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 Volume 28, Number 3
January 15, 1982
Medical expansion funds can't be used
to offset UBC's $7.5 million shortfall
UBC President Douglas Kenny said
today that the $8.2 million designated
by the provincial legislature for
expansion of UBC's medical school
cannot be used to offset on a
permanent, continuing basis the
University's current shortfall of $7.5
million in operating funds.
His statement followed a news
release issued Wednesday in Victoria
by Universities, Science and
Communications Minister Dr. Patrick
McGeer, who said that part of the
$8.2 million earmarked for medical
school expansion could be used to
offset the shortfall.
"The University must use the money
for its designated purpose —
expansion of the medical school," Dr.
Kenny said. "The money cannot be
used as a permanent or continuing
solution to the $7.5 million shortfall."
The provincial government in 1976
asked the University to double its
medical school enrolment from 80
first-year students to 160. The
expansion is taking place in stages and
now stands at 120.
The expansion is being monitored
by an external, independent
accreditation body that reviews all
medical schools in Canada and the
U.S. in order to maintain adequate
academic standards. Last year the
accreditation body said UBC's medical
school was expanding too fast and
restricted a planned expansion from
120 to 140 students in the 1981-82
academic year.
The expansion delay probably
means that UBC's Faculty of Medicine
will require only $6.6 million of the
$8.2 million designated by the
provincial government for expansion.
The $6.6 million represents costs to
the Faculty of Medicine resulting from
the expansion of the medical school in
previous years from 80 to 120 students.
In short, most of the $8.2 million in
designated funds will cover
commitments made as a result of the
medical school expansion.
In the meantime, the University
may be able to use the remaining $1.6
million for non-recurring expenses.
However, the money cannot be used
for continuing or permanent reduction
of UBC's $7.5 million shortfall.
The University hopes to have
another visit of the accreditation body
this spring to obtain permission to
expand beyond 120 students. If the
University is permitted to expand its
medical school this fall, then all of the
$8.2 million will have to be made
available to the Faculty of Medicine.
The Wednesday news release by Dr.
McGeer said: "The minister (Dr.
McGeer) made it clear that this
funding in the future will be applied
to the Faculty of Medicine to permit it
to expand to 160 students and thus
satisfy the obligation given to the
provincial government and the people
of B.C. to provide more reasonable
opportunities for students in the
Faculty of Medicine."
Recommendations for dealing with
UBC's $7.5 million shortfall were
made public on Wednesday (Jan. 13)
when President Kenny released the
report of an advisory committee on
retrenchment prepared by a
13-member committee chaired by
Prof. Michael Shaw, UBC's vice-
president, academic, and provost.
The committee proposes that almost
half of the $7,483 million shortfall be
made up from reductions in the
budgets of non-faculty units, such as
the library, research and academic
service units.
The balance of the shortfall would
be made up from reductions of nearly
$2 million in faculty budgets and
student tuition fee increases of
approximately 30 per cent.
The report of the advisory
committee on retrenchment is in the
hands of the deans of UBC's 12
faculties and three vice-presidents,
who have been asked to:
• Identify specifically the affected
areas and dollar amounts that would
be removed to meet the total target
for their faculty or administrative
area;
• Indicate the academic impact
that would result from the removal of
the funds; and
• Indicate, in the case of faculties,
if consideration will have to be given
to limiting course offerings or placing
a ceiling on enrolments if the dollar
figures proposed in the report have to
be removed.
President Kenny said he would
review these statements with deans and
vice-presidents and with the Senate
budget committee before making his
own recommendations to the Board of
Governors.
The full text of an opening
statement to the Wednesday news
conference by President Kenny,
together with excerpts from the
question-and-answer session which
followed, begin below.
Snapshot of our worsening financial plight
UBC President Douglas Kenny met
members of the news media on
Wednesday, (Jan. 13) to release the
report of an advisory committee on
financial retrenchment prepared by a
13-member committee chaired by
Prof. Michael Shaw, UBC's vice-
president, academic, and provost.
(The full text of the retrenchment
committee's report appeared on the
campus the same day as a special
edition o/UBC Reports.) Prior to
answering questions at the press
conference, President Kenny read a
background statement, reproduced in
its entirety immediately below.
Excerpts from the question-and-answer
period of the news conference follow
the text of the background statement.
