Fiskum Involved in Atiyeh Memorial Planning

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Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh's memorial service will be held September 3 in the House Chamber at the state Capitol, following extensive planning by a committee that includes CFM Senior Partner Dave Fiskum.

Speakers at the memorial will include Gerry Thompson, Atiyeh's chief of staff, former Governor Barbara Roberts, Congressman Greg Walden and state Senator Jackie Winters. Atiyeh's two children, Tom Atiyeh and Suzanne E. Atiyeh, will deliver remarks on behalf of the family.

Other presenters at the memorial will include the Right Reverend Michael J. Hanley, the Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, and Chief Delvis Heath of the Warm Springs, Paiute and Wasco Tribes, who will represent Oregon Tribes. Music will be provided by the Pacific University Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Scott L. Tuomi. There also will be participation by units from the Oregon National Guard, Oregon State Police and Boy Scouts of America.

Fiskum worked for Atiyeh during his two terms in office. In 1979, Fiskum started as assistant director for communications for the then-Department of Human Resources. When the governor ran for re-election in 1982, Fiskum served as his press secretary and, after Atiyeh's re-election, served as deputy director of the Department of Economic Development.

"I count it a special privilege to have worked for the governor," Fiskum said. "His administration was marked by an openness and a search for middle ground on tough public policy problems, a trait I admire to this day. The governor's outreach to the Pacific Rim, which earned him the nickname 'Trader Vic,' continues to pay dividends throughout the state."

Governor John Kitzhaber, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek contacted Atiyeh family members to offer legislative courtesies and have cooperated with memorial service planning, Fiskum said.

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