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Walker, Writer and Broadcaster John Hillaby Dies

October 21, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Walker, writer and broadcaster John Hillaby, whose string of popular travel books began in 1964 with ``Journey to the Jade Sea,″ an account of a walk to Lake Turkana in Kenya, has died.

He was 69. Hillaby, who lived at York in northern England, died Saturday, his family said. No cause of death was stated. He had suffered from osteoarthritis, a painful, progressive swelling and stiffening of the joints, since 1993.

Hillaby estimated that he had walked the equivalent of three times round the world in his life _ a total distance of about 74,700 miles.

``Journey to the Jade Sea,″ so called because of the lake’s color, involved a 1,100-mile-round trip walk across desert and mountains with a camel team. His vivid descriptions of wild places, laced with notes on animals and plants, anthropology, folklore, personal promblems and encounters along the route made fascinating reading.

Hillaby repeated the technique in books on walks through Britain, France, Greece, the United States and elsewhere.

A tall, gaunt man with a gray beard and silvery hair, Hillaby kept to back roads and footpaths wherever possible, denouncing highways as ``the sewers of modern civilization.″

He is survived by two daughters and by his third wife. No information on funeral arrangements was released.

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