Profiles

Stanley Giraitis

Stanley was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982. His citation is copied below:

Stanley B. (Gerry) Giraitis, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, entered Washington College in the fall of 1926 and was graduated in June, 1930, magna cum laude, ranking second in his class. He spent a busy four years on the campus participating in many activities, in addition to athletics. He was a member of the Glee Club, a member of the student council, president of the Blue Key Honor Society, and vice president of his class. At the commencement exercises in 1930 he was awarded the Gold Pentagon as that student who had contributed most for the college during that year. He was also the recipient of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter medal as the Best All Around Senior.

Gerry was one of the most exciting basketball players it has been the good fortune of Washington College to claim as her own. He had an uncanny ability to score goals in the days when team scores were usually limited to the thirties and low forties. He had the ability to shoot with either hand, was a fine outside shot, and excellent dribbler and was the possessor of deceptive moves on the offense. He gained national prominence for the college and for himself when his feat of making five goals in 59 seconds appeared in Ripley’s Cartoon “Believe It Or Not”. Gerry was captain of the 1929-30 basketball team. The Baltimore Sun selected him on its All Maryland basketball team for three successive years.

He was also a very fine baseball player playing second base on the college team for four years. And during one season, at least, was a member of the track team as a high jumper.

His constant striving to succeed is reflected in his steady advance with Schenley Industries with whom he began as a salesman and progressed to the position of Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager.

Gerry continued his interest in sports, substituting golf for the more strenuous sports of his youth. As a golfer he has won nine club championships and five invitational champion-ships. Even in his retirement he has continued to be active on the golf links.

Washington College takes pride in inducting Stanley B. Giraitis in the Athletic Hall of Fame this October 15, 1982.