Ellen Havican Watson
Ellen Havican Watson, 20, a University of Vermont student from Bethesda, died Sept. 25 in her off-campus apartment in Burlington, Vt. She had suffered for years from chronic migraine headaches after having contracted Lyme disease and was prescribed several medications to alleviate the attacks, which often required hospital emergency room treatment. A spokesman for the Burlington police said she apparently died from an accidental overdose of her medications, although a full toxicological report will not be complete for several weeks.
Ms. Watson was born in Manassas and grew up in Bethesda. She was a 2005 graduate of the Madeira School, where she was a varsity athlete in lacrosse, field hockey and equestrian sports. While at Madeira, she served as an intern in the office of U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.).
Her first love was riding. From age 6, she competed in horse shows and excelled in hunter-jumper and equitation competitions. Her horse, Mustang Sally, won numerous blue ribbons.
Ms. Watson, a fine-arts major at the University of Vermont, was interested initially in ceramics but more recently had become interested in glass arts. She stayed in Burlington over the summer to learn glass blowing and was an apprentice glass blower at a Burlington studio.
Survivors include her parents, Ellen B. Watson and George H. Watson Jr. of Bethesda; a brother, George H. Watson III of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and her grandmothers, Mildred Watson of Birmingham and Ellen Bradley of Bethesda.
Washington Post, The (DC) Date: October 1, 2006 Edition: F Page: C10 Record Number: 100106195149351