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Chico “Cleo” Vaughn, an Ohio State basketball letterwinner in 1954, passed away June 29 at age 77 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born February 28, 1933 in Athens, Ala.

The graduate of Lima Central High School was the Buckeyes’ first African-American varsity basketball player. After one season (1954) at Ohio State in which he scored 3.6 points per game, he went on to graduate from Alabama A&M and play for the United States Army basketball team while he served in the Army. He went on to hold his own basketball camps which ran over 25 years in five states and he enjoyed teaching the game of basketball to young athletes.

Chico Vaughn is survived by his wife, Mildred Vaughn; four sons, Gregory, Mark, Thomas and Kenneth and special sons, Brian Franklin and Robert Henderson; 12 grandchildren; three sisters, Sarah, Teresa and Pearlic; and a group of nieces, nephews and loving relatives.