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married, he was already a computer genius. Today, a perusal of UBC’s website
reveals he is a professor of computer science, emeritus, with an interest
in “fundamental combinatorial problems (including sorting and a number
of basic graph theoretic problems, such as graph matchings and their generalizations)
and geometric problems (including convex hulls, Voronoi diagrams,
point location, geometric intersection, facility location, and motion
planning) that have widespread applications”.
Of course they do.
Ten or so years ago, Dave was elected to membership in the Royal Society
of Canada. For those of us who are not academics, that’s the equivalent of
induction into Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame.
I didn’t study with Mary and Pamela at UBC, but I certainly knew they
were there, blasting their way through international relations. Mary’s mentor
was Professor Mark Zacher, whom everybody loved. Coincidentally, for
a year in the early 1990s, Professor Zacher’s son, Glenn, was my student. He
was the best student I ever had. When he said he wanted to try Toronto after
articling, I gave him a two-line letter of reference saying that anybody reading
the letter would be crazy not to hire him.
Pamela Kirkpatrick and I overlapped as young associate lawyers at
Shrum, Liddle & Hebenton. She’d been away with Dave as he worked
towards his Ph.D. and she’d gone to law school at the U of T. At Shrumbleton,
as Sholto Hebenton always called Shrum, Liddle, she developed a
polite, disarming firmness which she employed very effectively in a practice
heavily oriented towards chambers work. Her principled and no-
nonsense approach to the mainly interlocutory resolution of her clients’
problems led to her ascension of the judicial ladder with an initial appointment
as a master of the Supreme Court, after which she was propelled
through that court as a judge and ultimately elevated to the Court of Appeal,
and there she joined Mary.
Mary went more directly to the Court of Appeal, having served briefly in
the trial court but having moved up quickly when it became obvious she
was best suited for appellate work. Her short tenure as a trial judge had
begun with an endorsement from Mr. Justice Davie Fulton. His Lordship
had written Ladner Downs, when Mary was a student there, saying how
much she’d impressed him when she’d appeared unassisted as counsel in
chambers. Given the immense contribution Fulton J. had made to the
administration of justice in Canada before he became a judge, any word
from him would go a long way.
Mary and I had entered law school at UBC in the fall of 1971. I remember
the weather was glorious. It was so good we had a few of our early classes