In Memoriam - 2015

Kenneth Baxter

Kenneth Baxter ('69) passed away on May 24, 2015 at the age of 72 years. Mr. Baxter grew up in Dunbar and graduated with an LL.B. degree from the Allard School of Law. He was a Partner specializing in Class Action at Poyner-Baxter Law Corporation in North Vancouver until his recent retirement.

Dorothy Joan Beck

Dorothy Joan Beck (’78) passed away on September 29, 2015 at the age of 85 years. Mrs. Beck was born in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, later moving to Vancouver where she earned four degrees from UBC – a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Social Work, and Master of Social work and a Bachelor of Laws. She practiced family law and was instrumental in the development of mediation as an alternative for family law matters. Dorothy was also a docent at the Vancouver Art Gallery for over 35 years, as a lover and collector of art and was also an avid reader, owning over 5,000 books in her home. Beyond all else, she was a passionate advocate for children's rights which was the basis for her entering the law profession. While raising her family, Dorothy served as President of the Board of the Children's Aid Society authoring their Children's Charter of Rights.

David Campbell

The Honourable David Campbell (’49) passed away on December 28, 2015 at the age of 90 years. He was born in Vancouver and served in the armed forces with the Royal Canadian Signal Corps before receiving a law degree from the Allard School of Law in 1949, as part of the second graduating class. He played basketball with the UBC Thunderbirds and with the Canadian team at the 1948 London Olympic Games, later being inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. He articled with Dan McPhee and Graham Ladner, later forming Pratt and Campbell in 1960. He was appointed as a judge in 1974, later becoming Chief of the County Court of BC and ultimately Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia before retiring in 1996.

Karen Darbyshire-Joseph

Karen Darbyshire-Joseph (’93) passed away on October 13, 2015 at the age of 61 years. Ms. Darbyshire-Joseph was raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, NWT and later moved to Vancouver where she earned a Bachelor of Arts at Langara College. In 1993 she became an early First Nations graduate at the Peter A Allard School of Law. Her and her husband raised their children on Capilano IR #5 in North Vancouver. 

Michael Davies

Michael Davies (’64) passed away on February 22, 2015 at the age of 75. Mr. Davies was born in Berwyn, Alberta and held a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. He was the Principal of Davies & Co since 2002. He previously worked as an advisor and as the head of RBC Dominion Securities M&A Group. He also worked in the Oil & Gas Group of Morgan Stanley in New York and served as the CFO of the Polar Gas Project.

Howard Ehrlich

Howard Ehrlich ('81) passed away on May 12, 2015 at the age of 57. Mr. Ehrlich was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and graduated with an LL.B. degree from the Allard School of Law. Called to the Bar in 1983, he was a partner of Bull, Housser + Tupper LLP since 1988 and helped establish the firm's Labour & Employment Law Group in 1987.

Denise Grant

Denise Grant ('84) passed away on May 8, 2015 at the age of 57 years. She spent her childhood in Medicine Hat, Alberta, later spending her adult years in Vancouver and White Rock, BC. She earned her LL.B. and B.Ed (Elem) from UBC. Ms. Grant began her career as a lawyer and practiced law for 10 years. She then switched careers to follow her first passion, music. She taught piano lessons and was a music teacher in the Langley school system.

John Hannah

John Hannah  (’69)  passed away on December 16, 2015 at the age of 72. Mr. Hannah was a longtime Kelowna lawyer, practicing at FH&P Lawyers and having graduated from UBC with a BCom and an LLB. He was passionate about the law and a mentor to many. He was very involved with the Rotary as a past president and recipient of the Albert Baldeo Caring Rotarian Award.

Melvin Hunt

Melvin Hunt (’77) passed away at the age of 73 on November 17, 2015. Mr. Hunt, originally from Toronto, was a Retired Lt. Colonel and an expert in military law, who later retired from the military in 1987 and entered private practice. He was a passionate trial lawyer and advocate, practicing in Victoria, BC with Dinning Hunter Jackson Law.

John (Ihor) Kaminsky

John Kaminsky passed away on December 19, 2015, aged 68. Mr. Kaminsky received a Bachelor of Laws from the Allard School of law in 1971. He established the Surrey, BC law firm Kaminsky & Co in 1982, where he practiced for many years.

Morley Koffman, QC

Morley Koffman, QC (’52), passed away peacefully on June 28th at the age of 85. Morley was a Vancouverite, born and raised. He became partner at Freeman, Freeman, Silvers and Koffman at age 25. Under his leadership, Freeman and Company (as the firm became known) grew to be an elite business firm. Morley was awarded Queen’s Counsel in 1986. Morley’s current firm, Koffman Kalef LLP, was created in 1993 by a number of partners at Freeman and Company. He was a proud supporter of UBC and served the Vancouver Jewish community in a number of capacities. His philanthropic donations have had a profound impact. Morley was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the UBC Law Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner on April 27, 2011.

The Koffman family has asked that contributions in his memory be made to the Morley Koffman Bursary at the Allard School of Law, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver or the charity of your choice. Please make cheques payable to the Allard School of Law and send to the attention of:
Georgia Quinn, Development Officer
Allard School of Law
University of British Columbia
Allard Hall
1822 East Mall
Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1
Please note “Morley Koffman Bursary” in the memo line of the cheque. Please contact Georgia Quinn, Development Officer at 604.822.6266 with any questions.

To make a donation towards the Morley Koffman Bursary online, please click here.

