Fred Albert Cochran
Fred Albert Cochran died peacefully on December 19, 2012. He was born on June 23, 1922 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle to Fred Albert Cochran, Sr., and Eve Olive Goode Cochran. He was a graduate of Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington
with a degree in geology.
Fred taught both math and science at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor in the late 1940's, and at Jane Adams Middle School in Seattle during the early 1950's. He spent most of his career in school administration. First as the Director of Audio Visual and Libraries for the Seattle Public Schools, and in the late 1960's and 1970's for the Edmonds Public Schools. In the mid 1950's Fred was the host for the educational TV program "Geology of the Pacific Northwest".
Fred served in the US Navy
from September 17, 1942 until February 22, 1946. He saw action in the Pacific, Europe, Asia, and in North Africa. His medals included American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, European African ME Area Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and an Honorable Discharge.
Fred was married to Kathleen Johnson Cochran for 56 years until her death in 2001, and is survived by his three children, Philip Cochran (wife, Andra), Janis Smith (husband, Floyd), and Barbara Conklin. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Kelsey Conklin Bellin (husband, Jesse), Cheryl Conklin, Jesse Cochran; and his great-grandson due in March, 2013.
The Cochran family moved to Edmonds in 1951, and Fred continued to live in the family home until a year ago.
Fred loved life, his family, and friends. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed writing poetry, hiking, fly fishing, mountain climbing, painting, and listening to classical music. He will be remembered well by all who knew and loved him.
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