Mr. George J. McIntosh

b. 17 Sep 1914 - Orange, NJ
d. 04 May 2005 - Fredericksburg, VA

1952 Anchor, p. 9 1953 Anchor, p. 6 1955 Anchor, p. 8 1958 Anchor, p. 52
Courtesy of Tom Norris (HHS - '73) - 04/22/05
Thanks, Tom!
Courtesy of Tom Norris (HHS - '73) - 04/22/05
Thanks, Tom!
Courtesy of Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59)
of NC - 04/22/05
Thanks, Eleanor!
Courtesy of Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59)
of NC - 04/22/05
Thanks, Eleanor!

Father of Betsy McIntosh Taylor ('62)

"McIntosh Elementary School, which opened in the Denbigh section of Newport News in 1976, is named
for George J. McIntosh. A major figure in Newport News Public Schools for many years, Mr. "Mac," as he was fondly known, was the principal of Newport News High School during the 1950s. He moved into central administration and became personnel director in the early 60's, and in 1965 was appointed superintendent
of schools, serving in that position for 10 years."

McIntosh Elementary School
185 Richneck Road
Newport News, VA 23608
Fax 989-0326

Carol...this is just so great to be connected within the Typhoon family!!
I certainly want to add my thanks for what you do.
Just wondering...did anyone hear how many cards Mr. McIntosh received for his birthday?

- Lydia Powell Mugler ('58) of VA - 04/20/05

I don’t know how many cards there were – but they were considerable. Our class got a wonderful
note from him and he was quite touched. Also, I understand Mr. McIntosh is in tenuous health
right now – so don’t be surprised if you hear something about him also. A week ago we were told
that he was fading. I understand there will be a memorial service at McIntosh School when he does
pass away. Not pleasant things to be predicting – but it will happen to all of us in our own time.

- Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 04/20/05

Sigh. I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Mac's health, Thelma - but thanks so much for letting us know.

Thelma....thank you for the update. It was a great idea to organize the card campaign...better those cards than the sympathy ones.
Typhoons, forever!!

- Lydia Powell Mugler ('58) of VA - 04/21/05:

Amen to that! Thanks, Lydia!

Dear Carol,

As you may recall, Mr. Mac turned 90, 9/17/04. I had the "Breakfast Bunch" sign and add
personal notes to a birthday card which I mailed to him. I got a personal thank you note from Mr. Mac.
The last time I saw him was at a funeral he attended for the parent of one of my NNHS classmates.
Mr. Mac was accompanied by his daughter Betsy, was in great health, still had a crew cut,
and walked with that erect, military posture as always.

I did not see much of Mr. Mac when I was at NNHS. I spent much more time with Mr. Keesee.

The "Breakfast Bunch" meets informally each Tuesday morning at the Warwick Motel Restaurant about 8-9:30am.
Most of the conversation revolves around NNHS, HHS, & WHS athletics prior to 1960.
It is one of the few places that a member of the NNHS Class of 1958 will be the youngster.
Anyone interested in attending should submit their application to the membership committee,
headed up by Mickey Marcella and Joey Lawrence (I'm just kidding of course!).

- Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 04/21/05

Thanks, Joe!

Dear Classmates,
It is with great sadness that I write this message to you all.  I’ve just received word that “Mr. Mac”
as we all thought of him, passed away last night of congestive heart failure.  His daughter, Betsy ('62)
was with him.  I understand there are to be memorial services - one at Southern Shores, NC and also
some type of service at McIntosh School near graduation.
He was such a wonderful man.  The fact that we all continue to hold him in high esteem after almost
50 years, indicates the impact and impression he made on all our lives.  He lived his life by example
and gave us a role model to emulate.  He instilled in all of us a pride of NNHS and made us proud to be
called “Typhoons”.  He may be gone, but his spirit will truly live on in all of us.
I have Betsy McIntosh Taylor’s address and phone number, should you wish to send cards
of condolence. (Available on request from

- Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 05/05/05

Well, Thelma, you warned us all that it was fairly imminent, but it still is sad to learn.
Thank you so much for letting us know. Mr. McIntosh was such a very fine man.
I never heard a negative remark uttered against him.

   George James McIntosh

FREDERICKSBURG - Virginia educator George James McIntosh passed away at his home in Fredericksburg, Va., on May 4,
2005, at the age of 90. He was born in Orange, N.J., on Sept. 17, 1914, to George McIntosh and Isabel Laing McIntosh. His entire
career was devoted to public education in the state of Virginia. A graduate of Summit High School, Summit, N.J., Mr. McIntosh
received his B.S. Degree from Randolph Macon College in Ashland and his M. Ed. from the University of Virginia. He was
President of the Student Body at Randolph Macon, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and lettered in football, track and
swimming. He served as a teacher and coach at Summit High School, Altavista High School and as Principal of Brookville High
School in Lynchburg. 'Mr. Mac,' as he was known to students and teachers, was a major figure in the Newport News Public
Schools from 1948 to 1975. He was principal of Newport News High School from 1948 to 1958. In 1958 he was named Assistant
Superintendent of Schools and served as Superintendent of Schools from 1965 to 1975. McIntosh Elementary School in the
Denbigh section of Newport News is named for him. Although retired, he took great pride in this outstanding school. It has
received the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award, the Technology Education
Elementary School Program of the Year Award and was named a 2005 Distinguished Title I School for Virginia. He was
president of the Virginia Association of School Administrators and served on the State Board of Education committees
on Teacher Certification and Accreditation of Elementary Schools. He taught graduate summer and evening classes on school
administration and finance at The College of William and Mary. During World War II, Mr. McIntosh served in the U.S. Navy in the
Philippines and Marcus Island. A skilled swimmer, he helped write the manual used by the Navy for training. He retired as
Lt. Commander after 20 years of service in the Naval Reserve having served as Commanding Officer of the Surface Division 5-11,
and Commanding Officer of Composite Co. 5-4. Mr. McIntosh was the widower of Harriett Ross Caulk of St. Michaels, Md., and
Frances Mae Strohecker of Boydton, Va. His survivors include his sister, Isabel McIntosh Fowler (Mrs. George) of Chapel Hill,
N.C.; his daughter, Betsy McIntosh Taylor and her husband, William Cleveland Taylor; a granddaughter, Catherine Taylor
Marstellar (Mrs. Steven C.); two great-granddaughters, Mary Taylor Marstellar and Lauren McIntosh Marstellar; nieces and
nephews. He was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 21 at the
cemetery in Southern Shores, N.C. Memorials may be sent to McIntosh Elementary School, 185 Richneck Road, Newport News,
VA 23608. Online condolences may be sent to

Published in the Daily Press on 5/8/2005.

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