UT President's Wife Dies

Published: Sep 24, 2007
Hundreds of friends and admirers paid tribute to Martha Vaughn, the wife of University President Ronald Vaughn and mother of Susan D. Vaughn '02, after she passed away Jan. 24.

A visitation for family and friends was held at The University of Tampa on Jan. 26, and a memorial service was held on Sunday at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Plant City. Vaughn's family held a memorial reception for family and friends on Feb. 3 in her hometown of Paris, Ill.

Vaughn died Jan. 24 at 9:43 a.m. at Tampa General Hospital, following complications from a medical condition. She was 59. Vaughn was a strong and steady presence in the University community since 1984, when she, President Vaughn and Susan arrived in Tampa. Her unwavering support of UT, her unvarnished honesty, and her love of family will be remembered.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Martha’s name to either the Chapel Fund at The University of Tampa (813-253-6220) or the American Red Cross (Tampa chapter, 813-348-4820).

A related article appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on Jan. 25.