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1964

Larry Cross, BEd, was elected mayor of Sidney in November 2008 municipal elections. Larry is a member of the UVic Senate and past president of the UVic Alumni Association.

Nels Granewall, BA (English): The retired director of Student Awards and Financial Aid sends “warm greetings to all former UVic students who spent time in my office getting their finances in order. I also want to send special greetings to all recipients of assistance from the Nels Granewall Bursary Fund.”

Ann Scarfe (née Thompson), BSc (Biology), retired as program manager of Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary last August. In her 28-year association with the sanctuary, Ann developed and presented natural history programs to thousands of Victoria area children (and their parents). Ann is continuing to teach part-time, presenting Swan Lake’s in-school programs, and hopes to do more birdwatching in her spare time.

1969

Bob Vincent, BSc (Chemistry), reports from Winnipeg: “I have retired from the Canadian Forces (Air Force) after almost 40 years of living all across the country and travelling around the world. There really was no life like it. I remarried (Paula) in 2006 and settled in Winnipeg—Canada’s best kept secret. I visit Victoria and UVic at least once every year, usually in February.”


1972

Linda Hughes, BA (History/Economics),
has been elected the 19th chancellor of the University of Alberta. The former publisher of the Edmonton Journal is a past recipient of the UVic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

1974

Don Bach, BA (English), has been employed by the Kelowna and District Society for Community Living for the past 15 years. The society provides community-based services for mentally challenged adults. Don has been married to BonnieJean for 28 years and has two sons, Donovan and Sean. He lives 50 yards from the house where he grew up, in Rutland. “Sort of a homeboy I guess!” Don would like to correspond with long lost friends and acquaintances from UVic. Find him on Facebook.

Joy Davis, BA (History), writes: “After completing a master’s of museum studies at U of T in ’78, I’ve worked in Continuing Studies at UVic. I directed the Cultural Resource Management program along with several other diplomas and certificates in related areas. I was seconded by the Office of the Registrar and Enrolment Services to undertake enrolment planning before starting a study leave (in April) to focus on a PhD.”

Peter Forster, BSc (Psychology), works for the Canadian Embassy Beijing and, as the alumni branch representative (and 2008 Alumni Volunteer of the Year award winner), is “looking to add more alumni to the Beijing group. Goal is to have 100 active UVic alumni in Beijing.”

Michael B. Hare, BA (Political Science), became conference minister for the Prince Rupert Presbytery of the United Church of Canada on July 1, 2008.

1975

Josie Bernhard, BFA (Theatre), is a retired high school teacher (Sooke district): “After 21 years in the same school it is past time for new adventures. Look out world.”


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1976

Marilynne V. Brown Black, BEd (Elementary), sends an update: “After graduating I continued working as a teacher-librarian in Courtenay, Golden and Vancouver over a 25-year period. I completed two diplomas in education in 1990 and 1996. It was during this time that I began to give professional development workshops. After retirement in 1999 and some travelling I began working on my master of arts (children’s literature) at UBC with completion in 2005. Over the last dozen years I have been concentrating on my business as an independent children’s literature consultant. In addition to giving workshops locally, nationally and internationally I have authored and co-authored several articles in professional journals, and I’ve written book reviews. Now living in Chilliwack, I continue to be involved in children’s literature by working with a local chapter of the International Reading Association as well as a community-based literacy committee. My biggest project now is learning how to maintain my Web site. Retirement is anything but boring!”

Jane Richardson (née Walden), BSc (Biology), is now a “retired biologist and college lab instructor. I have just opened an art space in Vancouver that is devoted to promoting BC artists: www.leighdon.ca.”

Michael Scott-Harston, BA (Political Science), recently returned to Ottawa following a four-year assignment as consul in Hamburg, Germany and a year of building in North Saanich. “I am currently working in the EU Institutions and Southern EU Relations Division with responsibility for the Holy See, Italy, Malta and San Marino.”

1977

Janis Kirker, BA (Pacific and Asian Studies), is “still dreaming of old friends.”

