In Memoriam - 2019

Professor W. Wesley Pue

Wesley Pue passed away on April 3, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  When Professor W. Wesley Pue joined the law school at UBC in 1993, he was the university's first Nathan T. Nemetz Professor of Legal History. He also served at UBC as Director for the Graduate Programme in Law, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, acting Director of the Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, Vice-Provost (Vancouver Campus), and Provost (Okanagan Campus). Professor Pue had MA (Geography and Law) (1977) and BA (Jurisprudence) (1979) degrees from Oxford University, an LLM (Administrative Law) (1980) from the University of Alberta, and a PhD (Law) (1989) from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the bars of Alberta and the Northwest Territories in 1981. Before joining the Faculty, he taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, Oklahoma City University, Carleton University and the University of Manitoba. Additionally, Professor Pue has held the position of President of the Canadian Law and Society Association. Professor Pue’s research and publications was primarily in the fields of legal history, law and society, law and colonialism, constitutionalism, policing, and national security. He was the General Editor for Canada's "Law and Society" book series, published by UBC Press. The Allard Law History Project is particularly grateful to Professor Pue for his extraordinary contribution to the recorded history of the law school. His book, Law School: The Story of Legal Education in British Columbia (Vancouver: University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, 1995). [Call Number: KE289 .P83 1995 (LC)] serves as a valuable resource for this project and for other legal historians.

Robert Bryden

Robert Bryden (LLB '69) passed away peacefully on April 16, 2019 in Victoria, BC. Born April 4, 1937 in Simcoe and raised in Dundas, Ontario, Bob grew up to be a wonderful, funny man of wide-ranging accomplishments, talents, and interests: graduate of Royal Roads and the Royal Military College (Kingston), navigator in the Air Force, graduate of the Allard School of Law at UBC, lawyer in Victoria, amateur astronomer, soccer coach, artist, boxing commissioner, wooden ship model builder, squash player, pool player, birdwatcher, cat friend, jive dancer, hiker, and more. Bob's family would like to thank the staff, nurses, and health care workers at Broadmead Lodge for the excellent care he received there. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Naden Wardroom, CFB Esquimalt, 1586 Esquimalt Road. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Paul Fraser, Q.C.

Paul Fraser, Q.C. (LLB '64) passed on Friday, March 29th, 2019. Born in 1941 in Winnipeg, Paul became a CBC news reader, among the youngest in Canada, to help pay for his education. After graduating from United College (now the University of Winnipeg), Paul attended the Allard School of Law at UBC and went on to practice law in British Columbia for 50 years. By many accounts, Paul was an accomplished lawyer. Despite running a law firm, raising children and contributing to many causes, Paul also found time to race whippets. Paul eventually graduated to larger animals, and raced horses for a while at Hastings Park - with much less success, but just as much fun. A massive fan of baseball, football and hockey, Paul loved to ski, play tennis, had a brief and hilarious dalliance with windsurfing and, in later life, discovered golf. Paul tried to make a difference in his life for those less fortunate. He made everyone feel special and that they mattered. His generosity of spirit and his understanding of the human condition are his legacy. He was a strong supporter of Our Place, and would be grateful for donations to this wonderful organization made in his name. You can find them at Our family is also very grateful to those at Royal Jubilee Hospital who cared for Paul and the support they gave us all. Celebration of Life to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria B.C.

Russ Chamberlain

Russ Chamberlain (LLB '67) passed away on March 17, 2019. Russ graduated from the Allard School of Law at UBC in 1967 and articled with Harry Rankin. After starting his own practice, he became one of B.C.’s top criminal lawyers. Some of his most famous trials include the Bindy Johal murder case and the Penthouse case. Friends, former colleages, and opposing counsel remember Russ as a highly principled and honourable lawyer.  To read more about Russ' career please click here

William Douglas Fonger​

William (Doug) Fonger (LLB '67) passed away on February 2, 2019, at the age of 84, after a long and courageous battle with Gliobastoma multiforme. He died at home with his loving family at his bedside, comforting him in his final days. Doug was a loving, devoted, caring and protective husband, father, grandfather and brother. He lived his life fully and was passionate about his family, his boat and his garden. He was an eternal adventurer. A seasoned sailor, Doug loved to spend as much time as possible sailing or working on the boat. He was a capable mechanic and never shied away from anything that needed to be fixed. He was also an intelligent and accomplished lawyer. If so wished, condolences and donations to the Victoria Hospice or the BC Cancer Agency, may be made by visiting