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Name Woolman, Collett Everman, 1889-1966
Othernames C.E.
Role CEO
Born 10/08/1889
Birthplace Bloomington, IN
Education Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering from University of Illinois
Occupation Delta's principal founder and first CEO. Woolman managed Delta from its incorporation in 1928, and acted as liaison with the Board of Directors. He was named President and General Manager on October 29, 1945, succeeding Mr. Faulk as President.

On November 1, 1965, Woolman reluctantly allowed the title of General Manager to be dropped, since this designation was no longer in fashion, and accepted the promotion to Chairman and CEO. He was Delta's first CEO. Woolman served in this capacity until his death on September 11, 1966.
Notes According to his granddaughter Susan Preston Coram, Woolman's first name was pronounced "COLL-ett". He was named after his father's favorite college professors: Collett and Everman.

For full biography, video and his famous quotes, called "Woolmanisms," see our C.E. Woolman page: http://www.deltamuseum.org/exhibits/delta-history/leaders
Relationships

Spouse Helen Fairchild Woolman
Children daughters Barbara Woolman Preston and Martha Woolman
Deceased 09/11/1966

Associated Records

Image of Huff Daland Petrel Blueprints - 1936

Huff Daland Petrel Blueprints - 1936

Set of Huff Daland Petrel (Huff Daland Duster) aircraft engineering plans, produced by the Delta Air Corporation in Monroe, Louisiana. Set consists of four as-built blueprints and four duplicate drawings. Original design by Huff Daland Airplanes, Inc.; revised by H.E. Dickard, Jr.; drawn by H.E. Dickard, Jr.; traced by H.E. Dickard, Jr. The set consists of the following: Blueprints: A. Huff Daland Petrel Lower Wing Layout, Drawing No. 101, Sheet No. 1, dated 6/6/1936. Dimensions: 65" 36" Scale 3 inches = 1 foot. B. Huff Daland Petrel Fuselage, Drawing No. 102, Sheet No. 2, dated 6/19/1936. Dimensions: 62" x 36" Scale: 3 inches = 1 foot. Outer edges slightly brittle, some rust damage.

Image of B.R. Coad Papers - 1918-1965

B.R. Coad Papers - 1918-1965

Personal papers of B.R. Coad, including photocopied newspaper clippings, business cards, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, and published entomology reports and bulletins. The clippings provide biographical information on Coad, as well as the history of crop dusting and Delta Air Lines. There are also articles from Peruvian newspapers in Spanish language. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1939-1949, and includes correspondence with cotton growers in the Canete Valley, Peru, where Coad did freelance consulting work to assist hacienda owners with their crop infestations. There is also correspondence with B. R. Webster of the Chipman Chemical Company and Ralph R. Root, who s

Image of Delta Flying Colonel Award - 02/18/1956

Delta Flying Colonel Award - 02/18/1956

Flying Colonel certificate presented to Nic L. Knoph, signed by C.E. Woolman, president of Delta, February 18, 1956. Printed with gold/black text superimposed over a light gray silhouette of a Douglas DC-7. Black text: GREETINGS / KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS THAT / Mr. Nic L. Knoph [calligraphy] / IS HEREBY COMMISSIONED A / FLYING COLONEL / OF DELTA AIR LINES / In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of aviation and for his support of air transportation."

Image of Huff Daland Duster Technical Drawings - ca. 05/1936

Huff Daland Duster Technical Drawings - ca. 05/1936

Set of four Huff Daland Duster preliminary scale drawings, drafted by H.E. "Herb" Dickard, Jr. Pencil drawings on blank telegram forms.

Image of C.E. Woolman's Business Card - ca. 1930-1934

C.E. Woolman's Business Card - ca. 1930-1934

One side of business card is a black-and-white photograph showing an aircraft doing crop dusting. Reverse side is engraved: "C.E. Woolman / Vice Pres. and Gen. Mgr. / DELTA AIR CORPORATION / Monroe, La., U.S.A."

Image of C.E. Woolman's Business Card - ca. 1930-1934

C.E. Woolman's Business Card - ca. 1930-1934

One side of business card is a black-and-white photograph showing an aircraft doing crop dusting. Reverse side is engraved: "C.E. Woolman / Vice Pres. and Gen. Mgr. / DELTA AIR CORPORATION / Monroe, La., U.S.A."

Image of C.E. Woolman's Desk - ca. 1940-1947

C.E. Woolman's Desk - ca. 1940-1947

Varnished medium-tone (oak?) wood desk. Desk has eight ball feet and two pull-out writing surfaces. There are nine drawers: four on each side of the desk and one in the middle of the desk. The drawers have 10 brass knob drawer pulls: two on the middle drawer and one on each side drawer. Inside the left middle drawer is a manufacturer label for Ivan Allen - Marshall Co., Atlanta.

Image of C.E. Woolman's Monkey Wrench/Pocket Knife -

C.E. Woolman's Monkey Wrench/Pocket Knife -

A. Steel monkey wrench/pocket knife B. Original box C. Note from C.E. Woolman's oldest daughter Barbara Preston to Ben Wells, dated November 15, 1966.

Image of C.E. Woolman Sculpture - 1979

C.E. Woolman Sculpture - 1979

Portrait bust sculpture of C.E. Woolman, 2x life size. Terra cotta with dark brown paint.

Image of C.E. Woolman's Trunk - 1920s

C.E. Woolman's Trunk - 1920s

Black metal trunk with brown leather handles and brass trim. Initials "C.E.W." painted on tall end. Has travel labels from hotels and ships pasted on both sides for Grace Line Stateroom; United Fruit Company Steamship Service Stateroom; Grand Hotel Bolivar, Lima, Peru; and Hotel T?, Guayaquil, Ecuador [label torn].

Image of C.E. Woolman's Suitcase - ca. 1948-1953

C.E. Woolman's Suitcase - ca. 1948-1953

Dark brown large leather satchel that has two dark brown leather straps fastened with metal buckles and a dark brown handle. Glued to one side of the suitcase is a torn, worn and faded Delta label, oval shape, blue and red background with white Flying D logo surrounded by text, “NOTHING FASTER - NOTHING FINER / TO AND THROUGH THE SOUTH"

Image of All Airlines Are Alike, Only People Make Them Different - ca. mid 1960s

All Airlines Are Alike, Only People Make Them Different - ca. mid 1960s

Small white rectangular posterboard sign printed with red letters: "ALL AIRLINES ARE ALIKE, ONLY PEOPLE MAKE THEM DIFFERENT."

Image of C.E. Woolman's Delta ID Badge (Employee #1) - ca. 1941

C.E. Woolman's Delta ID Badge (Employee #1) - ca. 1941

Metal and blue enamelled badge with pin back, black and white photo and label "C.E. Woolman 1"

Image of C.E.Woolman, President Delta Air Line - 1964

C.E.Woolman, President Delta Air Line - 1964

Framed oil painting. Portrait of C.E. Woolman seated with one hand on chair arm and other hand holding papers. Brass plaque on bottom of frame: C.E. Woolman / President / Delta Air Line / Presented by / The Pilots / November 12, 1964"

Image of C.E. Woolman's Delta DC-3 Model Airplane - ca. 1950

C.E. Woolman's Delta DC-3 Model Airplane - ca. 1950

Model of a Delta Douglas DC-3 wearing Delta's White Top aircraft livery, introduced in 1950. Right wing is painted with aircraft registration number N1900, which was not an actual N number used for a Delta DC-3. Tail has decal with ship number "43." Wood base is painted navy blue and has a Delta Flying D logo label on it.

Image of C.E. Woolman's Convair 340 Model Airplane - ca. 1953

C.E. Woolman's Convair 340 Model Airplane - ca. 1953

Polished wood handmade model, believed to be a stylized Convair 340 with round windows. Propellers four blades painted black with yellow tips. Polished wood rod support with pegged end is attached to model airplane. Wood base is missing.

Image of C.E. Woolman's Football from Orange Bowl Committee - 1966

C.E. Woolman's Football from Orange Bowl Committee - 1966

Tan colored leather football with tan laces. Engraved on one side of football: "ORANGE BOWL / COMMITTEE SALUTES / AMERICA'S BUSINESS / LEADERS / JUNE 6, 1966 / MIAMI, FLA."

Image of C.E. Woolman's Gavel from R.W. Freeman - 01/27/1966

C.E. Woolman's Gavel from R.W. Freeman - 01/27/1966

Polished light wood gavel with metal plate on head engraved: "PRESENTED TO / C.E. WOOLMAN / CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND / EXECUTIVE OFFICER BY R.W. FREEMAN, JANUARY 27, 1965.

Image of C.E. Woolman's U.S. Treasury Medal - 11/05/1963

C.E. Woolman's U.S. Treasury Medal - 11/05/1963

A. Small black presentation case with hinged lid. Lined in white satin. Box has gold text on lid: "For Distinguished Service to the U.S. Treasury/ C.E. Woolman / November 5, 1963." B. Treasury medal with blue ribbon.

Image of C.E. Woolman's Travel Hall of Fame Award - 10/15/1987

C.E. Woolman's Travel Hall of Fame Award - 10/15/1987

Polished granite (?) piece. On top is a sterling silver detail. On slanted side is a sterling silver plate that reads: "C.E. WOOLMAN / ELECTED TO THE TRAVEL HALL OF FAME / OCTOBER 15, 1987 / FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO TRAVEL IN THE 20TH CENTURY / AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS"