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VANCOUVER     8,     B.C.
President John B. Macdonald
told newspapermen he is giving
top priority to the formulation of
a plan for the future of higher
education in B.C. at a press conference at UBC on July 23, the
day following his arrival on the
Replying to questions, Dr. Macdonald said UBC had been growing at a tremendous rate and pressure had been developing in a
number of areas for the establishment of junior colleges.
"Victoria College," he said, "has
been developing its own strength,
and all this has been done, up to
this point, without any well-formulated plan about the organization
and administration of higher education throughout the province. I
think this must receive top priority, and as far as I am concerned,
this is my first and most urgent
Continuing, the president said
the mechanics of formulating a
plan would be discussed with the
Board of Governors and Senate of
the University.
Emphasizing that he was expressing his personal views, Dr.
Macdonald went on to say he was
thoroughly in favour of decentralization — "not simply one organization stretching throughout the
whole province and taking responsibility for the whole of higher
He said he thought institutions
of higher education, whether junior colleges or arts colleges or professional technical schools, were
likely to be great in relation to the
degree to which they could control their own destiny, develop in
an individual way, and meet their
personal objectives in higher education.
He said the main problem, after
discussion and agreement on principles, will probably be arriving at
a means of accomplishing decentralization quickly.
Later in the press conference,
Dr. Macdonald was asked if he
envisaged, under a master plan,
UBC remaining the core university of the system or if other institutions would have autonomy.
The president replied that if
UBC was at the core of a system
it would not be possible for other
institutions to have higher standards than UBC. He said it was
conceivable that a group in another area of the province might
wish to establish a liberal arts col-
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lege of very high standards and
would not be prepared to accept
transfers from  UBC.
"I don't think," he added, "that
we should establish any program
which would inhibit this kind of
development. This is a good university, and it may not be possible
to make it better in some areas."
He added: "But there are certainly possibilities in many areas
of doing something unique, different, and imaginative, and I don't
think we should do anything to interfere with   it."
Asked if this meant autonomous
institutions without control by
UBC, the president replied that
that was what he would like to see.
He added that these were personal
views which would have to be discussed with various bodies. "One
man's opinion isn't going to settle
this question,"  he  added.
Questioned about the size of
UBC, Dr. Macdonald said he was
in favour of limiting enrolment,
but added that the size of any university could not be decided on an
arbitrary basis.
"I think that there is no question that if it (UBC) continued to
grow according to its present pattern it could never really achieve
the status of one of the world's
truly great universities because
the volume of teaching which
would  be  required  in  the  under
graduate school would absorb almost all of the University's energies," he added.
He added that circumstances of
this kind do not permit the building of a strong graduate school
and development of a strong core
of scholarship and investigation in
the sciences, arts and humanities.
"I do not mean to suggest by
this," he said, "that this university
doesn't have great scholars. Of
course it has great scholars. But
I think that all members of the
staff need to have time for their
own personal scholarship, and this
can only be done if one changes
the balance so that there is a
greater degree of emphasis on
graduate education." "
Returning to the size of the University Dr. Macdonald said it was
difficult to arrive at a figure arbitrarily because we have responsibilities as a public institution to
the province, and UBC had to accept students who are eligible for
admission to our maximum capacity until there are other institu-
-tions-io accept some of-the load.—
He added that factors to be
taken into consideration in determining a formula for the size of
UBC were how rapidly additional
institutions could be developed,
how much of the eligible age
group should be admitted, how
rapidly the numbers of eligible
students will increase, and how
much of this load is to be the task
of UBC.
"Clearly then," he added, "this
university is going to continue to
grow in size and only when we
have formulated a plan for the
future of higher education for the
whole province will we be able to
say what size UBC should be."
Replying to a question regarding
examinations for admission to
UBC, Dr. Macdonald said he did
not believe in college for everyone.
He said he thought a system of
education which is accepting a
very large number of students who
are doomed to failure in advance
is not meeting its responsibilities
to the students, the public or to
the  institution.
"There are those," he said, "who
can profit by the experience of
higher education and there are
those who can profit by other kinds
of educational experience. We
should tailor our educational programs to the needs and demands
of the various categories of young
people whom we have in our community."
Asked~if he thought UBC had
accepted the "college for everyone" principle, he replied that he
did not think this was the case
since the University has admission
standards which prevent anyone
from enrolling.
