Former Peace Corps director Vaughn dies at 92

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Associated Press

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 6:05 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Jack Hood Vaughn, whose long list of jobs included serving as director of the Peace Corps, U.S. ambassador to Panama and Colombia, as well as stints for the federal government across Latin America, has died. He was 92.

Vaughn's wife, Margaret, says he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer a few weeks ago and died Monday at his home in Tucson, Ariz.

She says the three-time Golden Gloves champion, who served with the Marines in World War II and once lunched with Che Guevara, was in great health toward the end of his life. She says nothing ailed him until his cancer diagnosis.

Vaughn held many jobs throughout his life but is best known for serving as the Peace Corps' second director from 1966 to 1969, during which volunteer ranks rose to historic numbers.

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