Remembering Our Founder


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On the morning of February 28, 2018, Green Chimneys Founder Dr. Samuel B. Ross, Jr. died peacefully at the age of 89, in the Las Vegas home of his son. Dr. Ross was surrounded by family including Myra, his devoted wife, and partner in Green Chimneys, of 63 years.

In 1947, a young man who would come to be known by many as “Rollo,” set out to open a school on a farm in Brewster, New York. Seventy years later, Green Chimneys has helped thousands of children and animals. It is because of Rollo’s commitment to helping children, and a deep understanding of the precious ways humans and animals may help one another, that Green Chimneys is world renowned as a leader in therapeutic education and animal-assisted interventions for children with special needs.

While our hearts are heavy, we know that the best way to honor Rollo is to continue his vision. To share the stories of how students and animals are helped by Green Chimneys. And to ask others to join in ensuring children with special needs, and the animals who help them, are given ample opportunities to learn, heal and grow. 

Together, let’s celebrate Rollo's life and legacy:

Memorial Service

  • Friday, March 9 at 4:00pm
  • Green Chimneys Gymnasium, 400 Doansburg Road, Brewster, New York 10509

Give a Gift

Gifts to Green Chimneys in loving memory of Rollo may be made via:

  • Online via PayPal >
  • Credit card by calling Jennifer at 845.279.2995 x116
  • Or by check made payable to "Friends of Green Chimneys" and sent to "Friends of Green Chimneys, 400 Doansburg Road, Brewster, New York 10509." Please make note on the "for" field of the check that it is "IMO Rollo."

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