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Abandoned garden near Angouleme
Local ID #: 1924/171
AIA/T-Square Yearbook, p. 171 (1924)

Born: 3/8/1897, Died: 1/5/1986

Donald R. Cochran was born in Chester, PA, the son of Archibald Alexander Cochran, and attended Chester High School before enrolling in the University of Pennsylvania's architectural program in 1915. His studies were interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy during World War I but he returned to Penn to complete a B.S. in Architecture in 1921. Cochran began his career as a draftsman in the Boston firm of Frohman, Robb & Little (1921-1923), but returned to Philadelphia to join the office of Mellor, Meigs & Howe (later Mellor & Meigs), where he remained until 1932. In 1933, he became an staff architect for the Sun Oil Co. He had retired by 1970.

Cochran joined the national AIA in 1945 and was member of Philadelphia Chapter.

Written by Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Pennsylvania Sons of the Revolution

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania


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