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Robert M. Gardner, a resident of San Jose, Calif., died April 11 at the age of 74 after a short illness.
Mr. Gardner served as the executive director of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC), now the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance, from 2007 until 2015. He co-founded Missing Link Electronics in 2008 and was its president and chief operating officer at the time of his death.
Mr. Gardner was member of the Board of Directors for Verific Design Automation since its inception in 1999. In 2016, he was presented with the DATE Fellow Award by the Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference and Exhibit in recognition of his long association with EDAC and DATE.
Over a 50-year career, Mr. Gardner held senior management positions at semiconductor and EDA companies including Signetics/Philips, AMD, Exemplar Logic, Design Acceleration, Bridges2Silicon, and ITeX. A 1965 graduate of California Polytechnic College in Pomona, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Mr. Gardner was active in instrumental music education and performances in Silicon Valley. He also was an avid sailor/yacht racer.
He is survived by his wife Monique; son Scott and his wife Sarah and children Zoe and Reese; daughter Lauree Walker and her husband Tim and their children Luke and Lily.