John Pryor will have a hero's farewell.
Services were announced yesterday for the widely admired University of Pennsylvania trauma surgeon, who was killed by an enemy mortar round in Iraq on Christmas.
A public wake will be held for Pryor, 42, on Saturday and Sunday at the Moorestown Memorial Home, on Chester Avenue near Central, in Moorestown, N.J. Viewings will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both days.
Pryor's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. He will be buried at Colestown Cemetery in Cherry Hill.
New York Gov. David Paterson announced yesterday that flags will be flown at half-staff across his state on Monday in honor of the Penn surgeon, who grew up near Albany and attended medical school in Buffalo. Pryor's unit, the 1st Medical Detachment Forward Surgical Team, was based in Fort Totten, N.Y.
The married father of three was serving his second tour in Iraq as a reservist when he was killed last week.
Additional tributes also likely will be paid by local leaders, said Chuck Ardo, spokesman for Gov. Rendell.
Pryor's family set up a Web site, www.drjohnpryor.com, with more information on services and donations. *