Alumnus Walter Imhoff made a lasting impact on Regis University, its students and the Denver community
A highly respected and integral member of the Regis University and Denver communities has passed away. Walter Imhoff, a Denver native, died on Feb. 11, at the age of 82. On top of his remarkable professional achievements in the investment banking industry, Imhoff was a dedicated philanthropist and engaged alumnus of Regis University. Regarded as a “lion” in the financial world, he showed the same intensity of commitment and focus in his volunteer and philanthropic roles.
Imhoff was born in 1931 and graduated from what was then Regis College in 1955. Not long after graduation, he started at Coughlin and Company, a top financial firm in Denver. Within a few years, he branched off to start a new firm, Hanifen, Imhoff & Samford. The company was quite a successful venture, garnering $1 billion in sales in the years that followed. Imhoff merged the firm with Stifel, Nicolaus in 2000 and he eventually retired from his senior vice president position in 2007.
Though his business achievements were extensive, his dedication to his alma mater and philanthropic needs in the Denver metro area were a true testament to his character. He became heavily involved with Regis alumni and volunteer opportunities shortly after graduating and over the years served as the treasurer, vice chairman and chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 1998 he became a Life Trustee. In addition, he was awarded the Alumni Service Award in 1973 and the Alumni Sustained Outstanding Service Award in 1980, an award that was established to honor him.
Both he and his late wife, Georgia, were on various boards for organizations in the Denver area that served nursing programs, hospitals, child abuse prevention efforts, economic development and other areas of need in the urban community. Together they helped raise funds and provided their own time and support far and wide across the city.
Imhoff embodied the Jesuit value of generosity. His dedication to the University and philanthropic activities will always be remembered and honored. He will be greatly missed.