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Lawrence M. McCartin, M.D.

87, Lowell doctor’s career spanned six decades

Lawrence M. McCartin, M.D., a physician, former public health official, and a life-long resident of the Belvidere section of Lowell, who ran a busy medical practice in the Merrimack Valley for 60 years, passed away peacefully in the cardiac care unit of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston surrounded by members of his family on August 5th. He was 87.

He was the loving husband of the late Mary Joy (O’Dea) McCartin with whom he celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in 2010. She passed away later that year.

Born into a well-known family in Lowell on August 15, 1927, the twelfth of thirteen children of the late Frank P. and the late Margaret (Walsh) McCartin, Lawrence Michael McCartin was a 1947 graduate of Keith Academy in Lowell. After initially following three older brothers into seminary studies at Holy Angels Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY for two years, he attended Boston College prior to earning his M.D. degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1953.

A veteran of the Korean War, Dr. McCartin served as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps.

In 2011, Saints Memorial Hospital in Lowell recognized Dr. McCartin as the longest serving member of their physician staff in the history of the hospital, which was founded in 1867. In addition to his general surgery and primary care practice, where his diagnostic skills were highly regarded, Dr. McCartin served his native City of Lowell as Director of the Board of Health for 25 years. He was also the Middlesex County Medical Examiner for 25 years, managed the health clinic at the Billerica House of Correction for five years, and provided the Faulkner Mill in Billerica their health services for many years.

During his long career, constantly motivated by a passion for continuing education in his profession, Dr. McCartin delivered over 5,000 babies including three generations of several families. Together with his wife of 59 years, Mary Joy, he co-founded the charitable group American Medical Aid to Children Overseas, an organization that twice a year delivered medical and surgical services and supplies to orphanages overseas. Dr. and Mrs. McCartin frequently played host to orphans they brought to the United States for surgical care and rehabilitation not available in their own countries.

After 60 years of practice in 2013, Dr. McCartin retired from medicine on his 85th birthday.

Dr. McCartin spent his rare free time in summer on Cape Cod at Oyster Harbors in Osterville and at LaJoie Farm in Sandwich; and he was a part-time winter resident of Jackson, New Hampshire and Palm Beach, Florida. His homes in New England and Florida were always full of family, friends, acquaintances and other guests who sometimes needed a safe haven. Over the years, they would find company with a menagerie of animals the doctor assembled including horses, Shetland ponies, poodles, a cocker spaniel, lambs, rabbits, exotic parrots and a spider monkey. He had an impressive hat collection.

He had many varied interests that could lead to challenging adventures. An optimistic fisherman who persevered through eight years without catching anything, he still very much enjoyed the search; an accomplished equestrian whose enthusiasm was not dampened by several broken ribs over the years; a yachtsman with multiple boats on which he or Joy or their two children, Kathleen and Michael, hosted their happy crews; an expert skier who loved to race the White Mountains and the Swiss Alps; a talented musician who could play practically any instrument and privately jammed with some jazz greats. He was also an intrepid private pilot with only one license suspension on his flight record, earned by flying under the Sagamore Bridge on his way to Cape Cod. He narrowly escaped a second suspension after being investigated for buzzing his brother-in-law’s Hyannis Port home at near-treetop level, which in the early 1960s was adjacent to President Kennedy’s Summer White House.

