Marjorie Lynn Bank, 48, undersea photographer

April 29, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Marjorie Lynn Bank, a marine photographer who photographed great white sharks from a steel cage at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, died Monday of a massive heart attack at her home in Atlanta. The Baltimore native, who moved to Georgia 20 years ago, was 48.

She became interested in the undersea world after learning to snorkel on a vacation in the Grand Cayman Islands. After becoming a certified SCUBA diver and professional photojournalist, her assignments for Underwater U.S.A., Ocean Realm and Skin Diver magazines took her all over the world.

"She wanted to bring back home some of the beauty she found deep in the ocean," said her mother, Helen S. Bank of Palm Beach, Fla. "She also was an active marine environmentalist who developed and taught a program which inculcated in divers respect for the sea." Her work won recognition from Our World Underwater and the National Association of Underwater Instructors. She also served on the advisory board of the National Aquarium here.

The former Northwest Baltimore resident graduated from the Park School in 1964 and attended the University of Denver and George Washington University.

Other survivors include her father, Merrill L. Bank of Palm Beach; a brother, Herbert M. Bank of Owings Mills; and a sister, Penny F. Bank of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to Diver's Alert Network, Box 3823, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. 27710.

Services were private.

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