William Donald Schaefer, the dominant political figure of the past four decades of Maryland history, died yesterday after a "do-it-now" career that included four terms as Baltimore mayor, two as the state's governor and two as comptroller.
William Donald Schaefer was buried Wednesday after a warm and often humorous service attended by much of Maryland's political establishment past and present as well as citizens who felt a personal kinship to the former mayor and governor
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.
Former governor, comptroller and Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer lay in state in the Maryland State House rotunda this morning under the guard of two state troopers standing at the foot and head end of the closed casket draped with an American flag.
By By Meredith Cohn, Arthur Hirsch and Raven L. Hill and The Baltimore Sun
Congregants at Old St. Paul's in downtown Baltimore recalled onetime vestryman William Donald Schaefer on a glorious Easter Sunday – just three days before the former mayor and governor will return to his old church for one last time.
From the exodus of middle class residents to the flight of manufacturing jobs, William Donald Schaefer confronted problems that challenged big city mayors across America. Inconsistent policies from the federal government helped create at least some of those problems.
By By John Fritze and Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun
When Joseph M. Coale III, who had worked for William Donald Schaefer when he was mayor in the 1970s, proposed last year exploring his ancestry, he was at first greeted with the famous Schaefer stare and then a sense of indifference.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
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 Monday afternoon on a two-hour farewell trip through the hometown that he loved and led.
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 man he called the "founding father of tourism in Baltimore."
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.
Before he is laid to rest next Wednesday at a quiet 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.
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.
From Faidley's to the Washington Monument, from Camden Yards to the Inner Harbor, a motorcade will carry the body of William Donald Schaefer through his hometown on a two-hour farewell trip. These are some of the places the motorcade will pass and stop at during that journey.