Chemical Engineering 1956 - 60th reunion

class of '56 at the reunion
  • Grad year: 1956
  • Program: Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Graduates Celebrate 60 Years Reunion

On September 22nd five Chemical Engineering graduates from the class of 1956, accompanied by their wives, met in the Chemical & Biological Engineering Building to celebrate 60 years since graduation. They were met by Dr. Peter Englezos, head of the department, and Tara Newell, the Alumni Relations Coordinator for the Faculty of Applied Science.  Each alumni was given a UBC Engineering “goodie” bag and offered coffee and a snack.

Dr. Englezos made an interesting presentation that provided insight into how large and varied the department had grown in the 60 years since the group graduated.  His presentation was enhanced by comments from Dr. Norman Epstein and memories from several of the graduates.  Following the presentation Dr. Englezos led the group in a tour of the building, which included entry to a lab and two student offices.  The students that were encountered during the tour were eager to converse with members of the group, especially when they realized just how long ago it was that the members of the group had graduated. The graduates were very impressed by all that they saw in the building and couldn’t help comparing with the facilities that they had left behind in “The Pit” in the basement of the old Chemistry Building on Main Mall.

Following the tour, the group headed to Mahoney’s for lunch for a taste of pub food and a chance to chat.  On the following day the group met again for lunch, this time at the restaurant in Queen Elizabeth Park, Seasons in the Park.  Here again there was much talk and reminiscing supplemented with excellent food and wine.  All agreed that the reunion had been successful.

Submitted by Bob Kendrick, CHML '56

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