Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mary Campbell, only surviving member of UBCs 1930 World Champion Women's Basketball Team dies

Mary Campbell, Physical Education teacher at John Oliver High School in Vancouver, BC, from 1938-1961, passed away yesterday, 4 March, 2009 at 98 years of age. She was the school's oldest known surviving teacher.

Mary Campbell was also the only surviving member of the University of British Columbia's 1930 World Champion Women's Basketball Team which won 18-14 over France.

In 2007 when the 1930 UBC Women's Basketball Team was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, she was one of only two surviving members. Her teammates were: Rene Harris, Claire Menton, Jean Whyte, Rettie Tingley, Marian Shelley, Lois Tourtelotte, Florence Carlisle, Thelma Mahon, and coach Jack Barberie.

The team was also inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame and the Basketball BC Hall of Fame.

1929/30 UBC Women's Basketball team, UBC Sports Hall of Fame

Mary Campbell first taught English and coached girls' basketball in Penticton, then moved to Templeton Junior in Vancouver. After that she went to John Oliver where she worked till 1961 when she took a position at Windemere Secondary in Vancouver. In April of this year, the John Oliver Girls' Gymnasium is to be renamed in her honour.

A photographic tribute to her career by Ken Macleod of the John Oliver High School Historical Committee.

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