Help those less fortunate than ourselves

At the beginning of every academic year, Walter Gage would host a dinner for the Engineering Undergraduate Society executive. This included all the Department presidents, EUS President & VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Slipstick Editor(s), EUS Sports Rep and the Dean of Applied Science. As the 1977-78 Engineering Physics President I attended the dinner.  This particular dinner on September 28, 1977 is notable because it was the last one that Walter Gage hosted. In the fall of 1978 he was too ill to host the customary September dinner, and in October 1978 he died.

After the dinner as we stood together enjoying coffee, liqueurs, cognac and cigars; Walter spoke to us about how important it was for us as leaders in the UBC Engineering community, and as soon-to-be graduates, to consider others and do whatever we could do to help those less fortunate than ourselves. He spoke extemporaneously and with great passion and enthusiasm and we were all positively impacted by his words. I remember as we walked away from the Faculty Club after the dinner, many of us vowed to take his suggestions seriously, and find some useful way to help disadvantaged people.

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Attendees at this final dinner (in the order they signed on the back of the menu card):

Liam Finn (Dean of Applied Science)
Joe Uyesugi (EUS President)
Bill Jankola (Chemical Engineering President)
Bob Kelly (Civil Engineering President)
Larry Sunnus (EUS Public Relations Officer)
Russ Bacon (Metallurgical Engineering President)
Paul Davis (Geological Engineering President)
Roger Anastasiou (EUS Sports Coordinator)
Bob Powers (Slipstick Editor)
Martin Hopper (Publications & NEUSletter Editor)
Jim Hoover (Mineral Engineering President)
Doug Dean (Engineering Physics President)
John Knappett (Red Sales)
Fred Dennert (Electrical Engineering President)
Brian Brown
Doug Andersen (Professor, Civil Engineering)
Barry Dawe (EUS Treasurer)
Doug Morrison (EUS Social Coordinator)
Barb Dabrowski (EUS Secretary)
Bill Oldham (Civil Engineering Prof & Honorary EUS President)
Rick Cohen (EUS 2nd Vice President)
(illegible signature)
Bill Black (EUS 1st Vice President)