Perfect! Cor Jesu Academy senior MARGARET MCGOWAN has achieved a 36 on the ACT, making her the first-ever CJA student to have reached a perfect score on the national college entrance exam. Maggie, a 2009 National Merit Semifinalist, is the story editor for the school paper, has held high honors all four years and has reached magna cum laude status on the National Latin Exam.

Whitfield School junior HANNAH GREEN has been recognized with the 2009 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The daughter of RANDY and NANCY GREEN, Hannah was nominated by The Gladys & Henry Crown Center for Senior Living as a result of her service to the organization. Congratulations to ALICE HANDELMAN and JOAN BERKMAN, the newest recipients of the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Catfish Award. Since 1988, the Press Club has honored one or more of its members with the award and an invitation to join the prestigious Catfish Club, based on their contributions to the field of communications. Handelman is a former Press Club president; Berkman is president of Facewatchers Inc.

In memoriam…Pioneering St. Louis pediatrician DR. ARMAND BRODEUR has passed away at the age of 87. Hailed as a founding father of pediatric radiology at Saint Louis University and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Brodeur helped decide what imaging equipment to order when Glennon first opened its doors in 1956. His groundbreaking work in making the hospital’s radiology department kid-friendly attracted national coverage, landing him a guest spot on The David Letterman Show, an interview with Charles Kuralt and articles in Reader’s Digest and Time magazine. In 1974, Time quoted Brodeur as saying, “When I do magic and paint halls and wear corny jackets, it’s not because I haven’t grown up. To stand tall in pediatrics, you have to do it on your knees.” A practicing magician, Brodeur used razzle-dazzle and sleight of hand to coax frightened children into having X-rays. He also hosted his own medical show on KMOX radio for many years, and served as a frequent source for television and newspaper stories.