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H.F.G. Letson interview

CALL NUMBER: T0248:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps - cadet, officer, and C.O., 1914-1936 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: General H.F.G. Letson (born 1896) discusses his family background. High school cadets. Formation of COTC, WWI. President Wesbrook. 196th Battalion. Overseas in France and at Vimy Ridge. Returns to UBC in 1918. Disbandment. Views on anti-miltary feeling on campus. TRACK 2: B.C. Regiment 1920s. Co-operation of militia with COTC. Becomes Commanding Officer of COTC. Gallipoli lectures. Musketry. "My foreign legion". Philosophy of COTC. Personal feelings. Interest in history.;

CALL NUMBER: T0248:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps - cadet, officer, and C.O., 1914-1936 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: General H.F.G. Letson discusses incidents in 1919 of student opposition. 1941 military attacks in Washington. 1942 Assistant General in charge of recruitment. Problems of recruitment WWII. Story by Sam Hughes. Explanation of WWII policy of dividing Canadian army. TRACK 2: General McNaughton and autonomy issue. Post-WWII committee for militia policy. Views on disbandment of Canadian Officers' Training Corps. Views on integration. Support of COTC.;

Gordon Shrum interview : [Specht & Mackenzie, 1973]

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Gordon M. Shrum discusses his family background and education. Admiration for University of Toronto professors. Joins the Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC) at the University of Toronto. Enlistment as a gunner. World War I experiences at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and earns military medal at Mons. TRACK 2: Attitude to WWI and military. Completes education and moves to UBC. Origins of COTC UBC in 1928 and reasons for joining. Dr. H. Logan, Dean Brock supporters. Position of President Klinck. Student opposition. Building of armoury. Decision to waive pay. Acquires Emily Carr paintings for Officers' Mess. Comparison of COTC training with military colleges. COTC facilities at UBC.;

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gordon Shrum discusses the COTC facilities on and off the UBC campus 1929-1940. Staff Sgt. Smith. Decision to waive pay. Duties as Captain in COTC. Inspector Gen. Griesback. Anti-war movement; 1934. Morale. Training program. Comparison of Col. Logan and Col. Letson. Dr. Shrum becomes Commanding Officer in 1937. Importance of discipline. TRACK 2: Effect of international developments. Government policy re: COTC during wartime. Wartime expansion of COTC. Getting materials to build armoury. Faculty attitudes. Student attitudes. UNTD. UATP. Summer Camps.;

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gordon Shrum discusses COTC Training program for WWII. Faculty and students' attitudes to COTC. Dean Finlayson. President Klinck. Chancellor McKechnie and Hamber. Committee for Military Affairs. COTC officer staff WWII. President N. MacKenzie supports military units. COTC contribution to war effort. COTC standards. TRACK 2: Opinions on value of officer training to individual. Brief discussion of some wartime military and political leaders. Position on Selection Board COTC. Annual Reports. Administration.;

Dr. Finlay Morrison interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Finlay Morrison : Canadian Officers' Training Corps UBC 1951-1963 PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1963 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1974-03-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Finlay Morrison's family background and education. Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC) at the University of Saskatchewan 1940-42. Becomes aide to General Crerar. With tactical headquarters, Normandy. General Crerar's views on officer training. TRACK 2: Impression of COTC at UBC. Duties of contingency officers. Changes in officer training. Views of commanding officers and responsibilities. Issue of quotas 1950s and 1960s. Issue of disbandment. Value of COTC to individual. COTC and citizenship.

Arthur Lord interview

CALL NUMBER: T0246:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps UBC - WWI and WWII RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Lord was born in 1897 and discusses his family background. High school cadets. Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC). Western Universities Battalion. Camp Hughes. England. Vimy Ridge. TRACK 2: Vimy campaign. Wounded. Attitude to WWI. President Wesbrook. Campus life. COTC disbanded 1919. Graduation. UBC Senate from 1924. Re-establishment of COTC in 1928.;

CALL NUMBER: T0246:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Arthur Lord : Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC - WWI and WWII, 1915-1945 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-06-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Lord discusses international affairs in the 1930s. Joining the COTC. Training and duties. Importance of discipline. Officers' Mess. Qualities of a good officer. TRACK 2: WWI and WWII students compared. Value of military training on campus.;

A.L. Wright interview

CALL NUMBER: T0512:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: A.L. Wright discusses: his personal and family background; early Vancouver; first involvement with Sun Life Insurance Company; re-joined Sun Life after going over seas to fight in WW I; dealings with VGH before he was on the Hospital Board; becoming a member of the Hospital Board; characterization of the Board when he joined; getting appointed the Executive of the Hospital Board; wife's role in Women's Auxiliary. TRACK 2: A.L. Wright discusses his role on the Executive of the Hospital Board: the Centennial Building; Mr. Hickernell; the University Hospital; tour of other hospitals across North America prior to the construction of the Centennial Building.

CALL NUMBER: T0512:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Wright discusses: the formation of a Public Relations Department for VGH; Children's Hospital; UBC Faculty of Medicine at VGH, 1946-49; changes on the Board throughout his time on it. TR;ACK 2: More on his period as Chairman of the Board. Contact with the Director of Nursing. His relationship with the union of hospital workers. Concluding thoughts on VGH and the Hospital Board. (End of interview)

George Ruddick interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-10-17&18 SUMMARY: In an interview with W.J. Langlois, George Ruddick discusses his various roles at VGH, from working in the laundry room to assistant director of VGH under Hickernell to executive director of the hospital. He talks about individuals he worked with over the years including Dr. Haywood, Mr. Hickernell, Dr. Ranta, Miss Palliser, Miss Fairley, Dr. McCreary, Myron Weaver, G.F. Strong, Dick Fladgate. Also discusses: the Hamilton Report; the Board of Trustees; B.C.H.I.S.; beginning of the Medical School; Centennial Pavilion; his relations with the medical staff; growth of the hospital over the years; role of the Women's Auxiliary; controversy around Mr. Hickernell's departure; his role as executive director -- goals, accomplishments, disappointments; the Medical Board; expansion of VGH; public relations and VGH; bed allocation problem; hospital politics; University Health Science Centre; open heart surgery in the Willow Chest Centre; relations with government; issue of whether VGH should be an open or closed hospital; Agnew-Peckham Report; creation of the Greater Regional Hospital District; financial problems; development of Medicare -- impact on VGH; changes in nursing; role of doctors in running the hospital.

Percy Barron interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Justice of the Peace for VGH RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Percy Barron discusses: background- born in England, moved to Canada in 1909, started as a plumber; moved to B.C. and became assistant to the treasurer at Vancouver General Hospital; wages; flu epidemic of 1917; being in charge of military accounts; description of buildings of VGH in the early days; became Justice of the Peace for VGH; introduction of machines to the administrative side of the hospital; murder of Miss Rhody, a nurse; opinion of Dr. McKechran; effect of Depression on the hospital; nursing directors. TRACK 2: Percy Barron tells stories of interesting experiences while at VGH. Effect of Second World War. Advent of the union. Superannuation. Jobs he held after retiring from VGH. Changes in VGH over the years. Few benefits for hospital employees. Chaplains at the hospital. (End of interview)

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