Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop – Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died on Monday, February 25. He was 96. Koop served as surgeon general from 1982 to 1989, under President Ronald Reagan and shortly for President George H.W. Bush.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop – A photograph signed by President Reagan contains the inscription "To Chick Koop, With Best Wishes." Chick, from chicken coop, was the nickname Koop earned while attending Dartmouth College in the mid-1930s. Koop maintained a cordial relationship with Reagan despite his disappointment over Reagan's refusal to address the growing AIDS epidemic.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop – After leaving office in 1989, Koop continued to press for health care reform. President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton recruited him in 1993 to help promote the administration's proposal for universal health insurance.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop – President Clinton presents Koop with the National Medal of Freedom on September 29, 1995.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop – Koop and Vice President Al Gore, second from right, meet with administration officials to discuss a federal government settlement with the tobacco industry on July 9, 1997. The settlement was meant to recover part of the health care costs of smoking.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop – Sitting next to former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, Koop testifies at the hearing on tobacco settlement legislation on April 20, 1998. The settlement collapsed when Congress failed to enact its provisions that year.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop – Koop attends an AIDS policy symposium in Washington on June 5, 2001. He was well-known for his work in HIV/AIDS awareness. He wrote a brochure about the disease that was sent to 107 million households in the United States in 1988.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop – From left, former Surgeons General C. Everett Koop, Richard Carmona and David Satcher are sworn in before testifying before a House committee hearing on the surgeon general's role in Washington on July 10, 2007.