Harry R. Vaughn, corrections official

Harry R. Vaughn, former deputy warden of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility who earlier had worked for the Baltimore City Jail, died April 19 of heart failure at his Randallstown home. He was 72.

The son of Willie Dickerson, a North Carolina farmer, and Earsie Vaughn McNair, Harry Robert Vaughn was born in Norfolk, Va., and raised in West Baltimore by his adopted parents, Columbus and Amazie Vaughn.


After graduating in 1959 from City College, he served for four years with the Marine Corps. He was a 1975 magna cum laude graduate of Coppin State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

He began his correctional career in 1965 as a guard at the Baltimore City Jail and at the time of his retirement in 1990 had risen to deputy warden.


Mr. Vaughn returned to work that year with the Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he served as deputy warden of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds.

He retired in 2013.

"A committed public servant, Harry was well known for being diligent, impartial, fair, loyal, dedicated and kind," said a niece, Candace White Halverson, who lives in Manhattan, Kan.

The longtime Randallstown resident enjoyed hosting family gatherings, cookouts, swimming and traveling with his wife and friends, said Ms. Halverson.

He also liked hunting, fishing, playing tennis and visiting the beach.

Mr. Vaughn was a former member of Morning Star Baptist Church and later became an active member of People's Church of Baltimore.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at his church, 230 N. Fulton Ave.

In addition to Ms. Halverson, Mr. Vaughn is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Venus Stanley; a son, Kristopher Vaughn of Randallstown; a daughter, Krystle Vaughn of Randallstown; a sister, Nancy Martinez of West Baltimore; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.