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George Bowering, Victoria College ’53, sends a dispatch: “A new edition of my novel about Captains Vancouver and Quadra, Burning Water (New Star) has been published, Fall 2007, for Captain Vancouver’s 250th birthday.” (Signed) G. Harry Bowering, Born to hit opposite-field singles.


Don Stevens, BSc (Math/Zoology), has retired from the University of Guelph. He has moved to take up a position as adjunct professor at the department of biomedical sciences at the University of Prince Edward Island and continues to pursue research in the general area of comparative physiology.



Steen Jessen, BA (English), is senior master of the MV Mayne Queen, based at BC Ferries’ Swartz Bay terminal. “Still enjoying the life of a sailor. Have been with BC Ferries now since 1994, following 31 years in the RCN which I left in 1993 as a senior captain. Since 2005 I have been the senior master of the Mayne Queen sailing out of Swartz Bay and servicing Pender, Mayne, Galiano and Saturna islands. Great job in the most beautiful waters anywhere!”


Paul Pearlman, BA (History), was named Judge of the Supreme Court of BC on Feb. 1. He earned law degrees from Dalhousie and Cambridge universities and had been a lawyer with the Victoria firm of Fuller, Pearlman, McNeil.



Ross Morgan, BSc (Psychology), is a retired psychologist. “I have moved back to Victoria for retirement after 34 years.”


Desmond Lindo, BA (Spanish), recalls registering sometime in the mid-1980’s in a couple of creative writing classes. “You want to become a writer? You?”, exclaimed one instructor, “Get serious.” Taking this advice to heart, he tried to become a serious writer, scribbling away for 20 years, only to find he was no good at it. Everyone laughed at his efforts. It finally dawned on him: write humour. This he did, and now has a collection of his humorous pieces out in book form. Bearing the deliberately provocative title, The Liberals Must Be Crazy, the book has been entered in the Stephen Leacock Memorial Award for Humour. Copies are available in Victoria at Ivy’s Book Store and at Sorensen Books on Cook St. or from the author. He can be reached by e-mail at deslind@shaw.ca. He swears he bears no grudge against the instructor who gave him such bad advice. (Submitted by Desmond Lindo, Courtenay, BC.)



Kathleen Bowles, BMus, earned a master’s degree in ethnomusicology and her bachelor of education degree in 1995. Now living in Surrey, she teaches music and operates a studio designed for brass instruments.

Susan Cartwright, BA (Geography), is a veteran diplomat and ambassador who now serves in the federal public service as one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s top foreign policy and defence adviser. She entered the foreign service in 1981, serving in Africa, Australia, India and Europe and was appointed ambassador before age 40.


Patricia Cia, BA (French/German), spent nine years in the South Okanagan as a travel consultant before changing careers. “After graduating from UBC with an MLS (1993), I stayed in Vancouver, working in specialized (mostly corporate) libraries. Wanting to try something new, I moved to Langara College. One of my major projects this past year has been to help with the final stages of planning for the new library and then plan our move into our wonderful new building. In June 2007, I became a Fellow of SLA (Special Libraries Association) in recognition of my active work in the Western Canada Chapter and at the international level.”

Harold Rhenisch, BA (Writing), took second prize in the 2007 CBC Literary Award for Poetry for his collection, Catching a Snare Drum at the Fraser’s Mouth. He resides in Campbell River.

Nelson Ruest, BA (Political Science), recently moved back to Victoria from Quebec City. “It's nice to be back in this wonderful town.”



Luanne Armstrong, BA (Writing), novelist and young-adult writer, has released Blue Valley: An Ecological Memoir (Maa Press)—a meditation on what it means to be connected to a place, in this instance a family farm beside Kootenay Lake.

Carole Bawlf, BA (History in Art), writes: “I've been a realtor since 1987, and recently moved my License to DFH. I keep in regular touch with other university grads in the area through the University Womens’ Club (CFUW), of which I've been a member for about 12 years. My son Michael recently returned from working as a marine engineer in Italy, France, and Greece.”


Lauri Ann Fenlon, LLB, was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of BC on Feb. 1, 2007 after developing expertise in civil litigation, family law, administrative, commercial law, privacy law, and health law with the Vancouver firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin.



Debra Marchand (née Thornton), BEd, and Linda Picciotto, long-time teachers at South Park School in Victoria have published a book about the school. Constructed in 1894, it is the oldest building in Western Canada that has been in continuous use as a school. The book gives readers a "flavour of the times" through photographs (mostly from the school's own archives and contributed by alumni) and through the memoirs of former students. Find out more at southparkbook.com.


Matthew Howe, BEd,
has returned home to Victoria to work with the Canadian College of Performing Arts as artistic associate and education administrator. He spent 10 seasons as master teacher and resident director at the Tony Award-winning Children’s Theatre Company.

Robert Slaven, BSc (Computer Science), writes: “My wife Linn and I are training to run in a half-marathon in Anchorage as members of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, in memory of my father James R. Slaven. Please visit us at active.com/donate/tntvan/Slaven.”


Jacques Farges, BSc (Mathematics), is working for Silicon Vision, a company specializing in image processing.

Valerie Lawton, BA (History), is working as a freelance illustrator in Calgary. Her most recent books, Emily’s Magical Journey with Toothena the Tooth Fairy (Strategix), and Raising Baby Green (Jossey-Bass) were published in September 2007.

Tim Loblaw, BA (Anthropology/Linguistics), recently achieved a master of education (specializing in educational technology) from the University of Calgary, and is set to begin a doctor of education from the University of Nottingham. All of this applies nicely to his professional role as a curriculum faculty development facilitator at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary.



Kevin Bazzana, BMus, was one of five finalists for the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Canadian literary non-fiction for Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick (McClelland & Stewart), a biography of Hungarian pianist Ervin Nyiregyházi. The success of Lost Genius follows Bazzana’s earlier award-winning work, Wondrous Strange, about the life and music of Glenn Gould.

Mark Gaillard, LLB, completed his diplomatic assignment to the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO in Brussels and returned to Ottawa in August 2007. He has taken up his next assignment as a foreign service officer, this time within the Department of National Defence. He is currently the senior foreign policy advisor in the directorate of NATO Policy at defence headquarters.


Janet Munsil, BFA. Janet’s play, That Elusive Spark, a commission of the UVic Phoenix Theatre and first produced there in 2005, had its professional premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary in February. She’s also the artistic director of Victoria’s Intrepid Theatre.

Alison Sydor, BSc (Biochemistry), is a 2008 inductee into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The induction recognizes the mountain biker’s many successes in international competition, including three world titles and a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Alison is a past recipient of the UVic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.


Mark Dickens, BA (Linguistics), writes from Cambridge, UK: “Thought you might enjoy this picture of our two-year-old daughter Talitha enjoying the Torch. ‘Don’t bug me, Dad. I’m reading your alumni magazine!’”

Ian Indridson, BA (Writing), “is kicking back for a few months after nine years with the BC government and six years in advertising. Most recently, he served as manager, writing and editorial services, overseeing the unit that prepares speaking notes and other materials for the premier. He lives by the sea in Victoria and remains best of friends with a number of people he’s known since his UVic days.”

Kenton Kroker, BA (History), is an assistant professor at York University and reports: “My first book (a history of sleep as a scientific object), The Sleep of Others and the Transformations of Sleep Research, has been published by University of Toronto Press.”



Hugh Henry, MA (History), has been appointed, through competition, to head the current reporting unit section of the international assessment staff, Privy Council Office. He’s responsible for producing classified intelligence summaries dealing with everything from terrorism to trade for senior government decision-makers, including the prime minister and the national security advisor.

Nick Porcino, BSc (Computer Science), has been working in computer graphics since the earliest days in the field. For the last several years, he has been working on the convergence of the game and film effects production pipelines at LucasArts, and has now joined the engineering staff of Industrial Light & Magic, a LucasFilm company, to bring real time and interactive technologies to film production and special effects.

Gareth Rees, BA (History), considered by many to be the finest rugby player Canada has ever produced, is a 2008 BC Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Playing fly half, Gareth played for Team Canada in four Rugby World Cup tournaments and represented his country in 55 international matches. Gareth is a past recipient of the UVic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award and he’s a member of the UVic Sports Hall of Fame.


Tara Macart (née Whitford), BA (Psychology), is a naturopathic physician based in Qualicum Beach: “Since graduating from UVic, my husband, Jonathan Macart, BA (Psychology) ’91—whom I met while dissecting a human brain in abnormal psych class—and I pursued further education in Toronto. After graduating from CCNM as a doctor in 2000, we returned to our beloved West Coast. We are proud to say that we have a thriving clinic called Opti-Balance Naturopathic Medicine. We love what we do, we have two wonderful daughters and we live at the beach. Things are good.”

Jane Williams (née Meakins), BA (Political Science), has gone to the USA to join her husband in his career move. They have one son, Zachary. Jane is on leave from her position as senior HR advisor for corporate education at WorkSafeBC and is looking to connect with other UVic grads who are involved in corporate education in BC.

Trevor Wong-Chor, BA (History), is married, has two beautiful kids and lives in Calgary. Following UVic, Trevor attended law school in Calgary, where he practices as a securities lawyer at Davis LLP. Trevor would like to get in touch with the members of the men’s junior varsity basketball teams from 1988 – 90 to recount the teams’ days of glory, at their favourite Victoria pub sometime this spring or summer. He is trying to organize a reunion of the teams and is easy to find on Google.


Kira Hillidge, BA (Psychology), is living in New York City where she’s a vice-president with the marketing communication agency, Draftfcb Healthcare.

Susan Kellock, BA (Geography/Environmental Studies), has this update: “My daughter Amy and I are busy running our restaurant—Skinny Legs & Cowgirls - A Sort of Bistro. We just celebrated our first year in business and oh what a year it has been! We were in Air Canada's enRoute magazine as one of Canada's 20 Best New Restaurants. Quite a shock for us! We have had numerous write-ups and life is a buzz! Our customers are happy and that is what is most important. My degree from UVic is part of me and I am so fortunate to have had some of the best instructors ever, like Nancy Taylor and Rick Searle, who taught me lifelong lessons. Fond memories I carry with me!”

David Leach, BA (English), has released his first book, a “non-fiction novel” entitled Fatal Tide (Viking Canada/Penguin Group). He says: “It explores the causes and consequences of a tragic kayaking accident on the Bay of Fundy, as well as the history of extreme sports, the psychology of risk-taking in the outdoors, and other topics.” In the course of developing the book, he conducted several interviews with retired Biology Prof. John Hayward, the renowned hypothermia researcher. David has been on the faculty of Department of Writing for the past four years.



Josh Blair, BEng (Electrical Engineering), has become a member of the leadership team at Telus with a promotion to executive vice-president for human resources. He’s been with the company since graduation.

Marcy Erskine, BA (Anthropology/Sociology), is a Red Cross malaria program advisor based in Mali. She has led eight mosquito net distribution campaigns across Africa and is currently working as the program advisor for the distribution of 1.8 million mosquito nets in Madagascar and Mali.

Paul Ford, BCom, has been appointed vice-president of finance for GenoLogics of Victoria, a software developer geared toward life sciences research. Paul had previously worked for a private equity firm in Tokyo.

Shelagh Plunkett, BA (Writing/Women’s Studies), received the 2007 CBC Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction for In a Garden. “This is a prestigious award that carries great honor,” she says. “My winning piece has been published in enRoute magazine and has been broadcast on Sirius satellite radio. I (also) have a regular column in the Victoria-based magazine Boulevard.”



Suwan Tangmitcharoen, MSc (Biology), is a forest biologist with the National Research Council of Thailand: “I am married with a four-year-old pretty girl (Jima). My wife, Mariyad Tangmitcharoen, also works for NRCT, as a computer scientist.” Suwan is the national coordinator of two research projects. He is involved in a tree improvement program and in research on the reproductive biology of tropical forest species. “We also moved to a lovely new home (to avoid traffic jams in Bangkok).”

John Wensveen, BA (Geography), recently started as the dean, school of aviation at Dowling College on Long Island, New York. “My goal is to grow the school into the number one aviation training facility in the nation for flight training as well as undergraduate and graduate degree programs.”

