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August 16, 2009


Noted Pentagon spokesman

Kenneth Bacon, a Pentagon spokesman in the Clinton administration who became a voice for millions of refugees uprooted by violence and conflict, died Saturday of skin cancer that had spread to his brain. He was 64. His death at his vacation home in Block Island, R.I., was announced by Refugees International, a Washington-based advocacy group that Bacon had led since 2001.

"Most Americans remember Ken as the unflappable civilian voice of the Department of Defense," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement. "But for millions of the world's most vulnerable people ...Ken was an invaluable source of hope, inspiration and support."

After a career at a Wall Street Journal, Bacon joined the Clinton administration in 1994 as assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. It was in that job, during U.S. and NATO operations in Kosovo, where Bacon grew convinced that more was needed to stop human rights abuses and assist those displaced by disaster.

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