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lor left no doubt that he considered that
response inadequate.
“Te relationship with the Berlin city
government was fraught,” recalls Wil-
liam Ryerson, a retired FSO and former
ambassador to Albania who served with
Mr. Heichler in Berlin. “Keeping every-
body on both sides well informed was no
small feat, and he did it consummately.”
In 1965 Mr. Heichler was dispatched
to Yaoundé as an economic ofcer, after
which he served two years in Kinshasa
as head of the embassy’s economic
section and deputy director of USAID.
He then returned to Europe to attend
the NATO Defense College program in
Rome, before taking up the role of politi-
cal ofcer at Embassy Bern. In 1973 Mr.
Heichler returned to the Central Euro-
pean Afairs ofce at the State Depart-
ment, where he occasionally employed
his German accent to prank colleagues
over the phone while Henry Kissinger
was Secretary of State.
Mr. Heichler was seconded to NATO
headquarters in Brussels in 1977, where
he was on the international staf as
deputy assistant secretary general for
political afairs and head of the political
directorate. During his last year at NATO,
that group grappled with the difcult
decision to station Pershing II and cruise
missiles in Germany as a response to the
Soviet SS-20 threat.
In 1980 Mr. Heichler took up what
was to be his last overseas post, as
counselor for mutual security afairs in
Ankara. One month into this new post-
ing, Mr. Heichler was promoted to the
rank of FS-1, achieving a lifelong career
Shortly before his arrival, a new
defense and economic cooperation
agreement had been reached between
Turkey and the United States, and he
was responsible for making sure that it
was implemented properly. “He also had
the delicate task of being the interface
between the embassy and the major
general who headed the large military
logistical operation in Turkey, a task he
carried out with his typical diplomatic
skill,” says retired FSO Michael Cotter, a
colleague at the embassy.
Upon his return to Washington in
1983, Mr. Heichler was appointed to
a position in the same division of the
State Department where he had begun
his career, the Bureau of Research and
Intelligence. He served as director of
intelligence coordination until leaving
government service in 1986.
Mr. Heichler retired to Frederick,
Md., where his wife, the Rev. Muriel
N. Heichler, had been called as pastor
of Bethel Lutheran Church (she had
attended seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.,
after the couple’s return from Ankara).
He volunteered as a translator of mono-
graphs for the Smithsonian Institution,
and helped write grant proposals and
newsletters for the nonproft Family Life
Center in Frederick.
Survivors include Muriel, his wife
of 62 years, of Frederick; a son, Peter
Heichler of Winchester, Va.; daughters
Katherine Heichler of Stamford, Conn.,
and Elizabeth Heichler of Arlington,
Mass.; grandsons Christopher and Nich-
olas, and great-granddaughter Olivia. His
eldest daughter, Paula, predeceased him.
Sanford “Sandy” Menter,
92, a
retired Foreign Service ofcer, died on
Feb. 2 in Laguna Hills, Calif. A resident of
Lake Forest, Calif., he had earlier lived in
McLean, Va., for 32 years.
Mr. Menter was born in Middletown,
N.Y. He was a graduate of the University
of Texas at Austin and held a master of
science degree in public administra-
tion from Syracuse University’s Maxwell