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Reflections hen sod was first turned to plant the seed that would grow into the University we know today, it was as much an act of physical willfulness as it was an act of the imagination. In fact, the 1909 groundbreaking ceremony you see pictured here is actually a bit of an illusion as well as a rare example of the U of A’s first president, Henry Marshall Tory, ’28 LLD (Honorary)*, not getting his way. The General Teaching Building was supposed to be the first to rise on campus, scheduled to be completed in 1911. But, following the sod breaking, the hole excavated for the building sat empty (save for the rain water that collected and turned it into a muddy mess) for a few years before the Arts Building was opened on the site in 1915, after arguments about its design and changes in funding and governance delayed the building’s construction. The Arts Building was also constructed in a plainer style than that advocated by Tory, but no one could say to this day that it is any the less striking in its appearance for not getting the full ‘Tory Treatment.’ In this rare instance of Tory not getting exactly what he wanted we see a man whose vision, although uncompromising, was still focused on what really mattered in


the end — building a university that would become one of the world’s top educational institutions. That university awarded its first degrees in 1921, creating the constituency for the University of Alberta Alumni Association, an association that now serves over 200,000 living alumni. Over the years that I’ve been associated with the Alumni Association I’ve taken great delight in meeting fellow alumni, especially during Reunion Weekend, and at other celebratory events. But this year promises to be something even more special. As we begin our celebration of 100 years of excellence, I encourage all of you to come back to the University to take advantage of the many intellectually stimulating, thought-provoking, memory-inducing, and just plain fun events that the Alumni Association and the Centenary Committee have planned for throughout the year. Inside this special commemorative issue you’ll find a complete list of all we have planned, plus a pullout calendar of all the events (you can also keep track of anything new at And as we move forward into our second century it is also with great

Above: Breaking ground for the Arts Building foundation in 1909, with University President Henry Marshall Tory and Alexander Cameron Rutherford at the reins. Left: The University Act of 1906 sought to officially “Establish and Incorporate a University for the Province of Alberta.”

pride that I inform you that the Alumni Association has also done a little moving of its own — downtown into Enterprise Square, the historic Bay Building that the U of A purchased and renovated to house many of its departments as well as some non-U of A tenants. Look for your Alumni Association to be putting out the welcome mat for each and every one of you to drop in and take a look at our new digs in the near future — when all the dust (literally) has settled. In the meantime, we’re still open for business and if we can assist you in some way, feel free to contact us or make your way to Enterprise Square (Bay LRT stop) and we’ll do our best to make you feel at home in our new home.

Jim Hole, ’79 BSc(Ag) Alumni Association President Chair Centenary Committee * (Throughout this issue we have attempted to note U of A degree status on the first mention of someone’s name and to the best of our ability to verify this information.)

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Executive Committee President Jim Hole, ’79 BSc(Ag) Past-President / Vice-President Nominating & Bylaws Heike Juergens, ’72 BA, ’79 MEd, ’87 PhD Vice-President: Awards Judy Zender, ’67 BA Vice-President: Centenary Jim Hole, ’79 BSc(Ag) Vice-President: Scholarships Stephen Leppard, ’86 BEd, ’92 MEd, ’03EdD Board of Governors Representatives Ruth Kelly, ’78 BA Dick Wilson, ’74 BA, ’75 LLB Vice-President: Strategic Planning Kurian Tharakan, ’86 BCom Senate Representatives Jennifer Rees, ’80 BSc(PT) Kerry Day, ’80 LLB Vice-President: Student Life Mark Polet, ’77 BSc Secretary Doug Irwin, ’73 BPE Faculty Representatives Agriculture, Forestry, & Home Economics Anand Pandarinath, ’93 BSc(For), ’00 MBA, ’00 MFor Arts Judy Zender, ’67 BA Augustana Stacey Denham Gibson, ’95 BA (Augustana), ’98 LLB Business Kurian Tharakan, ’86 BCom Dentistry Tom Mather, ’69 DDS Education Stephen Leppard, ’86 BEd, ’92 MEd, ’03EdD Engineering Jim Funk, ’78 BCom, ’86 BSc(Eng) Graduate Studies vacant Law Bryan Kickham, ’71 BA, ’74 LLB Medicine Larry Jewell, ’63 BA, ’68 MD Native Studies Heather Taylor, ‘97 BA (NS) Nursing Carol Duggan, ’59 Dip(Nu) Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Rose Anne Lawton, ’73 BSc(Pharm) Physical Education and Recreation Gerry Glassford, ’64 MA Rehabilitation Medicine Grant Fedoruk, ’99 BSc(PT) Campus Saint-Jean Deni Lorieau, ’73 BA Science Mark Polet, ’77 BSc Member at Large C.H. William Cheung, ’86 LLB Academic Representative vacant Ex Officio Executive Director Susan Peirce, ’70 BA Graduate Students’ Association Julianna Charchun, ‘04 BA Students’ Union Michael Janz U of A Vice-President (External Relations) Sandra Conn Honorary President Dr Indira Samarasekera

Campbell Conference I wish to compliment all involved on the first-rate publication you are producing. I do appreciate hearing of the friends and colleagues of my salad days, and also of the remarkable contribution the U of A is making to humanity in a multitude of fields. I am proud of all of you and the institution. However, there are some details in the Clarence Campbell story [Autumn ’07] that sent me to my books. Campbell never commanded the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and D-Day, of course, was June 6, 1944, not in 1945. And while Campbell was a prosecutor at the trial of Kurt Meyer for atrocities committed by members of the 12th S.S. Panzer Division he commanded in Normandy, that trial was a General Court

Martial under Canadian law at Aurich, Germany, and not at Nuremberg under the mandate of the International War Crimes Commission. And apropos of hockey, I particularly enjoyed the article on my friend Clare Drake in the same issue. Drake was playing for the UBC Thunderbirds when I managed the Golden Bears. Patrick M. Mahoney, ’50 BA, ’51 LLB Vancouver, BC

Line Mate Another reader, who actually took part in the 1944 D-Day invasion, also wrote to address our errors in the piece on Clarence Campbell and to point out even more. Campbell “may have taken a reduction in rank, but it was not because of the D-Day invasion as that date

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We had the most ever replies to our Autumn ’07 Tuck Shop challenge, including 15 correct answers. Our two winners, whose names were pulled out of a hat, are Alison Poole, ’80 BSc(MedLabSci), and Roberta & Donald Breakwell (Donald is a former Golden Bears player) who correctly identified the former Golden Bears hockey players as

not convicted of executing Canadian prisoners of war but of ordering the executions. [And] in the last paragraph of the article ‘succeeded’ should read ‘succeeding.’ ” A.G. Lynch-Staunton, ’50 BCom, ’53 LLB Qualicum Beach, BC

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I finally worked my way from cover to cover of the Autumn issue of New Trail. Congratulations on both the quantity and the quality of the content you’ve produced for the magazine. It’s a really fine piece of work, and for me personally, by far the most interesting issue I’ve seen in a long time.

I had the great fortune to not only be instructed by Clare Drake in two of my courses but to also work with him when I was a student publicity and promotions coordinator for Golden Bears hockey back in the ’80s. From the courses, I found out that Coach Drake strongly adhered to the belief that “When you lose, say little. When you win, say less.” So despite the

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John Devaney, Randy Gregg, Kevin Primeau and Jim Carr. Each winner will receive a prize pack comprised of four tickets to a Golden Bears or Pandas game, two U of A T-shirts to show your pride and two pom-poms to cheer the team on. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated. Thanks also to U of A Athletics for the prize packages.

fact that the greatest coach in Canadian university hockey was guiding one of the strongest hockey programs in Canada, the attendance at Golden Bear hockey games was below what it deserved to be. Despite his modesty, Coach Drake cooperated fully with me (and other students who followed) in helping promote the hockey team and soon the confines of what was then known as Varsity Arena were rocking from the rafters. To this day I cannot imagine any Oilers game being louder than some of the great Bears-Dinosaurs clashes at Varsity/Clare Drake Arena. I also remember the great kindness that Clare Drake showed to me — not only helping me promote his team, but also offering me the opportunity to accompany the team on special trips at times. Thank you for capturing such an incredible man and his story on paper.

Hockey Night in Edmonton Congratulations to the New Trail staff for an excellent Autumn 2007 issue. Your stories on the Golden Bears and Pandas athletic teams were well done. However, I would like to point out two items. On page 12 it says the first organized practice for a U of A athletic game was a rugby practice on October 22, 1910. This is incorrect, as the Golden Bears hockey team played its first game on January 8, 1909, in the Edmonton Collegiate League. Also, on page 24 it states that Shane Bodgen was a one-time Edmonton Oilers draft pick. Mr. Bodgen was never a draft pick of the Oilers. Thanks again for an excellent issue. Steve Knowles, ’81 BPE Information Coordinator, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club Canada West Hockey Statistician Edmonton, AB

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Making the Cut I thoroughly enjoyed the Autumn 2007 issue of New Trail. I would like to submit a candidate for recognition not mentioned in the article “Great Teams at the University of Alberta.” I was fortunate enough to be a member of the 1980 Golden Bears crosscountry team that won the CIAU national championship. That accomplishment has yet to be repeated by a Golden Bears squad. I continue to cherish the memories of my time as a Varsity athlete at the University of Alberta. My career as a member of four Canada West championship teams in crosscountry and track and field,

ending as a member of the 1980 national championship crosscountry team, came as a complete surprise. I had initially come to the U of A from the United States and from 1972 to 1975 tried out for, and was cut from, the Golden Bears hockey team on four successive occasions. I finally decided to give running a try, and thanks to head track coach Gabor Simonyi and cross-country coach James Haddow, achieved a level of success in competitive running that far exceeded my expectations. I will always be grateful for my experiences as an athlete, and for the superior education I received while attending the University of Alberta. Jim McGavin, ’77 BEd, ’80 MSc Snohomish, WA

Perm ... Pome? Thanks for New Trail, which provides interesting reading material, as always. I noticed on page 3 of the Alumni News Autumn 2007 insert there was reference to “potassium pomegranate.” Should this be “potassium permanganate?” My chemistry is not great, so I might be mistaken. Vivienne Jones, ’06 MEd Edmonton, AB (Editor’s note: Yes, we believe you are correct.)

Holding the Fort Your article on Tom Morimoto [Autumn ’07] was very well done. As a lifetime friend of the Morimoto family, I know they will all appreciate the article.

Also in this same issue was a mention of Joe Couture (Dr. Joe) on his recent 2006 National Aboriginal Achievement Award. I found it quite a coincidence that the first and second ‘McMurray Homegrown’ to receive an undergraduate degree, Tom and Joe, were mentioned in the same issue. Another bit of trivia is I was the third. Ken Hill, ’55 BSc(Pharm) Calgary, AB P.S.: My wife was a 40-year resident and I was a lifetime resident of Fort McMurray.

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A Place in Time isionaries are rare. Visionaries who can turn dreams into reality are rarer still. In 1905, two such visionaries met in a tiny Albertan town on the North Saskatchewan River at a meeting of the McGill Graduates Society of Strathcona and Edmonton. There, over tea, Alexander Cameron Rutherford and Henry Marshall Tory forged a friendship that would lead to the establishment of the University of Alberta three years later in 1908. Rutherford, a Strathcona lawyer, and Tory, an academic touring the west on behalf of McGill University, happened to meet at just the right moment. They both believed passionately in the critical role of the university in modern society, and through letters, they created a vision for a university on the Canadian prairies. Shortly after their meeting, Rutherford become the first premier of Alberta, and set plans in motion to establish the University of Alberta. Tory eagerly accepted the position of presi-


dent when Rutherford formally made the offer in 1907. Together, they believed that they had been given a grand task —“to lay the foundations of [a] great institution,”— one that would rival the best in North America. A truly remarkable dream, especially if one considers that Alberta was then still a very sparsely populated province, and Edmonton, a very small city. And, yet, with energy and wit (and with Rutherford’s support),Tory quickly began to turn dream into reality, as he hired four professors from the continent’s top universities, recruited students, and began classes. I can only imagine that Tory’s rhetorical skills must have been impressive and his passion irresistible. E.K. Broadus, one of the original four professors, described Tory’s enthusiasm in this way: “There was something about him that made me feel that to whatever no-man’s land he went, there — somehow — the kind

of university I should like to have a hand in would get to be.” Now 100 years after Tory first began to remake a “no-man’s land” into a great university, we have a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the kind of university that has been built. New Trail will mark the University of Alberta’s centenary with special issues, celebrating its people and its achievements. In this first issue, images from the past 100 years fill the pages, painting a story of the campus’ transformation over the years. It is a story of great physical change, as buildings have been constructed, torn down, replaced or renovated. And, it is a story of extraordinary social change, moving through two world wars, the flu

Below: Design by the Montreal architect firm of Nobbs and Hyde of the first proposed buildings for the U of A. RIght: Alberta’s first premier, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. As premier, the first appointment he made was of himself — to the post of minister of education. Wanting to establish a state-supported, co-educational provincial institution, on April 23, 1906, he introduced a bill in the legislature to create the University of Alberta. The bill was passed into law on May 9 of the same year.

