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Heckscher was born in Huntington on Long Island on September 16, 1913. He was the son of Gustave Maurice Heckscher (1884-1967) and Frances Louise Vanderhoef. His parents divorced in 1927 and his mother remarried to John M. P. Thatcher in 1931. His brother was Gustave Maurice Heckscher, Jr.
He was also the grandson of capitalist August Heckscher (1848-1941), who emigrated from Germany in 1867. His maternal grandfather was Harmon B. Vanderhoef (d. 1941).
In 1962, he began his service as the first White House Special Consultant on the Arts as the coordinator of cultural matters appointed by President John F. Kennedy. He was in this role until 1963.
In 1941, Heckscher was married to Claude Chevreux (d. 2008). Claude was the daughter of Charles Chevreux of Clermont-Ferrand, France, the Prefect of the Puy-de-Dôme at Clermont-Ferrand and formerly of the French legation in Algeria and French Morocco. As her parents could not attend the wedding, she was given away by her cousin, Pierre Landrieu. Together, they were the parents of:
Stephan August Heckscher, who was a co-executor and co-trustee of his estate with Francis X. Morrissey Jr.. Morrissey was convicted of forgery in his work for Brooke Astor. Stephan married Donna Elizabeth Hunt in 1966.
^ abcdefPace, Eric (April 7, 1997). "August Heckscher, 83, Dies; Advocate for Parks and Arts". New York Times. Retrieved . August Heckscher, a Parks Commissioner under Mayor John V. Lindsay who was long active in public affairs and as a writer, died on Saturday at New York Hospital. He was 83 and lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The cause was heart failure, which he suffered after being admitted to the hospital because he had been having chest pains, his family said.