Robert Chapman Sprague

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 27 Sep 1991 (aged 91)
Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 214077609 · View Source
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Robert Chapman Sprague
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electric components company executive

Robert Chapman Sprague, American electric components company executive. Inventor of tone control for radios. Recipient Man of Year award Hotchkiss Alumni Association, 1958, New England Council, 1965; North Adams State College award, 1972, Francis Hayden award, 1983, Ephraim Williams medal of Honor Williams College, 1991

Membership
Former senior warden St. John's Episcopal Church, Williamstown, Massachusetts, senior warden emeritus, 1968-1991. Chairman Pine Cobble School, Williamstown, 1942-1968, trustee emeritus, 1968-1991. Trustee Hudson Institute, 1961-1971.

Member corporation Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1953-1955, life member, 1955-1975, life member emeritus, 1975-1991. Member corporation Northeastern University, from 1953. Board governors Massachusetts Science and Technology Foundation, 1970-1978.

Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior member, life fellow), American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member Associate Industries Massachusetts (board directors 1945-1973, honorary chairman 1973-1991, member executive committee 1957-1973, president 1951-1953), Electronic Industries Association (president 1950-1951, board governors 1943-1980, chairman 1950-1952, 53-54, honorary governor 1980-1991, medal of honor 1954, 1978), National Academy Engineering Clubs: Algonquin, Union (Boston). Metropolitan (Washington).
Married Florence Antoinette van Zelm, May 24, 1921 (deceased June 1987). Children: Robert Chapman Junior (deceased), John Louis.
Father: Frank Julian Sprague
Mother: Harriet Chapman (Jones) Sprague
Spouse: Florence Antoinette van Zelm
child: John Louis Sprague
child: Robert Chapman Junior Sprague (deceased)
Nationality
American
Education
1918
Hotchkiss School , Graduated
1920
United States Naval Academy , Bachelor of Science
1922
United States Naval Postgrad. School , Graduated
1924
Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Master of Science
1953
Northeastern University
1954
Williams College
1959
Lowell Technology Institute
1972
North Adams State College
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Career
president , Founder Sprague Electric Company (originally Sprague Spltys. Company)
treasurer , Founder Sprague Electric Company (originally Sprague Spltys. Company)
honorary chairman , Founder Sprague Electric Company (originally Sprague Spltys. Company)
director , Founder Sprague Electric Company (originally Sprague Spltys. Company)
1922
Commissioned lieutenant United States Navy
1926
Founder Sprague Electric Company (originally Sprague Spltys. Company) Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
1926
Commissioned lieutenant United States Navy
Awards
Recipient Man of Year award Hotchkiss Alumni As


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  • Created by: Abigail
  • Added: 4 Aug 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 214077609
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Chapman Sprague (3 Aug 1900–27 Sep 1991), Find a Grave Memorial no. 214077609, citing Westlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Abigail (contributor 48613882) .