1978

David Bennett, MEd, topped the polls in municipal elections held November 15, 2008, for a three-year term as councillor for the District of Sooke. David credits his dedicated election team for his success.

1980

Jerry Carter, BSc (Mathematics), is in his 16th year of teaching at Oak Bay High School. “I originally taught math and science, but it’s been math only for quite some time now. Despite what the Fraser Institute might say, I think Oak Bay is among the best schools in the province in many ways. Like most alumni, I wonder where the people I made friends with while living in residence are now. I see a familiar name in this section from time to time, but most of them are “sight unseen” since grad. Reunion, perhaps?”
Richard Wunderlich, BEd, teaches in Salmon Arm and works on textbooks for math and science courses. His novel, Tomorrow’s Paper, has been published in the US. richardwunderlich.blogspot.com.


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1981

Franke James, MFA, has a collection of “environmental visual essays” published by New Society Publishers this spring, entitled: Bothered by My Green Conscience: How an SUV-Driving, Imported-Strawberry-Eating Urban Dweller Can Go Green.
frankejames.com.

Leslie Allan Dawn, MA (History in Art), earned the Raymond Klibansky Prize for best English work in the humanities for his book National Visions, National Blindness: Canadian Art and Identities in the 1920s (UBC Press). In the early 20th century, visual arts were considered central to the formation of a distinctive Canadian identity and the Group of Seven’s landscapes became part of a larger program to unify the nation and assert its uniqueness. Using newly discovered archival evidence, his book traces the emergence of a young nation. He is an associate professor in the department of art at the University of Lethbridge.

1982

Avis Rasmussen, MEd
, writes: “As a Victoria College student from 1955–57, and a visual artist, I am very pleased to be included in The Lansdowne Era by Edward Harvey. Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay featured my plein air paintings 2008: Paris, Provence Paintings, in November 2008.”

1983

Paula Johanson, BA (French), has been writing non-fiction books for school libraries on science, health and literature for Rosen Publishing and Enslow Publishers. She just signed a six-book contract for a series on extreme sports.

Marna Leland, BA (Psychology), returned to Victoria two years ago after leaving university in 1983. “Loving the slower island pace after being in Vancouver for the past 20 years. Can often be found sailing away in our boat.”

Maria Newberry (née House), LLB, writes from Calgary: “I have been at the Legal Aid Family Law Office since 2001. I have been busy parenting and this year brings four graduations: twins, Peter and Stephen Dixon are graduating from high school and will be entering neuroscience and engineering respectively at U of Calgary in September. Vanessa and David Dixon will graduate from U of C in math and engineering respectively.”

Terrence Turner, LLB, directed the 2008 documentary film Adele’s Wish. It’s the story of the theft and recovery of the “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1” by the Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt: “It’s a fascinating look at a political cultural and legal dispute of epic proportions.” www.adeleswish.com



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1984

Christopher Ragan, BA (Economics), is the 2009-2010 Clifford Clark Visiting Economist, at the federal Department of Finance. He is on leave from his faculty position in the McGill department of economics.

1985

Lynn McCaughey, BA (French), has been working on campus as a career educator since 1994, initially in Career Services, and most recently in the blended Cooperative Education and Career Services department. She works with students and recent graduates to help them put their education to work.

1986

Chris Kempling, MEd (Counselling), recently accepted the position of elementary special education coordinator at St. Ann’s Academy in Kamloops, the oldest continuously operating school in the province (est. 1880). “In addition, I have resumed my private marriage counselling practice here, sharing office space with two psychiatrists and a clinical social worker. I spend free time refereeing volleyball, singing in two choirs, mountain biking and playing with my two grandkids.”

