Robert Samuel Cochran Jr.
Robert Samuel Cochran Jr., 67, former president of a shoe company and a menswear retailer and entrepreneur, died of a heart attack July 18 at a neighbor's home on Gibson Island, Md., while arranging a tennis match.
Mr. Cochran was a Washington native who grew up in Nashville.
He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and worked as an engineer at a cellophane company in Nashville. He served in the Army as an artillery officer and then joined the Special Forces, serving in Laos from 1961 to 1962.
He returned to the United States and settled in Nashville, working for Genesco, a national apparel company that owned the Flagg Brothers shoe firm. Mr. Cochran became the shoe company's president and introduced high-heeled shoes for men, an innovation that won him an appearance on the CBS game show "To Tell the Truth."
He moved to Atlanta in 1975 to become president of Male Slacks and Jeans. He later was marketing manager of Days Inns of America, administrator of the national law firm Alston & Bird, an Atlanta restaurateur and co-founder of Atlanta Legal Copy Inc., which opened several outlets before being acquired by Ikon Office Solutions.
He retired in 1995 and moved to Gibson Island. He was president of the Gibson Island Club, vice commodore of the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron and a member of the Cruising Club of America. He won a team trophy in the 2002 Annapolis-to-Bermuda race.
His marriage to Margaret Marie Welsh ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Valerie Ann Shelton Cochran of Gibson Island; three children from the first marriage, Courtenay Cochran Corrigan of Los Altos Hills, Calif., Dr. Margaret Cochran Schlossberg of Baltimore and Robert Samuel Cochran III of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; his mother, Amelia Weaver Cochran of Gibson Island; a brother, Dr. Thomas Brackenridge Cochran of Arlington; and seven grandchildren.
Roberta MacMorris Gunn, 78, who did secretarial work for the Defense Department for 30 years before retiring in the mid-1990s, died July 17 at Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria. She had interstitial lung disease.
In the 1980s, Mrs. Gunn, an Alexandria resident, worked nights at the Vincent et Vincent dress shop and salon at Beacon Mall in Alexandria.
In recent years, she owned and operated Bobbie's Knits and appeared at arts and craft shows in Northern Virginia.
She helped establish Samaritan House, a group home in Alexandria, and was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria.
She was born in Baltimore and raised in Takoma Park. She was a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School and the old Marjorie Webster Junior College in the District.
Early on, she accompanied her husband on his military assignments.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, retired Army Brig. Gen. James W. Gunn of Alexandria; a daughter, Linda Lynch of Alexandria; and a grandson.
World Bank Director
Ernesto Franco-Holguin, 88, who worked for the World Bank from 1950 to 1979 and retired as a director, died July 15 at his home in Chilmark, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Franco, whose maternal grandfather was president of Colombia, was born in Paris. He received a law degree from Bogota's Universidad del Rosario.
Early in his career, he did legal work for W.R. Grace and Co. in New York and then for Taca Airlines in Mobile, Ala. He settled in the Washington area in 1950.
In the 1960s, he was the World Bank's special representative to the United Nations. He was among the first World Bank staff members to rise to the board of directors.
He moved to Martha's Vineyard after retiring but maintained a residence in the District until the mid-1990s. He was a member of the Chevy Chase and Metropolitan clubs in Washington.
His wife, Frances Montignani Franco, whom he married in 1945, died in 1988.
Survivors include a daughter, Maria Franco Granquist of Hamden, Conn.; a sister; a brother; and two grandsons.