Manhattan College Mourns Loss of Generous Benefactor

John J. Horan ’40, distinguished alumnus and former chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Merck & Co., Inc., passed away on Jan. 22 from natural causes.

John J. Horan ’40, distinguished alumnus and former chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Merck & Co., Inc., passed away on Jan. 22 from natural causes. Horan, a generous donor to Manhattan, received several honors from the College, including an honorary Doctor of Science in 1978 at the 127th Commencement ceremony and the De La Salle Medal in 1985. Horan Hall, a student residence, was  named in his honor, as well as the John. J. Horan Endowed Lecture Series, which encourages faculty development through enhanced involvement in research. To learn more about Horan’s life, read his obituary at www.nytimes.com.