Lady Trish (Cronan) Malloch-Brown ’82 has dined and danced with an array of world leaders, including a waltz with Fidel Castro. She’s been to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and she is no stranger to Buckingham Palace given that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth knighted Malloch-Brown’s husband, Mark, which resulted in Trish gaining her own royal title by marriage. As her husband likes to quip, “Who would have thought a girl from Attleboro would end up in Buckingham Palace?”
After graduating from Bishop Feehan, Malloch-Brown earned a BA in political science from Denison University and a master of international affairs from Columbia University. She launched her career at the Sawyer Miller Group, a strategic and political consulting firm best known for working with foreign leaders such as former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel and former President of Israel Shimon Peres, as well as advising top-level US candidates. She met her British husband, a partner in the firm, in 1987.
Shortly after her marriage, Malloch-Brown turned her attention from politics to humanitarian causes. “On my honeymoon, my husband, romantic guy that he is, took me to the Thai-Cambodian border because it was the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Khao I Dang refugee camp [which housed hundreds of thousands of people after the fall of the Khmer Rouge], and my husband had been the UN official in charge of setting it up,” recalls Malloch-Brown. “Once I saw a refugee camp, it got into my bloodstream.”
As Malloch-Brown became increasingly involved in humanitarian efforts, her husband went to work as a Vice President of the World Bank and then returned to the United Nations, serving as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme for six years before being appointed UN Deputy Secretary‐General and Chief of Staff under Kofi Annan. “I had the privilege to be ‘spouse of’ at the World Bank and UN,” explains Malloch-Brown. “I could travel with Mark and then go off and see the humanitarian and refugee issues that I cared about, like Timor when it was being rebuilt. We were in war zones or post-war zones that were quite incredible. We met amazing, resilient people around the world doing so many inspiring things.”
While living in Washington, DC, Malloch-Brown began consulting with Refugees International and ultimately joined the board, for which she served as vice chair for 12 years. “We were not feeding or inoculating or putting up tents,” she explains. “Instead, we would look at percolating issues and if people began to move, whether they were internally displaced or in a second country, we would make sure their needs were met through working with people on the ground, pushing and cajoling the US, EU, and other countries to do what needed to be done.” She also co-founded the Washington Circle, an outreach group targeted at women in Washington, D.C., who are interested in humanitarian affairs. Today, the group has branches across the United States.
In 2007, while in London on business, Malloch-Brown and her husband were sitting in their hotel room watching British politician Gordon Brown forming a new government that he would soon lead as prime minister. Then, the phone rang. It was Gordon Brown himself, asking Mark Malloch-Brown to join his cabinet. Within minutes, Mark was on his way out of the hotel, and as Trish continued to watch the TV, her husband appeared on screen, heading into 10 Downing Street as Lord Malloch-Brown. Within weeks, the family had moved to London and have resided in the UK ever since.
“Living in the UK has been fascinating,” says Malloch-Brown. “The British way of doing things is that they don’t tell you what you’re supposed to do, you’re just supposed to know. At one of my first events at the House of Lords for the state opening of Parliament, I was supposed to be dressed in a white gown as a new lady in waiting but came in my typical New York black. Mark and I thought it was hilarious that I got it so wrong. I did manage to drape myself in a long white shawl and pretend it was a gown, but the other ladies in the chamber, mostly wearing tiaras and long gloves, didn’t find it quite so humorous.”
Although Malloch-Brown continues to consult and serve on the boards of humanitarian and other nonprofit organizations including the Barrow Foundation UK (Barrow Neurological Institute), Bobby Jones Chiari and Syringomelia Foundation and Denison University, more recently she has dovetailed her commitment to humanitarian causes with her love of art and design. “I’m working with co/rizom, a Vienna-based organization, to create a methodology using design principles and product development to bring small artisanship to bigger markets. We’re currently working in Georgia, Albania, and Romania, and our team includes designers, journalists and photographers who will provide pictorial and written history along with our methodology in open source so that the work can be replicated for artisans and craft communities around the world.”
In all that she does, Malloch-Brown recalls the lessons her parents instilled in her—along with her seven older brothers and sisters, all Bishop Feehan graduates. “My parents taught us the importance of community, discipline, and gratitude. Bishop Feehan reinforced all of these values and emphasized that you should be thankful for the gifts and opportunities you are given. I’ve tried to do that throughout my life, and to instill those same values in my children.”
When you’ve got a lion on the operating table, you had better be sure he stays asleep, says Dr. Katie Bennett ’07, a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist who speaks from experience. “I’ve worked with a lot of big cats, including mountain lions and snow leopards,” she says. “When you have a lion on the table and it starts moving its paws, your heart rate comes up a little bit. My whole job is to make he sure doesn’t wake up too soon, and if something does happen, that I have a plan.”
Having a plan comes naturally to Bennett, who decided at the age of four that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Her grandfather, a retired doctor, bred racehorses. “He was my no. 1 fan encouraging me,” recalls Bennett.
As a Bishop Feehan student, Bennett worked part time at a local veterinary hospital. Getting into veterinary school is highly competitive — only 10 to 15 percent of applicants are accepted. Undaunted, Bennett attended Purdue University, where she majored in animal sciences with a minor in biological sciences and was then accepted into the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her doctorate in 2015 and then headed to a one-year small animal rotating internship at Washington State University, followed by a three-year residency in small and large animal anesthesia at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She took and passed her three-day specialty board exam this past spring and is now a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Fewer than 400 people nationwide hold this certification.
Bennett, who now works at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, Ill., is quick to point out that anesthesia is one of the only veterinary specialties that spans both large and small animals. “I love the idea of providing safe and individualized care to patients of all species and sizes,” says Bennett, who has anesthetized not only ferocious felines, but also fish, elephants, zebras, and even snakes. “I’ve had lots of amazing experiences. Whether it’s a rescue big cat, a zoo animal, or a family pet, many require anesthesia to safely assess and evaluate them. My goal is to not let them get stressed out and anxious in order to get their diagnostics and/or procedures completed efficiently. Just like in human medicine, you want to limit their time under anesthesia.”
In addition to anesthetizing patients at her current referral hospital, Bennett is often called by family pet vets at other practices, who typically handle anesthetizing their patients themselves but look to Bennett for consultations and critical care. “I get consultants every day for both anesthesia and also short- and long-term pain management. Many of our patients are sleeping while under our care, but we also work on and do consults for awake patients as well. I welcome those calls. I love talking to people and working together as a team to find a solution for patients.”
When determining how to treat a patient, Bennett must rely on a nuanced discernment of what the animal needs. “Providing pain management can be relatively difficult since they can’t say ‘it hurts here’,” she says. “I look at a patient and try to assess: Is this pain? Is it anxiety? Or is it both? And then we assess their response to the therapy, change things around, do work-ups and diagnostics to give them the best care plan.”
Bennett has a particular passion for working with aggressive animals. “Just recently, I had dog who was lunging and biting because he was so anxious about coming to our office. The owners were beside themselves. Our hospital is Fear Free Certified—we were able to use positive reinforcement as well as environmental adjustments to get the dog appropriately sedated without restraint or struggle by simply using an e-collar and walking the dog down the hallway for his injection. The owners were thrilled that he was not stressed and that the entire sedation procedure took mere seconds. That’s my goal: to make sure the dog has this experience every time he comes to see us, to make the owners’ day, and help the animal. Seeing the owners’ gratitude and appreciation, the love for their animal, that never gets old.”