During his 91-plus years of living, Roy V. Jackson, BA’43, has served in chemical warfare research in Ottawa, completed battle training in Ontario (fortunately unfinished when the war ended), completed a course in civil law in McGill, and held a career in international patent law that relocated him to the United States for a more promising future. This included the 1960s and ’70s in Greenwich Village and lots of foreign travelling. Retirement after the years of technical writing and those life changing counter-cultural years in the village led to a second career of studies and writing inspired by the vast and fascinating social changes he observed in his lifetime. Starting about 50 years ago in the counter-cultural 60s, Roy’s efforts to find a plausible narrative that could explain what was transforming our world led him to St. Augustine’s idea that our history was the education of the human race in the generational stages of our own lives, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and maturity. That fractal connection grew into his book, Growing up in History: A Memoir of Western Civilization.
On January 17, 2012, it was announced that Barbara Howard, BEd’59, is among this year’s class of inductees into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. In the late 1930s, Barbara exploded onto the scene as one of the fastest female sprinters in the British Empire. At the age of 17, she ran the 100-yards in a time of 11.2 seconds at the Western Canada British Empire Games trials – beating the games’ record by one-tenth of a second. The result earned Barbara a well-deserved spot on Canada’s team for the 1938 Commonwealth Games in Sydney. She finished sixth in the 100-yard dash and won a silver and bronze as a member of two relay teams. Barbara was set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 1940, but the games were cancelled because of the war and didn’t resume for a decade. By then, Barbara’s sprinting career was over. After graduating from UBC in 1959, she became a teacher and was much loved by many students. At the age of 91, Barbara remains active in the community spending much of her time socializing at her Burnaby home and at a seniors centre lifting weights, giving massages and conducting peer counseling. Barbara will be formally inducted on September 20, 2012.