Carolyn Fluehr Fluehr-Lobban

Profile Updated: June 30, 2012
Residing In Cranston, RI USA
Spouse/Partner Richard A. Lobban
Occupation College Professor
Children Josina, born 1976, married to Jason Garnham, living in Durham, NH
Nicki, born 1981, married to William More…Post, relocating from Sacramento, CA and Afghanistan
Attending The Saturday night 50th Reunion Program and Buffet Dinner (09/29/12)



I have been married for 44 years, to the same man. We are both anthropologists and developed our careers together mainly in African studies. Our daughters share our interest in other cultures.

School Story

I studied Nursing for one year at St. Joseph's Hosptial in Atlanta, left the program and began university study at Georgia State where I discovered anthropology. I "dug" for one summer at the Etowah mounds in Cartersville, GA which confirmed my desire to become an anthropologist. I worked at Grady Hospital for a year to pay my tuition at GA State. I returned to my native Philadelphia in 1966 to pursue a Bachelor's degree in anthropology at Temple University where I also earned a master's degree. It was at Temple that I met my husband Richard Lobban--in an anthropology class--and thus began our life long love of travel and research, primarily in North Africa. We received our PhDs from Northwestern University and have spent several living and researching in the Nile valley countries of Sudan and Egypt. After our daughters were born we brought them with us for extended periods of living in these countries as well as in Tunisia. In 1986 we traveled around the world as a family with the University of Pittsburgh's "Semester at Sea" program; I repeated this trip in 1996. We have lived and worked in Rhode Island since 1972 where we both were professors of anthropology. We are now retired Professors Emeritus. We are beekeepers, maintaining four hives in both RI and New Hampshire where we enjoy our summers.

I have often reflected how my years at Southwest and in Atlanta (before it became a boom town) were both formative and transformational. My interest in the world and in ideas began with discussions with friends and teachers at Southwest.

My favorite class was Mr. Anthony's Spanish class--he taught the cultures and history of the Spanish speaking world along with the language and was ahead of his time. He was also faculty adviser to "The Howl" our student newspaper that I wrote for. I loved Mrs. Armstrong's English classes too. I got through Math and Science, and enjoyed Chorus. I am in a local singing group to this day.

Carolyn's Latest Interactions

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Jan 06, 2021 at 1:46 PM

Happy Birthday to another baseball fan!

Jan 06, 2021 at 4:33 AM
Jan 06, 2020 at 4:36 AM
Jan 06, 2019 at 4:33 AM
Jan 06, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Happy Birthday Carolyn! It was great seeing you in October at the class reunion.

Jan 06, 2018 at 4:34 AM
Jan 06, 2016 at 4:33 AM
Jan 06, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Happy Birthday, Carolyn! We enjoyed visiting with you at the last reunion. I did complete my goal of visiting every Major League ballpark, though it has been over a lifetime! The last one was Target Field in Minneapolis, which we visited last June. Have a great day!

Jan 06, 2015 at 4:33 AM
May 18, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Hey Carla, I just can't believe you are a great grandmother. We just became grandparents for the first time.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:28 AM