Founder of William Vaughan Co., 84, Passes Away


William Vaughan

William Vaughan, founder of a Maumee, Ohio, accounting firm that bears his name, died Sept. 12 in his Waterville Township home. He was 84.

He had lung cancer, a recurrence of the disease discovered earlier this year, his son David told The Toledo Blade. He received successful treatment for lung cancer more than a decade ago.

Vaughan stepped aside as MP in 1994 and became chairman. He held that position for several years and remained a director of the William Vaughan Co. Before his illness, he still visited his office regularly.

“He made sure he was connected with everybody in the office,” MP Aaron Swiggum told the newspaper. “He made it a point to walk around and ask about personal lives and be connected with our entire staff.”

The firm’s website tribute reads in part, “Intelligent, witty, gregarious, hard-working, and loving, Bill was a friend and role model to all who knew him. He is deeply missed, but the legacy he built – through his family, his friends, his business, and his community – will live on.”

Vaughan started the firm in 1959, three years out of college. He rented an office from a client. He had a staff of 10 by 1970 and 50 by the mid-1990s, growth he attributed to “an emphasis on developing the capabilities. If you skip that step, you’re in trouble,” he told The Blade in a 1995 interview.

The family suggests tributes to the William and Anna Jean Vaughan scholarship fund through the University of Toledo Foundation or to Hope United Methodist Church, Whitehouse.