Julian Glenwood Gibbs Sr., 85, a retired D.C. and federal government lawyer, died Tuesday at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis after a stroke.

He had moved to Annapolis three week ago from his home in Chevy Chase, where he had lived for many years.

Mr. Gibbs retired in 1967 as a lawyer with the city's Redevelopment Land Agency, which he had joined in the 1950s.

He was born in Washington and attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy. He was a graduate of Georgetown University Law School.

During the 1930s, Mr. Gibbs was a trial lawyer with the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department. He then worked for several private organizations and was in the private practice of law here.

He served with the 2nd Marine Division in France in World War I.

Mr. Gibbs had been an usher at Washington Cathedral. He had been a member of the D.C. Bar Association and the Congress Lodge of the Masons.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy S., of the home in Annapolis; three sons, Julian G. Jr., of Annapolis, Richard S., of Seattle, and William c., of Manassas, and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the building fund of the National Cathedral Association in Washington.