Diane D. Henderson
systems analyst

Diane D. Henderson, a former systems analyst with the Mitre Corp. who also served on the Arlington County School Board, died Dec. 4 at a retirement community in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 82.

The cause was pneumonia and other complications from a shoulder surgery, said her daughter Jane Brown.

Mrs. Henderson joined the Mitre Corp. in 1967 and worked there for more than 15 years, designing computer systems and working on the technical staff. She also chaired the affirmative action advisory committee and helped establish a child-care center for employees of Mitre and other nearby organizations, her daughter said.

Mrs. Henderson joined the SRA Corp. in the early 1980s and continued her computer programming work there until her retirement in 1986.

Diane Davis was born in Orange, N.J. She graduated in 1953 from Syracuse University in upstate New York and later studied at the University of Strasbourg in France on a Fulbright fellowship.

She settled in Washington and then in Arlington, where she was an educator in the local public schools in the 1960s. She received a master’s degree in ancient French at George Washington University in 1964.

Mrs. Henderson served on the Arlington County School Board from 1974 to 1978, including a year as chairman. She previously had served on the board’s advisory council for technology in the schools.

After her retirement, she moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where she continued her involvement in local government. She was a past member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Nelson Henderson of Chapel Hill; three children, Susan Henderson of Morrisville, N.C., Alex Henderson of San Carlos, Calif., and Jane Brown of Bridgewater Township, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

— Emily Langer