Giermak died from complications following a stroke he suffered on Saturday in Erie, Pa., according to the college.
Giermak, a 6-foot-6 center, played 1947-50 and scored 2,052 points. The mark lasted 65 years until Feb. 25, when W&M senior guard Marcus Thornton surpassed that total. Thornton enters Tuesday's NIT game at Tulsa with 2,155 points.
After a stellar high school career in Chicago and a stint in the military, Giermak came to W&M. He led the Tribe in scoring 1948-50 and was drafted by the NBA’s Rochester Royals.
Instead, Giermak opted to play AAU basketball and then began a successful business career. Later, he and his wife, Dorothy, who were married during Giermak’s senior year at W&M, endowed a basketball scholarship at the university.
In lieu of flowers, Giermak requested that donations be made to the Tribe Club.