John A. Cocoros, 82, a former College of Criminal Justice professor, a well known state and national leader in the field of juvenile justice, and a tireless advocate for troubled and at-risk youth died on April 1 in Lakeway, Texas, following a series of strokes.
An experienced administrator and consultant to governments and correctional agencies in the U.S. and abroad, Cocoros began his career in law enforcement, but soon the primary focus of his career became the field of juvenile corrections with an emphasis on systemic reform and delinquency prevention.
In 1971, Cocoros and his family moved to Huntsville when he joined Sam Houston State University as an associate professor and Director of Continuing Education in Criminal Justice. In 1975, he received the university's Outstanding Leader in Higher Education award.
His accomplishments were recognized through many awards including the Texas Corrections Association's Outstanding Achievement Award, the Texas Probation Association's President's Award, and induction into the Texas Corrections Association's Hall of Honor.
Cocoros served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged after serving in both World War II and the Korean War.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ada Regina Koehl Cocoros of Victoria, TX, and their three children, Joann, David, and Craig.