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Many people have heard of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the third-largest medical products and equipment industry in the world, Becton-Dickinson. Fewer people know that Fairleigh Dickinson was born in Carteret County in the Core Creek community. He left home at fourteen to take a job on a sailing ship. Later a chance meeting with Maxwell Becton of Kinston led to the founding of Becton-Dickinson, which reported revenues of almost $5 million in 2004. Although he led a very busy life filled with national and international commitments, Dickinson and his family returned to Core Creek every year till his death in 1948.
Noted first about Fairleigh Stanton Dickinson is the fact that he has a university named in his honor, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). What follows helps to justify such an honor. Emphasized were a partnership with Maxwell W. Becton of a company that was the third largest producer of medical products in the world; military service that yielded membership in the War Department’s business council; ownership of The Pilgrim, which served as a patrol craft during WWII; civic contributions including director of the American Surgical Trade Association; and a donation of $100,000 plus for the construction of a new non-denominational community church and parish hall.