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CAROL JEAN PRICE WALTERS - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Carol Price Walters died at home in South Burlington on July 3, 2012. In anticipation of that event and following the example of her late husband, she wrote the following, "just to keep everybody on the same page." "I was born in Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 15, 1941, the daughter of Gale and Leona (Wood) Price. They died in 1983. I had a wonderful childhood in Okemos, Mich., with my brother, David, and next-door-neighbor cousins, Sharon, Diane, Dennis, and Mike Wood. I graduated from Okemos High School in 1959, as valedictorian. In 1963, I graduated from Albion College, Albion, Mich., with a bachelor's degree in biology with highest honors, and with memberships in Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi (national science honor society). My roommate of four years, Tamara Transue Royle, continues to be one of my dearest friends. During summer vacations I worked at Wood's Hardware, which led to my lifelong addiction as a 'hardwarestore junkie.' Five days after graduation, Albion classmate, M. Geoffrey Smith and I were married and immediately left for Burlington, where Geoff entered the University of Vermont College of Medicine. I spent four productive years as a technician in the Department of Medicine, followed by a year at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, where Geoff interned. In 1968, we moved back to Burlington, our daughter, Jennifer, was born and I began a Ph.D. program in physiology at UVM College of Medicine, which I completed in 1972. Geoff and I were divorced in 1973. I spent my entire professional life at UVM College of Medicine: in the Department of Medicine from 1972 until 1983, studying the tumor marker alpha-fetoprotein in fetal development and in liver disease, and in the Department of Pediatrics from 1983 until retirement in 2001, as research associate professor emerita. In 1981, I developed the VT screening program carried out during early pregnancy, now known as the 'Quad Screen,' for the detection of serious birth defects in early pregnancy. In 1989, I collaborated in the initiation of the Vermont-wide screening program for metabolic disorders in newborns. I retired as director of both of these programs. On April 4, 1988, David Lloyd Walters and I were married in the Kerr Chapel, Bishop Booth Conference Center, at Rock Point in Burlington. David's children, Holly in France, Glenn in North Carolina, and Tom in Pennsylvania, were added to my family. David died on May 29. 2011. I have been very active in the life of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Episcopal), my second family, as a member of the choir, altar guild, and flower guild, former treasurer, and chair of the wreath project and silent auction. My family and I express profound gratitude for the tender and compassionate care given to me by the nurses and nursing assistants of Hospice, and the beautiful voices of the Noyana Singers transported us all to a more peaceful place." A memorial celebration of Carol's life will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry St., Burlington, at 10 a.m. No flowers please, but consider a contribution to VNA Hospice, Cathedral Square Corporation, St. Paul's Cathedral Capital Campaign, or a blood donation to the Red Cross.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 6, 2012
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