Lucian Heichler, of Frederick, died on February 13, 2013 while visiting family in Stamford, CT. He was born in Vienna, Austria, on April 1, 1925, son of Dr. Josef Heichler and Elsa Wolf Heichler. The family immigrated to the United States in 1940 to escape Nazi-controlled Austria, and settled in New York City.
He received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from New York University
, and had a distinguished career as a diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Germany, Cameroun, Congo, Rome, Switzerland, Belgium and Turkey. He appreciated his American citizenship, asserting that only in America could a refugee rise to the highest ranks in the diplomatic corps.
On February 10 this year he celebrated the 62nd anniversary of his marriage to The Rev. Muriel Nordsiek Heichler. The couple had four children. The eldest, Paula, predeceased him. Surviving in addition to his wife are son Peter Heichler of Winchester, Virginia, and daughters The Rev. Kate Heichler of Stamford, CT and Elizabeth Heichler (Martin LaMonica) of Arlington, MA, grandsons Christopher Levinton and Nicholas LaMonica, and great-granddaughter Olivia Levinton.
A memorial service will be held in Frederick in March. Those who wish to remember Lucian may make donations to Bethel Lutheran Church, 9664 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702, or Amnesty International.