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Pence to honor ex-Gov. Bowen

Gov. Mike Pence will lay a wreath Wednesday at a public memorial in the Indiana Statehouse rotunda for former Gov. Otis R. Bowen.

The Indiana State Police and the National Guard will provide an honor guard at the memorial, which will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Visitors to the memorial may sign a condolences book to pay tribute to the former governor.

Bowen died Saturday at age 95.

Known among Hoosiers for decades as “Doc,” Bowen was a physician 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 from 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.

His funeral is scheduled for Friday in Bremen.

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