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Tina S. Hills

January 1, 2019

1978 – Miami, Florida

Born Argentina Schifano in Pola, Italy, Tina Hills came to America at fourteen with her parents, settled in New York and attended New York University. She married Angel Ramos, owner/publisher of El Mundo, the leading newspaper in Puerto Rico. She was active in his newspaper, radio and television companies. When her husband died in 1960, she became head of El Mundo enterprises. She built the Angel Ramos Foundation, which became the largest private philanthropic foundation in Puerto Rico. In 1963, she married Lee Hills, Pulitzer prize-winning editor and Chairman/CEO of Knight-Ridder Newspapers, based in Detroit and Miami. She served on boards of universities in Detroit, Miami and San Juan. She was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, the University of Miami, Inter-American University, Metropolitan University and Universidad Central del Caribe of Puerto Rico. For fostering inter-American friendship, she was given the coveted Maria Moors Cabot Prize by Columbia University and the Americas Foundation Award in New York. Mrs. Hills was the first woman elected president of the Inter American Press Association. In Detroit, she was named Woman of the Year. In Miami, her present home, she chaired the Arts Council, helped create a new art museum and has been a leader in opera, parks, the community foundation and education.