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Lolo (Martodihardjo) Soetoro (1935 - 1987)

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Lolo "Lolo" Soetoro formerly Martodihardjo aka Mangunharjo, Mangundikardjo, Sutoro
Born in Bandung, Jawa, Hindia Belandamap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Jakarta, Indonesiamap
Father of [private daughter (1970s - unknown)]
Died in Jakarta, Jawa, Indonesiamap
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Biography of Soetoro "Lolo" Martodihardjo, ninth child


  • Soetoro. Javanese give only one name at birth. If a surname is required, the father's name, in this case Martodihardjo, would be the best approximation for a surname.
  • Soetoro Martodihardjo. "His name was Soetoro Martodihardjo, an Indonesian who as born in 1935.... Since childhood his nickname had been Lolo, and when he came to the United States he gave his name as Lolo Soetoro. Names in Indonesia are an individual art form with no hard and fast rules, so it was not unusual that he dropped Martodihardjo." [1]
  • Lolo Soetoro. "The following year, Stanley Ann Obama, who had moved back to Honolulu, married an Indonesian student named Soetoro Martodihardjo, who went by the name Lolo Soetoro." [2] "According to his cousin Heri, "Lolo" is a nickname since childhood." [3]
  • Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo [4] [5]
  • Mangundikardjo [6]

1934 Birth

He was born 2 January 1934. [7] in Bandung, West Java, Dutch East Indies. [8]

Soetoro was the ninth of ten children of Martodihardjo, who was an employee of a mining office from Yogyakarta. [7]

1946 Revolution

Soetoro's father and eldest brother were killed during the Indonesian National Revolution, when Indonesia won independence from the Dutch, and the Dutch army burned the family's home. Soetoro fled with his mother to the countryside. [9]

1962 Hawaii

In 1962, after earning his bachelor's degree in geography from Gadjah Mada University, in Yogyakarta, [7][3] 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. [10]

He arrived in Honolulu in September 1962 and graduated from the university with a M.A. in geography in June 1964. [11]

1965 Marriage to Ann Dunham

On March 15, 1965, in Hawaii, Soetoro married Ann Dunham,[12] [13] whom he had met at the East-West Center while both were students at the University of Hawaii. [14][15][12]

Ann had previously been married to Barack Husein Obama, Sr., of Kenya, and had a small son, Barack, Jr, born in 1961. Barack, Sr. left Hawaii in June 1962 to pursue graduate study at Harvard University.[16] In January 1964 she had filed for divorce [14]

1966 West Irian, Indonesia

Soetoro, a geographer,[12][17] returned to Indonesia in 1966,[18]to help map Western New Guinea [16]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;[19] she earned a B.A. in anthropology in 1967. [20]

1967 Ann joins him in Jakarta

In 1967, Dunham and her six-year-old son moved to Jakarta to rejoin Soetoro. [21] The reunited family initially lived in a new modest stucco and red tile house 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, [21] [22][23] and owned a new Japanese motorcycle.[24]

From January 1968 to December 1969, Dunham taught English and was an assistant director of the Lembaga Persahabatan Indonesia Amerika (LIA)–the Indonesia-America Friendship Institute–which was subsidized by U.S. government. [25]

When I moved to Jakarta, it was 1967, and it was a time that had followed great suffering and conflict in parts of this country. And even though my stepfather had served in the Army, the violence and killing during that time of political upheaval was largely unknown to me because it was unspoken by my Indonesian family and friends. In my household, like so many others across Indonesia, the memories of that time were an invisible presence. Indonesians had their independence, but oftentimes they were afraid to speak their minds about issues.[26]

1970 Union Oil Company

In 1970, with his financial situation improved by a new job in government relations [27]at Union Oil Company, [7][16][12]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, [21][23]with a car replacing their motorcycle.[28]

From January 1970 to August 1972, Dunham taught English and was a department head and a director of the Lembaga Pendidikan dan Pengembangan Manajemen (LPPM)–the Institute of Management Education and Development. [25]

On 15 August 1970, Soetoro and Dunham had a daughter, Maya Kassandra Soetoro.[29][30]

In 1972, Ann returned to Hawaii to begin graduate study in anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. [25][31] She and her daughter moved back to Hawaii where they rejoined Obama. [31][25]

