Margaret Cousins of San Antonio was a native Texan, writer and editor. She was an associate and managing editor of Good Housekeeping for 17 years before becoming managing editor at McCalls for four years. She was also a senior editor at Doubleday and Company for 10 years.
She wrote many short stories, articles, essays, and poems. She was the author of six books. Three of her children's books, Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia, A Boy at the Alamo, and The Story of Thomas Alva Edison, remain in print.
Ms. Cousins received the National Headline Award (1945), the Alpha Chi Omega Award for Excellence in Journalism (1969), and the George Washington Award from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (1969). In 1973, she was named a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Texas at Austin. She received an honorary doctorate from William Woods College in 1980. In May 1986, she received the Women in Communications Lifetime Achievement Award.