Edward A. Hacker
1930 ∼ 2020
YARMOUTH PORT -- Edward Hacker, 90, of Yarmouth Port, died at approximately 3:30pm on Thursday, December 31st, 2020. The cause was complications from lung cancer. His loving stepchildren, Meagan and Sean Cole, were with him, as well as a nurse’s aide from the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod. Edward had been in VNA hospice care at his home for five days when he passed.
Edward -- Ed to his friends -- was born in Buffalo, New York, to Thomas and Buelah Hacker, a linotype operator and homemaker respectively. He was educated at the University of Buffalo with a brief stint at Columbia University in New York. He acquired a doctorate in philosophy and went on to teach at Northeastern University in Boston for thirty years, retiring in 1993. His acquaintance with Meagan and Sean’s mother, Patricia Clark, began as a professional one but would ultimately blossom into a four decade long relationship. She referred to him as “the love of my life” and “the most brilliant man I’ve ever known.” A plank bearing the simple legend “Pat and Ed 2013” can be found on the boardwalk at Grays Beach, marking the year they moved to Cape Cod from Millis, Massachusetts. Pat predeceased Ed in 2015.
During the Korean Conflict, Ed was drafted into the US Army. He worked with classified files at the Panzer Kaserne base in Germany. His fellow recruits called him “The Maddest of Them All” and exalted him to carry around a feather duster as a kind of scepter. He was discharged honorably upon deciding to further his studies.
Ed is the co-author of Aristotelian Logic with William T. Parry (State University of New York Press), I Ching: An Annotated Bibliography with Steve Moore and Lorraine Patsco (Routledge), and the editor of a currently unpublished reordering-by-topic of I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. For more than two years, he tweeted the teachings of Nisargadatta daily to thousands of avid followers. He also obtained a psychologist’s license in 1986 although chose not to pursue a second career treating patients.
Along with his stepkids, Ed is survived by numerous admiring friends and relatives. At his request, services will not be held. His family will fulfill his wish that his remains be cremated.