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. D. V ■ i Mm Mmmt Uniiil
Volume 7, No. 4
July-August,  1961
Dean Shrum's Retirement
Announced by President
Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie, president of UBC, announced in mid-
June that Dean Gordon Shrum,
head of the faculty of graduate
studies and the department of
physics, would retire on June 30.
Dean Shrum, a member of the
UBC faculty from 1925 on and
one of Canada's best known
scientists, has been succeeded as
head of the physics department
by Dr. George M. Volkoff, a professor of physics at UBC since
The president also named Dean
F. H. Soward, associate dean of
graduate studies and head of
UBC's history department, to succeed Dean Shrum as head of
graduate  studies.
In announcing the retirement
Dr. MacKenzie paid tribute to
Dean Shrum for the contributions
he made to the growth and development of UBC.
"Dr. Shrum," he said, "came
to UBC in 1925 when the University moved from the Fairview
shacks adjacent to the general
hospital to Point Grey and was
responsible, in large measure, for
the leading position UBC now
occupies in Canada in the fields
of physics and graduate studies."
Dean Shrum, the president added, also made distinguished contributions to the growth of the
UBC extension department, which
he headed from 1937 to 1953, and
as chairman of the UBC housing
and food services committees and
as commanding officer of the UBC
contingent of the COTC from 1937
to 1946.
Dean Shrum was born in Smith-
ville, Ontario, and did his undergraduate and graduate work at
the University of Toronto, which
awarded him the degrees of bachelor and master of arts and doctor
of philosophy.
He joined the UBC physics department as an assistant professor
in 1925 and became a full professor in 1937. He was named head
of the department in 1938. He became the second dean of the faculty of graduate studies in 1956
succeeding Dean emeritus Henry
F. Angus.
Professor George Volkoff, who
succeeded Dean Shrum as head of
the physics department, was born
in Moscow, Russia, and came to
Canada as a boy in 1924. He became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1936 and is acknowledged
to be one of Canada's leading nuclear physicists.
Dr. Volkoff is a UBC graduate.
He obtained his bachelor of arts
degree in 1934 and his master of
arts degree in 1936. His doctorate
was awarded in 1940 by the University of California.
Dr. Volkoff studied under the
famed American physicist Dr. J.
R. Oppenheimer from 1936 to 1939
at Berkeley and under Prof. E. P.
Wigner at Princeton University in
He joined the UBC faculty in
1940 as an assistant professor of
physics. He was gFanted leave of
absence in 1943 to become a research physicist at the Montreal
laboratory of the National Research Council.
Enrolment at UBC's 1961 summer session has set
another record.
Latest figures available at the registrar's office show
that a total of 5366 persons had registered for credit
An additional 525 students were registered with. the
extension department for non-credit courses offered by
the summer school of the arts. Total in all departments
is 5891.
Last summer a total of 4256 students were registered
for credit courses.
In 1945 and 1946 he was head
of the theoretical physics branch
of the division of Atomic Energy
of the NRC and took part in the
design of the NRX heavy water
uranium nuclear reactor at Chalk
River, Ontario. For this and other
work at Chalk River he was
awarded the M.B.E. in 1946.
Dr. Volkoff returned to UBC in
1946 as a full professor. In 1957 he
was awarded a Ford Foundation
fellowship to visit the European
Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1958 he acted as advisor to
Dr. O. M. Solandt, Canadian delegate to the seven-week conference
in Geneva of experts to study the
possibility of detecting violations
of a possible agreement on suspension of nuclear tests.
Dr. Volkoff returned to UBC after attending the second "Atoms
for peace" conference in Geneva
as a member of the Canadian
delegation. He has been editor of
the Canadian Journal of Physics
since 1950 and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1948.
AT   UBC  SINCE   1922
Dean F. H. Soward, who succeeded Dean Shrum as head of
the faculty of graduate studies,
has been a member of the UBC
faculty since 1922 and head of
the history department since 1953.
He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, which awarded
him his bachelor of arts degree
with first class honours in modern history in 1921, and the University of Oxford, where he obtained the degree of bachelor of
literature  (B. Litt.)  in 1922.
He has been a guest lecturer at
a number of Canadian and American universities and was visiting
professor of Commonwealth history and institutions at the Indian
School of International Studies in
New Delhi, India, in 1959.
From 1943 to 1946 and in the
summers of 1949, 1951 and 1952
Dean Soward served as a special
assistant to the Canadian undersecretary of state for external
affairs. He is a fellow of the Royal
Society of Canada and a former
president of the Canadian Historical  Society.
Rehabilitation School
To Enrol 15 Students
The board of governors and the senate have approved the
establishment of a school of rehabilitation medicine for the
training of physiotherapists at UBC, President N. A. M. MacKenzie has announced.
The president said the school would enrol its first class
of 15 students in September.
