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Philip Jamoulis Jameson

July 22, 1920 April 15, 2022
Philip Jamoulis Jameson
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Philip Jamoulis Jameson died on April 15, 2022 at the age of 91 from a COVID-19 related illness. He was born on July 22, 1930 in Fall River, Massachusetts. His father, a Greek immigrant, owned a grocery store and his mother raised their three children, Nicholas, Philip and Betty. Philip excelled academically and early-on he learned to play violin and bass fiddle. This allowed him to work as a musician in high school and college, helping to pay his tuition and expenses.
He graduated from Tufts University in 1952 and Tufts Medical School in 1956. He enlisted in the Navy in 1955, training and working in a number of Naval hospitals in New York and Philadelphia, including St. Albans Naval Hospital in Jamaica, New York.
He and his future wife, Konstantina (Tina) Morphopoulou, met in New York City and were married on November 5, 1956. They had four children, Cyndie, John, Philip and Melissa. After completing his training in the specialty of radiology, he worked in the Navy for several years on Long Island until 1963 when he decided to move his family to Somerset, Massachusetts. He practiced radiology at St. Annes Hospital in Fall River for the first half of his professional medical career. At St Anne’s hospital, in addition to radiology, he introduced the specialties of nuclear medicine and radiation oncology and became board-certified in all three specialties, an accomplishment he was very proud of. Later, he practiced radiology at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital until he retired somewhat early in 1993 in order to devote himself full-time to his passion for fine art photography.
Philip began an interest in photography in the early 1970s when he set up a dark room in his basement with the intent of teaching his children how to take pictures, develop negatives and make photographic prints. He gradually became expert in the meticulous process of film development and printing, and he recognized within himself a wonderful sense of artistic composition. Initially he utilized 35 mm negatives but was intrigued with the vast quantities of information that could be obtained from larger negatives and ultimately he used exclusively large format 8” x 10“ analog negatives to produce his black-and-white images.
Philip went on to study photography with two of Ansel Adams’ former students and considered himself part of the Ansel Adams lineage of photographers that specialize in depicting idealized landscapes, the form of artistic expression that most excited him. In addition to natural landscapes that he photographed in the American West, he also made a specialty of monasteries in Greece and urban landscapes, especially in his beloved city of Providence.
In the 1990s, the significance of his work was recognized by his friend William Tsiaras as well as others, and they were instrumental in promoting his work that is now included in the permanent collections of 13 museums spanning from Massachusetts to California. Included among these institutions are The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Yale University Collection, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the RISD Museum.
In addition to photography, Philip was passionate about modern architecture and sports cars. He and Tina built two notable modern homes. They also greatly enjoyed vacationing in Greece and were proud of the fact that the children learned to speak Greek.
Later in his life, among Phillip’s greatest joys were socializing with the many friends he had through Tina’s interest in duplicate bridge, visiting art and photography exhibitions in New York with his sons, discussing photography with his son Philip who developed his own photographic practice, and seeing his daughters raise their 9 children and their six grandchildren.
The family is planning private services. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Pawtucket Rhode Island.
He is survived by his wife Tina Jameson; his four children Cyndie Seely (Jonathan), John Jamoulis Jameson (Christine), Philip Jamoulis Jameson (Carmen) and Melissa Oman (Chad); his grandchildren Zachary Seely (Brooke), Ana Wallace (Alden), Olivia Vaisman (Andries), Isabel Buntain (Gregory), Henry Oman, Charlie Oman, Sophia Oman, Stella Oman, Lucia Oman; and his great-grandchildren: Warner, Madeline, India, Theodore, Poppy and Atticus. He also leaves a sister Betty Pagonis and a brother Nicholas Jamoulis

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