Mohammad Usman was born on the 1st June 1935, in Karachi.
was the eldest child of Haji Hasham Haji Ahmed Kath who started as a modest businessman in India in early 20th century.
came to settle in Pakistan and his
was engaged in retail and wholesale business of herbal commodities, tobacco and its products in Karachi.
The family was well off financially amongst the members of Okhai Memon Community, which had settled over the years in Memon Society
in Lyari Quarters and Kharadhar area after migrating from Okha Mandal, Saurashtra, India.
was a handsome and precocious child.
obtained primary education in a Gujrati Vernacular School alongwith the basic religious education in the locality's Madressah.
In 1946, his
father got him admitted in Sind Madressahtul Islam
, a historic English medium school.
was soon recognized as promising, smart and a very studious student.
was popular amongst fellow students, as he
was soft spoken and endearing.
These qualities later on emerged as leadership traits in his
personality and his
enthusiasm for the service to the community and people of Karachi.
While in school, he
joined scouting and was active participant in useful scouting skills.
was also an ardent member of students literary group, headed by his
teacher, Hassan Ali Daudani who gave affectionate attention and special tutoring to him.
school friends were Abdul Sattar Paryani, Ahmed Khatri, Usman Essa, Bashir and Razak Marfani.
Matriculation examination in the First Division in 1953.
joined S.M. Arts College
for higher studies.
had an intellectual bend of mind, he
took psychology and philosophy as elective subjects of study.
Mohammad Usman showed intense devotion to learning under his teacher Dr. Manzoor Ahmad, a well-known scholar.
Apart from the college curriculum, Usman
was fond of reading extensively books on the diverse subjects, such as classic English and Greek literature, philosophy, existentialism and history.
had a good collection of books in his
During college years, Mohammad Usman was greatly inspired by Mr. A.K. Brohi, an eminent lawyer and thinker.
Mr. A.K. Brohi in his articles writes about Usman
had a sensitive personality.
Social problems affected him deeply.
had concern for less fortunate people, particularly the poor of the community.
contributed many articles in the college magazine and to the newspapers.
writings created considerable interest both in private and public circles.
Some of his
articles are titled as "In search of happiness", "Education and Individual" and "The Problems of Okhai Memon Community".
completed four years of college education and passed B.A. examination in First Division from Karachi University
had desired to study abroad and had secured admission, alongwith Mr. G.R. Namoos to study Philosophy.
But subsequent events precluded him to continue higher studies.
had great liking for acquiring more knowledge and it was obvious that he
could have achieved the intellectual heights, had he
embarked upon the higher academic pursuits after graduation.
wanted to spend his
life creatively, which could bring forth his
real worth as well as to contribute whatever he
could towards the betterment of the society he
father, however, convinced him to join family business.
Being an obedient son, he
acceded to the wishes of his
father and joined the family's newly acquired cigarette manufacturing company.
encountered some intricate situations but remained determined to seek new avenues of business especially in the industrial ventures.
The Family wanted to expand their business so he
played a key role in setting up a similar enterprise of cigarette manufacturing at Chittagong and further extended to another industrial project of a large sugar manufacturing mills in the rural Sind at Tando Allahyar.
also went into export of molasses, a by-product of sugar mill and initiated construction of storage terminal at the Karachi Port.
In short span of time, he created name in business circles so much so that he was elected as the member of the Managing Committee of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and also nominated as Chairman of its labour sub-committee.
He was also elected as Chairman of the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association, Sind Zone and also the Chairman of Cigarette Manufacturers' Association of Pakistan.
became very popular in social life and contributed to many welfare and literary bodies.
traveled extensively around the globe attending business meetings and seminars related to international trade and business.
also attended International sugar convention and accompanied trade delegations to India, Srilanka and Philippines.
conceived the idea of having an association of community's young literate members for doing social work.
At the gatherings of youths of the community, it was unanimously agreed to form the Okhai Memon Youth Services
He was elected founder President, when it was formally established in 1968.
motivated the members of Okhai Memon Youth Services
and they together rapidly expanded their activities by introducing new concepts in social work which generated strong active feeling of interest amongst the Okhai Community Youth.
Today, Okhai Memon Youth Services
is one of the most active, meaningful and benevolent welfare organization in Karachi, providing educational, medical and financial support to the needy members of the community.
By and large, Usman's outlook was not confined to his
had a will to look beyond the horizon and work for the society.
was always willing to respect opinions and behaviour of other people even if these differed from his
was also a lover of arts and literature.
fondness for art was immense.
assisted Syed Ali Imam, a very well known artist of international repute in setting up of 'Indus Gallery', for display and sale of paintings.
is today a premier Gallery where nearly all the great painters of Pakistan have displayed their works.
had a fine aesthetic sense.
collected invaluable paintings of some of the great artists of Pakistan.
also encouraged and patronized the young upcoming artists as well.
was conscious of keeping good health, and would advise young people to have regular exercises, and in this respect he
published a booklet on aerobics for distribution to help them keep physically fit.
With the passage of time, he
developed an interest in horse riding, which he
pursued with fondness and liking and which proved nemesis.
But Alas, on the fateful day of 11th February, 1973, Usman
while trotting ahead of other two friends, went into coma, after falling from the horseback, He
suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
was immediately rushed to the Holy Family Hospital
was put on an artificial respiratory system.
remained unconscious for four days and breathed his
last at 7.00 am on the 15th February, 1973.
In the memory of Mohammad Usman
, Usman Memorial Foundation
was formed in 1973 with the consensus of his
family members, friends and well wishers.