Dr. C. Everett Koop
Dr. C. Everett Koop, known as "America's family doctor" during his time as U.S. Surgeon General, delivered the Mount Union Schooler Lecture, Wednesday, March 14, 1990.
Recognized for his work on AIDS education and his hard-line stance on smoking, Koop brought status to a job which was formerly a ceremonial position. Controversial and out-spoken from the outset, Koop left his position in the summer of 1989 after eight years as Surgeon General, having surprised his most ardent supporters as well as his most vehement critics. As "his own man," he became one of the most popular figures in the Reagan administration.
Koop was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Public Health Services in February of 1981. Prior to his appointment, he was pediatric surgeon with an international reputation and was Surgeon-in-Chief of Children's Hospitals of Philadelphia and Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Koop, 79, was born in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1937. He earned his M.D. degree from Cornell Medical College in 1941 and Doctor of Science (Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1947. He also served as Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including 17 honorary doctorates. An active author, Koop has written more than 200 articles and books. He is married to the former Elizabeth Flanagan and has three living children and seven grandchildren.