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Longtime campus photographer dies

Former University photographer Evangelos J. Dousmanis, 54, died Jan. 18 in Florida, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Dousmanis, a New York City native known to friends as “Van,” served as the University’s first campus-wide photographer from 1995 until he went on medical leave in 2005. He previously worked for the Associated Press in New Jersey and the Courier Post in Cherry Hill, N.J.

His photos represented the University in Sports Illustrated, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Time and the Press & Sun-Bulletin, among other publications. He also was a lecturer and instructor of photography.

Dousmanis, who received his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton in 2003, received the Binghamton University Council/Foundation Award in October 2005 in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to the campus community.

“From the mundane to the dramatic, he took the photos that helped the campus know itself and remember its history,” said Anita Knopp Doll, a friend and former director for enrollment management. She recalled the way Dousmanis built the photography department from scratch, starting with one beat-up camera and wrapping up with a state-of-the-art lab complete with digital cameras and high-powered computers.

Dousmanis, a marathon runner and pilot, met the news of his diagnosis with prostate cancer head on, Doll said. He moved to Florida, traveled extensively, went skydiving and started racing motorcycles.

The Division of External Affairs will announce a memorial service at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 636 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08