Refugees International Mourns the Death of Kenneth H. Bacon

August 15, 2009

Washington, DC - With grief and a deep sense of loss, Refugees International announces that Kenneth H. Bacon, President of Refugees International, died this morning from an aggressive melanoma that spread into his brain. Mr. Bacon, who became President of Refugees International in 2001 and was only 64 years old at the time of his death, devoted the final years of his life to building the organization into the leading advocacy group on refugee crises.

"Ken Bacon was an extraordinary human being. He led by example and dedicated his efforts to help those most vulnerable - refugees and displaced persons across the globe," said Farooq Kathwari, Chair of the Board of Directors of Refugees International. "We are inspired by his passion, his integrity, his humility, and the dignity with which he faced the inevitable.  We will sorely miss our friend and colleague."

Under Mr. Bacon's leadership, Refugees International doubled in size and grew from an organization that largely sounded the alarm on the latest refugee crisis to a program built on sustained advocacy to transform unwieldy and often ineffective international systems. During his tenure, the organization successfully advocated for increased protection and assistance for displaced people in places like Darfur and Iraq, where he focused much of his own work, as well as in Afghanistan, Burma, the DR Congo, Colombia, and Thailand. Mr. Bacon also launched new advocacy programs on peacekeeping and statelessness.

In the last few months of his life, Mr. Bacon turned his passion towards the growing threat of climate displacement. Just a few weeks prior to his death, he and his wife Darcy provided a generous donation to establish the Ken and Darcy Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement.

"Ken's death is an enormous loss --- to his family, his friends, and Refugees International. All of us here will miss his leadership, his kindness, and his quiet passion," said Joel Charny acting president of Refugees International. "He never stopped looking for new ways to bring attention to the millions of people who have been uprooted by violence and conflict. The world's most vulnerable people have lost one of their most tireless advocates."

In 2004, Mr. Bacon made Darfur his primary regional focus before throngs of activists and celebrities began calling for support to the region. In 2005, he accompanied UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Darfur, and he met with Sudanese President Al-Bashir in 2007 to push for a ceasefire and greater access for relief workers in Darfur. Over the years, he travelled to Darfur four times, wrote op-ed pieces, conducted media interviews and testified to Congress in his trademark bowtie, participated in think-tank working groups, debated the merits of military action with journalists and humanitarian workers and gave advice to the leaders of the grassroots movements that made Darfur a household name. These efforts helped lead to the substantial funding the U.S. has provided for aid to the people of Darfur and to African Union and United Nations peacekeepers in the region.

"Ken would walk the corridors of power one day and then meet with refugees in the most remote areas of Darfur the next. His unique mixture of expertise in the media, military affairs, and U.S. government policy, added to his compassion for vulnerable refugees, made him one of the great voices in humanitarian advocacy," continued Charny. "Ken always saw the best in people. His ability to connect with nearly everyone he met made it possible for him to convince officials at the highest levels of government and the United Nations to make the necessary changes to save lives and protect people from harm."

In 2006, Mr. Bacon pushed Refugees International to investigate the plight of Iraqi refugees at a time when no one was willing to acknowledge or speak out about this matter. Drawing on the findings of Refugees International's field research teams, Mr. Bacon was a leader in pushing the U.S. government and the UN to recognize the world's fastest growing refugee crisis at that time. His advocacy with senior administration officials and key members of Congress, such as Senator Edward Kennedy, was instrumental in achieving extensive press coverage and policy discussions on Iraqi displacement, the creation of a State Department task force on the problem, a sharp increase in international assistance for displaced Iraqis, and greater numbers of Iraqis being resettled in this country.

Mr. Bacon wrote a few months before his death, "When I came to Refugees International in 2001, I planned to stay for several years and then retire or move on to teaching or writing, but the challenge of the work and the commitment of the staff are too exciting to leave." When he thanked people for their support of the organization, he regularly noted, "We have a lot to do."

In 1994, Mr. Bacon became Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon spokesman. During the U.S. and NATO operations in Kosovo, Mr. Bacon became convinced that the world needed more people working to stop human rights abuses and to assist people displaced by man-made and natural disasters. He became president of Refugees International in 2001 to help further that goal.

From 1969 to 1994 Mr. Bacon worked as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Bacon received his Bachelor's degree from Amherst College, and a Master's degree in Business Administration and Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974.

