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Rob Golden

Memorial created 03-20-2013 by
Rob Golden
Rena Golden
March 30 1961 - March 20 2013

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03-22-2013 7:42 AM -- By: Kelley Rickenbaker,  From: Atlanta  

Rena was a great journalist, a smart executive, and a valuable mentor, but more importantly, she was a kind and generous person, with a big heart, a comfortable laugh and deep compassion for others. I'm a better person for having known her.

03-22-2013 5:41 AM -- By: Lisa Mirando,  From: Atlanta  

Beautiful inside and out. A privilege to have not only worked with but to have been mentored by Rena as well. I grieve her loss deeply as do countless others. To Rob, Adam and Sabrina, please take comfort in knowing she was very loved, enormously respected and truly cherished by so many the world over. Beautiful Rena, thank you for beng such an important part of my life.

03-22-2013 1:43 AM -- By: Sandee LaMotte,  From: former CNN colleage  

Rob, I was heartbroken to hear this terrible news. Rena was a class act and the world is much smaller without her. My heart goes out to you and your children for your loss.


03-22-2013 1:39 AM -- By: Robin Kemp,  From: Ex-CNN  

 Rob, Adam, Sabrina, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Rena is forever etched in my mind, sitting at the Internat Desk, quietly managing the crisis du jour, never too busy to clarify a point on deadline. That she went on to do so much for the company and the industry while extending her generosity to many, many others speaks volumes about her character. World citizen, mentor, kind soul. The whole newsroom sends its love.

03-22-2013 12:42 AM -- By: john vause,  From: atlanta  

You'll be missed Rena - you were a great boss, who became a friend.

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

03-22-2013 12:00 AM -- By: Tamie Miller,  From: Suwanee, GA  

God's Blessing to the family. This is such sad, sad news...~T

03-21-2013 11:20 PM -- By: Carrie Stevenson,  From: Washignton, DC  

Rena was an inspiration to may women at CNN.  Prayers and best wishes to her family.  

03-21-2013 11:19 PM -- By: Elina Fuhrman,  From: Los Angeles  

Dear Rob, Adam and Sabrina, I couldn't believe it when I heard that Rena is no longer with us! My heart and thoughts are with you during this impossibly difficult time. Rena's life is such an inspiration and her legacy will live forever.

03-21-2013 10:58 PM -- By: Jon Oxenberg,  From: New York  

When I first met Rena I was struck by three things; her beauty, intellect and warmth.  I loved her immediately. Although my initial impression never diminished, twenty-five years later it was her incredible strength, bravery and attitude that moved me the most.   

My deepest condolences to her parents, brother and sisters, Adam, Sabrina and Rob.  

03-21-2013 10:45 PM -- By: Joie Chen,  From: Bethesda, MD  

Dear Rob and family,

As if you didn't already know, this memorial is a testament to what an important influence and inspiration Rena was to so many of us. Powerful, yet gentle. Wise and somehow still curious.

Ever the human dynamo, I will remember her rallying us through the dark of the night at CNNI. Running through the hallway under the stairs, giving orders, pushing us to keep going when most of us really just wanted to go home. I can still hear her footsteps racing up and down the stairs in the dark.

She never forgot what was most important in her life. She was a mother first, a wife second, a friend and leader every day. Her eyes would light up when spoke of (then) little Adam and Sabrina—she was so excited about everything they did! Years later, Rob, I remember her laughing about you and your tennis game. She loved you all so very much.

Time and circumstance has taken us to distant places. But the memory of a woman so strong and so inspiring binds us and brings us here… where we can only say we’re sorry for your loss.

Thank you Rena, for being in our lives, and thank you Rob, Adam and Sabrina for sharing her with us.

joie & michael

03-21-2013 10:23 PM -- By: Laura and Dave Timko,  From:  

I learned a lot from Rena about leadership and managing people while supporting CNNI in my HR role, and I was happy to reconnect with her on Facebook last year.   Dave was lucky enough to work with Rena both at CNN and briefly at The Weather Channel, where she was a familiar face and warm presence to him as a freelancer.  Rob, our deepest condolences go out to you and your family.

03-21-2013 10:02 PM -- By: Emily Friggle Stevens,  From:  

All of us who knew Rena at Wake Forest were heartbroken to hear of her passing. My deepest, deepest sympathies to all of her family.

03-21-2013 10:01 PM -- By: Gene and Mariella Eames,  From: Lima, Peru  

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Rob. Both you and Rena were part of my formative years during my tenure at CNN.  Very sorry for your loss.  

03-21-2013 9:55 PM -- By: Bruce Chong,  From: Savannah, GA  

She was one of the best at CNN, and the world will be a little bit smaller and diminished today without her.

My condolences to Rob and her family and friends.

It was a pleasure to have worked with her.

03-21-2013 9:42 PM -- By: Henna Inam,  From: Pakistan  

 Although I didn't know Rena for long, she was impressive to me during the few times that we met. My condolences to her family.

