Constance Brawner Lautier, 73, a retired D.C. public school teacher and Arlington County social worker, died June 30 at Arlington Hospital after a long illness.
She was the widow of Louis Lautier, a veteran newspaperman who was the first black member of the National Press Club and the White House Correspondents Association. He died in 1962.
Born in the Washington area, Mrs. Lautier was a graduate of Dunbar High School and the old Miner Teachers College.
She taught for 38 years in D.C. public schools before a retiring in the early 1960s. Early in her career, Mrs. Lautiner's special talent for helping problem children was recognized by authorities and she was assigned to the Bundy School, which at that time had special classes for children with behavioral problems.
Mrs. Lautier went on to earn a master's degree in special education from Columbia University. She also took graduate studies in psychiatric social work at Catholic University.
After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Lautier became a psychiatric social worker with the Arlington COunty Juvenile Court. She also was a visiting professor in educationa psyschology at Marymount College in Arlington.
Mrs. Lautier, who lived in Arlington, retired from both positions about two years ago but continued to serve the Juvenile court as a volunteer.
She is survived by a brother, Roland Brawner, of Washington, and a stepdaughter, Louise Owens, of Savannah, Ga.