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Jimmy Camp­bell, BSc’42, and Lor­raine Camp­bell (née Thomp­son), BSc’42, MSc’44

The Fac­ulty of Land and Food Sys­tems fo­cuses on the con­nec­tions be­tween agri­cul­ture and com­mu­ni­ties. Nowhere was this more ap­par­ent than in the lives of its grad­u­ates Jimmy and Lor­raine Camp­bell. The Camp­bells grad­u­ated from the Fac­ulty of Agri­cul­ture and farmed on Saturna Is­land for ap­prox­i­mately 70 years prior to their re­cent deaths on Novem­ber 29, 2015, (Jimmy) and Fe­bru­ary 16, 2016 (Lor­raine). Jimmy’s agri­cul­ture ca­reer be­gan with an un­der­grad­u­ate project to grow flax for fish net pro­duc­tion, which he car­ried out on the farm of Lor­raine’s fa­ther. Lor­raine was one of few women un­der­grad­u­ates in the fac­ulty, and even fewer women mas­ter’s stu­dents at the time she com­pleted her MSc in plant nu­tri­tion and rasp­berry pro­duc­tion. While Jimmy’s flax project failed, it ini­ti­ated a life­long de­vo­tion to agri­cul­ture and to Saturna Is­land, where they moved af­ter Jimmy left the Cana­dian Navy fol­low­ing WWII. Here they raised cattle, chickens, lots of veg­eta­bles, and lambs, in­clud­ing those for the an­nual July 1st Saturna Is­land Lamb Bar­beque that at­tracts more than 1,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally. Over the years the Camp­bells hosted vis­it­ing stu­dents from UBC and around the world, and pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to learn about sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and the marine en­vi­ron­ment. Jimmy and Lor­raine were com­mu­nity lead­ers in the south­ern Gulf Is­lands. In 1993 Lor­raine re­ceived a Cana­dian 125th An­niver­sary medal in recog­ni­tion of her many vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing 19 years on the board of the Lady Minto Gulf Is­lands Hos­pi­tal and 13 years as a school trustee. Jimmy also served 12 years on the Gulf Is­land School Board, 10 years on the Cap­i­tal Re­gional Dis­trict Board (as chair for seven) and two years on the Is­lands Trust. The Camp­bells had four chil­dren, Jimmy (de­ceased), Tommy, Nan and Jac­ques (Jac­qui). The Camp­bell farm con­tin­ues as an im­por­tant as­pect of the Saturna Is­land com­mu­nity.

Lucy Ber­ton Wood­ward, BA’43

Artist, writer, lively per­son­al­ity, ded­i­cated gar­dener, handy­woman, un­par­al­leled baker of rasp­berry pie, lov­ing mom and grand­mother, Lucy died on De­cem­ber 9, 2015. She was born in Daw­son City, where she and her brother Pierre had an idyl­lic child­hood play­ing amid the ru­ins of the Gold Rush and drift­ing down the Yukon River in their par­ents’ lit­tle boat. Lucy wrote two chil­dren’s ad­ven­ture books set in the Yukon, Johnny in the Klondike (1964), co-au­thored with her mother, Laura Beatrice Ber­ton, and Kid­napped in the Yukon (1968). The De­pres­sion led the fam­ily to Vic­to­ria and then to Van­cou­ver, where Lucy wrote for The Ubyssey while at­tend­ing UBC. Af­ter stints at the Van­cou­ver News-Herald, a dress de­signer’s stu­dio, the Weather Of­fice, the UBC Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice and an ad­ver­tis­ing agency, she met Ge­of­frey Wood­ward through the Play­ers’ Club Alumni of UBC the­atre group. They mar­ried in 1950. As she started a fam­ily – son Ber­ton and daugh­ter Pais­ley – Lucy con­tin­ued to write. She also did pub­lic­ity for arts or­ga­ni­za­tions and, from 1968-70, wrote the Van­cou­ver Sun’s “Here and There” so­cial col­umn. She was a lov­ing mother, a skilled seam­stress and some­one able to fix al­most any­thing. She held lib­eral, sec­u­lar views and pos­sessed a fierce sense of in­de­pen­dence. Af­ter Ge­off’s re­tire­ment from BC Hy­dro, the cou­ple moved to White Rock in 1975. There they en­joyed their mag­nif­i­cent view, of­ten tak­ing in the sun­set with drink in hand. They also trav­elled abroad. Af­ter Ge­off died in 1998, Lucy con­tin­ued to gar­den, paint pro­lif­i­cally, and study her fam­ily’s ge­neal­ogy. She was blessed to live in her own home and have clar­ity of mind al­most to the end. She died peace­fully, of old age, at Peace Arch Hos­pice in White Rock, sur­rounded by loved ones.