Mr. Bacon is survived by his wife, two daughters, two grandchildren, his brother and his father. The board and staff of Refugees International express their deepest condolences to his family and friends.

A memorial service will take place in Washington, DC in September and forthcoming details will be posted on the Refugees International website. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family has designated Refugees International for memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Bacon. For more information, go to http://www.refugeesinternational.org/ken-bacon.

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Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.

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Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: Death of Ken Bacon, Refugees International

The Washington Post: Kenneth Bacon, Journalist and Advocate for Refugees, Dies at 64

Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times: Ken Bacon, RIP

George Packer, The New Yorker: Two Deaths

Associated Press: Refugee advocate, former Pentagon spokesman dies

Bloomberg News: Kenneth Bacon, President of Refugees International, Dies at 64

Wall Street Journal: Former Journal Reporter Kenneth Bacon Dies of Cancer at 64

CNN.com: Bacon, Ex-Pentagon Spokesman, Refugee Advocate Dies

The New York Times: K. H. Bacon, An Advocate for Refugees is Dead at  64

The London Times: Kenneth Bacon: Pentagon Chief Spokesman and Advocate for Refugees

NPR's Weekend Edition: A Final Farewell to Our Good Friend Ken Bacon

Barbara Starr, CNN.com Commentary: A gift to D.C. and champion for refugees

Evelyn Thornton, Initiative for Inclusive Security: Ken Bacon (1944-2009)

 

Comments

Ken Bacon

I had the honor of working with Ken for four years at the Department of Defense and remaining his friend afterwards and observing his amazing work with RI. Ken was an honorable, principled, hard-working, funny, and thoughtful person who made a huge impact on me in our few years working together. His loss at such a young age is a tragedy, but the example he set for others will help him live on in many ways. Thoughts and prayers to Darcy and his daughters.

old school ties

As an Exeter alum I have my own memories and sadness of Ken's passing. I write of them here: http://armchairasia.blogspot.com/2009/09/in-memoriam.html

Ken Bacon

Ken Bacon was among the most astute and principled individuals in DC. I always felt welcome around him. I am going to miss him dearly. He always added new dimensions to various issues. I learned a great deal from them. Condolences to his family and friends. It was an honor to have known him.

He gave it all up...

Ken Bacon could have become a real 'power' in the corridors of Washington, D.C. After his stint at the Pentagon, he could have become a highly-paid, well-heeled K-Street lobbyist. He could have 'gone corporate' and made huge salaries and bonuses. He didn't give a damn about any of that. He gave it all up to follow his heart, to do what he could to make a real difference in this world of suffering, to do what his conscience dictated. He is an inspiration to all of us--those of us who worked with him at the Pentagon, those who first met him at R.I., those who never met him in person. My condolences to Darcy and the family. I will miss Ken Bacon.

condolence

So many knew Ken as a gifted and dedicated campaigner for the victims of conflict. He also lifted his voice for the critical tool of peacekeeping and the role peacekeepers play in both prevention and protection. He established a peacekeeping associate at RI (the first and probably one organization focused on refugees to do so to this day). He helped create and became the first co-chair of a new association of peacekeeping advocates, the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping (PEP), still in existence today. I was honored to have been a part of that journey with him and his conscious linking of peacekeeping to refugees will now, sadly, need another respected voice from the refugee community.

Ken recreated hope for me

After 15 months of battling with the immigration to bring my two boys from Iraq to the USA, Ken was the only, only person to save them, save me from losing hope that I would see them again. He was able to help me see them again three and a half years after I was separated from them. I believe in what happened to Ken, but I also believe that such people should be alive to help others like me. Never, I am going to forget him. I will always see him every time I look in my boys' eyes. Rest in Peace, dearest Ken. I love you.

Ken Bacon - Friend, Mentor and Inspiration

I was an intern at RI in 2006 and since that time Ken has been an amazing friend and mentor. I am deeply saddened by his death, but I feel extremely privileged to have known him and to have worked for him. Ken was a huge inspiration to me and I was continually impressed by how much good he did for so many people. My thoughts are with Darcy, the Bacon family and everyone at RI.

Former Refugees International staff person sends condolences

My condolences to Mrs. Bacon, and the Bacon family on your loss. I also want to send my best wishes to all current RI staff persons. It must be so difficult to lose someone who gave so much to the world and to refugees. As for me, after I left Refugees International, I started working in the Fairfax County Public Schools. I have been working with ESOL students and other students to help them learn English. Helen Gettys Michie

a good listener and enormous humanity

It's difficult to imagine that Ken has gone. I had not seen him for a while--(I accompanied Ken on one of his first RI mission--to Brussels!) yet I could always imagine him: the humanitarian walking the refugee camps, in and out of airplanes and airwaves, a thinker behind his desk dissecting a crisis and how best to tackle it, a man who dared to poke holes at the system and denounce it when needed; never wavering in his belief that something can be done even when it looks grim and hopeless. I will miss Ken's gentle and kind ways; he was a good listener; a man of keen intellect, humor and enormous humanity. My thoughts to Darcy, the Bacon family and RI staff and Board.

Kenneth H. Bacon, President of Refugees International,

Je suis française et j'aurais aimé me rendre, un jour, au "repas annuel de Refugees International "pour éventuellement le rencontrer; c'était un homme extraordinaire. Monsieur Ken Bacon, et bien d'autres, ont consacrés leur vie aux missions humanitaires. With sincere condolences....

Do More Talk Less

I admired Ken for many reasons. His graceful leadership style made me want to work harder and do better. He always kept his eyes on the prize: more protection and solutions for refugees. He wasn't distracted by the noise that often surrounds humanitarian response. While others talked about what to do, Ken was already doing it. Quietly, respectfully--even modestly, Ken set his course and never deviated until he accomplished his goal. He never dwelled on the accomplishment either. By the time the accolades came, Ken was already onto his next project. For Ken--and all of his measurable impact--it was never about him, it was always about how many individual lives may have been brightened because of his work and that of his colleagues, whom I know he deeply respected. Despite its disappointments and suffering, Ken reminded me daily through his professional commitment and kindness that it is still a beautiful world--and one worth fighting for. --Elizabeth Campbell (Refugee Council USA)

With sincere condolences....

Dear Colleagues – Please accept sincere condolences from Ken Bacon’s many friends and colleagues at Save the Children. Ken was a wonderful leader for refugees and displaced persons, for Refugees International, and for the entire humanitarian community in the US and worldwide. I personally had the great good fortune to work with Ken as fellow Board Officers for InterAction over the past three years. Ken was exceptional in his grasp of the larger issues, his capacity to identify the heart of the matter, and his ability to bring other people along towards a positive and impactful conclusion. His commitment to Refugees International and its mission and work were unstinting, but he carried this same passion to his leadership of the larger humanitarian community. He will be greatly missed, but we will all continue to be inspired by his example. Most sincerely, Charlie MacCormack Charles MacCormack President and CEO Save the Children 54 Wilton Road Westport, CT 06880 USA phone: 203-221-4199 fax: 203-227-5667

Ken's Passing Challenges All of Us

Ken was a respected humanitarian leader and a dear and supportive friend. I am saddened by his untimely passing and will miss his wise advice and strong voice on behalf of refugees. Ken’s death leaves a hole in our community and offers a challenge to all of us: who will carry on his important work? While no one will be able to replace Ken, we must all push ourselves to step forward and shoulder a piece of it. We owe him that. - Anne Richard, International Rescue Committee

Ken Becon - the GODMAN for the refugees

A bold soul retire to take his soul to the next height to work more closely with the virtue for which he lived all his life . Actually the great soul that Mr. Ken was, can never take rest, but can take a re-birth, to fight more courteously, and courageously, and do his last bit for his own persons - refugees...his near and dear ones. My whole hearten condolence to all his family members and his family at large. It was a great honor to work for his mission.

Ken, what you did will be continued by us all

Though I did only stay in RI for three months, the memory of Ken is still vivid and impressive. What is the destination of life? What can be regarded as a meaningful life? I believe Ken left us a good example. To care about people around us is not difficult, but to be consistently committed into this great mission is not a easy task. Ken devoted his life to humanitarian missions. Thank you so much! RI is a great organization where I learnt that so many of us are fighting for a better society.

