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Space Age
Subject of
"The challenge of science
today" will be theme of three
seminars to be held in conjunction with UBC's Homecoming celebrations on November 6 and 7.
Members of the UBC faculty
and a top executive from one of
America's leading aircraft companies 'will take part in panel
discussions on Friday night and
Saturday morning on the campus
"The challenge of outer space,"
will be the topic of G. L. Hol-
lingsworth, director of the Boeing
scientific research laboratories in
Seattle. He will speak in room
106 of the Buchanan building on
Friday evening.
The lecture will deal with the
research being carried out by the
Boeing Airplane company for
future space travel.
On Saturday morning two panel
discussions on the education of
artsmen for the scientific age and
nuclear fallout will be staged on
the campus.
Dean S. N. F. Chant of the
faculty of arts and science will
chair the panel entitled "Is the
artsman educated for the scientific age?" Dr. William C. Gibson, head of the department of
neurological research, will be
chairman of a second panel entitled "Nuclear fallout — hazardous or harmless?"
Two major sports events will
also be staged on Friday evening
and Saturday afternoon. The current edition of the Thunderbird
basketball team will meet a team
of graduates at 8 p.m. in the War
Memorial Gym and on Saturday
at 2 p.m. the UBC football squad
will take on the University of
At     the     Homecoming      buffet
luncheon immediately preceding
the football game graduates will
be able to meet the 12 students
who received Alumni Regional
scholarships  this  year.
The Homecoming committee is
also arranging for faculty coffee
parties in Brock Hall before the
Saturday morning lectures. For
complete schedule of events see
bottom of this page.
NEW ADDITION to the Wesbrook building at UBC will house the faculty of pharmacy.
Contract for the $536,000 structure was awarded by the board of governors late in September. This building will contain classrooms and offices for faculty as well as special
dispensing laboratories and accommodation for the faculty's graduate program. Architects
are Thompson, Berwick and Pratt. Further details on UBC's construction program are
on page 3.
Victoria College Plans
$1,500,000 Fund Drive
While a record enrolment of
1050 students is thronging the
lecture-rooms and corridors of
Victoria College, plans for the
future are still being actively
considered by the College council.
In response to a request by the
Victoria chamber of commerce,
the council re-opened its examination of the possibilities of
moving en bloc to the newly-
acquired lands at Gordon Head,
one and a half miles from the
campus at Mt. Tolmie. It found
no reason to change its opinion
that a large sum would have to
be forthcoming if the move were
to be undertaken without dislocation of college services as they
exist at present.
It was the view of the chamber
of commerce that the provincial
government, if approached, mignt
find the necessary sum to enable
the move to be carried out. A
joint delegation, drawn from the
college council and from the
chamber of commerce, waited
upon Mr. Bennett and his cabinet
and presented a brief to them
outlining the aspirations, the
present problems and the future
expectations of the College.
Mr. Bennett's offer followed
closely along the lines of a verbal
promise made when he opened
the new addition to the Ewing
building last January, with one
addition. The government, he
said, was prepared to match any
funds that the College might
raise up to a maximum of $1,500,-
000. In the event of the projected
fund drive "going over the top,"
the government might give consideration to matching any surplus to the extent of a further
$500,000 "in the fourth year."
In other words, if Victoria College raised $2,000,000, the government would match that in four
annual payments of $500,000. A
further concession was contained
in an undertaking from the premier that, if a purchaser could
be found for the Mt. Tolmie campus, the government would hand
over the proceeds to the College.
If the fund drive exceded all
expectations, and succeeded in,
raising $2,000,000 — a sum more
than four times as great as any
that has ever been raised for any
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The UBC Alumni Association has planned the most ambitious Homecoming in history for November 6 and 7.
' More than 5000 graduates
are expected to return to the
campus for the two-day affair
which will feature lectures on
the theme of "The challenge
of science today.'" Other high,
lights are sporting events,
class reunions and the Homecoming ball in Brock Hall.
Kingsley Harris, chairman of
the Alumni committee which is
planning the events, said he expected there would be increased
attendance at all events. Graduates are more interested in their
University today than at any
other time in its history, he
"This is the result of such
things as the UBC Development
Fund and the building program,"
Harris said.
Cooperating with the Alumni
Association in staging various
events will be the Alma Mater
Society, which has traditionally
played a large role in Homecoming  celebrations.
The students will present the
"Great Trekker" award to an outstanding graduate of UBC at half
time of the football game in the
stadium on Saturday.
