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Edward J. Schaefer, 90, Hopkins benefactor


Edward J. Schaefer, 90, a Baltimore-born industrialist and benefactor of the Johns Hopkins University, died Thursday at Caylor Nickel Hospital in Bluffton, Ind., after a long illness.

A mass of Christian burial was being offered today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Bluffton.

Mr. Schaefer was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and Johns Hopkins, where he earned a degree in engineering. He left Baltimore in the late 1930s to work for General Electric in New York and Indiana.

He moved to Bluffton in 1956 and founded Franklin Electric, a manufacturer of small and industrial-sized motors. The firm once specialized in making electric motors for underwater use.

Mr. Schaefer maintained ties with Baltimore, serving as an alumni trustee at Hopkins and as a member of the board of trustees of the Johns Hopkins Fund. He donated $1 million to Johns Hopkins to establish a chair in his name.

His wife, Hildegarde, died four years ago.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Humphrey of Bluffton and Patricia Schaefer of Muncie, Ind., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Indiana Technical Institute, 4919 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, Ind. 46825.

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