David McIntyre, art collector, museum official

March 22, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

David McIntyre, a retired Baltimore Museum of Art official who gave a major art collection to the Peale Museum, died March 15 of heart disease at Broadmead. He was 81.

The former Charles Village resident joined the museum staff in 1960 as registrar and in 1964 was promoted to assistant director of administration, a position he held until he retired in 1975.

Mr. McIntyre was a companion for many years of the nationally known abstract artist Keith Martin, who was described as an "old master of modern art." Mr. Martin, who died in 1983, worked in both watercolors and oils and was also known for his collages and drawings.

Mr. McIntyre began donating Mr. Martin's work to the Peale Museum several years ago. The remainder of the collection was to go to the museum at his death. "He was interested in the legacy of Keith Martin," said John W. Durel, assistant director of the City Life Museums, which oversees the Peale. He described Mr. McIntyre as "a lively and pleasant, gentle man."

"The Peale began collecting the work of Baltimore artists in 1931, and since Mr. Martin was an important artist who lived in the city, this donation of his work makes up a significant part of our painting collection," Mr. Durel said.

"It's a comprehensive collection of Martin's work from his early paintings to his collages, and you get a real good feel for how his style changed over the years," said Mary Markey, fine arts curator for the City Life Museums.

"The more than 300 pieces of artwork span the years from the late 1940s to Martin's death. It's an interesting historical document to have so much of a Baltimore artist's work in one place," she said.

Mr. McIntyre, who was born and reared in Atlantic City, N.J., earned a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in 1935. During World War II, he served in the Army in England. He moved to Baltimore in 1946.

Mr. McIntyre traveled extensively and collected paintings and sculpture. He had been a resident of Broadmead, the Cockeysville retirement community, for 16 years and was a volunteer there.

"He was a gregarious man who was full of life and very well-known and respected at Broadmead," said Calman Levin, his lawyer and friend.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 8 at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

There are no immediate survivors.

Memorial donations may be made to Broadmead.

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