Jonathan Willcocks, BSc (Kinesiology), is the owner of Principle Pursuits, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in action-based group learning experiences and was named to the list of 2007 Top 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver magazine. Hundreds students and executives from around the world have benefited through programs designed by Pinnacle. “I think we are products of two things,” Jonathan says, “our environment that we’re brought up with, and our choices based on who we think we want to be—whether we want to change our world, or whether we want to be bold and step forward, and be courageous to take new risks.”


Joel Casselman, BA (Geography), finished his master’s degree in city planning at the University of Manitoba and now works as a planner with the City of Calgary.

Moira Milward (née Rushton), BSN, moved to Gilberts Cove, NS “for a quieter life, and opening a B&B next season on our 90-acre property.”

Christine Smart, BA (Writing), received the Acorn-Plantos “People’s Poet” award for her first collection of poems, Decked and Dancing (Hedgerow Press). Fellow poet Don McKay calls her poems “acts of clear-eyed unsentimental recollection and fierce longing.” The award, established in 1987, recognizes poetry written with the common (non-academic) reader in mind. It’s named for the late poets Milton Acorn and Ted Plantos. When she’s not crafting award-winning poetry, Christine works as a community health nurse on Salt Spring Island.


Morgan Collins, BFA (Theatre), is proud to announce that his wife, Robin Imrie, has given birth to their first daughter. Vada Jordan Collins was born Oct. 1, 2007 at BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. Vada weighed eight pounds-and-one-ounce and was 21 inches long.

Larissa Karnaoukhova, PhD (Biology), has been named director of strategic partnerships with Gene Express Inc. The Ohio-based biotech firm specializes in standardizing genomic data for drug and diagnostic development.

Sara Topham, BFA (Theatre) and Graeme Somerville, BFA ’96 (Theatre), appeared opposite each other earlier this year in the Belfry Theatre’s production of The Turn of the Screw, adapted from the Henry James gothic ghost story. For both actors the play represented a return home. Sara has been a regular performer at the Stratford Festival since graduation and Graeme, for the past five years, has been in the ensemble at the Shaw Festival in Niagra-on-the-Lake.

Robin Whitney, BA (History), moved to London, England after graduation and completed six backpacking trips to Asia in the years that followed. He is now back in Victoria, serving as a Canadian Navy sub-lieutenant at Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters.



Donato Mancini, BA (History in Art), has published his second book of poetry—Æthel (New Star).

Frans Pretorius, MSc (Physics), made the sixth annual “Brilliant 10” list of the “most impressive young scientists in the US” compiled and published by Popular Science magazine. Frans, 34, is credited with devising a long-sought computer simulation of the gravitational energy created when black holes merge. He solved the problem, one that had confounded physicists for 40 years, while he was a postdoc at the California Institute of Technology. He’s currently a faculty member in the department of physics, Princeton University.

Sarah Riecken, BSc (Biology), writes: “I’ve transferred from the UVic Libraries to a new position as advising officer in the Faculty of Education Advising Centre. I’m enjoying working with students preparing to enter kinesiology, recreation and health, and teacher education programs. As well, my daughter Sylvia is two years old. She’s a riot—loves gymnastics, sportball, books and puzzles. So, both work and home are a lot of fun these days!”


Darren Alexander, MEd (Curriculum Studies), has returned to Toronto where he focuses his multi-media talents on themes of environmental sustainability, media literacy, and social justice. His monster puppets (for protest marches and parades) have been featured in Time Magazine.

Chris Bracken, BEng (Computer Engineering), is employed by Morgan Stanley Japan where he’s developing equities trading software.

Angela Heck, MA (Political Science), has been appointed director of public relations at Quest University Canada. She and husband Ivan Hughes are pleased to announce the arrival of Tobias Wolf Hughes on April 21, 2007. A brother to big sister Thea Elizabeth.



Lisa Hanlon (née Ellingson), BEd and Robert Hanlon, BA ’02 (Political Science), are living in Hong Kong where they’ve recently had their first baby.

Sam Patchell, BSc (Geography and Environmental Studies), has been living in Halifax for four years. “I was promoted to lieutenant (Navy). Served two years as the navigation officer on HMCS St. John’s and now serve as the deck officer for HMCS Preserver.”

Stephen Runge, BA (Music), offers news from his home in Sackville, NB: “I completed my doctorate of music from l’Universite de Montréal in April 2007 and have now begun a position as assistant professor of music at Mount Allison University.”


Sally Bertram, BA (Geography), is living in Nanaimo: “I love working as a GIS technician with the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. I work on very interesting and challenging projects with a great team of people.”

Kristil Hammer, BA (History), went on to earn a law degree at the University of Toronto and in Oct. 2007 was appointed commercial and corporate solicitor with Bernard & Partners of Vancouver, the country’s largest maritime law firm.

Jenn Wykes, BA (Political Science/Women’s Studies), writes from Toronto: “Upon return from a two-year posting in Vietnam where I worked with women in fair trade craft production, I began a new life as mom of a now spritely toddler. Also on the go is a master in environmental studies at York University, aimed for completion (fingers crossed) by this spring. Cheeriodle to friends at Women's Studies!”


Janine Fraser, BSc (Biology), a naturopathic physician, has returned to the Island to open the West Shore Naturopathic Family Clinic in Langford: “I’m so happy to be back home in the Victoria area and I am looking forward to providing naturopathic services to the West Shore and surrounding areas.”

Darren Leung, BCom, lives in Kowloon and recently took up a new job as a marketing executive with a watch manufacturer.

Maryanne McGrath, BA (Anthropology), has contributed her research and writing skills to the popular three-volume series This Old House, published by the Victoria Heritage Foundation. The latest edition, released last fall, focuses on the heritage buildings of six neighbourhoods, including Rockland, Burnside and Harris Green.

Jeffrey Patrick O’Brien, BA (Philosophy), is in Vancouver where he’s the art director at Fonil Design. He’s also doing photography: otto-obrien.com.



Jody Shields, BSc (Biology/Environmental Studies), writes from Litzelstetten, Germany: “After completing my MSc at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research through the University of Windsor, I moved to a little city on the German-Swiss border to begin my PhD in evolutionary biology with Prof. Axel Meyer at the University of Konstanz.”


Betty Allison, BEd (Music), is a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, an advanced study and practical experience program. In June she’ll be singing in the role of Donna Elvira in the company’s production of Don Giovanni.

Cecelia Cant, BA (Psychology), reports: “I have since completed my accounting diploma at Camosun College and am working towards my CGA.”

Catherine Conger Cen, MBA, rejoined Esquel Enterprises, one of the world’s largest high value cotton shirt makers. Catherine is responsible for process re-engineering and the development of sustainable products for key clients like Nike and Nordstrom.

Jason Jiachun Fan, MBA, is associate general manager and director of content with Dragon New Media, the largest mobile TV service provider in China.

Kent Glowinski, LLB, self-released a book, Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Information is at narcissism.ca.

Hongyu Shi, MBA, is an investment manager for DTZ Debenham Tie Leung, a global property advisory firm listed in the UK.

Wayne Vollrath, Dipl (Local Government Management), served as interim administrator of the BC interior districts of Barriere and Clearwater during their transitions last year to municipal status. Among his responsibilities: advising new council members on their roles and responsibilities.

Kent Jian Wang, MBA, is working with SINA, the largest Chinese portal web site, and has been working with clients like Nike and Coca-Cola to construct cutting edge internet-based communities.

Xin Wei, MBA, works in Shanghai for UVic Business Executive Programs. She is also one of the alumni contacts for alumni in Shanghai. Let her know if you need access to China or would like to connect with other alumni there: xinwei@uvic.ca.

Morris Wu, MBA, is with a business consulting firm, BDA Consulting, leading consulting due diligence projects for a number of private equity firms. He is also doing market entry consulting projects for corporate clients in telecom, media and technology.

Lane Lei Yu, MBA, is the general manager of Shanghai AIAL Information Consulting. The Shanghai-based and China-focused company offers consulting services to assist multinational corporations doing business in China.



Dean Doucette, MEd (Leadership Studies), is a vice-principal at Quesnel’s École Baker Elementary. “After graduation, we went on a much-needed camping trip for 30 days down the Oregon Coast and to Disneyland.”

Sam Lai, MBA, recently joined Founder Software, the software division of Founder Group of China. Sam is the sales and marketing manager, based in Suzhou, China, responsible for promoting the company’s software outsourcing services to the North American customers.

