Paula Markiewicz, executive director of INPA/INMA from 1981 to 1988, died last week at the age of 76 after a 15-month battle with cancer.
One of the first women to head a press association, Paula in 1989 received INMA’s Silver Shovel Award for long-time service to the association and the news industry.
During her tenure as executive director, she oversaw the long-debated transition from “promotion” to “marketing” as INMA’s primary focus as well as the association’s name change.
Prior to that position, Paula served as an assistant to the executive director, working out of the association’s then-office in Reston, Virginia, USA. Among her contributions, in 1976 she consolidated four separate newsletters on circulation, advertising, public relations, and research into a single monthly publication that became Ideas Newsletter (later a magazine).
Paula is survived by her husband of 43 years, Joe, who many INPA/INMA members will remember from conferences.
Post-INMA, Paula and Joe moved to Massachusetts where she was a realtor and embraced her love of Portuguese Water Dogs.