Born in 1914, Marjorie Deane joined The Economist in 1947, and worked there until she retired in 1989. She started work as a statistician, running what is now the research department, and gradually moved across into financial journalism.
From 1966, she was Deputy Business Editor for ten years, dealing with world financial and economic affairs. This involved representing The Economist at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
At the age when people normally start planning for retirement, she started a new publication, The Economist Financial Report, a fortnightly newsletter that she edited for 13 years. She later worked for several years at a small private consultancy, writing reports on world financial issues.
Having enjoyed a long and successful career in financial journalism, Marjorie decided to encourage young people to follow in her footsteps. Her foundation began operating in 1998 and she was active in its affairs until her death in October 2008.
In January 2006 Marjorie was awarded an MBE for services to the finance industry.