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.
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Former Gov. William Donald Schaefer honored friends and devoted staff as well as Maryland institutions he held dear in his last will and testament.
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
When it came time for shout-outs from the pulpit, the very first person that aide Lainy LeBow-Sachs thanked for his service to William Donald Schaefer was someone you've probably never heard of.
William Donald Schaefer's death gives Baltimore a chance to celebrate its past but also consider its future.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is attempting to stifle dissent about State Center and other projects in a way that neither William Donald Schaefer nor her father would have condoned.
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. remembers William Donald Schaefer as a friend who would forgive anything if he believed you operated from the heart.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski recalls fighting with William Donald Schaefer over a massive highway project, losing, then working with him toward a compromise.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says William Donald Schaefer should be remembered for his determination to get professional baseball and football in downtown Baltimore.
William Donald Schaefer put plans in place to make sure his vision for supporting Baltimore neighborhoods continued after his death.
Former legislator and Anne Arundel County executive Robert Neall recalls what it was like to be lobbied by Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
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.
The four-term mayor who loved leading Baltimore lies in repose
William Donald Schaefer — the former mayor, governor and comptroller who left an indelible mark on Baltimore — is heading back to the city this afternoon for one last tour.
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.
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.
But then, as now, old Baltimore needed a lot of fixing and William Donald Schaefer was in his high neighborhood mode. He did it well and had the backup of some pretty amazing people.
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.
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.
William Donald Schaefer as a mayor tormented by the issues of office sought the silence and solace of the church in downtown Baltimore where his funeral will be held Wednesday.
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William Donald Schaefer hired Pam Kelly as an aide when he was mayor and brought her to Annapolis when he became governor. It is sad but fitting, their friends say, that they died on the same day.
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.
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.
On a soft spring evening at Harborplace and Camden Yards, William Donald Schaefer was remembered in a way that surely would have delighted him: The man who made it all possible.
With his unshakeable belief in Baltimore and "do it now" philosophy, William Donald Schaefer leaves behind a formidable legacy
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William Donald Schaefer's "final tour" begins in Annapolis and runs through Baltimore.
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.
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