Dr Bob

January 22, 2011 by staff 

Dr Bob, Robert Holbrook Smith (August 8, 1879 – November 16, 1950) was an American physician and surgeon who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous with Bill Wilson, commonly known as Bill W. He was also known as Dr. Bob [1]. Was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where he grew up, Susan A. Holbrook and Walter Perrin Smith. [2] After graduation from Dartmouth College in 1902, he completed his medical degree at Rush Medical College. Smith was married to Anne Ripley Smith, who played a vital role in the development of the 12 steps of AA. Smith co-founded the restoration of Alcoholics Anonymous with Bill Wilson in 1935 in Akron, Ohio.

Wilson has called Smith the “Prince of the Twelfth Steppers” because he voluntarily helped more than 5,000 alcoholics. In addition, he was in his house that AA’s basic ideas were developed. [Citation needed] Many AA ideas developed initially in an offshoot of the then-popular band from Oxford, who was a Christian movement. Smith said that AA’s basic ideas came from their Bible study, steps, essentially intended [citation needed] Although Bill Wilson had helped other alcoholics with little success or not, AA would have started in June “love and service.” 10, 1935. This was the day “Dr. Bob” had his last bottle of beer, watched by Bill Wilson, stabilize his hands for surgery. [Citation needed] In applying the spiritual solution of the 12 steps and work with other alcoholics, Smith was able to stay sober for 10 June 1935 until his death in 1950 of colon cancer

AA Traditions recommend that AA members maintain their anonymity in the media, in the spirit of place “principles before personalities.” Members generally refer to themselves publicly, if any, for the first and last initials only. After the death of 1971 AA cofounder Bill W. and the publication of his name in the obituaries, the General Service Conference of AA has stated “AA is generally believed that n is not wise to break the anonymity of a member even after his death, but in each situation the ultimate decision must rest with the family. “(See for more information.) This was the case with” Dr. Bob “, who died shortly after the formal adoption of the Twelve Traditions of First International AA Convention in 1950. [via wikipedia]

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