On Friday night the students
will stage the first of two Homecoming balls in the armoury and
crown a Homecoming Queen who
will make an appearance at the
alumni ball in Brock Hall on
Saturday night.
One highlight of the celebrations will be reunions for graduates of the medical school and
five other years. Medical alumni
are planning a gathering in the
University Club, 1021 West Hastings, for Friday, November 6 at
6:30 p.m.
Dr. Rocke Robertson, former
head of the department of surgery — now at McGill University,
has been invited to attend the
On Saturday evening the classes
of 1924, '29, '34, '39, '44 and '49
will hold reunions at various
points on the campus.
Here's Your 1959 Homecoming Schedule
Following is a complete
schedule of student and
alumni Homecoming events.
► Student events are in black
face type and alumni events
in light face type.
6:30  p.m. — Medical school
,       alumni will hold a dinner
re-union in the University
Club at 1021 West Hastings
j,  i       8:00 p.m. — The first of three
%        discussions on the general
topic   "The   Challenge   of
Science   Today,"   will   be
held    in     the     Buchanan
building. Speaker will be
G. L. Hollingsworth, director of the Boeing Scientific
Research Laboratories in
Seattle. His specific subject will be "The challenge
of outer space."
8:00 p.m.—The current edition of the UBC Thunder-
birds will meet a team of
graduates in the War Memorial gym. There will
also be a short 'old-timers'
basketball game.
9:00 p.m. — The first of two
student Homecoming balls
will be held in the armoury.      The     Homecoming
Queen will  be crowned at
this event.
9:00 a.m. — Registration of
graduates attending Homecoming events ' begins in
Brock Hall.
9-9:45 a.m. — Faculty coffee
parties will - be held in
Brock Hall.
10 to 12 a.m. — Two lecture
discussion panels will meet.
Dean S. N. F. Chant, of the
faculty of arts and science
will chair one panel entitled "Is the artsman educated    for    the    scientific
age?" The other panel, entitled "Nuclear fallout —
hazardous o r harmless?"
will be chaired by Dr. William C. Gibson, head of
the department of neurological research.
12 noon — The annual Homecoming luncheon will be
held in Brock Hall. Winners of Alumni regional
scholarships will be introduced to graduates.
2:00 p.m.—Football game begins at the Stadium. The
Thunderbirds will meet the
University of Saskatchewan.  At half time students
will present the 1959 Great
Trekker award to an outstanding graduate.
6:00 p.m. — Class reunion
dinners begin at various
campus points. Classes returning this year are 1924,
'29, '34, '39, '44 and '49.
9:00 p.m. — Alumni Homecoming Ball begins in.
Brock Hall. The Homecoming Queen will visit the
alumni ball during the
9:00 p.m. — The second at
two student dances begins
in the armoury. U.B.C. REPORTS
November, 1959
VOLUME 5, No. 5 VANCOUVER  8,   B.C.
JAMES A. BANHAM, editor                                    LAREE   SPRAY   HEIDE,  assistant
Authorized  as second  class mail,  Post  Office  Department, Ottawa. Published by the University of
British  Columbia  and  distributed  free  of  charge to friends and graduates of the University.  Permission   is   granted   for   the   matetial   appearing herein to be reprinted freely.	
"Struggle for Survival'
■ (Ptesiderit N. A. M. MacKenzie gave
his annual report to the-province over the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on
Thursday, October 8. The following e.v-
cerpts are taken from the speech ivhich
he delivered.)
"... This year our enrolment of full-
time students in the winter session is just
over 10,400. This is a little less than some
of my colleagues had expected and it may
be. that the fee increase of one hundred
dollars and economic difficulties caused by
the LW.A. strike and other strikes during
the summer months have been responsible
for a slowing up in our growth, or it may
be that a larger number of students are
completing senior matriculation before
coming to the University and thus reducing the load in the first year.
"Victoria College, which is affiliated
with the University, is growing also and
this we are glad to see. As it grows we
hope it will remain an integral part of the
University in respect of major expansion
into new fields of activity and in respect
of decrees granted.
"Together with a number of my colleagues, I Jiave given a good deal of
thought to the future of higher education
in this province and we are convinced that
the wisest and most efficient course to
follow is to ensure that all higher education supported by public funds should be
administered by a common board or commission. Whether it be a Board of Governors, as is the Canadian practice, a University Grants Commission as in the
United Kingdom, or a Board of Regents
as in California or Oregon, is not important. But if we are to avoid wasteful duplication and unfortunate political problems,
it is essential that some agency of this
kind be set up ... .
