John A. McCart
union official

John A. McCart, 97, a union official who retired in 1981 as executive director of the AFL-CIO’s public employees department, died Dec. 7 at the Eva Care assisted-living center in Bowie. He had congestive heart failure.

His daughter, Carolyn McCart, confirmed the death.

From 1950 to 1963, Mr. McCart was legislative representative of the American Federation of Government Employees. He then joined the public employees department’s predecessor organization. The department, now defunct, helped to coordinate lobbying and collective-bargaining activities of the AFGE and employees working for state and local governments.

John Andrew McCart was born in Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1939 from St. Joseph’s University. He received a second bachelor’s degree, in paralegal studies, from the University of Maryland in 1994.

During World War II, Mr. McCart was his mother’s sole supporter, and poor eyesight and high blood pressure kept him from military service. He worked instead as a shop clerk at the Philadelphia Navy Shipyard. He soon advanced through the ranks of the local AFGE chapter.

In 1979, Mr. McCart was appointed to President Jimmy Carter’s Management Improvement Council, a panel that advised the president on ways to improve management and performance within the federal government.

Mr. McCart was a Bowie resident. He was a past board member of the American Red Cross in Prince George’s County and the Prince George’s County Voluntary Action Center, which coordinated many volunteer activities in the county.

From 1985 to 2002, Mr. McCart participated in the University of Maryland’s Senior Volunteer Service Corps as a mentor to foreign students. He was a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie and its seniors group.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Eleanor Domenick McCart, and their daughter, Carolyn McCart, both of Bowie.

He was predeceased by two sons, Harry J. McCart in 2007 and John P. McCart in 2011.

— Adam Bernstein