• 1940 July 09
    (b.) -
    2011 August 06


Having grown up in Rosenberg, Texas, he attended Rice University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude receiving a BA and BS in Engineering. In 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Daily. They moved to the Bay Area in 1963, where he was a member of the technical staff at Sylvania and was involved in the development of nonlinear optical techniques and systems. While at Sylvania, he attended Stanford University where he received his MA and PhD in 1966. He, along with three associates, founded ROLM Corporation, a telecommunications equipment company, in 1969. He was CEO, President and a director at ROLM from its founding until its merger with IBM in 1984. Following the merger, he became a Vice President of IBM and a member of its Corporate Management Board. He remained in that role until 1986. He became the Executive Chairman of Echelon Corporation in San Jose in 1989 and served as CEO of Echelon from 1988 to 2009 and President from 1988 to 2001. Echelon is a pioneer in energy control networking for smart electric grids, smart buildings and smart devices. He was currently a board member of the Rice University Board of Governors and Just Answer. He was a past President of the Board of Stanford Alumni Association and a past member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, of Stanford Associates, and the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County. He was an American Electronics Association director for 5 years serving as the chairman in 1977, a former director and chairman of the Santa Clara County Manufacturing Group, and a member of President Reagan?s Economic Policy Planning Committee and the Committee to advise the President on High Temperature Superconductivity. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Rice University and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Sigma Tau and IEEE. Ken was an incredibly gifted businessman and lent his expertise on the boards of Sun Microsystems, Knight Ridder, ASK Computer Systems, StrataCom, Inc., and Charles Schwab Corporation, among others. He died peacefully Aug. 6, 2011.
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    1940 July 09
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    2011 August 06
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    Co-founded ROLM Corporation, a telecommunications equipment company
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