4-26-11: Your Memories of William Donald Schaefer

April 26, 2011 at 8:32 am 2 comments

William Donald Schaefer, aged 89, died a week ago. After low-key ceremonies and public viewing in the State House rotunda in Annapolis yesterday, a motorcade carried his flag-draped casket to the city he loved, through his old neighborhood and past some of the significant spots that testify to his energy as mayor.

Yesterday evening his remains arrived at City Hall, where the public can pay their respects until 9 this evening.

Last week, we heard from people who worked with William Donald Schaefer, and journalists who wrote about him — today, we’re hearing how you, the public, will remember him.

Attorney Steven Bers interned in city hall in the 1970s, when William Schaefer was mayor.  He speaks about how the mayor dealt with letters from constituents.

Nancy Daily, who currently lives in Mount Washington, served as a nurse at Mercy Hospital for 40 years.   Her interaction with the mayor occurred in the 80s, when she called City Hall about a pothole — and received a very unique response.

And retired environmental scientist Tom Krug of Mount Vernon speaks about how he looked William Schaefer’s number up in the phone book in the late 1990s to ask him to run for the office of comptroller.

Do YOU have a memory of Governor Schaefer that you’d like to share?  If so, let us know at 410-881-3162.   Or email us at md-morning@wypr-dot-org.  Or, you know, comment.


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  • 1. Ed  |  April 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I just thought that I would like to share a small little William Schaefer anecdote with you. My grandmother, Harriet Hergert (1923-2009), worked at the Northeast Market as the security-guard/night-watchman from 1960 to 1992 (she raised me, and we lived directly across from the market on Chester Street). I if you were ever in the market around 6pm closing and was “asked” to leave, that was her (and I helped her in my teens). She had the looks and personality of Bea Arthur – with a dash of Clint Eastwood…….LOL

    Around 1980/81 she had some sort of major complaint with the Markets Administration (I think that was the name at the time) about how the Northeast Market was being managed, and couldn’t seem to get it resolved. So she had written a letter to Mayor Schaefer about the issue, but didn’t initially get a response, or she didn’t wait long enough. So she decided to call him directly. Somehow she got thru, but he wasn’t in his office, though my grandmother did leave a quite “colorful” message for him for him to call her back. I don’t think he ever did, but I believe the issue was resolved quickly.

    Now here’s the nice heartwarming part. I don’t think I’ll ever know why, but after that incident my grandmother started receiving a yearly invitation to the Mayor’s New Years Eve party (I think at the Convention Center) every year he was in office as Mayor. She never went to any of them, I think she thought she’d be out of her element. I have no idea if he personally added her to the list, or if was some sort of clerical mistake, but I believe it was just a good natured gesture on his part.

    Though I did briefly meet Schaefer once. For while in the 1970s, the Boy Scouts would camp in Patterson Park over a weekend once a year (some sort of small district Jamboree), and I believe it was spring of 1979 that he came over to the park to visit and talk to us. He actually took the time to stop by each boy, shake their hand, and briefly talked to them for a minute or two. He must have been there for a couple of hours to make sure he got to everyone. I had totally forgotten about that until this past weekend. And that small visit showed how much he really cared for his beloved city.

    I knew this day was coming, but had no idea how much his passing has affected me. May He Rest in Peace.


  • 2. Fred  |  April 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I had the opportunity to meet Governor Schaefer through my dogs. My wife and I have West Highland White Terriers and about 8 years ago we had a litter of puppies. All of the name had to start with “S” and there was one male puppy who barked ALL the time.
    “Schaefer” was the obvious choice. Several years later, this puppy won his conformation championship and I arranged to have his picture taken with the Comptroller..I was extremely impressed with his interaction with the dog, he seemed genuinely interested. I am not certain that we told Governor Schaefer the exact story of the dog’s name.
    Several years later we met again when our Westie, Sue, was the Flower Mart “mascot”. Governor Schaefer was an avid supported of the Flower Mart>


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