John D. “Jack” McIntyre

John D. “Jack” McIntyre passed away Dec. 3, 2012, in Henderson, Nev., after suffering a heart attack.

Jack was born Nov. 21, 1938, in Jamestown, N.Y., to Charles Fredrick McIntyre and Mary Ella Barnes McIntyre. He grew up in southwestern New York, and graduated from Frewsburg Central School in 1957. He joined the U.S. Air Force in June 1958.

In June 1960, he and Mary E. Little were married in Jamestown, N.Y. They first resided in Sumter, S.C., where he served until he was transferred to the newly opened Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs the following June. He was discharged in 1962, returned to Western New York and soon pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at Cornell University. He subsequently returned to Colorado where he completed a degree in biology at Colorado State College in Greeley (now the University of Northern Colorado.) That was followed by a Master of Science degree (1967) and a Ph.D. degree (1970) earned at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

Jack became the assistant leader of the Oregon Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit at OSU in 1971 and unit leader in 1973. As a U.S. Fish and Wildlife employee at OSU, he taught and oversaw a diverse fisheries research program (through 1977) with his students. In 1977, he transferred to Seattle National Fisheries Research Center, where he headed the population ecology research section until 1990. In 1990, Jack joined the U.S. Forest Service’s Inter-mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho, to lead a program focused on the conservation biology of native fishes.

He retired from federal service in 1994 but remained active in his chosen profession serving in several fisheries conservation roles including monitoring of threatened salmon populations, Forest Service program reviews, exotic species control efforts in Yellowstone National Park, a Washington state governor’s panel for salmon recovery, and the Independent Science Review Panel for the Northwest Power Planning Council for Columbia River fisheries mitigation. He served as an associate editor for the AFS North American Journal of Fisheries Management in 1998.

Jack was honored with inclusion in Oregon State University’s Registry of Distinguished Graduates in 2001, an accolade reserved for those select few who have made major contributions and achieved noteworthy distinction in natural resource education, research or management.

He was also a passionate, expert birder who helped the Audubon Society with many of their annual surveys over the years and enjoyed visiting areas of good birding whenever possible.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Little McIntyre of Henderson, Nev.; and son, Michael D. McIntyre of Los Angeles, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles (1960) and Mary (2003) McIntyre; and brother, Don McIntyre (2009).