Tony Hillerman Biography
Tony Hillerman, author of many novels including the Leaphorn/Chee mystery
series, died in October 2008 at the age of 83.
A past president of the Mystery Writers of America and recipient of their Edgar and Grand Master Awards,
his other honors include the
Center for the American Indian's Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for the
best novel set in the West, the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award, the
National Media Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Public
Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Nero Wolfe Award,
the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book, an
honorary life membership in the Western Literature Association, and the Grand
Prix de Littérature Policiére.
In addition to his election to Phi Beta
Kappa, Tony Hillerman was named Doctor of Humane Letters at Arizona State
University and at Oregon's Portland State University.
He lived with his wife, Marie, in Albuquerque, New Mexico up until his death.
He is survived by Marie and six children.
This biography was last updated on 10/27/2008.
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