Psychologist obsessed with Hollywood actress dies in museum

Clinical psychologist Dr. Tom Banks, 62, suffered a stroke here Monday afternoon and fell to the floor he was sweeping inside the unusual museum he spent a lifetime creating, still clutching his broom. In death, he was surrounded by movie posters and paraphernalia of his nearly 50 year obsession with the actress and superstar of the 1940’s and 50’s, Ava Gardner. His museum is simply called “Ava.”

Dr. Banks left this area in 1945 to attend college, then, to serve in the Navy and, finally, to practice psychology for 38 years in Pompano Beach, Florida. He married, was successful, and—by all accounts—lived a happy life.