Interview with Lewis W. Cochran, February 5, 1985

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

University of Kentucky professor, Lewis W. Cochran describes his early career. He arrived back from the Philippines in April of 1946 and began teaching at Morehead State Teacher's College (now Morehead State University) in the Summer of 1946. He was offered a position UK and describes how the physics department had gone through several transitions throughout the war. He remembers Karl Lange, a German professor, who began teaching at UK at this time and eventually headed the Wenner-Gren Laboratory. Cochran discusses the influx of students after World War II and his own attempts to finish his PhD.

Cochran describes funding and attempting to get the money to buy an accelerator tube for the physics department. He states that the university was not always good at making appropriate use of state funding. Cochran also describes differences between the engineering and the physics departments and talks about President Herman Donovan. He recalls details about the integration of the university and racial attitudes while he was growing up. He remembers problems with integration at Morehead. He also talks about the prestige associations with appointments to the UK Board of Trustees and the relationship between the University of Kentucky and the Earle Clements and Lawrence W. Weatherby gubernatorial administrations.

Cochran describes living in Shawneetown for six years with his family. He talks about the primitive conditions but states that they were grateful for anything that they could get at the time. Cochran reminisces about Adolf Rupp and states that there is so much pride in basketball in Kentucky, because it was finally something that Kentucky could be the best at. He describes seeing Adolf Rupp and John Y. Brown at the Wildcat restaurant eating breakfast. He recalls how the hiring of Bear Bryant as football coach brought in a new era for UK football. Cochran also talks about building projects on campus and a "restlessness" that was developing in the early 1950s over the lack of scholarly projects going on at the university.

Interview Accession

1985oh029_af193

Interviewee Name

Lewis W. Cochran

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1985-02-05

Interview Keyword

Bud Cochran

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Cochran, Lewis W. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 05 Feb. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cochran, L.W. (1985, February 05). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cochran, Lewis W., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. February 05, 1985, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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