Herbert David Kelleher

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Herbert David Kelleher was born in Camden, New Jersey back in 1931.  He was raised in Audubon, New Jersey graduating from Haddon Heights High School.  After graduation, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University.  He continued his education with a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.

After graduation he clerked for a New Jersey Supreme Court Justice.  He moved to Texas, but I do not have the date.  In 1978, he was installed as Chairman of the Board of Southwest Airlines.  He stepped down in 2007, retiring.  In 2010 he was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  He died in 2019, he was 87.

What you may not know about Herbert is that he was he co-founder, later chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines.

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Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Mr. Kelleher had great business sense and a good heart.  Southwest Airlines is a wonderful carrier. It's the only way to fly.

Jan 27, 2021 03:09 AM #2
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have flown on Southwest Airlines many times but I never knew about this man.

Jan 27, 2021 04:21 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James. Can't say I know much about Southwest Airlines, so no surprise I didn't recognize Kelleher's name.

Jan 27, 2021 04:30 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - like Brian England, I have flown Southwest Airlines many times over the years but Mr. Kelleher's name is what I didn't recall when I initially saw your post title.  Thank you for his story.  

Jan 27, 2021 04:33 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - oh yes, he was a pioneer who created a wonderful airline.

Jan 27, 2021 04:49 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. It has been quite some time since I knew the name and claim to fame. Today is one of those rare days. Enjoy your day.

Jan 27, 2021 04:50 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Hopefully, we will be boarding any airline soon!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 27, 2021 04:56 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

The airlines sure "ain't what they used to be" James Dray . I remember when it was glamorous to fly, stweardesses were beautiful/greaceful women, and it wasn't an invasion of privacy to walk into and thru an airport.

Jan 27, 2021 06:03 AM #9
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray Even more important - EVERY person I know that ever worked for Soouthwest Airlines LOVED Herb.

Jan 27, 2021 06:25 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jan 27, 2021 06:47 AM #11
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

I'm slow off the blocks today!!!

Jan 27, 2021 06:48 AM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Such interesting people you find on your daily travels. A life well lived!

Jan 27, 2021 07:01 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I knew this one...one of the most interesting stories about Kelleher is that he had a branding dispute with another airlines that was copying him.  Instead of a law suit, he suggested that they settle it chairman to chairman with arm wrestling.  They sold tickets to the event that went to charity and Kelleher won...A

Jan 27, 2021 07:54 AM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I didn't know that he had passed away but he was always very popular and his TV commercials for Southwest Airlines Were awesome James Dray 




Jan 27, 2021 08:09 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I actually knew who this was. He was an impressive individual!

Jan 27, 2021 08:19 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- the name sounded familiar but I couldn't figure out why. 

Jan 27, 2021 10:27 AM #17
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I know I knew that name from somewhere previously. Thanks for getting me to pull it from the depths James.

Jan 27, 2021 11:10 AM #18
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

 Herbert Kelleher had a very interesting life and accomplished a lot.

Thank you for sharing.

Jan 27, 2021 06:08 PM #19
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I flew Southwest a lot......

Jan 28, 2021 09:11 AM #20
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I did not remember the name but when  I saw the picture that Barbara Todaro posted the light went off yes I remembered that photo and the man... on a side note I flew on one of those planes and I see the planes landing daily at LAX, Endre

Jan 30, 2021 10:50 PM #21
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