Welcome to our La Salle Academy alumni news section! 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.
After graduating from La Salle Academy, Dr. Danne Lorieo ’62 earned a degree in biology from Manhattan College, and then went on to attend Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he earned his medical degree in 1970. A highly respected surgeon with over 52 years of experience specializing in general surgery, Dr. Lorieo retired in 2020. In 2021, Dr. Lorieo received the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Distinguished Alumnus Award for his contributions to the field of surgery and caring for a diverse population of patients. Danne is a multilingual communicator who can converse in English, French, Spanish, and German, which has attributed to his skill of building and strengthening relationships with his patients. Dr. Lorieo credits the Catholic education he received at La Salle Academy for providing the discipline and competencies necessary to propel him to medical school and beyond. While a student at La Salle, he was exceptionally active and involved, participating in baseball, basketball, glee club, yearbook, and forensics league.
Danne and his wife currently reside in Yonkers. Since retirement, Dr. Lorieo has enjoyed spending time with his family and is an avid collector of model trains. Last spring, he visited La Salle Academy’s junior biology class, where he participated as a guest lecturer.
Class of 2013
Jordan Pastor ’13 is a Filipino-American digital artist and entrepreneur. Originally born in Vallejo, California, he moved to New York City at a young age and graduated from La Salle Academy. After graduation, he relocated back to his hometown and earned a marketing degree from Sacramento State University. After taking several jobs as a car salesman and delivery driver, Jordan rediscovered his passion as an artist and focused on digital art through his iPad. Utilizing his degree in marketing, Jordan has spent the last few years establishing his digital art and launched a separate clothing brand. He is a frequent attraction at several Comic Cons and anime conventions. He also commissions original artwork for clients. Jordan pulls inspiration from his love of anime and video game culture to create his artwork.
Earlier this month, Jordan made a trip back to the East Coast and visited La Salle, participating as a guest lecturer in our Graphic Art class. In hopes of inspiring some our current Cardinals, Jordan shared the adversity he faced along the way and how he combined his education and passion for art into a career. He said, “As an artist, my main goal is to just create. My track coach at La Salle always told me ‘Never look left or right, it’ll only slow you down.’ I will always live by those words because the only competition I have in life is myself. I want to show people that it’s okay to follow your dreams and have an unorthodox career path.” View Jordan’s digital portfolio at www.pinoyshotart.com.
Jeremiah “Jerry” Houston
Class of 1960
One of La Salle Academy’s most prominent basketball players, Jeremiah “Jerry” Houston ’60, went on to have an extraordinary career as a player and coach after graduating from La Salle. During his senior year, Houston scored a record 69 points against Andrew Jackson High School, a Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) record until 1988. Houston was recruited by Hall of Fame coaches Joe Lapchick and Lou Carnesecca to play at St. John’s University after graduating from La Salle. He went on to be a star player at St. John’s, winning the 1965 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) as the team captain during his senior year in college. He is always remembered for making the two critical free-throws to beat Villanova in the NIT championship, considered one of the all-time top college basketball moments at Madison Square Garden. As an acknowledgement of his incredible achievements on the court, Houston was inducted to La Salle Academy’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015 and St. John’s University’s Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2022.
After graduating from St. John’s, Houston worked in business for five years before receiving the call to become a coach and teacher at Sacred Heart School in Yonkers. His passion, skill, and love for basketball was passed down to his four children. He continued coaching high school basketball and spent two years as an assistant coach at Fordham University. Upon retirement, Houston did not stay away from basketball for too long. Years later, he joined his sons as an assistant coach at Pearl River High School in Rockland County, New York. This afforded Houston the opportunity to coach his two grandsons. He currently resides in Pearl River where he continues to coach alongside his sons as a pillar of their basketball program and community.