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VANCOUVER      8,      B.C.
UBC's  Board of Governors  has
announced    a   public    appeal   for
..capital funds to carry out a five-
year   building    program   between
: 1964 and 1968.
• Details, timing and target of the
public appeal still remain to be
worked out, and the Board, in a
statement issued at the end of
April, said it was "confident of the
support of the Provincial Government of the Alumni, and the general public for the University of
British Columbia."
The Board also stated that it
would be very mindful of the appeals concurrently being undertaken by Simon Fraser University
and the University of Victoria;
wherever practicable, UBC would
be ready to try to proceed in association with the appeals of the two
other public universities.
The balance of the statement issued by the Board is as follows:
"The Board pointed out that the
generous gift of $3.5 million recently received from Mr. P. A.
Woodward had ensured the completion of the Health Sciences
Centre, since the remaining financial requirements for the Centre
would largely be met by the
B.C.H.I.S. and the Federal Government. (See story on page two).
"The University's other capital
needs have already been outlined
in the brochure "The Challenge
of Growth" issued in January 1964.
This sets out the building program
for the next five years and provides for the orderly elimination
of the temporary structures (converted wartime huts) which presently house many departments,
and indicates the Space needs of
the University due to the inevitable
growth of the student population
in the next five years.
"In particular, the building program will include provision for a
Forestry-Agriculture Complex,
Dentistry and the Basic Sciences,
Music, a Commerce and Social
Science Building, and improvements to the Library in 1964 and
1965; Biological Sciences (including Fisheries and Oceanography),
Metallurgy and Engineering in 1966
and 1967: and Social Work in 1968.
"If the University is to provide
improved undergraduate education
and a necessary growth in the
Graduate School, it is imperative
that these goals and this program
should be met"
This will be the second public
appeal for funds carried out by
UBC. In 1958, the UBC Development Fund was initiated and subsequently raised more than $10
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University  Librarian,
Campus Mail.
Salary increases totalling approximately $710,000 have been awarded
to UBC's faculty and administrative staff by the Board of Governors, President John B. Macdonald
has announced.
The president said the increases
were approved "in recognition of
the rapid increase in university
salaries in Canada and th^ United
The basic increase for all faculty
members, provided that their services had been conscientiously and
ably rendered, was $400 per annum, the president said in his announcement.
In addition, he said, substantial
merit increases were awarded on
the recommendation of the president deans and department heads.
829 out of 873 faculty members received salary increases, and the
average increase for all faculty
members was $813 per annum, or
an average of nine per cent of
The announcement continued:
"In all, one-quarter of the full
time faculty in all ranks received
increases of $1,000 or more per annum. The Board of Governors did
not announce an increase in floors,
neither did it-introduce a system
of automatic increments.
"On the recommendation of the
president, the Board approved the
promotion of 21 teaching members
to the rank of full professor, 43
to the rank of associate professor,
and 37 to the rank of assistant
VOLUME 10 — No. 3
MAY   -   JUNE,    1964
Canada's federal government has
appointed a University of British
Columbia professor as its adviser
on all phases of scientific research
and development in Canadian industry, universities and government organizations.
Prime Minister Lester Pearson
announced in Ottawa April 30 that
Professor Frank Forward, head of
UBC's department of metallurgy
since 1945, would become director
of a scientific secretariat to be established as an adjunct to the Privy
Council office.
Prime Minister Pearson's announcement implements recommendations contained in recent
reports calling for establishment
of national scientific policies.
"Prof. Forward's appointment is
a source of pride to UBC," Dean
David Myers, head of the faculty
of applied science said. "He has
served UBC with distinction for
nearly thirty years and has brought
his department to an outstanding
level of achievement which ' is
recognized throughout the world."
He added that his new appointment will "enable the country to
profit from his talents in the widest
possible area of scientific development"
Prof. Forward's appointment
seems a natural culmination to a
career which began following graduation from the University of Toronto in 1924 with honours in chemical engineering.
He was employed in metallurgical industries in Canada and
Australia until 1935, when he
joined UBC's metallurgy department.
Prof. Forward is best known for
his contributions in the field of
extracting metals from ores. He
gained international fame for his
discovery of a radical method for
the extraction of nickel and cobalt.
