Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Founder Dr. Bob Smith passed away November 16, 1950. Dr. Bob acheived sobriety on June 10th, 1935, shortly after meeting a New York City business man who recently found a new pathway to sobriety, Bill Wilson. The two men, newly sober sought out to help others suffering from alcoholism which led to the inception and rapid growth of AA. Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps have forged solution for millions of people to recover from Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Co-Dependency and many other ailments! Dr. Bob’s sobriety date is celebrated yearly by AA groups all around the world with the largest celebration being held in Akron, Ohio.
Dr. Bob's Farewell Address in 1950
At the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Founder’s Day in Akron Ohio, Bill Wilson spoke to the large crowd and said “Surely no AA Anniversary may be complete without our affectionately universal recollection of our AA Co-Founder Dr. Bob, for what he is to us and what he did for us all.”
Today is a day to be grateful for Dr. Bob’s life and his service to his fellow man. The solution that Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson started to share with others in 1935 continues to be passed down generation to generation saving millions of lives! In rememberance of Dr. Bob Smith, below are a few historical photos.