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DACOR Bacon House Foundation  
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: DACOR Bacon House Foundation Scholarships bestowed in the names of Heyward G. Hill, Harriet C. Thurgood and Virginia Thurgood Bingham
Year Established: 1990
Biographical Information: DACOR is an organization of foreign affairs professionals. Founded in 1952, it is a place to continue fostering interests in foreign affairs, to maintain and renew friendships, to celebrate shared lives in distant places, and to meet younger officers as they begin their careers. The DACOR Bacon House Foundation offers public and educational programs, awards scholarships and fellowships to students inside and outside the Foreign Service, hosts an annual conference, and maintains the historic DACOR Bacon House and its collections. For more information visit,

Mr. Hill, a native of Louisiana has a 27 year Foreign Service career serving in, Kobe and Yokohama; Buenos Aires; Geneva; Panama City; Algiers; Ankara; Jidda, Saudi Arabia , and Alexandria, Egypt. He retired in 1960 and had no heirs. Miss Harriet C. Thurgood was born in Virginia but lived and served as a clerk in the US Embassy in Panama in 1936. She went on to other postings with the U.S. Government in other areas of the world. In 1954, Harriet became an FSO before retiring in 1965. Ms. Thurgood never married. Virginia Thurgood, sister to Harriet, in the early 1940s, met George Reynolds Bingham, a vice consul at the US Embassy in Panamá. Once married, Virginia accompanied George on to other assignments for the next twenty years. George retired in 1963. They had no children.

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