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NH Dems fondly remember Myrtle McIntyre

January 15. 2013 5:09PM

State Democrats today are fondly remembering Myrtle McIntyre, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Tom McIntyre, as a dedicated advocate for the party and a role model for women leaders in New Hampshire.

Mrs. McIntyre died on Sunday at the age of 95 at the Johnson Center of Falcon's Landing Retirement Center in Potomac Falls, Va., where she resided for the past 20 years.

She was born June 7, 1917 in Wakefield and educated in Laconia-area public schools. She and Thomas McIntyre were married in 1941.

Her husband served as U.S. Senator from 1962 through 1978 and died in 1992.

Mrs. McIntyre worked in public relations for civic and political causes, including New Hampshire Heart Association and the New Hampshire Library Association. She helped organize the New Hampshire Friends of the Library.

She was a Democratic National Committeewoman from New Hampshire 1952 to 1956 and a national representative for the Volunteers for Stevenson and Kefauver. The senator and Mrs. McIntyre were active in the development of the modern-day Democratic Party in New Hampshire.

She remained active in New Hampshire politics when her husband became a U.S. Senator and was a member of the Committee of Democratic Women's Clubs.

Gov. Maggie Hassan remembered her as "a trusted advisor and confidante" to her husband and as "a dedicated advocate and leader in her own right who helped strengthen communities throughout New Hampshire."

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said she "served as a role model for the future generation of women leaders in New Hampshire. Her dedication to civic engagement instilled the ideals of public service in so many throughout our state. She will be greatly missed."

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster called Mrs. McIntyre "a leader who did so much to strengthen our state's tradition of active citizenship and community engagement. New Hampshire is stronger because of the work she did, the lives she touched, and the legacy she's left us."


Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan said Mrs. McIntyre "was always very gracious, and everyone who met her liked her tremendously. She was one of the people who taught current Democratic leaders how to win in New Hampshire."

Survivors include a daughter, Martha Grey McIntyre of Gilford; a grandson, Samuel McIntyre-Sonneborn of San Rafael, Cal.; two sisters, Eileen Clement Novicki and Irene Clement Richardson of Florida. She was predeceased by her sister Kathleen Clement Williams; two brothers, Norman and Ralph Clement; and, two half-siblings, Frank Riley and Gladys Grad.

There will be no calling hours, and interment in Laconia will be held at a later date.

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