"I think the heart of the.problem
is not to cut back on the numbers
of students, but to select those students who can profit by this kind
of educational experience," he
added. "I am perfectly certain that
there are many young people In this
province with all kinds of ability
who should be in the University
who are not, and conversely, it's
clear from the results of the University's admissions during the last
few years that there are many
people getting into the University
who do not belong."
See page three for a biographical note on Dr. Macdonald.
must write
The UBC Senate has approved
a recommendation requiring all
'first year students to write a
battery of counselling tests prior
to   registration.
The recommendation was forwarded to Senate by a committee
studying the academic organization of the University. The new
regulation is effective immediately
and will apply to all first year
students registering  in  September.
The president said no first year
student would be allowed to register until the tests had been written. He emphasized that the results of the tests would not prevent any student from attending
i Jiohn F. McLean, director of
UBC's counselling office, said that
in previous years 80 per cent of
the first year class had written
the tests. The object in requiring
all students to write the tests, he
said, is to compile a complete
statistical picture.
Mr. McLean added that there
is evidence that the 20 per cent
who do not write the tests are
frequently those who have academic problems. "It is important,"
he said, "that we should know who
these people are so that we can
provide further assistance."
Students will be required to
write a total of five tests. Four of
the tests are an indication of academic ability and include a mathematics and English exam indicating the student's level of accomplishment and future performance.
The fifth exam helps to indicate
the student's field of interest. A
total of three and one half hours
are   required  to   write  the  tests.
second unit
A $511,283 contract for construction of the second unit of the fine
arts centre at UBC has been
awarded to Biely Construction Co.
The second unit will contain three
classrooms each seating 50 ■students
and a theatre seating 400. It is expected that the building will be
complete in time for UBC's 1963
summer session. The theatre will
be equipped with two revolving
stages for complex scenery changes
plus dressing and makeup rooms
and offices.
The first unit of the fine arts
centre — the Frederic Lasserre
building for architecture, fine arts
ad planning—was opened in May,
1962. Future additions to the centre
will be a building for the school
of music and an anthropology museum. The second unit of the centre
will be constructed on the northwest corner of the main University
parking lot at the north end of the
main mall.
The UBC board of governors has
also awarded a $53,859 contract to
Stevenson Construction Company
for an addition to eating facilities
in Brock Hall. Accommodation for
an additional 100 students will be
available in September when the
winter session opens. no progressive
university can
neglect the demands
made upon it
(Just prior to his retirement as president on ]une
30, President Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie issued his report
to the Board of Governors and the Senate for 1961-6)2.
What follows are excerpts from the report, which deals
with professional education.)
A good deal of discussion, debate and controversy continues within the universities and
throughout the. country concerning the responsibility of the universities for the professional
training of citizens. Perhaps it is more accurate
to state that there are those who feel and who
state very emphatically that the business of the
universities is "education," the development of
the intellect and the mind and not, to them, the
more practical and even the more sordid business-of professional and technical instruction and
This attitude is in some ways a natural and
salutary one, for it does ensure that our universities will concern themselves in part at least with
the highest ideals and goals. But the hard facts
of life are that most of us have to make our own
living or become dependents of those who do
earn. About the only individuals in our society
who need have little or no concern about the
practical, that is wage or salary earning or the
revenue-producing value of their education, are
the sorts and daughters of the wealthy, and those
women who give up their careers following marriage. It is true that the wealthy can, if they
care to, lead a life of leisure, but most of them
are just as interested in their own competence
and involvement in practical affairs as the rest
of us.
Many women, even though married, find that
professional training and competence are either
essential or helpful, and even in the case of those
who can give all their time and energies to their
home and their families, the education and training they have received are passed on to their
children and in addition make them among the
most useful of our citizens in a democratic society.
For the rest, whether the higher education
' which the individual interests himself 1n and
takes be limited to the liberal arts or is concerned almost exclusively with one of the professions, in the end the graduates of our colleges
and universities do go to work and do make use
of what they have learned in college and university, either directly in a professional way or indirectly in the careers in which they engage.
Because of this, the continuing debate I have
mentioned above, while useful and stimulating,
will not likely and should not change materially
the policy of universities in respect of the "useful" and the "not-so-useful" courses and oppor-
. tunities   which   universities   provide.
