Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, July 30, 3003


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Commissioner Robert I. McIntosh To Retire From Superior Court


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Robert I. McIntosh will retire Aug. 11, he told the MetNews yesterday.

McIntosh, 75, said his last day of work will be Aug. 7.

“This is my second retirement,” the commissioner said, noting that he retired in 1975 as an Air Force colonel after a 30-year military career.  His son, he added, is now an Army lieutenant colonel.

“That’s getting close to an argument,” he joked.

McIntosh said he hopes to resume flying airplanes, but will first have to undergo cataract surgery. His vision has in recent years prevented him from renewing his pilot’s license, the commissioner said.

“I flew nearly all my adult life,” he commented. “I dream about flying, and I want to go fly again.”

McIntosh said he joined the Marines in 1945, but was still in training when WWII ended.  Later he attended the Naval Academy and received an Air Force commission in 1951.

The Air Force did not yet have its own academy, the commissioner noted, and took about a third of the West Point class and a quarter of the Annapolis graduates in 1951 to staff its officer corps.

After leaving the service, McIntosh spent some time as an “independent pilot running around Germany” before returning stateside to attend law school at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

He became a Los Angeles deputy district attorney and was assigned to the Van Nuys courthouse-the same court where he now sits in Department P. He became a Malibu Municipal Court commissioner in 1987 and a Superior Court commissioner upon unification in 2000.


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