IBRA is delighted to announce that IBRA Council Member Dr Keith Delaplane has been made an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his outstanding services to beekeeping.

The Queen Awards Honorary Orders to Four Americans


Four Americans have been honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and were presented their medals by Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott, at a ceremony today at the British Embassy in Washington.

Dr Keith Delaplane, Professor and Walter B. Hill Fellow with the University of Georgia’s Department of  Entomology, has been made an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his outstanding services to beekeeping

Captain Brian Jordan, United States Marine Corps, has received the British Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy in the air.

Ms Shari McGraw, Co-Head of Human Resources at the British Embassy, has been made an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her significant achievements in public service.

Ms Judith O’Rourke, Director of Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University, has been made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to the communities of Syracuse and Lockerbie following the attack on Pan Am 103 in 1988.

“I am delighted that the work of Dr Delaplane, Captain Jordan, Ms McGraw, and Ms O’Rourke has been recognised with these awards,” said Ambassador Peter Westmacott. “Their contributions to the United Kingdom have been invaluable in each of their fields and underscore the deep relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The UK honours system recognises exceptional achievement and service to the nation, and includes non-British nationals who receive “Honorary” awards for their important contribution to British interests. All British honours are awarded on merit, and honorary awards are conferred by HM The Queen on the advice of the Government.
  1. For media enquiries and photos please contact Kelly Hysan, Communications Manager, The British Embassy, Washington tel: 202 518 7521.
  2. More on the recipients:
    1. Keith Delaplane’s involvement in apiculture and conservation is renowned on a local, national and international scale. He has written 247 publications, completed 182 presentations at professional meetings. Lectured at 236 local meetings: supervised seven research graduates and received many awards at international level. He was an unpaid programme reviewer for the United Kingdom Natural Environment Research Council in 2000. Over the past 11 years. He has given support to Local Beekeepers and he is well known for his scientific and educational work. 
    2. In June of 2012 Captain Brian Jordan, commanding a UH-1Y Utility Helicopter, conducted a life saving casualty evacuation under fire.  Low on fuel, and with UK troops pinned down by the enemy, his actions saved the lives of the casualties and allowed the remaining troops to break contact with the enemy.
    3. Shari McGraw has made a sustained contribution to FCO over the past seven years, three of which as Co-Head of HR for the US Network. In 2009, to recognise her remarkable impact, she was presented with an FCO Leadership Award for excellence in corporate services. She has also been responsible for over a period of around three years where she has successfully managed one of the most complex financial projects the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has ever undertaken.
    4. For over 20 years Judy O’Rourke has provided sustained and exceptional service to the communities of Lockerbie, Scotland, and Syracuse, New York. As Director of Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University, she created and has since run two scholarship programmes, Lockerbie Scholars and Remembrance Scholars, to remember the 270 lives lost as a result of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on 21 December 1988.



Kelly Hysan