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* W.W. - Yale University proposed initials conveying honorary Doctor Laws degree to protect Bill's anonymity (H 206-207) (P 313)

* Wade - Akron, early user of telephone to stay sober (D 146)

* Wallace, Herb - friend Bill's before A.A. started; had Bill take public speaking course (L 130) (P 173)

* Wally G. - early Akron A.A., wife Annabelle G.; co-sponsored Ty M. from Milwaukee with Dr. Bob; daughter went King school, checked out to start A.A. meetings, his story "Fired Again" in 1st edition (A 11, 91) (D 119-21, 140-1, 147, 177-8, 213, 219, 223, 254, 289, 290) (P 266) (BB1 325-331)

* Walter B. - wife Marie; 1st alcoholic Dr. Bob & Sister Ignatia admit St. Thomas Hospital August 16 1939; notorious alcoholic & regular consumer paregoric (over counter opiate), Sister Ignatia labeled problem acute gastritis; joined A.A. September 1939, story "The Back-Slider" in 1st ed of Big Book (BB1 265-273) (D 106) (H 374) (S 14, 16, 122, 146)

* Walter C. - got sober reading manuscript in Toledo state hosp., went 12 Step with Bob (brother of Edith M.) Bob told 12 Step himself (D 253,257)

* Walter P. - writer Bill contacted Towns Hospital, took home try sober up (B 233)

* Walter W. - alcoholic, wife Nona W. alcoholic, early A.A.'s, friends Sister Francis who invited to Joy Farm starting A.A.'s contact Sister Francis (L 122)

* Warren C. - joined A.A. July 1939, caused debate because not hospitalized, 12 stepped by Clarence S. (D 102, 109-10, 158-70, 203, 209-10, 241, 261-2, 264) (N 236)

* Warren T. - wife Alice; early San Francisco A.A., 1st member employed as alcoholic specialist by industry -Kaiser shipyard, assisted in starting 1st A.A. penitentiary group; worked with wife persuade top management 1 America's leading railroads to help alcoholic employees; died 1957 (A 88-90)

* Watson, E. B. - 1902 class president Dartmouth, Dr. Bob's class (D 19)

* Watson, Professor - wrote letter 1958 A.A. General Service Office about Dr. Bob (D 19, 23)

* Weaver, Marion - non A.A. office worker in mid 1940's, typed the Traditions (P 321)

* Weber, Delphine - friend Henrietta Seiberling, Oxford Group member, late 1932 called Henrietta in reference to Dr. Bob's drinking (D 57) (N 31)

* Weekes, Dr. Frances - psychiatrist Bill saw in late 1940's (P 335)

* Wes P. - chaired host committee 1970 International Convention Miami Beach; raised $10,000 local groups to provide complimentary coffee -consumed end 1st day (G 106)

* Wes W. - lived Wilson's basement; day before died of cancer asked Russ R. bottle Johnnie Walker Scotch Black Label (L 119) (P 165, 166)

* West - nonalcoholic friend, accountant of West & Flint & Co, lifelong associate Willard S. Richardson, saw Works Publishing properly incorporated, personally audited it since beginning 1938, turned over then Wilbur S. (A 188)

* West, Mae - American actress known for her portrayals of defiantly sexy women of lost virtue and irreverent wit (BB3 386)

* Whalon, Mark - Bill's nickname for him was 'my friend postman', Bill's closest childhood friend, met spring or early summer 1908, 10 years older, sort of uncle or father to Bill, worked summer jobs together, helped string 1st telephone lines into East Dorset, hunted & fished together, shared interest Vermont history, drank together; died 1956 (B 42-43) (D 91) (L 32) (N 11, 16) (P 22, 49, 50-1, 84, 336, 364, 403) (W 141)

* Wheeler, Arthur - nickname 'Artie', son of president American Can Company, hard drinker, introduced Bill to Frank Winans the Chicago banker, April 8 1932 the three formed long term speculative syndicate based on Bill not taking even 1 drink, Bill drank Jersey Lighting applejack middle May 1932 (A 56) (B 180-181) (L 83) (P 90-91) (BB3 5u)

* Wilbur "Bur" S. - outside accountant for headquarters office, took over from Mr. West (A 189) (G 140)

* Wilbur S. - friend Wilson's, wife Ruth S., drove them see Stepping Stones;  (L 133)

* Wilkie, Wendell - American industrialist and political leader, unsuccessful US presidential candidate 1940, present February 1940 Rockefeller's A.A. dinner (A 184) (B 296) (H 62)

* 'Will' - grandfathers nickname Bill, see "Bill W."

