Edward J. Schaefer, 90, a Baltimore-born industrialist and benefactor of the Johns Hopkins University, died Thursday at Caylor Nickel Hospital in Bluffton, Ind., after a long illness.
A mass of Christian burial was being offered today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Bluffton.
Mr. Schaefer was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and Johns Hopkins, where he earned a degree in engineering. He left Baltimore in the late 1930s to work for General Electric in New York and Indiana.
He moved to Bluffton in 1956 and founded Franklin Electric, a manufacturer of small and industrial-sized motors. The firm once specialized in making electric motors for underwater use.