In Memoriam: Dr. Thomas Jensen, Retired Professor of Biology and Department Chairman at Lehman College

February 18, 2014 | Lehman College

Dr. Thomas Jensen, longtime professor of biology at Lehman College and former chair of the department, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014. He was 81.

Dr. Jensen served as chairman of the Department of Biology for more than 20 years, retiring from Lehman College. He published more than 100 papers on the anatomy and evolution of cyanobacteria, a phylum of bacteria that obtain their energy through photosynthesis. Among his research was the development of a chemical analysis used to provide information on bones from an anthropological find in Croton-on-Hudson.

“Dr. Jensen was a well-respected leader of the Department of Biology,” said Dr. Leisl Jones, chair of the department. “He  will be greatly missed.”

Dr. Jensen was born in Iowa and served in the Korean War. He served as president of the Torrey Botanical Society. He also garnered attention on campus for his involvement in a classroom hold-up in 1986. He was teaching microbiology in Davis Hall when he and seven students were robbed at gunpoint, part of a spree of hold-ups on college campuses that year.

Dr. Jensen is survived by his son, Arnold Jensen of Oxford, CT, his wife Paula and their children, Nicole and Eric also by his daughter, Jolene Brandt; her husband Gerry and their children, Ilsa and Karl. He is predeceased by his wife, Lois Jensen.

Visitation is Tuesday, February 18 from 7- 9 p.m. and Wednesday, February 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home, 100 Franklin Avenue, Pearl River, NY. A service will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead, NY.