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Lord of Point Grey
Larry MacKenzie of UBC
P.B. Waite  

276 Pages

This title is out of print.


About the Book

Few university presidents could be considered 'to the manner born.' Larry MacKenzie was the exception. He discovered this talent when president of the University of New Brunswick from 1940 to 1944. He became president of the University of British Columbia in 1944 and served for eighteen years. Although UBC's present eminence owes much to many people, as biographer P.B. Waite points out, 'it is basically Larry MacKenzie's creation.'

His importance to UBC is inestimable. No doubt demography alone enjoined UBC's considerable expansion, but Larry gave it force and focus. He established the Faculty of Graduate Studies and introduced professional faculties such as law and medicine. He was a marvellous doer; but more important, he could recognize talent in others, like his 'chief expediter,' Gordon Shrum, UBC's redoubtable head of physics and dean of graduate studies.

Larry's big archive at UBC has enabled Waite to essay the life of a marvellously adept and humane president who loved his work and his students, a vital and great-hearted Canadian who had lived and worked, as one could say, a mari usque ad mare.

About the Author(s)

P.B. Waite is Thomas McCulloch Professor of History at Dalhousie University. He is the author of several books on Canadian history.

Table of Contents


1. Growing Up, 1894-1913
2. Dalhousie and the First World War, 1913-1919
3. Returning Veteran, the S.C.M., and Harvard, 1919-1924
4. St. John's, Cambridge and Geneva, 1924-1926
5. To the University of Toronto, 1926-1930
6. Professor of International Law, 1930-1939
7. President of the University of New Brunswick, 1940-1944
8. Coming to the University of British Columbia, 1944
9. U.B.C.: the Years of Expansion, 1945-1948
10. Consolidation and the Massey Commission, 1949-1952
11. Lord of Point Grey, 1953-1959
12. Not Going Gently, 1959-1962
13. Elder Statesman of Canada and Academe, 1963-1986
14. A Greatness of Spirit



An affectionate portrait of a president who was considerably more complex than his public persona.

- Vancouver Historical Society Newsletter

Peter Waite brought humane sympathy, literary skills, and rigorous scholarship to this lucid biography. He makes it difficult for the reader not to share his respect and affection for Larry MacKenzie.

- Alan C. Cairns, BC Studies

Indispensable reading for all who care about UBC, not only as an account of MacKenzie's life but also as a vivacious history of the period on the Point Grey campus. The facts and figures are all there, but so is the fun.

- Trevor Lautens, The Vancouver Sun

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Related Topics

BC Studies
BC Studies > History

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