Jacob Deutch, of Boca Raton, FL and Columbia, MD, passed away on Thursday, November 16th, 2023, at the age of 98. He is survived by his loving children, Shelley Deutch and Dr. Charisse Litchman; devoted sons-in-law, Larry Rubin and Dr. Mark Litchman; beloved sister, Evelyn Ratner; adored grandchildren, Simon Rubin, Noah Rubin, Charlotte Rubin, Delancey (Chris) Padmos, Dr. Tess Litchman and Eli Litchman; and great-granddaughter, Lyla Padmos. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth E. Deutch (nee Teitel); devoted daughter, Dr. Beth Deutch; and dear parents, Samuel and Sophie Deutch.
The son of immigrants, Jacob (or Jack, or as he was known growing up, Yankel) had unwavering faith in the value of family, education, and hard work, and despite a modest beginning and growing up in the Great Depression, pulled himself up to be an embodiment of the American Dream. He was a founding member of the Brownsville Boys Club in Brooklyn, an organization devoted to helping local boys make their way in the world. A proud World War II veteran, he had to interrupt his college education to serve his country, but then went on to graduate from City College of New York Phi Beta Kappa and later earn four Masters degrees.Together, in strong partnership with his wife Ruth, he had three daughters, for whom he also ensured excellent educations. After a government career as an econometrician, Jacob went on to teach as an adjunct professor at several local educational establishments, including Johns Hopkins, University of Baltimore County, Towson State University, and Catonsville Community College. As a member of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation for over five decades, he assisted his wife in building a traditional Jewish home for their girls.
Jacob had a great sense of humor, and he delighted in telling stories and singing quirky songs (a favorite being "Three Little Fishies" with which he would regularly regale his children and grandchildren). Despite a childhood in which he spoke only Yiddish, he became a voracious reader of books in English and was a regular presence at the Palm Beach Florida and Howard County libraries. His consumption of news magazines and journals was prodigious. He had strong interest in what was going on in the world around him and was one of the original members of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. He and Ruth traveled the country and the world together, frequently taking their children along with them when they were young. A great lover of animals, he delighted in nature programs and spotting farm animals as he drove along.
Private family services will be followed by a celebration of his life in December. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the refugee assistance agency, HIAS, 1300 Spring Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910.