An explorer and adventurer at heart, he greatly enjoyed the outdoors and made numerous canoeing expeditions in Arctic and sub-Arctic wilderness regions, primarily in the Barren Lands of northern Canada, and two in Siberia. He was a lifelong avid birdwatcher, and made many birding trips abroad including Ecua-dor, Peru, and Australia. He was also very active in local environmental organi-zations and served turns as president of the Audubon Society of Central Mary-land and the Frederick Bird Club, and in many other positions and volunteer ac-tivities with these organizations.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Karin Wuertz-Schaefer; his daughter, Sylvia Schaefer; his sister, Lucile Henricks; and his brother, John. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Bird Conservancy, P.O. Box 249, The Plains, VA 20198. A memorial service to remember and celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4200 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney, MD 20832.