N.L “Mac” McCartney, 1923-2022

Former Springfield Mayor Mac McCartney died Nov. 18. He was 99.

N.L. “Mac” McCartney served on the Springfield City Council from 1987-1993, and then served as mayor from 1993-1995. His career spanned 50 years in business in Springfield, and he served on at least nine foundation boards or commissions.

According to a statement from the city of Springfield, a memorial service will be held in spring of 2023 at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home followed by interment at Springfield National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McCartney Fund for cancer and heart research at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

“On top of all else, Mac was a kind and caring soft-spoken person,” Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said. “He served the community well throughout many decades as a volunteer and businessman. Our heart goes out to his family, and we assure them he will be remembered for the positive impact he made on Springfield.”

He was born in Jameson, Missouri, attended the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska. He attained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Syracuse University, and an MPA from George Washington University. McCartney was also a business management instructor at Missouri State University.

McCartney served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, taking part in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. McCartney was a colonel when he retired from the Army in 1972. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge with Star, two Legions of Merit, seven Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts and the French and Greek Legions of Honor.

In addition to his time as an elected official, McCartney served as president of the Southeast Rotary Club and as district governor of Rotary International. McCartney was chairman of the Board of Directors of ARC Foundation, the Springfield Board of Public Utilities, the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, Visiting Nurse Association and Foundation and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation. He served as a board member of the American Public Power Association, Missouri Municipal League and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, among others.

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