Washington, District of Columbia


May 14, 2020
Washington, District of Columbia


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MACINTYRE Ian G. Macintyre A research scientist in the Department of Paleobiology of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) for 40 years, passed away on May 14, 2020, two weeks short of his 85th birthday. Ian was born in Venezuela, moved to Britain at a young age,...

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Ian was a man who gave so much love to his family, friends and his passion for the study beneath the surface of the sea. We are greatly honored to have had Ian as our friend. Ian led a good and fulfilling life. His presence will always be felt.

Photo of Macintyre and Precht Coring reef in Belize, C.A.

Ian was one of the pioneers of coral reef research. The legacy he leaves through his work and the scientists he touched will never be forgotten. He was my mentor, colleague and dear friend. The days I spent with Ian in the field working and diving in Belize are the high points in my career. I will never be able to repay his kindness - but I will try. Ian will be dearly missed. Rest in peace my friend.

We will miss Ian as our long time neighbor.

Pastor Dave Kirkland and Dulin Church

What a great scientist, and his contributions are world-wide; and, what a wonderful human being who cared about his fellow human beings.

I worked with Ian on the Index Volume for the Atoll Research Bulletin. This was a work of total joy mainly because of Ian's encouragement.

My deepest sympathy to the family of Ian MACINTYRE, May you be comforted in knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for you. He will give you strength and courage to cope with your grief.
Psalm 94:17-19