Gift of Oswego Keeps on Giving to Bacon Family

Parent newsletter bannerIt's an Oswego legacy that starts in the 1950s and stretches well into the new millennium. Since Bill Bacon '59 roamed the halls of Oswego with his future wife, the late Patricia Kallmeyer Bacon '60, all three of their children — and their spouses — have called themselves Lakers.

The Bacon family 2007"Probably the reason that happened is I have a very close brother- and sister-in-law in Pulaski," Bill said. "In the summertime when we came to Pulaski we made it a point to come down to Oswego and visit all our old haunts."

The parade of Bacon children began with daughter, Diane Bacon Rizzo '88, who met her husband, Don Rizzo '87, as a student.

She was followed by brother Bill Bacon IV '90, who married Holly Roth Bacon '88. The other Bacon brother, Robert '95, married Kathleen Liguori Bacon '95.

This fall, James Rizzo '14 became the ninth member - and third generation - of the Bacon family to enroll at Oswego.

"Basically, it changed all our lives. I'm very fortunate," Bill Bacon said. "I've got three great kids ... We all did extremely well once we graduated."

Bill came to Oswego to pursue an industrial arts degree at one of the only colleges to offer it at the time. He ended up working as a guidance counselor, retiring in 1992.

In addition to his work as a Downstate recruiter for SUNY Oswego until his second retirement in 2000, Bill has volunteered time as an Oswego Alumni Association Board member and made regular donations to his alma mater.

It's just two ways this proud alumnus and parent likes to give back.

"[Our family members are] all doing something they love and we attribute that to our education," he said.

The Oswego Parents Fund invites all family members of current and past students to give back and ensure Oswego success stories continue for generations. The fund supports academic programs, research opportunities, scholarships, library resources, technology upgrades and more.

— Shane M. Liebler

Bill Bacon '59, at center, eighth from the right, stands with his family at the Campus Center opening in 2007. Nine current Bacon family members have attended or are attending Oswego.

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