We’re the Deutsch Foundation.
We’re committed to sustaining the philanthropic legacy of Robert and Florence Deutsch. The Foundation exists to promote innovation in science and technology, arts, education and social justice.
Robert and Florence
The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation exists through the generosity of Robert Deutsch and Florence Kadish Deutsch, who believed in giving back to the community, supporting education and helping others throughout their lives.
As a graduate student in high energy physics at UC Berkeley in the early 1950s and as an expert in the nuclear industry in the 1950s and 60s, Dr. Deutsch realized that the future of American industry would be shaped by increasingly complex technologies and systems. Helping major corporations use and manage rapidly changing technologies would become a central focus of his career.
In 1968, Dr. Deutsch launched his career as an entrepreneur with the founding of General Physics Corporation, which would become the leading provider of education and training programs for operating personnel in the nation’s nuclear power plants. His innovative training methods quickly proved to the industry that they could meet the stringent federal standards for operating safety by investing in the training of their plant personnel. Success in the United States led to contracts with nuclear power plant operators in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
In 1988, Dr. Deutsch left General Physics and founded RWD Technologies, a company focused on the IT revolution that was transforming the way companies manufactured products, managed their business operations and communicated with their suppliers and customers. Dr. Deutsch led RWD Technologies to become a world leader in performance improvement training and productivity products and services.
Throughout his career, Dr. Deutsch remained true to his commitment to invest in the education, training and development of people, and to promote innovative thinking and solutions for complex problems in the workplace.
Robert and Florence
Robert Deutsch was born in New York City in 1924 to a family of modest means. He graduated from Flushing High School in 1941, in the top of his class and then enrolled at the Queens College campus of City University of New York (CUNY). With the arrival of World War II, Bob left his studies to join the Army to fight for his country in Europe.
The Kadish family fled Poland in 1938 for New York City. Starting over as Jewish refugees from war-torn Europe was a great challenge, but they established themselves as small merchants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Florence and Bob first met in 1947 at Tamiment, a resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania where Bob was working for the summer as a waiter and Florence as a governess for a family vacationing near the resort. Bob had finished his junior year at M.I.T., where he enrolled after the Army with the help of the G.I. Bill. Although they lived in separate cities they remained together after that summer.
After one year of graduate studies at University of California, Berkley, Bob went back to New York where he and Florence were married in the summer of 1949. They moved to Berkeley where Florence was an undergraduate and Bob completed his doctoral degree.
Upon completing his graduate education, Bob elected to pursue a career in the rapidly developing nuclear industry, joining the nuclear power division of General Electric in Schenectady, New York. After several corporate relocations, the family settled in Baltimore in 1964.