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Arthur E. Jensen

Posted 10/01/98

Arthur E. Jensen, a Hanover resident and emeritus professor of English at Dartmouth College, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 95. Jensen served as chair of Dartmouth's English department and dean of the faculty under President John Sloan Dickey.

Born in Gloucester, Mass., on Feb. 12, 1903, Jensen began his education at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass. He received his bachelor's degree, Phi Beta Kappa, and his master's degree from Brown University, and his doctorate in English from the University of Edinburgh in 1933. After teaching at the University of Maine, Jensen began his long association with Dartmouth in 1937, when he was appointed an instructor in English. He was promoted to assistant professor the following year.

During World War II, Jensen served with the U.S. Navy as a commanding officer of V-12 units, leaving active service with the rank of lieutenant commander.

Upon his return to Dartmouth in 1945, Jensen became full professor of English, specializing in Victorian literature. He continued his service to the college as English department chairman in 1951 and as dean of the faculty from 1955 to 1964, after which he returned to teaching.

Jensen was a regular contributor of book reviews for The New York Times and the Boston Herald, and he spent many summers as a visiting professor at the Bread Loaf School of English. Also during summers, he served as director of a series of eight-week conferences in the liberal arts for executives of A.T. & T. and a similar program for the National Association of Savings Banks. He was a consultant for the Management School of IBM and the management training program of Nationwide Insurance Co.

Jensen was awarded honorary degrees by Brown University (Doctor of Humane Letters) in 1956, Long Island University (Doctor of Literature) in 1964, and Windham College (Doctor of Laws) in 1968.

He retired in 1968, and became the coordinator of the Dartmouth Bicentennial Planning Committee and director of the Senior Fellowship program until 1970, when he became the executive secretary of the New Hampshire Board of Advanced Education and Accreditation.

Jensen was one of the first board members and an early president of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative and was chairman of the board of the College Entrance Examination from 1959 to 1961. From 1960 to 1964 he was chairman of the School and College Relations Committee of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Jensen lived with his wife, Krista Anstey Jensen, in their Hanover home overlooking Mink Brook, where they both enjoyed their dogs and their gardens. He loved golf, and shot his age at 84. He enjoyed a Friday lunch with friends until a month before his death. He was an enthusiastic and expert picker of low-bush blueberries.

Jensen is survived by his wife, Krista; his daughter, Garda J. Meyer of Boulder, Colo. and his son, Philip K. Jensen, of Orinda, Calif.; and three grandsons, Robert L. Jensen of Berkeley, Calif., Arthur Andrew Jensen of Kensington, Calif., and Joshua P. Jensen of Berkeley, Calif.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of choice, to the Howe Library in Hanover, or the Upper Valley Humane Society in Enfield, N.H.

Plans for a memorial service are pending.

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