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Governor Kitzhaber mourns the loss of former Governor Victor Atiyeh

​"An historic governor, a remarkable human being."
 
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today issued the following statement on the loss of Victor Atiyeh, who served Oregon as governor from 1979 to 1987:
 
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Governor Vic Atiyeh — a great Oregonian, an historic governor, and a remarkable human being. He was the first governor under whom I served when I was first elected to the Legislature in 1978, and he was both a mentor and a friend. He led Oregon out of the recession of the early 1980s, with a strategy embraced by both parties, and went on to make international trade a cornerstone of Oregon’s economy. He will be greatly missed, yet his steady leadership, gentle spirit, and love for our state lives on in the many contributions he made to Oregon."
 
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