|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1936|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 2004|
W. Heyward McElveen died at the University of Virginia Hospital on Thursday, March 4, 2004, while awaiting a lung transplant. He battled pulmonary fibrosis for several years.
Mr. McElveen was born February 22, 1936, in Olanta, S.C., the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. McElveen. He received his early education in South Carolina and went on to achieve a bachelor of social work from R.P.I., now Virginia Commonwealth University, in 1959, and a master's degree in social work from West Virginia University in 1969. Mr. McElveen retired in 2000 from a long and well-respected career in social services.
Mr. McElveen began his career in Denver, Colo., in 1961, with a tour of duty at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, where he served as a psychiatric technician. Following his Army commitment, he performed social work at the Jewish Family and Children Services, also in Denver. In 1965, Mr. McElveen and his bride moved to Richmond, where he joined the Social Service Bureau as a Foster Care and Child Protective Services worker and supervisor of the Children's Day Care Unit. In 1970, he became a state supervisor for the Work Incentive Program with the Virginia Department of Welfare in Richmond, where he had other duties, such as working with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services.
In 1975, Mr. McElveen brought his wife and young daughter to Charlottesville, where he became department head and director of social services for the city. While serving in this capacity, he achieved national recognition for excellence in service delivery by having the only local social service agency in Virginia to receive prestigious accreditation by the Child Welfare League of America. In addition, he served as president of the Virginia League of Social Services Executives.
Mr. McElveen's career advanced in 1990 to deputy commissioner for the Department of Aging in Richmond, where he carried a major role in planning, coordinating, funding and evaluating programs and services for older Virginians. Prior to his retirement, he worked in Warrenton implementing welfare reform. Subsequently, he was an executive with the Fairfax Division of Child Support and Enforcement. During the course of his career, Mr. McElveen was affiliated with many professional organizations and was a former board member and president of Workshop V.
Known as "Heyward" to all who knew and loved him; he is survived by his wife, Camp Tolley McElveen; his daughter, Fairley Pilaro and her husband, Andrew; and three grandsons, William Keeling Pilaro, Christenson Steed Pilaro, and Anthony Finnegan Pilaro, all of Dublin, Ireland; as well as his brother, Dr. James A. McElveen of Sun Valley, Idaho. Also surviving are his parents-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Fairley Tolley of Williamsburg; two sisters-in-law, Alice Goodwin and her husband, Bill, of Richmond, and Gayford Bowden and her husband, Len, of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Dr. Robert F. Tolley Jr. of Falls Church; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held March 8, 2004, at St. Paul's, Ivy.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul's, Ivy.
Hill & Wood Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.
Created by: A. L. Parrish
Record added: Mar 10, 2011
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