Our Condolences

On behalf of all of us at the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, we wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Ken Bacon and to our colleagues at Refugees International on hearing of his death last Saturday. Our old peace movement has struggled for many decades for an international legal order that would address the catastrophic situation of refugees throughout the world. To achieve this effective protection we need to have a true ‘international community.’ To have an international community we need to have dedicated national leaders who accept that they are also citizens of the world community. Ken embodied these ideals. We will miss him very much. Sincerely, William R Pace General Secretary World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy

Our Deepest Condolences

I was saddened to hear of Ken’s recent passing. He was a dedicated advocate for the world’s refugees, and his work at Refugees International was of vital consequence to the millions of Afghans that fled their country over the last decades and were able to return in recent years. When I hosted a reception for Refugees International in April 2009, I had a chance to speak to Ken, and his passion and dedication for the lives of the world’s refugees was quickly apparent. His passing is a difficult loss for the millions of refugees around the world who benefited from his vision and commitment. On behalf of President Hamid Karzai, I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to his family and to the staff of Refugees International. Ken's work for the refugees of the world, including those in Afghanistan, will not be forgotten. Said T. Jawad Ambassador Embassy of Afghanistan Washington, D.C.

Our Condolences

Human Rights Watch learned with great sadness about the tragic death of Ken Bacon, a long-time friend and colleague of this organization. Ken was a true champion of the rights of refugees and one of the most trusted and committed advocates on their behalf. In the past several years, we worked closely with Ken to bring the plight of Iraqi refugees to the world’s attention. Ken was particularly effective in raising the need for a quicker and more generous response on the part of the U.S. government. We especially noted with admiration his advocacy for greater protection and assistance for Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people in the Middle East and for resettling to the United States those who could not be protected there. His efforts were key in convincing the U.S. government to commit millions of dollars in humanitarian aid for displaced Iraqis in the Middle East and to admit thousands of Iraqi refugees to the U.S. who might otherwise have been left vulnerable and with no prospects for a durable solution. Refugees worldwide have lost an important and compassionate voice. With condolences, Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Our Condolences

It is with the utmost sadness that we heard of the death of Ken Bacon this past weekend. On behalf of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), we wish to extend our deepest condolences to Ken’s family and our colleagues at Refugees International. Ken’s and RI’s support for RtoP was simply a strong confirmation of his dedication to assisting those most vulnerable in our world. It is rare for one to have risen to the top, first as a journalist, then as Assistant Secretary of Defense, and lastly as president of a humanitarian organization while always being known for his decency, goodness, intelligence and honesty. As one of Ken’s and RI’s most recent initiatives, the ICRtoP will strive to make the new norm of Responsibility to Protect a powerful and effective peace tool to prevent and redress mass violations of human rights. This will be the best way for us to honor Ken’s legacy. William Pace Sapna Chhatpar Thelma Ekiyor (West Africa Civil Society Institute, Chair of the Coalition)

My Real-Life Hero

My heart is heavy with the news of Ken's passing. Never have I come across someone so passionate and powerful, yet so humble and approachable. As an intern this past semester at RI, I saw first-hand the devotion that Ken had for RI's life-saving work. I remember constantly being in awe of his wealth of knowledge and the respect he had for everyone, even me; this shy and eager intern. One of my fondest memories is of our intern lunch with Ken and Mike- after informing him that I was from Liberia, he talked to me about his experience with my country and even suggested I read what became my favorite book, "The House at Sugar Beach". I was so inspired and honored by his eagerness to know more about my expererience as a Liberian refugee, even though he'd probably already heard all of this before! As a refugee and a humanitarian, I can honestly say that we have lost a very powerful force and voice, but he will not be forgotten and his tireless dedication continues to fuel my desire to do more for those less fortunate. My prayers are with his family, friends and Refugees International.

A world without Ken

I just learned of Ken's death. I can't imagine a world without him just now. Perhaps I'll be able to in a few days or months or years. I'm thinking about all the countless refugees--too many of them women and their children--who didn't know Ken, but for whom he fought and worked every day. He was an enlightened ally and fellow traveler who always spoke out eloquently on the issues facing women and girls. My gratitude to him for that is enormous. The world aches today for his loss. I will miss him (and his bow ties) very much. Ritu Sharma, President, Women Thrive Worldwide

A wonderful mentor

I was an intern with Refugees International in the summer of 2004. Mr. Ken Bacon had time for every one in the office, he shared his experiences and paid attention to all that was said. He respected everyone even the interns and took thier contribution very seriously. I pray that his soul may rest in peace. He will be missed always.

