Dr. Art Chandler

Dr. Art Chandler, Ophthalmologist and the “voice of the Duke Blue Devils” as 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.