The Passing of a Gentleman Adventurer

Sir Edmund Hillary, Nepal 1963

We didn’t have Lindbergh, or Earheart, or Amundsen. We had Sir Edmund Hillary who died today having scaled the peak of fame.

He will be remembered for being the first to summit Mt. Everest and for the many humanitarian projects that he launched in the East. Ed, as he preferred to be known, was the first man to stand at both poles and the top of the world. He detested formality and for years listed his occupation as “beekeeper,” that of his father. “The whole world around us lay spread out like a giant relief map,” he told one interviewer. “I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.”

Ambassador, author, adventurer, humanitarian. Sir Edmund Hillary, KCOBE

For a wonderful slideshow from The New York Times, please click here.

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