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The Insider: 3.7.18

Saint Louis University alumnus and trustee Dr. Richard Chaifetz (pictured) and his wife, Jill Chaifetz, are adding their last name to more major institutions at the school. They recently pledged $15 million to the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business and the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship. More than a decade ago, the couple made a $12 million lead gift to jump-start construction of SLU’s Chaifetz Arena.

After more than 30 years with Ladue Schools, superintendent Donna Jahnke announced she will retire in June 2019. The UMSL and Saint Louis University alum joined the district as a teacher, later served as a school principal and was named to her current post in 2013. Congratulations!

A tip of the hat is due to plastic surgeon Dr. Edmond Cabbabe, recent recipient of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society’s Robert E. Schlueter Leadership Award. Cabbabe was recognized for his board and committee service to a number of medical associations, including SLMMS, and his support of charitable initiatives like the Caring Program for Children and the Stop Violence Before It Starts campaign.


Local real estate agent Kathy Rainey Bussmann caught the writing bug after finding an old diary and letters from her grandparents, and the result is a new book, The Uncommon English Teacher and the Forgotten Doughboy. It’s the story of two young adults coming of age in the World War I era. Delving into her roots even helped Bussmann discover a genetic solution to her own illness. Available at

the main events

Check out the Radio Arts Foundation’s Kaleidoscope-Next Generation Artist Concert featuring 10-year-old piano virtuoso Jerry Chang, a student at Forsyth School. The performance takes place at 3 p.m. March 11 at Centene Auditorium in Clayton.

Head over to the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center at 5 p.m. March 14 for Under the Clock Tower: A 2018 State of Forest Park Community Gathering to hear what’s happening at the park this year. Sample a Forest Park Pilsner from Urban Chestnut and frozen custard from Shake Shack.

Take note—the annual Sing for Siteman concert is happening a little earlier this year! The March 17 event at John Burroughs School raises funds for cancer research and treats guests to inspiring vocal talent, an artist meet-and-greet and refreshments starting at 5 p.m. Student tickets are $25; other seats are $50 and $100.