Dr. Cleland C. Landolt, M.D., 68, of San Diego, CA, passed away on June 19, 2017. He died of congestive heart failure.
Cle is survived by his former spouse, Kendra Tucker, their sons Cole and Reilly, his sisters Wendy and Sally, and his brothers Peter, Bruce and Matthew. He is pre-deceased by his father, Dr. Allison Booth Landolt, his mother Nancy Cleland Wagner, and two brothers Gary and Evan.
Cle was born in New York, NY on March 30,1949. He was raised in White Plains and Rye of Westchester County. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1967, and from Harvard University in 1971 with an A.B. degree in Biology, Cum Laude, and he obtained his M.D. from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. On July 11, 1991 he married Kendra Tucker and on October 20, 1997 and April 11, 2000 respectively, welcomed his sons Cole and Reilly, who have been the center of his life for the past two decades.
Dr. Landolt did his internship and residency in General Surgery at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. Dr. Landolt held a post-doctoral research fellowship in pulmonary physiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, San Francisco. His Cardiothoracic Surgery residency and fellowship was at Emory University, Atlanta followed by a fellowship in Congenital Cardiovascular Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Landolt then established with his partners, a successful private cardiothoracic and vascular surgical practice in Fairfax, VA and then Southern CA.
An unfortunate medical condition shortened his private surgical practice career, but Dr. Landolt successfully transitioned to a biotechnology and life sciences career. In various corporate roles, he has run strategic and business development groups, directed complex medical programs as a Chief Medical Officer, and directed operations as a Chief Operating Officer including companies such as Novellus Research Sites, Berkeley HeartLab, and Collateral Therapeutics.
With this broad medical, strategic, and operational experience, he also began helping early-, mid-, and late-stage public and private companies as a medical and strategic consultant as President and CEO of Cambridge Life Sciences Strategies.
Cle was also deeply committed to philanthropy, and was a Member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. Cle was fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Exeter and Harvard College, and was a leader in many class fund-raising and friend-raising efforts. He also was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation.
In reflection of the fullness and goodness of his life, and his care for and investment in the lives of others, gave so much to so many. Cle’s magnificent smile and spirit and total commitment to everything he did, whether as an all-Ivy lacrosse attackman, as an accomplished guitarist, as a master of debate, as a founding member of the team at Jack’s Bar in Cambridge, MA, as a great supporter of the Braid Mission in San Francisco, as a life-saving heart surgeon, as a caring friend, or, most importantly to Cle, as the loving father of two amazing young men, will survive forever.
A recent note sent to a friend and classmate speaks volumes.
“My life has been a full one with a myriad of blessings, not the least of which has been life-long friends like you. I’d say what started at a place like Exeter for all of us led to a wild ride and a full heart.”
If you would like to make a donation to a charitable organization in Cleland’s memory, they may be directed either to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego (https://rmhcsd.org), or the Braid Mission, San Francisco, CA (https://braidmission.org) .
By all who knew him, Cle will be deeply missed.