Herbert David “Herb” Kelleher

Herbert David “Herb” Kelleher

Birth
Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Death 3 Jan 2019 (aged 87)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 195774643 · View Source
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American attorney, businessman, airline innovator. Kelleher was nothing short of a Texas icon. After obtaining a law degree, Kelleher and co-founder Rollin King sketched out their plan for Southwest Airlines on a cocktail napkin in a San Antonio restaurant. In 1971, with just three aircraft, the airline flew 12 daily routes between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The "Love Airline" succeeded by a strategy of offering low fares to its passengers, eliminating unnecessary services, and avoiding the "hub-and-spoke" scheduling system used by other airlines. Kelleher rocked the airline establishment with a simple idea, that flying should be affordable for all Texans. "The air service at that time in Texas was very poor quality and the prices were very high," Kelleher said. "We wanted to set Texans free because they were captive. There were monopolies in the air and we were out to destroy them." He cultivated Southwest's dedication to customer service and in short order Southwest wasn't so little anymore, growing beyond Texas and spreading its wings from coast to coast. As it did, Kelleher became one of the world's most admired business leaders for his powerful blend of profits and personality. He led Southwest until 2008, never taking a pay raise or bonus, leading Fortune magazine to call him "perhaps the best CEO in America." In 2010, Kelleher was appointed Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board of directors. "Herb was a pioneer, a maverick, and an innovator. His vision revolutionized commercial aviation and democratized the skies. Herb’s passion, zest for life, and insatiable investment in relationships made lasting and immeasurable impressions on all who knew him and will forever be the bedrock and esprit de corps of Southwest Airlines," the airline said in a statement. He is survived by his spouse, the former Joan Negley, and four children.


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  • Created by: RAy&Jay
  • Added: 3 Jan 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 195774643
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herbert David “Herb” Kelleher (12 Mar 1931–3 Jan 2019), Find a Grave Memorial no. 195774643, ; Maintained by RAy&Jay (contributor 47475837) Burial Details Unknown.