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Area leaders remember Bowen

Indiana government and political leaders issued tributes Sunday to former Gov. Otis “Doc” Bowen, who died Saturday:

“Gov. Bowen represented the best of what we look for in our public officials. His wisdom, humility and practical problem-solving approach to governing helped make Indiana, and our nation, better. He was one of the people in Indiana politics who inspired me to get involved in public service and run for office. He will be missed.

– Former Fort Wayne

Mayor Paul Helmke

“Doc Bowen was the best example of public leader in our state and nation because of his demeanor, intellect, wisdom and range of abilities that brought achievement and success to everything he did. Whether it was a call from a patient, a constituent, or his country, Doc could not refuse to serve.

“It was my privilege to be a partner with him for decades as we made progress of good governance in achieving Unigov for Indianapolis, selecting federal judicial leaders and advancing exciting reforms during the Reagan Administration.

“I am deeply saddened by his passing. My sympathy is with his friends and family. Pride and respect are the feelings we shall embrace from the life and work of Otis Bowen.”

– Former Sen. Richard

Lugar, R-Ind.

“Indiana lost a humble giant whose soft spoken, yet firm convictions influenced many Hoosiers, including me. The good doctor and good governor will long be remembered as an example of political leadership and human decency. Marsha and I extend our condolences and also our gratitude for his shining example of a life well-lived.”

– Sen. Dan Coats,


“Gov. Otis Bowen was a man of integrity, an esteemed public servant and a lifelong leader. Hoosiers will always be proud of Gov. Bowen’s work for our nation and our great state, including his service in uniform during World War II. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carol, his children and grandchildren.”

– Rep. Marlin

Stutzman, R-3rd

“Governor Bowen was an iconic Hoosier leader whose public service spanned four decades. He is revered because of his memorable accomplishments as our Governor, especially property tax reform, but also because he never forgot his small town roots. He was a great man, he was a humble man and he was a Hoosier through and through. There will never be another one like him.”

– State Senate

President Pro Tem

David Long,

R-Fort Wayne

“The impact of Gov. Bowen’s governance will, for generations, have a lasting, positive impact upon Indiana. … Gov. Bowen will be remembered as the first Indiana governor to bring under control increasing property tax burdens thrust upon Hoosiers.

“Gov. Bowen also brought national honor and respect for our state by serving as a member of President Reagan’s cabinet. Forever, Gov. Bowen will be an Indiana icon.”

– Allen County

Republican Party

Chairman Steve Shine