Dr. Sam ‘Rollo’ Ross, founder of Green Chimneys, passes awayFree Access


Dr. Sam Ross (left) was a proud man last summer when a new educational center opened on the Green Chimneys campus. Photo by Eric Gross

One of Putnam’s most revered and respected men, Green Chimney’s School founder Dr. Samuel Ross, died Wednesday at his son’s home in Las Vegas at the age of 89.

Ross, who was known by his childhood name, ‘Rollo,’ founded Green Chimneys in 1947 at a small dairy farm off Doansburg Road at the Southeast-Patterson line.

Over the years with his wife, Myra, at his side, Green Chimneys grew from 11 students to treating thousands of children in need of emotional and educational support in an animal-assisted residential center consisting of nature-based therapeutic programs.

Dr. Ross was also involved in his community, serving for two terms on the Brewster School Board and Putnam County Cornell Cooperative Extension Board.

He was a long-time member of the Brewster Rotary and a past Rotary District Governor. He was also a founder of Temple Beth Elohim in Brewster.

Ross is survived by his wife of 64 years, a son and daughter and two granddaughters. His son, David, predeceased him.

Funeral services are incomplete.

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