Coverage of William Donald Schaefer's life and death
11:38 AM EDT, April 19, 2011
William Donald Schaefer, the dominant political figure of the last half-century of Maryland history, died Monday after a "do-it-now" career that changed the face of Baltimore while bringing a new burst of energy to the city he loved.
8:09 PM EDT, May 31, 2011
William Donald Schaefer wasn't always easy to read. That goes double for his wills. And yes, that's wills, plural.
7:03 PM EDT, May 17, 2011
William Donald Schaefer's ability to surprise, delight and confound was on display again Tuesday with the public release of his last will and testament, which showered bits of his $2.4 million estate on devoted aides, friends and institutions.
9:03 PM EDT, April 27, 2011
At a memorial service that celebrated both his landscape-altering legacy and his big-hearted if crusty-shelled persona, the William Donald Schaefer nation gathered one last time on Wednesday — friends and one-time foes alike, Maryland politicos past and present, Baltimoreans who shared his undying love for the city.
7:01 PM EDT, April 27, 2011
The church was crammed with the biggest names in Maryland politics, past and present. Governors. Senators. Members of Congress. Mayors and other leaders in city and state government.
9:27 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
There were hats, of course, straw boaters at the aquarium and Preakness-worthy confections in Mount Vernon. Then there was the quirkier haberdashery, like a purple top hat one man in Federal Hill swept off as he bowed with a flourish when William Donald Schaefer's casket passed by.
7:48 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
The body of William Donald Schaefer lay in state Tuesday in the marble rotunda of City Hall, and a line curled around the historic building as people waited to pay their respects. Standing in the bright April sun, the mourners — old and young, rich and poor, black and white — clutched photos of Schaefer and described how he shaped their lives and their city. Here are some of their stories:
May 2, 2011
9:55 AM EDT, May 5, 2011
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake used the opinion pages of The Sun to censure anyone who disagrees with her position on various developments proposed for Baltimore, including the controversial and costly-to-the-taxpayer redevelopment plan for State Center ("What would Schaefer do?" May 1). With her catchy slogan — "Let's stop suing and start doing" — the mayor seeks to belittle and dismiss legitimate criticism, and, in cloaking her insult as a tribute to the late governor and mayor William Donald Schaefer, she exploits his memory for her own political purposes.
5:25 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
He could be brought to tears by the plight of a citizen down on his luck.
5:25 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
William Donald Schaefer was a Baltimore original. We will never see another William Donald Schaefer. He had the verve and the vision to give the city a new self-confidence and a new economy. He loved the neighborhoods.
5:26 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
Most of the memories I have of William Donald Schaefer, you can't print. But the things he needs to be remembered for are the Orioles and the Ravens.
5:26 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
It is impossible to know what history will regard as William Donald Schaefer's greatest legacy in Baltimore. But we do know the legacy he sought to perpetuate. Governor Schaefer may be known for the Inner Harbor and Oriole Park, but he was a lifelong champion of Baltimore's neighborhoods, and he put a plan in place, long before his death, to ensure that his particular brand of support for them would continue for generations to come.
5:26 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
A visit by Mayor William Donald Schaefer to the General Assembly was hard to forget. It was an orchestrated military maneuver — you knew he was coming to your committee because the TV tripods were already set up. His arrival looked a lot like a rugby scrum, an odd combination of cameras, reporters, a brace of staff carrying easels and flip charts, and of course, himself in the middle, snarling at reporters and barking at staff to the astonishment of those onlookers who happened to be in the way.
9:08 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
April, 23, 1971: as City Council president, announcing his mayoral candidacy
12:30 PM EDT, April 26, 2011
Those who knew William Donald Schaefer from all walks of life — as an employer, a leader or just another Baltimore resident — gathered on a warm, breezy Tuesday at City Hall to pay their final respects to the former mayor and councilman.
10:34 PM EDT, April 25, 2011
Marylanders — hands on their hearts, crisply saluting or wiping away tears — lined streets and gathered at landmarks to bid personal farewells to William Donald Schaefer Monday afternoon, as the former mayor and governor was taken on one final trip by motorcade through his beloved Baltimore.
9:13 PM EDT, April 25, 2011
Bells tolled from Zion Lutheran Church and a crowd of more than 100 residents, damp with the unseasonable heat, grew silent.
6:50 PM EDT, April 25, 2011
William Donald Schaefer — the former mayor, governor and comptroller who left an indelible mark on Baltimore — is back in the city for one last tour Monday afternoon.
6:46 PM EDT, April 25, 2011
From late morning to afternoon, images of a man with many hats and faces rolled by on the big TV monitor in the State House main hall: William Donald Schaefer in full white chef's garb, done up as George Washington crossing the Delaware, wearing a cowboy hat, gesturing with a pointed finger and the customary intensity. The people who gathered around had known him close up or from afar as a constant presence in Maryland politics.
