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Prominent alumnus Kim King dies

Kim King, a legendary figure in Georgia Tech athletics, first as a player and then as the Yellow Jackets’ long-time radio announcer, died Tuesday morning after a battle with leukemia. He was 59.

A public memorial service is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Kim King rides in the Ramblin' Wreck  

Kim King was honored during halftime at the Oct. 2 football game against Miami.


King 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 radio color analyst.

Director of Athletics Dave Braine said, “I think when you talk about great names in Georgia Tech history, you always hear Heisman, Alexander and Dodd. I always put Homer Rice in there because he did so much for the [athletics] program. When you talk about Homer, you have to talk about Kim because at one time this program was almost ready to go down hill. If it weren’t for Kim and Homer getting Coach Dodd back in the program to raise the money for the Edge Center, we might not be where we are today.”

At the Yellow Jackets’ home football game against Miami on Oct. 2, Tech honored King by officially dedicating the Kim King Football Locker Room at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field.

President Wayne Clough said, “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. 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. 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.”

King was originally diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, in 1999. Last May, he was diagnosed with secondary acute myelogenous leukemia.

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, earning his bachelor’s degree in industrial management in 1968. He founded Kim King Associates in 1972, a firm that developed numerous properties all over Atlanta, including the Centergy complex adjacent to the Tech campus at Technology Square.

King relished his role as the color analyst on Tech’s radio broadcasts. He joined the team in 1974 as the partner of 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. He is such a signficant piece of Georgia Tech legend, lore and history.”

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.”

King is survived by his wife, Gail, daughters Angela and Abby, son Beau, and two grandchildren.

The King family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kim King Foundation, Midtown Bank & Trust Company, 712 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308. The Kim King Foundation funds education programs for youth in the West End area of Atlanta, where King grew up.


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