Dr. Newman Founding Director of Vancouver Aquarium Came for a Visit

Recently, Patrick Lewis, director of the UBC Biodiversity Collections, was pleased to host a visit with Dr. Murray Newman and wife Kathy on a visit of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Dr. Newman is an inspirational person who has been recognized for his contributions as a recipient of the Order of Canada as well as the Order of British Columbia. His profile on the Order of BC website states, “during his tenure, he built the Aquarium into one of the most prestigious marine facilities in the world, without the assistance of public subsidies. The Aquarium became not only a major tourist attraction, but also an important educational centre for students, starting as a small park facility, and culminating as the large, multi-faceted Vancouver Public Aquarium.”


(Left to right) Murray Newman, Patrick Lewis (Museum Director) and Kathy Newman pose with the mouth of the blue whale skeleton in the background.