Lolo Soetoro

Indonesian Geographer
Born Jan 2, 1935

Lolo Soetoro, also known as Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo or Mangundikardjo, was the Indonesian stepfather of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America.

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1935 Birth Born on January 2, 1935.


1962 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Soetoro earned his bachelor's degree in geography from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. In 1962, Soetoro, then a civilian employee of the Indonesian Army Topographic Service, obtained an East-West Center grant for graduate study in geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
1964 29 Years Old In January 1964 she filed for divorce from her estranged husband, Barack Obama Sr., who had left Hawaii in June 1962 to pursue graduate study at Harvard University.


1965 30 Years Old Soetoro and Dunham met at the East-West Center while both were students at the University of Hawaii. Soetoro and Dunham married in Hawaii in 1965.
1966 31 Years Old Soetoro, a geographer, returned to Indonesia in 1966, to help map Western New Guinea for the Indonesian government, while Dunham and her son moved into her parents' house in Honolulu to complete her studies at the University of Hawaii; she earned a B.A. in anthropology in 1967. … Read More
1967 32 Years Old In 1967, Dunham and her six-year-old son moved to Jakarta to rejoin Soetoro. … Read More
In 1970, with his financial situation improved by a new job in government relations at Union Oil Company, Soetoro moved his family two miles north to a rented house at 22 Taman Amir Hamzah Street in the Matraman Dalam neighborhood in the Pegangsaan administrative village of the Menteng subdistrict in Central Jakarta, with a car replacing their motorcycle. … Read More
1971 36 Years Old In mid-1971, Obama moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents and attend Punahou School starting in 5th grade. … Read More


1976 41 Years Old In 1976, Dunham and her daughter moved to Yogyakarta, living for half a year with Soetoro's 76-year-old mother. During their years in Indonesia, Dunham became increasingly interested in the country's culture, while Soetoro became more interested in Western culture, and their relationship was in conflict over differing values. Their divorce became final on November 6, 1980. … Read More
1980 45 Years Old Soetoro married Erna Kustina in 1980 and had two children, a son, Yusuf Aji Soetoro (born 1981) and daughter, Rahayu Nurmaida Soetoro (born 1987).


1987 52 Years Old Soetoro died, age 52, on March 2, 1987 of liver failure, and was buried in Tanah Kusir Cemetery, South Jakarta.
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