Daniel Mulheran, funeral executive

March 02, 1994|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

Daniel T. Mulheran, executive vice president of the Ruck funeral homes and a Dundalk community activist, died Friday of pancreatic cancer at his home in the eastern Baltimore County community.

Mr. Mulheran, who was 73, came to Baltimore in 1959 and started working for the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home in Hamilton. He moved to the Duda Ruck Funeral Home in Dundalk in 1974 and, at his death, was executive vice president of those companies and of the Ruck Towson Funeral Home.

He was also an officer or board member of related companies.

Michael J. Ruck, senior vice president of the companies, described him as "a unique person," adding that there's "no one in our organization who hasn't learned from Dan."

Mr. Mulheran was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., and went to St. Mary's High School there.

He was an Army medical corpsman aboard a ship in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science.

He was a former president of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.

Mr. Mulheran had also been president and board chairman of the Patapsco Federal Savings and Loan Association.

He was a former president of the old Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and of the Dundalk Association of Business and was a member of the Eastern Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce.

He was on the board of the Dundalk Concert Association, a former president of the Dundalk Rotary Club and a member of other community groups in Dundalk and in Hamilton.

He was a member of the Essex Community College Foundation and the Dundalk Community College Advisory Board and had served on the Mortuary Science Advisory Board of Catonsville Community College and on the board of Our Lady of Hope-St. Luke's School.

Mr. Mulheran was a former president of the board of governors of the Sparrows Point Golf Club and a member of the Turf Valley Country Club and the Baltimore County Community Golf Courses Committee.

He was a member of the Honor Guard of the Baltimore County Police Foundation and received two Baltimore County Police Citizens Awards and a 1988 award from a community relations team of the C&P Telephone Co.

He was a member of St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church in Hedgesville, W.Va., where he maintained a vacation home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, Dunmanway and Dunglow Road, Dundalk.

He is survived by his wife, the former Frances Lammert; a sister, Anna Mary Perry of Dundalk; a nephew, Howard Meyers of Philadelphia; and three grandnephews.

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