Students will be admitted to the school on completion
of the first year of arts and science at UBC or its equivalent
or senior matriculation.
For admission to the school students will be required to
have completed courses in English, chemistry, mathematics,
zoology or biology in the case of senior matriculation, and
one other elective.  .	
Dr. A. E. Grauer, chancellor of the University, died
on July 28 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Grauer was first
elected chancellor in 1957 and was reelected, for the
second time by acclamation, only last year.
The cause of death was leukemia. A statement from
the president, Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie, issued shortly
after the chancellor's death, appears on page three.
The course leading to a certificate in physical medicine
therapy will consist of three years of study. The first two
academic years will be taught on the UBC campus followed
by a third rotating supervised interne year.
After receipt of the certificate and two or more years of
practice, therapists in good standing may return for a third
academic year leading to a bachelor's degree.
Dr. Brock Fahrni, who has been named director of the
school, said the training of therapists was "an urgent community health need." He said care in,the field of chronic
illness was at a standstill in B.C. because of a lack of trained
therapists. ,
Dr. Fahrni said a number of organizations have sigmiied
their willingness to share in the cost of converting an existing
building at UBC to house the school.
They are the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society,
which has already announced a $5000 grant, the Poliomyelitis and Rehabilitation Foundation of B.C., the G. F. Strong
Rehabilitation Center and the Vancouver Foundation.
Money for salaries and equipment, said Dr. Fahrni, would
be received from the federal government in the form of
rehabilitation health grants.   At least two full time persons
will be appointed to the staff for the new school, he added.
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The appointment of three persons to the faculty of the
new school of librarianship at UBC has been announced
by the president. The library school, under the direction of
Professor Samuel Rothstein, will enrol its first class of students in September.
The appointments are Miss Rose Vainstein, public library specialist in the U.S. office of education, Washington,
D.C, as associate professor; Robert Hamilton, assistant librarian of Parliament, Ottawa, as assistant professor, and Dr.
Robert Hagler, of the Kitchener, Ontario, public library as
First Two Graduates
Signed Up for Ghana
Two graduates in home economics from UBC will arrive
in Ghana September 2 where they will take part in a mass
education program for rural women in the African state.
They are the first two graduates-*^ ration of the Vancouver
recruited by the presidents committee  on  student  service   over
seas which is chaired by Dr.
Cyril Belshaw, professor of anthropology and director of the
United Nations regional training
center at UBC.
The graduates are Judy Foote,
BHE'55 and Jocelyn King, BHE'60,
who were recruited at the request
of the government of Ghana
through Volunteers for International Development, an American
organization recruiting volunteers
for overseas service.
Miss King is the daughter of
Harold King, BA'31, composer of
the student song "Hail UBC," and
now a teacher at Magee high
school in Vancouver.
In Ghana the girls will be working under the department of social welfare and community development and will be posted
with adult education teams to
rural development centers. They
will be in Ghana for 18 months.
The major part of the money
necessary to finance the Ghana
venture was raised by UBC with
Sun which put up $1,500 and asked readers to match the gift.
Sun columnists Dick Beddoes
and Penny Wise waged a contest
to see who could raise the most
money for the project. UBC students also staged a house to house
canvass in the University area
and B.C. Electric employees canvassed within the company to
raise funds.
All these efforts raised more
than $6,000 for the Ghana project.
The UBC committee also hopes
to recruit two construction engineers for VID to go to Ghana next
year- *     *     *
A second project of the UBC
committee is the recruitment of
school teachers to go to Ghana.
The names of graduates who have
signified their interest in this
project have been forwarded to
the government of Ghana for consideration.
The teachers would be members of the civil service of Ghana
and their salaries would be paid
by the Ghana government. U.B.C. REPORTS
July-August, 1961
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   material   appearing herein to be reprinted freely.
The Presidents Report
(The annual report of the president, Dr.
N. A. M. MacKenzie, issued recently, deals with
the need for expanding graduate studies at UBC.
Because of the importance of this subject we will
reproduce most of the main article of the report
in  this  and  a  subsequent  edition).
Graduate training on a formal basis, with organized courses of study and requiring the preparation of an original thesis based on independent research and investigation, is of fairly recent origin in Canada. In the past it was possible
for a student, once his undergraduate training
was finished, to go directly into a chosen field
of activity without further study; his professional
and personal growth depended upon his desire to
follow a programme of self-directed study, upon
his energy, his imagination, and his capacity for
hard work. If the career he chose involved the
application of the theoretical knowledge he gained
at the university to practical problems of a technical or scientific nature, he generally learned
such applications through association with others
in his profession.
The goals and functions of a university, even
in medieval times when universities first began
to grow and develop, have always been to produce professional men, not in the narrow sense
of the technologist, but the scholar who, while
passing on knowledge to others, was actively
engaged in-pushing back the limits of the known,
both for his personal satisfaction and for the benefit of mankind.
