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Cochran Estate Leaves Generous Gift for Community Wellness

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Ukiah, CA – Ukiah Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce that donated proceeds from the Barbara C. Cochran Estate will be used to fund training for UVMC’s new wellness director to become a Certified Wellness Coach. Proceeds will also be used to send several people from the community to a wellness training program, and to pay for a local depression recovery seminar. This is a gift that will have a positive impact on our community for years to come.

“Barbara and Clarion (Clare) Cochran led a rich life full of support for wellness in their communities and in their own lives. They would be thrilled to know that their gift to UVMC would be used to educate and train individuals which will in turn benefit the community,” said Michelle Young, Executor of the Barbara Cochran Estate.

Barbara graduated from Wilson College majoring in Chemistry, and was employed by Dow Chemical in Berkeley, CA. There she met Clare in Dow's Test and Analysis Laboratory. Soon the two discovered that they had a chemistry of their own and were married. Even with all of her scientific skills, Barbara's first love was always art. She attended art school and also worked at Gibson Card Company designing greeting cards.

The Cochrans later took early retirement and moved to Aztec, New Mexico where they lived for 35 years. Clare went to school in New Mexico, received a degree in Geology and worked as a Ranger in Chaco Canyon National Park. Here he lectured to college students and professors from around the world on the life of the Chaco Canyon Indians, a subject both he and Barbara had a lifelong interest in. 

In 2007, because of health issues, they decided to move to Ukiah to be near family. Clare was a wonderful storyteller and was most interested in Native American folklore.  He loved geology, science and playing video games! Both loved to travel and enjoyed meeting interesting people. Their generous gift will have a lasting positive impact on the health of our community, for which UVMC is very grateful for. 

For more information about values-based estate planning, contact Allyne Brown, UVMC Philanthropy Director at 707.463.7623 or at

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