He studied one semester at the University of Berlin, and then took a Bachelor of Arts and an Master of Arts
In Political Science and Economics at the University of Chicago and remained in the United States. He worked for National Broadcasting Company during World World War II, and returned to Germany as a United States. soldier in 1945. His firm knowledge of the German language enabled him to become chief interpreter for the United States occupation forces in Western Germany, until he took a position as chief editor of the Neue Zeitung newspaper in Frankfurt in 1949. Lochner also was head of the Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor, English: Broadcasting in the American sector), a radio station supported by the United States government in West Berlin during Kennedy"s visit to West Germany.
Lochner famously acted as Kennedy"s interpreter, helping the president practice his speech on June 26, 1963 and the key phrase "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner"), for which he created the phonetic spelling "ish bin ein bear-lee-ner".
Later in his life, Lochner worked in Vietnam and Washington before retiring in Berlin. Große Bundesverdienstkreuz
1993: Verdienstorden des Landes Berlin
Freiheitsglocke in Silver
Lucius Doctorate. Clay Medal
Gold Medal of the Munich Marionet Theater.