1910 - 2007
Mr. Giebner was born in Saxony, Germany December 1910. He was reared in the German countryside until the age of fifteen, when he moved to Chicago, Illinois. Due to his lack of formal training in the English language, he elected to play “catch up" in night school and completed all 8 grades of grammar school in a year and a half. He then proceeded through Carl Schurz high school in Chicago and received his college degree from Northwestern University after seven years of night school.
Mr. Geibner was a soccer player in the Chicago area, and was the senior goalie from 1929 through 1936. During the 1936 season, facial stitches as well as a broken foot prompted the change from player to referee.
The late 30s had Richard Giebner refereeing major national cup garnes and in 1939 he was the referee for the Inter-city rivalry between St. Louis and Chicago.
The Second World War then took Mr. Giebner out of the middle of the fleld until 1946. Upon returning to Chicago, his career resumed and by 1959 he was one ofthe chosen referees for the Pan American games in Chicago.
In 1963 he was elected to the F.I.F.A. as one of the seven referees representing the United States in that world soccer body. Mr. Giebner’s game experience ranged from World Cup elimination games in Costa Rica to the U.S. final game in Los Angeles. His career total of over 20 international matches gives him a degree of experience unmatched by many.
Dick Giebner moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1977 and has been an active referee as well as organizer of many related soccer groups that, through his dedication, have brought Tucson soccer where it is today, a viable, growing, healthy sport for all.
... We all miss him.