Joyce Si­hota, BA’46, BSW’47

Joyce slipped peace­fully out of this life on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2017, in Nanaimo, BC, sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily. She was born in Peace River, Al­berta, on Oc­to­ber 16, 1925, and af­ter ob­tain­ing both a BA and BSW from UBC, be­came the di­rec­tor of Camp Alexan­dra in Cres­cent Beach. She ded­i­cated her life to sup­port­ing her hus­band and rais­ing her fam­ily of seven chil­dren in South Sur­rey. When her hus­band re­tired in 1986, the cou­ple moved to Ab­bots­ford to start a blue­berry farm, and for sev­eral years Joyce chaired the BC Blue­berry Coun­cil. As a per­son she al­ways con­sid­ered oth­ers first, and as a mother, grand­mother and great-grand­mother, she was selflessly devoted to her fam­ily. She will be deeply missed. She leaves be­hind her hus­band of 68 years, Dedar, chil­dren Paul (Kensey), Jan, Kim (Kathryn), Darshan (Sha­lene), Karen, Don (De­nis), Chris (Cal), 15 grand­chil­dren, 10 great-grand­chil­dren, her sis­ter Dorothy, sis­ter-in-law Dial, and many nieces and neph­ews. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily sug­gests a memo­rial do­na­tion in Joyce’s name be made to the Vic­to­ria Epilepsy and Parkin­son’s Cen­tre (

Gor­don Web­ster, BSc’49, MSc’51

Dr. Gor­don Web­ster, BSc’49, MSc’51, passed away in Novem­ber 2016. He taught soil chem­istry at the Univer­sity of Al­berta from 1960 to 1987.

Pete Steele, BSc’50

Peter was born on Jan­uary 11, 1926, near Ver­mil­lion, AB. Peter served in the RCAF, in­clud­ing a brief stint in Eng­land at the end of WWII. He was in Eng­land on VE Day and in Van­cou­ver on VJ Day. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from UBC, he went on to earn a mas­ter’s in agri­cul­ture at Wash­ing­ton State Col­lege (now Wash­ing­ton State Univer­sity), even­tu­ally mov­ing to Seat­tle and be­com­ing a US cit­i­zen. He worked for 34 years at Car­na­tion Fresh Milk and Ice Cream Com­pany, hold­ing po­si­tions such as qual­ity con­trol di­rec­tor and milk plant su­per­in­ten­dent. Peter met his sweet­heart, Mary Jane Fer­gu­son, at a Skan­dia folk dance and they mar­ried on July 9, 1960. An avid moun­tain climber with the Wash­ing­ton Alpine Club and Moun­taineers, Peter

sum­mited ev­ery ma­jor peak in Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon. Af­ter tak­ing the Moun­taineer climb­ing course, Peter and some friends started the Wash­ing­ton Alpine Course, which still ex­ists today. He was a ded­i­cated skier and in­struc­tor for years be­fore serv­ing 15 years on the vol­un­teer ski pa­trol at Ski Acres and achiev­ing Na­tional sta­tus. At the age of 86, he hosted his ex­tended fam­ily at Sun Peaks Re­sort in BC and skied five days in a row. He thor­oughly en­joyed folk, round, and square danc­ing. He and MJ camped first with a tarp, then a tent, a 19 ft. tent trailer for 17 years, and then a 29 ft. fifth wheel trailer for 23 years. He al­ways had projects in his shop, tin­ker­ing with me­chan­i­cal/ elec­tri­cal in­ven­tions. Af­ter liv­ing a ful­fill­ing life, Peter passed away June 29, 2015, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily. He is sur­vived by Mary Jane; his sis­ter, Bar­bara McGil­lvray; daugh­ters Dana (Michael) Korch and Diane (Dick) Sine; son David (Danielle); and his ador­ing grand­chil­dren Ben­jamin, Elena, and Annalise Korch, Tara and Em­mett Steele, Kim McKe­own, and Michael and Stephen Sine.

Ray­mond Ernest Coun­sell, BSc’53

Ray­mond E. Coun­sell, PhD, passed away peace­fully on March 21, 2016, in Bonita Springs, FL, with his wife Liz by his side. Ray was born in Van­cou­ver in 1930. At the age of 10, he was hired as a de­liv­ery boy for a lo­cal phar­macy. Upon grad­u­a­tion from high school, the min­is­ter of his church rec­om­mended that he at­tend univer­sity.

