Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 131, page(s) 727-728


Abraham Wofsey was born in Russia in 1889 and came to this country at the age of seventeen. He devoted a good portion of his youth to educational pursuits, and the improvement of his mind was uppermost in his thoughts throughout his life. The pressure and necessity of earning a livelihood while obtaining his legal education proved no insurmountable obstacle either to his scholastic attainments while at college or to his subsequent admission to the bar. He received his legal education at New York University Law School, from which he was graduated cum laude in 1913. Admitted to practice in Connecticut in 1914, he came to Stamford in the fall of that year and throughout his legal career maintained his office there. In 1922, he became associated in practice with Samuel Gordon, and in 1933 formed an association in the practice of law with his brother, Michael, which continued until the time of his death December 27, 1944.

In 1918, Abraham Wofsey was appointed assistant prosecuting attorney of the City Court of Stamford and through progressive steps advanced to the respective position of prosecutor and judge of the City Court, which he fulfilled with integrity, outstanding ability, devotion to a public trust and fairness and justice to both the individual and the state. Possessing a keen, brilliant and analytical mind and loving his profession, he became an outstanding lawyer and won the respect of his brethren at the bar throughout the state. His good judgment, vision and sound logic made him a safe adviser. He excelled in the ability to present his arguments and facts with tact, dignity and patience. He was earnest and sincere in his efforts to avoid litigation on behalf of his clients where results could otherwise be obtained, and by his fairness, logic, and persuasion often solved the most perplexing problems to the mutual advantage of all concerned. He never talked down to anyone and was a good listener, quick to appreciate another's point of view. He was able to express, with entire clarity, his conclusions in an argument or a brief. He derived the utmost satisfaction from a job thoroughly done, regardless of his client's ability to pay for the time consumed. His experience, energy and helping hand were always at the disposal of the younger members of the bar, many of whom came to him for guidance and advice.

As a citizen, his life abounded in service and friendships. Charity, kind words and thoughtful deeds, both in private and public life, marked his every move. He was a leading member of the Jewish commonwealth, both locally and nationally, and headed a great many of the philanthropic, religious and cultural undertakings. He likewise devoted much of his brief, unselfish life to furthering worthwhile civic enterprises, and at the time of his death was actively and conscientiously serving as secretary of the Stamford Consolidation Commission.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Bluming, whom he married in 1914; by two sons, Earl J., a member of the armed forces of the United States and himself an attorney at law, and Robert, a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and by his daughter, Sybil, a graduate of Michigan University.

Judge Wofsey will perhaps be longest remembered for his capacity for making and keeping friends. Rarely has there been a member of the Connecticut bar and of the community in which he lived whose death has so sincerely affected so many people in so personal a way. His character and ability would have entitled him to profound respect, but the feeling which most men had for him went far deeper than that. It was a spontaneous tribute to a kindly, learned and cultured gentleman whose natural courtesy and friendliness were at once a distinction and a happiness. He lived in accordance with the true law of life. He loved God and was faithful to his country and honest with his neighbor.