SHANKS, Harry R.

USA (1927-2009)

Last updated: August 9, 2017 at 3:20 am

Diving pioneer; established Our World Underwater Scholarship Society and the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (1993), which administers the NOGI Award; former dive club president and president of YMCA Metropolitan Council of Scuba Clubs in Chicago; former Director of the Illinois Council of Scuba Clubs; former Board of Governors of the Underwater Society of America; dive tourism pioneer; founder of Scuba Consultants Ltd; co-owner of a Florida Keys dive resort; founded the California Scuba Advisory Committee; took over the NOGI Award Program after the death of its creator, Jay Albanese, in 1967; AUAS Harry Shanks Award for Leadership in Diving award named in his honour; served as a Navy Air Corps pilot during WWII.

Honours and Awards:

Outstanding Achievement Award (Our World-Underwater, 2000)
NOGI Award (Distinguished Service, 1980)


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