ARTHUR YALE SPRAGUE, M.D.
Arthur Yale Sprague, 88, died in his Manoa home on June 13, 2019. He was born July 18, 1930 in Colton, CA., to Earl Walter Sprague and Ada Yale Sprague.
Arthur attended the San Diego State College for two years, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1950. He served as a hospital corpsman attached to Marine rifle platoon during the Korean war, receiving two Purple Heart medals before being honorably discharged in 1954. He married Roberta Aileen Adams, of Redlands, CA., upon his return from Korea. After completing his undergraduate degree at San Diego State, he attended The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, receiving his M.D. in 1960. He continued his medical training at Johns Hopkins, the Hospital of the University of Philadelphia, and, after being commissioned as Lieutenant (j.g.) in the Navy, at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA.
In 1966 he moved with his family to Honolulu and joined Straub Clinic. The challenges of anesthesia for open heart and other cardiovascular surgery led him to establish a private anesthesia practice specializing in those procedures. During an active, demanding career as an anesthesiologist, he also served several terms as director of the intensive care unit at The Queen’s Medical Center and chairman of the anesthesia department.
With his family as crew he enjoyed sailing his Cal 20 out of Waikiki Yacht Club, occasionally participating in off-shore and around the island competitions. He was an amateur radio operator (KH6GPI) and later pursued his interest in aviation, owning part interest in a private aviation company and his own small airplane and qualifying for a commercial pilots license. He enjoyed the fellowship of pilots as a member of QB.
He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Roberta; son Michael B. Sprague of Lewiston, ID., and daughter Shari J. Sprague of Honolulu. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Lisa Marie Sprague.
Private Services were held.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Hawaii Opera Theatre, or the Lisa Marie Sprague Scholarship fund at:
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
750 E. Pratt St., 17th Floor, Baltimore, MD, attn: Mark Rizzo.