The University of British Columbia was deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. David Strangway, the 10th president of UBC, on December 13, 2016. The David Strangway Graduate Fellowship was established in 2004 to honour his outstanding career. You can make a donation in his memory here.
From 1985 to 1997, Dr. Strangway provided the exemplary leadership that enabled UBC to advance from being a provincially recognized university to a world-renowned institution. He was instrumental in extending UBC’s relationships and enhancing its reputation around the world and especially in Asia. Among many achievements, Dr. Strangway spearheaded what was then Canada’s largest fundraising campaign for a university, and he enhanced UBC’s research excellence through the Networks of Centres of Excellence.
A geophysicist who earned his PhD at the University of Toronto, Dr. Strangway will be fondly remembered for his many accomplishments as a scientist, including a significant role with NASA when he was responsible for the geophysical aspects of the Apollo space missions. He served on many scientific and academic organizations on behalf of government and the private sector, giving his time tirelessly to advance scientific research, including being the first president and chief executive officer of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
He was also a president emeritus of the University of Toronto and the founder, first president and first chancellor of Quest University Canada, a private non-profit liberal arts and sciences university in Squamish, B.C. The UBC community is joined by countless others around the globe in mourning the loss of this extraordinarily inspiring man.
Dr. Strangway understood that UBC’s position as a top research institution hinged on its ability to attract the finest faculty and graduate students. To honour that vision, UBC established the David W. Strangway Graduate Fellowship, which has been endowed. Your gift will honour Dr. Strangway’s memory by supporting outstanding graduates to succeed at UBC. Thank you.