JUNE 1, 1999


Honorary degree recipients



Paul Horn

A versatile and widely popular recording artist whose creativity ranges from classical to jazz, longtime Victoria resident Paul Horn is hailed internationally as a "founding father" of New Age music, with 40 albums and CDs to his credit, as well as two Grammy awards. Horn earned his bachelor of music degree at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, followed by a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He later moved to Los Angeles and quickly established himself as a jazz star on flute, clarinet and saxophone, playing with the likes of Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Horn has also scored films and had his own weekly network TV music and variety show in Canada. Horn will perform at Convocation.

Sir David Willcocks

Generally regarded as the world's pre-eminent conductor and teacher of choral music, Sir David Willcocks has had a major influence on both liturgical and secular choral music. From 1957-74 he was director of music at King's College, Cambridge, where he made numerous recordings with the choir and leading orchestras. He was also a university lecturer in music and gave concerts in Europe, Africa and Canada. From 1960-98 he was musical director of the Bach Choir in London where he directed the music for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Since 1975 he has given extensive workshops for singers and choral conductors at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. He was knighted in 1977.

Thomas Shoyama

Born in Kamloops and educated at the University of British Columbia, Thomas Shoyama spent most of his life in the public service as an economist, rising to the position of Deputy Minister of Finance. After retiring from this post in 1979 he became special advisor to the Privy Council on economic aspects of the Constitution. In 1980 he became a visiting professor at UVic, where he led seminar courses on Canada's political, economic and cultural relations with Japan and other countries in Pacific Asia. He has served on the boards of many corporations and Crown agencies. Among his many honours are the Order of Canada and the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the government of Japan.

Mavor Moore
Artist & cultural activist

As a playwright, actor, poet, essayist, teacher and prominent cultural activist, Mavor Moore has done much to advance the arts in Canada. While a student at the University of Toronto, Moore was active in early Canadian radio drama and documentaries. He has directed and acted on TV and in theatres across Canada, and appeared in some 60 feature films. He was the first production chief for CBC-TV, the first chair of the Canadian Theatre Centre, and the first artist to chair the Canadian Council for the Arts. Moore has served on a multitude of cultural boards across Canada, including the B.C. Arts Council, which he chaired from 1996-98. He is currently a research professor in fine arts and humanities at UVic.

Byung-Hwa Cho
Korean poet

In addition to being South Korea's most famous and widely read poet, Byung-Hwa Cho is a painter, essayist, academic and administrator. His role as one of the central creative figures in Korea's contemporary culture is reflected in his appointment as president of the Korean National Academy of the Arts, a non-teaching institution whose membership includes many of the most senior artists in the country. Cho was a professor of poetry and senior administrator at two Korean universities before retiring in 1986. His publications exceed 130 volumes, including 44 books of poetry, and his verse has been featured in many literary magazines abroad.

Edward Irving

Edward Irving is one of the world's leading authorities on paleomagnetism -- the study of the residual magnetism of rocks -- a field central to the understanding of plate tectonics and the earth's changing geography over time. Educated at Cambridge, he began his academic career at the Australian National University where he developed sensitive magnetometers that helped further the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift. He later moved to Ottawa to study the rock of the Canadian Shield. In 1981 he transferred to the Pacific Science Geocentre in Sidney, where his work has fueled debate on the geological origins of B.C. He's now an emeritus scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada.

Tom Jackson
Actor/singer & humanitarian

Perhaps best recognized for his role on the CBC-TV series North of 60, Tom Jackson is equally well known in charitable circles for creating the Huron Carole series of benefit concerts that support Canadian food banks. Jackson's many other charitable efforts include creating a fleet of mobile soup kitchens in Calgary and organizing the 1997 Red River Relief Benefit, which raised almost $3 million for Manitoba flood victims. Jackson was born to a Cree mother and English father on a reserve in northern Saskatchewan, and in his role on North of 60 he provides Canadians with a window on First Nations and their culture. Jackson will perform at Convocation.

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