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 MAY    28,    1975,    VANCOUVER,    B.C
UBC's 1975 Spring Congregation is notable in
more ways than one.
In addition to the awarding of a record 3,347
academic degrees and five honorary degrees, the
three-day event on May 28, 29 and 30 will mark the
last time that UBC's retiring president, Dr. Walter H.
Gage, will play a central role in the degree-granting
Dr. Gage, who has been associated with-UBC for
54 years as a student, teacher and administrator,
retires as president on June 30. He will continue as an
active member of the UBC faculty as a teacher of
Dr. Gage will be succeeded as president on July 1
by Dr. Douglas T. Kenny, former dean of UBC's
Faculty of Arts.
The ceremony will also mark the retirement after
14 years of service on UBC's Senate and Board of
Governors of UBC's chancellor, the Hon. Nathan T.
Nemetz, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of B.C.
On May 30, the final day of Congregation, UBC
graduate Mr. Donovan Miller will be installed as
UBC's tenth chancellor and, as his first act in office,
will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)
degree on Chief Justice Nemetz.
UBC's outgoing chancellor will be one of five
persons who will receive honorary degrees during the
three-day Congregation in recognition of their
contributions to University and public life.
The Congregation ceremony begins at 2:15 p.m.
each day in the campus War Memorial Gymnasium.
Here is a day-by-day account of the degrees to be
awarded at the 1975 ceremony:
Students graduating from the Faculty of Arts, the
largest of UBC's 12 faculties, will be in the spotlight
on the first day of Congregation. Master's degrees in
Arts, Fine Arts, Music, Library Science, and Social
Work will be conferred, as will bachelor's degrees in
Arts, Fine Arts, Home Economics, and Music.
Two members of the UBC faculty, noted for their
teaching and research, will receive the honorary
degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) on May 28.
They are Dr. Charles Borden, professor emeritus of
archaeology, and Prof. Roy Daniells, University
Professor of English Language and Literature.
Prof. Borden is noted for his excavation of ancient
Indian archaeological sites in B.C. He was an active
member of the UBC faculty from 1939 until his
retirement in 1970.
Soon after arriving at UBC, Prof. Borden initiated
a survey of ancie'nt Indian village sites in the
Vancouver area. He excavated several sites on Point
Grey and at the south end of Granville Street. More
recently, Prof. Borden has been in charge of the
excavation of an ancient site on the Musqueam Indian
Reserve near the UBC campus, which has yielded
some valuable artifacts.
The site most closely linked with Prof. Borden's
name is the so-called Milliken site, near Yale, B.C.
Excavated by Prof. Borden and his colleagues over a
period of many years, the site has proved to be one of
the most important archaeological excavations in
North America.
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Editor, UBC Reports
Mr. UBC.
The   most   and   best   beloved   of   our
University family.
A matchless teacher.
A sagacious administrator.
Wit and wiseman.
Fixer of student problems.
Guide, philosopher and friend.
A head with a heart.
We could go on and on. The phrases above,
extracted from anecdotes, tributes, reminiscences and
honorary degree citations reproduced in this issue of
UBC Reports, describe Dr. Walter H. Gage, who steps
down as president of UBC on June 30.
It will be a source of relief to those who know
him, and especially to students, that his 54-year
association with his alma mater will continue. Come
September, he will be back at the old stand, teaching
mathematics to undergraduates. (Walter slipped a
little last year; his teaching hours per week dropped
from 11 to 10. No matter; he plans to make up for it
next year by teaching 13 hours a week.)
The Age-of-Gage story begins on Page Two of this
issue. Some of it is told in the words of Walter Gage
himself, but mainly the portrait is a'kaleidoscope of
material from UBC graduates and colleagues past and
We have read and reread the material and
repeatedly asked ourselves, "What will Walter Gage be
most remembered for, in the final analysis?"
We believe that it will be as a teacher. He
represents what is regarded by many as the essential
achievement of the Canadian university system — the
high quality of its undergraduate teaching.
Not only has he set and attained an enviable
standard of teaching for himself, but he has done
everything in his power as president to ensure that
quality instructors were appointed to the UBC
But a portrait of Walter Gage as a teacher only
would scarcely do justice to the man. After
scrutinizing everything, we decided that perhaps the
citation for the honorary Doctor of Laws degree,
conferred on him by UBC in 1958, ten years before
he was appointed president, might be the best, albeit
formal, picture of the man.
Here it is:
"I now present, Mr. Chancellor, in the person of
Dean Walter Gage, the most and best beloved of our
University family. He is, in a sense, the physical
embodiment of this University's academic conscience,
and a man whose scholarly attainments and standards
of teaching are equalled only by his concern always
to do justice to colleagues and students alike. But it is
the devoted, loyal and tireless servant of this
University and friend of its many thousands of
students that we really acclaim today, and I am more
than unusually happy to present to you, sir, for the
degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, WALTER
And now, turn to Page Two for the start of the
Walter Gage story.
May 28, 1969 - Walter Gage is installed as
the sixth president of the University of British
Columbia.   •■ The Age of Gage begins
September, 1921.
UBC was about to embark on its sixth Winter Session,
housed in a collection of inadequate buildings, wooden
and otherwise, in the shadow of the Vancouver General
Hospital in the Fairview district of Vancouver.
The same month also marks the beginning of a
54-year association with UBC by Walter Henry Gage,
who visited the Registrar's Office of the fledgling
University to pick up a copy of the Calendar of courses.
Even before he enrolled at UBC, Walter Gage knew he
wanted to teach. He thought he might become a
high-school teacher, and the thought of a career at the
university level had never entered his mind.
He signed up, in his first year, for English, French,
mathematics, chemistry and physics. He also decided to
take a "distinction" in math and chemistry, which
meant in those days that the student took extra lectures
and covered additional work.
His academic work also brought Walter Gage into
contact with some of UBC's early legendary figures: the
late Daniel Buchanan, a math teacher and future dean of
Reunion planned
President Gage will be the guest of honor when his
graduating class — the Class of 1925 — holds its 50th
anniversary reunion June 19—22 in Vancouver.
The Class of 1925, the last to complete their studies
in the Fairview Shacks adjacent to the Vancouver
General Hospital, produced some notable graduates in
addition to Walter Gage. Two members of the class —
Dr. Phyllis Ross and the late Dr. A.E. 'Dal' Grauer -
served as chancellors of UBC, and a third, Mr. Kenneth
Caple, was a member of the UBC Board of Governors for
many years and has just retired as chancellor of Simon
Fraser University.
Another member of the class was the late Arthur
Laing, a Member of Parliament and former federal
cabinet minister for many years. He died earlier this
Another special guest at the reunion will be Dr.
F.G.C. "Freddy" Wood, professor emeritus of English,
who was honorary president of the Class of 1925.
The class plans to make an important gift to the
University during the reunion. In the area of personal
gifts, Stanley and Ross Arkley, of Seattle, will present
their collection of historical children's books, made up
of more than 500 items, to the UBC School of
Arts, who Walter Gage was later to be associated with as
assistant Arts dean; Leonard Richardson, another
mathematician, whose praise of Walter Gage's work
reinforced his desire to be a teacher; and Garnet G.
Sedgewick, an English teacher with a rapier-like wit,
whose English lectures bulged with visiting students, as
Walter Gage's do today.
At first Walter Gage toyed with the idea of
specializing in chemistry. He finally settled on
mathematics, a choice he says he's never regretted.
His career at UBC was not uneventful. He marched in
the Great Trek, the student protest of 1923 which
resulted in the decision by the government of the day to
appropriate sufficient funds to establish the University
on its present site on Point Grey.
In May, 1925, Walter Gage graduated with first-class
honors in mathematics.
Already, the qualities for which he has been noted all
his working life — his flair for mathematics and his
spontaneous humor — were apparent. Here is the
personal note about him that appeared in the student
annual of that year:
"Walter is a wizard at mathematics. He can do
trigonometry backwards, geometry sideways and
calculus upside down. When he is not juggling with
increments and probabilities, he engages in philosophical
discussions, and after winning a victory he celebrates -
by playing the piano. Walter has original humor. It is
abrupt, spontaneous and unsuspected. Socially, he is
reticent, a fact that probably accounts for his dazzling
averages at examination times. In the future Walter
hopes to be an authority on Einstein."
In the following academic year Walter Gage
completed the requirements for the Master of Arts
degree — again with first-class honors in all subjects —
and was promptly hired as a teaching assistant at a salary
of $1,200. He also marked papers for two math
professors during his university career. He was paid $15
a month in his final undergraduate year and $25 a
month as a graduate student.
After lecturing for a year at UBC, Walter Gage
enrolled for further graduate work in the spring and
summer quarter at the University of Chicago (he was to
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Walter Gage's 1925 graduation picture.
return to that university again in the summers of 1928
and 1930).
While at Chicago in 1927, he received a telegram from
Victoria College, then an affiliate of UBC which offered
the first two years of academic work in Arts and
Science, offering him a teaching post. He accepted, with
the blessing of Daniel Buchanan, who had suggested
Walter Gage's name for the post.
Thus Walter Gage came to B.C.'s capital city where,
for next six years, he was to be, according to a student
of the day, "The mainspring of life at Victoria College."
Mr. Stanley T. Arkley, who now lives in
Seattle, was a member of the same graduating
class as Walter Gage. He sends this
I first met Walter in the fall of 1921 in the men's
locker room of the shacks of UBC in Fairview. I had
locker No. 235, Walter had No. 236. I believe Walter
came to UBC in knickers, probably the only freshman
so dressed. Before long he, too, was sporting long
pants. Walter was a smiling, friendly boy and he has
not changed to this day.
When I see him today, on the campus or off, the
same friendly greeting comes from him as in the days
of 1921 in the old locker room.
And we oldtimers know why he was such a
successful president of UBC. We love him.
The following reminiscence of Walter Gage is
by Mr. Donald Cameron, a graduate of UBC and
the University of California, who taught briefly
in the UBC English department in the early
1960s. It is an excerpt from an article that
appeared in Weekend Magazine in April, 1975.
...I believe God imagined Walter Gage sometime
around the turn of the century, and then built the
University around him. Beaming benignly, walking with
the gait of a king penguin unaccountably gifted as a
teacher of mathematics, smoking cigarettes through a
long skinny holder, Gage was, when I first met him,
lumbered with some unwieldy title like Dean of
Administrative and Inter-Faculty Affairs. He had an
office in the Buchanan Building with a sign on the door
that said DEAN GAGE, a memory like flypaper for
names and faces, and a habit of throwing an arm over
your shoulder as he ushered you out of the office.
Whatever the title, his real function was Fixer of Student
Problems. If you needed special permission for anything,
were running out of money, contemplating suicide or
marriage, you went to see Dean Gage.
When I last saw him he was in the same office, with
the same sign. He told me some stories about my father,
who had progressed from the football team to the
faculty before his death in 1951, inquired about my
mother and brothers, said that, oh, yes, he was still
teaching mathematics, and threw an arm over my
shoulders as he ushered me out of the office.
The difference is that at the time - 1971 — he was
supposed to be the president of the University. Now a
story is abroad that he has retired. I don't believe that,
either. UBC without Gage is like sea water without salt:
it looks the same, but the characteristic taste is gone ...
Walter   Gage   began   his  full-time  teaching
career at   Victoria College, in B.C.'s capital, in
1927. He taught all the mathematics courses at
the College until 1933, when he left Victoria to
begin his career at  UBC. In addition to his**
teaching duties at Victoria College, Walter Gage^
also served as the registrar, bursar, financial aid*
officer,   student   counsellor  and  guider  of ,
extra-curricular activities. In July, 1972, he was j
a special guest at a dinner marking the  70th
anniversary  of the  establishment of Victoria
College,    which   became   the   University   ofM
Victoria  in 1963.   What follows is an excerpt
from his remarks at the anniversary dinner.
...Not long after I came (to Victoria College), the
registrar was taken ill ... and since there was no one else *
to fill in, in addition to being the professor of
mathematics, I became registrar and bursar. So I used tOr-
find myself registering the students, collecting the fees,
teaching the math, ... and it wasn't anything in those
days to do 20 and 21 lectures a week.
I remember doing three sections of Math 1, that was,
12 hours; Math 2, which had another three on it, that
made 15; Math 4, which was astronomy had two more, /
that was 17; and then I did Math 3, which had another'
three hours on it as well. Things got a little hectic in one
year; we went from about 238 students to about 250, so
I added another four hours a week in the first year.
And then I collected the fees, made the timetable and
whatever else needed to be done.
