Myrtle McIntyre, congressional spouse

January 22, 2013

Myrtle McIntyre, 95, the widow of former Sen. Thomas J. McIntyre (D-N.H.) and a past president of the Democratic Congressional Wives Forum, died Jan. 13 at Falcons Landing retirement community in Sterling.

She had complications from a fall and emergency hip surgery. A former staffer for her husband, Ellen Kelley, confirmed the death.

Mrs. McIntyre was active in Democratic Party politics in New Hampshire and nationally and was credited with helping build support for the party in a historically Republican stronghold.

Her husband’s victory in an election to replace a deceased senator in 1962 marked the first time in more than a generation that New Hampshire had sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. He was reelected twice, marking the first time a Democrat was ever reelected to the Senate from his state.

His vote in favor of treaties returning control of the Panama Canal to Panama reportedly hurt his favorability among conservative voters. The senator was defeated for reelection in 1978 by a Republican, Gordon J. Humphrey.

Mrs. McIntyre’s memberships included the International Neighbors Club, an organization of the wives of U.S. and foreign officials that aims to promote international good will.

Myrtle Ann Clement was born in Wakefield, N.H., and married Thomas McIntyre in 1941.

After being widowed in 1992, she moved to Falcons Landing from Tequesta, Fla.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha G. McIntyre of Gilford, N.H.; two sisters; and a grandson.

— Adam Bernstein