McLean Hospital Director Emeritus Francis de Marneffe, MD, a member of the McLean community for 70 years, passed away late last week. He was 97.
de Marneffe first arrived on the McLean campus in January of 1953, when he came to the hospital as a second-year resident. His intelligence, compassion, and operational acuity enabled a rapid rise through hospital leadership roles, and in 1960, he was appointed assistant to Hospital Director and Psychiatrist in Chief Alfred Stanton, MD.
Two years later, at the young age of 38, de Marneffe was appointed McLean’s general director, a position in which he served from 1962 to 1986. His 24-year tenure as director of the hospital was the longest in McLean’s more than 200-year history.
In a recent interview, de Marneffe discussed his love for McLean and its mission:
“There is something about the dedication of the people who work at McLean…It’s about their passion and sense of duty. It feels as though doing whatever they can to help others is part of their DNA,” he said.