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February 25, 2013
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Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has died

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, 96, died today.

Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin called Koop, who served from January 1982 until October 1989, a friend and mentor.

"Today, America lost an extraordinary physician, public servant, and great American; I, like many others, lost a mentor and a friend," Benjamin said. "Dr. Koop proved to be an outspoken advocate on public health issues. The problem of tobacco was one that he attacked particularly vigorously.- As the nation began to recognize AIDS as a new and deadly disease, Surgeon General Koop became an influential voice in educating Americans. Dr. Koop …

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