Corning Native, attaining rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corp in WWII and a pilot, upon graduation from Cornell, he joined his father L.D. Sprague in a successful Insurance Business, pioneering the use of computer technology in that business, and outside of the family business, he became a Philanthropist, Civic Leader, Athlete, (U.S. Rowing Master Nationals).  He was instrumental in bringing Three Rivers Development Corporation, Corning Intown Futures, Market Street Restoration Agency into Corning and he took on the restoration of the Centerway Clock and his own buildings. Ted was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club in 1996, based on his fellowship and being an outstanding member of the business community.