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Dr. Bruce Todd

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About Dr. Bruce Todd

Bruce Todd had a long and distinguished association with UBC, beginning in 1989. His enthusiasm and passion for learning were seen in both his academic and research work, as well as in his outstanding contributions to Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey. He passed away very suddenly in November 2012, at his home on the UBC campus, at the age of 55.

Bruce came to the University as a postdoctoral fellow in the Chemistry Department. In 1990 he was awarded a prestigious Killiam Postdoctoral Fellowship, given to leading pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates at UBC and four other top universities.

During the 1990s Bruce was appointed as a lecturer and instructor in the Chemistry Department and taught a wide variety of Chemistry courses. In 2000 he joined the UBC Laboratory for Molecular Biophysics, as the Manager and Director of the Instrumentation Prototyping and Development Facility. Over the next decade he was involved in several major research initiatives at the Facility, in collaboration with research groups from Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Science and Medicine. His contributions were pivotal to their success.

In addition to his academic and scientific achievements, Bruce also excelled as an athlete. While an undergraduate he played varsity football as a receiver for McGill Redmen, as well as garnering an invitation to a Major League Baseball training camp. He was also an accomplished skier and sail racer. However, it was his love for hockey that transcended all other sports.

Despite not playing hockey until he was 30, Bruce quickly took to the game while studying for his PhD at the University of Alberta. As anyone who ever had the pleasure of lacing up with him can attest, he played with more wide-eyed enthusiasm than anyone who started playing as a child. Bruce’s passion for learning was not restricted to the classroom. He saw sports as another opportunity to learn and grow, and imparted his dedication and sense of fair play to any of the students whom he taught at UBC, as well as anyone he helped coach in the various Vancouver Thunderbirds Associations.

In 2011 Bruce left UBC to join Stemcell Technologies where he was involved in innovative research. His passing was a shock to everyone and he will be sadly missed by all who knew, worked or played with him.

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The impact of your support

The Bruce Todd Memorial Award will be awarded annually to a member of both the Men’s and Women’s UBC Thunderbird Varsity Hockey Team.

Recipients will be students who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically at the university. Preference is given to students in science, engineering, medicine and education with demonstrated leadership in the community. This is in keeping with the spirit of Bruce, who appreciated and passionately encouraged both an active mind and body.

Messages of Remembrance

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  • Bruce was always game for a good prank. The coaches decided it would be a good idea for the players playing on the T-Birds Hockey 2 Team to gain additional experience playing against an “older women’s team” as part of the team’s year-end celebration of the season. The players were quite surprised to see their coaches and dads, dressed in drag, take the ice ready to play them. Bruce in his green dress stole the show.

    Bill Juhasz, I coached hockey with Bruce, and played hockey with him
  • Way back in 1991, with little if any skating experience back in Australia, Bruce invited me to try skating at the Thunderbird Arena. In my borrowed skates, I was very stiff and nervous on the ice and can still remember watching Mankee skating beautifully. Bruce grabbed a 4-legged chair and plonked it down in front of me on the ice. What was this for? To push around the rink! Well, I didn't know what to think. Surely someone would go mad at me for ruining a chair...? Keen to try, I started pushin g the chair on the ice and guess what...? (You already know...) All of a sudden I was able to skate with greater momentum and my confidence soared. I had so much fun, we didn't leave the rink until the Zamboni machine chased us off!

    Catherine Flanagan, Cappuccino chick, Mobile coffee stand, Foyer of UBC's Union Building, Summer 1991.
  • In the early ‘90s Bruce was invited to a family & friends summer barbeque. Later in the evening he decided the party goers must gather ‘round a backyard campfire. Never mind the fact that my next door neighbour at the time was a fireman and there wasn’t a fire pit or trash can in sight, “hey, no problem, your wheelbarrow will do” (and it did!). The festivities continued on long after I retired for the night, but like all events Bruce made memorable, the next day I discovered he went for a 3:0 0 am swim, climbing my back fence and jumping into the neighbour’s pool!

    Sheri Harbour, friend/colleague
  • The Vancouver TBirds Midget A2 Team has many kids that were coached by Bruce or played with Zoe. The players and parents are very pleased to support the Scholarship Fund in memory of Bruce.

    Dave Thomas, Kids Hockey
  • I am deeply saddened to hear about Bruce. A number of years ago, after a game of hockey, I inadvertently consumed too much alcohol and as unable to drive home to White Rock. While not even knowing me that well at the time, Bruce insisted that I sleep on his couch; then, he went out picked up pizzas for everyone. Later, I got to know Bruce well: he was such a good guy, always friendly, curious, and willing to help out others in need.

    corey crook, friend
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