Beverly Field (McCorkell)

FIELD, Beverly (nee McCorkell), a summer

resident of Sowchea Bay since 1961, born December 21,

1920 passed away peacefully at home on August 30th,

2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Beverly was born to pioneering parents in Vanderhoof,

BC where she went to school and spent summers at her

fathers’ Cassiar ranch north of Fort St. James. While her

father was the owner of Germansen Placers Ltd., a mining

company, Bev and her mother would travel by pack train

to join him for the summer months. These early rugged

adventures helped Bev to become, as others would later

say, ‘absolutely resolute in whatever she undertook – an

amazing woman’

With a life-long passion for education, Beverly excelled both at school, and later at the

University of British Columbia after her family moved to Vancouver. There she met Fred,

and they were married in 1942. Freds’ war service with the Royal Canadian Air Force took

them to many locations in Canada. During this time, she worked as a meteorologist at the

Vancouver Airport, one of the fi rst women to be appointed to this role, and later taught in

the UBC Chemistry deparment for six years. They settled in West Vancouver, and some of

Beverlys`early volunteer work was driving groups of young boys to hockey games for a

Boy`s Receiving Home run by the Childrens Aid Society. Her volunteer career took root,

starting with a long-time association with the Junior Leaque of Vancouver in 1952, and later

including the Vancouver Art Gallery and Vancouver Aquarium as a docent, the Vancouver

Museum, YWCA, the BC Medical Foundation Board and the United Way. Other organizations

benefi tting from her service include the University Womens’ Club, and a 17 year commitment

to the Vancouver Foundation. Formal recognition includes the Queen’s Medal for Service in

1977, the Elsje Armstrong Award for Volunteerism in 1985, the 1990 United Way Volunteer

Recognition Award, and the 2007 UBC Alumni Association Achievement Award. Beverly’s

keen interest in her alma mater, UBC, led her to serve as president of the UBC Alumni

Association, a member of the UBC Senate, and the UBC Board of Governors. Together

with Fred, she shared a keen interest in art and antiquities, and for many years they enjoyed

journeys to tour historical sites around the globe.

A natural leader, Beverly will be remembered by her many friends as a woman of great

intellectual curiousity, with boundless warmth, generosity, grace, and sense of humour. She

will be remembered by all for her strength and courage.

Beverly was pre-deceased by her sister Pam in 1998, and she will be much loved and sadly

missed by Fred, her devoted husband of 68 years, her two children Buffi e (Stuart ) Moir and

George (Nancy) Field, and her grandsons Graham and Ian Moir.

No service was held at her request.