Albert L. Cochran, 77, a retired Army colonel and a former official with the Army Corps of Engineers, died Nov. 1 at a hospital in Columbia, S.C., after a heart attack. He had lived in Columbia since 1969.

Col. Cochran was born in Denton, Tex. He graduated from the University of Arkansas. He became a civilian employe of the Army Corps of Engineers in about 1932 in Kansas. He also worked for the corps in Florida and Pennsylvania before transferring to Washington in 1937.

During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe and was promoted to the rank of colonel. After the war, he returned to civilian service with the corps. He retired in 1969 as chief of the hydrology and hydraulics branch of the civil works division.

His honors include the Army's Legion of Merit and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

He was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers. He also had been a member of the Retired Officers Association and Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Barr Cochran of Columbia; a stepdaughter, Gloria D. Cummins of New Orleans, and three sisters.