Delaware General Assembly



NO. 40


WHEREAS, the members of the 126th General Assembly have learned with regret of the death of John Behen Maybee, a prominent attorney and distinguished gentleman of Kent County; and

WHEREAS, John Behen Maybee has appeared before the Senate on many occasions, the most recent being within the past month, where his stature as an orator and scholar were eloquently portrayed; and

WHEREAS, John Behen Maybee was known to the residents of Dover and Kent County as an individual who patterned his life after no one and was his own man; and

.WHEREAS, John's attitudes and outlooks carried over from his high school days at Dover High School where he was nicknamed "Senator" and was the President of the National Honor Society and a member of the National Thespian Society for four years, and an appointee to Boys State in his Junior year; and

WHEREAS, upon graduation in 1950 he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Delaware before being drafted into the United States Army in 1952, from which he was honorably discharged in 1954; and

WHEREAS, he then attended the Michigan State University and the University of Delaware before graduating from the University of Penn Law School in 1959; and

WHEREAS, John served his clerkship under Judges Storey and Terry in the Supreme Court until 1961 when he began practice with Joshua Twilley, and was appointed Deputy Attorney General from 1962 to 1965; and

WHEREAS, he began his practice in April 1966 and also

began to establish his reputation as an attorney who did his utmost to perpetuate social justice before the courts of this county; and

WHEREAS, John Behen Maybee was an active member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Delaware Bar Association and the B.P.O.E. organization; and

WHEREAS, his interest in life manifested itself in his personal interest in architecture and his patronage and support of Delaware artists; and

WHEREAS, these interests exemplified the multi-faceted personality of a man who was the epitome of the world "gentleman", John Behen Maybee.


BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the 126th General Assembly and the Governor of Delaware extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John Behen Maybee.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the text of this resolution be spread upon the Journals of both the Senate and House of Representatives and that copies of this resolution be sent to John's widow, Sandra, and his two daughters, twelve year old Andrea, and eleven year old Melissa; to his mother, Mrs. Mary Behen Maybee, and to his brother and sister, Mr. Joseph Maybee and Mrs. Richard W. Schoonmaker.

Approved April 26,1972.