Charles (Charlie) Monroe Cochran ’37 – Ad Astra 1989

Brother Cochran was President of the Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Phi Gam­ma Delta, 1936-1937. He was very active in extra curricular activities at the U of A. He lettered three years in football, being named All-confer­ence center of the Border Conference in 1935. He was co-captain of the football team. He was a member of the “A” Club (Lettermen’s Club). He was a member of the All-Fiji football team in 1935.

Brother Cochran was a member of Blue Key honorary and Scabbard and Blade, honorary military fraternity. He was a member of the 50-man ROTC horse cavalry troop and was name to the top rank of Cadet Colonel of the ROTC. He was awarded the cavalry saber presented to the out­standing cadet. He was a member of the U of A livestock Judging Team in 1936-1937. He was a delegate to the 88th Ekklesia in 1936 at Cleve­land, Ohio.

For his excellence in athletics Brother Cochran was awarded a Life-time Pass to all future U of A athletic events. He was a lifetime Wildcat Club Member.

Having received a B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry in May 1938, Charlie became a member of the County Agent’s staff, calling on, aiding, counsel­ing ranchers and farmers in Maricopa and Yavapai counties. He was also a 4-H youth advisor.

On Pearl Harbor Day, Brother Cochran was called to active duty in the Army Air Corps and served five years. After the war, Charlie remained in the Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After the war he managed two different cattle feed lots in the Phoenix area. He also worked in sales for a company that sold livestock supplies such as drugs, vaccines, nutrition and equipment supplies. He partici­pated in the founding of the Arizona Livestock Show in Phoenix and was head of the Junior Feeder Steer Division for 30 years.

Charlie has a son Charles William Cochran and Upsilon Alpha Fiji from 1964-1968, who earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering.

Brother Cochran once stated: “It was my goal as President of the house to exhort the membership to high achievement in scholarship and to espe­cially encourage pledges to make their grades. We rated highly among fraternities in scholarship as well as extra-curricular activities. It was particularly gratifying to me to gather with brother Fijis after my tour of active duty in WWII and attend fraternity alumni functions where I had the pleasure of renewing and relishing the friendships made in the house and especially with my son’s Phi Gam brothers during undergraduate functions.”