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Pak PM's teacher Geoffrey Langlands laid to rest in Lahore

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

(retd.) Geoffrey Douglas Langlands, a former British and one of the country's most famous educators whose students include Khan, was laid to rest here on Monday.

He died on January 2 at the age of 101.

Langlands, who arrived in during the World War II and stayed in the country after the end of the colonial rule, has been honoured with Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Order of St. Michael and St. George, and Order of by the of England for his contribution to humanity and

Among his students were and

A large number of people from different walks of life attended his cremation at the where he served most of his life.

He was laid to rest at a cemetery in Gulberg, as per his will.

(retd) was buried in according to his will, told reporters after his funeral.

"is my house and students are my family. I want to be buried in Lahore," Elahi quoted from Langlands' will.

devoted his life in service to the people and especially his adopted country Pakistan, where he taught english and mathematics for more than six decade.

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 job of the principal of the in Waziristan, near the border.

After that he took over as principal of the in the city of in northwestern He raised funds to buy land for the school and expand it.

The institution was renamed after him as the School and College, where he served until the age of 95.

On his death had said: "Saddened to learn of the passing of my Apart from being our teacher, he instilled the love for trekking and our northern areas in me - before the KKH (Karakoram Highway) was built."

Born in 1917 in Yorkshire, England, with a twin brother, Langlands lost his father to flu pandemic of the following year. His mother succumbed to cancer when he was 10 and he and his brother and younger sister were left in the care of grandparents.

Langlands was working in a private school in Croydon when war broke out in September 1939. He joined the Following his commission, he was sent to

After partition, he was transferred to the Pakistan Army, which he willingly accepted. He was holding the rank of a when he retired.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 21:05 IST