Ray en­rolled at UBC and, in 1953, re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in phar­macy, along with the Horner Gold Medal as the top stu­dent in his class. He sub­se­quently at­tended the Univer­sity of Min­nesota in Minneapolis and grad­u­ated with his PhD in medic­i­nal chem­istry and or­ganic chem­istry. In 1957, he mar­ried El­iz­a­beth Short and the cou­ple moved to Evanston, IL, where Ray be­came a se­nior re­search chemist at phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany G.D. Searle.

In 1963 Ray was re­cruited to the Univer­sity of Michi­gan to es­tab­lish a new pro­gram in ra­dio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals for the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of can­cer. Over the course of the next 40 years, Pro­fes­sor Coun­sell was sup­ported by grants from the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health and over­saw the train­ing of many doc­toral stu­dents and post­doc­toral fel­lows. More­over, his lab­o­ra­tory gave rise to nu­mer­ous agents sub­se­quently used for the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of can­cer. Among his nu­mer­ous awards, Dr. Coun­sell re­ceived a Fog­a­rty Fel­low­ship, the Doc­tor Honoris Causa from the Univer­sity of Ghent, Bel­gium, and the Alumni Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award of the Univer­sity of Min­nesota.

Ray was a won­der­ful role model, had a great sense of hu­mor, and loved his fam­ily dearly. In ad­di­tion to his wife of 58 years, he is sur­vived by three chil­dren: Steve Coun­sell (Carol), Ron Coun­sell (Shelly), and Cathy Martin (Mike); six grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren; nephew David Coun­sell (Wendy) and Liz’s niece Stephanie Allin (Mau­rice).

John (Jack) Cooke, BA’54

Jack passed away peace­fully in his sleep at Van­cou­ver Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal at the age of 85 on Novem­ber 1, 2016. Born in Ver­non, BC, Jack was the sec­ond of three chil­dren born to Ed­ward and Irene Cooke. Af­ter be­ing raised in Ver­non Jack went on to com­plete an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in sciences at UBC, an MBA at the Univer­sity of Western On­tario, and a teach­ing cer­tifi­cate at UBC. Jack be­came a teacher and, while teach­ing in Salmon Arm, he met Brenda, whom he mar­ried in 1966. Jack and Brenda moved to Courte­nay and then Vic­to­ria. In Vic­to­ria, Jack taught for sev­eral years at Mount View. He then turned to a ca­reer in real es­tate and then ac­count­ing/tax prepa­ra­tion. Jack’s two keen hob­bies were fish­ing and farm­ing. He of­ten spoke fondly of fish­ing with his fa­ther in the Okana­gan and guid­ing for sev­eral years out of Camp­bell River. In Vic­to­ria, Jack took on a keen in­ter­est in fruit and vegetable farm­ing and re­vi­tal­iz­ing a her­itage or­chard in Shirley. The fam­ily en­joyed many week­ends and hol­i­days at the farm and shore ex­cur­sions. With son John, sev­eral vis­its were made to Brenda’s fam­ily in the UK and other Eu­ro­pean des­ti­na­tions. Sub­se­quently, Jack and Brenda trav­elled fur­ther afield along the Pa­cific Rim. The fi­nal ex­plo­ration – a river cruise from Am­s­ter­dam to Bu­dapest – was his fi­nal voy­age, much en­joyed. Jack leaves with fond mem­o­ries his wife of over 50 years, Brenda, his son John, daugh­ter-in-law Louise, grand­son Daniel and grand­daugh­ter Natalie. The fam­ily ex­press their deep­est grat­i­tude to the med­i­cal and health aid staff at Vic­to­ria Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, of note the ICU. If de­sired, donations may be made in his mem­ory to the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of Canada. To of­fer a con­do­lence please visit­sop­

Alan Clif­ford Cas­sel­man, BA’56, BSW’65 1932-2016

Alan Cas­sel­man passed peace­fully at the age of 84, af­ter a brief bat­tle with de­men­tia. He was a kind man with a laid-back de­meanour and a twin­kle in his eye. In his day, he en­joyed fish­ing, travel, his hobby farm and a good cof­fee. Pre­de­ceased by his wife of 47 years, Sil­via Cas­sel­man, Alan is sur­vived by his sons, Joel and Ian Cas­sel­man, daugh­ter-in-law Kim Cas­sel­man and grand­daugh­ter Ella. In lieu of flow­ers, a kind do­na­tion to the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of Canada or the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Canada is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Bernard An­thony He­skin, BASc’58, PEng, FEC Au­gust 20, 1934 – De­cem­ber 17, 2016

With great sad­ness, we wish to an­nounce the pass­ing of Bernie on De­cem­ber 17 at the age of 82. He was the only child of John (Jack) and El­iz­a­beth (Cissie) He­skin. He will be dearly missed by Marie, BSN’58, his wife of 55 years; sons John, BCom’86 (Ana Maria), Michael, BCom’87, David, BA’91, BEd, MSpED’12 (Karen) and daugh­ter Mary Anne, BCom’94 (Brad); and his beloved grand­chil­dren Han­nah, Matthew and Trevor Pruner.

