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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:33 PM
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Kenneth Bacon, Journalist and Advocate for Refugees, Dies at 64
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Kenneth Bacon, Journalist and Advocate for Refugees, Dies at 64

By Matt Schudel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 15, 2009 11:50 AM



Kenneth H. Bacon, 64, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who was top spokesman at the Pentagon during the Clinton administration and later became a prominent advocate on behalf of international refugees, died Aug. 15 of melanoma at his vacation home on Block Island, R.I. His primary residence was in Washington.

Mr. Bacon had spent 25 years at the Journal's Washington bureau before becoming the chief spokesman at the Pentagon in 1994, working under then-Defense Secretary William J. Perry. He held the position of assistant secretary of defense for public affairs and stayed in his post when William S. Cohen was named defense secretary in December 1996.

In daily briefings, Mr. Bacon kept reporters informed of developments in civil wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 and other military matters. He was known for his bow ties and his cultivated, straight-arrow manner.

On a visit to the Balkans in 1999, Mr. Bacon saw firsthand the human toll of warfare, as hundreds of thousands of people were driven from their homes with no place to turn.

"I had never seen refugees before, never fully appreciated the sheer magnitude of one million people leaving their homes and needing food, shelter and medical care," he told the New York Times in 2001.

After leaving the Pentagon in 2001, Mr. Bacon became president of the Washington-based advocacy group Refugees International and emerged as one of the strongest voices for the dispossessed around the globe. His organization, which accepts no funding from governments or the United Nations, estimates that there are currently 12 million international refugees.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 07:37 PM
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1. Too young.
He had a lot more to give.

RIP.
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 08:01 PM
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2. I am so sorry to hear this.
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 08:02 PM by CBHagman
Just the other week The Washington Post ran an article concerning his treatment for melanoma. What was especially sad was that he had been undergoing regular screenings and still the cancer went undetected too long and eventually spread to his brain.

And he spoke of reform of the health care system in that particular article.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

When we think of reform, we concentrate on what needs fixing, and there is plenty wrong with the U.S. health-care system. But it is also important to focus on what needs to be protected or enhanced. From this patient's perspective, the current reform effort must do five things:


-- Emphasize prevention, early detection and early intervention.


-- Maximize online efficiencies to reduce paperwork and streamline data.


-- Protect the patient-doctor relationship.

-- Address the insurance/quality-of-care gap.

-- Increase funding for medical research.


(SNIP)

For me and other Americans suffering from advanced cancer, the health-care debate this summer is no abstraction. It is a matter of life or death.

God rest his soul.
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swilton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 11:21 PM
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3. He Saw The Error of His Ways
And Showed Us How to Fight the Good Fight - RIP :cry:
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 04:26 AM
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4. RIP Mr. Bacon
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 07:22 AM
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5. very sad
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