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A son, Julian Early McIntyre, born February 20, 2017, at
Northwestern Hospital in Chicago to Alexandra Aaronson McIntyre and John Paul
Lucien McIntyre. Grandparents are Paula and Scott Aaronson and Kathleen Capcara
and John Early McIntyre, all of Baltimore.
Julian’s delivery—at one pound, fourteen ounces in his
twenty-seventh week—was precipitated by his mother’s preeclampsia. His
fragility led to sentiment within the family to withhold mention of his birth
on social media, lest it tempt Fate.
Now it can be told. He has been thriving in the neonatal
intensive care ward, where he has grown to a staggering five and a half pounds.
The latest tests, performed this week, have all been positive, and he has only
a few more hurdles to surmount before he will be allowed to go home with his
To those few of you who were permitted to be in the know,
profound gratitude for your good wishes and prayers for my grandson and his
John E. McIntyre is a veteran editor and teacher, has worked for more than 30 years at The Baltimore Sun. He has taught copy editing at Loyola University of Maryland since 1995. He was the second president of the American Copy Editors Society, serving two terms, and he has been a consultant on writing and editing at publications in the United States and Canada.