Dr. C. Everett Koop, a former U.S. surgeon general who once served on the board of trustees at The Stony Brook School, has died in Hanover, N.H., of an undisclosed cause at the age of 96.
In a video interview produced by The Stony Brook School, Koop said that while spending time in Stony Brook he learned to "row a boat, paddle a canoe, spear an eel, shoot bluefish into a barrel."
"I did feel when I became a member of the board that I was doing something that was of real service to education, and I was delighted for the opportunity to be in that town," Koop said in the interview.
According to Legacy.com, Koop was a reknowned surgeon recognized for successfully separating three sets of conjoined twins during his career. He served as surgeon general for seven years under the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He advocated for the use of condoms and sex education to combat the AIDS epidemic and launched an anti-smoking campaign.
Read Koop's full obituary from Legacy.com here.