By Rebecca Rose

Killeen Daily Herald

Lois Anderson, dean emeritus of Central Texas College and a Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce board member, will be remembered as a community advocate in the wake of her death. Anderson, 73, died Tuesday in a Temple hospital.

"Lois was very special to our chamber," said Bill Kozlik, president of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. Kozlik and his wife had a close relationship with Anderson and her husband, James.

"She has done so many things for the community, for the chamber of commerce and for military affairs. Anything they needed done, she did. She was just a blessing."

"I enjoyed my nine years with her and will never stop enjoying the memories," Kozlik said. "She was truly wonderful and is going to be highly missed - a place in everyone's heart that isn't going to go away."

Anderson was dean emeritus of CTC's Continental Campus. Her husband is chancellor of CTC.

Mrs. Anderson started at CTC in 1983 and retired Aug. 31, 1999, during which time she held numerous positions, including regional administrator in the Philippines and Diego Garcia.

Bill Alexander, CTC's deputy chancellor for Texas campus operations and distance learning, first met Anderson in 1982, when she took over the education programs for CTC in the Philippines.

"She was one of the most committed advocates for military students," he said. "She always ensured that military students were taken care of."

Alexander said when she retired, Anderson became a tireless advocate in the community. She was active with Vive Les Arts and served on the Metroplex Hospital board of trustees.

"She never changed; she was always committed," Alexander said. "Lois was one of the most wonderful, warm people ever. Anybody that she talked to was an immediate friend to her.

"She was truly a vital component of our community in Central Texas."

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen is handling arrangements.

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