Hamline News

Vernon “Bud” Jensen ’64 1942–2017

Vernon “Bud” Jensen ’64, a retired high school English teacher who received Hamline’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013, died on December 6, 2017.

He was born on May 16, 1942, in Cumberland, Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in education at Hamline and a master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jensen taught British literature, composition, and public speaking at Edina High School for 33 years. In 1991, he received the Excellence in Education Award for his exceptional performance and contributions to the Edina educational system.

On his Star Tribune guestbook, dozens of former students wrote tributes describing how he impacted their lives, from instilling in them a love for words to helping them overcome their fear of public speaking to inspiring them to become teachers.

After retirement, Jensen volunteered in many capacities at Hamline. He was a member of the CLA Alumni Board, Piper Athletic Association Board, and End Zone Club. He also served as a class reunion committee volunteer, Sesquicentennial Alumni Choir member, Annual Fund class agent, and student mentor.

Jensen attended numerous Hamline events and activities. An avid sports fan, he followed Hamline’s Division III programs and often could be found connecting with athletes and coaches.

In 2010, Jensen received Hamline’s Athletic Service Award from the Athletics department, and in 2013, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association for his many contributions to Hamline and the broader community.

Jensen and his wife, Jinny, also a retired Edina High School teacher, established the Bud and Jinny Jensen Scholarship for students pursuing a career in teaching. Through this scholarship, they hope to make a difference in the lives of future educators. The also have included Hamline in their estate plans and are members of the Heritage Society.

Jensen is preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Vernon; and his step-father, Walter. He is survived by his wife of 45 years; his brother, Jerry Jensen ’61; and many family members, friends, former colleagues, and students.