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President Clinton looks on as first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton hugs former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop at the White House Friday, Sept. 29, 1995, after Koop received a Presidential Medal of Freedom. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

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.