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Alan Pultz

A memorial service will be held at the Directors Guild of America on Sunday, Nov. 18, for Alan L. Pultz, longtime TV director who garnered three Emmys and a DGA Award during his 22 years as a director of ABC’s “General Hospital” in a career that stretched nearly four decades. The memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Pultz died in his sleep Oct. 25 of natural causes at his home in Encino, Calif., and was buried in Lebanon, Conn.

Native New Yorker won state awards for playing coronet and baritone horn in high school, and turned to TV while still a student at the U. of North Carolina. After serving in the Navy (where he was part of the team that recovered first astronaut Alan Shephard), he returned to New York and worked for ABC, as a theater manager for some of its shows, then production assistant and associate director for such programs as “The Jimmy Dean Show,” “Les Crane’s Night Life” and gamers including “Who Do You Trust?” and “Yours for a Song.”

During this period, he began working on “remotes,” including funeral broadcasts for JFK, Martin Luther King and RFK as well as “Wide World of Sports,” the Olympics, AFL games and other transmissions around the world.

He moved permanently into directing with live serial “A Time for Us,” followed by “One Life to Live,” then “The Best o f Everything” and, moving to L.A., the launch of “Return to Peyton Place.”

He is survived by wife Doris, a brother and a sister.

Family suggests donations to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, 22212 Ventura Blvd. #300, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

DGA service is at 7920 Sunset Blvd., L.A.

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