a veritable jack-pot in 5 and 10 cent
pieces; but the fiscal balance still remains $3.30 in the red.
Inconsistency notwithstanding, one more (delinquent duplicator)
will be installed in our establishment.
Its internal electro-static energy is induced only upon
receipt of 5 cents; if needed, change in theoretically given,
after which copy paper is electrically charged, a strong charge
attracting more ink, therby making a darker copy; a solution
then passes over the ink, producing a facsimile of the original.
The principle, first discovered in 1961, was a further five years
in research before the first model resulted in 1966.
Well, now We know who puts the spanners in the works.
Martina Cipol1i
Editors Note.  Any legal correspondence should be addressed
di rect1y to Mart ina. TO BE OR NOT TO BE!']
Many members'of the staff both professional and nonprofessional have expressed curiosity as to the outcome of
a vote which was taken by the Library Assistants Association
amongst the Library Assistants of U.B.C.  This vote was taken
in order to find out what is the general feeling of the nonprofessional staff - or  to be more accurate - the Library Assistants
regarding unionization.
During the last few months a great deal of material has
been coming into the Library from Local 116 of the University
Employees Union and the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(C.U.P.E.) regarding the possibility of the staff unionizing.
At the present C.U.P.E. represents both Victoria University
Library and the Vancouver Public Library employees at the
bargaining table.
A Newsletter was sent to all members of the Association
by the executive setting out the pros and cons of an affiliation
with the Local 116 of CUPE.   It should be pointed out that up to
this time no Union or C.U.P.E, representative has attended a meeting
of the Association for discussion or question.
However, as mentioned above, this was an unofficial vote
as to the current feeling on unionization and herewith the
results of that vote.
Letters sent out, . , 195
Those not in favour of a Union at this time 119
Those in favour of affiliation with 116 and C.U.P.E.,.. 25
Votes sent in with no opinion ,   5
Votes not returned, ,.,,,,.,., ,  46
Total   195
Your comments would be of interest    (Editor) ST kVIBBY REPORTS..
e   c   o   o   a  c
Mr S- Mrs. Rein Brongers the jubilant parents of a son Jan Eduard.
THE GALLERY. 1st floor Library,
October 15 - November 2nd a show
by the younger Vancouver sculptors. Most of the sculptors in
this exhibition started their
careers as painters or print-
makers leading to an entirely
new approach to the use of color,
materials and concept.
BEST WISHES to the former Miss
Monica James now presiding over
R.B.C, as Mrs Alan Lommow,
The most important manuscript
collection yet acquired by the
Simon Fraser University Library
arrived late in August.  It consists of 46 letters of Ezra Pound
to Dennis Goacher, his literary
agent in England during the years
1952-1957. Also included were
many additional items of primary
interest-a manuscript poem, notes
etc. (SFU Lib. Info. Bull, Aug, 68)
OCTOBER 1 1968, What gal from the
fifth floor wore the miniest skirt
in the Library?
branch at Robson & Burrard will be
open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning Sept, 29th. Asst. Director
Morton Jordan said Sunday Library
services which were restricted to
reeding and borrowing privileges
earlier in this year have been ex
panded to
open stack
vices (Van
to Nick & Judy
Omelusik - a son
named Trann,
October 26th is the opening date,
There will be a special display
entitled Connoisseur's Choice
containing many collectors Items
in the field of Decorative Arts,
Maria Horvath an organizing member
of the Col lectors Committee
extends an invitation to all the
PROS & NONS,  We have it on the
very highest authority that
seldom the twain doth mix whence
sipping coffee on the seventh
floor.  Come on fel1 as integrate!I
to Oct, 1st at the Bayshore Inn,
About 150 delegates were expected
to attend,
Presenting another new feature:
Records of the British Columbia district office of the
international Union of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers' Union and
of the major locals of the union in the province have been acquired
recently by the Library,  The final convention of Mine-Mill which
voted to merge with the United Steel-workers of America set a
Historical Commission to take care of the records of the union.
The Commission named U,B,C„ as the official repository.  Unfortunately, financial stringency has prevented the Library as yet
from collecting the records of the locals outside of British
Columbi a.
The Mine-Mill Union played an interesting and often controversial
part in the 1abour hi story of British Columbia.  Organized in 1893
as the Western Federation of Miners, it first entered the province
in Rossland in 1895, and during the mining boom of the early 1900ss
was active in Southeastern B.C.  Reorganized in 1916 under the
Mine-Mill and Smelter Workers' name, it only signed its first
contract in 1943 at Trail,  In the post World War 11 period, the
union was often the centre of violent controversy as it withstood attempts by rival unions to take over its jurisdiction.