Officially opened in 1913, the High Level Bridge (with Alberta Legislature Building to the right and proposed U of A General Teaching Building on left) was designed to accommodate train, car, streetcar and pedestrian traffic.

graduate’s parchment since the first pandemic, the tumultuous changes in convocation. Wonderfully enigthe 1960s and the influx of baby matic, yet profoundly inspirboomers. The campus has grown ing, our motto asks all of from a homogeneous group us — the alumni, students, of 45 students enrolled in faculty, and staff of the one faculty to an incredUniversity — to engage ibly diverse group of more in the continual purthan 36,000, enrolled in suit and thoughtful 18 faculties and schools. contemplation of the As you will see U of A classes began on September 23, truth, wherever it may (and no doubt remem1908, in the Duggan Street School, now lie and whatever form ber), campus life at the called Queen Alexandra School it may take. University of Alberta has Meeting this challenge is not easy never been restricted to the classroom. but I believe we must. A great instituFrom the early days to the present, tion and its community are distinstudents have constantly reshaped and guished precisely by their willingness enriched the extracurricular landscape to grapple with philosophically signifiof the University, gradually building a cant questions. As we look back upon slate of more than 300 clubs, from the our past and plan for the future, then, establishment of the Wauneita Club in let us consider and debate with each 1909 through to Engineers without other how the pursuit and contemBorders in 2004. plation of “whatsoever things are As we embark into our second true” might guide our journey century, Tory’s vision for the University into our second century. of Alberta continues to guide us. We I invite you to come back to have selected the University motto, campus throughout 2008 for a Quaecumque vera or “whatsoever year of celebration and deliberthings are true,” for our Centenary ation. As never before, the theme. Chosen in 1911, the motto has University of Alberta is graced the coat of arms and every

planning a tremendous schedule of events. We will host thought-provoking speeches from each of Canada’s living prime ministers, great writers like Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, and cultural leaders such as Mary Robinson. We hope you will attend special conferences, such as “The Festival of Ideas” or the “Canadian Arctic Summit.” We invite you to listen to incredible music, enjoy the best in new Canadian drama and so much more. We, the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Alberta, are the beneficiaries of Premier Rutherford’s and President Tory’s ambitious vision of a great Alberta university, and as such, we have a great responsibility. At the threshold of our University’s second century, we too must become visionaries, dreaming into being an extraordinary future in keeping with our extraordinary past.

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The first train to arrive in Edmonton in 1902 wended its way through the Mill Creek ravine and crossed the Low Level Bridge to give the city access to the Canadian Pacific Railway line whose Calgary & Edmonton spur line had stopped in Strathcona. The fledgling city now had direct rail access to all of North America.

A student playing tennis on the site of where the Arts Building would eventually be built.

One of the first problems Tory had to address was the shortage of houses in Strathcona, so he had 10 “ring houses” built (in an area known as Campus Circle) for faculty and deans to live in. Here, workers take a break during construction of Henry Marshall Tory’s house, Ring House 1, in 1910 (the house was complete in 1911). Ring House 1 became a residence for women students in 1959 and today is home to the U of A’s Museums and Collections Services. Two other ring houses also survive.

Seven of the 45 students who registered in 1908 were women. Most female students, referred to as co-eds, pursued a BA but there were some exceptions. By 1914, 1914, the University had awarded 52 degrees to men and 17 to women. Pictured here is a co-ed on campus in 1919.

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James Adam, ’12 BA, ’15 MA – was on the first Calendar printed in 1908. Its simple mountains, wheat fields, and cross of St. George were replaced by a modified provincial Coat of Arms the following year, including the provincial motto Lux et Lex (Light and Law). The University’s motto, Quaecumque Vera (Whatsoever Things are True), was adopted in 1911. (Right) Pencil sketch of original crest includes annotations of dimensions, colours and materials. (Above) One of several versions of the Quaecumque Vera U of A crests designed by Cecil Scott Burgess, ’58 LLD (Honorary), in 1923.

These early students are known by their first names written on the photograph. (Below) Detail from an ad in the U of A’s Evergreen and Gold yearbook, 1922–23.


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Boardwalks — such as this one leading to Athabasca Hall — were often used in the early years to keep clothing out of the muck, like the long dresses on these early women students.


The ‘Halls’— Athabasca and Assiniboia. (Left) Students from 1930: Back row, L to R: Alice Stewart; Helen Faull, ’36 BA; Dorothy Copp; Edith Moorehouse, ’34 BSc(HEc); Lukie Walters; Marjorie Hunter; Beth Watson, ’34 BA; Dorothy Jones. Front row: Olive Young, ’34 BSc(HEc); Dorothy Davies.

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HENRY MARSHALL TORY: President, 1908 – 1928 “Positions of responsibility and opportunity come to few men and when they do tradition has usually marked out a way,

The first Students’ Union Executive. Back row, L to R, Albert Ottewell, ’12 BA, ’15 MA; Ada J. Johnston; S B. Montgomery; Ethel Anderson, ’12 BA; Jim Law. Seated: W. Muir Edwards; Cecil Rutherford (the premier’s son); President Tory; Premier Rutherford; Kathleen Wilson; and F. Stacey McCall, ’12 BA, president of the Students’ Council.

a path well trodden by other men which it is fairly safe to follow. But seldom is it given a man or group of men to lay the foundations of great institutions, and while doing so, to blaze a path into which an established order shall compel other men to walk.”

(Address to the first convocation.)

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tered in 1908 were women. One of the S first things the women did was organize even of the 45 students who regis-

the SIS — “Seven Independent Spinsters.” This group was effectively the precursor to the Wauneita Society, which all female students were automatically part of. The Wauneita tradition, including an initiation of all new female undergraduates who would parade before a fire into which they would contribute some sticks to symbolize their inclusion into a tribe of kindred spirits. The society continued until 1972 when changed times saw it fade from campus traditions. In the centre of this 1911 picture of the original Wauneitas (left) is Decima Robinson, ’12 MSc (wearing glasses). Surrounding her, L to R, are Sylvia Robinson; Libby Lloyd, ’12 BA; Helen Montgomery, ’14 BA; Kathleen Lavell, ’13 BA; Agnes Wilson, ’12 BA; and Mary Millar.

In the centre of this picture is Lynn Penrod, ’80 LLB, ’86 LLM (wearing glasses). Surrounding her, L to R, are Grace Elaine Wiebe, ’78 BA, ’83 MA, ’92 PhD; Heidi Julien,’83 BEd, ’94 MSIS; Catherine Swindlehurst, ’93 BA, ’95 MA; Holli Bjerland; Lauren M. Comin, ’07 BSc; and Maureen Engel.

All of the women in the above picture — taken in November 2007 — are members of the Academic Women’s Association, a group that had been meeting informally for two years before taking on its official name in 1975. The Association meets regularly to discuss issues of relevance to female academics and to provide a forum for advocacy to improve the status and conditions for women on campus as well as provide opportunities for networking and nurturing among women from different disciplines and at different levels of their academic careers.

(Left) Cecil Scott Burgess, ’58 LLD (Honorary), designed it all. During his 27 years at the U of A (including a break for active service in the First World War), the Bombay-born professor of architecture— the only architecture professor the U of A has ever known —was responsible for the design of Pembina Hall and the first indoor ice rink (Varsity Rink), and collaborated in the design of the Arts and Medical buildings. He also designed on-campus housing and various other Edmonton buildings, in addition to acting as consulting architect to the Government of Alberta for their administrative offices. This photo was taken in 1919. Winter 2007/2008

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Frosh y 1912, a new (unsanctioned) tradition was establishing itself on campus — initiation of freshmen into the student body. Some of these initiations, long since banned, included pushing blindfolded “Freshies” out of a window and down a wooden slide, made slick with soap, into a tub of water where they could also expect to be dunked again. Tarring and feathering might also occur along with other high jinks. The initiation hazing rituals were officially banned in the 1934 Calendar following an incident that made its way to court as a lawsuit known as “Powlett and Powlett v. University of Alberta.” C. Armand Powlett was distressed by his week-long hazing experience, so much so he ended up in the psychopathic ward of the University hospital and dropped out of school. Powlett’s father later sued the University “for breach of contract and torturous neglect” and won Armand an award of $50,000 as well as $6,800 for himself. In the cross appeal by all parties the father kept his money while Armand’s award was reduced to $15,000 — the University also paid for his year in a mental hospital as well as his legal fees. (The award to Armand was purportedly reduced because of his mental history prior to enrolling at the U of A, and little is known of what became of him other than that he was admitted for treatment at the Homewood Sanitarium in Guelph, Ontario, and later transferred to a long-term care facility in the same city.) Freshman initiation was officially over.


Freshmen, blindfolded and in pajamas, stand in Quad (top) while the soaped wooden slide awaits its next victim (centre), and students find themselves in another fine mess (bottom).


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In 2008 the University of Alberta will celebrate its 100th birthday! We’re celebrating with the biggest

reunion ever — Homecoming 2008 — and everyone is invited! Homecoming 2008 promises to be the party of the century!

Thursday, September 18  Alumni Recognition Awards  Tuck Shop Welcome Tent

Saturday, September 20  Tuck Shop Welcome Tent

Friday, September 19  Tuck Shop Welcome Tent  Faculty Receptions  Bears & Pandas Reunion  Tours  Golden Bears Football & pre-game party

Gala featuring Ian Tyson, Tommy Banks & live band

 Faculty Receptions  Tours & Lectures  Centenary Homecoming

Sunday, September 21  President’s Breakfast

 Get the gang together! If you’d like to help bring your class or group together to celebrate, contact for info on being a Class Organizer.

AND THERE’S MORE... Alumni Association Events throughout the year Feb 1

International Week — Career reflections by alumnus and distinguished Canadian diplomat Stanley Gooch

Feb 27

President’s Reception — Lethbridge

May 7

President’s Reception — Toronto

Nov 1

Centenary Celebration — Hong Kong

Centenary Road Trip We’re taking the celebration on the road. Look for us in your town! Feb 19 Feb 20 Mar 2 Mar 18 Mar 19 Mar 19 Apr 16 Apr 17 Nov 3 Nov 4

Camrose Drumheller Calgary Grande Prairie Fairview Peace River Cold Lake St. Paul Lethbridge Medicine Hat

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were killed in action. Their names are etched on a tablet that now rests outside Convocation Hall in the Arts Building. During the war The Gateway would run on its front page the names and pictures of U of A graduates and students killed or missing in action.

U of A soldiers in 1915. Front row, L to R: F. Philip Galbraith (future U of A chancellor), ’59 LLD (Honorary); Harvey Beecroft; G. Stanley Fife; Robert M. Martin, ’16 BSc; A. Ear; F. Robinson; F. Reg Henry. Centre row: E. C. Salteau; Earl German Peters; J. B. McCubbin; Larry H. Crawford. Back row: Donald S. Edwards (whose son, Jim, ’62 BA, ’06 LLD (Honorary), would later chair the U of A Board of Governors); A. Hutchinson. Frank Hamilton Mewburn was a pioneer surgeon in the West who started practice as a company doctor for the Galt Coal Mine in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1881. He was one of the first to practise aseptic surgery at his private practice in Calgary, which he gave up in 1914 (when this picture was taken) to enlist as a soldier in WWI where he was in charge of hospitals overseas. Upon his return from the war he became professor of surgery at the U of A, where he was known as a brilliant surgeon, and spent the last decade of his life teaching and practising at University Hospital.


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University of Alberta Canadian Officers Training Corp, WWI.

When WWI broke out in 1914, new engineering lecturer Hector MacLeod (front row, second from right, with the Captain’s insignia on his hat) was asked by President Tory (who knitted socks for soldiers overseas) to command the Canadian Officers Training Company, known as Company C of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry, a position he reluctantly accepted as he thought himself too young to command older men. Seated with him are, top, G. T. Riley; J.A. Carswell, ’20 BSc(Eng); President Tory; J.S. Kerr. Middle: A. McQueen; E. Parsons, ’21 BA; C. Beck MacLeod. Bottom: N. McArthur; R. Stevens; A.T. Glanville, ’14 BA, ’21 LLB. Winter 2007/2008

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The The University’s University’s first first engineering engineering labs labs (top) (top) and and St. St. Joseph’s Joseph’s College College under under construction construction in in September September 1926. 1926.