Mike Tan, BCom, is the CEO and co-founder of TeamPages, a social networking and organization site for amateur sports leagues and teams. The service aims to save time with two common issues that face teams: communication and scheduling. TeamPages has secured seed funding from Burda Digital Ventures, venture capital arm of Hubert Burda Media, one of Germany’s larger media companies.

Jane Zhu, MBA, is co-founder and general manager of DragonPass Consulting of China, focusing on airport VIP services and other luxury business travel.


Momoko Asai, BA (Psychology), is an account executive with Dentsu, in Japan: “I’m back in Tokyo and doing fine though I miss UVic soooooo much!”

Adam Barker, MA (Indigenous Governance), is a research analyst with the Ministry of Education: “My first real professional job! I have to tell everyone about it!”

Aaron Hilton, BSc (Computer Science), is the co-founder of CellMap, along with fellow alumni Wayne Choi, BEng ’04 (Computer Engineering) and Nonie Dalton, BSc ’00 (Biology). The company provides a web-based cell phone map service. Hilton came up with the idea while attending UVic. A class was about to begin and he needed directions. CellMap has been in a pilot project to deliver the UVic campus map to students and visitors. Long range plans are to expand across Canada and the US.

Wendy Muscat-Tyler, MEd (Curriculum Studies), developed the “Travelling Suitcase” of Holocaust and anti-racism education tools for her master’s project. Now, with a grant from the Isaac and Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund, a set of the suitcases have been produced for Grade 8 English classes in the Victoria, Sooke, Saanich and Island Catholic School Districts. The resources provide a hands-on, comprehensive program in Holocaust education. Wendy has completed fellowships in Holocaust education at Yad Vashem in Israel and the Imperial War Museum in London.



John “Jack” Bankes, Victoria College ’34, died on June 15, 2007 in Toronto. He played VC rugby and served on student council before embarking on a career at the Royal Bank, where he became senior vice-president. He was 91.

Yousuf Ebrahim, senior lab instructor in the Department of Biology, died on Feb. 1, 2008. He brought enthusiasm and humour to his teaching on campus and in Malaysia, participated in public outreach courses through Continuing Studies, and led countless field trips to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

Gwyneth Koenig (née Peterson), BA ’79 (Psychology), died suddenly at Victoria General Hospital on February 10, 2008 at the age of 54. She and Sociology Prof. Dan Koenig were married in Victoria in1982. Together they began a commitment for fostering children which Gwyneth continued after Dan died on November 29, 2002.

Shelley Martin, BA ’98 (English), died on May 3, 2007 in Baton Rouge, LA when a drug-impaired driver rear-ended her vehicle. She had completed her PhD at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette the previous month and had been planning to return to Canada to teach. A scholarship in her memory has been established at UVic.

Lucille MacKay, manager of UVic Child Care Services for more than 25 years and a leading advocate of child care for students and employees, succumbed to pneumonia on Jan. 16, 2008. She was 71.

Michael Meloche, MFA (Theatre Design) ’93, died on March 17, 2008. As a student, he designed and built many shows for the Phoenix Theatres. He later worked as a set designer, and taught at UVic. An award/book prize is being established in his name at the Theatre Department. Donations may be made to the Michael Meloche Award, Theatre Department, c/o the UVic Development office.

Lucien Ukaliannuk, Hon. LLB ’05, died on Iqaluit, Nunavut on Sept. 29, 2007. A tireless defender of traditional Inuit law and justice, he was elder-in-residence at Nunavut’s first law school, the Akitsiraq Law program offered jointly by the Faculty of Law and Nunavut Arctic College. He was 67.

Barbara Courtney Young, BSN ’79, one of the first graduates from the School of Nursing program, died on Jan. 30, 2008. She was also one of the first proponents of the program, spearheading a successful coalition which resulted in the founding of the school. She also worked as a program coordinator in Continuing Studies.

Bill West, retired Theatre professor, died Nov. 21, 2007 at the age of 89. He taught from 1972 to 1985 and contributed significantly to the design of the Phoenix Building. Donations in his memory may be made to the W.D. West Alumni Bursary Fund.

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