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Hillerman, Tony

Born: 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 90 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Politicial Adviser

1925 – Tony Hillerman was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma on May 27th.

1930-1938 – He attended school at St. Mary’s Academy, a boarding school for Native American girls at Sacred Heart.

1942 – For high school, he was bused to Konawa High School were he graduated.

1943 – He joined the U. S. Army, serving in combat in World War II.

1945 – He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart after being wounded and was discharged.

1948 – After the war, he attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving a B.A.

         – He married Marie Unzner, to whom he is still married. They have six grown children.

         – He worked in a variety of journalist positions. He was a reporter for the Borger News Herald in Borger, Texas, city editor for the Morning Press-Constitution in Lawton, Oklahoma.


1950-1952 – He was a political reporter for UPI in Oklahoma City. He became the UPI bureau manager in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1954-1963 – He was the editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican.

         – He returned to graduate school in English at the University of New Mexico. He was an assistant to the University president at the same time.

1966 – He joined the journalism faculty of UNM after receiving his M.A.

1976-1981 – He taught there, serving as department chair.

1996 – Although he says he feels great for the shape he’s in, his health has been a concern. He told PBS, " I am 71, have now-and-then rhematic arthritis but now very badly, have in-remission cancer, have had a minor heart attack, have one mediocre eye, one tricky ankle and two unreliable knees due to being blown up in WWII".


2001 – His memoirs were published in October. It won the Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction.