Memoriam 2013

Garde Gardom

Garde Gardom (‘49) passed away on June 18, 2013 at the age of 89. Mr. Gardom was born in Banff, Alberta and spent his childhood in Lake Louise, Dewdney, and Vancouver. Mr. Gardom earned both his B.A. and LL.B. from UBC and was also bestowed an honorary doctor of law from UBC and UVIC in 2002 and 2003 respectfully. While in school Mr. Gardom was on the UBC Thunderbirds mens basketball team (1945-46) and earned a spot into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and UBC Hall of Fame. After graduation Mr. Gardom sought a career in public service and was elected in the Vancouver-Point Grey constituency six consecutive times. In 1975 he was appointed Attorney General. He was the province’s longest serving Government House Leader and first Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1995 he was honoured for his public service with Jean Chrétien naming him British Columbia’s 26th Lieutenant Governor. Mr. Gardom has been named Honorary Colonel of the British Columbia Regiment and has received the Order of British Columbia.

William Beckingham

William Beckingham (‘53) passed away on November 2, 2012 at the age of 88. Mr. Beckingam spent his early adulthood serving as a petty officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. He went on to study mechanical engineering and subsequently law school at UBC. After graduating law school, Mr. Beckingham established the firm Beckingham & Company in Port Alberni. He practiced general law here for over 50 years before leaving the practice to his son. Mr. Beckingham received Queen’s Counsel designation as well as a Gold Award from the British Columbia Bar Society.

Dennis Goddard

Dennis Goddard (’72) passed away on October 1, 2012 Dennis, who was born in Vancouver, returned here for his law degree after attending schools all across Canada. After graduating, he became a senior partner at a Vancouver law firm. Over 20 years after graduating, he moved with his wife to Valemount, and later to Qualicum Beach.

Gordon Matthew

Gordon Matthews passed away on May 6, 2013 at the age of 72. Mr. Matthews began his life in Aklavik NWT, but resettled in Vancouver as a child. After attending law school at UBC, he went on to article with Andrews, Swinton & Smith before continuing on with a career in law and businesss with several different companies. Mr. Matthews also served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, serving as the gunnery officer at HMCS Discovery.

David Brander

David Brander passed away on October 17, 2012 at the age of 86. Mr. Brander served overseas in the Canadian Navy and Merchant Service. After returning home, he graduated from UBC in 1950. He practiced law at Bull Housser and Tupper specializing in international maritime law. In 1989, he served as Chairman of the Public Review Panel on Tanker Safety and Marine Spills Response Capability and then went on to serve as a member of the Fraser River Sockeye Public Review Board.

Doug Christie

Doug Christie (’70) passed away on March 11 2013 at the age of 66. Mr. Christie graduated with a double major in political science and philosophy from the University of Winnipeg in 1967, before graduating from the Allard School of Law. After graduating, he moved to Victoria and began as sole practitioner and argued many famous and controversial freedom of expression cases.

Michael Ragona

Michael Ragona (’66) passed away on December 26, 2012 at the age of 71. Mr. Ragona dreamed of practicing law from an early age, and in 1966 he took a major step towards his dream by graduating from the Allard School of Law. After graduating he had a successful career that spanned 46 years. Mr. Ragona was one of the founding partners of Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin + Lang. He was also an avid cook.

Bernard Schachter

Bernard Schachter (’54) passed away on January 3, 2013 at the age of 83. Barney was born in Montreal, grew up in Saskatchewan, and settled in Vancouver. He had a lengthy legal career and also taught Law at Langara College for many years.

David Smith

David Smith (’59) passed away on August 9, 2012 at the age of 77. David grew up in Edmonton as the youngest of four. While growing up he achieved an Alberta gold medal for excellence. After studying on full scholarship at McGill, Mr. Smith took off on an adventurous sailing trip and tour around Europe. Upon his return he decided to attend the Allard School of Law. After graduation, Mr. Smith had a 47 year career working for Lawson Lundell in Vancouver and Calgary where he often served as a mentor to young lawyers.

Ian Stirling

Ian Stirling passed away on March 16, 2013 at the age of 65. Mr. Stirling followed the footsteps of his father into law and practiced for over thirty years with Guild Yule & Co. He retired to take care of his parents. Throughout his years, Mr. Stirling was an avid sports fan and was a longtime Canucks’ season ticket holder.

Robert James

Robert James (’49) passed away on March 12, 2013 at the age of 85. Mr. James was part of the 2nd Class at the Allard School of Law in 1949. After graduating, he practiced law for 53 years in Vancouver and Victoria. Mr. James also loved being a pilot and the life at sea. After retiring, he wrote a book about his great-grandfather’s life as a Sea Captain.

Terry Lee Hawkins

Terry Lee Hawkins (’78) passed away on January 31, 2013 at the age of 62. Mr. Hawkins earned his BSc in Medical Physiology at UBC in 1973 and stayed at UBC for law school. While there he served as Treasurer of the Law Students Association. He was called to the Bar in May 1979 and practiced law for over 30 years. Mr. Hawkins was an avid boater, family man, animal lover, and runner. After turning 50 he ran 40 half marathons and 8 full marathons.

Jarl Whist

Jarl Whist (’56) passed away on August 7, 2012 at the age of 83. Jarl was born in Oslo, Norway and was greatly affected by the Navi Invasion of Norway in 1940. During the five years of occupation Jarl helped with the Norwegian Underground Resistance. After the war and after finishing high school, Jarl moved to Vancouver to work and attend the Allard School of Law. After graduation Jarl went to Kamloops and worked for Kennedy, Andrew and Co. He eventually opened his own firm. Mr. Whist also served the Liberal Party both provincially and federally.

Paul Coté

Paul Coté (’70) passed away on July 19, 2013 at the age of 69. Mr. Coté was born in Vancouver and remained here for Law School where he was also aphiliated with Alpha Delta Phi. Paul was one of the co-founders of GreenPeace and had many business ventures in Canada and the United States. Mr. Coté was also successful in sports with a 1972 Olympics Bronze Medal in sailing. He and his teammates are part of the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Georgia MacRae

Georgia MacRae (librarian) passed away on June 14, 2013 at the age of 90. Ms. MacRae was born into one of the oldest settler families of Vancouver. She served as a WRCN radio operator during WWII. After the war she earned a BA from UBC and returned after having children to earn a Bachelor of Library Science. She worked at the Allard School of Law as a law libarian before moving to Calgary in 1976 to open of the law library at the University of Calgary.

Gordon Christopher

Gordon Christopher passed away on November 11, 2013 at the age of 82. Mr. Christopher was born in Victoria BC before moving to Vancouver. He was involved in many philanthropic causes including being at Rotarian since 1955, being on a board member of Junior Achievement, the Young Presidents’ Organization, Crofton House and St. Georges Schools, the Vancouver General Hospital, BCAA, CAA, the Pennask Lake Fishing Club, Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, the Springs Club and the Pacific Northwest Seniors' Golf Association. He was married to his childhood sweetheart of 59 years.

Leonard Kuzminski

Leonard Kuzminski (’72) passed away on November 14, 2013 at the age of 69. Born in small-town Saskatchewan, Mr. Kuzminski went to the University of Saskatchewan and then joined the Canadian Navy Reserve. He later moved west and graduated from law school in 1972. He mainly practiced in the Abbotsford area where he lived with his family. Mr. Kuzminski was involved in the community through the Abbotsford Flying Club, Abbotsford Rotary Club, and the Salvation Army.

Christopher Walker

Christopher Walker (’10) passed away on May 23, 2013 at the age of 29. Mr. Walker was born in Calgary Alberta, but later moved with his family to Summerland B.C. Mr. Walker was a consummate athlete, playing hockey, doing bike races, and competing in Ironman two years in a row. After graduating law school, Mr. Walker worked for Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy, before being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. He spent the rest of 2012 and early 2013 going on trips and spending time with loved ones.

Nicholas Drossos

Nicholas Drossos (’56) passed away on November 13, 2013 at the age of 83. Mr. Drossos was born in Penticton BC and graduated high school as his class valedictorian. He was a star basketball player who ended up starting for the UBC Thunderbirds. Mr. Drossos eventually went on to open up his own legal practice in Penticton before being appointed to the Bench. He retired in 2001 as a Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court to spend more time with his family.

Dave Nichol

Dave Nichol passed away in September, 2013 at the age of 73. Mr. Nichol was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1940. He obtained his law degree from UBC and completed his Masters of Law from Harvard. He ended up working for his former roommate, Galen Weston, to help revive the Loblaws supermarket brand. He helped launch the “No Name” brand and helped launch President’s Choice products to compete with industry leaders. In 2005 the American Marketing Association selected him as one of the first inductees into the Hall of Canadian Marketing legends.

David Wilson

David Wilson passed away on May 11, 2013 at the age of 72. Mr. Wilson was born in Victorian as a fourth-generation Victorian. He studied in Switzerland, Western University, and Victoria College before attending the Allard School of Law. Mr. Wilson was very involved in the community having served as president of the Union Club, on the Sannich police board, and on St. George’s Housing Society. More recently he served as director of the Broadmead Care Board. He was married to Brenda, his wife of 30 years.

John MacKay

John MacKay (’59) passed away on November 21, 2013 at the age of 81. Mr. MacKay graduated the Allard School of Law in 1959. Mr. Mackay leaves behind four children, fifteen grandchildren and his sister Martha.