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BOW, Stephen Tyler 80, the Father of the highly successful campaign "Its Great in Dayton" died on 9-11-12 in Northern California. In '77, Bow came to Dayton as a Senior Vice President and Officer in Charge of the newly formed Met Life Midwestern Corporate Headquarters along I-75 in Springboro. Bow fell in love with the city and felt it had so much to offer. He commissioned a song be written with a catchy tune that was played on radio and TV on a regular basis. Billboards went up along with bumper stickers, t-shirts etc. ---even fashionable ties, with the slogan could be found on virtually every executive and politician for many years! Steve Bow always said he loved Dayton more than any city he had lived in, he even found and married his wife, the former Kathy-O'Connor. She is the daughter of long time Dayton Police Chief, Grover O'Connor. Kathy O'Connor was a Newscaster with WING Radio and WDTN-TV-2. She has been inducted in the Dayton Broadcast Hall of Fame as a Pioneer of women in broadcasting. Steve had a very successful 37 year career with Met life, retiring in San Francisco then was tapped CEO Kentucky Blue Cross Blue Shield. Bow was the Co -Founder of ANTHEM BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD, now one of the largest Health Insurer's in the nation. He was a principal in the Merger and Public Offering , along with Ben Lytle, the CEO of the Indiana Blues and Ohio's Blue Cross Blue Shield merged soon after. Bow, leaves his widow Kathy, and his twin sons Jonathan Stephen and Jarod Bow, their wives Corrine and Leslie Bow and 5 grandsons: Jaxon Tyler, Brandon, Connor, Tyler and Roderick Bow. The families all reside in Northern California. Graveside Service 9-17-12 at Newcastle Cemetery, Newcastle, California. Donations in lieu of flowers to: Lewy Body Dementia Foundation, 912 Killian Road SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30047, Attn: Becky Dennis or Women 4 Women, 323 W. Boradway St., Ste 502, Louisville, Kentucky, 40202, Attn: Cissy Musselman.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Sept. 17, 2012