George Tully Vaughan, son of Brigadier General and Mrs. William Washington Vaughan, was a native of Denver, Colorado. He attended Kent School, and graduated from the University of Athens in Greece with a B.S. in Political Science. In his senior year at Kent School he was in the number five position in the undefeated Kent School eight-man crew, which sailed on the Queen Mary to England where, in the summer of 1950 they competed for and won the Thames Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames, England.

Mr. Vaughan served with the Central Intelligence Agency in Greece for three years under the Marshall Plan (JUSMAG) from 1951 to 1953 where, in addition to his regular duties, he became fluent in Greek. Tully was also the head rowing coach for the Hellenic Rowing Club, which was the private rowing club of his Majesty King Paul of the Hellenes.

Mr. Vaughan served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer from Officer's Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was a Ranger, awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Combat Jump Wings and was in the third provisional Special Forces unit before they became an official combat special detachment and acquired the Green Beret.

Following his military service, Mr. Vaughan spent most of his career management in the Jim Walter Corporation, until retiring in 1981. After his retirement, Mr. Vaughan became Head Crew Coach for Villanova University in which position he served for many years bringing the crew program from a failing effort of 22 male and female rowers to a successful maximum capacity of over 100 rowers. At the same time, he was a nationally licensed referee for many regattas across the country, as well as executive secretary for the national governing body of rowing-the NAAO.

George Tully Vaughan died on March 28, 2003, and is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Sara Colman, his sons Jonathan and Jason, their wives Victoria and Marina, and his four grandchildren Joshua, Justin, Olivia and Liam.


  • Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia
  • National Gavel Society
  • Order of the Crown in America
  • National Society Americans of Royal Descent
  • Baronial Order of Magna Charta (Marshal)
  • Military Order of the Crusades (Commander General)
  • Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192
  • Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
  • Colonial Order of the Acorn
  • Society of the Ark and Dove
  • Colonial Society of Pennsylvania
  • Order of Lafayette
  • Saint Andrew's Society of Philadelphia
  • Society of Saint George of Philadelphia
  • Welsh Society of Philadelphia
  • General Society Sons of the Revolution
  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
  • Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
  • Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  • Society of Descendants of Knights of the Garter
  • Royal Society of Saint George
  • Descendants of the Knights of Bath
  • Order of the Second World War
  • Order of the First World War
  • Military Order of the World Wars
  • National Society of Sons of American Colonists
  • Scotch-Irish Society of America
  • Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick

Chivalric Orders

  • Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem

Other Notes

Mr. Vaughan had a seat on the thirteen-member board of trustees of the Magna Charta Trust of England, which is chaired by the Master of the Rolls of England. He was a member of both the Heraldry Society (UK) and the Leander Boat Club (UK). He served as Vice President of the Penn Club, and First Vice President of the English Speaking Union of Philadelphia. Mr. Vaughan was also a member of the British Officers Club of Philadelphia; the Union League of Philadelphia; the Bachelors Barge Club; and the Pickwick Club of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Navy League, and the American Legion.