That’s what ABC News called him. Can you name the current Surgeon General? Probably not, but I bet you recognize the name C. Everett Koop. He was Surgeon General in the Reagan administration and he served from 1982 to 1989. He was, as the Associated Press called him, “by far the best known and most influential person to carry that title.”
He was a devout Evangelical Presbyterian and a passionate scientist who the New Yorker magazine says, “believed in data at least as deeply as he believed in God.” The Reagan administration initially brought him in because of his anti-abortion stance, but were surprised and disappointed when he didn’t take up the fight to repeal Roe v Wade. He once said, “You have to separate moral questions from the questions of science,”
He will be best remembered for his crusade against smoking; and his efforts to draw attention to the then-emerging AIDS epidemic. Oh yeah and as a spokes person for Life Alert.