"The decision to increase student fees
was made with regret, for we know that
many of the young men and women who
come to us find it difficult to finance a
University education. However, if we are
to keep 'in sight' of the salaries being paid
by the University of Toronto and other
Universities in Canada, it is absolutely
essential that our revenues be increased.
As it is, even at their present levels, these
fees are still lower than many Universities in the United States and even some of
those in Canada. ...
_ "Ten thousand, four hundred students
is an impressive number, and it is frequently suggested that UBC is too big.
This may be so, though the maximum
and optimum size of a University has been
and continues to be very much a matter
of debate. The University of London, Columbia University, and the University of
California . . . are all in excess of ten
thousand and all of them are among the
great universities of the world.
"The University of Toronto' is in the
process of providing facilities for 25,000
students, and the fact that the University
of British Columbia, like Toronto, is located near the centre of the population of
the province cannot be ignored. Over half
of our total population is in the Greater
Vancouver area and more than 70 per
cent of it within a hundred miles of Point
Grey where the University is located.
And when one adds to this the inevitable
fact and consequence that the population
in this area is increasing far more rapidly
than in any other part of the province, it
seems both" natural and certain that . . .
UBC will continue to grow in numbers.
"Due to an accumulated backlog of
unmet needs . . . the present facilities
of the University of British Columbia —
the University of all the people of this
province — are quite inadequate, not only
for the increased enrolment but for those
who are here with us now  .  .  .
"You may consider the picture I draw
is a dark one. In reality, nothing is farther from the truth. Practically all our
problems grow out of the desire of able
and intelligent young men and women to
obtain a higher education and out of the
rapid growth and expansion of the province itself.
"Too many students and too rapid
growth are the most encouraging facts
that I know of in the troubled and dangerous world in which we live. For ours is a
struggle for survival itself. This business
of survival will be determined in the long
run very largely by the encouragement
and support that we give to all branches
of education . . . and by the time, energy
and thought that all of us as citizens and
* as men and women interested in our welfare and the welfare of our country give
to the very difficult problems of education.
We must, I believe very strongly, decide
upon and support the best and the essential in education, not only to extend our
knowledge of and control over nature, but
to ensure as well that this knowledge and
control are exercised in the best interests
of human beings everywhere."
Medical Dean Chairs
Board of Trustees
Dr. John F. McCreary, dean of UBC's faculty of medicine, has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees
of the Queen Elizabeth Children's Fund.
A recent announcement from Ottawa named Dean
McCreary chairman of the SI million fund which was established by the federal government to mark the recent visit
to Canada of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
The board Will distribute funds for research into children's  diseases.
Dean McCreary said- he was "greatly honoured" by
the appointment. "'1 am greatly encouraged by the generosity
and foresight of Her Majesty and the federal government
n establishing such a research fund," he said.
The establishment of the fund came at a most opportune time since Canada has not done her share of research
in this field in the past, he said. "I hope this will be an indication oi a general increase in research funds in all fields,"
he added.
Terms of the fund provide for a six-man board of
trustees to  administer the money.
Lecture Series Precedes
1960 Educational Tours
Eleven Canadian universities, including UBC, have
launched a unique program of lectures leading to educational tours in the spring of 1960.
Tours of Mexico. South Amer-« profegsor w y McCallion. dir^
ica. Europe and the Orient wiUjector of extension at McMaster
be undertaken next year follow
ing a series of evening lectures j
Scheduled for May of 1960 the
for   adults   at   various   university   tQur wiu be prefaced at UBC by
centers   across   Canada
Qualified lecturers will emphasize the historical and cultural
characteristics of each area, discuss practical aspects o£ travel,
and provide important data and
an informative itinerary prior to
the trip.
Following the lecture series,
which will be conducted simultaneously in universities across
the country, students will receive
instructions on where to meet
before the tour commences.
The European tour will cover
Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and Great
Britain. It will be conducted by
Valued at $1 Million
The University of British Columbia's
biggest classroom, a 10,000 acre research
forest in the Fraser Valley, has celebrated
its tenth anniversary.
Located 36 miles east of the UBC campus near Haney, the forest is used as a
training ground by students and as a research center by the faculty of forestry
and other departments.
The tract, first leased to UBC in 1943
by the provincial government, was permanently granted to the University in 1949.
Since then the University, aided by .donations from the B.C. Loggers' Association
and individuals, has constructed 23 miles
of roads and erected nine buildings for the
use of staff and students.