While Ann and Barry were in Indonesia, they lived in Menteng Dalam, Jakarta, and were occasionally invited to the family home in Jayeng Prawiran, Jogjakarta. [3]

"Aunt Ann was very polite. Once upon a time she stroked the head of my grandparents. Uh, all of them smiling. Was only after the event Ann was told that stroking the head of an old man in Java was very disrespectful. Tante was shocked, then apologized. Grandmother just laughed, "Heri said. [3]

Although he was officially in Jakarta, Soetoro often invited Barry to Jogjakarta. "They often played at the grandparents house. Incidentally dad used to live with his grandparents., So I remember very well when Barry ran to and fro," said the father of two boys. [3]

Aunt Ann, said Heri, was very happy to hang out with regular people. Like a rickshaw ride to Malioboro. Like to market, principally its populace," said the husband Trisiswati. [3]

Career: PT Unocal

Apart from the bond department in the Army, Lolo worked at PT Unocal (now Chevron) as an oil mining site surveys. "We often family travel. Jenar I remember to (near Purworedjo, Central Java), use the car leased. Toyota white, which lends Uncle Lolo," he said. [3]

1980 Second Marriage to Erna Kustina

Soetoro married Erna Kustina in 1980 and had two children, a son, Yusuf Aji Soetoro (born 1981), and daughter, Rahayu Nurmaida Soetoro (born 1987).[32]

The election of Barack Obama as U.S. president also made Nurmaida Soetoro Rahayu, 24, sister Maya Soetoro, excited. Ayu, formally called Rahayu Nurmaida Soetoro, was a child in the second marriage to Erna Kustina. [3]

1987 Death

Soetoro died, age 52, on 2 March 1987, of liver failure,[29][33]and was buried in Tanah Kusir Cemetery, South Jakarta.[8]

2008 Election of Step-son as President of the United States

On November 5th, 2008, the family of Lolo Soetoro hosted a large family gathering at the family home in Rawalumbu, Bekasi, to observe the election of his step-son, Barack Obama, as President of the United States. [3] The family felt tremendous pride that they were close relatives of the man who would lead the most powerful country in the world. "Though thousands of miles apart, they gathered yesterday to pray that Barry Soetoro, the nickname of the senator from Illinois had while living in Menteng, Jakarta, would win the presidential election in the United States." [3]


  1. Maya Kasandra Soetoro-Ng -- daughter of Soetoro and Ann Dunham. She is married to Konrad Ng, with whom she has two daughters, Suhaila and Savita. Maya Soetoro-Ng is a teacher in Hawaii. [34]
  2. Yusuf Aji Soetoro, born 1981
  3. Rahayu Nurmaida Soetoro, born 1987).[32]


