Adapted from a notice in The New York Times, October 5, 2009.
NEW YORK, NY - Clifton H. W. Maloney, 71, passed away on September 25th on Cho Oyu Mountain between the boarder of Nepal and China. He had reached the 27,000 ft summit the morning of September 24th, making him the oldest American to ever summit an 8,000 meter peak. He spent that night at Base Camp 3 and arrived the following day at Base Camp 2 at 23,000 feet where he died in his sleep. His last words were, "I'm the happiest man in the world. I've just summited a beautiful mountain."