Lexington, KY – Rick Corman, 58, founder and owner of the Nicholasville-based RJ Corman Railroad Group, died Friday after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a spokesman for the company has confirmed.
Corman started the company in 1973 upon his graduation from high school as a railroad construction business. He later expanded to become a rail service provider that now operates in more than 21 states, according to the company’s website. There are divisions of the RJ Corman Railroad Group as far west as Arizona, and the company employs more than 1,000.
In January 2008, the company announced Corman had a reoccurrence of multiple myeloma that had first been spotted more than six years before. Corman was under the treatment of doctors at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, where he underwent stem cell and bone marrow treatment.
He also formed the R. J. Corman Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at Harvard to raise funds to study and treat the disease.