In brief, the professions have always had a
place and a senior place in universities throughout the centuries; and while we claim and state
that the arts, letters and sciences are and should
be the heart and the core and the most important section of a university, the professions and
professional training are equally honourable and
just as important in terms of the services universities render to the young men and women who
come to them, to their communities, and to the
Our attitudes towards professional training
have changed over the last fifty years. One has
only to think of recent developments in fields
such as social work, physical and occupational
therapy, physical education and recreation. On
the other hand, as the years of training required
to produce highly skilled professional persons
lengthen, so some areas of their operation will
fall into sub-professional or technical classifications: laboratory assistants, dental hygienists and
— practical  nurses are cases.in.point.
It follows, therefore, that universities must
maintain flexibility in their attitudes towards
training for the professions, and no one can predict what additional professional fields will become of interest to them in the next quarter century. Explosive developments in research and
enquiry in every area of learning make specialization a practical necessity. Aerophysics, aeronautical engineering, soil science, and business
administration are fields of professional activity
which have coroe into being over the last 30 years.
A variety of forces are at work in contemporary society which have led u? to reverse some of
our traditional ideas about professional training,
with the consequent result that everywhere institutions of higher learning are tending to concentrate more and more on professional preparation. Such a result is perhaps inevitable in a
growing society and expanding economy, where
the demand for trained persons continues to increase year by year, but this does not in any
way mean that the traditional humane studies
can be neglected or downgraded. It means only
that universities are conscious as never before of
their many-sided responsibility to the society
which they both serve and lead. No progressive
university   in  the   second  half of the  twentieth
century can neglect the proper demands made
upon it and any one that does is retrograde.
It is not possible to build a great "comprehensive" university unless teaching and research are
carried on in every department, school and
faculty. Basic research must be encouraged, for
the findings of the scholar nearly always have
direct contributions to make to the work of the
applied scientist. In addition to passing on the
accumulated knowledge of the past to younger
generations, universities must also be directly
involved in pushing back the boundaries of the
In the professional schools, the results of research work generally have direct application to
the community at large, and at the University of
British Columbia we have made it a policy to aid
and encourage such service.
The department of extension, through its valuable and imaginative program of courses, both
credit and non-credit, is working to extend the
campus of the University to the whole province.
The new leisure which has come to our citizens
with the shortening of the work-week, has combined with a quickened interest everywhere in
education to underline the need for continuing
education through night classes. An examination
of the directors' report for the year 1961-62 shows
the extent to which the services of the University
are being made available to both professional
and non-professional groups.
We must have but one goal in education: to
ensure that every young British Columbian who
has the ability and capacity to undertake university studies be guaranteed education and training
to the highest level of which he is capable. No
lesser goal  is worthy of us.
(Following is the citation for the honorary degree
of doctor of laws [LL.D.] conferred on Dr. N. A. M.
MacKenzie, UBC's retiring president, at the spring congregation.)
Madam Chancellor, on the twenty-fifth day
of October, nineteen hundred and forty-four, the
newly installed president of the University defined his concept of the ideal holder of his office.
Today, almost eighteen years later, the University of British Columbia proclaims to this Congregation that his ideal, unattainable by most,
matched by a distinguished few, he has himself
surpassed. At that time he concluded his description by saying: "But above all else he should have
. . . courage and integrity, for the influence of
these will live on after him in the lives of his
staff and students, the men and women who come
in contact with him, and in the quality and
reputation   of the   University  he  serves."
Courage he possesses, as unyielding today in
his battles with the educational problems of a
postwar world as yesterday in his exploits against
the enemy in the first world war. It is a courage
that commands followers, guarantees achievement, takes decisions, acknowledges their consequences. To this courage he brings integrity, as unblemished today when he helps to
create and mould the Canada Council as yesterday when he helped to plan and forge the
National Federation of Canadian University Students. It is an integrity that makes the possessor
claim failure more readily than admit success,
shun the expedient and the mediocre, seek out
the common good, be the public conscience.
But the measure of this legendary Canadian
admired and loved from sea to sea is not a matter
of courage and integrity alone. In him there is
a higher quality, a mystic refiner that transforms
all else — the power of greatness. Because of
this he has won the approving trust and wholehearted support of all citizens, attracted to this
campus a staff of outstanding worth, and made
this University internationally famed. The limited
horizons of yesterday have given way to the unlimited promise of tomorrow. This is the work of
a man of courage, integrity and greatness: he can
justly boast "exegi monumentum aere perennius."
Today the.Senate of the University of British
Columbia pays him its greatest tribute, albeit one
unequal to the honour he has brought to this
University, province, and nation; it enrolls him
as a member of the community he has nobly
served, and perpetuates an association at once
rich  and warm.
