Honors & Awards and Memberships
Other Honors & Awards
Inducted in the College of Fellows, Public Relations Society of America, 1994. Chair of the College in 2001.
PRSA has more than 20,000 members and represents the profession.
Recipient of the Paul Lund Award for Public Service, Public Relations Society of America, 2005.
Joint Resolution from the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in
recognition of outstanding leadership in bringing the 1984 Olympic Games to Los Angeles, June 29, 1984,
the first joint City/County resolution ever issued.
Clarion Award for Human Rights, Women In Communication, 1981.
Distinguished Citizen Award, Los Angeles Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, 1984.
Invested as a Knight of Honour in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, May 2003.
Promoted to Knight of Grace in November 2006. The Order of St. John is one of the oldest continuous
orders of knighthood in the world and the third oldest religion in Christianity.
Named to Hall of Fame by Granby High School, Norfolk, Virginia, February 2001.
Alumni Service Award, The College of William & Mary, May 2004.
Three Silver Anvils from the Public Relations Society of America, the highest competitive award given for
campaign excellence in the profession.
"Best In Texas" Silver Spurs from the Public Relations Society of Texas.
One silver and two bronze medals from the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival.
Recipient of three CEBA Awards of Excellence from the World Institute of Black Communications.
Six PRisms Awards from the Los Angeles chapter of Public Relations Society of America.
Five PRo Awards from the Los Angeles Publicity Club.
San Francisco's Public Relations Man of the Year, San Francisco Bay Area Publicity Club, 1964.
Award of Merit, House & Home magazine, project director of research house, 1964.
Award of Excellence for Record House, Architectural Record magazine, as project director for research
From 1991-1996, Executive Director of University Relations at Texas A&M University, his office was
honored with more than 75 major regional and national awards for outstanding excellence.
Public Relations Society of America, 1963--, Chair of the College of Fellows, 2001, Past Member of the
Executive Board for the Los Angeles and Philadelphia chapters, former member of the Executive Committee
for the Environmental Section and Counselors in Education Section, editorial adviser to The Public Relations
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 1978--, Past Chair of the Building Committee.
U. S. Olympic Committee, 1985-89, volunteer Assistant to the President, Chairman of the Organizing
Committee for the 1988 House of Delegates in Washington, D.C., and member of the Long Range Strategic
Planning Task Force, International Relations Committee and Media Information/Public Relations Committee.
President's Council On Physical Fitness & Sports, special adviser, 1981-1988.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, 1978--.
National Fitness Foundation, special consultant, 1981-1988.
National Association of Home Builders, 1982-1996, MIRM (member of the Institute of Residential Marketing),
and former Trustee of the National Sales and Marketing Council.
American Institute of Architects, 1985-1990, member of the Housing Committee.
Cheryl Procter-Rogers, President of
the Public Relations Society of
America, presents the 2005 Paul M.
Lund Award for Public Service to Rene
during ceremonies in New York City in
March 2001 Rene is inducted into the Granby
High School (Norfolk, Virginia) "Hall of Fame."
He is shown with his former coach, the late Don
Rene was honored June 29, 1984 by
Kenneth Kahn, chairman of the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors and Tom
Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles, for
"recognition of outstanding leadership" in
helping get the 1984 Olympic Games for
Los Angeles. This was the first joint Los
Angeles County and Los Angeles City
William & Mary Honors Five With Alumni Medallion
On February. 5, 2011 the William and Mary Alumni Association honored (left-to-right) J. Robert
“Bob” Mooney ’66, Marilyn Ward Midyette '75, Michael K. Powell '85, Sue Hanna Gerdelman ’76,
and Rene A. Henry '54 with the Alumni Medallion during a ceremony on campus. The Alumni
Medallion is the highest award the William and Mary Alumni Association can bestow on a
graduate. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding professional accomplishments,
leadership and dedication to their community and commitment to their alma mater.