ROBERT C. COCHRAN

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COCHRAN Capt. ROBERT CARTER COCHRAN, MD "Bob" (Age 80) U.S. Naval Medical Corps (Ret.) Of Charleston passed away surrounded by his loving family and beloved West Highland Terrier "Mollie", on Monday, September 2, 2013 after an extended illness. He was born October 9, 1932 in Newton, MA, son of the late Dr. Williams and Mary Cochran. Bob moved with his family to China in early 1933, where Bob's father served as a medical missionary. Bob was raised in China, until the outbreak of WWII, when he, his mother and siblings moved back to Boston. However his father was kept under house arrest by the Japanese for the duration of the war. Bob graduated from Deerfield Academy, Princeton University, and Boston University Medical School. He joined the US Navy Medical Corps at the end of his second year of medical school. During his Naval career he served in Norfolk, VA, Vietnam (USS Repose), New York City, and the last 15 years of his 26 year career at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center, as Chief of Surgery and the Surgical Residents Training Program. While serving at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center as Chief of Surgery, Bob was the physician to Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. He often credited Senator Robert C Byrd and Governor Bob Wise as being the people who told him of their love of West Virginia while Bob cared for them at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center which caused him to explore a job opportunity in West Virginia. Bob was a Fellow of American College Surgeons, lifetime member of the AMA and West Virginia State Medical Association. Bob published his memoirs about his life and career in 2009 in a book by Robert C. Cochran, MD and Daniel Evans Weiss entitled "Glands & Guts; A Life in Service." After he retired from the Navy in October of 1983 he moved to Charleston, WV to work with the HYGEIA Medical Corporation until 1985. He was then appointed Professor of Surgery at the WVU School of Medicine, Charleston Division, serving in that capacity until his death. Bob received The Vincent Von Kern Award for the surgeon making the greatest contribution to resident education twice. In 2011 he was the first recipient of the James P. Boland, MD award for the greatest contribution to medical education. Bob loved sports and was a passionate and eternally suffering Boston Red Sox fan. He also was followed the NE Patriots and Washington Redskins. He was a fervent supporter of WVU football and basketball. Bob loved to travel and he spent his 25 years with Beckey traveling the world. In 2011 they were able to make a trip back to China and Southeast Asia; Bob remarked to Beckey at the time that Beijing had changed a little since his last visit in 1949. Their last trip was to South America in February 2013 sailing from Buenos Aires to Santiago, Chile around the Cape of Horn and into the Straits of Magellan. Bob insisted on making that trip after receiving the diagnosis of lung cancer as he feared it might be his last big trip. He was preceded in death by his brother John Cochran. Bob is survived by the love of his life, Beckey Fain Cochran; children, Barbara Daniszewski (Jerome), Gwendolen Flynn (Phillip), and Williams "Bill" Cochran (Connie), 14 grandchildren, twin brother, James B. Cochran (Pat); sister, Ann Hunt (Jim); sister-in-law, Carol Cochran; and many nieces and nephews, and their beloved Westies Mollie, Abby, and Maddy. A celebration of Bob's life will be held, at 12 noon Thursday September 12, 2013 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St. E., with Rev'd Monty Brown officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the church. Also, a tribute to his life of service by his colleges will be held on, Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Erma C. Byrd Gallery at the University of Charleston. Bob's cremains will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donation be made to either: The Robert C. Cochran Award, WVU Foundation, Charleston Division, c/o Jackie Rosencrance, 3110 MacCorkle Ave. SE Charleston, WV 25304 or to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St. E. Charleston, WV 25301. Envelopes will be made available at the service. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com. Harding Funerals & Cremations 514 50th St. SE Kanawha City is serving the Cochran family.Harding Funerals & Cremations 514 50th St. SE Kanawha City is serving the Cochran family.

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Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 11, 2013
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