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Bethel Community Mourns Loss of Dr. Otis Bowen, M.D.

Dr. Otis Bowen, M.D., former Indiana governor, Bethel honorary trustee and medical doctor, died Saturday, May 4. He was 95.

“The entire Bethel College community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Indiana Governor Dr. Otis Bowen.  Dr. Bowen has been wonderful friend to Bethel College for many years and has honored the college as an honorary trustee and allowing our library to bear his name, to also contain a museum of his life and become the repository for many of his official documents. Both Carol and he have been a source of quiet encouragement for the Bethel College family. The state of Indiana, the Michiana area, the Bremen community and Bethel College have been greatly enriched by his service and care. We will be upholding his family in our prayers.”

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.