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Eacho Family Foundation Makes Leadership Gift

Please join us in thanking Ambassador Bill Eacho ’72 and his wife, Donna, who have committed $1 million to The Campaign for Landon.

Please join us in thanking Ambassador Bill Eacho ’72 and his wife, Donna, who have committed $1 million to The Campaign for Landon. The Eacho Family Foundation gift will support the Landon Fund and capital needs, including the Eacho Family Lecture Hall in the renovated Banfield Academic Center and Tom Dixon Reading Room adjacent to the Buchanan Library. The Eachos recognized the importance of a comprehensive campaign gift, and their gift provides continued support to the Landon Fund while also making a significant contribution to support the new and renovated buildings.

A member of the Landon Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2019, Bill is co-chair of The Campaign for Landon and was one of its earliest supporters. “This is a truly transformative opportunity for Landon,” he noted. “A successful campaign will give the school the resources and capital base needed to fulfill its mission into the future.”

Bill is excited about the core needs the campaign will address. He remarked, “It’s particularly important that the Lower School is moving to a more central location; I love the academic quad concept, where older students will interact more with younger ones. I’m also pleased that we will add to our financial aid capacity so that Landon can afford to take the very best students from a range of backgrounds.”

Bill and Donna want to help ensure that future generations can benefit from the strong academics, deep core values, and well-rounded education that Landon provides. Bill said, “Academically, I don’t think there’s a school in the country that could have prepared me any better than Landon did. I developed self-discipline, learned how to write, and how to love learning. It also prepared me to be a leader, to act honorably and ethically, and earn the trust of people in any organization.”

The Eachos have three sons, Douglas, David, and Greg ’09. Donna noted, “Opportunities such as the interdisciplinary humanities program junior year gave Greg a broader way of thinking that prepared him incredibly well. The strong sense of community and commitment he gained has also informed his way of approaching any group, whether professionally or personally.” Greg added, “I’m grateful to Landon for providing me with a fantastic education that prepared me well for life and provided me with lifelong friendships.”

Bill graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and earned an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 2009 to 2013. Currently, he manages a diverse portfolio of public equity, private equity, and real estate investments and is CEO of the Partnership for Responsible Growth, an organization that addresses the climate change challenge.

The couple asked to name the reading room in the Buchanan Library in honor of Landon English teacher Tom Dixon because he inspired in Bill a love of writing.

Our deepest thanks go to the Eachos and all our visionary benefactors who are helping us strategically enhance and transform our academic buildings and our boys’ experience. If you would like to explore naming opportunities and other ways to make a gift that is meaningful to you and Landon, please contact Director of Development Peter J. Gallo, Ph.D., at peter_gallo@landon.net or 301-320-1004.