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Former State's Attorney Bryan McIntire dead at 86

T. Bryan McIntire
T. Bryan McIntire (Baltimore Sun)

Former Carroll County State's Attorney T. Bryan McIntire died Friday at the age of 86 in his Baltimore County home.

His wife, Doris Poehler, said he died after a struggle with health issues that included heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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McIntire served two terms as the Carroll County state's attorney from 1962 to 1970. In 1979 he was appointed as a master in chancery for the Carroll County Circuit Court, a role he served in until 2002. In addition to his career in Carroll County, McIntire served as a member of the Baltimore County Council, representing District 3, from 1994 to 2010.

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McIntire was voted out of the State's Attorney's Office in 1970, despite a last-minute write-in campaign. He was replaced by V. Lanny Harchenhorn.

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Harchenhorn said he considered McIntire a friend and said he was a dedicated public servant. Harchenhorn said that during his time as state's attorney, McIntire was committed to the prosecution of criminals to the full extent of the law.

"He firmly believed in, as he called it, protecting the public from the forces of evil in our county," Harchenhorn said.

Joseph Getty, a Maryland Court of Appeals judge and former state senator and delegate representing Carroll County, said he considered McIntire to be a family friend. He said one of McIntire's most lasting legacies was his dedication to fighting battles, regardless of their public popularity.

Joseph Getty, a Manchester resident, has been tapped by his current boss to fill a vacancy on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.

Two of the most publicized battles were against illegal liquor sales to minors and an investigation on illegal gaming in communities. In 1969, McIntire brought charges of selling liquor to minors against a total of 100 people.

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"Today with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and gaming being legal — they don't sound like such big issues," Getty said. "But he ran against the grain because they were unpopular issues of the time. He approached his role as state's attorney with the greatest integrity."

Joseph Getty was sworn in Monday morning in the House of Delegates chamber in the Maryland State House in Annapolis to represent the 3rd Appellate Judicial

Michael Levin, an attorney who worked with McIntire at their firm McIntire Johnson Levin & Webb from 1990 to 2010, said McIntire was a mentor figure and a friend.

"He was a very successful man who made more right decisions than wrong decisions," Levin said. "He was very astute, very bright and helpful to me. I'll miss him."

Getty, who represented much of McIntire's district in the Maryland General Assembly, said he was impressed by his transition into service as a Baltimore County councilman. Getty said McIntire will be best remembered there for his work in agricultural preservation and conservation and the protection of northern Baltimore County.

As councilman, he authored a code regulating cell towers and antennas and instituted scenic view restrictions. He also sponsored legislation to create a new conservation zone protecting large areas of agricultural resources and forests.

Brian DeLeonardo sworn in as state's attorney for elected term

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Theodore Bryan McIntire, a Hecht's department stores traffic manager, and his wife, Anna Leigh Gordon. He was a 1948 graduate of St. Paul's School and earned a Bachelor of Arts at Johns Hopkins University. He was a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. He was a retired major in the Maryland National Guard.

McIntire donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. Family members said Monday that plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

In addition to his wife of 37 years, survivors include five daughters, Lee Anne Sachs, of Howard County, Carole Leslie McIntire, of Bethesda, Laurel Gordon Penn, of New Windsor, Lynette Hansel, of Westminster, and Lisa Digges McIntire, of Howard County; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His marriage to Carole Lee Wood ended in divorce.

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