The Most Famous St. John's University (New York) Alumni - stjohnalumni.com
St. John's University is a catholic university in New York City. There are several campuses located around the city. Founded in 1870 it has long been regarded as one of the best private universities in the country. Not surprisingly then there have been several famous graduates. The following are some of the most notable but by no means all of the famous graduates.
Given that St. John's University have long had an excellent basketball team it will probably come as no surprise to learn that the most famous graduates of the school tend to be basketball players. Probably the best known of these is Ron Artest. Artest currently plays in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers where he is widely regarded as one of the best defensive players in the game. That being said he is probably better known for some of the controversial events that he has been involved in during his career like the brawl at the India Pacers game in 2004.
Besides Artest several other players from St. John's have gone on to have very successful careers in the NBA. These would include Chris Mullin who would play in the NBA for five seasons but is better known for his career as a general manager in the league. Another graduate who played in the NBA is Jayson Williams who had a very successful career but unfortunately is also better known for things outside of playing basketball. He is currently serving a prison sentence for shooting and killing a limousine driver. Lesser known to current basketball fans is Max Zaslofsky who was one of the best professional basketball players in the forties and fifties.
Over the last few years the St. John's University soccer team has started to rival the basketball team as the most successful at the school and several players have gone on to have successful careers in Major League Soccer. The most successful of these is Sharlie Joseph who has been a key player at with the New England Revolution for several years now.
Baseball players are also represented amongst the alumni of St. John's University the most famous of these being John Franco. Franco was a relief pitcher for the New York Mets for fifteen years where he was widely regarded as one of the best relievers in the game. Other baseball players who would go on to have successful careers in the majors would include Rich Aurelia and Frank Viola.
St. John's University has of course produced more than just athletes a number of important politicians have also graduated from the school. Probably the best known of these is former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Cuomo would have a lengthy political career that would see him serve as governor of New York from 1983 to 1994. Prior to becoming governor Cuomo would work as a trial lawyer in New York City before being appointed as Secretary of State for New York. He would later server as Lieutenant Governor before getting the Governor's job.
Another graduate who would go on to have successful political careers would be Hugh Carry who would serve as Governor of New York from 1975 to1982 after previously serving seven terms in the House of Representatives. Prior to his political career Carey would work as a lawyer in New York City, something he would return to after leaving office.
Former California Governor George Deukmejian is also a graduate of St. John's law school. After getting his law degree Deukmehian would serve in the army as a lawyer for a number of years before settling in California. He would get involved in local politics while working as a lawyer before being elected to the State Assembly. He would later serve as the state Attorney General before being elected governor.
Another notable graduate of St. John's University is former CIA director William Casey. Casey would get his law degree from St. John's and work as an attorney in New York for several years. During the presidency of Richard Nixon he would be appointed as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This would be followed by an assignment as Under Secretary of State. In 1980 Casey would manage Ronald Reagan's election campaign, when Reagan became president he made Casey the head of the CIA, a position that he would hold until his death in 1987.
A somewhat notorious graduate of St. John's University is Charles Rangel who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1971 making him the third longest serving member of the House. In 2008 he would be censured by Congress for ethics violations relating to taxes that were not paid. Despite this he would win re-election in 2010.
Former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown is also a graduate of St. Johns University. After spending time in the army Brown would get a law degree from St. John's and would then go to work as a lawyer. He focused mainly on protecting the rights of minorities and would later become a lobbyist on their behalf. He would also run Jesse Jackson's campaign for president in 1988 before being elected to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In this role he played a key part in Bill Clinton's election for which he was rewarded with the post of Commerce Secretary. Brown would die in a plane crash in 1996.
Actor Ron Silver is another famous alumni. Silver had roles in several movies and television shows but is best known for his work on Broadway. He would win a Tony award in 1988 as Best Actor for his role in the play Speed the Plow. In more recent years he was better know for his radio show on which he discussed current events and politics. Silver died in 2009 at the age of fifty two as the result of cancer.