The former dean of Aitchison College Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands passed away on Wednesday, January 2, at 10:15 am after a brief illness. He will be remembered by hundreds of students as ‘The Major’, a British man who worked for education in Pakistan for more than half his life.
He was born on October 21, 1917 and was 101 years old at the time of his death.
Students remember him as a soldier, teacher, gentleman, story-teller, mountaineer and humanitarian whose life was devoted in service to others, especially his adopted country Pakistan.
Pakistan has lost a great friend and teacher of generations of its students. We today mourn Major Geoffrey Langlands CMG MBE HI SPk who passed away in Lahore aged 101. pic.twitter.com/XF6UJtAa1n
— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) January 2, 2019
My old teacher, Housemaster and intrepid leader of many treks up into our Norther Areas Maj GD Langlands has died aged 101. He served Pakistan from the day it was born, in Pak Army, then Aitchison College for 25 yrs, Razmak Cadet College & finally Langlands School/College Chitral
— Haroun Rashid (@HarounRashid2) January 2, 2019
Rest in peace, Major Geoffrey Langlands…
His demise is a huge loss to Pakistan; his services to the field of education and the positive influence of his teaching on his students will always be remembered.
— Abdul Aleem Khan (@aleemkhan_pti) January 2, 2019
Major Langlands landed in India as part of the British army and then lived in the heart of Punjab. He had a long teaching career in Pakistan.
Major Langlands was responsible for the education of many big names in Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan, PTI MPA Aleem Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and a number of other high-profile personalities in the country were taught by him at Aitchison.
He was also a driving force behind the Langlands School and College in Chitral, where he taught children for 24 years.
In 2013, he took up residence at Aitchison College in Lahore where he lived till his death.