Brenton W. Harries, a former president and chief executive officer of Standard & Poor’s Corp., died on Dec. 26 after an extended illness. He was 82.

Mr. Harries began his career in public finance in 1955 at the Blue List Publishing Co. at the urging of an uncle who already worked at the publication, according to Mr. Harries’ son, Mark Harries. The Blue List published municipal bond prices. He became president of Blue List Publishing when Standard & Poor’s acquired the publication in 1966.

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