Ann Dunham
Anthropologist; mother of Barack Obama
Ann Dunham
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.
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The Significance of 'None' - Patriot Post
Google News - over 5 years
... "e" of the black text layer untouched, indicating that he meant to leave in place any letter(s) that could be used in changing the answer of the box into something that would not be in conflict with the known facts about Ann Dunham's situation
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Harry Dolan's 'Very Bad Men' at the library - Oak Ridger
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Stanley Ann Dunham was Barack Obama's mother – an unorthodox young Midwesterner who forged a career for herself, had two inter-racial marriages, and raised her son and daughter alone at a time when such actions were very controversial
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THIS WEEK Web Extra: Huntsman on a Mormon Controversy - ABC News (blog)
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I am afraid it would simply blow their minds to come up with an explanation as to why Stanley Ann Dunham's signature was written in an exact straight line without one pixel of divination from the documents horizontal. But I am sure the libs can explain
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Obama Campaign Email With Criticism of Krugman, Liberal Blogs Triggers Ire - ABC News (blog)
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I am afraid it would simply blow their minds to come up with an explanation as to why Stanley Ann Dunham's signature was written in an exact straight line without one pixel of divination from the documents horizontal. But I am sure the libs can explain
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Doctoral student earns Fulbright scholarship to study environmental issues - UH System Current News
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Her previous honors include the Ann Dunham Soetoro Award, East-West Center Graduate Fellowship, East-West Center Distinguished Community Service Award, United States-Indonesia Society Language Scholarship, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship,
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Some celebrity encounters from readers - News Sentinel
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Then there's “A Singular Woman,” a biography of President Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and “To End All Wars,” as ironical a title as any I've known. It's a hard, hard look at World War I. I had known about the senseless loss of lives – the
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The Other Barack: the Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama's Father by ... - Telegraph.co.uk
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The central figure in that narrative was his father, Barack Hussein Obama Snr, a member of the Luo tribe from Kenya who had married a white Kansas girl, Ann Dunham, who was already pregnant with his child, when they were studying at the University of
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Happy Birthday Mr. First-Black-President: 50 Years in 10 Photos - The Atlanta Post
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Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961 Honolulu, Hawaii to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. He spent his childhood years between Hawaii and Indonesia, the homeland of his stepfather
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The political career of Barack Obama - Washington Post
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President Obama's father, also named Barack, and the president's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in an undated photo. / AP During his early childhood, Obama lived and attended school in Indonesia. Obama, circled in yellow, attends a graduation ceremony at
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Book Challenges Obama on Mother's Deathbed Fight
NYTimes - over 5 years
The White House on Wednesday declined to challenge an account in a new book that suggests that President Obama, in his campaign to overhaul American health care, mischaracterized a central anecdote about his mother's deathbed dispute with her insurance company. During his presidential campaign and subsequent battle over a health care law, Mr. Obama
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A Singular Kansan - Emporia Gazette
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The son was Barack Obama, 26, posing with his mother, a woman as unusual as her name: Stanley Ann Dunham. Scott received the photo, she writes, two decades later, when she was writing a series for the New York Times, looking at the life and career of
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Prominent software engineer presents 'self-evident' analysis - WND.com
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Notably, the name "(Stanley) Ann Dunham Obama" is in two separate layers. "(Stanley) Ann D" is contained in Layer 8 while "unham Obama" is in Layer 9, as seen below in Exhibit 1. A close-up of a screen capture of Layer 8 can be seen in Exhibit 2
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Melvyn L. Fein: Obama following mom's footsteps: running away - Marietta Daily Journal
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Stanley Ann Dunham (yes, her first name was "Stanley") was not just singular; she was peculiar. Very intelligent, energetic, engaging and on several levels brave, she never did solve the central mysteries of her life. Instead, she bequeathed much of
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Does WND's reporting rule out an Obama Kenya birth? - WND.com
Google News - over 5 years
Had a Kapio'lani Medical Center-generated long-form birth certificate listing Barack Obama Sr. as the father been available in the 1960s, Ann Dunham would most likely have produced it to satisfy questions then being asked about the child by Immigration
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Pettis: 'Singular Woman` helped shape man who would be president - Broomfield Enterprise
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Stanley Ann Dunham was "admirably, movingly, sometimes exasperatingly, human." Twice married and twice divorced, the single mother of two, "she lived by strong values, which she passed on to her children. She was idealistic and pragmatic
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Children's book by Obama's half sister bridges generations - Toronto Star
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By Vit Wagner Publishing Reporter Maya Soetoro-Ng is cited frequently throughout a new and much discussed biography of Ann Dunham, the woman who was mother to both Soetoro-Ng and her half-brother, US President Barack Obama. The 40-year-old,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ann Dunham
    FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 51
    In late 1994, Dunham was living and working in Indonesia.
