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Grand Master 1941-1942


From Proceedings of Grand Lodge of Rhode Island, 1945-1946:

The Great Architect of the Universe, in his infinite wisdom, summoned to "That undiscovered country" one of our most respected and beloved Past Grand Matters, Brother Raymond Lincoln Vaughn, one of the youngest in age and Eighty-seventh to be elevated to that, high office. He was a loyal friend, a true brother, and his life, so full of promise altogether too short. But now "We see through a glass darkly, then face to face." The works of the Almighty at times seem strange and incomprehensible — the will of God is accomplished.

Brother Vaughn had been hospitalized several times during the past year, apparently a sufferer from a chronic condition of high blood pressure, and yet each time he would return to his desk in apparent excellent health. On the day of his death he was attending a meeting at the State House and collapsed on his way out. of the building. He was removed to a hospital, but failed to regain consciousness.

He was born in Providence on January 10, 1900, son of the late Herbert and Emma (Forsythe) Vaughn; was educated in the Providence Schools, and after graduating from Technical High School he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1923 with the degree Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Upon completion of his college career, he became associated with his father and brother as Executive Secretary of the L. Vaughn Co.

Brother Vaughn had a very active Masonic career. He was made a Mason in Overseas Lodge No. 40, in 1921; was elected Worshipful Master on Armistice Day 1930; appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 1932; and because of his devotion lo the time honored principles of the Craft he was continually advanced until his election as Grand Master in 1941. He served Grand Lodge as Grand Master during its Bi-Centennial Celebration and during the outbreak of World War II made the initial plans for Masonic War Service in Rhode Island.

His Masonic affiliations also included membership in Providence Royal Arch Chapter, No. 1; Providence Council Royal and Select Masters, No. 1; St. John's Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templars having served his Commandery as Prelate for several years; a 32nd degree Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Providence, and at the time of his death was Second Ceremonial Master of Palestine Temple, Mystic Shrine.

He also held membership in Narragansett Bay Chapter National Sojourners, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Club of Rhode Island. Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and the British Empire Club. He served in World War I as a member of the Student Army Training Corps at the Masssachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brother Vaughn is survived by his widow, Dorothy W. (Bennett) Vaughn, two children, Nancy, a student at Sweetbriar College, and Richard W., who attends Kent School, a brother, Arthur S. Vaughn, also a Past Grand Master, and three sisters— Miss Lena A. Vaughn and Mrs. Mary Bradshaw, both of Providence, and Mrs. Helen Remington, of Wickford.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, where funeral services were held on Friday, August 31st, at noon. The Church was almost filled to capacity with relatives, friends, brother Masons and distinguished members of (he Craft, including the Grand Master and many Past GrandMasters. Interment was at Poughkeepsie, N. Y.

Fraternally submitted,
Past Grand Master.

Ordered to be made a part of our records and printed in the proceedings of this Communication.

Rhode Island People