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MCC honors former professor Charlie Cochran

Family gathering to plant the tree on July 25th in front of MCC Admissions.

MARSHALLTOWN – Marshalltown Community College honored the memory of former professor, Charlie Cochran, on Saturday, July 25, by planting a flowering crabapple tree on the MCC campus in front of the admissions entrance.

An informal ceremony with friends and family on July 25 marked what would have been his 85th birthday and just days from his 60th wedding anniversary to wife Lois. Cochran passed on Nov. 20, 2019. A plaque or memorial bench near the tree is planned for the future.

Cochran was a dedicated MCC Professor of English from 1964-1997 and served as an adjunct for many years after retiring. He was also the Youth For Understanding (YFU) director for many years and a coach for the MCC baseball team. His dedication to MCC totaled approximately 50 years of service to the college. Lois was also a member of the MCC family and was a book cataloguer in the school library from 1993-2013. Charlie and Lois were often spotted having lunch together in the student union. He is remembered for his quirky sense of humor, which included classroom stunts such as donning a military sword, having a staged fight with a colleague which ended with a pie in Cochran’s face, and pretending to break a student’s cell phone (the student was his granddaughter). The Cochran ties to MCC run so deep that all four of his children attended, and many of his grandchildren.

Corchran Family

A Cochran family photo from Thanksgiving 2019.

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