Canada’s first Asian-Canadian Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable David Lam, passed away on November 22, 2010 at the age of 87.
Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Lam immigrated to Vancouver with his family in the late sixties. He served as Lieutenant Governor from 1988-1995 and received both the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
Many Vancouver landmarks bear his name, including the David C. Lam Asian Garden, located in the UBC Botanical Garden. Dr. Lam had a strong connection to the Garden and generously supported numerous projects including the construction of a research, education and administration building in 1988. Over the years, he also helped to fund plant collecting expeditions in China and improve accessibility in the Garden.
Dr. Indrajit Desai
Dr. Desai passed away on October 15, 2010. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Professor Emeritus Dr. Indrajit Desai was appointed to the Family and Nutritional Sciences program in 1969. His research interests ranged from nutritional aspects of vitamin E to more global international nutrition, particularly nutrition projects centered in Brazil. Dr. Desai and his wife founded the Indrajit and Manjula Desai Prize in Nutritional Sciences, a $500 prize awarded to an outstanding student in the MSc Human Nutrition program. He retired in 1997 after 33 years at UBC.