Dean Jensen failed to run away to sign up for the circus. 

Truly, as a Milwaukee Sentinel reporter, he was not thrilled about becoming assigned to cover the once-a-year Good Circus Parade. But immediately after he talked with circus historian Chappie Fox and met performers, the environment of clowns and aerialists grew on him.

It fused with his enthusiasm for visual artwork and propelled Jensen on an intellectual and aesthetic journey that would guide to curating a big museum exhibit, opening a person of Milwaukee’s major artwork galleries, and writing guides about circus and sideshow performers. 

Jensen died Wednesday from issues of lung most cancers, according to his wife, Rosemary Arakelian Jensen. He was 82.

A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate, Jensen labored for newspapers in Manitowoc and Sheboygan prior to joining the Sentinel in 1967, covering a selection of information assignments, such as the civil rights marches. He also carved out time every single week to write artwork criticism in the period when the Milwaukee Artwork Middle was turning into the Milwaukee Art Museum.