Submitted by Noel Garland

Julian Mauricio Trevino III: DISD teacher, counselor had an affinity for history

09:53 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 17, 2004

By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News


Julian Mauricio Trevino III had a 31-year career in the Dallas Independent School District as a history teacher and counselor. In retirement, he blended his experience and talents during five years as educational director for the Dallas Historical Society.


Mr. Trevino, 61, died Aug. 11 of cancer at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.


A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Rita Catholic Community, 12521 Inwood Road in Dallas. He will be buried in Laredo Catholic Cemetery.


"Julian was just a people person," said Mary Jane Hall, a DISD counseling supervisor. "He was just a wonderful human being who cared about other people."


At the Dallas Historical Society, Mr. Trevino developed a Texas Heroes curriculum, which he shared with the DISD elementary counseling staff. The biographical sketches noted character traits such as responsibility or caring.


"It highlighted the positive character traits" that the figures had "that helped them be a hero," Ms. Hall said. "He still had a love in his heart for the counseling program."


Mr. Trevino was born in Laredo, where he graduated from Martin High School. His mother was a Laredo principal with a 42-year career, and his grandmother taught piano until the day she died at age 93, said his sister, Veronica Trevino Green of Dallas.


He earned a bachelor's degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas. He taught in Laredo before becoming a history teacher at North Dallas High School.


"He was a history buff," Ms. Green said.


He became a Dallas school district counselor after earning a master's degree at North Texas State. He was a counselor at several schools, including Adamson High School, J.L. Long Middle School and Letot Academy, which has since closed. He was promoted to be the DISD middle school counseling specialist and retired after the 1995-96 school year.


"He mentored tons of kids," his sister said.


Mr. Trevino made frequent trips to Washington, D.C., and to Colorado for history camps, his sister said.


When Mr. TrOevino retired, he volunteered as a docent at the Dallas Historical Society in Fair Park, where he was named director of educational services five years ago.


"They saw how good he was with his presentations to children," his sister said. "He didn't need a script. He knew it all."


Mr. Trevino resigned his post at the Historical Society after he received a diagnosis of cancer about two months ago.


Mr. Trevino is survived by his sister and her family.


Memorials may be made to the Dallas Historical Society, P.O. Box 150038, Dallas, Texas 75315-0038.