Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died in his home in Hanover, N.H. Monday. He was 96.
Koop served from 1982 to 1989, during the Reagan administration and the early months of the George H.W. Bush administration. He was best known for his 1986 report on AIDS, educating the public on how the disease spreads and what to do to protect themselves against it, at a time when reliable information on the virus was scarce.
Koop also made significant contributions to the fight against smoking, and laid the groundwork for many of today's restrictions on smoking in public.
"Dr. Koop will be remembered for his colossal contributions to the health and well-being of patients and communities in the U.S. and around the world," said a statement released by Chip Souba, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine and Joseph O'Donnell, senior scholar at the C. Everett Koop Institute. "As one of our country's greatest surgeons general, he effectively promoted health and the prevention of disease, thereby improving millions of lives in our nation and across the globe."
Koop remained active after he left office, becoming one of the first high-profile doctors to create his own website and heading the C. Everett Koop institute at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius called Koop "a fearless public servant."