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BACON DONALD W. BACON Died July 23, 2012 at the age of 97. Born August 28, 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Laura Claassen Bacon and B. Frank Bacon, he was the youngest of five children. He spent most of his early years in the Pittsburgh, PA area where his mother was the social worker for the United States Steel Corporation at Duquesne, PA. He was a 1939 graduate of Antioch College, and did graduate work at what was then the Littauer School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Bacon worked with the accounting firm of Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery in Chicago, and then with the Studebaker Corporation in South Bend, Indiana. He joined the Navy at the start of World War II, serving four years in the Naval Service mostly on sea duty in the Pacific Area. He left the service as a Lt. Commander. In June 1946, Mr. Bacon married Lois Neuhart in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 1946, he also began working for the U. S. General Accounting Office, in the Corporation Audits Division. He worked with GAO for eight years, then briefly with the Army Audit Agency, joining the Internal Revenue Service in Boston in 1956. He was Regional Commissioner for IRS for the New England area and later Assistant Commissioner in Washington. He retired from the Federal Service in November, 1971 and then served as a corporate tax advisor until his final retirement in 1984. Mr. Bacon was a Certified Public Accountant, a member of a number of professional associations, and Past President of the Association of Government Accountants. He was awarded the Tax Executives Institute Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his government service. Mr. Bacon and his wife lived in McLean, VA for 50 years and were long time members of Rock Spring Church in Arlington, VA. He is survived by his wife and four children: Janet Gaunt of Seattle, WA; Dr. Anne M. Bacon of Winchester, VA; David P. Bacon of Vienna, VA; and Susan B. Morris of Wake Forest, NC. Seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive him. Mr. Bacon will be interred at Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover, MA. A memorial service to be held at Vinson Hall in McLean, VA will take place in September. A memorial blog can be found at: dwb-1914-2012.posterous.com. Friends of Don Bacon are invited to share their remembrances.Friends of Don Bacon are invited to share their remembrances.
Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 1, 2012