SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – Dr. Paul Alan Prior, a Saddle River resident, died Sunday, March 13. He was 90.
Born Nov. 5, 1925, in St. Albans, Vt., he attended high school and played basketball and baseball for St. Mary’s.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army following graduation and served in the infantry at Fort McClellan, Ala. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the armored corps. He was assigned to the South Pacific Theater as an armored officer. He was a company commander in the World War II occupation Army in Tokyo with the 1st Cavalry Division.
He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1948. He then entered the University of Vermont Medical School and received a medical degree in 1952. He trained in radiology and was certified by the American College of Radiology in 1956. He was promoted to assistant professor of radiology at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and became director of radiology at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse from 1956-65. Prior served as a senior attending radiologist for 25 years at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck.
He belonged to the American Medical Association, American College of Radiology and the C.T. and M.R.I. Societies of North America. He was an avid reader of history, biographies and current events.
He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret; and his son, Gary.
He is survived by his children, Paul Prior Jr. and his wife, Melinda, of Ringwood, Pamela Follety and her husband, Philip, of New Milford, Joanne Prior of Dracut, Mass., David Matthew Prior of Waldwick, and Susan Wilkin and her husband, Brian, of Wyckoff; grandchildren John and Jacqueline Follety and Rebecca and Ryan Wilkin.
Relatives and friends may visit from 5-9 p.m. Friday at Feeney Funeral Home, 232 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Saint Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, 88 E. Saddle River Road, Saddle River. Final interment will take place at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery in St. Albans, Vt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church.