The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2001


ConsCom remembers commissioner Eric Jensen

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) opened its September 20 meeting with a tribute in which members recounted significant and poignant memories of their fellow commissioner Eric Jensen, who died following a motorcycle accident on September 9. Chair Tom Brownrigg commented that commissioner Jo Rita Jordan's letter in the September 14 issue of the Mosquito had "captured the essence of his personality" when she wrote of his "independent intelligenceclear, eccentric take on issuesand a quirky sense of humorthat made him essential to us all."

Characterizing his colleague as "a gifted and complex person," Brownrigg recalled his love of flowers, trees (particularly white pines), birds and butterflies, all of which he photographed and shared with friends via e-mail. As devoted birdwatchers the Brownriggs had appreciated a number of digital photos of hawks Eric had seen and hoped they could identify. "Most people just tell us they have seen a large brown bird and want us to identify it. Eric made our job a lot easier," he said.

Examples of Jensen's photographs were projected on screens at a memorial service at Brandeis University, which was attended by an estimated 500 faculty members, students and friends. Commissioners who attended the service said it was clear that Jensen had contributed a lot to the university, where he served as an associate professor of physics.

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito