Aikman, Arthur L. (1926-2010) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Dr. Arthur L. Aikman was born June 12th 1926 in Mattoon, IL, and died November 30th 2010 in Decatur, IL. After serving with the United States Navy in World War II and the Korean War Aikman went back to school and received his bachelors from Eastern Illinois University, his masters from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. in education from Southern Illinois University. After teaching and holding positions in public schools around Southern Illinois he returned to Southern Illinois University and joined the department of education faculty.
At Southern Illinois University Aikman would serve as director of the National Teacher Corps program and become head of the Vietnam Education AID project in 1967. At the end of the Vietnam education project he was one of six Americans to receive a medal from the government of Vietnam for outstanding contributions to the Vietnamese educational system. Aikman would later become a Ministry of Education consultant and give a series of lectures in Thailand and Nepal throughout the 1980s. After retiring from SIU he received many honors from organizations such as: the Illinois Curriculum Council, Illinois State Board of Education, the SIU Board of Trustees, Eastern Illinois University, State Universities Retirement System of Illinois board, and the office of the regional superintendent.