Inspection Camera Industry Pioneer Passes Away

Dick Vaughn was the longtime owner of CCV Engineering & Manufacturing, now under the umbrella of Aries Industries.
Inspection Camera Industry Pioneer Passes Away
Dick Vaughn

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Richard "Dick" Vaughn, a pioneer of the inspection camera industry, passed away on Jan. 22 at his home in Sanger, California, at the age of 84.

The road to that career began with Vaughn serving short stints in the Army and Air Force where he acquired an interest in radar and microwave technology. In the 1960s he worked for AV Electronics in Fresno, California, followed by Engineered Sound, before starting his own business, VAC Electronics, in 1970.

VAC Electronics turned into Central California Video and later became known as CCV Engineering & Manufacturing, as Vaughn built it into a successful electronic design and manufacturing business. The company initially specialized in TV installations for various applications, such as production studios, building security, and hospital systems. Then the founder of Laval Underground asked CCV to design a system for borehole inspection to replace Laval’s still cameras. CCV designed and built the camera and in the process developed the single-conductor technology still commonly used today by inspection camera manufacturers.

Vaughn owned CCV until 2000 when he sold it to Aries Industries. He stayed on with Aries for two years, retiring in 2002 to his property in Sanger with wife Charlene. He enjoyed many years of retirement at home tinkering with electronics and computers. During the last several years Vaughn had been an active HAM amateur radio operator and contributed many hours as a member of the Military Auxiliary Radio System.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene; four children; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.


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