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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Rutherford Cochrane (1850-1910)

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Robert Rutherford Cochrane
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University professor.

Born in Sullivan Township, Ontario on 9 August 1850, son ofIrish immigrants James Cochrane and Susanna Rutherford, he was educated at home then taught school at Sullivan for several years before continuing his education at the Ottawa Normal School. He attended the University of Toronto from 1879 to 1885, taking an honours course in mathematics and physics. After graduating, he was appointed Principal of the Perth [Ontario] Collegiate Institute until being appointed a professor of mathematics at Wesley College in Winnipeg in September 1888.

He was one of the first six professors hired by the University of Manitoba, in 1904, the others being Frank Allen (Physics), Gordon Bell (Bacteriology), Reginald Buller (Botany and Geology), Matthew Archibald Parker (Chemistry), and Swale Vincent (Physiology and Zoology).

On 6 April 1891, he married Eva Rosetta Reilly (1854-1956) of Wiltshire, England with whom he had four children: Stanley Robert Cochrane (1892-1917), Ivy Nora Cochrane (1894-1986, wife of John Reginald Hawkins), John Milton Cochrane (1899-1930), and Doris Rutherford Cochrane (1901-1994, wife of Frederick Eaton).

He died at Winnipeg on 3 April 1910, as a result of complications from diabetes, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers [Stanley Robert Cochrane], Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“John Cochrane funeral to be held here Wednesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1930, page 18.

Obituary [Eva Rosetta Cochrane], Winnipeg Tribune, 7 November 1956, page 33.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 July 2021

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