Neal P. Cochran, 79, chemical engineerNeal P. Cochran, a...

April 24, 1997

Neal P. Cochran, 79, chemical engineer

Neal P. Cochran, a retired chemical engineer and authority on converting coal to other energy sources, died of heart failure Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 79 and lived in Frederick.

As head of the research and development program of the U.S. Department of the Interior's office of coal research, which he joined in 1964, he sought ways to improve and increase the use of coal in national energy markets.

He was responsible for the design, construction and operation of large-scale demonstration plants which attempted to measure the economic feasibility of converting coal to oil, gas and electricity.

Mr. Cochran, who held many patents, retired from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1979.

Earlier, he worked for the Army Chemical Corps at Fort Detrick and Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado.

He was an Army officer during World War II and was recalled to duty during the Korean War.

The Chicago native earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1939 and was a graduate fellow at the University of Arkansas in 1940-1941.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Anne V. Kraf; three daughters, Dr. Barbara A. Cochran of Hunt Valley, Patrice Cochran of Alexandria, Va. and Marion Cochran Lunt of Amityville, N.Y.; two brothers, Harry Cochran Jr. of Murphysboro, Ill. and Francis Cochran of Mountain View, Calif.; a sister, Mary Lou several nieces and nephews.

Dr. Ray Beasley, 73, Maryland General radiologist

Mr. Ray Beasley, who retired in December from Maryland General Hospital, where he was a staff radiologist for 28 years, died of cancer Monday at his Towson home. He was 73.

He also was chief radiologist at Union Memorial Hospital from 1966 to 1973 and at Children's Hospital from the late 1960s until 1988.

Dr. Beasley also was a partner in Peterson, Golub, Beasley & Stanfield, P.A., radiologists, from which he retired in the early 1990s.

The native of West Chester, Pa. moved to Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1941, at which time he was drafted into the Army during World War II. He began studying for his bachelor's degree in the Army's Specialized Training Program and earned it from the University of Pennsylvania in 1945.

After he was discharged, he entered the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and earned a medical degree in 1949. After completing an internship at Union Memorial, he was drafted into the Army again and spent two years in Korea until being discharged in 1952.

He completed a residency in radiology at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island, N.Y.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Nancy L. Holloway; three daughters, Holly Donnelly and Janice Beasley, both of Towson, and Julie Schaefer of Columbia; and three grandchildren.

Johnnie Caldwell Sr., 61, steel worker, police officer

Johnnie Caldwell Sr., a former steel worker and federal police officer, died of a circulatory disorder Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 61.

He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant from 1958 until the mid-1970s, when he became a federal police officer at the Woodlawn offices of the Social Security Administration.

A native of York County, S.C., he moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s and served in the Marine Corps from the early 1950s to 1958.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at March Funeral Home Inc., 1101 E. North Ave.

Survivors include his wife, the former Sylvia Morris, whom he married in 1955; three sons, Johnnie Caldwell Jr., Kevin Caldwell and Stanley Scott, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Shelia Caldwell of the Netherlands and Malantina Davis of Baltimore; his mother, Easter Caldwell Martin of Baltimore; a sister, Mary Brake of Aurora, Ill.; and 11 grandchildren.

Jeanne Hutchinson, 52, substitute teacher

Jeanne Hutchinson, a former resident of Glen Arm, died April 16 in her native Bethlehem, Pa., of an aneurysm. She was 52.

Mrs. Hutchinson was a substitute teacher in Baltimore from 1985 to 1993, when she returned to Bethlehem. She had moved to Glen Arm in 1977. She was a 1975 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Born Jeanne Mainka, she married John Hutchinson in 1968; they divorced in 1983.

Services were held Friday.

She is survived by two daughters, Heidi Hutchinson and Ann Hutchinson, both of Glen Arm; her mother, Mary Mainka of Bethlehem; a sister, Barbara Kingston of Bethlehem; and two brothers, Albert Mainka of Jenkintown, Pa., and John Mainka of Havertown, Pa.

Raymond Jacob Schmidt, 68, marketing executive

Raymond Jacob Schmidt, a retired marketing executive, died of cancer April 17 in Naples, Fla., where he moved last year from Queenstown. He was 68.

The native of Brooklyn Park joined the Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Annapolis as an engineer in the early 1950s, then worked for several private firms. He retired in 1991.

He served in the Navy from 1946 to 1948, graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in the late 1950s, and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Evelyn Ludvigsen; a son, Gregory A. Schmidt of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Alana Schmidt Williams of Tampa, Fla.; four brothers, Robert Schmidt of Baltimore, Ronald Schmidt of Ellicott City, Jacob Schmidt of Denton and Charles Schmidt of Glen Burnie; and four granddaughters.

A memorial service is being planned for June.

Pub Date: 4/24/97

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