Grade and commercial school education. Doctor of Laws, Centenary College Louisiana and Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama.
Accountant and yard man, Chicago and Northwestern R.R. local freight office, 1908-1910;
successively with, Globe Commission Company, David Palmer & Company, auditors and accountants, then with Audit. Company of New York, being assigned to properties in Shreveport, Louisiana, 1913-1914. Joined Atlas Oil Corporation, 1917, as accountant, handling general purchases, leasing, in charge of field development and pipe line construction and operation, from 1918 in general charge of properties as vice-president and general manager, and head of various companies which merged into present organization, president, 1929-1956.
Chairman, Board Of Directors United Gas Corporation, Union Producing Company, United Gas Pipe Line Company, 1956-1966, honorary Chairman of the Board, director emeritus, from 1966.
Member Petroleum Industry War Council, also chairman Natural Gas and Natural Gasoline Committee, District 3, during World World War World War II. Member American Gas Association (president 1938, board directors), Knights of Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Knights of St. Gregory (papal), Boston Club (New Orleans), Shreveport Country Club, Shreveport Club, Ramada Club (Houston).
Married Nelle Quigles, December 12, 1917. Children: Charley Nelle McGowen Rives, Norris Cochran Junior.