There was no safe in the college. The cash box was a
little tin box. And as you collected the fees during the
day you totalled it up and kept the books and kept it all"
in a little tin box. And about five o'clock at night a Mr.
Edwards arrived from the school board in a Ford truck
and collected this little tin box, took the money away
and the next morning, after he had checked your
accounts, he came back again. That was the bursar's
system. It's now been replaced by a computing system,.'
and about 75 accountants....
I remember one night I didn't get (the money)
totalled up, so I phoned Mr. Edwards and said, "There's
no use coming up tonight, I haven't got the cash
totalled. You'd better come up in the morning."
So I worked on, and I don't know whether you know
what Craigdarroch Castle was like in the middle of the«
night. It's a pretty queer sort of place. First of all, I
thought I'd take the money home with me, and I started
down the hill ... and then I remembered reading in the
paper that some fellow claimed he'd got robbed of ,
money belonging to his firm. And I thought, they'll
think I'm running away with this money if anything
happens. How would I explain if I got held up?
So I took it back to the College again. There was no
safe to put it in, so I decided to hide it somewhere in the
College. And so I started at the lower floor of the
College and it went up several flights (via) a circular "
staircase. I turned the lights on as I went up, and I
thought, I'll leave it up in the very top tower, no one<
will think of going there....
I turned the lights off as I came down, and I started to
go out and I thought. No, someone will have seen those
lights going on and off. So I finally buried (the cash box)
under some old math examinations. I knew nobody
would ever look at those again.
I didn't sleep very well that night and when I came*
back the next morning the first thing I did was to look
and I was glad to see the cash was still there. One of the
crises of my life!
Prof. William   Robbins,   of UBC's  English ,
department, and his wife, the former Margaret-
Ross,   were both students at  Victoria College
when   Walter   Gage joined  the  teaching staff
there. In the following article they recall some
of his activities and witticisms and pay tribute to "*
his contribution to life at the College and at
In September, 1927, a human dynamo moved into the
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—"Victoria College Annual, shows Walter Gage in
^astrologer's garb, possibly as a put-on for his
local affiliate of UBC with a half-dozen professors
teaching about 150 freshmen and sophomores. Walter
_Gage had come to teach mathematics. But the energy
and personality that made mathematics; an exciting and,
yes, entertaining subject soon overflowed into unstinted
help of all kinds for the students, into registration and
counselling, into guidance of extra-curricular activities;
in fact, into a general catalytic action on the life of the
College that took much of the load from a benign and
fc appreciative Principal Percy Elliott.
j Of many memories from those days we recall:
I • Walter blending control and exuberance in
■Accompanying a student snake parade through
downtown Victoria, finally leading the students in
college yells outside the Capitol Theatre before they
surged inside for a group evening at the movies;
• Walter offering an extra course in astronomy during
► evenings  simply   because  a   handful  of students and
-townspeople had expressed a wish for it;
' " * Walter dutifully dancing with an enormous female
patron of the College at the annual ball, an experience
he compared to a tug trying to berth the "Empress of
Canada", only to find as he said that he "got around to
{he other side to find that Mr. Elliott had been dancing
*~ with her all the time";
► • Walter at the piano in the horn? of the Victoria
family he lived with, reducing those present to a
deeply-moved silence with his sensitive rendering of
Selim Palmgren's impressionistic "May Night";
• Walter ensuring financial aid to students too poor
LJfo attend college and warmly encouraging all those with
Jf be ability and desire to go further;
i""'- • Walter enlisting the help of Margaret (in 1932) in
organizing a College library, complete with
Dewey-decimal system, from the piles of books hitherto
lying on tables and even the floor in the attic of the old
The move back to UBC in 1933 meant, essentially,
jKhe transfer of that tremendous energy and those diverse
gifts to a wider stage. Thousands throughout British
Columbia and elsewhere have applauded the brilliant
teaching and the administrative talents that carried
Walter from assistant professor to president. They have
«- hailed him as "Mr. UBC" and have shared in the unique
tribute to "The Age of Gage."
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In  May,   1974,   the  University  of Victoria
honored President Gage by conferring on him
the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.  What
^follows are excerpts from the citation for the
^mionorary degree, which was read by Dr. Hugh E.
Wtfarquhar, the then President of the University
w of Victoria.
I have the honor to present Walter Henry Gage,
President of the University of British Columbia — a
Brilliant teacher, a sagacious administrator, and a friend
of countless thousands of students.
His presence with us today has especial significance
for the University of Victoria. Dr. Gage came to Victoria
College as a young instructor in mathematics in 1927
lectures in astronomy. The students of Victoria
College took their lectures in turreted
Craigdarroch Castle, shown at right above. The
and remained for six years as a teacher and administrator
before moving to our parent institution, the University
of British Columbia...
Throughout his career, Walter Gage has retained a
unique relationship with young people, for whom he
continues to have a deep concern and in whom he has an
abiding confidence. Many have benefited from his
personal generosity and from his magic touch in
producing financial aid for needy and deserving students.
His enthusiasm, his energy, his warmth, and his clarity of
mind have .inspired thousands to persist toward their
academic goals. He has an amazing facility to remember
them all, to follow their careers, and to call them by
name whenever they cross his path. Walter Gage has,
with all his honors and responsibilities, remained
approachable, and has retained a human scale of values
— a warm friend to generations of young people, who
have said, "Here is a head with a heart."
Mr. Chancellor, I now present to you WALTER
HENRY GAGE and ask you, on behalf of the Senate
and the University, that you confer upon him the title
and degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.
Art Stott, a well-known Victoria
newspaperman and a Victoria College student
when Walter Gage arrived there to teach
mathematics in 1927, sends this reminiscence.
Walter Gage came to Victoria College in 1927, young
enough to be older brother to its freshmen and
sophomores. He brought with him a quick, cheerful
understanding of people — he liked them, they liked him
— that rare ability to give meaning to mathematics which
years later won him UBC's first Master Teacher award,
boundless vitality, a readiness to take on any job nudged
his way, exceptional organizing ability, a well-developed
sense of the ridiculous and an infectious grin.
Laughter exploded regularly in his classes, easing the
concentration he inspired in his students.
In a way no other professor attempted, Walter altered
the tone of the College. He held to its high regard for
scholarship, but injected a touch of merry nonsense into
relatively staid student-teacher relationships. From his
UBC alma mater he cribbed a song book and team yells.
Lunch-hour pep rallies gave boisterous life to the halls of
Craigdarroch — Walter leading with an enthusiasm that
at time left him fizzing at the mouth. "Billy McGee
McGar", "My Girl's a Hullabaloo", and the Skyrocket
chant were adopted as easily as Walter assimilated the
student body into his own family.
Work was meat and drink and fun to him.
Non-athletic, he was the leading booster of all College
teams. When the Players' Club started annual activities,
Walter was the dynamo that beefed up its momentum.
To him fell registrar's duties and the handling of
day-to-day finances.
An odd trust, the latter, because he personally often
went broke between paydays. Not that he spent lavishly
on himself, but inevitably some boy needed a hand. The
hand was Walter's, reaching deep into his pocket until
the   pocket  was  empty.   It  could   have  been  empty
castle could be "a queer sort of place at night,"
as the anecdote related by Walter Gage at left
anyhow. When the College crowd jammed into Terry's,
at the corner of Fort and Douglas, after the game on
Saturdays, Walter had the fastest draw in town as the
check for malteds, shakes, cocoa and buns hit the table.
Money, he reckoned, was useful if it could help or give
enjoyment to somebody else.
His departure to resume a life-long love affair with
UBC left the College feeling sad but not jilted. The older
brother had just moved out to begin setting up a home
of his own.
Dr. Robert Wallace, now chancellor of the
University of Victoria, sends this tribute to his
long-time friend, Walter Gage.
I am delighted to have this opportunity of paying
tribute to a man who has been to me an ideal, a mentor,
a great friend and a continual source of inspiration since
my student days.
Walter Gage symbolizes to all who know him those
qualities of excellence we all recognize and wish to
emulate and also to encourage in others. His special
talents of understanding and appreciating the needs,
problems and aspirations of young people are known to
thousands of students and ex-students. It is impossible
to measure the extent of his influence, both within the
University and in the community-at-targe.
Although it is more than 40 years since he was
associated with Victoria College, now the University of
Victoria, he is remembered with great affection by many
former students here as a great teacher, and as a man of
integrity, with a firm belief in the dignity and
importance of the individual.
UBC graduate Dr. Franc. Joubin, famed
for spearheading the development of uranium
mines in Ontario, is now associated with the
United Nations as an advisor to developing
countries on mining. He sends this
reminiscence of student days at Victoria
It was the fall of 1931 and two years deep into the
Great Depression. The Groper was a nice enough kid
of 20, matriculated two years earlier from Victoria
high school. Lots of ambition, but no family. No drag
and no job other than casual work swamping on a
coal-delivery truck. No money, save $190.00 frugally
saved over two years.
On impulse, the Groper visited Craigdarroch Castle,
then makeshifting as Victoria College, and enrolled as
a student to give it a try for the one term he could
afford. Teaching there was a young math prof not
much older than the Groper — a teaching genius with
a deep human interest, and an inspired motivator.
The Groper fell under his spell and despite many
intervening obstacles travelled the full educational
route and was richly rewarded. The math prof, of
course, was Walter Gage, and I was the Groper.
I lBrAz\ari\rt'e1Mi>\i 9» '1Q7R^ Gage's melodramas enlivened life at UBC
During the 1930s and the 1940s, Walter Gage
assisted the student Players' Club and the
Musical Society with their annual productions.
The picture at left, from the 1941 edition of the
student annual The Totem, shows him in what
that publication described as a "characteristic
pose." In that year, he handled the dramatic
direction for the light opera H.M.S. Pinafore, by
Gilbert and Sullivan. His abilities as a drama
coach are described below by Professor Emeritus
Dorothy Somerset, former head of the
Department of Theatre at UBC.
How many of UBC's present body of academics and
students know that Walter Gage's past includes a
distinguished theatrical career? Yes, indeed, way back in
the thirties he won fame as a prestigious director of
melodrama. As a member of the advisory board of the
Players' Club he staged a series of hair-raising and
heart-rending thrillers as his contribution to the
important University Christmas program of short plays
designed to develop the budding talents of neophyte
student actors.
What memories attach to Walter's direction of his
beloved melodramas! Perhaps the most famous of all was
his   production   of  "Curse   You,  Jack  Dalton!"  How
reassuring it was to one's belief in the triumph of-
"good" to see him demonstrating to the student
actor-hero the importance of a middle-of-the-head
hair-part and a stuck-out chest as epitomes of heroic
manliness. Then again, how touching was his tender
instruction to the leading lady on the shedding of tears
for "innocence betrayed."
But most memorable, because most blood curdling'
was his coaching of the student playing the part of the
villain. Who can forget Walter's demonstrations of the
villain's threatening walk, of the voluptuous twirling of a
handlebar mustache, and, above all, his lascivious leering-%.
at the trembling heroine as he snarled, "Ah ha, me proud ,
beauty, now you are mine!" Jm
It must hastily be added that "good overcame evil,"
that the hero. Jack Dalton, rescued the heroine, turning
up at the last moment (horse's hoofs off-stage) with the
"mortgage money" in hand. Walter's rendering of the
villain's exit line, "Curse you. Jack Dalton," was superb.
But most truly and lastingly memorable is Walter
Gage's contribution to the development of theatre at the*
University. He was one of the members of the faculty
most instrumental in winning academic recognition of
UBC's Department of Theatre, and in securing the
post-war army hut, the old Thunderbird Canteen, as the
home of the original Frederic Wood Theatre.
Hail the "Hero," indeed!
UBCs many-splendorcJ mirror-man
Ronald Jeff els, a former member of the UBC
faculty who is now principal of Okanagan
College, sends this tribute to Walter Gage.
In a well-known science fiction story which appeared
in the mid-1950s, the protagonist, by a simple act of
volition, could produce the mirror-image of himself.
This unusual trait allowed him to be in two places at
the same time, to engage in double-entendre, to sing
two-part harmony, to do double duty, to split his
personality, to burn the candle at four ends, to give
himself a leg-up, to ... well, the possibilities were almost
As a Mirror-Man, Walter Gage goes far beyond that
fictional personage. In any single day he can be
professor — president
counsellor — consoler
guide — goad
wit — wiseman
friend — philosopher
almsman — algebraist
scholar — savant
... Make your own list of dualities.
Throughout his career, Walter Gage has stood in a
tetrahydral assembly of mirrors: he is many-splendor'd.
The following anecdote, contributed by Dr.
