Schaefer taken to hospital with chest, arm pains

November 18, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a round of parties and receptions, was admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center yesterday after complaining of chest and arm pains.

Schaefer, the former Maryland governor and mayor of Baltimore, arrived about 12:45 p.m. at D'Alesio's Restaurant in Little Italy for a birthday luncheon honoring his friend, Gene M. Raynor, the former chief of the state Board of Elections.

Shortly after his arrival, Schaefer felt pains in his chest and arm and was driven to the hospital by his state police driver, restaurant patrons said.

Last night, hospital spokeswoman Ellen Beth Levitt said that Schaefer was in good condition, but that it was too early to predict when he would be released.

Schaefer underwent tests at the hospital, but Levitt said she could not provide details.

The comptroller, who arrived at the hospital about 1 p.m., was conscious and talking to friends who accompanied him, one said.

Levitt said several of Schaefer's friends remained at the hospital with him into the evening.

Schaefer's deputy director of communications, Michael Golden, said he had spoken with Schaefer friend and former chief aide, Lainy Lebow-Sachs, who reported that the comptroller was feeling fine.

"She said he was in really good spirits; in fact, he was cracking jokes," Golden said.

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