Bob Smith

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Birthday
8, 1879
Birthplace
St. Johnsbury, VT
Death Date
Nov 16, 1950 (71)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
8, 1879
Birthplace
St. Johnsbury, VT
Death Date
Nov 16, 1950 (71)

About

Referred to as Dr. Bob, he co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous with Bill W.

Before Fame

He began drinking heavily while in college, and continued throughout his professional life, nearly flunking out of the medical program due to alcoholism.

Trivia

His treatments for alcoholism proved ineffective until he met another struggling alcoholic, Bill Wilson, and so the two embarked on a novel attempt to treat addiction.

Family Life

He was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, a New England village, and his parents' strict attendance of religious services formed his aversion to religion in his adult life.

Associated With

He and Bill Wilson de-emphasized religion in the treatment of alcoholism and preferred concrete, practical steps.