Constance Holden, 68; veteran journalist and painter - April 12, 2010

Constance Holden, 68, of Mount Pleasant, was struck by a 5.5-ton National Guard truck about 6 p.m. at New York Avenue and 12th Street NW. A veteran journalist and painter affectionately known to friends and colleagues as "Tancy."

"Holden had joined the staff of Science magazine in 1970. She was an award-winning reporter, highly regarded for her comprehensive coverage of the biological and genetic bases for human behavior. In addition to writing news features for four decades about social science, and particularly psychology, she had long edited the journal's weekly "Random Samples" page, a compendium of newsworthy scientific developments.

Holden was a highly accomplished artist whose oil paintings have regularly appeared on the walls of AAAS.

Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of AAAS and executive publisher of Science informed staff early Tuesday, noting that Holden "was held in very high esteem and with great affection by both those people with whom she worked and our readers. This is a terrible loss both personally and professionally for so many on our staff who knew her well."

Holden was born 11 October 1941. According to her colleagues, she was planning a show of her paintings at her home on Sunday. She enjoyed horseback riding and she played the piano. She is survived by her husband John Butters of Washington, D.C.

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Photo: Washington Post

"So sad. She was a wonderful lady with an unforgettable spirit." - Ned Scharff 2010

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