The Great Spirit looked down from heaven upon the suffering and
wandering of his red children...He saw the ravages of firewater, He
therefore raised up for them a sacred instructor, who having lived and
traveled among them for sixteen years was called from his labors to enjoy
eternal felicity with the Great Spirit.
Serenely remarking to his attendant, "I think this is it," Dr. Bob
passed out of our sight and hearing November 16, 1950 at
the alcoholic ward in St.
Thomas his friends did,
however, erect this simple plaque. It reads: "In Gratitude: The friends of
Dr. Bob and Anne Smith affectionately dedicate this memorial to the
sisters and staff of St. Thomas
Akron, birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous, St.
Thomas Hospital became the first religious institution ever to open its doors to
our society. May the loving devotion of those who labored here in our
pioneering time be a bright and wondrous example of God's grace
everlastingly set before us all."
"Language of the Heart" pg. 354 &
say: "With tireless devotion and humility, this venerable Indian gentlemen
traveled thousands of miles humbly pleading for sobriety. He planted many
seeds, and it will be many moons before another rises to walk in his
Big Book Third Edition pg.
Grandfather may I walk with humility in both