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Of Kings, Nobelists, and Terrorism: Heimbold Finds Respite in
Connecticut Countryside After Perilous Time as Ambassador to Sweden

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Charlie Heimbold, L’60
Sam Pryor, L’53

Charlie Heimbold
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.

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