Baltimore political legend Gene Raynor, LL.B. ’66, dies at 80

Gene Michael Raynor, LL.B. ’66, died Saturday (Sept. 17, 2016) at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He was 80 years old.

Known as an old-fashioned political strategist, Raynor served as a city and state election administrator and was a key ally of former mayor and governor William Donald Schaefer, LL.B. ’42.

“It’s hard to imagine an election in Baltimore without Gene Raynor,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski told The Baltimore Sun.

“His annual New Year’s Day party was must-attend for any Baltimore politician, would-be politician or has-been politician,” Mikulski continued. “He knew how to organize and strategize, but never antagonized.”

“Gene was one of Baltimore’s all-time characters, lifted right out of a political novel,” former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. told The Sun. “Gene knew city politics better than anyone I ever met.”

Raynor was also the owner of the Waterfront Hotel, a Fells Point bar and restaurant that served as a gathering spot for his large circle of friends.

Read the Sun obituary by Jacques Kelly.

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