Frances Vaughn died suddenly Saturday evening, September 23, 2017
The transpersonal world suffered a deep loss recently with the passing
of Frances Vaughn. She was well loved and made substantial
contributions to the Transpersonal field and to the world. We are
saddened by her death, and we will miss her. The following is an
announcement by Roger Walsh.
Steven Schmitz, Ph.D., ATP President
The following is a letter we recieved from Roger Walsh.
Our beloved Frances died suddenly Saturday evening, September 23
She was her usual lively loving joyful self through the day, but
shortly after we arrived at a friend’s house she felt faint, short of
breath, and had chest pain. We rushed her to the ER but she suddenly
deteriorated and lost consciousness. A CAT scan revealed a massive
aortic artery dissection (tear). Fortunately, her two children, Bob and
Leslie made it to the ER in time to be with her before she died, and
she was surrounded by loving family and dear friends. She had long been
at peace with death, and as we were taking her to the ambulance told us
that her DNR (Do Not Resuscitate form) was in her purse.
She was, by any standard, a truly remarkable woman. She was clearly
brilliant, graduating from Stanford in only three years and as Phi Beta
Kappa (the highest academic honor), getting a Ph.D. in clinical
psychology, and eventually being awarded two honorary doctorates. She
raised two children and loved five grandchildren while offering a full
time psychotherapy practice, and was widely regarded as one of the
world’s foremost transpersonal therapists. She published nine books and
over a hundred articles, and was president of both the humanistic and
transpersonal psychology associations. Recently, she was on the board
of the philanthropic Fetzer Institute and also on the council of Spring
Lake Village where she lived.
But what were most remarkable were her personal qualities and
interpersonal skills. She was, as Ken Wilber wrote in a foreword to one
of her books, "the wisest of wise women" and her deepest value was
love. Extraordinary wisdom and extraordinary love: what a combination!
On her last day a friend asked about her spiritual practice and she
replied, as she had for many months, "I'm practicing gratitude."
She was my priceless life-partner, best friend, beloved, and teacher
for over forty years, and I'm glad to have told her many times that she
was the great gift of my life. I'm trying to bring her teachings to her
loss, and to practice gratitude, in the midst of shock and grief, for
the time we had together and the time she had with friends like you.
Her children and I would like to have a memorial for her but it’s too
early to say when.
Thank you my friend for your contributions to her life and mine. I am
deeply grateful for the many wonderful friends she had, and to know
that her benevolent influence will continue to ripple out into the
world through her writings, recordings, and through us.
In grief and gratitude