Dr. Phil Cochran ’77, chair of the Saint Mary’s Department of Biology, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 4, after a brief illness.

Funeral services are set for Saturday, March 14, in the Saint Mary’s gymnasium. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the service at 1 p.m. Also, a blog has been created for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to share their memories of Dr. Cochran with each other: www.smumn.edu/memoriesofphil.

Phil’s family includes his wife Michelle (Galles) ’79, M’05, C’07, and their children Jennifer (Cochran) Biederman ’05, M’08; Joseph ’00; Andrew ’03; Gus; and Jessica.

Jim Minnerath, brother of Jeanne Minnerath, (Biology professor and director of the Allied Health program) lost her brother in an accident March 3. Cards of condolence can be sent to: Jeannie Minnerath and Family, Campus Box 10.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Cochran and Minnerath families.

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