1970s

Frank Townsley, BSc’70, has self‑published his first book. Born and raised on the North Shore, his reason for writing it was to share British Columbia’s treasures with both residents and tourists alike, hopefully encouraging them to explore it further. British Columbia – Graced by Nature’s Palette will take you on a wondrous and extensive journey through the province in all its seasons, divulging not only its varied landscapes, but displaying some of the abundantly rich nuances of plant and animal life, many existing nowhere else in Canada.


Ross Beaty
Ross Beaty and Doug Christopher (below) recently joined the Advisory Board of The Nature Trust of British Columbia
Doug Christopher
Doug Christopher

The Nature Trust of British Columbia welcomed two UBC alumni to its Advisory Board in June: Ross J. Beaty, BSc’74, LLB’79, and Doug Christopher, BCom’80. Christopher is the president of Montrose Development and G & B Estates. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, horseback riding and hiking. Beaty is a geologist and resource company entrepreneur with over 41 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. He is a patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Centre at UBC.


Caroline Woodward’s eighth book is her first memoir. Woodward, BA’74, left her interesting but hectic publishing career behind to join her husband, a lighthouse keeper, in order to resume her life as a writer. She also became a relief lightkeeper, working many months at over a dozen different lighthouses on the BC coast. Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper is her account of the reality and the romance of both the lighthouse life and the perfect destination for writers who prefer solitary and splendid wilderness in which to create.


Rob Marris, BA’76, MA’79, is a lawyer who was the MP for Wolverhampton South West, UK, from 2001 to 2010. From 2011 to 2013 he worked at the National Union of Teachers. In May 2015 he won back the seat, and is again the MP for Wolverhampton South West.


Philip Suckling, PhD’77, retired from Texas State University in 2015 after a 38‑year academic career, including 22 years as a department chair. He held faculty positions in the departments of geography at Brandon (Manitoba) University (1977‑79), the University of Georgia (1979‑91), the University of Northern Iowa as department chair (1991‑2005), and Texas State University (2005‑15, with 2005‑13 as department chair).


Brett Hayward, BSc’78, who works as a veterinarian on Vancouver Island, recently published his book Existence: Science, Spirituality and the Spaces Between, available at Amazon and Chapters.

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