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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Mayor Vera Katz

January 29, 2018

Yesterday, Nick attended the celebration of the life and legacy of former Portland Mayor Vera Katz at the Portland Art Museum.

Hundreds of Oregonians gathered to pay their respects. The program included a video and four testimonials.

A former three-term mayor, and the first woman Speaker of the Oregon House, Vera was remembered as a visionary leader who helped to shape modern Portland. Her legacies include the Portland Streetcar, the Eastbank Esplanade, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the River District, and South Waterfront.

Nick was joined by his wife Patricia, son Chapin, and friend Julie Vigeland.

Although Nick and Vera never served together, they traveled together to New York City after 9/11 on the “Flight for Freedom.” Nick especially admired the way she dealt with cancer, as a public official and as a private citizen.

Media

Who’s Who of Oregon Politics Gathers to Celebrate the Life of Former Mayor Vera Katz

Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week

 

Vera Katz Celebrated Sunday at Public Tribute

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Hundreds Turn Out to Celebrate Late Mayor Vera Katz

Lynne Terry in The Oregonian

 

Hundreds Honor Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz at Memorial

Taylor Viydo in KGW News