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Dr. Harlan E. Jensen

Harlan E. Jensen, DVM, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, died December 30, 2005, in Ft. Worth, TX. He was a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine from 1965-1980.

Dr. Jenson was engaged in private veterinary practice for 24 years in Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, California, and Texas before coming to MU where he pursued and completed a PhD degree under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Morehouse, Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Pathology. He was a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and served as ACVO President in 1972-73. He served as advisor for the Woods Foundation Residency which supported the clinical training of Dr. Cecil Moore who is currently Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology and Chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. The Jensen Ophthalmology Award, presented each year to a CVM senior student who demonstrates keen interest and proficiency in veterinary ophthalmology, was established earlier in Dr. Jensen’s honor.

Dr. Jensen authored several textbooks and was a popular lecturer at national and international veterinary meetings in the 1960s and 1970s. During his professoriate at MU, Dr. Jensen positively influenced his many students and served as a role model for young veterinarians, both to those entering private practice as well as to those pursuing specialty or advanced training. After retiring from MU in 1980, Dr. Jensen and his wife Naomi moved to Ft. Myers, FL, and subsequently to Ft. Worth, TX, to be closer to family members. This past October, family and friends gathered in Ft. Worth to celebrate his 90th birthday when cards and letters were received from many friends and colleagues.

To those who had the good fortune to know Dr. Jensen, he is remembered as the consummate professional and quintessential gentleman who led a full, productive, and service-oriented personal and professional life. Dr. Jensen is survived by Naomi, his wife of 64 years, and their three children, Kendra, Doris and Richard. Memorials may be sent to the Texas Presbyterian Foundation for the Naomi and Harlan Jensen Fund which is designated for nursing assistant education (3500 Oak Lawn Ave, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75129-4349) or to the Texas Partnership for End of Life Care (3701 Cedar St., Box 22, Austin, TX 78705).

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