Michael B. Prothero
Colonel, United States Army
Sunday, March 3, 2002
Michael B. Prothero, 59, a retired Army Colonel who served as Adjutant General of the Order of the Purple Heart in Springfield, Virginia, from 1990 to 1995, died February 13, 2004, at his home in Fairfax Station, Virginia. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as LouGehrig's disease.
Colonel Prothero, an Arizona native, was a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was a tank commander in Vietnam in the late 1960s and served other tours in Germany and Uruguay. He also graduated from the National War College and worked on two presidential inaugurations before retiring from active duty in 1990 as administration chief of the Inter-American Defense College.
His military decorations included two awards of the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with valor device.
Colonel Prothero, who had lived in Northern Virginia since the early 1980s, received a master's degree in geography from Rutgers University.
His first wife, Kathleen, died in 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Wroe
Prothero of Fairfax Station; two children from his first marriage, Gregory
Prothero of Colorado Springs and Alison Martin of Cameron, North Carolina;
his mother, Olivia C. Prothero of Austin; and three grandchildren.
On Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at his residence in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Preceded in death by his beloved wife of nearly 30 years, Kathleen Prothero and his father Harold B. Prothero. Mr. Prothero is survived by his loving wife Christine Wroe Prothero. Beloved father of Major Gregory B. Prothero, U.S. Air Force and Captain Alison Prothero Martin, U.S. Army. Devoted grandfather of Jack Prothero, Leo Prothero and Kathleen Martin; loving son of Olivia C. Prothero; father-in-law of Janeth Ann Prothero and Captain Joseph M. Martin, U.S. Army.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made
to the ALS Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 6155 Frederick Ave.,
Suite 308, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877 or Hospice of NOVA, 9300 Lee Highway,
Fifth Floor, Fairfax, Virginia
PROTHERO, MICHAEL B
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003