Stepping Stones Foundation

Bill Wilson as Young Man

Bill’s confidence grew as a high-school student at the Burr and Burton School in nearby Manchester, Vermont, where he emerged as a class leader and eventual senior-class president. But the unexpected death of a beloved girl named Bertha Banford, whom he intended to marry, sunk Bill into a depression so severe that he was unable to graduate. Speaking about this loss years later, Bill wondered how he survived it.