Cara Louise Vaughn, public information manager at University Health Services, died July 3 at her home in Oakland after an eight-year struggle with cancer. She was 44.
Her accomplishments during her 14 years with University Health Services included successfully leading the communications effort in the early '90s as University Health Services made the transition from an inpatient program at Cowell Hospital to a comprehensive outpatient program at the new Tang Center.
Vaughn was known for her wisdom and skill as a mentor, teacher and trainer, which she applied not only within University Health Services, said Executive Director Steve Lustig, but across campus. She was active in Project DARE, the campus diversity training task force; the Staff Internship Program; CALSO; the Re-Entry Program; the Women's Resource Center; and as a consultant for numerous campus committees. At a campuswide memorial service held for Vaughn Aug. 6, Edith Ng, director of the staff affirmative action office, announced that a campus staff award bearing Vaughn's name will be presented annually to an individual whose contributions reflect the values and qualities she embodied, especially a commitment to diversity and community.
Born in Germany to a military family, Vaughn grew up in New Egypt, N.J. and graduated from Rutgers University in 1976. Following a brief career as a singer-songwriter, she worked for CETA, OIC and the United Negro College Fund in New York before moving to Oakland. In the Bay Area, her activism spilled over into the community, where she served on the boards of Women's Refuge and Women's Voices. For several years she co-hosted monthly segments of "Majority Reports" on KPFA Radio.
"Cara loved working at the University," said Lustig, "and continued to work beyond all expectations as her illness progressed. She spent her last day at work, in July 1996, conducting a training session for incoming students and parents." In the year before her death, she was attended by many friends and co-workers from campus.
Vaughn is survived by her partner of 18 years, Jean Sirius of Oakland; her parents, Agnes and Morris Vaughn of New Egypt; two brothers, Charles Anthony and Carl; and a nephew, Nicholas.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lesbian Herstory Archives, LHEF, P.O. Box 1258, N.Y., N.Y., 10116 or the Second Start Adult Literacy Program, 1330 Broadway #555, Oakland, CA 94612.
Also, UHS staff are accepting donations for the Cara Vaughn "Garden of Light" Crystal Mobile. Please contact Janice Fox-Davis at 642-1814 or email jfd@uhs for further information.
Written memories of Vaughn, including "Cara sayings," for a web page may be sent to Nancy Berson, 840 York St. #8, Oakland, CA 94610.
Campus staff are invited to gather at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Section Club Room at the Tang Center to share memories and watch video clips.
Dan Stanislawski, an historical geographer, died July 12 in Berkeley at the age of 94.
Stanislawski first came to Berkeley with his family as a boy and later enrolled as a student, gaining his BA as a geography major in 1937 and his PhD in 1944. He taught in the geography department periodically from 1940-45 and at other institutions including the University of Texas, the University of Arizona and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Stanislawski's primary research areas were Mexico and Central America, especially the early colonial period, and Portugal, about which he wrote two books. He was an authority on wine and vineyards, and wrote on classical Greece and the Mediterranean world. His honors included the two Guggenheims.
After his retirement in 1974, Stanislawski returned to live in Berkeley and became a familiar figure in the Faculty Club.
His wife Doris Barr died in 1981 and his daughter, Anna, in 1994. He is survived by his second wife, Hilda Krech, and by his son Michael, of Santa Fe, N.M.