Jaimie Jean Nickless Cochran, MD, 92, died on Friday, December 14, 2018 at her residence in Houston, Texas. She was born on July 29, 1927 in San Antonio, Texas, the only child of David Louin Nickless and Frances Bynum Nickless, and grew up in McCaully, Fisher County, Texas.
Dr. Cochran graduated as valedictorian from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio in 1944. She earned a B.A. in Zoology and a B.S. in Chemistry at Texas State College for Women graduating Cum Laude in 1948. She went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston in 1952, graduating with highest honors, elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She interned at the Hospital of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1953. After a hiatus from medicine of 17 1/2 years she returned to her career with a residency in Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, 1971 to 1974. She entered private practice in Houston in 1974, later officing with her husband, Chester. During her time in private practice, she was the Medical Program Director for the Eating Disorders Program - HCA Belle Park Hospital and a Clinical Instructor at the Baylor College Department of Psychiatry. She served as parliamentarian for 4 years for the Houston Psychiatric Society and was a member of Texas Medical Association, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, Harris County Medical Association, American Society of Adolescent Psychiatrists, American Medical Woman's Association, Texas and National Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, and The Orton Dyslexia Society. She was also Consulting Psychiatrist to Brookwood Community, and served on the Executive Committee and Scientific Advisory Board of the Woman's Fund for Research and Development. Illness forced early retirement in 1996.
Jaimie married Chester in 1951 while both were students at UTMB Galveston. They traveled extensively, visiting every continent, and enjoyed classical music, opera, ballet and chamber music, and were longtime supporters of the arts in Houston. She was an active member of the Houston Junior Forum, serving as president, 1965-1966, worked for the creation of the first Head Start program in Houston, and spent many hours volunteering at the Forum Community House and Helena House.
Jaimie was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, James Chester Gayle Cochran, Jr., and is survived by her six sons: David Louin Cochran, James Chester Gayle Cochran III, John Turner Cochran, Steven Dilworth Cochran, Albert Lawrence Cochran and Paul Andrew Cochran; grandchildren: Jason Aaron Cochran, Allen Travis Cochran, Jamie Lee Cochran, Grace Dilworth Cochran, and Marley Lambert Cochran.
A memorial service will be held at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston, at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at which time her ashes will be interred alongside her late husband's in a niche in the Palmer columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jaimie's honor may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (bcrf.org) or the Houston Symphony (houstonsymphony.org).