Raymond J. Cothran, who served as Lockport mayor from 1958 to 1961 and was a longtime executive director of the state Conference of Mayors in Albany, died Thursday (Jan. 28, 1999) in Charlton Methodist Hospital, DeSoto, Tex. He was 87.
Before becoming mayor, Cothran held several offices in city government, including judge and corporation counsel.
A past master and 55-year member of Red Jacket Lodge 646, F&AM, Cothran also served as president of the Lockport Lawyers Club and a director of the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Gideon International, and the Tuscarora Club of Lockport.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, and served in the Army Reserves from 1933 to 1961, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
As an officer for the state Conference of Mayors, he served on many state boards and committees. He retired in 1978.
Cothran was listed in "Who's Who in the East" and "Who's Who in Government."
He was a graduate of Cornell University and the Cornell Law School.
Cothran and his wife, Thelma, moved to Duncanville, Tex., in June from Sun City Center, Fla., where they lived for 18 years. They also lived in the Albany area and, until recently, summered at their Lake Ontario cottage at Youngstown.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Elaynne and Anne, both of Chicago, and Carole Fennig of Dallas; and two grandsons.
Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.