S. Henry Sacks

S. Henry Sacks of Brookline, MA died January 6, 2019 with his wife Susan by his side. He was born March 10, 1928 in Dorchester, MA the son of Joseph and Rose (Butter) Sacks. Henry served in the US Army during World War II in Japan. Under the GI Bill he received a BS in Optics from the Mass. College of Optometry, and after one year of practice went on to earn a Master’s in Mathematics at Boston University.

Henry was one of the founders of the computer industry. He began his career as editor of Electromechanical Design magazine in 1957. Henry co-founded the magazine Computer Design in 1962 and later became Founder, President and Publisher of Mini-Micro Systems (formerly Modern Data.) In 1977 he sold the magazine to Cahners Publishing Co. where he went on to launch Business Computer Systems and PC Products. In 1990 Henry joined Computer Publishing Group; publishers of SunExpert Magazine and went on to create RS/Magazine and Webserver Magazine. He retired in 2002 and then volunteered for the Museum of Science in Boston. Henry and his wife, Susan, wintered in Scottsdale, AZ where they worked with the Democratic Party for Local District 23. A longtime political activist, Henry first fought for civil rights in Dorchester in 1944 protesting discriminating hiring practices. He was the youth chairman for the pro-Henry Wallace Young Progressives of America for Ward 14 in Dorchester during the 1948 presidential election. A self-described Jewish Atheist, Henry supported the Council for Secular Humanism.

Henry was a kind, sweet man who saw the best in everyone and helped others see the best in themselves. He empowered people in life and in work by encouraging professional and personal growth. Henry loved New York, Broadway, theater, movies, traveling, and reading. He was a man of science, integrity, and wit. He believed everything was possible, and with Henry, everything was possible. Henry is predeceased by his first wife, Teresa Martin Sacks, his sister, Dena Hatch, his brothers; Arthur, Harold, and Mike Sacks, Maurice Levy, and his brother-in-law, Scott Rapaport who just recently passed away December 28, 2018.

He is survived by his wife and partner of 30 years, Susan Rapaport Sacks, his sister Jeanette Cummings, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Norma Sacks, Lee Levy, Esther Sacks, Patti Rapaport, Jayne and William Gandler; his nieces and nephews; Mark and Shelly Hatch, Susan and Kenneth Cosman, Michael and Tobey Sacks, Jill and Bruce Margand, Alberta and Richard Rogers, Ben Cummings, Steve and Susan Levy, Arlene Fishbein, Ted Martin and Lucille Riccitelli, Steve Martin, and Sam and Ben Rapaport, many great nieces and nephews, and many dear friends and colleagues.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to those who provided Henry with loving care during the last month of his life at the Wingate at Chestnut Hill.

Services will be held Thursday, January 10 at 1:00 pm at the Levine Chapel, 470 Harvard St., Brookline, MA followed by burial at Mt Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. The family will be sitting Shiva on Sunday, January 13 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at their home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030


  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Vicki Riley

January 7, 2019

Wonderful obituary. I could remember his thoughtful, dry wit with that winning smile. Henry did many things in his well lived life. Our thoughts are with you, Vicki and Kevin Riley