He was co-op's mentor, parent, and cheerleader for 16 years and, for many involved in the program, Dr. Graham Branton was co-op. He was an enthusiastic supporter of co-op from its first days at UVic and, with the exception of a year's leave of absence in 1985, its director from 1979 until his sudden death in 1995. Former UVic President Dr. Howard Petch praised Branton as co-op's "enthusiast and champion." Former UVic Vice-President Academic and Provost Dr. Sam Scully eulogized Branton by saying: "UVic owes Graham an enormous debt. He has led the building of co-op education since 1979 to the point where it has become a distinguishing feature of the University of Victoria. His quiet and determined leadership won him universal respect." Under Branton's leadership, UVic developed the third largest co-op program in Canada.
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