Honorable Kenneth H. Bacon

I'm saddened and heartbroken to learn of the passing of my former boss. I worked for him during his years at the Pentagon as his Senior Military Assistant. It is without exaggeration when I say that he was an inspiration to all who came in contact with him - from the Secretary of Defense, to the lowest level laborers in the building. His knowledge, keen insight, wisdom and wit were amazement to all. On behalf of all of us here at the Pentagon, our heartfelt condolence goes out to Darcy and the Bacon family.

I also worked for Ken at the

I also worked for Ken at the Pentagon, as his confidential assistant from 1998-2000. I am deeply saddened by his death. It was such an honor to work for him.

The Honorable Kenneth H. Bacon

We also had the honor and privilege of working for Mr. Bacon in the Pentagon when he was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. In addition to the daily interface with Mr. Bacon at the Pentagon, we also accompanied him on many trips abroad with the Secretary of Defense. We witnessed his interface with people of all kinds and he treated everyone the same, with kindness, dignity and respect. His personality and mannerisms were untouchable…from his bow-tie…to his playful laugh that would bring a smile to anyone’s face. Ken Bacon was truly a remarkable man who definitely made the world a much better place through his selfless giving and tireless efforts for the betterment of so many people’s lives through his work with RI. He will be missed dearly. Our condolences go out to the Bacon family. JoAnna M. and Sandra B.

Our fearless leader

I'll never forget my first morning meeting as an intern for RI. Ken had everyone gathered around the table in the basement of the N Street office as he did every day, and I couldn't help but liken the experience to the Justice League. Ken was the head superhero bringing everyone together to help those in the most dire need (forgive the comparison if off, I've never actually seen the show). He patiently heard each person out and thoughtfully weighed in to find the best course of action while seamlessly getting me up to speed with how the organization worked. While Ken was always as extremely active, he still took time to speak with me and catch me off-guard with a hilariously witty remark. Thank you, Ken, for the inspiration to do good in the world and have fun doing it! -Joe Cauda

What a wonderful person

When I was a reporter for the Boston Globe in Washington, and in Africa, I made it a point to call Ken at various intervals, to hear what was on his mind and to ask a question, `What outrages you these days?' He always had an answer, and his answers almost always led to stories -- stories that wouldn't have been told otherwise. So I loved talking with him. I really valued his insight and his kindness. I'll really miss him. John Donnelly

RIP Ken Bacon

I worked for Ken for three years and am shocked and saddened to hear of his death. He was a tireless and passionate advocate for the displaced. His sunny optimism will be sorely missed. He was a kind and decent man, even though he was going through cancer himself, he took the time to write to me upon hearing of the death of my father and offer me his sympathy. I sorely regret not getting to see him in July. My heart goes out to his lovely wife and beloved daughters. To lose your father is a terrible loss. And my deepest condolences to the RI family - it is inconceivable to think of Refugees International without Ken and his bow tie and smile and laugh every day. - with deepest sympathy, Sarah Martin

Women's Refugee Commission Loses a Good Friend in Ken Bacon

The staff and board of the Women's Refugee Commission are saddened to lose a dedicated friend, colleague and fellow advocate. Ken provided a much-needed voice for refugees around the world, bringing their needs to the attention of policy makers from Washington to Geneva to Kabul, and kept a spotlight on crises from Darfur to Congo to Colombia.

Much more than a boss

Ken was my boss for the past three and a half years. I will not pretend we always agreed on everything- we didn't. But even in those moments of disagreement, I always knew it was a privilege to work for someone who cared so much about people around him: his family and loved ones, of course. But also his RI staff and refugees and victims of conflict worldwide. Ken is without a doubt one of the best people I have ever met, and his passing is a tragedy for all of us who knew and loved him. It is also a great loss for the humanitarian community and for all the victims of war and violence Ken cared so deeply about. I was in Iraq with Ken last March. The cancer had already spread to his brain, though he didn't know it then. And yet, despite being sick- and older than me!- he had an energy that I could only envy. I would wake up in the morning to find that Ken had already been to the gym, written a blog post and made a few phone calls to set up meetings. And I would go to bed before him, after long days spent admiring the way he handled diplomats, militiamen and aid workers alike: with grace and intelligence, always knowing how best to reach out to them in the interest of displaced civilians. But mostly, I was inspired by the time he took to listen to each individual refugee story. Every person mattered to Ken. And every tragedy he heard about became his own. I cannot count the times I saw Ken moving mountains to help one single refugee, anonimously and without ever expecting any praise for it. The RI family has lost its leader and someone who was much more than a boss to us. And I can only imagine how painful these times must be for Ken's family. But just as Ken always did, even when he knew the end was near, I try to find hope in this tragedy. And my hope is that we all get to live our lives with half of the class, kindness and generosity Ken always conveyed to those around him. Ken's life ended too soon, but it was a life well lived. -Kristele Younes

