Philip Michael Cochran
1946 - 2020
BORN
1946
DIED
November 2, 2020
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.
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I was fortunate to be 1 of the [email protected] to take the last summer semester class this yr. I knew something was wrong while during 1 of his lectures he was coughing real bad&had to abruptly end the lecture early. I had hoped it was nothing major,but because of how bad the cough sounded&the virus floating around knew it was. He bounced back though&was there to teach the next online class. I learned so much from him&tried to take him again this Fall semester,but he hadn't gained enough students to teach,so I was dropped(I was very saddened to be). When we were sent the announcement of his passing,my heart sunk&I went back to that day he was coughing real bad,when I chose to change my major to teach U.S. History when I transfer to Texas State next yr.,it was because of Professor's like Prof. Cochran,he really did care⁢ showed,whenever he gave me praise for participating in our online discussions&on my essays,I felt proud&was delighted to see&hear that I was able to garner enough attention from a person of his status/stature,he NEVER felt he was above anyone,no matter where or what background they came from. My promise to you Professor Cochran,is, I will keep the memories alive by telling/sharing my stories of the very little time I got to know/spend time with you in your class/course. Godspeed old boy,you made a positive in this students life,much like the hundreds/thousands before me who were blessed to have been taught/lectured by you.
JDL
Student
November 24, 2020
Phil and I met at East Texas State University about 1967. We quickly became best of friends and roommates. We also pledged Alpha Phi Omega together. He was a groomsman in my wedding in 1970. Sadly, we lost touch over the years and this was quite a shock to read it in the Dallas Morning News. Phil was a fantastic person and friend and this world has lost a kind soul. Requiescat in pace, my old friend. May light perpetual shine upon you.
Ron Turner
Friend
November 15, 2020
One of my best memories and there r many is of us riding motorcycles with really no place to go. Miss you.
Barbara Gambrel Collins
Friend
November 9, 2020
Phil was a kind and gentle human being. Will miss our discussions on points of history. He will b sorely missed.
Helen Gambrel Garcia
Friend
November 9, 2020
Phil was a kind and gentle human being. Will miss our discussions on point of history. He will b sorely missed.
Helen Gambrel Garcia
Friend
November 9, 2020
Went to high school and church with Philip and he was such a great guy. A good friend from the 60s. So sorry to see this. The entire Sulphur Springs High School Class of 1965 is saddened by this.
john pearce
Classmate
November 9, 2020
Phil and I were fellow adjuncts at the Rio Grande campus throughout the '90s, and I looked forward to catching up with him at every History Department function thereafter, as he was, invariably, a fount of warmth, equanimity, and wit. Phil, thank you so much for your spirited camaraderie and kindness.
David Haney
Coworker
November 9, 2020
When are services? I've missed them. I'm sorry.
Aaron Yeats
Friend
November 8, 2020
We will miss Philip forever. He was the sweetest man and our lives were made immeasurably better by his presence.
Lindsay, Chris, Django and Lucy MIhalcik
Friend
November 7, 2020
We will always remember you Phil and miss you RIP ❤
Donny and Jeannie Gambrel
November 7, 2020
Donny and Jeannie Gambrel
Friend
November 7, 2020
RIP Uncle Philip I promise to always take care of Allison. We miss and love you.
Travis Cotten
Friend
November 7, 2020
I’m so sad to hear of Philip’s passing. We loved to talk travel and river cruises. He was a great friend.
Blenda McNatt
Friend
November 7, 2020