The oldest trees in the forest are 800-
year-old Douglas firs which were 350 years
old when Columbus discovered America.
One of them could be sold on the stump
for $600 and would pzxjvide enough lumber
to construct several modern homes.
UBC officials estimate that if the forest
were for sale today it would be worth
almost $1,000,000.
The forest provides an ideal student
training ground because of the variety,
maturity and age classes of trees on the
property. Forestry students spend a month
at the forest on completion of their third
year of academic work and other organizations such as the Canadian Forestry Association hold training  sessions there.
Fundamental and applied research is
another important function of the forest.
More than 60 research projects are under
way at the present time dealing with such
subjects as pest control, forest survey methods, genetic improvement of wood quality
and a comprehensive evaluation of forest
soil productivity.
The forest is operated on the sustained-
yield basis, which means that cutting balances growth. About 3.2 million board feet
are cut annually from 113 acres. Contracts
for logging and road construction are
awarded  to firms located  nearby.
Plans for future development include
completion of the road system over the
entire forest, fireproofing of logged areas
and rehabilitation of brush areas and improvement of immature timber stands.
N.Y. Research
Fund Makes Grant
A UBC doctor has received a
grant of $8,250 from the Life Insurance Medical Research Fund
in New York for heart research.
Dr. Paris Constantinides will
carry out further research on an
anti-clotting agent called herapin
and other substances to determine if their ability to reduce
the fat content of the human
blood is applicable to the prevention of heart disease caused
by hardening of the arteries.
15 Thursday evening lectures.
Japan, Hong Kong. Thailand,
Burma and the Philippines will
be visited by the Far Eastern
tour under Gordon Selman. assistant director of UBC's extension
department. Prior to the tour in
April and May of next year. 10
Monday evening lectures will be
held on the campus.
A series of 10 illustrated lectures will precede the tour of
Latin America which will be conducted by Mrs. Marta Friesen in
March of I960. The itinerary includes Peru, Chile, Argentina.
Brazil, Uraguay and Venezuela.
In February of 1960 Professor
George Boyes, assistant director
of the extension department at
the University of Manitoba, will
conduct a Mexican tour for students attending Spanish classes.
Mexico City, Xochimilco, San
Jose de Purura, Toluca. Cuerna-
vaca, Taxo and Acapulco will be
visited during the 16-day trip.
Anyone interested in obtaining
background information about
the countries concerned is welcome to attend the series. Students attending language classes
are also eligible for the tours.
Further information may be obtained from the UBC extension
Continued from page one
institution or organization in Victoria, the resulting sum pf $4,-
000,000, together with $300,000
promised by the Canada Council,
would only be suffcient to reproduce at Gordon Head the facilities—already inadequate — which
at present exist at Mt. Tolmie.
The question of the sale of the
present property at Mt. Tolmie is
being energetically canvassed by
the chamber of commerce, and
their task of finding a purchaser
is an unenviable one. The replacement cost of the Tolmie
site must be set at approximately
$3,000,000 but it is doubtful if any
prospective purchaser would be
willing to pay half that sum.
Failing the appearance of such
a purchaser within the next few
weeks, it is expected that the
chamber of commerce will join
the council, the faculty, alumni,
students and friends of Victoria
College in an all-out drive to
over-top the desired sum of $1,-
500,000. The results of this drive,
which is to be launched with professional assistance at the beginning of 1960, will largely determine the pattern of development
for Victoria College over the next
This much, however, is certain:
if ever sufficient funds are forthcoming and the pressure on the
53-acre campus at Mt. Tolmie becomes intolerable, the College
has already acquired the necessary living space in the shape of
120 acres at Gordon Head. Until
that day comes, Gordon Head will
serve to accommodate ancillary
facilities — recreational, and residential — of the College, while
the academic centre remains at
the Mt. Tolmie Site.' November, 1959
Board Awards Contracts
Valued at $1611,000
Three building contracts with
a total value of $1,611,000 have
been awarded by the board of
. The contracts are for construction of a new wing to the Buchanan building ($981,000), Panhel-
lenic House ($94,000), and a new
wing to the Wesbrook building
($536,000) to house the faculty
of pharmacy.
Burns and Du'tton have begun
work on the Buchanan wing
which will be  ready for classes
f- in September, 1960. The L-shaped
addition will be made up of a
three-storey classroom block and
a four-storey office block.
