General Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Michael W. Proscia passed away at the age of 87 on Sunday, February 21, 2016.
Brother Proscia was a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) since 1957 with membership to IATSE Locals One, 52, and 477. After serving as president and business agent of Local 52 for a number of years, Brother Proscia was elected as an International Vice President in 1980.
Brother Proscia served the IATSE as General Secretary-Treasurer from 1994 to 2002. He announced his retirement after 22 years as an International Officer, having served eight years as General Secretary-Treasurer and 14 years as International Vice President.
Throughout his career, Brother Proscia was actively involved in many associations, including serving as the Executive Vice President of the Conference of Motion Picture and Television Unions in New York, active membership in the Press Club, the Radio and Television Working Press Association, and serving as a Film Commissioner for the State of New Jersey. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Society of St. Mary of Costantinopoli. He distinguished himself in the military, serving in the U.S. Army and receiving both a World War II Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal for his work as a Signal Corp. Photographic -Master Sergeant.
On May 17, 2011, General Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Michael W. Proscia, a founding member of IATSE Local 477, was presented, by the membership of the Local, a cut-glass award to commemorate the establishment of the Michael W. Proscia/IATSE Local 477 Scholarship. This program helps children of Florida’s professional filmworkers with tuition and living expenses while attending the technical schools, colleges and universities, and graduate programs of their choice.
The International mourns the passing of Michael Proscia and expresses gratefulness for his invaluable contributions to the IATSE and its membership.