At the turn of the present century, the young
men who went off to Oxford, Paris, Harvard and
Heidelberg to study the humanities were, in a very
real sense, preparing themselves for professional
careers: in government, in business, in the Church,
in the schools and universities. Their training
may have been of a general naturer largely involving the study of history, philosophy, literature, and the ancient languages, and there may
have been but little attempt on the part of their
professors to teach the practical applications of
knowledge. Yet the goal was the cultivation of
a mind trained to reason, to examine critically,
to synthesize and to reach sound conclusions.
That basic aim has not changed, but the rapid
expansion of knowledge in every field of human
inquiry has made it essential to specialize, to
introduce additional disciplines, to discover new
techniques and processes which are required by
the ever-changing needs of the society and the
world in which we live.
Whether we like it or not, and there are many
critics of the extraordinary growth in subjects
and courses offered by the modern university,
it is a fact of life that we must change and
evolve to meet new and novel conditions or else
decline and decay.
Our oldest centres for graduate study in Canada are Toronto and McGill, but all major universities now offer graduate programmes and
there is everywhere an increased concern about
the place and status of graduate studies in
Canada. This concern can, in large part, be
traced directly to the roles played by our universities during the Second World War. During
those years of maximum national effort, and
despite the fact that staffs were badly depleted
as the professors went off to government service
or to join the armed services, the universities
unhesitatingly accepted the challenge given them
by governments. They too, went on a war footing
and began by undertaking investigations into a
host of scientific and technical problems directly
concerned with the winning of the war. And the
men who had guided the' studies and directed
the research carried their enthusiasm for the
promotion of basic research into the post-war
classes. The time was ripe for a full-scale development of graduate studies, and although it would
take many years of patient planning, imagination,
and hard work, it would be possible to build here
in Canada major institutions of learning to rival
the best anywhere in the world.
The  decade  which immediately followed  the
war was particularly difficult for all Canadian
universities. The young men and women were
returning by their thousands from across the
world to take up their studies where they had
left them four or five years before; and the universities, as a first and immediate task, had to
ensure that these young people would have the
opportunity to continue the education they had
interrupted for more pressing reasons. It was
only by stretching our resources to the breaking
point that we are able to accommodate the veterans, and the University of British Columbia
grew overnight from a small, essentially undergraduate institution offering courses in Arts and
Science, Engineering and Agriculture, into one
of the largest English-speaking institutions in
Those were some of the most difficult years
in the history of Canadian education. They were
also some of the most challenging and rewarding
and those of us who were directly associated
with the University in the post-war years enjoyed
experiences and associations which we shall remember forever. What we accomplished was
really miraculous: somehow we found the staff,
acquired and converted army huts, expanded our
course offerings. Somehow we stretched the
budget, improvised, invented, and dealt with thousands of problems, both personal and academic,
of the returned men and women. Of necessity, we
were obliged to concentrate on undergraduate
training, for the great majority of our students
had gone from high school directly to the armed
forces or at most, had done one or two years of
university  work.
Those who wished to continue their work —
and there were many since the average veteran
was older, more mature, and more anxious to
establish himself in a post than the young person
who came directly from the schools—were largely
restricted to studies at the M.A. level. It was not
until 1950 that we began to offer the Ph.D. and
that in one Faculty only. Our graduate programme
has since grown rapidly and effectively, but between 1945 and 1950 we were obliged to advise
many of the best young men and women to go
to the great graduate schools in the United States
and Britain and to some of the European universities.
No one was happy about this arrangement.
While it is true that some of our best graduates
should always be encouraged to go abroad to
enrich their educational experiences, Canadians
conscious of the growing importance of our nation
in world affairs and proud of the international
reputation we have earned for moderation and
common sense, felt that Canada was setting aside
and neglecting many of its real responsibilities
in the field of higher education. In particular we
were concerned that, although it was desirable
that some of our young men and women should go
to the United States for further training, it was a
serious and discouraging drain on our human resources for many of them did not come back.
Moreover, it was felt that Canadians, while willing
and able to support university work at the undergraduate level, were in reality permitting taxpayers of another country to provide expensive
graduate training. In short, as a nation, we were
not accepting our full responsibility for the
proper education of our citizens, and if the trend
continued, Canada would progressively lose many
of its best brains and in the process lose its
creativeness and independence.
Many of those who went abroad did not return
to make the contribution to Canada they ought
to have made and which we could reasonably
expect of them. This was a great loss to us
nationally, one we all regret and will continue
to regret. One of my colleagues, decrying this
tendency, put the matter in its simplest and
most direct terms: "We are doing with our human
resources what we once did with the products of
our forests: sending them off to be finished in
the United States."
Continued on Page 3
New Appointments
In Adult Education
New appointments in the field of adult education at UBC are
DR. COOLIE VERNER, who joins the college of education as a
professor of adult education, and JOHN WOOD, who joins the
extension department as supervisor of evening classes, extramural
and public affairs programs.
Prof. Verner has been visiting professor at UBC for the past
year from Florida State University, while Mr. Wood has been on
the  staff of Victoria  College.
• • *
DR. JOHN F. McCREARY, dean of medicine, was made an
honorary member of the Canadian Dietetic Association during the
26th annual convention of the Association in Vancouver during June.
• * •
GEOFFREY L. BURSILL-HALL, assistant professor in Romance
studies, has received -a Canada Council grant to enable him to make
a study of the language of the Haida Indians of B.C. this summer.
• • •
DR. C. W. J. ELIOT, assistant professor of classics, was awarded
his doctorate by the University of Toronto in June.
• • •
FRANCIS C. HARDWICK, associate professor in education, is
the Canadian author of a book entitled "Understanding Maps," which
will be published by Clarke-Irwin. The book was originally published in England in three volumes and was written by C. Midgley
of Exeter. Dr. Hardwick has prepared one volume and has added
additional  Canadian  material.
• • • ■
GEORGE WOODCOCK, associate professor of English, has been
granted leave of absence for the academic year 1961-62. He will
leave in September for India where he will gather material for a
book which has been commissioned by the London publishers,
Faber and Faber. He has received a Canada Council travel grant
to assist in travelling expenses.
Mr. Woodcock will be accompanied by his wife, who will spend
some time on the northern frontier of India continuing her studies
of the Tibetan language.
• * •
PROF. ROY DAN I ELLS, head of the English department, has
been named to the 1961 Governor-General's Literary Awards committee by the Canada Council. The awards are made annually to
Canadian authors excelling in poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction.
• • •
MISS CHARLOTTE BLACK, professor and head of the school
of home economics, has been elected honorary president of the
3.C.  Dietetic Association.
• * •
DR. NEIL HOLMES, assistant professor of zoology, has been
awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for a year's research in Florida.
His research will concern itself with the question of how some
mammals and fish manage to live in, or drink, either fresh or salt
• * *
PROF. JOHN F. MUIR, head of the department of civil engineering, is in Europe this summer studying power dam construction.
He will attend an international engineering convention in Rome
and, in addition to dam inspection, will examine fish passage facilities in Scotland.
• • •
PROF. A. W. R. CARROTHERS, of the faculty of law and director of the Institute of Industrial Relations, has been elected president of the  Canadian  Association  of University  Teachers.
• * •
PROF. KENNETH ARGUE, of the faculty of education and
director of UBC's summer session, has been elected vice-president
of the Canadian Association of Directors of Extension and Summer
• * •
JOHN HAAR, director of International House and student activities, spoke on "Philosophies for international centers" at the first
world conference of directors of international centers in Paris July
16-23. The conference was followed by a tour of international centers
in West Germany.
• * •
PROF. W. S. HOAR, of the department of zoology, gave a paper'
at the third international symposium on Comparative Endochrino-
logy at Oiso, Japan, June 5 to 10. His trip was sponsored by the
National Research Council of Canada. Prior to the symposium Dr.
Hoar travelled in Japan and lectured to the zoology and fisheries
departments at Nagoya, Mie and Hokkaido Universities.
• • *
PROF. G. M. VOLKOFF, head of the physics department, has
been elected vice-president of the Canadian Association of Physicists. At meetings of the Royal Society of Canada in June, Dr.
Volkoff was named convenor of the physics subject division, one of
eight divisions in the joint science section of the Society. He also
presided at a session on nuclear magnetic resonance and electron
spin resonance held during the meetings. Dr. C. A. McDowell, head
of the chemistry department, and other present and former UBC
faculty members, were invited speakers at the session.
• • •
GORDON SELMAN, associate director of the extension department, attended meetings of the Canadian Institute on Public Affairs,
the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and the Canadian
Association for Adult Education in eastern Canada during June. At
the latter meeting he was appointed alternate delegate to the
UNESCO commission and delegate to the UNESCO commission
advisory council on education. Mr. Selman and Dr. John Friesen,
the director of extension, attended the Canadian Association of
Directors of Extension and Summer Session meeting, where Dr.
Friesen was named president designate and Mr. Selman, secretary. July-August, 1961
UBC  Archaeologists
In   Race   Against  Time
A party of archaeologists from
the University of British Columbia is in the Kootenay area of
B.C. this summer on the first lap
of a race against time.
They are scouring tue shorelines of the Upper and Lower
Arrow lakes and the Columbia
River mapping sites of early Indian habitation which will be
obliterated   when   the    Columbia
River power project gets underway.
The sites will be wiped out as
the result of construction of a
dam near Castlegar at the foot
of Lower Arrow Lake which will
'•aise the level of both lakes and
turn  them  into  giant reservoirs.
