Dr. Allan and Donna Lansing met while college students in Canada, their native homeland. This past August, the renowned cardiac surgeon and his wife celebrated 59 years of marriage. “He was never home, so we never had a chance to fight,” joked Donna. “And I learned,” said Allan, smiling, “not to get in the way.”
In all seriousness, Donna said she fell in love with her husband after discovering he wasn’t simply a “nice” fella who was decent at “sleight of hand” magic tricks. “I really admired him,” she said. “He worked very hard and I respected him.”
In turn, the good doctor admired his wife’s abilities to raise their three children and single-handedly take care of household operations, including the task of entertaining. “She’s a great cook, a wonderful housekeeper,” Allan said. “The food is great, the company is great. We always had a big Derby. She did it all. They were never catered.”
Each summer, the Lansings host a pool party at their Boxhill Lane home for the Louisville Delta Upsilon Fraternity and until this year, hosted an annual Christmas party for hundreds of their friends. “This year, we just thought it was too much,” Allan said.
On most days, the couple spends time sitting near one another reading novels in a room illuminated by windows that offer a gorgeous view of their property on one side and the Ohio River on the other. Their constant companion, a dog named Fox, lies contentedly near their feet.
“We used to go to every ball, every event,” Allan said, “but we don’t go out as much anymore.” And why would they want to? “No one can cook like her,” Allan said.
“Oh, Allan,” Donna said, shaking her head and smiling.
We like to go to Vincenzo’s to celebrate special occasions. They always reserve a special corner table just for us.
When we first arrived here in Louisville in 1963, we came over the bridge and the tallest building was The Belknap. Can you imagine that?
On Mondays, our friends come over and we have cocktails and tell each other how great we are.
Point of Pride
We endowed and established a scholarship program for nurses at Bellarmine University. We were proud to do that because we’ve always believed nurses are the basis for all medical practice.
Work brought us here; the people kept us here.
Category: In Tandem
About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.