Beverleigh Cochrane, 84

Art museum volunteer

January 15, 2007

Beverleigh B. Cochrane, a volunteer at the Baltimore Museum of Art who championed historic preservation, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 84.

Beverleigh Jane Boulogne was born in Tulsa, Okla., and was a graduate of the University of Missouri. In 1944, she married Noel Blair Hunter Cochrane, a member of the Royal Air Force stationed in Ontario.

After World War II, the couple settled in the Poplar Hill area of Baltimore. He founded and operated two companies that sold industrial equipment.

The former chairwoman of the Women's Committee at the museum and a member of its board of trustees, Mrs. Cochrane also volunteered with the Maryland Historical Society and the Maryland School for the Blind, where she often taught arts and crafts to students. She was a former president of the Maryland Children's Aid Auxiliary.

At the museum, she frequently acted as a guide for schoolchildren after World War II.

"She was a lifelong volunteer," said her daughter, Leigh B. Cochrane of Homeland. "Her biggest interest was in the decorative arts, particularly Baltimore furnishings. On a trip to New York in November, while visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she shared her knowledge of Baltimore decorative arts with the museum's curators."

Mrs. Cochrane was past chairwoman of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage and of the Hunt Valley Antiques Show. She also was a founding member of the Questers Inc., Monumental Chapter, an organization dedicated to historic preservation.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

In addition to her husband of 62 years and her daughter, survivors include a son, N.B. Hunter Cochrane Jr. of Roland Park; two sisters, Barbara Tenney of Aurora, Colo., and June Alexander of Fort Smith, Ark.; and two granddaughters.

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