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Nancy B. Landon, book buyer

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Saturday, March 19, 2011; 6:55 PM

Nancy B. Landon, 74, who was the children's book buyer for two stores in suburban Maryland and who owned a bookstore in Massachusetts, died March 9 of ovarian cancer at her home in Potomac.

In 1979, Mrs. Landon, a onetime high school English teacher, began working as a children's book buyer for a Potomac toy store now known as Toy Castle. She later became the children's book buyer for Toy Kingdom in Rockville and until her death had ordered books for both stores.

She was a member of the board of Capital BookShare, an organization that provides books to teachers and students in the District, and donated children's books to the library of St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville.

Nancy Ann Bachenheimer was born in Flushing, N.Y., and received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Rochester in 1958. After teaching in New York for a year, she moved to the Washington area, where she taught English at Suitland High School for two years.

Mrs. Landon and her family had a second home in Brewster, Mass., where she had owned and operated a bookstore since 1982.

She had previously served on the boards of Suburban Maryland Fair Housing, an organization that fought discrimination in housing and real estate, and the Pierce Warwick Adoption Agency in the District.

Mrs. Landon also supported several animal-welfare groups and took care of rescued dogs.

Two daughters, Susan Landon and Martha Landon O'Neill, died in 1961 and 1993, respectively.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, John Landon of Potomac; three children, David Landon of Walpole, Mass., Katherine Landon Cathey of Holly Ridge, N.C., and Peter Landon of New York City; her mother, Sylvia Bachenheimer of Potomac; and six grandchildren.

- Matt Schudel


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