Ken was born in Keatley Saskatchewan on 31 August 1911. He received his BA from UBC in 1933, MSc from McGill in 1937, and PhD from the University of Toronto in 1945. He conducted research in forest entomology in BC and Ontario for the Dominion Department of Agriculture from 1931-48 and was associated with the University of Toronto during 1937-40 and 1943-44. In 1948 he joined the UBC Zoology Department as a forest entomologist
Subsequently he transferred to the Faculty of Forestry in 1951 and remained there until his retirement in 1977. For part of this period (1949-54) he was also a research consultant for the Division of Forest Biology as well as a Visiting Professor at Berkeley (1967) and Madrid (1972).
Ken's main research interest was the behavior of Trypodendron ambrosia beetles. In 1963 he published "Concepts of Forest Entomology", a text considered to have been well ahead of its time. With R. W. Stark and D. L. Wood he coauthored a "Laboratory Manual of Forest Entomology". He also was a very fine scientific illustrator. At UBC Ken taught forest entomology in the core forestry program. He was chair of the committee overseeing a major revision to the faculty's curriculum in the sixties and was an active member of the Entomological Society of BC.
Ruth, Ken's wife of 37 years, died suddenly on January 1st of 2003. Ken Graham died peacefully at Crofton Manor, Vancouver, BC on June 6, 2004.
Biography prepared by Robb Bennett (BC Ministry of Forests) and Susan B. Watts (Faculty of Forestry, UBC) and published in the Entomology Society of British Columbia newsletter,Boreus vol. 23-1 (www.sfu.ca/biology/esbc/boreus/boreus23_1.pdf). Supplemented with information from the obituary in Boreus vol. 24-1 (www.sfu.ca/biology/esbc/boreus/24_1.pdf).