George B. "GB" Vaughan
June 23, 1932 - January 7, 2021
George B. "GB" Vaughan left the quick and joined the dead on Thursday, January 7, 2021. He was 88 years old. George was the 10th of 11 children born to RL Vaughan and Dorothy Grubb Vaughan of Fries, Va. Of the 11 children, he was the final one remaining. He also leaves behind his two wonderful sons and their spouses, Brandt Vaughan and wife, Ruth Johnston Vaughan of Bellevue, Wash., and Andrew Vaughan and partner Leigh Cason Walsh of Charlottesville, and four beloved grandchildren, Vivienne and Savannah of Charlottesville and Stafford and Andrew of Bellevue, Wash.
George graduated from Fries High School, Emory and Henry College (BA), Radford University (MA), did two years of doctoral work in history at the University of Tennessee, and received a PhD from Florida State University. He served in the Air Force, spending one year in Korea.
George was an educator and was the chief academic officer at two Virginia community colleges and president of two others. He was the founding president of Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap and served as president of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville for 11 years. He was the author or editor of a dozen books and the author of over 100 professional articles. One of his publications dealt with the history of the development of the Virginia Community College system. He also served as editor of The Community College Review, a national journal for community college leaders, for approximately 10 years. George was a well-known and respected leader and scholar on both the local and national scene.
George was named one of the most effective community college presidents in the nation and two of his books won national awards. After leaving the presidency, he became a full tenured professor at George Mason University, the University of Florida, and North Carolina State University.
George always considered himself to be a very fortunate person. He was devoted to his wife, Peggy, his two sons and their wives, and loved those grandchildren dearly. His professional career was exciting, uplifting, and fulfilling. Coming from the small town of Fries and the large Vaughan family, he felt that life was indeed good. Marrying Peggy was what he called his "big break." When asked what he would change in his life, his reply was to the point: "not much." George will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the George B. Vaughan Leadership Fund of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The fund is in the dropdown menu at their website VFCCE.ORG
for online donations. Checks may be sent to VFCCE, 300 Arboretum Place, Suite 390, Richmond, VA 23236.
Cremation Society of Virginia
305 Rivanna Plaza Dr Suite 102
Published by Roanoke Times on Jan. 17, 2021.