A Denver native and World War II veteran who lived his entire life in Colorado, Eugene H. Vervalin (MSW ’47) had a profound and lasting effect on the both the city and the state. At a time when educational services and the chance to lead a productive life were virtually non-existent for children with disabilities, Vervalin helped to establish the Cerebral Palsy Association of Colorado and served as its Executive Director. Now celebrating its 65th anniversary, the Association provides early education, employment and family support for more than 38,000 Coloradans each year. Vervalin went on to serve 11 years as Metropolitan Director of the Mile High United Fund (now United Way). Additionally, he published a book entitled A Walk on the Westside in tribute to his Denver West High School alma mater.
Eugene Vervalin died in 2006.