One of the few shining lights in my lifetime. A man yes a Republican and an evangelical but when America faced a health crisis like none other he WAS the guiding light. The crisis was AIDs I remember it very well in the 1980s. I remember the lunacy of the terms "gay plague" the hatred of a little boy who got it via transfusion but parents didn't want him to go to the public school. Koop defended the boy and talked about AIDs in a scientific and rational way, he kept his religious beliefs out. President Reagan's best pick.

Update> This is old news. Not sure why WCVB would still have this on a link for a Market Basket article. art