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Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Remembered For Leadership

Written by Associated Press on September 3, 2014
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SALEM — Friends, colleagues and a who’s who of Oregon politicians packed the House chamber in Salem to remember former Gov. Vic Atiyeh, the nation’s first Arab-American governor and the last Republican to hold the job in Oregon.

Atiyeh died in July at age 91.  His family held a private burial, and Wednesday’s service gave the public a chance to say goodbye.

Atiyeh was governor from 1979 until 1987.  He established trading ties with Asia while shepherding the state through a severe recession and dealing with the Rajneesh cult in Central Oregon.

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Republican Rep. Greg Walden and Democratic former Gov. Barbara Roberts were among those who spoke.

Roberts praised Atiyeh’s bipartisanship during the recession and noted his popularity after leaving office, saying: “Oregon never forgot him because he never forgot Oregonians.”

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