The survey is being made under the Archaeological and Historic Sites Protection Act passed
by the B.C. legislature in March,
Chancellor Succumbs
After Lengthy Illness
Dr. A. E. Grauer, who was serving his second term as
chancellor of the university, died July 28 following a lengthy
Dr. Grauer's death was due to leukemia. President N. A.
M. MacKenzie issued the following statement shortly after
Dr. Grauer's death was announced:
"The Board of Governors and'
all members of The University of
British Columbia feel a deep
sense of personal loss as a result
of the death of Dr. A. E. "Dal"
Grauer. who was serving his
second term as Chancellor of the
"Dal", as he was affectionately
known to all his friends, was in
the finest tradition of the complete University man. Any institution would be "proud to be associated with him as a student,
as a teacher, and as a leader, and
we are grateful that we have had
an intimate association with him
spanning almost forty years. In
University life, as in everything
else in which he participated, he
achieved distinction and success.
As a student at U.B.C. he earned
a first class honours degree in
economics. He served on the
Students' Council for two years
and was President of the Alma
Mater society. He was captain
of the University basketball team
which was runner-up in the Dominion championships.
"Such a combination of athletic and scholarly excellence
earned him the Rhodes Scholarship. He read law at Oxford, was
captain of the lacrosse team
there, and was invited to join the
1928 Canadian Olympic lacrosse
team which won the World Championship at Amsterdam. He secured his Doctor of Philosophy
Degree from the University of
California, and became a member
of the department of political
economy at the University of Toronto. Later he joined the School
of Social Work at that University
and by the age of thirty-one was
.-. full professor and head of the
"To an unusual degree he combined academic interests with the
career of a man of action and his
counsel and experience were
eagerly sought by government
and private organizations. He was
retained by the Bank of Canada
to study Canada's taxation system. He was a member of the research staff of the Royal Commission on Dominion-Provincial
relations (the Rowell-Sirois Commission) and, more recently, was
a member of the Royal Commission on Canada's economic prospects.
"Dr. Grauer's close association
with the University of British
Columbia was renewed in 1942
following his return to western
Canada to accept the position of
secretary of the B.C. Electric
Company. Almost immediately
he became a member of the University Senate and since then
has served continuously on that
body. He was appointed to the
Board of Governors of the University in 1956 and in the following year was elected Chancellor
by acclamation, to succeed Chief
Justice Sherwood Lett. He was
re-elected Chancellor for a second
term only last year.
"As scholar, athlete, teacher
and administrator, Dal Grauer
was an adornment to his University. We mourn the death of a
man who has enriched the life of
the mind, the body, the imagination and the world of affairs. In
our own sense of loss, we extend
our deepest sympathy to his devoted wife and family."
1960. It provides for the salvage
and study of archaeological remains in areas to be flooded by
the creation of power reservoirs
and   other  industrial   activity.
The B.C. government has allocated $6,000 for the survey. The
funds are administered by the
archaeological sites advisory
board which is chaired by Wilson
Duff, curator of the provincial
museum and a UBC graduate.
The expedition is under the
general supervision of Dr. Charles
Borden, of the UBC division of
archaeology. The field leader is
Peter D. Harrison, who has worked with Dr. Borden on previous
The expedition will move by
boat along the shorelines of the
Upper and Lower Arrow lakes
and the upper Columbia from the
head of Upper Arrow Lake to
Revelstoke, Dr. Borden says.
"What they will try to do is project themselves into the situation
of an Indian looking for a likely
place to camp," he says.
Likely sites are game crossings,
berry picking areas, good fishing
grounds and headlands which provide a sweeping view of the lakes.
j These are the kinds of places
'. where wandering bands of Indians
would settle for varying periods
of time, says Dr. Borden.
When the party has found a
likely spot they will seek what
archaeologists call "surficial" evidence of occupation—stone knives,
arrow heads, the remains of
hearths and chipping detritus,
which is the waste material from
the making of implements.
Dr. Borden says citizens in the
area can help the party by indicating known Indian campsites
and burial grounds.
Dr. Borden says he is not at all
sure what the expedition will find.
"The area is virtually unexplored
archaeologically," he says, "and
it may be that nothing significant
will be found."
When the survey has been completed August 15 the party will
write a report which will determine whether or not intensive investigations will be carried out
in the future at a few important
The Kootenay expedition is one
of two projects under Dr. Borden's supervision this summer.
He is heading a second expedition which is returning to a site
in the Fraser Canyon north of
Yale for the third consecutive
year. Dr. Borden has already confirmed that Indians occupied this
site 9000 years ago.
This summer he plans to expose more earth at the 9000 year
level, which is 25 feet below the
present surface, and to examine
lower levels for evidence of even
earlier occupation.