The "Forward" process has been
in use in Canada for the past ten
years by the Sherritt Gordon
Mines Limited.
He is also co-inventor of the
uranium extraction process used
at Beaverlodge, Saskatchewan, and
holds about 50 patents on similar
metallurgical processes.
He is the author of numerous
technical and scientific papers, including an article in the Encyclopaedia Britannica on "hydrometal-
lurgy," a subject on which he is
regarded to be the world's leading
In addition to holding membership and executive posts in professional and government organizations, Prof. Forward has received
almost every major award in the
field of extractive metallurgy.
These include the Inco Medal, the
Leonard Medal of the Engineering
Institute of Canada, and the Gold
Medal of the Institute of Mining
and Metallurgy, London.
In 1960 Prof. Forward became
director of the Canadian Uranium
Research Foundation, an organization formed to find new uses and
markets for uranium.
alumni giving
increases in
first quarter
Alumni annual giving program
for 1964 has got off to a good
start with first quarter results exceeding the total for the same
period in 1963.
In the first quarter of the current year, 376 donations totalling
$8631.31 were received. Average
gift was $22.95.
AAG officials said the most encouraging aspect of the first quarter results was that 150 of the 376
donors were persons who had not
contributed last year. They predicted another record year for
AAG if this trend continues.
Special solicitations were made
to a number of leading alumni
groups in the first quarter, including 1963 graduates. Officials reported a strong response to their
appeal last year to 1962 graduates
and are hopeful that a similar response among 1963 graduates will
be forthcoming this year.
death takes
noted law
Dr. Malcolm M. Maclntyre, a
member of the UBC faculty since
1948 and one of Canada's best law
teachers, died April 8 at the age
of 59.
Dr. Maclntyre, who had known
for some time that he was suffering from cancer, died eight days
after delivering his last lecture in
the faculty of law.
Dean G. F. Curtis, head of the
faculty of law, said Dr. Maclntyre's
death was a great loss to legal
education and the legal profession
in Canada.
A native of the Maritimes, Dr.
Maclntyre graduated from Mount
Allison University in 1925 with the
degree of bachelor  of arts.
In the ensuing years he studied at
Harvard University and earned the
degrees of bachelor and master of
laws and doctor of juridicial
Professor Maclntyre was a member of the law faculty at the University of Alberta from 1929 until
1944 and was dean during his last
year there.
After a short period in private
practice in Sackville, New Brunswick, he returned to western Canada to join the UBC faculty.
He is survived by his wife and
one son, James, who will join the
UBC faculty of law on July 1.
Prof. Maclntyre was best known
in the legal profession as an expert
in torts—the  law of liability. GIFT OF $3.5 MILLION from Mr. P. A. Woodward
will enable UBC to begin construction of the new
$18.5 million Health Sciences Center on University
Boulevard in 1966. Center will open its doors in 1969
and will provide teaching and research facilities
for the  UBC faculty of  medicine  and serve  as  a
referral center for the province of B.C. A central
part of the development's operations will be the
forging of the team approach to medicine, which
will involve the services of all persons in the health
care field, including dentists, pharmacists, as well
as technicians and highly trained specialists. Model
above shows the center as it will appear when
finished. Tower at left center will house research
facilities. To the right of the tower is the 410-bed
University teaching hospital which includes special
facilities for psychiatric care and rehabilitation
medicine. "
UBC's $18.5 million Health Sciences Center
will open its doors in 1969 as the result of a $3.5
million gift from Mr. P. A. Woodward.
The gift from Mr. Woodward completes the
voluntary financing of the 410-bed hospital-
research center which will be constructed on
University Boulevard opposite the War Memorial
The announcement of the gift was made jointly
on April 10 by President John B. Macdonald and
Dr. Robert E. McKechnie, medical director of
Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Woodward's Foundation.
The Health Sciences Center, a complex of
buildings which will house the faculty and students in training in all fields of health, has been
in the planning stage for three years, and is now
ready to  proceed  to  working  drawings.
The nucleus of the Center will be a 410-bed
hospital designed for teaching and research and
serving as a referral center for the province of
British Columbia. It will be the first University-
owned and operated hospital among Canada's 12
medical schools.
