C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, 1916-2013, 13th U.S. Surgeon General


The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health mourns the passing of the 13th U.S. Surgeon General and Honorary Trustee of the Foundation, Dr. C. Everett Koop, who died on February 25, 2013 in Hanover, Vermont. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Koop family.

Dr. Koop lived for 96 wonderful years and left an amazing impact on his patients, our nation, and beyond. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Koop became a prominent pediatric surgeon and later served as one of our most influential Surgeons General. Dr. Koop was a leader devoted to improving the health of Americans.

Doctor Koop will be remembered for many contributions to the health of the nation but surely his most enduring legacies will be the hundreds of thousands of lives he lengthened and saved by his courageous stands on tobacco use and HIV/AIDs, as well as his leadership of and continuing support for the PHS Commissioned Corps he loved so dearly.

While many organizations will carry on the important work of Dr. Koop, his most visible legacy will be carried out by the uniformed officers of the PHS Commissioned Corps. Dr. Koop's integrity, fearless commitment to speak truth to power, and dedication to the well-being of the Corps he led stand as permanent lessons on officership and leadership.

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation will sadly but proudly transition the Dr. C. Everett Koop Honorary Lecture to the first Dr. C. Everett Koop Memorial Lecture to be delivered by the 17th Surgeon General, Dr. Rich Carmona on May 21st at the PHS Scientific and Training Symposium. We will miss the wise counsel provided by Dr. Koop in his capacity as an Honorary Trustee of the Foundation.

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Partnership Provides Global Health Education for PHS Officers

The University of Maryland School of Public Health has admitted four Commissioned Corps officers from the U.S. Public Health Service as students in its Certificate in Global Health program. This group will be the fourth sent through the RADM Jerrold M. Michael Fellowship, a partnership between the school and the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation, which funds half of the certificate for the officers.

“This fellowship program is a great demonstration of the growing partnership between our School of Public Health and the U.S. Public Health Service,” says Maryland Dean Jane E. Clark.

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2013 Dependent Scholarship Winners

Six students won funding through the 2013 PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation’s Dependent Scholarship program. Eligible applicants were spouses, children and grandchildren of active duty or retired members of the COF affiliate, the Commissioned Officers Association.

Twelve students, mostly sons and daughters of PHS officers, applied for funding. The Selection Committee, composed of active duty and retired officers, scored each application. The reviewers chose the student with the highest score as this year’s winner of the Ronald Lessing Memorial Scholarship, which comes with a cash prize of $1,000. The award is named in honor of Ronald Lessing, the brother of CAPT Melvin Lessing, USPHS (Ret.).


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