David Charles Everett Koop

David Charles Everett Koop

Death 28 Apr 1968 (aged 20)
Franconia, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 135689290 · View Source
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Some words about David's death and inspiring book his parents wrote about hoe they dealt with that tragedy:

Avid and experienced rock climber and geology major at Dartmouth College who died in a tragic climbing accident on Mount Cannon, New Hampshire, at age 20. David was the son of the later Surgeon-General of the United States Dr. (Vice Admiral USPHS) C. Everett Koop (in the Reagan administration). Reader’s Digest published an article by Dr Koop in February 1968 titled, “What I Tell a Dying Child’s Parents.” On April 28th of that year, the dean of Dartmouth College called and told him he had bad news and he went on to say, “The worst, David is dead. He was killed in a climbing accident on Mount Cannon this afternoon.” From that perspective, Dr. Koop and his wife, Elizabeth, wrote “Sometimes Mountains Move,” a loving memorial to David’s memory and how they dealt with his sudden passing. It contains a different viewpoint than most people have when it comes to the death of someone they knew. It was full of hope; the thesis of hope is based on trusting in the sovereignty of God. Near the end of the book, the Koops offer the following practical things about the course of recovery you might one day find useful for yourself or to minister to others: there is no timetable for grief; there is no blueprint to show one the way through it; each recovery is extremely personal; and the expectations of others should be ignored.” The likely best nugget of truth is that they “found that the void is really never filled, but God does make the void bearable.”

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  • Created by: Fran Hanchett
  • Added: 10 Sep 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 135689290
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Charles Everett Koop (30 Dec 1947–28 Apr 1968), Find a Grave Memorial no. 135689290, citing Pine Knoll Cemetery, Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Fran Hanchett (contributor 47951267) .