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Banker , Industrialist

John Vernon Vaughn, Banker, industrialist.


Vaughn, John Vernon was born on June 24, 1909 in Grand Junction, Colorado, United States. Son of John S. and Alice Ann (Baylis) Vaughn.


AB, University of California at Los Angeles, 1932. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pepperdine University, 1974.


Branch manager, National Lead Company, 1932-1937; sales manager, Sillers Paint & Varnish Company, 1937-1946; president, general manager, director, Sillers Paint & Varnish Company, 1946-1958; president, chairman, Dartell laboratories, Inc., 1959-1970; vice Chairman of the Board, Crocker National Bank and Crocker National Corporation, San Francisco, 1970-1975; director, Crocker National Bank and Crocker National Corporation, 1969-1985; honorary director, Crocker National Bank. Consultant Coopers & Lybrand, 1975-1985. Chairman of the Board Recon Optical, Inc., 1979-1990.

Board directors Trust Superior vena cava syndrome American, Forest Lawn Corporation, American Security & Fidelity Corporation. Information Technology Corporation.


Chairman San Marino Recreation Commission, 1956-1958, Louisiana Better Business Bureau, 1959-1961, Invest-in-American, 1970-1973. Chairman citizen's advisory Council Public Transportation, 1965-1967. Commissioner Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, 1971-1974.

Trustee California Museum Foundation, 1968-1979. Board directors Orthopaedic Hospital, 1965-1987, president, 1974-1978, Chairman of the Board, 1978-1979. Board directors Young Men’s Christian Association, Los Angeles, 1965-1977,Central City Association, Southern California Visitors Council, 1970-1976, National Conference of Christians and Jews, California Museum of Science and Industry, United Way of Los Angeles, American Heart Association.

Member Los Angeles Advisory Board, Friends of Claremont College, 1973-1978, Los Angeles Beautiful, 1972-1974. Regent University of California, 1958-1959. Honorary trustee University of California at Los Angeles Foundation, since 1967, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, since 1968, Claremont Men's College, 1970-1971, Pepperdine U., since 1972.

Regent, member board visitors Grad.Sch. Business Administration University of California at Los Angeles, 1971-1985. Member Chancellor's Associations, California State Universities and Colls. member Assistance League, Southern California Advisory Board, since 1974.

Member Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (board directors 1961, president 1969, chairman 1970), World Affairs Council (chapter vice president, treasurer 1970-1985, honorary director since 1985), Iranian-American Chamber Industry and Commerce (president 1971-1979), Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association (past national vice president, past chapter president), Town Hall California (director 1973-1975), Young President's Organisation, Jonathan Club (president 1964), Los Angeles Country Club (board directors 1979-1985), California Club, San Gabriel Country Club (board directors 1964-1968), Valley Hunt Club, Pasadena Athletic Club, Bohemian Club of San Francisco, International Order St.Hubertus, Masons, Beta Theta Pi (president 1960).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, hunting, golf.


Married Dorothy May Pickrell, October 12, 1934. Children: Dorothy (Mistress Richard H. Stone), John Spencer.

John S. Vaughn

Alice Ann (Baylis) Vaughn

Dorothy May Pickrell

John Spencer Vaughn

Dorothy Vaughn (Mistress Richard H. Stone)