Timothy J. May
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MAY TIMOTHY J. MAY Timothy J. May, a long-time civic leader and senior partner in the Washington DC law firm of Patton Boggs, passed away Wednesday October 19, 2011, at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland, from complications of sepsis. He had been suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 79 years old. Mr. May was born in Denver, Colorado on August 3, 1932. A graduate of Regis Jesuit High School, he was a recipient of the John K. Mullen scholarship to attend The Catholic University of America from which he graduated in 1954. In 1957, he received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetown Law Journal. After graduation from law school, Mr. May clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the Honorable John Danaher. Soon thereafter he joined the Washington, DC law firm of Covington & Burling as an associate. In 1961, he joined the Kennedy Administration as special counsel to the Kennedy White House. In 1963, President Kennedy appointed Mr. May to serve as the Managing Director of the Federal Maritime Commission. He continued to serve in that capacity under President Lyndon B. Johnson until 1966 when President Johnson appointed him to be the General Counsel of the United States Post Office Department. As General Counsel, he led a study that resulted in the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. In 1969, Mr. May joined the law firm of Patton Boggs and served as its Managing Partner from 1984 to 1996. His law practice focused on regulatory, legislative and judicial matters involving the Postal Service. During his tenure as Managing Partner he expanded the number of attorneys from 76 to over 230. Through his leadership as Managing Partner, Patton Boggs became a major force in the pro bono community, providing both legal manpower and funding to numerous organizations and individuals. Mr. May received many awards for his civic leadership. Most notably he served as President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, which named him "Lawyer of the Year" in 1999; President of the Council for Court Excellence; and was a Trustee of the Washington D.C. Legal Aid Society, which awarded him its annual "Servant of Justice Award" in 1997. He also received the Presidential Award for Public Administration from President Lyndon B. Johnson. Mr. May had been extensively involved with The Catholic University of America and the Catholic Church. He served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of The Catholic University of America and was a Trustee Emeritus at the time of his death. He was a long-time supporter of Catholic Charities and received the Caritas Award from the Archdiocese of Washington in 1998. Mr. May was a Knight of the Order of Malta, and a Knight of The Constantinian Order of St. George. Mr. May was very active in a wide range of activities on behalf of his adopted city of Washington D.C. He was a member of the Federal City Council and served on the Board of the Economic Club of Washington and several Mayoral Committees. One of his proudest accomplishments was the integral role he played, as Vice Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Presidential Vote, in securing the 1961passage of the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted D.C. residents the right to vote in presidential elections. Mr. May was a member of the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, Congressional Country Club, and Indian Creek Country Club, where he served as President. He was an avid golfer and an accomplished pianist. Mr. May is survived by Monica, his wife of 54 years, and his five children, Stephanie J. May, of Washington, DC; Maureen E. May of Bethesda, Maryland; Cynthia M. May of Washington, D.C.; Timothy J. May, Jr. (Jodie Donovan) of Bethesda, Maryland; and Dr. Anthony C. May (Chrissa Schenendorf) of York, PA; his brother Thomas H. May (Sally), of Denver, Colorado; and five grandchildren, Felix, Timothy, Nicholas, Alexander and Madeline. Memorial and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Crypt Church in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 10 a.m. with reception to follow. Private interment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School (Takoma Park, MD) and St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home (Hyattsville, MD). Arrangements by JOSEPH GAWLER'S SONS.


Published by The Washington Post from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, 2011.
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Dear Monica,
Sad to read of Tim's passing in the Georgetown magazine. I saw Tim at our 50th reunion in 2007. Tim's law school days were clear evidence that he was destined to be a leader, and a successful lawyer. He was that, and more! Being a friend of Tim's was a great pleasure, and I shall miss him. Our condolences and prayers are with you Monica.
Ed and Barara McKeown, Newport RI
June 19, 2012
Dear Monica - We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your beloved husband. I remember when you were dating Tim at Dunbarton College! Our prayers go out to you all. Sincerely, Kathleen (Schlaich) Monahan DHC '59
Chuck & Kathy Monahan
November 10, 2011
Hard to reconcile to Tim's passing. He was a special friend
since our high school days. Most sincere condolences to
Monica and to all of the May family.
- - Larry Purcelll
Lawrence Purcell
November 4, 2011
What a friend we had in Tim. There was always that smile to make us feel good, the word to give us courage, and something to look forward to in the future.
Being in Washington will not be the same without you.
mel cottone
October 25, 2011
I remeber Tim so fondly, and with great admiration of his ability as my Managing Partner. Never, ever, lost his composure. So very much missed.
A. Holt Gwyn, Greensboro NC
October 25, 2011
Mr tim may,mentor and friend may he rest on peace.with admiration
Dave Cavalier
October 23, 2011
Prayers and Condolences to the May Family at this time of deep loss and sadness from all of us at Don Bosco Cristo Rey. Tim May was a terrific mentor and enthusiastic supporter for our mission and we are grateful. Our love to Monica and the whole family. Fr. Steve Shafran, SDB (DBCR President)
Fr. Steve Shafran, SDB
October 21, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
With love,
Laura and Peter
Laura Bilodeau
October 21, 2011
I'm so sorry to read about Mr. May. You may not remember me, but I was a babysitter for your children when you lived in Sumner.
I live in Rockville, MD with my husband. I had a daughter who is married in Olney, MD with a son of 3 yrs. Since I take care of my grandson it reminds me of your lovely family. Please accept my sincere condolences to all of your family. Jackie Porter Doane
October 21, 2011
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