Retired Colonel Sidney J. Scholl, Jr. passed peacefully in the early morning of December 23, 2020.
He is preceded in death by his angel in life, Audrey Leftwich Scholl, and survived by their five children: Dr. Russell A. Scholl (Mary Ann Lee), Rissa J. Scholl, Captain Clifton M. Scholl (Cecilia Ann Dickson), Brion D. Scholl (Barbara “Jill” Peterson), and Aaron M. Scholl; six grandchildren: Jessica Lee (John T. Sweeney), Jennifer Ann (William E. Callandar), Joshua Adrian, Cheree Rene (Michael W. Van Horn), Christina Michelle, Katherine Marie (John P. Thiebaud); and eight great-grandchildren: Ella Lee, Russell William, Emily Audrey, Christopher Michael, Flynn Patrick, Dean Andrew, Harper Mae, and Lydia Kate.
Sidney was born on December 26, 1926, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The city never left his heart, and he remained its devoted servant. Like the city of New Orleans itself, Sidney was rich in complexity. Both a parachutist and an exquisite oil painter, he was well-loved and revered by those who knew him.
Upon graduating Notre Dame High School in Biloxi, Mississippi, Sidney entered active service as a seaman first class in the United States Navy. After the war efforts, he attended the New Orleans Import/Export business college, then enlisted and was commissioned 2d Lt as a Reserve in the Army National Guard of the United States with concurrent membership in the Army National Guard of Louisiana.
Sidney completed the Army Infantry advanced and airborne courses in Ft. Benning, Georgia. He served with the 21st Special Forces Group, earned his “Green Beret” at the Special Warfare Center in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and graduated Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. During his distinguished military career, Col. Scholl was awarded the Legion of Merit, WWII Victory Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hourglass, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Louisiana Cross of Merit, Louisiana Legion of Merit, Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal, Louisiana Commendation Medal, Louisiana Emergency Service Medal, and Parachutist Badge. A career guardsman, his last assignment was as an Executive Officer in the Louisiana National Guard.
Sidney took great joy in sailing and explored every coastline he managed to encounter by sea or by shore. He studied natural history, anatomy, philosophy, photography, and genealogy. He was an astute linguist, solved a Rubik’s cube every evening, and indulged regularly in music, art, and ice cream. Above all, Sidney was a faithful provider and took immeasurable pride in his children’s accomplishments, as well as those of his grand and great-grandchildren.
Among his many achievements, Sidney leaves as legacy a wonderful family, every member of which he cherished dearly. A family who, although lost without his command, resolves to honor his memory by finding strength in his exemplary life. Col. Sidney J. Scholl was an outstanding individual and will be thoroughly missed. We love you, Pop. Always, De Oppresso Liber.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service in Greenwood Cemetery, 5200 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM. The family suggests sending memorial contributions to Doctors Without Borders, https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/, a charity that was close to Col. Scholl. Due to COVID 19 regulations, please follow the current restrictions and everyone attending is required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing.