SFU awards five honorary degrees

October 05, 2006, volume 37, no. 3

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At the fall convocation SFU will recognize the achievements of five individuals by awarding them honorary degrees.


Alan Astbury

Alan Astbury, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Victoria, took over as director of the TRIUMF laboratory in 1994 and was responsible for turning it into one of the best sites in the world for performing experiments in nuclear astrophysics.

Costa-Gavras is the director of many award-winning movies including Z, State of Siege and Hanna K. Last April he premiered his most recent film Axe as a guest of SFU's Hellenic studies program. His films have won numerous awards including an Oscar in 1982 for best screenplay adaptation for Missing.

Christopher Gaze

Christopher Gaze is artistic director of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival which he founded in 1990. The host of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Tea and Trumpets series, he also performs with Chor Leoni men's choir. He was inducted into the B.C. entertainment hall of fame in 2002.

Internationally recognized documentary filmmaker Allan King is best remembered for his documentaries Warrendale and A Married Couple. Vancouver-born King also made television dramas and feature films such as an adaptation of W.O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen the Wind? which was the Grand Prix at the Paris film festival in 1977.

Allan King
Lui Passaglia

Former B.C. Lion, Clan football player and SFU alumnus Lui Passaglia was inducted into the Canadian football hall of fame in 2004 after a record-setting career. Now director of community relations for the Lions, Passaglia has led numerous community initiatives and grassroots programs such as the Read, Write & ROAR! literacy program.

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