Jesse K. Greenbaum


Jesse K. Greenbaum, a champion swimmer and golfer who spent all of his professional career in the automobile business, died of cancer Wednesday at his home. He was 65.

Services for Mr. Greenbaum will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1108 Providence Road.

Mr. Greenbaum, who lived in the Towson area, retired in 1981 as owner and president of Suburban Chevrolet on Belair Road.

He earned 10 letters during his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina; six in swimming, three in soccer and one in lacrosse. He graduated in 1945.

He was the first Marylander to make the All-America team in swimming, and his six letters in one sport still stand as a National Collegiate Athletic Association record.

In 1950, he and two friends swam Chesapeake Bay from Bay Shore Park to Tolchester Beach, a distance of about nine miles, in four hours and 54 minutes.

As a golfer, he won three club championships at his home Towson Golf & Country Club course, and 15 straight club seniors championships. He scored 12 holes in one, the most recent in June of last year.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Frances Plewacki, two sons, Thomas Greenbaum of Los Angeles and Robert Greenbaum of Towson; and two brothers, Leon Greenbaum and Arthur Greenbaum, both of Annapolis.

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