Ken McCarter

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William Kenneth McCarter died peacefully on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the age of 62, surrounded by family and friends. Ken was the eldest son of Isobel and the late Bill McCarter of Victoria, BC, husband of Dianna Symonds, father of Alexandra and Siobhan, brother of Debbie (Peter), John (Simone) and Liz (Phaethon), brother-in-law of John (Karin) Symonds, and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Ken graduated from UBC in 1976 with a BA in Political Science. A partner at Torys LLP for almost four decades, he was also a keen volunteer and enthusiastic supporter of learning and education in many forms: he was the director and chair of the University of Toronto Press; director and vice-chair of Canada’s National Ballet School; senior fellow and chair of the Quadrangle Society at Massey College; and a member of the Oxford/Cambridge Society. He was a valued member of both the UBC start an evolution Toronto Leadership Circle and the alumni UBC Toronto Leadership Committee, providing advice, strategy and insight that enabled local alumni and others to engage in a meaningful way with UBC.

During Ken’s five months of living with pancreatic cancer, he often remarked how buoyed he felt by so many acts of kindness, all the emails, books and CDs sent, as well as the visits from so many people. His bad puns, his wry smile, his appetite for friendship, for family, and for gelato were never diminished. He will be warmly remembered by friends and colleagues alike.

The impact of your support

Ken's late father, Bill McCarter (BCom'45), and his mother, Isobel McCarter, believed strongly in the value of undergraduate education in parts of Canada other than one's home town. Their family also has a strong love of British Columbia—reflected in the fact that seven members of the McCarter family over three generations are UBC graduates. Before his passing, Ken created the McCarter Entrance Scholarship, to support students from other parts of Canada to come and study at UBC.

Your gift to the scholarship will support an outstanding incoming undergraduate student whose place of residency is in Canada and likely east of Manitoba. Ken hoped that those who share his love of UBC and his belief in the advantages of an undergraduate education outside one's home province will add to the scholarship fund.

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