    More Details Hide Details One night, during dinner at a friend's house in Jakarta, she experienced stomach pain. A visit to a local physician led to an initial diagnosis of indigestion.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On August 9, 1992, she was awarded PhD in anthropology from the University of Hawaii, under the supervision of Prof. Alice G. Dewey, with a 1,043-page dissertation titled Peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia: surviving and thriving against all odds. Anthropologist Michael Dove described the dissertation as "a classic, in-depth, on-the-ground anthropological study of a 1,200-year-old industry". According to Dove, Dunham's dissertation challenged popular perceptions regarding economically and politically marginalized groups, and countered the notions that the roots of poverty lie with the poor themselves and that cultural differences are responsible for the gap between less-developed countries and the industrialized West. According to Dove, Dunham: found that the villagers she studied in Central Java had many of the same economic needs, beliefs and aspirations as the most capitalist of Westerners. Village craftsmen were "keenly interested in profits", she wrote, and entrepreneurship was "in plentiful supply in rural Indonesia", having been "part of the traditional culture" there for a millennium.Based on these observations, Dr. Soetoro concluded that underdevelopment in these communities resulted from a scarcity of capital, the allocation of which was a matter of politics, not culture. Antipoverty programs that ignored this reality had the potential, perversely, of exacerbating inequality because they would only reinforce the power of elites. As she wrote in her dissertation, "many government programs inadvertently foster stratification by channeling resources through village officials", who then used the money to strengthen their own status further.
  • 1993
    Age 50
    In March 1993, Dunham was a research and policy coordinator for Women's World Banking (WWB) in New York.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Janny Scott, an author and former New York Times reporter, published a biography about Ann Dunham's life titled A Singular Woman in 2011. Posthumous interest has also led to the creation of The Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowment in the Anthropology Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, as well as the Ann Dunham Soetoro Graduate Fellowships, intended to fund students associated with the East–West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. In an interview, Barack Obama referred to his mother as "the dominant figure in my formative years... The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics."
  • 1988
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1986
    Age 43
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The credit component of the project was implemented in the Gujranwala district of the Punjab province of Pakistan with funding from the Asian Development Bank and IFAD, with the credit component implemented through Louis Berger International, Inc. Dunham worked closely with the Lahore office of the Punjab Small Industries Corporation (PSIC).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 39
    In 1982, Obama Sr. was killed in a car accident.
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  • 1981
    Age 38
    From January 1981 to November 1984, Dunham was the program officer for women and employment in the Ford Foundation's Southeast Asia regional office in Jakarta.
    More Details Hide Details While at the Ford Foundation, she developed a model of microfinance which is now the standard in Indonesia, a country that is a world leader in micro-credit systems. Peter Geithner, father of Tim Geithner (who later became U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in her son's administration), was head of the foundation's Asia grant-making at that time.
  • 1980
    Age 37
    Lolo Soetoro and Dunham divorced on November 5, 1980; Lolo Soetoro married Erna Kustina in 1980 and had two children, a son, Yusuf Aji Soetoro (born 1981), and daughter, Rahayu Nurmaida Soetoro (born 1987).
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  • 1978
    Age 35
    From October 1978 to December 1980, Dunham was a rural industries consultant in Central Java on the Indonesian Ministry of Industry's Provincial Development Program (PDP I), funded by USAID in Jakarta and implemented through Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI).
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    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).
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  • 1977
    Age 34
    From June 1977 through September 1978, Dunham carried out research on village industries in the Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY)—the Yogyakarta Special Region within Central Java in Indonesia under a student grant from the East–West Center.
    More Details Hide Details As a weaver herself, Dunham was interested in village industries, and moved to Yogyakarta City, the center of Javanese handicrafts.
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 29
    From 1972 to 1975, Dunham was crafts instructor (in weaving, batik, and dye) at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu.
    More Details Hide Details Dunham then had a career in rural development, championing women's work and microcredit for the world's poor and worked with leaders from organizations supporting Indonesian human rights, women's rights, and grass-roots development.
    Dunham's graduate work was supported by an Asia Foundation grant from August 1972 to July 1973 and by an East–West Center Technology and Development Institute grant from August 1973 to December 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Dunham completed her coursework at the University of Hawaii for an M.A. in anthropology in December 1974, and after having spent three years in Hawaii, Dunham, accompanied by her daughter Maya, returned to Indonesia in 1975 to do anthropological field work. Her son chose not to go with them back to Indonesia, preferring to finish high school at Punahou School in Honolulu while living with his grandparents.
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 27
    Madelyn Dunham's job at the Bank of Hawaii, where she had worked her way up over a decade from clerk to becoming one of its first two female vice presidents in 1970, helped pay the steep tuition, with some assistance from a scholarship.
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    On August 15, 1970, Soetoro and Dunham had a daughter, Maya Kassandra Soetoro.
