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lia Haley of Elkridge, Md.; a brother; and
fve grandchildren.
Lucian Heichler,
87, a retired
Foreign Service ofcer, died on Feb. 13
in Stamford, Conn., where he had been
visiting family.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Heichler
and his parents immigrated to the United
States in 1940. Being Jewish, the family
had spent two increasingly difcult years
living under the Nazi regime, but man-
aged to obtain visas when a diligent U.S.
consular ofcial retrieved a years-old
application that allowed the Heichlers
a spot near the head of the line for the
small immigration quota. Tey travelled
via the Netherlands weeks before that
country fell to Hitler, and settled in New
York City.
Mr. Heichler became a U.S. citizen in
1944 and served two years in the Army.
He attended New York University, receiv-
ing a bachelor’s degree in 1947 and a
master’s degree in history in 1951. His
frst job in government service was in
the Army Ofce of the Chief of Military
History, where he reviewed captured
German documents and wrote parts of
the ofcial history of World War II.
In 1954 Heichler joined the State
Department as an intelligence analyst,
and also received a Foreign Service
reserve ofcer commission; he gained
regular FSO status in 1963, about three
years into his frst posting as a political
ofcer in the U.S. Mission in Berlin.
In his role as liaison with the Berlin
city government during the early 1960s,
Mr. Heichler was closely involved with
visits to Berlin by John F. Kennedy, Rob-
ert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and
Adlai Stevenson. During the Berlin Wall
crisis, he was tasked with showing Willy
Brandt, then mayor of Berlin, the Ameri-
cans’ note of protest. Te future chancel-