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Speakers announced for Gov. Atiyeh service

Family, former aides, officials will take part.


Six speakers have been announced for the memorial service for former Gov. Vic Atiyeh.

The service will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the House chamber at the Capitol in Salem. Seating will start at 9 a.m., when the Pacific University Chamber Singers will perform under the direction of Scott Tuomi.

Atiyeh died July 20 at age 91. He was in the Legislature 20 years beforehand — 6 in the House and 14 in the Senate, six of those as Republican leader — before his election in 1978 to the first of two terms as governor. He left office in January 1987.

The speakers:

• Gerry Thompson, who was executive assistant (now known as chief of staff) for Atiyeh between 1981 and 1987. She was the first woman to hold the position. Before and after her service with Atiyeh, she was vice president for marketing at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield. She is now retired.

• State Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, who was the state ombudsman (now citizens representative) for Atiyeh from 1979 to 1981. She also worked for Gov. Tom McCall. Winters was elected to the House in 1998 and the Senate in 2002.

• Former Gov. Barbara Roberts, a Democrat who served from 1991 to 1995. She and Atiyeh were the most prominent former governors, appearing at many public events.

• U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Hood River. He was chief of staff and press secretary to U.S. Rep. Denny Smith of Salem before winning election to the Legislature in 1988 and to Congress in 1998.

• Tom Atiyeh, his son, and Suzanne Atiyeh, his daughter.

Among other participants are the Right Rev. Michael J. Hanley, Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, and Chief Delvis Heath of the Warm Springs, Paiute and Wasco Tribes, representing Oregon tribes. One of Atiyeh’s last public appearances was at a tribal dinner June 26 at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in Warm Springs.

All will be introduced by Denny Miles, who was Atiyeh’s communications director during his governorship.

“We worked hard to find individuals who could address specific aspects of his leadership and significant contributions to Oregon,” Miles says.

“Each one of these Oregon leaders worked with Vic Atiyeh in different ways and knew him well.”

Participation is expected from the Oregon National Guard, Oregon State Police and the Boy Scouts.

A reception in the Capitol galleria will follow the service. Some items from the Atiyeh Archive at Pacific University will be on display.

Contributions are being accepted to defray costs of the service, which is not supported by public funds. They can be made to “Governor’s Memorial,” in care of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, Room 140-A, Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Ore. 97301.

The family suggests contributions to two other charities: Gov. Vic Atiyeh Collection at Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, Ore. 97116, or Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2145 NW Naito Parkway, Portland, Ore. 97201.

For a link to the Oregon State Capitol Foundation:

www.oregonlegislature.gov/foundation

For a link to updates on the Sept. 3 service:

www.oregonlegislature.gov/la/pages/AtiyehMemorial.aspx

peterwong@PortlandTribune.com

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