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South Florida to Host Special Tribute for Rhea Chiles

The USF College of Public Health’s Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies will host a special tribute for Rhea Chiles on Tuesday, February 23. The program includes a mini-symposium focusing on the current needs of maternal and child health, followed by a reception.

Chiles, wife of the late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, passed away at age 84 at her home in Anna Maria Island on November 8 of natural causes.

She will be remembered for her dedication to children, a common advocacy she held with her husband, leading to the founding of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies in 1996. The center gained a permanent building on the USF campus in 2001. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the center’s creation.

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The tribute to Rhea Chiles will begin at 1:00 p.m on February 23. To RSVP please email Ms. Caitlin Keough atcaitlinkeough@health.usf.edu by Feb. 16.