Beryl Sprinkel

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Beryl W. Sprinkel
14th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
In office
April 18, 1985 – January 20, 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byMarty Feldstein
Succeeded byMichael Boskin
Personal details
Born(1923-11-20)November 20, 1923
Richmond, Missouri, U.S.
DiedAugust 22, 2009(2009-08-22) (aged 85)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lory Reed; previous wives Esther Pollard (divorced) and Barabara Angus Pipher (died 1992)
Children3; 2 step children; 10 grandchildren
EducationUniversity of Missouri, Columbia (BA)
University of Chicago (MBA, PhD)

Beryl Wayne Sprinkel (November 20, 1923 – August 22, 2009) was an Under Secretary for Monetary Affairs in the US Treasury from January 1981 to April 1985, and member of the Executive Office of the US President and chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) between April 4, 1985 and January 21, 1989,[1] during the Reagan administration. Prior to government service, Dr. Sprinkel worked at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago from 1952 to 1981, rising to the position of executive vice president.[2]

Raised on a farm near Richmond, Missouri, Sprinkel was a member of the 2nd Armored Division, which led the attack that penetrated and defeated the German offensive near Celles, Belgium, in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.[3] After the war he earned a degree in economics from the University of Missouri and, later, an MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago he was one of a circle of economists who was heavily influenced by the monetarist ideas of Milton Friedman, who later won the Nobel Prize in Economics.[2]


Sprinkel died on August 22, 2009, aged 85, from Lambert–Eaton myasthenic syndrome in a nursing and rehabilitation center in Chicago.[4] He was survived by his wife, Lory, a son, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.


  1. ^ "Key Administration Officials". Reagan papers at University of Texas archives. Archived from the original on March 4, 2005. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Martin, Douglas (September 1, 2009). "Beryl Sprinkel, Reagan Economic Adviser, Dies at 85". New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Beryl W. Sprinkel Obituary". Chicago Tribune. August 27, 2009.
  4. ^ Jensen, Trevor (August 28, 2009). "Beryl W. Sprinkel, 19232009: U. of C. economist served with Reagan". Chicago Tribune.

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