  1. David Maraniss (2012). Barack Obama: The Story. New York: Simon & Schuster. Accessed August 6, 2016
  2. Obama: The Prequel.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Keluarga Besar Soetoro, Kerabat Dekat Obama di Jakarta Kalau ke Jogja, Barry Bisa Habiskan Seekor Ayam Baceman. Rabu, 05 November 2008. Accessed August 5r, 2016
  4. Asydhad, Arifin (2006-07-06). "Jejak Barack Obama: suka pramuka, sering bagi cokelat (Barack Obama impression: scouts like, frequently for chocolate)" (in Indonesian). Jakarta: (a web portal founded in 1998 by Abdul Rahman and Budiono Darsono as part of PT Agranet Multicitra Siberkom (PT Agrakom)—an Internet startup company founded in 1995). Retrieved 2008-11-11. Google Translate's English translation. Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed August 6 2016
  5. (2008). *Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo". Lisbon: Retrieved 2008-06-19. Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed August 6, 2016
  6. Oraw, Nirina (citizen journalist) (2007-01-25). "Barry Soetoro calon Presiden AS (U.S. Presidential candidate Barry Obama)". (in Indonesian). Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands: Yayasan Peduli Indonesia (Care Foundation Indonesia). Retrieved 2008-11-11. Toshihiko Atsuyama’s (Foreign Prophecies blog) English translation. Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed August 6, 2016
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Habib, Ridlawn (2008-11-05). "Kalau ke Jogja, Barry bisa habiskan seekor ayam baceman" [If traveling to Yogyakrta, Barry can eat one whole chicken]. Jawa Pos (in Indonesian). Surabya. Retrieved 2008-11-10. Google Translate's English translation Lolo studied geography at Gadjah Mada University and got a scholarship from the Indonesian Army Topographic Service. After working for the Indonesian Army Topographic Service, he worked for an American oil company, Unocal [Union Oil Company]. cited by Wikipedia. Accessed August 6, 2016
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wikipedia. Lolo Soetoro.
  9. Obama, Barack (2004) [1995]. Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance. New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 1-4000-8277-3. Cited by Wikipedia. p. 42. Accessed August 6, 2016
  10. "For the record: President Obama's East-West Center connections" (PDF). East-West Center Press Kit. Honolulu: East–West Center. Retrieved 2011-02-06. Obama’s stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, was an East-West Center graduate degree fellow (M.A. in geography) from 1962–64, before he married Obama’s mother. Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed August 6, 2016
  11. Wester, Lyndon (2010-10-13). "History of the Department". Honolulu: University of Hawaii Department of Geography. Retrieved 2011-02-06. Citied by Wikipedia. Accessed August 6, 2016
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Nakaso, Dan (2008-09-12). "Obama's mother's work focus of UH seminar". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2011-02-06. At UH, she fell in love with a Javanese candidate for a master's degree in geography named Soetoro Martodihardjo, who went by the Javanese nickname, "Lolo" Soetoro. They married in 1965 ... The Dutch had ceded Western New Guinea to Indonesia, and geographer Lolo Soetoro returned to map the new divide between Eastern Guinea, which was under British/Australian control, and the Western portion. In the early 1970s … "He got a job with Union Oil," [Alice G.] Dewey said. "Lolo joked that they got divorced because she was falling in love with Javanese handcrafts and he was becoming an American oil man, which wasn't far from the truth." Cited by wikipedia. Accessed August 6, 2016
  13. Date of marriage from Stanley Ann's application to amend her US passport, 6/29/1967. Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  14. 14.0 14.1 Ripley, Amanda (2008-04-09). "The story of Barack Obama's mother". Retrieved 2011-01-13. Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed August 6,2016
  15. Solomon, Deborah (2008-01-20). "Questions for Maya Soetoro-Ng: All in the family". The New York Times Magazine. p. 17. Retrieved 2011-01-13. Cited by wikipedia. Accessed August 6, 2016
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Maraniss, David (2008-08-22). "Though Obama had to leave to find himself, it is Hawaii that made his rise possible". Retrieved 2011-01-13. Lolo was off working for Union Oil … He had been summoned back to his country from Hawaii in 1966 and sent to work in New Guinea for a year …. (1962-06-20). "Kenyan student wins fellowship". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. p. 7.Griffin, John (1962-06-22). "First UH African graduate gives view on E-W Center". The Honolulu Advertiser. p. B?.
