About Pat

Pat Dando, 1946–2017

As a passionate woman with a heart for service, Pat Dando will always be remembered for her philanthropy, advocacy, and meaningful contributions to her community. Pat accomplished so much in her 71 years of life—from fighting hard to improve her community of San Jose to raising her three wonderful children. Below is a timeline that journeys through the highlights of Pat’s life, including some of her most important accomplishments and memorable events in her life.



Patricia M. Stout was born on June 1, 1946, in Vernon, Texas. She was raised in Killeen, Texas by her single mother, Julia Stout, along with her five protective uncles who provided structure and guidance throughout her childhood.

After graduating from Killeen High School in 1964, Pat decided to expand her education and head out for college. She attended North Texas State University, majoring in Elementary Education and English.

In 1967, she married Bob Dando and moved to Schenectady, New York where she began her career as a schoolteacher and also started her family. In 1973 they relocated to San Jose, California. Pat then became fully focused on family life and volunteering to better her community. Her life revolved around her three children, Lesa, Kyle, and Todd.

  • June 1, 1946: Born in Vernon, Texas
  • January 27, 1967: Married Bob Dando
  • January 13, 1968: Graduated from North Texas State University with a BS in Education
  • Summer 1974: Moved to San Jose, California
Pat's Childhood



Pat was passionate about improving her community and serving the people of San Jose. She became a strong advocate to improve local schools and support her community. Pat served as President of the local Women’s Club and the PTA, volunteered at her church as a moderator and bible school teacher, and campaigned for several measures that greatly improved her community.

Pat's Volunteer Work


Public Service

Pat dedicated her life to serving her community. She had an impactful career in public service in which she worked for Mayor Tom McEnery’s office, served on the San Jose City Council representing District 10, and was appointed Vice Mayor of San Jose. She also co-founded the Stroke Awareness Foundation, served as the Director of Local Goverment Affairs for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was appointed CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Pat Dando giving back