BY: Richard Sandomir
Robert DeProspero, who after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981 became the Secret Service agent in charge of Reagan’s protection and added measures to shore up the president’s safety, died on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 80. His son, Robert, said the cause was amyloidosis, a rare disease in which an abnormal protein is deposited in tissues and organs.
Mr. DeProspero was driven by his obligation to shield the president from harm. “There’s no question that if you made a wrong move or did not do what you were supposed to do, it would ruin your life, your family’s life, and would ruin anyone who was associated with you,” he told The Associated Press in 1985.