1940s W&M basketball star Chet Giermak dies at age 87

The College of William and Mary announced Monday night that Chet Giermak, who until a few weeks ago was the Tribe's all-time leading scorer in men's basketball, has died. He was 87.

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.

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