In Memory

Dr. Tom McIntyre

The 56-year-old veteran educator died Wednesday morning August 13th 2008 at Holmes Regional Medical Center after battling cancer.  He is survived by family including his wife, Mary, and children Sean, Patrick, and Eric.

Tom McIntyre, as a young man, was well known for his accomplishments on the football field - captain of both his high school and college teams, a three-year letterman in high school and a unanimous All-Conference selection for two years at Southwest Missouri State University.

After completing a degree in education in 1974, he was signed by the Houston Oilers, but left training camp for the Peace Corps where he spent two years teaching on the island of Saipan in Micronesia. In 1978 he received a master's degree in teaching from Southeast Missouri State and joined the faculty of Melbourne (Florida) High School as a math and physical education teacher and assistant football coach. He later became head football coach, producing district and regional championship teams in 1985.

He next served as a dean and assistant principal at Melbourne High School (1986-88). He became principal of Rockledge (Florida) High School in 1991. He was named Senior High Principal of the Year in 1997 by the School District of Brevard County and he returned to Melbourne High School as principal from 1999-2003. McIntyre had served as Area I Superintendent since 2003, responsible for the administration and supervision of 24 schools and more than 22,000 students in South Brevard.

In the spring of 2006 the Mel Hi Crew team named a new four boat in his honor. Dr. McIntyre has been extremely supportive of the sport over the years, and has always been there to support all Mel-Hi Athletes.

On September 4 of 2009 the New Football field (with ProGrass synthetic Turf) and New Gymnasium Area was unveiled and named in his honor the "The Dr. Thomas McIntyre Athletic Complex."

Submitted by Patty Sprinkle Ziegler