Endowment to honor alumna

The University of Hawaii Foundation is forming an endowment fund that will honor the late Stanley Ann Dunham, a UH-Manoa Mathematics alumna and President Barack Obama’s mother. Fundraising is just beginning for the endowment, a partnership between the UH Foundation and the East-West Center. University officials say the fund will support an endowed chair in the anthropology department and scholarships for students focused on that field and other social sciences. Dunham received a BA in Mathematics from UH-Manoa in 1967, then went on to earn an MA (1983) and PhD (1992) in Anthropology from UH. The fund is in the name of Ann Dunham Soetoro, the name Obama’s mother adopted after marrying her second husband, Lolo Soetoro. She also used the name during years of anthropology studies.