From the Hangars

Donor Spotlight: Maurice Worth

Sep 25, 2018
Maurice Worth 1999

Maurice W. Worth, 1999

Maurice Worth, former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Delta Air Lines, was a true success story. He joined the airline in 1960 as a Ramp Service Agent in Dallas, TX, and retired as COO in 1999.

Delta Agent Maurice Worth 1960s

Maurice Worth at work, 1960s

After his days as a Ramp Service Agent he assumed positions of increasing responsibility in Airport Customer Service in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Boston.


In 1979, he was promoted to System Manager Airport Operations based at Delta's headquarters in Atlanta. He was named Director - Personnel Administration in July 1986, Assistant Vice President - Personnel Administration in 1987, Vice President - Personnel in 1989, Senior Vice President - Personnel in 1991 and Executive Vice President - Customer Service in September, 1995. He became Delta's Chief Operating Officer on August 15th, 1997. Prior to that appointment, he also served briefly as Delta's Acting Chief Executive Officer. 

Delta AVP-Personnel Maurice Worth 1987

Assistant VP-Personnel Maurice Worth, 1987   

Worth saw Delta grow from a regional carrier into a global airline. Through the many roles in his career, he was able to lead Delta employees to help make the airline a leader in the industry. He had a deep respect for the Delta people and often referred to working with them as a privilege and an honor. Delta COO Maurice Worth and employees

 Throughout his career, Worth was able to collect many items that represent his time at Delta and the partnerships he helped forge for the company.


Many thanks to his son Michael Worth for donating Maurice's collection to the Delta Flight Museum in his memory.  


Click the link to learn more about Maurice Worth and see the Maurice Worth Collection

Austin Coleman



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  1. Myrna Burton Edwards | Nov 15, 2018
    Maurice Worth was one of the nicest, most courteous and endearing upper management persons that I dealt with during my 35 years at Delta Air Lines.  I was a Personnel Rep for Finance (including Computer Services and Legal) during the time of the Delta merger with Western Airlines (1986-7). Maurice gave us the essential mission of traveling to those cities served by Western to apprise the Western people personally of the new Delta benefits that they would now be receiving.  Maurice Worth cared deeply about his “Delta Family” and he had such an exuberant yet caring personality that truly made working for him a pleasure!
  2. roger m. todd | Sep 30, 2018
    one of the nicest people i ever had the privilege of working with and for 
  3. Richard Morris | Sep 28, 2018

    Maurice and I were members of the Fayette Presbyterian Church. I really enjoyed knowing and working with him in the church. He was a fine man and friend. I retired from Delta after 32 years as an aircraft mechanic. Maurice played a very big part in the success of Delta.



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