Randy Vaughan passed away after an illness, the organization’s CEO Utz Baldwin
“Randy was a 40-year veteran of the electronic systems industry
and was a longtime Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA)
member and volunteer,” Baldwin stated. “He will be remembered among his peers
and colleagues for his many contributions to the industry as a volunteer, an
instructor, and a leader.”
Vaughan was principal engineer for AE Consulting Services,
according to an AE Consulting bio. After receiving his engineering degree in
1969 from the University of Miami, he joined the faculty of Norfolk Academy,
where he taught physics and mathematics.
“In 1970 his combined interest in engineering sciences, his love
of performing arts, and an entrepreneurial spirit led him to found Ambassador
Enterprises – AE Systems, resulting in a 39 year career of providing leading
edge entertainment and communication technology integration for the arts,
education, and technology markets. In November 2008, he sold AE Systems to Rick
Arthur, one of his managers,” according to the bio.
In addition to servicing as CEDIA’s board chairman, Vaughan had
been a president of the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA),
national trade organizations for residential and commercial system integrators.
He stayed in tune with the latest technology advancements by attending and
teaching countless technical courses in the fields of audio, video, lighting,
acoustics, control systems, and more.
“On behalf of the CEDIA family, I offer our sincerest condolences
to Randy’s wife, Mary, his children, his granddaughter, and his family and
friends. He will be greatly missed,” Baldwin said.
A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church, 1301
Colley Ave., Norfolk, Va., at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30.
The family will receive visitors immediately after the service at
church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following: Bon
Secours Maryview Foundation, 3636 High St., Portsmouth, VA 23707; The Elizabeth
River Project, Admirals Landing, 475 Water St., Suite 103-A, Portsmouth, Va.
23704; First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Ave., Norfolk, Va. 23517; or the
education program at NSCA.
Additionally, to commemorate Randy’s enduring commitment to
industry education, CEDIA is establishing a scholarship fund in his honor.
Those interested in participating in this fund may contact CEDIA COO Don Gilpin