John Behan (educationist)
Behan was educated at University High School, and at Caulfield Grammar School (where in 1895 he was dux) in Melbourne, Australia; and then at the University of Melbourne where he studied law and was awarded the Supreme Court Prize for being the top law student in his graduating class.
On 30 July 1907, Behan married Violet Greta Caldwell.
He studied for both his Bachelor of Arts in jurisprudence and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees at Hertford College at the University of Oxford, was admitted to the Middle Temple of the Inns of Court and was a Fellow of University College at the University of Oxford, lecturing in law and became dean of the college in 1914.
Behan was Warden of Trinity College, Melbourne from May 1918 until his retirement in 1946; he had studied at the college on a scholarship during his undergraduate education and was the first alumnus of the college to become its head. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree from the university in 1924. He is the second longest serving warden of Trinity and was made a Knight Bachelor upon his retirement.
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- University of Melbourne (2009). Rhodes Scholars Elected for Victoria Archived 6 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
- "Weddings", The Leader [Melbourne], 3 Aug. 1907, p. 46.
- Australian Honours (2006). Behan, John Clifford Valentine. Retrieved 2006-06-12.
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