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Oliver Jensen, 91, magazine cofounder

CHESTER, Conn. -- Oliver Jensen, one of the founders of American Heritage magazine has died. He was 91.

Mr. Jensen, a longtime Old Saybrook resident, died at an assisted-living facility Thursday, according to his stepdaughter, Penelope Hargrove.

Along with Joseph Thorndike and James Parton, Mr. Jensen founded American Heritage in 1954. It now has a circulation of 340,000 and is part of American Heritage Publishing Co., a division of Forbes Inc.

Oliver Ormerod Jensen was born in Ithaca, N.Y., on April 16, 1914.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Yale in 1936, and during World War II served in the United States Naval Reserve.

Jensen joined Life magazine as a writer in 1940 and, after the war, was an editor there.

With Thorndike and Parton, he founded Thorndike, Jensen & Parton, a custom publishing concern, in 1950.

From 1959 to 1976, Mr. Jensen was the editor of American Heritage.

From 1981 to 1983, he was chief of the division of prints and photographs at the Library of Congress.

Mr. Jensen was married five times, including a brief marriage to the novelist Jean Stafford, which ended in divorce.

His fifth wife, the former Alison Pfeiffer Hargrove, whom he married in 1970, died in 2000.

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