Scott Kloeck-Jenson graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College in 1987 with a degree in Political Science. He was devoted to the cause of global peace and justice. While at St. Olaf, Scott served the community through involvement in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Students for St. Olaf College’s South African Divestment, Adopt-a-Grandparent, Amnesty International, and the Central American Concerns Group. Scott was also the first student from St. Olaf to participate in the Study/Service program at Luther Seminary in Seoul, South Korea. He was the recipient of two Foreign Language Fellowships, a Fulbright Scholarship, and a MacArthur Scholar Award.
Scott didn’t just talk about peace and justice, he lived it. Following graduation, he served in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, Africa, where he met his wife, Barbara Kloeck. In 1989, Scott was awarded the first Sargent Shriver Peaceworker Fellowship, which enabled him to spend a year at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He later became the head of the University of Wisconsin’s Land Tenure Center program in Mozambique helping African policymakers develop a democratic system for land use.
On June 23, 1999, while on vacation in South Africa, Scott, his wife, Barbara, and their two children, Zoe and Noah, were killed in a tragic automobile accident. Scott was pursuing his doctorate in political science at the time of his death. The family and friends of Scott and Barbara created the Kloeck-Jenson Endowment to fund academic initiatives that encourage the study of peace and justice issues. A friend stated, “[Scott] would be pleased to know that future generations of Oles will have opportunities for hands-on peace studies and experiences thanks to an endowment that carries his name.”
One of Scott’s favorite and life guiding Bible passages was Micah 6:8: “…to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Studies program has established a memorial in honor of the Kloeck-Jenson family. To learn more, click on the links below:
- In Memoriam, Kloeck-Jenson Family – Land Tenure Center
- Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship Fund – UW Global Studies