DURHAM, N.C. - Longtime Duke men's basketball public address announcer Art Chandler passed away at Hock Family Pavilion on Christmas Day at the age of 78. Known as the "Voice of Cameron Indoor Stadium" for 40 years, Chandler retired from the position at the close of the 2009-10 season.
Chandler left a lasting impression on the Duke fan base as well as his signature introduction of "Here Comes Duke!", which he began using years ago at the suggestion of former Blue Devil Alaa Abdelnaby. Chandler manned his first game behind the microphone in 1970 went on to inform thousands who scored, who fouled, and who subbed in over 600 games. During his four decades at the scorers table, Chandler saw four national championship teams, 12 ACC Tournament champs and a plethora of All-Americas.
"Art Chandler was a great friend of the program," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "He not only helped out at Duke but was also active with his military service. Art went out of his way to help mankind and I greatly respected that about him. He did a terrific job in his role and his service to the Athletic Department, specifically the basketball program for 40 years was greatly appreciated. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed."
Obiturary (courtesy of the Durham Herald Sun)
Arthur C. Chandler Jr., MD, Professor Emeritus of Comprehensive Ophthalmology at UNC at Chapel Hill and longtime Duke faculty member was active and proudly served in the US Army Reserve achieving the rank of Colonel and acting commander as southeast regional medical director for the 81st Regional Support Command. He also enjoyed a lifelong dedication to teaching medical students and residents at both UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke University.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sarah Chandler; three sons, Dr. Arthur Chandler III and wife, Lisa of Tivoli, NY, Matthew Chandler of Huntington, NY, John Chandler and wife, Alex, of Valatie, NY; daughter, Ashley Chandler of Carlsbad, Calif.; step-daughter, Amy Wienken-Barger and husband, Geoffrey, of Harper's Ferry, W.Va.; and 10 grandchildren.
The Chandler family will receive friends and family at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, 1005 W. Main St., Durham, on Thursday, Dec, 29, 2011, from 6 until 8 p.m.. Per Art's request there will be no other memorial service. Art's ashes will be scattered in the Greenbriar River in West Virginia this summer.
Those who wish to make a donation in Art's honor may do so to either the Arthur C. Chandler MD Endowment Fund, UNC at Chapel Hill Department of Ophthalmology which supports residents and teaching programs (on-line or contact Sandy Scarlett, 919 843-1299) or to Duke HomeCare & Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Durham, NC 27704 (please specify Hospice).