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Faces, Voices: Dr Samuel Ross

May 24, 2011


The Book Cove Presents Dr. Samuel Ross


On Saturday May 21, The Book Cove was proud to have Dr. Samuel “Rolla” Ross, Jr. discuss his new book, The Extraordinary Spirit of Green Chimneys. As founder of the farm school for at-risk urban children, Ross’ book is two parts living biography and one part success story. It details everything from Ross’ younger years and burgeoning infatuation with animals, through the obstacles he faced as founder and director of the institution—including his long history of working with farm animals as a therapeutic resource.


Ross founded green chimneys in 1947; he was just 19 years old. Funded by his father, Ross took various childhood experiences he had with both boarding schools and animals and brought them together on a small dairy farm in Brewster, New York. Originally begun as a care center for children, ages three to six, it has since grown in property and scope to help children in need by providing them with a chance to care for an animal.


On the theory of animal therapy, Ross said, “You have these big animals that the children can relate to and not be afraid of.” From there, a child builds the courage to relate to his or her peers, and then to adults. Simply, he said, “anybody can learn to love animals.”


In a separate interview, he said he wrote the book primarily for himself and his family, but he hopes that “other people could use it as a guide to start similar programs,” and that “it shows people … that we are all that we say we do.”


Ross’ book can be purchased at the Book Cove (http://www.pawlingbookcove.com/), or through Green Chimneys (http://www.greenchimneys.org/).



This article is sponsored by a generous donation from M&S of Pawling. http://www.mandsofpawling.com/




One Response to Faces, Voices: Dr Samuel Ross

  1. jamuller on August 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Excellent Article..On Dr. Ross !!

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