Three days after history’s worst attack on American soil, Charlie
Heimbold, L ’60, took off on a chartered plane to Sweden. Eight
hours later the former CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb touched
down in Stockholm, greeted by the chief of protocol.
Ten days later as America was considering its options against
Afghanistan, the man who served as chairman of the Board of
Overseers of Penn’s Law School, was seated in a horse-drawn
carriage, attired in top hat and tails on his way to the Royal
Palace to present his diplomatic credentials to King Carl XVI
Gustav. And so, at 68, Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., became President
Bush’s new ambassador to Sweden, stepping away from
the high stakes world of business to a new world somewhere
between retirement and international terrorism.