The wing, which will be a
multi-purpose building for use by
various University departments,
is being constructed on the parking lot to the east of the existing
building. Total cost of the addi-
w tion will be $1,300,000. Burns and
Dutton were one of ten bidders
for the job.
Panhellenic House will be located on Marine Drive adjacent
to International House. Turnbull
and Gale will build the two-storey
house containing rooms for
UBC's nine sororities and offices
for the Panhellenic Association.
Firm of John Laing and Son
were the lowest of 17 bidders
for construction of the addition
to the Wesbrook building which
will be completed by September,
1960. Architects for all three projects are Thompson, Berwick and
The four-storey addition for the
faculty of pharmacy will be constructed at the south end of the
present Wesbrook building. The
wing will contain classrooms, laboratories and offices for faculty.
Professor W. H. Matthews,
dean of the faculty of pharmacy,
Contributions to the Thea Koerner Memorial Fund
will be used to endow a scholarship in drama and the *
fine arts, UBC's president, Dr. N. A- M. MacKenzie has
More than $1500 has already been received for the
fund which was established by the University's board
' of governors last month. Mrs. Koerner, who died July
26, had a special interest in the arts.
Mrs. Koerner, with her husband Leon, jointly established the foundation which bears their name to distribute funds for projects in the arts, education and research. Mr. and Mrs. Koerner also gave $600,000 to
the UBC Development Fund for the construction of the
faculty club and social center at the University.
President Announces
Two New Appointments
New appointments to the UBC senate and the board of
governors have been announced by President N. A. M. MacKenzie.   The provincial government has also renewed the
appointments of two members of the board.
The  president  announced  thatc-
' Mr. Kenneth Caple had been
elected by the senate to the
board of governors to succeed
Mr. Justice Arthur Lord, whose
term of office had expired under
the  University  Act.
Mr. Justice Lord was first
elected to the board in 1940 and
has served six three-year terms
since then. He has been a member   of  senate   longer   than   any
"■ other person.
Mr.   Caple   has served  on the
senate since 1945 and was a member of the board on two previous
The president also announced
that the Right Reverand R. S.
Dean, bishop of the Cariboo and
acting head of the Anglican Theological College, has been appointed to represent the College on
the senate.
The provincial government has
reappointed two members of the
board of governors by order-in-
council. They are Mr. Percy Ben-
gough, and Mr. George Cunningham, both of whom were first
appointed to the board in 1935.
Mr. Cunningham has served on
the board of governors without a
*break since that time. Mr. Ben-
gough served two terms on the
board until 1941 when he resigned to become president of the
Canadian Trades and Labour
i Congress.
In 1955 Mr. Bengough was reappointed to the board by the
provincial government and has
served  continuously since  then.
Parents Invited to
Campus for a Day
More than 2400 invitations were
sent to parents of freshman students at UBC inviting them to
be guests of the University on
October 17.
said the wing had been designed
with a view to closer cooperation
with the student health service
and the University hospital, both
located in the Wesbrook build-
"We will assist the University
hospital by procuring and supplying the drugs and medicines
which they use," Dean Matthews
The wing will also contain a
specially-designed laboratory for
teaching dispensing to students.
"So far as possible we will simulate the conditions of the prescription department of a modern
pharmacy," Dean Matthews said.
The addition will also provide
space for the graduate program
in pharmacy which began this
year. The faculty is presently
housed in the biological sciences
*       *       *
The board of governors have
approved a proposal that the new
wing 'to the biological sciences
building be named for Professor
C. McLean Fraser, the first head
of the zoology department.
Professor Fraser was an expert
on the marine life of the Pacific
and a prolific writer. He was educated at Toronto and the University of Iowa. He came to UBC in
1920 and retired in 1940, six years
prior to his death.
An office and research laboratory in the new wing will be
named the W. A. Clemens rooms
for the man who succeeded Professor Fraser as head of the
zoology department.
Dr. Clemens was director of
the Pacific biological station from
1924 until 1940 when he joined
the UBC faculty. He retired in
1953. He was a graduate of the
University of Toronto and Cornell
A third room in the new wing
will be named the G. J. Spencer
Entomological Museum for Professor Spencer who was a member of the UBC faculty from 1924
until his retirement in 1953.
The museum contains 350,000
entomological specimens which
were gathered and classified by
Professor Spencer. He is a graduate of the Universities of Toronto  and Illinois.
Professors Clemens and Spencer are still active in the department as special lecturers.
