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www.jennylowwong.comShe Always Worked Hard And Made Time for Fun
At 25, one of the youngest in the group she worked in, Jenny Low Wong had just been promoted to assistant vice president at Marsh & McLennan.
Her younger sister, Mary Low Wong, 22, wasn’t surprised.
'She was a hard-working person,' said her sister, who lives in San Jose, Calif. 'She stayed late at work and most of the time went in on the weekend as well, or brought work home.'
Wong had always worked hard, her sister said. Born in Venezuela to Chinese parents who ran a restaurant, she came to the United States at age 12 to continue her schooling. She stayed with an aunt in Bensonhurst.
She was a good student, earning A’s throughout high school, and went on to New York University, where she majored in finance and information systems.
Marsh & McLennan snapped her up straight out of college, and she excelled there as an information analyst in the market information group, keeping track of Latin American insurance companies.
But Wong brought more to her company than her work ethic.
'Before she came to the group, people were just working, they weren’t socializing,' her sister said. Wong changed that, organizing trips to Chinatown for dim sum, and taking charge of starting a company newsletter.
When she wasn’t working, Wong spent her evenings and weekends with friends, exploring the city’s restaurants and indulging her love of fine wine.
Though she had opportunities to live alone, she preferred to stay with her aunt in Bensonhurst, along with her four nephews and nieces. She tutored high school students through a volunteer organization.
Her mixed cultural background enriched but did not confuse Wong, her sister said. She spoke Cantonese and Spanish, and cooked Chinese and Venezuelan dishes at home.
Nothing seemed to scare her big sister, Mary Low Wong said. 'Every time we went to Six Flags Great Adventure, she would try every ride,' she said. And Wong recently tried sky-diving for the first time.
'It’s probably a new thing that she hadn’t done, so she wanted to try that,' her sister said. 'One thing that she always said ... was that one has to enjoy life, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. So I think if she said that, she must have enjoyed her life.'
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