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Beryl Wayne Sprinkel (November 20, 1923 – August 22, 2009)[1]) was a member of the Executive Office of the US President and chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) between April 4, 1985 and January 21, 1989,[2] during the Reagan administration.

Raised on a farm near Richmond, Missouri, Sprinkel was a member of the 41st Armored Division, which led the attack that penetrated and defeated the German offensive near Celles, Belgium, in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII.[3]



In 1947 Beryl Wayne Sprinkel earned his BS in public administration at the University of Missouri. He later earned a BS in Economics at the University of Missouri, and MBA and Ph.D degrees from the University of Chicago, where he met and studied under economist Milton Friedman. Sprinkel taught Economics at both Universities, at the latter as a graduate student and after retirement from public service.[3]


At the Harris Trust and Savings Bank of Chicago from 1952-1981, he served as Vice President and Economist, Director of Research, Senior Vice President, and Executive Vice President, and was a contributing member of numerous government and private-sector organizations, including the Time Magazine Board of Economists from 1968-80.[3]


Sprinkel died on August 22, 2009, aged 85, from Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome in a nursing and rehabilitation center in Beecher, Illinois.[4]


He was survived by his wife, Lory, a son, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.[4]


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