Long before he was known as Colonel Fairleigh Stanton Dickinson Sr., he was a young man growing up in North Carolina who worked for two years as a sailor on a square-rigger before moving to Elizabeth, New Jersey. There, he attended night high school while working at the Singer Sewing Machine Co. In 1887 Dickinson partnered with Maxwell Becton to found the Fortune 500 medical technology company Becton Dickinson. Dickinson was inducted into the United States Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel, working with the Army Medical Corps to supply surgical instruments. He later served on the War Department’s business council and was the medical and surgical committee chairman for both the Army and Navy. From 1927 until his passing in 1948, he served as the President of the Rutherford National Bank. Committed to serving the community, Dickinson was a charter member and President of the Rutherford Rotary Club and a member of the Masons, the Knights Templar, and national and regional councils of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1942 used his wealth to found what is now Fairleigh Dickinson University.