18 December 1951 – 29 October 2018
Michael (Mike) Watson LFPRIA Passed away following a short illness in Adelaide, South Australia, mourned by his fiancé Catherine, his family members and his many friends and colleagues in the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Swinburne University Victoria, and a number of industry organisations.
His Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at 1.00 PM, in the Chapel of Berry’s Funeral Home, 204 Magill Road, Norwood S.A.
Mike was a long-term member and supporter of the PRIA, having held the role as the Officer of the College of Fellows, entrusted with the care of ethical standards and adherence.
An award winning educator, Mike was also a powerful influence on the PRIA itself through his term as President from 2013 to 2015 and his work on restructuring and reform.
As President, Mike presided over two very successful National Conferences in Brisbane and Hobart overseeing an increase in Institute Membership, chaired a stable and effective National Board and contributed significantly to the status and reputation of the PRIA.
As the Officer of the College of Fellows until 2013, Mike shaped a more relevant role for the College of Fellows and oversaw its growth and increased contribution to the PRIA.
He was an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University and contributed widely to the communication profession, the standing of the Institute, making and cementing many friendships within Australia and increasing PRIA’s role in International Professional Bodies, including The Global Alliance, and closer to home, with the ASEAN Public Relations Network, with an Agreement of Friendship and Cooperation, signed on his behalf by the PRIA National Secretary in June 2015.
Mike will be sadly missed by his many PRIA friends, his University colleagues and the College of Fellows.
5 November 2018