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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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03-20-2013 11:00 PM -- By: Laura MCGeary,  From: New York, NY  

My deepest sympathies are with you at this difficult time.

03-20-2013 10:57 PM -- By: Leigh Stewart,  From: Atlanta  

I worked with Rena and I admired her so much, when I was working in the newsroom at CNN, she was so amazing and will be missed. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.

03-20-2013 10:50 PM -- By: Sherri Parman,  From: Marietta, GA  

 Dear Rob, Adam and Sabrina:

I am so sorry.  We will miss Rena very much.  She has always been an inspiring presence and will always be one.  Our hearts are broken.  May her memory be for a blessing.


Sherri Parman

03-20-2013 10:46 PM -- By: Sandy Malcolm,  From:  

 Strong, ambitious, compassionate... an inspiration to so many. You will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Rob and the kids. 

03-20-2013 10:41 PM -- By: Isha Sesay,  From: Atlanta  

I am heartbroken to know Rena is no longer with us. When I decided I wanted to work for CNN, everyone I told simply laughed and said it was an impossible dream. Everyone, except Rena. She took a chance on me and I owe everything I have today, to her. I will forever be grateful for her bravery, guidance and the great kindness she always showed me. I believe she's now in a better place. Rena, rest in peace. Rob, Adam and Sabrina you are in my thoughts and prayers.




03-20-2013 10:38 PM -- By: Ram and Rajee,  From: Atlanta, GA  

Rena was a wonderful source of support to us when we first moved into Atlanta. She took Ram under her wing when he joined CNN and during our early months here made an effort to get to know us outside work. Rena and Rob's affection touched us deeply at a time when we were just settling in. Her unstinting, genuine concern for those around her will be a shining reminder of what a life should be. Our thoughts and prayer are with you Rob, Adam, Sabrina, and Rena's parents and siblings.


03-20-2013 10:31 PM -- By: Sharon van Zwieten,  From: Scarsdale, New York  

 My boss, my colleague, my friend. You are with me forever, as you were present during some of the most exciting times in my career. May your love last more than a lifetime for your family and friends, and the many lives you touched along the way. 

Sharon van Zwieten 

03-20-2013 10:22 PM -- By: Shari Polis,  From: NYC  

 Rena's energy was so open, warm, funny, exciting, interested, happy, and fun. She showed me her family book which has the roots of her family with such care and enthusiasm. The few times I spent with her were inspiring and filled with happy energy. 

03-20-2013 10:18 PM -- By: Jared Polis,  From: Boulder  

 Many fond memories, and much love forever. A remarkable woman, wife, journalist, producer, mother.

03-20-2013 10:04 PM -- By: Abb Jones,  From: Atlanta  

 I am so sad to learn of Rena's passing. Rena was smart, inspirational and funny - working with her during my years at CNN International was an absolute delight. Rena changed my life 17 years ago, when she sent me to Hong Kong on assignment, sparking a love of international travel which thrives today, and for which she knew I will always be grateful. Rest in peace, my friend.

03-20-2013 10:00 PM -- By: Nick Wrenn,  From: Atlanta  

Rena was my boss while I worked in London and my colleague and friend in Atlanta. She was always supportive and helpful, always giving time to lend advice and invaluable tips. My wife Jill was also a colleague and we were both so sorry to hear the news of Rena's passing. Our thoughts are with the family.  

03-20-2013 10:00 PM -- By: Susan Cohen,  From: Kennesaw, GA  

You touched so many people in your life.  You touched mine so very briefly but I am a better person to have known you.  I am saddened by your loss but thankful that you are no longer in pain.

03-20-2013 9:59 PM -- By: Shirley Powell,  From: The Weather Channel  

I adored Rena at CNN and was so happy to get you to The Weather Channel and have the opportunity to work with her again.   Everyone knew she was completely overqualified for her job, but I knew that was just our good fortune.  She was always smart, always happy, always positive, always capable and always a great role model for women and everyone else.  I'm blessed and glad I had the privaledge to know you.  

03-20-2013 9:49 PM -- By: Monita Rajpal,  From: Hong Kong  

Rena found me when I was just a young reporter working in a local tv station in Toronto. She brought me to anchor at CNN International in Atlanta. That was 2001. I remember meeting her on a Saturday afternoon. I remember feeling intimidated by being at CNN HQ, Rena immediately put me at ease. She helped me believe in my talent at a time when I was still trying to find myself. Rob, That's what made her an executive with a difference. Adam and Sabrina, thank you for sharing her with us. My thoughts are with you. With love, Monita

03-20-2013 9:48 PM -- By: Ralitsa Vassileva,  From:  

Dear Rob, Sabrina and Adam,

Please accept my deepest sympathy for losing Rena. I hope it is a comfort to you to know how many lives she has touched, including mine. She will live in our hearts and continue to inspire us with her beauty, intelligence and strength of character - the full package!!!

On a personal level, I will continue to be inspired by her amazing life. I remain forever grateful for her trust in  "Ralitsa Breaking News Vassileva", the nickname she gave me. I will never forget the opportunity she gave me to go to London, Jerusalem and Moscow as a correspondent. 

