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Estate Gift from Alban Forcione ’56 supports Capital Campaign

Campus Master Plan

Landon School has received a gift from the estate of Alban Forcione ’56, an internationally renowned Cervantes scholar and respected Princeton faculty member. This generous gift will support capital needs in the implementation of our campus master plan. The sitting steps in the central commons of the new Boehly Upper School will be named in his honor.

Dr. Forcione dedicated his career to the study of 17th-century literature of Golden Age Spain. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, received his master’s from Harvard, studied in Spain and Germany on a Fulbright scholarship, and returned to Princeton for his doctorate in Spanish and French literatures. He was the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor of Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain at Princeton from 1985 until he transferred to emeritus status in 2001.

Embodying all that Landon strives to instill in its graduates, Dr. Forcione was respected as much for his high character as for his mastery of his field. Former colleagues described him as “an infinitely generous mentor,” “an unequalled interpreter of Don Quixote," and an “endlessly kind” teacher and scholar who truly treated everyone as equals.

Dr. Forcione’s classmate, Donald Dell '56, noted, "Alban was a wonderful classmate who was highly intelligent at an early age – which led him to a stellar career as an academic scholar.  But, most of all, Alban embraced the essential values of character, honor, and humility – which defines all we hope for in a Landon graduate.”

We are grateful for the lasting legacy Dr. Forcione has left—and for all the generous benefactors who are helping us strategically enhance and transform our academic buildings and our boys’ experience.  If you would like to explore making a gift that is meaningful to you and the School, please contact Director of Development Peter J. Gallo, Ph.D., at or 301-320-1004.