The Bay College Alumni Association is proud to announce Escanaba native Chris Arthur Anderson as Bay College’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Chris was recognized at Bay College’s Awards Banquet held on April 29.
After graduating from Escanaba High School Class of 1976, Chris received an Associate degree in Applied Science from Bay College in 1978. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor in Science degree in Mortuary Science. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Chris returned to the Escanaba area as a third generation funeral director. He is currently co-owner of the Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone with his brother Keith. “I feel extremely honored and humbled to be nominated and chosen as Bay College’s Alumnus of the Year. There are many successful Bay College graduates that have remained in our community and many others that began their career path here and have excelled in other parts of the country and beyond. We are fortunate to have such a successful educational institution within our community” indicated Chris.
Chris Anderson is involved in the community through the time he volunteers and as a strong supporter and ambassador for Bay College. He is a member of Northern Michigan Bank & Trust’s Board of Directors, past president of Michigan Funeral Directors, was appointed by Governor Engler to serve on the State of Michigan Board of Mortuary Science, past Chairman of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, and is involved with many organizations with his profession and community which include; Delta Lodge #195 F&AM, Ahmed Shrine of Marquette, member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Eagles Club of Escanaba, the Royal Arch Masons Delta Chapter #118, the Elks Lodge #354, Wildlife Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, and U.P. Whitetails Association to identify a few.
Chris married the former Kimberly Dawson from Gladstone and she graduated from Bay in 1979. His two daughters; Laura, and Christina, will receive their Associate degrees from Bay College this May.