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13, December 2009

Newsworthy—E. Desmond Lee, Missouri History Museum Benefactor and St. Louis Philanthropist, 1917–2010

E. Desmond “Des” Lee, has died at age 92 of complications from a stroke. Lee was a generous donor to the Missouri History Museum and many St. Louis institutions.

Lee was born in Sikeston, MO, and attended Washington University in St. Louis. While still in school, he and friend Jim Rowan cofounded Lee-Rowan Manufacturing Company, which designed hangers, shelving, and closet accessories. The company grew exponentially after the war. After Lee sold it in 1993, he created the E. Read more »

13, December 2009

Garbage Dreams

GARBAGE DREAMS by Mai Iskander:

Welcome to the world’s largest garbage village located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The Zaballeen (Arabic for garbage people) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect—far more than other recycling initiatives. But now a multi-national corporation threatens their livelihood. Read more »

13, December 2009

What Will Happen to Historic Sumner High School?

Sumner High School opened in St. Louis in 1875, earning the distinction of being the first public high school for African Americans west of the Mississippi River. Over the decades, the school could boast of teaching many future prominent educators, as well as its share of famous alumni. Read more »