John Howes, associate professor in UBC's
Department of Asian Studies, illustrates
President Gage's concern for a student whose
name failed to appear in the annual list of
graduating students published in a Vancouver
It was about 8:15 a.m. on Saturday of the Victoria
Day weekend early in the 1970s. Through my drowsy
haze I barely heard the phone ring downstairs, but my
six-year-old son, already up and seeking excitement,
rushed to answer it. A few moments later I heard his
voice pipe up the stairs, "Telephone for daddy."
As I stumbled down the stairs and began to waken, I
was hardly prepared to have the voice on the other end
say, "Good morning, this is Walter Gage." What could
the big boss want at this hour of this morning? He didn't
keep me guessing long. Did I have so-and-so, a
fourth-year student, in a course of mine? Had he passed?
Feeling fortunate that I could reply in the affirmative to
. both questions, I went on to say that the student had, to
the best of my recollection, received a second-class
Later conversation revealed the story behind the
questions. The student had been working a night shift
and on returning home this morning had found his
parents concerned that his name had not appeared on
the graduation list published in The Province. Concerned
a bit himself, he had wondered what to do. The answer
that presented itself was to call the president of the
University. Walter, true to form, was alone in his office
and answered the insistent ring. Hearing the student's
story, he used his president's master key to get at the
records, discovered that the one course for which a grade
had not been recorded was taught by me, and so had
called me. All this by 8:15 a.m. on the Saturday of a
holiday weekend.
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A few days later I happened to meet Walter and
brought the subject up. He observed that in his
experience emergencies were most likely to occur
beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before a long
weekend. He went on to say that parents of fourth-year
students were naturally concerned about whether their
children would be graduated and that the simplest thing
to do in a case like this was to follow up the question
immediately. I could only feel relieved that my son had
answered the phone.
It's been said that Walter Gage has never
taken a day off from his multifarious duties at
UBC. Not so, according to the following
reminiscence from his long-time friend and
associate at UBC and former head of the
Mathematics department, Prof. Ralph James.
We all know how rare it is for Walter to take a day
off, but there were two occasions that I remember when
he did leave the University for a short time.
The first time was a long time ago when Walter was
very much a part of the UBC Musical Society. There was
to be a one-night stand at the University of Washington
and he asked me to drive him there and back. I do not
recall what the production was, but it went off well. We
stayed at the Edmund Meany Hotel, although not for
long. The next morning Walter was impatient to return
and we lost no time in getting back. This hardly counts
as a day off.
The second occasion, several years later, was a real
vacation, if only for a day. Walter wanted to go for a
drive somewhere and I agreed to do the driving. With no
particular destination in mind we started early in the
morning for Hope and then went on to Princeton. There
Walter recalled that a former student of his had come
from Hedley (now an abandoned mining town). So we
drove there and looked around for a while. I am not sure
of the exact route we followed after that, but I seem to
remember that we went back to Princeton, up to Merritt
and Spence's Bridge, and back down the Fraser Canyon.
We must have stopped for food but I cannot recall
where. In any event, by the time we were back in
Vancouver, we had travelled over 400 miles. I needed
some time to recover the next day, but Walter was out at
UBC at his usual early hour doing what he loved best.
Walter Gage's generosity toward students in
need of money is legendary, as this contribution
from 1963 UBC graduate Don Wilson Illustrates.
I had just finished a year and was looking for work —
and very broke. So I went to Dean Gage to see about
getting a loan. Unfortunately, as I was not actually
attending school there was nothing I could apply for.
Dean Gage said, "How much do you need, son " I
pondered for a while and finally said, "Oh, about $50.00
should see me through until some work comes."
He then reached into his drawer and took out a
personalized cheque book and wrote me a cheque for
$50.00, adding, "Pay me back when you're fully
At the end of that summer I returned to his office
with a $50.00 bill  but he wouldn't take it. Twice in
succeeding years I've tried, still he refused. »
I've since discovered other friends who've had the
same experience. Of course, I'll never forget this. At the
time I sure needed it.
Now  I'm  unemployed   again,  but in any case I'rji
sending a cheque for $25.00 to the President's Fund"
through the Alumni Annual-giving campaign. ■*
The Hon. Nathan T. Nemetz, who will retire
as chancellor of UBC on May 30, the final day
of UBC's 1975 Congregation, sends this tribute
to President Gage, whom he has known since
own student days.
On January 15, 1969, a local newspaper ran a pie
headed "Mr. UBC Comes Back." The occasion was the
taking of office by Dean Gage as UBC's sixth president.
But the heading was wrong! Walter Gage had never left
UBC. For 50 years he has devoted his whole life to oyr
University. My wife and I have known him since our"4
student days and I consider it an honor and privilege t«t,
record our deep feeling of appreciation as he retires fro'm
the presidency, but continues as a matchless teacher of
Walter's sense of humor can surface on almost
any occasion, as this anecdote from MyfanwJ*
Griffiths shows.
The following anecdote illustrates President Gage's
punctuality,   mathematical   prowess  and   fine sense of
discipline.   His   sense   of   humor,  of  course,  pervade&J
everything he does.
After the Second World War, when the veterans
flocked to UBC, a loan fund committee was set up to
help students in financial trouble and Prof. Gage was a
member. I was the recording secretary and responsible
for notifying members and student applicants of the
One member of the committee used to act likfe^,
"Peck's Bad Boy" — often tardy. At one meeting ne
failed to show up at all and left no word as to the
reason. When Prof. Gage asked me if J.F.M. had been
notified and I said yes, he wrote the following and
handed it to me at the end of the meeting with specific,
instructions to give it to J	
Here it is:
To J.F.M. — to 30 minutes tardiness
$    .01 for 1st minute
.02 for 2nd minute
.04 for 3rd minute
$    (229-1)   =  $10,737,418.24
Please Remit Promptly
"Walter H. Gage"
Discount for Prompt Payment — $    .23
Net Balance —
10,737.418.01   -  100% penalty for rest of
After that there were no more unexplained absences
1 n.
There has been a conspiracy going on behind
Walter Gage's back for some time now, as this
anecdote from Prof. Malcolm F. McGregor, head
of the Classics department and director of
Ceremonies at UBC, discloses.
The completion of the residence on Wesbrook
Crescent coincided with the 50th anniversary of Walter
Gage's arrival at UBC. In the spring of 1972 the
president of the Alma Mater Society and the chancellor
of the University collaborated, quietly, in arranging a
dinner to commemorate the "Age of Gage." At that
dinner the announcement was made that the Board of
Governors had given to the new complex the name the
Walter H. Gage Residence.
The director of Residences, who had urged the
nomenclature, had already planned that the decor in the
building should be academic, with the result that may be
seen today: the foyer of the main tower is graced by
pictures of the Master Teachers and other members of
the faculty, past and present, who have worked closely
with students. Walter Gage, of course, was the first
Master Teacher.
The students themselves and the director now had an
inspiration: they would place a bust of Walter Gage in
the foyer. The difficulty was that "Dean" Gage, now
President Gage, who is essentially a shy man, refused to
pose; in fact, he firmly disapproved of any such project.
In this impasse, the director and a very few of the
president's closest associates conspired deliberately to
commit civil disobedience. A sculptor was commissioned
to whom Ceremonies supplied a set of candid
photographs, covertly acquired. For some months the
sculptor received invitations to all large functions in
order that he might study his subject at close hand.
From time to time, four of the conspirators abandoned
their desks in order to visit the studio in North
Vancouver and comment on progress.
The sculptor did well and by the time of the official
opening of the Walter H. Gage Residence the bust was
ready. But here the conspirators lost their nerve: they
lacked the courage to confront the subject with the
sculpture. Consequently, for three years the bust
reposed in a basement cupboard.
► In the spring of 1975, the students of the residence
inveigled Walter Gage into attending an informal party.
They rescued the bust and displayed it to him. Those
present were all students; at least one of the conspirators
was invited, but he shielded his cowardice by a plea of
another engagement. The bust was then returned to its
Success, however, is coming. Walter Gage will retire as
, president on June 30. In July, the bust, with appropriate
plaque, will assume its properly dominating position in
the foyer of the Walter H. Gage Residence, where all
who enter will feel the presence of the man whose name
has become synonymous with that of the University of
British Columbia.
This tribute to UBC's retiring president comes
from   President   Emeritus   Norman   A.M.
MacKenzie,   who   was president of UBC from
s 1944 to 1962.
i- Walter Gage is one of the finest men I have ever
known and worked with. During the 18 years I was
president of UBC, Walter was a loyal and devoted
colleague, and his capacity and enthusiasm for hard
work was unbounded.
r The students at UBC were always his principal
concern. And  many of them will  never know of the
-many ways he has helped them. As a teacher, too, he
was unexcelled and he insisted on continuing to teach
even when carrying the burden of the president's office.
He was, I like to think, a special friend of mine and was
w generous almost to a fault. The University will miss him
greatly when he retires as president, but the knowledge
,*- that he will continue to teach will lessen this sense of
Walter Gage's proverbial sense of humor can
„ surface    almost    anytime,    as    this    story,
contributed by Mrs. E.A. McCullough,
^administrative   assistant    in    the   Faculty   of
Agricultural Sciences and a long-time University
employee, Illustrates.
I remember when the president, with his remarkable
► facility for mathematics, used to do the grading of the
marks of students at the end of the Winter Session. This
»*^was in the immediate post-war period, and it used to be
fascinating to see his hand fly over the pages, sprinkling
I's (for first class). It's (for second class), P's (for pass),
S's (for supplemental) and perhaps even an F (for fail) or
two on the way.
*     And  then one day as he was grading the physical
education students, he came across a student with the
name of Dymytryshyn (or some such), who had got a
supplemental in The Dance.
Intrigued by this, he said, "I wonder how you study
for  a  supp.   in The Dance? Do you suppose you go
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Walter Gage, extreme right in front row, taught mathematics in the Canadian Army University
Course during the Second World War. This group lined up to have its picture taken in the entrance to
UBC's Main Library. In addition to Walter Gage, the UBC officials dressed in civilian clothes In the
front row are: Mr. C.B. Wood, then UBC's registrar, extreme left; Dr. Leonard S. Klinck, then UBC's
president, fourth from left; and Dr. Gordon Shrum, then head of the UBC Physics department,
fourth from right. Major-General George Pearkes, then the officer commanding Pacific Command and
later B.C. 's Lieutenant-Governor, is the centre figure in the front row.
Walter Gage and the nude
During the Second World War Walter Gage
was an instructor in a Canadian Army University
Course held at UBC Students lived in huts
which became known as Acadia Camp when
they were turned over to UBC after the war.
Hugh Wilkinson, a former member of the UBC
faculty who resigned in 1972 to become
headmaster at Shawnigan Lake School for boys
on Vancouver Island, is the author of the
following reminiscence about life in the camp in
the winter of 1943-44. Arthur Erickson, who is
referred to in the reminiscence, is now one of
Canada's best-known architects.
During the winter of 1943-44 Walter Gage became
guide, philosopher and friend to ail on the Canadian
Army University Course at UBC. Seconded from our
military units to take two years of engineering in one
eight-raonth session, we lived in Acadia Camp, marched
to and from the campus in column of route, and
suffered a solid schedule of classes and laboratories
which soon had us reeling in confusion and ignorance.
Walter came to the rescue. Almost every evening he
cruised through our camp, visiting each hut in turn to
bring that unique blend of erudition and simplicity,
repetition and orginality, determination and wit which
has always marked his teaching. He gave us back our
confidence, restored our flagging spirits and showed us
how to use the calculus as a versatile but simple tool.
Art collided with science one night when one of the
eight who shared our hut took time out from his studies
to draw on the blackboard what in those pre-Playboy
days passed as a most enticing nude. There were no
objections from the rest of us. In fact, it is quite possible
that the artist gained some inspiration from the ribald
advice of those who felt they had more experience,
insight or sense of proportion.
Walter walked in on the scene and, pretending not to
notice the object of our embarrassed glances, bounced
around between the bunks, ruffling hair, patting backs
and joshing gently about all and sundry. But he couldn't
get anyone to ask for help. In our old-maidish horror at
the thought of him using the board and seeing Arthur's
nude, we insisted that he need explain nothing; that we
knew everything; that although he had been right in
saying, "It will get worse before it gets better," now it
was better and we needed no help.
For the purpose of this story I wish he had persisted
and exposed our guilty secret. Certainly he knew that it
was there, and could have exploited it to the full. One
can imagine various punch lines involving such
mathematical terms as "inflection points," "natural
functions" or "points of osculation." Tame now, to be
sure, but wicked and razor-sharp repartee for those days;
repartee which would have increased his stature in our
gauche company.
