San Francisco State student Stacey Erin Doukas

San Francisco State student Stacey Erin Doukas, of Daly City, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 8 2004, when her vehicle fell from a San Francisco overpass. Doukas was photo editor of the SFSU Golden Gate XPress Magazine. The first impact on a city street near the Mariposa Street on-ramp caused Doukas' vehicle to fall onto Interstate 280 at 2:26 a.m., California Highway Patrol said.

The 28-year-old photojournalism senior studied photography, writing and German, and was close to graduation, according to friends and professors. "She only had to finish a couple of classes," Johanna Luddy, an SFSU photojournalist and colleague of Doukas, said. "She was always talking about how she was so excited to graduate." SFSU photojournalism professor Ken Kobre taught Doukas in several photography classes. "She was a charming person - warm, funny," Kobre said. "Everyone will remember her for her dreadlocks." Kobre remembers her last photo assignment, which was about hair and hair coloring. Doukas photographed customers with all shades of dyed hair in beauty salons and nightclubs throughout San Francisco. She also produced a moving photo profile about a cross-dresser than won praise from students and faculty. "She really got into the lives of her subjects," Kobre said. "She got pictures that other students wouldn't have." Doukas also worked as a swimming teacher and cared for her ailing mother, according to fellow students. In lieu of flowers, the family is collecting money for a memorial scholarship for future photojournalism students at SFSU.

Send checks to:

Steve Doukas
Stacey Doukas Photojournalism Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 333
Colma, CA 94014

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