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Doctor, Not Chaplain: How a Deeply Religious Surgeon General Taught a Nation About HIV

March 4, 2013
by John-Manuel Andriotte
The Atlantic

The late C. Everett Koop chose to fight the AIDS epidemic at its 1980s outset, despite resistance from the conservative base that brought him into the office.

His 6'1" stature, gray mustache-less beard, booming voice, the gold-braid and epaulettes of his vice admiral's uniform gave C. Everett Koop the appearance of an Old Testament prophet. Many noted the likeness during his tenure (1981-89) as the most influential surgeon general in American history, and in the years afterward as an outspoken opponent of the tobacco industry.

Dr. Koop died at his home in Hanover, N.H. on Feb. 25. He was 96.

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