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Memorial service readied for Atiyeh

Capitol will be setting on Sept. 3.


Plans are being made for a public memorial service for former Gov. Vic Atiyeh.

The service is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the House chamber at the Capitol.

Organizers have set up an account to accept voluntary tax-deductible contributions to offset expenses for the service. The account is through the Oregon State Capitol Foundation fund, which is a recognized 501 (c) (3) organization. The weblink is ://www.oregonlegislature.gov/foundation>www.oregonlegislature.gov/foundation. The foundation is not part of the Legislature.

No public funds will be spent on the service, although the legislative leaders — Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek — have extended courtesies to the Atiyeh family for use of the chambers.

The contributions are on a voluntary basis, and are not required to attend the service.

Atiyeh, a resident of Raleigh Hills near Beaverton, was in the Legislature 20 years before he was elected in 1978 to the first of two terms as Oregon’s 32nd governor. He died July 20 at age 91. He was the most recent Republican elected governor.

Six speakers, whose names will be released next week, have been lined up for the service.

A public reception will follow the service in the Capitol galleria. There will be light refreshments and a display from the Atiyeh archives, which are maintained by Pacific University.

The family has designated two charities to receive memorial contributions. One is the Atiyeh Archives at Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, Ore. 97116. The other is the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2145 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Ore. 97201.

Atiyeh is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dolores; a son, Tom; a daughter, Suzanne; a brother, Ed, and his wife, Karen, and five grandchildren and three nieces.

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