Thomas B. Horan, 60, a retired operations chief of the Air Force Communications Center at the Pentagon who was active in volunteer organizations, died Aug. 21 in his home in Kensington. He had emphysema.

Mr. Horan worked at the Pentagon Communications Center for 26 years before retiring for reasons of health in 1973.

Since then, he had been a volunteer with the Mid-Maryland and D.C. lung associations. He also did volunteer work at the library at Good Counsel High School in Wheaton.

He earned a degree in respiratory therapy at the old Washington Technical Institute and became a certified respiratory therapist in 1976. He also studied medical technology at Montgomery College.

Mr. Horan taught at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Wheaton and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kensington, of which he was a member. He was a 1973 recipient of the Pope Pius X Medal for his teaching.

Mr. Horan was born in Hartford, Conn., and moved here about 1940. He worked for the Civil Service Commission and the National Bureau of Standards before joining the Pentagon. He served with the Army Signal Corps in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, the former Anna Marie Lanman of Kensington; a son, Thomas B. Jr. of Silver Spring; a daughter, A. Eileen of Rockville, and two brothers, James and William, and a sister, Sister Eileen Horan of the Order of St. Joseph's, all of Connecticut.