The former Surgeon General brought the country’s attention to AIDS and focused on the peril of smoking.
An assistant at Koop’s Dartmouth institute, Susan Wills, said he died Monday in Hanover, where he had a home. She didn’t disclose his cause of death.
Koop wielded the previously low-profile post of surgeon general as a bully pulpit for seven years during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.
An evangelical Christian, he shocked his conservative supporters when he endorsed condoms and sex education to stop the spread of AIDS.
He carried out a crusade to end smoking in the United States – his goal had been to do so by 2000. A former pipe smoker, he said cigarettes were as addictive as heroin and cocaine.