C. Everett Koop, Forceful U.S. Surgeon General, Dies at 96 (The New York Times)

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New York TimesThe New York Times writes that C. Everett Koop ’37, who died on Monday, February 25, 2013, at age 96, was “widely regarded as the most influential surgeon general in American history and played a crucial role in changing public attitudes about smoking.”

The Times writes that although Dr. Koop had never served in public office before President Reagan appointed him U.S. Surgeon General, he had, by the time he left that office, become a household name. That, the Times notes, is “a rare distinction for a public health administrator.”

Read the full story, published 2/26/13 in The New York Times. The story was also covered in a number of other media outlets, including The Washington Post, ABC, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.