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C. Everett Koop; Mary Stuart Masterson

In this photo released by Starpix, C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States joins actress Mary Stuart Masterson at the premiere and DVD release of "New York Street Games," Thursday, May 20, 2010, in New York. The documentary takes a look at games played on the streets of New York as seen through the eyes of prominent New Yorkers. Masterson holds an example of the hollow rubber ball used in the game of "stickball." (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

Ex-surgeon general C. Everett Koop dies

C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general

by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as

AIDS and by railing against smoking, died Feb. 25 in New Hampshire. He

was 96.