Martha Sarah McClintock, opera volunteer

Former Sun writer, editor's wife had been a model, author

  • Martha Sarah McClintock
Martha Sarah McClintock (Baltimore Sun )
January 15, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Martha Sarah McClintock, a longtime Lyric Opera volunteer and a former model and author, died Sunday from complications after hip surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Mount Washington resident was 67.

The daughter of a career Air Force officer and a well-known fabric artist, the former Martha Sarah Bean — she never used her first name — was born in Fresno, Calif.

Because of her father's military career, she had a "peripatetic childhood, living in houses from Dayton, Ohio, to Cape Cod and Germany," said her husband of 28 years, John M. McClintock, a former Baltimore Sun foreign correspondent who was a copy editor at the time of his 2008 retirement.

After graduating from high school in Arlington, Va., Ms. McClintock worked as a fashion model in New York and Washington.

While still in her 20s, Ms. McClintock toured Europe, the Holy Land, India, Nepal, Thailand and Hong Kong. She published two novellas in a local English-language press while living in Paris. She also once worked as a bus tour guide.

She moved to Mexico City in 1987, when her husband was named Latin American correspondent for The Sun. And while living in Mexico City, she studied Spanish dancing under Pilar Rioja, the Flamenco flamenco artist.

Ms. McClintock also served as the regent for the Mexico City chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

For more than two decades until she was forced to step down because of illness, Ms. McClintock volunteered with the Lyric Opera and appeared in incidental non-singing roles in several operas.

Services are private.

In addition to her husband, Ms. McClintock is survived by a daughter, Lee Becker, a New York artist; two brothers, Carlisle S. Bean of Alexandria, Va., and David K. Bean of Arlington, Mass.; and a sister, Katie Bean Larson of Kingsley, Mich.

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