William Donald Schaefer. (Photo: Md. State Archives)
Mr. Schaefer, born on November 2, 1921, was age 89.
"I join all Marylanders in mourning the loss of one of our own Maryland's indomitable statesman, William Donald Schaefer," said Governor O'Malley. "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. From his famous 'no excuses' leadership style, to his celebrated public persona, William Donald Schaefer demonstrated an unrelenting drive to make Maryland a better place. His legacy lives not merely in the buildings that bear his name, nor the statue that bears his likeness, but in the lives and hearts of all those fortunate enough to have known him and lucky enough to have been served by him."
Governor O'Malley has directed that the former governor will lie in state in the State House in Annapolis and the Rotunda of Baltimore City Hall. Times and dates for lying in State and funeral services will be announced.
For more history on William Donald Schaefer, visit the Maryland State Archive and WikiPedia.