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Memorial services held for social work professor

Edward E. Cochrane, MSW
Edward E. Cochrane, MSW
Edward E. Cochrane, MSW, associate professor of social work and social ecology, School of Science and Technology, died after a brief illness on June 29, 2006.

After earning a master of social work degree from the University of Kentucky in 1975, Mr. Cochrane began his professional endeavors as a social worker at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Later he was hired as director of social work at Portland Adventist Hospital, Portland, Oregon, where he coordinated a joint venture among several hospitals for behavioral medicine. 

Returning to Loma Linda in 2000, Mr. Cochrane was an associate professor in the department of social work, specializing in management, policy, and social welfare history courses.

Concurrently, as program coordinator for the master of science degree in gerontology and master of science degree in criminal justice, Mr. Cochrane was at the forefront of the development and growth of the dual degree MSW/MS programs. He proudly witnessed the commencement of his first graduating class this past June 2006.

He was a pillar in the department, wholeheartedly investing in new social work professionals, never ceasing to unite his colleagues in teamwork, while working effortlessly to network within the community and abroad. 

While a member of Loma Linda’s behavioral health trauma team, he served in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and was a leader in the establishment of Haiti’s national trauma team. Most recently, he served with the team in St. Petersburg, Russia, furthering relationships with communities around the world.

Aside from his role as a professor, advisor, colleague, consultant, and friend, Mr. Cochrane was working toward his doctorate in educational leadership from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Mr. Cochrane is survived by his wife, Janine, and daughter, Ryan.

By Tammy Shewell

TODAY news for Thursday, August 24, 2006