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Nino de Prophetis Sr. M.D., 88, of Lima, Middletown, and formerly of Wallingford, Nether Providence, died June 3. Born in Abruzzi, Italy, he was a prominent Thoracic and Vascular surgeon. He was staff surgeon of chester Hospital, Philadelphia General, Temple University and Penn hospitals. He was Chief of Surgery at sacred Heart Hospital in Chester and was the first Cheif of Surgery at Riddle Memorial Hospital. He published several important papers on thoracic surgery and taught surgery at Temple University Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Chester High School and earned both his bachelor's and medical degrees at Penn. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the 3rd Army, 11th Armored Division as an executive officer and then Commander of the 81st Medical Battalion. He served in Ardennes, Rhineland Campaign and Austria. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and was the firdt allied soldier to enter Matthausen concentration camp in Austris. While in Austria, he was awarded the Bronze Star for single-handedly and, without weapons, rescuing a medical corpsman from his unit taken prisoner by German stragglers. He was a co-founder of the Pennsylvania opera Company, a member of the sons of Italy and was involved in many social causes. He also designed and built numerous buildings in the area. He was a promoter of music in Delaware County and Philadelphia, particularly opera. He was preceded in death by his wives, Anna Marie de Prophetis and Mary de Prophetis; and his parents, Achille and Marie de Prophetis. He is survived by his sons, Nino de Prophetis Jr., of Media, Alfred de Prophetis of Wallingford, Joseph Kuhn of New Brunswick, N.J., and David and kevin Kuhn, both of New York, N.Y.; daughters, Linda McDonald of Philadelphia, Lisa de Prophetis of Springfield, Mary Anne Kimbrough of New York, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. Interment Private. Memorial contributions to Catholic Charities of the Archdioses of Philadelphia, 222 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.