Sir Edmund Hillary (Deceased) (1988)
Award Presented at Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo (Seattle area), Washington
On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa friend and guide, Tenzing Norgay, became the first persons to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In the years since then, Hillary has devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of the Himalayas. He is Founder-Chairman of the Himalayan Trust, which provides medical and educational assistance, and has served as High Commissioner for New Zealand to India and Bangladesh and Ambassador to Nepal. A hallmark of his work to help bring advancements to this area of the world has been respect for its environment and cultures.