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CHRISTIAN ANDREW EDWARD JENSEN

Born: Dec 22, 1920

Date of Passing: Jan 20, 2009

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CHRISTIAN ANDREW EDWARD JENSEN Christian Andrew Edward Jensen, Professor Emeritus, of the University of Manitoba, died on January 20, 2009, at the age of 88 years. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Margaret and is survived by his dearly loved children; daughter Catherine (Philip), sons Andrew (Wendy) and Christopher (Fiona); his five cherished granddaughters Rebecca (Sean, their sons Jonathan, David and Isaac), Amanda, Louisa, Margaret and Sheila, and his special grandson Calum. Born in Hamburg, Germany, on December 22, 1920, to a Danish father and a Polish mother, the family emigrated to London, Ontario, in the summer of 1929. His thirst for learning and academic achievement soon surfaced; he later graduated from London South Collegiate, the recipient of all the scholarships then awarded at that level in Western Ontario. He received his academic degrees from Western (B.A.), Toronto (M.A.), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.). During his university career he received many awards and honours; several Canada Council Grants, a Merrill Lynch Foundation Fellowship, among them. As an undergraduate, he passed his summers at the University of Western Ontario French Language School at Trois Pistoles, Quebec, where he formed an affectionate bond with the local families, with whom the students boarded. He began his career as a lecturer in the Department of French, Spanish and Italian at the University of Manitoba in January, 1946. He rose through the ranks to Full Professor and then Head of the Department for many years. He served on almost thirty committees at the university, including several terms as a member of the Senate. His interests at the university were obviously far-ranging. He became an Honourary Life Member of the Humanities Association of Canada, an Honourary Fellow of St. John's College, on the Board of which he served several years as a member and then Chairman and an Honourary Life member of the Modern Language Association. Through his publications, for his international reputation as an interpreter of the Romantic Movement in Nineteenth Century French Literature, he was awarded the distinction by the Government of France of the Palmes Academiques as an Officier Dans L'Ordre . For several years he was on the Board and the Chairman, of the Editorial Board of Mosaic, the literary publication of the University of Manitoba. In earlier years he served terms as Honourary President of the Student Council. Chris was frequently invited to appraise other university French departments, some of which include Dalhousie, Western and Calgary. Among those with whom and under whom Chris worked he was said to be a true Renaissance scholar, never narrowly focused, always in pursuit of breadth and depth in his literary analyses. As Department Head, his wisdom, authority and sense of humour steered the Department smoothly through sometimes somewhat troubled waters, always pursuing collegiality, tolerance and good fellowship. In retirement, as well as his distinction as Professor Emeritus, Chris was appointed as Senior Scholar, allowing him many years of further study and collegial contact. He was a member, during his long residence in Winnipeg, of All Saints Anglican Church, where he served many terms on the Vestry, and supported many special projects there. Research study and sabbatical leaves were spent in Paris, where, along with Riding Mountain National Park, he felt most refreshed and replenished. He and Margaret were curious global travellers, and enjoyed together their home, their family, their friends and Winnipeg's vibrant cultural community. Some of his special interests included curling, working out and attending monthly meeting of the The Group . In addition to his immediate family Chris is survived by his sister-in-law Norma, brother-in-law Arthur (Violet) and several nieces and nephews in Ontario and Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his only sister in California in September 2004. The family would like to thank the staff at Tuxedo Villa, Station 1, for the kindness and compassion with which they treated Chris. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 24, at All Saints' Anglican Church, 175 Colony Street at Broadway, at 10:30 a.m. A private family burial will take place at Old St. Andrew's Churchyard, on River Road. Should you wish, donations in memory of C.A.E. Jensen may be made to support the University of Manitoba Libraries and may be made out to The University of Manitoba, Department of Development, 179 Extended Education Complex, 17 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2, (204) 474-9195. Neil Bardal Inc. 204-949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 22, 2009

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