MAILED: July 5, 2000
Merritt Christensen, who taught journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 1969 to 1991, died Monday, July 3, at the age of 71 at Park West Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Christensen taught courses in news writing, reporting, public affairs reporting, public relations and journalism history during his 22-year career at UW-Eau Claire. He continued to teach a journalism history course after his retirement. He was the faculty adviser for UW-Eau Claire's student yearbook, served as a member of the Campus Media Advisory Board and served as acting department chair for three years.
Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, Christensen was a reporter for the Minot Daily News in North Dakota. He was the director of public relations at Minot State College, where he also taught journalism.
Christensen earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Minnesota and he attended the University of Oslo in Norway for one year.
Christensen is survived by his wife of 42 years, Grethe Mortensen Christensen; daughters and son-in-law, Dr. Lise Christensen and Dr. Jesse Doers of Knoxville, and Susanne Christensen of Eden Prairie, Minn.; son and daughter-in-law Peter and Cynthia Christensen of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Matthew Doers, Paul Christensen and Anastasia Christensen; sisters, Jean Braa of Minneapolis, and Caroline (Kelly) Thogerson of Azusa, Calif.; brother, Herb Christensen of Redmond, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Caroline Christensen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ft. Sanders Park West Hospital, Chaplain's Fund, 9352 West Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37923.
Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, Lenoir City, Tennessee, is serving the Christensen family.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 11, 2000