He went on to work for KLA-Tencor where he helped move semiconductor test equipment from a cottage industry into a multibillion-dollar market. He was a leading innovator in product process, strategic planning and customer service. During his tenure, KLA-Tencor had a 50-fold increase in market capitalization and the company was named one of the "Best Managed Companies" by Forbes Magazine.
He enjoyed skiing, hiking, opera and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. He had interest in a wide variety of subjects from Civil War history to science fiction to Vipassana Meditation. He also visited over 45 countries on seven continents and had a love for adventurous travel. With his wife, he supported many nonprofits in his community.
He is survived by his wife, Fran Codispoti, of Los Altos Hills; sister Nancy Kinka of Folsom; brother Robert of Lincoln; son Christian (Sarah) of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandson of Erik of Scottsdale, Arizona; and daughter Margaux Schroeder (Brian Mead) of San Francisco.
A memorial service will be held in early December. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Stanford Medicine at makeagift.stanford.edu. In the special instructions section, a donation may be designated for the Kenneth L. Schroeder ALS fund.
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