Born in Van­cou­ver, he grew up in Dun­bar and later Selma Park (Sechelt). He was a mem­ber of the first grad­u­at­ing class of El­phin­stone High School, from where he en­tered UBC and grad­u­ated in 1958 as a Civil En­gi­neer.

His pro­fes­sional ca­reer was spent with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, first with the De­part­ment of Fish­eries. Later he joined the newly formed De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment, serv­ing for many years as the re­gional di­rec­tor of EPS for BC & the Yukon. In 2009, he was awarded the des­ig­na­tion Fel­low of En­gi­neers Canada (FEC) for con­tri­bu­tions to his pro­fes­sion.

Neil Wil­liam Macdon­ald, BA’58, MA’60, MPE’91

The first in his fam­ily to go to univer­sity, Neil earned three de­grees from UBC: a bach­e­lor’s and a mas­ter’s in psy­chol­ogy and an­other mas­ter’s in phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion. He also had a mas­ter’s in jour­nal­ism (’67) from the Univer­sity of Ore­gon and a PhD in mass com­mu­ni­ca­tions (’66) from the Univer­sity of

Min­nesota. Neil was a Re­nais­sance man. He was in­vited to a Pitts­burgh Pi­rates train­ing camp only to have his pro base­ball dreams cut short by rheumatic fever. He be­came a sports re­porter for The Prov­ince and the Eu­gene Reg­is­ter-Guard, which were the hap­pi­est days of his life. He won a na­tional award for an ar­ti­cle in

Old Ore­gon, wrote book re­views for the Van­cou­ver Sun, and late in life was a sports re­porter for The North­ern

Light in Blaine, WA. He be­came a psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor and taught at sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties be­fore teach­ing for 30 years at Van­cou­ver City Col­lege, re­peat­edly earn­ing the high­est pos­si­ble stu­dent re­views. He wrote, pro­duced and hosted a ca­ble tele­vi­sion show on psy­chol­ogy that won a Cana­dian na­tional ca­ble award, pub­lished The League that Lasted, and wrote a book on Jack the Rip­per. He was also a back­ground ac­tor, painter and car­toon­ist. Al­though he said he never wanted chil­dren, he was a devoted and lov­ing fa­ther. He spent thou­sands of hours coach­ing his chil­dren at sports, al­ways sup­ported them in their dreams, and passed on his love of ev­ery­thing from psy­chol­ogy and astron­omy to medicine and movies, an­i­mals and sports to art and lit­er­a­ture. He is sur­vived by his wife of 55 years, Lea Macdon­ald, three chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren. In lieu of flow­ers, please do­nate to any med­i­cal re­search or­ga­ni­za­tion.

De­nis F. R. Gil­son, MSc’59, PhD’62

Born in Lon­don, UK, on Novem­ber 18, 1934, De­nis died on Jan­uary 22, 2016. He ob­tained, in 1957, a BSc from Univer­sity Col­lege, Lon­don, and did his MSc and PhD de­grees at UBC. He held a post-grad­u­ate fel­low­ship at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, from 1962-64. Af­ter teach­ing at UBC he joined the fac­ulty of McGill Univer­sity in 1965, serv­ing as as­so­ci­ate dean of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies from 1971-75 and be­com­ing emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor of chem­istry. He is sur­vived by his wife, Pa­tri­cia Good­win, BA’57, sons Michael Good­win Gil­son (Chris­tine Lan­thier) and Stephen Thomas Gil­son (Karen Laduke), grand­daugh­ters Clara Lan­thier-Gil­son and Kathryn Meagan Gil­son, and broth­ers Ian Trevor, Noel John and their fam­i­lies.

Bar­bara Howard, BEd’59 1921 – 2017

Ath­lete, ed­u­ca­tor and com­mu­nity leader, Bar­bara Howard was the first black fe­male ath­lete to rep­re­sent Canada in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. In 1948, when most eth­nic mi­nori­ties were barred from teach­ing, Bar­bara be­came the first per­son of colour to be hired as an ed­u­ca­tor by the Van­cou­ver School Board, teach­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion at Lord Strath­cona El­e­men­tary School.

