We rarely get to report onAi??BCIRs, so when the death of a notable #14 hit headlines this morning, we were very motivated to do so. Ai??The quietAi??“Logician” BT just doesn’t find itself in the limelight too often, nor does it usually want to. Ai??Their contributions to society over the years have been immeasurable, and to be sure, one reason you are able to even sit down in a restaurant without having to breathe second-hand smoke is thanks to a #14.

His name isAi??C. Everett Koop, and yesterday he died at the ripe age of 96. Ai??He was surgeon general of the United States during theAi??Reagan (#15 FCIL) and Bush (#11 FCAL) administrations, from 1982 to 1989. Ai??It was in 1986 that the surgeon general’s report on theAi??dangers of secondhand smoke was issued.Ai?? “That was the shot heard around the world, and it began to change public policy everywhere,” said John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. Ai??The report made the move toward prohibiting smoking on airplanes, restaurants and at workplaces.

Koop also loved children, and prior to his positionAi??as surgeon general he was surgeon-in-chief for more than 30 years at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ai??“A pioneer in the field of pediatric surgery, Dr. Koop’s contributions include advances in complex surgical procedures, such as the separation of conjoined twins, establishment of the nation’s first newborn surgical intensive care unit and the implementation of Children’s Hospital’s surgical fellowship training program,” the hospital said in a statement.

Koop was known for his bow ties, suspenders, and having a clipped beard. Ai??Over the years we’ve noticed a number of #14s distinguishing themselves with different clothing or fuller facial hair. Ai??Indeed, it well represents their creative world of Q2 concepts and ideas, pursuing the impossibleAi??theory, or the grand idea, to the disregard of reality or those closest to them (Koop had no qualms swimming against the tide and speaking out on controversial public health issues).Ai?? “Dr. Koop did more than take care of his individual patients — he taught all of us about critical health issues that affect our larger society,” said Dartmouth President Carol L. Folt. “Through that knowledge, he empowered each of us to improve our own well-being and quality of life. Dr. Koop’s commitment to education allowed him to do something most physicians can only dream of: improving the health of millions of people worldwide.”

To the novice he may have given the appearance of just another mover-and-shaker #13 FCIR, but he was far from it. Koop was extremely deep, a complex thinker and researcher. Woe to those who tried to out-reason his amazingly incisive mind! Ai??Additionally, his strong Christian worldview and knowledge of the scriptures made him much more approachable than most cerebral #14s.Ai?? He really cared about people and often engaged them amid his hectic schedule. Few #14s make children their focus, but this modern Einstein loved kids and devoted his professional life to nurturing their health and edifying causes.

Be sure to catch the CNN video below of Dr. Koop.

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