Former Governor William Donald Schaefer Dies At 89

William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
The tour will start at Schaefer's childhood home on Edgewood Street. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
People in the state are paying their respects. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
The man who made Baltimore what it is today will be laid to rest. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
there are three days of events planned for this last farewell to Schaefer. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Governor Schaefer will be laid to rest on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
The public will get the chance to say goodbye. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Schaefer’s casket is now on display for a public viewing. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Schaefer’s remains will be taken on a grand tour of Baltimore. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Big crowds are expected at every Schaefer location. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
After the tour, Schaefer’s body will lie in state at City Hall from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and again all day Tuesday. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
The beginning of the goodbye for Governor William Donald Schaefer has started. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer was beloved all over Maryland, but especially in Baltimore.
William Donald Schaefer William Donald Schaefer was beloved all over Maryland, but especially in Baltimore.
He had a political career that spanned half a century.
William Donald Schaefer He had a political career that spanned half a century.
He was a governor, mayor, state comptroller and city council president.
William Donald Schaefer He was a governor, mayor, state comptroller and city council president.
He worked to clean up Baltimore.
William Donald Schaefer He worked to clean up Baltimore.
He was well known for his colorful personality.
William Donald Schaefer He was well known for his colorful personality.
He spoke with Denise Koch during his second term as governor.
William Donald Schaefer He spoke with Denise Koch during his second term as governor.
He's responsible for Harbor Place, Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.
William Donald Schaefer He's responsible for Harbor Place, Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.
He was a tireless advocate for Baltimore.
William Donald Schaefer He was a tireless advocate for Baltimore.
He died Monday, April 18, 2011 at the age of 89.
William Donald Schaefer He died Monday, April 18, 2011 at the age of 89.
He worked tirelessly to help children.
William Donald Schaefer He worked tirelessly to help children.
He would have been 90 later this year.
William Donald Schaefer He would have been 90 later this year.
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
A leader in the community (Credit: Karene Connolly-Smith)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Always had the room's full attention. (Credit: Karene Connolly-Smith)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Don't forget Interstate 68 in Western, MD was built on his watch. (Credit: Jeff)
Schaefer
Schaefer
Schaefer
Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
The Morgan State University choir and the Ravens Marching Band performed, and many of Maryland politicians and dignitaries arrived. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Thousands took time to honor a man who changed this state and this city forever. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Schaefer was known for his over-the-top personality. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Prior to his arrival, the mood was actually uplifting. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
The Father says a couple of words. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Friends lined up at the Baltimore Harbor too. (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
Baltimore City loves WDS! (Credit: CBS)
William Donald Schaefer
William Donald Schaefer
He made the whole city alive and he reinvented and he made it what it is today. I want more statues of him,” said filmmaker John Waters. (Credit: CBS)
More than 1,000 people are expected to pay their respects Wednesday at Old Saint Paul’s Church to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest More than 1,000 people are expected to pay their respects Wednesday at Old Saint Paul’s Church to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
More than 1,000 people are expected to pay their respects Wednesday at Old Saint Paul’s Church to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest More than 1,000 people are expected to pay their respects Wednesday at Old Saint Paul’s Church to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
More than 1,000 people are expected to pay their respects Wednesday at Old Saint Paul’s Church to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest More than 1,000 people are expected to pay their respects Wednesday at Old Saint Paul’s Church to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Friend and former aide Mark Wasserman pays his respects to former mayor and governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Friend and former aide Mark Wasserman pays his respects to former mayor and governor William Donald Schaefer.
Former State School Superintendent Dr. Nancy Grasmick pays her respects to former mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Former State School Superintendent Dr. Nancy Grasmick pays her respects to former mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
It’s the final farewell  for former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer, who will be laid to rest Wednesday morning.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest It’s the final farewell for former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer, who will be laid to rest Wednesday morning.
Schaefer left the state and the city richer from his service.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Schaefer left the state and the city richer from his service.
Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer once graced the cover of Esquire magazine.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer once graced the cover of Esquire magazine.
Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer represented Baltimore well.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer represented Baltimore well.
Morgan State University Choir pay homage to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Morgan State University Choir pay homage to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Friend and aide Lainey Lebow-Sachs pays her respects to former mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Friend and aide Lainey Lebow-Sachs pays her respects to former mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Senator Barbara Mikulski pays her respects to former mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Senator Barbara Mikulski pays her respects to former mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Baltimore pays homage to former mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer through this bronze statue at the Inner Harbor.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Baltimore pays homage to former mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer through this bronze statue at the Inner Harbor.
Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer was laid to rest Wednesday, April 27.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer was laid to rest Wednesday, April 27.
Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer was laid to rest Wednesday, April 27.
William Donald Schaefer Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer was laid to rest Wednesday, April 27.
Former Congressman Kweisi Mfume pays his respects to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Former Congressman Kweisi Mfume pays his respects to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Reverend Luther Starnes pays respects to his friend, former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest Reverend Luther Starnes pays respects to his friend, former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer.
(Credit: Kevin Cartwright)
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest
A funeral procession with drummers, motorcycles, mounted police and a riderless horse escorted Schaefer’s casket through the streets of Baltimore from City Hall, where people paid their last respects over two days.
(Credit: Kevin Cartwright)
(Credit: Kevin Cartwright)
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest
A funeral procession with drummers, motorcycles, mounted police and a riderless horse escorted Schaefer’s casket through the streets of Baltimore from City Hall, where people paid their last respects over two days
(Credit: Kevin Cartwright)
(Credit: Kevin Cartwright)
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest
A funeral procession with drummers, motorcycles, mounted police and a riderless horse escorted Schaefer’s casket through the streets of Baltimore from City Hall, where people paid their last respects over two days
(Credit: Kevin Cartwright)
(Credit: Kevin Cartwright)
Schaefer Is Laid To Rest
A funeral procession with drummers, motorcycles, mounted police and a riderless horse escorted Schaefer’s casket through the streets of Baltimore from City Hall, where people paid their last respects over two days
(Credit: Kevin Cartwright)

