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Obituary: Donald W. Bacon '39

Donald W. Bacon, 97, a retired assistant commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service who became tax director for policy and planning with the conglomerate Gulf and Western, died of respiratory failure July 23, 2012, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.

The death was confirmed by a son, David P. Bacon. Mr. Bacon did auditing work for the General Accounting Office in Washington before joining the IRS in 1956. He served as Boston-based commissioner for the New England region until 1962. He then returned to the Washington area as assistant commissioner for compliance before joining Gulf and Western in 1971. He retired in 1984.

His awards included the Tax Executives Institute’s distinguished service award for his government service.

Donald Walter Bacon was a Cincinnati native and a 1939 graduate of Antioch College in Ohio. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and retired from the Reserve in 1952 at the rank of lieutenant commander.

He was a McLean resident and a member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lois Neuhart Bacon of McLean; four children, Janet L. Gaunt of Seattle, Anne M. Bacon of Winchester, Va., David P. Bacon of Vienna and Susan B. Morris of Wake Forest, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.