Peter Angelos, principal owner, Baltimore Orioles
"Words are very inadequate to be an appropriate tribute to Donald Schaefer. He was somebody who dedicated his entire life for the betterment of Baltimore, the citizens of this city, and the state of the Maryland. He was a great friend and an extraordinary public servant."
Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools
"It was all about serving people. Every cabinet meeting that was the centerpiece: What have we done to serve people? …
"There was nothing elitist about him. I saw him as a visionary, not because he spoke in such an articulate manner … How he saw the inner harbor and wanting to promote that.
Former Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs
"We were primary opponents in 1986 [for the Democratic nomination for governor] but there wasn't much question about the outcome. I was attorney general and he was the mayor of Baltimore. … He was a very popular mayor and he deserved to be a popular mayor.
"I don't know another figure in public life in my lifetime, even though he and I disagreed about a number of things, who gave as much of himself as Don Schaefer did. The city, and then the state, really was his life.
Former Chief of Staff Paul Schurick
"He taught me and hundreds of other people to care about people. And what he drilled into our brains every single day: Care about people There are hundreds of people walking around the state of Maryland today who truly, genuinely, care about helping people because of him. … Successful public servants are the ones who care about people, and that was his greatest legacy. It's not going to be the bricks and mortar. …
"It didn't matter who you were or what you did. If you were going to be around him, you had to care about people. You had to share his passion for helping people. There's not enough of that around."
Donald C. Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee
He certainly was a one-of a kind. If you look over the last century I don't think you're ever going to find a public servant who cared so much about the city and the state and who demonstrated a desire not only to get things done, which he certainly was famous for. But probably more importantly, to do the right thing.
Former Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.
" I just remember him as having a great, great staff of really dedicated people who liked him and followed his marching orders."
Former State Sen. John Pica of Baltimore
"He was a wonderful man. That's all I can say."
Jacques Kelly, Annie Linskey, John Fritze, Julie Scharper, Jeff Zrebiec, Michael Dresser and Laura Vozzella contributed to this article.