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One Comment

  1. Greg Hill says:

    It has has been truely an honor to know the Honorable Mr. Schaefer! Mr. Schaefer; as I knew him practically all my life! I can remember as a little boy; I first meant Mr. Schaefer, on Ruxton Ave.; where he was living with his mother and I used to deliver the Morning Sun the house every morning and weekend. Even when he became Mayor of Baltimore; He still remained the same Mr. Schaefer I have always know; he always took the time to stop and say how are you doing today? when I went into the military and would get info on what was happening here in Bmore!, Mayor Schaefer was in the lime light for doing something or saying something @ making a change in developing a new and better Baltimore. When I came back home before getting out of the military; I was truely amazed in seeing a real change and upgrade in the inner city low income areas as well as the surrounding areas. And when Mr. Schaefer became Governor; you could not help but see the up and coming New Baltimore City. I could go on and on about the Honorable Mr. Schaefer; If I was to do that, then there would be a book of the rememberance of a man who has really made Baltimore a better place to live, visit or just plain driving through; You would see Mayor/Governor Schaefer name all over it! So in saying all of this! For me it has been a pleasure to have known Mr. Schaefer, A true brethering of the armed forces as my Father from World War II; A true Veterin; Mayor and Governor and the final seal of approval; Comptroller for the state of maryland. Thank you Mr. Schaefer; for giving Hope & Life to so many people in Baltimore. You are a part of my history and you will never be forgotten; Hopefully; Those who follow in your vocation; will have even a greater Love for the people and city of Baltimore. Again Thank You!!! Mr. Schaefer.

  2. PAT says:

    THANK YOU FATHER FOR SUCH A MAN AS THIS, HE WAS A GOOD MAN WHO KNEW HOW TO ROLL UP HIS SLEEVES AND HE PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH WAS. GOOD HELP THIS CITY,

  3. BridgetS says:

    RIP Mr. William Donald Shaefer. My most heartfelt rememberance will be when you spoke to the 290th Military Police Company in Towson, Maryland before we went off to Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf war. You were a good man.

  4. Stephanie Martin says:

    William Donald Schaefer was the consummate politician. He set the bar high and he worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore and Maryland. He was truly a man who cared. Godspeed, Mr. Schaefer, you made our corner of the world a better place. Thank you for your service.

  5. Pamela Unglesbee Semies says:

    Pam Unglesbee
    I won’t be mailing your Easter Card as I had planned not a typical card for Easter but as I read it, It just seem to fit you. The Oak Tree
    A mighty wind blew night and day, It stole the oak’s leaves away, Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark..until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground, while other trees fell all around.
    The weary wind gave up and spoke,”How can you still be standing Oak?” The oak tree said “I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, Shake my limbs and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, Growing stronger since my birth. You’ll never touch them, for you see, They are the deepest part of me.
    Until today, I wasn’t sure of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you, I’m stronger than I ever knew.” Happy Easter and may you know all the
    wonderful blessings God can bestow. It has been a privilege to have you for my friend
    You will remain in our memories and hearts.

