Walter Laufer

Walter Laufer (July 5, 1906 – September 1, 1984) was an American swimmer who competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. He won a gold medal in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay and a silver in the 100 meter backstroke. He was also fifth in the 100 meter freestyle event.[2] Laufer was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1973.[1]

Walter Laufer
Laufer in 1926
Personal information
Full nameWalter Laufer
National team United States
Born(1906-07-05)July 5, 1906
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSeptember 1, 1984(1984-09-01) (aged 78)
Midland, Texas
ClubCincinnati YMCA
Chicago Lakeshore Athletic Club[1]
CoachFred Pfiefer
Stanley Brauninger[1]

Personal life

Laufer was married three times. He married Geneivieve Kleinofen around 1929 and had two children with her – a son and a daughter. Genievieve contracted intestinal influenza and died of complications from the disease January 8, 1934. In 1936, Laufer married Marion Hengestenberg; they had one daughter. Marion died suddenly in 1972. Two years later in 1974 Walter married Wanda Cord Bockhorst, a widow living in Cincinnati. Laufer died on July 16, 1984, at age 78 in Midland, Texas while visiting his son. He is buried in Cincinnati, Ohio.[3]

See also


  1. Walter Laufer (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
  2. Walter Laufer – Olympic athlete profile at
  3. Walter Laufer. Find a Grave
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