Howard E. McIntyre, a retired Kent County public school educator and outdoorsman, died Feb. 16 of cancer at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. He was 79.
The son of Charles E. McIntyre, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. electrical foreman, and Grace Loftus McIntyre, a homemaker, Howard Edmund McIntyre was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown.
A 1956 graduate of Patterson Park High School, he served in the Army from 1960 to 1962.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore, a master's degree from what is now Loyola University Maryland, and a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. McIntyre began his career teaching mathematics and science at Johnnycake Middle School in Baltimore County in the 1960s, and moved to Kent County in 1969, where he continued teaching the two subjects to public school students there.
He later became principal of the Galena School in Kent County, which at that time was a consolidated elementary, middle and high school, said his daughter, Deirdre McIntyre of Takoma Park.
At the time of his retirement in the late 1990s, he was director of staff development for Calvert County's public schools.
After he retired, the Chestertown resident worked as a kayak instructor and tour guide. He also served as a volunteer at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
He enjoyed writing, poetry, bird-watching, photography and learning to play the ukulele. He was also a bagpiper.
He headed the Live Poets' Society Poetry Contest.
Plans for a celebration of Dr. McIntyre's life are incomplete.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Lynne Sterling; two brothers, William McIntyre and the Rev. John McIntyre, both of Havre de Grace; a sister, Kathryn "Kev" Smith of Georgia; and two grandchildren.