He also plans to start excavating the remains of an Indian pit
house village about 200 yards
south of the present site. This village was occupied at the time
Simon Fraser explored the Fraser
canyon and remained occupied
until the late 19th century.
The last Indian to have lived
there, Patrick Charlie of the Yale
band, died earlier this year.
The work, says Dr. Borden, will
fill in the last chapter of the
story of human habitation in this
part of the Fraser canyon.
The Fraser canyon project is
supported by grants from the
UBC research committee, the
Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, H. R. MacMillan and the
National Museum of Canada.
Top Graduate School
Held to be Essential
The most essential need at this
University now and for the next
few decades will be the creation
of graduate and professional
schools second to none in Canada
or in the United States. No less
a goal is worthy of us, nor should
we be satisfied with anything less
The scientific revolution which
has taken place in the last twenty
years, the unprecedented advance
in every field of the natural, social, and applied sciences and the
application of those studies to the
field of technology have created
whole new areas of investigation
doubled or tripled the knowledge
we once held, and changed the
lives of each of us. . . .
The opportunities for those who
have the ability, the talent and
the stamina to complete the stud
ies required, are limitless. As the
world of knowledge becomes more
complex, as techniques become
more complicated, as mechanization and automation change the
way we work and live and play
so the demands for the highly
trained continue to grow. But it is
not enough to foster growth of
scientific studies. We must, at the
same time, ensure that the humane studies continue to develop
in parallel and at the same rate.
There is another and equally
important reason why graduate
and professional studies need to
be fostered at our universities.
The dual mission of the scholar,
that of teaching and research,
cannot properly be accomplished
unless he is actively and diligently engaged in working with students beyond the undergraduate
level. Scholars are not different
from other responsible persons in
society; they too require challenge
and stimulation, and it is precisely
in the great graduate schools of
this continent where professors
and senior students work in close
co-operation that new knowledge
is discovered and new ideas
emerge. Where there are superior
institutions of learning, where
there is excellence, where there
are progressive ideas, where there
are energetic, discriminating and
imaginative human beings — to
such universities will come the
best students from home and
abroad. And the benefits are widespread, reaching out immediately
in the present to every member
of society in his daily life and
reaching beyond in the future to
enrich and refine the lives of our
But great graduate centres,
where men and women are concerned with problems on the very
frontiers of knowledge, are not
built without very substantial
sums of money, nor is it possible
to attract scholars unless they
can be assured that the conditions
under which they will work are
as good as or better than they
can find elsewhere. The distinguished professor is the most mobile of persons, for he can teach
and investigate wherever he wishes. And wherever he goes he will
in turn draw students to him
from every corner of the world.
If it is important to attract distinguished scholars, it is equally
important, if we are to build a
great graduate school, to draw
able students to us, not only from
Canada but from other countries
In this context I believe Canadian students to be as well endowed intellectually as young
people anywhere in the world.
The distinguished records of
those who complete their under,
graduate studies at the University
of British Columbia and then go
on to further work elsewhere is
evidence that, given the opportunity and environment, our students are second to none. But we
must work hard and conscientiously to create the environment
which will attract and hold our
students. In particular, we must
do whatever we can to persuade
the public and government that
support is required not only for
the teaching functions of the University but also for research. . . .
At the moment we cannot provide working space for all the
graduate students who must carry
on laboratory research as part of
their training. At a time when the
need is to attract more doctoral
candidates in physics and chemistry we are actually turning them
away. This is a long-range problem and, frankly, I cannot see
any immediate solution to it. By
1966 we know that the undergraduate enrolment will have soared
in a spectacular manner and our
graduate enrolment is likely to
reach 1,300.
The needs I have mentioned are
not restricted to the sciences, pure
or applied. While research and
training in these fields is being
carried on in Canada at an increasing tempo by agencies other
than the universities — the National Research Council, the Defence Research Board, and commercial companies — studies in
the social sciences remain almost
exclusively the responsibility of
our universities.
In the realm of sociology, anthropology, social work and political science, we are, nowhere in
Canada, providing a continuing
analysis and description of Canadian society. In point of fact, we
have but little information about
such important social factors as
variations in family structure, the
formation of Canadian "values,"
religious differences, social and
economic mobility, power structure, or the prairie society. Yet
these data are readily available
for countries such as France, Sweden, Britain and the United
States. There have been some
moves to correct this situation.
