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Intercept Technology founder and president Steve Klare died on June 10, 2021 after a battle with mesothelioma. He was 74. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Karen (Kroesen) Klare, his three daughters, Julie Klare, Wendy Klare, and Abby Monaco; six granddaughters, and one great-grandson.
Design007 Magazine columnist Tim Haag worked at Intercept as manager of customer support and training. Haag noted that Klare was a strong leader and a visionary.
"Steve Klare saw potential in me that I didn't see myself, and I ended up working for him at Intercept for nearly 14 years," said Haag.
Stephen Warren Klare was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1947. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at George Washington University. He helped develop the first U.S. Postal Service zip code reader as part of his master’s thesis.
He started his career at Bell Labs in New Jersey in 1969 and earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University while developing the first miniaturized wearable heart monitor. Klare led R&D teams at Motorola and helped design the communication systems for Voyager I and II. His signature is engraved on gold records that both spacecraft carry through the solar system.
Klare moved his family to Atlanta in 1981 and led research teams at Lockheed. In 1983 he founded Intercept Technology, an EDA company that develops PCB design software. In his spare time, he played tennis and coached Northside Youth Organization softball, and took his family on many trips to his favorite place, Seaside, Florida.
Donations can be made to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota at www.mayoclinic.org.