Benito H. Prats

Benito H. Prats, 94, a Bethesda physician who also served as a medical officer at the Office of Personnel Management, died Feb. 24 at the Ingleside at King Farm retirement community in Rockville.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter Maggie Lora.

Dr. Prats practiced medicine in Cuba before coming to the Washington area in 1966. He left Cuba to escape the Fidel Castro regime, his family said.

He practiced medicine in this area out of his home in Bethesda, in addition to serving as a medical officer for OPM. In the last two years of his career, he served on the Veterans Administration’s board of appeals for disability. He retired in 1983.

In retirement, he was a volunteer doctor with the Spanish Catholic Center’s medical clinic in the Langley Park neighborhood.

Benito Humberto Prats was born in Camaguey, Cuba. He graduated in 1944 from the University of Havana, where he also received his medical training. He did a medical residency at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda after coming to the United States.

His avocations included playing the piano and organ, and he had played the organ at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mariana Guadalupe Martinez Prats of Ingleside at King Farm; seven children, Jose J. Prats of Springfield, Maggie E. Lora of Kensington, Benny D. Prats of Woodside, Lola M. Kamprad of Gaithersburg, Dr. Ignacio Prats of York, Pa., Angela C. Stuber of Gaithersburg and Antonio E. Prats of Shrewsbury, Mass.; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes