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.