Aug 3 2017

Samantha Jordan

It is with great sadness that we announce the tragically early passing of our dear colleague Samantha Jordan. Aged just 46, Samantha passed away recently after a brief period of illness, and her loss has left us all in deep shock.

Samantha was a wonderful colleague and human being. She held various roles within ARD (TQARO and Graduate Admissions) in previous years, before being appointed as a Registry Assistant within Student Services in June 2015, where we got to know her warm personality, and were able to appreciate her many qualities.

Samantha was a generous colleague, always ready to help the team at any given opportunity. She was also extremely patient and helpful with the School’s students, often going the extra mile to accommodate their requests, and doing so with kindness and a smile. She always behaved with enormous empathy towards students, especially when they were experiencing times of stress, and they frequently showed great appreciation for her help and support, offering thanks and positive feedback for her work with them.

Samantha was an avid reader and an enthusiastic art lover, and the absence of her great sense of humour and witty comments in the department will be keenly felt. LSE’s Academic Registrar Mark Thomson has spoken for us all in remembering Samantha especially “for her warmth, kindness, humour and intelligence.”

On behalf of the School, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Samantha’s parents, family and friends, and to let them know that she will be sorely missed.

Cheryl Edwardes, Deputy Head of Student Services

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9 Responses to Samantha Jordan

  1. Esti Sidley says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I worked with Samantha years ago when she first started here and she was always so sweet to talk to. We would still say hello to each other when passing in the corridors even up until a few weeks ago. Sincerest condolences to her family.

  2. Bethan says:

    I always remember Samantha’s patience with even the most testing of callers. She would do her best to help them and reassured them when the person they needed to speak to wasn’t available. We’ll miss her sense of humour.

  3. Astrid says:

    Samantha was a much valued, much respected and much loved member of the team. She was always incredibly kind and friendly to me, and I always enjoyed our chats. I fondly remember seeing her more feisty side in the SSC book club with a particularly scathing review of a novel which she did not think highly of – she was incredibly witty and intelligent under her peaceful demeanour. She was a pleasure to work with and it was an honour to have known her; she will truly be missed and I send my sincere condolences to her loved ones.

  4. Nicola M says:

    Such a loss. Samantha was a pleasure to work with. Intelligent, witty, empathetic and sweet. I enjoyed our frank discussions about some of the funnier cases she dealt with; I appreciated her care in handling some of the more sensitive incidents; and generally really liked working with her. As mentioned in the above comment, Samantha was such an addition to the SSC book club. I loved her – often hilarious, always spot on – reviews; and many a laugh was had as a result of Samantha’s commentary. My deepest condolences to Samantha’s family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

  5. Chris H says:

    Samantha was a great member of the team and will be sorely missed. She had a huge amount of patience and always went above and beyond to help students. I’ll particularly remember the care that Samantha showed to students that were in difficulty. I’ll miss Samantha’s intelligence, kindness, sense of humour and wit. The range of Samantha’s knowledge and interest was perhaps best summed up by her contribution to the Burns Night Quiz when she propelled our team of administrators to second place (beating a room full of lecturers and professors!). It was a huge honour to have known and worked with Samantha, may she rest in peace.

  6. Lydia H says:

    Samantha was such a valued part of the SSC. Like so many others, I’ll really miss her intelligence, wit and empathy. I always enjoyed our chats – on so many varied topics – while waiting for the kettle to boil. We also wouldn’t have come so close to winning the Burns Night quiz without her deeply impressive general knowledge! My sincere condolences to all of her family and friends.

  7. Chiara Milani says:

    I will miss Samantha very much. During the two years we worked side by side in the SSC we had the most entertaining conversations about books, art galleries, travel. Her comments were always clever and witty, and I learnt so much from her deep knowledge of literature, art and the British culture. It was an honour and a pleasure to have Samantha in my team and I will treasure memories of our chats about our families, and her recommendations for books to read and places to go visit. I remember how excited she was about her trip to Norway last year and how much she said she had enjoyed it when she came back to the office. The photos she had taken during her trip were amazing. Samantha was a kind, generous and supportive colleague, and we’ll all miss her in the SSC. My most heart-felt condolences to Samantha’s family and friends.

  8. Nicola Foster says:

    I have still not come to terms with losing Samantha, and am always expecting to bump into her in the corridor and for her to have an amusing anecdote or kind words to share with me. She was a fantastic colleague who provided me and the rest of the SSC team with a huge amount of support. The team won’t feel quite the same without her, but she will certainly be remembered. My sincere condolences to her family and all that were dear to her.

  9. Caroline says:

    I’ll miss Samantha as a friendly and supportive colleague. As others have said, she was exceptionally patient and kind to students – I was always so impressed when listening to her on the phone to students behind me.

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