Christian, a native of St. Croix, attended elementary and high school in Christiansted and went on to graduate from Columbia Law School in New York City, after a stint in the Army during World War II.
After returning to St. Croix to establish a private law practice he was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 to serve on a seven-member commission charged with determining which federal laws should be applicable to the Virgin Islands.
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy appointed Christian a U.S. Attorney. He was reappointed to the post in 1966.
He continued in that position until he was selected to be a District Court judge by President Richard Nixon in 1969. He was named Chief Judge of the District Court a year later, where he remained until he retired in 1988.
From 1990 until 1993 Christian served as Senior Sitting Judge for the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands.
In 1994 the federal court building on St. Croix was named for him.
Christian is the father of Congressional Delegate Donna Christian-Christensen. He is also survived by his wife, Shirley, another daughter, Rebecca Christian, a son, Adam Christian, two ganddaughters, Rabiah and Karida Green, and his son-in-law, Christian O. Christensen and daughter-in-law, Vicky Christian.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.