St. Davids, PA, February 26, 2013: The Eastern University community mourns the passing of Dr. C. Everett Koop, a long-time friend and member of the University's Board of Trustees. He passed away February 25 at the age of 96.
A renowned pediatric surgeon at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Surgeon General under Presdient Ronald Reagan, Dr. Koop was associated with Eastern University (then Eastern Baptist College and Seminary) since 1952. He gave the principal address, Medical Parallels in Christianity, at the dedication of the Suzanne Walton Infirmary. He closed with these words: "So I see the future of this college and know that as long as it remains faithful to God, to his Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and to His Work the Bible, it will prosper until the Lord comes again."
In 1968, Dr. Koop was a key speaker at the Christian Leadership Conference held at the St. Davids campus, where he spoke about the Christian defense against despair.The following year, his son Rev. Norman Koop graduated in the Eastern class of 1969. Rev. Norman Koop is married to Anne (Teague) Koop from the class of 1972.Â
In 1970, Dr. Koop, a Presbyterian, was elected the first non-Baptist member of the Eastern Board of Trustees.
Dr. C. Everett Koop was the Commencement speaker in 1979, giving an address that stressed the importance of human life. He spoke about this important topic again on November 2, 1989, when he visited Eastern as one of his first official engagements after stepping down as Surgeon General of the United States. On this occasion, he talked about how his Christian faith had affected his decisions in Washington, D.C.
The Eastern University community is grateful for its association with Dr. C. Everett Koop and joins his family and friends in celebrating his life of achievement and faithful Christian service.