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'Voice of Cameron' dies at 78

Posted December 27, 2011

Dr. Art Chandler, the longtime public announcer for the Duke men's basketball team died Christmas Day at age 78, the university said Tuesday.

Chandler first took the mic in 1970 and called more than 600 games for the Blue Devils.

His signature call to rally the Cameron Crazies, "Here comes Duke!" was inspired by player Alaa Abdelnaby, of the Class of 1990, who suggested Chandler think of a simple, memorable way to introduce the team.

"I think a PA should not call attention to himself," Chandler said.  

In his "day job," Chandler had a long career teaching medical students at both Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Duke's Chandler dies at 78 Duke's Chandler dies at 78

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  • cherokeetomahawk Dec 30, 1:21 p.m.

    You will be greatly missed. He was a very special person.

  • jhenrymus Dec 28, 2:25 p.m.

    A True Blue fan, the best of announcers and a gentleman. Condolences to family.

  • kmor27886 Dec 28, 10:14 a.m.

    a great man

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Dec 28, 8:56 a.m.

    Sad news for a festive season. RIP and prayers for your family.

  • dragonspider Dec 28, 8:48 a.m.

    RIP. Go Duke.

  • Boogalooboy Dec 27, 11:44 p.m.

    Luckily I met him when I came to Duke 40 yrs ago. Had the pleasure to visit with him at the beach this summer.... Just a good person to be around, made everyone's day better....it was always about someone else.... not himself...gonna miss him..

  • 1UNC Dec 27, 9:13 p.m.

    A hard act to follow. May God be with the family during this difficult time.

  • robertleonard01 Dec 27, 7:36 p.m.

    My favorite memory of this guy was when he mispronounced Jason Capel's last name despite his brother Jeff playing at Duke for 4 years before Jason played there.

  • badcompany1023 Dec 27, 6:34 p.m.

    REST IN PEACE

  • Sauras69 Dec 27, 6:11 p.m.

    What a great career Dr. Chandler had at Duke University. Praying for all of his loved ones.

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