University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s James R. Jensen Sr. Dies
James R. Jensen Sr., D.D.S. died January 12, 2011 at the age of 88.
Dr. Jensen was widely recognized as one of the pillars of the modern School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota in the mid-seventies, and will be as widely remembered by his students and colleagues for his care, humor, and dedication to the School and its mission.
Jim Jensen was a graduate of Washburn High School in Minneapolis, which he followed with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota. His D.D.S. from the School of Dentistry was followed by an M.S. from the graduate school there. Dr. Jensen became a faculty member at the School in 1948, capping his career there in 1992 as Professor Emeritus. Along the way he served as chair of the Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He also maintained a part-time practice in endodontics in Minneapolis for 39 years. As reported in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “His former graduate students included academicians and practitioners throughout the world.”
Dr. Jensen was a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and was a life member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Minneapolis District Dental Society, and Omicron Kappa Epsilon honorary dental fraternity. He was a fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He had been a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps assigned to the Phillipine Scouts on Luzon Islands from 1946 to 1948.
Dr. Jensen is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alvern, their four children, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
University of Minnesota Class of 1950 Celebrates its Sixtieth Reunion
George D. MacGibbon, D.D.S., Reporter
The dental class of 1950 was unique in several ways. Starting as freshmen in 1946 at the end of World War II, all of us, save one, were veterans, and all save one were on the G.I. Bill – books, tuition, and a monthly stipend. Most of the married vets took advantage of University housing on Como Avenue S.E., so there was great family camaraderie as well as school and study closeness.
Our class of 91 had pilots, tank commanders, medical corps, “grunts” (infantry), and a POW shot down over Germany, all combat veterans. Because of this fellowship, we were probably a little closer group than most dental classes. We had 50 consecutive annual reunions, always with spouses. We had a grand finale in 2000 — our 50th. But after 10 years, in 2010, there was a suggestion by Clarence Ketterling to try for a 60th reunion. With the help of the University and our previous lists, about 33 former classmates seemed to be above ground. We had positive replies from 20-plus, but due to distance and health conditions, the list shrank to 12 possible attendees. In spite of last minute problems – health and one honeymoon (Dick Trenezona, age 92) — we had nine attendees with spouses plus three widows: Barb Gonnella, Jean Krebs, and Mavis Langsjoen. We met at the Lexington in Saint Paul for lunch on September 21, 2010, a very enjoyable get together!