S. Allen Bacon, 93, a lifelong Quaker who devoted his life to advocating for peace, social justice, and environmental causes, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Crosslands, a retirement community in Kennett Square.
Mr. Bacon was the widower of prominent Quaker historian Margaret Hope Bacon, who died in 2011.
Born in Haddonfield, Mr. Bacon was a graduate of Westtown High School, Haverford College, Antioch College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He met his future wife at Antioch, where the two worked to help integrate the school, said his son, Peter Bacon. They were married 68 years.
Motivated by his liberal education and Quaker heritage, Mr. Bacon joined the Civilian Public Service, the government-sanctioned conscientious-objector program, during World War II and worked in a mental hospital on improving treatment of patients.
He gained recognition as a community organizer at the Friends Neighborhood Guild, where he directed a program to reduce delinquency in North Philadelphia. He was also director of Germantown Settlement, working to improve how families were moved from condemned houses, as well as of the Greater Philadelphia Federation of Settlements. He worked with numerous service agencies, including Women's Way.
In retirement, Mr. Bacon and his wife headed a project to restore a historic Quaker cemetery in a blighted North Philadelphia neighborhood. He continued his work in social causes and went to protests “until the end,” his son said.
“He saw the big issues of the day,” Peter Bacon said. “He was always working on something.”
In addition to his son, Mr. Bacon is survived by two daughters, Margaret S. Bacon and Elizabeth H. Caesar; his sister, Alice Long; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial meeting will be held in the William Penn Lounge at Crosslands at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Contributions may be made to the Fair Hill Burial Ground Corp., Antioch College, or the American Friends Service Committee.