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Longtime Common Ground CEO Tony Rothschild dies

Tony Rothschild, former president and CEO of Common Ground, died Monday following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Rothschild, 71, and his wife, Mona Scott, came to Detroit in 1970 from Los Angeles as volunteers with AmeriCorps VISTA, the domestic Peace Corps.

He joined Common Ground, a provider of crisis and mental health services, in 1990, leading the agency for 25 years before retiring in September 2015.

Under his leadership, Bloomfield Hills-based Common Ground grew to over 250 employees from 20 and increased its budget to $13 million from $645,000.

Rothschild forged collaborations with other groups to improve services for clients and reduce costs.

He played a key role in Common Ground’s 1998 merger with fellow nonprofit The Sanctuary, creating a single door for adults and youths seeking public mental health and crisis intervention services in Oakland County.

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