East Providence, R.I. – Edward M. Entin, Ph.D., died May 1. Born in 1935 in Polotsk (Belarus) to Colonel Matvey Entin and Sophia Richter, he spent his childhood in locations from Eastern Europe to the Caucasus to Central Asia to the Far East, following his father’s military deployment.
He was a historian by education. He worked in the city of Gomel in Belarus until his 1996 retirement – first in the regional museum, then in the state archives, and starting in 1970 at the Gomel State University where he served as associate professor, full professor and, in the last years before retirement, as department chair.
He authored or co-authored a number of publications, wrote and participated in documentary TV series, and was active on a lecture circuit within his main fields of study: labor relations and regional history. Throughout his life he was an avid reader and soccer enthusiast and passionately followed international politics.
A resident of Rhode Island since 1997, he is survived by his brother Lev, of Moscow, children Michael and Larisa of Rhode Island, grandchildren Amy, Elliott and Emily, son-in-law Vitaly, daughter-in-law Victoria, and nephews Vladimir and Mark.