, While most of the funds for construction of the
hospital will  be shared by the federal  and provincial   governments,   UBC   was  faced  with  the
problem of raising 25 per cent of the total cost—
approximately $4.6 million—from voluntary funds.
American and British Foundations, impressed
with the need for pioneering in medical education, and citizens and societies in Vancouver,
have assisted. Mr. Woodward's gift of $3.5 million
will, with accruing interest, produce $4 million
and complete financing of the center.
A condition of Mr. Woodward's gift is that the
contract for the building will be let by July 1,
1966. This provides a firm schedule for the building and ensures that the doors of the hospital
will open in 19S9.
Mr. Woodward, a member of one of Canada's
pioneer families, and a leading figure in the
development of Woodward's stores, has been
noted for his support of worthy enterprises in
B.C., President Macdonald said.
The president said the building of the center
represents the beginning of a new era in the
education of health personnel. It will provide an
opportunity for all those who will subsequently
work together in the care of patients to be educated together by the same teachers and in the
same hospital.
It will also permit the loosely arranged health
group to be forged together into a working team.
With the rapidly changing pattern of health care,
such a hospital will be required in all medical
schools in the future, and B.C. will be in the lead
in this new development, the president said.
Mr. Woodward has demonstrated in many ways
' his interest in the welfare of British Columbians
and this  magnificent gift will  have a beneficial
effect   on   the   health   of   every   citizen   in   this
province, President Macdonald said.
This is not Mr. Woodward's first gift toward
the cost of constructing the center. He contributed ail the voluntary funds required for the
new biomedical library, now under construction,
which will be the academic center of the whole
Dr. McKechnie stated that "Mr. Woodward has
always held the health and welfare of the people
of this province as his major interest. He feels
•that the construction of this new hospital, and
the advances in medical care which will be produced, represents the most effective way in which
he can utilize his funds."
Mr. P. A. Woodward has a distinguished record
of service to this province. His father, Charles
Woodward, came to British Columbia in 1892
-when P. A. Woodward was 2 years of age. Mr.
Woodward senior started a small store on the
north east corner of Georgia and Main Streets.
The young P.A. started in the store as a messenger boy and elevator operator. As he grew
older he became interested particularly in the
grocery sales and pioneered many of the food
sales principles which have become continent-
wide today.
Mr. Woodward has also pioneered the policy
of employee participation in the profits of his
business enterprises. He served his country in
world war one and donated his services to the
government in world war two.
The Rockefeller and John and Mary Markle
Foundations provided funds which enabled the
UBC planning team to visit every University
Hospital constructed since the end of world war
The principles underlying the planning of the
building are set out in the following material by
the dean of the faculty of medicine, Dr. John
F. McCreary.
(1) The University Hospital should not attempt
to take over the functions of other hospitals in
the community. It must operate in close conjunction with the other hospitals and provide those
facilities which the other hospitals lack. For example, there are certain aspects of undergraduate
teaching and of graduate training which can be
better performed in a hospital in which the staff
is small and carefully selected for their teaching
and research interests. On the other hand there
are a great many aspects of undergraduate
medical education and the great bulk of the graduate education program which are much better
done in an area where there are large numbers
of patients with all types of disease. Thus the
University Hospital must be closely integrated
with the hospitals of downtown Vancouver, particularly the Vancouver General.
(2) Under these conditions, the University
Hospital does not need to be large. We have
studied our requirements with great care and
have arrived at the conclusion that a 310-bed
hospital with 60 additional beds for pyschiatry
and 40 beds for rehabilitation medicine will provide us with all of the facilities which are needed,
for many years to come.
(3) The University Hospital must be abundantly equipped with teaching and research space.
The most commonly found defect in the hospitals
visited on this continent and elsewhere has been
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Published by the University
of British Columbia and distributed free . of charge to
friends and graduates of the
University. Permission is
granted for the material appearing herein to be reprinted
freely. James A. Banham
editor; Laree Spray Heide,
assistant editor. The editor
welcomes letters, which
should be addressed to the
Information Office, U.B.C.',
Vancouver 8.
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the lack of space for teaching and for research.
As a result of the failure to include adequate
space for these purposes, new wings have been
built and new buildings erected which do not
integrate with the remainder of the hospital. Thus,
the University hospital will be costly, and the
usual funds available for construction purposes
from various levels of government will not completely cover the needs.
As a result of the planning which has gone on
during the three-year period, the role which the
University Hospital will play has become reasonably clear.
(1) It must be essentially a training centre and
provide the environment in which an academic
approach towards health care can be taught. We
feel that it must go far beyond the training of
physicians. In today's complex pattern of health
care, the doctor is just one of a team of people
providing care—he cannot do it alone.
Although we talk of a "health team" we do not
actually possess a team. Dentists, nurses, physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists,
pharmacists, clinical, psychologists, and other
members of the group are taught in isolated
areas on the campus across Canada. Far from
producing a team, the result is the development
of a group of very separate disciplines—each a
little unsure of its own role and that of the
The artificial barriers raised during the educational period are in some instances never broken
down. This is not conducive to good health care.
It seems clear that a next major step in the field
of health education is to bring these groups together, teach them together, have them study
together, take lectures together, teach together.
Then we feel they will develop some sympathy
and understanding for.what each discipline has to
produce and we will produce a health team
in fact.
Another area in which the new hospital will
pioneer training programs is in relation to continuing medical education. The department which
was set up four years ago will not adequately
achieve its goal until it has as a base of operation
in the teaching and research hospital which the
Health Sciences Centre will include.
(2) It will be possible in the University Hospital to conduct a greatly expanded clinical investigation program. Evaluation of new methods
of treatment will mean that through the medium
of the department of continuing medical education, this information can be brought to the physicians of the province a good deal more rapidly
than  is now possible.
(3) The hospital will serve as a laboratory for
the Hospital Insurance Service. The Service costs
the people of our province approximately Tifty
million dollars per year. It represents a very
large industry and one in which there are many
problems. The Hospital Insurance Service has no
group to which it can turn for answers relative
to types of equipment to buy, methods of staffing
wards, etc. The University Hospital will serve in
the capacity of a research laboratory for this very
major industry and should produce an overall
reduction in costs of hospital care in the province.
(4) Inevitably the University Hospital will become a referral centre for many of the problem
cases in the province of British Columbia. For
patients whose investigation or management requires facilities beyond the scope of community
hospitals, the University Hospital will be
available. [HE FACULTY
assistant professor of medicine in
the faculty of medicine, has been
awarded a $7500 Canada Council
research fellowship to support his
research program in epidemiology.
the psychology department, . has
been named a visiting professor
at Harvard University for the academic year 1964-65.
PROF. H. L. STEIN, director of
graduate studies in the faculty of
education, has received a scholarship from the Canada Council to
support a study of "school and
other societal processes designed
to assist individuals in reaching
satisfactory vocational goals."
In the next 12 months, Dr. Stein
will visit some 13 countries in Europe and interview officials at government, university and public'
schools to obtain their views on
the subject
biology and botany department,
has been awarded a Nuffield Foundation travel grant to enable her
to travel to the Gatty Marine Laboratory in St. Andrews, Scotland,
this summer to carry on a culture
study of a brown algae found in
the waters off the east coast of
Scotland. She will also demonstrate her recently developed fluorescence microscopy technique with
these algae.
associate professor of zoology, has
been elected a corresponding member of Asociacion Ornitologica del
Plata, the national ornithological
society of Argentina with headquarters in Buenos Aires.
DR. GEORGE B. WALKER, research professor in the dept. of
electrical engineering, has been appointed head of the electrical engineering department at the University of Alberta.
PROF. B. C. BINNING, head of
the dept. of fine arts, has been
named to a national advisory committee to assist in the planning of
a $10 million national center for
. the performing arts, to be built in
Ottawa for the 1967 centennial
DR. J. C. BERRY, of the faculty
of agriculture, will be in India
during the coming year as an adviser to the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations. He will work with the Indian
government in improving production of the country's cattle population.
DR. C. A. BROCKLEY, associate
professor of mechanical engineering, is the Canadian delegate to
a committee of the Organization
for Economic Development and Cooperation. The"committee will meet
several times per year in European
centers to consider aspects of cooperative research in the area of
wear of engineering materials.
