The 1994-95 Kiwanis International president passed away on May 28.

By Tony Knoderer

Ian Perdriau, president of Kiwanis International in 1994-95, passed away on May 28. He was 90. Perdriau was the first member from outside North America to be elected as the organization’s president.  

He became a Kiwanian in 1973, when he joined the Melbourne, Australia, Kiwanis Club. Perdriau eventually served as the club’s president, earning distinguished president status. He also served the Australia District as the lieutenant governor and governor — earning distinguished status in those roles as well. 

“Ian was the embodiment of the gentleman’s gentleman,” says 2001-02 Kiwanis International President Brian Cunat. “He was a dedicated Kiwanian, an inspiring mentor and a great friend.” 

Perdriau forged a career in the insurance industry, eventually founding Ian Perdriau and Associates. In 1988, he received the C.J. Farfor Award as that year’s outstanding representative for the Australian state of Victoria. 

In 1995, a Hoop Pine Tree was dedicated to Perdriau in Melbourne, commemorating his service as the first Australian to become Kiwanis International president.   

“His passion for the organization was infectious,” Cunat says. “He paved the way and inspired others from outside of North America to run for the highest office. He will be missed.”