Obituary for R. Frederick Vaughan
R. Frederick Vaughan
(April 19, 1935-March 1, 2018)
was born at home in Dartmouth, raised in Halifax, and died at home in Northwest Cove, NS, in the care of his wife Carol (nee Lawrie). Son of the late James Frederick and Mary (Galway) Vaughan, he is survived by his loving wife Carol and two sons, Dr. Geoffrey Vaughan and his wife Jennifer of Worcester MA, Dr. Kevin Vaughan and his wife Teresa of Duluth MN, and five granddaughters. One of eight children, he is also survived by sisters Joanne McGillicuddy , Oakville (ON), Helen Griffith, British Columbia, and Dr. Peter Vaughan of Halifax. He died of cancer at home after a surprise diagnosis at the beginning of February. Graduate of St. Mary’s University (1956), he worked briefly for Imperial Oil. After spending nine grateful years in formation with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) he returned to graduate school. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1967, taught at the Royal Military College and then spent the rest of his career, 29 years, at the University of Guelph. He also held a variety of visiting positions, including at Oxford University on two occasions and at Osgoode Hall Law School. Within the city of Guelph he was President of St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and briefly hosted a television program on politics, among other activities. He was a beloved teacher and in his final weeks received beautiful tributes from many students. Teaching continued even upon retirement. For the last ten years Fred enjoyed teaching on Political Philosophy, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for the Seniors’ College of Nova Scotia (SCANS) in Halifax, Chester and Mahone Bay. His teaching and writing career centered upon Constitutional Law and Political Philosophy, through which he made significant contributions. His work on the history of political hedonism has had an international influence while his studies of the Constitution will remain a resource for thoughtful Canadians well into the future. He published nine books (including one novel), several of them in retirement. An unfinished manuscript is expected to be published posthumously. He retired to Northwest Cove with his wife in 1998, continuing his involvement in old timer hockey that began with the Guelph Goodtimers and concluded with the Chester Oldtimers. On both teams he was especially known for garbage goals, which count too. He was a marathoner for several years, the benefits of which lasted until the end.
Fred was well known for his great stories and his great good humour. His tales of growing up in Halifax during the War entertained both his sons and his granddaughters. There were few who could resist a laugh and fewer still who could get a word in edgewise once he took the floor. He will be missed by so many. The family wishes to thank the South Shore Palliative Care Team, VON, Dr. Lori Jones, Father Jose Thomas and Fred’s brother Peter Vaughan for their care.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 9, from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. The funeral will be held Saturday, March 10, 11:00am, at St. Augustine’s Church, 105 King Street, Chester. Friends may send a donation to the Frederick Vaughan Political Science Scholarship in memory of Frederick Vaughan to Alumni House, University of Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1 or online at www.uoguelph.ca/giving or the cancer society.