In the summer of 1982, Obama was in a long-distance relationship with a former occidental College classmate named Alex McNear.
He is now a diplomacy and world affairs professor at occidental College in Los Angeles.
“My first act of political activism was when I was at occidental College,” he said in Senegal, on his 2013 trip to Africa.
c.1400, from Old French occidental (14c.) and directly from Latin occidentalis "western," from occidentem (see occident). As a capitalized noun meaning "a Western person" (opposed to Oriental) from 1857.