Maxwell Becton

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Maxwell W. Becton (1868 – January 2, 1951) co-founded Becton Dickinson in 1897 with Fairleigh S. Dickinson.[1]


Born in Kinston, North Carolina, Becton moved to Rutherford, New Jersey, where his company was based, and died there in his home in 1951.[2]

Becton is interred at Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.[3][4]


  1. ^ Becton, Dickinson & Company - Company History
  2. ^ "M.W. BECTON DEAD; MANUFACTURER, 83; Maker of Surgical Instruments Was a Founder of Fairleigh Dickinson College in 1941", The New York Times, January 3, 1951, p. 25.
  3. ^ "Sometimes the Grave Is a Fine and Public Place". New York Times. March 28, 2004. But there are a slew of other places around New Jersey with their own pantheons. Consider the eclectic group at rest in Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst: the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Carlos Williams and both founders of the former industrial giant Becton-Dickinson, Maxwell Becton and Fairleigh Dickinson, for whom the New Jersey university is named.
  4. ^ Maxwell Wilbur Becton, Find A Grave. Accessed September 24, 2007.