David M. Abshire


Age: 88

Summary: former U.S. ambassador to NATO from 1983 to 1987 who led respected research groups and held high government posts but made his most visible mark by helping President Ronald Reagan to navigate the political storms of the Iran-contra scandal after he was sought out by Reagan in December 1986 and had been asked to accept a cabinet-level job as coordinator of the White House's response to multiple investigations of the administration's secret sales of arms to Iran despite an embargo on such sales.

Cause of Death: Pulmonary fibrosis

Born: April 11, 1926

Died: October 31, 2014

Alexandria, Virginia