Walter Gahagan

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameWalter Hamer•Gahagan
Used nameWalter•Gahagan
Born1 May 1910 in Brooklyn, New York, New York (USA)
Died8 January 1993 in Lebanon, New Hampshire (USA)
AffiliationsPrinceton Tigers, Princeton (USA)
NOC United States


Walter Gahagan had a law degree from Columbia University and worked from 1939-41 as an assistant United States Attorney in New York. He later took over his father’s dredging company, which moved from New York City to Tampa. With that company Gahagan was involved in the construction of the launch pad for the Apollo spacecrafts and the John F. Kennedy airport in New York. His sister Helen Gahagan Douglas was an actress and politician, who served three terms (1945-51) as a Congresswoman from California and lost the 1950 Senate race to Richard Nixon.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics American Football USA Walter Gahagan
American Football, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) East 2