Longtime Newsday photographer Richard ‘Dick’ Kraus dies at 88


Co-workers of Richard “Dick” Kraus, a longtime Newsday photographer who died of complications from double pneumonia on October 11, remembered him fondly for his camaraderie, patience and willingness to mentor young photographers. .

The South Setauket resident, nicknamed “Krausie” by those who knew him, spent an award-winning 42-year career with the newspaper. He was 88 years old.

John Keating, Newsday’s director of multimedia news gathering, paid tribute to Kraus and remembered his work for the company until his retirement in 2002.

“Dick was a meticulous professional and is responsible for creating many classic Newsday images. He covered everything from the Woodstock Music Fair to the Avianca plane crash,” Keating said in a statement. “Dick was also an innovator and was instrumental in the company’s transition to color photography in the 1980s.”

Born November 24, 1932 in Hempstead, Kraus graduated from Hempstead High School before enlisting in the US Navy in the early 1950s and stationed in Italy.

After leaving the Navy, Kraus held various jobs before embarking on photography. He worked at the John Drennan Photography Studio, which employed photographers whose work was sold to area newspapers, according to several colleagues.

In 1960, Kraus was hired as a photographer at Newsday, where the Long Island Press Photographers Association later awarded him the Best-In-Show Award for one of his photographs in 1964, one of many accolades he received. he received throughout his career.

Over the decades, Kraus rose through the ranks at Newsday and became a photo editor.

Stan Wolfson, longtime photographer and photo editor at Newsday, was a friend and colleague of Kraus for many years.

Wolfson on Wednesday called Kraus a “caring and considerate person,” saying he enjoyed fishing in his spare time when he wasn’t working for the heavily knitted photo department.

“Dick has always been a caring, understanding and helpful person,” said Wolfson. “Working with him at work was great. You knew you had his support there, he had you covered and you had it covered. There were major events around the time that the extra help from him. at work has been extremely helpful. “

Chris Hatch, 69, of Milford, Connecticut, a former Newsday photographer, said he worked with Kraus in the early 1980s. He thanked Kraus for helping him develop his skills as a young photographer, saying his mentor was “very perceptive” and a “true comrade in arms”.

“It was a great experience and Kraus was a big part of it. Dick made it wonderful for everyone, especially newcomers and interns. He took them under his wing,” Hatch said.

Dave Pokress, 68, from Farmingdale, a photography specialist at Newsday, had known Kraus for 30 years.

Pokress said Kraus was “part of a generation at Newsday who absolutely adored the newspaper and believed in its mission and believed that what we did each day was important, and that is to inform and educate readers. Dick took this responsibility seriously. “

Upon retirement, Kraus founded what has come to be affectionately known as “The Dinosaur Club,” where he and senior and retired Newsday photographers came to have breakfast, usually at a restaurant in Commack, to find oneself and sometimes to remember old “war stories”. “from the daily newspaper of the editorial staff.

Kraus met his fiancee Barbara Luberoff of South Setauket 21 years ago through a personal ad she placed looking for someone who could dance. On their first date, however, Luberoff said that to his surprise, Kraus admitted he wasn’t much of a dancer.

“He took it as ‘We’ll dance all of our lives together’, but he never thought of really dancing, so that was quite a story,” Luberoff said with a chuckle. “But he was ready to learn to dance… and he loved it. We went dancing every Friday night. We traveled a lot and we just had a good life. He was very happy.”

Kraus is survived by Luberoff and four children from a previous marriage: Douglas Kraus, of Santa Anna, California; Matthew Kraus, of Los Angeles; Naomi Lambert, from East Northport; and Elizabeth Vann, of San Pedro, California. A memorial service was held Thursday at Mount Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst.

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