OBITUARY

Alfred Bennett Jenson MD

June 20, 1939December 23, 2019

Dr. A. Bennett Jenson passed away on Dec 23, 2019 at the age of 80. His great sense of humor, tender heart, generous spirit and scientific mind will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Born in Texas, Ben spent his childhood in Hobbs, NM but moved back to Texas to complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at TCU, a Master’s degree in Experimental Pathology at Baylor University and a Medical Degree at Baylor College of Medicine.

Ben was a Vietnam-era veteran and served in the US Army Medical Corps as a pathologist and performed valuable research for which he received the Army Commendation Medal. His career in pathology started at Baylor but extended to Scripps Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University and University of Louisville. He was a dedicated pathologist at the hospitals, but his true passion was researching viruses and vaccines. He greatly admired Edward Jenner, an early vaccine researcher, and gave several lectures on his work. Ben’s hard work and dedication through the years paid off because he became co-inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine.

He was also an animal lover and very much interested in preventing the papillomavirus from occurring in dogs, horses, manatees, dolphins and snow leopards. He was often requested by veterinarians to share his knowledge and expertise on animals afflicted with this virus. Ben’s determination to help others was apparent when he continued to work on other types of vaccines after the cervical cancer vaccine was made public.

In his pastime, he enjoyed reading books, and watching his favorite sports teams play basketball and football. In his younger days, he was an excellent golfer and won the state championship in high school. Ben was loved by all and his achievements in the field of science as well as his warm personality will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Shin-je; daughters, Stephanie, Michelle and Jennifer; his grandson, Jared; and granddaughter, Mariska.

A visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 29th 1 to 4 pm at Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Ave., with a celebration of Dr. Jenson’s life at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the name of Dr. A. Bennett Jenson at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, 529 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife, Shin-je, daughters Stephanie, Michelle and Jennifer, his grandson, Jared and granddaughter Mariska.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Celebration of Dr. Jenson's Life Sunday, December 29, 2019

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david redford

January 7, 2020

He was known as Bennett at TCU where I was his roommate and fraternity brother. He studied a lot and I learned to be studious by watching him. We had a great time. I have stayed in touch with him especially over the last 15 years. I was helpful in his receiving the outstanding alum awards at TCU and Baylor Medical School and he enjoyed those events which were well deserved. He was a joy and inspiration to me and his many friends here in Texas.

Bob Rose

December 28, 2019

Ben was a wonderful person, a great scientist, and an even better friend. He will be missed. Rest in peace Ben, you've earned it.

Donald Brady

December 28, 2019

I met Ben as a business acquaintance who quickly became a colleague and a personal friend. His intellect, sense of humor, and his compassion and character made it a true joy to spend time with him and Shin-Je.
Ben's knowledge and interests were wide-ranging, and I always learned something from our conversations. I'm saddened by the realization that we will no longer have opportunities for brunch, conversation, and laughter.
I miss him.

Vanessa Verner

December 26, 2019

We are so sorry.
Vanessa, Jimmy, and John Verner.

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Biography

Dr. A. Bennett Jenson passed away on Dec 23, 2019 at the age of 80. His great sense of humor, tender heart, generous spirit and scientific mind will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Born in Texas, Ben spent his childhood in Hobbs, NM but moved back to Texas to complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at TCU, a Master’s degree in Experimental Pathology at Baylor University and a Medical Degree at Baylor College of Medicine.

Ben was a Vietnam-era veteran and served in the US Army Medical Corps as a pathologist and performed valuable research for which he received the Army Commendation Medal. His career in pathology started at Baylor but extended to Scripps Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University and University of Louisville. He was a dedicated pathologist at the hospitals, but his true passion was researching viruses and vaccines. He greatly admired Edward Jenner, an early vaccine researcher, and gave several lectures on his work. Ben’s hard work and dedication through the years paid off because he became co-inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine.

He was also an animal lover and very much interested in preventing the papillomavirus from occurring in dogs, horses, manatees, dolphins and snow leopards. He was often requested by veterinarians to share his knowledge and expertise on animals afflicted with this virus. Ben’s determination to help others was apparent when he continued to work on other types of vaccines after the cervical cancer vaccine was made public.

In his pastime, he enjoyed reading books, and watching his favorite sports teams play basketball and football. In his younger days, he was an excellent golfer and won the state championship in high school. Ben was loved by all and his achievements in the field of science as well as his warm personality will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Shin-je, daughters Stephanie, Michelle and Jennifer, his grandson, Jared and granddaughter Mariska.

A visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 29th 1 to 4 pm at Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Ave., with a celebration of Dr. Jenson’s life at 4pm. Visitation will be prior to the services 1 to 4:00 pm.