Member Biography

Quentin R. Orlando 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1973       49 Democrat
1974       49 Democrat
1975       49 Democrat
1976       49 Democrat
1977       49 Democrat
1978       49 Democrat
1979       49 Democrat
1980       49 Democrat



11/08/1919 - 11/22/2011

Doctor Quentin R. “Doc” Orlando (D49) Erie County 1973-1980

Early Life:

Doctor Quentin R. “Doc” Orlando, born November 8, 1919, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania; son of Michael Dominick and Angeline DiLoreto Orlando; Strong Vincent High School, Erie, Pennsylvania; Cathedral College, Erie, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; elected, Erie City Councilman, 1962-1966; elected, Erie City Councilman, 1968-1972; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1973-1980; appointed, member, Pennsylvania State Optometric Licensing Board, served, twelve years, two governors; married, Emma Jean Boderocco Orlando, 1947, children, Q. Gregory Orlando, Douglas S. Orlando, Susan O. Pavick; died, January 22, 2011 (aged 91), at his residence, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania; interment, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Exchange Club of Erie; Probus Club of Erie; Council of Service Clubs; Commodore Perry Boys Baseball of Erie and Northwest Pennsylvania Optometric Society. Life member of Local, State and National Optometric Associations; Times Old Newsies; Probus Club of Erie; Wolves Club of Erie; Erie Maennerchor Club, Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 49th district, Erie County, 1973-1980; Chairman, Senate Finance Committee.

Appointed, member, Pennsylvania State Optometric Licensing Board, Governors Ray Shafer. 

Appointed member, Pennsylvania State Optometric Licensing Board, Governor Tom Ridge. 


During his last year of service, Pennsylvania State Optometric Licensing Board, at age 83, became the oldest sitting member of a State Board or Commission, 2002. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members O"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Erie Times-News (Erie, Pennsylvania) January 25, 2011.

Quentin R Orlando (1919-2011) - Find a Grave Memorial