In memoriam…our condolences go out to the family and friends of iconic St. Louis philanthropist I.E. MILLSTONE. His professional and charitable impact on our community at large and the Jewish community to which he was so devoted is unmatched. Millstone was a regular on the pages of Ladue News, and his generous deeds and kind spirit will not be forgotten.

    LN also is mourning the loss of Mike Ross, who died recently of cancer. Ross was the Midwest regional president of Regions Financial Services, but he and his wife Lee were regulars on the pages of our paper thanks to their extensive charitable endeavors. Serving as current president of the Saint Louis Zoo Association, Ross also sat on the boards of Saint Louis University, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts of America, the St. Louis RCGA, Kilo Diabetes Foundation, St. Anthony’s Medical Center and many others. He is survived by wife Lee and their three daughters, Jennifer, Molly and Patricia, and will be missed by many.

    Go green…The TOWN & COUNTRY GARDEN CLUB is hosting a garden tour June 13 at 10 a.m. that will provide a rare opportunity to tour some unique and beautiful gardens. Tickets are available at the Town & Country Municipal Center and Longview Farm House. For more information call 432-6606.

    Neighborhood watch…The five high-rises along South Skinker Boulevard across from Forest Park have created the Skinker Hi-Rise District, an informal collaboration to promote awareness of the neighborhood. The group will focus on beautification, government relations, vendor selection, employee training and community awareness.

    New address…SUSAN LYNN’S BOUTIQUE will open in its new location at Town & Country Crossing with a grand celebration June 10 at 6 p.m. The event of cocktails, music and dessert bar will donate a portion of sales to benefit St. Louis Crisis Nursery.

    Sweet news…JULIA USHER, local pastry chef, will publish Cookie Swap: Creative Treats to Share Throughout the Year. The book outlines cookie exchange ideas for eight different occasions, ranging from a kids’ summer bash to a classic Christmas swap. It includes dozens of ideas for favors and invitations and more than 50 recipes. Look for it in book stores this August or pre-order now on

    A new post…DR. ADRIAN DI BISCEGLIE, an internationally recognized expert on liver disease at SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, has been named chair of the school’s department of internal medicine, a post he has held in interim since July 2006.

    Congrats to Esley Hamilton, historian and preservationist for St. Louis County, who received an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis during the school’s recent commencement ceremony. Hamilton has played a key role in saving and restoring historic properties in our area, and has created an extensive inventory of historic buildings, more than 230 of which have gone on to be named County landmarks for their significance.

    Attention, car enthusiasts! More than 250 exotic and classic automobiles will jam the parking lot at PLAZA FRONTENAC June 7 for the 22nd ANNUAL ST. LOUIS EUROPEAN AUTO SHOW, presented by St. Louis Motorsports. The show opens at 11 a.m. Admission is free to the public, but donations to Shriners Hospital for Children-St. Louis are welcome. Rain date: June. 14.

    A good cause…Stop by Ladue Marketplace June 18 to participate in a blood drive hosted by its retailers. The drive, overseen by Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, takes place 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and donors will receive special discounts at participating vendors. For more information call 432-0800.

    THE SAINT LOUIS BALLET has announced a new home for its performances: the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. The debut show will be CINDERELLA on June 26. Additional events surrounding the performance include a ‘Cinderella Tea’ and a dinner reception.

    Kudos to BYRON RICHARDSON, senior financial consultant at U.S. BANK in St. Louis, who is among 74 financial consultants with the company to receive the prestigious 2008 President’s Club Recognition Award.

    Summer savings…Two of St. Louis’ most popular attractions, the MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN and the SAINT LOUIS ZOO, have partnered to offer a discount for families this summer. Now through Aug. 31, a paid child’s admission receipt at either the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden or the Emerson Children’s Zoo will serve as admittance to the other.     Score! MOLLY HUBER, daughter of DENISE and ANDREW HUBER of Des Peres, recently played on the U.S. Youth Soccer team at an international competition in Holland. Huber will be a junior at Ursuline Academy this fall and is a member of the SCOTT GALLAGHER SOCCER CLUB.