A British officer who remained in Pakistan after the end of colonial rule in India and became one of the country’s most notable educators and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s teacher Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands passed away on Wednesday (Jan 2) at the age of 101.
“Aitchison College mourns the passing of Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands MBE, CMG, HI, SPk who left us quietly on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. after a brief illness,” said a statement.
Geoffrey Douglas Langlands, born in 1917, was a British Major, a teacher and educator who lived in Pakistan since the partition of the British Indian Empire in 1947. He served in the British Indian Army and Pakistani Army as part of his service tenure. During partition of the sub-continent in 1947, Langlands decided to move to Pakistan and was transferred to Rawalpindi where he joined Pakistan Army. For approximately six years, Langlands worked as an instructor for the Pakistani Army which was young at that time. After completion of project, Langlands was offered a teaching job in Aitchison College in Lahore which he accepted and as an English and mathematics teacher.
During his 25-year teaching career at Aitchison College, Langlands first became house master of Kelly House in senior school and was later promoted to head master of the prep school. In 1979, then Chief Minister of Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) offered the post of principal to Langlands in Cadet College Razmak in North Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Langlands joined the Cadet college and served from April 1979 to September 1989. In late 1989, Langlands took charge of the first private school in Chitral, Sayurj Public School, which was later renamed Langlands School and College in his honour.
He received many awards including Hilal-e-Imtiaz (HI; 2011), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1987) and Sitara-i-Pakistan (SPk, 2004). Geoffrey Langlands died at the age of 101 in a hospital in Lahore on 2 January 2019 after a brief illness.
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