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  Ex-Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen dies
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 05, 2013 12:09pm
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AuthorAssociated Press
News DateSunday, May 5, 2013 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOtis R. Bowen, a small-town family doctor who overhauled Indiana’s tax system as governor before helping promote safe sex practices in the early years of AIDS as the top federal health official under President Reagan, died Saturday. He was 95.

In a statement Sunday, Gov. Mike Pence said Bowen died Saturday. He did not disclose the cause of death.

“Governor Otis R. Bowen’s contributions to the life of this state and nation are incalculable, and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss. His story is as inspiring as it is uniquely Hoosier,” Pence said.

Bowen, known among Hoosiers for decades as “Doc,” was a doctor in the northern Indiana town of Bremen when he first was elected to office in 1952 as Marshall County coroner, starting a political rise that saw him become a wildly popular Republican governor during 1973 to 1981.

He became secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1985, taking charge of the federal government’s response to the spread of AIDS after the Reagan administration had been criticized by activists for a slow initial response.
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