UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 4 | Apr.
Artist and Politician Among Honorary Degree Recipients
A B.C. hereditary chief, a former B.C. deputy premier and
an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist are among
the 11 individuals who will receive honorary degrees from
UBC this year.
Recipients are recognized for their distinguished career
achievements and for their contributions to UBC and to Canada.
Honorary degrees will be awarded during Spring Congregation
May 21-28 and at Fall Congregation Nov. 27-29.
Robert Joseph, hereditary chief of the Kwagiulth nation of
the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, has been involved
in First Nations activities at the local, provincial and national
levels. Working as a museum director and curator, he has promoted
the collection and preservation of First Nations artifacts.
He has also provided leadership, counselling and support for
former students of Indian residential schools and helped to
improve relationships between aboriginal and non-aboriginal
communities and governments.
UBC alumnus Jeff Wall is recognized as a major force in contemporary
international art and visual culture. His photography has
explored a wide range of social and political themes such
as urban violence, racism and poverty. A member of UBCs
Dept. of Fine Arts until 1999, Wall helped to develop the
departments internationally recognized Master of Fine
Grace McCarthy was first elected as a B.C. MLA in 1966. She
served in a variety of positions including Provincial Secretary,
Minster of Human Resources, Minister of Economic Development
as well as Deputy Premier. She was Leader of the Social Credit
party from 1992-94.
Involved in community and philanthropic organizations, McCarthy
is president of the B.C. C.H.I.L.D. Foundation that seeks
a cure for children with intestinal and liver diseases. The
organization raised $3 million to establish the first research
chair in pediatric gastroenterology in Canada at UBC.
Other honorary degree recipients include: distinguished microbiology
researcher Julian Davies; alumnus and B.C. Chief Justice Lance
Finch; leading international political scientist Jean Laponce;
alumnus, chair and CEO of Albertas Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Eric Newell; former UBC vice-president and distinguished plant
scientist Michael Shaw; Rafael Rangel Sostmann, president
of Sistem Tec de Monterrey, Mexicos 25-campus technical
institute; acclaimed dental educator and practitioner Richard
Tucker of Washington; and neuroscientist and epilepsy expert
Dr. Juhn Wada.
All degrees will be awarded at Spring Congregation with the
exception of Wall and Davies who will receive their honorary
degrees at Fall Congregation.