Henry William Jensen, 85, a lifelong resident of Hatchville, died September 19 at Falmouth Hospital.
The third child of Hjalmar and Elizabeth (Betty) Jensen, at his birth he was given the name Henrick. He and his siblings grew up on Braeburn Farm, a dairy enterprise.
He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1953 and from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, in 1957. He continued his education in marine topics and mathematics throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, attending the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Cape Cod Community College, and Millersville College in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Jensen served in the United States Army from 1957-1959. While stationed in Germany, he undertook finding relatives in Sweden. After his honorable discharge, he returned home to Hatchville.
Mr. Jensen started his career as a marine biologist with NOAA in the Woods Hole Fisheries Laboratory. For the following decades, as Chief Marine Scientist, he participated in fish and scallop surveys on the R/V Albatross IV and R/V Delaware II. Most notably, in 1967, he led the “Scallop Caper,” a joint American-Russian fishery research cruise. He received many citations and awards during his career in Woods Hole.
Prior to his retirement in the early 1990s, Mr. Jensen had an office within the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, where he shared his passion for marine biology by educating children, often utilizing the hands-on tank in the aquarium’s interior.
After retiring, Mr. Jensen volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years.
He was a member of the Falmouth Baptist Church and met his wife, Joanne Zeman, at a New Year’s Eve gathering at the church.
Mr. Jensen designed and built wooden horses, giraffes, moose and elephants, which were featured in a Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog.
He leaves his children and their spouses, Eric and Aileen Jensen of Hatchville, Sue and Robert Driscoll of Hatchville, William Jensen of New Hampshire and Kenneth Jensen of Florida; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Frederick Jensen of Hatchville.
He was predeceased by his sister, Greta Tomic.
A private family graveside ceremony and memorial gathering are planned for Saturday, October 10.