Washington State Magazine

Fall 2002

Fall 2002

In This Issue...


Bulbs and Blooms :: "Roozen" may mean "roses" in Dutch. But in Washington, it means tulips—to the tune of 50 million a year. by Pat Caraher

Fall is the time to plant bulbs—but maybe not the ones you'd planned on

Genetically modified foods :: If you think scientists all agree on genetically modified foods, think again. by Tim Steury

Blackwell makes his mark :: James Blackwell helped establish the clout of black sociologists. This spring he returned to Pullman to receive the University's highest honor. by Pat Caraher

Ain't misbehavin' :: If you're not the leader of your pack, you may want to give Catherine Ulibarri a call. by Mary Aegerter

Field Notes

London: Thames Voices :: As a literary scholar wanders London's streets, he can hear the doubts and questions and skeptical musings of the 16th-century stage. by Will Hamlin



:: CAREERS: Paying it forward

:: SPORTS: "D" is for Doba


Cover: Carlos Sanches, employee of the Washington Bulb Co. Read the story. Photograph © 2002 Laurence Chen, www.lchenphoto.com

Kathy Cochran, center, with her nephew, Robert Cochran, and her own mother and role model, Eunice Cochran. Shelly Hanks


Kathy Cochran, center, with her nephew, Robert Cochran, and her own mother and role model, Eunice Cochran. Shelly Hanks

Guardian angel comes to the rescue

© Washington State University

When his home and family life was in turmoil, Kathy Cochran came to her nephew’s rescue. At the time Robert Cochran was 15, living in Kansas, and the court was about to place him in a foster home again. Kathy gave the court another option. She agreed to take him in, and the judge awarded her custody.

“Aunt Kathy . . . has been my best friend, my mom, and my guardian angel all at the same time,” Robert wrote in a letter nominating her for Washington State University 2002 Mom of the Year. She was selected from 24 candidates and recognized at the April 13 Mom’s Weekend brunch in the Compton Union Building.

“She has instilled morals and values in a young man who might otherwise be continuing a downward spiral . . . ,” wrote Robert, a WSU junior with an interest in communications.

A Seattle lawyer, Kathy Cochran helped her nephew make the transition from the Midwest to Seattle. She encouraged him to become involved in activities and make new friends, while encouraging opportunities for him to further his relationships with his grandparents and father.

Categories: Awards and honors | Tags: WSU parents

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