attended graduate school at the University of New Mexico and served on the faculty there from 1966 to 1987.
Hillerman was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1997. He received a number of distinguished national awards for his writing, including the Edgar Alan Poe Award and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America; the American Indian Ambassador Award from the Center for the American Indian; the Silver Spur Award for western novels; and the Robin W. Winks Award for enhancing public understanding of national parks from the National Parks Conservation Association.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, and their six children.
The Associated Press