Lucian Heichler, 87, a Foreign Service officer who retired in 1986 as minister-counselor for mutual security affairs, died Feb. 13 of respiratory failure at a hospital in Connecticut.

A daughter, Katherine Heichler, confirmed the death. Mr. Heichler, a Frederick resident, was visiting family when he died.

Mr. Heichler joined the Foreign Service in 1960 and, early in his career, had postings in Europe and Africa. In the late 1970s, he was a member of the international staff at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels. From 1980 to 1983, he was deputy assistant secretary general for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Lucian Heichler was born in Vienna, Austria, to Jewish parents. During the Nazi occupation, he managed to escape the country and settled in New York City in 1940. He became a U.S. citizen in 1944 and then served two years in the Army.

He received a bachelor’s degree in 1947 and a master’s degree in history in 1951, both from New York University.

Mr. Heichler was a translator for the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum and volunteered at Families Plus, a nonprofit group in Frederick.

A daughter, Paula Levinton, died in 1996.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the Rev. Muriel N. Heichler, a Lutheran minister, of Frederick; three children, Peter Heichler of Winchester, Va., Katherine Heichler of Stamford, Conn., and Elizabeth Heichler of Arlington, Mass.; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

Megan McDonough