Lydia G. Cochrane (nee Steinway), 87, died in Chicago on January 5 of cardiac arrest, surrounded by family.
Cochrane was born in New York to Theodore and Ruth Steinway (nee Davis), the youngest of six children.
After attending Dalton, Putney, Smith and the University of Chicago, Cochrane taught French for many years at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, introducing Montessori-style methods into the curriculum. Later, she translated scholarly books and articles from French and Italian with the remarkable precision and passion that she brought to every endeavor.
She was married to Eric W. Cochrane, noted professor of Italian history at the University of Chicago, He preceded her in death in 1985. They lived in Chicago and Florence, Italy.
An active member of the Fortnightly of Chicago, Tuesday Ladies and two book groups, she swam in the early morning with friends and attended season subscriptions to almost everything Chicago has to offer.
She is survived by her sons John (Elizabeth Fama) and Nicholas (Ginger Gregory), grandchildren Sally, Eric, Caleb, Jean, Lydia and Sam, all of whom knew her as a deep friend, and a large Steinway/Davis/Cochrane clan.
According to family members, she was intelligent, inquisitive, open-minded, decisive, self-reliant, elegant and infinitely complex.
A memorial service will take place in Chicago in the early spring.