The eventual merger with the Steelworkers has ended a colorful
chapter in B,C, union history, . „
Author; Breedlove, William
Title; The Swinging Set
Heading; Sex Customs -  U,S,
Youthful prayer of St, Augustine (between concubines)
"Give me chastity, but not yet!"
(cf. Encyclopedia Britannica, 1961 ed. v.2,, p, 682c) 10
From Sedgewick - news, our thanks and request.
In 1960-61 a college library serving first and second year
students in all faculties was opened in the south wing of the Main
Library.  For a variety of reasons - the most telling being that our
machine studies proved that third and fourth year students require
special library facilities even more than do first and second year
students - that library has been changed to serve Arts undergraduates in all four years, and Science, Applied Science students
in first and second year.  Below are some figures which reflect
the growth of that library, the increase in student enrollment at
the University, and the changing nature of teaching and learning
methods of the *60!s„
1, Col lection
2, Ci rculat ion
3, Faculty requests
4.,   Students   served
First   and   Second  year  -
al1   faculties
75,000  Vols.
351,000   items
charged  out
10,000   Items
processed  for
course   requi re-
ments   (reserving)
Faculty  of
Arts - years one
to  four  (except
Fine Arts,   Music,
Languages)   Science  - years  one
to  two.
Basic  Costs   for the   1967-68  Session:
1, Sedgewick salaries
2, Sedgewick book expenditures
3, Acquisitions and Cataloguing costs
$220,820 11
  The amount of course requests processed in 1967-
1968 is plain evidence of the special and increasing
requirements of third and fourth year undergraduates.
That amount also represents a staggering workload for
the Sedgewick course-processing and reserving staff, too
great to handle in the amount of time available to them
between sessions. Arrangements have therefore been
made with the Searching section of the Main Library for
assistance. And, without slighting the many others in
the Main Library who continue to work very hard on our
behalf, the Sedgewick Library staff would like to say a
special thank you to Dorothy Shields and her section
for taking on and accomplishing so much for us.
There is one further matter which I must, regretably,
call to your attention.  The Sedgewick collection is
designed to serve the students at the University,  It is
our first duty to ensure that as many as possible of our
volumes are available during session when a student comes
to the Library,  In order to do so we must restrict the
use of this collection.  "B" card holders whether they are
extra mural readers, visitors or staff should bear in
mind that the Main Library has copies of the.titles
held in Sedgewick.  Even when a book agent has filled a
Sedgewick request before sending an approval copy to the
Main Library, the student does have the prior right to
the Sedgewick copy.  Naturally staff "B" cards restrictions will not apply between sessions,
Ture Erickson
Miss Katharine Ball - Pres.-Elect of CLA - in a tribute
to the retiring Exec. Director, Miss Morton, was mentioning
the training and "flair" needed to be a reference librarian,
"To i1lustrate that, I might tell you the story about
the patron in the library who wanted a book called
The Red Boat (he thought).  He did not know the author,
but thought it was a work of literature.  This patron
encountered a librarian with "flair" who produced the
very book he wanted - The Rubaivat of Omar Khayyam.'
From Canadian Library "Jlv '68. 12
|S .-.u^^ UBmmJT.:T. ".THi.'t
Howard is one of those
i   r"
insufferable Vancouverites
1   1   '.
who hasn't the sense to
;:■;.  '  •!
till 1 j*.
complain about the monsoons
""'"^/P* "1W*
and who finds it incredible
i—TIT* ! ' ^te&^'^^W1
that anybody could choose
to exist elsewhere.
He is, of course a "part
J^i^T^Bu    -i
of all that he has met"
which would include a
childhood which was as
"happy as the grass was
^ebiHBIf ™*™™^^
green" (Dylan Thomas said
F^tatf  Jl^^nPfOH^ff^BraL^
it); an i rrespons i ble
iB j^^HkPw^*$^-'*-:--
adolescence (even better);
VH|Mph^ - ***
four hectic years at U.B.C.
in pursuit of a girl, a B.A.
