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 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.
- 1979: President of the Almaden Valley Women’s Club
- 1984: Campaigned to get the 6th period restored in San Jose Unified School District
- 1984: Campaign Coordinator for Measure on Funds for 85/87 Highway
- 1986: Moderator at the Almaden Valley United Church of Christ
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.
- June 7, 1988: Ran campaign for Measure H to build San Jose Arena
- May 2nd, 1995: Elected to San Jose City Council
- November 3, 1998: Helped get Jake’s play lot approved and built (adjacent to the Almaden Public Library)
- 2000: Expedited approval for New Almaden Library and Community Center
- February 2, 2005: Appointed Director of Local Government Affairs for California by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
- 2006: Selected to be President & CEO of San Jose Chamber of Commerce (now Silicon Valley Organization)
- 2011: Retired to become fulltime grandparent and travel companion with husband Bob