Land, Allen "Skip" Executive leader throughout the Midwest in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse treatment, died Tuesday evening, December 25th, in Chicago. Beloved life partner of Bette Nahas; stepfather to Jason and Victoria; loving son of Ella Mae Bradley and the late Allen Duboise Land, Sr. Skip was born and raised in Chicago, attended St. Elizabeth High School, received a basketball scholarship to Western Nebraska University where he received a B.S. in Health Care Administration. Earning a M.A.S. in Health Care Administration from Governors State University, Skip directed management clinical services at A Safe Haven LLC, Erie Family Health Center, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and Cathedral Shelter of Chicago. Cofounder and member of the Illinois Association of Extended Care, the Bishop Advisory Commission on Alcoholism and Drugs, Episcopal Diocese Chicago, City of Chicago Task Force on Homelessness, Governor's Community Safety and Re-entry Working Group, among many others. A leader in the national recovery network, Mr. Land drafted the Illinois Rule 2060 with state legislators which governs substance abuse services in Illinois and argued that organizations offering support services were critical to the long term recovery process for alcoholics and drug addicts. Skip loved sports, dancing, music, always seeking to facilitate others' return to a happy and joyous freedom from alcohol and drugs. He offered a passion for the health of the wider community, rooted in the inner certainties of his heart, which propelled others toward humane and sustainable personal, spiritual and program practices. Survived by aunts, Clarice Thomas and Joann Williams, and uncle, Bernard Kelly, and a rich extended family of relatives, friends and family will gather Friday, January 4, 2013, 10:00am for Visitation, 11:00am Funeral Mass, St. Gertrude's Parish, 1420 West Granville, Edgewater, Chicago, 60660. Memorial contributions may be offered to the
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 1, 2013