Kim King was an icon of Georgia Tech Football for more than 40 years.
was an icon of Georgia Tech Football for more than 40 years,
beginning with a standout playing career for legendary head coach Bobby
Dodd and continuing through 30 years of service to the Institute
as a supporter and benefactor of athletics and as a beloved radio color
analyst. Most recently, he was an inspiration both within and outside
the Georgia Tech community for his courageous battle with cancer.
"It has been my pleasure to know Kim King since he served on the
search committee that ultimately selected me to be Georgia Tech's
president," said G. Wayne Clough, president of the Georgia Institute of
Technology. "Over the years, we've worked closely on the Georgia Tech
Foundation, the Georgia Tech Athletic Board, and through the
development of the Centergy complex and Technology Square. Further, as
a star player and the color commentator for Tech football games, Kim
has distinguished himself as someone with a real affinity for the
Institute. I know that I join the entire Georgia Tech community in
relaying to Kim's family our sincere sorrow in his passing and that our
thoughts and prayers are with them at their time of loss."
Yellow Jackets'most recent home football game against Miami on Oct. 2,
Georgia Tech honored King by officially dedicating the Kim King
Football Locker Room at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field.
"Kim truly loved Georgia Tech, and especially Tech football," said
Tech Director of Athletics Dave Braine. "He was a tremendous ambassador
for the program, and he was loved by so many people. To say that he
will be missed is an understatement."
King was originally diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of
cancer, in 1999. Last May, he was diagnosed with secondary acute
King began his long association with Georgia Tech when he enrolled
at the Institute in the fall of 1963. "The Young Lefthander" was a
three-year starter at quarterback from 1965-67, leading the
Jackets to berths in the Gator and Orange Bowls. One of the highlights
of his career came when he helped the Jackets to a victory over
eighth-ranked Tennessee in 1966 and was named National Back of the
Week by Sports Illustrated magazine. He finished his career as Tech's
all-time leading passer.
Also an outstanding student, King earned his bachelor's degree in
Industrial Management from Georgia Tech in 1968, launching his
highly successful business career. He founded Kim King Associates,
Inc., one of Atlanta's foremost commercial real estate development
firms, in 1972. His firm developed numerous properties all over
Atlanta, including the Centergy complex adjacent to the Tech campus at
He was named Georgia's "Most Respected CEO" for 2004 by
Georgia Trend magazine, which also tabbed him one of the 100 Most
Influential Georgians in 2001.
King served as finance chairman for former Georgia Governor Roy E.
Barnes and as Chairman of the Board of Georgia Public Broadcasting. He
was active in fund-raising activities for cancer research as well as
the Bobby Dodd Charities Foundation, Inc.
In addition to his business and civic accomplishments, King was an
integral figure in Georgia Tech Athletics who was instrumental in the
growth of the program. He chaired the initial feasibility study for
what ultimately became the Arthur B. Edge Center, which houses Tech's
athletics offices. At the time of its completion in 1982, the Edge
Center was a significant move by the Institute toward a commitment to
intercollegiate athletics. In 1988, he was a driving force behind
the agreement between the State Board of Regents and the Grant family
heirs to add the name of Bobby Dodd to Tech's home field.
King was admired by generations of Yellow Jacket fans for his role
as the color analyst on Tech's radio broadcasts. He joined the radio
broadcast team in 1974 as the partner of legendary play-by-play
voice Al Ciraldo.
Wes Durham, Tech's current play-by-play voice, began working with King in 1995.
"This is such a tremendous loss for Georgia Tech and for me
personally," said Durham. "Kim King is Georgia Tech, and I'm honored
that I had the chance to know him and work with him for the
last 10 years."
Head football coach Chan Gailey said, "Kim King is the true Tech
Man, from the way he played on the football field to his successful
business career, and most importantly, in the way he lived his life."
Born Oct. 6, 1945 in Atlanta, King was inducted into the Georgia
Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the State of Georgia Sports
Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 1998 he was honored by the
Athletic Association with the Total Person Alumnus Award. He was also
named one of Georgia Tech's "50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th
Century" in 2000.
King is survived by his wife, Gail, daughters Angela and Abby, son Beau, and two grandchildren.
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