H. Erich Heinemann, an economist and financial writer who moved between careers for nearly 40 years, died in an automobile accident on September 4, 2003 in Great Neck, N.Y.

He was 71 and lived in Great Neck. Mr. Heinemann began his career at Business Week, where he was a financial writer for five years. He left to become an associate economist at the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York, now a division of J. P. Morgan Chase. In 1965, he joined The New York Times as a banking reporter and assistant to the financial editor. In 1973, he became vice president for corporate planning at Franklin National Bank in New York, which closed in 1974. He briefly rejoined The Times in 1982 as an economics correspondent and assistant to the paper’s business editor. Hans Erich Heinemann was born on July 8, 1932, in Norwalk, Conn. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and received an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1958.

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