Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Everest, died in New Zealand.
” I have stood at both the north and south poles as well as on the worlds highest peak. When I look back over my life, though, I have little doubt that the most worthwhile things I have done have not been getting to the summits of great mountains or to the extremes of the earth. My most important projects have been the building and maintaining of schools and medical clinics for my dear friends in the Himalaya. I clearly remember the day when we first opened te khumjung school with only 47 children in scruffy sherpa clothes. Now one of them is a pilot of a Boeing 767 and others are important executives in travel, business, and nonprofit organizations.“
- Sir Edmund Hillary in his interview to National Geographic in 2003 on the 50th Anniversary of Everest Expedition