George W. Schnabel, 85, a salesman and sales manager who later ran an executive search and placement company, died Nov. 20 at his home in Silver Spring.

He had arteriosclerosis, said his daughter, Kaaren Schnabel Agnez.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1969, Mr. Schnabel was a salesman and sales manager with Xerox, RCA and other companies in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

In 1971, he founded Computrade, which he operated until about 10 years ago. The business specialized in the finding and placement of executives in banking and computer-related businesses.

George William Schnabel was born in New York City and grew up in Cedar Knolls, N.J. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and he graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1948.

Mr. Schnabel was an enthusiastic golfer and a member of River Bend Country Club in Great Falls. He organized efforts to send care packages to U.S. service members overseas. He traveled and did landscape photography and was a member of the Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville.

His 25-year marriage to Jean Flarty ended in divorce, as did his 19-year marriage to Debra Lauritzen.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Kaaren Schnabel Agnez and William W. Schnabel, both of Rockville, and George J. Schnabel of Mullins, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes