Peter William Dickson, was born June 2, 1942, in Rochester, N.Y., to Pauline H. Weir Dickson and Dr. William A. Dickson. Peter passed away at his home in Houston, on June 2, 2021 after enduring a long period of cancer. He was a talented, fiercely dedicated, and a principled individual whose life will be remembered by his many accomplishments.
Peter graduated from Jamestown High School in 1960. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years, and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. He attained his MBA from Houston Baptist in 1994.
Always at the leading edge of design and construction, among his many accomplishments as an architect, he designed one of the first artist live/work studio renovations of the Bienville Furniture warehouse in Houston’s Buffalo Bayou area, his home and studio for many years. It was a mecca for artists and the area soon became a trendy Houston district.
Peter worked with renowned architects from California to Washington, D.C. He provided forensic analysis, master planning, and project management for the Veterans Administration. He served FEMA as a public assistance officer during Hurricane Wilma, Rita, Katrina, and IKE Disasters. He designed custom homes with passive and active solid masonry, solar installations, commercial businesses and several art galleries in Houston.
His true passion was creating art. His larger-than-life sculptures in bronze and cast paper were shown in numerous galleries from Houston and New Orleans, to Santa Fe and beyond. His figurative studies and drawings cover a lifetime dating back to high school. He left behind an amazing body of artwork.
He was an athlete, sailor, and infamous for his rollerblading on Houston’s streets with a night time gang. He loved boating down the mighty Rio Grande and visiting his property in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado. He loved jazz, zydeco and fine music.
Peter is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister, Wendy O’Connor of Jamestown, N.Y., Julie Dickson of Keene, N.H., Laurie Dickson of Durango, Colo., and Andrew Dickson of Jamestown, N.Y.; as well as two nieces, a nephew and great-nieces and nephews.
One of his favorite sayings by Hunter S. Thompson, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Peter didn’t arrive safely 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.