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HOWDEN, Anne Elizabeth
We are sad to announce the passing of our mother, Anne, in the early hours of September 9, 2016 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. She was born in Baltimore, MD to a family of two sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her brother Roger (Lynn) Thompson and sister Susan Ballinger. She will be greatly missed by her daughters Patience Milam, Barbara (Mitch) Holme and Lucile (Jonathan) Mears, as well as her grandchildren Sasha, Keegan, Sydney, Zachariah and Cameron. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Henry Fuller Howden in 2014. Anne received a Masters degree from the University of North Carolina in 1950 in Entomology. In 1953 she and Henry moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, then in 1957 to Ottawa. Anne and Henry travelled the world collecting insects for research. They met many colleagues along the way and their house at Trillium Ave. became known as the 'Howden Hotel' for other like-minded scientists. Anne was a consummate hostess and her calendar was always full with her research and collaboration with entomologists. Anne's focus in entomology was on the study of beetles. She was a Research Associate for Carleton University and later an Honorary Research Associate for the Canadian Museum of Nature. She was a member of the Entomological Society of America, the Entomological Society of Canada and one of only 14 Honorary Members of The Coleopterists Society. She published over 25 scientific papers on weevils, in which she described 96 species new to science. She was well known for her meticulous and highly detailed scientific work. With Henry, she built an extensive collection of beetles numbering 450,000 specimens, which was later donated to the Canadian Museum of Nature. In addition to her scientific studies and achievements and her skills as a gardener, seamstress, chef and birdwatcher, she was an attentive, devoted mother who showed her love in many ways. She was especially proud of naming a special weevil after each of her children and then presenting them with the publication. A memorial service was held for family and friends in Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered to the family at
McCall Gardens of Victoria, BC

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Sep. 17, 2016.
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September 19, 2016
I feel very sad about the news on Anne Howden's pass away. I think that all the weevil community has same feelings. She has been an outstanding entomologist that, along with her husband Henry, has bequeathed us a great beetle collection. Her publications on Entiminae from the Neotropics have been essential for my work. I will never forget her kindness and her help at all times. It was a privilege to share a trip and to be lodged at her house, talking about weevils and several issues relative to entomology and life. I will never forget my teacher Anne. My condolences to her family, friends and disciples.
Analía Lanteri
September 14, 2016
So sad to hear the news. Anne was so instrumental in guiding my career in entomology. Whenever I had questions about technical details I always went to Anne for advice. She was one of the most meticulous scientists I knew. I miss her enthusiasm for all things entomological. With Henry, she embodied being passionate about your work. My condolences to the families of Patience, Barb and Lucy and to her many friends and colleagues throughout the world.
Robert (Bob) Anderson
September 13, 2016
I am very sorry to hear the sad news. My career in entomology began in the Howden Lab at Carleton and was because of your parents. Her enthusiasm for weevils was infectious and I will always remember her sense of humour.

My sincerest sympathies,
Karen McLachlan Hamilton
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