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Phokion Karas, 88, RLE staff photographer

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16, for Phokion Karas, a noted architectural photographer and a staff photographer who spent 18 years at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. Karas died March 25 at his home in Newburyport. He was 88.

Karas was known for his photography of landmark buildings in New England, and his photos were published worldwide. He was born in Haverhill, Mass., to Greek immigrants and was educated in area schools. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in U.S.-based POW camps and worked for MIT before opening his own photography studio.

He is survived by three daughters, Thessaly Karas of Quincy, Katina Stuart of Waukegan, Ill., and Miriamne Karas of Boston; and a son, Michael Karas, of Redding, Calif.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the MIT Chapel.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 20, 2009 (download PDF).

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