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Dorothy Mansfield VAUGHAN, Ph.D., obit
Oroville Register, January 2, 2005

Dr. Dorothy Mansfield Vaughan, 99, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at Pleasant View Center in Concord.

Born in Penacook, N.H., she was the daughter of Raymond S. and Mary (Wilson) Vaughan.

She came to Portsmouth with her family during World War I at the age of 12. It was "love at first sight" and Portsmouth would benefit from this day forth.

Her interest in historical homes began at the tender age of 12 when she volunteered to roll bandages for the Red Cross in the John Paul Jones House. Not being old enough to serve as a hostess, she would quickly finish her work so as to have time to look around the house.

Dorothy began her 54-year library career as a page while in high school and worked her way to head librarian at the Portsmouth Public Library.

The lives of many young girl scouts were enhanced by their Girl Scout leader, Dorothy.

She was a prime source of reliable information on Portsmouth's history. She served on the Portsmouth Historical District Commission and was a major fund-raiser for the Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias-Lear houses. In 1966, she was granted the honorary degree of Humane Letters by the University of New Hampshire for her inspiration and outstanding work in the library field.

In 1968, she was invited for lunch with Lady Bird Johnson in honor of her work with Strawbery Banke Museum. She enjoyed a personal tour of the White House.

Dorothy was the first woman invited to speak to the Rotary Club and she spoke about saving Portsmouth from "ruin." She was the most recognized citizen to lead the fight for the preservation of historical Portsmouth and received the lifetime achievement award from the Rotary for these efforts.

She was the founder of Strawbery Banke as well as honorary chairman and served as president for five years.

Vaughan was selected as Woman of the Year in 1987 by the Manchester Union Leader for her dedication to the city of Portsmouth. The key to the city was presented to her in 1979. In 2001, she was given the Preservation Alliance Award in Exeter. Dorothy did extensive research for author Kenneth Roberts, whom she credits for her ability to "dig deep and get the facts right." She has a room named for her in the Sheraton Harborside in Portsmouth, called the Dorothy Vaughan Amphitheater.

She leaves three godchildren, cousins and many friends.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Oscar and Donald Vaughan.


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