REV. E. C. GARVEY, principal
of St. Mark's College, has left UBC
to teach philosophy at St Michael's
College at the University of Toronto. His successor is REV. E. C.
LEBEL, former vice-chancellor of
the University of Windsor.
REV. G. PARKE-TAYLOR, professor of new testament studies at
Anglican Theological College,
leaves July 1 to take the chair of
old testament and Hebrew studies
-at Huron College in London, Ont.
DR. J. ROSS MACKAY, of the
geography department, has been
given an honorary award of merit
by the American Association of
Geographers for his work in Arctic geomorphology and quantitative cartography. .
dept. of English, is a delegate to
the International Shakespeare Conference at Stratford-on-Avon, in
England, August 30 to September
4. The conference marks the quad-
ricentennial of Shakespeare's birth
and is held under the auspices of
the Shakespeare Institute of -the
University of Birmingham.
school of architecture, has been
named a design consultant for the
Canadian pavilion to be built for
the  Montreal  World's  Fair.
of the faculty of medicine, has
been appointed to an advisory
committee of the Canada Council
to  advise  on   a  new  program  of
research in fields which straddle
the traditional disciplines of medicine, science, and engineering.
BARRY PRITCHAD, of the creative writing department is the
author of a play entitled "Poor
Butterfly," which was produced in
St. Paul, Minnesota, by Theatre
St Paul.
MRS. BERYL E. MARCH, assistant professor of poultry science,
has been elected to membership
on the Animal Nutrition Research "
Council, made up of individuals
professionally trained in nutrition
and biochemistry.
LAIRD, former head of the dept.
of soil science, has been elected
a fellow of Canadian Society of
Soil Science.
DR. MYER BLOOM, of the
physics dept, and DR. JOB KUIJT,
of the dept. of biology and botany,
were among six Canadians to receive Guggenheim awards this
Dr. Bloom will continue his work  '
in   magnetic   resonance   and   Dr.
Kuijt will further his work in parasitic plant flower studies with the
DR. H. L. PURDY, of the faculty
of commerce, is the 1964 president
of the Community Chest and Council of Greater Vancouver.
SHRUM, former head of the
physics dept. and now chancellor
of the new Simon Fraser University, received the honorary degree
of doctor of laws from McMaster
University and delivered the congregation address.
The B.C. Tuberculosis Society
has pledged $23,400 to UBC's department of paediatrics for a fellowship in paediatrics chest disease.
The recipient of the fellowship
is Dr. Gordon Pirie, who will work
at the Health Center for Children
at the Vancouver General Hospital
under Dr. Sydney Segal, associate
professor in the paediatrics department
The grant will be paid over a
three-year period; $7200 in 1964-65;
$7800 in 1965-66, and $8400 in
Dr. Pirie will continue work on
developing tests to allow early detection, more effective way of
treatment, and possible ways of
preventing several types of chest
disease in very small children.
The B.C. TB Society has financed
Dr. Pirie's research for the past
three years.
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A seven-man team of researchers
at the UBC Cancer Research Center has received a grant of $165,-
000 from the National Cancer
The work of the team, headed by
Dr. Robert Noble, director of the
Center, includes refining of a drug
from the Jamaican Periwinckle
plant as a promising treatment for
certain cancers.
Doctors A. D. McKenzie and H.
Mcintosh, both of the UBC medical
faculty, have received a $6000 grant
from the Society for continuation
of a project on thyroid cancer.
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A total of 112 UBC students have
been awarded scholarships by the
National Research Council ranging
in value from $2000 to $4000.
Most of the students will use
their awards for overseas postgraduate study.
joins UBC
Ralph Daly, presently news editor at CHQM and Vancouver correspondent for Time magazine, has
been appointed director of information services at the University
of British Columbia.
"Universities everywhere are
changing rapidly to meet new demands, and the expansion and increasing complexity of the University's work," said President
John B. Macdonald, "places upon
us fresh responsibility to keep the
public informed of the developments that  are  occurring.
"We recognize that the University has a responsibility to lead, to
serve, and to tell its story to the
community which sustains it" the
president said.
