Margaret Dorothea Craighill

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Margaret Dorothea Craighill was born in Southport, North Carolina back in 1898 to William and Mary. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1921. After graduation, she worked with the Chemical Warfare Department of the United States Army.

She continued her studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine graduating with her MD in 1924. She held several positions until the outbreak of WWII. She was assigned as the Women’s Consultant to the Surgeon General of the United States Mary commanding the Women’s Health and Welfare Unit.

After the war ended she worked for a brief time at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She returned to the Army working at the Veterans Administration in Topeka, Kansas. She died in 1977, she was 78.

What you may not know about Margaret is that on May 28, 1943 she became the first woman commissioned officer in the United States Medical Corps. When she finally left the Army, she has risen to the rank of Major.

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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Well done Major Craighill.

Aug 13, 2019 03:58 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Love your stories about women, James. But if you ask me, Mary should have been a general!

Aug 13, 2019 04:32 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. What and incredible woman and a great read as well.

Aug 13, 2019 04:44 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

It's incredible to me that there IS a "Women's Hospital" ! 

Aug 13, 2019 04:56 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - another story of a pioneering woman.  It's interesting to read that while she was born in North Carolina, she went to school in Wisconsin.  Definitely a person on the move.  In more ways than one.  

Aug 13, 2019 05:03 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

An innovative woman.

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Aug 13, 2019 05:15 AM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Margaret was a woman who definitely got the job done. Enjoy your day 

Aug 13, 2019 05:16 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I always enjoy reading about famous women who might not have become a household name but we’re important to our country James Dray 

Aug 13, 2019 06:24 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, she was a very hard working and extremely accomplished woman, that is for sure.

Aug 13, 2019 06:45 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You continue to educate us on all types of accomplished people in our nation and elsewhere.  Hurray for Margaret. A

Aug 13, 2019 07:29 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Getting to be a major back then was a great honor for a female.  Thanks for this blog.


Aug 13, 2019 08:08 AM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I always enjoy reading about those who break through the ceiling. 

Aug 13, 2019 08:25 AM #13
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a beautiful career.

Aug 13, 2019 10:06 AM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon James - a greT contributor to our country and a trail blazer 

Aug 13, 2019 11:38 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I love learning more about those in our history who contributed so much. 

Aug 13, 2019 12:20 PM #16
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
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Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thanks James, I did not know she was the first female commissioned officer in the US Medical Corps. 

Aug 13, 2019 06:00 PM #17
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for another great bit of history.  I am frequently amazed at what people can accomplish in their lives. 

Aug 13, 2019 08:19 PM #18
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That's cool James Dray . I'm always happy to hear about women in the military with my daughter being a veteran.

Aug 15, 2019 10:50 AM #19
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In my opinion she was someone who deserved the rank of general but those where the days.

Aug 15, 2019 06:33 PM #20
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Glad to find out who was the first!  Thank you, James!

Sep 11, 2019 05:04 AM #21
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