But the secret of Walter Gage is that he builds you
up, not himself. It was the same then as now. With a shy
grin, and only a passing glance at the blackboard, he
rushed off to help someone else, leaving us feeling lucky.
We were lucky, of course, but not for the reasons being
quickly erased by Arthur Erickson.
dancing around like this?" Whereupon he began to dance
around the office with gay abandon, much to the delight
of all those who were having to donate (and it was
donate, too, at that time) some of our free time to the
grading of student marks in our off hours.
UBC's registrar emeritus, Mr. C. B. Wood,
remembers Walter Gage's phenomenal memory
for students in this reminiscence.
As chairman of the Committee on Prizes,
Scholarships and Bursaries, Dean Gage always attended
the May meeting of each faculty and school to present,
for information and formal approval, the names of the
winners of awards resulting from the final examinations.
On one occasion he arrived, somewhat breathlessly,
during a meeting of the Faculty of Agriculture, begged
pardon for being late as he had just broken away from
another meeting, apologized for having left his file in his
office, and then proceeded to give from memory, in
great detail, the name, academic record and almost the
life history of each of the many winners.
His performance was greeted with a mixture of
amusement and amazement by the members of the
faculty.   This   incident   is   typical   of   his   unfailing
command of details and his genuine personal interest in
students of all departments of the University.
Dr. Earle MacPhee was a member of the UBC
faculty from 1950 to 1963, first as dean of the
Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration and - latterly as dean of
Administrative and Financial Affairs. He has
contributed the following anecdote about Walter
I have been told by a member of the Independent
Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) that Walter has
been made an honorary member of the Vancouver
The extent to which that organization provided
scholarships to UBC students was, of course, a matter of
great concern to Walter. Once a year, the executive of
the chapter asked that the recipients should meet with
them and Dean Gage. The dean was asked to make the
Once, in his enthusiasm for the project, he suggested
that he would like to join an organization that did as
much for young people. My informant says that despite
the rules of the IODE, the chapter notified Dean Gage
that he was an honorary member of the IODE. AN EXTRA
Editor, UBC Reports
The catering manager at the Hyatt Regency, one of
the newer hotels in downtown Vancouver, was frankly
"Why," he asked Martin Tupper, the 1974-75
president of the UBC Engineering Undergraduate
Society and one of the organizers of a May 10 banquet
in honor of President Walter Gage, "do you want an
extra supply of buns at each of the banquet tables?"
Martin Tupper must have smiled inwardly. Here,
without question, was a new boy in town.
Why, the catering manager of almost every other
establishment in the city knows that one of the
highlights of any EUS banquet is a bun-throwing
episode. No EUS banquet would be worthy of the name
without it. ,
"Well," said Martin Tupper, "engineers have pretty
healthy appetites and besides, we like to throw them at
one another."
"We can't have that," said the catering manager.
"We'll do our best to keep things under control," said
Martin Tupper.
And Martin Tupper was as good as his word.
Why, the engineers were halfway through the soup
course before the first buns started sailing across the
Hyatt Regency banquet hall that night.
And if you realize that they sat down to eat at 8:00
p.m. and the bar opened at 6:30 p.m. ... why, that's
nearly three hours of clear air.
This kind of behavior, which has raised the hackles of
many members of the UBC community in the past, may
seem a strange way to honor UBC's retiring president,
who has taught mathematics to engineers for
generations, in addition to carrying other heavy
administrative burdens at UBC.
For UBC's engineers, who are basically practical
creatures seldom given to philosophizing, the answer is
Walter Gage has Charisma, which the dictionary
defines as "an extraordinary personal power thought of
as belonging to a few great and popular leaders."
For the Gears of .UBC, that's Walter Gage to the life.
The party in his honor at the Hyatt Regency,
attended by more than 500 engineering graduates and
present-day students, was distinguished only by the fact
that it included the graduates, including many from
far-off places.
For donkey's years, engineering students have staged
an annual luncheon on the UBC campus to mark Walter
Gage's birthday. The presents he's received on those
occasions would fill a qood-sized house.
President Gage was presented with toilet seat by
Class of '65 engineers at May 10 banquet in his
honor. Picture by John Mahler.
This year they gave him an eminently practical gift —
an enormous red leather chair made by the father of an
engineering student — that will probably have a place of
honor in the office Walter Gage will occupy in the Thea
Koerner Graduate Student Centre on the UBC campus in
the coming Winter Session.
But back to the banquet.
When the buns ran out, the boys started folding up
their place mats into paper planes and sailing them
around the room. The more imaginative revelers dipped
the tips of the paper planes in mustard pots before they
launched them. A few boisterous types started throwing
their salads around as the evening wore on.
There were even interruptions to relive past glories.
Members of the 1965 graduating class, who stole all the
toilet seats out of the Buchanan Building washrooms in
their final UBC year, detached one from a Hyatt
Regency facility and mounted the podium to present it
to President Gage.
On occasions like this, Walter Gage is never lost for
words. "I thought," he said, standing at the microphone
cradling the toilet seat, "I'd have to make them take it
back to the Buchanan Building, but I know the
occupants of that building have learned to get along
without toilet seats."
You can imagine the uproar. Another one in the eye
for Artsmen.
There were, of course, speeches by seven ex-students-
(One of them is reproduced below). An observer says
that the duller ones were greeted with a barrage of buns.
The final speaker was Walter Gage himself.
Here is part of his remarks, transcribed laboriously
from a cassette tape recording. Much of what the
president had to say was made inaudible by repeated
rounds of applause and choruses of cheers.
And for the uninitiated, all the incidents alluded to
by the president actually happened:
...Some of the happiest moments I've had were
working with the Engineering Undergraduate Society
and being associated with it.
For some reason or other it seems that the engineers
always elect someone to office who has an innocent
look...big, round, innocent eyes. So if you phone up and
say, "Who the hell has taken the doors off the office of
the dean of Arts?" you just see those big, round,
innocent eyes looking at you. Nobody ever knows
Who stole the 9 o'clock gun
"Well, we really don't know. Of course, we'll try to
find out for you, but we really don't know."
Who took the Simon Fraser mace? Who got it Out of
a locked cupboard, in a locked room, in a locked hall, in
a locked building?
"Well, we don't know. Some of us just happened to
be driving past...."
Oh, those big, round, innocent eyes looking at you.
That's the kind of person that was always elected to the
You've seen a few of them tonight. Their eyes are
round still, and so are their bellies. ... in the early days
they used to sing about demolishing 40 beers, at last
they've managed it. ...
Seriously, the EUS has enlivened the University for
many years. In addition, it's established a record for
stable government, has done many things for the
University in terms of teaching evaluations, which have
been most successful. No other faculty has been so
successful. It's also done work such as looking after
crippled children...that has won the admiration of many
in the community.
And, above all, students in engineering have taken
part in community effort, perhaps more than any other
group of students or graduates of the University. And
wherever you go out in the province ... in Canada and
elsewhere, you'll find engineering graduates are on
school boards, councils and so on.
I think that I can say that my association with the
Engineering Undergraduate Society and with engineers
has been a happy one ... because I've been associated
with people who've had to work hard for their degrees ...
and afterwards have worked not only for themselves,
which is reasonable, but for the community in which
they live. And I've always been very proud of them and
will continue to be proud of them ...
I'm very happy to have had this honor tonight.
Perhaps the proudest moment was when I was made an
honorary member of the Association of Professional
Engineers of B.C.* ...
It was a very lucky day for me when the instructor
who happened to be teaching engineers got a little fed
up with them. I was sitting at the back of the class
because I was supposed to take them in a tutorial. He
walked out on the class and asked me to come over to
his office. And he said to me, "I'm turning the class over
to you. I'm not going to teach them any more."
* On Jan. 8, 1975, Walter Gage was presented with an honorary
life membership in the Association of Professional Engineers of
B.C., the only person not registered in any Canadian professional
engineering association to be so honored.
President Gage will be sitting pretty in coming
year in a red leather chair given to him by 1975
engineering students. Picture by Jim Banham.
I'm very glad he made that decision. ... I've never
stopped since, and in the coming year and for several
years, I'll still continue to teach engineers. ...
Well, it's nice for us all to start off even. Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year! .
At the conclusion of President Gage's speech, he got"a
standing ovation, followed by a rousing chorus of "Fer
He's a Jolly Good Fellow."
Addendum: We have it on good authority, from
someone who consulted the catering manager of the
Hyatt Regency on the Monday following the banquet in
honor of Walter Gage, that a total of 20 buns wSr4
retrieved from the crystal chandelier in the hotels
banquet room. *
One of the speakers at the Hyatt Regency
banquet for Walter Gage on May 10 was Dr.
Henry Gunning, dean emeritus of the Faculty si
Applied Science. What follows is an excerpt
from his remarks on that occasion:
I would not wish to have been dean if Walter had njg
been in the higher echelon of UBC administration. He
helped me in many ways. First as a guest and then as a
regular participant, he attended the regular fall dinner
for the EUS executive, started about 1954 in the hope
that good food, friendly talk and some sage advice midhl
help to keep the roof on the building. He seemed always
to have an almost intuitive understanding of and
sympathy for the aspirations and motivations of the
undergraduates, even when the motivation led to
activities of questionable merit.
For example, he seemed to understand readily why^l,
as dean, should have expected to receive, from the
commandant of Royal Military College in Kingstoaj
Ont., an irate letter requesting reimbursement for
expenses for a COD express shipment that had arrived at'
his door. It was a large ship's bell he knew for years had
been used at Royal Roads in Victoria to call the cadets
to classes or bed. The commandant asserted that UB&
engineers must have been responsible. I suspect that
Walter understood the transaction partly because ine
joke was on me and not on him. As a matter of fact, the
EUS did pay up without formally admitting)
responsibility; when the chips were down they never did
let me down during my tenure, and Walter told mq
several times that no engineer had ever defaulted on*a'
student loan. ^
During and after my stay at UBC I came to realize
that the real worth of a professor must be judged in part
at least by the things that did not happen to him on
campus. In this regard, give Walter Gage top marks.
Never to my knowledge has he: * ,
1. Lectured to less than the full class enrolment -I
making allowance for illness — generally in junjor
courses to the regular class swollen to near
room-capacity by auditors.
2. Been temporarily unable to lecture because wired
garbage cans filled with loose metal mysteriously rolled
down the stairways in rooms 200 or 201.
3. Had paper bags of water, flour or soot explodes
near him on the sidewalk approaches, having fallen from
the out-of-bounds roof of the Engineering Building.
4. Been unable to leave' his lecture room because
mini-autos had become lodged against the hall exits as he
lectured. »
The following letter, which appearedJn the
B.C. Professional Engineer shortly after
President Gage's induction into the Association
of Professional Engineers of B.C. as an honorary life member, recounts the experience of one
former student in applying for money to
complete his education. The writer, Mr. C
Frank Mosher, graduated with the degree of
Bachelor of Applied Science in Forestry in
1953, and now lives in Eugene, Oregon. His
brother Montague, referred to in the letter,
received the same degree in 1954 and now lives
in Victoria.
Many years ago my brother and I were working our
way through UBC as best we could. Our father had been
killed in an accident so we were forced financially to
take years out alternatively and work in the woods to
try to provide enough funds to keep both of us moving
through the "Big School." We managed fairly well but
still needed some assistance from the bursary/loan
system. This meant an annual session with Dean Gage
(and no one else, because he was "Mr. Money"). He
insisted, of course, on us making up a budget (so to
speak) of assets, income and expenses.
On one of these visits, when Mont and myself were
both trying for the next year, we went through the
complete list with him, which seemed acceptable until
we reached "miscellaneous expenses." Partly as a joke
and partly serious, we had included $500 for "women
and booze." He looked at it for a minute, looked back
up at us and said, "That's pretty high, boys. You get
your women free, and I'll split it down the middle with
you. Just make damn sure you keep your marks up, get
through and pay this back." We said, "Yes, sir," and
headed out of there all smiles. We kept our marks up, we
got through, and we paid it back. Since then our
business lives as engineers in the woods have been
extremely satisfactory, each doing our own thing. And
we owe it to the University and Dean Gage as its fine
representative. He has to be an engineer at heart and a
real man to have assisted us, and many others, in this
way over so many years.
Prof William Armstrong, former deputy
president of UBC and now chairman of the new
Universities Council, recalls the transformation
that takes place in Walter Gage when he enters
the classroom.
