Doctor who died in Haiti honored

MISSION — Frank Vaughters' life should inspire others to do many things, friend and eulogist the Rev. Gar Demo said Saturday.

Relatives and friends filled St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission for Vaughters' memorial service.

Vaughters died "being in the right place, doing the right things, at precisely the wrong tragic moment," Demo said.

Vaughters, 63, of Prairie Village was inside Port-au-Prince's Hotel Montana on Jan. 12 when the building crumbled in the earthquake. His body was not discovered for another month, and relatives waited even longer for confirmation that it was him.

The Rev. Frantz Cole, who worked closely with Vaughters in Haiti, said he spoke on behalf of many Haitian women and children in thanking Vaughters.

"Proclaiming the gospel should be done mostly by action," Cole said. "Frank was a man of action."

For the past 20 years, Vaughters had traveled to Haiti to administer health care. Vaughters also founded Turner House Children's Clinic for the poor in Kansas City, Kan. Most recently, he was a pediatrician at Baby and Child Associates.

"He never seemed to tire," Lucy Vaughters said of her brother.