Jack Miller, MEd, and Verna Miller, BA (Geography) ’96, are still residing on the Basque Ranch, south of Cache Creek, and are looking forward to retiring and spending time just working around home, interspersed with some more travel. Jack has been at Thompson Rivers University since 2000 and is currently the dean of the school of education. He is scheduled to remain as dean until the end of June 2010. He is also the coach of the cross-country running team at TRU and continues to pursue his interest in Aboriginal languages. Jack completed an education doctorate at UBC in 2004. Verna is the director of the Nlakapamux Health and Healing Society in Lytton. The society was established as an organization to deal with community-level support for residential school survivors, of which Verna is one. They are proud grandparents to Annika, 7 and Ross, 3, children of Dusty and Virika. Former classmates who are travelling the Fraser Canyon are encouraged to visit. jamiller@tru.ca


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1987

Joan Connors, MA (Education), writes from Prince George: “This year I retired from my instructor’s position after 32-and-a-half years at the College of New Caledonia where I taught mathematics and physics in the college and career preparation program. I have joined my husband, Keith, in the operation of our wilderness lodge in the beautiful Cassiar Mountains of northwestern BC.”

1988

Rosemary Collins, BA (History), works in information management with the BC government and is “looking forward to another great alumni year.”

Dawn Doig, BSc (Linguistics) has been living and working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since 2005: “I am currently the supervisor of the audiology unit and thoroughly enjoying this very challenging and rewarding time in my career. Our hospital has been targeted as the national cochlear implant centre, which we are hoping will open within the next five years. My husband, Bruce Doig, BA (History)/BEd ’92, is a teacher at the American International School of Riyadh. I am excited to have had my first book published in October, 2008. And So Ahmed Hears… is about a hearing-impaired boy and was published by Widex Canada as a humanitarian project. It is available free to families via their Web site. We are thoroughly enjoying the beautiful landscape of Saudi Arabia and having the opportunity to travel to other countries on this side of the globe. Friends can contact me at shoebears@yahoo.com. I have lost touch with some people over the years and would love to hear from them again!”

1989

Anne Swannell, BFA (Writing), had her third book of poetry, Shifting, published late in 2008 by Ekstasis Editions, Victoria. Anne has also written and illustrated a children’s picture book; she paints and makes mosaics. She and her husband, Raymond Vickery, MEd ’87, recently returned from an extended trip to Turkey.”

Andrew Wooldridge, BA (Anthropology), has become publisher of Orca Book Publishers, specializing in books for young readers. Founding publisher Bob Tyrrell, BA, ’70 (Psychology), remains president of the company and has assumed the duties of editorial director. The changes are part of the succession plan initiated in early 2007 when Wooldridge bought a 50 per cent share of the Victoria-based company.



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1990

James De Bruin, BA (History), is a major in the Canadian Forces, most recently completing his second posting to Afghanistan in three years. He was responsible for the 22-member combat service support unit at Task Force Kandahar.

Doug Ransom, BEng (Electrical), has moved his investment and financial planning business to Canaccord Capital in Victoria. He is also chair of the Engineering Alumni Chapter, and married to Lisa Ransom, MPA ‘93.

1991

Susan L. Beach, LLB, has left her partnership with Cox, Taylor and is now practising with the Province of BC (ministry of finance, risk management branch).

Doreen Gee, BSc (Psychology), sends a note: “I have evolved into a professional writer due to all the writing I do about social justice issues. I have been published in two books, in Monday Magazine, and have been working as a volunteer journalist at the James Bay Beacon newspaper for three years. The stories that I have written have covered everything from homelessness to sewage treatment. The most exciting part of being a reporter is the people I meet, such as Carol James. All those years at university have done me well—essentially, they taught me how to think. My degree was good preparation for a career in the media, where analytical skills give me an edge. My present project is a book where I am seeking a publisher. Hello and best wishes to all alumni out there. To all you students struggling with exams and all that academic pressure—it is all worth it!”

Lisa Steinmueller, BSN, writes from her home base in Hawaii: “I went to Honolulu Pacific University and finished my MSN (family nurse practitioner), and an MBA. I teach nursing for HPU, practice as an NP at a clinic on the windward side of Oahu, as well as being an advance practice nurse for Queens Medical Centre in the Cardiac ICU.”

