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Charles Wallace Sprague

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Sprague, Charles Wallace Age 64, died June 22, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends after a brief but valiant battle with esophageal cancer. Raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, Charlie graduated from Pingry School in 1967 and Yale College (cum laude) in 1971, where he majored in American History, was the News Editor of the Yale Daily News and a varsity letter winner (squash). After a year of service in the New Jersey National Guard, he matriculated at New York University where he received joint JD-MBA degrees in 1976 (magnacum laude, Order of the Coif). After law school, he joined Sullivan & Cromwell as a corporate associate in the firm's New York and Washington, DC offices. In 1984 he became a member of Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol and later worked in private practice. Charlie moved to Milwaukee in 1994 to join Fiserv where he served as Vice President-General Counsel and later as Executive Vice President until his retirement in February 2014. Immersing himself in the Milwaukee community, he was a member of the Milwaukee Foundation Public Library Board, a former Trustee of the University School of Milwaukee, and a founding member of the General Counsel Forum of Milwaukee. A lifelong student and voracious reader, Charlie was fluent in all things Churchillean and Shakespeare. He loved politics, golf, theatre and the law and would happily debate any subject with any participant at any hour of the day (heaven help the few unsuspecting souls who didn't bring their A-Game for the discussion). His keen mind, unshakeable integrity, thoughtfulness and sound wisdom earned him the respect and affection of both professional colleagues and devoted friends. Above all, Charlie was a loving and beloved family member: husband, father, brother, son. He ended his days exhibiting the same courage, grace and humility with which he conducted his life. He will be greatly missed by many. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Mary Hamilton Sprague and his beloved daughter Martha Hamilton Sprague of Washington, DC. Charlie is also survived by his brother, John Arthur Sprague of New York City and his soon-to-be son in law, Timothy Heitman of Washington, DC. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. At Charlie's request, in lieu of flowers to the family, donations may be made to the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation; www.mpl.org/support or to the University School of Milwaukee; www.usmk12.org/supportUSM.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 25, 2014
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