Charles Cameron Sprague, 88, who led the University of Texas Southwestern's medical school to international prominence during his 14-year tenure as university president, has died. Sprague died Saturday at his Dallas home after a four-year battle with cancer.
Sprague graduated from Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He spent more than 15 years at Tulane University School of Medicine -- as a professor, head of the hematology department and dean of the medical school -- before taking the position of dean at UT Southwestern's medical school in 1967. He served as the university's president from 1972 until 1986.
Under Sprague's guidance, UT Southwestern constructed a life sciences center that blended medicine and teaching-related professions with an emphasis on research and patient care. The school now trains more than 3,000 students, residents and postdoctoral fellows annually, and boasts more than 1,150 faculty members.