1992

Karl Pires, BA (Pacific and Asian Studies/Economics), lives in Tokyo: “After graduating, I worked in the international affairs division of a local government in Japan for two years during which time I met my wife. After backpacking around the world for a year, I entered law school at the University of Toronto. I worked at a Japanese law firm for one year after graduation before practicing law in Vancouver for eight years. We decided to relocate to Tokyo again earlier this year to give our 4-year old daughter a chance to be exposed to her Japanese heritage while she is young and can hopefully become bilingual. I am employed by a New York-based law firm in their Tokyo office.”

Patrick Montgomery, MSc (Mathematics), completed his PhD at the University of Alberta in 1999 and spent eight years in Prince George as a mathematics professor at the University of Northern BC before making a temporary career change to the Canadian Navy. In December, he assumed command of HMCS Edmonton, based in Esquimalt, for the next three years. Kelly Montgomery (née Salmon), BEd ’91, was teaching band in Prince George and they have two boys, Matthew (13) and Andrew (9).

1997

Tamara Marie Kucheran, BFA (Theatre), received a 2008 Dora Mavor Moore Award for her costume design for the play Intimate Apparel at the Obsidian Theatre Company in Toronto.

Angela Magon, BSc (Chemistry), is a 2008 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence (Certificate of Excellence) recognizing outstanding educators. Angela teaches at Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan and she completed her teaching certificate in the Faculty of Education in 2000.


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1993

David Leach, BA (Writing), received a special jury mention at the 2008 Banff Mountain Book Awards for his book Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong (Viking Canada). The book dramatically retells the controversial events surrounding the 2002 Bay of Fundy Multi-Sport Race, which led to the first death of an adventure racer in North America. Fatal Tide was reviewed in the autumn 2008 edition of this magazine.

louise Wilson, BA (History in Art), researched and annotated her grandmother’s life in early BC, The Judge’s Wife (Ronsdale Press) by Eunice M.L. Harrison, which is in its second printing. Elouise has lectured on the book at the Women’s Canadian Club, Nanaimo Library, and the Nanaimo Historical Society. She also holds a BFA (Visual Arts), and has painted murals for the Royal Canadian Legion in Nanaimo. She remains active in nature conservation efforts and is a member of Naturescape.

Jennifer Zelmer, BSc (Health Information Science), is CEO of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization. Prior to joining IHTSDO, Jennifer led programs related to health information standards and analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information and worked with a variety of health, academic, and government organizations in Canada, Australia, Denmark, and India.

1994

Ann Eriksson, BSc (Biology), has published her second novel, In the Hands of Anubis (Brindle & Glass Publishing). It’s the story of a transformational relationship between a young man and an elderly woman.

Pat Martin Bates, Hon DFA, invites her Visual Arts students from 1963–93 to get in touch by e-mail: patmartinbates@shaw.ca.

Kazue Fujiki, BEd, has an international education consulting business. “I work as an agency to bring students and travellers from Japan to place them to Canadian schools/English classes and coordinate their recreation and accommodation needs. I coordinate cultural events between the two countries as well.”

Tim Pelton, MSc (Computer Science), is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction: “Third career and finally settled. Teaching teachers to teach mathematics and use technology.”

Bryan Swansburg, BSc (Biochemistry and Microbiology), sends a dispatch from Down Under: “After three years in the subarctic (Yellowknife) it was time to warm up for a while. After two years here (Darwin) we’ve accomplished that.”


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1995

Robert Coburn, PhD (Music Composition), is chair of music studies and program director of music composition at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, in California where he also directs the SoundImageSound Festival of Experimental Music and Video. His recent composition, Fragile Horizon, for viola, computer, and video was commissioned by and premiered at the Dave Brubeck Festival, 2007. He is currently composing a composition for bass, computer and video for Glen Moore, bassist with the jazz group Oregon.

1996

Peter Hilton, MPA, is the new chief enrolment officer at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Since 1995, he had worked in recruitment and international relations at Jonkoping University in Sweden.

