Vale Geoff Vaughan

Former Victorian pharmacy dean and Australian Rugby international dies aged 84 

Dr Geoffrey Vaughan AO, who was Dean of the Victorian College of Pharmacy (“VCP”) from 1979 to 1986, passed away peacefully on 4 January, 2018. He was aged 84.

Following his tenure as Dean of VCP, Dr Vaughan then became the Director of the Chisholm Institute of Technology and led that institution through its merger with Monash University. He then served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Monash until 1992, following which he was appointed to the position of National Manager and CEO of the TGA.

Dr Vaughan began his career at VCP in 1961 as a Lecturer in medicinal chemistry. He was then promoted to Head of Department, before his appointment in 1979 as Dean of the College.

During his tenure, he initiated a strong focus on research into drug development and health advancement, establishing some of the global links that have been fundamental to the international reputation that the Faculty continues to enjoy  today.

“Geoff was a leader – he had great foresight and vision. He was generous to those he worked with, and always saw opportunities that made tomorrow better. He had a big personality, and it was always enjoyable to be with him. The Faculty would not be what it is today without Geoff’s contributions and leadership”, said Bill Charman, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In 2006, Dr Vaughan was awarded the Order of Australia (AO), in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  The citation for his award read: “For service to scientific research and development, particularly through contributions to the development of government policy initiatives, to the growth of innovative technology-based Australian companies, and to education as a mentor and supporter of young scientists.”

Dr Vaughan was also a former rugby union prop forward who represented Australia. He was selected for the 1957–58 Australia Wallabies tour of Britain, Ireland, France, the USA and Canada (playing tests against England, Scotland and France). He was also vice-captain of the team that played three matches against the New Zealand Maori side in 1958.

Dr Vaughan was a generous donor to the Faculty. The scholarship that bears his name, the Vaughan Scholarship, offers additional financial support to high-performing PhD candidates in the chemical and biological sciences at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Faculty is forever grateful for Dr Vaughan’s significant contributions, and his friendship. As an academic and professional community, we are deeply saddened by his loss.


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  1. Peter Crothers

    And he was a prize-winning amateur baker. Such a good bloke and a larger than life personality.

  2. Jarrod McMaugh

    I believe there is also a commemoration/signpost for Dr Vaughan at Princes Park across the road from Monash Parkville….

  3. William

    A great loss indeed. As Peter said he was a great bloke as well as an excellent scientist and administrator.

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