Adventurer, business woman and friend for life – Tribute to Jean Liggett (MBA Marketing, 1988)

Jean at an Alumni Gathering in Monaco (2014)

By Hélène Pelloux and Jocelyn Senior
(MBA Marketing, 1988)

We are very sad to share the news that Jean Liggett, a classmate from the Business School at City, has passed away from an illness which she had fought for a number of years. Originally from Ohio and having worked for Ogilvy in New York City, we first met her when she came to London to study at the business school. Always interested in people and in sharing energetic discussions, she established friendships that were to endure long after we were students.

After completing the MBA, she went to Peterborough to work in market research for the magazine publishers, Emap. She decided to settle down in London and founded a property business, Properties of the World. As head of Properties of the World she employed a growing team and worked with clients internationally. She loved being in such a vibrant, international city and being part of Europe. Being able to visit the continent so easily was one of her great joys and she particularly loved Paris and everything French. She loved to explore – landscapes, cultures, food, art and design and fashion. Both of us have wonderful memories of trips with her. One trip that particularly stands out for me (Jocelyn) was to the Italian Lakes and the Veneto, staying on Lake Como and visiting Bellagio and Mantua.

She always wanted to learn, to keep building new skills and to be engaged in what was happening in the world. She was passionate about politics and our future (both in the US and the UK) and even when she was having treatments, she found the energy to get involved.

She also felt a strong connection with the Business School, attending the alumni events in Monaco and London, donating and helping to raise funds.

She will be sorely missed for her curiosity, energy and warmth. Our deepest condolences to Misha, the husband she leaves behind, and her family in the US.