Shirley Vaughn honored with the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award

Jul 29, 2015

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Each year, Larry J. Shapiro, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of Washington University School of Medicine, surprises employees with the highest accolades given to staff: the dean’s service awards. Winners are nominated by their colleagues and selected based on their exemplary service.

Top among the honors is the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes employees who excel in their jobs, help create a positive working environment and improve the community. This year, that honor went to Shirley R. Vaughn, executive secretary in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Vaughn, who began working at the School of Medicine in November 2010, has an “amazing attitude and positive spirit,” wrote Kelly Nessel, clinical operations manager for the anesthesiology department, in a letter nominating Vaughn.

“Shirley is a top-notch employee, and we are grateful for all that she has contributed to the department and to our community,” Nessel wrote.

Vaughn’s community involvement activities are wide-ranging, including cleanup efforts in Ferguson, organizing a shoe drive to fund freshwater initiatives in Africa, and volunteering with local organizations such as St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Covenant House Missouri and Saint Vincent DePaul Parish.

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