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Malcolm Lowell Cochran

Friday, December 22, 2017
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Peterson Mortuary
212 S. Locust St.
Glenwood, IA 51534Service:
Saturday, December 23, 2017
2:00 PM
Peterson Mortuary
212 S. Locust St.
Glenwood, IA 51534

Malcolm Lowell Cochran, 76 entered rest at his home on December 19, 2017 in Glenwood, Iowa. He was born on October 17, 1941 in Crawfordsville (Washington County) Iowa, to Vaun Wesley and Pearl Ida (Robertson) Cochran. He grew up in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and entered the Iowa Army National Guard, attending basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Malcolm earned a BA degree from Iowa Wesleyan College and completed the MS degree in psychology at the Municipal University of Omaha (now University of Nebraska at Omaha) in 1964. Following graduate school, Malcolm interned as a school psychologist throughout the Omaha Public Schools, and Fremont and Page counties in Iowa. He then directed the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center at the Glenwood Resource Center, specializing in neuropsychological assessment. Malcolm’s research established new normative values and validity in psychological evaluation for vulnerable individuals with intellectual disabilities. He authored several scientific publications for the American Institute for Mental Studies, the American Journal of Mental Deficiency, and the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Although the national scope of Malcolm’s work was recognized by his induction as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Association on Mental Deficiency, his professional impact was most evident as he served his clients with respect, dignity and compassion during his 36-year career.

Malcolm was united in marriage with Barbara Sue Stotts on April 17, 1966 at Grace United Methodist Church in Glenwood. To this union four children were born: Teresa, Gary, Debra and Patricia. Besides his professional expertise, Malcolm was an accomplished craftsman, independently building an addition to his home and renovating several other projects. He researched genealogy for his family line into 1180 AD, Scotland, meticulously compiling volumes to present each of his children and grandchildren for Christmas 2017. He enjoyed participating in events of the Scottish Society of Nebraska and Nebraska Cornhusker football and volleyball. Above all, Malcolm loved his family and spending time with all of them.

Preceding Malcolm in passing were his parents, Vaun and Pearl Cochran, siblings, Ellen French, Phyllis Roche and Roger Cochran. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Barbara Cochran of Glenwood; children, Dr. Teresa Cochran of Kearney, Nebraska; Dr. Gary (Korie) Cochran and children, Hannah and Connor of Papillion, Nebraska; Debra (Rick) Talich and children, Turner, Cooper and Sawyer Talich of Glenwood; Patricia (Marc) Austin and son, Grant Bullock of Glenwood; brother, Lynn Cochran of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; sister, Avon Rae Burgess of Roseville, California; many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

Interment will be held in the Glenwood Cemetery with Military Honors.

Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warriors, 1719 N. 60th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68104.

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