First First aerial aerial photograph photograph of of the the campus campus shot shot in in the the early early 1920s 1920s by by almostalmostgraduate May (a (a UU of of AA student student graduate Wop Wop May before before he he enlisted enlisted to to fight fight in in the the First First World World War). War). May May became became famous famous for for his his flying flying exploits, exploits, including including delivering delivering aa much-needed much-needed diphtheria diphtheria vaccine vaccine to to Fort Fort Vermilion, Vermilion, Alberta, Alberta, in in an an open open cockpit cockpit plane plane during during -35°F -35°F weather, weather, aa feat feat for for which which he he was was awarded awarded the the Order Order of of the the British British Empire. Empire.


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U of A medical students in 1917 at the Faculty of Medicine dinner; President Tory is seated in the first chair on the left side of the table against the wall. (Note the human skull centrepiece).

This was certainly not standard medical procedure at the time and you can rest assured that’s not a real body these U of A medical students are ‘practising’ on. Winter 2007/2008

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(RIght) Page from 1924 Evergreen and Gold yearbook.

(Below) Civil Engineering class, Spring 1910. Tory is in the centre.


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The on-campus broadcast towers for radio station CKUA outside Pembina Hall in 1927, the year the radio station — Canada’s first educational broadcaster and first public broadcaster — was founded on the U of A campus. The station was brought into being to complement the work the Department of Extension was already doing in reaching out to people throughout the province and has evolved from a government of Alberta operation to a public, not-for-profit foundation financially supported by listener donations, program sponsorships, subscriptions, and corporate partnerships. Two of radio station CKUA’s early on-air personalities.

ROBERT C. WALLACE: President, 1928 – 1936 “The university is the training ground for clear, consecutive, courageous thinking... It is the place for untrammeled thinking in the fundamentals of human life and conduct and for unbiased appreciation of the values in the aesthetic and moral spheres. It is probably the only place where thinking is free in the deepest sense of the word. At the university men examine the things that have been handed down from the past in the light of their applicability to the present and the future.”

(From a 1934 speech delivered in Edmonton.)

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The Pandas hockey team from the 1927–28 season.

f the eam from son, (Below and in background) Interior of the Varsity rink (1927) designed by Cecil Scott Burgess. The span of the Varsity Rink measured 104 feet (31 metres), making it the largest wooden span roof in Alberta at the time of its construction.

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Before Varsity Rink was constructed, hockey was an all-outdoors affair, as these women demonstrate on a University rink in 1915.


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Some members of the Pandas hockey team from the 2007–08 season, from L to R: Mia Mucci, Kathleen Keen, Brodie MacDonald, Trisha McNeill, Dana Vinge, Jessica Kolopenuk, Lindsie Fairfield, Alanna Donahue, Jennifer Newton.

T (Below and in background) Interior of the Varsity rink (1927) designed by Cecil Scott Burgess. The span of the Varsity Rink measured 104 feet (31 metres), making it the largest wooden span roof in Alberta at the time of its construction.

Before Varsity Rink was constructed, hockey was an all-outdoors affair, as these women demonstrate on a University rink in 1915.

Some members of the Pandas hockey team from the 2007–08 season, from L to R: Mia Mucci, Kathleen Keen, Brodie MacDonald, Trisha McNeill, Dana Vinge, Jessica Kolopenuk, Lindsie Fairfield, Alanna Donahue, Jennifer Newton.

(Below and in background) Interior of the Varsity rink (1927) designed by Cecil Scott Burgess. The span of the Varsity Rink measured 104 feet (31 metres), making it the largest wooden span roof in Alberta at the time of its construction.

Before Varsity Rink was constructed, hockey was an all-outdoors affair, as these women demonstrate on a University rink in 1915.

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Some members of the Pandas hockey team from the 2007–08 season, from L to R: Mia Mucci, Kathleen Kee Brodie MacDonald, Trisha McNeill, Dana Vinge, Jessica Kolopenuk, Linds Fairfield, Alanna Donahue Jennifer Newton.

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WILLIAM A. R. KERR: President, 1936–1941 “Mindful of the many lessons learned in the last war, the Government of the Dominion has, with great wisdom, determined to conserve and use as fully as possible in the best interest of the country the special training and abilities of her citizens. Through the Department of National Defence, Canada has therefore announced a policy of restricted enlistment, designed to conserve her trained personnel for the many purposes for which their services are required by the nation. Her first call to the students of our universities for national service is therefore that they carry on with their academic work with enhanced vigour and earnestness. While this applies with special force to students in Medicine and Engineering who are within measurable distance of graduation, it applies also, as circumstances are at present, to all students.” (The Gateway, October 2, 1939.)

Students on the steps of the Normal School — now Corbett Hall and home to the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (circa 1930). (Inset) The ‘crowded’ parking lot of the U of A in 1923. Winter 2007/2008

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(Top) The one-time Medical Sciences Building, now Dentistry-Pharmacy, in January 1929. The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1913, and until 1922 conducted a three-year undergraduate program in the basic sciences, with students completing the final two years at McGill or the University of Toronto. Tory wanted a full medical faculty but his request for money from the provincial government for an instructional building was turned down. Luckily for the U of A, Tory had also requested funds from a source that did come through — the Rockefeller Foundation in New York donated $500,000. The Medical Sciences Building was built in 1921. In 1923 a full program of clinical instruction began and the first Doctor of Medicine degrees were awarded in 1925. (Far left) Edgerton L. Pope. (Left) Edgerton L. Pope’s self-portrait done around 1925, part of a series of sketches Pope drew of professors in the Faculty of Medicine, of which he was a notable one.


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(Left) Harry Bulyea (right) and H.A. Gilchrist (centre) stand behind a graduating class of dentists, circa 1938. In 1922, Bulyea and Gilchrist were the first to be given permanent appointments in Dentistry at the U of A. In a 1976 interview in New Trail, Bulyea, who was then 102 years old, recalled being asked by a patient — Henry Marshall Tory — to come to the U of A to teach dentistry in the middle of the 1919–1920 term. He accepted and went on to build the dental school where he taught for 22 years. Bulyea was the first dentist in Alberta to practise block anesthesia, the first to bring an X-ray machine into the province, and the first to set up a group clinic. (Bottom left) Edgerton L. Pope’s portrait of J. B. Collip, circa 1925. (Bottom right) James Bertram Collip, ’24 DSc, ’26 MD, ’46 LLD (Honorary). Collip worked with Frederick Banting and Charles Best to refine their pancreatic extract (insulin) and isolate the active ingredient so that it could be administered to a diabetic patient.

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ROBERT NEWTON: President, 1941–1950

In the mid-1920s Archbishop O’Leary (with President Tory to his right) blessed the site where St. Joseph’s College was to be built; the University farm is seen in the background.

(Newton became acting president in 1941 when William Kerr resigned because of poor health. In 1942 he was installed as president.)

“Life is rarely easy, and the University as training ground for life necessarily reflects that condition. Now especially, when our country and its associates of like mind are struggling to preserve for ourselves and our children the things we prize above all others — freedom, justice, and the dignity of the individual — I know we shall take up gladly our full share of the common burden. Even our play we shall try to keep on a level of quality worthy of the times. ... As Colonel Ralston said recently, the most that is asked of us is self-denial, surely a small thing in comparison with the pledge of life which so many of our kith and kin have freely offered.” (The Gateway, October 10, 1941.) A University farm grain storage facility.


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Snake Dance


nake Dancing was a freshman initiation ritual practised in the University’s early years. It started off contained to campus; later shots show the dancers snaking in front of the Garneau Theatre, which is playing a 1950 Esther Williams film, and surrounding a car on a downtown street. By the ’50s over 3,000 students would participate at once until the ritual was banned in 1957.

White bonnets were often worn while doing the Snake Dance and during other ‘newbie’ rituals ... sometimes (top left) in lessthan-flattering circumstances.

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(Top) The U of A Orchestra Group in Convocation Hall, 1924; and Dance Orchestra, 1932.


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(Above) William Rowan arrived in Alberta from Switzerland just as the U of A was opening its doors in 1908. But it wasn’t until 1920 that President Tory persuaded him to come to the U of A. Although Rowan and Tory had diametrically opposed ideas about how scientific research should be pursued, Rowan eventually became chair of the University’s Department of Zoology for 35 years and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Rowan was one of the most colourful characters in the history of the U of A and was particularly known for his work with crows in unlocking the central riddle of migration. (Right) Karl Clark, seen here in 1927, left his position at the Canadian Geological Survey Mining Department in Ottawa in 1920 to work at the Research Council of Alberta. Upon arrival he immediately began researching the Athabasca oilsands, and in 1929 he patented a hot water and caustic soda mixture to extract bitumen from oilsands. Clark’s patented oil extraction method was first used in a small-scale oil extraction plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta, in 1949.

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Athletes at the U of A

A U of A long jumper — our guess is Jean Thurston (Holowach), ’38 BA, ’41 MD, based on yearbook photos of the time — competes in the intervarsity track meet in October 1938.

They’re team players... “It’s amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.” At the U of A that inspirational statement — painted on the wall of the U of A hockey team dressing room — is most often associated with the legendary coach Clare Drake, ’58 BEd, ’98 LLD (Honorary), but reflects a team approach that has brought a lot of success to U of A sports. They’re champions... The U of A is the only university to have won a national championship in each of the 11 team sports under the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) umbrella.

Intervarsity track meet, October 1924. The University of Manitoba won the overall track meet hosted by The U of A. “With a typical Alberta sun shining down, records were broken like peanut shells at a circus,” a reporter wrote in The Gateway about the event.

They’re smart... Since the inception of the Academic All Canadian program in 1990 — which recognizes student-athletes who maintain an 80 percent average — the U of A has had close to 1,500 student-athletes (second only to McGill University) named Academic All Canadians. They’re active... In addition to the pursuit of excellence in competitive interuniversity sports, the U of A has a fantastically successful campus recreation program, recognized as one of the strongest in the country. Recreational opportunities for everyone in the U of A community include intramural team sports and fitness classes. Inter-fraternity relay race, 1928 (yes, those men in dresses are carrying blocks of ice instead of relay batons). Fraternities continue to regularly compete in sports events on campus.


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Calling all cars...

(Top and middle left) Car loads of Aggies in some Bar None antics. (Top right) “Steve’s Car,” that’s all we know — from what’s written on the back of the picture — except for the fact that the car is a Chevy and the beer (in Steve’s hand?) is named Calgary. (Bottom) A car with a “Ladies Entrance” is parked behind Assiniboia Hall, 1930. Winter 2007/2008

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The Department of Extension (now a faculty) was started in 1912, with a mandate to carry the University to the people. Department staff took travelling libraries and “magic lantern” slide shows to rural Alberta. Below, Extension’s first director, A.E. Ottewell, ’12 BA, ’15 MA, at his desk in the crowded confines of Athabasca Hall. During a single year in the ’50s, Extension operated 490 travelling libraries and circulated more than 50,000 volumes throughout the province. It continued to serve Albertans residing in areas where there was no local library until 1987. During the Depression the Extension Library received grateful letters from teachers returning boxes of books and requesting more, since there was a shortage of books in schools. Many books would be returned, long overdue, from members of the general public, with a note explaining that they could not return the books on time because they had no money for postage.

(Top) Students from the Cheese Short Course, 1941. (RIght) Lawrence Twigge taking Extension’s travelling library on the road in the ’40s.

(Left) Participants of Farm Young People’s Week, 1951. During the ’50s the Department of Extension also strove to respond to the changing needs of Albertans. It offered ‘short courses’ for engineers, factory foremen, and land inspectors, among others. The oldest short course was the annual Farm Young People’s Week, during which up to 200 young people from across rural Alberta gathered at the U of A to take courses in agriculture, home economics, history, community organization, and recreation.


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(Top) Engineering professor L.E. Gads lecturing in the Medical Sciences Building; circa 1940. (Middle) Student nurses in training. The first U of A nursing courses were public health certificate courses for graduates of hospital nurse training programs who wished to enter the new field of public health. The nursing certificates were offered from 1918 to 1922 before the University’s Board of Governors approved the School (now Faculty) of Nursing in 1923. The first graduate program in nursing in Alberta was introduced at the University in 1975, and the first PhD program in Canada was introduced in 1991. (Bottom) Unidentified medical students in 1914, with their instructor, Herbert C. Jamieson (in white lab coat). Jamieson came to Edmonton in 1911 to join the Provincial Laboratory and became a part-time instructor in the newly formed U of A Faculty of Medicine in 1913 before becoming a full professor of the history of medicine in 1925 and, in 1943, professor of clinical medicine.

