Mark John Richard Simpson (February 13, 1932 – February 10, 2017) was the first U.S. Interpol President (1984–1988) and was the sixteenth Director of the United States Secret Service (1981–1992).[1]

John R. Simpson
16th Director of the United States Secret Service
In office
PresidentRonald Reagan
George H.W. Bush
Preceded byH. Stuart Knight
Succeeded byJohn Magaw
Personal details
Born(1932-02-13)February 13, 1932
DiedFebruary 10, 2017(2017-02-10) (aged 84)

Born in 1932, Simpson served in the United States Army, graduated from Loyola College in Montreal before attending Portia Law School.[2]

Simpson joined the Secret Service in 1962 during his time at Portia Law (graduating in 1964 and was elected as his Law School President) and became Special Agent with the Presidential Protective Division in 1978.[3]

After retiring as Director in 1992, Simpson became a commissioner in the United States Parole Commission for 2 terms.[3]


  1. ^ Peter B. Hoffman. History of the Federal Parole System. Wm. S. Hein Publishing, 2004. 66.
  2. ^ "Parole Commissioners". Mothers of Murdered Youth. Archived from the original on September 8, 2004. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "John Simpson". New England Law Boston. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2018.