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Silicon Valley Leadership Conference 1995

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - MAY 26 C Everett Koop at the Silicon Valley Leadersip Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater. Event held on May 26, 1995 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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.