Tammy Hinsche, BSc (Environmental Studies/Geography), writes from her home in Australia: “I have been working for the past 10 years with Medecins Sans Frontieres and just recently moved to Sydney to work with the MSF office in their field human resources department.”

Janelle Mould (née Veasey), BEd, started her master’s program last September at Vancouver Island University. In addition to teaching kindergarten, she often acts as teacher in charge of Davis Road School in Ladysmith, as well as coaching flag football and organizing special events for the school.

1998

Anne-Marie Savard, BSN, is working as an RN in Penticton and says: “I’ve taken up running in the last few years and am currently training for a marathon through Team in Training to raise money for leukemia research. My niece Kayla, in her first year at UVic, is a leukemia survivor, thanks to her sister Amanda, who is in her fourth year at UVic. Amanda was a perfect match to be a bone marrow donor for Kayla.”


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1999

Saloni D.K. Bowry, BComm, has been named co-chair of the foreign lawyers committee of the international law section of the Boston Bar Association. The committee provides professional development opportunities to foreign lawyers in the Boston area.

Kevin Creery, BSc (Geography/Environmental Studies), writes: “Just started with the Resort Municipality of Whistler as a planning analyst after four years with the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District as a planning technician. My son, Kaden Michael Creery, was born in July 2008 joining his 2-year-old sister, Camryn. Camryn has her first pair of skis and will start skiing this year.”

2000

Dana Oshiro, BA (English), is the marketing director for San Mateo-based technology start-up company, FixYa, a DIY tech and consumer support Web site.

Gregory Smith, BComm (International Business), writes: “After graduating, I obtained my CA while working in the KPMG Vancouver Mining Group. Subsequent to KPMG, I worked as manager, risk for Goldcorp and then moved on to chief financial officer for Minefinders, an emerging precious metals producer. Also a new dad to Ava Mae Smith, born in April, 2008.”

Erin Solbakken (née Moran), BComm, and Erik Solbakken, BSc (Economics) ’93, have established their own chartered accounting firm, Solbakken & Associates, in Victoria.

2002

Laura Rossy, BA (Leisure Service Administration/Environmental Studies), is running a fishing resort in the Queen Charlotte Islands: www.salmonfishingonline.com.

2003

Philip Kevin Paul, BA (Writing), has a new collection of poems: Little Hunger (Nightwood Editions). Poet and Writing Prof. Lorna Crozier finds “a wisdom in these pages, quiet and near to the bone, that I’ve been waiting to hear.” Kevin’s first book, Taking the Names Down from the Hill, earned the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry. He’s a member of the WSÁ, NEC (Saanich) Nation and lives in Brentwood Bay.

2004

Chloe Faught, BSc (Geography), and Chris McDonald, BEng ’03 (Computer Engineering), recently married, left for one year of service in Namibia as volunteers with WorldTeach, the non-profit service organization established by Harvard students in 1986. Faught and McDonald were accepted into the competitive program based on their community service experience. After training in Namibia, Faught and McDonald are teaching math, English, and science. They will also instruct primary and secondary school teachers on computer literacy. McDonald had been teaching at Stelly’s Secondary for four years and says: “I feel that I’ve reached a point in my career where I can take some time to give back to the world.” Faught has been a Girl Guides leader since 2000, where she has also worked as a public relations advisor and youth and adult trainer in global and health issues.

Cyndi Pallen, BSW, returned to UVic last year to work on her master’s degree. She’s employed by the Chechegatowtl (Helping Each Other) program in Powell River.


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2005

Tim Darvell, MEd (Counselling), is a child and family therapist: “In October, 2008 I was honoured to give a poster presentation on “Psychosocial and Cultural Enhancement Planning for Families Facing Mental Illness” at the 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis. Included in my presentation, and that of others, was the idea of neuroplacticity and neurogenesis as it’s related to recovery and relapse.

