Hilltopper Family Spotlight
All in the Family
For the Brash family, St. Edward’s is a family affair. It all started with Charles Anthony Brash Jr. ’84, MBA ’85, who was the first from his family to attend St. Edward’s and will celebrate his 30th class reunion at Homecoming in February. The family hails from Trinidad and Tobago, where they continue to reside. According to Charles’ son Chris Brash ’14, Charles came home from high school one day and his father had a St. Edward’s application waiting for him. His father learned of the university from his visits to Texas for his work in the oil industry. Charles made the move to Texas to attend St. Edward’s — and his experience was so positive, he encouraged many of his family and friends to attend.
A Ripple Effect
His younger brother David Brash ’86 enrolled at St. Edward’s shortly after and met his wife Dawn Defferari Brash ’87 while attending. Their sister Rachel M. DeSilva ’90 and brother Daniel Cuthbert Brash ’98, MBA ’99 also attended.
Chris, who will likely pursue a graduate degree at St. Edward’s, says he chose the hilltop because he wanted to receive the high quality education that his father received. Chris lives with his brother Alex Brash ’11, MBA ’13, who will soon return to Trinidad to help with his father’s business.
“The retention ratio was higher than that of the other schools that I got into,” says Alex as one of his reasons for attending St. Edward’s. “Of course, the fact that my father went here encouraged me, as well,” he adds.
The Legacy Continues
Alex and Chris’ cousins, Daniela Kent ’15, whose mother Charlene Brash attended St. Edward’s for a year in 1984, and Jessica Brash ’15, are also currently enrolled. Daniela chose St. Edward’s primarily because family members previously attended and also because she was drawn to the music scene in Austin. A transfer student from Young Harris College, she couldn’t be happier with her choice. “I love [the school] and the area.” The four cousins, though busy, do see each other on campus occasionally. “We help each other out, talk with each other,” says Daniela. “It helps to have family members around. You’re not alone and you feel more comfortable.”
The Brash family ties to the university will likely continue. “It’s not just a coincidence we all go here,” says Chris. “I have loved my experience at St. Edward’s and strongly suggest friends and family attend.”