Isabel Pryce, hospital volunteer
By Adam Bernstein,
Isabel Pryce, 96, a member of the Washington Hospital Center’s board of trustees and a prolific volunteer in the region’s health-care community, died July 6 at the Washington Home hospice in the District after a stroke.
Mrs. Pryce was involved in the planning and building of the Washington Hospital Center and, in later years, worked with the hospital’s eye department to start a low-vision support group for its clinical patients. She was a past secretary of the hospital’s board of trustees.
She was a past board secretary of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, a nonprofit group that administers Vinson Hall, a McLean home for retired service personnel and their families.
Mrs. Pryce was involved in the construction of the Arleigh Burke Pavilion, part of the continuing-care facility on the Vinson Hall campus.
She was a past chairwoman of the National Congress of Hospital Governing Boards.
Isabel Conway was born in Salem, Va., and raised in Washington, where she graduated from Western High School and Wilson Teachers College.
During World War II, she volunteered at the old Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in Washington. She subsequently served on the hospital’s board of the lady managers. The hospital joined with Garfield and Emergency hospitals to form Washington Hospital Center in 1958.
Mrs. Pryce, long active in Planned Parenthood, chaired the new family clinic at Washington Hospital Center.
Among her honors was an award for 20,000 hours of volunteer service, bestowed by President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, in 1986.
Her first marriage, to Dr. Raymond Fenton, ended in divorce in 1945. Her second husband, retired Navy Capt. Roland F. “Monty” Pryce, whom she married in 1959, died in 1984. A stepson, former ambassador William T. Pryce, died in 2006.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Edith Fenton of Newton, Mass., and John F. Fenton of Bloomfield, N.J.; a stepdaughter, K. Susan Collins of Ebensburg, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
— Adam Bernstein