By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The former U.S. Surgeon General who inflamed conservative Americans at the very beginning of the AIDS epidemic has died. C. Everett Koop passed away in New Hampshire on Monday morning at age 96.READ MORE: Search For Missing 13-Year-Old Jalen Maxwell In Philadelphia Intensifying
C. Everett Koop pushed for sex education and the use of condoms at the advent of HIV and AIDS. Those positions enraged the religious right, but Koop said these were the only steps to counter the disease at that time. Doctor George Wohlreich of the Philadelphia College of Physicians, knew Koop when he served at Surgeon in Chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He says Koop was generally a conservative.READ MORE: COVID In Delaware: Gov. Carney Says State Expecting Shipment Of 8,000 Doses Of J&J Vaccine After FDA Approval
“I probably would disagree with Dr. Koop about just about anything politically,” Wohlreich says, “but his having done that, this man is an absolute hero to me.”MORE NEWS: Two More Teens Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Forrest Keys, UArizona Student Gunned Down In Campus Parking Garage
Koop served at Children’s Hospital for 35 years, and while there, performed groundbreaking surgery to separate conjoined twins, created the first neo-natal surgical intensive care unit, and created anesthetic and surgical techniques specifically for infant bodies.