Robert J. Mubarak
Mr. Mubarak conducts his interview with our THS Mass Communications Teacher, Mr. Kibby
Class of 1966
Robert is recognized as a Distinguished Tomah Alumni for an extraordinary life and career filled with dedication to excellence, community service, and making a positive difference in the many lives of those he touched.
Robert was born in Sparta, raised in Tomah, and attended Tomah High School. His father was a general practitioner and surgeon, his mother a registered nurse. With their influence he was drawn to service to others.
As a member of the Class of 1966, Robert played basketball, ran track, a member of Interact Club, Vice President of his class and President of Student Council. His summers were spent at the Tomah pool as a certified lifeguard instructor and coach of a swim team he organized.
After high school, Robert attended Ripon College, graduating in 1970. While at Ripon he was a member of the football team as a defensive back and kicker and a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. His summers were spent working at a La Crosse bank, a server/dishwasher at an ice cream shop in Madison and in his free time, he became a licensed pilot.
After graduating from Ripon, Robert was accepted at Marquette University Law School where he graduated in 1973. When not studying or watching Marquette basketball, he worked at the Milwaukee Public Defender’s Office internship program. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and the U.S. Western and Eastern Federal Courts.
His professional career started in June 1973 in Tomah by design as a general practitioner. In addition, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney for 5 years, and Tomah City Attorney for 21 years. During his 47-year career, he was honored to be selected as a member of District V Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation where he served for 8 years and as Chairman of the Board, Family Law Section, State Bar. As Chair, Robert advocated changes to the family code with appearances before State Legislative Committees and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He was a frequent presenter to fellow Bar members at legal seminars and chaired the Annual Family Law Bench-Bar Program. He was a speaker at the City Attorney’s Municipal Convention. Finally, for 4 years, Robert was guest instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School Lawyer Skills Class. This is a week-long program teaching 2nd and 3rd year law students on the practical and legal approach to representing family law clients.
As a member of the Tomah community, Robert was a member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Tomah Memorial Hospital, Board member of the Hospital Foundation, organized and promoted the primary Foundation golf fundraiser and chaired a fundraising effort for a hospital addition. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Farmers & Merchants Bank and served as a member and President of the Tomah Quarterback Club (forerunner to the Tomah Sports Booster Club). He coached boys’ basketball for 5 years as junior varsity and varsity assistant and was part of the 1994 team that reached the State tournament.
Robert and his wife, Barbara, reside in Tomah. They have two daughters, Jennifer, and Amanda, and four grandchildren, Madeline, Noelle, Harper, and Hayden.