Michael E. Horan, 42, of West Chester, a director of campus operations for Campbell Soup in Camden who once rescued a neighbor from a burning building, died of multiple myeloma, Sunday, May 15, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Horan graduated from Springfield High School in Delaware County. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
He began his career as a construction engineer with Fluor Daniel, then was a construction manager for American Water Works, and was senior project manager for AMEC Earth & Environmental. For three years, before joining Campbell Soup in May 2010, he was director of global facilities for MDS Pharma Services in King of Prussia.
While in college, Mr. Horan spent a semester in Leeds, England, and traveled to Ireland, Switzerland, and Ireland. When he was with AMEC, he spent time in Guam as a construction consultant for a U.S. Air Force base there, and he later visited MDS Pharma's office in Beijing.
He played on the lacrosse team in high school and for five years coached Tredyffrin-Easttown youth lacrosse.
As a hobby, Mr. Horan rehabbed two houses in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and a house in Malvern. He was living in his renovated building on Perot Street in Fairmount when he rescued an elderly neighbor from her burning home in 2001.
He and his future wife, Karen Maul met on the street when she visited a friend who lived there. They married in 2002 and have two sons, Nolan, 7, and Liam, 5.
Mr. Horan, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2006, was a founding sponsor with his wife of the annual Miles for Myeloma 5k Walk/Run on Martin Luther King Drive. The event has raised more than $400,000 for research and financial-assistance programs, she said.
In addition to his wife and sons, Mr. Horan is survived by his father, Eugene; two sisters; and a brother.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the O'Leary Funeral Home, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, at St. Agnes Church, 231 W. Gay St., West Chester. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Networking Group, Box 18154, Philadelphia 19116.