Paul L. Caron

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Death of Mike McIntyre

McintyreMichael J. McIntyre (Wayne State), age 71, died on August 14, 2013 at his home after a long illness:

Michael graduated from Providence College in 1964 and then served in the Peace Corps in Bhopal, India, where he was a teacher of mathematics and English and a builder of windmills. He studied at Harvard Law School, graduating with a JD in 1969, and later returned to Harvard to become the Director of Training at the International Tax Program. In 1975 he became a Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit where he taught until his death.

A recognized authority on taxation, and particularly international tax law, Michael was the founding editor of Tax Notes International, published a multitude of books and articles on a wide variety of tax topics, and 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). ...

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 24th, at St. Mary’s Student Parish, 331 Thompson St., in Ann Arbor, MI. ... In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Michael J. McIntyre to the Karmanos Cancer Institute. Please designate specifically “for prostate cancer research;” the family is especially grateful to Dr. Elisabeth Heath and the entire staff at Karmanos who helped give Mike an extra seven years of life.

(Hat Tip: David Cay Johnston, Rick Krever.)

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I didn’t know Professor McIntyre, but Solon would see that obituary and count Professor McIntyre amongst the happiest men to have lived. Recall that Croesus angrily denounced Solon for naming several ordinary men the “most happy” instead of King “rich as” Croesus himself. Solon retorted that good fortune grants many more advantages then just wealth. Sure, the rich man can fulfill desires and endure calamities better then the ordinary, but good fortune might protect an ordinary man against calamities, keep his body healthy and his mind sound, find him a lovely spouse, grant them happy and healthy children and grandchildren. Most important, the truly happy man carries those advantages all the way to the end of a long life. Professor McIntyre seems to have enjoyed the blessings of good fortune throughout his long life and I hope his family and friends take solace and find joy in that rarest of accomplishments, a happy life.

(Solon, wisest man that he was, cautions that fortunate men don’t have all good things, but have more than most men and have them until the end. He also estimated that 70 years was sufficient, that the fortunate ordinary man has 26,000 odd days, each different from the previous.)

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