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President Bill Clinton and former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop walk along the Colonnade to the Oval Office at the White House Aug.17, 1994. Clinton's push for passage of health care reform has been sidetracked by efforts to get the crime bill passed. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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.