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Loughran, Edward


LOUGHRAN, Edward J. "Ned" 76, of Winchester, MA, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016. He was born December 2, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Joseph Edward and Catherine (Corcoran) Loughran. Ned received his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Divinity from Mary Immaculate Seminary College (Northampton, PA) and a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Fordham University (Bronx, New York). Ned served as a Vincentian priest at St. John's Prep in Brooklyn, NY and he spent several years in parish ministry at St. Vincent's Church in Philadelphia. Before coming to Massachusetts, Ned also spent ten years with the New York State Division for Youth. He later proudly worked at the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) for thirteen years, the last eight years as Commissioner. Under his leadership, DYS became known nationally as the "Massachusetts Model" for providing effective treatment for young offenders in small, secure facilities located throughout the state. When he left DYS, Ned served as the Director of the National Juvenile Justice Project helping to further Robert F. Kennedy's belief "...that every child in this country live as we would want our own children to live?". Ned is the first and founding Executive Director of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), where he served for 22 years. The CJCA is a national organization that supports youth agency directors to run systems that positively impact the lives of youth, their families, and staff. Ned also served as the first and founding President of the Performance-based Standards (PbS) Learning Institute, a non-profit established to continue CJCA's award-winning PbS program when federal funding ended.

Ned was a catalyst for change in the reform of the juvenile justice system during his lifetime. He was a passionate and dedicated leader of juvenile justice and was respected and loved by professionals working across the country on juvenile justice reform. He led major initiatives in the training of the National Leaders in Juvenile Corrections, including the training of all new state directors of juvenile corrections and the development of PbS. Ned led the charge for improved conditions for confinement of juveniles and for more effective policies for juvenile justice and correction.

No matter where he was, Ned remembered the names of those he was with - directors, line staff, youth, administrative staff, cooks, teachers, and volunteers. He was the inspiration that launched many individuals' careers to help at-risk and delinquent youth to turn their lives around. Ned worked tirelessly to ensure juvenile justice leaders stayed true to the mission of rehabilitation and had the tools they needed to best serve youth. Ned was an active member of numerous associations, a frequent lecturer on juvenile justice, a writer, and an adjunct professor at Suffolk University and Stonehill College. He was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Winchester, MA. He will be greatly missed.

Most important to Ned were his wife and son, whom he loved. He cherished family trips to Aruba, Italy, Spain, France and Africa and loved to take pictures to remember the special times. He is survived by his loving wife, Maria (Matarazzo) Loughran and son, Sean Loughran. He leaves his sister, Louise Gambert of East Hampton, NY; brothers, John Loughran and wife Denise of Middle Village, NY, Gerard Loughran and wife Grace of Garden City, NY, and Joseph Loughran and wife Barbara of Albertson, NY; mother-in-law, Nicolena Matarazzo of Medford, MA; sisters-in law, Gina Matarazzo and husband Frank DelTorto of Saugus, MA, Angela Matarazzo and husband David Alves of Boston, MA, and Joanna (Matarazzo) Littlefield and husband David of Sewicky, PA; brother-in-law, Anthony Matarazzo and wife Kelly of Medford, MA; and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Best friend of Richard Bardi and family of Winchester. He was predeceased by his father-in-law Angelo Matarazzo. A funeral will be held from the Lane Funeral Home 760 Main St. (Rte. 38) WINCHESTER on Friday October 21st at 9am. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church 158 Washington St. Winchester at 10am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 4-8pm. Interment will be private. For online condolences please visit In lieu of flowers, Ned asked that donations be made to his beloved organization, CJCA, 639 Granite St., #112, Braintree, MA 02184.

Funeral Home
Lane Funeral Home
760 Main Street Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 729-2580
Published in The Boston Globe from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2016