In Saskatchewan, for example, the
Centre for Community Studies,
attached to the University, operates a major research and training programme, employing as
many sociologists and anthropologists as we have both teaching
and researching at the University
of British Columbia. However, in
addition to the fact that we are
gradually adding to our own staff
in the social sciences, the Institute of Social and Economic Research established in 1956 is working towards a definition of a programme of Canadian studies and,
as a measure of the magnitude of
the problem, it recently defined
six projects, particularly applicable to British Columbia, each
of which would justify research
costing $160,000 over a four-year
period. UBC   REPORTS
July-August, 1961
Canadian Universities
Form Athletic Union
Professor R. F. Osborne, head of UBC's school of phys-!
ical education and recreation, has been elected a vice-presi-'
dent  of  the  new   Canadian   Intercollegiate   Athletic   Union
formed in Montreal in June. i
_q immediate concern of the new I
Union is establishment of uniform ;
playing rules in various sports and |
liaison with governing bodies of ]
sports in which college athletes
compete. I
The   ultimate   objective   of  the I
new union is the development oi ■
national intercollegiate championships in such major sports as football, hockey and basketball. |
Dean A. W. Matthews, chairman
of tiie UBC men's athletic committee, has been chairman of a
committee established two years
ago for the purpose of creating
the national union.
Regional athletic unions will
not be affected by the new organization. UBC will continue active participation in the Western
Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic
•     *     *
The University of Manitoba has
thrown a monkey wrench into
the machinery of the WCIAU by
announcing that it will not participate in men's championship
competition for the 1961-62 season.
At WCIAU meetings in Edmonton the Manitoba delegation said
they had decided to withdraw
from men's competition in the
face of a mandatory program of
sports which are compulsory for
member universities.
Gennis Gets
Alumni Post
The appointment of Emerson Gennis as director of the
University of British Columbia Alumni Association has
been announced by the Association's president, Dr. William C. Gibson.
Mr. Gennis succeeds Arthur H.
Sager, director of the Association
for the past seven years, who has
resigned to accept a post as administrative officer at the Regional Training Center for United
Nations Fellows at UBC.
Mr. Gennis, who was on
the staff of B.C. Packers, took up
his appointment August 1. He
graduated from UBC in 1948 with
the degree of bachelor of commerce.
Mr. Gennis was actively engaged in the UBC Development Fund
campaign in 1957-58 when he as
sisted Mr. Sager in organizing
alumni committees throughout the
For the past three years he
has been a member of the Asso
ciation's board of management as
chairman of the branches and di
visions committee.
He organized the commerce
alumni division and served as
president of the division for two
years. He has also served as chairman of the Association's continuing education committee and the
alumni house committee.
CANADA COUNCIL award of $2000 was made to North
Vancouver sculptor Gerhard Class for this piece of contemporary sculpture which hangs on a wall at the western
entrance of UBC's new Buchanan building. Made of welded
and soldered sheet copper the sculpture measures eight feet
in height and seven feet in width.
Dean Leaves UBC
Dean George Allen, head of
UBC's faculty of forestry since
1953, has resigned to accept a
post as head of the Weyerhaeuser Company's forestry research
program which has headquarters
in Qentralia, Washington.
De'an Allen will direct the 22-
man staff of Weyerhaeuser's forest research laboratories as well
as the forest research program
on the company's tree farms.
Dean Alien is a graduate of UBC
and the University of California.
Council Gives
UBC $5000 for
Book Collection
UBC lias received a grant of
$5,000 from the Canada Council
to extend its book collection in
the field of Slavonic studies.
UBC applied for the grant following an announcement by the
Council that it would accept applications from Canadian universities which have special library
collections and well - developed
programs in Slavonic, Asiatic,
and medieval studies.
UBC's Slavonic studies department is the largest at any Canadian university. Last year 1100
students were enrolled for courses with the department, and library holdings now amount to
22,000 volumes.
Professor James St. Clair-
Sobell, head of the department,
said the latest grant from the
Canada Council would enable
UBC to remain in the forefront
of studies in this field in Canada.
He said the board of governors
of UBC, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Mr. Walter C. Koerner,
a member of the board, had all
made outstanding contributions
to the growth of the UBC department.
Between 1949 and 1955 UBC
received a total of $100,000 from
the Rockefeller Foundation, and
since 1952 Mr. Koerner has contributed $40,000 for the acquisition of books and provision of
scholarships for students in the
AMS Fees Stay at $24
For Two New Buildings
UBC students have approved a referendum calling for
maintenance of Alma Mater Society fees at their present
level to provide for construction of a winter sports center
and a new student union building.
No starting date has been set^
tor construction of the two buildings. The site of the new student
union building will be the parking lot adjacent to Empire pool
on University boulevard. The
winter sports center will be constructed in the same general area.
At present students pay an AMS
fee of $24, with $14 going to the
support of student activities, including athletics.
Of the remaining $10 half was
used to pay the costs of constructing a new residence for men. This
gift to the UBC development fund
has now been met. The remaining
$5 is being used to pay off a loan
for the addition to Brock Hall and
will be wiped out at the end of
the 1962-63 session.
The total cost of the winter
sports center and the first unit of
the new student union is estimated at $1,300,000.
The board of governors has
agreed to pay $250,000 to provide
for food services in the new union
building and $250,000 or half the
cost of the winter sports center.