...on many occasions when Walter Gage was carrying
a heavy burden of administrative problems, I have
walked with him to our respective lecture rooms in the
Civil Engineering Building. As he entered Room 201 his
personality and even his appearance changed. He called
dozens of students by name and asked about their
various activities. Here was a happy man. Engineering
students past and present will have some regrets when
Walter retires as President, but will rejoice when they
hear that he will continue to teach mathematics to
Here's a reminiscence about Walter Gage from
. 1936 Applied Science graduate W.K. Gwyer,
who Is now president of West Kootenay Power
and Light Co., in Trail, B.C.
My wife credits our marriage in a large degree to
Walter, who not only assisted me greatly, as he did so
many of our fraternity, in learning sufficient math and
physics to be able to graduate in 1936, but also was best
man at my wedding in December of that year. I know
that up to that time, at least, this was the closest Walter
had been to the marriage ceremony.
Walter did his best to see that a group of us, mainly
engineering students did an adequate amount of study;
however, at times his demands were, we felt, excessive
and we had to take disciplinary action. On one occasion
we were forced to evict him by locking him out on the
roof of our three-story house on the corner of Fourth
and Blanca. Imagine a respectable professor explaining
to the police that he was inspecting the roof at midnight
— an actual happening.
While beating a little calculus into a group, he became
politely exasperated at one Ned Pratt in first-year
engineering. "Pratt," he said, "I don't think you will
ever pass calculus but you make the most beautiful
differentiation signs of anyone at the University." A few
years later, Ned Pratt graduated from Queen's University
with a gold medal in architecture and has been a
prominent man in his field in Vancouver.
Walter had a car, a rarity at University in the '30s,
and he used it perhaps less than 30 per cent of the time
since the balance of the time it was in use by students
who rarely remembered to put gas in the tank. One
could hardly list the many things, both large and small,
he did to assist students in the hungry 30s.
In an attempt to instil some culture in the engineering
students, the Vancouver Symphony prospered by the
tickets he gave to us. After the concert, we would be
treated to a discussion of the program with Walter who,
whenever possible, enlisted the critical help of Dr.
(Garnet) Sedgewick, who shared Walter's hope that the
"uncouth engineer" might be capable of absorbing some
Happiness for many UBC undergraduates, and especially for engineers, is having Walter Gage for an
instructor in mathematics. His lectures are punctuated with explosions of laughter and are usually
swollen by visiting students, who have an instinct for seeking out first-class lecturers. Picture by the
UBC Instructional Media Centre.
Here's a portrait of Walter Gage, written by
UBC's co-ordinator of Health Sciences, Dr. John
F. McCreary, which pictures the president as a
hospital patient.
In the 24 years that I have known Walter Gage I have
never known him to see a physician willingly. Of course,
he would see, and be more than courteous to, those
physicians who were part of the University as long as the
subject under discussion related to University and
faculty affairs. However, in matters relating to his
personal health he dodged doctors far more actively than
he would the plague. A hypochondriac he was definitely
To such a degree was the avoidance of physicians in
their professional roles manifest that some of us
wondered at times how Walter would react if he actually
did become ill enough.to require a physician's-services.
Would he turn out to be one of those truculent,
obstructive patients who insist that things be done their
way? They had looked after themselves for many years
and, by gosh, they would continue to do so!
The answer to this question came unexpectedly a few
months ago. Walter had been feeling increasingly
miserable for weeks but, of course, had not bothered to
tell anyone about it. Then came one day when he was
sufficiently ill that he staggered over to see Dr. Archie
Johnson in the Student Health Service. Archie
immediately arranged for him to be admitted to hospital
and for the period he was there I had an opportunity to
visit him on several occasions — almost daily for a period
of time.
The nature of his illness — a mild case of diabetes —
was such that treatment was highly technical and, for
the patient, uncomfortable. It was not too surprising on
the first day to find him docile and in good spirits
because he was just a bit confused and fuzzy as to what
was happening. However, as the days went by his clarity
rapidly returned and the true test of his behavior began.
To everyone's delight, Walter became an excellent
patient. He put up with a horrible diet, he resembled a
human pincushion from all the needles he received, and
he went through experiences that would have turned the
best-natured of patients into bitter complainers. And not
a word of protest came from Walter's lips. He was the
model patient in every way, and when it came time for
him to leave the hospital the nurses who had cared for
him were an unhappy group.
The treatment continues. Walter's diet is such that he
is always hungry and he still must accept needles every
day — now administered by himself. He has deviated not
one gram from the diet which has been ordered and, as
everyone will see at Congregation, he has lost a very
significant number of unnecessary pounds.
Perhaps his avoidance of physicians over all these
years has been due to the fact that subconsciously
Walter knew that if he once fell into their hands his days
of happy total independence were over..
UBC employee Sandra Lundy visited
President Gage in hospital last winter. The
anecdote Illustrates that his illness had failed to
Impair his prodigious memory.
Last winter, when President Gage was in hospital for
treatment for a mild case of diabetes, I went to pay him
a visit late one rainy Sunday afternoon.
I thought he might like some cheering up, so I took
.h.im. a.book w.hjch J .thought would divert him. I really
think Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome, is one
of the funniest portraits of 19th-century English life ever
Anyway, the president seemed quite pleased to see
me. He said, "Yes, I remember1 this book well. My father
gave it to me when I was nine years old, but I haven't
read it since. Let's see if I can remember the full title
without looking inside. I think it's Three Men in a Boat
( To say Nothing of the Dog)."
He was quite right, of course. Isn't that amazing?
UBC graduate Terry Nicholls, now a
Vancouver lawyer, contributes this anecdote
involving Walter Gage.
In the fall of 1950, a wet-nosed sophomore was
taught a lesson remembered in the spring of 1975.
As part of a publicity campaign for what was then
called Frosh Week, I had arranged for broadcasting
personality Jack Cullen to tape his Owl Prowl show in
the wee hours on the Monday morning of frosh
At dinner time on Sunday I got a phone call from an
enraged Dean Gage — my stunt was going to cost him a
long summer's labor spent streamlining the whole
registration process.
The Owl Prowl stunt was cancelled, by order.
Moments later the phone rang again. This time a calm
Dean Gage apologized for his earlier outburst and asked
me to meet him in his office right away.
On arrival, I found the dean, who probably hadn't
had dinner and who would certainly not get any sleep
that night, busily completing several large posters
advertising Frosh Week events.
Together,    we   thumbtacked   the   posters   up   in
advantageous — and prohibited — places around campus.
.   That evening  I  was taught a lesson that no matter
what your title or position, always remember to be a
human being. I hope I'm learning the lesson.
UBC Arts and Law graduate Kenneth Burke,
now a legal advisor in the federal Department of
External Affairs, sends this anecdote.
As a callow, impecunious first-year Arts student, I
arrived on Dean Gage's office doorstep one rainy
September day in the early '50s seeking funds to tide me
over till Christmas. The dean was in charge of funds for
needy students, but what were my chances as an
unknown, untried, uninfluential frosh? I believed them
to be minimal.
To my amazement, the good dean welcomed me
warmly, addressing me by my first name, although I had
met him only briefly along with thousands of other
students at registration. Even more astounding, the good
dean enquired as to the health and welfare of my two
brothers who had passed through UBC several years
earlier. How, he enquired, were William Thomas and
Louis David progressing in the outside world? How he
could have recalled both given names of my brothers,
who had passed through UBC several years earlier with
the massive influx of post-World War Two veterans,
mystified me.
After a pleasant exchange I left the office pockets
a-jingle, financially secure for another term and
convinced that Dean Gage put the "human" in
"University." At least he put it in mine.
Continued from Page One
As a result of these activities, Prof. Borden
accumulated more than 90,000 items from B.C.'s
prehistoric period. Many of the artifacts will be on
display in UBC's new Museum of Anthropology when
it opens later this year.
Prof. Daniells occupies a unique position at UBC
as University Professor of English Language and
Literature, a post created in 1965 to recognize his
contributions to scholarly studies in English literature
and his work as a poet and writer. He has been a UBC
faculty member since 1948 and is a former head of
the UBC English department.
In addition to being the author of two volumes of
poetry. Prof. Daniells has written extensively on
Canadian literature. He is best known, however, for
his studies in 17th century English literature,
particularly the work of poet John Milton.
Prof. Daniells is a former president of the Royal
Society of Canada, this country's most prestigious
academic organization, and has also served as
chairman of the Humanities Research Council of
Prof. Daniells will speak at the Congregation
ceremony on Wednesday and Thursday, but not on
Students from many of UBC's professional
faculties and schools and the Faculty of Science will
receive their degrees on the second day of
Congregation. Master's and bachelor's degrees in
Applied Science and Engineering, Architecture,
Nursing, Science, and Pharmacy will be awarded, as
will degrees in Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, and
Dental Medicine.
Recipients of the honorary degree of Doctor of
Science (D.Sc.) will be Prof. William M. Armstrong,
former deputy president of UBC who is now
chairman of the new Universities Council created
under the Universities Act passed by the B.C.
Legislature in 1974, and Dr. John F. McCreary,
co-ordinator of Health Sciences and former dean of
Medicine at UBC, who is credited with the
development of new concepts in health education.
Prof. Armstrong had a distinguished career as a
researcher, teacher and administrator before leaving
UBC in 1974 to become chairman of the Universities
He joined the UBC faculty in 1946, became head
of UBC's Metallurgy department in 1964 and dean of
the Faculty of Applied Science in 1966. In 1968 he
left the latter post to become one of two deputy
presidents at UBC.
Prof. Armstrong's reputation as an educational
statesman rests on his ability to bring together people
Continued from Page Seven
UBC graduate Pierre Berton, now one of
Canada's best-known writers, says he never took
a class from Walter Gage and only met him
occasionally during the 1930s in the Green
Room of the Players' Club and as a reporter for
The Ubyssey. He adds:
The nicest thing I can say about Walter Gage is that
when I was at University he acted like a student and not
a professor. He was one of us.
UBC graduate Mrs. Margaret McLeod, of
North Vancouver, sends this anecdote, which
she says is apocryphal. It can't be, because we
have a second version, which is appended to Mrs.
A student named Gillette rushed into Prof. Gage's
math class just as the final bell was ringing.
"That was a close shave, Gillette," quipped Prof.
"Yes, I ga(u)ged it just right," retorted Gillette.
The version we heard is as follows:
Gillette rushes in late and Prof. Gage quips: "Not
very sharp today."
Gillette: "No sir, but I'm keen."
Prof. Gage: "Not bad for a young blade."
...is in order to many of our readers who responded to
the editor's request for anecdotes and reminiscences
about Dr. Walter H. Gage, UBC's retiring president.
Space limitations have prevented us from using all the
contributions received.
However, everything submitted has been set in type
and will be passed on to President Gage. Again, our
thanks for the overwhelming response.
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of varying interests to work on new projects. He was
a key figure in the formation of TRIUMF, the new
$36-million cyclotron now operating on UBC's South
Campus, and chaired an international board, made up
of representatives of Canada, France and the
University of Hawaii, that resulted in an agreement to
build a 144-inch telescope on the island of Hawaii.
Dr. McCreary has been associated with UBC's
Faculty of "Medicine almost from its inception in
1951. He was initially head of the Department of
Pediatrics and was named dean of Medicine in 1959, a
post he held until 1972, when he was appointed
co-ordinator of Health Sciences.
Dr. McCreary's accomplishments as a key figure in
the development of new concepts of health care and
Grad class gifts
The gift of UBC's 1975 graduating class will
take the form of grants totalling $16,000 to three
UBC projects and one community-based organization.
Each year, campus and community organizations submit applications for a share of the graduating class gift. The council of the graduating
class approves a group of projects deemed worthy
of support, and members of the graduating class
then rank-order the proposals.
The projects that topped the poll are:
• $5,000 for a UBC-based project entitled
Bread for the World. The funds will be used to
purchase food to be sent overseas to the needy in
developing countries.
• $5,000 for the University Day Care Council,
which oversees the operations of eight day care
units in Acadia Camp at UBC. The units'provide
day care for the children of UBC students, staff
and faculty members. The funds will be used to
upgrade the units.
• $5,000 for establishment of a student aid
fund to provide financial assistance to UBC students.
• $1,000 for Project Ahab, a project launched
this year by the Greenpeace Foundation of
Vancouver. The foundation's aim is to promote an
international agreement for a 10-year moratorium
on the killing of whales.
in the development of UBC's Health Sciences Centre
are detailed in a profile beginning on Page Ten of this
issue of UBC Reports.
On the final day of UBC's 1975 Congregation,
academic degrees will be awarded to students from
the Faculties of Education, Commerce and Business
Administration, Forestry, Agricultural Sciences, and
In addition, the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy
and Doctor of Education, the highest awarded by
UBC, will be conferred on students from the Faculty
of Graduate Studies.
