Principal Abdur Rashid, eminent educationist and father-in-law of State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, passed away in a city hospital on Monday night. He was 86.
Rashid left behind his three sons, three daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Rashid.
The premier also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Meanwhile, Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader also expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Principal Abdur Rashid.
He was born on November 1 in 1936. The educationist passed his intermediate in 1958 with first division.
Later, he completed honours degree in English in 1962. In the same year, he was imprisoned for his participation in the education movement.
Rashid started his career as teaching in Joypurhat College in 1966. Later, he accomplished his tasks as founder principal of Ulipur College of Kurigram, principal of Naogaon College and principal of Thakugaon College till 1978.
Abdur Rashid was the founder of Bochaganj Dewgaon Bakultala College and the founder principal of Ruhia College of Thakurgaon.
In addition, he was the principal of Setabganj Degree College for four years from 1979 to 1983.
He actively took part in the Liberation War in 1971. He served as the president of National Awami Party (NAP) in 1972.
Later, he worked as the active member of Awami League after 1990.
Principal Abdur Rashid was detained in a false case after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family members on August 15 in 1975. He spent in jail for two and a half years.
He joined as magistrate after qualifying special Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination in 1982.
After submitting his resignation in 1985, Abdur Rashid was elected as Bochaganj upzila chairman. In 1990, he rejoined as college principal and served for 10 years.