Evelyn Hurwicz (née Jensen)

Evelyn was born on a farm near Almena, Wisconsin, on October 31, 1923, to Arthur* and Hazel Jensen.

She wanted to be a teacher, and, after high school, attended the Milwaukee State Teachers College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The family story is that one of her teachers, impressed with her intelligence, submitted her as a scholarship candidate to the University of Chicago. She was awarded a scholarship and was majoring in economics in 1943, when Leo hired her, sight unseen, as an assistant. He was teaching prospective Army and Navy inductees the statistics, mathematics and physics needed to analyze weather data generated by the newly-invented radar.

They were married on July 19, 1944.

Below is a picture of them just a few days later, on July 23, 1944, at the Hotel Bismarck. (They’re the ones who are totally in love and can’t stop looking at each other.) The picture below that shows them a few years later, in 1946.

They had four children: Sarah (born December 7, 1946), Michael (January 18, 1949), Ruth (May 25, 1951) and Maxim (September 5, 1953).

Evelyn died on November 22, 2016, at 5:24 pm, at Grace Pointe Commons in Cambridge, Minnesota.


* The 1930 census shows his name as John A. Jensen, the 1940 census as John Jensen. But Evelyn told me his name was Arthur, and I’m assuming that’s what he went by.

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