Those who knew Scott Kloeck-Jenson appreciate his firm commitment to international understanding and research that serves social justice concerns around the globe.
After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Kloeck-Jenson joined the Peace Corps, spent two years in Lesotho (where his met his wife Barbara), and then came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for his graduate work in political science.
His doctoral research on rural poverty, supported by prestigious Fulbright and MacArthur Fellowships, took him to Mozambique, where he also served as the project director for UW-Madison’s Land Tenure Center.
But before he could return to Madison to complete his dissertation, Kloeck-Jenson, along with his wife and two children, Zoe and Noah, died in a car accident in South Africa on June 23, 1999.
Ken Jenson, Kloeck-Jenson’s father, recalled a comment from one grief-stricken friend: “Who’s going to continue Scott’s work?”
Fast forward to 2015: Standing before a gathering of scholars at UW-Madison, Jenson responded to that question: “You are continuing Scott’s work.”