Former Atherton councilman Jim Dobbie dies


Jim Dobbie, who resigned his seat on the Atherton City Council in March because of poor health, died yesterday (July 24) at Stanford Hospital. He had celebrated his 84th birthday earlier this month.

After Mr. Dobbie announced his resignation, his wife, Pat Dobbie, told the Almanac that for the prior few months, he had been battling a strange respiratory condition, and despite undergoing numerous tests by "outstanding" doctors, the cause remained a mystery.

Jim Dobbie
Mr. Dobbie served a four-year term on the town's Planning Commission before his 2008 election to a two-year council seat. He ran successfully for re-election in 2010, and his term was set to expire in December.

In a formal announcement issued this morning, the town of Atherton wrote: "It is with great sadness that the town must inform you of the passing of Jim Dobbie. ... Jim held a clear sense of commitment ... to this town and its residents. The town will miss Jim and his passion for democracy."

Mr. Dobbie is survived by his wife, Pat, their three daughters, and seven grandchildren, according to the statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends," the announcement said.

Councilman Bill Widmer said Mr. Dobbie was "a real family man" who also loved the town he lived in for more than 20 years. "He wanted to do the right thing for Atherton," Mr. Widmer said. "He was a strong businessman and always paid attention to the dollars and cents."

Several years ago, when the town was struggling with a systemic budgetary deficit, Mr. Dobbie was a key player in helping turn the situation around, said Mr. Widmer, who also played a major role in helping the town return to financial health. "He was a major contributor in putting the town in the financial position it's in today," Mr. Widmer said.

The Almanac will report information about memorial services when it becomes available.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Jim was a gentleman and a hard nosed businessman who gave his very best to our community. Thank you Jim.

And Pat - our prayers are with you.

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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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My sincere condolences to the family. Rest in peace, Jim.

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Posted by Frederic Sischka
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I fondly remember Jim as a key element in the success of Memorex Corp. I wish all the best to his family in his passing. Like my father who passed away in 1993, I'm sure Jim has taken over management of a key part of the next life. Go get 'em Jim!

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Posted by Ken Goldman
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Wonderful man, professional and family, knew him well when i worked for him at Memorex. Great sense of humour and never took himself too seriously, i will miss him and my best to the family, Jim may you rest in peace


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