Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: Swiss-American Mountaineer Norman Dyhrenfurth Dead at 99

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: Swiss-American Mountaineer Norman Dyhrenfurth Dead at 99

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Norman Dyhrenfurth * The Swiss-American mountaineer and filmmaker who organized the successful American expedition in 1963 to Mount Everest that put six climbers on the summit and inspired generations of Americans, has died. He was 99.

Ditta Vogt, the sister of Mr. Dyhrenfurth's long-time partner, Maria Sernetz, said he died Sunday (Sept. 24, 2017) in a Salzburg, Austria, hospital of natural causes.

Mr. Dyhrenfurth assembled the historic team of 19 mountaineers and scientists for the 1963 Everest Expedition that practically launched the modern U.S. mountaineering and outdoor industry by putting the first Americans on top of the world's highest peak.

But he also was an accomplished cameraman and director who was head of the UCLA Film School in the 1950s and worked on movies such as "Five Days One Summer" and "The Eiger Sanction," plus TV shows such as "Americans on Everest. …

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