Richard B. Cochran Jr., steel sales­man

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Richard Bruce Cochran Jr., a re­tired steel sales­man who spe­cial­ized in prod­ucts used by rail­roads, died Nov. 18 from prostate can­cer at his Bel Air home. He was 76. He was the son of Richard B. Cochran Sr., pres­i­dent of the En­der Coal & Coke Co., and his wife, Mar­garet Ann Fair­man, a home­maker. He was born in Chicago and raised in Hins­dale, Ill., where he grad­u­ated from Hins­dale High School.

Mr. Cochran was a 1964 grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin and re­ceived a de­gree in eco­nom­ics and his­tory.

Af­ter col­lege he be­gan a 39-year ca­reer with Beth­le­hem Steel Corp., work­ing in its New York of­fice.

He moved to Bal­ti­more, where he spe­cial­ized in sell­ing steel prod­ucts used by the na­tion’s rail­roads.

In 1982 Mr. Cochran was named as­sis­tant man­ager of rail­road prod­ucts at Beth­le­hem Steel’s head­quar­ters in Beth­le­hem, Pa. He then be­came as­sis­tant plate man­ager in 1984, a po­si­tion he held un­til 1993 when a cor­po­rate re­or­ga­ni­za­tion sent him to Bal­ti­more as man­ager of plate prod­uct mar­ket­ing.

He re­mained in that as­sign­ment at Spar­rows Point and Coatesville, Pa., un­til re­tir­ing in 2003.

Mr. Cochran’s pro­fes­sional mem­ber­ships in­clud­ing serv­ing on the boards of the Steel Ser­vice In­sti­tute and the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Steel.

From 2003 to 2005, he was ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the United States Ma­glev Corp., and for the last three years of his ca­reer in the steel in­dus­try he was a plate prod­ucts sales con­sul­tant for Bal­ti­more Steel Prod­ucts. He re­tired in 2008. He en­joyed spend­ing sum­mers at a fam­ily cabin in Plum Lake, Wis., where he was a long­time mem­ber of the Plum Lake As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr. Cochran was a kid­ney trans­plant sur­vivor for eight years. His wife of 49 years, the for­mer Mary El­iz­a­beth “Betsy” Egan, said he was the re­cip­i­ent of a kid­ney from Jeff Springer, a close Bel Air friend.

Mr. Cochran was an avid reader and golfer and had been a mem­ber of the Spar­rows Point Coun­try Club and the Mary­land Golf and Coun­try Club in Bel Air.

He was a com­mu­ni­cant of Em­manuel Epis­co­pal Church, 303 N. Main St., Bel Air, where a memo­rial ser­vice will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, Mr. Cochran is sur­vived by his son, Tommy Cochran of Pitts­burgh; a daugh­ter, Christy Cochran Shee­han of North Palm Beach, Fla.; two broth­ers, Bill Cochran of Seat­tle and Mike Cochran of Punta Gorda, Fla; a sis­ter, Ann Willer of Des Moines; and four grand­chil­dren.

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