* Williams, Clarace - wife T. Henry Williams, nonalcoholic, daughter Dorothy; friend Dr. Bob's wife, held Oxford Group meeting in their house (A 19, 75, 141) (C 28, 44, 123) (D 57-8, 100, 108, 141, 157-8, 161, 165, 167, 208, 217, 219) (L 104) (P 145, 146) (S 31) (BB3 160u, 291u)

* Williams, Dorothy - daughter Clarace & T. Henry Williams (P 145)

* Williams, Roger - T. Williams was direct descendant of this founder Rhode Island & champion religious freedom in colonial America (P 145)

* Williams, T. Henry - wife Clarace daughter Dorothy; native Connecticut; came Akron 1915; direct descendant Roger Williams; well-to-do inventor, Oxford Group member, held Wednesday night Oxford Group meetings home until 1954; lost job chief engineer at National Rubber Machine Company in reorganization spring 1935; looked like alcoholic; stood by Dr. Bob worst of times (A 19, 75f, 141, 145) (C 44, 123) (D 57-58, 69, 79, 87, 100-1, 106, 108, 112, 121-2, 124, 130, 132, 137-8, 141-2, 144, 147, 155, 157-8, 161-2, 165, 208, 212, 217-9, 231, 252) (H 142, 357, 359) (L 104) (N 40, 55) (P 145, 146, 171, 180, 243n) (S 31) (BB3 160u, 291u)

* 'Willie' - Dr. Bob's nickname for Bill; Bill's grandmother's name for "Bill W."

* Wilson, Barbara - Lois's sister, maid honor wedding; worked Baylis & Co. introduced Bill there (B 111, 137)

* Wilson, Bill - see "Bill W."

* Wilson, Christine - Bill's step mother (P 80, 329, 360, 362)

* Wilson, Clifford - pall bearer Bertha Bamford, Bill's childhood sweetheart (P 36)

* Wilson, Dorothy Brewster - Bill's younger sister, called 'Dot', married Dr. Leonard Strong Jr., they helped pay Bill's hospitalization (B vi, 11, 188) (L 13, 86) (N 10) (P 15, 35) (W 139)

* Wilson, Dr. Emily Griffith - Bill's mother, born 1870; divorced Bill's father when Bill age 11; went osteopathic school in Boston after divorce; helped pay Bill's Town's hospitalization; refused nomination in Who's Who America; eccentric, kept no books, guest 1955 Intentional Convention St. Louis; died wealthy May 15 1961 at nursing home Dobbs Ferry New York age 91, buried East Dorset cemetery Griffin family plot, 2nd husband died June 1936 (B 12, 41, 188) (G 37, 39, 99) (L 13, 106) (N 10) (P 13-6, 19, 20, 22-5, 27-8, 40, 44-5, 75, 85, 288-90, 291, 324n, 329, 335, 350, 358, 380, 387) (W 139) (BB3 7u)

* Wilson, Family - Bill's family (picture) (P 41)

* Wilson, Gilman Barrows - Bill's father, born 1870, called 'Gilly', deserted family 1905, quarryman heavy drinker not alcoholic, became manager Marblehead Quarries, Canadian Marble Works Ltd., married Christine Bock; died February 14, 1954 (B 9, 12) (L 15, 22) (N 10) (P 14-5, 17, 22-4, 25, 42, 43, 80, 329, 336, 360, 362-3, 380) (W 137, 139)

* Wilson, Helen - Bill's 1/2 sister born 1916, lived with Wilson's awhile in Bedford Hills; married Ralph R., got 1st paid job in subscription department Grapevine (G 36) (L 139, 176) (P 80, 263, 321, 330, 335, 336)

