From the September 2019 magazine.

"Dr. Bob? One minute please"

Answering late night calls at St. Thomas Hospital, she was helping alcoholics way before she knew she was one

I was born in 1926 and raised in Akron, Ohio. I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous at a very early age. As a child, I heard of a man, a neighbor in Akron, who had stopped drinking and was going to some meetings with other men who were sober. 

When World War II broke out, many men went into military service. Women took their place in factories and young women began working in offices. That’s how I became employed part-time late in my sophomore year of high school at St. Thomas Hospital as a switchboard operator. I quickly became a Jill-of-all-trades, including cashier, elevator operator and admissions clerk at this hospital, which was at the center of AA’s earliest days.

-- Rose Gracie S.

Monroe, Michigan

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