Walter Laufer

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Walter Laufer
Personal information
Full name Walter Laufer
National team  United States
Born (1906-07-05)July 5, 1906
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died September 1, 1984(1984-09-01) (aged 78)
Midland, Texas
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Olympic Club

Walter Laufer (July 5, 1906 – September 1, 1984) was an American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

In the 1928 Olympics he won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×200-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.

Personal life[edit]

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.

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