In 1938, in grade 11, Bar­bara ran a 100-yard sprint in 11.2 sec­onds to qual­ify for the Bri­tish Em­pire Games, a time that beat the games’ record by a tenth of a sec­ond. But de­spite win­ning sil­ver and bronze medals in re­lays at the games, she came sixth in the 100-yard dash. Her next chance would have been the 1940 Sum­mer Olympics in Tokyo, but the Sec­ond World War de­railed the Olympics for the next decade and ended Bar­bara’s run­ning ca­reer.

Bar­bara earned a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion at UBC in 1959 and started a new path. Bar­bara taught at Hast­ings, Henry Hud­son, Lord Strath­cona and Trafalgar el­e­men­tary schools in a ca­reer span­ning more than 40 years. At Trafalgar, Bar­bara worked with bril­liant, but un­der­per­form­ing kids. In a 2010 Burn­aby Now in­ter­view, she re­calls be­ing told to do “any­thing” to keep the chil­dren stim­u­lated. She had them plan day-trips, sent them to work with their fa­thers, and had them film movies. Her strat­egy seems to have worked; like Dr. Pa­tri­cia Hoy of the UBC School of Mu­sic, many were later suc­cess­ful, earn­ing ad­vanced de­grees. “The child,” Bar­bara ar­gued, “is more im­por­tant than the cur­ricu­lum.”

In 2010, Bar­bara was rec­og­nized by the Van­cou­ver Park Board with a Re­mark­able Women Award for “her pas­sion­ate ded­i­ca­tion to in­spire oth­ers to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity.” She was in­ducted into both the Burn­aby Sports Hall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2013, re­ceived the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal. In 2015, she was wel­comed as one of “The Leg­ends” in the Canada Sports Hall of Fame. Bar­bara Howard passed away on Jan­uary 26, 2017 at the age of 96.

Pul­likat­til Chacko Si­mon, MSc’60 March 1, 1913 – March 8, 2017

Pul­likat­til Chacko Si­mon was born on a small farm in Ker­ala, In­dia. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Madras Vet­eri­nary Col­lege, he filled many gov­ern­ment posts. Later, he moved to Sri Lanka where, as dis­trict vet­eri­nar­ian, he es­tab­lished sev­eral gov­ern­ment vet­eri­nary hos­pi­tals and con­trib­uted greatly to live­stock im­prove­ment. Be­cause of these con­tri­bu­tions, he was awarded spe­cial Cey­lon Cit­i­zen­ship by the Prime Min­is­ter.

In 1957, he em­i­grated to Canada, where he was re­cruited by the Canada De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture as a meat in­spec­tor. Af­ter com­plet­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree in mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy from UBC, he trans­ferred to the Fed­eral De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture An­i­mal Pathol­ogy Lab­o­ra­tory as a pathol­o­gist and re­search sci­en­tist. He pub­lished many sci­en­tific pa­pers and con­trib­uted to a text­book on in­fec­tious dis­eases of an­i­mals.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from Canada Agri­cul­ture, he taught a course in an­i­mal pathol­ogy for the De­part­ment of An­i­mal Science at UBC.

He served as trea­surer on the board of Unity Church and was one of their most pop­u­lar speak­ers. He was co-founder and pres­i­dent of the Hat­field So­ci­ety, an or­ga­ni­za­tion which housed parolees and helped rein­te­grate them into the com­mu­nity. He founded and funded the Chacko and Lize Si­mon Trust for Sa­cred Heart Hos­pi­tal School of Nurs­ing in Ker­ala and the Chacko and Lize Si­mon Schol­ar­ship, which has pro­vided nearly 4,000 schol­ar­ships to chil­dren of the very poor in his na­tive Ker­ala.

In 1996, the Hat­field So­ci­ety changed its man­date and es­tab­lished the Hat­field So­ci­ety Schol­ar­ship Fund for stu­dents from low-in­come fam­i­lies in the Greater Van­cou­ver Area. Eighty stu­dents have ben­e­fited.

In his eight­ies and nineties, he pub­lished 42 mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles and two books: The Miss­ing Piece to Par­adise and The Philoso­pher’s Note­book.

In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal for his con­tri­bu­tions to so­ci­ety.

