Suddenly took ill and died of pneumonia on the U.S.S. Susquehanna shortly before it set sail from France the the US. He had also been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
A brother of Mrs. W. Orville Hickok. Battery D, 107th Field Artillery.
He was born in Driftwood, Pennsylvania, the son of J. Henry, a prominent area financier and later a state senator, and his wife, Avis.
His family came to Williamsport in 1885, and he went to its schools. He later attended several distinguished private schools such as Trinity College School and the Lawrenceville School.
He attended college at Princeton University from 1894 to 1898 where he excelled as an athlete. He was captain of the football team in 1896 and 1897 and was named to Walter Camp's All-America Football Team as an end. One sportswriter at that time wrote of Cochran, "No name is better known in American football than that of Garry Cochran."
After graduation, he coached football and baseball at the University of California at Berkley and at the United States Naval Academy.
He also worked for a year in a mining operation in Arizona. When Cochran returned to Williamsport he became associated with the Williamsport Wire Rope Company, where he eventually became general manager of the plant. He was also a director of the Northern Central Trust Company and the Cochran Coal Company. He married Eleanor McNeely of Philadelphia in 1902. The couples had two sons and a daughter.
He became keenly interested in military matters and joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was mustered into federal service for service along the Mexican border in July 1916, fighting the bandits of Pancho Villa until December of that year.
When the United States entered World War I, he was again called into federal service. While sailing for France in April 1918 he contracted a severe cold while standing guard duty as an anti-submarine lookout. When he landed in France he was urged to seek medical attention, but refused so he could join his unit for artillery training.
Cochran was widely mourned throughout the community. The Grit noted his death this way, "Garrett Cochran was one of Williamsport's finest citizens.
His service to this city in finance, industry and business activities and in support and every activity that enhanced the city's well being was superb. That service earned him the esteem and gratitude of the citizens of this community."
The Gazette and Bulletin editorialized, "Lieutenant Cochran was one of the highest type of volunteer soldier. He not only played a large part in the upbringing of Battery D, using his influence to induce the right kind of men to become members. He has made the supreme sacrifice, has given the last full measure of devotion, has yielded his life that posterity might be free. No man could do more."