Rest in peace Rena. I will miss you. With all my love, Ralitsa 

03-20-2013 9:45 PM -- By: Jim Schiffman,  From: Milledgeville, Georgia  

 Rena was more important in my professional life than just about anybody I've worked with or for. Over the course of almost 20 years, she dropped opportunities in my lap at key moments and was always in my corner at CNN. I watched her grow into an amazing executive and build a network into something from almost nothing. And she was always dedicated to the kind of journalism that we all could be proud of, even as she navigated through fields of compromise. Her instincts were always true. I will miss her more than she would know.

03-20-2013 9:24 PM -- By: Lyric Resmondo,  From: Marietta  

 Oh Rena I feel so fortunate...fortunate and HONORED to have known you. You are an exceptional woman and a beautiful friend.  Your loss leaves a hole in the world.

03-20-2013 9:19 PM -- By: Jack Mendel,  From: Marietta, GA  

Eternal peace to our friend, Rena. 

To our Friends, Rob, Adam and Sabrina:  Best wishes for fond memories of family, love and warmth of true friends!

Jack & Valerie Mendel , Sari & Erik Kolesar


03-20-2013 8:41 PM -- By: David Clinch,  From: Atlanta  

Rena, I spent so much of my working life with you as a friend and a colleague. We grew up together at CNN and then connected again in our new lives at the Weather Channel and Storyful. I will always be so grateful for our friendship and your love and guidance over the years. Through my tears I am also glad that I got to see you and hug you so much in the last year or so. You have left a great legacy of love and strength and made us all better people. Rob, Adam and Sabrina, my sincerest love and deepest sympathy to you and your whole family. Love David.

03-20-2013 8:39 PM -- By: kc wildmoon,  From:  

 a bright shining star burns in the place of what's lost on earth. my thoughts remain with you all, and i'll cherish having known rena.

03-20-2013 8:16 PM -- By: Toni and Alan Barney,  From:  

Dear Rob, Adam and Sabrina, We all loved Rena and she will be in our hearts forever. She was a wonderful mom and wife. I remember how proud she was at the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and how we got up on the stage and danced like we were on top of the world. Rena was so much fun and super smart! I know she loved you all so much. She will be in our hearts forever. Love Toni, Alan , Elizabeth and Sam.

03-20-2013 7:52 PM -- By: Emily Ra'ed,  From: Marietta, GA  

 What a true treasure the Golden's, Rena's parents, siblings and family and, in fact,  the world have lost today.  We will hold her in our hearts and memories always.  I am honored to have had the incredible fortune to really get to know and spend time with her over the last few years and, like everyone touched by Rena in so many different ways, am a richer person for it.

03-20-2013 7:48 PM -- By: Wendi Verzosa,  From:  


Something Beautiful Remains
The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains.....
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains.
Author Unknown

It is an honor that I got to know Rena over the last few years! She will continue to be an inspiration to me, my family and our team...we will run in your memory!!



03-20-2013 7:43 PM -- By: Lee Van Leuvan,  From: Atlanta  

The last time I saw her was on October 10th and although she was so tired, she was going home after our meeting ended at 7 p.m. to work on a project... that was Rena, always pushing.  It always struck me every time we met for the past 9 years that she and Rob were obviously so in love with each other with such a team approach to their lives.  It is so rare to have that true connection.  I will so miss her smile and her attitude... Lee Van Leuvan       

03-20-2013 7:38 PM -- By: Bobby,  From:  

Repose en paix

Yours truly

03-20-2013 7:35 PM -- By: Sonia Greenberg ,  From:  

 You were my best friend, even though we never worked together. We had so many fun moments it is really difficult not having around anymore. You will be deeply missed, my dear friend.

03-20-2013 7:24 PM -- By: Eve burton,  From:  

 Dear Rob, Adam and Sabrina:

Rena was a remarkable woman. In my hardest days at CNN she stayed by my side. She supported so many women and others. She was one of a kind. I loved her. With all warmest thoughts and if there is anything I can do just call. Eve

03-20-2013 7:22 PM -- By: Jill Stark,  From: Denver  

Rob and Family, I had the good fortune to have met Rena through the Besty Magness Leadership Institute.  She was vibrant, brilliant, warm and funny.  I cherished our time together and feel blessed to have known her.  I heard all about her handsome husband and beautiful children; she loved you all dearly.  You are in my prayers.  Much Love,


03-20-2013 7:21 PM -- By: Jon Klein,  From:  

My wife, Jennifer, was Rena's intern and I was her colleague, and we both feel so lucky to have had the chance to intersect with her. She was intelligent, classy, self-possessed, firm in her beliefs, and filled up the room with her presence. A first-rate person and pro. Jen and my thoughts are with Rob and the children at this time; thank you for sharing her with us. 


03-20-2013 7:13 PM -- By: Elida and Alan Baverman,  From: Atlanta  

Rob, Adam and Sabrina,

Rena was truly remarkable. We miss her, as do so many others. Our thoughts and love are with you.  

Elida and Alan


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