Gerald Joseph Veverka, AIA, Bay Area Architect, passed away at home on April 4, 2014 from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Jerry was the son of John and Irene Veverka, born in Chicago on March 4, 1941.
He came to San Francisco in 1968 after graduation from the University of Illinois and working for several Midwestern firms. After 13 years of professional practice, he returned to graduate school and earned a Master of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley, and served on the faculty of California Polytechnic State University for the next three years.
Returning to San Francisco in 1980, he spent the next five years managing several large and complex office park projects as an Associate with MBT Associates. In 1986, Jerry established Veverka Architects, designing many contemporary residential and commercial projects in the Bay Area. He taught perspective drawing and architectural design for many years at U.C. Extension.
Jerry worked with his wife Claudia as an advocate for persons with severe mental illness and served two terms as president of the California Alliance on Mental Illness. Drawing, painting and sculpture were his passion and his work has been exhibited in group shows in San Francisco and the Midwest.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Claudia Kruse, son Eric Veverka, daughter Daina Veverka Visek (Tony), grandchildren Ryan and Nina, his brother Donald Veverka and sister Joanne Narut as well as many loving cousins, nieces and nephews and his business partner of many years Johanna Forman.
Donations can be made to the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design Archives, Wurster Hall #208, Berkeley, CA 94720 or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness / Sacramento, 3440 Viking Drive, Suite 125, Sacramento, CA 95827-2844