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Tech legend Kim King dies

By WALTER WOODS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/12/04

Georgia Tech legend Kim King, a huge figure in Yellow Jacket athletics and an influential player in the local real estate industry, has died after a second battle with cancer. He was 59.

King died at his home in Atlanta, according to Wes Durham, who partnered with King on broadcasts of Georgia Tech football. Funeral arrangements are pending.

King was an icon in Tech football for more than 40 years, beginning with a standout playing career under storied coach Bobby Dodd and later as a benefactor and radio color analyst.

As a developer, King recently built the Centergy office building, which anchors Georgia Tech's widely acclaimed Technology Square development in Midtown. King and Gwinnett developer Wayne Mason had also recently bought the Gold Club adult night spot with plans to turn it into a condo tower.

King served as finance chairman for former Georgia Gov. 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.

Georgia Tech at its Oct. 2 game against Miami named its football locker room the Kim King Football Locker Room at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field. King and his wife Gail took a lap around the field in the Ramlin' Wreck in a half-time ceremony.

"Kim truly loved Georgia Tech, and especially Tech football," said Tech athletics director 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."

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, said coach Chan Gailey.

King was originally diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, in 1999. Last May, he was diagnosed with secondary acute myelogenous leukemia. After treatment in Arkansas, King returned to Atlanta in September.

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.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 12, 2004
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