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NO. R-206.  Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Virginia “Ginny” Cochran.


Offered by:  Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Offered by:  Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Adams of Hartland, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Deen of Westminster, Donaghy of Poultney, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Nease of Johnson, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington and Wright of Burlington.

Whereas, Ginny Cochran, a native of Hartland Four Corners, was Vermont’s premier skiing mom, and        

Whereas, while attending the University of Vermont, she became acquainted with her future husband and life-long skiing partner, Mickey Cochran, during ski trips to Stowe, and

Whereas, they soon married and after graduation moved to Windsor where the Cochran family soon took to the ski slopes at Mount Ascutney, and

Whereas, in 1960, after relocating to Chittenden County, the Cochrans purchased a farm in Richmond where they installed a rope tow on their hilly backyard and established the Cochran Ski Area as an ideal locale for children, both their own and thousands of others, and their parents to learn to ski, and

Whereas, Ginny Cochran was the founder of Richmond’s after-school ski programs and, in her teaching capacity, she imparted her expertise on the slopes to thousands of parents and students, and

Whereas, Ginny was devoted to her children, Bobby, Marilyn, and Lindy, medal‑winning members of the United States alpine ski team, and Barbara Ann, an alpine gold medalist at the 1972 Winter Olympics, and

Whereas, after Barbara Ann’s victory, the town of Richmond cheered and renamed the family’s street “Cochran Road,” and

Whereas, Ginny Cochran’s home hospitality was unparalleled as she opened her doors to members of the community as well as United States ski team members and World Cup athletes, and

Whereas, the conclusion of their four children’s Olympic skiing careers did not end the Cochran Ski Area’s existence as Ginny and Mickey Cochran’s backyard continued to host instructional ski programs and their famous Lollipop Races, and

Whereas, after Mickey Cochran’s death in 1998, Ginny Cochran, dedicated to the continuance of the Cochran Ski Area as an affordable place for children and families to learn to ski and snowboard, reorganized it as the nation’s first nonprofit ski area, and

Whereas, Ginny Cochran has been the recipient of many accolades, including the sharing of an honorary University of Vermont degree with her husband, and

Whereas, Governor Madeleine Kunin named her an “Extraordinary Vermonter,” and

Whereas, she was inducted, along with her entire family, into the Vermont Ski Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, Ginny always spoke up for what she believed in, and

Whereas, she loved to play bridge and tennis with her family and friends, and

Whereas, Ginny was a quintessential Vermonter dedicated to her family, community, and the preservation of the land, and these wonderful attributes were embodied in the ski area she ran with such love for over 40 years, and

Whereas, Ginny Cochran’s death rekindled wonderful memories of her life, not merely for her four children, Marilyn, Barbara Ann, Bob, and Lindy, and 10 grandchildren, but also for her many friends and for the thousands of Vermonters who learned to ski in her backyard, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its deepest condolences to the family of  Virginia Cochran of Richmond, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of her four children and to the Cochran Ski Area in Richmond.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont