Mona Hersh Cochran was born in 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After high school, Mona went to Rutgers University, where she got her degree in economics and attended Temple University to work on her Master’s. Then, she moved to Dallas in 1960, and eventually became the first female recipient of a Ph.D. from SMU, successfully defending her doctoral dissertation in the economics department. She began a long career as a professor of economics at Texas Woman’s University, where she had begun teaching during her last year of Ph.D. studies. Mona was a 1991 recipient of TWU’s most prestigious award for faculty, the Cornaro Outstanding Professor Award, and received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995.
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