PRESIDENT KENNY: At the
outset, I wish to provide you with a
snapshot of the worsening financial
plight of The University of British
Columbia, mention briefly some of the
academic implications of our financial
situation and then look at future
funding implications.
To begin with, the University faces
a budgetary shortfall of $7,483
million.
This financial problem grows out of
our inability to secure from the
provincial government the necessary
funding to offset the shortfall. Of
course, the inability to obtain the
desired level of public funding is not
new to the University. Our shortfalls
have long been the subject of relentless
examination in my annual reports and
various speeches around the province.
Ever since 1976-77, the University
has experienced the bitter taste of
hard times. When you get down to it
— when you get past all the language
of funding — we are talking of the
University having budget reductions of
more than $6.7 million between the
years 1976-77 to 1980-81.
These years were particularly hard
times for the University, especially as
we were committed to admitting an
ever-increasing number of students,
while at the same time attempting to
sustain our existing academic
programs and upgrade the admission
standards to the University.
But now, with the $7 million
problem, the public, the government
and the University will have to do
some serious re-assessment about the
future of higher education and the
reciprocal obligations of university and
government.
In the words of the old blues song,
the University is experiencing "Dry
Spell Blues." This is why I ask the
public to come to grips with the hard
fact that UBC is in financial trouble
and that it will have severe difficulties
in fulfilling its commitment and
responsibilities to society and future
students.
The academic vitality and
excellence of the University are
threatened by mediocrity, the
underlying cause being the result of
five years of underfunding by the
provincial government. As a
consequence, since 1976-77 the
University has not been able to meet
the unavoidable incremental increases
in salaries and non-salary
expenditures, other than by reducing
our operating expenditures.
And make no mistake: public
funding at less than the inflation level
does impair the University's ability to
engage in quality teaching and
research.
Our impressive history of intellectual
achievement is in danger of being sold
short. Instead of building on our
heritage, we are witnessing annually a
shameful deterioration of this
academic heritage.
How are we coming to grips with
the reduction of $7,483 million? Last
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term, I appointed a committee of 13
eminent scholars to advise me on how
best to meet this annualized shortfall
with minimum damage to the scope
and quality of education at the
University.
The committee's recommendations
will be carefully reviewed by the 12
deans and the Senate Budget
Committee before I bring any
recommendations to the Board of
Governors. Their recommendations, if
accepted and enacted, will have the
most devastating and distressing
consequences for the entire University
community.
It is important to note that the
recommendations are aimed at the
reduction of academic and support
services and the raising of tuition fees
in order to meet part of the shortfall.
The committee recommends that:
(a) Non-faculty budgets be reduced
by $3,720 million — thereby severely
curtailing important services to the
academic sector of the University;
(b) Faculty budgets be reduced by
$1,927 million, thereby making it
difficult to fill faculty and staff
vacancies and impairing the level of
instructional support to students; and
(c) Tuition fees be raised by either
29.5 per cent or 32.8 per cent, thereby
obtaining the balance of $1.85
million. (This would raise fees as a
percentage of the preceding year's
operating budget from 9.84 per cent
in 1981-82 to 11.27 per cent or 11.56
per cent.)
I readily agree with the committee
that reductions of almost $1.93 million
in the budgets of the 12 faculties in a
single year will inflict major damage,
coming as it does after the cumulative
reductions of the last five years. With
respect to the thorny issue of tuition
fees, the committee believes that the
students should be asked to make a
contribution of this magnitude in
order to preserve the quality of their
higher education. As the committee
observes: "Education at UBC is by any
measure a bargain."
I wish to emphasize that the
committee has attempted to protect
student services to the greatest extent
possible and, therefore, reductions in
this area will be of a minor nature. In
addition, the committee believes that
access to UBC should be ensured for
needy students. The committee has
recommended an increase in student
aid of more than 42 per cent, or a
minimum of 1,132 extra bursaries of
$750 each. Marching in lockstep with
the reduction in expenditures is the
equally important issue of possible
commensurate reductions in the
number of students admitted to the
University. The committee did not
deal with this issue.
I have asked each dean if the
academic standards of his faculty
could be preserved if the dollar
reductions in his faculty were effected
without any further enrolment
restrictions. If program deterioration is
to be avoided, then enrolment levels
consistent with available resources may
have to occur.
Now, one final point concerning the
academic stability of the University
and its future funding.
Fiscal and academic planning within
the University is like living in an Alice-
in-Wonderland world. Since
government funding is on a year - by-
year basis, planning is based on very
poor or questionable predictions about
future funding. Consequently, from
year to year, the University never
knows if it will have to face budgetary
cutbacks. In the face of uncertain
funding, any form of commitment or
planning is becoming increasingly
difficult.
In my judgment, government
leadership on this problem is long
overdue. The government should be
prepared to articulate, in consultation
with the universities, a set of publicly
agreed upon objectives for the
University system and a level of
funding that may be expected for the
attainment of these objectives.
If this does not occur, then the
present year-by-year, ad hoc
adjustments by the University can only
result in the continuing erosion of
quality and morale within the
University.
While I plan to press vigorously the
case for increased funding for fiscal
1982-83, I hope that the government
does not underfund the University
again next year. Such a shortsighted
policy would be damaging, not only to
the University, but to the future of the
province.
Q: You've used phrases such as
"severe curtailment" and "disastrous
effects" in describing retrenchment.
But what exactly will be the effects of
the shortfall?
PRESIDENT KENNY: One
consequence will be the University's
inability to replace faculty members
who resign or retire or the like. The
renewal of a university is dependent on
hiring high-grade faculty. If we do not
have the resources the better faculty
will leave, and we have lost some
already. If that trend continues, real
deterioration will set in and we will
not be able to meet the high-level
manpower needs of the province.
Take the Faculty of Forestry, for
example. We would like to expand
forestry because the industry generates
about 50 cents of every dollar in the
province. Expansion will not be
possible without additional resources.
The committee also recommends
minor reductions in the budget for
engineering, while we're committed to
an expansion in engineering. In
medicine we're committed to doubling
annual enrolment from 80 to 160, but
the retrenchment committee is
recommending a sizeable reduction in
that faculty's resources.
Perhaps one needs a new physical
law that explains how one can expand
and contract at the same time. How
one does it is beyond me, and I don't
think those are colorful words.
Q: How many professors will lose
their jobs this year as a result of
retrenchment?
PRESIDENT KENNY: No one on
tenure track or who has tenure will
lose his or her job. But a fair number
of sessional lecturers may not be reemployed and as vacancies appear, the
positions will be removed. The
University's ability to renew
appointments will have gone, largely. I
can't give you a firm figure for the
number whose jobs are endangered
because I have to consult with the 12
deans to determine where they hope to
find the recommended reductions in
their budgets.
Q: Did the 18 per cent salary
increase to faculty as a result of last
summer's arbitration award have an
effect on the shortfall?
PRESIDENT KENNY: Part of the
shortfall is attributable to that. We
are a very labor-intensive institution
and about 85 per cent of our resources
are tied up in salaries to teaching and
support staff. The largest part of the
shortfall is due to wage settlements —
but not just the faculty settlement. We
have nine trade unions on campus and
we must bargain in good faith with
each of them.
I should also say that if UBC is to
be competitive with universities of
world stature, we must pay
competitive salaries. The University is
committed to that and our salaries for
professors and support people are not
really out of line compared to the
salaries paid by other public
institutions of this kind.
Q; What do you think the lack of
response from the provincial
government says about its priorities on
higher education?
PRESIDENT KENNY: The only
interpretation I can put on it is that
higher education is not a high priority
of government. Government's answer
would probably be that given the
current state of the economy, the
money can't be provided. But one
would have to watch the government's
performance on that, given as they are
to bailing out other public institutions,
hospitals, for example.
Q: Tuition fees at UBC are
considerably below those charged in
Ontario. Why have fees not kept pace
with other universities across Canada?
PRESIDENT KENNY: The
answer I would give is that the
University was committed to public
accessibility. And that was predicated
on the expectation that the
government would provide the funds
to encourage the youth of this
province to go on to higher education,
and for that reason, the University did
keep its fees low. In an ideal world, of
course, we would like to keep them as
low as possible. It may have been a
mistake for the University not to index
them to inflation.
Q: Alternative 1 of the fee increase
proposal suggests an allocation of $1.9
million of the increase for inflation in
1982-83, plus $1.8 million as a
contribution to the shortfall. Is that
not a bit unfair to students?
PRESIDENT KENNY: The 29.5
per cent fee increase proposed under
Alternative 1 is made up of two
components — a 15.3 per cent
increase to implement the minimum
Board of Governors policy that fees
should contribute at least 10 per cent
of the net budgeted operating costs of
the University in the previous year.
The remainder — 14.2 per cent — is
a special increment.
In its recommendations concerning
allocation of the increased revenue,
the committee is saying that the sums
over and above what is raised to meet
the Board policy would be used to
protect the quality of the students'
education and to make a contribution
to the difficult situation the University
finds itself in.
Q: Have you decided how the
proposed cuts will be implemented in
the faculties?
PRESIDENT KENNY: No, that is
to be discussed with the deans. What I
have asked each dean is, "If the
recommendations of the committee
were implemented, where would you
take those monies from — what areas
within your faculty? What would be
the impact on your faculty? And can
you maintain your standards without
restricting your enrolment?"
Q: When do you expect the Board
will take action?
PRESIDENT KENNY: Probably,
at the earliest, at the March meeting.
The fee issue is to be discussed at the
next Board meeting on Jan. 26. (The
Board agreed in November, 1981, to
postpone a decision on fees for the
1982-83 fiscal year until the
retrenchment committee report was
complete.)
Q:  I'm trying to get a handle on
how the average working man, who
may be unemployed at the moment,
will be affected by the underfunding
of universities. What benefits are there
for him in a well-funded university?
PRESIDENT KENNY: Well, at
the risk of repeating myself, take the
B.C. forest industry. It's in trouble
now. In the long run, the continued
success of the forest industry will
depend on the ability of Canadian
universities to produce highly educated
foresters.
This province has to diversify its
economy into manufacturing,
particularly high-level technology.
That is going to depend on highly
trained manpower, and if the
universities are forced to contract, the
manpower simply isn't going to be
there.
Companies are not going to move to
B.C. if there is not high level
education ... no company will move
into a province or a nation unless you
have world-class education. And they'll
stay away if education is mediocre.
What I'm saying is that the highly
trained graduates of universities
manufacture additional jobs for those
who have not gone on to higher
education. We are criticized for not
producing commerce graduates to run
Canadian companies. Unless
universities produce them, Canadian
industry is going to be in trouble. And
if we fail to produce, then the lack of
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trained people will have an impact on
the ordinary joe.
Q:  What about the Faculty of Arts?
Should people really care if we turn
out fewer English, psychology,
sociology majors?
PRESIDENT KENNY: I think
they should. It's not possible to
educate high-level professional persons
without first giving them a grounding
in the humanities and social sciences.
Remember that 42 per cent of arts
graduates go on to further study in
either a professional field or graduate
school.
Faculties of arts often come in for
ill-founded "bashing," by all sorts of
people. That's wrong and I would
defend arts faculties. One also has to
remember that arts faculties have a
professional orientation. At UBC, the
Schools of Librarianship and Home
Economics turn out professionals, our
economists take jobs in industry and
government, psychologists are
professionally oriented... so one
should not look at the Faculty of Arts
as though it is non-professional.
I also agree with the commitment
Canada has made to developing its
own culture. We want creative writers
who can write about Canada,
Canadian musicians, Canadians
coming out of our theatre department
who can produce their own plays and
who can train Canadians to act. These
are national goals that I share. And
that, in part, is what a Faculty of Arts
is all about.
And in the final analysis, the
individual who graduates in
philosophy is an asset to Canada. He
or she will be better educated, better
able to understand the moral and
other issues facing the nation. And as
society becomes more complex, surely
one wants more, not less, educated
people to define the great issues facing
the world.
So I worry about one of the
recommendations in the retrenchment
report — one of the largest
recommended reductions happens to
be in that area. That will have to be
closely examined.
Q: Won't a 30 per cent increase in
fees affect accessibility to the
University for some students?
PRESIDENT KENNY: Well, the
retrenchment committee has
recommended a 42 per cent increase
in student aid. That is a massive
increase and would provide more than
1,100 bursaries of $750 each. In
previous years when fees were
increased, an anticipated drop-off in
enrolment did not occur. The
committee's recommendation on
student aid reflects its genuine concern
about accessibility.
Universities have always had a
problem attracting people from the
lower socioeconomic group. The main
barrier — at least in the studies I've
seen — is not tuition fees but lost
earnings. Entering university means
those in the lower socioeconomic
group must postpone four or five years
of income.
New
AWARDS
The following student awards were
approved by the UBC Senate at its last
meeting. In certain instances, the
initial award will not be available in
the current academic year.
Brissenden Scholarship in
Architecture — A scholarship in the
amount of $750 has been made
available by Mr. and Mrs. P.R.
