John Baptist Todd

John Baptist Todd OFM is a Franciscan priest working in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi in Pakistan. He received his religious training under the Order of Friars Minor.

One of his first assignments was as Prefect of Discipline at St Patrick's High School, Karachi in the 1950s. Former President Pervez Musharraf attended St. Patrick's School in 1958–59. When he visited the school after becoming president, he recalled Todd giving him a sound caning for misbehaving.[1] The President even presented a cane to his old teacher.[2]

He was first vice principal and later principal of St Bonaventure's High School, Hyderabad from 1958 to 1977.[3] He was also instrumental in starting the school band in 1958.

In the early 1960s Todd took a break from St. Bonaventure's to act as the principal of St. Mary’s High School, Sukkur.

He has also been principal of St Francis Grammar School, Quetta.

From 2000 to 2006 he was vice principal of St. Patrick's School.[4]

On May 6, 2011, The Old Patricians (former students of the school) presented the Father J. B. Todd ofm Gold Medal to the top student from the eighth grade at the closing ceremony of the 150th anniversary of the school.[5]

On March 18, 2012, at the age of 91, he attended the Old Patricians’ St Patrick’s Day Reunion dinner.[6]

Among his former students is Bishop Samson Shukardin of Hyderabad. Along with many other former students they gathered at the Karachi Gymkhana to celebrate Todd’s 94th birthday.[7]

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