OBIT: Dr. John S. McIntosh (originally from Ford City)

Dr. McIntosh

Dr. John “Jack” S. McIntosh, a noted physicist and Paleontologist, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2015, in Middletown, Connecticut.

Born in 1923, “Dr. Mac” was an expert on sauropod dinosaurs, a physics professor and department head at Wesleyan University, and inspired countless students, colleagues, friends, and family. He is known for determining the correct skull of Apatosaurus at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, and in 2010 was honored by having a newly discovered species named Abydosaurus mcintoshii.

Jack was born and raised in Ford City, Pennsylvania. He flew reconnaissance over Japan in WWII before going on to his professional life as a theoretical nuclear physicist and lifelong avocational paleontologist.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, four nieces, four nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held on Monday, December 21st at 2:00 PM at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main Street, Middletown, CT. An additional memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2016.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM before the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, Jack’s wish was that donations be sent to: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Attn: Serena Weisman, Executive Director, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD  20814.  Doolittle Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

A truly beloved man, he will be greatly missed as he meets the many souls and sauropods on his new journey.