|Who is Carole Hillard?
Philanthropic, compassionate, and adventurous are just a few words that describe South Dakota’s first and only female lieutenant-governor. Carole was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, on August 14, 1936. She married John Hillard and had five children. She died in Lausanne, Switzerland, on October 25, 2007. Carole led a life dedicated to public service. She began her political career on the Rapid City Common Council. She then moved on to serve in the South Dakota House of Representatives for two terms. Carole, a Republican, then served as lieutenant-governor under Governor Bill Janklow from 1995-2003. Carole Hillard dedicated her life to making a difference in her community. She helped establish the Rapid City women’s shelter and the Cornerstone Rescue Mission. During the last years of her life she went on to work as an international consultant for the U.S. State Department and other organizations around the world. She traveled to 63 countries working on 72 democracy-building projects in developing-nations. Her son, Todd, is quoted as saying, “She understood the risks of traveling to some remote regions. She was not afraid of dying. She was afraid of not living.” He went on to say, “Her life taught us that one person can make a big difference in the world and that each of us has a responsibility to make the world a better place. She started from the grassroots…with community service in Rapid City. She worked her way to very near the top.” Carole Hillard was always up for an adventure. She and her husband took their children camping and exploring different places around the continent. Some of her favorite places in South Dakota were ghost towns of the Black Hills. She became a private pilot, a licensed scuba diver, and a skilled skier and horsewoman. Some of her adventures included fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda, hang gliding in Brazil, bungee jumping over Victoria Falls in Zambia, sky diving with U.S. Air Force Golden Knights, and flying in an F-16 fighter jet with the South Dakota Air National Guard. She was also a certified Red Cross disaster damage assessment team leader.Carole Hillard is an example of what one adventurous person can accomplish in a lifetime, with devotion and compassion for helping others and a determination to make a difference in the world.
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