Madam Chancellor, you are asked to confer
the degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa, on
Norman Archibald MacRae MacKenzie, Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St.
Michael and St. George, Holder of the Military
Medal and Bar, Queen's Counsel, Master of Laws,
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, President
of the University of British Columbia.
VOLUME 8 — No. 4
(Following is the citation for the honorary degree
ivhich was awarded to UBC's new president, Dr. John
Barfoot Macdonald, at the University of Saskatchewan
on May 23.)
Mr. Chancellor,! have the honour to present
to you, John Barfoot Macdonald, Director of the
Forsyth Dental Infirmary, Professor of Microbiology, The Harvard School of Dental Medicine,
and President-elect of the University of British
Dr. Macdonald was born in Toronto and received much of his education in that city. He
was graduated with honours in dentistry by the
University of Toronto in 1942, and shortly thereafter joined the Royal Canadian Dental Corps.
Following his military discharge, he undertook
graduate study at the University of Illinois, and
later at Columbia, from which institutions he received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in bacteriology. He returned to the University of Toronto where, by 1956, he was Professor of Bacteriology and Dental Research. In that year, he
accepted a joint appointment as director of the
Forsyth Dental Infirmary in Boston, and Professor of Microbiology at Harvard. He continued in
this dual appointment, with added responsibilities,
until he was appointed President of the University of British Columbia, which duties he will
assume on July 1st of this year.
In addition to his research, and teaching and
administrative responsibilities in Toronto and
Boston, Dr. Macdonald has found time to serve
as an editor or as a member of editorial boards
of several biological journals, and he has also
served as a consultant to numerous research and
educational bodies in both Canada and the United
States. His 1956 report to the University of British
Columbia entitled "A Prospectus on Dental Education" has been widely acclaimed as a most
discerning and forward looking document and it
has been particularly useful to those charged
with the responsibility of organizing a professional faculty. Certainly our new faculty of dentistry here in Winnipeg has, in its formative years,
leaned heavily on several of the progressive ideas
put forward in Dr. Macdonald's report.
The achievement which Dr. Macdonald himself
has found most satisfying, however, has been his
own research which has contributed greatly to
our understanding of the ecology of microorganisms indigenous to man, and also to the
development of a biochemically based concept of
the pathogeneses of periodontal disease. From
Dr. Macdonald's pen and laboratory have emerged
over 50 papers published in the biological literature. What is much more significant, however, is
the fact that many of them have been of such
a pioneering and iconoclastic nature in the field
of oral microbiology.
Another of Dr. Macdonald's greatest satisfactions has been the development of an outstanding
program of post-doctoral studies in Boston. During the past three years, fellows from no less
than 22 different countries have pursued study
in the basic and clinical sciences under his direction and from this program have gone forth
qualified research workers who are already making an impact on dental teaching and scientific
research on this continent and elsewhere.
It would seem apparent, Mr. Chancellor, that
Dr. Macdonald, by his leadership, ability, and
personality, has truly established new frontiers in
both bacteriology and dentistry, and I should
probably add that the phrase "new frontier" is
used advisedly here, in the light of its present
popularity on the American scene, and particularly in that part of the United States centred on
Boston and  Harvard  University.
The University of Manitoba has established
as a prime requisite for the granting of an honorary degree, the condition that both the recipient
and the University should be honoured by -the
award. I would submit, Mr. Chancellor, that Dr.
Macdonald, by his proven capacities as an original
and scholarly investigator, as a notable undergraduate and graduate teacher, as a progressive
planner, and as an enlightened administrator, is a
most worthy recipient of this honour, and in conferring this degree, the University will be furthering its own distinguished reputation as well
as the distinguished reputation of the presidentelect of the University of British Columbia.
1 would request, therefore, Mr. Chancellor, on
behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon John Barfoot Macdonald the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris
(Following is the citation for the honorary degree
conferred on Dean F. H. Soward, head of UBC's faculty
of graduate studies and the department of history and
international studies, at Carleton University on May 25).
Forty years ago, Frederic, Hubert Soward went
to teach at the small University of British Columbia. Since then, his has been a great Canadian
academic career. He is one of those inspiring and
beloved teachers still talked about by students
of thirty years ago. He is an honoured historian
whose scholarly integrity is respected throughout
Canada and far beyond. He has had a major
part in the drama of the growth of his university, and is now head of history and international
studies, and dean of graduate studies. For years
he has been a foremost Canadian analyst of international affairs, and he has long been a fervent
proponent of collective security. During the war
he proved his worth in active service with the
Department of External Affairs. He has been
probably our most successful academic traveller.
