Morven, Georgia native and author, David Hanks, shared the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize with Mohamed ElBaradei, given to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for their efforts in preventing nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way. He has also served as an international nuclear safeguards analyst for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC.
David Hanks is a world citizen, he and his family divide their residency between Washington, DC and Vienna, Austria but his heart is still rooted is Brooks County. While a young man, the Hanks family endured a heart wrenching tragedy after his Mother, Hellen G. Hanks was murdered in 1972 by a man who investigators believe killed her for rebuffing his sexual advances.
When a farmer uncovered Hanks’ skeletal remains while clearing land in 1980, it put an end to questions about her whereabouts when prominent Valdosta businessman Keller Wilcox, one of her bosses, was convicted in 1982 of strangling Hellen Hanks. Son, David Hanks, wrote The Disappearance, the fictional account of what he and his siblings endured after the disappearance of their mother in Valdosta as a cathartic tribute to his mother.
Even so, Hanks says “I don’t dwell too much on that. I try to live in the present.” Fantastic!
“Our past is not the thing that matters so much in this world as what we intend to do with our future.” ~Shoghi Effendi