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Dr. Irving L. Spratt


1926 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Irving L. Spratt Obituary
DR. IRVING L. SPRATT Dr. Irving L. Spratt, who practiced internal medicine in San Bernardino, CA for more than 50 years and served as president of the American Diabetes Association in the 1980s, passed away at his home in Highland, Calif., on March 30, 2015. He was born n Shenandoah, Iowa, on April 3, 1926, and grew up in Ames, Iowa. The youngest of five, he had four older sisters and was the only son of W.C. and Bess Spratt. After his junior year in high school he enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was assigned to the V-12 program at Northwestern University, where he completed premedical studies. He earned a Bachelor's of Science from Iowa State University and an M.D. from the University of Iowa in 1950. In Iowa City, he met Olive Blanche Van Houten and began a 67- year romance. They married in August of 1948. Following an internship in Erie, Pennsylvania, he spent two years as a captain in the Army Medical Corps. From 1952-53, he served with the 40th division in Korea where he earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Medical Badge. He then completed a residency in internal medicine and a National Institutes of Health fellowship in diabetes at the University of Iowa. He moved with his family to San Bernardino in 1957, where he began practicing medicine with the San Bernardino Medical Group and became a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was Goodwill Industries Man of the Year in 1962, president of the San Bernardino County Heart Association in 1964 and chief of staff at St. Bernardine Hospital in 1970. Six years later he became the president of the American Diabetes Association of Southern California. From 1982-83, he served as president of the American Diabetes Association. He was also project director for the Inland Empire Community Diabetes Control Programs and director of the Diabetes Medical Clinic, Inc., which he founded in 1979. He practiced medicine until 2011 and retired at the age of 85. In addition to his wife, Dr. Spratt is survived by five children, Tom, Dan, Mary, Meg and Suzanne, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on May 1, 2015
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