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Former Governor Bowen Passes Away

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide be flown at half-staff to honor former Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen, who passed away Saturday [ May 4] at the Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson, Indiana, at the age of 95. The Governor's Office say flags should be flown at half-staff for seven days from his passing, through Saturday, May 11. Governor Pence also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff to honor Governor Bowen for his service to Indiana and the nation.
Upon his return from military service in World War Two, Governor Bowen started a private medical practice in Bremen, and was first elected to public office in 1952 as Marshall County Coroner. A Republican, he served as Indiana's 44th Governor from 1973 to 1981, and was the state's first Governor since 1851 to serve two consecutive terms in office. Governor Pence says Governor Bowen advanced historic improvements to Indiana's state park and recreation system, helping to create five new state parks.
President Ronald Reagan nominated him to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary Bowen would lead that government agency until January 20, 1989, when President Reagan left office. Bowen eventually returned to Bremen.
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