  17. Obama (1995, 2004), p. 43: He was working for the army as a geologist [sic], surveying roads and tunnels, when she arrived. It was mind-numbing work that didn't pay very much …cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  18. Scott, Janny (2008-03-14). "A free-spirited wanderer who set Obama's path". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 2011-04-20. he was summoned home in 1966 … Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  19. Hoover, Will (2008-11-08). "Obama slept here". The Honolulu Advertiser. p. A1. Retrieved 2011-01-13; Dingeman, Robbie (2008-12-03). "Obama childhood locales attracting more tourists". The Honolulu Advertiser. p. A1. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  20. Essoyan, Susan (2008-09-13). "A woman of the people; a symposium recalls the efforts of Stanley Ann Dunham to aid the poor". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-04-20. Dunham earned her bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Hawaii; Dewey, Alice; White, Geoffrey (November 2008). "Ann Dunham: a personal reflection". Anthropology News. 49 (8): 20. doi:10.1111/an.2008.49.8.20. reprinted by: Dewey, Alice; White, Geoffrey (2009-03-09). "Ann Dunham: a personal reflection". Honolulu: University of Hawaii Department of Anthropology. Retrieved 2011-01-13. Dunham (2009), p. 376: "S. Ann Dunham (1942–95), mother of President Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro-ng, earned her undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees, all in anthropology, from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa." Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Barker, Kim (2007-03-25). "History of schooling distorted". Chicago Tribune. p. 28. Retrieved 2009-07-26. Obama and his mother moved from Honolulu to Jakarta to join Soetoro in 1967, when Obama was 6. In their first neighborhood ... Soetoro usually was too busy working, first for the Indonesian army and later for a Western oil company. Zulfan Adi, a former neighborhood playmate of Obama's who has been cited in news reports as saying Obama regularly attended Friday prayers with Soetoro, told the Tribune he was not certain about that when pressed about his recollections. He only knew Obama for a few months, during 1970, when his family moved to the neighborhood. In late 1970, Obama's family moved to another neighborhood, and Obama enrolled in Public Elementary School Menteng No. 1 ...
  22. Watson, Paul (2007-03-15). "As a child, Obama crossed a cultural divide in Indonesia". Los Angeles Times. p. A1. Retrieved 2008-06-21. Soetoro worked for Mobil Oil ... Adi said. Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  23. 23.0 23.1 Anderton, Trish (2007-06-26). "Obama's Jakarta trail". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-06-19; Nazeer, Zubaidah; Samon, Mohd Ishak (2009-01-27). "Where Obama won a keropok eating contest". The New Paper. Singapore: Retrieved 2011-04-20. he joined ... Besuki SDN Menteng, where Mr Effendi taught, in 1970. Barry came into his class a month late, in February 1970 because he had transferred from the Catholic elementary school St Francis Assisi. Higgins, Andrew (2010-04-09). "Catholic school in Indonesia seeks recognition for its role in Obama's life". The Washington Post. p. A1. Retrieved 2011-01-01. Onishi, Norimitsu (2010-11-09). "Obama visits a nation that knew him as Barry". The New York Times. p. A14. Retrieved 2011-01-01.Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  24. Obama (1995, 2004), p. 32.; Maraniss (2012), pp. 230, 240. Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3
  26. Sheridan, Michael; Baxter, Sarah (2007-01-28). "Secrets of Obama family unlocked". The Sunday Times. London. p. 25. Retrieved 2009-08-27. Soetoro became a government relations consultant with a big US oil company. reprinted on 2007-02-01 by The Muslim Observer. Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  27. Obama (1995, 2004). p. 46. Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  28. 29.0 29.1 Fornek, Scott; Good, Greg (2007-09-09). "The Obama family tree" (PDF). Chicago Sun-Times. p. 2B. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-06-21. Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  29. Jones, Bart; Lefkowitz, Melanie; Henderson, Nia-Malika; Evans, Martin C. (2008-11-08). "Timeline: Obama through the years". Newsday. Melville, N.Y. Retrieved 2008-11-09. Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  30. 31.0 31.1 Dunham (2009), pp. xli–xliv: "January 8, 1976 letter from Ann Dunham Soetoro (Jl. Polowijan 3, Kraton, Yogyakarta) to Prof. Alice G. Dewey (Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu)." Cited by Wikipedia. Accessed August 6, 2016
  31. 32.0 32.1 Habib, Ridlwan (2008-11-06). "Keluarga besar Lolo Soetoro, kerabat dekat calon Presiden Amerika di Jakarta (Lolo Soetoro's extended family in Jakarta, close relatives to American Presidential nominee)". Jawa Pos (in Indonesian). Surabya. Retrieved 2008-11-10.Google Translate's English translation. Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  32. Fornek, (2007-09-09). "Lolo Soetoro; 'A piece of tiger meat'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-06-17. Cited by wikipedia. Accessed Aug 6, 2016
  33. Family of Barack Obama. Accessed August 6, 2016.

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On 15 Sep 2016 at 10:21 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Soetoro was his given name at birth, so the proper last name at birth is Martohidjardo, his father's name. He adopted Soetoro as his last name (and the nickname "Lolo" as his first name) later in life.

On 15 Sep 2016 at 09:34 GMT V (Brannan) W wrote:

Please add other last names: Mangunharjo, Mangundikardjo, and Sutoro as per the wikipedia article referenced for this inidividual

On 8 Aug 2016 at 04:05 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Soetoro-1 and Martodihardjo-2 appear to represent the same person because: Soetoro was not a last name but a given name. Later, "Lolo" was given to him by his playmates as a nickname. When a LNAB is required for Javanese, the father's name is used, in this case Martodijardjo. Aside from name, the dates and places are correct for the same person in both profiles.

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