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Price, LaFerne (1/26/1926 - 5/27/2016)

By Janet Hroch

LaFerne PriceDr. LaFerne (Ferne) Ellis Price, 90, of Terre Haute died peacefully Friday morning, May 27, 2016 under the loving care of Janet Hroch and her family. She was a physical education professor and softball and swim coach for Indiana State University before retiring in 1989 after 23 years. Ferne was born January 26, 1926 in Butte, Montana to James Frederick Price and Cora Elizabeth Smith Price.  Survivors include her special friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Jim Price, sister, Lois Holmes and special friends and colleagues, Louise Pound, Sue Pernice and Sue Powell. 

Ferne was a 1944 graduate of Wiley High School, 1948 graduate of Indiana State University (ISU), and a 1970 University of Iowa graduate, where she was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy. Her two greatest passions were athletics and education. This was evidenced by her 1988 inclusion in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as a result of being a player with the 1944 Milwaukee Chicks in the All-American Girls Baseball League. Then in 1989, her dedication to softball was evidenced by ISU renaming the home softball field to Price Field.  On her journey through academia, she wrote  “The Wonder of Motion, a Sense of Life for Woman” in 1970, a book about women’s mental and physical commitments in all facets of sport. Her other major accomplishments included The Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award from ISU in 1987, The Girls and Women’s Sport Presidential Citation in 1983, National Girls and Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and induction into Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

Private burial services were conducted graveside at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute. 

Contributed by: Janet Hroch
Submitted on: 07/27/2016
Copyright: Bousley Hays Funeral Home

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