Louis Nassau


Inducted into Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1983

Growing up in Hartford, Nassau was captain of Weaver High School’s first basketball team and was selected as All-State forward. When his family moved to New Haven, he played on Hillhouse High School’s team, winning the State High School Championship for 1925 and 1926. As an undergraduate at Yale, he became the basketball team’s high scorer, and winner of the East Coast foul shooting record. He was named to the All-Eastern Intercollegiate Team in 1928.

During law school, he played on the famous all-Jewish Atlas Team of New Haven that won the city-wide championship.

As an attorney, Nassau became active in politics and community service, and served as president of the Hartford Board of Alderman and as Acting Mayor of Hartford. In 1949, Louis Nassau joined Edward Rogin to create the law partnership of Rogin & Nassau, which grew to become one of Hartford’s top mid-size law firms.