In Memory

Sid Bacon


Bacon, Sid P. passed away Thursday July 11th, at the age of 57 after a courageous 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Salina, KS from the time he was 6 months old. Sid graduated with a B.A. and M.S. from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. After postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge in England and Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE he became an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. Two years later, in 1988, he was recruited to Arizona State University as an associate professor. For over 25 years he served as a professor, department chair, dean of natural sciences, and associate vice president of knowledge enterprise development at ASU. Sid kept a blog of his journey at Through his reflections he taught us that every day is an incredible gift; with opportunities to live, love, laugh, and share. He is survived by his wife Cathy, daughter Laura, son Dan, daughter-in-law Liz, parents Marge and Bob, and sister Su. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 20th at 11:00 at Esperanza Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place, Phoenix, AZ 85048. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sid P. Bacon Memorial Research Scholarship online at or to the ASU Foundation, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, PO Box 870102, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287-0102.