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75, of Larchmont, NY, died on July 14, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. A pioneer in the substance use disorder treatment field, he was President and CEO of Samaritan Village from 1974-2008. During his tenure, Samaritan grew from a single outpatient clinic in Richmond Hill to one of the largest non-profit treatment providers in New York State. Pruss guided the agency to be one of the first providers to offer primary health care services alongside treatment to address Hepatitis C, diabetes and other chronic diseases facing clients. Pruss was a founding member and past President of the Therapeutic Communities Association of New York and the national Therapeutic Communities of America (now Treatment Communities of America) organizations. He also helped found the New York State Association of Substance Abuse Providers (now Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers) and served as President from 1988-1992. Pruss was Chairman of the Board of Damian Family Care Centers, Inc., a primary medical health center and dental care services provider in New York State. A recipient of the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award, Pruss served as Board President of Samaritan from 2015-2017 where he oversaw the historic merger of Samaritan Village with the iconic Daytop Village in 2015. Pruss is survived by his wife of 18 years, Kathleen A. Riddle, cofounder of the Queens based treatment agency Outreach, daughters Deena Mauro and Jenny Pruss, a brother Sheldon Pruss and his wife Christine, son-in law Thomas Mauro, granddaughters Montana Mauro, Paige Mauro, and Sydney Hain, a grandson Dalton Hain, eight nephews and six nieces. Contributions may be made to the Samaritan Daytop Foundation or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

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Published in The New York Times on July 22, 2018