CHARLES W. SPRAGUE

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SPRAGUE--Charles Wallace,died peacefully at home on June 22, surrounded by his family and friends, after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer. He was 64 and resided in Mequon, Wisconsin. Mr. Sprague grew up in Short Hills, NJ. He graduated from Pingry School (1967) and Yale College (1971, cum laude), where he majored in American History and was 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 entered the joint JD-MBA program at New York University. He was Notes Editor of the NYU Law Review, and graduated in 1975 from the Law School with distinction (Order of the Coif), and from the Business School with distinction. After NYU, he joined Sullivan & Cromwell as a corporate associate in the firm's New York and Washington offices. He became a member of Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol in 1983. In 1994, after a year in private practice, Charles relocated to Milwaukee to join Fiserv, Inc., Brookfield, Wisconsin, where he served as Vice PresidentGeneral Counsel and later Executive Vice President until his retirement in February 2014. He immersed himself personally and professionally in Milwaukee community affairs, becoming a member of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation board, a trustee of University School of Milwaukee, and a member of the General Counsel Forum of Milwaukee. A lifelong reader, Charles was especially fluent in all things Churchillian and Shakespearean. He loved a good debate on almost any subject, and adversaries were advised to proceed at their own peril. His keen mind, cheerful disposition, sound judgment and unshakable integrity earned him the affection and admiration of his professional colleagues and his many devoted friends. Above all, Charles 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 is survived by his wife, Mary Hamilton Sprague of Mequon; his daughter, Martha Hamilton Sprague of Washington, DC; and his brother, John Arthur Sprague of New York City; and his daughter's fiance, Timothy Heitman. A memorial service will be held at a future date. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation (www.mpl.org/support) or University School of Milwaukee (www.usmk12.org/ supportUSM).

Published in The New York Times on June 29, 2014
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