Dr. Mona Hersh Cochran


Dr. Mona Hersh CochranMona 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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Richard Aston

Richard Aston was born in 1936 in Dallas, Texas. Richard attended Highland Park High School followed by Florida Southern College for his undergraduate years. While in college, he entered the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and after graduating in 1960, he went right into the army as a Second Lieutenant. After his service, Richard was working for a pharmaceutical company as well as at his family’s bakery. Richard’s family bakery was kosher for a while and coordinated with many caterers that catered to Temple Emanu-El, Tiferet Israel, and Shearith Israel. Richard was married to loving wife, Gladys, until her passing in August 2012.

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Dave Andres

In preparation for June 6, 2004, the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy known as D-Day, Dave Andres z”l shared his memories from age 19 of watching the invasion from the English Channel while serving with the U.S. Navy. Born in Dallas, TX, on April 24, 1925, to Chaya Ruchel and Harry Andres, Dave was drafted into the Navy at 18 and trained in Balboa Park in California. Following his naval service, he returned to Dallas and studied at SMU.  Dave eventually became the founder of Dave Andres Real Estate and was a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El.  He was a dedicated supporter of Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association, a baseball coach at the JCC and Dallas Metro YMCA, and, along with his wife, Ruth, helped the Dallas Jewish Historical Society through their financial and hands-on generosity. Dave passed away on December 30, 2004.

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