Although a member of the Maryland State Senate from just 1979-1983, H. Erle Schafer would be a fixture of the Anne Arundel County political world for many years. He’d begin his life of service not in politics but in the United States Marine Corps. That military service would see him serve tenures in both the United States Marines and the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
Born in Baltimore on February 2, 1938, Schafer would attend Baltimore City Public Schools before making his way to the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1963) and becoming both a businessman and attorney in Northern Anne Arundel County. Schafer’s political career would take hold in a variety of capacities in the Anne Arundel County political realm including tenures on the Anne Arundel County Council (1970-1974), as Anne Arundel County Urban Renewal Administrator (1975-1978), and Clerk of the Circuit Court (1986-1990). The 2000s would see Schafer take his place as a member of the Maryland Parole Commission until his retirement in 2015.
Schafer’s service to his community wasn’t limited to his public life, however. He would serve a number of years in local community organizations in Anne Arundel County including membership in the North County Businessman’s Organization, the Richard Henry Lee Elementary P.T.A., Glen Burnie Jaycees, the Optimist Club, the Elks Club, and the Board of Directors of both the American Lung Association and the Anne Arundel General Hospital.
Although now retired from public life, Schafer has left an enduring legacy of advocacy and service to his native Northern Anne Arundel County. He is best remembered for bringing urban renewal to downtown Glen Burnie and working to establish the presence of Anne Arundel Community College in the Glen Burnie Town Center.
At the age of 81, Schafer still resides in Glen Burnie and, though retired from public life, remains a fixture in his community.