Maureen O’Crowley- The Passing of One of Seoul’s Finest Treasures....

by Dr. J. Shipton , 14/06/2018

Maureen O’ Crowley, born on 17 March, Saint Patrick's Day, was known by many to be proud of her Irish, American and Korean roots.

Maureen was a legendary figure within the Tourism field, having clout within Korea, and throughout the world, with her global reach. Her charisma, coupled with knowledge and decades experience in
Korea, starting as a teen attending school in Seoul, and later returning to hold influential government positions, always left anyone who had the pleasure of encountering her, impressed and wanting to raise their own bar.

Committed. Passionate. A Player. A Game Changer. She was 'in-the-know'. Strong words to describe a strong woman.

Whatever role or hat Maureen had, and she had many, she did it with grace and 100 % heart: mother, wife, friend, colleague, mentor. Maureen made life-long friends, spanning many continents. Her dedication to Korea and her influence on its Tourism industry was exemplary; always providing time to help others to share her knowledge, because she said "there is still so much more work to be done", and she wanted to bring you aboard to help get it done. She spoke directly, and with integrity; expecting the same in return. And though her work ethic was second to none, she always had room for play and good fun, and knew how to make people feel at ease around her.

Some of the professional positions Maureen held included: Travel Agency owner, Vice-president of Seoul Convention Bureau at Seoul Tourism Organization, Executive Director of STO, President of SKAL Seoul, and a plethora of advisory roles on counsels and committees.

Prior to receiving Seoul Honorary Citizenship from the Mayor of Seoul, Maureen had already helped put Seoul on the global destination marketing map as a key player in a new inter-city global alliance; she came to be known to many as ‘The Face of Seoul’.

Maureen left us this month but she remains in our hearts; a true friend and treasure of Seoul!

K4E Note: Maureen was featured in K4E's FACES OF KOREA. Click here to read the article.


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