Scott B. Deutschman, 31, ad executive, TV producer

October 30, 2002|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Scott B. Deutschman, a Baltimore advertising executive who formerly produced a New York television news show, died of a heart attack Saturday. The Federal Hill resident was 31.

Family members said Mr. Deutschman, celebrating his first wedding anniversary, was on Lower Manhattan's Church Street with his wife, Baltimore Business Journal reporter Heather Harland, and was stricken while looking at World Trade Center memorials on a fence several blocks from the terrorist attack site.

Mr. Deutschman was a vice president for strategic planning at GKV, a communications and advertising agency at Tide Point in Baltimore, where he had worked for two years. Earlier, he was an executive producer for New York 1 News, a Time Warner cable news station, and a producer for Fox Morning News in Washington and at WBFF-TV (Fox 45) in Baltimore.

FOR THE RECORD - Scott B. Deutschman:
In an obituary for Mr. Deutschman published yesterday, the name of his wife, Heather Harlan, was misspelled. The Sun regrets the error.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford, he attended Calvert School and was a 1989 graduate of Gilman School. He was editor of the student newspaper, The Gilman News, and founded the Gilman Ski Club. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in business administration from the Johns Hopkins University.

While in college, he was a producer, reporter and anchorman for a National Public Radio affiliate at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He worked in a similar capacity at KOMU-TV there before returning to Baltimore and working as a sports line producer at WBFF.

"It was always wonderful for him to walk into the newsroom. He was bright, talented, with a smile," said Scott Livingston, news director of Fox 45. "He reminded you of why we got into this business -- his energy level, every day was a joy for him to be here. He could connect with everyone. He was the type who couldn't sit still. He wanted new challenges."

He was a senior producer for WTTG's Fox Morning News in Washington from 1995 to 1997, then executive producer of New York 1 News for two years and coordinated its coverage of the TWA Flight 800 disaster, among other stories.

He then moved to Baltimore and founded Deutschman Television Productions, which developed travel and leisure programs for cable networks.

Two years ago, he joined GKV, the communications agency, where he was a strategic planner and business development director.

"He had intellectual curiosity. He was always searching for new things to learn," said Roger Gray, GKV's founder and president. "He had an ability to lead people without having direct authority over them. He could befriend people and get them to do what was right. I instantly took to his sense of ambition."

Colleagues said he left New York because he missed Baltimore and his family and friends here.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, Michael and Lynn Deutschman of Baltimore; a brother, Christopher Deutschman of Ithaca, N.Y.; and a sister, Emily J. Deutschman of Phoenix.

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