King, 59, succumbs to leukemia

Updated: October 12, 2004, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Kim King, one of Georgia Tech's best quarterbacks and a radio analyst for Yellow Jackets sports for the past 30 years, died Tuesday of leukemia at age 59.

King, known as "The Young Lefthander," had a standout career from 1965-67 for coach Bobby Dodd, leading the team to the Gator and Orange bowls. Once the school's career passing leader with 2,763 yards, he is eighth on the school list.

King was inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He joined the school's radio broadcast team in 1974.

"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," coach Chan Gailey said.

At the school's Oct. 2 home football game against Miami, Tech honored him by dedicating the Kim King Football Locker Room at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

"Kim truly loved Georgia Tech, and especially Tech football," said Dave Braine, the school's athletic director. "He was a tremendous ambassador for the program, and he was loved by so many people."

King also served as finance chairman for former Gov. Roy Barnes and was chairman of the Georgia Public Broadcasting board. He helped raise money for cancer research and the Bobby Dodd Charities Foundation.

Survivors include his wife, Gail; two daughters, Angela and Abby; his son, Beau; and two grandchildren.


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