He­len Kath­leen Gray, BLSc’62 Au­gust 4, 1920 – June 13, 2016

Af­ter a long and full life, He­len Gray (née Rodd) died in her sleep at home as she’d hoped. He­len was dy­namic, cu­ri­ous and kind, and fully com­mit­ted to life and all it of­fered. A grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Toronto and later Tufts Univer­sity (in­ter­na­tional law), she chose to marry the love of her life Ian and post­pone a ca­reer. Once her three boys were in school she went back to school her­self, get­ting a de­gree in

li­brary science at UBC. She was among the first li­brar­i­ans at SFU and spent 20 happy years there. She and Ian trav­elled the world, and en­joyed many friends and evenings at the the­atre and sym­phony. She loved learn­ing and read­ing, and in re­tire­ment was an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in El­der Col­lege. He­len leaves be­hind her three sons David (Clau­dia), Cameron (Peg) and Michael (Sue), along with eight grand­chil­dren (Max, Emma, An­drew, Paula, Sara, Lisa, Christina and Les­lie) and nine great-grand­chil­dren (Jarod, Ja­cob, Emma, Jasper, Si­mon, Isaac, Cal­lum, Emily and Isla). We thank Liv­ing Well and their care­givers for their won­der­ful sup­port. We will miss He­len but will never for­get her.

Michael De­land, BSc’63, MSc’65

Michael passed away April 22, 2016, in Mel­bourne. From Van­cou­ver, Michael moved to the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut for a PhD in ge­net­ics, af­ter which he spent three years at Pur­due Univer­sity in the De­part­ment of Neu­ro­phys­i­ol­ogy. In 1974 the fam­ily re­turned to Mel­bourne, where he worked in the Ge­net­ics De­part­ment of Monash Univer­sity for three years. Teach­ing was his ma­jor in­ter­est, so un­til re­tire­ment he taught se­nior bi­ol­ogy at the sec­ondary school level. He is sur­vived by his wife, Lyn­lee, and their three chil­dren.

Sharon Roscoe, BSc’63

Sharon Grace Roscoe (née Fur­ni­val) passed away on De­cem­ber 9, 2015. Born in Ot­tawa, the daugh­ter of Dr. Ge­orge M. Fur­ni­val and Mar­ion (née Fraser) Fur­ni­val, she grad­u­ated with a BSc from UBC, with hon­ours in chem­istry and a ma­jor in math­e­mat­ics. She grad­u­ated with a PhD in phys­i­cal chem­istry from McGill Univer­sity. Sharon taught vir­tu­ally ev­ery chem­istry course at Aca­dia Univer­sity, from bio­chem­istry to the­o­ret­i­cal chem­istry, ris­ing rapidly to the rank of pro­fes­sor, and was head of the Chem­istry De­part­ment. She was an ad­junct pro­fes­sor in the School of Bio­med­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing at Dal­housie Univer­sity and the De­part­ment of Chem­istry at the Univer­sity of Guelph. On her re­tire­ment, Aca­dia ap­pointed her emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor. Sharon’s re­search was con­tin­u­ously funded by The Nat­u­ral Sciences and En­gi­neer­ing Re­search

Coun­cil of Canada (NSERC) and by con­tracts with the Dairy Farm­ers of Canada, the Nova Sco­tia Health Re­search Foun­da­tion, SOHIO (Stan­dard Oil of Ohio) and BP Amer­ica. She was a co-chair of the NSERC Bio­sciences B Strate­gic Grants Com­mit­tee and a mem­ber of the NSERC Dis­cov­ery Grants Com­mit­tee 26. She was a Fel­low of the Chem­i­cal In­sti­tute of Canada and re­ceived the Clara Benson Award of the Cana­dian So­ci­ety for Chem­istry. She served as a mem­ber and chair of the ex­ec­u­tive of the Cana­dian Sec­tion of the Elec­tro­chem­i­cal So­ci­ety, re­ceiv­ing its R.C. Ja­cob­sen Award. She served the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Elec­tro­chem­istry in many roles, in­clud­ing nine years as sec­re­tary gen­eral, and was ap­pointed an hon­orary mem­ber of the so­ci­ety. Sharon served her com­mu­nity as a fig­ure skat­ing and rid­ing in­struc­tor and a Beaver leader. She en­joyed camp­ing, ca­noe­ing and ski­ing with her fam­ily and in re­tire­ment was an avid golfer. She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 47 years, John, two sons, James and Thomas, two grand­chil­dren, Coll and Ailsa, a sis­ter, Pa­tri­cia, and two broth­ers, Wil­liam and Bruce. A memo­rial ser­vice was held in the Man­ning Memo­rial Chapel, Aca­dia Univer­sity.

