Friends and family of Barbara Zurek ’90 are celebrating her life through the establishment of the Barbara A. Zurek Memorial Scholarship. The annual scholarship will support women law students at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Zurek died March 28, 2018, at the age of 62. In an obituary she was described as a “fierce advocate for her clients, a generous and loyal friend, and most importantly a loving wife and mother.” Zurek is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dr. John Zurek, daughter Dr. Lauren Zurek, son Andrew Zurek, stepchildren Melanie Zurek and Brian Zurek, and a granddaughter.
Born and raised in North Minneapolis, Zurek was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School. She remained a strong supporter of the North Minneapolis community throughout her life and was elected to the Patrick Henry High School Hall of Fame.
After high school, she earned a degree in nursing from Metropolitan State University and worked as a registered nurse at North Memorial Medical Center. After her marriage to Dr. John Zurek, she continued to work full time while attending Mitchell Hamline predecessor school William Mitchell College of Law. She graduated summa cum laude in 1990. Zurek joined the firm Meagher & Geer in Minneapolis, where she served as a trial attorney practicing in the area of medical malpractice defense. She was honored with many awards and accolades during her career.