Older members of the Society will be saddened to hear of the death of one of our long standing members, Michael Gorman. He died on Sept 11th in the South of France after a short illness at the age of 76.
Michael was chief Editor of the Bangkok Post from 1971 to 1983 and did much to develop the newspaper into the flourishing journal it is today. He was also the Director of a number of press bodies in Thialand. He was prominent in many ways in Bangkok society and maintained a residence in Thailand long after he gave up his role with the Bangkok Post. On leaving his positions in Thailand he worked in China to assist in the development of the English language press.
Born in Croydon, in 1936, he was a graduate from Bristol University majoring in economics, Gorman came to Thailand in 1970 after having worked with the Thomson Organisation Limited since 1960. Apart from being editor and publisher of the Bangkok Post, Gorman was also managing director of Allied Printers.
He was a trustee of the Press Foundation of Asia for 10 years and was an active member of the International Press Institute. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Economic Society and member of the Institute of Marketing.
Gorman successfully steered the Bangkok Post through a turbulent period in recent Thai history while securing its financial situation, eventually listing Post Publishing Co on the SET Index in 1980.
He oversaw the merger of the Bangkok Post and its rival morning daily the Bangkok World in 1972 with the World reverting to a tabloid evening paper.
At a time when Thailand was under heavy pressure from both democratic revolutions and military coups, Gorman successfully guided the Post. He was jailed briefly in the early 1980s after offending the military autocrat Gen Kriangsak Chomanan.
Under his stewardship the Post was selected to help the Chinese government set up its first English-language newspaper, the China Daily. Gorman also established Thailand’s first non-contributory pension scheme for staff.
He is survived by his wife Christine, and children Julius, Benedict and Chloe.
There is a Memorial Service for him on Oct 9th at St Mary's church in the Bolton at 1130.