2006

Jenny Edwards (née Collins), BFA (Theatre), and Keith Edwards, BA ’97 (Philosophy), met at UVic in 2005 and got married in 2006 in Kamloops. After leaving Victoria, they moved to Saskatchewan, where Keith recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with his master’s of professional accounting degree. Jenny appeared in three episodes of Corner Gas last year. They recently moved back to BC and now live in Maple Ridge with their new baby girl, Grace Emmeline Leah, who was born in Saskatoon at the end of June, 2008.

2007

Jocelyn Beyak, BFA (Visual Arts), recently staged her fifth solo exhibition of photography. “Eggery”, at Xchanges Artists’ Gallery in Victoria, featured an exploration of contemporizing pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian egg dyeing craft. Old family photos, transferred onto duck eggs, were then broken and scanned on a flatbed scanner to reflect the fragmented nature of family history. Her work also appeared in the January/February 2009 edition of FRONT Magazine, published by the Western Front Society in Vancouver.

Jennifer Lahn, BA (Psychology), was accepted by the Harvard-based WorldTeach organization and is based in Namibia for the year: “My main goal is to play a role in increasing the knowledge, self-worth, and potential of my students (and) I am very interested and humbled by my opportunity to learn from them.”

2008

Emily Braden, MA (Hispanic Studies), is set to release her debut studio album this summer. The soul/jazz vocalist completed recording in New York City and was in Harlem on presidential election night. In a message to friends and supporters, she wrote: “The parade on 125th street last night was incredible. The energy, the screaming, the chanting, the drums… being part of that is something that I will remember forever.”

Christopher Mackie, LLB, received a coat of arms from the Governor General in recognition of his mother’s community service. In September last year, the Chief Herald of Canada, exercising the Governor General’s mandate to grant arms to deserving citizens, recognized the community contributions of Christopher’s mother by honouring her and him with coats of arms. As heraldry in Canada is part of the national honours system, this grant was a happy moment for the family.

Victoria College

Gerard Wyatt, VC ’41, sends an update from his home in Ontario: “In the latest Torch, I was surprised to see no entries before 1964. There was life before 1964. I attended Victoria College in Craigdarroch Castle from 1941-43, then went to UBC. I recall my time at Vic as one of the brighter phases in my education. From Ruth Humphrey I learned a critical view of English literature; from Jeff Cunningham I acquired enthusiasm for biology, which became my career. But the library on the top floor of the castle was cold in winter! I am now retired from teaching at Queen’s, enjoying a second marriage, living in Kingston and in good health.”

David R. Francis, VC ’50, writes: “After leaving Victoria College to take journalism at Carleton College in Ottawa, I worked for three Canadian newspapers before joining the Christian Science Monitor in 1960 as a reporter. I worked for the Monitor in Boston, New York, Washington, and Bonn, West Germany. I was business editor for 18 years. In 2005, I retired but continue to write a weekly column on economic issues. It is available at CSMonitor.com, with an archive of the latest columns available at the top of the commentary page. Rosemarie and I have two daughters and two grandchildren.”

John N.W. Webb, VC ’55, writes from Sechelt, where he is the pipe major of the Pender Harbour Legion Pipe Band: “We still live in Sechelt but have returned to an old hobby… sailing. We recently returned to Jedediah Island and had a visit to Lasquiti as well. Most enjoyable. I noticed Roger Bishop’s name attached to the (Lansdowne Era launch invitation). Is that the English prof from the 1950s? The staff sponsor for the Player’s club? Is he still around?” (Yes, yes and yes. – Ed.)


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Farewell

Horace “Ace” Beach, former director of counselling services, died on Oct. 2, 2008 at the age of 89. He was chair of the senate committee that established the Learning and Teaching Centre.

Sonia Birch-Jones, former director of alumni services, died on Nov. 28, 2008 at home in Qualicum Beach. She was the publisher of the first edition of the Torch, in the fall of 1981, and she came up with the name for the publication. She was born in Wales in 1921.

Newton Cameron, VC ’33, started Victoria Plywood in 1950 and was a founding supporter of the university. He died on Oct. 6, 2008.

