William Donald Schaefer, At Home In Retirement

Posted on April 26, 2008


The Maryland politics story of the week, or maybe of the year, is in today’s Baltimore Sun. William Donald Schaefer has moved to a sixth-floor apartment (with a view of the Baltimore skyline) at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville.

The grand master of Baltimore politics and Maryland politics, Gov. Schaefer lived in West Baltimore during all the years he was a city councilman, president of the City Council, and mayor of Baltimore; he lived in Annapolis when he was governor; in Pasadena when he was comptroller; and for many years he vacationed at a mobile home he owned in Ocean City.

To find out how longtime aide Lainy LeBow-Sachs persuaded Gov. Schaefer to move to Catonsville, in southwest Baltimore County, read Laura Vozzella’s story in today’s Sunpaper or at http://www.Baltimoresun.com

Gov. Schaefer, 86, is undoubtedly the most famous (and possibly the most popular) resident on the sprawling campus of the Charlestown Retirement Community, which used to be a seminary.

The governor is reportedly pleased with his new digs, and his many aides and admirers are delighted and relieved. At Charlestown Retirement Community, Gov. Schaefer is most definitely among friends. — Bernie Hayden