(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today ordered all flags at public institutions statewide to be lowered and flown at half-staff until date of interment in honor of Victor Atiyeh, who served Oregon as governor from 1979 to 1987. Governor Atiyeh passed away on Sunday, July 20, at the age of 91.
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Governor Vic Atiyeh — a great Oregonian, an historic governor, and a remarkable human being," said Governor Kitzhaber upon learning of Atiyeh's death. "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."