On Veterans Day 2019, longtime Cairn employee Eugene Vickers celebrated his 104th birthday at the Navy Museum in Washington D.C. There, he received a plaque honoring his service in World War II.
Eugene Vickers served as a lieutenant and chaplain in the U.S. Navy and was trained at Harvard as a communications officer. He served in this role aboard two warships in the South West Pacific. After his honorable service in World War II, Vickers went on to work at Cairn University for nearly 45 years. His extensive Cairn career included many positions, such as Cairn’s first soccer coach, director of the evening school, director of alumni, and director of admissions. Eugene’s influence on the University lasted long after his retirement, as his four daughters and six of his grandchildren have attended Cairn.