6:40 PM EDT, April 24, 2011
The balding guy with a shy way about him would always sit in the back of the church, usually by himself, and silently slip out after Communion and before the final hymn.
4:22 PM EDT, April 23, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Detroit to do a story on Tom Zbikowski, the Baltimore Raven spending the NFL lockout pursuing a pro boxing career, and we were driving from the suburbs to Kronk, a renowned gym that has produced multiple world-title fighters.
5:15 PM EDT, April 23, 2011
Stanley Zerden remembers a time in the 1970s when Oldtown held promise.
7:27 PM EDT, April 22, 2011
If you lived in Baltimore in the 1970s, it seemed that William Donald Schaefer paved every alley. An exaggeration? Yes. But then, as now, old Baltimore needed a lot of fixing and Schaefer was in his neighborhood mode. He did it well and had the support of some pretty amazing people. He listened to his aides and he also obsessed over letters his constituents mailed him.
11:11 AM EDT, April 23, 2011
When Joseph M. Coale III, who worked for William Donald Schaefer when he was mayor in the 1970s, first proposed exploring his ancestry two years ago, Coale was greeted with the famous blue-eyed Schaefer stare and a sense of profound indifference.
12:23 AM EDT, April 22, 2011
From Faidley's at Lexington Market to the Washington Monument, from Camden Yards to the Inner Harbor, a motorcade will ferry the body of William Donald Schaefer on a two-hour farewell trip Monday afternoon through the hometown that he loved and led.
8:16 PM EDT, April 20, 2011
As a mayor tormented by the issues of office, William Donald Schaefer sought the silence and solace of the church in downtown Baltimore where his funeral will be held Wednesday.
8:28 PM EDT, April 20, 2011
When William Donald Schaefer was elected governor 25 years ago, Maryland's environmentalists braced for the worst. During his run for statewide office, the longtime mayor of Baltimore had talked about rolling back moves by his predecessor to save a dying Chesapeake Bay.
9:04 PM EDT, April 20, 2011
Here is how Charlie Kelly imagined the scene at the pearly gates this week: William Donald Schaefer awaits entry as St. Peter goes over his list. Maybe his eyes are widening as he sees all the rude, bombastic things Schaefer has said over the years.
4:30 PM EDT, April 19, 2011
Jon Koscher brought his coffee and muffin Tuesday morning to the statue of William Donald Schaefer at the Inner Harbor to pay his respects to the "founding father of tourism in Baltimore."
11:22 PM EDT, April 19, 2011
On a steeply sloped block in West Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer is remembered not only as one of the city and state's great leaders, but as a neighbor who meticulously trimmed his rose bushes, received offerings of mud pies from small children and helped neighbors find jobs.
9:28 PM EDT, April 19, 2011
Two weeks ago, William Donald Schaefer's closest aides gathered as they had so many times in the past: to get something done for him, on his chosen timetable of now.
6:11 PM EDT, April 19, 2011
Before he is laid to rest on Wednesday at a suburban cemetery, the body of former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer will be taken on a grand "final tour" of the iconic city sites he is largely responsible for making reality: the sports stadiums, Harborplace and the National Aquarium.
3:05 PM EDT, April 19, 2011
9:04 PM EDT, April 18, 2011
I stepped into his City Hall office to ask William Donald Schaefer, the mayor of Baltimore, a question. He was watering his African violets and did not appear to be soothed by that labor of love. In fact, he was upset about the reason for my visit — an audit had turned up lots of billing errors at what was then called City Hospital, now Bayview — and he avoided eye contact with me.
9:12 PM EDT, April 18, 2011
Unlike some Democratic governors and mayors, at least William Donald Schaefer had a dialogue with Maryland business leaders. If you can call a blistering, hold-the-phone-from-the-ear conversation a dialogue.
10:06 PM EDT, April 18, 2011
William Donald Schaefer's biggest achievement was also his most unlikely: A man insecure enough to earn the nickname "Shaky" managed to restore the self-confidence of an entire city.
11:44 PM EDT, April 18, 2011
On a soft spring evening at Harborplace and Camden Yards, William Donald Schaefer was remembered in a way that surely would have delighted him: as the man who made it all possible.
9:14 PM EDT, April 18, 2011
Baltimore's favorite son, greatest cheerleader and most irascible politician is gone.
11:17 PM EDT, April 18, 2011
Harry R. Hughes, governor of Maryland, 1979-1987
8:10 PM EDT, April 18, 2011
Significant dates in William Donald Schaefer's half-century in politics:
5:21 PM EDT, April 19, 2011
• By popular demand, Esquire posted scans of its longform profile of Schaefer from October 1984, titled "Can the Best Mayor Win?"
September 14, 2006
Analysis: A political life
In the end, Maryland Democrats wanted no more of William Donald Schaefer.
7:41 PM EDT, April 18, 2011
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