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James A. Sproul Jr.

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James A. Sproul Jr. Obituary
James A. Duke Sproul Jr., 92, of Medfield where he has been a resident most of his life, died unexpectedly Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Clark House in Westwood. Born in Boston he was the son of the late Andrew and Margaret L. (White) Sproul and began his education in the Boston Public Schools moving to Medfield when he was in high school and graduated with honors from Medfield High School in 1941. He continued his education graduating from Boston College in 1948 and received his PhD from the University of Rochester in 1962. He was most proud of being a P-38 fighter pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII serving with the 54th Fighter Squadron in the Aleutians. He continued his military career as a Radiation Biologist with the U.S. Air Force and served over 25 years retiring in 1968 as a Lt Colonial. He was an active member of the Beckwith Post 110, American Legion in Medfield and the Millis AMVETS Post 495. After his retirement from the Air Force he was employed by the Medfield Public Schools as a teacher in the Science Department. Mr. Sproul was known as Doc The Living Legend Sproul by the Millis Golf League where he enjoyed many years golfing. He also enjoyed a friendly game of poker, boating, water skiing, and rejuvenating lawn mowers. He was very outgoing, always helping others, and had a wonderful sense of humor and was a dedicated husband and loving father. Dedicated husband of the late Hope Elizabeth (Lucy) Sproul, he leaves 2 loving daughters, Hope L. Baldwin of Fairborn, Ohio and Faith S. Aliprando and her husband Vic of Atlantic Beach, Florida as well as 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter Tracy A. Sproul, a sister M. Claire Bouin, and brothers William, Ralph and Robert Sproul. A Mass of Christian Burial to which all were invited, was celebrated Monday, October 27th at 10:00 AM at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 133 Spring St., Medfield. Burial with military honors was at Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield. Visiting hours was on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield. Visit www.robertsmitchell.com for the guest book, directions and additional information.

Published in The Country Gazette from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2, 2014
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