Campus / News / July 2, 2012

George Bacon, oldest Knox student, dies at 80

George Bacon, a non-traditional student.

George Bacon, Knox’s oldest student, died Saturday, June 30, 2012. Bacon was known as a lifelong learner who graduated from Carl Sandburg College in 2010 and had been taking courses at Knox since then. He was 80.

A visitation will be held Thursday, followed by a memorial service Friday. For complete service information, Bacon’s obituary can be viewed on the Hinchliff-Pearson-West website (

You may also revisit a 2011 profile of Bacon in The Knox Student.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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