1/15/1924 - 3/20/2013
Remembering the life, death and legacy of thrill seeker George Lowe
LONDON (AP) - George Lowe, the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, has died. He was 89.
Lowe's widow, Mary, said he died Wednesday at a nursing home in Ripley, central England, after an illness.
One of two New Zealanders on the 1953 British expedition, Lowe helped establish the final camp 1,000 feet below the mountain's summit on May 28, 1953. The next day, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the peak.