David Cowper-Smith, VC ’46, died on Sept. 27, 2008 after a career in law. He was a pilot and past president of the Calgary Flying Club.

Bill Gaddes, a founding member of the Psychology departments of Victoria College and the University of Victoria, died on Nov. 19, 2008. Former students remembered him as an exceptional mentor and as a teacher who “twinkled” as he “threw out sparks to highly combustible students.” Contributions to the William H. Gaddes Scholarship Fund at UVic would be appreciated.

Frank Hillier, VC ’41, died on Oct. 1, 2008. A mechanical engineer, he started Hillier International and was the Social Credit candidate for Vancouver South/Burrard in 1978.

Doug Johnson, LLB ’80, died of cancer on Nov. 19, 2008, age 61. He’s survived by his wife Karen, twin brother Don, and sisters Holly and Cheri. After graduation, he articled with Skillings & Co., eventually becoming a partner with David Skillings. Doug was a past president of the UVic Alumni Association and also gave generously of his time to other community organizations including Anawim, CNIB, Victoria Chinatown Care Society, and the CRD Arts Council.

Hal Knight, VC ’41, died in Oct. 2, 2008. His was a life dedicated to environmental research, renewable resources, and community service, including seven years on Saanich council.

Nick Lang, BA ’67 (English), died on Nov. 11, 2008. A well-regarded Crown prosecutor in Victoria, he was at the forefront of historical sexual abuse prosecutions in the 1980s and the introduction of child-witness evidence. He was 63. A bursary in his name has been established in the Faculty of Law (contact Anne Pappas at 250-721-8025 or e-mail apappas@uvic.ca).

Art Mann, VC ’37, started his pharmacy apprenticeship after Vic. When the war was over, he joined the first pharmacy class at UBC before returning home to Duncan where he was a fixture for 40 years at Mann’s Drug Store, the shop started by his father. He died on Dec. 9, 2008.

James McCorkindale, VC ’45, a man known for his devotion to family, unique humour, and eccentricities, died on Dec. 21, 2008 at Glenwarren Lodge in Victoria. He was 94 years of age.

Chuck Newmarch, VC ’36, died on Dec. 21, 2008. A geologist, he helped map the Crowsnest Coal Basin, leading to the first open pit mine in the Crowsnest Pass.

Niel Pearce, MEng (Mechanical) ’05, died on Aug. 30, 2008 near Sooke. His family was in awe of his many achievements, scholarships and awards, all of which he accomplished under a prolonged battle with depression. He was 41.

Bunty Rivington (née Chatham), VC ’36, died on April 27, 2008 in Ottawa. She raised four children with her husband, Neville Rivington. In later years, she instigated adventures that included hot air ballooning, line dancing, skinny dipping, and tales yet untold.

Mildred Ruggels (née Duncan), VC ’38, died on Dec. 20, 2008. Earned her master’s in geography, was a sessional instructor at UBC, and research assistant to her husband, Richard Ruggles.

Tom Sallaway, VC ’38, died peacefully on Sept. 12, 2008 in Victoria, age 89.

David Smart, VC ’44, worked for many years in the auto service industry before opening the Sayward News Stand in Victoria with his wife, Carol. He died on Sept. 29, 2008.

Athena Strutt, VC ’38, died on Oct. 16, 2008. She overcame polio to teach high school English and history in Chilliwack and Vernon. She and Douglas were married for 59 years.

Neil Swainson, VC ’35, died on Feb. 21, 2009 at the age of 89. He was UVic’s first Political Science professor, the author of several books, and a former member of Oak Bay council.

David Waddell, VC ’33, died on June 8, 2008 in Ontario, in his 92nd year. He enjoyed a career in the federal department of agriculture and was an ardent badminton player and national organizer.

Pamela Wetmore (née Fraser), VC ’46, died on Dec. 4, 2008 in Nanaimo. She grew up in Victoria, a descendant of early Saanich settlers.






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