Alumni News

We are excited to launch a section on our website for La Salle Academy Alumni News! This page will maintain a career focus in order to celebrate the success of our alumni. We will also include obituaries that highlight the careers of alumni who have passed away.

While we are in touch with many alumni, we may not know of specific career moves and achievements happening for the thousands of men in our database, so we invite you to share this information with us. Report an alumni news tip by contacting Ms. Daria Coney at dconey@lasalleacademy.org or 212-475-8940 ext. 301.

April 2021

Robert Lane

Class of 1958

In 2008, Robert Lane ’58 gave in and finally bought his first computer. It was then that he began to transfer and expand upon notes and memories that he had written down in a number of marble composition notebooks over the years. Originally, he only intended the text to benefit his children and grandchildren. “I wanted them to know what our lives were like growing up in the ‘40s and ‘50s,” Bob said. Reluctantly, he later agreed to have his writings published. The book, A Bay Ridge Life, is now available for purchase on Amazon. Bob says, “Just think, little Bobby Lane is now a published author just like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!”

David Lee Madison

Class of 1989

David Lee Madison ’89 developed his love for film as a very young man. By the age of five, he had already seen and loved all of the original Universal horror films. He got his first taste of filmmaking at age nine, when he was an extra in Hero at Large, a John Ritter film directed by Martin Davidson. More about Dave’s professional film career can be found on his IMDB page. Look out for Dave’s new film, Full Moon Fever, in theatres this October. Dave now resides in Milford, PA and has brought the Class of 1989 together for their 20th and 30th reunions, which were weekend-long events!

Jim Williams

Class of 1957

Jim Williams ’57, like many, found himself housebound with uninterrupted time to himself during the pandemic. He took that opportunity to finally live his dream of becoming a published fictional writer! Jim’s first published book, Beyond Hate, is available for purchase now on Amazon. Having lived in Bordentown, New Jersey for nearly 30 years, he owned area bars and restaurants and was a volunteer Burlington Court Mediator, handling over 2,500 mediations during his 15 years of volunteer service. He says, “I believe my life, and now my writings, would be an inspiration to older alumni who have a need to find a new way to gain purpose and continue to contribute.”

March 2021

This month’s Alumni News article recognizes three alumni who sit on La Salle Academy’s COVID-19 Task Force. This Task Force was convened to ensure that our stakeholders had input in how we address the unprecedented situation precipitated by the current pandemic. All three of the men below have tremendously helped guide and shape La Salle’s COVID-19 policies and procedures which are designed to minimize the risk of virus transmission for students, faculty and staff.

Martin Cottingham

Class of 1988

Martin Cottingham ’88 brings years of corporate experience to our COVID Task Force, including knowledge on how to handle delicate nuances and communication related to COVID-19 within the workplace. Marty, a Principal at Avison Young, is also Co-Vice Chairman of La Salle’s Board of Trustees and played an instrumental role in the recent sale of the Annex building on 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue.

Thomas Issing

Class of 1974

Thomas Issing ’74, Owner of East Village Environmental LLC, has been a fantastic addition to our COVID Task Force, especially with his knowledge of enhanced cleaning and disinfecting processes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Tom donated air conditioning filters for use in the school’s AC units, as well as hospital-grade cleaning solution to sanitize desks in our classrooms. Tom also volunteers his time to the school as Co-Chair of La Salle Academy’s Alumni Association.

Dr. Ricardo Sequeira

Class of 1970

Dr. Ricardo Sequeira ’70 is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Brooklyn and has over 40 years of experience in the medical field. Ricardo has played a key role in providing the COVID Task Force with medical expertise and accurate medical information in order to implement proper procedures intended to minimize risk to students, faculty and staff.

February 2021

Jason Snipe

Class of 1999

In November 2020, Jason Snipe ’99 became an official contributor for CNBC. Jason is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Odyssey Capital Advisors, an independent investment management firm based out of Philadelphia. Jason has said, “La Salle has been such an important part of my story and I am forever grateful!”

Allen Wan

Class of 1984

La Salle alumni are in all corners of the world. Allen Wan ’84 is a foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in China. He was recently named the news organization’s Bureau Chief in Shenzhen and TV News Producer in Beijing. While Allen assumes these roles, he continues to be Bloomberg’s Deputy Shanghai Bureau Chief, Emerging Markets Deputy Team Leader, a position he has held since 2006.

Kelly Grant

Class of 1975

Sadly, Kelly Grant ’75, star Varsity Basketball player for La Salle Academy, passed away on January 29, 2021. After La Salle, Kelly went on to play professional ball throughout Europe in France, Poland and Sweden. After he retired from playing, he went on to coach, most recently coaching the Norrköping Dolphins (leading them to a gold in the Swedish championship in 1998 and 2010), Uppsala and Sweden’s women’s national team. Our prayers are with Kelly and his family at this difficult time.