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(#1616) Bob S, Jr (Memphis, TN)
5/3/2003 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 13th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: Al-Anon, Male, Story

Bob S, Jr "Smitty", was the only son, and only natural child, of the co-founder of AA, Dr. Bob S.

Anne and Dr. Bob did adopt a girl, Sue. She ended life as Sue Windows February 9, 2002, a little over a year before this talk.

Smitty died less than a year after this talk April 22, 2004.

His entry on the Barefoot's World website reads in part:

"Robert "Bob" "Smitty" Ripley Smith II, born June 5, 1918, the last eyewitness of the start of Alcoholics Anonymous, died of congestive heart failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. about 5 o'clock Thursday evening, April 22, 2004.

"Smitty," his nickname in youth and later at recovery gatherings worldwide, was the only son of Anne Smith and Akron, Ohio physician Dr. Bob Smith. Then teenagers, young Bob and sister Sue were there on Mother's day 1935 when his father, Dr. Bob, met one time New York stock analyst Bill Wilson for the first time."

But according to an interview with Sue, she was NOT there at Henrietta Siberling's house when Bill and Dr. Bob met. She was waiting at home til after midnight for Dr. Bob, Anne and Smitty to come back.

Bob S, Jr "Smitty"

(45 min) (15.5 MB) (id#1616)