In memoriam

UBC staff member, Carolyn Bell passed away suddenly this month. Carolyn joined UBC in 1999 and worked in a variety of faculties and departments including Agricultural Science; Food, Nutrition & Health, Land & Food Systems, Centre for Human Settlements, and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2013 Carolyn joined Physical Therapy as our Finance Clerk, and quickly became a valued member of our PT team. In 2014 when the Faculty of Medicine centralized financial services into Clusters, Carolyn was moved to Cluster 2, but we continued to rely on her expertise as our primary financial contact.


Two former students will be missed by our community, JoAnne Dodson (nee Derby, class of ‘64) and Catherine Ann Prins (class of ‘69) both passed away recently.

JoAnne Dodson (nee Derby) – Class of 1964 – passed away on November 11, 2015 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a member of the first graduating class and received a Bachelor’s Degree in combined Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in 1964. JoAnne went on to work at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, the city where she met the love of her life, Robin Dodson, in the summer of 1964. They married August 21, 1965 and had three children with whom they shared cross-Canada adventures until finally settling in North Vancouver in 1983. Following a successful career as a PT/OT at various hospitals and institutions throughout Canada, JoAnne founded her own consulting company specializing in medical legal issues and appearing in BC Supreme Court as an expert witness. JoAnne and Robin moved to Nanaimo, BC in 2002, ultimately retiring in 2005.


Catherine Ann Prins 1948 – 2016 passed away peacefully at the Richmond Hospice on Friday, June 17th. Beloved sister of John (Sheila), Norman (Rita), and Janet. Loving aunt to Andrea, Darren and Jordan (Kelsey); and caring friend to many people. Graduated from the UBC School of Rehab. Medicine in 1969 and worked for many years in Physiotherapy at the Royal Columbian Hospital.