Edward E. Feit, 83, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Political Science, died Nov. 22 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in North Amherst.
Born in Vienna, Austria, on Nov. 15, his family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1927, where he grew up and completed his undergraduate education at the University of the Witwatersrand. He also earned a master’s degree at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
During the 1950s, he pursued a business career, and in 1962, he and his wife, Ruth, with their two daughters, moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he received a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan.
He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1965 and was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 1968 and professor in 1973. His work focused on the politics of Africa and the effects of military regimes on political development.
He retired from the faculty in 1988.
He was the author of several books, including “The Armed Bureaucrats: Military-Administrative Regimes and Political Development,” “Urban Revolt in South Africa, 1960-1964,” African Opposition in South Africa: The Failure of Passive Resistance” and “South Africa: The Dynamics of the African National Congress.”
He held visiting faculty appointments at the University d’Aix-en-Marseilles in France, the University of Mannheim and the University of Freiburg in Germany and Columbia University.
He was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
In later years, he married Ann Pfluger. Besides his wife, he leaves his daughters, Rosemary Feit Covey, of Alexandria, Va., and Valerie Feit, of Beacon, N.Y.; three stepsons, William, Peter and John Pfluger, of Martha’s Vineyard and Maine; a stepdaughter, Vicki Pfluger and a stepniece.