LAHORE, Pakistan: Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands (October 21, 1917 – January 02, 2019) was laid to rest in Lahore on Monday (January 7, 2019).
His funeral cortège passed through the historic grounds of Aitchison College with thousands present to pay their final respects to ‘The Major’, who lived the life of a soldier, teacher, gentleman, story-teller, mountaineer and humanitarian.
Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands devoted his life in service to others and especially his adopted country Pakistan.
Langlands taught English and mathematics for more than six decades in Pakistan. In 1954, he began teaching at Aitchison College, one of the most reputed colleges in the country.
In the late 1970s, he took up the head teacher’s job at the Razmak Cadet College in Waziristan, located near the Afghan border.
Langlands thereafter took over the role of head teacher at the Sayurj Public School in the city of Chitral in northwestern Pakistan. He raised funds to buy land for the school and expand it.
The institution was renamed after him as the Langlands School and College. He served there until the age of 95.
Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands breathed his last after a brief illness at a local hospital in Lahore on January 2 at the age of 101.
Saddened to learn of the passing of my teacher. Apart from being our teacher, he instilled the love for trekking and our northern areas in me – before the KKH was built. (I was 12 years old in the school picture) pic.twitter.com/cgH4glWIDR
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 2, 2019