Christopher Martin Quander, 54, of Chicago, IL, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2018, following a courageous fight against cancer. Chris is survived by his children: Christopher Quander of Orlando, FL; Elizabeth Quander of Chicago, IL, and Sarah Quander of New York, NY. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Joseph and Arthuree Quander of Austin, TX and by his brothers, Joseph, Stephen, Jonathan (Bethel), and Martin (Denise). He is also survived by many other family and friends.Chris was born on August 23, 1964 in Albany, GA, and he grew up in Austin, TX. Chris graduated from St. Stephen's Episcopal School (Austin) in 1982 and Yale University in 1987. Following graduation, Chris moved to Chicago where he met and later married Dr. Carline Wilson in 1989. In Chicago, Chris worked for O'Connor & Associates as a trader in the pits on the CBOE. He later worked for Botta Trading where he managed proprietary options trading groups. At the time of his death, Chris worked as a financial technology strategist and as a head of business development at Lekos Technology Solutions LLC and OptionEyes LLC. Chris was very much a "people person" and valued his friendships deeply. He was an intellectual, a charmer and a fighter his entire life. Chris loved his time at Yale and treasured the lifelong friendships that began in New Haven. Chris was a leader in the Yale Club of Chicago, Yale Black Alumni Association (Chicago) and the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors. He was a tireless advocate for leadership strategies to support diversity, equity and inclusion. Beyond his career and community involvement, the greatest joy in his life was being Christopher, Eliza and Sarah's father. He was incredibly proud of the wonderful people they have become.Memorial services at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL will be on Sunday, January 20, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family would request that donations be made to the Yale College Christopher M. Quander '86 Scholarship Fund, c/o Yale University Office of Development, PO Box 2038, New Haven, CT 06521 (203.432.5436) or electronically at giving.yale.edu/supportChristopherMQuander
Published by Chicago Tribune from Jan. 6 to Jan. 19, 2019.