Jim Giebel, Georgetown basketball star and car salesman

November 17, 2013

Jim Giebel, a standout basketball player at Georgetown University who later had a long career in auto sales, died Oct. 19 at Heritage Hall nursing facility in Leesburg, Va. He was 94.

The cause was heart disease, his son Jim Giebel Jr. said.

James Adam Giebel was a native Washingtonian and a 1938 graduate of St. John’s College High School. He was an all-District center at St. John’s and led his team to the city’s high school basketball championship in 1938.

At Georgetown, the 6-foot-2 Mr. Giebel was among the Hoyas’ tallest players and was a two-year starter at forward. In 1940-41, Georgetown had a 16-4 record and was recognized as one of the top teams in the country.

Mr. Giebel left Georgetown at the beginning of World War II to enter the Army. He served primarily in India and reached the rank of captain.

After the war, he worked in auto sales for McKee Pontiac and later Blank Pontiac in the District. He then worked for several years at the CIA as a visitors’ escort before retiring in the 1980s.

Mr. Giebel lived in Bethesda before moving to McLean. He was a member of St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean.

His wife of 69 years, Kathryn “Kay” McKee Giebel, died in 2011. Survivors include five children, Georgeanna Matson of Havelock, N.C., Jim Giebel Jr. of Rochester, Minn., Kathy Corbett of Ashburn, Va., Ken Giebel of Sterling, Va., and Mary Keimig of Middletown, Md.; a sister, Mary Cahill of the District; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel

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