Jessie Isabelle Price
Price, Jessie Isabelle

(January 1, 1930 - November 12, 2015)

Jessie Isabelle Price, 85, beloved friend and renowned scientist, lost her battle with Lewy Body Disease/Alzheimer's on November 12, 2015. Born and raised in Montrose, PA, she received her PhD from Cornell University and worked at the Cornell Duck Research Laboratory on Long Island before moving to Madison, WI, to work at the National Wildlife Health Center. Jessie's career began with pioneering work on Pasteurella anatipestifer, the #1 killer of ducks in Long Island's commercial duck industry. The vaccine Jessie 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. Jessie loved dogs, photography, music and travel. She mentored other individuals starting in the field, and was always willing to share her knowledge. In accordance with Jessie's wishes, burial will be in the family plot in Quogue Cemetery on Long Island in early December. A celebration of life will be held at the Cress Center, 6021 University Avenue, Madison, WI, on December 1, 2015, at 11:30am. Her friends, many part of an unofficial but very real family, will remember Jessie's unfailing kindness, her generosity, her quiet determination, and - most of all - her smile. A bright light has been extinguished. Please visit for more information.

Published by Ithaca Journal on Nov. 28, 2015.
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