C Everett Koop

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Birthday
14, 1916
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 25, 2013 (96)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
14, 1916
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 25, 2013 (96)

About

The Surgeon General from 1982 to 1989 who led a high profile political battle against the tobacco companies.

Before Fame

His nomination to the highest medical post in the country was opposed by women's groups because he was opposed to abortion. Later he earned the ire of the political right by supporting sex education.

Trivia

He issued a landmark report in 1986 that contained the first official government warning about the health threats of second-hand smoke.

Family Life

He had four children with wife Elizabeth Flanagan, whose father was also a doctor.

Associated With

He was appointed to his post by Ronald Reagan for his evangelical views, but he charted a path of his own after taking office.