When all academic degrees have been awarded,
Chancellor Nemetz, who presides over the three-day
Congregation, will call on Mr. Donovan Miller to take
the oath of office as chancellor of UBC.
Chief Justice Nemetz will then declare Mr. Miller
installed as chancellor.
Chancellor Miller will then confer on Chief Justice
Nemetz the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws
(LL.D.), following the reading of a citation by
President Gage:
The association of Nathan Nemetz with UBC
extends back to the early 1930s, when he enrolled as
a student at UBC. After graduating with honors in
history in 1934 he joined a law firm as a Vancouver
School of Law student and was called to the bar in
After a distinguished career as a practising lawyer
and appointment as a King's Counsel in 1950, he was
appointed to the bench in 1963 as a Justice of the
Supreme Court of B.C. He was named Justice of
Appeal in the B.C. Court of Appeal in 1968 and Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court of B.C. in 1973.
He was elected president of the UBC Alumni
Association in 1956 and the following year became a
member of UBC's Senate representing the Alumni
Association. He was elected by Senate to the Board
of Governors of UBC in 1957 and served as a Board
member for 11 years until 1968. He was Board
chairman from 1965 to 1968.
He was elected chancellor of UBC in 1972 and in
this capacity again became a member of both the
Board of Governors and Senate. Although eligible for
another term of office as chancellor, he chose not to
be a candidate for the post because of the heavy
workload involved in the post of Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court.
Chief Justice Nemetz is also widely known for his
activities as an investigator and arbitrator in the field
of   industrial   labor disputes.  He  has conducted  a
number of labor studies on behalf of the provincial
government and his work as an arbitrator has
succeeded in averting strikes in a number of major
B.C. industries.
Mr. Miller, Chief Justice Nemetz's successor, is no
stranger to the governing councils of the University.
He was a member of the UBC Senate from 1962 to
1970 and a member of the Board of Governors from
1963 to 1972. He served as chairman of the staff
committee while a Board member.
Mr. Miller, who is vice-chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Canadian Fishing Co., a firm he has
been associated with since 1947, holds a Master of
Science in Business Administration degree from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in addition to
his UBC Commerce degree.
He is a former president of the UBC Alumni
Association and chaired the association's annual
giving committee in 1958. Mr. Miller is also closely
associated with various government and professional
bodies concerned with Canada's fishing industry.
UBC also pays tribute throughout the three-day
ceremony to those students who head their respective
graduating classes. The head of each class is presented
to the chancellor when he or she arrives at the
platform at the east end of the main floor of the War
Memorial Gymnasium to receive his or her academic
Only one student — the winner of the
Governor-General's Gold Medal as head of the
graduating class in either Arts or Science — is
especially singled out.
The winner of this medal is asked to come to the.
Congregation platform and a special citation is read
before the medal is presented.
Here are the heads of the 1975 graduating class
which includes a brother-and-sister team - K.B.
David Li and Eunice C.Y. Li — as heads of the
graduating classes in Medicine and Agricultural
Sciences, respectively. Unless otherwise noted,
graduating class heads reside in Vancouver.
The Governor-GeneraTs Gold Medal (Head of the
Graduating Classes in the Faculties of Arts and Science, B.A.
and B.Sc. degrees): Philip Tetlock.
The Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Agricultural Sciences. B.Sc. (Agr.) degree):
Eunice C.Y. Li.
The Association of Professional Engineers Gold Medal
(Head of the Graduating Class in Engineering, B.A.Sc. degree):
Per A. Suneby, Calgary.
The Kiwanis Club Prize, $300 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Commerce and Business Administration, B.Com.
degree): H. Clark Hollands.
The University Medal for Science (Proficiency in the
Graduating Class in Science, B.Sc. degree): Bruce R.Sinclair.
The Law Society Gold Medal and Prize (call and admission
fee) (Head of the Graduating Class in Law, LL.B. degree: Anne
M. Stewart, Nelson.
The Hamber Medal and Prize, $250 (Head of the
Graduating Class in Medicine, M.D. degree, best cumulative
record in all years of course): K.B. David Li.
The Horner Medal for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Head of the
Graduating Class in Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.Sc. degree): T.
Larry Myette.
The Helen L. Balfour Prize, $300 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Nursing, B.S.N, degree): Laura-Lynne McBain.
The Canadian Institute of Forestry Medal (best overall
record in Forestry in all years of course, and high quality of
character, leadership, etc.): Maarten van Otterloo, Brooks,
The H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry, $100 (Head of the
Graduating Class in Forestry, B.S.F. degree): Andrew O.
The Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medal and Prize
(Head of the Graduating Class in Education, Secondary
Teaching Field, B.Ed, degree): Robert J. Misuraca.
The Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medal and Prize
(head of the Graduating Class in Education, Elementary
Teaching Field, B.Ed, degree): Marilyn Strukoff, Grand Forks.
The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia Gold
Medal (Head of the Graduating Class in Dentistry, D.M.D.
degree): Richard H. Machin, Courtenay.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal
(outstanding student in Architecture, B.Arch. degree):
Ladislav Holovsky.
The Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship (Head of the
Graduating Class in Librarianship, M.L.S. degree): Kathryn F.
Wright, Winnipeg.
The Physical Education Faculty Award (Head of the
Graduating Class in Physical Education, B.P.E. degree): Kary
L. Taylor.
The British Columbia Professional Recreation Society Prize
$50 (Head of the Graduating Class in Recreation, B.R.E.
degree): Josephine J. Chuback, Golden.
The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia Gold
Medal (leading student in the Dental Hygiene program): Rita
Hamp, Burns Lake.
The Dean of Medicine's Prize (Head of the Graduating Class
in Rehabilitation Medicine, B.S.R. degree): Kathleen R.
Stringer, Ladysmith.
Special University Prize, $200 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Music, B.Mus. degree): Jane P.S. Cassie.
Special University Prize, $200 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Fine Arts, B.F.A. degree): UteBachinski.
Special University Prizes, $100 each (Head of the
Graduating Class in Social Work, M.S.W. degree): Robert
Phillips, Sooke; James Anglin.
Special University Prize, $200 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Home Economics, B.H.E. degree): Lynda C. Fox,
North Vancouver.
Special University Prize, $200 (Head of the Graduating
Class in the Licentiate in Accounting, Lie. Acct.degree): Peter
J. Martin, West Vancouver. Two deans
named by
UBC Board
Two new deans have been appointed by the University of B.C.'s Board of Governors.
Prof. Robert M. Will, currently acting dean of the
Faculty of Arts, UBC's largest, has been appointed
dean of that faculty. He succeeds Dr. Douglas T.
Kenny, who will become UBC's president on July 1.
And Prof. Peter Larkin, currently head of UBC's
Department of Zoology, will succeed Dean Ian McT.
Cowan as dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The appointments of both as dean are effective on
July 1.
Prof. Will, an economist, has been a member of the
UBC faculty since 1957, the year he graduated from
Duke University, where he was awarded the degrees
of Doct'or of Philosophy and Master of Arts.
A native of New Durham, Ont., Prof. Will is also a
graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where
he was awarded the University Gold Medal when he
graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in
In the UBC Economics department. Prof. Will has
specialized in studies on the .history of economic
thought and fiscal policy and taxation.
He has served as a research economist on two
federal royal commissions — one on banking and
finance and a second on taxation in 1963—64. He
prepared a working paper on fiscal policy for the
1962 commission and two studies — "The Budget as
an Economic Document" and "Canadian Fiscal Policy, 1945—63," both published by the Queen's Printer
— for the 1963-64 commission on taxation.
Prof. Will was the recipient in 1967 of a CD.
Howe Memorial Fellowship, which enabled him to
undertake a year's research in London, England.
He is currently the vice-president of the Canadian
Economic Association and a director of the National
Bureau of Economic Research, which is headquartered in New York. He is also a member of the Social
Science Research Council of Canada, which receives
grants from the Canada Council and other sources
and distributes them to researchers.
Prof. Will was assistant dean of the Arts faculty
from 1969 until his appointment as acting dean in
October, 1974.
Prof. Larkin, the new dean of Graduate Studies, is
a former Rhodes Scholar from Saskatchewan who is
internationally known for his research in the management of fish populations.
He won the Governor-General's Gold Medal in
1945 when he graduated from the University of
Saskatchewan. The following year, after completing
his Master of Arts degree at Saskatchewan, the
Rhodes Scholarship took him to Oxford University,
where he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in
The same year. Prof. Larkin joined the UBC faculty on a joint appointment with the B.C. Game Commission as their first full-time fisheries biologist.
In 1955, Prof. Larkin was appointed director of
UBC's Institute of Fisheries, which was incorporated
into the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology in
In 1963, Prof. Larkin resigned from UBC to
become director of the federal government's Fisheries
Research Board of Canada Biological Station in
Nanaimo. He rejoined UBC in 1966 as professor of
zoology and was reappointed director of the Institute
of Fisheries the following year.
In 1971, Prof. Larkin was named a Master Teacher
at UBC by a committee made up of representatives of
the UBC faculty, students and Alumni Association.
The following year he was appointed head of UBC's
Zoology department.
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Board approves budget
An operating budget of $107,376,046 for the-
fiscal  year that  began  April  1,  1975, has been
approved   by  the  Board   of  Governors   of  the
University of B.C.
This is an increase of about 21.8 per cent over
last year's operating budget of $88,161,669.
Almost all of the increase is accounted for by the
effects of inflation on salaries and supplies and
services purchased by the University.
In addition to the operating budget, the Board
of Governors has approved a capital budget of
$12,563,000. Here again inflation has had serious
effects on the University's plans. Virtually all of
this year's capital is committed to financing
buildings already under construction, and little is
available for new work.
Most of the University's revenues come from
the provincial government in operating and capital
grants. These grants ($91,988,957 for operating
purposes and  $10,323,000 for capital)  are the
Open meetings
The University of B.C.'s Board of Governors
has voted to open its meetings to the public and
the news media.
The first open Board meeting will be held on
July 8.
Most of the Board's business will be
conducted in public. However, certain financial
matters and items dealing with staff and faculty
will be discussed in a closed session of the
meeting, which will follow the open section.
Minutes of the open section of the Board
meeting will be available for inspection or
provided on request following the Board
Admission to the open section of the
meeting will be on a first-come, first-served
basis on application to the Clerk to the Board
of Governors, Main Mall North Administration
Building, UBC, Applications must be made at
least 24 hours in advance of each open, meeting.
Fifteen seats will be available for interested
members ^of the-,University and.-off-campus
publics.   .
The decision to open Board meetings to
observers was made on the recommendation of
a Board committee chaired by the Hon.
Thomas Dohm, QC, who is currently chairman
of the Board. •
The 15-member Board of Governors is
charged with the management, administration
and control of the revenue, business and affairs
of the University.
Categories of membership on the Board are:
the chancellor, who is elected by Convocation;
the president; eight persons appointed by the
Lieutenant-Governor.in Council (the provincial
cabinet); two members of the UBC faculty
elected by the faculty; two UBC students
elected by the students; and one member of the
nqn-faculty employed staff of the University
elected by the employed staff.
largest the government has ever made to UBC, but
their' effectiveness in meeting the University's
needs has been greatly reduced by drastic-
escalation in the. costs of day-to-day operations
and of construction. This makes it impossible for
the University to move as quickly as it should in
developing new programs, providing new facilities,
and upgrading and modernizing obsolescent
facilities and equipment.
Of the $107,376,046 operating budget, a total
of $60,479,887 is allocated to the University's 12
teaching faculties. In addition, $14,782,995 is
devoted to associated academic services, including
libraries, student services, student aid, and research
A total of $21,767,932 is budgeted for
administration,   plant   maintenance   and
renovations, and. general expenses. (General
expenses include $7,343,209 for the University's
contributions to pension and other faculty and
employee benefit programs.)
In addition to the above expenditures, which
include provision for existing salaries and for
teaching and laboratory supplies, there is an
unallocated reserve of $10,345,232, to meet
anticipated increases in faculty and staff salaries
during the fiscal year ending March 31, 1976.
The difference between the provincial operating
grant of $91,988,957 and the total operating
budget of $107,376,046 will be made up by a
total of $15,387,089 in student fees and revenues
for services sold by the University.
Inflation in salaries, supplies and services, the
cost of maintaining new buildings, and the
continuation of innovative programs launched in
1974-75 together account for $17,108,589 of the
total increase of $19,214,377.