"I am delighted that Mr. Daly
has agreed to accept the position
of Director of Information Services- With his help, and that of
Mr. James Banham, who will continue to serve as Information Officer, the University of British
Columbia will be able to present
and explain its role to the public
in a full and detailed way," said
President  Macdonald.
"We feel this is particularly important at a time when we shall
be looking for increased support
during the forthcoming appeal for
funds," the   president  said.
Mr. Daly began his newspaper
career in Vancouver in 1940, when
he joined the Vancouver News-
Herald. He served with the RCAF
for two and a half years during
World War II and rejoined the
News-Herald late  in  1944.
In 1946 he joined the staff of the
Sun, in Vancouver, as a reporter,
and switched to editorial writing
for the same newspaper in 1950.
In March, 1962, Mr. Daly joined
the staff of radio station CHQM
as news editor.
Since 1945, Mr. Daly has been
Vancouver correspondent for Time
Magazine, and has also represented Life, Fortune, House and Home,
and Architectural Forum in Vancouver. In his editorial writing,
Mr. Daly has specialized, among
other things, in education, with
particular emphasis on the University of B.C.
VOLUME 10 — No. 3
MAY   -   JUNE,    1964
Two new classes of steroids
which may prove of interest in
controlling cholesterol levels in
blood and tissue were described
at a meeting in Philadelphia in
April by a University of British
Columbia chemist.
Dr. James P. Kutney, assistant
professor of chemistry, who has
developed the new compounds in
experiments over the past three
years, described them at a national
meeting of the American Chemical
The compounds, known as aza
steroids, are presently undergoing
intensive testing by a pharmaceutical firm and Dr. Kutney emphasized that their biological effect
could not be described yet.
He added, however, that other
aza steroids are known to interfere
with the formation of cholesterol
in certain animals and as a result,
the aza steroids developed at UBC
may prove useful in studies relating to atherosclerosis, an arterial
disease and one of the major diseases of the modern world.
Steroids, Dr. Kutney explains,
are rather complex natural substances, some of which are found
in the human body as sex hormones and as constituents of the
adrenal glands. Cortisone, widely
used in the treatment of arthritis,
is probably the best known steroid.
Steroids have a characteristic
chemical structure, Dr. Kutney
says, with each molecule possessing a skeleton of four rings which
are linked together.
At specific sites on each of the
rings are the elements which comprise the building units of the
molecule. These are carbon, hydrogen and an oxygen function, which
means that oxygen is usually combined with some other element
It is the location of the oxygen
functions on the rings of the molecule which usually give the steroids their characteristic biological
In recent years intensive research has been directed toward
the synthesis of new steroid derivatives in which the normal skeleton is retained but the elements
attached to the system are varied.
The aza steroids which Dr. Kutney has developed are derivatives
in which a carbon atom in the
skeleton has been removed and replaced by a nitrogen atom. It is
these compounds which are now
being screened for their biological
student wins
A University of British Columbia student has been awarded a
research fellowship in meat technology at the University of Sydney
in Australia.
He is Terence F. Leche, of North
Vancouver, who will leave Vancouver this summer to take up the
fellowship of $3500 per year for
three years.
Leche received his bachelor of
science in agriculture degree from
UBC in 1961, and his master of
science in agriculture degree at
UBC's spring congregation.
For the past two years Leche
has been working under the direction of Prof. Alex Wood in UBC's
department of animal science on
the growth and development of
cattle. new
The appointment of new heads
for the departments of civil engineering and paediatrics at UBC
have been announced by President
John B. Macdonald.
Dr. Sydney Israels, former director of clinical investigation and research at the Children's Hospital in
Winnipeg, took up his post as head
of the paediatrics department in
the faculty of medicine on May 1.
Dr. William D. Finn, a member of
the UBC department of civil engineering since 1961, has been named
head of his department to succeed
Prof. J. Fred Muir, who will retire
June 30. Dr. Finn's appointment is
effective July 1.
Dr. Israels succeeds Dr. Bruce
Graham, who left UBC last year
to become chairman of the paediatrics department and chief of staff
of the Children's Hospital at Ohio
State University.
