Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop dies at 96 - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop dies at 96

Posted: Updated:

 C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the nation's surgeon general by speaking frankly about AIDS and the dangers of smoking, has died in New Hampshire. He was 96.
An assistant at Koop's Dartmouth institute, Susan Wills, says he died Monday. She hasn't disclosed his cause of death.
Surgeons general before Koop were low-profile, but Koop operated from a bully pulpit for seven years during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidencies.
He endorsed condoms and sex education to stop the spread of AIDS, a disease that was identified the same year he was nominated - 1981. The efforts met substantial opposition from conservatives and countered widespread disinformation on the new disease.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KSFY. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or our EEO Report.