Donald Schaefer, former Maryland governor, dies
Former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer died Monday at 89. He was also an ex-mayor of Baltimore.
April 18th, 2011
08:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Donald Schaefer, former Maryland governor, dies

(CNN) - Former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer died Monday, current Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement. He was 89.

Schaefer, a Democrat, served Maryland for eight years as comptroller of the state, 15 years as mayor of Baltimore from 1971 to 1986 and eight as governor, beginning in 1987. The outspoken Maryland native was credited with transforming downtown Baltimore, including its Inner Harbor, and constructing a new stadium for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.

"I join all Marylanders in mourning the loss of one of our own – Maryland's indomitable statesman, William Donald Schaefer," O'Malley said in a statement. "William Donald Schaefer loved his city and his state with great exuberance because there was nothing more important to him than the people that he served with such loyalty."

O'Malley has ordered the Maryland flag be flown at half-staff. Schaefer will lie in repose in the State House in Annapolis and in the rotunda of Baltimore City Hall. Viewing times and funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. LegendRx

    Long live the King . . . RIP

    April 18, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. Katie

    Rest in Peace Donald, you were always a trip.

    April 18, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Patrick from Minnesota

    My sympathies go out to the Schaefer family in this time of mourning. May he rest in peace.

    April 18, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    RIP Governor. They don't make them like this anymore. While a little (maybe a lot) out there at times he was a man of vision who helped Baltimore City and the State of Maryland quite a lot!
    He just didn't govern he lived his life going "down the ocean" and doing things like a normal citizen not a "better than you" person at all. He cared about doing his job for the people.

    April 19, 2011 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  5. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    He was a profane, cantankerous, petty, goofy, eccentric, fiercely provincial and thin-skinned man. He also happened to be the most genuine, interesting and accomplished politician these eyes have ever seen. As a kid growing up in Northern Baltimore, Mayor Schaefer was the face and voice and strong arms of my city. RIP, Mr. Mayor.

    April 19, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |