April 15, 2011
Before Bar Counselors, There Was Bob Mahler
~ written by Mary Jo Cusack
Columbus Bar Central Ohio lawyers lost a good friend and long time advocate with the death of Bob Mahler on April 9, 2011. A special agent of the FBI from 1947 to 1973, Bob then served as Ombudsman for the Columbus Bar Association from his retirement in 1973 until 1986. His calm and compassionate demeanor served everyone well as he resolved many disputes so as to leave all involved satisfied that their concerns had been heard and they had been well treated.
Bob’s list of contributions to others was extensive. A member of Immaculate Conception Church, he was active in St. Lawrence Haven, Habitat for Humanity and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He enjoyed his family, traveling, classical music and singing in the choir for almost 50 years.
Bob was born April 26, 1921, in Cincinnati and graduated from Xavier University in 1943 with a degree in Economics. He was a Captain in the army in World War II serving in the Philippines. He leaves a wife, Clare, of 66 years, eight children, twenty grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.
Bob was one of those very special people who will be missed – but whose legacy will continue in the good things that he did for people. Those of us fortunate enough to know him have many pleasant memories of our friendship.