COCHRAN, Philip Michael, Ph.D. Philip Michael Cochran was born 23 October 1946 in Dallas,Texas and died 02 November 2020 in Austin, Texas. Philip Cochran was the only son of Sam B. Cochran and Margaret Nancy Casebier. After his mother's unexpected death, Philip Cochran was raised in Throckmorton, Texas by his grandmother, Lorena Bachman Cochran, and his great-grandmother, Martha Jane Huff Bachman. After his father remarried, Philip rejoined his family. Working for Texas Power & Light, Sam Cochran was frequently transferred around North Texas. The Cochran family lived in Dallas, Richardson, Waxahachie and Sulphur Springs. After graduating from high school, Philip earned undergraduate and master degrees from East Texas State University at Commerce. Philip then attended University of Kentucky. In 1984, he received a Ph.D. in 20th Century British History. Philip Cochran began working at Texas Education Agency in 1980, retiring in 2012. While Philip was working full-time at TEA, he was also teaching two or three classes of American History at Austin Community College each semester. Dr. Cochran taught his last full semester at ACC this summer. Philip Cochran was on adjunct faculty in the history department at ACC for thirty-five years. Philip is survived by his life-long best friend, Jim B. Evans; his niece, Ashley and Sean Conner; their children, Ashton Conner, MacKenzie Conner, Charlie Conner and Jack Conner; his niece, Allison Cochran and boyfriend, Travis Cotten; and great-niece Kendyl Cochran. Philip was predeceased by his parents, Margaret Nancy Casebier Cochran and Sam B. Cochran; mother, Ruth Lyon Cochran; brother, John M. Cochran; nephew, Christopher Cochran; and his favorite aunt, Mary Jane Cochran. Dr. Cochran's grandmother, Lorena Bachman Cochran, was a public school teacher in Texas her entire adult life. She inspired in him a lifetime dedication to public education and service. He firmly supported the proposition that each child in Texas deserves an excellent public education. Philip thoroughly enjoyed great food and wine with his family and friends. His was the voice of calm in the midst of political discord. He encouraged civil conversations with his friends and family, especially with a Scotch in hand, no matter the differences around the table. For him balance was important; so he read newspapers he agreed with and the other side. No matter the headlines, Philip Cochran saw hope for the United States with Life, Liberty, Justice and Equality for all. A celebration of Dr. Cochran's life will be held at a time to be announced. The family especially thanks Philip's Austin Team for their constant, selfless care and concern during his recurrent medical challenges in 2020. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Amyloidosis Research Consortium, Central Texas Food Bank, ACLU or charity of your choice
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Published by Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 7, 2020.