Deceased May 16, 2014

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In Memory

Ted Bacon, one of the more prominent and accomplished members of our class, died in Peterborough, Mass., on May 16, 2014, from a stroke he suffered on May 11.

Ted came to Amherst from Springfield, Mass., after graduating from Deerfield Academy. He joined Phi Gam and participated in cross country, the chest drive, the outing club, the flying club and the international relations club. He majored in history and graduated magna cum laude as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Shortly after graduation, Ted entered the Navy and was assigned to the port director's office in New York. There he met Sarah Hogate, DePauw '41, a member of the WAVES. They were married in 1943 and had three sons, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Ted was sent to England in '44 and after D-Day became the assistant port director of Le Havre, a port bombed by the Allies and sabotaged by the Germans. Despite this, it was the busiest port on the European continent until the liberation of Antwerp.

Released from active duty as a lieutenant commander, Ted became an assistant dean and later an associate dean at Amherst. After 15 enjoyable years at his alma mater, during which he obtained a master's degree from MIT in city and regional planning, Ted switched to UMass--Amherst to teach regional and city planning, retiring as a full professor in 1986.

During this period Ted developed his own business, acting as planning consultant for 35 municipalities, three colleges and several large real estate firms. In addition, he was very involved in the Amherst town government for 30 years.

Ted and Sarah did a lot of traveling, particularly to the Middle East, since he was a trustee at the American University in Cairo.

Unfortunately, Ted was predeceased by his wife of 64 years and, tragically, by two of his three sons.

Ted Heisler '42