Brissenden. It will be awarded
annually to a student in the School of
Architecture who, in the opinion of
the faculty, has demonstrated
outstanding initiative and ability, and
is preparing to undertake a graduation
project in the area of historic building
restoration, rehabilitation, or re-use.
British Columbia Farm Machinery
Museum Association Scholarship —
A scholarship in the amount of $150
will be made available on an annual
basis by the directors of the B.C. Farm
Machinery Museum Association. The
award will be made to a student who
has demonstrated an interest in
extending engineering principles to the
development of agriculture and is
entering the final year in agricultural
mechanics or bio-resource engineering.
In selecting a candidate, the student's
overall standing in the first three years
of undergraduate study will be
considered. (This award is available in
the 1982/83 winter session.)
B.C. Speech and Hearing Association
Prize — A book prize in the amount
of $75 has been made available by the
British Columbia Speech and Hearing
Association to the outstanding student
in the School of Audiology and Speech
Sciences. The award will be made on
the recommendation of the school.
(This award is available in the
1981/82 winter session.)
Madge Hogarth Bursary Fund —
One or more bursaries totalling
approximately $1,000 have been made
available in perpetuity by Madge
Hogarth Trumbull. The awards will
be made to students entering the final
year in the Faculty of Medicine.
(These bursaries will be available in
the 1982/83 winter session.)
Janet Narod Memorial Scholarship
— A scholarship in the amount of
$1,000 has been established in memory
of Janet Narod who attended UBC
from 1976 to 1980. The scholarship
has been made available by her family
and friends and will be awarded to the
outstanding graduating student in
English Honors, who intends to
continue study at the graduate level at
this university. The award will be
made on the recommendation of the
Department of English. (This award is
available in the 1981/82 winter
session.)
United Association of Plumbers and
Steamfitters, Local 170, Scholarships
— Two scholarships of $500 each are
provided annually by the United
Association of Plumbers and
Steamfitters, Local 170, to students
entering first year at any public
university in British Columbia, and
proceeding to a degree in any field.
To be eligible, a candidate must be
the son, daughter or legal dependent
of a member in good standing of the
United Association of Plumbers and
Steamfitters, Local 170. Candidates
must write the government scholarship
examinations conducted in January
and June by the B.C. Ministry of
Education. Academic standing, as
determined by the results of these
examinations, will be the principal
basis for selecting award recipients,
although grades earned in secondary
school subjects during the year may be
considered when rankings among
candidates are close. The Union
reserves the right to withhold an
award if candidates do not obtain
sufficiently high standing or if they
receive other major awards. (This
award is available in the 1981/82
winter session.)
University Publishers Scholarship —
A scholarship in the amount of $350
has been made available by University
Publishers to assist a student in the
Faculty of Law to purchase textbooks.
The award will be made on the basis
of academic standing and
participation in the activities of the
Law Students Association. The award
will be made on the recommendation
of the faculty in consultation with the
Law Students Association. The
financial circumstances of a candidate
may be a consideration. (This
scholarship will be available in the
1982/83 winter session.)
William G. Black Memorial
Prize
An annual prize in the amount of
$1,000 lias been made available by the
late Dr. William G. Black, B.A. 1922,
who retired from the faculty in 1963
after many years of service. The award
will be made for an essay on some
aspect of Canadian contemporary
society. The topic will be designed to
attract students from all disciplines.
The competition is open to all
undergraduate students.
A single essay topic.of a general
nature related to Canadian
contemporary society will be presented
to students taking part in the
competition al the time of the
examination. Duration of examination
will be three hours.
The winner will be selected by a
committee consisting of representatives
of the Faculty of Law and the
Departments of Anthropology and
Sociology, History, and Political
Science.   The University reserves the
right to withhold the award in any
given year if there are no essays
submitted of an appropriate calibre.
The examination will take place on
Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in
Room 106 of the Buchanan Building.
Kor more information, contact the
Office of Awards and Financial Aid
(228 5111).
Oldest
UBC prof
mourned
Professor emeritus John Moncrieff
Turnbull, the last surviving member of
the original faculty that was on hand
when UBC opened its doors in 1915,
died on Jan. 2 at the age of 104.
A memorial service for Prof.
Turnbull, who was a faculty member
for 30 years, was held on Jan. 11 at
the Vancouver School of Theology
chapel on the UBC campus.
