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Otis Ray Bowen

Physician , politician

Otis BOWEN, American physician and politician. Award, Ind; Award, American Medical Association; other awards; Republican.


BOWEN, Otis was born on February 26, 1918 in Fulton Company, Indiana, United States. Son of Vemie Bowen and Pearl Bowen (nee Wright).


Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Indiana University, 1939. Doctor of Medicine, Indiana University, 1942. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Indiana University.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Anderson College, 1973. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Valparaiso University, 1973. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Butler University, 1973.

Doctor of Laws, South Carolina University Medical Center, 1986. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Vincennes University. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Tri-State College.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Calumet College. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Evansville. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Indiana University, 1987.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Indiana State University. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Ball State University. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Notre Dame.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Rose-Hulman Institute. Honorary Doctor of Laws, St. Joseph College. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Calumet Campus of Purdue University.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Manchester College. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Hanover College. Honorary Doctor of Laws, St. Mary's College.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Bethel College. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Marian College. Doctor of Laws( honorary), University Maryland, Baltimore, 1987.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Baylor University, 1987. LL.D (honorary)degree, Wabash University, 1987. LL.D (honorary)degree, New York University Medical College, 1987.


Intern, Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana, 1942-1943. Practice general medicine Bremen, 1946-1972. Past member staff Bremen Community Hospital, Parkview Hospital, Plymouth, Indiana, St. Joseph's and Memorial Hospital, South Bend, St. Joseph Hospital, Mishawaka, Indiana.

Clinical professor family medicine School Medicine, Indiana University, 1976-1985. Coroner Marshall County, Indiana, 1952-1956. Member Indiana House of Representatives, 1956-1958, 60-72, minority leader, 1965-1967, speaker of house, 1967-1972, vice chairman legislation council Indiana, 1967-1968, chairman, 1970-1972.

Governor State of Indiana, 1973-1981. Member staff department family medicine Long Hospital, Indianapolis, 1981-1985. Member Council State Governments, 1973-1981, member executive committee.

Secretary United States Department Health & Human Services, Washington, 1985—1989. Member Education Commission States, 1973-1981, chairman-elect, 1976-1977, chairman, 1977-1978. Member Midwest Governors Conference, 1973-1981, vice chairman, 1977-1978, chairman, 1978.

Member Republican Governors Conference, 1973-1981, chairman, 1978. Member National Governors Conference, 1973-1981, chairman, 1979. Past chairman committee on crime reduction public safety, member energy committee.

Past member President's Commission Federal Paperwork, President's Commission Science and Technology. Member President's Commission Federalism, 1981-1982. Past chairman Interstate Mining Commission.

Past medical services director Marshall County Civil Defense. Member Midwest Governors Great Lakes Caucus. Former member advisory committee on curricula Vincennes University.

Honorary director Center for Public Service, Anderson College. Chairman Advisory Council Social Security, 1982. Chairman advisory council BACCHUS, 1979-1985.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to medical journals.


Past trustee Ancilla College. Trustee Valparaiso University, 1978-1985. Past member advisory council United Student Aid Fund.

Member advisory board Indianapolis chapter Fellowship Christian Athletes. Member, past chairman Lutheran School Board, Bremen. Past vice president congregation, past finance board chairman St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bremen.

Board governors Riley Memorial Association, 1981-1985. Board directors Greater Indianapolis Council Alcoholism, 1982-1985, Lilly Endowment Inc. Served from 1st lieutenant to captain Medical Corps, Army of the United States, 1943-1946, PTO. Member American Medical Association (Doctor Benjamin Rush award 1973), Indiana Medical Association (legis commission 1958-1971, 13th district councilor 1965-1971), 13th District Medical Association (past president), Marshall County Medical Association (past president), American General Practice Association, Indiana General Practice Association, 13th District General Practice Association, Farm Bureau, Marshall County Tuberculosis Society (past vice president), Bremen Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Pi, Delta Chi (Delta Chi of Year 1986).

Clubs: Kiwanis (past president, George F. Hixon award 1987).


  • Other Interests

    Collecting quotes, fishing, watching baseball, basketball, football and racing.


Married Elizabeth A. Steinmann, February 25, 1939 (deceased January 1981). Children: Richard H., Judith I. McGrew, Timothy R., Robert O. Married Rose May Hochstetler, September 26, 1981 (deceased January 1992), Carol Hahn, February 1993.

Vernie Bowen

Pearl (Wright) Bowen

Elizabeth A. Steinmann

Rose May Hochstetler

Richard H. Bowen

Judith I. McGrew Bowen

Timothy R. Bowen

Robert O. Bowen