Dante Landeo

Born in Ayacucho, Peru on January 3, 1928

Departed on August 23, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Dante Landeo, MD, (91) died August 23, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Isabel A. Landeo, his treasured children Lillian Landeo, Isabel Maxwell (Daniel), David Landeo (Christy) and his adored grandchildren, Benjamin, Marena and Maya.

Dante is also survived by his sister, Erika Landeo Koch of Lima, Peru along with nieces, Erika and Patty Portuondo, several nephews, half siblings and his great nephew, Bryan and great niece, Hazel. His family also includes grand step-daughters Amanda Bilbrey, Megan Backus, Nicole Maxwell, Jordan Maxwell Johnson, Sandra Clemons and their families. In addition, there are many nieces and nephews from the Mauriz and Garcia families who have great love, respect and gratitude for the kindness their Tio Dante shared with them over the many years.

Dante’s story is like the American success story of old. He was born January 3, 1928 on a hacienda in Tambo, Ayacucho in the Andes of Peru. He overcame tragedy and hardships as a child and youth. Fast forward… medical school…a chance conversation gives him the idea to go to the United States…a short stint in the Peruvian army…is offered a medical position in the U.S…marries the sweetheart of his dreams… has a daughter…ends up in Canada…another daughter…moves to Tennessee, has a son… becomes a skilled and caring physician to his patients… travels extensively…finally has grandchildren (the same month and year at the age of 76)…Dante goes to Glory - on the birthday of his eldest daughter - in the arms of his children in his daughter’s home.

He was always proud that he put himself through medical school by working at Lima’s Horse Race Track, (never betting), as the “high dollar” cashier. He graduated from the School of Medicine, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru at the top of his class. He proudly became a U.S. citizen and remained in the U.S. until his death. He believed the medical profession was the greatest service to humanity. He had a great desire to serve the underprivileged and spent the majority of his career as a physician at Metro Bordeaux Hospital, in Nashville Tennessee.

Dante loved his wife and family with all his heart. He was a scholar of history with an amazing photographic memory. His intelligence was beyond compare. He loved classical music, opera, art, dancing, travel, walking, tennis and food, (especially Chinese food and apples!) He was known by his family and friends as a gentle, ethical and intelligent man. He will be greatly missed.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let your perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

Visitation with the family will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church, 5100 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville TN from 1:00-1:45 PM on Saturday, September 14, 2019. A Eulogy will be presented at 1:50 PM and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask donations be made to West End United Methodist Church for SUNNY DAY CLUB (2200 West End Ave, NT 37203), Bellevue Presbyterian Church (BPC) SUNNY DAY CLUB (100 Cross Timbers Dr., NT 37221) or the Alzheimers Association of Middle Tennessee.

6 Comments to Dr. Dante Landeo

  1. Joyce Wisby
    August 28, 2019 9:49 pm

    I met Dante when he became a club member at BPC Sunny Day Club when we began almost 3 years ago. He was a special club member with a sensitivity to all, club members, volunteers with particular focus on the children/youth. His wonderful smile attracted everyone to connect with him When I read his obituary, I believe even in his passing, he is still connecting to all through the legacy he leaves.

    RIP my friend,


  2. Cecil Kirk
    August 29, 2019 4:05 pm

    I met Dante at Brentwood UMC Sunny Day Club. He was someone with whom I always enjoyed sharing the day.
    He and Isabel were people I wished I had met earlier in their lives. May God continue to bless this family with His Abiding Presence.

  3. Julie Thomas
    August 30, 2019 11:24 am

    Meeting and getting to know Dante through the Brentwood Sunny Day Club was a huge blessing to me. Dante really did have a smile that lit up the room. His love of his family and of children was so deep and very evident.
    Blessings and love to Isabel and his entire family,

  4. Regina Thomas
    September 2, 2019 6:23 pm

    During my childhood, Dante was a fun and responsible neighbor.
    When he became an intern and I contracted pleuresy, he lovingly took care of all my medical needs. Then, when I wanted to come to the USA, he willingly sponsored me and gave me the opportunity to realized my dreams.
    I’m forever grateful for all his kindness and generosity. He will always live in my heart.😘💕

  5. Jason Thomas
    September 3, 2019 7:56 am

    I remember the time Dante and I went to an art museum and we had the most wonderful time talking about art and the meeting of art. It will always be a great memory for me.

  6. Patricia A McDannald
    September 4, 2019 9:17 am

    It was my pleasure and honor to meet Dante and spend time with him. He was an amazing man!

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