NASHVILLE, Tenn. – George McIntosh passed away this week but he will long be remembered for his service, his talents on the tennis court and his dedication to Lipscomb University athletics.
McIntosh, 89, died Wednesday night at Lakeshore-The Meadows in Nashville.
McIntosh was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988. He played both basketball and tennis for Lipscomb.
He was a No. 1 singles player for three years in tennis winning the VSCA singles and doubles championships in 1949. His doubles partner was Jennings Davis, also a member of the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame.
McIntosh served as captain of the basketball team in 1943. He was named MVP in 1948. He played basketball from 1943-44 and then from 1946-49.
His academic and athletic careers were interrupted when he served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
From 1994-2000 he was the tennis coach for Lipscomb for both the men’s and women’s teams.
“From the first day he set foot on campus, George was a cherished member of the Lipscomb family,” Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson said. “Whether it was his Hall of Fame athletic career, his service to our country as a decorated veteran, his excellence throughout his business career, his willingness to step in and coach after he retired from the corporate world or his rabid support of our teams as a fan, George has been a great friend to our Lipscomb community. We will miss his presence around our program.”
McIntosh remained active as a tennis player throughout most of his life and won a number of city tennis titles.
“Simply stated, Lipscomb Tennis and Lipscomb Athletics lost a great ambassador, and most of all, a great friend with the passing of George McIntosh,” Lynn Griffith, former coach for Lipscomb men’s and women’s tennis, said. “George's love of tennis radiated through his life.
“He was a great player. He was a great coach. When I coached, George was instrumental in helping get so many things accomplished. I am sure George's heaven will have a tennis court in it. The only question is will the surface be a hard court, a clay court, or a grass court?”
McIntosh also was college and high school basketball official for 20 years.
McIntosh was also a former president of the Jim Wood Golden Bisons group which meets every month for lunch in Allen Arena.
He retired from the National Life and Accident Insurance Company and American General Life and Accident in 1991 after 42 years with the companies. He was the senior vice-president of administration after American General bought out National Life.
He is survived by his wife, Sue. His first wife, Marty, passed away in 2001.
He and Marty had two children, Linda Sanders and John. He had four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Sue has two children, Janet and Charles.
Visitation will be at the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ Sunday, July 12, 1-3 p.m. The funeral will follow at 3. Walt Leaver and Randall Pardue will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Lipscomb University Tennis programs.
“George was a great friend to Lipscomb athletics,” former Lipscomb athletic director Jonathan Seamon said. “He served as a volunteer tennis coach and fundraiser. He loved to recruit players. He was a great athlete himself and he loved the Bisons.
He was always looking for more and more scholarship money. During the 80s and 90s every program our size would have loved to have had someone as dedicated as George was.”
Seamon, who usually interviews the featured guests at the Jim Wood gatherings, remembered McIntosh as the consummate emcee for the events.
“His blood ran purple and gold,” Seamon said. ““George was one of the sharpest dressers. No one looked better than George in a sports coat and tie with his pocket handkerchief. He was true to the statement, “Once a Bison, always a Bison!”