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Ruth Hock

 
Ruth Hock

 

Hock (Crecelius), Ruth - nonalcoholic, native Newark, grew up in a German family, divorced 24; secretary for Hank P. 's Honor Dealers company, came to work Bill & Hank P. in 1936 at 17 William Street Newark; Bill's 1st secretary & office manager 1936-1942; nicknamed ' Dutch ' & ' Duchess '; 1st national A.A. secretary, went without pay for time, typed manuscript of Big Book as Bill dictated, wanted little mention of God in steps & Big Book; Serenity Prayer brought to her 1941; picture appeared Jack Alexander March 1 1941 Saturday Evening Post article; given 5 millionth copy Big Book 50th International Convention Montreal 1985; died spring 1986


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