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Surgeon General C Everett Koop dies: A great loss
C Everett Koop, the Surgeon General in the 1980s who first called for a smoke free society by the year 2000, died yesterday at age 96. While we didn't reach his goal by 2000, we are well on our way.
Dr. Koop was a visionary and courageous leader whose defining personal quality was towering personal integrity who was willing to act on the scientific evidence.
Even when we disagreed (as on abortion), there was always mutual respect.
I was honored to visit Dartmouth last December to give a lecture in his honor and was able to visit him at home, where he was being cared for by his wife, Cora Hogue Koop. The love was palpable.
We should all be inspired to work harder and do better.