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John "Jack" McIntyre

Posted: Wed 8:42 AM, Apr 03, 2013
Funeral Home: Hillier Funeral Home
June 2, 1920 – March 23, 2013




Born in Seattle, Washington, June 2nd, 1920, Jack was the eldest son of Harry J and Ruth A McIntyre. He grew up in Seattle near the shores of Green Lake where he swam as a boy and played baseball in the park with his two younger brothers.




Jack earned a B.S. in E.E. from the University of Washington with highest honors after which he was part of the pioneering team to develop airborne radar for Westinghouse in Philidelphia during WWII. He went on to graduate work, earning a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at Princeton University where he met Madeleine who became the love of his life.




Maddy and Jack moved to Stanford University where, as a Research Assistant, he contributed to a project that later won a nobel prize. While in Stanford, they adopted John, their only son, from Sweden. After Stanford, the family moved to New Haven, Connecticut where Jack taught at Yale, first as an Assistant Professor and then as an Associate Professor.




In 1963, the next move brought Jack to Texas A&M where he served as a full professor and director of the high energy particle accelerator at the Cyclotron Institute. Even though folks in the Ivy League were skeptical of Jack's move to the "wild west," it turned out to be a great move and where they lived independently into their late 80's. The last few years were spent in Austin with family.




Jack branched from high energy particle physics to developing several tools for nuclear medicine in his desire to use physics to directly help people. In 1975, Jack was named Professor Emeritus for his longstanding contributions from his research.




Jack and Maddy were devout Chrisitians and were founding members of Westminster Prebyterian Church in Bryan. Jack always had a fascination about the world around him and firmly believed that he did not have to suspend intellect to have faith in God.




Jack is predeceased by his wife, Madeleine and youngest brother, Bud of Seattle. He is survived by his brother, Mike of San Jose, California; son, John and wife Claire; grandson, Nick and wife Courtney; granddaughter, Nicole Shine and husband Whit of Austin and great-grandchildren, Carter Shine 7, Madeleine Shine 3, Harper McIntyre, 2 all of Austin.




Dad was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all who knew him well.




Viewing for friends and family will be at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 E. 29th St. in Bryan from 5-7 pm on Thursday, April 4. Services will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3333 Oak Ridge Drive in Bryan at 11 am on Friday, April 5 followed by interment at the Bryan City Cemetery.




In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's name to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3333 Oak Ridge Drive, Bryan, TX 77802.




Please share memories and tributes to Jack at www.hillierfuneralhome.com.

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