December 3, 1921 — November 20, 2018
Born in New Zealand, Cyril Belshaw received an M.A. from Victoria College, New Zealand and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Before coming to the University of British Columbia in 1953, he was a research fellow at the Australian National University. In 1959, Belshaw was appointed as acting head of the Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology at UBC. In 1968, he was again appointed head. Belshaw retired from the position in 1974 but remained on staff as a professor. In 1960, he served as president of the Faculty Association and in 1961, he was appointed director of the UN Regional Training Centre at UBC. Belshaw also served as a consultant to the UN Bureau of Social Affairs and as editor of Current Anthropology. He retired from the University in 1987.