Naval commander Alexander Tournas named Westborough grand marshal

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Alexander W. Tournas. Photo/submitted
Alexander W. Tournas. Photo/submitted

Westborough – Alexander W. Tournas has been named grand marshal of Westborough’s 2016 Veterans Day parade Friday, Nov. 11.

Tournas was born to William and Anna Tournas on Sept. 4, 1952, and raised in Peabody. After graduating in 1970, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of education in counselor education at the University of New Hampshire.

Tournas served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1978 to 1985, during which time he was assigned to the USS Barney during the Iranian hostage crisis and the USS Arkansas with the 6th Fleet. He also served as a naval warfare instructor at the Naval Officers Candidate School in Newport, R.I.

After leaving active duty, he served in the military reserve until his retirement as commander in 1994.

Tournas and his wife Kathy have lived in Westborough since 1992 and have two daughters. Julianne, a recent graduate of Loyola University, is now in Bangkok with the Teach for Thailand program. Amy is a student at Colby College, majoring in government and global studies.

Tournas is a member of the Westborough Civic Club, the Veterans Advisory Board and St. Luke’s Parish. He has been employed as materials management/supply chain professional since 1985. Currently, he is a materials planning manager to Shire, a global biopharmaceuticals firm in Lexington.

His interests include golf, skiing, politics, travel, reading and Patriots football.

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