In Loving Memory of Professor Bilquis Iftakhar
November 14, 1930 - June 9, 2008
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people”
Professor Bilquis Iftakhar Zaidi passed away on June 9, 2008. A distinguished educationist, she was born on November 14, 1930 in Aligarh, India to Mustapha Begum and Khan Bahudar Niaz Mohammed. She was one of seven sisters and one brother.
She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching and Master’s of Art, in Mathematics from the University of Punjab, Lahore. She then completed her Master’s of Arts, in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
She was the first Muslim principal of St. Josephs College for Women, Karachi, Pakistan. She was also the founder principal of DHA Degree College for Women, Karachi. She was affiliated with various colleges and high schools in Southern California where she taught courses in Mathematics.
She is survived by her husband: Iftakhar Haider Zaidi and four children: Syed Ali Aamer, Amber Mujtaba (General Secretary, University of Karachi Alumni Association), Ali Zaidi, and Aliya Zaidi and eight grand children and one great grandchild.