Death record provides a birthday

Here at the starting point, we're going to try to establish some basic information about Henry Hecksher. The United States Social Security Death Index tells us a few things: Hecksher lived in Mercer County, New Jersey, at the time of his death, in zip code 08452.He was born on September 21, 1910. I accessed the … Continue reading Death record provides a birthday

A story told briefly at death

Our central character, Henry D. Hecksher, died on March 28, 1990, in a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey, as a result of complications from Parkinson's disease. The New York Times covered his death in a three-paragraph obituary the next day, giving us a very brief sketch of his life that nonetheless hints at a peripatetic … Continue reading A story told briefly at death

The beginning: A life in five paragraphs

I decided to focus this project on the life of CIA officer Henry Hecksher after I noticed that Wikipedia only offered five paragraphs on him. He had been the agency's chief of station in Santiago at the time of efforts to block Socialist Salvador Allende from becoming president of Chile in 1970, an event that … Continue reading The beginning: A life in five paragraphs