Born in Montreal in 1877, Prof.
Turnbull was educated at McGill
University, where he was awarded a
degree in mining engineering in 1897.
Soon after graduating, he came to
B.C., first to work for the Lanark
Mine near Revelstoke and later for the
CPR as a mining engineer associated
with Cominco in Trail.
It was on Prof. Turnbull's
recommendation that Cominco
acquired the famed Sullivan Mine,
which has proven to be one of the
richest lead-zinc deposits in the world.
In 1915, Prof. Turnbull was asked
by UBC's then president, Dr. F.F.
Wesbrook, to come to Vancouver to
advise the University on the
establishment of a mining education
program.
He so impressed UBC officials that
he was immediately offered the post of
head of the mining department at the
rank of full professor. He was the
second appointment made to the UBC
faculty.
For the next 30 years, Prof.
Turnbull headed the Department of
Mining and Metallurgy in the Faculty
of Applied Science, retiring in 1945.
He was a member of the University
Senate for 12 years.
Prof. Turnbull retained a lively
interest in the University and his old
department after retirement and
returned to the campus regularly to
give special lectures. His last
appearance was in March, 1979, when
he delivered a 45-minute, stand-up
talk to students on the way it was in
the mining industry in B.C. at the
turn of the century.
At the time of his death, Prof.
Turnbull was the oldest member of
the Canadian Institute of Mining and
Metallurgy. He was also a charter
member of the Association of
Professional Engineers of B.C. and
held registration number five.
A memorial fund to provide
financial aid to deserving mining
students has been established at UBC
in accordance with Prof. Turnbull's
personal wishes. Cheques for the fund
should be made payable to the
University of B.C. with a notation that
contributions are for the Turnbull
Fund. All gifts should be sent directly
to the UBC Finance Department,
General Services Administration
Building.
Prof. Turnbull was predeceased by
his wife, Gladys, and is survived by
three sons: Murray of Courtenay,
B.C.; Robert of Denton, Texas; and
Leonard of Toronto; six grandchildren
and 20 great grandchildren. UBC Reports January 15, 1982
Mark Crawford
UBC grad
Rhodes
Scholar
The 1982 Rhodes Scholarship for
B.C. has been won by UBC
graduate Mark Crawford.
Mr. Crawford, who graduated
last year in political science, has
been studying in Ottawa as a
parliamentary intern under the
sponsorship of the House of
Commons and the Canadian
Political Science Association.
The Rhodes Scholarship will
enable him to study at Oxford
University for two years with an
option for a third year.
Mr. Crawford was born and
raised in Williams Lake in B.C.'s
Interior. While at UBC he was
involved in the Alma Mater Society
Students' Council, and much of his
time was spent on volunteer
projects and public service. He was
involved in services such as Boys
and Girls Clubs, summer camps for
underprivileged children, hospital
visitations and working with
disabled individuals. He was also
involved in many organizations
concerned with parliamentary
issues in Canada.
In 1980 Mr. Crawford received
the Sherwood Lett Memorial
Scholarship, one of three top
scholarships awarded at UBC for a
combination of academic
excellence and contributions to
UBC and community service.
University Professor Charles
McDowell has been honored for a
second time by the Chemical Institute
of Canada.
The institute's 1982 Montreal Medal
will be presented to Prof. McDowell
when its holds its annual meeting from
May 30 to June 2 in Toronto. The
medal is awarded for "outstanding
contributions to the profession of
chemistry."
In 1969, Prof. McDowell received
the Chemical Institute of Canada
Medal "for outstanding and
distinguished contributions to chemical
science."
CAMPUS
P€OPl£—
Dean Emeritus Earle MacPhee,
former head of UBC's Faculty of
Commerce and Business
Administration and a leading campus
administrator until his retirement in
1963, has been named Commander of
the Clan Macfie by Lord Lyon, King
of Arms of the United Kingdom.
Dr. MacPhee and his wife, Jennie,
both 86, travelled to Scotland early in
November to celebrate the restoration
of the Clan Macfie from being a
broken clan in 1623.
The last chief of the Macfies,
Malcolm, was murdered in that year
on the island of Colonsay — their
spiritual home — and since no direct
descendant could be found Lord Lyon
ruled that Dr. MacPhee be made clan
commander.
Dr. MacPhee has fought for official
recognition of the Macfies as a clan
since 1969 and has written eight books
on the clan and has played an active
role in setting up clan societies.
The restoration means that the
Macfies now have a right to a tartan,
crest and motto.
Dr. MacPhee joined the UBC
faculty in 1950 after a noted career at
other universities and in business. He
presided over the transition of the then
commerce department into a full-
fledged faculty and initiated a
successful continuing education
program. He was also instrumental in
the operations of the Banff School for
Advanced Management.
Dr. MacPhee also served as a
financial consultant to former UBC
President Dr. Norman MacKenzie and
from 1960 until his retirement in 1963
held the post of dean, financial and
administrative affairs, at UBC.
Two well-known members of the
UBC faculty have been named
members of the Order of Canada,
created in 1967 to recognize
outstanding Canadian achievement
and service.
Dr. Vladimir Krajina, honorary
professor in the Department of
Botany, and Professor Emeritus of
Physical Education R.F. "Bob"
Osborne will be inducted into the
order in the spring by Governor-
General Edward Schreyer.
Prof. Krajina, who has been a
member of the UBC faculty since
1949, has continued his pioneering
work on the ecology of B.C.'s
forests since his retirement from
full-time teaching and research in
1970.
He spearheaded the movement to
create provincial ecological
reserves, areas of unique botanical
value which serve as outdoor
laboratories and classrooms for
scientists and students and ensure
the survival of endangered plants
and animals. There are now more
than 100 reserves in B.C.
His single greatest botanical
accomplishment was the development
of an ecosystem classification for B.C.,
which maps the inter-relationships of
climate, soil and vegetation in B.C.'s
forests. His system is being used by the
provincial government as the basis for
an intensive program of reforestation
and land-use decisions.
Prof. Osborne, who retired as
director of UBC's School of Physical
F.ducation and Recreation in 1978,
was a faculty member for 33 years. He
was one of Canada's leading athletes
in the 1930s in basketball and track
and field.
He was on the Canadian Olympic
basketball team in 1936 and coached
the Canadian team which went to the
1948 Olympics. He managed the
Canadian track and field team at the
1956 Olympics in Melbourne.
He was also involved, throughout his
UBC career, with various organizations
responsible for the organization of
amateur sport on a provincial and
national basis. He was twice president
of the Amateur Athletic Union of
Canada and held executive posts with
the Commonwealth Games Association
of Canada.
He is a member of both the B.C.
Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian
Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame. In
1978, UBC's Board of Governors
honored him by naming a complex of
physical education buildings on
Thunderbird Boulevard the "Robert
F. Osborne Centre."
Three UBC faculty members have
been appointed to a new Fisheries and
Oceans Research Advisory Council
which will provide advice to federal
fisheries and oceans minister Romeo
LeBlanc. Serving on the 25-member
council are Prof. Colin Clark
(mathematics), Prof. Cas Lindsey
(animal research ecology/zoology) and
Prof. Timothy Parsons
(oceanography/zoology).
Professors Margo Csapo, Bryan
Clarke and David Kendall of the
Department of Educational Psychology
and Special Education are the
recipients of the Council of
Exceptional Children's 1981 Joan
Kershaw Publication Award, for their
contribution to the B. C. Journal of
Special Education.
Robert Silverman
Standing
ovation for
Silverman
Prof. Robert Silverman of UBC's
Department of Music got a standing
ovation and was called on to play two
encores following his one-man piano
recital in Kaufmann Concert Hall in
New York in mid-November.
Described in a review as "a rare
breed of artist in technique, control
and expression on the keyboard,"
Prof. Silverman concentrated on major
works by Brahms, Beethoven and
Rachmaninoff at the recital, which
was made possible by a special grant
from the Canadian Consulate in New
York in co-operation with the Centre
for Inter-American Relations.
The central piece on Prof.
Silverman's program was Sergei
Rachmaninoff s Sonata No. 1 in D
Minor, described by a reviewer as a
"40 minute blockbuster that is rarely
heard on concert stages,"
He added that Prof. Silverman
"captured the audience with its
haunting melodies and sensual
harmonies."
Elsie Hudson, who was employed in
the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration as a clerk III, retired
on Dec. 31 after 12 years with the
University. Other recent retirements at
UBC include David Weinmaster, who
retired after 21 years of service in the
Department of Physical Plant, Mary
Williams, a research assistant in the
Department of Medicine since 1963,
and Peter Was, a 15-year employee in
the physical plant department.
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