Jessie Isabelle Price, a renowned scientist, died from Lewy body disease/Alzheimer’s disease on November 12. She was 85.
Born on January 1, 1930, and raised in Montrose, Pennsylvania, she received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and worked at the Cornell Duck Research Laboratory on Long Island before moving to Madison, Wisconsin, to work at the National Wildlife Health Center.
Dr. Price’s career began with pioneering work on Pasteurella anatipestifer, the number one killer of ducks in Long Island’s commercial duck industry. The vaccine she created significantly reduced mortality. Other notable contributions included development of an avian cholera vaccine used in multiple wild bird species, and international collaborations on various diseases. She mentored other individuals starting in the field, and was always willing to share her knowledge, survivors said.
Survivors said she loved dogs, photography, music and travel. They said she will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and her quiet determination.
Dr. Price will be buried in the family plot in Quogue Cemetery in early December. A memorial service will be held at the Cress Center, 6021 University Avenue, Madison, WI, on December 1, at 11:30 a.m.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cress Funeral Service. Visit www.cressfuneralservice.com for more information.