Chemist and Editor
To Receive Degrees
UBC will confer honorary degrees on a noted chemist
and a Canadian editor at fall congregation ceremonies on
October 30. ®	
The degree of doctor of science in the armoury. Following the
(D.Sc.) will be conferred on Sir event, the three new men's resi-
Hugh Taylor, former head of the dences on Marine drive will be
department of chemistry at officially opened.
Princeton University and now g;r Hugh Taylor was born in
president of the Woodrow Wilson England and came to the United
National Fellowship Foundation, states after graduating from the
The degree of doctor of laws University of Liverpool. He be-
(LL.D) will be conferred,on Dr. came a fun professor at Prince-
John E. Robbins, editor-in-chief ton University at the age of 32
of the  Encyclopedia   Canadiana.    ancj  served   as   chairman   of   the
Sir   Hugh   Taylor   will   deliver   department    of    chemistry    from
the  address  to graduates  at the   1926 to 1951.
ceremony beginning  at  2:30  p.m.
¥inter Session
Enrolment 10,450
He was also dean of Princeton's graduate school from 1945
until his retirement in 1958 The
same year he became president
of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation which annually awards 1000
Approximately 10,450 students scholarships for graduate work
had registered at UBC for the leading to careers in college
1959-60 session as UBC Reports teaching in the natural and social
went to press. The total repre- sciences and humanities,
sents an increase of 500 over en- As one 0f the Britons on Queen
rolment for the 1958-59 session. Elizabeth's coronation honours
Second term and late registra- i^t he became Sir Hugh Taylor,
tions may add another 100 to the   knight commander of the Order
total according to officials in the
registrar's office.
Registration for night classes
at UBC is up slightly over last
year, the extension department
reports. Non - credit enrolments
were expected to reach 2800.
Registration for diploma
courses in the faculty of commerce at press time was 1775. A
further 556 persons are taking
correspondence courses in commerce.
Those taking correspondence
credit courses for arts and education  degrees  amounted  to  550.
of the British Empire, in 1953.
Dr. Robbins received the degrees of bachelor and master of
arts from the University of Manitoba and the degree of doctor
of philosophy from the University of Ottawa.
He joined the Dominion Bureau of Statistics in 1930 and was
promoted to director of the educational division in 1936. He was
director of informational services
from 1949 until 1952 when he resigned to become editor of the
Encyclopedia Canadiana, published by the Grolier Society.
History Pushed Back 8,150 Years
A UBC archaeologist has unearthed crude stone knives and
scrapers used by Fraser Valley
Indians 8,150 years ago.
Dr. Charles Borden, leader of
an expedition which spent the
summer excavating in the Fraser
Canyon north of Yale, says the
implements are the oldest known
evidence of human habitation yet
discovered in western Canada.
Charcoal and wood ash found
imbedded in sand 20 feet below
the surface of the site has been
dated by the radioactive carbon
method at the University of Saskatchewan. Scientists there say
the remains of the campfires date
back 8,150 years, give or take 310
Charred pits of the choke
cherry have also been found in
the ancient ashes. Dr. Borden
says the Indians who gathered
the cherries and threw the pits
into the fire must have occupied
the site in August or September
since the choke cherry matures
in these months.
"By inference," he says, "we
can assume that the Indians came
to the site to catch the salmon
which would be moving up the
river at that time on their way
to  spawn."
The site of the excavation is
about 60 feet above the high
water mark of the present river.
In the intervening years the
Fraser has deepened its channel
by cutting through solid rock.
Dr. Borden says he has uncovered a second layer of sand
below his present excavation.
"There are tentative signs of
occupation at this level also," he
says. Samples are now being
dated at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Borden plans to return to
the site next summer for further
One of the most interesting
items unearthed by the scientists
was a small piece of clear obsidian, a type of volcanic glass
which the Indians used to make
knives and projectile points.
"This particular piece of obsidian is clear rather than opaque,"
explains Dr. Borden. The closest
deposits of clear obsidian are to
he found in southern Oregon
which probably means that local
Indians carried on a thriving
trade with more remote tribes.
These ancient inhabitants were
probably quite similar in appearance to present day Indians, Dr.
Borden claims. "They were not
an agricultural people," he says,
"and were nomadic to the extent
that they moved around in search
of  food."
Dr. Borden's attention was
drawn to the site three years ago
by a local resident who noticed
Indian artifacts nearby. His ex
pedition of last summer was supported by grants from the university's committee on research,
the Leon and Thea Koerner
foundation and the National Museum of Canada.
