Obituary of Andrea Jao

May 12, 2023

Andrea  T. Jao, PhD

December 9, 1963 – May 12, 2023

Andrea (“Marian”) T. Jao passed away on Friday, May 12, 2023 at her home in Manhattan.  Andrea was born in the Philippines in 1963 and spent her childhood in Manila.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management Engineering from De La Salle University, and subsequently worked at Far East Bank’s policy group. In 1992, she immigrated to the US to further pursue higher education.  Andrea initiated her doctorale studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and subsequently transferred to New York University where she obtained her PhD in Economics.  Her life-long career was focused on banking and the financial services industry.  She also held a passion for teaching and lectured macroeconomics at the University of Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2010.

Andrea’s bright and warm smile always complemented the mischievous twinkle in her eyes.  She had a big and generous heart, always at the ready to lend a helping hand or spoil her family with gifts or lift someone up with a pep talk.  She was a foodie at heart and loved exploring restaurants.   She was intellectually curious, incredibly well read and a perpetual student of history.  Andrea also enjoyed listening to jazz, watching tennis matches and attending the theater.  She took great pleasure in discovering new things around her Greenwich Village neighborhood during her long walkabouts.

Andrea was preceded in death by her late father Perico Jao.  She is survived by her mother Angelita Jao, her sisters Socorro Jao, Perlita Schorfheide, and Maria Felicitas Jao; her brother brother-in-law Frank Schorfheide and nephew David Jao.  Andrea will be truly missed by all whose lives she touched.

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I met Andrea during the fall of 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was teaching for a year. It was also my first semester at Penn, and I instantly felt a connection with her warm personality. We sometimes got our lunch together from the Chinese food truck on 38th St, and she would share stories about her work in New York and her studies and traveling adventures in Hawaii. She told me she had three younger sisters and I told her how much I wished I had a big sister like her. One year passed fast and Andrew returned to her banking job in New York. A few years later, we had brunch together at Parc on Rittenhouse Square. I had just received tenure at Penn, and Andrea's genuine happiness for me warmed my heart. Throughout the years, I had always intended to visit Andrea in New York. However, the busyness of life continuously pushed those plans aside. It deeply saddens me that I never made that trip. I am forever grateful for the friendship we shared and the warmth she brought into my life. The memories of our time together will always hold a special place in my heart.

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