2014-07-21 07:44:00 by Metro Networks, Inc.
(Portland, OR) -- Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh is dead at age 91. A family spokesperson says Atiyeh died around 8:15 last night at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland after suffering from complications of renal failure. Atiyeh, who was a Republican, served as governor from 1979 to 1987 and steered Oregon through a severe recession in the early 1980s. Current Governor John Kitzhaber says Atiyeh was a "mentor and a friend."