S. Walter Kaufmann, prominent lawyer, member of the firm of Smyth, Kaufmann and O’Connell, died a few days after his arrival in Paris, stricken with influenza, and after an operation for intestinal paralysis which developed. Word of his death was received in New York on Saturday.
Mr. Kaufmann, who was born in New York, August 11, 1880, attained-prominence as a constitutional and international lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1902, two years after he was stricken with blindness as a result of sickness.
For many years he was a member of the Board of Christy Street House and was known for his efforts to aid defectives, being an organizer of the Crippled Children’s Driving Fund, and the Clinic for Speech Defects. He was active in the Prison Association and its work in rehabilitating men from the Elmira Reformatory.
Mr. Kaufmann was formerly a partner of the late Norvin H. Lindheim and with him was deprived of rights as a member of the bar in connection with a report to the Alien Property Custodian, charged with concealing Dr. E. A. Rumely’s purchase of The Evening Mail. Last April the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court restored Mr. Kaufmann to full rights at the bar and clearing the late Mr. Lindheim, the court maintaining that they had been convicted on insufficient evidence.
Mr. Kaufmann is survived by his widow and two daughters. It was stated that the body will be brought to New York for burial.