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April 27, 2015
You are a beautiful spirit; as in life, when you touched us all with your brilliance and your devotion to your life and to all of us. I am so blessed to have been your little sister! I know in my heart that you are making Heaven a more wonderful place. Love you always, Ed.
April 26, 2015
Dear Ed,

I think of you often and miss your conversation. Bizarre, colourful - like your art. Thank you for tolerating minds less brilliant.

January 07, 2014
RIP Ed. You enriched this World with your wonderful writing!
December 24, 2013
Oh Ed,
Though we only meet a few times, our blood was thick. I knew you were connected to Uncle Ed and that we both shared brother fathers that were domineering and Physicians. I followed your blog from a distanceā€¦noting your love of knowledge , dance and art.
Your father reached out to me when my father became sick.
Your mother reached out to me when I was homeless.
I will always remember the night, all those Christmases ago when you tried to explain what a Moebius strip was.
I'm sure you are with your loved ones now, secure, and enjoying the closeness of your family.
Out extended family will always be scure in the knowledge that many of our clan were advanced thinkers, philosophers ,scientists and doctors. You proved your scholarship though your willingness to teach, along with the reponsiblity to learn. I hope Grandpa Will gave you a firm handshake and kiss, as you deserve.
And I wish you peace along with your family
December 22, 2013
Ed, As your older brother, we were very different, but close most of our lives. You read Shakespeare, I read history. You programmed computers, I drove trucks. I am sorry, in the end, our lives got so far apart, but it happens. Even though we are all different souls, you, Mom and Dad are all together now somewhere, wherever that may be. Rest in peace, brother, I will never forget you.
December 21, 2013
My brother, Edward Nilges, was a passionate and intellectual person. However, in the end, he will be most remembered for his memoirs detailing his
fight with cancer. He fought for life and gave it his best. His blog and Facebook detailing his daily battle really show his passion in the face of
great pain. I told him once that I always thought he would outlive all of us. Although I am wrong, I know he will live forever in the hearts of many.
Love, Mary, Allen & Jeffrey Smith
December 18, 2013
You are going to be so missed lovely prof, it's been great knowing you xx
December 16, 2013
"When a man dies, it is like a library burned." I Don't remember who said this, but it certainly applies to Ed, who was the most erudite, well read person I have ever met.

I first met him in 1973 when we were both working in IT at Northwestern University. I instantly knew that this guy was going to be a friend for life - and he was.

After thrashing around in a number of jobs, Ed found his true niche in Hong Kong as a teacher. He was superb. A font of knowledge always worn lightly, infused with a practical, down to earth approach.

Eddie, you will long be remembered. RIP.

Alex Gaydasch
December 16, 2013
Born, November 9, 1949, in Boston, Massachusetts
Died, December 13, 2013, in Hong Kong

Edward Nilges died peacefully, after a long battle with cancer, in the early hours of December 13, 2013.

Edward was a graduate of Roosevelt University, a pioneer of computer-programming education, and an employee at Bell Northern Research and at Princeton University's computer center. At Princeton, he studied Political Philosophy and worked on a program with the mathematician, John Nash. His name is indexed in Nash's biography, A Beautiful Mind. Eventually, he would become a teacher in the English-language schools of Hong Kong.

He is the father of two sons, Edward, now deceased, and Peter; brother to Richard, Laura Marland, Mary Smith and Joseph, and son to the late Jean Elizabeth Nilges and Dr. Richard G. Nilges.

He was also a philosopher, a poet, and a painter. He never became a priest, but he started in life as a particularly devout Catholic, and ended by taking the Sacraments. A medievalist and a Shakespearean scholar, his knowledge of Shakespeare may have rivaled those who teach at the nation's top universities.

Through his website, Spinoza's Blog, and through his Facebook page, he reached out to hundreds around the globe, sharing his thoughts on philosophy, literature, art and politics, on his life, and on his final illness, a protracted battle with a strangely virulent form of prostate cancer, which he fought with a combination of exercise and intellectual engagement. In his final months, he re-read and wrote copiously about the entire body of Shakespeare's work, and then started in on Kant.

He was a serious, marathon runner, and continued to run for some time after his diagnosis in May of last year.

A sister remembers one differently, and perhaps more thoroughly. I remember Ed as a scrawny, asthmatic, nearsighted kid who couldn't play baseball, didn't make friends easily, and was always getting beaten up.

In the end, I think he finally knew he was loved, and he died like a warrior.
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