Daryl J. Eigen, Ph.D.
Daryl enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1966 and went to Vietnam that summer. He
spent the first part of his tour in 3rd Battalion 26th Marines and the 2nd
Battalion 9th Marines in the second half of his tour in 1967. He was awarded 3
purple hearts from wounds sustained from three different engagements with the
enemy. He participated in over twelve operations against enemy forces. He
was honorably discharged in November 1968.
Shortly after Daryl’s release from service, he attended college and received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee with the financial aid of the GI bill, scholarships and several grants. He invented a cluster analysis algorithm for NASA and is one of the first to have created a software implementation of a neural network. He matriculated as a PhD student in Computer Science at Rutgers University. He received a PhD in engineering from Northwestern University under a Bell Labs scholarship. He joined Bell Labs as a member of technical staff and later as supervisor of technical staff, where he created popular telephone services such as Calling Card Service and the partial automation of collect service.He also developed the AT&T audible logo. He worked on several other inventions in his career, including the first integration of voice and data on the PC, fault-tolerant optical switches, Integrated ASE and OSA, among others.
Daryl has authored more than twenty technical publications. He enjoyed a
corporate career and held a number of senior positions, such as senior vice
president of the international division of a Fortune 500 company and CEO of
several venture-funded high-tech companies. After his corporate career he
obtained a second master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from the institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA (now Sofia University), and a 500-hour registered yoga instructor certification from Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA.
For several years he contributed his time, training, and efforts as a
yoga teacher to DePaul, a low-income alcohol and drug rehabilitation center in
Portland, OR that serves vets. He has traveled the world extensively and has
been to more than eighty-five countries. His highest accomplishment was marrying Lucy Burwell Eigen, a beautiful, smart, and loving woman. Daryl is the proud father of Tony (wife, Lori) and Molly (partner, Sarah),and grandfather to Amelia, Sophia and Zoe.
The long-term effects of exposure to violence and Agent Orange have continued to reverberate through his life. Not too long ago a doctor at the VA diagnosed Daryl with Parkinson’s Disease due to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam in addition to his PTSD.
Daryl Eigen, Ph.D.
Daryl served honorably in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 in the Marine Corps’ 3/26 and 2/9 combat infantry battalions. He was awarded 3 Purple Hearts and fought in over a dozen operations against enemy forces in and around the DMZ.
He received BA and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Ph.D. in Engineering from Northwestern University and a MA from Sofia University.
Daryl Eigen enjoyed a corporate career starting as a Bell Labs Member of Technical Staff where he created popular telephone services like Calling Card Service. He held a number of senior management positions including CEO for several high-tech firms.
Daryl lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife Lucy. He is the proud father of
Tony and Molly and grandfather to Amelia, Sophia, and Zoe.