Reg Barry was born on the home farm near Young, Saskatchewan, in 1921. After high school and a short period of work he joined the RCAF in 1942 and took his aircrew training in Ontario, graduating as a bomb aimer. Reg was then posted overseas and flew on missions out of England, Belgium and Norway. He returned to Canada after the end of the war in 1945 and entered UBC, later obtaining a BSA as a “a member of the first large group of veterans to graduate in the spring convocation of 1949. Most of my class-mates were ex-aircrew. We were keen to graduate and renew our civilian life that had been interrupted by WWII. Upon graduation I was employed for a couple of years with the Dominion Department of Agriculture in central BC. Following that I worked with the Landscaping division of Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation as Provincial Inspector for the province of BC.
I had a desire to teach school, so in the mid-fifties I returned to UBC for my teacher training. I taught high-school for 1 year at Brooks High in Power River. For the remainder of my teaching career I taught high-school for several years with the Delta School Board, then I transferred to administration in the Elementary field. It was during the latter period that I completed my Masters Degree in Education (MEd, 1971) at UBC.
I have been blessed with a happy marriage and proud of the fact that my wife and 3 daughters, are also UBC graduates: my wife Therese; a Commerce grad of 1954; my daughters Margaret, (Music 1982); Patricia, (Nursing 1982); and Catherine, (Nursing 1984).
We have traveled as a family throughout Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Western Europe and Australia. In Australia we visited my Aussie war-time pilot of war years in England.
Following retirement I have taken an active role in the executive of the BC Retired Teachers Association for 6 years and served one term as Provincial President. I also spent 13 years with the retired Teachers Association giving retirement seminars throughout the province to teachers prior to their retirement.
I have always been inspired by the RCAF motto, Per ardua ad astra (by adversity to the stars) and the UBC motto Tuum est. Cheers to the grads of ’49 and good luck to all UBC graduates. Thank-you UBC.”