Monsignor William Edward Vaughan, 79, pastor emeritus of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish, died of natural causes May 24, 1988, in a Salt Lake nursing home.

He was born Nov. 3, 1908, in Salt Lake City, to Irish immigrants Thomas and Anastasia Walsh Vaughan.Monsignor Vaughan became pastor of St. Ambrose in 1963. He remained active there even after his retirement in 1979 and had been pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Magna, and chaplain and teacher at St. Mary of the Wasatch.

In 1950 he was named papal chamberlain, becoming one of the first Salt Lake-born Catholic priests to be invested with the rank of monsignor. In 1953 he was elevated to the rank of domestic prelate, becoming a right reverend monsignor.

Monsignor Vaughan was ordained for the Salt Lake Diocese in 1933 after studying at Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, Calif. His first assignment was assistant pastor at St. Joseph's Parish, Ogden. He also taught at St. Joseph's School and was chaplain at Sacred Heart Academy.

He taught one year at Judge Memorial High School, was editor of the Intermountain Catholic Register, was awarded a doctorate in canon law in 1944 at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Salt Lake City, Monsignor Vaughan served as chancellor and vicar general of the Salt Lake Diocese from 1944 to 1947. He also was chaplain for the Newman Club at the University of Utah, at St. Joseph Villa and vicar to the Carmelite Sisters.

He resumed duties as chaplain and teacher at St. Mary in 1947, remaining active there until 1952.

Monsignor Vaughan was named in 1957 as vicar general for religious communities in the Salt Lake Diocese; served for more than 30 years as superintendent of Mt. Calvary Cemetery; and was selected grand marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 1986. (Obituary on Page B5.)