In 1961, Hillary began what he says is his most rewarding
work. He returned to Nepal with funds to help the
(inhabitants of the Everest region) build
a school, the first in the region. He wanted to repay
the Sherpas for their help on the Everest expedition.
Eventually, the whole Hillary family became involved
in helping the Sherpas.
But in 1975, tragedy hit. On March 31, Louise and Belinda
were flying to meet Sir Edmund in the Himalayan Mountains
when their plane crashed. Hillary was devastated,
and mourned their death for many years.
Photo: Anne B. Keiser