And with all this, he is a leading Canadian
authority on detective stories.
Mr. Chancellor: In the name of the Senate, I
request you to confer the degree of Doctor of
Laws, honoris causa, on Frederic Hubert Soward,
who has done so much for knowledge and understanding of our world of nations. PORTRAIT
Dr. John Barfoot Macdonald,
who became president of the University of British Columbia July 1,
brings to'his new post an impressive background as a scientist,
scholar and administrator.
Dr. Phyllis G. Ross, C.B.E.,
chancellor of UBC, stated that Dr.
Macdonald's appointment to the
presidency of one of Canada's
largest universities seems a natural culmination to a distinguished
career of teaching, scientific research, and proven administrative
"The members of the Board of
Governors are confident that they
have found in Dr. Macdonald a
man who possesses in a unique
way those qualities of leadership
which are demanded in the president of a comprehensive university,"   Dr.  Ross  stated.
She continued: "I am personally
delighted that Dr. Macdonald and
his family are coming to this province, and I know that every member of the academic community
will offer him support and assistance in the heavy responsibilities
he now accepts as president of a
great institution."
Dr. Claude Bissell, president of
the University of Toronto, issued
the following statement on the eve
of Dr. Macdonald's arrival in B.C.
on July 22:
"The University of Toronto takes
pride in the selection of a graduate of this University and former
member of its staff for the high
post of president of the University
of British Columbia.
"By reason of his office, the president of the University of British
Columbia is an important spokesman in the councils of higher education in Canada. When that
spokesman is also a scholar warmly recognized by his peers, his
words and acts command particular attention."
Dr. Macdonald was born in Toronto and received much of his
education there. He graduated
with honors from the Faculty of
Dentistry, University of Toronto,
in 1942 and shortly thereafter
joined the Royal Canadian Dental
Corps, attaining the rank of captain.
Dr. Macdonald resumed his academic career following World War
II at the University of Illinois
where he received his master of
science degree in bacteriology in
The same year he was named a
Kellogg fellow and received the
first student researchship ever
given by the Canadian Dental Association. This took him to Columbia University where he received his doctor of philosophy
degree  in   bacteriology   in   1953.
Dr. Macdonald returned to the
University of Toronto in 1949 and
by 1956 had risen to the rank of
full professor of bacteriology. During this period he was instrumental in establishing the Division of
Dental Research at Toronto's
dental faculty and served as chairman of the division until  1956.
Dr. Macdonald's association with
UBC began in 1955 when he was
invited to British Columbia to prepare a report entitled "A Prospectus of Dental Education." The
report, which is now serving as
the blueprint for the long-awaited
Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, was
acclaimed as a discerning and forward-looking document by medical
educators across Canada.
Immediately after completing
the B.C. survey, Dr. Macdonald accepted a joint appointment as professor of microbiology and director
of the Forsyth Dental Infirmary at
Harvard   University.
Under Dr. Macdonald's administration the Infirmary has become
one of the leading research centres
in   North  America.   Dr. Macdonald
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has himself enriched scientific literature with more than 50 publications which have earned him the
reputation of being in the forefront of research in the field of
microbiology of mucous membranes  in  man.
His most extensive work has
been done in the field of factors
determining the occurance of organisms in the human body and
the understanding of the chemical
activities of indigenous microorganisms responsible for their ability to cause disease.
One of Dr. Macdonald's outstanding achievements has been
the development of a program of
post-doctoral studies at Harvard.
During the past three years fellows from 22 different countries
have pursued studies in the basic
and clinical sciences under his direction and leadership.
The citation for the honorary degree which he received from the
University of Manitoba recently
stated that Dr. Macdonald "by his
leadership, and ability, and personality, has truly established New
Frontiers in both bacteriology and
It seems a fitting climax to Dr.
Macdonald's research work at the
Forsyth Dental Infirmary that just
before arriving in Vancouver he
was invited to speak at the International Conference on Oral Biology in Bonn, Germany, and to
deliver the Charles Tomes lecture
to the Royal College of Surgeons
in   London.
Dr. George Packer Berry, dean
of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University, said Harvard and
the Forsyth Infirmary felt an immense sense of loss in the depart
ture of Dr. Macdonald.
