In Remembrance of Dr. Sidney Propper

Dr. Sidney Propper

Dr. Sidney Propper

Scranton, PA July 25, 1925 ~ January 13, 2012 Date of Service: January 16, 2012


Dr. Sidney Propper, 86, of Scranton died Friday in the Intensive Care Unit at Scranton Regional Hospital. His wife, the former Shirley Berger Propper died March 31, 2007.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Israel and Maud Harris Propper and a United States Army World War II Veteran and a member of Temple Israel. Scranton.

He was a 1942 graduate of the former Scranton Central High School and of the University of Scranton where he received his predental education. He graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1953 where he received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Upon graduation, He was a resident dentist at the Fatima Institute, Elmhurst and was elected a member of the John A. Kolmer honorary medical society of Temple University. He was a student member of the American Dental association and Scranton District Dental Society. He was very proud of his article that was published in the Dental Survey in May of 1959. Prior to his illness, he was a practicing dentist in the Scranton area for 58 years. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the Disabled American Veterans and received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre with two bronze stars and Philippine Liberation with one bronze star. He was a life member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and was awarded and recognized as one of its founding fathers in June 2011.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Yager and his nurse, Karen, Dr. Bannon and his PAU, Robert, Dr. Wiley and the nursing staff at Scranton Regional Intensive Care Unit for all of their care and compassion during Sidney’s illness.

Surviving is his wife, the former Helen Hilson, Scranton; a son, Dr. Richard Propper and his wife Susan, Littleton, Colorado; a grandson, Ryan Propper, California; a sister; Phyllis Lewanson, Florida; a step-daughter, Cassandra Mercincavage and her companion, Jason Lipisko and their children, Marianna and Trent, Simpson and  step-sons Tyler and Christian Mercincavage, Scranton. Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Propper.

A graveside service will be held on Monday at 11:00a.m. by Rabbi Joseph Mendelsohn In the Dunmore Cemetery, Church St. Dunmore.

There will be no Shiva.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, 4813 Jonestown Rd. Suite 101 Harrisburg, Pa 17109; American Diabetes Foundation, 1701 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311 and or the Donor’s favorite charity.

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Steve Gilman
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Reply #2 on : Mon January 16, 2012, 12:36:39
I've known Sid personally and professionally for over 50 years. I always looked forward to my office visits even though it was sometimes very uncomfortable. He was the best at what he did, and when he told me last October that he was no longer seeing patients I was devastated. He was always friendly, interesting and a real mentsch. He will be sorely missed.

Steve Gilman
Bob Costello
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To the Family of Sidney Propper, DDS
Reply #1 on : Sun January 15, 2012, 18:58:32
To the family of Sidney Propper, DDS:

This was a very special, extraordinary man of heroic proportion; wise, friendly, humorous, gentle, generous, and uniquely skilled in his practice, and in his daily life, in a John Wayne fashion, – full of grit!

Sidney was my dentist, off and on when I was not out-of-town, since 1958. He was a father figure, a mentor and very close friend. When he first started his practice, he did dental exams for diocesan schools. My mother, Catherine Meehan Costello, an RN, who had recently buried her husband, and then a school nurse, would assist him. Mom said he was the best. She thought the world of him and he, her.

No one will ever know the magnitude of Sidney Propper’s humanity, his generosity and self-lessness. He packed his bag and spent countless hours, gratis, administering to the needs of nursing home patients. Nor would they know what he did for patients who could not afford his services. He told me the story once of regularly visiting an elderly woman in a nursing home whose front teeth had become blackened by eating an excessive amount of hard candy. He didn’t have the heart to tell her to stop eating the candy; he just worked harder at the stains.

He was a real hero in his own right. He had grit. Sid rarely, if ever, talked about it, though. During WWII, he misplaced his gas mask and was bumped from a troop ship enroute to a war-ravaged Germany, only to end up in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, where he would garner two bronze stars and another one for his role in the Philippine Liberation. He joked about taking his basic training in the south where his fellow recruits had never met a man of the Jewish persuasion. Needless to say, he made a lot of new friends.

Sid ran Lake Scranton on a daily basis for years. He ran with hand weights to strengthen his hand-eye coordination. He was one of the most skilled and knowledgeable dentists – and in his day, he was without equal. He believed in continuing education and kept up with all the latest procedures. He made sure you were in good hands.

About Sid’s grit: besides his antique cars, he had a love affair with motorcycles. In his eighties, he bought a used cycle and went out, fearless, on afternoon jaunts.

My sincere condolences to your family. I truly feel your great loss. He was a gem!

Bob Costello
1404 Delaware Street
Dunmore, PA 18509