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FORMER GOVERNOR: Leaders mourn Bowen’s passing

May 6, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Governor Otis R. Bowen died Saturday at age 95.

Bowen overhauled Indiana’s tax system as governor, before helping oversee the federal response to the burgeoning AIDS epidemic during President Ronald Reagan’s second term.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement Sunday that Bowen died Saturday at a nursing home in Donaldson, a community about 25 miles south of South Bend that is near Bowen’s hometown of Bremen. He didn’t 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.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said Bowen was a man respected for his wisdom.

“If you look back on the last few governors, many have sought his advice or counsel in some form,” he said. “That speaks to his character and his leadership as governor.”

Daniel said that, while he never met Bowen, his reputation was towering.

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