Dorothy McCoy Horan

October 10, 1922June 17, 2013

Dorothy Anita Roberta Horan (nee McCoy) age 90 of Old Greenwich, passed away June 17, 2013 at Greenwich Hospital. Dorothy was born in New York City October 10, 1922 at Little Flower Hospital. She spent her early years in New York City attending Mount St. Ursula Academy where she met many lifelong friends, and in the summers took to the ocean aboard her father’s Matthews Cruiser; visited family friends in Old Greenwich (then called Sound Beach); and enjoyed Lake Waramaug in Warren, CT. at her grandfather’s summer home.

During her later teen years Dorothy moved to Carlysle, Illinois with her mother and stepfather John L. Moran, finishing her secondary education at Visitation Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Subsequently she attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo.; Connecticut College in New London, CT.; and Washington University in St. Louis.

Upon completion of her college years she became a buyer for Jaccard’s Jewelry Stores and later the wedding consultant at Montaldo’s specialty store both in St. Louis. Additionally, Dorothy worked for Catholic Charities in St. Louis aiding orphaned children and giving logistical assistance at Firmin DesLoge Hospital.

She often spent summer vacation at this time in Spring Lake, N. J. where she had many relatives and old friends and could enjoy her favorite sport of ocean swimming and body surfing.

During World War II she joined the call to duty and worked at the Army Ordnance Plant in St. Louis.

In 1955 she married Robert W. Horan of St. Louis. They moved to Evanston, Illinois where they had their first child, John L. Horan in 1956. In 1957 Dorothy, husband Robert and son John moved to Greenwich, CT. and a year later to Old Greenwich, CT. where they had their second child Robert, Jr. in 1959.

Dorothy was active in the Women’s Club of Greenwich, The Women’s Republican Club, The English Speaking Union, Safety Chairman at the Old Greenwich Elementary School and the Women’s Investment Group of Greenwich.

Dorothy maintained an active life including boating and swimming on Long Island Sound and Lake Waramaug; and at Innis Arden Golf Club and Lucas Point where she loved to entertain.

She enjoyed the best life had to offer; fashion, fine dining and travel to various locations around the world with her husband and family. Throughout the years, Dorothy maintained contact and support for many Catholic missions. Above all, Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and sister who always thought of her family first.

As many friends of the family have noted upon hearing of her passing, Dorothy had a bigger than life personality, a quick wit and keen sense of humor and will be deeply missed by all.

Dorothy passed away surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert W.; two sons John L. Horan (Catherine) and Robert W. Horan, Jr. both of Old Greenwich; and a brother Walter A. McCoy of Greenwich. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents Walter A. McCoy, MD and Selma S. Moran. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 25 at 11 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Avenue in Riverside, CT. Internment at Woodlawn Cemetery will be private. Relatives and friends may call upon Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT. on Monday, June 24 from 4 – 8 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you consider a donation in the name of Dorothy Horan to the: The Friends of Greenwich Point. To leave an online condolence please visit



  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 25, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, June 24, 2013



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June 25, 2013

You have my condolences for this great loss. May the God who gives peace be with your family. (Romans 15:33)

Billy Conron

June 24, 2013

Mr. Horan, John and Robby,
Mrs Horan was a ton of fun and a great lady. She possesed unmatched elegance and an amazing mind. She will be missed by many!

Jerry Maben

June 24, 2013

Dear Mr. Horan, Rob, and John,

There are no words to describe the loss of Dorothy. She remains a "true-grandam" of Greenwich with a loving family gifted with unsurpased social elegance and grace. I am grateful for the way she always treated as as "young adults", while we were still growing up in the community. She valued our opinions, while sometimes challenging them, and taught us that "manners count" in a fast changing world.

I will forever cherish the special kinship we shared at her formal dinner parties at Lucas Point. One always knew she was really hosting the event to make her guests feel special. Looking at her record of service to the community, one can only conclude that she felt the same way about people she had never met, but strongly and sincerly helped.

Peter Annicelli

June 24, 2013

Laurie and I were very saddened to hear the news. Mrs Horan will always stay in our thoughts and prayers.

Doug & Lisa Carlson

June 24, 2013

Our condolences to the whole Horan Family. Dorothy was like a second mother, and a second grandmother to our daughters. She will be missed greatly!

June 23, 2013

Dear John & Catherine
Our thoughts & prayers go out to all The Horans with the passing of your mother. The photo in the Greenwich Times was lovely.
We send our love to you,
Pam McGinley Quackenbush

Curtis Pippin

June 23, 2013

To The Horans,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you all find solace in a life lived well, fond memories and many friends to help you through this time of grief.


John Cooper

June 23, 2013

Mr. Horan, John & Rob: there was but one person I ever delivered luggage to when I worked at Bloomingdales in 1973 and that was Dorothy Horan. She deserved that attention then, and she deserves it now. One of the most dynamic women I have met in my life, may God bless her and keep her close to his side.

Beverly Yudkofsky

June 22, 2013

Paul and I so enjoyed Dorothy as a wonderful neighbor and friend. She always had that wonderful smile and such a positive attitude.
She will be sadly missed by her many Lucas Point neighbors.
Beverly Yudkofsky

Rachel Tyrrell

June 21, 2013

The Horan Family-
May loving memories comfort you and the love of faith & friends carry you through this time of sorrow. Love, The Tyrrell Family