“Never shall I forget the day I walked off the farm,” Falcon recently said in an interview. “I had just turned ten and I had seen seven children die – all horrible deaths – and I had nearly died twice myself. I had been given two irreconcilable messages as a child. The first – death on the farm would be my fate. My destiny. The second was that if I could envision a world in which I didn’t die on the farm, if I could carry that dream in my heart, nurture it, suffer for it, one day I would walk away from that hell. And I did. I have never forgotten that lesson.”
A curator at Yale’s Peabody Museum offered Falcon a volunteer position there. By 16, he had become Assistant to the Director of The Bingham Oceanographic Lab. As a teenager, Falcon spent endless hours doing theoretical physics and chemistry. A letter he wrote to an astronaut regarding communication problems during re-entry brought an invitation from NASA to visit the Manned Space Center at Houston. ”My intention was to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics. But in the end, I came to realize that science couldn’t give me the certainty about the workings of the universe that it promised.”
Fascinated by the Iliad and Odyssey which he had read at seven, Falcon’s attention turned to the question of what it means to be human. In pursuit of that question, he would go on to receive multiple degrees in philosophy, social thought, a Masters of Divinity at Yale and a PhD in Biblical Theology at Emory. Falcon was named to “Who’s Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology.” Fortress Press published Falcon’s dissertation, “The Protest and the Silence: Suffering, Death and Biblical Theology.” As though destined to live between two worlds, he continued to speak at the national meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, while, in the corporate world, his ability to apply complex emerging technologies to “real business problems” earned him a reputation for being both visionary and practical.
For 14 years, a consultant to the Advanced Network Products Group of AT&T, Falcon was a keynote speaker for high level executives on building and managing effective technical infrastructures that met current and emerging business needs. Consulting clients included The State of Florida, The State of Georgia, NCTA, Florida Power and Light, Pinellas County, Glen Raven Mills, VF Corporation, Kaiser-Ross, Ford Motor Company, AAA, Georgia Power and a number of other Fortune 500 companies. After designing the technical infrastructure at the new Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill, he was nominated by Michael Dell for a Computerworld-Smithsonian Medal. He was one of less than 120 people out of more than 1,600 nominees to receive a medal that year. A former CEO and CIO, VP of Engineering, and VP of Technology, Falcon was often called upon to resolve complex technical problems by building and training an effective organization. At Gist.Com, Falcon took over a global infrastructure that was in disarray and with a staff of four, managed more than 270 servers in four global data centers. Up-time exceeded 99%.
He has won a number of awards for his work. In the Fall of 2002, his series “Tea and Sympathy” was featured in Life Imitating Art magazine. “Tracy (06)” received The Gold Award from Digital Camera World of the UK in 2003. In 2005, his photo, “Desire,” was also featured in Digital Camera World. His work has been awarded “Photography of the Day” twice, and 75 Showcase awards (each equivalent to a first place award) on One Model Place, as well as “Daily Deviant” on the art website Deviant Art. In each case, his work has stood out from among thousands of still images published everyday.
Since the Fall of 2002, Falcon’s work has appeared in many publications in the Unites States and in numerous galleries.