Donald Clarence Emmons died of natural causes on May 4, 2012. He was born in 1933 in Paterson, N.J.
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Don graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 1955, with a BS in Engineering. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1963, and went on to teach at several colleges around the country.
After settling in Concord, Don's lifelong love of classical music led him to a stint as an announcer for WEVO.
His commitment to the principles of peace, social justice and cultural enrichment were reflected in his Letters to the Editor of the Concord Monitor and by his support for the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, PBS and many other organizations.
Don is survived by his brother Richard; his daughters Sarah and Hilary; and his granddaughter Ruby.
A private ceremony will be held by the family in the summer.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/donaldcemmons) or the ACLU.
Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on May 8, 2012