The cost to the students will
be $550,000 for the student union
and $250,000 for the winter sports
center. AMS president Alan Corn
wall estimates that it will take
eight years to pay off the loan
necessary to construct the buildings.
Osier Writings
Acquired  by UBC
UBC has acquired an outstanding collection of the writings of
the Canadian physician Sir William Osier.
The purchase of the collection,
which is estimated to contain
more than 500 volumes, was announced by Dr. William C. Gibson, UBC's professor of the history of medicine and science.
Dr. Gibson said the collection
was purchased from a book dealer in San Francisco and would
be worth $15,000 or more if sold
on the open market. He did not
disclose the price paid by UBC.
Sir William Osier was born in
1849 and achieved fame as the
first professor of medicine at
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 1905 he was named
Regius professor of medicine at
Oxford University. He died at
Oxford in 1919.
He was a close friend of Henry
Esson Young, former provincial
minister of education and one of
the founders of UBC, and Dr. F.
F. Wesbrook, the first president
of UBC.
Dr. Gibson said the collection
is one of the most complete ever
assembled and contains rich
source material for student projects on medical history and student theses concerning the life
and works of Sir William.
Search for
to Continue
The search for missing UBC
graduates continues.
Each issue UBC Reports will
print a list of degree-holders who
have failed to inform the University of changes of address.
If you know the whereabouts
of any of the graduates listed
below fill in the coupon at the
bottom of this page and send it to
the Information Office, University
of B.C., Vancouver 8, B.C.
Joan Florence Doree, BASc49;
Robert Malcolm Drinnan, BCom51;
Patricia Jean Drope, BA47; Albert Joseph Ducklow, BA39;
Robert Stanley Dudley, BASc50,
MASc51; Neil Marvin Dunfield,
BA50, MA52; Corrine Yvonne
Earle, BA49.
Harold Alex Eckardt, BA37;
Allan Harold Eden, BSA28; Beth
Evelyn Edwards, BA45; Frederick
Horton, BASc49; Joan Elizabeth
Edwards, BA31; Alexander Victor
Ellanski,  BSF53.
Frederick Willoughby E 11 e y,
BASc27; Edward Dawson Elliott,
BA47; Francis Joseph Ellis,
BASc41; Madeline Blanche Ellis,
Florence Ruth Ellison, BA31;
Joseph Wm. Elson, BASc50; Jesse
Reynolds Esler, BA37; Colin G.
Evans, BComSO; Gregory Alex
Fahlam, BA48; May Fairfoull,
BA33; John Leonard Farrington,
BASc28; Lawrence Patrick Fears,
BSP51; Roman Fedoroff, BSA34;
Mrs. Anne (Home) Femets, BA-
46; Mrs. Margaret Jean Ferry,
BSW50; John Terrance Fields,
BCom48; Marguerite Lillian
Finch,  BA42.
Mrs. Harold Fink, BA46; (Irene
Ruth Steiner) Lorna Alice Fleming, BSW51; Helen Vera Fleming,
BA40; Christie Wm. Fletcher,
BCom35; Frederick Wm. Flowers,
BA50; Marion Barbara Floyd, BA-
51; Richard Gordon Foolkes, BA-
50; Kathleen Patricia Ford, BA48.
Hugh Lindsay Forrest, BA48;
Beatrice Elaine Forsythe, BA48;
Mrs. Gwendolynne Ivy Fouty,
(Richardson) BA49, BSW50; Pris-
cilla Ida Fox, BA40; Joseph Dray-
son Foxcroft, BA37; Joseph Gordon Fraser, BA19; Aylmer Eugene
Frederick, BA51; Grace Margaret
Freeborn, BA27.
Walter Fundy, BCom47; Mrs.
Margaret Sheila Gage, BA42;
James Robert Galloway, BA16;
John Gerald Gardiner, BCom 48;
Howard James Wm. Gardner,
BCom48; Sybil Maude Geary,
BSW52; Ernest Gerrity, BA49;
Thomas Clifford Gibbs, BASc30;
Henry Gibson, BA16; Eileen Lee
Gidney, BA46; MA48; James Cameron Gilbert, BCom50; John Albert Gilbert, BCom46; Joan Marie
Gilchrist, BA53.
James Lamont Gillen, BA38;
John Robert Gilmore, BA48; John
Erskine, BA41; William Gluska,
BCom47; David Paul Godefroy,
LLB53; James Edward Godsmark,
BA18; Thomas Ladd Goff, BSW52.
Florence Rebecca Goldman, BA-
42; Luis Padmilla Gonzales, BA53;
James Erin Goodman, BASc44;
John Pearson Gordon, BSW48;
Wm. Arthur Gough, BA48; Aileen
Florence Graham, BA42; Etta
Louise Graham, BA25; John Alexander Graham, BA49; John Maxwell Granger BASc42.
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