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C. Everett Koop dies

As Ronald Reagan’s surgeon general 1981-89, C. Everett Koop, M.D., became a household name. Koop, who was among the first public health officials to speak plainly about AIDS and was a crusader against smoking, died in Hanover, N.H., Feb. 25 at age 96.

A 1941 graduate of the Cornell Medical College, Koop joined the Reagan administration in 1981 following a career as a pediatric surgeon and professor.

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