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Anne Ripley Smith, Dr. Bob's beloved wife, was a student at Wellesley College when they met;
they were married seventeen years later. Anne was great source of encouragement to the fledgling Fellowship.
All Akron meetings in those days were "open" meetings - following Oxford Group traditions -
and involved family members as well as the alcoholics themselves.
Bob and Anne welcomed the newly recovering alcoholics into their modest home.

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