"No higher words of praise," he
said, "can be given than to -record
the progress he has made here in
building the Forsyth Infirmary from
from a local dispensary of charitable dental service to one of the
world's leading institutions in the
field of research and postgraduate
In addition to his teaching, research and administrative duties
Dr. Macdonald has held editorial
posts on two scientific journals and
has edited an international series
of scientific monographs.
In Canada he chaired the dental
research committees of the Canadian Dental Association and the
National Research Council and
currently serves as a consultant
for the National Institutes of
Health  of the  United  States.
In accepting the post of president of UBC, Dr. Macdonald stated
that he was excited at the prospect of returning to Canada. "The
goal of higher education," he said,
"is to challenge the mind, the
heart, and the spirit of man, and
to create wisdom out of knowledge.
To the extent that we succeed we
will reflect the aspirations of man
through the ages and the expectations of our Canadian forbears."
He concluded: "It will be a privilege to be part of such a task and
to work toWards such a goal."
An early start of construction of the Woodward Medical Library, first unit of the
University Hospital, was foreshadowed by a brief sod-turning ceremony on Saturday, June 23. Above are three principals in the ceremony, Dr. Norman MacKenzie,
who turned the first sod, Mr. P. A. Woodward, and Dr. Phyllis G. Ross, C.B.E.,
chancellor. Construction of the library was made possible by a gift from the
Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Woodward Foundation.
Chancellor Phyllis G. Ross, C.B.E.,
acting for the first time in her official capacity at Victoria College,
conferred degrees upon 71 students
at the second annual Congregation
on May 28th in the auditorium-
gymnasium on the Gordon Head
campus. Bachelors' degrees were
received by 45 students in arts, 11
in science and 15 in education. The
Congregation address was delivered
by Dr. Norman A. M. MacKenzie,
President of the University of British Columbia. Dr. MacKenzie spoke
on "The Role and Future of Victoria College."
At its annnual meeting, the UBC
Alumni Association, Victoria College, elected Robert St. G. Gray,
B.A.'55, as its president for the
year. Following the Congregation
ceremony the Alumni Association
were hosts to the 1962 graduating
class at the annual Alumni ball.
Volume 8, No. 4 — July-Aug.,
1962. Authorized as second
class mail by the Post Office
Department, Ottawa, and for
payment of postage in cash.
Published by the University
of British Columbia and distributed free of charge to
friends and graduates of the
University. Permission is
granted for the material appearing herein to be reprinted
freely. James A. Banhatn,
editor: Laree Spray Heide,
assistant editor. The editor
welcomes letters, which
should be addressed to the
Information Office, U. B. C,
Vancouver   8.
The 1962 Victoria College summer session began on July 3rd with
a record registration of 850 students in credit courses and an additional 180 in special non-credit
courses for teachers. Interest is
particularly high in those courses
dealing with the new mathematics
and arithmetic programs. The faculty is composed of 60 members,
more than half of whom are visitors
from universities in Britain, the
United States, and other parts of
Victoria College development
program is in full swing during
the summer months. Basic construction has been completed on
the 850-seat classroom building
which will be ready for the opening of the fall session. The building will be named the Clearihue
building in recognition of the contribution made to Victoria College
over many years by His Honour
Judge J. B. Clearihue, chairman of
Victoria   College   Council.
The Students' Union building,
designed by architect John Di Cas-
tri, is well under way. Plans call
for the opening in late October.
Builders have commenced work
on the $2,000,000 Science building
which will be ready for occupancy
in  the   1963-64  session.
Architect R. W. Siddall reports
that drawings for the new Library
are nearing completion and an
early start on construction is anticipated. Contributions and pledges
to the Development Fund in the
five-year, $2,500,000 drive have now
reached  a  total   of $2,180,000.
Dr. John B. Macdonald, new
president of the University of British Columbia, made his first
visit, in his new capacity, to the
Victoria College campus in July.
Dr. Macdonald met with administrative officials and members
of the College Council to discuss
the development of Victoria College.
Early in September, Dr. Claude
Bissell, president of the University
of Toronto, will spend several days
at Victoria College. Dr. Bissell will
discuss academic problems and
trends in higher education with
College faculty and officials during
his three-day visit. romance
head named
Dr. Dennis M. Healy, dean of the
college of liberal arts and science
at Long Island University, New
York, has been appointed head of
the department of Romance studies at the University of British
Dr. Healy succeeds Dr. J. G.
Andison, who retired as head of
the Romance studies department
on June 30. Dr. Andison was a
member of the UBC faculty from
1949 on and head of the department of Romance studies since its
creation  in  1955.
