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93-year-old C. Everett Koop takes a bride - April 17, 2010
Posted 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)


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  1. FactChecker posted on 04/20/2010 11:43 AM
    Wikipedia indicates he's 93, and I believe that it has his DOB correct.
  2. Cyndy Drue posted on 04/20/2010 01:14 PM
    Yes, he'll be 94 in October of this year. I should have said he was 93. Sorry about that.
  3. FactChecker posted on 04/21/2010 11:29 AM
    Can you revise this entry with the correct age? It should be fairly easy. Most bloggers do make corrections in their entries in light of comments.
  4. Cyndy Drue posted on 04/21/2010 05:06 PM
    His age has been revised; I stand corrected.
  5. Birch Rambo posted on 10/11/2010 07:47 PM
    Mighty congratulations! With love and honor from your old student and resident, Birch Rambo
  6. Treva P. Haywood posted on 11/29/2010 04:50 PM
    Congrats, I think it's a wonderful thing.God is good.I just found this on the website.I have been looking for the surgeon who performed surgery of me back in 1964. I ate some lye as a toddler and I was told that I was the first one you performed colon interposition of the esophagus on back in the sixty yes i'm still alive thanks to god blessing you with the talent to save my life.My name is Treva (Hemphill) Haywood. Thank you so much and congratulation
  7. Dr. Raymond E. Hogue posted on 12/23/2010 11:27 PM
    I am a first cousin of Cora's. My wife,Ann, are happy for you two and we send you good wishes.We found out today from Woody about the blessed event.
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