Dr. McCartin was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Osterville, and of St. Edward’s Church in Palm Beach. He was a member of the Oyster Harbors Club, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society; and a past member of the Corinthian Yacht Club, the Wianno Yacht Club, the Flotilla Club of Palm Beach, the Power Yacht Squadron, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Vesper Country Club.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Kathleen C. and Dr. William E. Evans, Jr. of Exeter, NH; his son and daughter-in-law Michael T. and Nancy A. McCartin of Lexington, MA; his grandsons William E. Evans, III of Palo Alto, CA, Nicholas L. Evans of Portsmouth, NH and Michael T. McCartin, Jr. of Lexington, MA; his granddaughter Katherine Joy McCartin of Lexington, MA; his brother and sister-in-law Norbert T. and Patricia McCartin of Lowell, MA; his sisters-in-law Gloria McCartin of Irvine, CA, Francis McCartin of Lowell, B.J. McCartin of Asheville, NC, Mary Ann McCartin of Osterville, MA, Patricia O. Currie of Palm Beach, FL; and sister and brother-in-law Donna T. and Attorney John L. Connell, Jr. of Westford, MA; as well as many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Dr. McCartin was the brother of the late Rev. Frank P. McCartin, Rev. Joseph T. McCartin, William T. McCartin, John P. McCartin, Paul C. McCartin and Philip C. McCartin; his late sister Mary A. McCartin; and late siblings and their spouses James J. and Margaret McCartin, Robert A. and Jeanne McCartin, Margaret M. and Edward Teague, and Ann E. and David Loughran. Dr. McCartin was also predeceased by his sister-in-law Gail O’Dea Sayers in 2003.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass which will be celebrated on August 13, 2015 at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Lower Church) in Lowell at 11:00 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in Dr. McCartin’s memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette Street, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Condolences (14)
  • thomas m colarusso
    Rest in peace Doc. You took care of me for 47 years, time to relax and let the angels care for you.
  • Bonnie Johnsen
    I was a patient of Dr. McCartin for many decades. He was a great diagnostician and he had a very kind, understanding bedside manner. He really was a wonderful man and Doctor. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to the whole surviving family. Dr. McCartin, you served God in humility and confidence on earth, now may you enjoy his beatific vision in heaven Godspeed.
  • Maureen Laffin  -  dr. Mc'cartin's nurse.
    I am heartbroken dr Mac. Has passed. I worked with him for many years. He was a strength to all his patients. I am proud to have been on his staff. He loves his family,you made him proud. The best job I ever had.nothng could ever come close to working beside him. He was always my dr.,he kept me and my loved ones healthy. He taught my kindness,patience,humor,gratitude. Oh I could go on and was my complete pleasure to have him in my life. He will never be forgotten. Kathleen and Michael ,I am so sorry. Wonderful tribute to your dad. Beautifully written.
  • Leo and Katie Mazzuchi  - Dr. McCartin
    You will never be forgotten Dr. McCartin. Such a wonderful man...there will never be another you. Thanks for the many years of being our Dr.
  • Tracy Reyes
    I'm sorry for your loss. My uncle J.K. was the small sales guy at McCartin for years. He passed but I wanted to send my condolences on his behalf to Norbert and his family.
  • Janet Marques  - Patient for many years
    He certainly will be missed by many, he was my favorite doctor in the area, I never minded going in to see him, always happy! My condolences to all of his extended family, I am proud to have known him!
  • Bob and Linda Briggs  - Wonderful man
    Many memories of this wonderful man and Doctor, Heaven has gained an angel! God speed Larry.......
  • Doris Re (Wiable)  - formerly of Tewksbury now of Nashua
    Dr. McCartin was my favorite Dr. he had the best bedside manner and always treated me so kindly especially when I was afraid of going to the Dr. in the first place it was always a comfort going to him because he never really made it uncomfortable. He will be sadly missed and my mom who has passed away back in 2009 she also loved him she always trusted what he had to say. Rest in Peace Dr. McCartin you will surely be missed by all who had the wonderful chance of you being there doctor.
  • Judy Lewis Hanlon
    I worked for Dr. McCartin for 14 years. There was never a day I dreaded going to was always a pleasure or an adventure, never boring. To work for someone whose wisdom and dedication to his craft was an inspiration to all of us. He will be greatly, greatly missed.
  • Philip & Lynne Scannell  - Dr.McCartin
    Spent many a day and evening at his homes on Belmont ave.. and Oyster Harbor....he even managed to have one of his friends hypnotize me one evening... and found myself on the couch in the TV room.. great sense of humor. And always loved a good discussion. Life well lived.. thoughts and prayers to all my relatives...
  • Dorothea Caplice (Murphy)  - Lawrence M. McCartin MD
    Loved Uncle Larry and Aunt Mary Joy. We have so many wonderful memories of our families together. Larry was always there for all of us. Skiing in Jackson NH and summers on the Cape. Stopping by at 75 Fairmount St. to visit with dad after work or making many sick visits for the Murphy kids on his way home. He was such a wonderful loving man and he is going to be missed by all of us. We loved him. He was the best. RIP Uncle Larry. xo
  • Dennis and Ann Scannell  - Lowell Massachusetts
    Kathleen and Michael, Very sad to hear the news today....He had more energy than anybody...He was a wonderful person with an awesome family..He was so well respected and liked by so many people...Our region lost a very important person. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
  • Roger Loughran & Family
    You won't be forgotten Uncle Larry! I have fond memories of hanging out at the office in Tewksbury when my mom worked for you and of course those other times when we'd visit because we were sick and you'd be treating us! God Bless you!
  • Anne Teague Travierso
    What a lovely tribute to a man of many accomplishments ! My condolences to Kathleen, Michael and their families - what a wonderful life! May memories of your father sustain you and enrich your days for years to come...
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