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Christer Dillon Lucander
Service: Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00 AM
Location: Christ Church, Georgetown Washington, D.C.



Christer died on September 26, 2019 after suffering a stroke at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, surrounded by family and friends.  Chris was a dedicated community banker and financial executive, successful entrepreneur, world champion sailor, talented handyman, a Cappella music lover, active Scouter, and proud Swedish/Finnish-American.  


Born in Detroit in 1957, he graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan and went on to earn a BS in Bio-Psychology at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.  There he was President of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, whose members he served for many years later as a consultant, and was on the sailing and swimming teams.  After earning an MBA at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Chris joined the National Bank of Detroit, serving in progressively more senior commercial lending and IT positions over 22 years as the bank went through a series of mergers.  After the bank was seriously buffeted during the 2008-09 Great Recession, which hit Detroit particularly hard, he followed his inner entrepreneurial voice and joined a new de-novo bank in Detroit.  That led to a CFO stint for an automotive stamping company, reflecting his lifelong passion for manufacturing and the auto industry.  


Chris’ extensive experience working with economically distressed areas in Detroit led to an offer in 2015 to join City First, a growing Washington, DC-based community bank where he was Senior Vice President.  There he dedicated himself to assisting Washington area small and medium sized businesses grow, as he had throughout his career in Detroit.  Always focused on helping people, Chris became as active in Washington as he was in Grosse Pointe and Detroit, serving on the Executive Committee of Scouts National Capital Area Council (4th largest in the United States), and as Chair of the Finance Committee, usher, and acolyte at Christ Church Georgetown.  In 2018, the Boy Scouts of America honored him with the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (he earned his Eagle at age 13).  He was a member of the Prismatic Club of Detroit, which has met weekly since its founding in 1867 to discuss literature, art, science, travel, and politics.  Chris was a past member of the Detroit Athletic Club, where he served as the Intermediate Group’s President.  He inherited his love of sailing from his father, a naval architect who emigrated from Finland via Canada to Detroit after World War II.  Chris was on the crew that won two Etchells class E-22 World Championship races -- in 1986 in Toronto and 1987 in Marblehead, Massachusetts -- from his base at Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit’s most serious sailing club.  He served on the BYC board for six commodores and received the club’s coveted Sailor of the Year award.  He was a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, and the National Rifle Association.  Chris is survived by two children, Catherine and Eric, of Grosse Pointe Farms, sister Kirsti Juergens (Brian), of Grosse Pointe, brother Nils Lucander (Karel), of Davidson, North Carolina, and sister Ebba Lucander (Keer), of Seattle, Washington, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  


Memorial services will be held at Christ Church, Georgetown in Washington, DC on October 9 at 1000 and Christ Church Grosse Pointe Episcopal, Grosse Pointe Farms, On October 26 at 1500.  He will be interred at Christ Church Grosse Pointe.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions to: Christ Church Georgetown feeding ministries for the homeless . Please click on the following link to Soup Kitchen is


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