Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew is in very grave condition in a hospital in Tallahassee after having suffered several serious health problems over the last few months, according to a spokesman for the family.
Askew was admitted to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Saturday after having suffered over the last three months from aspiration pneumonia, hip surgery and, most recently, a stroke, according to a news release from Ron Sachs, a former Askew aide and now a public relations consultant.
Sachs said Askew’s condition was being monitored by his wife of 57 years, Donna Lou; his son Kevin Askew and Kevin’s wife Christine; and his daughter, Angela White.
Askew, 85, served as governor from 1971-1979 after a stint in the state Legislature.
He was U.S. Trade Ambassador in the Carter Administration and now holds an eminent scholar chair at the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.