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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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03-21-2013 1:55 AM -- By: Sanjay Sethi,  From: New Delhi, India  

Shocked and saddened by this news,had the opportunity to meet Rena on her visit to India and will always remember how she thanked me for saving the life of fellow journalist John Radler during the 1999 Indo-Pak war at Kargil in Kashmir.

May her soul rest in peace.

03-21-2013 1:50 AM -- By: Mary Cardaras,  From: Sonoma, California  

 I was one of the lucky ones who worked with Rena at CNN.  She was a warm and wonderful person and a great role model of all of us.  The last time I saw Rena, I had not seen her in a long while, but she greeted me with warmth, kindness and concern about my life and work.  To all of Rena's family---Rob, children, parents and siblings, my deepest sympathy for this tremdnous loss.  May she rest in peace.  Mary Cardaras.

03-21-2013 1:46 AM -- By: Lisa Cohen,  From: Atlanta, GA  

Rena helped me grow as a journalist and inspired me when I became a working mother. She was my role model, my mentor and my friend and I miss her with all my heart. 

Rob, Adam and Sabrina - Michael and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Lisa 

03-21-2013 1:43 AM -- By: Lisa Schoenthaler,  From: Vienna, VA  

Dear Rob and family,

I feel so fortunate to have met Rena through the Betsy Magness Leadership program. She was insightful, brilliant, empathetic and great fun to be with. And she so enjoyed sharing loving stories about her family, and especially her beautiful children.  I will miss her and extend to you all my deepest sympathy.

03-21-2013 1:18 AM -- By: Ray and Katrina Washington ,  From: Atlanta, Ga  

Rob, Adam, Sabrina and family, Keeping you in prayer for comfort and peace during this difficult time. Ray, Katrina and family

03-21-2013 1:12 AM -- By: Katrina Washington,  From: Atlanta, GA  

 You made a difference for real, Rena!

I will always remember our conversations.

03-21-2013 12:52 AM -- By: Holly Firfer,  From: Atlanta  

What a beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit. Her kindness knew no boundaries. We were lucky to have known her. She is gone way too soon, but will be with us in our memories forever.

03-21-2013 12:50 AM -- By: Neda Barqawi,  From: Atlanta  

I had the pleasure of knowing Rena in the MBA program at Georgia State. A very strong inspiring woman with a great sense of humor. I have always admired her knowledge and the intelligent perspectives about the different parts of the world. She will be truly missed.

03-21-2013 12:42 AM -- By: Lasta Drachkovitch,  From: Los Angeles, CA  

May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

03-21-2013 12:42 AM -- By: Denise Vance,  From: Washington, D.C.  

There are many ways to remember Rena. Her smarts, her drive, her strength. However, that which will stay with me forever was her smile. The best always leave the rest to soon. Rob, a big hug to you and your kids.

03-21-2013 12:40 AM -- By: Judy Milestone,  From:  

Great memories of covering the news and being friends for a long time and of Rob when he was in college and when he met Rena, May all the good memories flood your thoughts and may you know others share your sadness.


03-21-2013 12:37 AM -- By: ,  From:  

Dear Rob,

Sending you and your children tremendous love and sympathy. Rena was magnificent - wicked smart, beautiful, kind, a challenger, she made things happen. The love between you was evident. She was a great gift to this earth. She believed in me when I was starting out and this meant so much to me. Sending you, Rena, and your family much love, Laura


03-21-2013 12:36 AM -- By: Sandy Saltzman ,  From:  

Ill always remember Rena as a very kind and caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this terribly sad loss.

03-21-2013 12:36 AM -- By: Amy Stewart-Ray,  From: Chicago, IL  

I am a former CNN-DC Assignment Editor (1996-2000), and I had the privilege of working next to Rob for a month or so in 1999, when my boss John Towriss sent me to the International Desk to lend a hand during the NATO airstrikes against the former Yugoslavia.  I never had the opportunity to personally work with Rena, yet I am well aware of how influential and inspirational she was as a manager and a leader at CNN, particularly for so many women working there.  In light of her legacy at CNN, it is no surprise to read how valiantly she fought her cancer, and the grace with which she faced her battle, especially at the end.  I am truly sorry for your loss.  It is clear that for all her achievements, and there were many, her family is what she loved and prized more than anything.  I hope that love and her memory sustain you all, and bring you comfort and peace. 

03-21-2013 12:31 AM -- By: Denise Vance,  From: Washington, D.C.  

03-21-2013 12:22 AM -- By: Barbara Blevens,  From: Atlanta, Ga  

 A beautiful women that leaves a legacy that will live beyond her life.  Her husband said it best.  So glad to have crossed her path and knowshe left an imprint that will continue on through others for years to come!

03-21-2013 12:19 AM -- By: Shihab Rattansi,  From: Washington DC  

Rena's support was so important to me during my time at CNNI. 

With deepest sympathy and sorrow for your loss,



03-21-2013 12:12 AM -- By: Sheri Bachstein,  From: Atlanta  

You will be missed, but always remembered Rena.  

03-21-2013 12:10 AM -- By: Michele Mcmahon,  From:  

Rob, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Rena had an amazing impact on those around her. She has touched many lives with her passion, care for others, intelligence and fearless bravery. Our thoughts are with you, your family and her friends at this time. I'm so sorry for your loss.

03-20-2013 11:54 PM -- By: Gayatri,  From:  

rest in peace. what an inspiring life and work that will live on

03-20-2013 11:49 PM -- By: Barbara Malm,  From: Edgewater Cove Neighborhood  

Dear Golden Family.Although I only knew Rena for a short time, she was such a lovely person and so warm and welcoming to those around her.  My sincere sympathy and prayers go to all of you for your loss.  I know this is a very difficult time for you and I pray God's blessing of comfort for you.  May he put his arms around you and give you peace.  Barbara Malm

03-20-2013 11:48 PM -- By: Sara Yeglin,  From: Atlanta  

On this sad day, Rena I remember your bright smile and the incredible energy you brought to the CNNI newsroom. Your passion for chasing the story made all of us better journalists. Thank you for putting your trust in me when I was a young inexperienced producer and for giving me so many opportunties to grow. Although your life was cut short by this cruel disease, you still touched and inspired more people than others could in a hundred years.

You will be missed. 



03-20-2013 11:43 PM -- By: Nora & Wayne Taylor and family,  From: Roswell, GA  

 Dear Rob, Adam & Sabrina,

Sending heartfelt comfort and sympathy to all of you at this sad time. Rena was an incredible and beautiful woman - a fabulous female role model, wife, mother and friend to all. She leaves behind a rich legacy, but most of all a family that she loved more than anything. Wishing you peace in the days ahead. 

Nora, Wayne, Adam & Marissa Taylor

03-20-2013 11:38 PM -- By: Bobby Moss,  From: Atlanta, GA  

Rena was an inspiring member of our EMBA class who's wisdom and unique perspective enriched many discussions. She was a lovely person and the news of her passing saddens me greatly.

03-20-2013 11:28 PM -- By: Voigts,  From: Colorado  

 We will always love and miss you, Rena. Our love and thoughts are always with you, Rob, and your kids. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

03-20-2013 11:26 PM -- By: Amy Koehler,  From: NJ  

My heart goes out to you, Rob, Sabrina and Adam, and the rest of Rena's family. I hope the huge outpouring of love and words of admiration for Rena will be a source of comfort to you in some way. You are all in my thoughts. xo

03-20-2013 11:21 PM -- By: Stephanie Oswald ,  From: New Orleans, LA  

My heart breaks for Rob and the kids. I will never forget my introduction to the demanding producer of the 3pm show during the first Gulf War... the memory always brings a smile to my face. I was so glad to know the Golden family... seems like we were just at Rena's baby shower at MH's house. But really, it was a lifetime ago. An amazing, graceful, phenomenal lifetime that has left an eternal footprint. Rob, may you smile through your tears and please, lean on the many friends who love you and will join you in cherishing Rena's memory.

03-20-2013 11:08 PM -- By: Wendy Heaps,  From: Atlanta  

 Rena was one of the first people I met when we came to America. I remember so clearly how welcoming she was inviting us into her home, and visiting us in ours. She was so hospitable and had a wonderful way of engaging people in genuine conversation. Her kindness and interlligence will be  missed. She gave much and left us too early. 

Rob,  my heart and prayers go out to you and the children. 

03-20-2013 11:03 PM -- By: Kat Cole,  From: Atlanta  

 Rena had many successes in her life, and it was a pleasure to get to know her in the GA State EMBA program.  It was always  clear that her family was the most important thing in her world, and with all her accomplishments, it was her husband, children and culture of which she was most proud.  She will be missed, but has left a strong legacy. May peace be with all of her family.

03-20-2013 11:01 PM -- By: Evan Katz,  From: Atlanta  

 Blessings to Rena and her family.  


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