Dr. Healy, 50, was also professor
of French and chairman of the
department of modern languages
at Long Island University. He had
held the position since 1954.
A native of Bethurve, Saskatchewan, Dr. Healy received his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Alberta in 1931. Postgraduate work followed at the University of Paris and other European
universities. He received his doctorate from the University of Paris
in 1946.
Dr. Healy joined the staff of the
University of Alberta as an instructor in French and Spanish in 1935.
He was head of the French section
in the department of modern languages from 1948 to 1952, when he
was named head of the department.
Dr. Healy became head of the
modern languages department at
Long Island University in 1954 and
was elected dean of the college of
liberal arts and science in 1955.
Dr. Healy served in Europe and
the far east during World War II
and attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian army.
For a time he was a British intelligence agent behind German lines
in Italy. He was awarded the OBE
(Military Division) for his war
Dr. Andison came to UBC in
1949 as a visiting professor and
acting head of the department of
French. The following year he was
named head of the departments of
French and Spanish.
Dr. Andison is a graduate of the
University of Manitoba, where he
received his bachelor of arts degree, and Columbia University,
which awarded him the degrees of
master of arts and doctor of philosophy.
He taught briefly at Columbia
before joining the faculty of University College at Toronto in 1921.
He was a member of the University College staff until he came to
UBC in 1949.
A group of personal friends of
the late A. E. Grauer, chancellor
of the University of British Columbia from 1957 to 1961, has established an. endowment fund to
honour his memory.
Former president, Dr. N. A. M.
MacKenzie, said that he had written to a number of people inviting
their participation and to date a
total of $75,000 had been donated
to the fund, including a gift of
$25,000 from Mrs. Grauer and her
family. j
Dr. MacKenzie said it was proposed to use the income from the
endowment for some special purpose within the general area of
the social sciences, the humanities
and the fine arts, areas in which
Dr. Grauer had a personal interest.
Among the possibilities, Dr. MacKenzie said, are the endowment
of a chair or professorship,, the
occasional distinguished lectureship, or the estabishment of a Dal
Grauer collection in the UBC
Alumni or friends who wish to
participate in the fund are invited
to send gifts to the president's
office marked "Dal Grauer Memorial Fund."
Five University of B.C. teachers
have received postings in Africa,
South America and Europe through
the Canadian government and the
United  Nations.
Dr. Cyril S. Belshaw, professor
of anthropology, has been named
a consultant on community development to the bureau of social
affairs of the United Nations during July and August. He will assist
in evaluating the work of the UN
in the field of community development over the  past ten years.
Dr. Belshaw will visit the offices
of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome, the
World Health Organization (WHO)
and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva,
UNESCO in Paris and the Institute of Community Development in
London before completing his report at UN headquarters in New
Michael Wheeler, assistant professor in the school of social work,
has been named to a four-man
team of United Nations experts
who will assist in the preparation
of a development plan for Lagos,
the  capital   of  Nigeria.
Mr. Wheeler has been named
social policy adviser on the regional planning team which will
spend four months in Lagos beginning in early June. Other members are from the United States,
Japan  and  India.
The plan for Lagos is being developed as part of a five-year economic development plan through
the Nigerian government's ministry  of economic  development.
Mr. Wheeler will study social
problems in Lagos which have
arisen as the result of rapid expansion, internal migration and
technological changes. The United
Nations team will work with four
Nigerian  town  planners.
Professor Lionel Coulthard, head
of the department of agricultural
engineering, has been posted to
Ghana for 18 months under the
technical assistance program of the
Canadian government's external
aid  branch.
Prof. Coulthard will be stationed
at the University College of Ghana
where he will instruct in agricultural engineering and act as a con-
' sultant on farm machinery and
equipment for the University's research projects.
Prof. Charles A. Rowles, head of
the department of soil science, left
May 1 for Venezuela where he will
act as technical officer for the
Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations.
He will advise and assist the government of Venezuela in solving
problems of soil survey and classification, soil conservation, training
of personnel and the organization
of soil surveys for specific local
development projects.
Miss Muriel Cunliffe, assistant
professor in the school of social
work, visited Uganda and Northern Rhodesia to review plans for
the establishment of work in the
field of social work and community
development  in  universities there.
Miss Cunliffe, who was appointed
to the post by the Bureau of Social
Affairs of the UN, returned to
UBC   in  April.
Vancouver chartered accountant
and UBC graduate DONALD B.
