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Herb Kelleher

Mar 12, 1931 – Jan 3, 2019 (Age 87)


Porter Loring Mortuary Obituary

Herb Kelleher, the fun-loving and wickedly witty Founder, Chairman Emeritus, and former CEO of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co., died Thursday, January 3, 2019. He was 87. Herbert David Kelleher was born March 12, 1931, in Camden, New Jersey, and was reared in nearby Audubon, New Jersey,...

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Herb & Dan O' 1994

To one of the 'Greatest Leaders', I was so fortunate & blessed to be a part of Southwest Airlines for half of my life. Many of us, as myself would NOT be where we are today without the LUV gifted to us by Herb's touch. YOU are so missed. You'll always be my greatest memory of extraordinary experiences in such a very heartfelt culture. You were a brilliant & dedicated pioneer in aviation leadership & business strategy. YOU were the BEST! Godspeed my friend. LUV you.

San Antonio 1988 unveiling of Shamu


I just learned of Herb's passing in the recent issue of Southwest Magazine while travelling home from NY. For over 30 years I have been a loyal SW passenger due mainly to the way I have been treated by Southwest staff. This corporate culture emanates from the larger than life leader that Lived and demonstrated love, compassion, and genuinely enjoyed people. What a life! Douglas Gooch- St. Petersburg, FL

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Rest in Peace, Herb! Save a shot of Wild Turkey for me when I see you again.

Just a first class man in an industry that can bring out the best or the worst. He was the former. Admired by management, pilots flight attendants . Condolences.

Trevor Gagnier

Met Herb on 1971 when flew first flight on SWA Hou to Dal. Still flying and telling everyone how great Southwest is. I have known Colleen for almost as long and still communicate wth her. Nicest people in the world!