Remembering Gov. Vic Atiyeh: 'A great Oregonian'

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon's 32nd Governor Victor Atiyeh passed away at age 91, according to a news release made by Gov. Kitzhaber Sunday evening.

Victor George Atiyeh was born Feb. 20, 1923 in Portland Ore.

A spokesperson with St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland says Atiyeh died of complications from renal failure.

Gov. Vic Atiyeh was the last Republican to serve as governor of Oregon - from 1979 to 1987.

Kitzhaber released this statement about Atiyeh's death Sunday evening:

"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."

Watch an interview with Gov. Atiyeh below that was recorded before the 2010 election.