KEMPER HALL OF FAME

Mr. Sam V. Cochran

Coach, Instructor of Physics and Chemistry

Sam Cochran was an inspired instructor who had a particularly gifted manner of teaching. He was a captain n the US Navy which provided him the foundation for a well organized and effective classroom. He was often seen as stern and highly demanding though his students found his mentoring to be without parallel. Cochran’s fundamental technique of imparting an appreciation for hard work paid immeasurable dividends to several thousand cadets, some of whom went on to West Point and Annapolis.

His dashing manner and charisma were without comparison and he was often seen driving his vintage sports car onto the campus while wearing his US Navy dress white uniform. Cochran was a matter of fact leader who was given to telling it like it is!

Cochran is affectionately remembered by his students who speak respectfully of his highly structured and well disciplined classroom.