Dec. 11, 1919 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
Aug. 1, 2005 Weston Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
Obituary John P. Alevizos, BU prof, Red Sox executive, at 85: - August 6, 2005
John P. Alevizos, a World War II veteran, Red Sox executive and professor, died Monday at home after a lengthy illness. He was 85.
Born in Boston, he received bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston University and a certificate in city planning studies from MIT. He also conducted doctoral graduate studies at Harvard Business School. He had lived in Weston for four years and previously lived in Newton for 45 years.
Mr. Alevizos served as an infantry and Army intelligence officer in the Pacific during World War II. He was awarded a Bronze Star.
He was a professor of business administration at Boston University, a vice president with the Red Sox, a management consultant to leading international corporations, a director of marketing for an international packaging firm, and executive vice president and general manager of the Atlanta Braves in 1976. He was also a successful real estate developer in Greater Boston for the past 40 years and led the Alevizos Group, a family-owned real estate development company.
As a Red Sox executive in the 1960s and 70s, Mr. Alevizos developed the Winter Haven, Fla., spring training complex presently used by the Cleveland Indians. He also initiated numerous improvements to Red Sox business operations and Fenway Park.
He was widely recognized for reorganizing a depleted player development program by expanding scouting staffs and minor league instruction, and he was a pioneer of today's major league player development systems. He was cited in a 1975 Sporting News article as the prime mover in bringing major league baseball to Toronto. In recent years, he led a movement to acquire and relocate the Montreal Expos to central Connecticut.
Mr. Alevizos was a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Harvard Club, Beta Gamma Sigma, Greater Boston Board of Realtors, the American Association of University Professors and Leadership 100. He was also a past president of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England parish council, an archon of the patriarchate of the Orthodox Church, and a former trustee of Hellenic College and Carroll School of Lincoln.
Archibishop Iakovos awarded him the St. Paul medal, the highest recognition of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America. In 2004, he received a citation of appreciation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives for honoring those who served the commonwealth on Sept. 11, 2001.
Mr. Alevizos is survived by his wife, Koula of Weston; a daughter, Marcia of Natick; two sons, Peter of Tequesta, Fla., and Robert of Wellesley; and seven grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Weston.
Entombment will be in Newton Cemetery.
Arrangements by George F. Doherty and Sons Funeral Home, Wellesley.