The Pacific Forum CSIS is deeply saddened to announce the passing of a dear friend and long-time colleague, Ms. Mary Jane Skanderup. Jane spent 18 years at the Pacific Forum. As our director of programs and development, she played a key role in the Pacific Forum’s growth and success. She remained a senior associate with the Forum until the time of her death, of apparent heart failure, in late November, while working and living in Lima, Peru. She was 51 years old.
While at the Pacific Forum, Jane oversaw a range of research projects on U.S.-Asian relations, with a focus on economic and political developments in the Asia-Pacific region.Her projects included comparative economic strategies in Asia in response to globalization and the emergence of China. She covered trade and investment issues in Northeast and Southeast Asia, as well as regional economic cooperation. She lectured to undergraduate and graduate schools throughout Asia on contemporary issues in international political economy. She had a special love for Korea and worked very closely with the Forum’s many friends in Seoul on a number of projects over the years. Jane has authored articles in the Pacific Forum's Issues and Insights series and our PacNet Newsletter – including, most recently, her article on “APEC in a Year of Global Financial Crisis: Hosting Country Peru Beckons Attention to Trans-Pacific Ties” [PacNet No. 62, 11/18/08] –as well as in theInternational Herald Tribune, the Japan Times and theKorean Times. She was in Lima, Peru, teaching a class at the Universidad del Pacifico and participating in projects relating to Asian corporate investment in Latin America and opportunities for women in export markets. Jane actively participated in the recent APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings held in Lima, Peru, on November 20-23. She served on a panel and wrote an article highlighting host-country Peru's emergence "from the hinterland of global opportunity to become one of its rising stars."
She is survived by her parents Dean and Dorothy Skanderup of San Carlos, California, sister Sally of Oakland and Kaneohe, HI, and sister Kristin and her family, KC Golden, Dana, and Jonah of Seattle, WA. A memorial gathering will be held in Honolulu in early 2009. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Pacific Forum's Young Leaders program in Jane's name. Jane had a central role in developing and administering this program and she will be sorely missed by all who worked with her and had the pleasure of knowing her.
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