Robert S. Cochran Sr., 90, regional manager for GERobert...

April 06, 1999

Robert S. Cochran Sr., 90, regional manager for GE

Robert S. Cochran Sr., a retired regional manager for General Electric Supply Corp., died Thursday of heart failure at his Gibson Island home. He was 90.

He joined General Electric in 1929 and retired in 1965 as manager of the Baltimore-Washington region.

During World War II, he was an Army staff officer in Washington and participated in the 1943 invasion of Salerno. After the war, he remained active in the Army Reserve and retired as a colonel.

The native of Alexandria, Va., earned a civil engineering degree from Virginia Military Institute.

He was a member of the Bellhaven Club and the Gibson Island Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Christopher's-By-The-Sea on Gibson Island.

He is survived by his wife, the former Amelia Weaver, whom he married in 1934; two sons, Robert S. Cochran Jr. of Gibson Island and Dr. Thomas B. Cochran of Arlington, Va.; two sisters, Mary Jaquelin Nicholson of Tappahannock, Va., and Bertha Leonard Wright of Lexington, Ky.; and five grandchildren.

Wolodymyr C. Sushko, 78, schools grounds supervisor

Wolodymyr C. Sushko, former grounds maintenance supervisor for Baltimore City schools who supervised the annual planting of tulip bulbs in Sherwood Gardens, died Thursday of cancer at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Rosedale resident was 78.

He became interested in growing flowers as a youth, helping his mother tend a garden behind their home in Peremyschl in Ukraine. He graduated from the College of Forestry in Vienna in 1946 and immigrated to Chicago in 1949, settling in Baltimore the next year.

He first worked as a city forester at the Liberty Dam watershed, where more than a half million trees were planted under his supervision. In 1961, he joined the school system and was in charge of landscaping and maintenance until he retired in 1986.

In 1976, Mr. Sushko and his brother, Jerry Sushko of Baltimore, helped develop the school system's George F. Bragg Nature Study Center for environmental studies in the 6600 block of Baltimore National Pike.

After he retired, he supervised the planting and removal of tulip bulbs at Guilford's famed Sherwood Gardens.

In 1973, he was certified as a Registered Professional Forester by the state Department of Licensing and Regulation. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Conservation Council of Maryland.

Interested in his Ukrainian heritage and culture, Mr. Sushko was a co-author of "The Ukrainians of Maryland," published in 1977.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. today at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2401 Eastern Ave.

In addition to his brother, he also is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Olha Charchalis; a son, Zenon Sushko of Stewartstown, Pa.; two daughters, Lydia Sushko-Pantelyuk of Laurel and Martha Hynson of Marriottsville; three sisters, Irene Kohut of Baltimore, Sophia Zalutzki of Chicago and Vera Kachaj of Philadelphia; and three grandchildren.

Robert H. Hagan, 78, investigator, security expert

Robert H. Hagan, a longtime investigator and security expert, died at home Thursday of prostate cancer. The Crofton resident was 78.

Born in Richfield, Neb., he began his working career at age 16 in the post office at Springfield, Neb. In 1940, he moved to Washington and became an FBI radio operator. He did similar work for the Navy during World War II and returned to the FBI, becoming a special agent.

In 1954, he joined the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He retired in 1976 and worked as a security consultant.

Mr. Hagan was an avid golfer and was active in Man to Man, a prostate cancer support organization, for the past several years.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church, 1069 Cecil Ave., Millersville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Genevieve McCeney; a son, Michael M. Hagan of Washington; two daughters, Maureen H. Cavaiola and Barbara H. Huston, both of Severna Park; and five grandchildren.

Robert Tilghman Strudwick, 75, insurance executive

Robert Tilghman Strudwick, a retired insurance executive who pioneered new marketing concepts, died Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of a heart attack. The Baltimore resident was 75.

The native of Greensboro, N.C., spent his youth in Richmond, Va., and Salisbury. He attended Virginia Military Institute for three years and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1946.

He served in Japan as a member of a special Army detachment guarding high-ranking Japanese military personnel during the War Crimes Tribunal in 1947 and as a combat infantry captain during the Korean War.

He resigned from the Army in 1954 and moved to Baltimore, but remained active in the National Guard and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

In 1964, he opened Strudwick & Associates, a national group insurance brokerage that he ran as president for the next 21 years.

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