English prof dies at age 95

by Mo Bydon | 10/12/98 5:00am

English Professor Emeritus Arthur E. Jensen died September 23 at the age of 95.

Jensen was appointed an instructor of English in 1937. He was promoted to assistant professor the following year.

During World War II, Jenson interrupted his Dartmouth career to serve in the Navy as a commanding officer of V-12 units.

He ended his active service with the rank of lieutenant commander and returned to Dartmouth in 1945, where he became a full professor of English, specializing in Victorian literature.

He became chairman of the English department in 1951 and served as dean of faculty from 1955 to 1964, after which he returned to the classroom.

He retired in 1968 and became coordinator of the Dartmouth Bicentennial Planning Committee and director of the Senior Fellowship program until 1970, when he became executive secretary of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges from 1960-1964.

Born on February 12, 1903 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Jensen attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He received a bachelor's degree, Phi Beta Kappa, and a master's degree from Brown University.

In 1933, he received a doctorate in English from the University of Edinburgh.

Jenson began his teaching career at the University of Maine and remained there until 1937, when he moved to Hanover.

Jenson was a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review and the Boston Herald, and spent many summers as a visiting professor at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

He was a consultant for the Management School of IBM and the management training program of Nationwide Insurance Company.

Jensen lived with his wife, Krista Anstey Jensen, in their home overlooking Mink Brook in Hanover.

Jensen also loved golf, and shot his age at 84. 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, Colorado; and his son, Philip K. Jensen of Orinda, California; and three grandsons.

Plans for a memorial service are pending.