|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1914|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1948|
Jeanne Braniff Terrell was the only daughter of Braniff Airways, Inc., founder Thomas Elmer Braniff and his wife Bess Thurman Braniff. Ms. Terrell was also the only sister to Mr. and Mrs. Braniff's only son, Thurman Braniff. Jeanne Braniff Terrell was born on October 5, 1914.
Ms. Terrell was born in Oklahoma City and received her first education in Oklahoma City Parochial Schools and later attended Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas. She first attended college at Rosary College, in River Forest, Illinois and then continued her education abroad in Switzerland at Villa de Hautes Etudes. Terrell returned to the Oklahoma City area and obtained her degree at the University of Oklahoma at Norman. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority while attending the Norman university.
Jeanne Braniff began working for Braniff Airways, Inc. in the 1930s with positions in the Personnel and Traffic Departments. In 1941, she moved to Dallas, Texas, as Braniff was preparing to move its headquarters to Love Field, where she met Dr. Alexander W. Terrell. They married in Oklahoma City on December 1, 1941.
Jeanne possessed unique artistic abilities and became interested in various design aspects of Braniff Airways. In 1939, she worked closely with Douglas Aircraft to design a series of striking interiors for Braniff's newly ordered Douglas DC-3 aircraft which would be delivered to the carrier beginning in late 1939. Jeanne Braniff wanted to create an interior environment that passengers could feel was a "home in the sky."
Elegant interior fabrics with unique blending of colors along with plush carpeting were an integral part of Ms. Terrell's luxurious DC-3 interior environment. However, her most memorable creation for the interiors were a series of photomurals of Braniff destinations that were placed on the bulkeads at the front of the aircraft for passengers to view. The photomurals were selected from over 2000 LIFE MAGAZINE file photographs and the culled down to 962 photographs that were then further reviewed at the Oklahoma City Headquarters. The murals were printed in a soothing sepia tone that made the cabin feel larger and very open at the front of the aircraft.
The seat fabrics that Jeanne selected were a fabric called Sunrose which was a light wine color that was accented by blonde primavera wood paneling applied to the sides of each seat and along the lower portion of the cabin. Drapes were a deeper wine color than the seats that blended elegantly with the light pastel green doeskin fabric of the cabin walls and ceilings. Ms. Terrell wanted to create an environment that would be like a home in sky without necessarily doing something just to be different.
Ms. Terrell would continue her work in the Braniff Personnel Department but her success with the DC-3 interiors led her to design the Douglas DC-4 and Douglas DC-6 cabin interiors. On the DC-6 aircraft she created a unique series of photomurals that featured a South American theme. She also designed Braniff Hostess Uniforms and created the Hostess Room at the Dallas Love Field Terminal Building on Lemmon Avenue.
Jeanne with her Mom Bess Braniff, founded the BNF Women's Auxiliary in 1942 to help contribute to the war effort and continued forward with this organization after the war was ended. Ms. Terrell was also a member of and involved in the Junior League, Child Guidance Clinic, and the Helen Keller Foundation. She was also a sponsor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Theater in 1948 and a member of the Braniff Foundation Board of Directors.
On January 9, 1948, Jeanne Braniff Terrell died while in childbirth. Her husband Alexander Terrell suffered from severe hypertension of which there was no treatment for in 1940s and died a year later in 1949. A Braniff aircraft flew over the church in Dallas, Texas, where Ms. Terrell's funeral was being held at 11AM, January 11, 1948. She was only 33 years of age.
The Braniff Women's Auxiliary created the Jeanne Braniff Terrell Scholarship Endowment Fund in collaboration with Texas Christian University in Ft Worth, Texas in 1988. The recipient of a Braniff Terrell Scholarship must only have attended one of the four listed North Texas universities to be eligible for selection. The Braniff Clipped B's Association of Braniff Flight Attendants continues to provide monetary support to the Scholarship fund through various fundraising activities.
Bio by: Richard Cass, Braniff Preservation Group, Dallas, Texas
A very proud father, Tom Braniff, with his daughter, Jeanne Braniff Terrell, in the cockpit of one of the new Douglas DC-3s. The photo is dated 1940
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Thomas Elmer Braniff (1883 - 1954)
Bess Thurman Braniff (1887 - 1954)
Alexander W Terrell (1908 - 1949)*
Jeanne Terrell (1947 - 1947)*
Jeanne Braniff Terrell (1914 - 1948)
Thurman Braniff (1918 - 1938)*
Calvary Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Section H
Created by: TLH
Record added: Aug 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41326026