Melvyn Fein, a longtime columnist for the Cherokee Tribune and Cherokee Ledger-News died Monday, according to his wife, Linda Treiber.

In a recent column, Fein announced he would soon lose a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. His final column appears in today’s edition of the Tribune and the Ledger-News which comes out Wednesday.

The following is an obituary that Fein wrote:

This is to announce the death of Dr. Melvyn Fein. He was born on Aug. 22, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York and died Aug. 26, 2019 at home in Canton, Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Linda Treiber, his sister Carol Schwartz, (Howard) brother Joel Fein (Lisa).

Dr. Fein was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He got his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Brooklyn College in 1963.

He ultimately got a PhD in Sociology at City University of New York in 1983. For many years, Dr. Fein worked as a Clinical Sociologist. This entailed working for the New York City Department of Welfare, New York State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Rochester Psychiatric Center, DePaul Clinic in Rochester, and private practice.

Dr. Fein also went through a period of finding himself. He worked as a cab driver in NYC, a reporter at The Hudson Dispatch, a market researcher and clerk for the Off-Track Betting Corp. For the last 30 years he was a professor of sociology at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Fein retired in 2018 as Professor Emeritus. He specialized in personal change, social change, race, mental illness and social class.

Dr. Fein was on the board of the Sociological Practice Association, was the President of the Georgia Sociological Association and also served on their executive board. He started and was Editor of The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology. He also wrote 24 books including, Too Lazy to Chew: A Memoir of Discovery, Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream, and Social Individualism: A Bold Blueprint for Our Future.

He also wrote weekly columns for Marietta Daily Journal and Cherokee Tribune and maintained a blog, The Professionalized Self.

Managing Editor

Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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