Philanthropist, student leader, World Cup medalist to get alumni honours

Texas Instruments founder and philanthropist Cecil Green, former Alma Mater Society executive member and recent grad Allison Dunnet, and two-time Olympian swimmer Turlough O'Hare are among the UBC graduates who will be honoured at the annual Alumni Recognition and Sports Hall of Fame dinner to be held Oct. 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver.

Alumnus and longtime friend of the university Cecil Green (DSc '64) will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Green is a founder of Texas Instruments. He spent two years at UBC before transferring to MIT.

As a philanthropist he has supported post-secondary education across Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. In 1993 he founded UBC's first graduate college, Green College.

He has received honorary doctorates from more than a dozen universities including UBC and Oxford. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1991.

A 1998 Political Science grad, Allison Dunnet is the founder of Imagine UBC, which welcomes new students to UBC, and of Humanities 101, a project to encourage people from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at UBC.

Dunnet will receive one of three Outstanding Student awards to be given.

Turlough O'Hare competed twice in the Olympic Games, as well as in the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup where he won a gold medal in freestyle.

The Richmond native and 1998 UBC Human Kinetics grad won a total of 21 medals in university competition and set three university-level records which still stand today.

O'Hare will be inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame.

Alumni awards are given to UBC graduates and members of the UBC community who have made significant contributions to society and to UBC life. Recipients are high achievers who represent all areas of endeavor from the arts to education, government, business and the professions.

Other award recipients include: Lifetime Achievement Award to former University of Victoria chancellor Bill Gibson (BA '33, DSc '93); Award of Distinction to John Millar, director of the B.C. Health Research Foundation, and Milton Wong, MK Wong & Associates; Volunteer Leadership Award to Jim Stich, director of UBC's dental clinic; Outstanding Young Alumnus Award to Peter Dolman, UBC ophthalmology professor; Faculty citations to Carol Herbert, head of UBC's Dept. of Family Practice and Paul Stanwood, UBC English professor; Outstanding Student awards to Andrew Booth and Lica Chui.

The UBC Sports Hall of Fame was established to honour men and women who showed outstanding athletic ability during their years at UBC.

Many of these athletes went on to compete internationally for Canada, and many are recognized internationally.

In addition to O'Hare, inductees include: John Owen, an integral part of athletic administration at UBC for 28 years; J.D. Jackson, basketball star from 1987-92; Nora McDermott, a star basketball and field hockey player during the 1940s; and the 1977-78 women's volleyball team which won two straight CIAU championships.

Last year, 700 alumni and guests attended the dinner, generating more than $20,000 for student scholarships and bursaries.

Tickets for the dinner are $125 each or $1,000 for tables of eight. For ticket information call the UBC Alumni Association at 604-822-3313.