Hilla Sheriff (1900-1988) was a leader in shaping public health policies in South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston, and was one of only three women to receive a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1926. She began her career in a private pediatric practice in Spartanburg, where she became deeply involved in the issues of maternal and child health that would characterize her career. From 1940 to 1967, she was state director of the Maternal and Child Health and Crippled Children's Division of the State Department of Health and Environmental Control, and when she retired in 1978, she was Deputy Commissioner of Health and Chief of the Bureau of Community Health Services. In 1964 she published a pioneering study on the impact of parental child abuse on child health. Jeff Amberg photo, February 16, 1986.
Courtesy of "The State" newspaper.