From the Hangars

Employee Spotlight: Judy Bean

Nov 28, 2016

If you’ve ever been to one of our famous Surplus Sales or Collectibles Shows, you’ve probably seen Judy Bean, our Manager of Surplus and Volunteers. Judy has a long history working with Delta, dating back to 1970.

Judy visiting US Capital 1971

Judy Bean (center) visits with her friend Miss Atlanta 1970 Mary Jo Hall and Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge.

On June 15, 1970, Judy reported to work in the Accounts Payable department as a Payroll Clerk. From there, she worked her way through Reservations, Farefax, and the Schedules departments.

One major highlight during her time with Delta was being awarded the honor of carrying the Olympic torch in 2001 in preparation for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. She jogged through Memphis and claims Elvis was her “support runner”.

Judy carrying 2002 Olympic torch

After a 35 year career with Delta, Judy took a much-needed retirement…which lasted a full 14 hours! On March 1, 2005, the morning after she retired from Delta Air Lines, Judy went to work at the nonprofit Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, Inc. (aka Delta Flight Museum) as the Store Manager. At the time, the Museum Store was located in the fuselage of the prototype L-1011, currently being used as an event rental conference room.

11-19-13 Judy with L1011

Judy with her beloved Museum Store.

8-2-12 Museum Store interior 

Judy arrived at the Museum just in time for the 2006 retirement of Ship 102, The Spirit of Delta, to which she contributed in 1982. She was given the honor of riding in Spirit’s cockpit while it was being towed through the parking lot to the Museum. 

5-7-06 Judy Bean waving from Spirit

During the 2012-2014 renovations of the Museum, the Store was relocated and outsourced. Judy’s job then changed to managing Surplus Sales, now held monthly, and our core of dedicated Museum volunteers. She deals with departments across Delta securing surplus items for the sales, and recruiting and training current and interested new volunteers.

11-14-14 Surplus Sale Volunteers and staff 

Judy with several of her “Boll Weevil” volunteers and staff.

The next time you come to one of our Surplus Sales (2nd Friday each month), please say hi to Judy at the cash register. Or, if you are interested in joining our Volunteer Crew, please let her know!

Tiffany Meng

Director - Operations 


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  1. Carol Risco | Feb 24, 2017

    Judy, just wondering if you were related to a Mrs. Bean who rented rooms to flight attendants that commuted to ATL? If so, I think I met you when I stayed at your Mom's house in 1985 when I commuted to ATL from CHA while I was on reserve.😊

  2. Jim | Dec 17, 2016

    What a great post!  Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work and dedication to our heritage!

  3. Pat Chennault | Dec 16, 2016
    Loved reading about all your accomplishments and loved seeing you this summer when my grandchildren were with me at the Delta Museum. When I finally get my Christmas card out, I think you'll recognize the locale.


    Congratulations on all your accomplishments!


  4. Ellen Free | Dec 13, 2016
    As a retired Delta Flight Attendant & a resident of Hapeville who serves as a Main Street Board member & who is just beginning to serve the  Historical Society as Director of Communications I am thrilled to share the news about the dedication & expansion of the Delta Family who are both active &  retired.  It speaks volumes about the "heart & soul" of a Company whose employees continue with loyalty & pride to serve not only locally but globally in "giving back" in so many ways.  Congratulations to Judy Bean of College Park for a job well done!
  5. Kimy Kennedy Stewart | Dec 13, 2016

    Great article on a wonderful gal!  Judy is a neighbor in Historic College Park, a wild child in book club - we love Judy!!!  Congrats to our friend! 

  6. Jack Sauls | Nov 29, 2016

    Judy and I were classmates at College Park High School. It was a pleasure to see her at the museum twice this year and nice to see her good work recognized. And, I am just a bit envious of her riding in the Spirit of Delta's cockpit!

  7. Nancy Ryan | Nov 29, 2016

    Congrats Ms. Judy!!  We met back in the 60's at College Park High School!!  Been friends for many years and Ms. Judy shared her beloved Mother Merle with me over the years and I love her for that.  Judy is a DIE HARD DELTA Employee...always there for DELTA  and still is there for DELTA with HER  Museum Store!  I have done many many sales with HER and lots of road trips with her for DELTA SALES.  Ms. Judy is always in charge!!! Carrying the Olympic torch in 2001 in preparation for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City was an BIG Highlight in her life. I am real sure that ELVIS was running with her!! What a great person and  wonderful example  of a TRUE DELTA EMPLOYEE and GREAT SOUTHERN LADY!!!!  Thanks Ms. Judy for ALL my wonderful times with U!!!  Hugs  Lov U!!

  8. SLy | Nov 28, 2016

    Have known Judy for many years. It's always a pleasure hearing her Delta stories as well as the history of the south side of Atlanta and the Atlanta Airport. 

  9. Theresa Maknauskas Balcom | Nov 28, 2016

    Very nice article for a very wonderful person. Congrats Judy!!! My dad would have loved to see this and I'm sure is. 

  10. Nancy Jackson | Nov 28, 2016

    So proud of my big sister!

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