Very few people have working in the juvenile justice system as part of their original career plan. They may choose to go into criminal justice and navigate their way to juvenile justice when they discover the life changing opportunities presented when working with youth. They may start as a prosecutor or public defender and while going through the early career rotation of assignments develop a passion for juvenile law. Even fewer, however, find their way to the field of juvenile justice through the clergy. Yet that is the pathway that Edward “Ned” J. Loughran took to the career to which he would devote his professional life. It is a life that ended recently, but not before he shaped the field of juvenile justice indelibly and helped develop its next generation of leaders.
Ned was born December 2, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan and received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Divinity from Mary Immaculate College (Northampton, PA) and a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Fordham University (Bronx, New York). He served as a Vincentian priest at St. John’s Prep in Brooklyn, NY and spent several years in parish ministry at St. Vincent’s Church in Philadelphia.