Dorothy Vaughan was born on September 20, 1910 in Kansas City, MO. Her parents were Annie Johnson and Leonard Johnson.
At age seven, her parents, Leonard and Anne Johnson, moved the family to Morgantown, West Virginia. Dorothy graduated from Beechurst High School in 1925.
Beechurst High School
Leaving her job teaching math at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, she began working at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1943, thinking it would be a temporary job.
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Dorothy Vaughan was assigned to the West Are Computing unit, where only all-black women worked as mathematicians. She was the supervisor for the group, and worked with Mary Jackson.
Dorothy and other workers from her previous facility transitioned into working for the new Analysis and Computation Division. She became a FORTRAN programming expert, and helped contribute to the Scout Launch Vehicle Program. In 1971, Dorothy retired from NASA and her works there. Married to Howard Vaughan, they had four kids.
Sadly, she passed away on November 10, 2008 at age 98 due to natural causes. Although she is no longer alive, her legacy lives on.
Dorothy Vaughan September 20, 1910- November 10, 2008