I remember this story from my days as a rabbi in Philadelphia when Dr. Koop was chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital. This story introduced me to the man who was to later become the Surgeon General. He impressed me so much with his sensitivity and professionalism. All the eulogies I have read today reinforce that feeling, and there is much more information on Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._Everett_Koop).
What follows, however, is what I will remember.
(Click on the headline below to read the story which originally appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer)