Peter William Dickson was born on June 2, 1942 in Rochester, NY, to Pauline H. Weir Dickson and Dr. William A. Dickson. Peter died at his home in Houston on June 2, 2021, after suffering an extended period of cancer. He was a talented, fiercely dedicated and principled man whose life will be remembered for his many accomplishments.
Peter graduated from Jamestown High School in 1960. He served in the United States Navy for four years and received his BA in Architecture from the University of Oregon. He received his MBA from Houston Baptist in 1994.
Always at the forefront of design and construction, among his many accomplishments as an architect he designed one of the first living / working artist studio renovations of the Bienville Furniture warehouse in the Buffalo area. Bayou in Houston, his home and studio for many years. It was a mecca for artists and the area quickly became a hip area of ââHouston.
Peter has worked with renowned architects from California to Washington, DC. He provided forensic analysis, master plan and project management for the Veterans Administration. He served FEMA as a Public Assistance Officer during the disasters of Hurricane Wilma, Rita, Katrina and IKE. He has designed custom homes with passive and active solid masonry, solar installations, commercial ventures and several art galleries in Houston.
His real passion was to create art. His larger-than-life sculptures in bronze and cast paper have been exhibited in numerous galleries in Houston and New Orleans, Santa Fe and beyond. His figurative studies and drawings cover a life going back to high school. He left behind an incredible work of art.
He was an athlete, a sailor and infamous for his rollerblading in the streets of Houston with a night gang. He enjoyed boating the mighty Rio Grande and touring his property in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado. He loved jazz, zydeco and beautiful music.
Peter is predeceased by his parents and is survived by his sister, Wendy O’Connor of Jamestown, NY, Julie Dickson of Keene, NH, Laurie Dickson of Durango, Colorado, and Andrew Dickson of Jamestown, NY; as well as two nieces, a nephew and great-nieces and nephews.
One of his favorite Hunter S. Thompson sayings, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safe and sound in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to slip sideways in a cloud of smoke, well exhausted, utterly exhausted, and proclaiming high and loud”Wow! What a ride! âPeter did not arrive unharmed in a well-preserved body, but we know he had a wild ride to the end. A private celebration of his life will be observed by the family.