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ANDREW STEWART: President, 1950–1959 “You are here primarily for an educational purpose. The University must provide you with the conditions which will aid you in achieving your purpose. But what you take with you when you leave will be mainly the result of your own efforts. I would urge you to do the utmost for yourselves. ... You are preparing yourself for the responsibilities of citizenship. In our days these responsibilities may be heavy; but there is nothing new about that. We will, I trust hopefully, prepare to live with purpose in this ‘the best of all possible worlds.’ ” (Convocation address.) (Top) An Egyptian motif transforms the dining room in Athabasca Hall prior to one of the annual dances. (Bottom) The circumstances of this photo are unknown to us, but it seems to have ‘Drama Club’ written all over it!


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(Top) Harry Bulyea, the first dean and founder of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta, and an early dentistry class. (Middle) Pharmacy class of 1953 in Latin lecture. (Bottom) Early students buckle down to work.

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uring WWII military training on campus was compulsory. Male students

participated in 110 hours of training during the academic year and D another two weeks of summer boot camp in Calgary (women, at their

own request, completed 60 hours of training over one year). On-campus drill instruction took place in the seconded Covered (Varsity) Rink while Athabasca, Assiniboia and Pembina residences, as well as the Normal School, were also taken over by the military so students had to board in private homes in Edmonton. Many disciplines were deemed essential to the war effort and their students encouraged to stay in school as the best way to serve their country — not so law, whose student numbers fell to a low of only nine in 1944. Getting good grades was also of paramount importance to those who wished to stay in class as a 65 per cent average was required to avoid conscription and, in 1943, failure of just one class resulted in your name being reported to the Mobilization Board. Of the over 42,000 Canadians killed during WWII, University of Alberta student, alumni, faculty and staff casualties numbered 156. Their names are etched on a tablet that now rests outside Convocation Hall in the Arts Building.

(Top) A poster advertising volunteer service. (Middle left) Women were given four choices of military involvement during WWII on campus — stay in army training, work in the blood bank, knit clothing, or serve coffee to the boys at the canteen during their 5:00 p.m. break in training. (Middle right) During WWI, the campus community formed the Soldiers’ Comforts Club. This group sent presents of cakes, candy, and hand-knit socks to soldiers overseas. (Reportedly among the best knitters were President Tory and former librarian Frank Bowers.) A similar effort was undertaken on campus during the Second World War, when items such as cigarettes and “victory cakes” were sent to Canadian soldiers overseas. (Bottom) Newspaper from September 1, 1939. Five cents a paper.

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(Top) COTC rifle training, 1941. (Middle) U of A navy recruits handling mechanical equipment, 1942. (Bottom) Varsity girls in military drill, 1941.


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rom 1941 to 1945 an RCAF training facility operated out of Corbett Hall — at the time known as the Edmonton Normal School — for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, a plan that provided a uniform system of training and laid the basis for the pooling of Commonwealth air power in WWII. The landscaping in front of the landmark building at the south end of the U of A campus marked it for its temporary purpose: Number 4 I.T.S. (Initial Training School), RCAF. The building was designed by a provincial Department of Public Work draftsman named W.W. Butchard and opened in 1930 as the Edmonton Normal School, the centre for teacher training in Alberta. In the decades since, the building has housed various faculties and departments, including the Faculty of Education, the School of

Nursing and Rehabilitation, the Drama Department, Department of Extension, and, today, the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. In 1963 the building was renamed in honour of E.A. (Ned) Corbett, the second director of the Faculty of Extension. Born in Nova Scotia, Ned Corbett and family. Ned Corbett first came to assistant to the director of Extension, Alberta as a missionary, part of his theA.E. Ottewell. Corbett took over when ology studies at McGill. Serving overOttewell became registrar. seas during WWI, Corbett assisted at “... on the prairies in the 1920s and Henry Marshall Tory’s Khaki University 1930s, when the dust blew, and the before being sent home late in 1918 crops failed, he saved many a family and suffering from the effects of mustard many a little village from the depths of gas and tuberculosis. Two years later, despair.” — George V. Ferguson, CBC he had recovered sufficiently to accept a Radio broadcast in tribute to Ned Corbett. job offer from Tory, and was named Winter 2007/2008

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he first issue of The New Trail

The Trail had been around in one form or another since the ’20s, it came under financial duress in the early ’40s, which prompted an alliance between the Alumni Association and the Department of Extension to produce The New Trail with the voluntary assistance of English Department professor F.M. Salter as editor and Extension and Alumni Association personnel taking over other positions. Varsity spirit was on full display during parades held to kick off the fall sports season. Starting on campus, students in decorated cars and floats travelled across the High Level Bridge to Jasper Avenue and back in time for the start of the first football game of the year. Each faculty was responsible for decorating at least one float. (Top) The medicine students parade in 1939 and (bottom) the Commerce float in 1940 passes the Hudson’s Bay building, now home to the Alumni Association and the Faculty of Extension.


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(Top) A dance card from 1926, and the junior prom, 1937. (Bottom) Agriculture formal, circa 1950s.

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WALTER H. JOHNS: President, 1959–1969 “The past thirty-one years at The University of Alberta have been interesting, challenging, frustrating, and rewarding,

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and in retrospect I would not have wished to miss any of the experiences I have had, not only on this campus, but in university affairs nationally and internationally. I still think a university career is the most rewarding anyone can have, and I could wish for no other.” (New Trail, Autumn, 1969. For many years Johns was also a U of A professor of classics.)

(Top) Writing exams in what is now Clare Drake Arena. (Bottom) Writing exams in a gym.


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Clubs and activities have always played an important role in students’ lives. According to the yearbook of the time, the 1942 version of the Outdoor Club (above) enjoyed “ ‘Work Afternoons’ spent at the cabin; the hike along the river bank to Whitemud; fall days tinged with the scent of burning leaves within five minutes of the campus; skating parties with moonlight bands ... the squeaky old gramophone grinding out square-dances; smoke-flavoured coffee in front the fireplace; the final sleigh ride before the spring break-up.”

(Left) Women line up in a gym as participants in a 1950’s sweater contest. (Above) This woman making a snowball outdoors in her bathing suit is doing so as a tongue-in-cheek protest against the people who want to abolish the sweater contest, which was, of course, eventually abolished. Winter 2007/2008

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(Right) A couple of students in the swim of things. (Middle right) Football running back Joe Shoctor, ’45 BA, ’48 LLB, ’81 LLD (Honorary) on the left, with teammate Arthur Follett, in 1942. Shoctor was instrumental in starting up the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League, a team that still wears green and gold uniforms, a colour scheme they adopted when the U of A sold its green and gold uniforms to the fledging franchise because the varsity squad could find no competition in the west. (Far right) The U of A swim team, 1942.


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L to R: The former premier of Alberta, Peter Lougheed, gets into his Golden Bears football stance in 1947 with teammates Kenneth Moore, '49 BA, '52 LLB, '88 LLD (Honorary), former Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta; Harry Duguid, ’50 BSc(Eng); and R. W. “Bud” Milner.

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(Top) The first football grid was staked out on campus by professor Muir Edwards in 1913. (Bottom) Hockey, circa mid-1960s.


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(Right) Hand-stitched in Wantage, England, this St. George’s banner was presented to the University in 1911 by the governor general as the emblem for student authority and each spring was taken to Convocation Hall to symbolize the transfer of power from one student administration to another. It disappeared in the 1980s. (Middle) University directory (with dial telephone), 1943. (Bottom) Women new to the campus participate in the Wauneita initiations (1949).

MAX WYMAN: President, 1969 – 1974 “The University is growing old and growing big, and these are two events which tend to make it resist change. We must find a way of reforming it. I don’t know how. It has been suggested that we could do it by getting greater student participation in General Faculties Council. One difficulty here is that student members would change every year, but I’m quite prepared to support the move; I’m prepared to try the method. If it turns out not to be the right way to reform, we’ll just have to find one.”

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HARRY GUNNING: President, 1974–1979 “Under the dynamic leadership of Walter Johns, this University gradually emerged from the chrysalis of parochialism into a fully developed centre for cre-

University hospital employee Slim Waters, an original staff member — note the sign on the wall (“SURE, I’LL HELP YOU OUT! WHICH WAY DID YOU COME IN?”)

ative education. He worked tirelessly to make the University better known and more highly respected. ... Under Max Wyman we have developed a new awareness of the importance of treating all people with justice and humanity. To me this represents a giant step toward true institutional maturity.”

(Installation speech.)

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Alberta’s first premier, A.C. Rutherford, had this beautiful family home built near the corner of 112th Street and Saskatchewan Drive in 1911. As the inspiration behind the University’s establishment, a founding member of its senate, and its chancellor from 1927 until his death in 1941, Rutherford took great pleasure in entertaining the growing number of graduates, and Rutherford House was the scene of the annual Founder’s Day Tea for the graduating University class. When his wife died in 1940, Rutherford sold the house and most of its furnishings to the Delta Upsilon fraternity and went to live with his son. He died on June 11 of the following year, just three weeks after presiding over that year’s Convocation.

During the ’60s, the University was planning an eastward expansion that would involve the demolition of Rutherford House. A public campaign opposing the demolition was launched and in 1970 the decision to preserve and restore the house was made. The restoration, complicated by vandalism during the preceding winter when the house sat empty, began in 1971, and on June 10, 1973, the housemuseum was opened to the public. (Bottom right) Sophomore Marcel Goldenberg, ’50 BSc(Eng), from Cairo, and freshman Russ Powell, ’51 BSc(Eng), of Calgary, in residence, 1947. Winter 2007/2008

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Fine Arts in Banff

In 1932 the Carnegie Corp gave the Department of Extension $30,000 to develop Drama and the Fine Arts at Banff School of Fine Arts, which for years had operated as a satellite campus of the U of A. The Banff School of Fine Arts became an independent entity in 1956 and still flourishes at its current Tunnel Mountain location, albeit now with an annual budget of around $40 million.


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(Above) Ted (Cohen) Corday, ’30 LLB, in Banff in the 1930s — the creator of the soap opera Days of Our Lives, and one of the forces behind the creation of the Banff School of Fine Arts. (Top) A painting class in Banff, 1946. (Bottom) A University art class.

MYER HOROWITZ: President, 1979–1989

(Top) Students work for a worthy cause — the fight against polio. (Left) Students count votes for the student elections, 1968.

“We serve society well when our graduates leave us with a rich and rigorous general education that helps them to become sensitive to the problems of society and appreciative of a myriad of cultural possibilities. We serve society well when many of our undergraduates are prepared for the demands of graduate study and when our graduate students and students in professional programs are perceived by government, by business and labour groups, by professional associations, and generally by fellow employees as extremely well-prepared teachers, lawyers, physicians, engineers, and numerous other professionals — not just master technicians, but also thinking and feeling and committed people. And we serve society well when we are involved in the exploration of the frontiers of knowledge in many fields.” (Installation speech.)

Students gather in the Students’ Union Building in 1952. Winter 2007/2008

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SUB T officially opened September 28, 1950, he first Students’ Union Building was

15 years after its conception. In 1935 student councillors began a building fund that had grown to $143,000 by 1940. In 1944, with the help of University administration, plans for the building had begun to take place and the University agreed to match costs with the Students’ Union. The result was the creation of a building fund of $750,000 dollars. Construction began in August 1948. The first SUB featured a cafeteria, student lounges, student offices, games rooms and a faculty lounge. The Faculty Lounge was provided for by the Board of Governors to thank the staff for their service during the war. As early as 1962 it was realized that the existing SUB was becoming too small, and it was eventually remodelled into an administration building at a cost of $630,000. Once completed, this building was renamed University Hall. In 1967 the currently operating SUB was opened. The building’s facilities included an art gallery, a music listening room, a curling rink, a bowling alley and a 720-seat theatre. The new building was featured in Time magazine, which described the members of the Students’ Union as “Campus capitalists… with the savvy of country horse traders and a shrewd business sense.” The students at the time accepted architectural proposals from 14 firms — eventually choosing Edmonton architect Herbert Richards — and underwrote the $6.5 million project with $2.25 million from the University’s capitalgrants fund and the rest of the money borrowed from the province at 5 1/2 percent interest over 30 years paid for by an annual $11 student levy. Over the years SUB has changed dramatically. Two major renovations in the early 1990s have helped shape SUB into the building that it is today. The current SUB has the highest foot traffic of all buildings on campus with approximately 18,000 people a day passing through the building.


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Students gathered around the fire on SUB’s main floor, and (right) taking in an event at time when smoking was allowed in University buildings.

(Top) The bowling alley that used to be in SUB’s basement. (Inset) The six sheets of curling ice that also used to be in the basement of SUB. (Bottom left) Workers pouring metal for ... (right) the artwork that graces the outside of SUB. Winter 2007/2008

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Quad provides open space in the heart of campus.


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(Left) Students in the ’60s. (Below) Getting around campus during all the construction has sometimes proven difficult .. . but never insurmountable, while hanging out on the grass around campus has always been a student favourite and begins as soon as the snow has left the ground.

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Fimposed a ban on “secret societies”

or its first two decades the U of A

on campus, effectively barring students from belonging to fraternities. When the ban was lifted in 1929, three women’s and two men’s fraternities were formed. The number of men’s fraternities grew to about 10 during their heyday in the ’60s. For the women, they peaked at five groups at one time: Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Delta Delta Delta. Some of the fraternities folded at different times, some new ones were added. Delta Phi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity celebrated its 75th anniversary in October 2007.

PAUL T. DAVENPORT: President, 1989 –1994 “In universities, research in the humanities and social sciences will continue to probe the depths of human feelings and beliefs and explore the complex interactions among individuals, groups, and nations. Universities are among the most enduring of humanity’s institutions because the human imagination has no boundaries. As a species we will never tire in our efforts to understand better who we are and how the natural world around us works.” (University of Toronto convocation address.)

(Top) Joyce Mitchell tries to convince Dave Jantzie, ’51 BSc(Ag), that the weather is right for skating, in front of frat house, 1950. (Middle) Some fraternal brothers pose for the camera and... (bottom) some other frats take care of a little housekeeping.


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Looking Looking out out from from a residence residence in in HUB. HUB.

Sometimes Sometimes during during all all the the construction construction constantly going going on on at at the the U U of of A A things things don’t don’t always always go go as as planned planned ... ... as as this this truck truck that that fell fell into into the the Agricultural Agricultural Building Building site site demonstrated demonstrated in in 1979. 1979.

After After the the completion completion of of the the second second SUB, SUB, the the Students’ Students’ Union Union shifted shifted its its focus focus towards towards the the housing housing crisis crisis of of the the 1970s. 1970s. As As aa result result the the Housing Housing Union Union Building Building (HUB) (HUB) was was constructed constructed in in 1972. 1972. The The building building straddles straddles 112th 112th Street Street for for four four city city blocks blocks and and houses houses approximately approximately 50 50 commercial commercial tenants tenants and and 850 850 student student resiresidences. dences. HUB HUB is is also also aa showpiece showpiece building. building. At At one one time time HUB HUB claimed claimed the the title title of of longest longest building building of of its its type type in in the the world, world, aa ‘skyscraper ‘skyscraper on on its its side.’ side.’ But But HUB HUB quickly quickly acquired acquired aa $1.8 $1.8 million million deficit deficit and and in in 1975 1975 the the University University agreed agreed to to purchase purchase it it from from the the Students’ Students’ Union Union — — for for just just one one dollar. dollar.

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Tuck Shop

ill Smith opened the original Tuck Shop

B (pictured left) in 1917 (where the Fine Arts Centre now stands). He sold snacks and books to recu-

perating soldiers and was also rumoured to dabble in bookmaking and bootlegging. In 1919, he sold his establishment to two of his best customers. Known simply as Eyrl and Warren, they rebuilt and reopened it in 1924, turning it into what The Gateway described as “a large and commodious and uniquely designed bungalow.” Sam (the “Jolly Undertaker”) McCoppen bought Tuck in 1928, and added a dining room and a dance hall in the basement. Over time, new owners came and went but Tuck continued to thrive as the privately owned congregating place of choice for students and, for many, a sort of second home, albeit one without parental or teacher supervision. It is remembered with great affection by alumni from the ’20s though to the ’60s when it was torn down in the name of progress.

Very early U of A students in ‘Tuck.’


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(Middle left) Students in a ‘Tuck’ booth with (we think) famous cinnamon bun creator and long-time Tuck employee Joyce Kerr to the left; and, Tuck sits forlorn and abandoned (top) awaiting its demolition (middle right).

Background pictures: ‘Tuck’ ages along with the automotive industry

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The Gateway TU of A student newspaper, appeared he first edition of The Gateway, the

on campus in 1910. The editorial staff, pictured here, was — Back row L to R: P. Young; Laurence Y. Cairns, ’12 BA; A.S. Cummins; A. Caldwell; W. Davidson. Middle row (L to R) Blanche McLaughlin, ’14 BA (lady editor); Henry G. Nolan, ’14 BA; Albert E. Ottewell, ’12 BA, ’15 MA (editor); A. Wilson. Seated (L to R) W.H.D. Miller; J.F.C. Sells. At first The Gateway was a monthly newsletter, and its production was halted at the beginning of WWI. When it resumed publication in November 1915, it came out as a weekly. The Gateway has seen many of its editors and writers go on to national and international renown, including former prime minister and conservative party leader Joe Clark, ’60 BA, ’73 MA, ’85 LLD (Honorary); former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed; chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin, ’65 BA, ’68 LLB, ’68 MA, ’91 LLD (Honorary); and former CBC radio reporter Matthew Halton, ’29 BA, ’56 LLD (Honorary), whose every word Canadians hung on to as he reported from the battlefields of WWII including live coverage from Normandy of the DDay Invasion, the liberation of Paris, and reporting from the signing of the armistice that ended the war in Europe.

In 2007, The Gateway’s editorial staff included — Back row L to R: Paul Blinov, A&E editor; Conal Pierse, opinion editor; Mike Otto, photo editor; Steve Smith, business manager; Middle L to R: Natalie Climenhaga, senior news editor; Paul Owen, managing editor; Adam Gaumont, editor-in-chief; Robin Collum, sports editor; Front L to R: Ryan Heise, deputy news editor; Mike Kendrick, design & production editor.


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A scene from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1970–71) with Eve Crawford, ’71 BFA, in the middle.

(Top) A scene from The Persecution and Assassination of JeanPaul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (1982–83). This play was probably one of the biggest productions Studio Theatre has produced and was a huge success. (Bottom) A scene from The Pirates of Penzance, 1942.


he Drama Department first came into being in the 1940s, but long before that regular productions graced the stage in Convocation Hall. They were put on by students from every faculty and meticulously reported on by The Gateway. In 1921 the Dramatic Shield was introduced and fiercely competed for by students from every discipline. In an age where live theatre was pretty much the only entertainment option, four one-act plays would be prepared and performed by groups of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who would compete against each other in front of packed houses from the University and the community at large for the fun of it, and for the honour of taking home the Dramatic Shield.


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first drama specialist and a co-founder of the Banff School of Fine Arts. An incredibly influential presence on campus, she arrived from Toronto in the early 1920s and revolutionized theatre in Alberta, helping to spread the “Little Theatre” movement as well as founding the Alberta Drama League, establishing the first high school drama organization in Edmonton and organizing theatre workshop classes for adults and children. She also persuaded the provincial Department of Education to have drama be an accredited course in schools and taught in the Drama Department at the U of A as well as directing and acting in Studio Theatre productions. In 1986, the “Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards Celebrating Theatre in Edmonton” were established to recognize the important role she played in creating such a vibrant theatre culture in Edmonton. Winter 2007/2008

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In the years following World War II, the University of Alberta housed an interesting and sometimes bewildering mix of men and women returned from overseas duty and newly graduated teenagers. It was often difficult for students to find some common ground, even within small faculties. The Aggies got together in 1946 for a party that set the tone for those to follow, and within a couple of years they extended the invite beyond their faculty. It was that spirit of hospitality that prevailed one spring afternoon in 1948 when a group of Aggies got together to plan the upcoming Agriculture Club dance. In the spirit of excluding no one, they named their party Bar None and held the old-fashioned barn dance in the old Drill Hall. Complete with square dancers, live orchestras, mock “branding,� a staged bullfight, and a (non-alcoholic) saloon, the high-spirited hoedown became a popular annual fixture of campus This 3-metre-wide piece of Douglas fir is more than 900 years old and now rests in life that to this day is still known as Bar None. the foyer of the Agriculture-Forestry Centre.


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RODERICK D. FRASER: President, 1995 –2005

(Above) Up with People performs on campus in 1968. The group started in 1965 and featured singers and performers travelling around the world with their message of, well, up with people. The group (which actually grew into three touring shows going at once) played in venues that ranged from universities and high schools to hockey rinks and football stadiums. Up With People was also a staple of Super Bowl halftime shows from 1976 to 1986. (Left) President Myer Horowitz prepares to take a dunking during Freshman Introduction Week, circa 1983.

“Let me tell you a short story — a true story about a famous violinist. Nicolo Paganini is considered to be one of the greatest violinists of all time. One day as he was about to perform before a sold-out concert hall, he walked out on stage to a huge ovation and realized something was wrong. The violin in his hands belonged to someone else. Horrified, but knowing he had no choice, he began to play. That day, he gave the performance of his life. After the concert, Paganini was in his dressing room speaking to a fellow musician and he reflected, ‘Today, I learned the most important lesson of my entire career. Before today, I thought the music was in the violin. Today I learned that the music is in me.’ There is a message in this story for every graduate of this University. The music is in you.” (2004 convocation address.) (W. John McDonald was briefly acting president for a transition period between Davenport and Fraser.)

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Freshmen intro week in the Quad, 1971. Handicrafts on sale in the Quad for the ‘pipe’ smokers in the crowd, 1970s.


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(Top) Raymond Lemieux, ’43 BSc, shown here in 1967 alongside the bespectacled future University president Harry Gunning, ’83 DSc (Honorary), enjoyed a brilliant career in carbohydrate science research. In 1953, he and a post-doctoral fellow, George Huber, announced the first synthesis of sucrose, a challenge considered the “Mount Everest” of carbohydrate chemistry. His work has been credited with being largely responsible for the birth of Alberta’s high-tech industry. (Bottom) A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Richard E. Taylor, ’50 BSc, ’52 MSc, ’91 DSc (Honorary), became interested in particle physics while a student at the University of Alberta. He went on to get his PhD from Stanford and later won a Nobel Prize in physics. Writing a message for students of the 21st century in Ellen Schoeck’s book, I Was There: A Century of Alumni Stories About the University of Alberta, 1906-2006, he said that “while luck is an important factor in success, many people have noticed that luck is sometimes correlated with dedication and hard work. There is a famous story about a lawyer who was asked if luck had played much of a role in his life. He replied, ‘Yes, indeed! I’ve been lucky several times; usually about 4 o’clock in the morning in my law library.”

The first Rhodes scholar from the U of A was Walters Dyde, ’12 MA, in 1913. Since then the University has sent 23 students to Oxford as Rhodes scholars. They include Jeeshan Chowdhury, ’05 BSc (MedSci), pictured here in 2005 holding a U of A banner while doing some experimental eye research in the ‘vomit comet,’ a plane that simulates weightlessness in space. Winter 2007/2008

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Student enrolment (full-time & part-time): Approx. 36,500

Tuition (full load undergraduate): $5,042

(Top left) Pembina Hall pajama party, Christmas 1959. (Top right) Steve Drake Day. Drake, ’83 BSc(Eng), was an electrical engineering student who reportedly always wore a Hawaiian shirt while working towards his degree — a feat some say took 10 years. He was also fond of the game of mini-putt so in his honour the electrical engineering club plays mini-putt while wearing Hawaiian shirts during what they call “Steve Drake Day.” (Middle) Pembina House Committee, 1971–72. The propeller commemorates the building’s use by the military in WWII. (Bottom) Students at St. Joseph’s College in 2006 hang hockey jerseys out their windows in tribute to former resident Dean Mortensen, who disappeared in January 1992. The fate of Mortensen, who played on the St. Joseph’s Rangers intramural hockey team, has never been determined.


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Full-time Academic Staff: 3,353

Full-time Support Staff: 6,061

Total full & part-time employees: Approx. 13,000

INDIRA SAMARASEKERA: President, 2005– “I envision our institution as a world-class, dynamic centre for learning and discovery. Quite simply, I imagine creating one of the world’s great universities right here: A university that inspires momentous achievements and elevates the human spirit. Dream to do it. The more we define and describe our dreams, the more straightforward it is to turn (Top) His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, received an honorary degree in 1983 — perhaps more importantly to local royal watchers, he arrived in town with the late Princess Diana. While here, Charles also officially opened the World University Games (Universiade) and addressed a special convocation. His trip across the Atlantic also marked the last time the ship HMS Britannia came to Canada. (Middle) On receiving an honorary degree in 1968, Pierre Elliot Trudeau said, “This is a fortunate setting for a community of scholars; a place where there is a disposition to open-mindedness and enquiry; a place not tied up in a monotone culture or restricted by narrow horizons; a place with an outlook as broad as your prairie landscapes and an awareness as high as your skies. Scholars know that only in such a setting can a university pursue its proper purpose; to seek out, as the motto of the University of Alberta states, Quaecumque vera.”

them into step-by-step plans for action. We must create from our vision and values statement a roadmap for our path to the second century — or better yet, a blueprint for building the University’s future.”