Because the provincial operating grant, large
though it is, falls short of the University's needs,
the Board of Governors has had to eliminate from
the budget an item of $591,529 for planned new
academic programs. It has also had to reduce to
$382,867 (from the proposed $4,025,000) its
provision for equipment and renovations. The
remainder of the increase will go to meet the
additional demands placed on the University by an
anticipated enrolment increase in September,
1975, of 6.6 per cent or 1,465 Winter Session
The University's capital budget of $12,563,000
is made up of the provincial government's 1975-76
grant of $10,323,000 and $2,240,000 mainly from
funds carried forward from last year's capital
Normally this money would be available for
new buildings to meet growing needs and to
replace old and outmoded facilities. However, the
unprecedented inflation in construction costs
(which have doubled the cost of some University
building projects) means that almost $9 million of
the 1975-76 capital grant will have to be used to
complete financing of four major projects already
under construction and which have far overrun
their original budgets/
The four projects are a new north wing to the
Biological Sciences Building, a new Civil, and
Mechanical Engineering building, a new facility to
house animals used in scientific research, and the
first stage of a new Anthropology and Sociology
complex on the old Fort Camp site.
Only one relatively small but important project
— new processing facilities for the University
library - is expected to be started in the current
fiscal year. -
An estimated $323,000 will be spent on
planning for an extension to the Neville Scarfe
(Education) Building, the No. 1 item on the
University's future building priorities list. The
present building is Overcrowded because bf a
massive increase in enrolment in the faculty,
largely due to the government's decision to reduce
the pupil/teacher ratio in B.C. schools.
Only $914,865 of this year's capital grant will
be available for upgrading and renovating
classrooms and other existing facilities on the
campus, such as the 50-year-old Geography
. The balance of the capital budget will be used
to finance general campus planning and campus
and grounds development, further development of
the University's Botanical Garden, improvements
to roads, walkways, and electrical and other
services, and to make a start on improvement of
campus identification and directional signs.
At its special budget meeting April 29, UBC's
Board of Governors also approved budgets of
$166,799 for the UBC Men's Athletic Committee
and $42,600 for the Women's Athletic Committee.
The University will make grants of $76,499 to the
men's program and $21,00 to the women's.
Convocation meets Sept. 10
Senate, at its meeting of May 21, 1975,
authorized the holding of a meeting of
Convocation to elect seven of its members to
the Senate.
, The election will be held in the University
Auditorium on WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10,
1975, at 7:00 p.m.
Names and biographical information on the
candidates for election may be obtained from
the Registrar by those who plan to attend the
meeting of Convocation.
It should be noted that the official notice
of the by-election calling for nominations was
placed in the April 30, 1975, issue of UBC
Reports with a closing date for nominations
of June 11, 1975.
e\r\     * *x-^i— /#* UBC's Health Sciences Co-ordinator
UBC Reports Staff Writer
It's a lucky man who sees his highest professional
aspirations achieved in his working lifetime. Most are not
so fortunate.
Some have no significant aspirations; they leave no
mark on the world. Others cherish dreams so grandiose
that there is no possibility of fulfilment. Still others have
a vision that seems, on the face of it, attainable, but
because it involves harmonizing the thoughts and actions
of a great many disparate people, they find their span of
working years runs out before they can transform the
vision into reality. They must leave to their successors
the goal they set for themselves.
Jack McCreary is one of this last breed of men. He
has seen his dream — the creation of a true health team,
from the classroom up — catch the imagination of health
educators around the world. But in Vancouver, at his
own University, the health-team concept is not yet
rooted as deeply as he had hoped. And soon Jack
McCreary will no longer be available to continue the
work he began. At the end of June he retires from the
Dr. John F. McCreary, Co-ordinator of Health
Sciences at UBC, has run ahead of his time. He has been
impatient to implement changes which he sees as
inevitable. He has pursued his vision with reason, charm
and limitless enthusiasm. The combination has made him
a statesman of Canadian health.
On May 29 he receives an honorary Doctor of Science
degree from UBC. Two years ago he was made an Officer
of the Order of Canada in recognition of his
"contributions to the advancement of medical research
and the teaching of medicine." The University of
Toronto in 1970 at the opening of its medical sciences
building awarded him an honorary degree for his work as
a clinician, humanitarian and medical educator. And he
received an honorary degree from Memorial University
in Newfoundland in 1968. Dr. McCreary helped establish
a Faculty of Medicine at Memorial and select its first
Dr. McCreary came to UBC as head of the
Department of Pediatrics in 1951, one year after UBC's
Faculty of Medicine opened. In 1959 he became dean of
the faculty when it was still young and uncommitted to
any particular direction.
He could have dedicated his entire energy to building
the faculty along the lines of the medical schools at
Harvard or McGill Universities, which emphasized
excellence in scientific medicine, the model then
emulated without question.
Physicians superbly trained in scientific medicine will
become even more necessary in the future than in the
past. Dr. McCreary says, because many of the tasks
physicians do that don't require advanced training will
be done by other health professionals in the future. Yet
instead of pursuing entirely the usual goal of scientific
medicine. Dr. McCreary decided to build an educational
system aimed at meeting future rather than immediate
On the horizon was government-subsidized medical
and hospital care which would mean an increase in
demand on limited medical and other health resources.
"The delivery of health care outside of hospitals and
organized preventive care units really hadn't changed in
this century, and yet many other changes in the health
area had taken place," Dr. McCreary said.
"The whole nature of the health professions had
"At the beginning of the century there were very few
health professions, with the doctor being the most
knowledgeable and numerous. Today there are more
than 30 different health professions and the doctor
represents less than one-tenth of the total."
The huge increase in non-medical health professionals
had not been integrated into the unorganized system of
providing health care to Canadians in their homes or in
doctors' offices, he said.
So he took as his goal not a medical school but a
much more ambitious health sciences centre, where
students from various health professional groups such as
rehabilitation medicine, pharmacy, nursing and dentistry
as well as medicine would be taught together so that
later they could better co-operate as a unit or team as
professionals in society. Knowing one another's
strengths and weaknesses, the health professionals would
be able to perform services they were best trained for,
and to delegate other tasks to others.
The most difficult years were the first:
"One of the great detriments to the development of
this team approach is a very honest feeling on the part of
doctors that they have responsibility for their patients,"
Dr. McCreary said, "and can not afford to delegate
authority to other health professionals whose abilities
they aren't fully aware of.
"It has been a slow, evolving process because it has
been a threat to everyone. It was a threat to the medical
group because they were being asked to share something
that hitherto had always been theirs.
"And it was a threat to other health professional
schools and faculties, which felt they would be looked
down upon by their peers elsewhere if they became too
close to the medical profession or departed from their
traditional role.
"As a result, formation of the health-team teaching
concept has not occurred in any great hurry. But I can
say that it's as far advanced, if not further advanced,
here than at any other university that I know of."
Another difficulty of the early years was the fact that
he wore two hats. In addition to being dean of UBC's
Faculty of Medicine, he was chairman of a co-ordinating
committee of health professional groups on campus. As
dean he had to advance the interests of the Faculty of
Retiring UBC dean plans to resume
Editor, UBC Reports
The reputation that a university enjoys outside its
own immediate environment often results from the
influence of a handful of people who are known for
their teaching and research.
Chances are, if you were to ask a group of
knowledgeable academics elsewhere for the names of
those who have made UBC famous, one name that
would almost certainly come up is that of Dean Ian
McTaggart Cowan, who retires on June 30 as dean of the
Faculty of Graduate Studies.
It is not, however, as a dean of Graduate Studies that
Ian Cowan's name is widely known.
His reputation rests on his work in the fields of
ecology, wildlife management and conservation. His
lifelong career in these areas has gained him an
international reputation as a top-flight researcher and
educator and has drawn to UBC over the years other
outstanding researchers, teachers and graduate students.
Many of the latter are now in the forefront of the animal
ecology movement in universities and government
organizations all over the world.
You might think that a man who has had that kind of
influence would be content to rest on his laurels and
perhaps retire quietly to his home in the University
Endowment Lands near the UBC campus or to his
summer place on Mayne Island in the Gulf Islands of
That, however, would be most uncharacteristic of Ian
Come June 30 — five days after he reaches his 65th
birthday and age of mandatory retirement from UBC
administrative positions — Ian Cowan will resume his
first-love career as scientist on a full-time basis.
"I've got three graduate students currently working in
the field on projects related to the social strategies of
flesh-eating animals," he said earlier this month, "and
they're going to see a lot more of me in the future than
they have been."
And in September he'll be back in the classroom
teaching a third-year course on the biology and
management of large animals.
Ian Cowan's interest in nature began before he came
to Canada at the age of three from Scotland. In 1913,
his family settled in North Vancouver at the foot of the
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Coast Range. They soon became accustomed to an
empty chair at the dinner table.
One of his favorite pastimes was roaming the
mountains above North Vancouver, often breaking trail
with little regard for the weather over what are now the
flourishing ski runs of Grouse, Hollyburn and Seymour
His skill as a trapper and a rifle marksman became
evident in his early teens and resulted in a collection of
several thousand specimens of mammals and birds,
which he has presented to UBC.
The course of Ian Cowan's future was set in this
period. He entered UBC in 1927 and graduated with his
first degree (a Bachelor of Arts in zoology) in 1932.
Between UBC sessions he roamed the Kootenays and the
Banff and Jasper areas as a field worker for Canada's
National Museum doing exhaustive studies of mammals.
In 1933, the year after he enrolled for his Doctor of
Philosophy degree at the University of California, his
publishing career began. In that year he published three
papers, including studies of the B.C. wood chuck and the
deer of California. Today, his list of publications runs to
11 closely-typed pages and includes studies of large and
small mammals and birds as well as overview articles on
ecology, wildlife management and conservation.
In 1935, armed with his California Ph.D., Ian Cowan
arrived back in Vancouver at the depth of the
Depression. Good luck and good friends landed him a
job as an assistant biologist at the B.C. Provincial
Museum in Victoria.
In 1936 he married Joyce Racey, the daughter of
Kenneth Racey, a Vancouver businessman and amateur
ornithologist who 14 years earlier had fired Ian Cowan's
interest in mountain mammals as the result of a public
lecture. Mrs. Cowan, an enthusiastic naturalist, has
accompanied her husband on many of his expeditions to
the far corners of the earth. They have two children,
both UBC graduates.
In 1940 Ian Cowan was appointed an assistant
professor in UBC's Department of Zoology. Within five
years he was promoted to full professor, an almost
unheard-of leap in rank in those days. Eight years later,
in 1953, he became head of the Zoology department,
and in 1964 he became dean of Graduate Studies while
retaining his professorship in zoology.
In addition to a busy UBC career that would have
kept two or three men busy, Ian Cowan has also served
on most of the important research fund-granting
agencies on this continent and on numerous important
outside bodies concerned with education.
He has been a member of UBC's Senate continuously
since 1951 and served for many years as chairman of
that body's Library Committee. He has been a member
of both the National Research Council and the Fisheries
Research Board of Canada; served as president of the
Arctic Institute of North America and as the first
president of the Biological Council of Canada, made up
of 14 organizations which aim at improving research and
teaching in biology in Canada; and is an active member
of numerous bodies concerned with environmental
preservation and conservation.
In 1963 he was named to the Academic Board of
B.C., a body established under the Universities Act of
that year to "advise the appropriate authorities on
orderly development of universities ... and colleges." He is a statesman of Canadian health
Medicine. But as chairman of the co-ordinating
committee his role was to champion the common
interest of all.
This tension was removed when he resigned as dean
rof Medicine in 1972 to become the first Coordinator of
^Health Sciences.
Dr. McCreary says that the single most significant
advance made at UBC to implement the health team was
construction of buildings designed to be shared by all
health professional groups. The buildings required
money and Dr. McCreary is a master at persuading
people who control private and public money to finance
his dream.
As president of the Association of Canadian Medical
Colleges from 1963 to 1966 he persuaded the federal
government to set aside half a billion dollars in a health
resources fund for construction of health education
buildings across Canada. He also persuaded many private
donors to contribute to the new type of buildings at
UBC. The most impressive of these, and unique in the
world, is the P.A. Woodward Instructional Resources
Centre where students of all the health professions are
taught and where their deans and directors have
adjoining offices away from the buildings where their
staffs are located.
"This building has brought all the deans and directors
together so that instead of meeting formally once every
two weeks they're meeting twice a day in the corridor,"
he said. "It's made it very much easier to achieve the
co-ordination that is necessary."
Dr. McCreary's talent for raising private money has
not gone unnoticed. The World Health Organization
would like him to spend a year or two investigating the
possibility of attracting money for their programs from
industrial foundations and the oil-rich Arab states.
