The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health mourns the passing of the 13th U.S. Surgeon General and Honorary Trustee of the Foundation, Dr. C. Everett Koop, who died on February 25, 2013 in Hanover, Vermont. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Koop family.
Dr. Koop lived for 96 wonderful years and left an amazing impact on his patients, our nation, and beyond. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Koop became a prominent pediatric surgeon and later served as one of our most influential Surgeons General. Dr. Koop was a leader devoted to improving the health of Americans.
Doctor Koop will be remembered for many contributions to the health of the nation but surely his most enduring legacies will be the hundreds of thousands of lives he lengthened and saved by his courageous stands on tobacco use and HIV/AIDs, as well as his leadership of and continuing support for the PHS Commissioned Corps he loved so dearly.
While many organizations will carry on the important work of Dr. Koop, his most visible legacy will be carried out by the uniformed officers of the PHS Commissioned Corps. Dr. Koop's integrity, fearless commitment to speak truth to power, and dedication to the well-being of the Corps he led stand as permanent lessons on officership and leadership.
The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation will sadly but proudly transition the Dr. C. Everett Koop Honorary Lecture to the first Dr. C. Everett Koop Memorial Lecture to be delivered by the 17th Surgeon General, Dr. Rich Carmona on May 21st at the PHS Scientific and Training Symposium. We will miss the wise counsel provided by Dr. Koop in his capacity as an Honorary Trustee of the Foundation.
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