Lowering of the Flag

About the Lowering of the Flag

The University of British Columbia has three main flags in two locations on campus:

  1. Canada flag at the intersection of Main Mall and Crescent Road
  2. BC and UBC flags at the North Plaza of the Life Building (the Old SUB)

The Ceremonies Office arranges for the lowering of the BC and UBC flags at the passing of a member of the campus community. When this occurs, the information is sent via email to over 50 individuals on campus for distribution campus-wide, and it is also posted on this web page. The UBC flag is replaced occasionally by other flags being flown for special occasions; such as the Musqueam flag being flown on National Aboriginal Day, the Rainbow flag being flown during UBC Pride Week, the United Way flag being flown during the UBC United Way campaign, etc.

What’s New

The BC and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building (the Old SUB) will be lowered on Friday, January 18, in remembrance.

Dr. Martha Donnelly passed away on January 10, 2019. Dr. Donnelly joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Family Practice in 1987, and became a member of the Quarter Century Club in 2013. Dr. Donnelly received the Killam Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 for her significant contributions to education within the faculty. Dr. Donnelly lead the expansion of the geriatric curriculum at UBC as head and director of various divisions from 1987 – 2016. She was a tireless advocate of senior patients and their rights.

A celebration of life is planned for Dr, Donnelly on January 18th, 2019 at 11 am at the Arbutus Club, and all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

Associate Professor Emeritus Gary Derkson passed away on December 25, 2018. Dr. Derkson taught at UBC as a professor of pediatrics in the Faculty of Dentistry starting in 1977 and joined the Quarter Century Club in 2003. Dr. Derkson also served as Chief of Dentistry at BC Children’s Hospital for 20 years.

Professor Emeritus Robert Scagel passed away on December 15, 2018. Dr. Scagel served in the Department of Botany as curator of the Herbarium at UBC from 1952-2000, where he built up the phycological (seaweed) collection to comprise more than 67,000 specimens. Dr. Scagel was Head of Botany for 14 years. He also acted as director of the UBC Herbarium from 1972-1986. Dr. Scagel was one of the first collectors to use scuba gear, and his graduate students accompanied him on dives.