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Former Md. Gov. William Donald Schaefer Dies At 89

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Former Md. Gov. William Donald Schaefer Dies At 89

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Former Md. Gov. William Donald Schaefer Dies At 89

Former Md. Gov. William Donald Schaefer Dies At 89

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William Donald Schaefer, the famously feisty mayor of Baltimore and later the governor of Maryland, died Monday at the age of 89. As mayor, he used any method he could to transform a crumbling, post-industrial Baltimore into a tourist destination.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

And now we take a moment to remember William Donald Schaefer, the famously feisty mayor of Baltimore and later the governor of Maryland. He lived by the motto: Do It Now. As mayor, he used any method he could to transform a crumbling, post-industrial Baltimore into a tourist destination. Schaefer once jumped into a seal tank, clad in a Victorian era swimsuit - rubber duck in hand - to gain attention for the city's downtown aquarium.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

But the flip-side of his Do It Now approach was a strong will and an occasionally sharp temper that expressed itself through provocative comments. According to The Washington Post, he once answered a citizen critical of him by writing, quote, "I'm glad you have recovered from your lobotomy."

The life-long bachelor died from undisclosed causes at a Baltimore nursing home. He was 89.

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