Dr. John F. McCreary, dean of
medicine at UBC, said the search
for a successor to Dr. Graham has
extended throughout Canada, the
United States and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Israels, Dr. McCreary said,
was the unanimous choice of the
committee which was established
to recommend a new head for the
paediatrics department
Dr. McCreary said the selection
committee felt exceedingly fortunate to have found in Canada a man
of outstanding ability to lead the
department during the critical
years ahead when new facilities
will be built and put into operation
at UBC and the Vancouver General
Dr. Israels, 49, was educated at
the University of Saskatchewan,
where he received his bachelor of
science degree in 1936, and the
University of Manitoba,, where he
was awarded his medical degree
in  1939.
In public school he won the Governor General's medal and undergraduate scholarships for four
years in succession at the University of Saskatchewan.
On graduation from the University of Manitoba he was awarded
the University gold medal in medicine and the Chown prize and
medal in surgery.
He was named a fellow of the
Royal College of Physicians in 1943
and a fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1952. He is a
certified specialist in internal medicine and paediatrics of the Royal
College of Physicians and a fellow
of the American Academy of
Dean David M. Myers, head of
the faculty of applied science, said
the committee concerned with
recommending a successor to Prof.
Muir made extensive enquiries and
considered more than 50 names of
persons in many parts of the world.
"It was gratifying," Dean Myers
said, "to be able to choose from
among them a member of the UBC
faculty as being the man likely to
provide the department of civil
engineering with the best kind of
Dean Myers said Dr. Finn had
made an important contribution to
the teaching and research program
of the faculty since joining the
Dr. Finn was born and educated
in Ireland where he had an outstanding academic record. In 1949
he stood first in Ireland for the
honours intermediate school certificate. He was awarded the department of education scholarship
the same year. He won the same
scholarship in 1951 for standing
first in Ireland for the leaving
honours certificate.
At the National University of
Ireland, where he received his
bachelor of engineering degree in
1954, Dr. Finn was awarded a number of scholarships and stood first
in his graduating class.
In 1955 Dr. Finn was awarded a
fellowship to the University of
Washington in Seattle, where he
received his master of science degree in 1957, and his doctor of
philosophy degree in 1960.
His research lies in the area of
soil mechanics, the study of the
foundations of structures of all
sorts from buildings to dams.
Dean Myers said the retirement
of Prof. Muir would be looked on
with regret by his colleagues in the
engineering profession and in the
"Prof. Muir's qualities as a civil
engineer and a teacher are matched by his humanity, which has endeared him to a generation of
students who have passed through
his hands, and to all of us who
have enjoyed his cooperation and
friendship," Dean Myers said.
Prof. Muir has been head of the
department of civil engineering at
UBC since 1950. Born in Winnipeg,
he received his bachelor of science
degree from the University of
Manitoba in 1923 and was employed by a number of private firms
and the city of Winnipeg before
joining the UBC faculty in 1939.
Prof. Muir's engineering experience includes extensive work in
construction, particularly in concrete and structural steel projects,
including the Stevens Hotel and
Palmer House in Chicago and the
Bessborough   Hotel   in   Saskatoon.
He also assisted in the engineering of some of the largest plate
girder bridges ever constructed.
From 1931 to 1935 he was structural
designer for the city of Winnipeg,
and worked on the design of the
Assiniboine Park bridge and the
Portage Avenue subway.
During World War II he was engaged in a variety of military design work with the RCAF. In 1947
he co-authored at report on ddwtt-
town parking problems for the
city of Vancouver. More recently
he has written extensively on engineering problems involved in the
passage of fish through installations at power dams.
VOLUME 10 — No. 3
MAY   -   JUNE,    1964
last phase
The final phase of a five-year
program of assistance to two Malayan universities began in April
when a team of University of British Columbia professors left for ,
southeast Asia.
Leading the group was Prof. Leslie J. G. Wong, of UBC's faculty
of commerce, who has been director of the project since its inception in 1961.
In the four years since the project began the UBC teams have
established nine courses in accounting and business administration at the University of Malaya at
Kuala Lumpur and the University
of Singapore.
And when the UBC team returns
to Canada in August, 1965, they
will be replaced by nine Malayan
nationals who have completed post
graduate work in UBC's faculty of
commerce under Colombo Plan
So impressive has been the UBC
program that it was singled out for
commendation at the Commonwealth Universities Conference in
London, England, last year as an
ideal example of assistance in
higher education to developing
The request to UBC for assistance was the result of a government decision to "Malayanize" the
civil service following independence, said Prof. Wong.
