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CHRIS PROTOS, OWNER OF TWO COUNTRY CLUBS

Services for Chris Protos, 62, of Hamburg, owner of Chestnut Hill Country Club in Darien Center and Deerfield Country Club in Brockport, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St. at Delaware Avenue. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.

Protos, a native of Athens, Greece, died Wednesday (July 23, 1997) in Buffalo General Hospital as a result of complications from surgery.

He emigrated to America in 1953 and shortly thereafter became a citizen of the United States. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a bachelor of science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Management.

In the early 1960s, Protos headed the food service operations for Pan American Airlines in New York City. After several years with Pan Am, he was recruited by Bethlehem Steel Corp. to head its Bethlehem Steel Club in Bethlehem, Pa.

While at Bethlehem, he gained a reputation for turning around and successfully operating country clubs and served as a consultant to several golf facilities.

In 1979, he moved to Buffalo to take charge of the Bethlehem Management Club, which included the golf course that is now Brierwood Country Club.

Protos purchased Chestnut Hill Country Club in Darien Center in 1987 and quickly turned it into one of the top-rated golf courses in Western New York. In 1995, he and his son, Michael, of East Aurora, formed a partnership, Protos Golf Group, which purchased Deerfield Country Club in Brockport.

In June, the partnership unveiled a $3 million plan for developing a golf course on Bethlehem Steel property in Lackawanna.

Protos was an active member of the National Golf Owners Association, the Club Managers Association of America and the Cornell Society of Hotelmen. He also was instrumental in helping local charities raise funds through golf tournaments.

His wife, Nancy Sterns Protos, died in January.

In addition to his son, survivors include two daughters, Joanna Herrberg of Boca Raton, Fla., and Polly of Hamburg.

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