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Lois Wilson

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Lois Wilson: Co-founder of Al-Anon

Lois Burnham Wilson is best known as being the founder of Al-Anon, a support group for the friends and family of alcoholics. She was the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill (W.) Wilson. Lois's family were illustrious members of our Brooklyn Church and national denomination.  Her father, Clark, was a prominent surgeon and gynecologist.  Her grandfather, N.C., was a minister who served pastorates in Ohio (while Johnny Appleseed was then living in Fort Wayne, IN), Pennsylvania and New York State including what is now the New York New Church in Manhattan. 

Lois was born into affluence in Brooklyn Heights. Abraham Lincoln's grandchildren were playmates of her siblings when they were young. The schools she attended in youth tended to be Quaker in nature and when very young attended a new form of preschool at the Pratt Institute called a Kindergarten. 

Lois Wilson was one of the 20th century's most important women through her useful service to humanity. It is through her tireless efforts and vision that Al-Anon is the strong organization it is today and why it continues to attract members through its message of hope and renewal. In the 1970's, the Swedenborg Church declared Lois Wilson a honorary life-long member of the church. More about the Al-Anon Family Groups can be seen on their website at www.al-anon.alateen.org.

"I believe that people are good if you give them half a chance and that good is more powerful than evil. The world seems to me excruciatingly,almost painfully beautifulat times, and the goodness and kindness of people often exceed that which even I expect."

- Lois Burnham Wilson