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General Manager of San Diego Zoo Dies at 46

April 6, 1986

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ James P. Bacon Jr., general manager of the San Diego Zoo and a noted authority on reptiles and amphibians, died after returning from a morning run. He was 46.

Bacon’s body was discovered Friday in his apartment by zoo staffers who became worried when he failed to show up for work, zoo spokesman Chris Peterson said Saturday.

He had been general manager of the zoo since January, and also was general curator of herpetology for the Zoological Society of San Diego.

A preliminary coroner’s finding said Bacon died Friday of natural causes, Peterson said.

Bacon is survived by his wife, Betty Rae Bacon, two daughters, Alison Elizabeth and Sarah Ellen, his mother, Maureen Bacon of Barrington, Ill., and a brother, Gary W. Bacon of Woodbridge, Va.

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