Dr. John E. King

West Columbia, South Carolina

1913 - 2008


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COLUMBIA - Beloved teacher, distinguished administrator, and Navy veteran of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Dr. John E. King, 94, died Saturday, June 28, in a Midlands hospital.

While president of Emporia State University, 1953-66, Dr. King developed a program that became a national model...

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Mrs. King and family-I was saddened to read of Dr. King's passing in the Chronicle of Higher Education. I was a masters student in Student Personnel Services at USC, from 1984-86, and I had the opportunity to study with him. I found him to be a thoughtful, inspired teacher, and a gentleman. I have thought of him often, and when presented with a difficult situation...thought "what would John King do?"

I just saw the notice about Dr. King in the USC Times. I was in Dr. King's classes at USC as I completed my MEd in Student Personnel Svces. and Higher Ed. Admin. at USC from 1984-86. He was a fine teacher and an even finer person. He had a profound impact on my career, and I think of him and the wisdom he shared with us more often than you would probably imagine. I am glad that I knew him. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Mrs King, Ann, Rebecca, and family,

You have my deepest sympathy in the death of John. Dr. King was a great president for many colleges but especially KSTC. I will always remember what a kind and gentle man he was. The thing that stands out in my memory is that Dr. King was a friend of both the student and the lowest campus worker. I remember when Rebecca and I went with the Roosevelt band, when we were in 7th grade, to Topeka to be on WIBW TV. My father worked as a...

I sang in the Providence choir today at Mr. King's memorial service. Dr. King's Granddaughter-in-law, Caryn, sang "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty", so beautifully. We sang "May the Road Rise to Meet You" at the end of the service. The entire service was a beautiful celebration of life and hope. When I was in the choir, we would go caroling and always stop to see the King's. I believe it was the second year when we arrived and the King's had set up a table with lit...

My condolences to Mrs. King and her family. Many of us have lost an extraordinary friend, and higher education has lost one of its giants. John E. King was a role model for life.

To the family of "Mr. King",
I am Dr. Galphin's nurse and had the priviledge of caring for this unforgettable man for too short a time. He was truly a pleasure and I extend my greatest sympathy to all of you.

I always knew that (Dr.)Mr. King was a great man without even knowing the amazing resume and accomplishments behind the man we all called friend. I am at Fort Riley, KS training for a mission in Afghanistan later in August and truly hate that I want be able to show my respects and attend the celebration of a great man's life. He was a true gentleman and one of the kindest indiviuals I have ever known. God Speed Mr. John.

Major(P) D. Todd Helms

Dear Dr King Family, I was priviledged to have taken care of Dr King briefly while at Lexington. From the first day I met him, I knew he was a most special person. I so wish I could have known him earlier and longer. I am saddened for your loss and wish for you all that God may bless and be with you. My most sincere condolensences to you all.

My deepest sympathy goes to the King family. I will never forget how good John and Glennie King were to me and my children. My favorite moment when the Providence choir was Christmas caroling was when we would stop to see Mr. and Mrs. King. They were always so gracious to us. Any time we sang "May the Road Rise", it was for them.