English award honours Colbeck

An English Dept. graduate scholarship has been established in memory of Assoc. Prof. Emerita Mabel Mackenzie Colbeck.

A UBC alumna, Colbeck spent 20 years teaching in the department and was regarded as one of its most dynamic and exciting members.

She was best known for teaching English survey courses and was particularly knowledgeable about the ballad writers of her homeland, Scotland. Well into her 80s, she was asked to read the poetry of Robbie Burns at the annual Faculty Club Burns Supper.

Colbeck also worked as a journalist, author and broadcaster, creating a CBC radio program in the early 1940s that focused on women's issues.

Though she officially retired in 1966, she continued to teach until 1971. She died last fall at the age of 98.

Those wishing to contribute to the Mabel Mackenzie Colbeck Graduate Scholarship in English may contact the UBC Development Office at 822-8900 for more information.