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William Christopher Anderson
May 14, 1967 ~ March 11, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old
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William Christopher Anderson was born May 14, 1967 to William and Juanita Anderson (nee Breedlove), in Cincinnati, OH at Christ Hospital. He joined his heavenly family, in his home, on March 11, 2023. Throughout his life, he was known by either his first or middle name, but to his family, he was always “Chris”.
Chris grew up in Mt. Healthy. After his family moved to Roselawn in 1983, he transferred from Mt. Healthy High School to Roger Bacon High School and graduated in 1985. He studied Business Education at Central State University, Education at Antioch College and Business Management at Union Institute and University, from which he received his bachelor’s degree in1993.
Business and education were indeed Chris’ passions. He became heavily involved in Junior Achievement while at Roger Bacon, ultimately being named JA’s Outstanding Young Businessman of Ohio in 1985. Soon thereafter, he joined the managerial team at JA of Greater Cincinnati, where he remained for more than 10 years. He continued on his path of education, spending more than 14 years in the St. Bernard school district as a teacher, and developing a private in-home tutoring company, Anderson Education Service. In his capacity as a tutor, he served students K-12 and their families, as well as adults preparing for the GED, for over 25 years. Chris was a natural leader, orator, teacher and mentor.
These traits would serve him well as his career led him to the Hamilton County Board of Elections in 2020. He was raised with a great respect for the democratic process, and that respect plus his superior interpersonal skills made him an asset to the BOE team. His ability to engage, direct and galvanize propelled him from helping and directing the county’s early voters, to directing the entire training staff for the BOE in just two short years. He loved his job, his co-workers and was in his element. His desire to make a difference was beginning to hit its stride.
Another of his passions was Cincinnati’s pro sports. He was a huge fan of both the Bengals and the Reds, through both teams’ ups and downs over the decades. From the time of the Big Red Machine and the Freezer Bowl, all the way up to this year’s Bengals championship game, Chris’ hometown pride was evident and contagious, just like his smile.
Chris leaves a great many people to mourn his passing, including: brother, Eric; aunt, Patrice; nieces, Rhonda, Erin and Ryan; nephew, Eric; cousins, Daryl, Howard, Lisa, Jeff, Andre, Randrea, Alicia and Thomas and an incalculable number of students, fellow teachers, friends, neighbors, colleagues and Hamilton County voters and officials. His absence will be profoundly felt, and he will be missed.