Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from July 18, 1978, until he resigned June 30, 1982.
Born at Muscatine, Iowa, December 14, 1928, a descendant of pioneer settlers, He attended Grinnell College and was graduated from Colorado College at Colorado Springs in 1952. In 1955 he was graduated from the Drake University Law School. Thereafter he engaged in general trial practice in Des Moines until he began his judicial career in 1975. In that year he was appointed Judge of the District Court for the Fifth Judicial District. He served in that capacity for seventeen months before he was appointed to the newly created Court of Appeals in 1976. The other members of that court selected him as its first Chief Judge, a position in which he served until appointed to the Supreme Court. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Since his resignation from the court, Justice Allbee has engaged in the practice of law in Des Moines.