John W. T. Webb dies at 72 Salisbury lawyer

November 07, 1990

Services for John W. T. Webb, a Salisbury lawyer and banker who was active in church, education and community affairs, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Salisbury.

Mr. Webb, who was 72, died Sunday of a respiratory illness at the Peninsula General Hospital.

He was the senior partner in the firm of Webb, Burnett, Jackson, Cornbrooks & Wilber, with which he had been associated since 1950 when he joined his father in the firm, then known as Webb, Bounds and Travers.

Earlier, he was associated with a Baltimore firm that was the predecessor of Piper and Marbury.

A fellow of the American Trial Lawyers Association who served on the State Board of Law Examiners, he was a member of the American Jurisprudence Society and the Wicomico County, Maryland and American bar associations.

He had been chairman of the board of the old Salisbury National Bank. After a merger he was on the board of the First National Bank of Maryland and chairman of its Salisbury advisory board.

In the 1960s, he was on the Board of Building, Savings and Loan Association Commissioners and had served on an advisory board set up to oversee the savings and loan industry in Maryland.

The former chairman of the board of the Peninsula General Hospital had also been president of the Maryland Hospital Association. He was a member of a gubernatorial commission to control health costs, and he served on the board of University Hospital. He was a regent of the University of Maryland.

A founder and former chairman of the Greater Salisbury Committee, he was the first chairman of the Salisbury-Wicomico County Biracial Commission, which won a Sidney Hollander Foundation Award in 1962 for progress in race relations.

In the late 1970s, he chaired a committee that studied planning for what is now Salisbury State University and for the nearby University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He had been active in the early development of the Salisbury-Wicomico County Airport.

He chaired what is now the United Fund in Salisbury and the Wicomico County Chapter of the Red Cross. He was on the boards of the John B. Parsons Home for the Aged and the Wicomico Nursing Home, where he was also a member of the executive committee.

Born in Salisbury, he was a graduate of the Gilman School in Baltimore and, in 1941, of Williams College. After serving in the Army during World War II, he graduated from Harvard University's law school in 1948.

Long a vestryman at St. Peter's Church, he had been chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton. The Right Rev. Elliott L. Sorge, the Episcopal bishop of Easton, will conduct the funeral services.

Mr. Webb is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Jarman; two daughters, Elizabeth Penelope Webb of Alexandria, Va., and Margaret Frances Webb of Baltimore; and a son, J. W. Thompson Webb of Baltimore.

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