■pF             """-
and Truth (order of merit?);
a fifth year of Education
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(long enough); marriage
(respectability comes at
a price); three carefree
years of teaching (at last
some leisure time); a winter
of work and study in France
(life is too short); two more yea
of teaching (frustrating
now); a year of library school (some
things must be faced); a
busy year at Simon Fraser (no riots
in the Library); and a few
months in the Curriculum Lab . .
• •
He seems a simple lad who has
become addicted to some bizarre
activities such as running in circles for two miles each day
in good weather and bad, knocking
lis and feathers around,
trying to stay upright on skiis,
dying Spanish or French,
and reading non fiction.
He is also a smug, self-satisf
i ec
, middle-class suburbanite
with a mortgage, dog, and family
the way (December) who is
trying to put plumbers, electricians
, and carpenters out of work.
He believes that everyone shou
do their own thing ... but
not in his Curriculum Laboratory. LUTHER CHEW
Born in Canton, China
and moved shortly thereafter to Shanghai where I
spent 4 years in a British
boarding school.  Emigrated
to U.S. at the age of 8 and
did t ime i n the pub 1 i c
schools of Seattle.  Short
stints at carpentry and
cooking following graduation
from h.s.  Then a brief lyric
summer in Yukon Territory
wi th a U.S. Corps of
Engineers survey crew
exploring the feasibility
of a possible military railroad through B.C. to
Fairbanks.  (The survey
revealed too many problems
and the project was
Drafted in to U.S. Army
following Pearl Harbor and
assigned to an airborne
division to become a less than enthusiastic paratrooper. The
tour of duty took me from New Guinea, through the Philippines
and Okinawa to Japan.
Back to Seattle and civilian life as a student at the U.
of Washington and continuing through the library school there.
Worked as a reference librarian and audio-visual coordinator
at Lewis & Clark College in Portland for 5 years, then to
Washington State University for 10 years as audio-visual
librarian.  The past 2 years before transplanting to UBC were
with Wenatchee Valley College (south of the Okanagan country)
trying to develop an audio-visual department and a vocational
training program for library technicians.  I find Canadian
soil much to my liking.
The things that turn me on are music (all kinds), poetry
(especially haiku), plays, art, modern and free-form dance,
films, photography, camping, hiking, fishing, political and
social issues, good food and wine (including wine-making),
people and young kids, and conversation - lots of conversation
dialogue, discussion, debate - the mortar of social cohesion. 14
and a further work from Luther. „....,,
Though less monumental than the Ladner belltower, the
creation of the Information and Orientation Services Division
-his past summer marks a significant step In the extension of
UBC Library services.  The division was formed following the
study and recommendation of two successive committees appointed
to assess the problem of familiarizing students, faculty and
staff with a very complex library system and to determine the
neans for providing the kinds of assistance needed in the public
concourse of the Main Library,
Operating from the former Humanities Division location
(Humanities has moved into the Ridington Room with the Social
Sciences Division), the I, g. 0, Division offers general and
directional information about the Library's collections,
organizational arrangement, services and facilities.  Patrons
with reference questions are directed to the appropriate
subject division or branch library.
Another important function of the division is to provide
instruction and assistance in the use of the main card catalog,
the location file and the Library's serials lists.
To implement its objectives and functions, the division
schedules library tours during the beginning weeks of the school
/ear and invites requests from teaching departments for specially
arranged class tours and guest lectures on library usage at the
department's convenience.  In addition, it prepares and disseminates various pieces of literature - library guides, information
leaflets and broadsides - all designed to help the academic
community to make effective use of library materials.
Additional measures are being planned and prepared.  Self-
help materials in the form of printed programmed instruction are
being written, and films and tapes that can be loaded into machines
activated by the individual user are in production. -The division
accepts the challenge of its assignment with enthusiasm and
optimism. 15
Did you ever think as with anguish keen
You waited beside the candy machine
it would take your money and leave you broke
And maybe even your dime for coke
Would be lost inside the robot man
Who takes your money and leaves a can
Of something barely edible.
Well  there you  understand of course
To put   in money's   like playing a horse
A quarter  it might  b<ring you  thirty
.T,« ..Tents,   that   is.     It might  play dirty
S^And  take your money   right  away
Leaving  you  broke  for  the   rest  of  the  day
And awfully disenchanted.
You might win or you might   lose
Only the men  at  the  top can  choo
The man who comes   round  Sunday  n
He makes  each  creature  turn  out
To take from  the   rich   and  give  to
He puts  the goodies   in   its maw
For distribution   later,
>jX^7—'   -» c> Mf <=^-r      <=>
Words  and  drawings by  Diana
If you've ever got  some cnange
Some  dimes  and  nickels,   take  a  turn
On pop or candy,  maybe  stew
Could win  the mechanical  jackpot  for you
Or maybe you'll   get  some  spaghetti.