Selina Lau

Selina Lau ('80) recently passed away at the age of 57. Ms. Lau worked at Fan and Fan Solicitors in Hong Kong, where she was experienced in project and development and general conveyancing. She held an LL.B. from the Allard School of Law and a Masters of Law degree.

F. Anthony Lloyd

F. Anthony "Tony" Lloyd ('54) passed away on April 19, 2015 at the age of 87. Mr. Lloyd was born in Winter, Saskatchewan and received his BA and LL.B. from the Allard School of Law. He practiced at Boyle and Company in Penticton, BC for fifty-five years. He was a long-term member of the Penticton Downtown Rotary Club and a lifelong supporter of many political and social causes.

Honourable Russell C Mackay

Russell Cameron Mackay (’82)  passed away on December 22, 2015 at the age of 60. Mackay was a Provincial Court Judge in Chilliwack and a former coordinator of the Lawyers Assistance Program. He received his LLB from UBC in 1982 and practiced law in Vancouver for 27 years, focusing on criminal and youth matters, before being appointed to the bench. He was a mentor to many people and brought his warmth to the judicial system.

Richard Martin

Richard Carew Martin ('50) passed away on January 18, 2015. Mr. Martin was born and raised in Victoria, BC. He followed in his family's footsteps and became a lawyer, graduating with an LL.B. from UBC. He was president of the SPCA for 13 years and was active in politics.

Harold J Meyerman

Harold J Meyerman (’70) passed away on January 21, 2015 at the age of 76. Mr. Meyerman was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to Vancouver in 1947 where he started his banking career with CIBC. He earned both his B.Comm. and LL.B. from UBC. Mr. Meyerman joined Bankers Trust Company in 1973, was president and chief executive officer of First Interstate Bank from 1984-1993, and retired as managing director of Global Financial Institutions and Trade Group of Chase Manhattan Bank in 1998. He also served as director on the board of Affiliated Managers Group from 1999 until his death. He was a local philanthropist and supporter of the arts.

Rose Mok

Rose Mok (nee Woo) (’73) passed away on August 23, 2015 at the age of  88. Mrs. Mok held both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from UBC and began her law career at Bull Housser. She practiced for over 30 years, retiring in 2005 as an associate lawyer from the firm Burns, Fitzpatrick, Rogers & Schwartz.

Nobuyuki Robert Nosé

Robert (Rob) Nosé ('73) passed away on May 23, 2015 at the age of 68. Mr. Nosé was born in the Kootenays, grew up in New Denver and Salmon Arm and later settled in Prince George. He received his LL.B. degree from the Allard School of Law and was a partner at Ramsay, Nosé. Traxler in Prince Geroge until his retirement in 2003. After retirement he moved to Steveson, BC. He was also an active community member and dedicated Rotarian.

Terence O'Brien

Terence (Terry) Crosby O'Brien ('60) passed away on May 22, 2015 in his 80th year. Mr. O'Brien was born in Whitewood, Saskatchewan and moved to Ft. Langley, BC at the age of 10. He recieved his BA and LLB from UBC. After joining the Canadian Officers' Training Corp, he received his commission as Second Lieutenant and later the rank of Captain in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Mr. O'Brien accepted the position of Secretary to the High Commissioner, UNHCR and served in Geneva, Switzerland between 1961 and 1964. He returned to Vancouver to article and practiced corporate law at Harper Grey LLP until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a 50-year member of the Law Society of BC. He was also a passionate and rigorous supporter of the environment, as a Founding Director of the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, the Founding Director of the BC Conservation Foundation and an Honourary Solicitor of the BC Wildlife Federation. He was awarded the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Jay Redmond

Jay Redmond ('87) passed away on July 16, 2015 at the age of 57. He earned his LL.B. from UBC and was called to the bar in 1988 after completing his articles in Prince George. He later moved back to his hometown of rural Surrey and was a founding partner of the firm Campbell Redmond, where he focused his practice on real estate, wills, estates and criminal law. He was a dedicated volunteer and an active member of many community organizations in Surrey.

Euan Taylor

Euan Taylor (’97) passed away on February 11, 2015 at the age of 51. Mr. Taylor earned his LL.B. from UBC. He practiced intellectual property law for 15 years, becoming a patent agent, trademark agent and experienced arbitrator. Mr. Taylor taught courses on IP issues and on aspects of the Chinese legal system at UBC and other schools in the past. He acted as Chair of the Biotechnology Patents Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada for two years and became Editor of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review in 2014. Mr. Euan joined BENOIT & COTE in 2013 as managing partner of the Vancouver office.

Anne Wallace

Anne Wallace (’80) passed away on October 29, 2015 at the age of 61. Ms. Wallace was a provincial court judge in Kelowna for the past 10 years and held a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from UBC. She previously worked in private practice and as a Crown prosecutor in both provincial and federal courts in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria. She was known for her work in the youth court and the spirit that she brought to the chambers.

Brian J Wallace, QC

Brian Wallace, QC (’68) passed away on December 1, 2015 at the age of 73 years. Mr. Wallace received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, both from UBC. He practiced law in Victoria before joining the Foreign Service as a Trade Commissioner, working in Mexico City for 2 years. He also worked for the Department of Justice’s Tax Litigation department in Ottawa prior to joining Lawson Lundell in Vancouver, where he practiced for 32 years. In 2007, he moved back to Victoria where he worked in Public Law and as an Arbitrator. His accomplished legal career also included a role as Senior Legal Counsel on the Cohen Commission. Mr. Wallace was a dedicated mentor to young lawyers and a devoted volunteer Bencher with the Law Society of BC.