Richard Pruss, a pioneer in the field of substance use disorder treatment, died on July 14, 2018. He was 75. A longtime resident of Larchmont, NY, Pruss was President and CEO of Samaritan Village from 1974-2008. During Mr. Pruss’ tenure, Samaritan Village grew from a single clinic to one of the largest non-profit providers of community-based substance use treatment centers in New York State. He remained active in the field until his death.
In addition to his wife, Kathleen A. Riddle, he is survived by 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.
Services are private. A memorial is planned for a future date. Contributions may be made to the Samaritan Daytop Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.