Nathan H. Shanks, Photographer, 80

OBITUARIES

January 26, 1992

Nathan H. Shanks, owner of Shanks Photocraft, died January 18 of heart failure at Washington Hospital Center in Washington. He was 80.

Services took place Monday at Witzke Funeral Homes in Columbia.

Mr. Shanks, a Columbia resident since 1981, established Silver Spring Studio Inc. in 1960 and photographed notables such as Jack Benny, Peggy Fleming and Red Skelton.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., he was a professional musician since the age of 16 and played the standards of the 1940s and 1950s on the piano and Hammond organ for Washington audiences in settings such as the Hotel Congressional. Before becoming a full-time photographer, Mr. Shanks balanced music and photography in the 1950s.

During the latter years of World War II, Mr. Shanks held the rank of sergeant at the former McCloskey General Hospitalin Temple, Texas, where he entertained convalescing soldiers.

He is survived by his wife of seventeen years, Mary Shanks; a daughter, Sandra Shanks of San Francisco; a son, David Shanks of Reston, Va.; astepdaughter, Marcia Carlson of Slippery Rock, Pa.; a stepson, JamesKraus of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; a brother, Lee Shanks of San Jose, Calif.; one grandson; and two step-granddaughters.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, Northern Baltimore Division, 101 S. Main St., Suite 200, Bel Air, Md.21014.

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