Geoff VaughanTo the MURFC family,

It is my very sad duty to let you know that Geoff Vaughan, a Life Member of the Melbourne University Rugby Football Club, passed away on the fourth of January. Geoff was an outstanding player for our club where he led us to first grade premierships in 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1963. Geoff represented Victoria against domestic and international opposition most notably New Zealand, Fiji and the British Isles. He was a ferocious front rower which ultimately saw him play 6 tests for the Wallabies. Geoff continued to be an active member, supporter and benefactor of our club right up until his death. He was a notable presence at last year’s Foundation Dinner and the last club house lunch of the season. Geoff and his legacy will continue to live on at our club through the annual awarding of the Geoff Vaughan Trophy for the club’s best front rower. When our first grade team clash with Footscray they play for a cup that bears Geoff Vaughan’s name.

Geoff’s achievements were not limited to the rugby field. He attained a Doctorate in Microbiology from the University of Melbourne and ultimately took on the leadership of the Therapeutic Goods Administration. His contribution to academia was just as strong and he also held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University. Geoff was recognised with the Order of Australia in 2006.

I consider myself fortunate to have met Geoff on a number of occasions. He was a humble man for whom excellence and service were a way of life. He set an example worth following and we are all better off for his contribution.

Yours in rugby

Sean O’Donnell



1958 Game Australia vs England at Twickenham