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Richard William Timm


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Richard William Timm, CSC, known as Father Timm, is an educator, zoologist, and active participant in social development work. The former Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Dhaka, he is also one of the founders of Notre Dame College and served as the sixth principal. Father Timm was ordained at Notre Dame in 1949. He was then assigned to get a one-year master’s degree in biology in order to found the science department of a new college for boys in Dhaka, East Pakistan. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in two years from the Catholic University of America. He arrived in Dhaka in October 1952 and has been there ever since. He joined Caritas as a planning officer, taking charge of war-time projects for devastated villages following the civil war in Bangladesh. In 1974, after starting the Justice & Peace Commission, he served as the executive secretary for 23 years. He continues to work at Caritas, mainly on human rights, and teaches at the major theological seminary.