The History Department Mourns the Loss of Emeritus Professors Bill Wray, Bob Kubicek, and John Conway

Bill Wray

Obituary from Vancouver Sun, 23 October 2017

William ("Bill") Dalton Wray, April 14, 1943 - October 20, 2017.

After a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Wray on October 20, 2017, at the age of 74. Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep at Vancouver General Hospital.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Tokuko, daughter Sheila (Keith), son Anthony (Brenna), grandchildren Rebecca and Katie, and former wife Beth.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Frank and Lilian Wray, Bill attended the University of Manitoba, later going on to earn his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. In 1978, he moved to Vancouver where he taught Japanese history as a professor at UBC for 33 years.

Bill will be remembered by his friends and family for his love of baseball and the Boston Red Sox, as well as his enjoyment in jogging and walking, his fondness of Tofino and Chesterman Beach, and his disposition towards mangoes, kiwis, and all things chocolate.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes charitable donations in Bill's name to the Alzheimer's Society of BC.

Bob Kubicek

KUBICEK, Robert Vincent
November 19, 1935 – Drumheller, Alberta
October 9, 2017 – Vancouver, BC
Survived by loving wife of 46 years Mila, beloved son Brett, brother Douglas, sister-in-law Sharon, brothers-in-law Larry (Lynn) and Mel, and nieces and nephews. Son of Roxanna (MacKenzie), schoolteacher, and Frederick Kubicek, coal miner. B.Ed. and M.A. from U Alberta. Studied at the London School of Economics. Ph.D. from Duke University. Member of the UBC History Department for 37 years. Taught and published on the history of the British Empire. Active in university service: Editor in Chief of U Alberta student newspaper The Gateway; President of the UBC Faculty Association; Head of the UBC History Department; and, Associate Dean of Arts at UBC. Active in fly fishing with the Harry Hawthorn Club, and with the Men’s Mid-Week Golf Club at The University Golf Club. Bob was caring, compassionate, and honourable, of great integrity. A true gentle man, he was highly respected, and deeply loved. “Tight lines, Bob,” and on the course, “Keep your head up.”

John Conway

John Conway was born in London, England, and took all his studies at St John's College Cambridge. He emigrated to Canada in 1955 and taught International Relations for two years at the University of Manitoba. In 1957 he joined the Department of History at UBC, and continued teaching Modern European History and International Relations until 1995.

In 1998 he was appointed the Smallman Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario. His principal scholarly work has been to research the role of the German Churches in the 1930s and 1940s, as a result of which he wrote his book The Nazi Persecution of the Churches 1933-1945, which was first published in Britain in 1968, and subsequently was translated into German, French and Spanish, and was reissued in 1997. His researches took him frequently to Germany, which he has visited almost every year, including several sabbatical periods at various German universities.

In 1970 he was a founding member of the Scholars' Conference on the German Church and the Holocaust, and has since written a large number of articles dealing with the role of the European churches and the Vatican during the Holocaust, as well as on the topic of Christian-Jewish relations during the twentieth century. He has paid three visits to Israel, and lectured at the Yad Vashem Memorial Foundation in Jerusalem in 1993.

From 1995 he has been the Director of the Association of Contemporary Church Historians, and editor of its monthly Newsletter which has a worldwide audience and is available on e-mail. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the journals Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte and the Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

John Conway has played an active part in several associations connected with international relations in Vancouver, including being Chairman of the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, and of the United Nations Association. For ten years he was the executive vice-chairman of the Tibetan Refugee Aid Society of Canada, and in this connection paid several visits to India. In 1977 he was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal for his services. He also served as a member of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster's Refugee Liaison Committee. On the UBC campus, he was long associated with the Student Christian Movement, and the World University Service, for which he acted for many years as the Faculty Advisor. He served for many years as the editor of the Newsletter of the Association of Contemporary Church Historians. He was also a faithful member of St James' Anglican Parish, Vancouver.

Dr. Conway, noted scholar and researcher in modern Church History, passed away on June 23, 2017. He was a dear friend to the Allison Library and to Regent College. He will be missed.