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Statement on the Passing of Sam Bell

With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Sam Bell, husband of Betty Castor and stepfather of Congresswoman Kathy Castor, last night after an unexpected health complication. Samuel P. Bell III founded the University of South Florida College of Public Health and was considered the “father” of the institution. He served in the Florida Legislature for fourteen years and made selfless contributions to improving children’s health policy in Florida through his work at the College of Public Health among so many other accomplishments. Sam and Betty were married for 34 years and have six children and ten grandchildren. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.