Michael J. Mulligan, 69, of Hatboro, a psychologist, died of melanoma May 24 at Abington Memorial Hospital.

For the last 37 years Mr. Mulligan had maintained a solo practice in Hatboro. He was also managing partner of the Professional Clinical Forum, a consortium of psychologists in Hatboro.

A native of Erie, Mr. Mulligan served in the Navy aboard the heavy cruiser USS Macon. After his discharge he earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1963. While working at Byberry State Hospital in Philadelphia, he earned a master's degree in psychology from Temple University.

An avid sailer, he competed in races sponsored by the Red Dragon Canoe Club in Edgewater Park, N.J. In 1976 he participated in the parade of sails in New York Harbor during the national bicentennial celebration. At the time of his death he was skipper of an 11-foot sailing dingy and a 25-foot sailboat moored in Chestertown, Md.

Mr. Mulligan is survived by his wife of seven years, Marilyn McCallum Mulligan; daughter Tracy; son Michael Jr.; stepsons Ian and Peter McCallum; a sister; four grandchildren; and his former wife, Betty Shepherd.

A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Red Dragon Canoe Club, 221 Edgewater Ave., Edgewater, N.J.