March 21, 2011
Robert McIntyre, who photographed presidents, athletes and Hollywood celebrities at The Broadmoor hotel for more than 50 years, died suddenly March 13 at his home. He was 83.
About 150 of his best-known photographs are displayed in Broadmoor West, including one of Bob Hope trying to use body language to sink a putt on one of The Broadmoor’s courses and another of entertainer Liberace winking at the camera. McIntyre took golf legend Jack Nicklaus on a fishing trip in 1959 just before Nicklaus won the U.S. Amateur Championship, was a friend and regular fishing partner with Broadmoor patriarch William Thayer Tutt and socialized with many of the city’s power brokers.
“He was a legend at the hotel,” said Broadmoor President Steve Bartolin. “He was a key part of and documented the hotel’s history. He took the last photo of the U.S. Figure Skating Team before they lefton the flight that crashed in Brussels and he took a photo of a couple on their honeymoon at The Broadmoor and again on their 50th wedding anniversary when they came back here. I don’t know of another hotel where that has happened.”
McIntyre was a third-generation Colorado Springs resident, born Jan. 4, 1928, the son of Harry and Ada McIntyre. He graduated from Colorado Springs (now Palmer) High School in 1947 and was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in Japan. After he was hired by The Broadmoor, McIntyre took his first celebrity photo of radio newsman and Victor native Lowell Thomas and went on to photograph seven presidents, actors Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart, pianist Van Cliburn and entertainer Victor Borge.
McIntyre’s photographs were published in Life, Look and Sports Illustrated magazines as well as the New York Times and Washington Post. He also was known for his panoramic landscape photographs of the American Southwest, including Monument Valley in Arizona and Utah. He donated many of his photographs and negatives to the Pikes Peak Library District, where they are part of its special collections; 64 of his most famous photographs are displayed on the district’s website, www.ppld.org.
“The thing I respected so much about my dad is that he found his passion early and found a place to pursue it at The Broadmoor,” said his daughter, Julie McIntyre, who with her sister, Jennifer McIntyre, continues the family tradition of offering photography services to Broadmoor guests through the business their father started, McIntyre Photography. “Even to the end, he continued to follow his passion by taking a point-and-shoot camera with him when he went hiking. He had a great eye for landscapes.”
A celebration of McIntyre’s life is planned from 5-7 p.m. April 6 at Broadmoor West, 75 El Pomar Road. Online condolences can be left at www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=robert-e-mcintyre&pid=149451664 or at www.bluntmortuary.org.