Bob began drinking in college, and early on he noticed that he could recover from drinking bouts quicker and easier than his classmates and that he never had headaches, which caused him to believe he was an alcoholic from the time he began drinking. After graduation from Dartmouth College in 1902, he worked for three years selling hardware in Boston, Chicago, and Montreal and continued drinking heavily.
Bob S. wanted to be a doctor, and somehow managed to persuade his family to let him pursue that aim. In the fall of 1905, when he was 26 years old, he entered the University of Michigan as a premedical student. By this time drinking had begun to affect him to the point where he began missing classes. His drinking caused him to leave school, but he returned and passed his examinations for his sophomore year. The Dean had had enough of Bob’s drinking escapades and recommended his transfer. Years later this experience would help Dr. Bob to recommending very bad chronic alcoholics over to Ypsilanti State Hospital.
After graduation Dr. Bob S. became a hospital intern, and for two years he was able to stay busy enough to refrain from heavy drinking. He married Anne Robinson Ripley on January 25, 1915, and opened up his own office in Akron, Ohio, specializing in colorectal surgery and returned to heavy drinking. Recognizing his problem, he checked himself into more than a dozen hospitals and sanitariums in an effort to stop his drinking. He was encouraged by the passage of Prohibition in 1919, but soon discovered that the exemption for medicinal alcohol and bootleggers could supply more than enough to continue his excessive drinking. For the next 17 years his life revolved around how to subvert his wife’s efforts to stop his drinking and obtain the alcohol he craved while trying to hold together a medical practice in order to support his family and his drinking.
226 People Through Akron, OH Home of Dr. Bob & Anne
(Partial List of Michigan people)
C., Dr. C.D. 408 Ellery, Jackson, MI -?-
G., James P. 730 E Division St., Cadillac, MI -?-
McC., Leroy 765 Converse, Detroit, MI Alcoholic
Benson, Elmer 860 Taylor, Detroit, MI Non-Alcoholic
R., Phil 1126 Edison, Detroit, MI -?-
T., Archie L. Grosse Point Detroit, MI Alcoholic