(Bottom) Mother Teresa receives an honorary degree in 1982 at a special convocation held in St. Paul, Alberta. Winter 2007/2008

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Margaret Shortliffe (Aldwinckle) of Victoria, B.C., is in search of a Literary A pin. In 1935 or ’36 she was awarded one at the U of A for best actress, but she has misplaced it. If anyone has a Literary A pin — Margaret describes it as “about three-quarters of an inch and in an Old English or even Gothic kind of font”—contact us at New Trail and we can pass a photo on to Margaret so she can get a copy made. Margaret also notes that she did keep up her interest in dramatics after her university days. “For eight years I was with the International Players in Kingston-area summer stock. I got $25 a week!” In 1965 Margaret became the first teacher in Ontario to teach Theatre Arts for Grade 12.


’45 Michael Skuba, BEd, ’55 MEd, ’65 PhD, was honoured by the Lions Clubs International at a district convention in Lethbridge in May 2007 by being named to the District 37 Hall of Fame. Michael was recognized for his nearly 60 years in Lionism and for establishing a hearing aid recycling program in Alberta. Hearing aids were collected, tested, and forwarded to countries including Chile, the Philippines, Belarus, and China. Michael was one of five Lions so honoured in District 37, which consists of Alberta, Montana, part of northern B.C., and the Northwest Territories.

’49 J. Larry Way, BEd,’48 BCom, of Calgary, writes that he’s looking forward to next year’s U of A centenary celebrations as well as the 60th anniversary of his graduation from the 1948 Commerce class.“I am still feeling keenly the loss in August of my dear wife of 53 years, Martha Way (Kochalyk), ’51 BEd,” he writes. “Her passing coincided closely with the arrival of our first great grandchild.”


’54 M. Shirley Thomas (Bonnell), BSc, ’53 Dip(Nu), of Mission, B.C., is semi-retired but still working several shifts a month in an intensive care unit. She also does foot reflexology and continues to be busy painting. “My ‘retirement’ years,” she writes, “are very full and interesting.”

’56 Jack Calkins, BEd, ’69 Dip(Ed), received a 2007 Historical Recognition Award from the Edmonton Historical Board. Jack was recognized for his lifelong commitment to the preservation and development of history as a volunteer at Edmonton’s Victoria Composite High School Museum and Archives. Dianne W. Ferguson, BSc(Nu), received a distinguished service award from the Royal Canadian College of Organists at the convocation held in Edmonton in August. After studying piano as a child, Dianne took organ lessons while a nursing student at the U of A. She became very involved in the activities of the College of Organists while living in both Ottawa and Edmonton and has played in numerous recitals. Dianne has championed Canadian composers and commissioned several organ pieces, notably by Violet Archer, a former U of A professor emerita and a prolific composer.


’61 J. F. Dormaar, PhD, of Lethbridge, on his retirement in 1997, started to summarize the data he had collected over the years concerning the landscapes of southern Alberta and northern Montana. Some of that data ended up in various publications, and he also wrote Sweetgrass Hills: A Natural and Cultural History (Lethbridge Historical Society, 2003) and co-authored Oil City: Black Gold in Waterton Park (Lethbridge Historical Society, 2007).

Claudia Bain, ’42 BA, of Burnaby, B.C., who recently turned 90, just published her memoirs. Called Lilies of My Field, her book includes descriptions of her “happy years on the U of A campus” — first getting a teaching certificate at the Normal School, then returning after a few years of teaching to receive a BA, and then working at the Registrar’s Office for two years. (Coincidentally, Claudia’s uncle Cecil Race was the University’s first Registrar.) Personal photos and


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’66 Alastair Lucas, LLB, ’65 BA, has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Law at the U of Calgary. He has served as acting dean since 2006 and the term of his appointment will run to June 30, 2011. In addition to his administrative responsibilities and his role as professor and chair of Natural Resources Law at the U of Calgary, he has served as an adjunct professor of environmental science and as coordinator of the graduate program in Natural Resources Energy and Environmental Law. He is also an active member of the Law Society of Alberta and consults on a number of Canadian energy and environmental boards. ’67 Dwayne Skoye, BSc(Ag), ’72 MSc, ’88 Dip(Ed), of Edmonton, received a BEd in 1973 from the U of Lethbridge and implemented and taught experimental science curricula in two isolated northern reserve Manitoba schools. Now retired from teaching, he recently carved out a career at Tim Hortons. ’68 Patrick Daniel, BSc(Eng), ’70 MSc, of Calgary, was recently named the 2007 Canadian Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada. Patrick is president and CEO of Enbridge Inc. and was honoured for his remarkable accomplishments in the energy sector, as well as his contributions to the community.

’68 Allan E. Scott, BSc(Eng), was elected to the board of directors of Melcor Developments Ltd. in April. He was president and CEO of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation for the past five years and currently serves on several boards for both private and charitable groups.

reproductions of paintings Claudia did complement descriptions of the adventures of this Edmonton-born “high school poet, one-room schoolhouse teacher, sophomore actress, student artist, bride, mother of four, unstoppable adventurer.” Claudia is selling copies of her book and can be reached by e-mail at

’69 Bob Tannas, BEd, ’75 BA, and his wife, Carole Tannas, ’83 MEd, ’72 Dip(Ed), of Athabasca, AB, both recently retired from their teaching positions with the Athabasca School Board. They plan to travel, and Carole says she will keep Bob “from getting too lost by acting as chief navigator during their wanderings.” Besides travelling, Bob says he also plans to “reduce the length of the ‘Honey, Do’ job list.”


The chartered accountancy firm of Jervis Afanasiff & Redinger recently merged with Meyers Norris Penny. Murray Redinger, ’78 BCom; Doug Afanasiff, ’75 BCom; and Greg Hamilton, ’80 BCom, are partners at a new Edmonton location of Meyers Norris Penny. Patrick G. Binns, ’69 BA, ’72 MA, was recently appointed Canadian ambassador to Ireland. Patrick has made a life of public service in Prince Edward Island, beginning in 1972 when he worked for the P.E.I. Rural Development Council. After several years working with the government of P.E.I., Patrick was elected to the provincial legislature and served from 1978 to 1984. He then ventured into federal politics and, after some time away from politics, returned to provincial governance in 1996 as leader of the Progressive Conservative party and premier of P.E.I. for 11 years.

’69 Bob Steadward, BPE, ’71 MSc, ’02 LLD (Honorary), U of A professor emeritus in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in the builder category in October. A longtime advocate for Paralympic sports, Bob founded the International Paralympic Committee in 1989. Its president until 2001, he lobbied to have the Paralympic Games run parallel to the Olympic Games. At the same time he was also teaching at the U of A and created the fitness centre that now bears his name.

’70 Darrel Howell, MEng, ’68 BSc (Eng), of Lloydminster, AB, has been appointed the president and director of Tartan Canada Corporation, which has provided construction and maintenance services since 1953.

An unsettling fact motivates Shar Levine, ’74 BA, of Vancouver, in her writing and speaking endeavours: that while 100 percent of students going into Grade 1 are interested in science, by Grade 12, the level of interest drops to 11 percent. “The kids don’t get the joy of science,” says Shar (a.k.a. The Science Lady). Through her Science Lady demos in classrooms and her lectures to teachers and teacher librarians, Shar is hoping to change that. Shar recently finished writing her 60th science book for kids, teachers and parents. Most were written with a writing partner who is an education administrator with a science background. After 20 years and a million copies sold, the two of them have the process of writing and publishing down to a science, working on plans and pitching them to different publishers who

James F. Lavers, MEd, ’58 BEd, of Edmonton, has designed two educational seminars that have received approval from the Research and Development Division of Revenue Canada (indicating a scientific breakthrough). These seminars discuss people’s different learning modes and are innovative in that they tap into how people’s learning styles influence the order in which they internalize information. James delivers the programs to organizations that want to improve the way information is delivered and absorbed. Also, three of James’s programs have been approved by the Alberta Continuing Education Accreditation Committee so they are available to various groups working through certification processes.

’71 Ronald Hopp, LLB, ’62 BEd, U of A professor emeritus of law, recently received a distinguished service award from the Law Society of Alberta. Ronald, who taught in the U of A law school for decades, received his award for pro bono legal Russell Cherneskey, ’74 BCom, of Edmonton, was invested as a Knight of Justice with the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Justice, a world-wide organization that traces its history back to the 10th century in Great Britain. Russell notes that there are only 19 such knights in Canada and approximately 600 in the world. Knights are recognized for their service to peace and the human cause and are devoted to carrying on the tradition of King Arthur, defending truth and justice.

service. Since 1976 he has provided numerous hours of pro bono legal service to Student Legal Services of Edmonton, routinely working 30 hours a month of unpaid time.

’72 Joe Ruggiero, BSc, ’74 BCom, ’95 MBA, recently retired from Suncor Energy in Calgary and now provides advice on oilsands royalty matters. He and his wife, Marnie Ruggiero, ’74 BEd, are planning to relocate to B.C.’s Okanagan Valley in the near future. Gerald Conaty, BA, of Calgary, was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws by the U of Lethbridge at its Spring 2007 convocation. Gerald is the director/curator of the Glenbow Museum and was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the cause of building a special relationship with the Blackfoot Confederacy. Anthony Fields, MD, former head of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, recently received the prestigious R.M. Taylor Medal and Award, sponsored by the Canadian

Russell with wife, Julie, ’73 BEd

do different kinds of books. In 2006 the pair won the prestigious Eve Savory Award for Science Communication from the B.C. Innovation Council for their work inspiring children to explore and investigate the fascinating world of science. One of their recent publications, Backyard Science, was shortlisted for the book of the year in the hands-on activity category for Science Books and Films by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. When her own sons (now 27 and 24) gravitated toward all the science toys in a local store, Shar realized there was a market for cool science toys, games and books, so in 1987 she created Einstein’s the Science Centre Ltd. Connections there led her into both the world of publishing and her speaking engagements, and soon she found her niche — explaining the world of science in fun, clear concepts for kids and their teachers.

Cancer Society. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the cancer field. Robert Franz, MEd, ’68 BEd, of Brooks, AB, retired after 40 years in education, the last 24 as chief deputy superintendent of schools with the Grasslands regional division. At the Southeast Alberta Teacher’s Convention in Medicine Hat, he received the Convention Zone’s Honoured Teacher of 2007 Award. Since retiring, he is enjoying reading, fiction writing, and camping and occasionally undertaking speaking engagements.

’76 Katherine Campbell, BEd, of Somerville, Australia, has been teaching Down Under since 1976. She writes, “Since 2000, I have been concentrating on my children’s books and my ‘farm dream.’ I would love U of A visitors.” Jayant M. Kembhavi, MBA, of Edmonton, was recently named chief administrative officer for Alberta Investment Management at Alberta Finance.

’77 Catherine M. Roozen, BCom, was elected to the board of directors of Melcor Developments Ltd. in April. Catherine is the corporate secretary of Cathton Holdings Ltd. and the Allard Foundation. She has served on numerous boards, both private and public, and remains a director of the Alberta Cancer Board and the Strategy Council of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Schuyler V. Wensel, LLB, ’73 BCom, of Calgary, has been appointed chief executive officer of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program. He is also a director of the Calgary Home Builders Foundation and CHBA–Alberta.

’79 Pam Anderson (Holden), BA, and Larry Anderson, ’78 BPE, have relocated to Florence, South Carolina. Pam is the senior vicepresident, people management, for First Reliance Bank, and Larry is a regional sales representative for a Canadian-based industrial solar energy company, Menova Energy. Their son Scott is a sophomore at East Carolina U. Lawrence Martz, MSc, ’76 BSc, of Saskatoon, has been appointed dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the U of Saskatchewan, effective January 1, 2008. Lawrence, who received his PhD from the U of Saskatchewan, initially joined that university as a lecturer in 1984 and was named full professor in 1995. He has taught courses in geography, geomorphology, and cartography. His areas of research expertise include geographical information systems, hydrologic modelling, digital terrain analysis, soil erosion, climate impact on water resources, and computer mapping. Jan Selman, MFA, chair of the U of A’s drama department, recently received the first-ever University of Alberta Award for Excellence in Leadership. This award recognizes outstanding leaders or leadership teams for their attention to issues and concerns that have an impact on the work and learning environment. Jan has been artistic director at Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton and has written academic articles on theatre. She is the principal investigator for the project Are We There Yet?: Using Theatre in Teen Sexuality Education. Winter 2007/2008

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’80 Barry James, BCom, was recently awarded the prestigious Fellow of the Chartered Accountants designation, the highest honour the profession can bestow. Barry is a managing partner at the Edmonton office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Margaret King, MSc(Nu), ’74 BSc(Nu), has been named assistant deputy minister of public health for the Province of Alberta. Margaret was the second graduate of the U of A’s master’s in nursing program and completed most of the work toward a PhD in sociology. Margaret has worked in the health care field for over 30 years, 15 with Alberta Health and Wellness. Before working with the government, she was a nephrology nurse technician with the U of A’s Department of Medicine and a nurse epidemiologist with the Edmonton Board of Health. Bob Tory, BEd, of Richland, Washington, is general manager and partner of the Tri-City Americans hockey club. He writes, “Many of our

former players are now on the U of A Golden Bears hockey team (Dylan Stanley, Ben Kilgour, Ian McDonald, Richard Kelly, etc.).”