Colquhoun  that 16
Introducing our friends and yours the Commissionaires I968-69
Now that the students have poured back into the once blissfully silent halls of UaB,C, the University is again employing
the Commissionaires to keep order in the Library,
A Commissionaire is usually a veteran of overseas service or
at least three years in the Armed Forces; he probably saw action
In the last war and knows how to take care of himself if the
occasion should arise.  But in his capacity as Commissionaire
he is seldom required to personally enforce his authority.  He
is a guardian not a bouncer and in most cases his imposing uniform and a little diplomacy are all that is needed to keep order
in the stacks.
The Main Library has 3 Commissionaires who keep a watchful eye
over it and the Woodward Library as well.  They are Messrs
Leonard Hutson, John Rodie, and Albert Andrews,
Len is a returnee and well known to staff members.  Previously
a commercial traveller and broker of wide experience, his many
years on the road has made him the most easy-going of our Commissionaires.
John, who is new to the Library this year comes to work each
day from Richmond where tending his good-sized orchard occupies
much of his time.
Our third Commissionaire Andy also new to the Library, has 6
children, 14 grandchildren, and owns a fistful of businesses
including a machine shop, a pool hall, a cafe and four coin
laundries. A veteran of twenty years in the Merchant Navy, Andy
has seen pretty well as much of the Globe as he cares to.  He is
working now as a Commissionaire because "he got tired or  re-
ti rement".
Alfie, a long time favourite in the Library did not return to us
this year.  Report has it that Alf's now working steadily for
a security broker downtown and doing very well for himself. 17
Conditions,   according  to our three Commissionaires couldn't  be
better except  possibly   in one  small   area.     Staff members who
allow briefcases or  lunches   in  the  stacks can  cause  some
un-necessary   ruffling of student-owned feathers.     However apart
from  this minor  Irritation  and  the unlikely development  of a
Student  Sit-in  during  the present   session  the  Commissionaires
lot   I968/69  should be  a happy one.
Students, SUB, and smog but memories remain.,....,,,,.,,.
Jennifer Gallup reports that:
Europe is,,,,,,,,,.
Canals, bicycles, sidewalk cafes, Rembrandt and Van Gogh, and
elegant Patrician homes on the Herengracht; carving your initials
on the oak panels of Roter Ochs in Heidelberg; Lowenbrau and
Gemutlichkeit at the Matise Bier Stadt in Munchen; Mozart amid
tapestries, chandeliers and candle light at the Resedentz Platz
of Salzburg; sipping Viennese wine in Grinzing and strolling in
the woods and vineyards of Kalenburg; shimmering Venetian glass,
delectable tiny Adrianic fish and gondoliers singing in deep
baritone voices; Florentine gardens, Michelangelo's "David" and
yotticel1I's "Primavera"; and GREECE.,,,,.Doric columns and
marble slabs amid silver olive trees, pines, and cypress and the
blue Aegean Sea; Freudian tales of the love relations of the gods,
unfolding the mysterious phenomena of nature; the laurel and fig
tree, orleander, jasmine, sensual bouzouky music, hot sun, and a
very warm people who live life and hope for freedom. \ Carol Freeman (Biblos Photographer) in GREECE
If I though a visit to Greece would satisfy my interest in
July 1967, my second visit in August I968 only confirmed the
impossibility of that idea.  The second visit repeated the
same itinerary - a tour of the Peloponnese, a visit to Crete
and a trip to the island of Mykonos and Delos, punctuated by
stopovers in Athens,  The repetition served to fix the individuality of each place more firmly but by no means saturated my
desire for these things; the coolness of the blue grained 19
marble beneath the blast of sun streaming through tall pines and
cypresses:  the shadows of sun-bleached thistles against stumps of
columns; small dried flowers waving high in the cleft of a crumbling
wall; the grating complaint of a donkey at 5 a.m.; the immense peace-
fulness as centuries fade before the bri 1 1 iance of 2-j mi 1 lenia; the
surprise of galloping hoofbeats coming across the stadium of Olympia
at sunset ... and from the islands the glitter of sun, sea and white
cubed houses, and the quiet of a tiny village where I stayed a few
days with Greek friends.  There is no end to this sort of memories
but much hope of gaining new ones. 20
v& $> 21
Charles Woodward, a merchant and trader to pioneer
railway builders in Northern Ontario, lost everything in
a fire.  He decided to make a new start in Vancouver and
so he came west with his wife and two sons, William and
Percival Archibald.
Their first store, at the northeast corner of Georgia
and Main, (now a Chinese grocery), thrived and a few years
later the boys were helping their father dig the foundations
of the present Woodwards store on Hastings Street.  Meanwhile
both boys attended high school in Vancouver.  William later
became Lieutenant Governor of B.C. - - - but that's another
Having saved his summer earnings from the Namu salmon
cannery since the age of 13, P.A. could run away from home
and join friends in Montreal attending McGill Medical School.
His father, furious at the loss of his son and possible
store salesman, promptly cut him off.  P.A. was unable to
get into medical school but stubbornly refused to go home.
He eked out an existence for two years as an elevator boy
in a large Montreal department store and incidentally gained
much experience in the running of a successful business.
So when he finally returned home to work in the family store,
it was not as the prodigal son but as an "experienced"
busi nessman.
After serving with the Army in World War I, P.A. took
up cattle ranching in Southern Alberta for a short while.
When his father's health began to fail he returned home once
more and took over the family store.  It was quite nerve-
wracking for the older salesmen to watch this youngster rush
in and revolutionize the staid, respectable family business.
The store must be run on scientific principles.  For a start,
self-service supermarket techniques were introduced and
delivery trucks replace horse-drawn wagons.  Woodwards was
the first store in Vancouver to sell only pasteurized milk.
P.A. travelled to the University of Wisconsin to find out
about milk fortified with Vitamin D and bread with Vitamin B. 22
His zeal to try out new products was usually successful,
but once super-success resulted in near chaos.  He introduced
a new health bread that contained alfalfa.  Great mobs of eager
house-wives lined up at the store clamouring for "green bread",
ignoring all other Woodwards merchandise.  Obviously it was
just a fad and there would soon be an anti-climax resulting in
depressed sales.  P.A.'s solution was to remove the product
from the shelves.
Mrs. P.A. Woodward's interest in research developed from
her childhood observations of the trials of Dr. Saunders'
famous Marquis wheat at her father's Saskatchewan farm.  So
when their son died of leukemia they both agreed to devote
their wealth to medical research.  Later this work was organized
into the Woodward Medical Research Foundation.  The list of
their medical and other charities given to the Province is a
long one;
- the purchase of large amounts of radium for cancer research
and treatment.
- the establishment of Salvation Army homes and hospitals in
- support of the Coast Mission which brings medicine, religion,
mail, books, etc. to isolated coastal communities.
- the rebuilding of the First United Church in downtown
- at Saint Paul's Hospital the donation of the acute care unit,
one of the finest in Canada, and the creation of an automated
screening program which tests blood samples for hundreds of
characteristics and prints out the results by computer.
- research on a reading machine for the blind and housing of
the braille library in Brock Hall were both subsidized.
- donation of radioactive equipment to the Kinsman Neurological Research Centre.
- establishment of demonstration sheep and cattle barns for
the U.B.C. Faculty of Agriculture.
- the promotion of an erosion survey of the Point Grey cliffs
to see how they could be prevented from gradually crumbling
away into the sea. 23
But for most of us at the University, the name Woodward
means the Woodward Biomedical Library and its attached
Instructional Resources Centre.  Mr. Woodward was very pleased
with this project of his later years and considered it to be
his best investment.  He insisted that it be run in a businesslike fashion rather like a supermarket of knowledge.  The
customer should be able to serve himself and then check out
what he wanted at the door.  P.A. Woodward also got great
enjoyment in buying private collections of medical history
(e.g. the Leake, Mcintosh and Fletcher collections) for the
Memorial Room.  Air conditioning was installed throughout the
building "for the books, not the people".
His last gift to the Biomedical Library was the beautiful
Gobelin tapestry described in a recent issue of Biblos.  Unfortunately he suffered a heart attack and so never saw it installed.
On June 28 the University gave him an honourary Doctor of
Laws degree at his bed-side.  With his death on August 27 at the
age of seventy-nine, Vancouver, the University and the Province
of British Columbia lost a great benefactor.
From an interview with Dr. W.C.
Gibson, friend of Mr, Woodward
and Professor of the History of
Medicine at U.B.C.
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