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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Robert McIntosh, 88, of Mexico dies

  • Obituary published March 19, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
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  • Robert Eugene McIntosh, 88, died on March 17, 2013, at Golden Living Center - Pin Oaks in Mexico, Missouri. He was the son of Ben Dewey and Helen Schleisser McIntosh. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean, and three daughters: Bonnie McAllister, Atlanta; Sara Wooten (Jim), Mexico; and Elizabeth Trusty, Houston; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia Cornet, of Greensboro, North Carolina.
    Bob was born in St. Louis, MO on December 19, 1924. The family later moved to Centralia, IL, where he graduated from Centralia High School in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve, during which time he served on active duty on the destroyer USS Melvin until his discharge in 1945.
    In 1949 he graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, MO with a BA degree magna cum laude; in 1950 he received a master's degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. During his time at Westminster, he served as a member of Skulls of Seven, was recognized in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa scholastic society. He also organized an independent local fraternity, the Town Club, with 80 members.
    In August 1950, Bob was hired by the A. P. Green Fire Brick Co. in Mexico, MO as Export Sales Correspondent, and over the next several years held a variety of positions with the company in Dallas, TX, Macon, GA and Birmingham AL, returning to Mexico in 1967 as Assistant Manager of Market Development, and became manager of that department the following year. In 1986 he retired as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of A. P. Green. He had also been elected Vice President of the United States Gypsum Company.
    Bob has served on a variety of Boards: The A. B. Chance Company, Centralia, MO; Commerce Bank, N.A., Columbia, MO; President, Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America; President, Mexico MO School District No. 59; Mexico Senior Nutritional Center Site Council; Board of Trustees, Westminster College, Fulton, MO; and Chairman of the Board of The Refractories Institute, Pittsburgh, PA 1983-1985. He has been very active in the restoration of Presser Hall, serving as President of the Presser Hall Restoration Society. He also served on many other work-related boards.
    He received the Alumni Achievement Award, Westminster College in 1981, the Thomas J. Taylor YMCA Volunteer Leadership Award in 1989, the Col. C. R. Stribling Jr. Community Service Award in 1993 and the Mexico Public Schools Pioneer in Education Award in 2005. He was named a Churchill Fellow of Westminister College in 1990. He also received the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and was a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow. Bob served on the Board of Directors, Allen P. and Josephine Green Charitable Foundation, on the Board of the Miriam Arnold Edmonston Charitable Foundation and was a member of the Ambassadors with the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2002, he was honored by the United Way with the creation of the Robert E. McIntosh Corporate Citizenship Award, recognizing his many years of volunteer work for that organization.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mexico and had served multiple terms as Deacon, Elder, and Trustee. He had also taught adult Sunday School classes in Presbyterian and Methodist Churches in Mexico, Dallas, Macon, and Birmingham for most of the past 45 years.
    He was an enthusiastic golfer, and after a stroke impaired his left arm in 2001, he learned, as a result of much hard work and determination, to play a respectable game of golf using only his right arm. He enjoyed daily walks, and often had his dog Buttons with him.
    Those wishing to remember Bob may contribute to First Presbyterian Church, Presser Hall Restoration Society, Great Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America, or the United Way of Audrain County.
    A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church of Mexico. The family will receive visitors at a reception following the service.
    Expressions of sympathy may be given at www.pickeringfh.com.

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