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“Pussy” McDonnell, wife of J.S. McDonnell, founder of the aircraft company, was given that unfortunate nickname by her husband and few in those days knew her name other than Pussy; Pitti is Pitti Brandin; Patti Bush, sister-in-law of the former Prez and Poody was the wife of David Calhoun.  Few outsiders in those days knew their given names other than members of the St. Louis Country Club. By the way, most recently added to the club’s roster is Barbara Bryant, the second, solo, female member. The other:  Donna Wilkinson, the powerhouse who raised $300,000 for the National Children’s Cancer Society on Saturday night at the Ballpark Hilton Hotel.  For $750 a ducat, guests could dine in the ballroom; for $500, they could attend a reception in Siberia.  That’s where Roy Pfautch was cornered with Wilkinson, looked around the room and lamented, “This is the great unwashed – middle class!” Apparently, a snafu took place in distribution of tickets, that made Wilkinson so apologetic. Pfautch wiped away her tears.  A nearby guest was overheard to say, “I never invite Bob and Mary Lee Hermann for dinner anymore.  They always arrive at 8, when the invitation is for 7.”  Centene’s Mike Niedorf was caught in his commute between both rooms and said, “I’m in the weeds these days. I only need to talk to my investors – that’s it!”  He did tip that three restaurants are in the running to lease space in the new Centene Tower and that one is well-known to New Yorkers.  Actress Goldie Hawn was among those receiving awards.  Others: Dr. Larry Shapiro; St. Louis Cord Blood Bank; Dr. Timothy Ley; Chase Meacham and Scott MacLellan and Morrison Management Specialists. Across the street, Tony’s was humming with a packed dining room in which Steve Schultz, co-owner of Schultz Brand Instant Plant Food and Potting Soil (was sold for gazillions) and his date, Misty Tusing, gobbled dinner before attending a Symph concert.  He introed her as a staffer with “it’s Just Lunch,” a dating service.  Tony’s casual room, Anthony’s, was where the Rev. Richard Quirk was hosted by John and Mary Clarkson, sister of the late John Ferrara.  We reminisced over Sardo’s, a hot-spot owned by John Sr., and located in the 1950s on Delmar Boulevard near Union Boulevard.  Alas, it was too late to crash the 65th birthday party for barrister Terry Croupen in his Met Building offices.


WashU’s dean of the school of medicine Dr. Larry Shapiro will be presented the Medical Excellence Award from The National Children’s Cancer Society on Oct. 30 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.  Entertainer Goldie Hawn will also be honored at the event for her Hawn Foundation philanthropy.


Chairman of the department of medicine at Washington University and native South African, Dr. Kenneth Polonsky, was given a fond adieu by executives of BJC and the university at Monarch Restaurant & Southern Bistro on his appointment to the University of Chicago as dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Division of Biological Sciences. Neurosurgeon Dr. Ralph Dacey and his wife, Corinne, welcomed the gathering to a sumptuous dinner prepared by star chef Josh Galliano, that included roasted red snapper, cilantro pea puree and glazed carrots, followed by Galliano’s signature flourless chocolate cake. Big boosters of the departing doc, Maryland Medical Group’s cardiologist/internist Dr. Gif Bowen and his wife Sally were on hand as was Dr. Larry Shapiro, dean of the school of medicine, who tipped that another building will go up on the campus to serve academic research. But, the biggest challenges facing the medical center, according to Shapiro, are “adapting to health care reform and meeting the budget reduction of the National Institute of Health’s support of our research.” Nearby, were Sally and Richard J. Liekweg, president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group prez of BJC Healthcare Liekweg said, “Within the next 10 years, another hospital expansion will go up on the north campus and one will replace the building on the south campus.” Monarch’s owners Jeff Orbin and Aaron Teitelbaum were on hand to supervise the dinner. Teitelbaum’s love, Joanna Dettmann, popped in and got bon mots on her upcoming participation in a 7.5-mile Iron Man triathlon in Branson. “I don’t even travel that much,” joked Teitelbaum.

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