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Dr. Albert Earl Hensel, Jr.

Services for Dr. Albert Earl Hensel, Jr. will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2012 at The Pentecostals of Alexandria with Brother Anthony Mangun, Dr. Henry Blount, Dr. Jeems White, and Dr. Foster Hensel officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.

The family requests that visitation be observed Thursday at The Pentecostals of Alexandria from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will continue on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.

Al, as he was addressed by friends and family, peacefully passed on December 17, 2012 at his home in Alexandria, Louisiana.

He was born in Wagner, South Dakota on August 12, 1919 to Anna Clausen Hensel and Albert E. Hensel, Sr. He was an outstanding football player and received an athletic scholarship to the University of Missouri. In his sophomore year, he received a full academic scholarship to attend the university. He became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity in 1941. After graduation, Al attended Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated Cum Laude four years later.

Shortly after graduation, Al was inducted as Captain into the United States Army Medical Corps. He often reflected on his time served aboard the ship, USAT Gen. W. P. Richardson, as "hazardous duty". He was in charge of bringing "war brides" home from Europe after World War II. He retired from the Medical Corps, United States Army Reserve, in 1966 at the rank of Colonel.

He met Carolyn Amelia Morgan of Alexandria, Louisiana. while in medical school and they later married on September 9, 1944. They made their home in Alexandria and had three children: Anna Joyce Hensel; Albert Earl Hensel, III; and William Foster Hensel. Al practiced pediatrics in Alexandria for many years. In 1959 after suffering from a heart attack, he returned to school at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, Texas to become certified in allergy and immunology. He returned home to continue his medical career as an allergist.

He assisted in founding the American Association of Certified Allergists in 1971. Al was president of the American College of Allergists in 1977. He was a member of the American Medical Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Southern Medical Association, Texas State Medical Society, American College of Allergists, American Academy of Allergy, American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Association of Certified Allergists. He was on staff at Rapides General Hospital in Alexandria, St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, and Huey P. Long Hospital in Pineville, Louisiana. He was also a consultant for the Army Medical Department at Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana. At times in his life he was on faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He also served as a lecturer on allergy for the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Department of Continuing Medical Education.

Al chaired the organizational committee which founded the Alexandria Aquatic Club in 1962. This club brought competitive swimming to central Louisiana. He served as the club's president in 1968.

Al was a Life Member of Kiwanis International. He was also a member of the Alexandria Kiwanis Club where he served a term as president. He also served as Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Club's District II in 1970-1971.

Al had a long interest in grafting plants, particularly camellias and pecans. In 1972, he started Woodside Farms, a large scale pecan farm outside of Alexandria that he developed and operated while also managing his full time medical practice. He was a member of the Louisiana Pecan Growers Association where he served a term as president. His contribution in the advancement of marketing pecans was revolutionary in its time and has become a standard in the industry today.

After his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Amelia Morgan, died in early 1998, he married Georgia Chelette on January 9, 1999. They resided in Alexandria until his death.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Albert E. Hensel, Sr. of Denver, Colorado and Anna Clausen Hensel of Denver, Colorado; his brother, Harold Ernest Hensel of Snow Hill, Maryland; his sister, Florence Hensel Foster of San Francisco, California; his sister, Carmen Hensel Tarr of Denver, Colorado; his step-son, Mitch Lowry; and his first wife, Carolyn Morgan Hensel.

Al is survived by his second wife, Georgia Chelette Hensel of Alexandria; his daughter AnnaJoyce Hensel Kirby of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and her son Albert "Bert" Hensel Kirby of Seattle, Washington; his son, Albert Earl Hensel III, MD of Cookeville, Tennessee; his son William Foster Hensel, DDS and his wife Bess Littlepage Hensel, and their children Bentley Foster Hensel, Addison "Addie" Kathryn Hensel, and Amelia "Ame" Bannister Hensel, all of Alexandria; his stepchildren, Carol Lowry Books, Angela Lowry, Markita Spanier, Holli Brunk, and their many children and grandchildren; and his many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Barton and his staff and St. Joseph's Hospice for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the and missions of The Pentecostals of Alexandria. To extend online condolences to the Hensel family, please visit www.hixsonbrothers.com.

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Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 20, 2012
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