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Metropolitan State Hospital Superintendents
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Clifford D. Moore M.D.

Dr. Clifford D. Moore M.D. was assigned as acting superintendent from 1930-1933. On November 15, 1935, Dr. Moore was appointed the new superintendent of Fairfield State Hospital in CT.


Dr. Roy D. Halloran

Roy D. Halloran M.D.

Dr. Roy D. Halloran, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1895. He attended Dartmouth College, and in 1917, he received the degree of M. D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, in 1920. In 1922, he was appointed to the staff of the Boston State Hospital, serving as Assistant Superintendent from May, 1928, until August, 1929, when he was appointed Assistant to the Com­missioner, Department of Mental Diseases. From August, 1931 to July, 1932, he was a member of the District Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Society for Mental Hygiene; American Medical Association; Massachusetts Medical Society; American Psychiatric Association; Massachusetts Psychiatric Society; New England Society of Psychiatry; Dartmouth Alumni Association; and the Univer­sity Club of Boston. Dr. Roy D. Halloran was chosen as the first official superintendent of Metropolitan State Hospital by the trustees of that Institution and the appointment was approved by Dr. James V. May, State Commissioner or Mental Diseases. Dr. Halloran started his new superintendent duties on April 1, 1933.


William C. Gaebler

William C. Gaebler M.D.

Dr. William Charles Gaebler was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. He received his premedical education at New York University and New York Homeopathic Medical College. He received his degree of M.D. from the New York Homeopathic Medical College in 1920. Dr. William C. Gaebler was a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. He held membership in the following societies: New England Psychiatric Society; Massachusetts Psychiatric Society; American Psychiatric Society (Fellow); Norfolk District Medical Society; Massachusetts Medical Society; Society for Mental Hygiene. He was a Private in the Enlisted Medical Reserve Corps during the World War. He was the Assistant Physician at Westborough State Hospital from 1924-1929, then Senior Physician at Westborough from 1929 to October 31, 1938.  He became the Assistant Superintendent at Foxborough State Hospital in 1939 and in 1942, he became the second superintendent of Metropolitan State Hospital. 

Dr. William Francis McLaughlin


William F. McLaughlin M.D.

Dr. William Francis McLaughlin was born on February 5, 1915 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1935 and he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Marine Corps as a flight surgeon, treating wounded soldiers near Midway Island. After the war, he was transferred to Boston State Hospital in 1946. He was later appointed assistant superintendent under Dr. Walter Barton, past president of the American Psychiatric Association. In 1952, the Massachusetts Department of Health accepted Dr. McLaughlin as State Hospital inspector. 

In 1953, he was appointed as the third superintendent of the Metropolitan State Hospital where he served in that capacity for 25 years. Upon retiring from that position in 1978, he assumed a staff psychiatrist position with the Portsmouth-based Seacoast Mental Health Center until retiring at the age of 74.  Dr. William Francis McLaughlin died on April 5, 2005 (age 90).

Note: William McLaughlin did not officially retire until September ,1978 but he had stepped down as superintendent four years earlier.


Jack MacDougall, served as personnel director he was followed by a succession of ten administrators with various titles: Arnold Abrams, Ernest Cook, Barbara Hoffman, Melvin Tapper, Frank Karlon, Katherine Olberg, and Phyllis Oram. Audrey DeLoffi, who took over in December 1985 and was given the new title of chief operating officer, was succeeded by Fernando Durand and Marylou Sudders. This managerial turnover line of succession was from 1974 to 1992.

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