Esther S. Ferri
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Peabody, MA, and formerly Rockport, MA - Esther S. Ferri, of Peabody, Mass., and formerly Rockport, Mass., died Nov. 13, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Lawrence D. Ferri and sister of the late C. Merle Watson, Esther was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of the late Bowers I. and M. Greta Watson.

She graduated from Deering High School in Portland, and from the University of Maine (Orono) in 1948 with a major in biology, minor in bacteriology. She first was employed as a chemist by Swift & Co. in their quality control laboratory, then by the MIT under contract to the Atomic Energy Commission. Subsequently, she was employed by the U.S. Government under its division of Radiological Health, dealing with environmental radiation due to fallout from nuclear bomb testing. Afterwards, she worked as the supervisory chemist for the Food & Drug Administration determining the hazards of microwave radiation to the eye. In this capacity she prepared or partnered in numerous scientific papers and reports. Esther retired in 1986 with her husband to Rockport, Mass. They also enjoyed many winter seasons in Florida. In 2011 the Ferris moved to Peabody to spend their final years in a residential retirement community.

She is survived by her nieces, Lynne Cousins of South Portland, Maine, and Kimberly Carter of Scarborough, Maine; and her nephews, Bradford Watson of Falmouth, Maine, and Robert Ferri of Willettes, California. She will be greatly missed by her many dear friends in Peabody and Cape Ann.
Funeral services will be held privately. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at
Published on November 19, 2019


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Marion Marrone monson
Jan 16, 2020
I worked with Esther at FDA. Great women.