Margaret Dorothea was born in Southport, North Carolina back in 1898 to William and Mary. She received her BA and MS degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1920. Afterwards she attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine graduating in 1924.
She held several positions at some prestigious schools and hospitals. She was Dean of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania when in 1943, she requested a leave of absence to enter the military. She was assigned as the Women’s Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army commanding the Women’s Health and Welfare Unit and liaison with the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). From 1944-45 she conducted an inspection of field conditions for servicewomen. In 1946, she separated from the US Army, in 1946 she accepted a surgical position with the Veterans Administration at Winter Veterans Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. What you may not know about Margaret Dorothea Craighill is that she was the first woman commissioned officer in the United States Army Medical Corps achieving the rank of Major. Until tomorrow remember to keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.