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C. Everett Koop
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13th Surgeon General of the United States
In office
January 21, 1982 – October 1, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Edward Brandt (Acting)
Succeeded by James Mason (Acting)
Personal details
Charles Everett Koop

(1916-10-14)October 14, 1916
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died February 25, 2013(2013-02-25) (aged 96)
Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Flanagan (1938–2007)
Cora Hogue (2010–2013)
Children 4
Education Dartmouth College (BA)
Cornell University (MD)
University of Pennsylvania (DSc)

Charles Everett Koop (October 14, 1916 – February 25, 2013) was an American physician who became well known as a pediatric surgeon at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He was an early name in today's pediatric surgery. He then served as the Surgeon General of the United States and as vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps from 1982 to 1989, under President Ronald Reagan.

He was thought of as the first "celebrity Surgeon General", because he is the first Surgeon General to receive an Emmy Award, and remains the only Surgeon General to have done so. Koop was also called Chick Koop by some of his friends.


These four views, along with Koop's personality and use of the media, made the office of Surgeon General more well known than it was before. Koop was unusual in his style, and well known for his mustache-less beard and colorful bow ties.

Personal life

Koop was born on October 14, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at Dartmouth College, at Cornell Medical College, and at the University of Pennsylvania. He was married to Betty Koop from 1938 until her death in 2007. Then he was married to Cora Hogue Koop from 2010 until his death in 2013. He had four children.


Koop died on February 25, 2013 from unknown causes. During the past months, Koop had been ill. He suffered renal failure the past week in his home in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 96 years old.

Award and honors

C. Everett Koop on the day of his confirmation as Surgeon General (QQBBQB) noframe
Koop after becoming Surgeon General of the United States, November 1981

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