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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Former Governor Otis R. Bowen died Saturday at age 95.
Bowen overhauled Indianaâ€™s tax system as governor, before helping oversee the federal response to the burgeoning AIDS epidemic during President Ronald Reaganâ€™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 Bowenâ€™s hometown of Bremen. He didnâ€™t disclose the cause of death.
â€śGovernor Otis R. Bowenâ€™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,â€ť Pence said.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said Bowen was a man respected for his wisdom.
â€śIf you look back on the last few governors, many have sought his advice or counsel in some form,â€ť he said. â€śThat speaks to his character and his leadership as governor.â€ť
Daniel said that, while he never met Bowen, his reputation was towering.
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