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Peyton “Skip” Cochran, ex-MFH, Dead at Eighty-Five

Peyton Skipwith Cochran, Jr., ex-MFH of the Green Spring Valley Hunt (MD) died Thursday, March 1, 2012 of complications from Altzheimer’s and a stroke. He was eighty-five.

Skip Cochran was active in foxhunting and steeplechasing. He was a director of the MFHA for the Maryland-Delaware District and a partner in Arcadia Stable, owner of the renowned Buck Jakes, a two-time winner of the Maryland Hunt Cup.

After graduation in 1944, Skip joined the Navy, but by the time he finished boot camp and was shipped to California, the war had ended.

He joined the Rouse Company and was active in the development of shopping malls in commercially-developed areas. However, he was passionate about preserving open space in rural areas. He was a founding member of the Land Preservation Trust, creators of Shawan Downs, and the Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation, advocates for hunters’ rights.

Click for more details in Jamie Smith Hopkins’s tribute in the Baltimore Sun.

Posted March 6, 2012