Anthony W. “Tony” Deering, the former head of the Rouse Company who orchestrated its sale, and a benefactor of Baltimore’s education, arts and theater communities, died Friday of lung disease at his North Charles Street home. He was 72.
Mr. Deering headed the Rouse Company from 1997 to 2004 as its chairman and chief executive officer.
“Tony was the architect of the company’s renaissance in the 1990s,” said Mathias J. DeVito, a close associate and former Rouse chief executive officer. “He was a brilliant financial officer and warm and funny at the same time. He had a grasp of the financial picture that was unusual.”
Mr. Deering presided over the $12.6 billion sale of...