Boston Photojournalist Dean L. Gaskill, 59

Aug 20, 2005

Television photojournalist and director of photography Dean L. Gaskill, 59, of Newton, MA, died August 19th, The Boston Globe reports. Gaskill was a co-founder of VideoLink.TV, a broadcast and production and television transmission company, and the president and founder of DGA Productions in Watertown, MA.

Gaskill was award-winning visual journalist who shot major news, sports, and commercial television productions over the past 40 years after serving in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant and serving in Germany. He was nationally known for his television expertise, and for his photography documenting the Great Wall of China, to cooking in Julia Child's kitchen, to covering Boston sports championships.

Gaskill is survived by his wife, Sylvia Smith, and a son, Justin Smith Gaskill. A private funeral service is planned for the immediate family. A public memorial service and celebration of Gaskill's life will be held on Monday, August 29, at 4:00 at Trinity Church in Copley Square, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston MA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute - Patient and Family Assistance, Dept. of Care Coordinator, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA, 02115. A memory page is available for more details at www.dean.skyrocketproductions.com.

“The NPPA was part of Dean's roots,” Mark Bell told News Photographer magazine. “Many years ago Dean asked me if I would give him a tape of the NPPA Workshop opening because he felt his father, Arthur, was in the part of the opening where it shows military folks filming a simulated arrival of a dignitary.”

“This is not an ordinary person in the memories of many, as Dean, a large person, was more than gentle, sensitive and kind. He once said to me that the ‘new’ news had gotten so competitive that he found it necessary to apologize to his fellow photojournalists before a ‘clustered’ event, for what he was going to do with them in order to gain the great pictures he was capable and accomplished at gathering. Competent? Many will always say he was the best.”

Gaskill founded VideoLink with Doug Weisman in the fall of 1992 in response to the networks' need for a new source of production and transmission facilities in New England, as well as live shot services. VideoLink grew from a single location to facilities in Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. As a photographer and director, Gaskill worked with a wide range of clients including Oprah Winfrey, famous chef Julia Child, basketball legend Larry Bird, puppeteer Jim Henson, Pope John Paul II, along with Fortune 500 companies and NASA. Programs he worked on include An American Moment with James Earl Jones, ESPN, A&E, The Museum of Science, The House of Blues, and Cheers.

Friends and associates can sign on online guestbook here. The DGA Productions Web page is online at www.dgaproductions.com and Gaskill's television demo real is online as streaming video.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute - Patient and Family Assistance, Dept. of Care Coordinator, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA, 02115.