FIELDS has been named 1962-63
president of the Vancouver Institute to succeed Dr. Cyril Belshaw.
UN centre
on campus
The United Nations Regional
Training Centre will continue to
operate at the University of British Columbia.
The name of the Centre has been
changed to the United Nations
Educational Centre because it more
nearly describes the kind of work
the Centre is doing, a spokesman
Dr. Cyril Belshaw, professor of
anthropology at UBC, has been
succeeded as director of the Centre by Arthur Sager, former administrative assistant. Mr. Sager
has also been appointed director
of International House to succeed
John Haar, who has become UBC's
housing administrator since the retirement of Dr. Gordon  Shrum.
Dr. Belshaw will continue to be
associated with the work of the
Centre as chairman of an advisory
committee of the Centre.
UBC will continue to finance the
operations of the Centre to the
same extent as in the past. Neither
the UN nor the Canadian government have indicated to what extent they will continue support.
The Centre was established in
1959 to receive personnel from developing countries who have been
awarded UN fellowships to study
economic development, social welfare and public administration in
the western United States and
to continue
Gordon R. Elliott, a lecturer in
the department of English at the
University of British Columbia, will
be the resident UBC instructor in
Prince George for the 1962-63 academic   year.
It will be the third consecutive
year that UBC has offered courses
in the interior centre. Mr. Elliott
will teach two English courses and
a history course entitled "The rise
of modern Europe." The Prince
George school board will continue
to underwrite the cost of the program. Students register in the normal way with UBC and pay the
regular tuition fee of $66 per
Mr. Elliott is a graduate of UBC
where he obtained his bachelor
and master of arts degrees and a
teaching certificate. He holds a
second master of arts degree from
Harvard   University.
Mr. Elliott has written extensively on Canadian and B.C. history. He was a research assistant
for two 1958 centennial publications, "British Columbia: a centennial anthology" and "British Columbia: a history." He has also
served as historical advisor to the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
on a series of B.C. stories.
VOLUME 8 — No. 4
keeps busy
Dr. Norman MacKenzie, who retired as president of UBC June 30,
has been named to a four-man commission to investigate higher education in  East Africa.
Dr. MacKenzie has accepted an
invitation from the Provisional
Council of the University of East
Africa to tour Uganda, Tanganyika
and Kenya from September 8 to
October 6 as a member of a commission which will make recommendations concerning the organization of higher education in these
During August Dr. MacKenzie
will act as chairman of the Summer Institute at Mount Allison
University, which will this year discuss "Canada and the Common
Market." The Institute takes place
from August 15 to 18.
On August 19 Dr. MacKenzie will
be in St. John's, Newfoundland, for
meetings of the Canada Council.
He will follow this with a visit to
New Brunswick.
On September 4, 5 and 6 Dr. MacKenzie will be in Ottawa for meetings of the National Federation of
Canadian University Students and
talks with the Canadian Universities Foundation.
Dr. MacKenzie will return to
Vancouver following his African
trip for the October 25 installation
of his successor, Dr. John Barfoot
Macdonald, as president. Later the
same month he will chair meetings
of the Council on Continuing Education for Public Responsibility, an
extension organization to which
UBC belongs with 11 American
universities. The meetings will be
held at the University of Oklahoma.
In November Dr. MacKenzie will
be in New York for meetings of
the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association which handles
the pensions of university faculty
members. In December Dr. MacKenzie plans to be in Halifax for
the annual meeting of the directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia.
The UBC Alumni Association has
announced plans to hold four regional conferences on higher education at various locations in B.C.
during 1963.
The first conference is planned
for January 26 in Prince George.
Later meetings will be held in
Kelowna on March 9, at Cranbrook
on April 6, and at a west Kootenay
community on May 11.
Regional planning committees
have been formed in each area to
carry out the planning of the conferences which will last for a full
day in each case.
record set
Approximately 5300 students are
registered for credit courses offered
during the 1962 summer session, an
increase of more than 200 over the
1961  session.
The record enrolment will be
bolstered by an additional 400-500
students who will register for non-
credit courses, seminars and conferences arranged by the extension
Officials in the registrar's office
are predicting that at least 14,000
students will register in September
for the 1962-63 winter session, an
increase of 1000 over last year.
Predictions regarding the winter
session enrolment are complicated
by the fact that UBC has instituted
new entrance regulations. Officials
said it would be difficult to state
how many students would be unable to register as a result of the
new rules.


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