For this year’s Veterans Day, longtime Cairn employee Eugene Vickers will celebrate his 104th birthday at the Navy Museum in Washington D.C. There, Vickers will receive 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.
The Veterans Day award ceremony will feature music from the Navy band and the presentation of the plaque by a retired Rear Admiral. Vickers’ oldest grandson will also offer a prayer during the program. Afterward, friends and family will celebrate his birthday there together.
Cairn University would like to congratulate Eugene for this prestigious honor from the U.S. Navy. Additionally, happy 104th birthday, and thank you for diligent work with the University over your storied career.
Learn more about Eugene’s life and military service in his feature story in the Newtown Square Friends and Neighbors magazine.
On Wednesday, November 15, Vietnam Veteran David Christian was invited to speak to Cairn University students. Christian, originally from Bucks County, is the youngest most decorated Vietnam War veteran, having