Business enterprises were urged
to adopt the same policy and there
arose an urgent need to train
Malayans in the fields of commerce
and business administration to replace foreign personnel who decided to leave as a result of this
policy, Prof. Wong said.
Following two surveys by Prof.
Wong in 1958 and 1960, the Canadian government agreed to underwrite the program up to a maximum of $500,000 and the first team
of three UBC professors left in
Since then a total of 10 UBC
faculty members have been involved in the program and more
than 600 Malayans have enrolled
for the courses. A total of 70 Malayans have been granted degrees
with  commerce as specialization.
When the project ends next year
the commerce faculties at the two
Malayan Universities will be offering courses ranging from accounting through business finance to industrial organization and manager
Included in the team leaving for
Malaya this month is the first person from outside UBC to participate in the project He is Bryce
Rollins, associate professor in the
faculty of commerce at the University of Alberta at Edmonton.
Other members of the UBC team
leaving this month are Hugh C.
Wilkinson and Arthur A. Beedle.
Also included are two UBC faculty members who have received
grants from American agencies to
carry  out  research   projects.
Dr. William Hughes, who has
been in Malaysia since May, 1963,
was recently awarded a grant of
$15,000 from the Brookings Institute, to conduct an intensive survey of the effect of highways on
economic development in Malaya.
Dr. D. David Quirin, who will be
returning to the UBC in July, has
been awarded a $2500 grant from
the Council of Economic and Cultural Affairs to carry out a project
relating to agriculture in Malaya.
Employment opportunities for
the University of British Columbia's 1964 graduating class have
seldom been better, according to
UBC placement officers.
Nearly every graduate seeking
employment was placed by April
1, A. F. Shirran, director of UBC's
student services division, said.
About 90 per cent of the graduating class in engineering and 75 to
80 per cent of commerce graduates
already have jobs.
More than 200 business firms
from' all over Canada and representatives of 45 B.C. school boards
have been interviewing graduating
students on the campus since last
Summer employment for undergraduate students is a continuing
problem, Shirran said, but the situation is improved over 1963.
"We now have 2500 applications
on file from undergraduates and
we are eager to hear from firms
anywhere in B.C. which may have
summer jobs to offer," he said.
Letters have been written to
more than 600 B.C. firms in recent
months asking them to list their
job requirements, Shirran said. He
added that engineering and forestry undergraduates have no difficulty in finding summer employment because they possess special
He said a number of firms also
employ undergraduates in summer
training programs for several years
in succession in the hope that the
student will join the company after
Dean F. H. Soward, head of the
faculty of graduate studies at UBC,
was one of four persons to receive
honorary degrees at UBC's spring
congregation May 28 and 29.
Dean Soward, who is the senior
member of the UBC faculty in
terms of length of service, will retire on June 30 this year as dean
of graduate studies and director
of international studies. He received the honorary degree of doctor of laws( LL.D.).
Honorary degrees of doctor of
science (D.Sc.) were conferred on
Dr. Arthur D. Kelly, general secretary of the Canadian Medical Association; Dr. Gerhard Herzberg,
director of the division of pure
physics for the National Research
Council, and Cecil H. Green, a
former UBC student and one of
the founders of Texas Instruments,
Inc., the largest instrument manufacturing company in the world, in
Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Kelly and Dean Soward received their degrees on May 28
and Dr. Herzberg and Mr. Green
were honoured on  May 29.
UBC hosts
UBC will host one of the largest
scientific meetings ever held in
western Canada June 22 to 27
when the Pacific division of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science meets on the
Point Grey campus.
More than 1000 scientists from
the western United States and Canada will take part in the 45th annual meeting of the Association,
which last met in Vancouver in
The Association is made up of
more than 55 affiliated societies
and associations, and 12 of these
will hold their annual meetings
during the week in UBC's
Buchanan building.
Affiliated societies holding meetings will include the American
Meterological Society, western division of the American Society of
Ichthyologists and Herpetologists,
Pacific division of the American
Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Western Society
of Soil Science.


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