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UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 12 | Dec. 4, 2003

Chuck Slonecker -- Retires

UBC will never be the same. Part of its charm, part of its grace, and part of its history will be lost when Chuck Slonecker, former head of the Anatomy Department and Director of Ceremonies soon retires. Throughout his 35 years at UBC, Prof. Slonecker, or Chuck as he is fondly known by alumni, colleagues and members of the university community, has served on an endless list of committees along the way developing a well-deserved reputation as the epitome of the selfless public servant.

As director of Ceremonies and University Relations since 1990, he has presided over countless functions on the university’s behalf and is a familiar figure to thousands of students at Congregation. Last year he was awarded the Individual Exceptional Service Award for being a long-time United Way organizer and supporter. He was a member of the UBC Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1993-1999.

Slonecker joined UBC as an assistant professor in Dentistry in 1968 and became a full professor in 1976. That year he received a Certificate of Merit for the UBC Master Teacher Award. He won the Killam Teaching Prize for UBC Medicine in 1996. He also received the JCB Grant Award from the Canadian Association for Anatomy, Neurobiology and Cell Biology. In 2001, he received the President’s Service Award.

He is involved with the YMCA Youth Basketball Association Program and was a board member, Community Unit, from 1975-1991. Slonecker also served for two years as the acting vice president of External Relations at UBC.

Slonecker has produced 19 publications, five book reviews, 16 special publications, one text book and 25 abstracts.

It will not be easy to replace Chuck Slonecker. In fact, the university has decided that it will take two people to take his place in the ceremonies office.

Eilis Courtney will take over as Director of Ceremonies and will retain the administrative duties of the role. As the former Associate Director of Ceremonies she oversaw functions that ranged from the royal visit to pancake breakfasts. Known for her competence, humour and unflappable nature, she has served as UBC’s resident expert on ceremony and protocol for more than 10 years.

The ceremonial role of the function will now be split off into a new position called University Marshal. This prestigious position is modeled on a similar title and role at Harvard University.

UBC’s first university marshal is Nancy Hermiston who is also a professor in the School of Music. (see sidebar, New Marshal)

Chuck Slonecker’s legacy of public service and years of loyal devotion to UBC will undoubtedly be missed but unlikely to be ever forgotten.

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