Dr. Borden feels he is involved
in a "race against progress" in
his investigations of ancient sites.
He feels government action is
necessary if prehistoric sites are
to be saved from destruction by
the flooding which occurs when
public and private power projects  are constructed.
He says that many important
sites occur along rivers and
points out that the provincial
government and the Aluminum
Company of Canada helped finance research before the great
Nechako dam project flooded
vast areas of Tweedsmuir Park.
"We need an act with teeth in
it," Dr. Borden says, "before old
sites are ruined." 4
November, 1959
President Announces
Medical Appointments
President N. A. M. MacKenzie
has announced three major appointments to the faculty of medicine at UBC.
They are: Dr. Robert R. Noble
as head of the Cancer Research
Institute; Or. Bruce Graham as
head of the department of pediatrics, and Dr. George Elliott as
a professor in the department of
preventive medicine.
Dr. Noble is a professor of
medical research and associate
director of the Collip Medical
Research Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario.
UBC will expand its cancer research facilities on completion of
the new medical sciences center
to be built opposite the War Memorial gym. The Institute will
occupy about one half of one of
the three buildings whicii will
make up the center.
A total of $609,000 has been provided by the B.C. Cancer Society
toward the construction of the
building housing the Institute
and for special equipment to be
used in the center.
Dr. Noble is a graduate of the
University of Toronto, where he
received his medical degree in
1934. and the University of London where he did post-graduate
work  and  received  the  degrees
885 Graduates Donate
$10,925 to 1959 Fund
A total of 885 UBC graduates and friends  have  contributed $10,925 to the Alumni Association's  1959  annual
giving program.
Graduate Don Miller, who is in
charge of the program, termed
the response "very heartening"
and said it was hoped  that the
Early Woodcarving
Acquired by UBC
The earliest piece of Pacific
northwest coast woodcarving
known has been acquired by UBC
for its museum of anthropology.
James C. Garner, acting curator, who purchased the carving
from the H. R. MacMillau Gift
Fund, claims it to be "a masterpiece of carving and an absolutely unique specimen of the
prehistoric spear throwers widely
used up and down the northwest
Pacific coast." It was dredged
from the bed of the Skagit river
In Washington about 1936.
The 15Yz inch carving in yew
wood represents a human-like
face surmounted by a monstrous
looking animal figure with beach
pebbles inlaid for eyes.
Consensus of campus scientific
opinion fits the spear thrower
with archeological materials dating from about the first millennium B.C. It was used to provide
added leverage for both distance
and impact of projectiles.
number   of  donors   would  be
doubled by the end of the year.
The annual giving program
was revived this year after a one
year gap during which alumni
concentrated on the UBC Development Fund. Some of the total
contributed this year will be
turned over to the Development
Fund and will be eligible for
matching grants by the provincial government.
*     •     •
"Tuum Est." UBC's golden jubilee history, has won two national
awards at an exhibition in Eastern Canada sponsored by the
Rolland Paper Company.
The publication, written by
Professor Emeritus Harry T. Logan, was given awards for the
best trade book title page and
jacket. Designer of the book was
typographer Robert Reid.
Copies of the history are still
available and can be obtained by
writing to the UBC Alumni Association in Brock Hall. Price of the
volume is £5.
The history gives a detailed
picture of the University from
the time it was a branch of Mc-
Gili University housed in the
Fairview shacks up to 1958. tht>
year UBC celebrated its 50th anniversary.
President to Attend
Canada Council Meet
PRESIDENT N. A. M. MacKENZIE will attend a meeting of Canada Council in Winnipeg on November 5 and 6.
Conference of the American National Commission for the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization held in Denver on October 1 and 2 was attended by the
president as representative of the Canadian National Commission for Unesco, of which he is president.
•    •    • *	
University at the golden jubilee
of doctor of science and doctor of
Dr. Noble joined the faculty
of the University of Western Ontario in 1947 and became associated with the Collip Laboratory in
1950. The same year he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society
of Canada.
Dr. Graham, a professor of
pediatrics at the University of
Michigan, succeeds Dr. John F.
McCreary as head of the department of pediatrics. Dr. McCreary
was named dean of medicine
earlier this year.
Dr. Graham is a graduate of
Vanderbilt University where he
received his medical degree in
1942. He then began an association with the University of Michigan which has continued up to
the  present time.
After interning in pediatrics at
the University of Michigan hospital in 1942 and 1943 Dr. Graham
joined the U.S. army as a medical officer. He returned to Michigan following the war and was
named resident in pediatrics in
Two years later he became director of pediatrics laboratories,
a post he has held until now. He
became an assistant professor in
1951, an associate professor in
1954 and a full professor this
Dr. Elliot, the assistant provincial health officer, has been appointed to assist Dr. James Mather, head of the department of
preventive medicine, and to work
with voluntary health agencies in
the province.
Dr. Elliot graduated from
Queen's University with his medical degree in 1935. He received
the degree of doctor of public
health from the University of
Toronto in 1940.
After serving with the RCAF in
Canada and overseas from 1943
to 1946 Dr. Elliot became director
of the North Okanagan health
unit. He became assistant provincial health officer in 1948.
DEAN E. D. MacPHEE, of the
faculty of commerce and business administration, was named
a fellow of the Canadian Credit
Institute during September.
• •     •
head of the history department,
and DEAN S. N. F. CHANT, dean
of the faculty of arts and science,
have been named members of a
provisional committee to revive
the Japan Society of Vancouver.
• •     •
DEAN G. F. CURTIS, of the
faculty  of  law,   represented  the
Search for
UBC officials are still searching "for graduates who have neglected to send in changes of
If you know the whereabouts
of any of the degree-holders listed below fill in the coupon at
the bottom of this page and mail
it to the Information Office, University of B.C., Vancouver 8, B.C
Betty J. M. Matheson BA '46;
Robert Kenneth Matheson BASc
'35; S. Matsuzaki BA '31; Mrs.
Susumu Matsuzaki BA '37; Glenn
F. Matthews BASc '46; John C.
Maxwell BSA '42; Noel Ross Maxwell BSA '48; Francis Samuel
May BSW '52; Joyce Edith May
BA '51.
Mrs. Frank Meagher BA '28;
Joel Leo Meier BSP '50; Molly
Meighen BA '41; Margaret Eliz.
Menzies BA '48; Richard Thomas
Merrick BCom '48.
Reginald Hugh Metcalf BASc
'50; John Mel. Mill BASc '50; Del-
bert J. Millar BA '49; Edward
H. C. Miller BCom '38; George
Albert Miller BSF '50; Gregory
Miller BA '45; Mrs. Gertrude E.
Miller BA '41; Robert A. Miller
BSA '46; John Earl Millman BA
'53; Reginald Charles Mills BA
'25; Phyllis D. Mitchell BSA '41.
Morton Mitchner BA '47, MA
'48; Leslie Lome Mock BA '48;
Anthony Moilliet BA '50; Dorothea Monkman BA '42; Gerald
Donald Moore BA '51.
Hilton M. Moore BA '26; Joan
Ida Moore BA '48; John Henry
More BCom '52; Grant Kenneth
Moreton BCom '47; John G. Morgan BA '31, MA '34; Lloyd G.
Morrill BASc '49; Arthur Morris
BA '47, MA '48; Barrie A. Morris
BCom '48.
celebrations of the University of
Saskatchewan from September
24 to 29 in Saskatoon.
• *     *
head of the department of zoology, is a member of a Canadian
scientific delegation currently
visiting Russia as part of an effort to expand scientific relations
between western nations and the
Soviet Union. Leading the delegation is DR. E. W. R. STEACIE,
president of the National Research Council.
• *     *
chairman of the department of
poultry science in the faculty of
agriculture, attended meetings of
the national committee on poultry nutrition in Ottawa during
September. The committee is
part of the production service of
the Canada department of agriculture.
• •     •
DR. BEN KANEE, clinical instructor in dermatology in the
faculty of medicine, attended the
joint annual meeting of the Canadian and British Medical Associations in Edinburgh during the
summer. Seven other members of
the faculty of the medical school
also attended the meetings. (See
UBC  Reports,  September,   1959).
• •     *
A paper submitted by PROFESSOR J. E. BIER, of the department of biology and botany,
to the International Poplar Commission, was used as a basis of
discussion on "The urgency and
possibility of undertaking fundamental research," at meetings of
the commission held in Rome
during September.
• •     •
WOLFE, of the department of
mechanical engineering, has been
appointed acting head of the nuclear engineering branch of the
reactor research and development division of Atomic Energy
of Canada Limited at Chalk River, Ontario. Prof. Wolfe has been
granted leave of absence from
• •     •
director of the University health
service, addressed the annual
meeting of the British Student
Health Officers' Association in
England recently. UBC's health
service is the most extensive in
any commonwealth university.
Dr. Young has also been elected
a member of the American College Health Association.
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