"Jim Flick was a teacher's teacher."

If you've taken a lesson in the last twenty years, there's a pretty good chance your instructor was inspired by or a disciple of Jim Flick.

The AP story on his passing at 82 of pancreatic cancer.

Tim Rosaforte wrote about Flick for Golf World Monday.

Golf Digest's Roger Schiffman, who worked closely with Flick, remembers his friend.

Jim Flick was a teacher's teacher. For all the years I knew him -- and it was more than 30 -- I never met someone more dedicated to one cause. In Jim's case, that was teaching golf -- not just to tour players, but to anyone who tried holding a golf club. Nothing pleased Jim more than to see an average golfer's weak slice turn into a strong draw. He would rather watch a beginner hit 20 more shots until the ball got airborne than take a break for lunch (and he missed a lot of lunches).

Jim Achenbach spoke with Flick in his final days.

“I’m at peace,” said the 82-year-old Flick, speaking on the telephone from his home in Carlsbad, Calif., “and my thoughts are entirely with my kids. We’re taking steps to make sure they keep learning the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

Flick always has referred to his young students as his kids, just as he formally addresses adults as “Mr. Tom (Lehman)” and “Mr. Jack (Nicklaus)” and so forth.

Randall Mell talked to friend Bob Toski about their longtime partnership.

Toski and Flick combined to write the definitive instruction book, “How to Become a Complete Golfer.” They taught a simple system of “swing, turn and shift.”

“Jim deserves a lot of credit for the schools’ curriculum and the success of the schools,” Toski said. “We became like family, traveling and teaching all over the world together. We went to England, Scotland, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, the Philippines. You name it. We taught everywhere but the moon.”

And GolfChannel.com posts a nice roundup of the reaction from the golf community on Twitter.