Sir Edmund Hillary Dies
Sir Edmund Hillary was the the first person to stand atop the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. He is remembered today as a deeply driven but unassuming man, one who strove to help the people of Nepal in the decades after his ascent of Mount Everest.Sir Edmund died of a heart attack at 88. His state funeral is being held in New Zealand, where he began the mountaineering career that took him and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to the tallest point on earth. Hillary's life was one of grand achievements, high adventure, and discovery. But he was really proud of his decades-long campaign to set up schools and health clinics in Nepal, the homeland of Tenzing Norgay, the mountain guide with whom he stood arm in arm on the 29,035-foot summit of Everest on May 29, 1953.