Passing of Former Harford Council President Dr. Gunther Hirsch

Former Harford Council President and Havre de Grace Mayor Dr. Gunther Hirsch passed away June 15, 2015 at the age of 89.

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Dr. Gunther Hirsch, Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun

Dr. Hirsch’s obituary in The Baltimore Sun discusses his role in government.

He was elected to the Havre de Grace City Council in May 1985 and served two terms. He was elected mayor in 1989 and served until 1997. He then chose not to run and was elected president of the Harford County Council.

During his tenure, a new Havre de Grace city hall was constructed. It is now called the Gunther Hirsch Government Center.

“Havre de Grace cannot compare with Baltimore, Ocean City or Annapolis,” he wrote in The Baltimore Sun in 1986. “It has a wonderful charm and a wonderful location at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. … It is the duck decoy capital of the world, a historic town and a quiet town.”

His daughter called him a “financially responsible Democrat” who balanced his budgets and believed in good street paving and a waterfront boardwalk.

“Towns often rely too much on the federal and the state government for things we should be doing locally,” he said in a 1989 Sun story.

David Craig, who is now the state secretary for the Department of Planning and is a former Harford County executive and Havre de Grace mayor, recalled Dr. Hirsch: “Gunther was personable and easy to get along with. He was well known from his work at the hospital.”

To read the full obituary of Dr. Gunther Hirsch, please visit The Baltimore Sun online.

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