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January 16, 2018
Written Friday, December 29, 2017

At the turn of the century, there were two Scottish families that settled in White Plains, and Rye, New York. The two families were easily American, moving back and forth between America and what they simply called: the other side. In White Plains, Grandfather and Grandmother managed a home with their daughter and one boy (Malcolm) and the widow of their oldest son and her two boys (Ken and Norm). In nearby Rye, their second son had three boys (with his wife I suppose): Fred, Andrew and myself.

And from the beginning and through the years, I feel we have all been brothers.

Among much that can be said this day- and what can you cover of a successful life that ran just short of a century? -- I will limit myself to two significant parts.

I just wanted to note first, that Mac did his war service in the US Navy and the Merchant Marines, the much forgotten service that suffered the highest casualty rate and at the end of the war only the marines had lost more servicemen. And those sailors, like Mac, were all volunteers.

And Mac, you will forgive me for the informal name by which he was always known, he served as well at sea as he did in the other great service to which he devoted his life: education. In this day, with so many mercenary attacks on our educational system, I can hear Mac quoting the marvelous words of President John Adams who made public education the basis of the democracy he was creating. (You all have computers, go look it up.)

Among other things about Mac, we all remember him as a great story teller, a true raconteur. And, familiar with the color and flair of his life, I would love to have been a fly on the wall in one of his classes. I am sure he did not suffer fools gladly but I am also sure he suffered them kindly.

Not the least, an iconoclast, decrying all pomp and pretention. Master of his classroom, but in himself a man of humility and self-deprecation.

He came by learning naturally, through his heritage. After all, among the Scottish inventions was the first national public school system. And then there was the family he grew up in. The six cousins, all benefited from the typically erudite Scots family of that era. Table talk was frequently salted by quotations from great writers or the reciting of verse. The six of us cousins came to appreciate knowledge. Words were discussed, discovered and corrected. I can remember young Tom listening in quiet awe as four of us were bantering: you guys can talk.

And so, Mac, we have raised many a cup together, and so at last I can say: here's tae ye, whas like us? De'il the yin.
January 9, 2018
A great teacher. I enjoyed his class my entire sophomore year at Andrew Warde H.S.
January 6, 2018
My deepest condolences to the Macintyre family for your loss. I remember Malcolm as a great educator with a heart warming approach to instructing his students. He, along with the Macintyre family will be remembered in my prayers. --
-Jan Jurgielewicz
January 6, 2018
My deepest condolences to the Macintyre family. Malcolm was a great teacher and will be remembered for his kind hearted approach while educating his students. He will be included in my prayers along with the Macintyre family.