We are saddened to announce the passing of Dean Emeritus Dr. Michael Shaw, who passed away on March 25, 2013.
Dr. Shaw joined UBC as Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture in 1967 and served as Dean until his appointment as UBC Vice-President in 1975. Dr. Shaw retired in 1989 after a distinguished association of 22 years with UBC and was named University Professor and Dean Emeritus. In recognition of his distinguished service to the university and to agricultural science, a scholarship fund was established in his name.
During his Deanship the Faculty of Agriculture become the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Shaw’s early concern about agriculture as an ecosystem led to the agro-ecosystem frame-work for the curricula in the Faculty. In addition to his UBC activities, he was active in national scientific and academic associations. He initiated the formation of the Association of Faculties of Agriculture in Canada and was President of this group in 1974-75. Dr. Shaw received several prestigious honours and distinctions throughout his career; particularly noteworthy were his election to the Royal Society of Canada in 1962, the honorary DSc degree he received from his alma mater, McGill University, in 1975 and the Royal Society of Canada’s Flavelle Medal, their highest award for research achievements in the biological sciences, bestowed in 1976. In 2008 Dr. Shaw received one of the nine LFS Centenary Awards which recognized the outstanding achievements of the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
The BC Flag (Main Mall and Agronomy Road) will be lowered on Friday, March 28 in remembrance of Dr. Shaw.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for May 11. Please visit http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/events/may-celebration-life-dr-michael-shaw for more information.