Carol Cosden Price

02/14/2011 3:30 PM |

Carol Price

Carol Cosden Price, born in Southold, died Jan. 26 at her home in Washington, D.C., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 93. Her many accomplishments included chairing the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and co-founding the Washington Chapter of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) in 1976.

Ms. Price’s parents were Loraine (Barry) and Alfred Houston Cosden, who built a large estate in Southold in the early 1900s. She attended Miss Porter’s School and graduated in 1940 with a degree in botany from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She then moved to New York City to attend secretarial school.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ms. Price worked in the physiotherapy clinic at Cornell Medical Center in New York City, while training at night to be a Red Cross nurses’ aide. She volunteered in the surgical wing of the hospital during World War II.

Following the war, she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for over 10 years as an administrative assistant to Joseph and Stewart Alsop, syndicated columnists for the New York Herald Tribune. During this time, she met Malcolm Price, a general contractor who was renovating a home for Joseph Alsop, and they were married in 1957. She volunteered for many organizations, including Planned Parenthood, and served as chair of numerous committees, including the Washington National Opera and the Sidwell Friends School Auction.

Ms. Price served on the board of RFB&D for 20 years, and remained an active advisory board member until her death.

Predeceased by her husband, Malcolm, in 1989, and her brothers, Edward and Curtis Cosden, Ms. Price is survived by her daughters, Lori, of Washington, D.C., and Patricia, of Evanston, Ill.; and a nephew.

A memorial service will take place at Georgetown Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at Sulgrave Club in Washington, D.C. A funeral will be held in Southold at a future date, with interment to follow in the family mausoleum at First Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.