Arnold Schwolsky

Inducted into Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1986

Born in Boston, Schwolsky grew up in West Hartford, graduating from Hall High School in 1935. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1939 and earned a law degree in 1942 from the Hartford College of Law (now the University of Connecticut Law School).

At Hall High school, Schwolsky lettered in baseball and soccer; he was captain of the baseball team and a star shortstop in his senior year. At the University of Connecticut, he played baseball and football all four years; he was co-captain of the football team in 1938 and captain of the baseball team in 1939. During this period, he was sports editor of the Connecticut Campus, the college weekly, and also reported on sports and campus activities for the Hartford Courant.

After law school, he enlisted in the army and served three years in the Philippines, Okinawa and Japan. In 1946 he was admitted to the bar and started practicing law. In 1975 he gave up private practice to become an assistant state’s attorney; he served as a part-time public defender from 1964-69 and a part-time assistant state’s attorney.

He was an active member of the Jewish Community Center’s board in the 1950s and 1960s, and was also active in the West Hartford Art League, organizing a successful exhibit of artwork by local lawyers, as well as a coach for Little League football in the early 1960s.