Doug died Aug. 9, 2012, in St. Louis after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer and just three weeks after the death of his wife of 38 years, Helen “Gigi” Rand Sproull. He is remembered for resolute cheerfulness and joy in the company of family and friends during his struggle and as a devoted father and doting “Pops” to his three grandchildren.
Doug came to Princeton from St. Louis Country Day School. Freshman year he roomed in Witherspoon and then teamed with Dennis Murphy to live in Henry and Foulke halls sophomore and junior years. The pair roomed in Cannon Club senior year, joining Tad LaFountain to become one of the “Cannon 13,” the club roster in 1972. A biology major, Doug played freshman soccer and varsity golf, and during home basketball games donned coat and rep tie to help operate the scoreboard. He worked at Warson Brands, an occupational-safety shoe company he co-founded in 1986. Doug was unable to attend our 40th reunion, but classmates sent Reunions garb to him. He wore his green Cannon T-shirt constantly during his last days.
We extend condolences to his brother, Stuart L. Sproull and his wife, Carolyn; daughters Alison Sproull Desloge and Vassa A. Sproull; his son-in-law, Davey Desloge; and his grandchildren, Tucker, Cooper, and Finnley.