’81 Stan Blade, BSc, is the managing director of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute in Edmonton. The AARI works with stakeholders in the research-development continuum to provide strategic leadership and direction to create a prosperous agricultural sector. Before this, Stan had been working with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture based in Nigeria. Anthony Tam, MBA, ’74 BSc(Pharm), of Hong Kong, is now president of the Chinese University of Hong Kong–Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Community College (CUTW). The College offers 25 associate degree courses through its four schools, in addition to one pre-associate degree. All courses are validated, and quality assured by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, one of the top universities in the region. Details of the CUTW can be found at

’82 Terry Freeman, BCom, recently joined Northern Plains Capital, a private equity firm specializing in oilfield services, as the Edmonton-based managing director after 14 years as chief financial officer of Flint Energy Services and its predecessors. Kevin Neveu, BSc(Eng), was recently appointed chief executive officer and director of Precision Drilling Corporation in Calgary. Kevin has held executive management positions in London, Moscow, Houston, Edmonton, and Calgary. He was most recently president of the Rig Solutions Group of National Oilwell Varco in Houston, Texas. Darren Schemmer, BEd, was appointed in July as high commissioner to the Republic of Ghana and now lives in Accra. Darren joined the Canadian International Development Agency in 1989 and received an MBA from Royal Roads University in 2002. Before his appointment to Ghana he was with CIDA as director general for the areas of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.

Curtis Gillespie, ’85 BA, of Edmonton, recently published his first novel, Crown Shyness (Brindle & Glass), in which he explores the intersection of family and politics and ideology and the effects they have on each other. Referring to Crown Shyness, noted Canadian author Alistair MacLeod wrote, “Curtis Gillespie is a beautiful writer, with an exquisite touch… . He can describe the ephemera of the natural world and the fragility of human relationships with the same sure hand.” Curtis is also a well-regarded, award-winning writer of short stories (a collection, The Progress of an Object in Motion, was published in 1997 by Coteau Books), non-fiction (Playing Through, 2002; Someone Like That, 2000), and magazine articles. He was the U of A writerin-residence in 2005-06.

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Rhonda Draper, ’88 BA [Augustana], of Kelowna, B.C., recently won the Governor General’s Award for excellence in teaching Canadian history to children. After receiving her BA, Rhonda got her certificate in education from the U of A in 1990 and is taking classes from Athabasca U to complete her bachelor of education. “I have a great deal of gratitude for the education I received at the U of Alberta which inspired me in this direction.”

’83 Eamonn Callan, PhD, a professor of education at Stanford U in Palo Alto, California, is now chair of the Faculty Senate at Stanford. After he received his PhD, he taught at the U of A for nearly 20 years before leaving for Stanford in 1999. In 2006 he was appointed to an endowed chair at Stanford. Don J. Manderscheid, LLM, ’79 LLB, ’75 BA, received the Canadian Bar Association’s John Tait Award of Excellence in August 2007. This award is given annually to a public sector lawyer who has achieved the highest standards of professional conduct and competence and made significant contributions to social justice or community affairs, and who exemplifies pre-eminent public service. “Needless to say, I am humbled by this honour,” Don notes. Robert Seidel, LLB, ’80 BCom, of Edmonton, has been named national managing partner at Davis LLP.

’85 Barbara Hergott (Nowacki), BSc, of Edmonton, and her husband, Glenn Hergott, have announced the “surprise” birth of their son, Aleksander Jakob. Born in May 2006, he was “18 years in the waiting.” Glenn studied science at the U of A in the ’70s and was part of the Delta Upsilon chapter during that time. He has been a certified financial planner for over 24 years and now works with Barbara (who worked for over a decade with Alberta Education in the National and International Education Division) running their own financial planning practice.

’86 James Sarros, PhD, of Victoria, Australia, is currently the acting head of the Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, at Monash U. Marija Skerlj, MSc, of Ljubljana, Slovenia, received a PhD in Science from the U of Ljublana in 1990.

’87 Linda Banister (Taylor), MPM, ’83 BCom, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES). Linda is one of eight CEA Fellows in Canada, the first in western Canada and the only female. The fellowship recognizes lifetime achievement, excellence in practice, and contributions to the field of evaluation. The CES has over 2,000 Canadian and international members dedicated to the advancement of evaluation theory and practice. Linda is the principal at Banister Research & Consulting Inc., which provides market research and evaluation consulting services to the public and private sectors. John Kozole, BA, has been appointed the chief operating officer at the Alberta New Home Warranty Program. Nick Parkinson, BPE, previously a vice-president with the Calgary YMCA, has been named a principal in the Edmonton office of Conroy Ross Partners, an executive search and management consulting company.

’88 Darcy Tkachuk, BA, ’92 LLB, completed a master’s degree in business administration at the Ivey School of Business, U of Western Ontario. ’89 David Bryan, BA, of Edmonton, has been named a partner in the advisory services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. David specializes in transaction support, including financial due diligence and post-merger integration. Todd Hirsch, BA, of Calgary, has been appointed senior economist with ATB Financial. Todd, who received his MA majoring in economics from the U of Calgary, previously served as chief economist with the Canada West Foundation. He is also a sessional instructor at U of Calgary. John Stevens, BCom, is the new president and chief operating officer and member of the board of directors of Northern Crane Services, the largest independent full-service crane-operating company in Alberta.

The Capital Region Rotary Clubs recently acknowledged several notable community members with Capital Region Integrity Awards. Among the recipients were the following U of A graduates: Beverley Edwards-Sawatzky, ’87 PhD, ’66 BPE, ’76 MEd; Bruce Reith, ’79 BA(RecAdmin); Kris Wells, ’03 MEd, ’94 BEd; and Morag Pansegrau, ’83 PhD, ’79 MEd.


’90 Tom Chiu, LLB, ’84 BCom, ’86 BA, of Edmonton, celebrated the grand opening of the downtown law firm of Chiu & Company in October 2007. Visit to learn more. Tom has enjoyed practising law for the past 17 years. He likes to curl, golf, and spend time with his family. ’91 Carmen Berg, BEd, of Calgary, was married in November 1997. She and her husband, Randall, welcomed their second child, Noah Patrick Aleczandr, on May 31, 2006, a brother for Chanel. Carmen notes that she would love to hear from other graduates through ’92 Linda Thorsen, MEd, of Taichung, Taiwan, recently finished 10 years of teaching Grade 4 at Morrison Academy in Taiwan. She is currently taking a one-year leave of absence. Dorothy Ryan, PhD, ’85 MEd, entered a convent after high school in Ontario and became known as Sister St. Matthew. She had been running a private practice as a psychologist in Lloydminster, AB, for 15 years, but in the summer of 2007 returned to Ontario when she was elected Mother General of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Peterborough. Through her years in the church and as a teacher, an academic, and a psychologist, Sister St. Matthew also excelled at basket-

Gail Sidonie Sobat, ’91 MA, ’83 BEd, is the current writer-inresidence for the Canadian Authors Association– Alberta Branch. She welcomes members of the public to talk about their writing in her office at the U of A bookstore in the Students’ Union Building. Gail is also looking forward to the 2008 publication of Gravity Journal, a novella she wrote about young women struggling with eating disorders and living in the hospital (Great Plains Publications).

ball, starting in the late 1950s with her Ontario high school team. When she worked as a nun/lab technologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the ’70s, she returned to basketball, and at the age of 31 was named rookie of the year in the Peterborough Ladies Basketball League. After receiving her PhD from the U of A, Sister St. Matthew did post-graduate work at Ohio State U, taught on the Onion Lake Reserve in Saskatchewan, and taught university psychology classes.

’93 Allen Fuller, ’93 BEd, is now the senior pastor at Mountain Park Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He followed up his U of A studies with classes at a seminary in Indiana and worked at various churches. His plans for Mountain Park, where he conducts two Sunday services in the large auditorium and oversees several outreach events, include providing a resource for community members to strengthen their families. Even though he describes himself as a “hardcore Edmonton Oilers fan,” as a resident of Phoenix, he now supports Wayne Gretzky’s Coyotes. In addition to her own writing, Gail is devoted to nurturing young writers, through inclass presentations and through the unique summer camp Youth Write. Youth Write, which Gail founded and coordinated, is in its 12th year of welcoming young writers and helping them improve their writing skills through workshops presented by a group of dynamic and established Canadian artists. Winter 2007/2008

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Parlee McLaws LLP of Edmonton and Calgary recently welcomed the following U of A graduates to the firm: Suzanne Sjovold, ’06 LLB, ’03 PhD, will work on intellectual property law and business law; Avery Saunders, ’06 LLB, will work in the area of business law; and Dean Hitesman, ’06 LLB, ’03 BCom, will focus on banking and financial law and commercial real estate law.

The International School of Macao (TIS) in southeast China was established in 2002 to provide a Canadian curriculum and accreditation to local and expatriate students. By 2006, when U of A grad Real Hryhirchuk, ’98 BEd, ’06 MEd, was appointed principal, the School had grown to over 500 students and had become accredited with the Alberta government. Partly because of the rapid growth of Macau, the student population is now about 700, from preschool to Grade 11. Next year Grade 12 will be added, so that by 2009 students can graduate from TIS with an Alberta high school diploma. A large number of the teachers at the school are from Alberta, with many being graduates of the U of A. “This is the first, and cur-

Rod Neumann, MBA, of Calgary, has been named a partner at Conroy Ross Partners, an executive search and management consulting company.

’94 Rhonda Clark, PhD, ’88 BSc(Ag), of Calgary, writes that “life is good. Since 1994 I have used my PhD to coordinate a centennial cattle drive, raise 11-year-old twins, and now am teaching and researching at the U of C.” Darren Wagner, BCom, of Edmonton, has been appointed vice-president, operations development, for western Canada for Pizza 73.

’95 Steve Hollinger, BCom, has been named a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP of Edmonton. Steve, who obtained his CA designation in 1998, specializes in consumer and industrial products.


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rently only, out-of-province school accredited by Alberta Education,” Real explains. “I am a proud Alberta educator and am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of creating an excellent school program that meets the rigorous expectations of Alberta Education.” U of A grads teaching at the International School of Macao: Back row (l-r) Dale McGinnis, ’86 MEd, ’76 BEd, ’81 Dip(Ed); Vance Boisjoli, ’04 BEd; Mel Varga, ’94 BEd; David Spreadbury, ’77 BSc(Ag); and Chris Lee, ’05 BEd, ’05 BSc. Front row (l-r) Principal Real Hryhirchuk, ’98 BEd, ’06 MEd; Corina Chan, ’05 BEd; Kate Gale, ’83 BEd, ’94 Dip(Ed); Yvonne Grieve, ’69 BEd; and Stephanie Bertholet, ’98 BEd.

’96 Blain R. Banick, MBA, ’89 BA, of Dallas, Texas, was named chief marketing officer of Haynes and Boone LLP, on September 1, 2007. Blain notes that Haynes and Boone is a “prominent Texas-based law firm with almost 500 attorneys and 10 offices in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C., Mexico City, and Moscow.” Before joining Haynes and Boone, Blain served for three years as the CMO of Philadelphiabased Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll LLP.

’97 Jordan Davis, BSc(Eng), of Edmonton, was recently appointed regional manager, Edmonton North, for Melcor Developments Ltd. Leela Gilday, BMus, won the award for outstanding Aboriginal recording for Sedze at the Western Canadian Music Awards in October.

