Portion of Olive St. will be designated for AA co-founder
Each year, thousands travel to Akron to recognize Dr. Bob Smith for co-founding Alcoholics Anonymous.
This year, Akron will thank Dr. Bob in a special way — by naming part of a street after him.
Akron City Council on Monday voted to designate the section of Olive Street from North Main Street to North Howard Street ”Dr. Bob’s Way.” This section of Olive is on the north end of St. Thomas Hospital, which featured the first hospital specialty unit to treat alcoholism as a medical condition.
The street designation will help celebrate the 75th anniversary of AA starting in Akron on June 10.
”I think it’s a good piece of legislation and a good way to honor Dr. Bob,” said Councilman Jeff Fusco. Summit County
Councilwoman Ilene Shapiro urged Please see Dr. Bob, council members to redesignate the street and create a historical marker. ”I think it’s a lovely tribute to his memory,” she said.
The city didn’t want to rename Olive because of the inconvenience this would cause to St. Thomas staff who have documents printed with the current street name, said Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth. Signs with the new designation will be added on Olive at Main, Howard and Schiller Avenue after a ceremony June 14 at St. Thomas.
By Stephanie Warsmith, Beacon Journal staff writer, Published on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.