Obituary: Michael J. McIntyre

Michael J. McIntyre, longtime professor at Wayne State University Law School, died Aug. 14 at his Ann Arbor home after an extended illness. He was 71.

An internationally recognized authority on taxation, McIntyre joined Wayne Law as a visiting associate professor in 1975 and became a full professor in 1977.

In 2012, he was elected to the Academy of Scholars in recognition of his academic achievements and received the WSU Presidential Award for Excellence in Service for his outstanding contributions to the university.

“Mike was a class act and a giant in his field. He was a truly brave, ethical and devoted member of our faculty,” Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson said. “This is a significant loss to academia and to our Wayne Law family, and a sad moment for all of us.”

McIntyre graduated from Providence College in 1964 and then served in the Peace Corps in Bhopal, India, where he taught mathematics and English and helped build windmills.

He then studied at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1969, and later returned to become director of training for Harvard Law’s International Tax Program.

Prior to joining the Wayne Law faculty, McIntyre practiced with a tax firm in Washington, D.C. He also taught at the University of Virginia Law School (1976-77), University of Michigan Law School (1995) and Utrecht University (2005).

He was the founding editor of Tax Notes International, publishing many books and articles on a wide variety of tax topics.

McIntyre was a frequent consultant to the United Nations, as well as to national governments on six continents, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, New Zealand,
Peru, Romania, Spain, United States and Vietnam, and to a variety of U.S. state governments.

At WSU, he played a key role in the Law School academic senate, with union negotiations, and on the university governing body.

McIntyre is survived by his wife, May Ping Soo Hoo; two sons, Devin and Colin McIntyre; and seven siblings.

A memorial service for McIntyre will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, in St. Mary’s Student Parish, 331 Thompson St. in Ann Arbor.

Donations in his memory may be made to prostate cancer research at Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.


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