Sam Vaughan, former president, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Doubleday, and later editor and senior v-p at Random House, died January 30 at age 83.

Under Vaughan's leadership, Doubleday, which he joined in the 1950s, was one of America's leading publishing houses, with a deep list of iconic authors many of whom Vaughan personally edited, among them, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Wallace Stegner, Duke Ellington, Bruce Catton, Arthur Hailey, Leon Uris, Irving Stone, Thor Heyerdahl, and Fannie Flagg.

Vaughan is survived by Jo, his wife of 63 years, four children, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.