Herbert W. Vaughan, counsel for Prudential Center project
Custom House Tower and the United Shoe Building were Boston’s tallest structures when Herbert Wiley Vaughan joined the real estate department of the law firm Hale and Dorr in 1948. As co-counsel on the Prudential Center development in the 1960s, he took a key role in the building boom of the ’60s and ’70s that reshaped Boston’s skyline and altered the legal landscape developers navigate while securing permits in the city. Mr. Vaughan, who also had a role in projects including the John Hancock Tower, 60 State St., 28 State St., One Boston Place, died of heart failure Nov. 21 in his Westwood home. He was 91.