Walt Imhoff knew to listen to another human heart and give of himself in kind. First, he was extraordinarily successful and philanthropic. You would regularly see him smiling from the society pages with his beloved wife Georgia at his side. After her death in 2009, the smile faded. He prevailed but never recovered. When Walt Imhoff died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at age 82, the Lion of 17th Street left an enormous hole in our hearts.
Born in Denver on Aug. 7, 1931, Mr. Imhoff earned a BS in business from Regis in 1955. Initially vice president at Coughlin and Co., he left five years later to join Hanifen, Imhoff & Samford. In 1980, the firm changed its name to Hanifen, Imhoff. By then, the company was one of largest banking firms in the Rocky Mountain Region. In 2000, the company merged with Stifel, Nicolaus, where Imhoff was managing director until his retirement in 2007.