    More Details Hide Details In Indonesia, Dunham enriched her son's education with correspondence courses in English, recordings of Mahalia Jackson, and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. In 1971, she sent the young Obama back to Hawaii to attend Punahou School starting in 5th grade rather than having him stay in Indonesia with her.
  • 1967
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In Indonesia, Soetoro worked first as a low-paid topographical surveyor for the Indonesian government, and later in the government relations office of Union Oil Company. The family first lived at 16 Kyai Haji Ramli Tengah Street in a newly built neighborhood in the Menteng Dalam administrative village of the Tebet subdistrict in South Jakarta for two and a half years, with her son attending the nearby Indonesian-language Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi) Catholic School for 1st, 2nd, and part of 3rd grade, then in 1970 moved two miles north to 22 Taman Amir Hamzah Street in the Matraman Dalam neighborhood in the Pegangsaan administrative village of the Menteng subdistrict in Central Jakarta, with her son attending the Indonesian-language government-run Besuki School one and half miles east in the exclusive Menteng administrative village of the Menteng subdistrict for part of 3rd grade and for 4th grade.
  • 1965
    Age 22
    In 1965, Soetoro and Dunham were married in Hawaii, and in 1966, Soetoro returned to Indonesia.
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  • 1964
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1965, Obama Sr. received a MA in economics from Harvard. In 1971, he came to Hawaii for a month and visited his son Barack, then 10 years old; it was the last time he would see his son, and their only major personal interaction.
  • 1963
    Age 20
    Dunham returned to Honolulu and resumed her undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii with the spring semester in January 1963.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, her parents helped her raise the young Obama.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 18
    She took classes at the University of Washington from September 1961 to June 1962, and lived as a single mother in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle with her son while her husband continued his studies in Hawaii.
    More Details Hide Details When Obama Sr. graduated from the University of Hawaii in June 1962, he was offered a scholarship to study in New York City, but declined it, preferring to attend the more prestigious Harvard University. He left for Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he would begin graduate study at Harvard in the fall of 1962.
    Friends in the state of Washington recall her visiting with her month-old baby in 1961.
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    On August 4, 1961, at the age of 18, Dunham gave birth to her first child, Barack Obama II.
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    Dunham and Obama Sr. were married on the Hawaiian island of Maui on February 2, 1961, despite parental opposition from both families.
    More Details Hide Details Dunham was three months pregnant. Obama Sr. eventually informed Dunham about his first marriage in Kenya but claimed he was divorced. Years later, she would discover this was false. Obama Sr.'s first wife, Kezia, later said she had granted her consent for him to marry a second wife, in keeping with Luo customs.
  • 1960
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Dunham soon enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. While attending a Russian language class, Dunham met Barack Obama, Sr., the school's first African student. At the age of 23, Obama Sr. had come to Hawaii to pursue his education, leaving behind a pregnant wife and infant son in his home town of Nyang'oma Kogelo in Kenya.
  • 1956
    Age 13
    In 1956, Dunham's family moved to Mercer Island, an Eastside suburb of Seattle.
    More Details Hide Details Dunham's parents wanted their 13-year-old daughter to attend the newly opened Mercer Island High School. At the school, teachers Val Foubert and Jim Wichterman taught the importance of challenging social norms and questioning authority to the young Dunham, and she took the lessons to heart: "She felt she didn't need to date or marry or have children." One classmate remembered her as "intellectually way more mature than we were and a little bit ahead of her time, in an off-center way", and a high school friend described her as knowledgeable and progressive: "If you were concerned about something going wrong in the world, Stanley would know about it first. We were liberals before we knew what liberals were." Another called her "the original feminist". On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state to be admitted into the Union.
  • 1955
    Age 12
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They lived in an apartment complex in the Wedgwood neighborhood where she attended Nathan Eckstein Junior High School.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was of predominantly English ancestry, with some German, Swiss, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Wild Bill Hickok is her sixth cousin, five times removed. Ancestry.com announced on July 30, 2012, after using a combination of old documents and yDNA analysis, that Dunham's mother may have been descended from African John Punch, who was an indentured servant/slave in seventeenth-century colonial Virginia. Her parents were born in Kansas and met in Wichita, where they married on May 5, 1940. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, her father joined the United States Army and her mother worked at a Boeing plant in Wichita. According to Dunham, she was named after her father because he wanted a son, though her relatives doubt this story and her maternal uncle recalled that her mother named Dunham after her favorite actress Bette Davis' character in the film In This Our Life because she thought Stanley, as a girl's name, sounded sophisticated. As a child and teenager she was known as Stanley. Other children teased her about her name but she used it through high school, "apologizing for it each time she introduced herself in a new town". By the time Dunham began attending college, she was known by her middle name, Ann, instead. After World War II, Dunham's family moved from Wichita to California while her father attended the University of California, Berkeley.
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