November 25, 2003 11:16 AM PST
Silicon Valley VC legend dies
In addition to his role as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Kleiner was also known as a member of the "Fairchild Eight"--the group that founded Fairchild Semiconductor. The chipmaker was one of the first to successfully manufacture a silicon-based transistor.
At the time of his death, Kleiner served as a "partner emeritus" at Kleiner Perkins.
"Eugene Kleiner was a great pioneer of Silicon Valley?and his contribution to finance and technology were enormous. He will be sorely missed," read a statement released Tuesday by the firm.
Memorial services will be held at the Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills on Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.