Army dentist traveled the world and took wounded soldiers on trips
It wasn’t unusual for Priscilla “Pris” Trawick to find mounted animal heads in her dining room, but the deer being carried through the house was new.
A favorite pastime of her husband’s, Jack “Sid” Trawick, was taking wounded soldiers on hunting and fishing trips in Texas. On this particular day, Trawick and the two young men accompanying him had killed a deer but arrived at the local game processing operation too late. The only alternative was taking the deer home and stuffing it in the refrigerator.
However, the animal was so large it kept popping the door open, and all Pris could do was laugh.
“There were crazy things, and sometimes I’d get mad as a hornet, but life was never dull,” she said. “Every person who spent time with Sid has a weird story to tell.”
Sid Trawick died Sept. 6 of cancer. He was 80.
The son of a dentist in Seminole, Oklahoma, Trawick started going by “Sid” in the first grade. He was one of seven boys in the class named Jack, and the teacher asked whether any of the them would mind using their middle name.
“That’s fine with me,” Trawick said, according to Pris, before asking the teacher what his middle name was — Sidney.
In high school Trawick was involved in debate, drama and band, where he played the trombone. He claimed his talents were limited, “but the band director assured him he had to stay involved because he had more volume than anyone else,” Pris said.
He planned to join the military and was set to go to West Point, but his color blindness prevented him from doing so. Trawick considered careers in law and medicine before settling on dentistry because of the shorter academic requirements. After stints at Oklahoma University and Oklahoma Baptist University, he enrolled in Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.
Shortly afterward he met Pris, then Priscilla Waters, who would become his wife of more than 50 years. While working on a construction crew in Colorado to pay for dental school and expenses, Trawick convinced the directors of a Boy Scout camp nearby to give him food and lodging in exchange for organizing some of the camp’s facilities and scouts. Pris was a counselor at another camp down the road, and they met when he drove some scouts over for a dance.
When Pris discovered he was moving to Dallas for dental school, the Dallas native offered to show him around when he arrived.
“No one ever takes you up on that, but he did end up calling,” Pris Trawick said.
They were married during Trawick’s junior year of dental school and he was drafted into the U.S. Army Dental Corps. in 1962. The plan was to fulfill their military obligation and then set up a private dental practice; instead, they spent the next 30 years on assignments that took them to Fort Sam Houston; Fort Hood; Fort Sill, Kansas City; Fort Riley, Germany; Vietnam and Italy.
“It was too fun to give up,” said Pris Trawick, who works as a travel agent.
The couple and their three children loved experiencing different cultures and traveling the world, she said. In his roles as clinician, teacher, staff officer and commander, Sid was a hard worker who refused to ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do, Pris Trawick said. At the events he planned, his goal was to ensure everyone enjoyed themselves and felt included.
After Sid Trawick retired in 1992, the family settled in San Antonio and Trawick worked in private practice for the next 15 years. In addition to the outdoor trips, he was involved with the Alamo Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, the Army All-American Bowl, Meals on Wheels and the Alamo Heights Rotary Club.
“He wasn’t born in Texas but he loved calling himself a Texan,” Pris Trawick said.
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