  6. Virginia Hof says:

    Hilda May Snoops was our OB Head Nurse back in the late sixties and used to brag about William Donald and that he would be great one day. As young smart alec nurses, we would tease William Donald WHO? Boy was she right. We saw him at our Lutheran Hospital dances with Hilda May. He was rather shy, but very pleasent. We lived near his Mom’s home in west Baltimore and also would see him there. We watched him grow into a great leader but still had time to stop and talk like when I asked him to say hello to Hilda May. He shook my hand and said yes and assured me he remembered the good old days at our dances. He made me feel like we were friends and THAT is what made him GREAT. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.

  7. Rosemary Adams says:

    Mayor, Governor or whom ever he was William Donald Shaefer was a good man. Always pleasant and had a small on his face unless something was on his mind but he still was a great person. No one can ever take his place as being Mayor or Governor and especially Comptroller of Maryland he was one of the best Comptroller for the State of Maryland. RIP we all will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    1. Rosemary Adams says:

      I would like to correct the spelling of Schaefer

  8. Blake R. Baines says:

    When I was 22, in 1978, I moved to Mt. Vernon to attend school at MICA. Going to Art school was my dream and Baltimore was the place to be. Oprah was on “People Are Talking”, I was in art school & Schaefer was mayor of Baltimore city. In the next few years I watched as Harbor Place was born, as well as the convention center and the renaissance of the city! We felt so safe in the city , unlike now. I suspect we felt taken care of as Schaefer’s citizens living in one of the most vibrant cities in the country, maybe even the world. William Donald Schaefer wanted it to be so, and it truly was! His tireless service was notable and lasting, what more could you want from a life well lived! God Bless you, we shall always remember you as “the Governor of Baltimore!” Rest in peace HON!

  9. Crystal Kennell says:

    Myself & my family,had often seen Governor Schaefer at Stoney Creek Inn resturant in Pasadena.He was a regular there,& so was I & my family.When we seen him,he always conversated with us,& he was overall very friendly.He was also a terrific governor!If we had more politicians today who had even half his spark,persistence,& get it done now attitude,the United States would be a much better place!!He did alot for the city of Baltimore & Maryland in general!He will be greatly missed!We’ll never have another like him,he was truly one of a kind!Thank you for everything you have done for us governor!Now you can finally rest in piece,after your lifetime of hard work………….

  10. Gerald Bowman says:

    God Bless his soul. I have never met him but I live few miles from the city and played softball and visiting friends mostly in the city. The recreation field were in superb shape all over the city. Rarely, you see trash strewn around the streets. You would not mind walking for the length to go to stores, parks and friends house that you could not do that nowadays.Schaefer was the reason for all of this. Today, every politican would not give a chance to make a mistake or his/her career will be over. Schaefer did not care about that. He wanted them fixed and get them done. For the next election, please try and seek
    the person who want to help people like Donald Schaefer. He did not have much money when first seeking election. He had to borrow money to buy election sheet. So, don’t seek person with wealth, connections, fancy suits but seek one that resemble
    Schaefer’s humility.

  11. Jeanne Aro says:

    I grew up in South Baltimore, but I only actually saw Mayor Schaefer one time. That one time was enough to make an impression on me. I was leaving work, coming out of the Fayette Street door of the Munsey Building . To my surprise, Mayor Schaefer was walking up the street. He tipped his hat and said “Hi” as if he knew me. The thing that surprised me was the fact that he was walking up the street like an ordinary citizen instead of being driven in a fancy car. I knew right then and there that he was a kind man who didn’t put himself above anyone else. As he didn’t have a formal family of his own, Baltimore was his family. For this reason I think that from this day forward he should be known as Father Baltimore.

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  13. Filippo says:

    HI DonThanks for the post. Sounds like you’ve got a good system for dnisovercig new music AND supporting the stuff you like.I can break it down pretty simply like this:Downloading music (where you get an actual file that you keep on your computer, ipod, etc.) or buying a hard copy of a CD involves paying a mechanical royalty, a portion of which goes directly to artists. This kind of royalty is MUCH bigger than the fractions of pennies for what we call on-demand streaming where a file is not actually downloaded but instead is streamed in real time. One concern that musicians and song writers have is that more and more people will choose to stream on-demand INSTEAD of downloading mp3s or buying CDs, thereby cutting of that mechanical royalty stream. Consumers like you, who discover new music through social media and streaming services and then go BUY what they like, are not the norm. It’s too early to say for sure what impact services like Spotify will actually have on artists. But my educated guess is it won’t be good. One part of the answer is buying music directly from artists. This is a hugely positive thing. I’m thankful that the label I’m on allows me to sell my records myself directly from my site (see the music page). But my site is not where people look first. Until it is, it will remain a small part of my overall sales.Spreading the word about music you dig is also positive. Spotify, Mog, Last.fm are all good for spreading the word ..But new technology is always a double-edged sword. The fear: money for creative music, especially stuff on the fringe, might get sliced too thin.

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