When Juan Valdivieso ’99 was a young child, he used to pretend he was competing in the Olympics. His grandfather, or “El Mago,” as he was known in Peru, was a sensational athlete who had represented Peru in the first World Cup and the 1936 Summer Olympics in Germany. Juan used to look though his family photo album and imagine he was there, watching and cheering on his grandfather. “I always dreamed of following in my grandfather’s footsteps,” said Juan. “He was my idol when I was a boy. I was so proud to have had a relative compete in both the Olympics and the World Cup. It’s really quite remarkable.” Over time, Juan’s dreams of following in his grandfather’s footsteps would become the driving force that would lead him on his own Olympic journey.
Connections that last for life.
Landon has more than 3,900 alumni living in 44 states and 20 countries.
Landon alumni are internationally renowned musicians, CEOs, entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, legislators, professional athletes, legal experts, and so much more. But at our core, we are Landon Bears, and we are always willing to help fellow alumni with life advice or career guidance.
Whatever path a Landon boy chooses in life, he will have the support of Bears everywhere because they trust the character, intellect, and work ethic that stem from this shared experience.
The ten formative years I spent at Landon gave me structure, consistent support, love, and discipline. It gave me a solid foundation based on the core values of honor, respect, and service to others. It’s hard to adequately measure how Landon has positively shaped my life.
- stephen gordon, SR. '75
Landon on the Road
Please join us to reconnect with your fellow alumni and hear from Head of School Jim Neill at one of these gatherings near you.
West Palm Beach, FL - Wednesday, Feb. 15 6 - 8 p.m.
Barrio at City Cellar
700 S. Rosemary Avenue
RSVP by Feb. 8
Naples, FL - Thursday, Feb. 16 6 - 8 p.m.
Ritz Carlton Ria Restaurant
2600 Tiburon Drive
Hosted by Debra and Dean Graham, P'18, '20
RSVP by Feb. 10
Atherton, CA - Thursday, March 9 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Home of Rosemary and Brooke Seawell '65
RSVP by March 1
Thank you to all of our alumni and families who made Homecoming and Reunions Weekend so memorable and fun. Go Bears!
2022 Homecoming and Reunions
While the White Rocks, The Farmhouse, and all our brick buildings serve as constant reminders of the tradition of excellence that has permeated our institution for generations, your deepest ties to Landon are likely formed in the fond memories of influential faculty and impactful friendships. Landon School graduates have made their mark not only in each other’s lives, but also on the wider world for nearly a century.
If you’ve fallen out of touch, we welcome you home to Landon. Come see how our mission is inspiring a new generation. Please submit updates on your life, provides us with contact information so you receive our newsletters and magazines, and connect with our Landon alumni.
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Having lost my father, Landon was a savior for me as a young boy. Landon served as a second family to me. My Landon friends have been there for me. They show up, and showing up is what matters most. To the teachers, coaches, parents, and classmates, I can only say—I am sincerely grateful.
- Michael Banks '92
New York Bears
Our New York alumni group (New York-New Jersey-Connecticut) attends hockey games, enjoys dinner at restaurants owned by alumni, and more.
Bay Area Bears
Our West Coast alumni living in the San Francisco area come together for sporting events, dinners, business meet-and-greets and other events to make connections.
The Grizzly Bears comprise alumni who graduated from Landon 50 or more years ago. They get together for receptions, meetings and other events on campus.
Our United States Bears group connects alumni who serve or have served in the military, including Landon founder Paul Banfield, who served in World War II.
Interested in more information about our alumni groups?
Contact the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landon relies on the generosity of its alumni to continue its mission to prepare future generations of boys to become responsible, caring, and accomplished men.
Alumni contributions directly benefit the experience of our boys by increasing our ability to fund scholarships, retain impactful faculty, and make investments in academic, arts, and athletic facilities.
Campaign for Landon
Building for the Future
As we look forward to Landon's centennial and beyond, we see the necessity to address pressing facility, endowment, and annual giving needs to ensure we can live our mission to the fullest, both now and in the future. To that end, we have launched a campaign to raise $50 to support and amplify the values we hold dear.
Andrew Brandt ’78 – April 2023 Alumni Spotlight
By Michael McCabe
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to represent a superstar professional athlete in high-stakes contract negotiations, run an NFL team, or be the guy that Adam Schefter or Adrian Wojnarowski calls for tips about athletes? Very few individuals with that level of inside information exist in the world of professional sports. The positions are rare and the competition to fill these roles are fierce. However, one Landon alumnus, Andrew Brandt ’78, has not only filled both sports agent and operations positions; he has managed to apply that experience towards incredible media and educational opportunities.
Millions of Americans tuned into the State of the Union address on February 7, where President Biden spent significant time speaking about our economy. That evening and for the following days, major news organizations from around the world quoted the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website “Your Guide to America’s Finances." The newly created website went public in September 2022, a product of a small team from Booz Allen Hamilton, led by Senior Consultant, Blake Hani ’15.
The Anthony Edward Kupka ’64 Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Anthony Edward Kupka ’64 Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented annually at the holiday luncheon to an alumnus who has been selected to receive it by the Awards Committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The award was established in 1981 in memory of Buddy Kupka ’64 who was killed in the Vietnam War.
The W. Landon Banfield ’50 Award for Outstanding Service
This award is bestowed annually at the holiday luncheon on an alumnus who, through the years, has been selflessly devoted to the development of Landon School and the well-being of its boys. The award is named in honor of Dr. W. Landon Banfield ’50 for his tireless dedication to the preservation of the Landon tradition.
Landon will always be a special place for our family. I find myself looking for reasons to return to campus and catch up with people like Steve Sorkin, Rob Bordley, and Bill Zaiser. Landon has done a fantastic job shaping my two boys (’21 and ’22). I look forward to staying connected through the Alumni Board.
- mark knebel '88
The purpose of the Landon School Alumni Association is to engage the alumni in meaningful ways, provide opportunities for alumni to connect to Landon and one another, and invest broadly in Landon and its future. Please see the profiles below to learn more about the current members of the Alumni Board.