Jenny Low Wong

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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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Jenny made a lasting impression when I met her. I knew she was great addition to the Market Information Group and was always such a joy to work with. I mostly worked with Jenny via telephone but will always consider meeting her in person one of the highlights of my life. I miss her to this day and wish her familty well.
Roy Simpson, Colleague
Sep 11 2008 11:54AM
Many of us in the Market Information Group at Marsh really loved and cared for Jenny. She was a wonderful colleague and friend. If you had the opportunity to meet or deal with Jenny you know why. We lost many colleagues on 9/11/01, but for many of us, Jenny was one of the most tragic and difficult to face. It is nearly one year since then, and I still miss her. She was one of those people at Marsh who was a true inspiration. She was so hard working, kind, supportive and giving of herself to everyone. She was the kind of person who would help anyone without any self-interest. She was a true positive reflection of the best of Marsh because she cared so much—cared about the job she did and helping others. I endeavored to be a kind of mentor to Jenny at Marsh, but she learned so much from so many. We talked about everything from the industry to her CFA and MBA aspirations. But invariably, our conversations would wander to those things happening in the country and world and even philosophical issues. Often we would talk for nearly an hour, even in our busy schedules. I now cherish those conversations. She had such a tremendous appetite for so many areas of interest that I continued to be impressed. It is now the day before the one-year anniversary of 9/11 and we are trying to wrap ourselves around many feelings. We spend many, many hours and days over many years with some colleagues at Marsh, growing very fond of each other, and yet we do not propose to touch the grief and loss of loosing a father, mother, son, daughter, sister, brother, etc. Many of us, and no one more than myself, miss Jenny and carry her memory with us everyday.
Pete Klein, Colleague
Sep 10 2002 11:44PM