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Final tribute to Schaefer in Annapolis: pomp, but no turned-on fountain

Above: William Donald Schaefer’s flag-draped coffin was carried into the Maryland State House in Annapolis, where about 75 people came to pay their respects.

Legendary Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer was honored in Annapolis today, as dignitaries, along with citizens from all walks of life, filed past his casket at the Maryland State House to remember his two terms ad Maryland governor.

Along with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former governors Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Parris N. Glendening, Harry Hughes and Marvin Mandel were on hand to remember Schaefer, who died April 18 at age 89.

To see more photos of the Schaefer tribute today in Annapolis, check out this blog post on photographer Chris Council’s website. Besides Council’s as-always crisp and creative photos, there are some subtle observations, such as this one about the infamous fountain Schaefer and his longtime companion Hilda Mae Snoops had built outside the Governor’s Mansion.

Council calls it “a monstrosity,” and recalls that it “cause(d) a public outcry” when it was installed, but noticed with some dismay that it wasn’t turned on today.

“It seems someone should have remembered to turn it on in memory of Mr. Schaefer.”

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