03-21-2013 9:30 PM -- By: Derek Debowski,  From: Kennesaw  


I feel so fortunate that I did know Rena at CNN and CNNI, spent time with her, worked with her and along her , witnessed her brilliance and courage.
She was an inspiration to so many young and old journalist. With such a incredible positive energy - she  made people around her better. It was infectious .
Me, then- just a video editor at CNNI , immigrant - defector from Poland - Rena was supervising producer - she treated me as important and equal as Ted, she never lost the touch with many people she worked with.
 We lost a great talent, an amazing woman and extraordinary human being. That's not fair- someone so young, so talented , with so much passion for live and work is leaving us so early ( I also had to deal with my wife cancer ordeal - she passed away two years ago - cancer really sucks!!! )
I will never forget you Rena - thank you for all - you are at rest now, your fight is over...get some rest.
My deepest condolences and my heart goes to to Rob and their children.


03-21-2013 9:10 PM -- By: Jeff and Jennifer Shiovirz,  From:  

Dear Rob and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Jeff and Jennifer Shiovitz and Family. Your EC neighbors.

03-21-2013 8:52 PM -- By: Katherine Almeida,  From: New Jersey  

I am stunned to come to know of Rena's passing. Intelligent, bright and beautiful! She will dearly be missed...I loved watching her on CNN. May her wings carry her to the heavans of peace and harmony...My condolences to Rena's family and friends-

Katherine H. Almeida

03-21-2013 8:49 PM -- By: Linda Rathke,  From: Marietta, Ga.  

My heart just broke wide open when I learned of Rena's passing. Her spark, her wisdom, her compassion and her confidence in those who worked for her will be with me always. She's influenced my career, making it better ... and she's touched my heart, making it bigger. Thank you, Rena. My heartfelt condolences to her family, whose pictures lit up her office at CNN.com.

03-21-2013 8:46 PM -- By: Tony Jenkins,  From: DC  

 I am profoundly saddened by the loss of a very elegant and accomplished woman. I knew Rena from Georgia State University and found her to be generous, knowledgable, witty and strong. She lifted others around her. 

My most earnest prayers to her husband and family. 

03-21-2013 8:36 PM -- By: Ronnie Lovler ,  From:  

 One of my best memories of Rena is as a wife and mother -- rather than in one of her many sucessful roles at CNN.  Back in the days when Rob was on the CNN International Desk and I was a CNN newcomer in Central America, I came to Atlanta on a visit. That was more than 20 years ago. We were all new parents and Rob, Rena and I and our respective young sons -- Adam and Tiffen, drove up to Dillard, Georgia for the day and shared a meal at Dillard House. Our sons looked at the ponies and tried out the playground. It was one of those nice, crisp north Georgia days.  It was one of my best visits to Atlanta and I remember that day well.  And that is how I remember Rena. 

My condolences again to all of Rena's family and close friends.  Her passing is a loss. 






03-21-2013 8:27 PM -- By: Pam Sellers,  From: Atlanta, GA  

Dear Rob,

This is such a lovely tribute to Rena. Thank you, Rob.

I want to take this moment, however, to honor you. I remember the two of you working together at CNN. Naturally I was interested to meet a man who was so supportive of his wife and her career. Your relationship made quite an impression. 

We are all fawning about Rena because she was so special. It has been your love and support that has made it so. 

God bless you, Rob



03-21-2013 8:07 PM -- By: Kathy Nellis Chastney,  From: former CNN  

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My prayers and love go out to her family. Rob, I remember you both fondly from the good old days at CNN. What a wonderful and joyful couple you two made, it was just heartwarming to see you together. Rena was so genuine and such a news professional. What a beautiful photo. She lived a beautiful and full life and we all feel her loss.


03-21-2013 7:41 PM -- By: Stephen Amidon,  From:  

 I knew Rena at Wake Forest.   She was a beautiful and brilliant presence, so smart and funny and cool, and a wonderful deejay as well.  A terrible loss, but we were also very lucky to have her among us.  My condolences to her family, especially Gazelle. 

03-21-2013 7:37 PM -- By: Cindy Beckler,  From: atlanta  

Dear Rob,

I have such fond memories of Rena and you in the newsroom. We grew up together, managing work, having a family...all those big decisions!  It was a comfort to share them with you both. Have peace that Rena led a full life and loved you all so much.


03-21-2013 6:53 PM -- By: The Ismail Family (cousins),  From: Tampa  

Our deepest sympathy to your family. We knew Rena or (Rana Api) as we called her when we were all children. She was just as amazing back then.

We remember when we visited NC after immigrating to the US for the first time.  She was just as warm and kind hearted then. She used to sit us in her lap and read to us and make us laugh. She is remembered with much love and admiration.

We wanted you to know that our deepest sympathy are with you and the children and please accept our most sincere condolences. May your joyful memories of her and with her heal the pain and sorrow. She was a remarkable woman.


03-21-2013 6:46 PM -- By: Jack Underwood,  From: Former CNN'er  

To Rob and Rena's family, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate this difficult stretch of the road. Rena's time on this earth was marked with great successes at CNN, but the greatest success of all is the testimony of how well she was loved and respected by all. May God's Love and Peace along with Rena's heritage provide comfort in the days ahead.

03-21-2013 6:46 PM -- By: Stef Kotsonis ,  From:  

Sad news out of the clear blue sky. Rena's at rest now. My heart goes out to Rob and the children he raised with her. So sorry, Rob

03-21-2013 6:36 PM -- By: Fuzz Hogan,  From:  

 Quick with a laugh, generous with advice and laser-focused on making everything better, Rena's impact was profound.  She lives on in all of us, because she did make us all better for having known her.  

03-21-2013 6:34 PM -- By: David Feingold,  From: Former CNN Colleague  

Dear Rob,

Ellen and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family.



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