Gerald Fischman

PASADENA, MD, U.S.A.

EDITORIAL EDITOR/WRITER, THE CAPITAL GAZETTE, ANNAPOLIS, MD

06/28/2018, ANNAPOLIS, MD, U.S.A.


Gerald Fischman, 61, editorial page editor for The Capital Gazette newspaper was killed June 28, 2018.

Gerald Fischman was born in Washington, DC, to Morton and Charlotte Fischman. Following graduation from high school, Mr. Fischman went to the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1979. He was an editor for The Diamondback, the university’s student newspaper. He began his newspaper career in 1980 as a reporter at The Carroll County Times. He was next promoted to copy editor.

Gerald Fischman was a 26 year veteran of The Capital. Edward J. McDonough said his colleague “found his niche” at The Capital. Mr. Fischman was distinguished by his composed demeanor and devoted work ethic. He enjoyed collecting books, reading, classical music, opera and ballet.

According to Rick Hutzell, editor of the Capital Gazette newspapers, “He was thoughtful, witty, dedicated to his craft — all the things you hear other people say. But he also had a strong sense of what was moral and what was right.”

“He was a wonderful person and really quiet, but if you took the time to get to know him you discovered how brilliant he was and his extraordinary dry wit,” explained Teri Winslow, a former Capital Gazette writer. “He was a walking encyclopedia of Maryland history and just plain facts. His desk was overrun with books.”

Friend Ron Jones stated: “He was a great copy editor; the paper would never have gotten out on time without him. He wanted stories to be as objective and accurate as possible. He wanted to know their core themes and that everything made sense, and it was the same with his editorials.”

Gerald Fischman married Saran Erdenebat, a noted opera singer from Mongolia who survives him with his step daughter Uka Saran.