Price, Jessie Isabelle

Price, Jessie Isabelle


MADISON - Jessie Isabelle Price, age 85, beloved friend and renowned scientist, lost her battle with Lewy Body Disease/Alzheimer's on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

Her career began with pioneering work on Pasteurella anatipestifer, the No. 1 killer of ducks in Long Island's commercial duck industry. The vaccine Jessie developed was instrumental in significantly reducing mortality. Other significant contributions to the avian disease field included work on an avian cholera vaccine used in multiple bird species, and international collaborations on various diseases. Jessie loved dogs, photography, music and travel. She mentored other individuals starting in the field, taught college-level classes in microbiology and ecology, 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 Ave., Madison, Wis., on Dec. 1, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.

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.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Jessie's name to any of the following charities: University of Wisconsin Waisman Center Stem Cell Research Program, National Audubon Society, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rescue, Inc.

Please share your memories at

Cress Center

Funeral and Cremation Service

6021 University Ave., Madison

(608) 238-3434

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