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NCI Mourns Former Communications Staffer Anderson

Ms. Anderson
Linda Frances Anderson, NCI alumna

Linda Frances Anderson, 67, formerly a member of the communications staff at the National Cancer Institute, died on June 11 at her home in Lake Charles, La., following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Houston and had relocated to Louisiana in October 2016. She had resided in the Washington, D.C., area since 1967, calling Kensington her home for the last 25 years.

Anderson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and earned her master’s in public administration from Georgetown University. She worked for the federal government for more than 30 years, most recently in the NCI communications office and continuing after retirement as a private contractor.

She was a member of several informal beach and bridge clubs, played on USTA-ranked teams (later officiating) and was a long-time member of the Ski Club of Washington D.C. and Same Time Next Year Club. She was an avid supporter of the Shakespeare Theatre, the National Symphony Orchestra, the White House Christmas decorating group, Hillwood Estate & Museum and Brookside Botanical Gardens.      

She is survived by siblings Sharon Anderson of Bryan, Tex.; Robin Conrad of Moss Bluff, La.; Janet Anderson of League City, Tex.; and James R. Anderson of Sugarland, Tex.; and by two nephews and five grandnieces. She is also survived by her husband Frank Wilson of St. Mary’s, Ga.; stepdaughters Elizabeth Reichbart of New Jersey and Kate Wilson of North Carolina and six grandchildren.

Anderson was laid to rest in Lake Charles, alongside her parents. Memorial donations can be sent to Hillwood Estate & Museum, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.

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