By Joan Zieger
For a few cause, we alcoholics appear to have the present of deciding upon the world's best ladies. So acknowledged Alcoholics nameless cofounder Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith (better recognized to hundreds of thousands of AA's as Dr. Bob). talking on to his spouse Anne, Dr. Bob used to be additionally in some way addressing the extreme function performed by way of girls initially, development, and carrying on with power of Alcoholics nameless. This booklet profiles a few of these awesome women--women like Anne Smith herself, as a rule credited with being the 1st to acknowledge and foster the non secular strength that handed among invoice W. And Dr. Bob, later embodied within the Twelve Steps; the liked Lois Wilson, spouse of AA cofounder invoice Wilson and herself the founding father of Al-Anon; Nancy O'D., one of many first girls to sober up in AA within the long island quarter; and Ruth Hock, the dedicated, indefatigable, and infrequently unpaid contributor to the arrangements for the book of the e-book Alcoholics nameless. right here we see the demanding situations those ladies and others confronted, in addition to the feats of personality and flashes of genius that carried them via. a glance into the lives of those girls, jam-packed with the spirit and religion underlying their distinct accomplishments, this ebook is additionally a tribute to their incalculable contributions to the luck of the Twelve Step restoration application.
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Hall did have a prospect, a lawyer who had been in the hospital six times in the last four months and now lay strapped down to his bed because he had gone on a drunken rampage the night before and roughed up some nurses. Dr. " Page 13 "Yes, I know," replied Dr. Bob. The two men talked with the patient, Bill D. (Dotson), whom they found in a state of hopelessness and despair over his inability to stop drinking. He was ready, and they reached him with their message. He became "AA No. 3" and remained sober the rest of his life, a much-loved and respected member.
Another Akron early-timer. , who came in 1937 at age thirty-two, remembered that he, too, spent a lot of time with Anne. "She had a quiet, soft way of making you feel at home. I shared a good many of my life problems with her. She read the Bible to me and counseled me. She tried to keep things simple, too. I told her about being nervous and demoralized. She gave Page 15 me a couple of phrases to say whenever I got downhearted or confused or frustrated. , on a business trip, was able to stop over to visit with Dr.
Henrietta grew up in El Paso, Texas, where her father was judge of the common pleas court. A. degree from Vassar College, majoring in music with a minor in psychology. In Texas, she met and married John Frederick "Fred" Seiberling, son of Akron's rubber industry magnate, Frank A. Seiberling. Each of the three women became dedicated in the 1930s to helping deliver alcoholics from their dreadful disease. It all started with a series of momentous events in Akron during the earliest months of 1933.