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DR.  SAMUEL ROSS Jr. Obituary
DR. SAMUEL ROSS JR. Dr. Samuel B. Ross Jr. passed away peacefully February 28, 2018, at the home of his son, at the age of 89. Known to many by his childhood nickname, "Rollo," he leaves a remarkable imprint on the nonprofit world and the lives of hundreds of children and families. Dr. Ross founded Green Chimneys, a nonprofit school and human services agency providing education, residential treatment, and animal-assisted and nature-based therapeutic programs for children with special needs. Inspired by his own boarding school experiences and a genuine devotion to animals, Ross established the Green Chimneys School for Little Folk in 1947, at just 19 years old, on a small dairy farm in Brewster, New York. A few years later, his wife, Myra, was with him every step of the way, joining his vision upon their marriage in 1954. Dr. Ross was widely recognized as a leader and innovator in therapeutic education and treatment for children with special needs. His book, "The Extraordinary Spirit of Green Chimneys: Connecting Children and Animals to Create Hope," is both a personal memoir and chronicle of how Green Chimneys came to be. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, and received a Masters in Early Childhood Education from New York University. He later received his Ph.D. in human services administration from the Union Institute and University. Dr. Ross held an honorary doctorate from Salem College and countless honors and accolades from national and international humanitarian, advocacy and education organizations for his work in children's services, humane education and public service. He also served on the board of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the first of Paul Newman's camps for children with life-threatening illness. Dr. Ross fulfilled roles in local politics and community affairs including two terms on the Board of Education for Brewster Central School District. He enjoyed being a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Brewster. He and his close friend, Israel Mike Meyer, were one of the founding families of Temple Beth Elohim in Brewster, New York. Dr. Ross was loved by many, most of all, his family. He was the husband, of 63 years, to Myra, and they had three children, eldest son, David Ross (deceased in 1986), Lisa Ross and Donald Ross and his wife Mary Neff Ross; and granddaughters, Sara Adele Ross and Samantha Julia Ross, all of Las Vegas. Memorial service celebrating the life and legacy of Sam "Rollo" Ross will be at 4 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Green Chimneys Gymnasium, 400 Doansburg Road, Brewster, NY 10509. For memorial gifts, please visit www.greenchimneys.org/rollo
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