* Wilson, Lois Burnham - Bill's wife, attended well known Pratt Institute Brooklyn, Friends school, graduated Packer Institute Brooklyn 1912, 2 years New York School Fine & Applied Arts; worked Central Branch YWCA Brooklyn, taught at her aunt Marion's school 1917 for 1 year; worked Brooklyn Naval Hospital; studied Braille & transcribed several stories Saturday Evening Post; opened tea arbor summer 1915, engaged fall 1915 married Bill January 24 1918; worked Macy's department $22.50 week plus 1% commission while Bill drank, attended 3 Oxford Group house parties with Bill; picture appeared Jack Alexander March 1 1941 Saturday Evening Post article; she died October 5 1988, 97 years old, buried October 10, 1988 East Dorset Vermont (A 11, 46, 54, 61, 173, 179, 187, 228f) (B 82, 84-85, 99, 111, 132, 142-143) (C 4, 8) (D 70-1, 77-9, 87, 90-1, 99, 107, 152, 168, 177-8, 208, 210, 212, 216, 235) (G 1, 3, 31, 54, 83) (H 198, 283, 354) (L 1, 4, 12-14, 22, 74, 114, 130, 156) (N 41) (P 27, 38, 39-40, 48, 55-9, 72-6, 77, 78, 81-4, 86-92, 95, 96, 98, 99, 104-6, 108, 109, 111, 116, 117, 119, 120, 122n, 125, 127, 131, 134, 135, 136, 144, 146, 147, 152, 158, 161-9, 174-7, 197, 200. 212-22, 228, 229, 237, 238, 239, 241, 247, 248, 251, 255, 259, 260, 262, 263, 264, 267, 270-2, 274n, 275, 278, 279, 281, 283, 286-91, 293, 294, 313, 321, 324n, 327-330, 335, 337, 360-361, 371, 372, 381, 393, 395, 400, 401, 402, 403) (W 145-147)

* Wilson, 'Widow ' - Bill's grandmother, ran Wilson House hotel (P 13, 42)

* Wilson, Woodrow - US president, Bill's family may have been related (P 15, 39)

* Winans, Frank - Chicago banker, April 8 1932 formed long term speculative syndicate with Bill & Arthur Wheeler based on Bill not taking even 1 drink, middle May 1932 Bill drank Jersey Lighting applejack (A 56) (B 180-181) (L 83) (P 90-91) (BB3 5u, ?138u)

* Windows, Ray - close friend Dr. Bob's daughter age 12, Sue's first beau & 2nd husband, married her December 19 1975, died August 3 1989 (C 11-12, 85, 95) (D 93, 106)

* Windows, Sue - born February 15 1918, Smith's adopted her in 1923, married 24 years to Ernie G. A.A. #4 autumn 1935, married Ray Windows December 19 1975, age 48 start drink (1966), helped type stories Big Book read it 36 years after published, Dr. Bob's nickname 'T.' after character Hortensia Twitchbottom (A 6, 68) (C 2, 11-13, 52, 80-81, 128) (D 10, 15, 30, 35-7, 43-4, 50, 60, 69, 71-2, 74, 80, 87, 91, 93-4, 98, 105-7, 115, 126, 132, 154, 290, 297, 311-2, 318, 321, 344) (E 14) (L 77, 96) (N 316) (P 76n, 140, 152, 155, 336) (S 31)

* Wing, Nell - nonalcoholic executive secretary, assistant Bill, worked General Service Office March 3 1947-1982, secretary receptionist, secretary A.A. World Services Inc Board, General Service Conference duties, publications editor; heard about A.A. while attending Keuka College central New York State in Sept 1939 reading article 'Alcoholics & God' in Liberty magazine, nonconformist, met Bill March 4 1947; began archival activity 1957, General office archivist 1971-1982; retired 1982; at International Convention Seattle 1990 given 10 millionth copy Big Book, (D 81) (E 21) (G ix, 1, 5-7, 90, 93, 101-102, 113, 121) (L 166) (N xii, 252) (P 293, 294, 357, 364, 371, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403) (S 29) (W 182)

* 'Woman' - Dr. Bob's nickname student nurses (D 48)

* Wood, John E. F. - young attorney recruited for legal work establishing Alcoholic Foundation, 1 1st nonalcoholic member Alcoholic Foundation (A 151-152) (E 18) (H 61) (P 188)

* Wright Brothers - proved ideas about flying machines (P 31) (BB3 51-2)

* Wright, J. Carroll - sent Bill & Dr. Bob prospects, minister Presbyterian Church that Smith's attended, asked them not attend, causing friction due alcoholics, due to this Bob joined Dr. Tunks' Episcopalian Church (C 127) (D 77, 119)

* Wylie, Mrs. - owner Blythewood Sanitarium, let A.A. meeting hold there (A 18-9) (L 127) (P 216)

* Wylie, Philip - wrote article "Philip Wylie Jabs a Little Needle into Complacency", said he was alcoholic quit solo (H 97-9)

* Wynn L - story "Freedom From Bondage" appears in 2nd and 3rd editions of Big Book (BB2 553-62) (BB3 544-53)


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