William McIntyre, a veteran, photographer and historian died on Wednesday. He was 90 years old.
In 2020, the decorated Korean War veteran was given the name McIntyre Lane, which connects Payne Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
McIntyre has photographed many major events, including presidents, Tony McIntyre said, even walking with Dr. King Jr.
“McIntyre, described by historian, author and professor emeritus of Georgetown College Lindsey Apple as a storehouse of Scott County history, recounted parts of his life and civil rights struggles” when he spoke at Georgetown College on the occasion, the News-Graphic reported in 2014.
Returning from Korea while serving as a Marine, McIntyre was treated not as a hero, but rather as an enemy, being turned away from local restaurants.
McIntyre was later honored with a Quilt of Valor for his service.
Remembering his time at Ed Davis High School, McIntyre looked back fondly.
“We had some pretty damn good teachers, yes indeed,” William said.
Ed Davis High School was demolished eight years after McIntyre graduated.
“We always had a lot of fun and we had good football,” McIntyre said at an Ed Davis Ball.
Photographs by McIntyre have been featured in exhibitions at the Georgetown Scott/County Museum as recently as 2021.
On September 18, 2021, McIntyre was honored with William McIntyre Day.