History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - People - Bios

Robert Starshak, M.D.


Primary Involvements:

Community Activist





Dr. Robert Starshak and Ross Draegert are two names that Milwaukee will not soon forget. Their community involvement spans decades, and includes both extensive community service roles, and significant financial support for gay and lesbian organizations and causes as well as political candidates supporting our causes.

Initially, Ross took the more active role in community involvement, while Robert concentrated more on his work as a physician. But together they have always been extremely generous in making financial contributions to worthy GLBT causes- including $100,000 to defeat the amendment to ban gay marriage, and large annual contributions to the Cream City Foundation and other groups and causes.

But Robert also became more involved in community work beginning in the mid-1990s, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Cream City Foundation.

Robert lives with his long-time partner, Ross Draegert, in their handsome house, "Birch Lodge", in River Hills.


Robert and partner Ross appear in this Dec. 1990 photo of the Board of Directors of the Cream City Foundation

at PrideFest, 1997

Robert (center) with U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (left) and Robert's partner Ross (right)- June 1997

Credits: initial page creation by Don Schwamb;
Last updated: March-2007.