Former Southwestern N.T. prof Curtis Vaughan dies at 80

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Curtis Vaughan, retired distinguished professor of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died March 23 in Fort Worth, Texas, following a brief illness.

Vaughan, 80, served as a seminary faculty member from 1950-1995, although he continued to teach classes for five years after his official retirement from the school. He was the author of Bible study commentaries on the books of Ephesians, Galatians, Colossians, Philemon, Acts, James and 1, 2, and 3 John. He co-authored Bible study commentaries on Romans, 1 Corinthians, Jude and 1 and 2 Peter.

Vaughan contributed articles to the “Southern Baptist Encyclopedia,” “Broadman Teacher’s Commentary,” “The Expositor’s Bible Commentary” and “The Southwestern Journal of Theology.” He was a member of the executive editorial committee for the New King James Version of the Bible and also served on the editorial advisory board of Zondervan Publishing House.

Born in Humboldt, Tenn., Vaughan graduated from Union University and later Southwestern Seminary, where he earned a bachelor of divinity degree and doctor of theology degree in 1949 and 1958, respectively. He also studied at the University of Manchester in England and at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Vaughan served as pastor at Westover Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Johnson County, Texas, and Center Point Baptist Church in Weatherford, Texas. He was interim pastor to churches in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Vaughan was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian Withers Vaughan, and second wife, Frances Brown Vaughan. He is survived by his son, William Curtis Vaughan Jr. and his wife Linda; son Stephen Withers Vaughan and his wife Nancie; daughter Rebecca Vaughan Strode and her husband Dan; stepdaughter Nancy Brown Pollard and her husband Gary; stepson Michael Charles Brown; stepson David von Braun; stepdaughter Marilynda Brown Lynch and her husband Gregory; and seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Date and time of the service are pending.


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