U.S. Navy counsel Katherine Aldrich of Arlington, Va. presented Distinguished Alumna Award

NEWPORT, R.I. (Nov. 6, 2017) – Katherine M. Aldrich of Arlington, Va., assistant general counsel in the U.S. Navy, was presented with the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award during Salve Regina University’s recent Fall Festival Weekend celebration.

Aldrich graduated with her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Salve Regina in 1986 and went on to get her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991. Her mother, Kathleen Leonard Aldrich, graduated from Salve in 1952 and her brother Eric graduated from Salve in 1993.

Currently the Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy, Aldrich has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the field of military law. 

She previously served as the Associate Counsel for Fiscal and Procurement Law, Office of Counsel for the Commandant, USMC. In this position, she was responsible for advising staff on fiscal and procurement legal matters, as well as overseeing the day-to-day operation and management of a legal office -- with approximately 85 attorneys and 30 staff -- in seven major field offices in the United States and Japan. 

While at Salve Regina, Aldrich was involved in a variety of roles on campus. She was a member of the Sigma Phi Sigma Honor Society, served as secretary of the Student Life Senate and was a resident assistant during her junior and senior years. The recipient of the college-wide Service Award in both 1983 and 1984, she was also a lector and Eucharistic minister. 
 
A Massachusetts native, Aldrich credits her Salve Regina experience with her personal development and with honing her organizational, communication and leadership skills. 

“My support of Marine Corps activities as a Marine spouse is directly rooted in my Salve experience,” she says. “At Salve, I realized that you are part of something larger than yourself, and that service in furtherance of something greater than yourself is essential to leading a fulfilling life. This is a lesson that I started learning my freshman year and it is a lesson I am still learning today.”