Brian Van Snel­len­berg, BASc’64

Brian grew up in Van­cou­ver, grad­u­at­ing from Magee High School be­fore en­rolling in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at UBC. Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion in 1964, he worked for a brief time in Eng­land be­fore re­turn­ing to Al­can in Kiti­mat, a com­pany where he would work for the next 27 years. In 1967 he moved to at­tend the Univer­sity of Western On­tario to get his MBA. He moved sev­eral times with Al­can – to Win­nipeg, Kingston and Toronto – be­fore mov­ing to Hong Kong in 1986, where he worked in an Al­can joint ven­ture with China for the next two-and-a-half years. Re­turn­ing to Canada, Brian worked for Al­can for sev­eral years in Mon­treal be­fore tak­ing a job with Pow­erTech Labs in Van­cou­ver. In 1996 Brian took a job with WorkSafe BC as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Fi­nance, re­tir­ing in 2009. Dur­ing re­tire­ment, he and Maria en­joyed trav­el­ling in their trailer and Brian con­tin­ued his in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy. Brian passed away Oc­to­ber 1, 2016, fol­low­ing a two year bat­tle with lung can­cer. He is sur­vived by his wife, three chil­dren, their spouses, and six grand­chil­dren.

James Pater­son Tay­lor, QC, LLB’68 De­cem­ber 5, 1943 – Oc­to­ber 16, 2016

Jim Tay­lor, lov­ing hus­band and fa­ther, bril­liant scholar, dis­tin­guished lawyer, and beloved mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, passed peace­fully on a Sun­day af­ter­noon, sur­rounded by his fam­ily. The BC flag at UBC was low­ered in his hon­our. He is sur­vived by his wife, Judy, daugh­ters Jen­nifer and Carolyn, their hus­bands, Sidi and Kr­ish, and his grand­chil­dren, Savannah, Quincy, and Sophia.

Jim stud­ied his­tory and law at UBC and re­turned as a fac­ulty mem­ber in 1974. He en­joyed a me­te­oric ca­reer, gain­ing ten­ure in only his third year and be­com­ing a full pro­fes­sor two years later. A lead­ing lawyer, Jim co-au­thored

Bri­tish Columbia Prac­tice – a text that was the con­stant com­pan­ion of all BC lit­i­ga­tors – with now-Chief Jus­tice Bev­er­ley McLach­lin. He served as the deputy at­tor­ney gen­eral and deputy min­is­ter of jus­tice for the Prov­ince of Saskatchewan, as a part­ner and the head of lit­i­ga­tion for na­tional law firm Blake, Cas­sels & Gray­don, and as a co-found­ing part­ner of lit­i­ga­tion boutique Tay­lor, Jor­dan, Chafetz LLP.

Jim was also an ex­tra­or­di­nary UBC alum­nus, who led friend-rais­ing and fundrais­ing ef­forts and gen­er­ously con­trib­uted his own time and money to an enor­mous range of UBC ini­tia­tives. His re­mark­able com­mit­ment leaves a last­ing legacy, and yet he was a mod­est man whose of­ten sub­stan­tial gifts were usu­ally made anony­mously, or in hon­our of oth­ers.

Jim helped UBC es­tab­lish the Univer­sity Neigh­bour­hoods As­so­ci­a­tion, an in­no­va­tive model for pro­vid­ing mu­nic­i­pal-like ser­vices to the bur­geon­ing Univer­sity Town res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity. As its first chair, Jim worked un­flag­gingly to es­tab­lish a strong foun­da­tion for a com­mu­nity that now num­bers over 11,000, and in many ways was the un­of­fi­cial “mayor” of Univer­sity Town. He or­ga­nized a mul­ti­cul­tural pro­gram, set up ini­tia­tives to wel­come and in­te­grate new res­i­dents, and even read books to chil­dren at the com­mu­nity cen­tre. Jim’s kind­ness and gen­eros­ity touched the lives of count­less peo­ple, and he was loved in re­turn. In 2009, UBC ded­i­cated a park to him in the Hawthorn Place neigh­bour­hood.

His achieve­ments were rec­og­nized with many other awards and ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing his ap­point­ment as Queen’s Coun­sel in 1989 and a Di­a­mond Ju­bilee com­mem­o­ra­tive medal in 2012. Jim was a larger-than-life fig­ure and set an in­spir­ing ex­am­ple. He is sorely missed by fel­low fac­ulty mem­bers, former stu­dents, col­leagues in the le­gal pro­fes­sion and, most of all, by his fam­ily and friends.

