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LATTICE Founder: Sally McClintock



Sally McClintock was the founder and retired director of Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education (LATTICE), an award-winning study group for MSU international students and faculty, mid-Michigan teachers and community members. She participated in the LATTICE study sessions as well as the LATTICE Book Club and other “spin-off” projects such as the LATTICE Basket/Scholarship Project in South Africa.


Sally Lea Williams McClintock, 72, died at home August 27 after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband, James, sons Matthew and William, daughter-in-law Greta Walters, and grandson Finn McClintock. She was predeceased by daughter-in-law Amy Van Meter. She is also survived by many, both here and around the world, who loved her for her grace, intelligence, and capacity for friendship.


Born in Philadelphia, PA, to Myrtle and William Williams, she graduated from Germantown Friends School and received an undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music as well as graduate degrees from Michigan State University. She was a fellow in international education at Stanford University. A life-long educator, she taught elementary school music in Rochester, NY, before teaching music for many years in the East Lansing, Michigan, schools, where she became a Principal at Donley and Whitehill's schools. In addition, she taught with her husband in Warsaw, Poland, and X’ian, China.

Committed to teaching more broadly, she founded LATTICE, an organization creating personal relationships between teachers in mid-Michigan and educators from many other countries who study at Michigan State University. There are now more than 80 countries involved and hundreds of educators. She was a force against narrow-mindedness, ignorance, and prejudice, and a force for peace and understanding. Her best known recent activity has been the Zulu Basket Project which has helped South African women organize to market baskets and which provides scholarships for their children.

Her achievements on behalf of others have been recognized by many awards from educational organizations and from organizations that work for international understanding and peace. Among them are awarded from the Fulbright Programs, Greater Lansing Chapter of the United Nations Association, E. Lansing Public Schools, and the MSU International Studies and Programs. In addition, she has served others for 28 years as “a grateful member of Alanon” in the Lansing area and in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where she was a summer resident for twenty years. Sally leaves a legacy of humane works and the memory of a shining spirit. She lived by the LATTICE motto, a quote from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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