Quinn Memorial Endowment

An Enduring Legacy: Michael Quinn’s Gift to UBC

In 2005, the Department of Psychology was informed of a new endowment available to fund pure research in memory, consciousness, and allied areas. Although the backer was not named, our department was being considered for the bequest, as was the Faculty of Medicine. Both units were given eight days in which to prepare a written proposal to the Executor of the donor’s estate.

After the Department of Psychology submitted a successful proposal, it was discovered that the benefactor was Dr. Michael J. Quinn—the second person to receive a PhD in Psychology from UBC in 1969. Dr. Quinn, a graduate of the department’s clinical program, had carried out pioneering research on physiological indices of psychopathology under the supervision of (now Emeritus) Professor Bob Hare. After receiving his PhD from UBC, Dr. Quinn went on to have a long and distinguished career as a clinical psychologist at Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, BC.

This generous gift enabled the creation of an endowment that includes both Dr. Quinn’s extraordinary gift ($1,400,000) and a generous supplement ($210,000) from the Faculty of Arts.

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