James Shanks died on February 20, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla., of sudden cardiac arrest. He was 86 years old.
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Mr. Shanks was born in New Bedford, Mass., on August 15, 1926, to Alice and James Shanks Jr. He was educated at Ridgewood High School, in Ridgewood, N.J., and Clemson College, graduating from the University of Georgia and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now the National Defense University), in Washington, D.C. He was a Distinguished Graduate of ICAF.
Mr. Shanks served on an LCI in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from the Department of Health, Education, & Welfare (HEW) as the Director of Administration in the Secretary of HEW's office, in Washington, D.C. HEW is now Health & Human Resources. During his federal service years, he returned to Atlanta, where he served as the Regional Director of Comprehensive Health Planning.
While in Atlanta, Mr. Shanks served as Junior Warden on the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, and Mrs. Shanks was active in St. Anne's Chapter. Two of their three daughters were confirmed there.
The couple returned to Washington in 1969, and lived in Arlington, Va., until moving to Athens in 2007.
After retiring from the government, Mr. Shanks founded and served as president of the Rosslyn Foundation, in Arlington.
Mr. Shanks is survived by his wife, Cornelia Shanks. They met at UGA, where both were students of journalism, and married on August 11, 1948. He is also survived by his three daughters: Allyson Rowell, Ann Glauser, and Elizabeth Flanagan; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Burial was at Oconee Hills Cemetery on February 28, 2013, after a family service at the Sexton's House.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, was in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Mar. 21, 2013