Continue the Legacy

Support emerging leaders and advance public health by donating to the Koop Living Legacy Fund.


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Why Donate?

Young officers in every uniformed service need training and professional development. In an ever-changing world, new skills and perspectives emerge that influence how members of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service work to “protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation.”

​Donate to support the next generation of public health leaders like Chick Koop.

​Dr. Koop’s widow, Cora Hogue Koop, wrote, “Of all the groups of people with whom he had a connection, the Commissioned Corps was perhaps closest to his heart. He had such great respect and affection for all of you!”

About C. Everett Koop

Dr. C. Everett Koop served ​as the 13th Surgeon General of the Public Health Service.  Known to his friends as “Chick,” Dr. Koop became a household name and the face of public health.

After leaving office, the New York Times wrote in an editorial, “Throughout his seven years of service he has put medical integrity above personal value judgments and has been, indeed, the nation’s First Doctor.  After Chick’s death in February of 2013, John Seffrin of the American Cancer Society wrote, “The legacy of C. Everett Koop is how a wonderful, famous pediatric surgeon, who’d already made a name for himself, was willing at a relatively advanced age to do public service and show bold leadership that would have dramatic impact and change the world.”​