James M. Price

Passed away on May 25, 2012
James Melford Price, 91, of Norwich, passed away Fri., May 25, 2012, in the Norwich Rehab and Nursing Center. The son of Carl R. and Hazel Price, James was born in April of 1921 in Brice Prairie, LaCrosse County, WI. His school years were in the Oak Grove School in Brice Prairie through eighth grade, and he graduated from Holmen High School. James then attended the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where he earned his BS Degree in 1943 and his MS Degree with a major of Biochemistry in 1944. From 1944 through 1946, James served his country in the U. S. Navy. Upon receipt of his honorable discharge, he returned to the University of Wisconsin, earning his Ph.D. in 1948. He attended the University of Wisconsin Medical School, earning his MD in 1951 with majors in Biochemistry and Physiology and minors in Organic Chemistry and Pharmacology. From 1951 through 1952, he had a rotating internship through the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. James’ working career began in 1952 as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology for the University of Wisconsin Medical School. From 1955-1959, he was the Associate Professor of Surgery and Cancer Research, and from 1959-1963 he was the Professor of Surgery and Cancer Research. In 1963, James became employed by Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL, working as Director of Experimental Therapy until 1964. From 1964 through 1976, he held the title of Vice President, Corporate Research and Experimental Therapy, and was Vice President, Corporate Scientific Development from 1976-1978. In 1978, James relocated to Norwich where he became Vice President, Medical Affairs, for Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, a title he held through 1981. 1981-1983 he was VP International R & D. He had over 100 peer reviewed publications of original research to his credit. From 1982 through 1990, James was President of the Radac Group. During his distinguished career, James held memberships in the American Association for Cancer Reserach, American Institute of Nutrition, American Medical Association, American Society of Biological Chemists, American Society of Experimental Nutrition, American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Metabolism Study Section, National Institutes of Health, Division of Research Grants, also Pathology B Study Section, Division of Research Grants, Scientific Advisory Committee, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine, Society of Toxicology. James had a love of airplanes and became a licensed pilot for single engine craft in 1973. For 10 years he owned a Cessna R-182 and flew 150,000 miles as Pilot in Command. On Sept. 27, 1986, in Norwich, James married Charlotte E. Schwenk. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Price of Norwich; his step-mother, Evie Price; his children and their spouses: Veda and Robert Moretti of Bellevue, WA, Jeannie Fisher-Price, also of Bellevue, and Alta Price and husband Len Antaris of Bettendorf, IW; his step-children and their spouses: Shirley and Weldon Breaux of Sulphur, LA, Irene and Norman McCumber of Wells Bridge, Cindy and Timothy Davis of Cincinnati, OH; 7 grandchildren: Robert, Amy, and Daniel Moretti, Andrew and Katie Rose Fisher-Price, Alexander Antaris, Meredith Price; and 4 step-grandchildren: Terrence and Kevin McCumber, Jennifer Taylor, and Jeffrey Davis. Also surviving are 2 step great grandchildren, Kyle McCumber and Davis Taylor; his sisters Mae Larson and Carol Olson; and a sister-in-law, Elaine Price of WI. James was predeceased by his former wife, Ethelyn; his sister, Echo Cheeley, and brother, Robert Price. Funeral services for James will be held on Tues., May 29, at 12:00 noon from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. Interment with military rites will follow in the Union Cemetery of Edmeston. Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service at noon. Please consider memorial contributions to the National Rifle Association, NRA Processing Center, P. O. Box 420648, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0648.

Show your support


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.