A Life of Doing Good:
Shirley Vaughn’s Gift to MS Research
By any measure, Shirley Vaughn was devoted to her family and community. When her two daughters were teenagers, Shirley, a native Kansan and graduate of Washburn University, went back to work so she and her husband, Don, could set aside money for their college tuition.
For many years, Shirley volunteered at the library, hospital and Chamber of Commerce, and cheered on the Kansas City Chiefs football team. An avid reader and crossword puzzle devotee, Shirley also found time to knit caps for children at the local youth center, and — remembers her daughter, Joyce Kirk — she played bridge to win.
When Joyce was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1998, it’s no surprise that Shirley found a way to take action, even from across the country. “Mom was very concerned,” Joyce recalls. “She had an opportunity to make a gift to UW Medicine, with the hope of helping not only me, but other people with MS.”
Shirley passed away in March 2014 at the age of 87. Now her bequest is making a difference in our community; her gifts will support researchers working to understand and treat multiple sclerosis.