Duke basketball loses friend

ctudor@newsobserver.comDecember 29, 2011 

When Arthur C. Chandler Jr., died on Christmas Day, Duke University and the basketball program lost an important part of its culture.

A longtime Duke faculty member who taught medical students and residents at both North Carolina and Duke, Dr. Chandler became Duke's public address announcer for basketball games in 1970, when Cameron Indoor Stadium was still named Duke Indoor Stadium.

Those Blue Devils were coached by Bucky Waters, and the team's top players were Randy Denton, Richie O'Connor and Dick DeVenzio.

Over the next 40 years, Chandler would introduce a parade of champions, the students in the stands would become known as the Cameron Crazies and his signature "Here Comes Duke!" would become as much a part of game day as the players and coaches.

Chandler was 78 when he died.

A professor emeritus of comprehensive ophthalmology at UNC Chapel Hill, Chandler attained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

In a statement posted on Duke's athletics web site, Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski called Chandler "a great friend of the program."

"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," Krzyzewski said.

The Chandler family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home in Durham, 1005 West Main St.

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