93-year-old C. Everett Koop takes a bride - April 17, 2010
4/17/2010 7:59:00 PM
Who says you can’t fall in love and get married at the age of 93? Not C. Everett Koop, former US Surgeon General.
After being a widower for three years, (his wife of nearly 60 years died in February, 2007), Dr. Koop found love again with Cora Hogue, a staff member of Tenth Presbyterian Church, where he is a member.
Tenth Church at 17th & Spruce was packed to the rafters with members and well-wishers wanting to witness this momentous occasion. Ms. Hogue, who has never been married, wore a lace-filled, long, white bridal gown with two white flowers in her hair. Dr. Koop donned his trademark ceremonial military uniform complete with medals. He still sports a beard with no mustache, as he has for many years.
The ceremony was officiated by the Reverends Phil Ryken and Kenneth Larter. Ruth Naomi Floyd sang a solo called “It is well with my Soul.”
Although he is most well known to have been surgeon general, (under President Ronald Reagan 1982-89), Dr. Koop spent 35 years in Philadelphia as Surgeon-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). There, he performed ground breaking procedures on conjoined twins and saved the lives of countless children.
The two newlyweds will reside in Dr. Koop’s home in New Hampshire.
Here’s hoping for a long marriage together. After all, life doesn’t end just because you’re a nonagenarian. It’s the new octogenarian, isn’t it?
(photos by Cyndy Drue)