Photo courtesy of The University of Akron.
On Feb. 14, Donald McIntyre of the Department of Polymer Science passed away at the age of 87. He attributed 30 years of service to The University of Akron in his field.
McIntyre grew up in Detroit and found his passion for chemistry in high school. He encountered
several teachers that influenced him to pursue a career in research.
In 1949, McIntyre received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Wayne State University. He went on to complete a doctorate in physical chemistry from Cornell University in 1954.
McIntyre became a professor of polymer science at UA in 1966. During his time here, he became department chair of polymer science and left as professor emeritus.
Although he was no longer active on campus, his presence still surrounded many who continued to work there. He mentored several incoming professors in his field of study who greatly appreciated him.
“Don McIntyre was deeply committed to students, the academic enterprise, and departmental governance by consensus,” said Mark Foster, associate dean of the polymer science department.
Foster also discussed McIntyre’s concern for his colleagues’ personal life and said that he was an accomplished musician along with all of his other achievements.
Former polymer science Dean Stephen Cheng said he learned a great deal through his experience with McIntyre.
“Dr. McIntyre would always answer any questions I had. He was a scholar, gentleman, classical professor, and wonderful person,” Cheng said.
Cheng said McIntyre set up and refurbished the procedures set out for the field of polymer science, and created a democracy within that department and a distinct writing style that is still used today.
During McIntyre’s 30 years at UA, he affected those around him and played a key role in the department of polymer science.