Thomas S. Tull, right, British consul general at Philadelphia, presents the insignia and certificate of honorary membership in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to its first American recipient, Sister Mary Margaret, R.S.M., a patient at Mercy Hospital. Holding the citation is Dr. Walter J. Larkin and in back is Sister Mary Georgia, R.S.M. Times-Tribune File
Fifty years ago, Sister Mary Margaret was honored by Queen Elizabeth II with honorary membership in Order of the British Empire. Sister Mary received this honor for her years of service working and later running a hospital for lepers in British Guiana.