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John Bennett Bacon
(May 15, 1940 - February 16, 2014)

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John Bennett Bacon, a retired professor and author, died on February 16, 2014; he was 73 years old.

He was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 15, 1940 to Frank Rider Bacon, Jr. and Eleanor Bennett Bacon. He graduated from DeVilbiss High School in Toledo, Ohio in 1958 and received his BA from Wabash College in 1962 and in 1966 he received his PhD from Yale University. He was interested in philosophy, semantics and logic and held positions on the faculties at the University of Texas, Austin, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Fordham University, City University of New York, Rutgers University, Pratt Institute in New York, and the University of Sydney, Australia.

In addition to teaching, he was also an accomplished author. He co-authored titles such as Logic from A to Z: The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Glossary of Logical and Mathematical Terms; Being and Existence: Two Ways of Formal Ontology; Ontology, Causality and Mind and his works were also cited in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Volume 10.

Mr. Bacon is survived by his son David (Karen) Bacon, Katonah, New York and daughter Sara Elsa-Beech (Jennifer Balfour), Somerville, MA, three grandchildren Miles, Calder and Rosalind, brother George (Lai Ling), Toronto, Ontario and sister, Kate (John) Endersbe, Tubac, AZ. He is also survived by two ex-wives, Gertrud Elsasser Bacon (Weilheim, Germany and New York City) and Abigail Rosenthal Martin (New York City and Pennsylvania). He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Eleanor Bacon.

There will be a memorial service at Collingwood Presbyterian Church located at 2108 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43620 on March 19, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. The family plans to have a memorial service which will be held in New York at a later date. Online condolences may be made at Those wishing to make a donation in memory of John, may donate to the Collingwood Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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