Allen C. Jensen, scientist, Hill staff member

July 4, 2013

Allen C. Jensen, a senior staff scientist at George Washington University’s Center for Health Services Research and Policy and a former staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, died April 21 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He was 75 and a Vienna resident.

The cause was acute myeloid leukemia, his son Michael Jensen said.

Mr. Jensen had been at the Center for Health Services Research and Policy since 1989. Earlier, he spent 14 years at the Ways and Means Committee, on whose human resources subcommittee he helped develop social services programs that especially benefited individuals with disabilities. His family attributed his interest in social service programs to an older brother who was autistic.

Earlier in his career, he worked on the staff of then-Gov. Harold E. Hughes of Iowa (D) and was the staff director of the National Governors’ Association’s human resources committee.

Allen Carl Jensen was born in Humboldt, Iowa. He was a 1959 graduate of Iowa State University and received a master’s degree in political science and public policy from American University in 1967.

He was a past chairman of the Social Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in Fairfax County — now known as PRS Inc. — and a past chairman of the board of service and mission at Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna.

His first marriage, to Marlys Gramley, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Yvon Reeder Jensen of Vienna; two sons from his first marriage, Michael Jensen of Los Angeles and Kevin Jensen of Brooklyn; three stepchildren, Courtenay Gannon of Austin, Walter Tinsley of Vienna and Waverly Tinsley of Dallas; a brother; and a grandson.

— Megan McDonough

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