Henry Gra­ham Arm­strong (Harry), EdD’72

Born June 9, 1930, Harry died in White Rock on Fe­bru­ary 10, 2016. He started his jour­ney to a UBC doc­tor­ate de­gree in 1966 at the age of 36 with his wife, May, and his four chil­dren: Garth (de­ceased 1988); Kevin, BEd’83; Kerry, BPE’82, MALT’05 (Royal Roads); and Pa­trick. He re­ceived his first two de­grees at the Univer­sity of Al­berta. We were all in­spired by his stud­ies (BCom and MEd) and his ca­reer as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the BC School Trustees from 1973-1989. Most of all, his part­ner­ship in mar­riage with Mary Telford (May) for over 64 years showed us that love can pro­pel changes in life that go from air raids and sur­viv­ing a di­rect hit in Belfast, to a nine-month sep­a­ra­tion as they im­mi­grated to Canada, and even through an ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney that changed the lives of ed­u­ca­tors and chil­dren in BC and be­yond. Learn­ing in our fam­ily con­tin­ues with his six grand­chil­dren: Jamie Arm­strong (BA and MA), Kyle Arm­strong (BA), Bren­nan Hall (BA), Sarah Hall, Mae­gen Arm­strong and Brit­tany Arm­strong (all three girls con­tin­u­ing in post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion). Harry, a great teacher, taught us about faith, hope and love. With the gift of love, even if we are not to­gether phys­i­cally, we are to­gether, which gives us the hope we need to carry forth not for our­selves alone – to love, to trans­form our­selves and oth­ers.

Fran­cis Ed­ward Sch­wab, BSc’74, MSc’79, Phd’86

Fran­cis passed away at the age of 63 on March 6, 2016, with fam­ily at his side, fol­low­ing a long strug­gle with brain can­cer. He was born on Novem­ber 20, 1952, in Sum­mer­land, BC, and grad­u­ated from Nechako Val­ley Sec­ondary in Van­der­hoof in 1970. He went on to earn a PhD from UBC in 1986, and was the bi­ol­ogy in­struc­tor at the Labrador Col­lege/Col­lege of the North At­lantic in Labrador City, NL, for more than 20 years. While liv­ing in Labrador, he pub­lished 14 pa­pers on the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween lo­cal birds, small mam­mals, and their habi­tats.

Fran­cis Joseph Fur­tado, BA’86, MA’88

It is with great sad­ness that we an­nounce the sud­den death of Fran­cis Fur­tado in Ot­tawa on Jan­uary 3, 2017. Fran­cis was born on April 2, 1966, in Card­ston, Al­berta, and grew up in South­ern Al­berta be­fore mak­ing Ot­tawa his home.

In 1986, Fran­cis ob­tained a Bach­e­lor of Arts (Hon­ours) in po­lit­i­cal science and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions from UBC, where he also com­pleted a mas­ter’s in 1988.

Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion, Fran­cis be­gan his em­ploy­ment in the fed­eral pub­lic ser­vice, where he held sev­eral po­si­tions through his ca­reer of al­most 23 years. Fran­cis’ pro­fes­sional life was filled with ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing two Deputy Min­is­ters’ Com­men­da­tions and the Ex­cep­tional Achieve­ment Award at the Privy Coun­cil Of­fice. He was ap­pre­ci­ated for his in­tel­lec­tual cu­rios­ity, strate­gic think­ing, and fine pen; he was also a kind and sup­port­ive men­tor.

Fran­cis was hap­pi­est when sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily, en­gaged in thought­ful and spir­ited po­lit­i­cal de­bate. He was open to all views – even if he dis­agreed – if they were backed by ev­i­dence, con­vic­tion, and pas­sion. Fran­cis also en­joyed cook­ing and food. Dis­cus­sions held over din­ner or in the kitchen made fond mem­o­ries, par­tic­u­larly if his guests man­aged to make him laugh hard enough to cry!

Fran­cis was an avid reader, loved mu­sic and en­joyed most tele­vised sports and, in par­tic­u­lar, sports com­men­tary – his favourites be­ing foot­ball, ten­nis, bas­ket­ball, hockey and For­mula 1 motorsport.

Fran­cis is pre­de­ceased by his fa­ther Menino. He is sur­vived by his mother Amalia; his sis­ter Sarah, brother-in-law Christo­pher, and niece Naomi; as well as his brother Xavier, and sis­ter-in-law Car­rie Lee.

The fam­ily is grate­ful to Benoit Bazinet, Is­abelle Gallen and staff at the Beech­wood Fu­neral Home in Ot­tawa.

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