Ken Bacon

Prayers for safe journey for the wonderful spirit of Ken Bacon, Many blessings to family and loved ones. Your work will not be forgotten.

Ken Bacon, the bow-tie guy

My deepest sympathies to Ken's family and to the RI family. I was so shocked when I found out about his cancer via his Facebook post, but that was nothing to this. So many things to say about such a wonderful man and truly inspiring human being, but I can't think straight, and plus I always write too much. I'd need Joel to cut my words in half. I'm just so sad, and so grateful for having had the chance to work with and be inspired by a great man who helped so many others, including me. He gave me a chance to do more with the work I was doing, and that was Ken. A kind and gentle soul who did so much to help fellow travelers along the way. God bless! --Peter G.

I'm really saddened. I

I'm really saddened. I traveled to Sudan with Ken in 2007, and both on that trip and in his quiet work to reconcile the policy advocacy and humanitarian communities' differences over Darfur strategies -- knowing they shared the same goals -- Ken showed the greatest humanity, fine diplomatic skills and huge decency. What a great loss. Condolences to his family. Larry Rossin

A tragic loss for the world

Ken Bacon was the living definition of a mensch. It's no cliche to say he was a scholar and a gentleman. He changed the world, and there aren't too many of us who can say that. And Ken deserved nothing less in life than his lovely wife Darcy. My heart is broken for her and their children. May Ken Bacon rest in peace.

Passing of Ken Bacon

Ken Bacon was an astounding gentleman - a leader in public and in private life. No matter how much he achieved or accomplished, he always remained true to heart, dedicated to making the lives of others better and improving our world. He will be greatly missed but always remembered. George P. Sigalos Washington, D.C.

Ken's Memory

Ken was an amazing role model to me. Through a short internship at RI and Ken's trips out to Jackson Hole I had the privilege of getting to know him. His kind, amazingly thoughtful words provided inspiration for me to pursue humanitarian work of some kind throughout my life. That warm smile under a red socks hat will never be far from my heart and mind. My own actions surrounding humanitarian crises will be strengthened by my memory of Ken's own passion for such issues. -Laramie Maxwell

Tamil IDPs/POWs from Srilanka...!

Deepest sympathies to Mr.Bacon's family and friends! Thanks for his great services! http://worldtamilrefugeesforum.blogspot.com

An inspiration

Not only was Kenneth Bacon a hero to refugees but he is also an inspiration to me and many others who have a calling to help refugees. He will be truly missed.

Ken Bacon - a true gentleman

I have had the opportunity of working with Ken Bacon for over 4 years. During that time I have come to appreciate his intelligence, wit, compassion, concern for others, and his intellectual and personal courage. He has been a leader who led by example. He was constantly on the side of those without a voice. He displayed a courtesy and grace towards others - even in difficult circumstances. People knew he cared. With his slight smile and the usual "thanks" he would acknowledge the contribution of those around him. So from me to you Ken : "thanks" - for who you were for all of us. Mike McIntyre , VP for Operations , Refugees International

Ken Bacon, an angel and a blessing for refugees

What a big loss,we refugees all over the globe- have faced by the death,rather the huge loss of the passing away of Ken Bacon ! Although I live in the Middle East, still I imagine myself standing just beside the coffin of Mr Bacon,together with his berieved wife and family,to have a look at his face and then to say my sincere prayers for his innocent and decent Soul and body and to lay some flowers! May His Soul rest in Peace ,Amen ! Ibrahim Al Tahtamouni A Palestinian Refugee Irbid-H.K.of Jordan