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Story: Five months after the outbreak of World War I, a number of British, French and German troops positioned in trenches alongside “no man’s land” stopped their fighting for a brief but poignant period on Christmas Eve, 1914.
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
Ursuline Academy senior Adriana Esparza was named a 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The honor recognizes Esparza’s high PSAT score and grade point average. This College Board program recognizes only the top 2 percent of Hispanic students who take the PSAT.
Chesterfield Day School
Dennis Golden probably is the only sitting university president to have twice turned down a draft offer by the NFL. The Fontbonne University president, who plans to retire in 2014 after 19 years at the institution, turned down his contract with the Dallas Cowboys in order to serve in the Marine Corps. After his service, he declined another offer from the New York Giants, to take an assistant dean’s job at his alma mater, Holy Cross College.
JULIE PIATCHEK has joined Arcturis, an architectural design firm, as controller and senior accountant. Piatchek earned a B.S. in accounting from Missouri State University.
Story: Bishop Alfred Bridgenorth and his wife, Alice, are preparing for the marriage of still another of their many daughters, this time the nuptials of young Edith. This morning, their Chelsea home is overflowing with guests, including the bishop’s military bachelor brother Boxer and Alice’s friend, Lesbia Grantham.
DON ROCHLEAU II has joined the investment firm Alvery Bartlett Group as a registered representative. Rochleau earned a B.S.B.A. in finance from Lindenwood University.
Story: Jane Eyre, orphaned at an early age, is taken in by her mother’s brother and his family. After his death she is subject to ridicule and abuse by her aunt and cousins, and ultimately dispatched to the Lowood School for Girls at age 10. Living conditions at the institution are squalid, and many of Jane’s classmates die in a typhus epidemic.
DR. COLIN DERDEYN, professor of radiology, neurological surgery and neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, has been appointed vice-chair and chair-elect of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Grand Center Inc. will be presenting its annual Visionary Awards to six area women on May 13 at The Sheldon. Ranging from theater to music and every art form in-between, these women are making a difference in the St. Louis artistic community—and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Carol J. Voss
Gary E. Krosch
Dr. SHARI COHEN opened her new practice at 555 N. New Ballas Road, in Creve Coeur. The practice shares office space with medical psychotherapist BRUCE SCHMIDT.
Story: Matt has comfortably hung out with Jesus for years in Portland, Ore. Or, at least, with whom he thought was Jesus. A chance encounter with St. Peter at a vegan restaurant leads to the disturbing realization, thanks to Pete’s explanation, that Matt’s invisible pal is merely an “imaginary Jesus,” affable though he may be.
The American Society of Interior Designers, Missouri East Chapter has installed the following new board members for the 2012-2013 term: GIGI LOMBRANO as president, DEB BOKAMPER as president-elect, MELINDA KLINGHAMMER as finance director, CJ KNAPP as communications director, GREG ROBINSON as membership director, GEORGINE O’DONNELL as professional development director, REBECCA SCHOENEBERG as director at-large and MARIA GALLAGHER as student representative.
Perfect! We applaud Nerinx Hall senior LILLY WEBSTER, who recently earned a perfect score on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Only approximately one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the test receive a top score. Lilly, an accomplished pianist, is a founding member and current president of the Academic Teams at Nerinx, and also has served as head of the set building crew for numerous musicals and plays. Proud parents are ALBERT WEBSTER and KRISTINA STIERHOLZ.
KATHLEEN MCELLIGOTT (1) has been appointed to Fontbonne University’s board of trustees.
Story: The residents of sparsely populated Osbourne County, Kansas are preparing for an Independence Day celebration in 1871. At Maw Wheeler’s household, though, there are more immediate concerns. On a homestead where the primary crops are boredom and loneliness, Maw’s homespun wisdom and practical talents have a major influence on her hard-working daughter-in-law Sarah, who is pregnant with her fourth child and already has witnessed the death of a daughter.
It took just two weeks of volunteering at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf for Susan Lenihan to find her calling. At the school, the then-high school senior realized the impact she could make in the world through deaf education. “It was very inspiring to see the ways people can help improve the lives of children who are deaf and hard of hearing,” she says.
Veronica McDonnell sees the need in St. Louis, and she wants to give a hand up. As a health care professional for more than 20 years, the local renal dietician and consultant has firsthand experience with patients’ challenges—from struggling to pay for medications to educating their children and paying for food and utilities.
Fontbonne University president Dr. Dennis Golden and his wife, Monica, were honored with the Crème de la Clayton Award? The Goldens have lived in Clayton since 1995. The award recognizes Clayton citizens for their community work and exemplary leadership.
Story: Mrs. Randall is considered ‘comfortable’ by friends and associates in her New York City circle, circa 1908. That’s actually a step beneath the wealthy status enjoyed by her British relatives across The Pond, but nonetheless they entreat her to help in a very special way. It seems that Rhoda Meldrum, an upbeat, intelligent young lady politely termed “interesting” to avoid referencing her plain looks, is fast approaching 30 years of age with prospects for a husband nowhere in sight.
Story: Henry Pulling has retired early from business and pretty much from life as well in 1969. The solitary former banking executive takes solace in his dahlia garden, but even that fails to stir passion in his barren soul. All of that changes abruptly, however, when he meets his late mother’s sister Augusta at the former’s funeral. Quickly, Aunt Augusta thrusts her forceful personality upon her timid nephew and soon has cajoled him into joining her on various adventures around the globe.
How do you make it to the top? “Find what you’re passionate about,” says Moneta Group’s Nancy Georgen. “You can be good at something, but if that’s not what you want to do, it doesn’t matter how good you are. You’re not going to get the satisfaction and you’re not doing the best you can.” We talked to three ladies who learned this by heart early on, and as a result they’ve reached their dreams.