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12:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Funeral for Former Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen is Friday

Flags are flying at half-staff at state facilities across Indiana in honor of former Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen.  

Bowen died Saturday at a northern Indiana nursing home.  He was 95.

Bowen was Indiana’s 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 after the Reagan administration had been criticized by activists for a slow initial response.

In between the two government posts, Bowen was a clinical professor of family medicine at his alma mater, the Indiana University School of Medicine.   He also was a former speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives.

The funeral  for Otis Bowen will be held Friday in his hometown of Bremen, Indiana.