|National team||United States|
July 5, 1906|
|Died||September 1, 1984
In the 1928 Olympics he won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay, and a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke. He was also fifth in the 100-meter freestyle event.
Laufer was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1973.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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 July 16, 1984, at age 78 in Midland, Texas while visiting his son. He is buried in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Walter Laufer – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
- Walter Laufer (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame