Rezin Edward Pidgeon Jr.

January 18, 1927November 22, 2013

Rezin Edward Pidgeon, Jr was born January 18, 1927 in Washington, D.C. to Rezin E Pidgeon, Sr and Vella Vernelle Ash. When he was 7 years old, his family moved to Atlanta where he attended Morningside Elementary School. He was graduated from Boys High School in 1944. Then he served in the Navy and attended Georgia Tech where he graduated in 1949. At Georgia Tech he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and Eta Kappa Nu honorary society and later IEEE for engineers. He was employed by RCA Service Company and lived in College Park, MD, Peoria, Illinois, Lake Charles, LA, Oak Ridge, TN, and Princeton, NJ where he worked at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Laboratories. He attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Princeton University, and Georgia Tech where he received his masters in Electrical Engineering in 1961. He was employed by Scientific Atlanta (now Cisco) for 40 years where he was Principal Engineer. He held more than 50 patents for Scientific Atlanta. Rezin began running in 1962 when it was not fashionable and was one of the first to run the Peachtree Road Race. He was a marathon runner and bicyclist. After retirement he became a Master Gardener (North Fulton) and volunteered at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for nine years. His gardens were on the 2012 Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour. He loved nature and was known for his beautiful landscaping. He spent many hours caring for the traffic circle at Riverside and Edgewater Drive. He was an expert wood craftsman and model ship builder. He loved classical music and in his younger days was an accomplished pianist. As a young man he played clarinet and saxophone in a local dance band and earned enough money to buy his wife an engagement ring. He was a loyal member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and was made an elder while a member at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Davis Pidgeon, four children: Cathy (Rev. Dr. Randy Jackson), Peggy (Joe Hayes), Lisa (Judge Robert Hilliard), and son, John (Sabra). There are nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his only brother, Vernon Pidgeon (Norma) of Ocala, Florida, 3 nieces and one nephew. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Pidgeon’s memory to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, or Hospice Atlanta. A memorial service will be Monday, November 25, 2013 at 2 o’clock at Trinity Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 o’clock at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 24, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 25, 2013

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Thomas Whitehouse

December 9, 2013

I was fortunate enough to work with Rezin for many years. He was one of the most intelligent and personable people I've ever known. He was respected and admired by everyone. We have lost a great friend.


December 4, 2013

I worked with Rezin at S.A. and he was one of the calmest most layed back people I ever known. This was when many of the old school engineers wore bow ties. Rezin always looked very dapper with his bow ties.

November 26, 2013

Just learned of your great loss after 64 wonderful years, Doris. My deepest Sympathy to you and your family.
Irene Constantinides

Paul Howard

November 25, 2013

I am so sorry that Rezin has passed away. He was a very good Master Gardener and friend. May the family find comfort in the memories of this God loving man.

Rev. 21"3, 4 ~ Kim

November 25, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Valerie VanSweden

November 25, 2013

I have been truly blessed to have spent time with Rezin on this earth and with our hands in the earth. What a rare and spectacular soul!
He and I worked together at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and I had the privilege to work with him in his own garden. Surprisingly strong and impossible to restrain, Doris and I had to trick him into taking breaks. I onece had to talk him out of climbing into one of the trees in his front yard.
I'm grateful to have had him as a friend.

Emilie Friese

November 25, 2013

Doris I am so sorry Dick and I can't be with at this difficult time. I know you're surrounded by your loving, caring family and they will give you comfort. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers and I'll see you when we get home. Love Emilie and Dick

Marnell Ginsburg

November 25, 2013

Our sympathy & love go out to the entire Pidgeon family. Rezin Pidgeon was such a sweet, kind, loving family man. Our solace is to know that Mr. Pidgeon is in a much better place. He will be greatly missed.

With love & respect,
Marnell & Evan Ginsburg

November 24, 2013

I worked with Rezin for many years at Scientific-Atlanta. Not only was he one of the smartest people I had the honor to know, he was also a person of quiet humility and genuine friendliness. I am grateful for the chance to know him.

V Austin [ Romans 15: 4 ]

November 24, 2013

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.