Lionel Landry, 86, language scholar

October 30, 2005

Lionel Landry, an author, language scholar and retired State Department employee, died of bladder cancer Wednesday at his Chestertown home. He was 86.

Mr. Landry, a Rhode Island native, contracted polio when he was 3 and used a cane all his life, his family said.

He developed a love for classical music and languages. He graduated from Providence College in 1940 and earned a master's degree from Harvard University in Romance languages a year later.

Mr. Landry, who was fluent in Spanish and French, taught English at the Centro Colombo-Americano for the U.S. State Department during World War II. He then became an assistant professor of Romance languages at Georgetown University. Mr. Landry rejoined the State Department in Burma, where he met his wife, the former Ruth Kin Maung. He also served in Indonesia.

After three years with the Foreign Policy Association, Mr. Landry became the executive vice president of the Asia Society. He gave lectures and wrote books about his Asian experiences.

In 1983, Mr. Landry joined The Aspen Institute, a research organization that fosters leadership and dialogue, at its Wye Mills Campus in Queen Anne's County. He served as the executive director of tradition and change and the executive director of seminars before retiring four years later.

A service was held yesterday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Landry is survived by a son, Peter Landry of Barto, Pa.; two daughters, Lisa Anderson of Paauilo, Hawaii, and Christine Thevenard of Paia, Hawaii; a brother, Paul R. Landry of Burlington, Vt.; two sisters, Jacqueline Johns of Plantation, Fla., and Charlotte Lepoutre of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.

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