In Memory

James Vaughn

James Vaughn


James David "Jim" Vaughn

James "Jim" David Vaughn, age 52, presently of Cairo, Egypt, died December 18, 2001 in Cairo, Egypt.  Jim was born June 16, 1949 in Seattle, Washington. He attended public schools in Fall City, Seattle, Portland, and Lynnwood, graduating an honor student from Meadowdale Senior High School in 1967, and was state winner on their Tennis Team. Jim received a scholarship to Whitman College where he graduated with honors in 1971. He entered banking with Sea-First and was with them a number of years, entering international banking about 1981, and was assigned to Japan for three years, then Taiwan for several years where he joined American Express. He spent three years as country director in Korea, and spent three years in India as managing director and then three years in Egypt as Managing Director of Egyptian American Bank. He found and enjoyed the beauty of each country. He loved tennis, jogging, and showing his children the beauty he saw in the world. He was respected and well liked by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife Sofia, whom he met and married in Taiwan; their children, Richard in California, Julia and Jonathan at school in Florida, and Samantha at home; one granddaughter, Mia; his parents, Ed and Jewell Vaugh; sisters Judy and husband Carl Crome, JoAnn Embleton, and Jackie Ofdenkamp, their children and grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law and their children; mother-in-law in China; cousins, aunts, uncles and friends from around the world.  Services to be held at Purdy and Walters at Floral Hills in Lynnwood, WA at 1:00 pm on December 27th.  Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital of Seattle, or the American Heart Association.

Published in The Herald (Everett) on Dec. 22, 2001

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12/10/14 01:46 PM #1    

Kenneth Jennings

I was part of Jim's "group of friends" through Meadowdale Jr. and then at Meadowdale High.  We lost contact after college.  I got a law degree and after several years in Seattle, moved to Korea and then Singapore (with Oracle Corp) in the course of my interntional law career.  I was in Taiwan on business and happened to run into another attorney that "had a friend from my home town."  It was Jim!  I met with Jim and had dinner with him and his wife (who was from Taiwan) on most of my trips to Taibei thereafter.  What a remarkable event - running into my old high school buddy half way around the world.  Jim was the country manager for American Express in Taiwan.  About the same time that I moved back to the states, Jim moved to Cairo.  A mutual friend from Taiwan later told me of Jim's untimely demise.  Every word in the tribute about Jim is true.  My life was shaped by friends of good character, good habits, and good humor.  Jim was one of the great ones.

02/17/15 07:44 PM #2    

Anne Johnson (Thomas)

Jim was my very good friend, from 7th grade through the remainder of our high school years.  We dated on and off during those years.   Jim knew how to treat a girl.  His kindness, courtesy, humor, and respect will always be remembered by me and by all my family.  We lost touch after graduation.   I am so very sorry to hear of his passing, but glad he had such a rich and full life.  He certainly deserved it.

09/12/15 12:01 PM #3    

Karyl Hansen

I too remember Jim with great fondness.  He was a wonderful friend with a wicked sense of humor and a natural warmth that drew people to him. 

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