Sandye Jean McIntyre II, a retired Morgan State University professor who prepared students to become Fulbright scholars, died of multiple organ failure Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Morgan Park resident was 83.
He was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., and raised in Cleveland, where he studied French in public schools and developed an affection for the language and culture.
He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in France. Because of his fluency in the language, he was placed in intelligence work involving document translation. As his unit advanced into Germany, he entered the newly liberated concentration camps -- and later spoke of this experience. He was awarded the Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster.
After military service, he earned a bachelor's degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., and a master's degree from Western Reserve University. In 1948 he began teaching at Morgan, and three years later was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which took him to Universite de Grenoble and Universite de Paris, also known as the Sorbonne.
While a Fulbright scholar, he met artist Pablo Picasso, who gave him a charcoal etching which he sold for $1,000 to finance his education.
After returning to Baltimore, he was appointed Morgan's director of the Fulbright Scholarship Program and held that post until his death.
"He was an institution unto himself, a foremost scholar," said Earl S. Richardson, Morgan's president. "Morgan has had an unusually high record of Fulbright scholars for an institution of its size, and this was due in large part to Sandye McIntyre."
"Every minute's important," Dr. McIntyre told a Sun reporter in 1975. "Some people say I live life doubly. Life is so short, and I enjoy it."
He spoke French, Italian, Spanish, German and Portuguese, and in 1974 he earned a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.
"I often tell my students that the ultimate goal of learning a language is communication with other human beings -- and then learning the literature," he said in the newspaper's article.
Named Morgan's outstanding faculty member for teaching in 1978, he retired May 20, 1988, which Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke designated Dr. Sandye Jean McIntyre II Day. He received numerous other tributes that day, including one from former Sen. J. William Fulbright.
The French government decorated him as a Chevalier in L'Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 1973 for his years of work and contributions to the understanding of French culture.
"Travel is my great love," he said in 1975. "It enriches me as a human being." In the same interview, he said that the "international brotherhood is my religion." Family members said he alternated traveling annually between Asia and Africa. He had visited Europe every year.
In 1999, he accompanied Mayor Schmoke on a Sister City trip to Xiamen, China, and Kawasaki, Japan
In 1956, he was named an honorary consul of the Republic of Haiti, and in 1970, the president of the Republic of Senegal, Leopold Sedar Senghor, named him an honorary consul.
His son, Sandye Jean McIntyre III, said his father would incorporate as a theme in his lectures, "Thou shalt not waste thy gifts and talents."
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., where he was a member
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Rosalind Norma Lynn; a daughter, Monique Nicole McIntyre Brown of Framingham, Mass.; a sister, Dymple Robinson of Chicago, Ill.; and two grandchildren.