Student, Glendale (California) Junior College, 1955-1956; student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1959.
Assistant director advertising, Los Angeles Times, 1959-1973; vice president sales, Washington Post, 1973-1976; executive vice president, Dallas Times Herald, 1975-1980; president, Dallas Times Herald, 1980-1981; public and chief operating officer, Dallas Times Herald, 1981-1983; founder, president, chief Executive officer, Times Mirror National Marketing, 1983-1985; senior partner, Criswell Development Company, 1985-1987; president, chief Executive officer, McCartin Public Company, since 1986; managing director, McCartin Media Company Ltd. Guest executive lecturer Baylor University School Business.
Trustee Marymount College, 1970-1973. Member executive committee Center Marketing and Design, North Texas State University, 1976-1983. Chairman council College Communication, University Texas.
Board directors McCartin Scholarship. Member Mayor's Committee on International Development. Member advisory board school Middle East studies Brandeis University.
Chairman board directors University Texas Graduate School Management, Dallas Cultural Committee. Member international board directors Up with People. Board directors, chairman marketing Dallas Ballet.
Board directors United Way, Dallas North Texas Commission, Afro American Cultural and Art Museum, Folkloric Dallas, International Irish Cultural Institute, Dallas County History Society, St. Paul Hospital Foundation, Dallas, Dallas Foundation, Baylor Hospital Found, Dallas, Childrens' Hospital Foundation, Dallas Communications Council, Dallas Salvation Army, Dallas Citizen Council, National Conference of Christians and Jews, National Museum of Communication, Dallas History Society, Theatre Center, American Heart Association. Member cultural committee international development board City of Dallas, Goals for Dallas. Member Dallas Museum Fine Arts.
Vice chairman TACA; board directors, board governors Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Member Texas Business Committee for Arts. President Palos Verdes Peninsula (California) City Council, 1971-1973.
Served with United States Navy, 1951-1955. Member Texas Press Association, Texas Daily Newspapers Association, Suburban Newspapers of America, Metropolitan Sunday Newspapers (board directors), Newspaper Advertising Bureau, American Association Newspaper Representatives (vice president 1964-1965), Texas Publications Association, Navy League (board directors Dallas/Fort Worth chapter), Congressional Country Club, National Press Club, Dallas Club, Dallas Press Club, Royal Oaks Club, Trinity River Yacht Club (comodore), Stone Horse Harbor Yacht Club.
Married Ann Daley, February 8, 1958. Children: Margaret McCartin Harris, Maureen McCartin Schwartz, Michele, Michael, Matthew.