C. Everett Koop dies at age 96 has made news headlines this week, but the legacy of the former surgeon general lives on today, the Washington Post reported this Monday, Feb. 25. The past surgeon general was known for his outspoken public government talk of AIDS under President Reagan, and passed away this morning in his home.
A spokeswoman from the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth spoke to officials today to confirm the death of the past surgeon general, yet she did not reveal the cause of the elderly man’s passing.
C. Everett Koop dies has not only made headlines as a past public figure, but as one of the most influential speakers of the 20th century as a well-known surgeon general and discussion-starter of AIDS in a public setting. His devotion to the corps of the U.S. Public Health Service was unwavering, and his unique appearance belied a strong sense of confidence, hope for change, and professional interest in the wellbeing of U.S. citizens.
He believed that “information” was the greatest weapon against HIV/AIDS, and was a leading figure during Reagan’s administration who spoke as a government official to over 107 million households via a brochure to keep people aware of what was known about the virus at the time.