Norman Vaughan

Colonel Vaughan for his 89th birthday successfully climbed Mount Vaughan, the 10,302 ft. Antarctic peak named in his honor by Admiral Richard Byrd in 1930. His illustrious career began in 1926, where he helped drive dog teams for Sir Wilfred Grenfell to bring medical care to isolated villagers in Newfoundland. Two years later, he was a dog trainer and driver for Admiral Byrd's expedition to the South Pole. During his service in World War II he handled dogs in Labrador, and coordinated dog sled teams to rescue members of the Army Air Corps downed in Greenland. At that time he had two hundred dogs and seventeen men under his command for search and rescue missions. He has driven a dog sled in three presidential inaugurations, taught Pope John Paul II how to mush, and has raced in thirteen Iditarods, finishing his last race in 1992 at the age of 86. He is the author of My Life of Adventure and With Byrd at the Bottom of the World. Now, at age 90, he is still planning new and exciting adventures.

 


Last update: 7 August 1998 Robert W. Schmieder, schmieder@cordell.org