Though he is disappointed that the health team
concept isn't as advanced at UBC as he would like it to
be and is counting on successors to complete what he
began, he feels that the gains that have been made are
"Written into the legislation creating the new B.C.
Medical Centre is that all health education in the
province, at all levels, must be co-ordinated. That is now
law," he said.
"Built into the B.C. Medical Centre is a tremendous
amount of strength in the education field. The BCMC's
Educational Planning Division represents all health
education institutions in the province. The people in the
division are sold on the idea of the health team and
ensure that in the minute-to-minute decisions being
made at BCMC, the health-team concept is borne in
Momentum has also built up among some practising
health professions, he said. Three years ago it was
discovered that 40 teams of physicians and nurses were
operating as a health team in community medicine. They
were dividing their work along untraditional lines. Some
of the nurses, for example, used the doctor's office while
he was doing hospital rounds to give pre-natal and
post-natal advice to mothers or to counsel elderly
"An example of the changes that have occurred is a
sign I saw recently in Courtenay," Dr. McCreary said. "A
sign on a lawn said 'Dr. So and So, Dentist, and Team.'
"This is something that couldn't have happened 10
years ago. If the dentist had used assistants, he probably
wouldn't have been proud of it to the point of having it
advertised on his front lawn. Now much more is
For years Dr. McCreary has dreamed of retiring,
taking catch-up courses in pediatrics, and returning to
practise in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. One of the
happiest times of his life was during practice as a
pediatrician in Toronto, he said.
He is denying himself that dream. He has become
medical advisor to the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward's
Foundation, which funds a large number of advanced
health projects in the province. His plans are to find a
retirement home closer to Vancouver so that he can
commute to the city.
his first-love career as a scientist
served as the board's chairman from 1968 until the end
Lof 1974, when the board went out of existence, replaced
by the new Universities Council established under the
Universities Act of 1974.
Ian Cowan also has a reputation as a public figure in
-the sense that he has never hesitated to speak out on the
subject of environmental degradation and the sensitive
Management of wildlife and wild lands. His file in UBC's
Information Office bulges with newspaper clippings
quoting his comments on everything from the
environmental effect of the Alaska oil pipeline to the
effect of herbicides and pesticides on animal life.
In the early 1960s Ian Cowan served as both host and
narrator on two television series which won about a
dozen awards from the Institute for Education by Radio
and Television at Ohio State University and other bodies
as far afield as Egypt and New Zealand.
The series, entitled "Web of Life" and "Patterns of
Living" were produced in Vancouver and screened
nationally by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The citations for the awards said the programs provided
"a most satisfying educational experience" by "a warm,
friendly, and skillful teacher who handled the
transitions, animated photography, and beautiful film
work flawlessly."
Ian Cowan has had other honors for his scientific
► In 1970 he was the recipient of the Aldo Leopold
Medal and the Arthur Einarsen Award from the Wildlife
Society, an international body headquartered in
Washington,   D.C.   The   citation   for  the   medal
^characterized him as "a pioneer in the field of wildlife
management education" whose findings as a research
Urologist have "had a leading role in promoting the
application of ecological knowledge to the management
of biological resources."
project that has been funded by a sponsor, you owe it to
the sponsor and the University to see that the work is
published so that people can see see it and use it."
Dean Cowan says he might have done a more
"elegant" job of deaning if he had been concerned solely
with "paper-pushing and the monitoring of rules and
regulations." He also admits that he's a "bottom-line"
budgeter, by which he means that he reviews the budgets
of his institute heads and other administrators monthly
and, if they haven't exceeded their average monthly
expenditure, "I don't worry them."
The dean also gives a lot of time to seeing students,
who have priority in seeing him. "They come in here
with every conceivable kind of problem — personal,
financial and sometimes just plain puzzlement over the
complexities of University machinery.
"I'm a good listener and I suppose I could be accused
of being overly sympathetic. But these are people we're
dealing with and I'm very sympathetic to the problems
students run into. We try to do our best for them,
whatever the problem, and many can be easily solved
when the student is told how the University operates."
in recent years, the dean says, an increasing number
of mature students have been dropping in — "older
people who've had an idea they wanted to pursue most
of their working lives" — seeking advice on how to go
about realizing long-standing ambitions.
"It's not always possible to help them realize their
goals because their ambitions often outstrip their
abilities. Often we're able to suggest alternatives, because
many mature students haven't considered them."
Dean Cowan believes that this willingness to foster
studies by mature students "reflects the fact that UBC is
a flexible university. It's one of the things I've enjoyed
about life here."
Dean Cowan isn't worried about the fact that some of
the feeling of urgency that characterized the ecology
movement at the beginning of this decade has
"It was predictable that that would happen," he says,
"but it doesn't mean that people have lost their concern
for environmental preservation. Industry, governments
and individuals were sensitized to environmental needs
by that movement and there's simply no way they will
return to the unthinking and unintentional ways of the
He   believes   that   sensitivity   to   the   need   for
environmental preservation resulted from the polarity of
views expressed in the watershed years on either side of
1970. "On the one ha*nd, you had spokesmen for
industry who said, 'What good is that grizzly bear or that
bird-nesting area compared to the benefits of a new
refinery?' while on the other you had extreme
conservationists who said, 'You'll build refineries over
my dead body'.
"Both are wrong, and what has to be found is a
working arrangement that will accommodate the urgent
environmental needs with the requirements of society
for the resources that keep it going. That's what is being
worked on now. The machinery for negotiation is not as
good as it might be, but it's being steadily improved.
"I'm optimistic."
Those graduate students, mentioned earlier, whom
Ian Cowan plans to spend more time with, had better be
on their toes. Their mentor rises at 6:00 a.m. and after a
run ("a bit better than jogging, sort of eight-minute-mile
stuff") spends a couple of hours dictating into a
dictaphone in his study at home until he hears
interesting noises from the kitchen.
When he isn't supervising the work of graduate
students in the field, or teaching, he'll be attending the
meetings of a number of organizations, both private and
governmental, concerned with resource and
environmental management. He has just accepted a
three-year appointment as chairman of the Canadian
Environmental Advisory Council, a federal government
The thing he's looking forward to most, he says, is
"thinking time," which he says there isn't enough of in
North American universities. "One of the glories of the
British university system," he says, "is that a professor is
given considerable amounts of time to think
"I think this accounts for the very high 'novelty'
production of British academics and the
disproportionately high rate of innovation, including
such developments as penicillin, radar, and jet
Leisure, he adds, "has to be used wisely and a lot of
people simply aren't equipped to use it for creative
Whatever else happens to him in "retirement," it
seems likely that whatever leisure time Ian Cowan has
will be used for purposeful thinking. ^m___^ UBC ALUMNI    ■ ■
Alumni welcome graduates
Every year UBC bids farewell to those students
finishing their degrees ... and the alumni are there to
welcome the graduates into a new association with
the University.
This year's grad class will have an opportunity to
get involved in alumni activities almost immediately,
as a result of the recent Senate decision to increase
the number of Convocation representatives from the
statutory four to 11.
Convocation will meet on Sept. 10 to elect the
new Senators. See the Registrar's by-election notice
on Page Nine.
(Nominations for the seven new positions, which
are open to all graduates, close on June 11. For
details, contact the UBC Alumni Association office,
228-3313,   or   the   Registrar,   228-3159).
Founded in 1917, the Alumni Association now
numbers nearly 70,000 graduates in its membership.
The programs of the association are developed in the
interest of support to the University and service to
the individual alumnus. The Alumni Association
Board of Management, which is elected each spring
by mail ballot, welcomes your participation and
ideas. Here are just a few of the current alumni
Students from Magee secondary school In
Vancouver get a preview of life at UBC from
Tina Wong, pointing, one of a group of
students staffing UBC's. summer Visitors'
Information Service. Students staff three
bright-blue kiosks, such as the one shown
above, placed at strategic points on the UBC
campus to provide information and directions
to thousands of summer visitors to the
campus. Kiosks are open seven days a week
from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided tours of
the campus are also available by calling
228-3131. Picture by Jim Banham.
The Young Alumni Club, for recent grads and
students in their final year, meets regularly during
summer and winter for socializing and such at Cecil
Green Park. An expanded activity program is under
way which includes pre-ski exercises, ski weekends
and volleyball during the winter. Summer activities
are so far confined to baseball and sunset watching on
Thursdays from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. (Summer
membership, $4.00)
There are alumni Branches in B.C., Canada and
some parts of the United States. They get together
for social activities and programs featuring UBC
speakers and distinguished guests.
For alumni in the Lower Mainland, there are the
Division programs. These are groups organized on a
degree or diploma basis which arrange programs of
special — often educational — interest for their
members. At present there are active Divisions in
Commerce, Home Economics, Dental Hygiene and
Every fall Reunions are organized, (the Class of
'75 is already booked for its first in 1985), and this
year the Class of '25 celebrates its 50th! There is a
growing alumni Travel Program, currently specializing
in sun and palm trees. And very importantly, there is
the Alumni Fund — which you won't be hearing from
for a couple of years — that solicits the funds that
support the extensive alumni scholarship and bursary
program as well as supplying support for student and
campus-based projects.
We'll try to keep you in touch with ideas and
events that are current on the campus through the
quarterly magazine, the Alumni Chronicle, and more
frequently, UBC Reports. UBC needs your continued
interest and support and the Alumni Association is
here to encourage both of those things.
Congratulations and best wishes on your
Kenneth L. Brawner
President, UBC Alumni Association.
An invitation
to celebrate
Feel like doing a bit more celebrating after all the
graduation festivities?
If the answer is,yes, come join in the gala alumni
dinner dance on Friday, May 30, at the Bayshore Inn.
We'll be celebrating the anniversary of 60 years of
classes at the University. David Brock will be along to
take a look at some of the pertinent — and
impertinent — pages in UBC's history.
The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m.
accompanied by music from the Sunshyne band,
followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. After the
presentation of the alumni awards and David Brock
show, there will be dancing. New grads are especially
welcome — along with any other vintage, to be sure.
The event is informal and tickets ($12.00 a person)
are available by phoning the alumni office — 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - 228-3313. A limited number of
tickets will be available at the door.
Plan to join us — it should be fuh.
Alumni board
has new look
The UBC Alumni Association's Board of
Management has a new look after the association's
annual meeting, held on Monday, May 26, at Cecil
Green Park.
The new president is Kenneth L. Brawner, BA'57,
LLB'58, who has previously served as first and second
vice-president and as head of the Alumni Fund and
the association's government relations committee. He
succeeds the outgoing president, Charles (Chuck)
Campbell, BA'71.
All the executive positions, including president,
were filled by acclamation. Other members of the
new executive are: first vice-president, James L.
Denholme, BASc'56; second vice-president, Charlotte
Warren, BCom'58; third vice-president, Robert
Johnson, BA'63, LLB'67; and treasurer, Paul Hazell,
An election by mail ballot determined the 10
alumni who will serve two-year terms (1975-77) as
members-at-large. They are: Aunna Leyland Currie,
BEd'60; Michael Hunter, BA'63, LLB'67; Helen
McCrae, MSW'49; Tom McCusker, BA'47; M.T.
(Mickey) McDowell, BPE'68, MPE'69; Donald
MacKay, BA'55; Mark Rose, BSA'47; W.A. (Art)
Stevenson, BASc'68; Doreen Ryan Walker, BA'42,
MA'69; and Elizabeth Travers Wilmot, BSR'66.
Completing their two-year terms as
members-at-large in 1975-76 are: Judith Shark
Atkinson, BA'65, BLS'69; Joy Ward Fera, BRE'72;
Fraser Hodge, BASc'69; John Hunt, MD'58; Barbara
Ann Brown Milroy, BHE'51; Pat Parker, BCom'68,
MBA'69; John Parks, BCom'70, LLB'71; Oscar
Sziklai, MF'61, PhD'64; and Robert Tait, BSA'48.
So you've got your degree...what's next?
You don't know where you're going from here? We don't know where you're off to, either. When things settle
down a bit, why not fill this form in and mail it back to us, just for the heck of it.
Name UBC degree ,
Address ,	
 Postal code .
Spouse's name and UBC degree (if applicable)	
Maiden/former names (if applicable)	
Tracing reference if my mail is returned undelivered:
Name and address	
D YES, I'd like more info about the Young Alumni Club.
□ YES, I'd like to receive UBC REPORTS and the Alumni CHRONICLE.
□ YES, I'd like to keep in touch with UBC through an alumni BRANCH.
Mail to: UBC Alumni Records, 6251 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1A6
12/UBC Reports/May 28, 1975


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