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Al Giles (standing, fourth from left), a member of the 1953-54 Seattle U men's basketball team that won 26...
Courtesy: Seattle University
Seattle U Basketball Alum Al Giles Passes Away
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  05/05/2014

Lee Allan "Al" Giles, a member of the Seattle University varsity men's basketball team from 1953 to 1955, passed away March 8, 2014, at the age of 84.

Before coming to Seattle U, Giles served in the United States Navy as a gunner on a battleship during the Korean War. He was a member of the Navy boxing team, won the championship of his fleet, and went three rounds with then-heavyweight champion Joe Louis.

Giles came to Seattle U in 1952 and played on the freshman basketball team in 1952-53 before moving up to the varsity squad in 1953-54, where he helped the team win 26 games in a row, a school record that still stands. In his two seasons with the Seattle U basketball team, he averaged 1.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, and his squads went to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.

In May 1954, Giles was initiated into the Gamma Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. He returned to Seattle U to earn both his master's degree and Ph.D. in psychology. He was a renowned social worker and worked in many capacities as an advocate for troubled youth, as well as being the school psychologist for the Rention school district.

Giles was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetary in West Seattle on March 25. The thoughts and prayers of the Seattle U athletics department go out to his family and friends.

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