Son of Martin Behrman, a New Orleans Mayor, and Julia Collins.
W. Stanley served as an army Captain in WWI, having been commissioned a first lieutenant at Fort Logan H. Root, Little Rock, Arkansas. He was commissioned a captain shortly before he sailed for France in December 1916. He was attached to the construction forces and returned home in April 1919.
W. Stanley married Alva Bond Ehrhart November 28, 1940 in a quiet ceremony at Judge Nat W. Bond's home on Carondelet St. The Rev. W. W. Holmes officiated.