Well-known former surgeon general dies

OklaMoniFebruary 25, 2013

HANOVER, N.H. (CNN) A former U.S. surgeon general has died at the age of 96.

Dartmouth College announced the passing of former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

He served as surgeon general from 1982 to 1989 and was known for his outspoken nature on public health issues.

Koop is best known for his work around AIDS.

He wrote a brochure about the disease that was sent to 107 million households in the United States, making it the largest public health mailing ever.

Koop is survived by his wife, three children and eight grandchildren.

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alisande

I remember him well, and fondly. He made a lot of sense.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 8:24PM
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wanda_va

I worked with Dr. Koop during his last year as Surgeon General. He was a great man, and I have always had the utmost respect for him.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:09PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

He's the one responsible for raising our consciousness about the dangers of smoking, isn't he? I believe that the warnings on cigarette packs were his idea. He also helped educate the woefully ignorant public about AIDS.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:38PM
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susanjf_gw

very vocal and public...rip....

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 1:31AM
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jannie

He was very down to earth, telling us to eat better and exercise. He must have followed his own advice, considering he was 96.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 9:16AM
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donna_loomis

I had no idea he was that old. He is the ONLY surgeon general whose name I remember, which means he made me pay attention. RIP.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:02AM
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kayjones

Holy COW, time flies! I had NO IDEA he was that old, either. R.I.P. Dr. Koop.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 1:54PM
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