Leadership support from The Highbury Foundation helped create the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. With this gift, the foundation honours Harry King and Judy Allard for their dedicated service to and support of UBC and the Vancouver community.
Harry King was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and economics. Upon receiving a chartered accountant designation in 1967 he moved to Vancouver to work for Arthur Andersen. In the 1970s, he joined the Canada Revenue Agency before working for Steel Brothers of Canada and its subsequent entities until he retired in 1992. Harry served on the boards of several private and public companies, as well as charities such as Big Brothers of BC and Cub Scouts of Canada. He also served as president of the Vancouver chapter of the Tax Executive Institute.
Judy Allard was born in Vancouver. She completed a certificate in early childhood education at UBC in 1976 and subsequently worked at a number of childcare centres in Vancouver. Judy played racquetball competitively and was among the top female players competing in tournaments in Western Canada. She also is very fond of animals and works closely with the BC SPCA.
Harry and Judy married in 1966. They have two children, Robert (BA’89) and Wendy (BA’91, LLB’94), and six grandchildren. Judy serves on the board of directors for The Highbury Foundation. The foundation was established in 1993 by her brother, Peter A. Allard, QC – one of UBC’s most distinguished alumni and benefactors – to honour their mother, Bettie Allard, who was an avid volunteer in the Vancouver community. The foundation has supported medical research, the purchase of equipment, and scholarships for universities and colleges in Western Canada, including UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.