Artistic Expressions: S. Mary Alice McFarland

In 1938, as a hobby, S. Mary Alice McFarland began X-raying flowers and turned her work into a new art form. With the help of S. Augusta Zimmer she perfected the process and patented it; she gave the patent to the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation so it could continue to produce funds which could perpetuate her service to others. S. Mary Alice was a daughter of Holy Rosary parish in St. Marys, Ohio. She served as a U.S. Army nurse in World War I before entering the Sisters of Charity, serving most of her ministry at Cincinnati Good Samaritan Hospital as a nurse, administrator and X-ray technician. Her prints are part of the collection at the Dayton Art Institute, and her work was displayed at Pogues in Cincinnati and Marshall Fields in Chicago.