Ann Dunham

Anthropologist; Mother of Barack Obama
Born Nov 29, 1942

Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was an American anthropologist who specialized in economic anthropology and rural development. Dunham was known as Stanley Dunham through high school, then as Ann Dunham, Ann Obama, Ann Soetoro, Ann Sutoro (after her second divorce), and finally as Ann Dunham.… Read More

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1942 Birth Dunham was born on November 29, 1942 at Saint Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, the only child of Madelyn Lee Payne and Stanley Armour Dunham. … Read More


1955 12 Years Old …  In 1955, the family moved to Seattle, Washington, where her father was employed as a furniture salesman and her mother worked as vice president of a bank. … Read More
1956 13 Years Old In 1956, Dunham's family moved to Mercer Island, an Eastside suburb of Seattle. … Read More
1960 17 Years Old Dunham's parents sought business opportunities in the new state, and after graduating from high school in 1960, Dunham and her family moved to Honolulu. … Read More
Dunham and Obama Sr. were married on the Hawaiian island of Maui on February 2, 1961, despite parental opposition from both families. … Read More


1963 20 Years Old Dunham returned to Honolulu and resumed her undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii with the spring semester in January 1963. … Read More
1964 21 Years Old Dunham filed for divorce in January 1964, which Obama Sr. did not contest. In December 1964, Obama Sr. married Ruth Baker, a Jewish American of Lithuanian heritage; they were separated in 1971 and divorced in 1973 after having two sons. … Read More
1965 22 Years Old …  In 1965, Soetoro and Dunham were married in Hawaii, and in 1966, Soetoro returned to Indonesia.
1967 24 Years Old Dunham graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in anthropology on August 6, 1967, and moved in October the same year with her six-year-old son to Jakarta, Indonesia, to rejoin her husband. … Read More
1970 27 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 15, 1970, Soetoro and Dunham had a daughter, Maya Kassandra Soetoro. … Read More
A year later, in August 1972, Dunham and her daughter moved back to Hawaii to rejoin her son and begin graduate study in anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


1977 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1977, Dunham, under the supervision of agricultural economics professor Leon A. Mears, developed and taught a short lecture course at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Indonesia (FEUI) in Jakarta for staff members of BAPPENAS (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional)—the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency.
1978 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In May and June 1978, Dunham was a short-term consultant in the office of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Jakarta, writing recommendations on village industries and other non-agricultural enterprises for the Indonesian government's third five-year development plan (REPELITA III).
1980 - 1981 2 More Events
1982 39 Years Old In 1982, Obama Sr. was killed in a car accident.


1986 43 Years Old From May to November 1986 and from August to November 1987, Dunham was a cottage industries development consultant for the Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan (ADBP) under the Gujranwala Integrated Rural Development Project (GADP). … Read More
1988 45 Years Old From January 1988 to 1995, Dunham was a consultant and research coordinator for Indonesia's oldest bank, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) in Jakarta, with her work funded by USAID and the World Bank.
1992 49 Years Old After her son was elected President, interest renewed in Dunham's work: The University of Hawaii held a symposium about her research; an exhibition of Dunham's Indonesian batik textile collection toured the United States; and in December 2009, Duke University Press published Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia, a book based on Dunham's original 1992 dissertation. … Read More


1993 50 Years Old In March 1993, Dunham was a research and policy coordinator for Women's World Banking (WWB) in New York.
1994 51 Years Old 1 More Event
She helped WWB manage the Expert Group Meeting on Women and Finance in New York in January 1994, and helped the WWB take prominent roles in the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women held September 4–15, 1995 in Beijing, and in the UN regional conferences and NGO forums that preceded it. … Read More
1995 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Dunham returned to the United States in early 1995 and was examined at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and diagnosed with uterine cancer. … Read More
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