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[Meeting minutes of the Senate of The University of British Columbia] 1961-08-15

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 Tuesday, August 15, 1901       2989
A special meeting of the Senate of the University
of British Columbia was held on Tuesday, August 15th, 1961,
at 5:00 p.m., in the Board and Senate Room, Administration
Present:  President N.A.M. MacKenzie (in the Chair),
Dean G.C Andrew, Mrs. H.F. Angus, Mrs. T.R. Boggs, Mr. K.P.
Caple, Very Rev. II. Carr, Mr. A.W.R. Carrothers, Mr. M. Collins,
Dean G.F. Curtis, Dean B.A. Eagles, Dean W.H. Gage, Dr. W.C
Gibson, Mr. B.C. Gillie, Mr. C.C. Gourlay, Mr. G.C Hacker,
Mr. J.N. Hyland, Dr. R.D. James, Dr. F.H. Johnson, Dr. J.E.A.
Kania, Mr. L.J. Ladner, Mr. S.L. Lipson, Dean H. McCrae,
Dean J.F. McCreary, Dr. A.D. McKenzie, Dean D.M. Myers,
Mr. N.T. Nemetz, Mr. H.N. Parrott, Dean G.N. Perry,
Acting-Dean B. Savery, Dean N.V. Scarfe, Dr. R.F. Sharp,
Dean F.H. Soward, Dr. G.M. Volkoff, Dr. D.M. Whitelaw,
Dr. K.F. Argue, Mr. J.F. McLean and Dr. S. Rothstein
Messages of regret for their inability to be
present were received from Dr. I. McT. Cowan, Dr. W.H. Hickman,
Dean E.D. MacPhee, Dean A.W. Matthews, Mr. F.A. Morrison,
Mr. E.P. Nicol, Dr. W. Robbins, Mr. J.V. Rogers,
Mrs. F.M. Ross, Dr. C.A. Rowles, Dr. W.N. Sage, Rev. W.S.
Taylor, Mr. E.C.E. Todd, The Honourable Mr. Justice D.R.
Verchere, and Dr. J.K. Friesen.
The President stated that, as indicated in the
call of meeting, the meeting was held to arrange for a Tuesday, August 15, 1961       2990
special election by members of Convocation of a Chancellor
to complete the unexpired term to the end of May, 1963, of
the late Chancellor, Dr. A. E. Grauer.
Commemoration Service
A service of commemoration for Dr. Grauer would
be held in the War Memorial Gymnasium on the afternoon of
Thursday, September 28th.
Memorial Statement
The following statement, prepared by the Committee
on Memorial Minutes, was read:
Chancellor Albert Edward Grauer
The death of an outstanding man at the height
of his powers may call forth admiring testimony
to the brilliance of his achievements, or it may
call forth a warm eulogy on his qualities of mind
and character.  On occasion, such testimony and
such eulogy combine, in a widespread recognition
of the elements of greatness.  Such an occasion
was the death of Albert Edward Grauer, on July 28,
1961, at the age of fifty-five.
The mature balance of forces seen in him was
early forecast in the award of a Rhodes Scholarship,
with its traditional four-fold stress on academic
distinction, athletic prowess, good character, and
the promise of leadership. Fulfillment came as
expected, and came quickly. As the young professor
and Head of the Social Science Department at the
University of Toronto, Dal Grauer acquired the
knowledge and the prestige that made him a logical
choice to assist the work of the Bank of Canada
and of the Rowell-Sirois Commission.
Appointed Secretary of the British Columbia
Electric Company in 1939, he rose rapidly to become
President, yet the far-reaching programmes of
expansion to which he applied his great gifts of Tuesday, August 15, 1961       2991
organization and administration did not prevent
him from serving his community as Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of the Vancouver General Hospital
and as President of the Vancouver Symphony Society,
and his country as a member of the Gordon Commission.
Elected Chancellor of his own University in
1957, and thereby bringing to that office the rare
and happy blend of a distinguished academic career
and a subsequent broad experience of the world of
men and affairs, he had his own vision of excellence
for the University and strove to help it meet the
challenges of its time. For his vision and his
efforts we honour him.  His death is a grievous
loss to the University of British Columbia as well
as to the people of the province as a whole.
The list of a man's achievements pays tribute
to his abilities.  Even more striking, and more
moving, is the universal witness to his qualities
of character.  Imagination, sensitivity, modesty,
dignity and courtesy — these are the words that
have seemed inevitable in their fitness, and have
been unanimous in their choice.  The imagination
he brought to his business affairs helped him plan
well for the economic development of the province,
and equally fostered its social and cultural growth.
His modesty and sensitivity helped men accept and
support the boldness of his imagination.  Dignity
and courtesy were but two sides of a humane belief
in the worth of the individual man and found
expression in his family life and in personal
friendship as well as in the meeting of minds upon
complex problems.  These virtues are those of the
truly gentle man. To find them so exemplified is
to re-affirm ideals that the human spirit has
cherished. Mingled with regret at the untimely
death of Dal Grauer is a grateful awareness that
the mind and character of such a man offer, to all
who knew or met him, support for faith in the
potential of human nature.
Dean Soward)
Mrs. Boggs ) That this statement be recorded
in the minutes of Senate, and
that a copy be sent to Mrs. Grauer
and members of the family.
Carried. Tuesday, August 15, 1961       2992
Election of New Chancellor
Copies of a notice prepared for all members of
Convocation, quoting sections of the University Act relative
to the election, duties, and other matters affecting the
office of Chancellor, were distributed at the meeting.
Dean Perry)
Mr. Gillie) That Senate authorize, and arrange
for, a special election by members
of Convocation of a Chancellor to
complete the unexpired term of the
late Chancellor A. E. Grauer.
Mr. Caple  )
Mr. Collins) That the date for such election
be the earliest possible, as
prescribed by the University Act,
which is Tuesday, November 28,
Dean Andrew)
Mr. Parrott) That this election be held in the
Office of the Registrar of the
Mr. Carrothers)
Dean Myers   )  That the following members of
Senate be appointed scrutineers
for the election: Mrs. H. F. Angus,
Rev. J. Blewett, Dr. A. J. Renney,
Mr. E.C.E. Todd, Mr. H. C Wilkinson
and Dr. S. H. Zbarsky.
The President stated that, to conform with the
requirements of the University Act, the last day for
nominations to be received by the Registrar would be twelve
weeks prior to the date of the election, or in brief that
nominations would have to be received by the Registrar by
September 5th, the day prior to the next regular meeting of
Senate. Tuesday, August 15, 1961       2993
Dean Andrew reported that the Executive Committee
of Senate had discussed the matter of nomination and
election, and wished to record its opinion that Senate as
a body had no preference about election by acclamation or
by vote.
The President thanked the members of Senate who
had been able, at short notice, to attend this special
The meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.


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