In September 2007 Sean Verret, ’04 MSc, ’00 BSc(Eng), won the 24-hour world championship race in his age category in endurance cycling. The race was held in Monterey, California, and involved cycling 242 kilometres in just over 23 hours. Sean works for Defence Research and Development Canada in Medicine Hat, AB, and says training during Medicine Hat’s hot summer days prepared him well for the hot portions of his race. Sean competes on a team called Lost in Transition. “We compete as a team of four racers and do all the events together. The bike race was a solo effort physically on my part, but my support team included my fiancée, Tanya Wilkins, and my mechanic, Dustin Rainey [’02 BSc Sean celebrating his first-place finish in Monterey (top) and dealing with (HonsCert), ’00 BSc].” In October the team com- the muddy parts of an adventure race in Brazil. peted in the five-day, 400-km Ecomotion Pro in Brazil. Though they had a disappointing 42nd-place finish (mostly because they lost their map and directions during the first paddling leg so missed a vital turnoff during the biking leg) and got a total of six hours of sleep between paddling, biking, hiking, and kayaking, Sean says, “I’d do this race again any day!” More information on the team’s pursuits is on the website


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Tyler Vreeling, ’07 BDes, and a few of his U of A classmates have formed a design company they call Fat Crow Design. Last July the company showcased a line of furniture called White Moose at the World Market Center in Las Vegas. “An entire line of furniture was something that I knew I couldn’t do myself,” Tyler says, “so I went and found the craziest people that I could to help me.” Those people are Mark Oswald, ’05 BA; Joanna Goszczynski, ’07 BDes; and Joel Harding, Fat Crow: back row (l-r), Mark ’06 BDes. Together they put Oswald, Tyler Vreeling, intern Kendel together a line of quirky, hip Vreeling; front row, Joel Harding, furniture, and the response Joanna Goszczynski. in Vegas was great. The quartet will keep working on White Moose but also, Tyler says, hope to “have Fat Crow Design grow to become a multi-faceted design firm in Edmonton, designing such things as graphics, products, design for disability and, eventually, architecture.” The group’s website is


’00 Thaddeus K.T. Sim, BCom, ’98 BSc, of Iowa City, Iowa, has joined Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., as assistant professor of business administration. Thaddeus also has degrees from UBC and U of Iowa.

’01 Sudha Chinniah, BCom, Faculty of Science Award for Excellent Teaching We are seeking nominations from students and departments in the Faculty of Science for this annual award for individuals with outstanding qualities in undergraduate teaching.

Deadline: January 18, 2008 For details of eligibility and conditions, please contact:

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received an award from the U of A School of Business as an outstanding alumnus with a career in retailing. The award was part of the 16th annual Henry Singer Awards celebration held in Edmonton in October. Now 29, Sudha followed up his BCom with a two-year course at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, one of the top fashion schools in the world. He currently works with the luxury menswear house Ermenegildo Zegna as an account executive for Z Zegna. Joel Kroeker, MA, of Vancouver, won the award for outstanding pop recording of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in October for his most recent album, Closer to the Flame. As well, his version of Neil Young’s “God Made Me” is on a tribute album called Borrowed Tunes II. In February 2008 Joel will be travelling to southeast Asia on a Mennonite Central Committee learn-

ing tour delegation. He will be visiting water-related relief projects to get a better understanding of how the international community can contribute to the work being done by local organizations regarding issues such as health, education, agriculture, food security, and income generation.

’02 Bryce Kelly, BSc, received a doctor of physiotherapy degree from the U of North Dakota in May 2007. Bryce will be residing and practising in his hometown of Fort St. John, B.C. Sarah Lang, BA, of Chicago, Illinois, recently toured North America in support of her first book of poetry, The Work of Days (Coach House Books). A review in the Edmonton Journal called the book “a terrific debut” and stated that Sarah is “a brilliant new talent already at the top of her game.” Sarah, who got a Master of Fine Arts at Brown U in Rhode Island, says that she will continue to travel extensively — she plans to work on her next book in and about airports. Tracie LeBlanc, BA, is working in media relations with the Canada Border Services Agency in Ottawa.

’03 Graham Arndt, BA, of Amherst, Massachusetts, recently passed Level 1 of the Chartered

Don Iveson, ’01 BA, won a seat on Edmonton’s city council in the election October 15. Don’s win in the hotly contested riding of Ward 5 was considered the biggest surprise of the civic election. Iveson worked at the Gateway during his University days and is president of the Gateway Alumni Chapter. His campaign manager, Chris Henderson, ’05 BA, worked with Don at the U of A Students’ Union. Ben Henderson, ’84 MFA, also won a seat in the civic election. Don and Ben join re-elected U of A graduates Linda Sloan, ’03 BSc(Nu) and Kim Krushell, ’95 MLIS, on Edmonton’s City Council. Andrew Knack, ’06 BCom, also ran in the civic election.

Financial Analyst program. Graham, an associate financial advisor at Jeffrey M. Goldfarb & Associates in Williamsville, N.Y., earned a master’s degree in economics from the U of Buffalo in 2005. Rodney Chudyk, BCom, and Fancy C. Poitras, ’05 BA, of Burnaby, B.C., are happy to announce their engagement, with the wedding to follow in September 2008.

’06 Georgette Reed, MA, Golden Bears and Pandas head track and field coach, trained and accompanied a team of Paralympic athletes to the Paralympic Panamerican Games in Brazil. She returned with her team having done very well. Overall the athletes brought home 12 medals — four gold, two silver, and six bronze. ’07 Taheer Alibhai, BA, is studying at the B.C. Institute of Technology toward a Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation. “My intentions are to work for either RCMP or CSIS in the future and develop my skills as an intel analyst.” Three UA grads entered the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s doctor of optometry program in Fall ’07. They are Sara Constantine, ’07 BEd; Kavitha Jayachandra, ’07 BSc; and Angrisha Sharma, ’07 BSc. Winter 2007/2008

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In Memoriam The Alumni Association notes with sorrow the passing of the following graduates:

’27 Marion (Ida) Sullivan (Jamieson), BSc, of Guelph, ON, in July 2007

Metro Spasiuk, BEd, of Glendon, AB, in August 2007

’52 Maurice Murray Bright,

’63 Michel Kalinowsky, MA, ’68

BSc(Eng), of Oak Harbor, WA, in July 2007

PhD, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

’53 Alvina L. Clutton (Dallaire),

’33 Sylvia Isabel Evans, BA, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

’37 Belva Winnifred Piercy (Bailey), BA, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

’39 Eric Donald Wilson, BSc(Eng), of Calgary, AB, in July 2007

Dip(Ed), of Red Deer, AB, in June 2007

Gladys Marie Donelon (Matthews), BEd, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

R. Jim Shaul, BSc, of Spruce Grove, AB, in July 2007

Ellen Alberta Wright (Laws), BEd,

’40 Janet Logie Younie, BA, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

’58 BA, ’62 MEd, of Langley, BC, in June 2007

’41 Samuel Robert Moscovich,

’55 William Donald Kirstine, DDS,

BA, of Richmond, BC, in July 2007

of Victoria, BC, in August 2007

’45 Arthur Lawrence Stevinson,

Terrence Neil Traff, BSc, ’59 MD, of

BSc(Eng), of Winnipeg, MB, in September 2007

Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

Joe Tredger, Dip(Pharm), of Bonnyville, AB, in July 2007

’46 Joseph Mathias Lauerman, BSc, ’48 MD, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

’47 Jean Elizabeth Kerr (Robertson), BSc(HomEc), ’75 BEd, of Victoria, BC, in April 2007

’56 Charles George Cochrane, BSc(Eng), of Calgary, AB, in August 2007

Harry Stephen Graschuk, BCom, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007 Russell Edward Nawolsky, BSc(Eng), of Calgary, AB, in April 2007

’57 Neill Macmillan Boyd, BSc(Eng), of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

’74 Terry James Butler, BA, ’79 MA, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007 Denis Joseph Lemay, BEd, ’91 LLB, of Bentley, AB, in May 2007

Irma Rose Smith (Strifler), BA, ’73 BEd, of Edmonton, AB, in April 2007

Robert Leo Lemieux, BCom, of

Lubow Oksana Tatuch, BSc, of Oshawa, ON, in July 2007

Wanda Lorea Tennant, MSLP, of

Edmonton, AB, in August 2007 Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

’65 Donald Afton Green, BEd, of

’75 Donna Ann Bell, BA, of

Camrose, AB, in June 2007

Canmore, AB, in July 2007

Kenneth Lyle Ward, BEd, ’67 MEd, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

’76 Ronald William Lowe, BA, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

’66 Judy Mary Thom, Dip(Nu), of Sherwood Park, AB, in July 2007

’77 Kathleen Ethel Kolthammer (MacKenzie), BCom, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

Arthur Wing C. C. Koh, BSc(Pharm), of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

’67 Halyna Freeland (Chomiak), BA, ’70 LLB, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

’68 Marie Kapicki, BEd, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

Winston Joseph P. Ramsankar, BSc, ’76 BEd, of Grande Prairie, AB, in August 2007

’69 F. Henry Breau, MEd, of Dieppe, NB, in July 2007

Isabel Elsie Molyneux, Dip(Ed), ’75

’78 Larry Wayne Cochet, BSc, of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, in July 2007 ’79 Bruce Stewart Fitzsimmons, BA, of St Albert, AB, in July 2007

Barbara Hope Kupka, BEd, ’03 Dip(Ed), of Hay Lakes, AB, in July 2007 Stuart Raymond L. Millman, BEd, of Edmonton, AB, in June 2007

Christopher John Worthy, BCom, of Vancouver, BC, in August 2007

’81 Brian William J. Pimblett,

Dip(Ed), of Clyde, AB, in August 2007

BSc(Eng), ’90 MBA, of Abbotsford, BC, in August 2007

Alberta Beach, AB, in July 2007

’70 Helen Barbara Anderson, BEd, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

’83 Judith Mary McGechen, BEd,

’58 Jack Lee Leavitt, BPE, of Canmore, AB, in July 2007

Jules Francois Brassard, BSc(Eng),

of Calgary, AB, in June 2007

J. Barry Smith, BA, ’64 BEd, of

of Hinton, AB, in August 2007

Walter Hrynchuk, BSc(Eng), of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

Richmond Hill, ON, in August 2007

Jean Roberta Robson, BEd, of

’59 Gerald Ernest Patsula,

Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

Orville E. White, BEd, of Victoria,

’71 Graydon S. Dennis, BEd, of Peace River, AB, in June 2007

Gail Vanterpool, BA, ’85 BEd, ’97

BC, in February 2007

BSc(Ag), ’74 MBA, of Beaumont, AB, in July 2007

’49 Malcolm William MacDonald,

Norman Earl Treleaven, BSc, ’71

Janis Adele Shaw (Heath),

BSc(Eng), of Tsawwassen, BC, in April 2007

MEd, of Banff, AB, in June 2007

’86 Erika Helene Schmitz (Bergrath), BA, of Edmonton, AB,

Alexander Blair McPherson, BA,

BSc, ’63 BEd, ’89 LLB (Honorary), of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

Dip(RehabMed), ’88 BSc(OT), ’99 MSc, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

Robert Norman Pickrell, BEd, of

BEd, of Calgary, AB, in June 2007

James Brown Ritchie, BA, ’49 LLB, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

’48 Jack Wadsworth Allen, BEd, ’55 BA, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

Allan Clayton Burnard, BSc(Eng),

’52 BDiv, ’71 MEd, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007


Doris K. Worden, BEd, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

Myrlene Joyce Kyle, Dip(Nu), of

’61 Stephen Russel Ramsankar,

Kin Seto, BSc(Eng), of Montreal, QC,

Penticton, BC, in March 2007

Laughlin B. Taylor, BSc, ’51 BEd, of

in August 2007

’72 Aletha Iris Dempsey

Montreal, QC, in April 2007

’62 Frederick Daniel Gorgichuk,

(Thurston), BSc(HEc), of Irma, AB,

Anthony B. Wacowich, BSc(Eng), of

in April 2007

St. Albert, AB, in June 2007

BEd, ’66 Dip(Ed), ’73 MEd, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

Dmytro Kyselytzia, BA, of Edmonton,

’50 Barney Adair, BSc(Eng), of

Donald Korpus, DDS, of Regina, SK,

AB, in February 2007

Ladysmith, BC, in June 2007

in June 2007

David John Wilson, BSc, of Calgary,

James Clarke Hunter, BEd, of

John R. Low, BSc(Eng), of Portland,

AB, in July 2007

Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

OR, in March 2007

Clarence Oscar Jevne, BSc(Ag), ’52

Eunice M. Mattson (Mattson),

’73 David John Evasiuk, BSc, ’77 BCom, of Athabasca, AB, in June 2007

BEd, of Ponoka, AB, in July 2007

BPE, of Edmonton, AB, in July 2007

’51 Martha Way (Kochalyk), BEd,

Alexander Robb, MEd, of Regina, SK,

of Calgary, AB, in August 2007

in June 2007

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Albert Kam-Hing H. H. Man, BSc, ’75 BCom, of Kowloon Tong, HK, in August 2007

of Lloydminster, SK, in July 2007

Linda Margaret Jackson, BEd, of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007

Douglas Edwin Johnson, BSc, of St. Albert, AB, in August 2007 MA, of Edmonton, AB, in June 2007

in August 2007

Elaine Anne Ripley (Backhouse),

’97 Robin Christine Kochorek, BA, ’00 MSLP, of Calgary, AB, in July 2007 ’98 Emery Forest, Dip(Ed), of Edmonton, AB, in August 2007 *** Alumni interested in submitting remembrances about U of A graduates can send a text file to Tributes are posted on the ‘In Memoriam’ webpage accessed through

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